Goose Island Sofie

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by trh70, Jul 17, 2013.

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  1. trh70

    trh70 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2011 Florida
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    I like this beer a lot. Has any one had experiences aging this one?

  2. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 California

    It ages phenomenally the brett really kicks in and dries it out, which somehow increases the wine barrel flavor. One of my favorite shelf beers to age.
  3. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    I only drink it with > 1 year on it, it gets nice and dry; great beer/value.
  4. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (709) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    It's definitely a great one to age.
  5. trh70

    trh70 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2011 Florida
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    cool. i will pick up a case of it.
  6. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (279) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    I've had Sofie out to two years with no degradation and lots of deliciousness. She starts getting a little excited around two years though, make sure to have a towel on hand. Not quite Juliet-level, but still. Goose's brett strain definitely starts doing something funny between 18 and 24 months.

    Concur about drying out a bit.
  7. halo21

    halo21 Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2004 New York

    The current batch available is from 2012. It has changed a bit, even on the shelf. Much drier, with more lemon pop. I am enjoying it from the store much more than when it was fresh; also cellaring a bunch to age up to the 5 years on the bottle.
    2012 was my first time trying this.
  8. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (279) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    There's 2013 on the shelves. The larger format 2013 bottles are in a 765ml bottle (you read that right). Still in four packs too but I haven't seen any around here yet.
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  9. rc51sport

    rc51sport Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2013 North Carolina

    Where in FL can I find bottles of Sofie? I've only seen it on tap around here.
  10. trh70

    trh70 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2011 Florida
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    total wine in naples has what i have seen on the floor to be about 10 cases.
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  11. rc51sport

    rc51sport Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2013 North Carolina

    Wow Sarasota TW sucks compared to others. Looks like I'll be headed to Ft Meyers Sunday. Website shows they have some (although I know not always up to date), but shows some other stuff I'm interested in anyways. Hope they actually have the Sofie, that would be nice. Naples is a little further than I want to drive for beer.
  12. trh70

    trh70 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2011 Florida
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    tell ya what, I will stop in on Sat. to see if they have any left. I will let ya know. I was in there last sat. and they had several cases.
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  13. rc51sport

    rc51sport Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2013 North Carolina

    Fort myers or Naples?
  14. trh70

    trh70 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2011 Florida
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    the one in naples. its right down the street from me. i have not been to the one in fort myers in over a year. not sure what they have these days.
  15. trh70

    trh70 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2011 Florida
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    Just bought 6 bottles. They have 3.5 cases on the floor.
  16. Ljudsignal

    Ljudsignal Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Admittedly I'm a long way from Florida...but if you don't happen to find it near you, I happen to know that the liquor store where I work has a bunch in the basement still. I'd be happy to send you a's a pretty great beer, it deserves to be shared! :slight_smile:
  17. rc51sport

    rc51sport Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2013 North Carolina

    I appreciate that a lot. But I think I'll make the hour or so drive south to ft Meyers TW to snag a few later this afternoon. I'm getting low on my beer supply anyways. Only 2 raging bitches(3 if you count my fiance j/k) and a cucumber Saison left.

  18. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    A year or so ago, GI pulled a batch of Sofie saying it was off. I had a couple bottles and did a side by side with a "real" Sofie with one of them, and cellared the other. I noticed the recalled bottle was dryer and less carbonated and was also more tart. I tried the second bottle a year later and the carbonation seemed to pick up a little while still being dry and more tart than standard Sofie. I almost think I preferred the recalled version over the regular version, and even moreso a year later. I don't know why I'm telling you this, it seemed appropriate somehow.
  19. riemster

    riemster Devotee (458) Mar 17, 2011 Ohio
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    I had the recalled version about a month ago. It was awesome. Definitely better than the normal version.
  20. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Initiate (83) May 25, 2005 Nebraska

    sofie is completely awesome with 1 yr+ on it.
  21. mcaulifww

    mcaulifww Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2011 Virginia

    doing a 3 yr vert soon. will report findings
  22. mocktm

    mocktm Devotee (437) Jan 3, 2011 Virginia
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    I love aging this beer. I have some 2010s that have gotten significantly more tart than when fresh. Delicious..
  23. Okisailor

    Okisailor Initiate (0) Jun 19, 2013 Massachusetts

    I have a > 2 year one I expect to open next month...
  24. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (319) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia
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    The 750 for $7.99 is one of the best bang for bucks out there right now, IMO.
  25. eaterfan

    eaterfan Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2013 California
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    I've had a couple of aged Sofies. One had turned and was one of the worst beers I've had. One was quite delicious. I wouldn't age more than 2 years.
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