Brew Review

Beer Review – Goose Island Sofie


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I know I know. Yet another Saison/Farmhouse Ale review. I just can’t get away from this stuff!

I’d never heard of Goose Island Beer Company till I dropped by the Alemonger’s house to watch some Monday Night Football. As luck would have it, the Chicago Bears were playing the Green Bay Packers in Chicago, which is also the home of Goose Island Beer Company. Sofie is part of their Vintage Ales series of Belgian style beers which includes two Pale Ales (Matilda and Fleure), an Abbey Ale (Pere Jacques),  and the Sofie Farmhouse Ale.

And now for the review…

  • Appearance: Very cloudy. Pale yellow. Thick, creamy head which lingers for a long time and leaves quite a bit of lacing as it slowly subsides. Looks like a lemon meringue pie parfait. A very pretty pour!
  • Aroma: Yeast. Citrus, especially lemon peel and grapefruit.
  • Taste: Well carbonated. Quite tart. I know I’ve said this before about Saisons, but it reminds me of really good champagne, because of it’s long, dry finish. It coats, soothes, relieves…

I really enjoyed this beer. If I had to rank it against the other Saisons that I sampled this past summer, I would place it second to the Saison Dupont, and right before the Stone Saison du Buff and the Great Divide Colette. I give this beer an A. Sadly, Goose Island beers are currently unavailable in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Alemonger picked this one up at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. All I can say is… ROAD TRIP!

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