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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Goose Island Halia is a sour peach saison aged in wine barrels with Brettanomyces Claussenii and fifty pounds of peaches per barrel

Admin Note: We’ve seperated this entry from Mae (and subsequently retired Mae) as it utilizes a different base and has no real Lactobacillus influence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torrefacto (1103) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2015
Dorado limpio y espuma ligera blanca. Aromas frescos y limpios de fruta amarilla, ciruelas, ligero brett. Cuerpo ligero,  sabor con acidez viva y equilibrada de fruta amarilla con final seco moderado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with banana-like hues and a massive pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. Inviting aroma with a nice balance of earthy farmhouse yeast, wine barrel, musty brett and light fruit. There’s a decent amount of funk from the bugs and saison yeasts which is nicely complimented by grassy hops, peppery spice and a tame barrel character. Some toast oak and damp basement along with vinous light grape sweetness and a slight buttery presence but it’s not offensive or too heavy on the diacetyl. As it warms, the peaches and ester-y light fruit notes stand out a bit more. Juicy canned peaches along with grape, apple and pear. Not the most complex aroma but the brett and farmhouse funk are nicely balanced by light fruit and subtle white wine characteristics. Medium body with tight, tingling carbonation and a strong white wine barrel presence that slightly overpowers the wild yeast, peaches and saison flavors. Not much oak with just a touch of wood/toothpick but there is a really strong sweet vinous fruit flavor with light grape, raisin and buttery Chardonnay. This is followed by some peppery spice, possibly coriander or grains of oaradise, wild bugs and funky farmhouse yeast. Some grass and hay-like flavor along with musty brett and crisp light fruit, especially cider and pear. Light, crisp and refreshing with nice flavor but it’s lacking depth and complexity. The white wine flavors are pleasant enough and this beer is very easy to drink, but I just wish that the peaches and farmhouse/saison flavors were a bit stronger. Decent beer but I wouldn’t buy it again, especially at it’s high price point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (1383) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 750 mL bottle. The pour is a foggy golden yellow with a thicker eggshell colored head and some good lace. It retains about a finger deep. The aroma is huge saison. All of the spices, bready malts, yeasts, and everything I don’t like about Belgian beers slap me in the face. Once I get through that, it’s not bad. There is a light sourness, some decent peachiness happening, and a light citrus. There is a little alcohol that comes through on the back end. The flavor is strange. There is a sweetness, the raging Belgian influence, and a light tart peach. This is one of those beers I would like to just be peaches. No need for the saison qualities. The mouth feel is a little off as well. There is a syrupy thick consistency with a bubbly carbonation. The aftertaste is dry, tart, and quick, before moving into a lingering Belgian malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (6115) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at Churchkey. Poured a hazy golden color with a samll white head. Aroma was light citrus notes, light tartness comes through in the aroma - peach notes. Flavor was light fruit, citrus. Tartness was nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (4989) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2015
thnx to andresfernandez. Pours unclear yellow. Small to no white head. smell is peach. Taste is dry, sour, full, peaches, intense. very nice, I love it !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (4121) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Thanks radagast83! Hazy golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of light acetone, spices, herbs, some vanilla. Tastes of cucumber, tart citrus, oak and funk. Light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5001) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2015
On draft at Churchkey in DC. Pours a hazy gold with an off white head. Aroma of plastic and lemon. Flavors of lemon and peaches.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BiereLuc (1170) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
L’équilibre entre l’acidité sauvage et le sucré des fruits et désarmante. Il faut constamment revérifier avec une autre gorgée... et une autre. Si bien que le verre est vide avant qu’on ait pu démystifier l’ampleur de la complexité de cette bière. Il y a un petit côté qui me rappelle la Dulcis Succubus du Trou du Diable. Sublime in so many ways.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Draft->snifter at Churchkey. Clear gold with small white head. Sour citrus, peach, brett. Zesty. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (5989) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Even the foam of this tastes good. Citrus bretta and good wine barrel infusion. A hint of peel. Pours golden with great head and lacing. Tangy but clean finish.

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