Goose Island Mae
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Brewed with Saison and farmhouse ales of Belgium in mind, we added fresh Mick Klug’s Michigan peaches and Brettanomyces claussenii to a fresh white wine barrel and aged the Saison base for 9 months. Stretching boundaries of the traditional style, we decided to put our own little spin on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Sampled at GTMW 11. Hazed yellow with a thin head. Tart earthy aromas kinda acidic. Tart citrus flavors, acidic and earthy. Too acidic. Harsh on the throat. Kinda odd. Not that great, but maybe that brett is getting to a weird state. 7/3/7/3/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2011
On tap at GTMW (2011)
Another excellent release from Goose Island this sour was perfect for the day’s conditions. The short line made it all the better. A hazy straw colored body retained a brilliant peachiness despite the sharp brett bite. About halfway between the spectrum of mouth puckering and boring it contains a great balance of tartness. This is another one I would not mind seeing make its way to Ohio in bottled form.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Draft after the line died down at Great Taste. Pours an attractive deep gold tending towards copper with a fizzy head. Nose is great. Brett C tropical notes accompanny the big peach. Nice and refreshing yeast aromatics, along with the fruity peach. Surprised at how persistent the peach is in this. On taste, mildly sour with a dryness that is welcomed, along with big and juicy peach. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Goose island mae. Goose takeover at smallbar Fullerton... Pours a midly hazy apricot orange Pour with a thin film of soapy white head congregrating at the edges of the glass... Aroma of a nice peachy influence with a decent acidity involved. Oaky with some vanilla tannins throughout... Flavors are a continuation of the same with a softer milder acidity, yet pretty assertive sour qualities. Good bodied along with an active level of carbonation. easy to drink and quite quaffable. the best new offering of the evening by a long shot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
draft. pours hazed golden with white head. aroma has nice peach and vanilla with chard oak, vinager, and brett undertones. flavor has a nice fresh peach quality, with vanilla, acidic, brett, clean and really drinkable. awesome brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Big thanks to Kan for giving this to Sean and I after it tapped in an hour at the GI event... pours a dark murky peach with a light white head... the aroma is awesome, very sweet whopper malts balanced with peaches and winey grapes with a slight sour finish... It tastes equally balanced with the peaches showing off and its more sour than the nose, vinous quality overall, totally crushable would have drank this all night if I could... Beer of the night

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Sampled on tap at the GI Invasion Event at SmallBar Fullerton (Chicago, IL) and two full drafts after. Pours a light straw well hazed hue, a small frothy whitish head. Nice. Aromas are drop dead gorgeous: sour peaches, some sweet bread, white wine grapes and fruity honeycomb, citrusy liveliness, touches of honeycomb, wet oak, vanilla, lactic acid, and touches of breety dry funk. Quite lovely. Initial is a moderate acidic kick up front, peaches and lemons, white wine, lactic acid, touches of yogurt, bread, vanilla, honeycomb, white grapes. The nose is just so potent, the peaches make it a powerful winner, the gentle white wine strengthens it’s complexity. The wild yeast bring it home. A good healthy tartness, not overblown sour with great balance, tart and oaky. Lemons and lactic acid, laces well, sticks to the palate, healthy sour bite and gentle wet white wine, oak, touches of yogurt, dry funky brett, and lingering sour peaches grow in a wave of passion. This is a great beer, not a beer that knocks you over. It’s balanced and sour, dry and bretty, but not overly so, not tipping one element into dominance. No overpowering acidity, no huge oak dominance. Instead, a firm lively sour, with vibrant peach, gentle oak and white wine, firm bretty funk and dryness. Well done, and I could easily drink this all night.

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