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Goose Island Sofie Paradisi
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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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60% Ale Aged in barrels with grapefruit rind and juice, 40% Ale (Base Sofie)


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Full disclosure: I tasted this while pouring for GI at the Blarney Stone Brew Fest in June. And my notes were very hasty. Sophie is already a favorite beer for me. This one is cloudy in my cup, and offers up a scent of grapefruit, but also some live Belgian yeast. Big tart taste, and nothing like the grapefruit radlers running around. Just a full on Belgian beer with plenty of sour that’s easily recognized as grapefruit. Luckily the base beer is still pretty sweet as a counter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (1959) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Pours gold with a thick white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, slightly sweet malt and grapefruit. Taste is bitter from the hops and grapefruit while slightly sweet and malty at the same time, very cool beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Glass at Hal & Al’s on 6/18/13. Clear yellow in color with a thick white head. Aroma of herbs, malt, funk and citrus. Malty and herbal flavor with some grapefruit before a sweet finish. Grapefruit was more subtle than expected. Honestly, I don’t think I’d have been able to pick it out if I didn’t know it was in there. Could probably tell a huge difference if I had it side by side with regular Sofie though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10841) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
On tap at Haven Gastropub. Golden pour with a white head. Strong grapefruit aroma, some white wine, and a bit of spice. Some slight tang, butterscotch, and maybe a touch of oak. Big grapefruit flavor. A bit of buttery chardonnay, oak, and tangy citrus. Spice, yeast, and some bread.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (951) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Tap in a snifter at Blues Bar. Cloudy marigold color with lots of tiny bubbles streaming toward the top. This is a very full pour into the snifter so I’m not sure if a head normally exists. In this sample there’s a thin white ring literally at the top of the glass. Smells like a glass of Pinot Grigio. In fact, blindfolded I would guess wine in the glass. I get peach and nectarine more than grapefruit. The taste is slightly sweet up front from the juice followed by the familiar farmhouse funk. It finishes by leaving a sour taste in the back of your throat and a wheat malt kiss on the tip of your tongue. It’s a nice blend of sweet and tart. Maybe there’s something wrong with me, but I don’t get that much grapefruit, but that doesn’t hurt the beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ESBob (357) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2013
On Tap. Pours a hazy gold/yellow, ample frothy slightly off white head. Fruit and citrus aroma, light. Taste is an interesting mix of fruit and lemon zest. Nice summer beer with a good mouthfeel and slightly dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Hazy copper, thin small bubbled oily white head. Juicy dry nose, light dusty earth and peppercorn. Lightest brett. Dry, crisp flavor, lemon finishes heavy dust, bit of a short finish. Bit of plastic and egg through finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
At the Beer Belly / Goose Island Migration event. Pours a light yellow. Getting a few citrus notes but this is pretty soft in flavor. Super mellow. Fruit is in the back seat. Getting some tea like tannins. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1444) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Tap @ red’s. Murky gold with a nice white head. Citrusy grapefruit aroma with some layers of funkiness, earth, notes of pepper. Dry finish, bubbly. Pretty interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltser85 (256) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Pours a clear golden with a white head. Nice grapefruit citrus nose. Not as much breadiness with this one, but its there. Taste has the funk with the grapefruit and bitter dryness on the finish. Excellent.


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