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RATINGS: 1196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with orange peel, Sofie is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. A subtle, spicy white pepper note, a hint of citrus from the orange peel and a creamy vanilla finish make Sofie an intriguing choice for Champagne drinkers and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian Saisons.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1553) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bottle from 2010 picked up at SL. Weak head for a saison... Nice light orange color. Good aroma of yeast, flowers, citrus, lemon, orange and some spices. Taste is better than it looks. Dry, yeasty, little lemon and orange, spices with a touch floral and citrus hops. Smooth and dry, but not bone dry... Nice saison, thanks to robert for picking up GI in MD or at least at SL!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2010
Creamsicle in a bottle baby!! Alright, not exactly. Bottle pours yellow gold with a creamy white head. Aroma is heavy orange, vanilla, and yeast, with a backing of hay and white pepper. Flavor shows the same but also displays some light banana and oak. The orange leans more into orange peel at this point, and some tart pear starts to poke itís head out as well. Overall body weight is moderate, with a soft and creamy mouthfeel. Goose Island is quickly impressing me with their grasp and interpretation of Belgian styles. Bravo.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a cloudy yellow gold color with a small while head that soon fades to a fine ring. The aroma is soft with Belgian yeasts, apples, maybe some orange peel and straw. The flavor is subtle with fruity notes of apple, pear, oranges and cashew. The palate is smooth but unsatisfying with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium in duration and spicy. Overall: I thought this was mostly bland, the bottle says that it will continue to improve with age for up to five years, but improve into what? I guess that I will have to sock away a bottle and see.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2010
22oz - Aroma of soft chewy yeast which leads into orange peel, oak and white wine. Flavor is tasty but mellow. Sour yeast, orange and a touch of oak and wine. Palate is soft and creamy. Subtle yet full flavored.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11097) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bomber poured a hazy golden yellow with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, citrus, light spice and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, yeast, lemon, ligfht pepper and light vanilla with a smooth lingering citrus finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Elegant herbal hop spiciness grows through a lively canvas of citrus peel, banana esters, white grapes and mildly honeyed cereals, building a tantalizing Saison-like creation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim head of foam tops the cloudy straw blond.
-The expansive effervescence and dryish finish make for high drinkability.
-Orange zest is balanced with the just barrel apport.
-The overall flavor profile is quite balanced.
-The herbal hop notes develop basil, sage and even menthol aromas when paired with the already complex interplay of ingredients.

Bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
Sampled on 4/9/2010. This saison pours a slightly cloudy yellow orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, melons, pears and apricot. A medium to full bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of apricot, peach and melon flavors. There is also a touch of tartness at the finish. The hops are herbal. Nice soft lively carbonation. A hint of vanilla. A very delicate subtle beer. There is a hint of wood at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a hint of wood.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
Bomber. Pours a hazy golden yellow with ample carbonation, fizz, and a good 1/2 inch of fluffy, dense white foam that does not dissipate. Nose is faintly bittersweet and barnyard funky, mixed with appropriate and expected citrusy orange peel tones. Saison-classic. Taste is darker, and heavier than I would have expected, but pleasant. The palate on this beer can best be described as, unexpected, and even unpredictable. Iíve taken 3 tastes now, and not a one has been the same. The first was dark, barnyard-heavy, the second, more spritely and citrusy light, the third, an oddly tart departure from both the 1st and 2nd. Interesting, for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popery (1639) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
Bottle, home. Excellent Belgian style ale. Pours a bright lemon gold, fairly hazy, with a small white head. The aroma is sugary malt, honey, lemons, oranges, moderate funk level and mild but crisp grassiness. Itís sweet and bright. The flavor is refreshing. Thereís a dry, believably-Belgian yeast with sweetly tart fruits chiming in. The orange peel and citrusy hops are pleasantly bitter. Mouthfeel is clean with an excellent lingering funk aftertaste. Goose Island makes some awesome Belgian style ales.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12899) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
A: The pour is a pale golden yellow color with a fluffy white head. S: The nose is quite fruity with plenty of citrus, pears, and maybe some melon. Thereís a definite spice aroma along with some yeast and perhaps even a bit of tartness. T: I was very pleased by the nose, but the flavors didnít quite live up to that. The spices are much more pronounced and the tartness doesnít make an appearance either. There is still some nice fruit character, namely apples, pears, and bananas, however. M: The body is medium with a very nice tingly carbonation which gives the beer a bit more of a light feeling on the tongue. D: I liked this much better than some of Goose Islands special releases, but I still donít know how much of this I could drink. A nice beer to have a small pour of, however.


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