This is my first Sofie... I have to say, this is one beautiful beer to look at.
Sofie has what it takes - golden color, sun bleached bone-white cap, musty attic aroma, lemony/orange zestyness, subtle hop "bite", sugary sweet with generous amounts of barnyard funk, lively yet discrete mouthfeel.
Served In: Pint Glass
12 oz bottle I received from the wonderful Lum. Been looking forward to giving this one a shot for a while. Served up in a tulip.
A: The body is medium, straw colored yellow. Held to the light, it has a nice, light lemon tinted appearance. The body is nice and hazy with nice streams of quick moving carbonation running up the bulb of the glass. The pour was a bit of a pain due to the fast building head. I probably had a little over 3 fingers of white, pillowy, airy head. The head does fade somewhat quickly but it forms a tight, half finger of head that throws up some really nice lace all over the glass. Very nice.
S: As soon as I popped the cap on this brew, I was hit with a lemony herbal note. Once it was in the tulip and I was able to put my nose in there, I am getting a really nice and lightly sugary lemon note. There is some really nice Belgian qualities that take over. Little bit of banana, and peach coming out. A very nice light funk comes out as some light, dusty barn funk. Getting a very fine but defined orange peel aroma. Light pepper and a little bit of lemongrass. Dig it.
T: Not much different from the nose at all except for the order of flavors. There is a very nice creamy banana with a light vanilla presence that hits me first of all. This is lightened up with some nice lemon and orange notes. Getting the meat of the lemon and the zest of the orange. The pepper bounces around, coming out from time to time. The beer rounds out with a musky funk quality and a light champagne grape like quality. Wonderful.
M: This beer does have a little bit of weight to it but it is lightened up by a pretty vibrant carbonation. It just opens up the beer wonderfully. ABV is not really coming across to me other than light and champagne like. Just has that light and bubbly alcohol presence. The beer finishes nice a dry. Aftert taste is a little funkiness and banana.
OA: Very nice. The best way to put it is beautiful. All the flavors and aromas are very well put together and they meld together wonderfully. Its incredibly drinkable and I could easily kill half a dozen or more of these on a hot day. Just great. Thanks, Paul!
Served In: Bottle
I really like the new labels on the Goose bombers, elegant, clean and simple. Sofie is a straw golden beauty that's nearly sapped of its color. A slight haziness engulfs the entire body while bursts of carbonation rush to the surface in clumps. The head rose quickly to two fingers but faded just as fast to a solid cap. I'd like to see a little better retention in a saison but the lacing that's left behind is ringed and impressive.
The nose is full of Belgian qualities. Faint banana gets things moving but is quickly joined by green apple and peach. A pale maltiness lends a nice sweetness in the background while the yeasty esters make this beer what it is. Candied orange peel and the slight barrel aging are both noticeable and add a depth that hits the spot. As this brew warms a swirl brings out some intense lemonhead qualities. There's a touch of pepper but it comes and goes. Deep pulls bring along some mustiness and wildflowers that I didn't notice at first whiff. All these aspects come together beautifully and it's now to the point I can't even pull my nose from the glass. This stuff smells incredible!
The flavor mirrors the aroma remarkably well. The orchard fruitiness introduces this saison to the tastebuds before the candied orange peel and pale maltiness make their presence known. There are some vinous qualities I couldn't pull from the smell but everything else is jam packed into this beer with the greatest of craftsmanship. Bright lemon characteristics play through on the backend. This is an excellent new brew from Goose.
The body has a light but vibrant feel thanks to the lively carbonation. While the carbonation is quite active it never reaches prickly and is more along the lines of massaging. The finish is slightly dry and there's a mild, clean bitterness left behind.
Drinkability is off the charts. On a warm summer day if I had the means I could tear through bottle after bottle of this delicious nectar. It's all at once refreshing, tart, drying and bursting with flavor.
I am hugely impressed with this saison from Goose Island. They nailed the recipe on this brew. The slight barrel aging and added orange peel has done wonders for the complexity of this beauty. It's not the most traditional of saisons but I'd have to say it's my new, favorite American saison. Good job guys!
Price: $7.99 Served In: Tulip
Thanks to Jaye23 for yet another great trade. I took this bomber, a 2009 vintage, to share at La Bella on 4/14/09.
This beer is a blend of a Belgian-style saison with a 20% portion aged in wine barrels with orange peel. Bottled with brettanomyces.
The beer was a pale straw yellow with a rapidly descending inch of foam.
Sweet orange candy with pale malt sweetness at first sniff. Very soft floral notes and fruity wine barrel aromas later on. Light citrus candy and lemon verbena. Very nice aroma.
With the first sip I could taste some light pineapple, brett, pale malt, flowers, and fruity wine barrel flavors. A bit of vanilla started to show itself near the finish. Some spicy yeast flavors as well.
Medium carbonation, somewhat thin but decent for a barrel-aged (at least a portion) Belgian-style pale or a farmhouse ale with brett. Very nice beer and I would like to try this one again with some age on it.
Served In: Pint Glass
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