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Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 11 17 4 8 2009
22oz Bomber
Binny's Orland

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!

Reviewed: 5/3/09

Price: $7.99 Served In: Tulip