Sofie

Illinois
United States
Sofie by Goose Island Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
76
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

Our sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is wine barrel-aged with an abundance of hand-zested orange peel. Spicy white pepper notes contrast the citrus tartness. The light, refreshing, creamy vanilla finish will excite those fond of Champagne.

Originally brewed by Belgian farmers to attract the best farm hands, we were inspired to brew an exceptional ale as inviting as the original Belgian Farmhouse ales. Light and effervescent, we named it for our founder’s granddaughter Sofie.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
20
Hops: 
Amarillo
Malts: 
2 Row, Pilsen, Wheat
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
76
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This beer pours golden yellow in color with a slight chill haze. The head is tall, rocky and off white colored. It has excellent persistence with hardly any visible bubbles rising. The aroma brings lots of fruity esters, pear, ripe fruits, particularly pineapple, with a very low citrus lemon note. There's also sweetness in the nose, not sugary. The malt is represented in a doughy, bready character as the beer warms. The Belgian yeast character is high, with a moderate white pepper spiciness. The flavor is of a medium-high intensity ripe pineapple, followed by a medium-low doughy malt character. No flavor hops detected, but with a medium bitterness and alcoholic finish. The aftertaste is short, and slightly chalky.  Balanced toward the malt, but without the wine character the style requires, it does however have a tart quality to it.  his beer has a medium-light body with a moderately-high carbonation level. The alcohol warmth is slightly strong, and does not comes across as pleasant, the low creaminess however helps. Overall this beer has welcoming aromas, but falls short of the Saison experience. The big flavors noted are a fruit bomb, and don't resemble the balance and refreshing, bitter character of the base (Saison) style. The malt character seems to hide under the fruity nature of this beer.