ABV: 6.5 IBU: 20
Goose Island Beer Company Sofie
What the brewers say
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.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Fruity character is complex and dances alongside spicy pepper. Very white wine-like with nuances of pears and apples. Moderate malt aroma.”
Flavor: “Sweet fruity notes of lemon citrus blend with white wine character. Mild spices balance to keep from finishing too sweet. Low hop bitterness. Slightly dry finish with a little lingering sweetness. A touch of acidity and a little oak round it out. Good carbonation but low head retention.”
Overall: “A refreshing, interesting, unique take on saison. Tasty and layered. Sweet, but not too sweet. A very lively beer. Wine character is excellent. If you told someone this was wine, they might believe you: a great crossover beer for
pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc drinkers!”
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Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
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