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!”