Brew Review 13 // Goose Island Sofia

John here with another brew review. For today's beer we head back over to Goose Island and checkout their Saison Sofie. As a way of being open and honest, this is one of my least preferred beer styles. I have always failed to enjoy saisons, there is just something about this style that doesn't work for me.

The reason I choose to keep trying out a style I know I don't like, is because I'm determined to find some I do! Also the clean design of the label, helped it to stand out on the LCBO shelf. So let us see how it goes.

Name: Sofie
Brewery: Goose Island (Chicago. USA)
Style: Saison
Price: $9.95 CAD
ABV: 6.5%

Commercial Fluff:
"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."

Own Opinion

Sight: Cloudy pale yellow.
Aroma: Lemon, with that familiar smell of yeast. Not sure if I get the pepper.
Taste: Sweet lemon citrus taste, which dries up quick. A little bit spice to it too.
Would I buy it again? Nope.

Overall a nicely presented beer and a good representation of the style. For my personal taste mind, it lacked any depth or character to win me over. I'm hard pressed to say if I actually enjoyed it or not. It's kind of left me on the fence in all truthfulness, feeling like I wouldn't buy it again but would drink it if offered. What I do know is that I would much prefer a saison from a brewery like Crooked Stave.

Think I will stick to Goose Island IPA's and stouts for the near future.

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