I was browsing through my local beer store this past weekend and my eye caught a couple of fairly stark yet striking labels. Both were from Goose Island; one was Sofie, and the other was Pere Jacques (to be reviewed soon). Of note with these labels, they look more like wine labels than beer labels, and is likely why they caught my eye in the store amidst all the other bombers.
Appearance: Nice light straw color, mild haze, high carbonation creates a thick white head that quickly dissipates.
Smell: Strong citrus and coriander bouquet. Very traditional for a farmhouse style. Smells very inviting.
Taste: Strong citrus and sugars, tart but not overpowering. Mild spicing. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Light and thirst-quenching at first, dry and tacky finish leaves you wanting more.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable and enjoyable.
Overall: I was very pleased with Sofie. Though I’ve never had a bad beer from Goose Island specifically, in general I’ve found limited bombers from craft breweries – particularly non-Belgian breweries producing limited run Belgian ales – to be hit or miss. But Sofie was right on the money. Very enjoyable.