Gillian 2016 Release – Goose Island Beer Company

From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Gillian” a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale from the 2016 Release.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow gold colour with a white head much like a champagne.  The aroma consists of strawberries, honey, spices, pepper, sweetness and some tartness.  The flavour is of strawberry, honey, spices, pepper, wheat, honey, mild earth, tartness and a mild brett funk.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 20.  I was really excited to give this beer a try!  It is a very good beer with an amazing mix of flavours and there might still be a chance to find it on tap in Vancouver.  Hawskworth had a keg at one time.

Commercial Description:  Inspired by an amuse bouche often prepared by the wife of one of our brewers, Gillian brings white pepper, strawberry, and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, this Belgian style farmhouse ale is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet in a refreshingly effervescent body.

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3 comments on “Gillian 2016 Release – Goose Island Beer Company

  1. edkaye says:

    They still make small batch? Huh!

    • Mike says:

      They make lots of small batch. They Bourbon County is huge just not available in Western Canada currently and consists of Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts and their Barleywine also barrel aged. They also do a line of barrel aged sours and bottle conditioned Farmhouse Ales with Brett.

      • edkaye says:

        Nice! All I ever see is their IPA, pale ale, etc. They are not great. They had them on tap at the Brown’s opposite my work during the summer (awful place), but switched to Granville Island.

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