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RATINGS: 1275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with orange peel, 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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Pours a hazy yellow, with a huge white head. Aroma is peppery, with citrus, and a nice brett character. Body is light & crisp. Flavor is candied fruit, with spices, and a little brett in the finish. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - APR 28, 2011 does not count
Got it from the bottle. The carbonation was very bright which I liked. It doesn’t actually say its a Saison (which is typical for Goose Island) but it sure tastes like one. It had enough hops that it was clearly American but not over the top like many of the West Coast brews. It was very versatile and floral. Definitely a fav. It’s really too bad it was purchased by Anheuser-Busch. Hopefully it will merely effect distribution and price and not quality.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2506) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bomber. Pours a hazy gold color with thin lacing and head around the glass. Smells of lemongrass, citrus and honey. Taste is like a cross of a belgian wheat beer and a saison. Some tart notes as well. Really enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2751) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 24, 2011
On tap at McGregors. Very clear, somewhat pale, narrow serving glass. Bubblegum nose. Banana and fruity palate, somewhat tropical and exotic. Savored the taste on this one, great stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1023) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
Bomber bought a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($7.59). Pours a hazy light yellow-gold hue with big white head. Aroma of musty grains, fresh lemongrass, citrus peel, flowers, yeast, and a hint of funkiness. Flavor consists of some tart funk, apple, pear, light citrus, and some pepper. Dry finish. Okay saison, and very different from the Brewdog Tokyo* which preceded it. (492, 520)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3073) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 11, 2011
Tap at Jimmy’s 43. The aroma is pepper, lemon, sweet, malty. The appearance is hazy yellow/orange, white head. The flavor is fruity/malty/sweet, light pepper. The finish is sweeter, and light on pepper. Almost like a beer in reverse, in that it got sweeter and less spicy as it was consumed. The mouthfeel was creamy, medium in body. Quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1578) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 8, 2011
Cloudy gold with a generous frothy head, nice retention and lace. Barnyard-like aromas with hints of citrus and pepper. Pronounced tart taste, almost sour, with tangy orange and lemon accompanied by barnyard yeast and grains. White wine grapes and chewy bread are also apparent. Medium to full body, nice creamy mouthfeel, lively carbonation, and a clean finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4549) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2014 Pours a super light straw yellow with some haze and two fingers of lacing sticky white head. Nose is very zesty and spicy with notes of lemongrass, white pepper, and a slight funk over a backdrop of dry character and pineapple. Lots of spicy notes and pineapple in the flavor, very dry and zesty with mild earthy notes and some horse blanket. Dry palate and light bodied with a nice carbonation. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
An excellent saison. Pours a hazy yellow with a thick, very lively white head. Aroma is pure saison. Lots of sour notes, a little hops, and a fresh wheaty undertone. Taste is sour and citrusy to start, then is finishes dry and hoppy, almost like a Pilsner. This is certainly my favorite Saison to date.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a large fluffy white head. Aroma of spices and yeast. Flavor of bubblegum, sour citrus, and hay. Light and bubbly. Decent.


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