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RATINGS: 1065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5646) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Fred82. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de miel et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement voilée avce une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de banane et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’agrumes en arrière goût. (Rating #2995)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2857) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 20, 2010
Bottle from SL. Pour was golden to slight yellow. Nice initial head, white color for the most part, good lacing. The aroma was fruity esters, yeast, wheat, Belgian Strong Golden-like. Flavors followed, bananas, vanilla in particular, bready yeast, somewhat tripel like, yet hops light. Didn’t get much saison/farmhouse/spice out of this, perhaps the yeast the only thing contributing there? Citrus finish, oranges... mouthfeel is smooth balanced carbonation, a touch sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3298) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bottle; poured a clear gold color with a smallish white head. Aroma of yeast, orange, citrus, wine, vanilla and a dash of spice. Flavor was solid with some nice complexity. Yeast and wheat up front, which transitions to orange and citrus. In the finish you get some spice and vanilla. Pretty easy to drink and could have some mass appeal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bomber, 2010 vintage, poured into a tulip glass. Pours a pale gold color with a thin fading white head. Aroma has some light esters evoking fruit salad, including apple, pear, and banana. Some clove notes lead me to believe this is made with some wheat. Nice smooth spiciness, also getting some vanilla. Flavor is bright and slightly tart, some lemon now emerging with the banana pith. Distinct but very well-integrated pepper note, along with mild notes of cooking herbs. Fruity tropical hops blend well with the esters, just like in the better Belgian IPAs. Light honeyed malts provide a soft background for all the yeasty and hoppy complexity. Dry finish, but not in an astringent way, which is a very significant accomplishment for a beer partially aged in wine barrels. Crisp and clean, a little hefty to be considered refreshing. A nice satisfying beer, somewhere between tripel, saison, and Belgian IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3231) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
22oz bottle Jan ’09 4/17/10 (Binny’s Naperville)-58° in Snifter-Pours a hazy yellowish golden with a big white head. Aroma of yeast, brett, and pepper. Taste of the same with a bit of a tartness along with some orange taste. This medium bodied brew is very well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle. Wonderful bretty aroma. Pale gold with evervescent carbonation. Creamy white head. A little dry at initial sip. Plenty of flavor though. Excellent example of the style. Crisp and refreshing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Lively palate. Nice banana and pear aroma and taste with candy sugar and a dry orange taste to the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. A light golden yellow color with a white head. A light spicy fruit (pear and orange peel) and peppery aroma. Smooth and creamy with a pepper bite and hint of vanilla in the flavor. A touch of cardboard and mustiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1890) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2010
hazy gold pour with a thick foamy head. aroma is orange blossom floral and grassy hoppiness. I get this tangy mustard seed spice too... light biscuity pilsner-ish malt underneath. Flavour is tart orange and lemony and floral. somewhat dry. light biscuity malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1499) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bottle from 2010 picked up at SL. Weak head for a saison... Nice light orange color. Good aroma of yeast, flowers, citrus, lemon, orange and some spices. Taste is better than it looks. Dry, yeasty, little lemon and orange, spices with a touch floral and citrus hops. Smooth and dry, but not bone dry... Nice saison, thanks to robert for picking up GI in MD or at least at SL!


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