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RATINGS: 1249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Draft at the Stable. A hazy pale in the glass with a creamy white head that left light lace. Sweet aroma of fruit, spice and black licorice. The flavor found fruit and spice. Medium body. Update - 2011 Bottle (BD 09/15/11). Poured golden with a white head. Aroma of fruit, spice, and a light yeast back. The flavor found fruit, citrus hop, and a light spice back. Light to medium body, slightly tart, and a yeasty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Bomber brought over to Leems’ house by our friend CRK. Hazy yellow colored with a thin, bone white head. Aroma was bits of yeast and citrus fruits, particularly lemons. Perhaps a little orange and pear thrown in there as well. This beer tasted very sweet, lots of citrus fruits, roses, light bit of earthiness and some definite pepper notes at the finish. Unique tasting brew, and quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2010
Pours cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit, marcipan and light brett. Flavour is malt, brett, marcipan, fruity and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
bottle: golden orange pour, grassy, spicey arouma. Velvety soft and smooth body, funky with a touch of tart with sharp carbonation. Touch of lemon and flowers, nectar honey. Yeasty, light caramel and cracker malts, peppery finish. Lovely spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2010
22oz Bottle. Pours clear honeyed golden/straw in colour. Later cloudy as I added the sediment. Bright white reasonably dense head which persists more than I would have imagined. Aroma is classic belgian blonde/saison/wheat beer-ish. Lots of lemon citrus, lots of lemon peel and obviously orange peel. Spices, yeast, and bread in the back ground, also a slight sulphurous/farmyard character, wet hay and so on. Classic aromas a plenty, basically. Flavour is more of the same, citrus is the flavour of the day, with loads of lemon and orange, fruit peel, not as tart as I would have expected - but this is good, I think. Nice use of balance between sweet and sharp. Lots of bready yeast and malt to balance. Reminds me of a tart lemon drizzle cake. Slight lemon sherbet quality to it in the mids and into the finish. Some sharp Lemon meringue as well. Very refreshing. I know only 20% of the beer used was aged in barrels, but still there is little, if any oak flavour imparted into the beer... I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing. On the one hand, showing no oak, basically makes this a very well made Belgian beer out of the US, but this makes me think it’s essentially a bit over priced for what it is. On the other hand, would an overly woody element done the brew any favours, perhaps not, though arguably there is the faintest touch of vanilla sweetness, which I suppose is the oak, but this is very subtle, so the debate still stands, is this a very well made, but somewaht overpriced Belgian/US beer, or does it deserve the price as a pint of solid beer? Mouthfeel is spot on, better than most Belgians could have pulled off. What’s scary about this brew, is that it would appear that the Americans are now producing Belgian beer better than the Belgians themselves. Kudos to Goose Island.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Notes of fruity esters, citrus, spicyness. Taste is spot on it has just the right amount of sourness. Full bodied yet easy drinking, crisp, and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle pour to Trappist glass. Clear yellow color with foamy white persistent head. Aroma citrus, light fruits and spice. Taste matches with citrus, Belgian yeast, spices, sweet malt. Finish tangy and abrupt but very pleasant. Palate carbonated, smooth. Alcohol not apparent. Nice saison, just a hair behind Hennepin for US saisons but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1279) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Light golden color. Aroma is full of coriander and cloves. Flavor is full of spices. I can taste a bunch of coriander in the finish. Definitely a good Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pete4999 (1347) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2010
On tap at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY, drank with Ender from TBS. Very enjoyable beer. I couldn’t distinguish the citrus notes, but he made sure to let me know that they brewed it with a ton of orange peel. I got a distinct pepper finish - definitely spicy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2865) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2010
Pours a light straw yellow with hazy floaties and a fizzy white head. Aroma is intense citrus and orange. Taste is a flash of citrus and a light body. Very carbonated. Slightly peppery in the aftertaste which is really nice finish.

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