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RATINGS: 1079   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Pours fairly hazy pale peach tinted gold with a tall, frothy off white head that has excellent retention and leaves very nice lacing, beautiful brew. Aroma is pepper, grass, earthy wet leaf funk, dried citrus rinds, green wood, hints of cellar and other ligher funky notes. Flavor is sweet citrus and light cereal grain up front, followed by warm spices, black pepper, green wood, thistle flower, ginger, white mulberries, basement funk and there is some vanilla and sweet grass to the finish. Palate is medium bodied with a dry feel throughout and a nice active, but not to sharp and velvety smooth carbonation, very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
morgens2 (4) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2010 does not count
22 oz bomber received in a trade from leaf from ufck. Drank 3.9.10. Pours a slight hazy, golden yellow that looks beautiful in the glass. Thin layer of creamy, bright white head that lingers for a short time. Smells of hay, grain, orange and a slight lemon zest, with some spicy notes in the background. Taste is magnificent, one of the best saisons I’ve had at this point in my life. The subtle spice flavors are just at the appropriate levels where they’re noticeable, but not controlling the beer. Orange, barnyard, and grassy flavors emerge the further I get into it. Light carbonation gives it a great feel and I definitely had no problem drinking a whole bomber by myself. Would be a great beer for summer afternoons.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9585) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear and sparkling light gold with a medium-large, frothy white head. Good head retention with fair lacing. Aroma is light malt with a complex spice bouquet of citrus and pepper, along with some wild yeast character. Faint notes of oak and wine are present later on. Flavor is a delicate marriage of light malt, subdued spicy hops, wild yeast, and spices. Lightly creamy with an effervescent carbonation that finishes dry. Spices, particularly the orange, linger into the finish and then allow the pepper to join the party late. Nice, light bodied, smooth, and refreshing ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 6, 2010
Pours light yellowish golden with a white head. Has a light lemony aroma with some orange zest. Light flavor with a touch of lemon and a peppery spice with a bit of vanilla.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (3913) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. The look is cloudy, has a white head, yellow to golden in color. The taste is lemon, yeast, fruits, and sugary. The smell is sugary, lemon, and fruits.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Bottle date 10/23/09 - Pale golden with a large white head. Very lively looking. Aroma is orange zest, slight dustiness. Flavor is orange, pepper, medium bitter, lightly sweet. Very lively medium-light palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Thanks to bleeng for bringing this beer. Pours a light lemon straw with a small head. Aroma of lemon, pepper, green tart and almost a lambic nose. Crisp, effervecent flavors of lemon, spices, tartness and corriander. Drying finish that leaves you wanting more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle: Pours a clear effervescent golden with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of soft Belgian biscuity pale malts and some mild doughy yeasty notes with a healthy dose of lemon citrus and coriander. Starts with a mild biscuity sweetness and some earthy hop notes and peppery coriander spice with some citric tartness before a drier finish. Pretty smooth and drinkable with good authenticity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bomber. Pours hazy yellow gold, white head. Aroma is fruity, spicy; a very yeasty aroma. Flavor is similar and meaty and substantial. I find this to be a fairly well-rounded ale. It’s not offensive or watery.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bomber bottled 12/11/09. Pours a beautiful bright very clear golden- pilsner-like with a massive white foamy head- nice lacing as well. The second and 3rd pours get subsequently more hazy with more and more sediment and tiny suspended yeasty particles. Aroma is yeasty, doughy, definite orange peel-citrus adds to the very light delicate fruity esters of the yeast, almost as if it was a french saison yeast- the wild yeast doesn’t come out yet- or at least not as any kind of funk as of yet, although it was only bottled a few months ago- also gets nice herbal light grassiness which keeps the fruity citrus orange peel in check and hints of bready dough from the malt, and even a touch of sulfur from fermentation. Flavor is very clean, yet there is still quite a bit of complexity all around- starts off with a nice biscuity bready pils malt backbone which turns a bit leathery, doughy, yeasty light sulfur and the leather almost gets a light musty earthy funk but hardly anything- gets a lot of clean mineral and light salted pils malts and phenols in the midpalate which is nice- and finishes off a bit grassy, with a touch more of a slight oily orange peel, more mineral, and even a bit more salt- slight Margarita like in the finish- almost bone dry and spritzy- which is very quenching and makes it easy drinking. Very nice saison- a touch unique with that orange peel, but it seems to work, as this is a very delicate refined, well made saison. I liked this every time I have had it.


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