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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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2011 bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured hazy light yellow with a white head. aroma was popcorn butter and vanilla with the flavor being much the same and slight orange. light body with high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5335) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, toasted malts, spices, vanilla, wine, and light wild yeast. Taste of citrus fruits, honey, coriander, pepper, vanilla, grass, light wine, spices, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
June 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled October 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale honey color that shows a lightly hazed, straw gold color when held up to the light. It is amply carbonated with a whole lot of streaming bubbles flowing up through it. The aroma smells of hay, orange blossoms, orange zest, a touch of musty phenolics, lots of pale grain notes, a sort of weed like dried grassiness, some light herbal honey aromatics and a healthy grain note that becomes more prominent the more you dig into the aroma. As the beer warms the honey like note gets more prominent, though it always remains well balanced with the other aromatic notes. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable as the beer warms.

My first sip of this tastes quite dry from beginning through the end of the flavor profile. There is a grassy herbal note that lightly spices this beer as well as some spiciness that reminds me of black pepper, orange zest, some turpene like clove notes, some grassy notes that seem to taste a touch like sage.. This has a lively, peppery carbonation that provides lots of carbonic acid to the finish. This has a underlying mustiness to it and a general earthiness that makes me think that a Dupont derived strain of yeast might have been used in this beer. The flavor has a really nice pale grain, pale cracker grain character that is really quite prominent.

My second pour of this is quite murky and full of sediment. Since I don’t spend so much time examining the nose, the beer is also quite a bit more carbonated, but the sediment doesn’t seem to have affected the flavor too much. Both the nose and the aroma see me noticing a bit more fruitiness than before; it almost reminds me a bit of some oaked Sauvignon Blanc and / or Chardonnay grapes somehow; there are also hints of melon, pear and a suggestion of kiwi. The beer definitely is quite herbal / grassy, with perhaps a touch of yeasty wholesomeness that mixes with the crushed grain notes and provides a touch more hearty character to this otherwise light beer. Speaking of which, this beer is nice and light bodied; while dry, there is enough body to not make this seem watery at all. This has a certain palate presence that provides just a touch of fullness to this beer; it is quite nicely balanced towards being quaffable and refreshing. There is a very subtle oak influence, one that I likely wouldn’t have picked out if I didn’t know about it, but it does add some spiciness and some texture to this beer that wouldn’t otherwise be here.

The aroma of this beer has a soft sweetness to it (the honey and orange like notes) that doesn’t translate to the mostly dry flavor. I definitely like this character in my Saisons, which should be quite dry. This is a very nice beer; it has a really nice mix of flavors / aromas and is quite easy drinking. I could easily stand to have quite a few of these bottles about as these will likely age for at least another year quite well. Without having had Juliet yet, I almost wonder if this is the better beer of the two; I’ll have to confirm that when I crack a bottle of Juliet. This is definitely a fantastic beer that I find quite enjoyable. My 22oz bottle of this is too quickly gone & I definitely wish I had more of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2417) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Sampled at Binny’s Glen Ellyn, IL. After Dinner Tasting. Poured to a small snifter a slightly hazed, straw hue, with modest, white, bubbly foam to the head, and light lacing. The aroma was light fruit, lemon zest, and a hint of spice. The flavor added light tartness, and a vinous nature as dry, white wine. The body was on the light side, and the carbonation was lively and almost fizzy. Very refreshing, and nicely paired with a lemon pastry by Charissa, the GI rep.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of coriander, lemon, grass, and florals. Flavor of lemon, florals, clove, subtle pepper, and banana with a soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Eagan, Mn. - Big Top Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours a cloudy dark golden/yellow with a sticky white head that leaves nice sticky lacing on the glass. Nice, almost pungent aroma with lots of lemony goodness. Spicy flavor with hints of saffron, lemon, vanilla, and yeast. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Overall, excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
nice yellowish hue, frothy head. nose is tart and barnyard with some citrus. flavor is light malts but a slightly acidic flavor and tartness with citrus notes. very refreshing and flavorfull

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011
In short: A very sharp dry/bitter, medium wild and slightly spicy blonde Saison. A must for the Saison lovers
How: Bottle. Vintage 2009, consumed when about 6 months of age (bottling date July 17 2009). Sent to me by rudolf, Thanks a lot Rudy
The look: Partially cloudy blonde body topped by quickly dissipating white head
In long: Nose is very bright and wild with notes of floral hops, grapefruits and white pepper. Taste is very countryside field. Dry hay, lemongrass, wild flowers, grapefruits skin, omnipresent bready yeast, bubblegum. Very farmhouse and wild but not to the point of being funky. Finish is dry, bitter, tart, like a cross between a basic dry saison and a grapefruity IPA (like AleSmith IPA). The smooth carbonation and not-too-lively body is a bit lackluster compared to the rest of the beer but that’s unfortunately the case with too many American Saisons. All in all a great brew. Few beers, that exquisite nectar, are named after women. For obvious reasons we name hurricanes after women.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 Crescent Moon Extreme Beer Festival. Very pale yellow with a thin white effervescent head. A bit of a sulfurous aroma. Thin and lemony. Fizzy palate. Perchance, a dash of lime. Nothing special here.

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