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RATINGS: 1195   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
Batch #1323 - bottled on 2/19/10 - Aroma is floral hop, a little basement, fruits and a little brett. Flavor is citrus, with some herbs. Finishes clean. I am liking GI’s Belgians.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2010
Bottled 02-10. The pour is very nice with a very hazy, straw color and an average, white, very frothy head which leaves a small layer throughout and leaves lots of frothy lace. The nose is a bit off and a bit bland; the orange is apparent either from the orange peel or the wild yeast, a slight barnyard hint, some floral, light white pepper, and bit of corn also. The flavor is better with minimal corn notes, vanilla really does filter in nicely, white pepper, subtle orange notes, a bit vinous. The palate is lively, creamy, medium. It finishes with just a touch of dryness, orange keeping its presence, vanilla still, and pepper lingering. Odd beer, and not what I would consider to be a saison; it lacks the tartness, it is sweeter and less bitter, and lacks a refreshing character to it. It is, however, like a Belgian Blond and fairly well done. The wine barrel aging is minimally apparent, and the wild yeast notes are very subtle. Nice but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1441) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2010
22 oz bottle, dated 2/19/10. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a smallish creamy white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lacing. There’s lots of tiny little floaties suspended.

The aroma is peppery spices and some musty yeast with a little banana.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, with some spices and earthy yeast and a little banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of spritzy carbonation that subsides some as it sits.

Overall, a nice saison. A little too sweet and too much banana for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2010
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a big white head. Aroma is tart lemon, yeast, and peppery spice. Flavor is lightly sweet, lemony, tart, spicy, with ample carbonation, and a peppery dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12294) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
Bomber from South Bay Drug. Joey da man. Pours very hazy gold with a decent white head. Aromas of fresh citrus and light yeast. Medium body with sharpish carbonation. Flavor is citrus zest and lots of peppery hot bits. And it’s like fresh fruit. That pepper bit hangs on into the finish. Or maybe that’s the zest. Very good, whichever. After awhile there’s a light funkiness, and something like an oaky astringency. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2010
22oz bottle $7. I bought this after reading the description, the label was nice also. It was a nice orange color in the glass and smelled a little floral and kind of odd. The taste was nice like a saison but with a definite orange flavor to it, the peels really shined in this beer. This was so damn easy to drink, nice beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-29-2010 03:33:24

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8537) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2010
hazy bright gold body with a tall white head. nose is heavily floral with the white grape/wine and wood character either present in small amounts or easy to pick up when suggested. malt is biscuity, slightly toasted (perhaps barrel character?) and semi-sweet; yeast is floral soap and dried herbs. hops are light citrus and a little bit sour/moldy. moderately thick body for the style. fortunately drier than matilda but still too chewy and syrupy. herbal green finish. will drink occasionally but I think the syrupiness and malt chewiness could be dialled down. dry this out some more and we’re talking about something good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
944play (371) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 27, 2010
2010. 22oz in Goose Island stem at Toad in the Hole. Very pale, cloudy with thin diminishing head. Initial aroma is dirty diaper; mellows into more pleasant aromas of sweet corn and cantaloupe esters. Flavors are subtly fruity with hints of dried apple, pineapple, and stonefruit. The palate is the kicker -- it’s only carbonated to a medium-high level, but the mouthfeel kicks off with an exciting, prickly pepper sensation, This example registers pretty young, with characteristics desirable in a witbier; I’d imagine it would age into a more elegant experience within a few months.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 27, 2010
beautiful yellow light orange color. bold Belgian yeast smell. tart. acidic. almost wine like. taste really sticks to the tongue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (4117) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle. Nice pale yellow pour with fluffy white head. Aroma is quite winey, slighty tart and citrusy, bretty and wild, quite complex. Taste is a bit tart, a bit bitter, completely awesome. Notes of citrus, wheat, and a bit of sweetness. Palate is smooth and silky, very enjoyable. This is it, best saison I’ve ever had.

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