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RATINGS: 1170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2278) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2583) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1984) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1545) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2010
Creamsicle in a bottle baby!! Alright, not exactly. Bottle pours yellow gold with a creamy white head. Aroma is heavy orange, vanilla, and yeast, with a backing of hay and white pepper. Flavor shows the same but also displays some light banana and oak. The orange leans more into orange peel at this point, and some tart pear starts to poke it’s head out as well. Overall body weight is moderate, with a soft and creamy mouthfeel. Goose Island is quickly impressing me with their grasp and interpretation of Belgian styles. Bravo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a cloudy yellow gold color with a small while head that soon fades to a fine ring. The aroma is soft with Belgian yeasts, apples, maybe some orange peel and straw. The flavor is subtle with fruity notes of apple, pear, oranges and cashew. The palate is smooth but unsatisfying with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium in duration and spicy. Overall: I thought this was mostly bland, the bottle says that it will continue to improve with age for up to five years, but improve into what? I guess that I will have to sock away a bottle and see.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2010
22oz - Aroma of soft chewy yeast which leads into orange peel, oak and white wine. Flavor is tasty but mellow. Sour yeast, orange and a touch of oak and wine. Palate is soft and creamy. Subtle yet full flavored.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10678) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bomber poured a hazy golden yellow with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, citrus, light spice and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, yeast, lemon, ligfht pepper and light vanilla with a smooth lingering citrus finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Elegant herbal hop spiciness grows through a lively canvas of citrus peel, banana esters, white grapes and mildly honeyed cereals, building a tantalizing Saison-like creation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim head of foam tops the cloudy straw blond.
-The expansive effervescence and dryish finish make for high drinkability.
-Orange zest is balanced with the just barrel apport.
-The overall flavor profile is quite balanced.
-The herbal hop notes develop basil, sage and even menthol aromas when paired with the already complex interplay of ingredients.


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