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RATINGS: 1025   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle @ Goose. Aroma of belgian yeast, and some citrus. Interesting brew, it had some lively carbonation. Light and refreshing. I was hoping it would have some more sour characteristics from the wild yeasts, but it was still well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Very light golden pour with fluffy white head, releasing the wild yeast fruitiness I expected. Very nice sparkle in the mouthfeel, along with the citrusy tartness, light yeasty/tart/sour funk, vinous qualities, and dry peppery finish. Kept thinking, from beginning to end, how nicely this one would pair with so many different kinds of foods (especially seafood, I think). Not particularly complex or overly fussy, just a really pleasant and refreshing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilligoose (3120) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Bottle rerate. Pours a clear yellow with a big puffy white head. notes of lemongrass, orange, some funk, spices. Grassy fog. Musty. smooth. Effervecent. Refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Aroma is surprisingly hoppy like fresh hops with nice hints of belgian yeasts. The flavor is spicy, refreshing, with a hint of tart and an exhale of orange peel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
22oz bottle, Jun 2009 bottling, courtesy of a couple of very generous Chicago BAs. Poured into a tulip. The is a lighter than I was expecting, a super clear golden straw with tons of bubbles streaming to the top, feeding a huge creamy white head that doesnít back down for a long time. The lacing is nice and thick. Smell is excellent and starts out very subtle with lots of sweet light fruits, especially pears and apples. But as it warms, the peppery spice and lemon zest come out a bit more and even a faint funk thatís just starting to enter the fray. The taste starts out with a much more earthy tone than the aroma, definitely featuring the yeast a bit more. The middle starts to taste more like the sweet fruits of the aroma, with some slightly tart green apples. The finish is dry and earthy and much less sweet than I though when I smelled the beer. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very active on the palate with a strong carbonation. Itís dry with a spicy zing on the palate in the finish. This is a great saison from GI and extremely drinkable with plenty of sweetness in the aroma and some earthy characteristics that come through more in the taste. A great summer afternoon beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Hazy gold with big, foamy white head / Perfumed, elegant nose of honey and banana / Light to medium body, a touch watery, creamy with low carbonation, with good balance and fair finish / Flavors of clover honey, flowers, banana, orange peel, and white pepper / Nice, but needs a little work. Not picking up the wine barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2009
22oz bomber (Bottled June 01, 2009) served in a tulip. Hazy light golden/orange pour with a two-finger thick head of slowly fading off-white foam. Lots of bubbly lace. The aroma included orange peel, honey, white pepper, berries, and a hint of white wine. Very estery. The flavor had sharp orange peel, wheat, dried fruit, and graham cracker. Finished with a light sweetness, but mostly dry. Light-bodied with crisp, moderate carbonation. Refreshing. An interesting variation on the style. The wine barrel presence is very subtle. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle from Pantanap. Thanks. I really think this is a nice saison. Zesty carbonation, slight residual sweetness, nice spice character. Extremely refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Bottled in Jan. 09. 22oz. bottle served in the new style Blvd. Smokestack Chalice Poured a pale gold with a finger of fine bubbled, white head. Lots of carbonation. Coriander and orange peel in the aroma. Fairly light bodied. Spicy finish from the yeast. More citrus and orange peel. Very dry. After drinking the Juliet, this was a bit of a let down. Nothing wrong with it, but it just didnít do a whole lot for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2009
22 oz bomber. Straw yellow body with a big white head. Light, fruity aroma. Flavor is wheaty, a bit fruity, slightly sweet, but overall very subtle. It reminded me of a Belgian Tripel crossed with an American macro lager. I tasted the Belgian style flavor, but I think this beer would be quite palatable to Joe Table down at the corner bar pounding the Buds....

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