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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Pours a bright light golden with a two finger frothy white head. Nose is light and citrus with a touch of barnyard influence. Very delicate mouthfeel with citrus and funk in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Sample at the Goose Island tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 11/19/09. Pours a hazy lemonade yellow with a medium white head. Peppery yeast aroma with lemon, orange and sweet malt. Sweet and dank malt flavor with peppery yeast and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnovacanes (61) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Appearance: pale orange color with a slight golden hint; medium-to-long lasting rocky white head; hazy with effervescence Aroma: low-to-medium floral, spicy hop aroma; strong fruit aroma but not predominantly citrus; does appear to be a clove presence as well; pretty nice cohesion Flavor: beautiful and textbook; fruit and spice; similar profile to the nose shows genuineness; low alcohol presence followed by a nice tart sourness; fairly strong spice component; low hop bitterness; sufficient malt background Mouthfeel: medium body; low alcohol warming; carbonation but not too strong Overall: only major drawback is the fact that the hop presence could be stronger; otherwise, a great saison prototype!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2009
22oz. Bottle: Complex aroma of yeast, coriander, spices, basil, white pepper, and a hint of lemon. Poured yellow in color with a medium-sized, loose, white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of yeast, spices, light lemon, light coriander, slight white pepper, slight hops, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Yeast, spice, white pepper, and lemon finish is dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
This was a really pleasant and light saison-style beer, but given the price tag and the description, I thought it was a bit under-whelming. There was nothing unpleasant about it, but it lacked the full mouthfeel, intense sourness, and funkyness that I expected from this beer. It was drinkable and light and pleasing, but not the genre-buster I thought it might be. Color was a light lemonade color with a meringue-colored head. Aroma was lightly sour and wheaty. Flavor was a touch sour, light, and effervescent. Mouthfeel was very light and delicate, and pleasing, although not what I expected. Pretty good. A big thank you to SurlySober for bringing this beer over to my house to share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2009
2009 bomber. Light, clear, yellow pour with a big, fluffy, white head. The aroma is lightly sweet with just a hint of clover honey, there’s some very subtle sour funk, lemon, and some bubblegum Belgian esters. The flavor is very bright and light with some great notes of citrus, and nice gentle sweetness balanced by a little tartness and a peppery finish. I get just a hint of buttery oak on the finish. The body is light, dry and very effervescent. Excellent saison!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyS (1) - Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2009 does not count
Bottle. Fruity taste at the front of your mouth and proceeds to get dry as it washes to the back of your mouth. Definitely getting a champagnish hint on the palate. The color is a terrific cloudy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Wow. Nicely done. Soft, subtle all around, but with the smallest hint of brett to call it a saison, a wee bit of orange, and you can call it creamy, even though it’s got great small-bubble carbonation. Well put together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours a bright golden, cloudy color with a slight head. Citrus and vanilla aroma. Flavor seems to be almost a lemon flavor which is muted by the vanilla to make it very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bomber from ditmier - thanks, Eric! Very pale gold pour with a crisp and very active carbonation, sweet malts and a hint of pinot grigio in the nose. Soft palate and a very nicely lingering feel to the beer, quite swirlable. Lightly bitter flavor initially, with some saison funk and pepper, tapering off to a modestly dry table white (albeit with champers carb). An interesting effort at the style, and I wish I had another bottle to age.

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