tectactoe (3084) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2013 [Bottle, 2013] Murky sunshine yellow body with a soapy, bone white head that lasts as a nice chunky collar & swampy film. Aroma is bursting with fruit; lemon flesh, orange, peach, mild apricot, white grape, all backed my solid helping of farmhouse funkiness. Wet hay, cotton, slight sweaty & cheesy funk. Somewhat floral, faintly spicy & grassy hop character. Complex aroma. Taste includes much funk & fruit as well. Lemon peel, peach tones, musty hay, orange zest, hints of barnyard sweat funk, crisp melon, fresh grassy tone, slightly vinous white grapes & a strong bready, yeast filled finish. Lots of yeast. Chunky yeast body with a highly carbonated, crispy & dry finish. A great example of the style.
[Tap, 2013] I’ve found that Sofie actually loses a bit of it’s spunk on tap. Not sure if it’s the fact that it doesn’t receive full "bottle conditioning" (keg conditioning?) but it’s not quite as freshly funkified & thus loses a bit of it’s aforementioned brightness on tap as compared to cracking open a bottle. Less carbonated & lively as well. Still a good beer on tap, but fantastic in the bottle. My score will still represent the bottled versions.
JBPortland (1106) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
765ml bottle 2014 vintage pours semi clear light orange with 2 finger head. Nose is soft grainy spice, vanilla citrus and bits of belgian yeast. Taste has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, feels undercarbed on the palate even tho the head was plentiful, soft rounded grain spice, bitter orange, dry light vanilla and cereal. Finishes with some earthy wheat, light pepper, grain, and light vanilla citrus spice. I feel like something was not quite there with this bottle, mouthfeel was somewhat lifeless and it hadn’t really dried out enough to be great.
ElManana (983) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Leuven Innovation Beerfestival, thanks for sharing! Right up after Matilda, another Belgian copy which does a bad job. Yeast, low bitter, I even rather drink Palm than this, it has the same metallic, yeasty, taste. Bad.
sinfull (1020) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, yellow color. Big , white head. Aroma of yeast, fruits , spices , lemon and hint of farmyard. Crispy , fruity taste full of spices . Champagne feeling in the mouth . Dry finish with moderate , hoppy bitterness.
markextrae (1903) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle sample at LIBF, poured an poured an amber looking colour with a white head. nose of fresh citrus, crisp malts, tropical fruits, mango, stone fruits, lemon zest, oak, pineapple juice, spicy yeast, grape skin, vanilla sweetness, earth notes, leading to an dry aftertaste.
77ships (5041) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for sharing! Sampled 650 ml. bottle @ Leuven Innovation Beer Festival. 2012 Version I believe. Dark amber, little white head. Nose is oily, dull & bland, yeasty, light hay & dull oak,… Very boring, oily, bland yeasty, sugary taste, thin, caramel, metallic, light oak,… Dull & oily,… Tastes like a boring Spéciale belge, disappointing for me.
sebletitje (7473) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample @ Leuven Beer Innovation 2015, shared with the RB Belgian crew.
Dorée claire, col fin blanc.
Arôme au bouquet qui met bien en avant ce léger côté poivre concassé, le tout ponctué par un agréable fleuri houblonné noble avec un profil levure assez belge.
Palais est fruité sur une écorce d’orange, le tout avec un petit renforcement poivrée très plaisant et qui réveille un peu les papilles. Reste belge dans son inspiration levure le tout accompagné et contrebalancé par un agréable fini boisé de chêne et de raisin blanc.
ExpendableHero (773) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky yellow brew with a white head. Carbonation is extremely lively. Aromas of fresh citrus. Tastes of lemon peel, some lime notes, biscuit, and fresh wheat. Bittersweet, semi-tart finish. Barnyard funk. Not much to this, I was expecting more. Decent.
JorisPPattyn (8338) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium snowwhite head over pale golden, clear beer. Smoked nose, tarry and phenolic, strange - then sour fruit and some citrus. Taste is not smoked at all, but contains some phenols. Sweet fruitjuice, that take a long time lingering on. Medium bodied at best. Not bad.
Alengrin (3028) - BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Goose Island ’farmhouse ale’ aged on wine barrels, with medium thick but strongly cobweb-lacing, off-white head and hazy golden blonde robe. Fruity and quite complex aroma of pear, mango, straw, lemon zest, peach, pepper, pineapple, hint of wood, grape peel but alas, a faint touch of H2S (rotting egg!) as well, fortunately receding quickly. Fruity, estery, ’Belgian’ taste, subdued sweetness, orange, pineapple, mango, berries, light acidity (lemon peel), nice and soft bready malt sweetness below but still somewhat thinnish body, drying finish with a dash of spicy hops, peppery yeast accents and woody tannins, with persisting grape fruitiness. Quite complex and tasty, too bad for the H2S.
Beerhunter111 (10000) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trübes goldenes Bier mit einer geringen weißen schaumkrone. Geruch leicht säuerlich, Steinobst, süß. Geschmack süß malzig, bananig, Gewürze, hefig, lecker.