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RATINGS: 1309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2013
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] Iíve found that Sofie actually loses a bit of itís spunk on tap. Not sure if itís the fact that it doesnít receive full "bottle conditioning" (keg conditioning?) but itís not quite as freshly funkified & thus loses a bit of itís 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Listigovers (904) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2016
Some citrusy hops and lots of belgian yeast flavour, fairly bright a bit fruity, golden and sparkling, medium body, nice and a bit creamy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cimbasso (739) - - SEP 24, 2016
Sampled on draught at the Hopsmith Tavern, Chicago. Pale yellow with a white head. Very fruity flavour with lots of orange taste a green apple tartness. Hints of peach and champagne.Dry finish. Very easy drinking with an appealing sweetness offset by a fruity tartness. This is a highly drinkable Saison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rubyroo (37) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2016
Aroma is Sauvignon blanc, Brett, wheat, corn. Appearance is pale yellow, initial pour is crystal clear. Very active bubbles. Taste: white pepper, wheat, hay, champagne, barnyard funk. Palate is thin bodied and quite effervescent. Finishes slightly dry. Overall an enjoyable farmhouse saison that isnít exorbitantly expensive.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
LetsGoState (818) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Aroma is sparkling champagne. Taste is sweet citrus. Overall just an OK one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tapefuzz (126) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2016 12oz bottle. Pours pale yellow with a large foamy white head. Aroma is floral, yeasty, and full of pear. Taste is lightly tart with lemon, orange, pear, and some grapefruit. Some pepper. Pleasant traces of yeast. Dry, white wine like finish. Light body. Somewhat above average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownaler (547) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Slight sour aroma with a Belgian yeast body adorned with peppercorn bit of a champagne like finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierdimpfe (327) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2016
Veiled golden color with extra powerful champagne like amount of activity. Extra frothy beige 4 finger sparkly island head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with strong legs. Aromas of white wine and champagne, yeast and fresh flowers. Flavors of apple, green grapes, pears, floral and herbal spices. Perfect balance of sweetness and sharpness. Oily light body with champagne like carbonation. Light and short finish, ending with a vinous cider like green grapes fruity feel. Overall exquisitely well crafted : delicious subtle but complex flavors, super fresh and tender, perfect sexy body, great balance and well intensifed, ideal accessible light appertizer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Giochaurand (422) - FINLAND - AUG 29, 2016
Bottle. Pues cloudy yellow with high head. Aims is Belgian yeast, Finnish Sahti, coriander. Taste is sour, malts, lemon peel. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PanMarek (241) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Doughy yeast in the nose and a touch of saline and citrus notes. Pours slightly cloudy, pale yellow, with quick white foam. Saline / tart notes in the taste, ester yeasts, and some orange citrus. The citrus persists to the end. Mild spice notes, some pepper and coriander. Medium body and light fizz. A touch of hoppy bitterness and a good, dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4746) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Many samples over the last several years, mostly in bottles but most recently on draught at Cafť Hollander in Madison, WI (early July 2016). Big lasting head tops an oily, lightly cloudy amber body...fairly sharp grapefruit-lemon and peppery nose, some fragrant light malts in there too as it warms, a hint of dry farmy yeast...peppery-spicy throughout on the tongue, lightly sweet in the middle of the palate, just a touch syrupy at first but drying out quite a bit towards the finish, which is tart and cidery...moderate to slightly strong carbonation, fairly full. This was better than recent small bottles Iíve had; the first (750ml) bottles I consumed in, oh, 2010/11 or so were better still I think, a bit more funky and full and dry. Still pretty solid on draught I think, but at this point I probably prefer Matilda.


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