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RATINGS: 1062   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.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very wine like in flavor and very champagne like in texture, but still recognizable as a saison. An excellent summer sipper that could probably stand upt to colder weather as well. It should age incredibly well. Less hoppy than many saisons, but there was enough acid and sourness to create great balance with the malt. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light to medium yellow that was almost glowing. It had excellent carbonation that constantly tried to rebuild the head, which was average to large, frothy, off-white and mostly diminishing. The aroma had light to moderate light bread and cracker malts; light herbal and grassy hops; moderate to heavy earthy, dusty and spicy yeast; slight funky yeast; and white wine. The initial flavor was slightly sweet, lightly acidic and slightly sour; while the finish was slightly sweet, light to moderately acidic; moderate to heavily tart and lightly bitter with an average on flavor and long on dryness duration. There was white wine, cracker, white bread, funky yeast, a little wood, apple, maybe a hint of vanilla, champagne, earthy yeast and dusty yeast. The light to medium body was very dry with very fizzy and tingly carbonation.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Busick (350) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Loved this saison! Very light colored and gives off fresh aromas of fruit, spices and citrus. Excellent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Howlader (593) - - JUL 6, 2014
22 ounce bottle, served in a pint glass. Pretty good saison, one of Goose Island’s better ones.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattH (635) - California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
On tap at Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey, CA. Hazy yellow pour. Nice aroma with some vinous character and a little barnyard funk. Flavor is light with some orange notes. Level of carbonation is hight. Easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (1958) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Decent Belgian ale, a bit malty and not yeasty enough, or light bodied enough for a saison. Still a good quaff, and nice to know the USA is getting better at the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuelMTL (32) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Pours a clear yellow sparkling liquid with a thin white head. Sour fresh apple, cider and Belgian yeast aromas. Almost like champagne. Smooth in the mouth with a light but long bitterness and some funk. Very fruity with green apples and orange notes. Low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpkinhead2 (289) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
Bière jaune pâle, bien voilée, incroyablement effervescente (je ne crois pas avoir déjà vu une autre bière aussi effervescente!), et surmontée d’un col blanc, moyennement large, léger, aérien, nuageux, bien résistant et très collant sur les parois du verre. Arômes de pain frais et de blé, beaucoup de fruité (agrumes, pêche, pomme verte, framboise, raisin vert…), levure belge typique des bières saison, et levure sauvage et acide également. Présence aussi d’effluves herbacés et aromatiques (gazon, foin, menthe, coriandre, conifère…), quelques épices également (surtout du poivre…). Très beau nez, très intense, belle complexité. En bouche, bien pétillante, mais pas tant que ça considérant l’effervescence observée, breuvage également bien mousseux, mais c’est plutôt assez mince au palais. Au goût, on note dès la première gorgée que c’est malheureusement significativement moins intense en bouche qu’au nez, et que l’acidité, même s’il reste largement dans le domaine du tolérable, domine sans partage. On a de légères saveurs de pain fais, foin et blé, mais aucune saveurs véritablement sucrées. Moins fruité qu’au nez, on retrouve néanmoins les agrumes (citron et pamplemousse blanc surtout) et léger de pomme verte et de raisin vert. On retrouve également l’herbacé et l’aromatique en bouche, ainsi qu’une subtile touche poivrée. Tel que mentionné précédemment, moins intense en bouche qu’au nez, un peu moins complexe également, bien accessible cependant, rafraîchissante, ça fait très estival. Au final, une très bonne bière!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
JonLaRue (13) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Served from large bottle. Tight lace, with light yellow hue. Flavors of wine, cereal, and hops. Acidic and sweet a little too sweet. Best Saison ale I have tasted.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Percy0103 (67) - MEXICO - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle (2013), 355ml. A golden beer with a huge frothy head. It has a floral aroma and maybe a slightly hint of banana. Taste is bitter at the beginning but also a little sour at the end. Maybe it has a slightly watery finish, but overall a good beer. Very complex.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sdaniel90 (282) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle, 355ml (2013). Pours clear golden with plenty of carbonation and a thick, fluffy white head with great retention. Aroma is of coriander/orange and other citrus, with a musky barnyard character and yeast. Spicy and astringent, with a heavy bitter and sour finish expertly balanced. Complex and very drinkable, though nothing too special.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
cafgen (108) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Golden color with a white tin head. Aroma is fruity, lemon, orange and grass. Taste is fruity and grassy with a citrus note. Not my type of beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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