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Brewed by Cervesa Artesanal de Xativa
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Xativa, Valencia, Spain

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
La Socarrada is a "gastro-ale," or food-pairing golden ale made with only, water, malts (pils/amber), hops, yeast, rosemary, and rosemary honey. La Socarrada pours a beautiful golden-amber color with a light, white, non-persistant head. The nose is wonderfully appetizing, filled with rosemary, rosemary-honey, and a light bread-like quality. The taste is full of rosemary, rosemary honey, and fruity characteristics along the lines of pear, apple, and fig. There is also a distinct gingery bite as well as a light note of black pepper. The body is both crisp and pleasantly dry. It is recommended to be served around 45° in a white wine glass or snifter.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rugamu (100) - SPAIN - NOV 30, 2013
Buena cerveza levantina, algo diferente, una rubia con una amplia gama de olores a romero y miel, algo no muy habitual por estos lares. En boca, todos esos sabores se notan también, consiguiendo una sensación muy muy agradable. Repetí en la taberna de los conspiradores sin dudarlo y cuando pueda volveré a tomarme otra.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Niko100 (1924) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Hazy amber color; Light to medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, spice, & some grain; Flavor of malt, some honey, spice, and grain; Decent.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TBone (12335) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle from Barcelona. Slightly hazy pale orange-amber color, small white head. Herbs in the aroma: rosemary or oregano. Light to medium-bodied. Malts, herbs then light bitterness in the finish. Honey is lurking in the background. Herbs usually don’t improve beer, this one included. Quite Italian touch in this one.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ansermadide (1509) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
You can smell this oddity from feet away. It smells more like a heavily herbed olive oil than a beer. And man... it is strong. Cute bottle. Saying that this is unfiltered is an understatement. Normally you may get yeast and/or hop sludge at the bottom of your bottle, but this is a different story. That aroma that carries to the nose from such a distance, as if carried by a slight breeze, is reminiscent at first of a strange aftershave. Or, perhaps, it smells like you’re just been seated at a table at an Italian restaurant. First impressions: this is not a beer. Yet, it does actually contain malts and hops to my surprise. Technically, it is a beer. Once you get some in your mouth you start to notice some of the honey. It’s obvious now that the honey helps smooth out some of the sharpness in the nose. And after you take a big enough of a whiff of it, it really starts to smell more like an herbal honey cough drop, as a friend of mine suggested. It’s hard to stomach at first, but it grows on you. The bottle suggests serving at a colder temperature (45°), and it’s obvious why as a warmer temperature really releases the rosemary. Other than the strong herbal flavor and a touch of honey smoothness (think honey cough syrup), there’s not much else to the flavor at all. No malt or hops are that present. If anything, maybe a hint of caramel malts to compliment the honey. It’s thin, watery, and herbal, a little like a cold cup of rosemary tea sweetened slightly with honey. This is definitely not your session ale by any means. It may be potent, but for what it is, it’s not that offensive. Drink in small amounts or reduce in a pan and drizzle over some garlic bread. Maybe baste your Thanksgiving turkey with this as it’s roasting in the oven.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Sample 11/12/13 (Whole Foods-Lamar)-Pourd a hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma of rosemary and more rosemary. Taste of the same. This light bodied brew is not bad but not my cup of tea.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
camiloskrik (17) - madrid, SPAIN - NOV 2, 2013
Botella. Amarilla. Aroma a hierba, sobre todo romero, algo de miel. Sin apenas espuma, muy poco carbonatada. En boca, romero y miel sin ser dulce. Demasiado romero para mí. Normalucha.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16292) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy rosemary finish.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle courtesy of ajax25g, gracias amigo! Pours hazy to cloudy yellow color, massive fluffy white head. Aroma of herb garden, barnyard, dust, attic. Taste is heavy spice, to the point of being unpleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dexcansino (425) - Andalucía, SPAIN - OCT 2, 2013
Cerveza de color ambarino, espuma blanca y ligera. Olor acaramelado, cítrico y romero. Sabor algo malteado, almendras, cítricos y romero. Ácida y algo dulce. Cuerpo medio.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
degbert (1062) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark, murky amber-gold with a high, rocky, cream-colored head. This goes beyond hazy -- there are actual chunky bits in the beer, the largest of which is about the size of a pinhead. (Nothing like beer you have to floss afterwards.) The nose is huge and grassy, with massive rosemary and lemon notes and light floral overtones. There’s some honeyed sweetness on the front of the palate, but the twin clean herbal bites of hops and rosemary soon clear it out; a little stone fruit finishes things off, but mostly the herbal/acid tones remain with a long, dry, warm finish. Despite the appearance and the omnipresence of the rosemary, I like this -- but it’s definitely not an everyday beer. Now I want some garlic-studded pork loin.


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