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


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 45į in a white wine glass or snifter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8291) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2013
bottle-conditioned 330ml. lightly hazed amber body with a very thin white head and little retention. heavy ginger and star anise / licorice nose with minimal malt or hop expression and only a light doughy yeastiness. medium body, medium sweetness, low bitterness, medium to medium-high acid. very much like ginger ale in the flavor, and if it werenít for the barely-noticeable alcohol and round, chewy body, I would guess blind that this is soda. itís effervescent, sweet and spicy with no noticeable hop flavor but some bitterness. Iím really surprised to see no ginger in this beer at all, but I can see how the rosemary gives a similarly spice / root / bitter vegetable leaf (bay leaves?) flavor. canít say itís something I enjoy that much, but itís made rather well, no noticeable flaws. a little too sweet for my liking, and unidimensional ginger (i mean rosemary) flavor throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wchesser (1267) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2013
Pretty gold with a little lacing. Nose started out as rosemary with some greeneness and honey then got a bit stinky. Drinks almost like an IPA with the honey rounding out the mouthfeel then black pepper spiceyness and some rosemary then a honey sweetness and more black pepper. Quite interesting and much better than what itís rated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sfuen03 (353) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 22, 2013
33 cl, bottle. Copper color; head size is average; creamy and quite long lasting; diminishes into a compact and wide film. aroma is a punch of rosemary and honey. body is alcoholic, oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. The rosemary taste seemed too overwhelming to me. Not very well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5761) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma of herbal honey. Taste is light sweet red ripe fruits, some sugars and honey, lacks a bit in the hop division, unbalanced and sweet, still interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1434) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2013
The rosemary here is just more pleasant on the nose than the palate. Smells like a rosemary forest. But upon drinking, one soon discovers the rosemary is truly alone. No interest from the yeast, no backing from malt, and no balance from hops. Really an interesting beer, and I am not sorry to have tried it, but it just doesnít have the complexity that would have made it great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29954) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 2, 2013
UPDATED: APR 20, 2013 Bottled. An unclear dark golden beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of honey, malt, and roswmary. The flavor is sweet with notes of spices, malt, honey, rosemary, and flavors, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (4982) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2013
0.33 l bottle from Alko (Arkadia). Copper color. Aromas of piney rosemary and caramel. Sweet taste is dominated by earthy and piney rosemary with some resiny and gingery notes. Rounded full body. Completely overpowered by rosemary and tastes more like a fizzy herbal tonic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (737) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Medium gold pour, decent head. Nose is light rosemary, herbs, and malt. Sweet on the tongue. Middle is the interesting part; woody, honey coated, rosemary flowers. Finish is lightly bitter and long. Not for everyday, but this beer could grow on you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
socialbeer (108) - SPAIN - MAR 2, 2013
Botella, color palido y espuma poco persistente. Predomina el romero en aroma. En boca muy especiada ligeramente maltosa y romero de principio a fin

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Aroma is mildly herbal; rosemary, ginger. Floral fragrances are also present. A cloudy orangish amber pour with frothy, mostly diminishing, off-white head and clumpy lacing. The taste, like the nose is herbal with peppery ROSEMARY being the predominate flavor! Medium body with soft carbonation. Overall, refreshing, like "adult" herbal tea Not something I would drink all the time, but I would definately drink it again.

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