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

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2013
Fermentoren, Copenhagen, Dk. Tap, 260913. Amber with off-white head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavor with rosemary and some roasted notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jetulio (104) - Tarragona.SPAIN, SPAIN - DEC 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 330 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass Appearance....... Amber hazy beer with head colour white of 1.5 finger aprox Aroma............... rosemary, honey and yeast . malty aroma with predominance of honey touch Taste........ Rosemary and malt notes overwhelming hop presence, touch of bitterness is missed. Mouthfeel........... medium/full body and soft carbonation Overall............ a very recomendable winter ale, in my opinion with hops touch in the end could be amazing, but it is a nice ale.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Migmar (251) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Reddish brown, cloudy, small head on the edges. Very fruity, spices and honey. Medium sweetness, very light bitterness. A bit odd combination of tastes. Still probably the best Spanish beer I have tried so far.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rugamu (105) - 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 (2066) - 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 (12999) - 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 (1526) - 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 (3388) - 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 (17537) - 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.


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