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RATINGS: 1352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2011
(bomber, 2009 vintage, sampled 7/12/10). Clear golden color. Large white head. Moderate citrus aroma. Moderate sweet honey/sugar flavor, with light pepper. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish. Thin/slick texture. Moderate to high carbonation. Fair lacing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Draft at GI Clybourn on 8/4/11. Pours a straw color. Small white head. Spicy aroma. Citrus flavor. Really gives me a feel of champagne. Soft and mellow feel. Dry finish. Very solid beer. Only disappointment was that it left me feeling too much champagne and not enough farmhouse saison. Will need to rerate this one in future. 12/23/12 - Just drank a two year old bottle (1/29/11). This beer ages very nicely. Still definitely gives a champagne feel, but the belgian spices are more present then in the fresh draft version. Wasnt sure how this one would hold up, but based on this experience I wouldnt be afraid to age this one for quite awhile. It was still very much alive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Location/Date:Bottle during Hurricane Irene on August 27th, 2011..bottle from Feb 2010.

Appearance: Pours a golden cloud.
Aroma: Sweet aroma, nearly pineapple-ish.
Taste: Didnt really taste like a saison to me, more like a belgian blonde. Light hop, some citrus.
Palate:Can sense the "champagne"-ness of this beer from the second it pours.

Summary: Surprisingly, this beer aged well.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (3959) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
Glass, 5-ounce, on the premise, savoured on July 5 2011; eye: yellowish, opalescent, no effervescence, tiny ring of white head, light lacing; nose: slight farm, slight fruity, wheat, light acidity; mouth: slight farm, slight fruity, light acidity, spices, finale in malt with slight hops, medium body, below-average carbonation, a bit thin; overall: ordinary FRANAIS Verre, 5 onces, la brasserie, savoure le 5 juillet 2011; il : jauntre, opalescent, pas deffervescence, petit anneau de mousse blanche, lgre dentelle; nez : trs lger ferme, trs lgre fruit, bl, lgre acidit; bouche : trs lger ferme, trs lger fruit, lgre acidit, pices, finale en malt avec trs lger houblon, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, un peu mince; en rsum : ordinaire

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
scarletfire65 (1423) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2016 Vintage 2010. Pours a clear pale yellow with a huge billowy head. The aroma is funky, barnyard, cheese, Belgian yeast, orange, peppercorn. Very fragrant and complex. Light bodied and crisp with high carbonation. The flavor is equally complex. Starts out slightly sweet, lots of grass and straw, orangey citrus, banana, clove and peppercorn, and funky Brett flavors. Finishes crisp and perfectly hopped. This is seriously a damn good beer. Light and refreshing but extremely complex. Im gonna get a few more bottles and sit on them for a few years, let that Brett do its thing. It can only get better. Vintage 2015 (5/13/16, in Chicago) Very similar to my deScription from 5 years ago. Grassy, funky, leathery brett notes. Crisp yeasty finish. Banana notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aasher (113) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle dated in late March. It poured a light, straw yellow with a hint of light orange to it with a billowing white head. It smells delicious, a nice blend of yeast and citrus aromas with light sweetness. It tastes excellent as well. Once again, a great mix of breadyness and citrus flavors with a subtle sweetness. It drank very crisp and didnt lose any carbonation in its six months after being bottled. This one is very, very drinkable and delicious on tap or out of the bottle. I cant wait to try this one aged.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2697) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Tasted on 8/10/11 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Lush Roscoe, 2011 vintage. Pours clear golden-yellow with an average white head that slowly recedes to a bit of whispy lace with a thin collar. The nose is lightly sweet with some candi sugar, floral aromas, spicy Saison yeast, orange peel, and light spices. The flavor is also lightly sweet with candi sugar, orange flower, white peppercorn, and some spicy Saison yeast. The body is medium and somewhat oily with lively carbonation and a long spicy yeast and lightly sweet orange flower water finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (7632) - Rimini, ITALY - JUL 30, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a huge soapy white head. Good lacing. Long lasting foam. Very funky smelling with a lingering floweriness and light bready notes. Taste is hoppy, a bit vinous, with a decise barnyard flavor to it. Medium bodied. Very complex brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma of citrus, farmhouse, popcorn and butter scotch. Flavor is much the same with a touch of grass, banana and nice funk. Mouthfeel is light body, soft, with fizzy carbonation. Overall, solid brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Amfo (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottled. Aroma- definite hints from the wine barrel, citrus and yeast. Poured (into a chalice) a nice golden with just a bit of head, nice bubbling. Nice subtle beer. Some sweetness but a tart finish of a granny smith.


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