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RATINGS: 1366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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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4.1
kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle. Poured into a chalice a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice lace as the head settles. The aroma is that of straw, lemon, grass, orange, and very mild barnyard. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. The citrus really come out in the flavor and are nice followed with some mild bitterness. Some floral type flavors as well. Nice wine like notes as well. A very solid, slightly wild beer that is pleasant to drink.

3.8
juiceisloose (1491) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy, bright golden yellow color with lots of bubbly effervescence that gathers at the surface into a small off white head. Some soapy drips of lace slides down the glass. The aroma is nice and complex showing notes of lemon, orange peel, coriander, and spicy pepper atop the base of candied pale malts. There is a hint of mild brett to go with the dry, Belgian yeast profile and some balancing hop bitterness on the back end. The flavor follows and is even better than the nose suggest with the citrus fruits, spicy pepper, and lemon grass up front followed by some creamy oak laden vanilla and touch of bretty funk. Medium bodied, dry with prickly carbonation with a nice dry, bitter finish from the grassy hops. Great brew and perfect for the hot summer time. Really nice saison.

3.8
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Huge head a little soapy looking, shiny, golden slightly hazy... Some fruits, apple light aromas, tart, sour aroma, belgian yeasts come through.... Dry finish, quite a bit yeasty in the finish, not overly sour/tart though some barnyard/funk does come through nicely, just enough..,. kind of has a duvel meets orval feel to it...

3.7
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
bomber. Pours a light lemon gold color, cloudy, with fizzy white head. Aroma is tart and peppery, sour citrus, cherry and currant, floral pepper notes, but also with a sweetness present, vanilla pudding. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, dry, definitely has a champagne like feel. Flavor is cloying, a mix of tart citrus notes and light floral notes, with a finish that is at first somewhat vanilla sweet but ultimately evolves to a lingering tartness. This is a nice saison and was clearly crafted by a great brewer.

3.9
DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Bottle. Clear yellow effervescent pour and a spicy, light orange aroma. Flavor is bitter orange, grass, spicy white pepper and a nice wine aftertaste. Really well done!

3.9
Jow (3923) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Pours a hazy marigold color with small white head. Smells of yeast, pepper, and citrus. tastes of orange peel, spice, green grapes, yeast and wine. lively carbonation and very refreshing.

4.3
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 A: Light gold with a tremendous bone white head and a stunning amount of lacing. S: A bit of yeasty funk over a slight peppery aroma. Mild hops underneath, though they don’t challenge the yeast character. Also, some white wine characteristics--green grapes and a bit of sweet, tart fruits. T: Little bit of funk combined with some pepper flavors. Much the same as the nose, but the taste has more distinctive fruity characteristics with the green grapes/apple coming through over the top of the pepper. M: Fairly light with a good bite of carbonation. Not much of an alcohol presence. D: Quite refreshing. Nothing too complex going on here, but quite a good and refreshing saison nonetheless. Serving type: bottle

4.4
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Wonderfully light, yet complex beer. Orange peel, bubblegum, oak, almost chardonnay in the nose. All the same goes into the taste on top of a wonderful tinge of sour from the yeast and some bitter from the orange peel. Such a tasty ale.

4
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
22 oz. brown bottle with a classy label. A cloudy glowing golden yellow with a nice billowing head. The aroma has citrus and is kind of funky almost like sweat but in a good way which makes me wonder if there is Brett in here. The taste is refreshing and sparkly, clean, very smooth. You know this is an easy drinking beer and would be nice to have on tap specifically for your house. This is another good beer that surprised me in a weekend of good beers that surprised me.

3.8
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Pours a golden amber with a nice head. Smells of yeast, orange, bubblegum and a funky spice aroma I can’t put my finger on. Medium mouthfeel with a dry yeasty barnyard palate that does remind me of a dry champagne. Follows up with a mild pepper bitter that works in to a bitter orange peel note. Not bad at all with easy drinkability. Great summer beer.


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