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Sofie

December, 2016

Sofie

Judges Rating: 
76
Aroma: 
19 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
30 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
6 / 10
Overall Impression: 
15 / 20

This beer pours golden yellow in color with a slight chill haze. The head is tall, rocky and off white colored. It has excellent persistence with hardly any visible bubbles rising. The aroma brings lots of fruity esters, pear, ripe fruits, particularly pineapple, with a very low citrus lemon note. There's also sweetness in the nose, not sugary. The malt is represented in a doughy, bready character as the beer warms. The Belgian yeast character is high, with a moderate white pepper spiciness. The flavor is of a medium-high intensity ripe pineapple, followed by a medium-low doughy malt character. No flavor hops detected, but with a medium bitterness and alcoholic finish. The aftertaste is short, and slightly chalky.  Balanced toward the malt, but without the wine character the style requires, it does however have a tart quality to it.  his beer has a medium-light body with a moderately-high carbonation level. The alcohol warmth is slightly strong, and does not comes across as pleasant, the low creaminess however helps. Overall this beer has welcoming aromas, but falls short of the Saison experience. The big flavors noted are a fruit bomb, and don't resemble the balance and refreshing, bitter character of the base (Saison) style. The malt character seems to hide under the fruity nature of this beer. 

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