La Socarrada - La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa
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Reviews by GuinnessAtRogerWilco:
3.81/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle, just delivered to my store today. Poured into a Game Of Thrones tulip.
AP: Upon opening the bottle, it began to fizz like a volcano out the top. Pouring it into the glass seemed to alleviate the issue and it poured rather nicely into the glass. A solid 1" foamy white head sat on top of a dark amber honey coloured liquid. Head fizzled down to 1/8" with moderate lacing on the sides. It's a nice solid colour and on the hazy side giving the impression of thicker body. Looks pretty appetizing.
AR: Smells like honey. I'm not talking about a Mead, I'm talking honey. Like open up a jar and stick your nose in it honey. Honey and bread is what it reminds me of for those of you who have just slathered a slice of bread with honey to eat, this is what this beer smells like. I get a faint bit of the rosemary, I know what it smells like since I cook with it usually when making pasta. There's some white grape in the background, sort of wine-like. I'm not getting much else out of this, but what's there smells pretty good.
T: The honey isn't near as prominent in the taste. It's there, but more subtle. Primary flavour is like crackers, scones and baguette. There's a hint of caramel and orange as well with pear and white grape to accompany the honey note. On the finish you get a firm but short lived kiss of the rosemary which is a nice touch. The rosemary only lingers on the palate for a few moments before it fades.
M: Despite the volcanic erupt upon opening, I only found this beer moderately carbonated. Body was medium with a nice creamy mouthfeel and after the rosemary faded it left a slightly dry cleansing finish.
OV: I really enjoy this beer. It has a nice flavour and would be a great food beer. The body and mouthfeel were very good, it's rather easy drinking and pretty smooth. If you don't like rosemary this beer wouldn't be for you. I think it adds a great bit of depth to the flavours. This would be a great beer to take to a Spanish or Mediterranean restaurant, luckily I have a good one only 10 minutes away.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2013 03:35:25 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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3.54/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
33cl bottle dated Best By Feb. 2015 served in a snifter.
Pours hazy, medium copper-amber with a moderately thick, bone-colored head that has excellent retention. Some solids detract from the appearance.
Aroma: unusual spicy aroma with a clear note of rosemary.
Flavor: Spicy with rosemary, some ginger, and a hint of white pepper. Although i don't like rosemary very much, the mix of flavors here works fiarly well, albeit with a bit more rosemary than desired. Lightly sweet and modestly refreshing, with a lingering spicy aftertaste featuring ginger.
Feel: excellent soft feel with a semi-dry finish.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2014 01:21:48 | More by chinchill
3.96/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This one's pretty much exactly amber, from the medium bright orange flair in the outer body to the deeper, more bronzed orange in the depth, to its general translucence nearing opacity. The head is just off-white and airy but well structured. It sits at about 3/4 of a finger and puts down fairly dense spotting.
It really does offer exactly what it claims to: both aroma and flavor offer lots of fresh-picked rosemary and spicy kitchen herb with a bit of honey behind it under some pale and bready malts with touches of perfume. Hops are very light but used to good effect, bringing out a hint of pine set against the honey sweetness, while a bit of white pepper tickles the tongue from middle into an easy lingering finish.
The body is medium but easing lighter. It has some crispness and shows smoothness on the tongue that stays most of the way but falls off a bit at the very end, while the herb dries it out but not too much.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 20:15:09 | More by Brenden
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served in a tulip glass.
Appearance- Light hazy wheat coloration. Not all that bad looking. A HUGE head on this one. I am unsure if that is just the beer or if my bottle was shaken up before purchase (first time buying beer at Hubble and Hudson). The head kept its volume quite well throughout the entire tasting. Definitely some sediment in this one. Black specs that I am going to assume are rosemary.
Smell- This was my favorite part of the beer. Very strong hints of rosemary invade the nose on this. I was reminded of a type of chicken that my dad and I smoke using heavy amounts of rosemary; a good note for the aroma. The scent of honey was there, but definitely masked by the rosemary. I picked very light lemon notes, but not enough to really stand out.
Taste- I was very conflicted with the taste. While there was nothing awful or wrong with the beer, there was nothing too special. The rosemary was a nice feature which I appreciated, but it was not blended well. I found myself tasting a shit ton of rosemary and a faint aftertaste of beer. The honey was almost non-existent in the taste, which is a damn shame. The lemon I smelled? Gone too. I liked the taste, but it tasted more like an herbal tea than beer to me.
Mouthfeel- I cannot complain or compliment too much here. The beer has a VERY slightly gritty mouthfeel and a pleasant after taste. The rosemary lingers for a while.
Overall- I give kudos for the concept. Truly unlike anything I have had before. I think this beer could be a fantastic one if the flavors were balanced out a little more equally. Rosemary stole the show here. Would I buy this again? Maybe. Would I recommend people try this one? Absolutely.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2014 08:40:28 | More by Erex91
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