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La Socarrada - La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: txbrewer on 08-12-2012

American Golden Ale brewed with rosemary and rosemary honey.

10-19 IBU
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 20
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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i think this is woefully underrated, its one of the more unique beers going right now, and even if you dont like the botanical heavy nature of it, you have to appreciate its newness and its creativity and execution. just a delightful brew, and one of the first real spanish crafts i have had. rosemary and rosemary honey are the two unique ingredients in this slightly hazy straw to honey colored brew. it holds a vibrant white head that separates into airy lace, and the beer appears to sparkle despite its cloudiness. radiant carbonation is evident. the aroma and flavor are a lot alike, a simple, pale grain base giving a cereal backing to a unmistakable rosemary presence. not a delicate ingredient, and not a delicate flavor, its bold for sure, but its also reserved in the sense that it doesnt totally dominate the brew. probably steeped like tea on the hot side, although its tough to guess the technique. the honey side of things is great, one of the more raw, waxy, whole comb honey flavors i can remember in a beer, and carrying the rosemary away from the savory and into the sweet, a cool transition, but the beer is dry and insanely carbonated, so its a very strange palate excursion. as unfamiliar as any beer going, its totally foreign to my palate, and although i have had a couple of beers with rosemary before, nothing on this level of quality or even close to it. impressed with this brew very much, and would like to get my hands on some more of their stuff. epic as a food beer in the right setting i have to imagine, but it did not need a gourmet context to be special. usually i need beers like this in small doses, but i could have done this whole bottle by myself no trouble at all. a must try i think, and the price was really fair!

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3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

A great brew to reset the palate or even start it off. We could not see drinking much of this on its own; it desperately wants to be paired with something. You’ll probably want to cook with it Julia Child style as well. The beer is validation that we need to see more “craft beer” from Spain.

STYLE: Herbed Ale
ABV: 6.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed amber, good-size head

SMELL: Sweet rosemary, earthy, vegetal, crackers, clean

TASTE: Incredibly smooth, spicy resin, loads of rosemary character, crisp, hint of alcohol, minimal hopping, earthy honey, dried grass, spicy rosemary finish

Photo of BayouMafia
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ralphs66
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tylerstravis
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of juangl
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobbuster
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by rosemary, with hints of Belgian style yeast and candi sugar. Smells more like a soda than a beer. Flavor is saison style yeast and malt, rosemary, light honey and lemon citrus. Medium bodied wth active, peppery carbonation. A nice light, and very refreshing farmhouse style spiced beer. The rosemary is very distinctive and surprisingly well supported by the malt body, although it is light and not very malty. A unique and interesting ale that could have been overwhelmed by the stron spicing. Nicely done. I regret drinking this on a cold day in December, because this would be an excellent hot summer day beer. Hope to see it again. There are not many Spanish beers making to this country, but they are doing interesting brews.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nice color, instant rosemary nose, has a creamier head than many beers of this style. Easy to drink with note of rosemary and honey.

Photo of bubseymour
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Pours very fizzy with a soap sudsy head. Smell like ginger ale. with some Belgian yeast. Taste is smooth with noticeable spice and a nice little crispness dryness in the finish. Yes perhaps even slightly tasting like ginger ale but not as sweet. A mix of herbs going on in the taste. Seems like something DFH would release. Also finishes a little like a saison but with a touch of honey. Fizzy on the tongue which isn't desirable to me.

Its an ok beer. I could drink again, but not anything really exceptional by any means.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Josiahchow
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 21A). Bottle 33 cl - batch L020216. AROMA: very interesting subtle rosemary aroma mixed with a sweet honey and malt profile. slight DMS present. Very faint hop aromas. APPEARANCE: golden orange color with particles in suspension. thin ivory head with low retention. TASTE: unbalanced rosemary flavours that overpower the base beer style. very low bitterness and very faint malt and honey flavours. very low esters. finishes medium-dry with some astringency. PALATE: thin body with low carbonation and some astringency. OVERALL: a nice and inventive approach to a spice/herb beer that lacks a bit more of balance between the herbs and the base ale.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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