La Socarrada | La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa

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La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Golden Ale brewed with rosemary and rosemary honey.

10-19 IBU

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 137
Photo of REVZEB
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well right off the bat, if you don't like rosemary, pass on this one. If you do, keep reading. I thought the smell was especially vibrant with the rosemary, honey, straw, funk, flowers, belgian yeast, and candied orange. Pleasant and springy. Taste was a little strong on the rosemary, but the yeast and malting helped cut into a little, along with sweet citrus and I think complimenting belgian spices, but it could be a different kind of spice. Feel was the area I could tweak though, breaks down as you do through the sip, and carbonation is a little high for a spiced beer.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale proves that beer is mostly for the kitchen... at least for me and others carrying that torch.

As a beer, there are not many reasons to have La Socarrada and say "wow!" Not lots of hops, not much malt, not even much yeastiness that I like from the Belgians.
Yet..... If you have La Socarrada with food; my response more is... "I get it now. Beer is food."

To Look at La Socarrada is to see nothing special, a nice murky, reddish-amber ale whose foam went away fast. Also nothing special about the Smells, except that honey/rosemary combo is truly distinctive... I'm just not sure what to make of it. Then the Taste gives me a similar head-scratching on the first sip.... but by the third, I get it. This beer goes with food. The rosemary is seasoning for food and the honey makes me salivate. But, this beer also is a bit dry. A mystery to me, but I think this, too, cleanses the palate for more food.

Fortunately, I had planned a simple pasta and red sauce, side of spinach sautéed in as much garlic as oil. My average cooking was made into a good experience by La Socarrada. When a beer improves food, it is a good beer for me.

I should note that Catalonia is the "autonomous" region where this is brewed. Not far outside of the Barcelona metro, La Socarrada's town is small but the area contributes to the culinary excellence of the region.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really lovely amber color with just a bit of head that mostly disappears.

The smell is totally captivating, with an earthy, herbal presence that is both sweet and spiced, and remarkably complex. There is sweet honey and the rosemary comes on fairly well too, as do other faintly spicy notes. I could smell this beer all day, and I totally expected it to be a sweet saison or something like that.

But this is an example of a beer where what you smell and what you taste are wildly different experiences. The slight earthiness of the honey remains but all the sweetness goes out the window. This is a dry, dry beer that has neither the bitterness of a pilsner nor the malty balance of any other kind of lager or saison I've tried. The grassy, herbal flavor is still there, but more as a slight presence than a true flavor. Finish off with a light, and lightly carbonated body and this is a beer that can be characterized almost as much by its presences as by its lack thereof.

I think the Brothers Alstöm hit the nail on the head - this beer NEEDS to be paired with food or it will be too dry for you to maintain any interest in its own mild flavor. I had i paired with Spanish tapas and the dish ranges from savor to sweet influenced the beer's flavor quite nicely, bringing out the more subtle sweet and herbal qualities of the beer. I had a similar reaction to this beer as I did the only other spanish artisanal beer I've had, and I'm not sure how many I'll keep trying before I decide that the style is too bland for me, but it does have its time and place, so I'll keep exploring.

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Photo of HopBroker
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Minimal head that turn to the faintest ring fairly quickly. Darker orange, fairly cloudy. Smell is intense Rosemary, which isn't a very intense smell, so it's quite soothing. Nose carries over into the taste, with a great amount of citrus shining through the rosemary. Just a very very pleasant beer to enjoy live in Grenada, Spain.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled on or best by date listed anywhere. La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal Premium. 'Crafted in Spain', 'Ale brewed with rosemary and rosemary honey'. 6.00% abv listed on the label.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice burnt sienna orange body, not too much unlike that of an IPA with lots of powdery dark flecks of sediment lurking in the glass. A finger or so of thick frothy off-white head that stays for a while and leaves good fluffy lacing.

S - The herbal rosemary spice is very distinct, authentic, and noticeable. Other spice rack aromas come to mind: oregano, thyme, basil. Some standard bready "beer" malts make an appearance.

T - Taste follows the nose: sweetened from the rosemary honey, with good herbal / spice rack content noted. A bready, almost pilsner malt flavor seems to poke through also. The soft sweetness from the rosemary honey builds as it drinks on.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, & fluid. Herbal rosemary spice rack notes linger. Soft bready malts. Honey sweetness. Medium-bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall, a unique and interesting ale, unlike anything I've drank yet, and after nearly 1500 beer reviews, it's a treat to still find something fresh and interesting.

La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal Premium -----4/5.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Curvy 330ml bottle into goblet. At cellar temp.

Cloudy dark golden color, thin white head that fades to the edges. Mild herbal aroma. Taste as it warms is very nice. Mine pine flavor from the rosemary, slight sweetness from the honey. Medium body, soft lower level of carbonation. Interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of donspublic
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Food beer. To pair with food. Brief notes added because I had no internet connection :(. Good clean taste, amazed at the level of rosemary that comes thru on this. I have added a stalk of rosemary to a glass of champagne before and you get a quiet amazing taste profile. The Bros summed it up in their review, this would be a great beer to serve with a cheese plate. It will keep your palate awake

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Photo of josanguapo
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Club del Gourmet of Corte Ingles San Juan de Aznalfarache. Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side. Although I apprecciate the effort in being original, the flavor of rosemary in a beer is something that Im not able to end up liking

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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%

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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of bubseymour
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle dated Best By Feb. 2015 served in a snifter: Revisited in October 2015 with a 750 ml bottle.

Pours hazy, medium copper-amber with a moderately thick, bone-colored head that has good retention. Some solids detract from the appearance.

Aroma: unusual spicy aroma with a clear note of rosemary. Too much suggestion of soap for me.

Flavor: Spicy with rosemary, some ginger, baked bread and hints of honey and white pepper. Although i don't like rosemary very much, the mix of flavors here works fairly well, albeit with a bit more rosemary than desired. Lightly sweet and modestly refreshing, with a lingering spicy aftertaste featuring ginger and rosemary.

Feel: excellent soft feel with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Brenden
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Erex91
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.


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Photo of Jetulio
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance... Amber hazy beer with head colour white of 1.5 finger aprox

Aroma... rosemary, honey and yeast . malty aroma with predominance of honey touch

Taste... Rosemary and malt notes overwhelming hop presence, touch of bitterness is missed.

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a very recomendable winter ale, in my opinion with hops touch in the end could be amazing, but it is a nice ale.

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Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden orange color with tangerine colored edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with spotty lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up as well.

Earthy aroma with grassy hops, ester-y yeast and a prominent rosemary/herbal character. The hops are slightly stale in the nose with a dirt/soil like quality. There's also hints of grass and pine followed by bread and light fruit. I'm not picking up honey at all but the rosemary stands out and smells really fresh. Pale biscuit malts underneath.

Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. More complex and interesting than the aroma suggests. Soft carbonation with some earthy hop bitterness up front nicely complimenting the herbal rosemary flavor. Again, the rosemary is very fresh and a prominent ingredient but it doesn't completely overpower the other notes. Sweeter than expected, possibly from the honey and light fruit esters. Pale malt backbone with biscuit, cracker and bready yeast along with some apple, pear and vinous sweetness. I didn't expect much after the somewhat bland aroma but found this to be a solid beer that's well balanced, light and flavorful.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. From a s,all, champagne like bottle, the beer pours a honey colored, very effervescent (gusher) liquid. Nice head and slight haze. The smell is phenomenal. Rosemary really stands out. Fresh, shrub/tree, outdoorsy, perfume aromas...not beer like, but amazing. The taste is similar, but the honey begins to stand out with a sweetness and flavor. Medium body. Very interesting beer.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.79/5  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.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed September 21, 2013 at 1347. Poured 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice cloudy golden body. The head quickly disappears, but leaves nice marks of the glass. The head holds a nice creamy top for while it stands. Sediment lays on the bottom.

S: The aroma is just sweet malts all the way from start to finish.

T: Malty beer with slight spice taste throughout. Mild yeast taste throughout.
As this beer warms, so does the taste. Spicy yeast comes strong. Bitterness lingers of the tongue as it warms.

M: The lasting head makes this beer nice and creamy. Medium light body though.

O: This is a beer that should be served at 50F for most of its flavor. I have no clue why this beer has a high rating though. It seems as if people saw the label and convinced themselves that was what they were supposed to expect. This is an easy pass. It did look pretty in a glass though.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy very dark pale yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Strong aromas of rosemary are present in the nose - almost as if you crushed a couple of sprigs of rosemary in your hands and held them up to your nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the rosemary flavors aren't nearly as intense and there are also some hints of honey.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really interesting beer to try if you like rosemary as it packs in lots of aromas and flavors yet is still very drinkable. I could definitely see this as a good beer to pair with food.

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Photo of janubio
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle. Pours a small head that fades soon, but there's a lace all the time until you finish. Sediments are cre clearly visible. Smells like walking through a forest: pine, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus... Fresh and creamy palate, dry finish and taste again of forest, rosemary dominates but with notes of almost of the plants you can think. Exceptional, IMO.

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Photo of jozols1
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Honey-colored with wispy white lace. The lacing's light, but it clings to the sides of the glass.

S = Like a mountain meadow -- with rosemary plants.

T = The rosemary's there, but it's not overpowering. (My husband doesn't like rosemary and he likes this beer.) He says it tastes like a cousin of the French farmhouse ale. No bitterness. Lots of floral undertones and spicy finish. Hint of yeast and mustiness.

M = Dry and slightly carbonated, almost tingly.

Light and easy to drink. It might be overpowered if it was paired with a meal, but it's a nice after-dinner drink before bed.

Easily the best beer I've ever tasted from Spain. Though that's not saying much.

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Photo of Prince_Casual
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into std issue total wine belgian glass... love the deep orange color, 1 finger head, got a nice bit of lacing. Ton of sediment! I was not really paying attention to my pour and turned the bottle bottom side up, oh well.

S: Ok so I have lavender soap from Whole Foods in my shower these days... that's pretty much all I'm getting, that herbal glycerin soap smell. This is obviously something I'm not opposed to. I guess was hoping for something a little bit more than walking through a Bath and Body Works store at the mall, like some baking spices, but I'd say this is a reasonable experience thus far.

T: Now I'm feeling like this is much like an herbal tea with some honey, which is something I enjoy before bed every so often. Very enjoyable.

M: I'm used to beers that smell like this being more in the Saison arena, and thus that insanely carbonated experience. Somehow this makes the taste and experience of drinking this beer a little more stagnant in my mouth. It's good but I think if it was sizzling more on the palette, I'd be enjoying it even more.

O: I like this beer. I'd drink it again, but I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone not well versed in Saisons.

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