La Socarrada
La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa

La SocarradaLa Socarrada
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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #26
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #20,223
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
137
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La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa
 
Spain
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  11
Gots
  25
SCORE
85
Very Good
La SocarradaLa Socarrada
Notes: American Golden Ale brewed with rosemary and rosemary honey.

10-19 IBU
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Reviews by brp94:
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4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Momon
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rubibreton
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robertas
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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%
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

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Photo of BKotch
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hunteraw
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of gwydno
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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3.8/5  rDev -1%

Photo of txbrewer
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - clouded gold/orange with a white head that did not fade out right away (lasted to the end of my glass). The lacing was thin but what showed up stayed with the glass.

S - sweeter ale with some earthy notes from the rosemary honey. Nothing overpowered as this was well balanced.

T - Sweet honey notes just over the ale flavor. The hops do not stand out at all but instead support the flavor.

M - mild carbonation lets me enjoy this without excessive bubbly. Numerous beers should take note of this. The balance of the malt with the hops with the honey is good. It is not jumping around rather flowing through and nicely so.

D - Yes, yes and yes. This is one to figure out how to make around here and see what we come up with.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: rosemary dominates with notes of honey and lavender. Smells like a bouquet.

T: rosemary and honey here as well with crystal malts and hints of yeast.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer could use more carbonation, but avoids being watery.

O: a decent beer overall. Very floral in aroma and flavor, and simple, but still enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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La Socarrada from La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 137 ratings