La Socarrada | La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa

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3.83/5
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134 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa
Spain
lasocarrada.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced 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

Added by txbrewer on 08-12-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,255
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
134
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
3.74
 
 
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Photo of Beginner2
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 bmaggot
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Allegue04
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robertas
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pau622
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BenBreeg
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of valkyre65
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chossboss
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brp94
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBGordon
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Momon
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Igormatos
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmasher85
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
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 jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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 beebs22
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RMentair
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craftychick06
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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La Socarrada from La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 134 ratings