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La Socarrada | La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal De Xativa

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3.83/5
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133 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:
#14,406
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
133
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
3.74
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +12%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 dmorgan310
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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 n2185
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bubseymour
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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