Welcome to the Raven’s Game Day 6 Pack – a series where we highlight things that are either new or different. Either way, they’ll go well with football on the TV.
It’s week 3, the Ravens just escaped with a victory vs the Browns, and were going high class for this weeks game day 6 pack. Alright…so it’s a 4 pack. You get the idea. Let’s get right into the description by Goose Island:
Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with orange peel, Sofie is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. A subtle, spicy white pepper note, a hint of citrus from the orange peel and a creamy vanilla finish make Sofie an intriguing choice for Champagne drinkers and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian Saisons.
Sofie is no doubt, high class among beers. It’s color is bright and golden yellow. The head is frothy and white. The carbonation bursts up from the bottom of the glass. The smell is full of fruit: green apple, white grapes, pear, a hint of lemon. In fact, if not for the yeast aroma, you might think you were smelling a cold white wine (I’m no white wine expert but Pino Grigio or Riesling…maybe). Even the packaging is high class.
The taste is light, effervescent, and is full of fruit like a white wine, a bit sour like a good saison/farmhouse ale, and is backed by a smooth grain base. The alcohol sits towards the back, not getting in the way of the flavor, but staying prominent enough to keep up the wine feeling more than I expected.
I love the fruit flavors developed through the combination of wild yeast and wine barrel aging. I think this beer proves how wide and varied beer can be- it can cover the spectrum from light and refreshing to dark and heavy to almost sparkling wine. Almost, but better in my opinion. If you want to try something different this week, give this a shot. If you (or your significant other) prefers wine, give this a shot. If you like Belgians, farmhouse ales, or sour beers, give this a shot. At $13 for a 4 pack, this may look expensive compared to what it sits next to on the shelves, but if you compare it to the price of wine (per volume), I’d say its a pretty decent deal. And definitely worth a shot.