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Sorachi Ace Bitter - Brasserie Du Mont Salève

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Sorachi Ace Bitter
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BA SCORE
85
very good

14 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Mont Salève visit their website
France

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pixieskid on 03-26-2012)
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

2.93/5  rDev -24.1%

Continued tour of French beers. Bought in Lyon, poured chilled in ale glasses, chez buzzlitebeer

A: pale amber color; medium head; black floaties; great carbonation
S: smells like Griffenbow (Sam Adams); oaken, sweet hop aroma; coconut overtones
T: bitter grapefruit; very aggressively hopped; no malt backbone; lemon zest finish
M: bright

Overall, ho hum; their others are much better.

07-15-2014 20:19:40 | More by Arithmeticus
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-14-2014 00:24:04 | More by Caudalie
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Brewer1980

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-09-2013 12:48:06 | More by Brewer1980
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Duesler

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-29-2013 10:37:31 | More by Duesler
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popery

California

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours cloudy and beige-ish orange, a light wood tone. It's opaquely hazy, but there was quite a bit of sediment on the bottom, so that may have contributed. The head puffs up aggressively with each pour, which made filling the glass into a bit of a chore. Tons of lacing and good retention. The aroma is pretty much all Sorachi Ace, a difficult to describe mix of herbal and citrus notes. There's lemongrass, lemon verbena, lemons, grass, peppercorn and earth, but it's heaviest on the herbs and not terribly juicy, as far as citrus-y hops go. There's some fresh barley in the background. The taste is dry and bitter. The bitterness doesn't knock you over the head, but it's firm and somewhat sharp, as such beers are wont to be - and by that, I mean low abv beers that are dry and hoppy. Very good hop flavor on the tongue. You really get a nice blast of Sorachi Ace's lemony herbal notes. There's also a pleasant background of fresh malt sweetness, though, again, the beer is pretty dry. Mouthfeel starts out quite lively, but once the head dies down enough to drink the beer comfortably, the beer has a certain smoothness. It's fuller than expected. This beer packs a ton of flavor into 2.5% abv. Great showcase for Sorachi Ace, probably the best that I've come across. I would love to have this on local store shelves, and considering it survived some time traveling around Europe and a flight back to San Francisco, I would encourage the brewery to consider distribution here. It's particularly interesting to see some excellent, non Biere de Garde/Saison work come out of France. I would love to try more from this brewery.

Huge thank you to the owner of La Cave a Bulles for recommending this beer.

07-03-2013 03:58:21 | More by popery
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ystazi

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

06-25-2013 21:50:51 | More by ystazi
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Farnswurth

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-31-2013 02:47:13 | More by Farnswurth
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jmtpi

France

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-19-2013 00:37:13 | More by jmtpi
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Mattias

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-26-2013 21:52:55 | More by Mattias
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

A-hazy yellow orange color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-lemon, pine , grassy

T-grapefruit and lemons with pine and a powerful bitter finish, minimal malt presence

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and prickly mouthfeel

O-a real hop bomb, amazing amount of depth and flavor with only 2.5% alcohol, a great session beer

10-11-2012 19:12:13 | More by MDDMD
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-30-2012 11:27:22 | More by samEBC
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Etan

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

750ml bottle purchased at La Cave a Bulles.

A: Pours a mellow orange with a nice tuft of white foam.

S: Nice aroma of mango, lemon, pineapple. Sorachi Ace stepping up to the plate.

T: Grassy bitterness, slight lemon and pepper, fresh grain. Dry and bitter.

M: Light with moderate carbonation.

O: A bit too bitter in the taste, but sessionable with a nice hop profile for sure.

09-25-2012 20:19:08 | More by Etan
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CADMixes

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

04-21-2012 03:29:50 | More by CADMixes
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pixieskid

Germany

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%

Pours a beautiful orange hue with a pillowy white head, that has amazing retention.
The aroma is of lemongrass, hints of citrus fruits, and a grassy hoppiness.
The taste; wow! It's hard to believe that this hop bomb is of miniature proportions in the alcohol department. Has a touch of grains throughout but is dominated by a lemon twang and a huge, dry bitternes that turns each sip into a gulp.
Truly is a perfect session (Ding! RIP, you would be proud) beer that I will be enjoying more than my fair share of this spring.

03-26-2012 09:24:52 | More by pixieskid
Sorachi Ace Bitter from Brasserie Du Mont Salève
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.