Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by Agent1:
British Columbia (Canada)
4.59/5 rDev +11.7%
Appearance - Incredible head. Like whipped cream. Very tiny bubbles, very active in the glass with bubbles racing upward. Super dense, thick and buttery. Bright white and heavy lacing. Retention is excellent as well. Very impressive. Perfect.
Smell - Lemon, mango, fresh hop/ hemp/ lupulin oil, raw honey, subtle dill pickle funk is noticeable, zesty, vanilla, fresh flowers, plants, coriander seeds/ spice, pear, lemon peel and fresh bread.
Taste - Lemon, apple, pear, bubblegum, sour dough, fresh white bread, candied orange peel/ lemon peel, coriander seeds, clear Belgian candi sugar, cookie dough, pilsner malt/ wheat grain, and fresh-cut grass/ flowers. Quite dry and bitter, but works so well. Dry hopping a second time during fermentation really creates a cleaner, stronger bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Extremely chewy, yet sharp and clean. Stimulates sour and acidic taste buds. High carbonation that helps to make this beer really pop! Coats the mouth. Felt all throughout the mouth -- mainly on the roof and front. Tingly and fizzy. Champagne-like.
Overall - This may be one of the best Farmhouse ales I've ever had, personally. Perfectly balanced, perfectly dry-hopped, perfectly succinct. A wonderful Farmhouse. Crisp, clean, sugary, complex and layered. The Sorachi Ace also makes quite a statement. Very floral, funky and natural tasting, almost like flowers and cannabis with rich sugars and fresh yeast. Delicious. It doesn't get much better than this. Teetering on perfection -- in fact, I do not know what could be improved. I rate this even higher given the fun experimentation.
02-14-2014 08:31:02 | More by Agent1
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
I like to see breweries like Brooklyn be innovative in making and using rare and exotic products to their product lines.Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed lemon yellow with a large blossoming white head that clung like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.So much going on in the nose it took awhile to pinpoint everything,white pepper,grass,herb,and as others have noted a bit of cedar,light phenols with some clove showed thru as well.Flavors are quite dry and spicy with lemon being most prominent,a big spiciness rolls thru as well,somewhat medicinal in the finish.This is different and I like it,I normally dont single out a saison to buy,this I did and am happy for it.
06-24-2010 21:39:46 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
On tap at Ashley's in Westland. Pours a golden-straw color; translucent with a mild chill haze that eventually fades away as the beer warms up a bit. Big-bubbled, white head is thin all the way throughout, but its small size was most likely due to the pour. Small bits of wet legging cling to the glass momentarily and eventually drip down.
The Sorachi Ace hop is notable for its lemon-like characteristics. Anyone who didn't already know that will definitely realize it after taking a whiff. The nose is packed with lemon in many different hats; lemon peel, lemon zest, lemongrass. Very effervescent; light, yet powerful; smooth, yet crisp. Mild herbal notes, grassy and subtly earthy, showcase themselves alongside the lemon brigade. Belgian yeast is no stranger here, either, adding the classic bubblegum-like aroma that has become oh so familiar. Mild finishing spices; clove, coriander, and faint white pepper.
The taste really integrates the Sorachi Ace hop well - the lemon notes are vibrant and noticeable, yet still manage to blend well with everything else, rather than sound anything out. Lots of flavors clashing all at once with each sip; lemon zest, herbal lemon tea, earthy hops, clove, white pepper, heavy yeast. The malt character is straightforward and basic; sometimes simplicity is the key. They add a nice cracker-like finish with some mild, balancing sweetness. Very like phenol character that only really becomes noticed near the latter half of the glass. Crispy, thanks to the hefty carbonation, finishing pretty dry with fading notes of herbal lemons and spicy yeast in the aftertaste. Thin-medium bodied.
Very good suggestion from Ron. Dangerously drinkable; fresh, crisp, dry, simple, and executed very well. Nice integration of flavor from this unique hop; this beer went down pretty quickly.
03-14-2013 11:48:18 | More by tectactoe
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison/Farmhouse Ale 7.6% poured into a St Feuillien Oversized wine glass.
Simple but elegant design with the Ace of diamonds and Brooklyn "B" in the center of mid label.
A- This beer pours a beautiful hazed light golden fluid with one hell of a inch and a half white head that is fluffy and stays around for the whole duration of the beer. Massive sticky lacing clings to the glass on all sides... excellent.
S- Where do i start? The first thing I smell is no doubt the Sorachi with a tangy fresh cut grass and lemongrass scent. In the backbone is a nice chalky yeast that slightly stings the nose.
T-M- Taste is quite pleasant for the alcohol this Farmhouse is packing... A warm tangy and lightly metallic lemongrass dominates with undertones of sweet malts and yeast. A good brew in the aspect of excellent mixing of styles. Saison and a foreign hop variety equals interesting flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly astringent but with a light carbonation that just melds beautifully with the taste buds.
D- In drink this beer I realized that I could easily drink another 750ml and at 7.6% that is an excellent aspect of drinkablity... cheers!
10-08-2010 00:30:39 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):
Weathered but clear golden color. Massive head is produced from the expressive and high level of carbonation. Very aromatic with suggestions of Asian pear, faint jasmine, lavender, hibiscus and green peppercorn. Smoothness is very deep here, which helps with telling the beer’s story. Lighter body is fluffed by the bottle conditioning, adding a huge refreshing quality. Fresh herbs with some dried fruit; yeasty and medicinal, cracker maltiness and earthy. Nearly bone-dry finish and not too far off from being an epic brew.
08-25-2011 00:47:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
This is a nearly perfect summer beer.
In a tulip glass, the beer is an orange/yellow color with a thick white head that retains well. There's a bit of lace.
It has a grassy/outdoorsy aroma with some citrus.
A fairly strong lemon taste, sweet malt, hops late. Very enjoyable.
I think this beer is very crisp and dry, and very refreshing.
06-09-2010 01:07:28 | More by lordofthewiens
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with massive three finger bone-white head. Head has great retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.
S - Subtle but nice funkiness, some nice florals and herbs, a bit of lemon and a bit of pepper.
T - Some juicy lemon, but not really tart, nice earthiness, very faint bubblegum sweetness, and quite herbal. Very nice flavor.
M - Nice medium body that has a nice creaminess. Finishes semi-dry and very clean.
O - One of the best American saisons I've had. Will definitely be revisiting this one
01-07-2012 01:14:54 | More by warnerry
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
Growler from DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY, enjoyed this one so much over the course of this hot and sunny summer day that my review is of the final pour, cloudy lemony/medium apricot light amber, creamy off white head, leaves plenty of tongues of lace as well as mighty fine looking sheeting. Simply delicious saison, mega lemon, soft pineapple, fruity hop bomb of a saison. Love saison, love fruity and aggressivly hopped saisons/Belgians. Gonna run back ASAP to hopefully get more of this nectar. Fine work Brooklyn.
08-26-2009 02:38:17 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Appearance: cloudy, yellow/orange in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation
Smell: funk, hay, light citrus hops, and lemon
Taste: lemon, wheat, citrus, coriander, funk, and a small touch of the malt that is common in Brooklyn beers.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, dry, funky sour tasting..slightly bitter
Drinkability: A nice hoppy and bitter saison. Certainly different from others I have had in the style. Taste wise a kind of a mix between Blue Moon, a hoppy pils, and a saison. A nice summery beer I could have a couple glasses of.
06-14-2010 14:31:27 | More by tigg924
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
I was surprised to see this sitting on the shelf in Dallas so I had to pick on up. Good thing I did because it was very good.
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is strong lemon with some wheat and Belgian yeast. The flavor is lemons with some oranges. I also get some wheat, yeast and grassy hops. Low to medium bitterness. Very soft, creamy mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A very good saison.
06-10-2010 04:25:32 | More by Mora2000
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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