Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
3.43/5 rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn poured into a Hennepin flute.
A--Bright, bright yellow--the color of Troegs Sunshine Pils--with a two finger rocky head. Lots of lacing, plenty of bubbles while sitting throughout the tasting, even in a glass without a nucleation point. Very snappy looking beer, especially in the heat.
S--Heavily floral, with an oddly biting peppery back end. This is some weird hop action. No pine, no citric notes except massive LEMON I could pick up. There's also enough coriander to make an herbal tea out of. Yeast may lend some pepper, too. Malt is non-existent in the nose.
T--And the flavor spectrum. That's ok, especially given the season. Not like I was expecting much in that dept. anyway from the color. Let's stick to the hops, since they're supposed to be spotlighted. Like the nose, the flavor is very lush floral up front immediately--just a waterfall of like rose petals. Like that scene in American beauty except with beer instead of a naked high school girl. Hops quickly pan out into something more earthy and herbal, and the peppery bite of the nose is even bigger due to the (over)use of coriander. The spice really overpowers this hop-focused saison, and it tastes, honestly, more like an imbalanced wit than a farmhouse ale. The yeast from Brooklyn is just too, um, everyday (i wanna say boring but think that's too harsh) to warrant anything Belgian about it, I feel. But the hops finish is bitter and full and satisfying.
M&D--Creamy, champagne-like mouthfeel. Excellent. Drinkability takes a hit only because I'd rather see a pale ale or something that highlights the hop more, since the variety has such a damn interesting flavor profile. I feel like its characteristics are a bit obscured because of the style the brewery chose. But it does go down smooth and easy.
A big beer, not a subtle beer--and that's where I think it falls short. Brooklyn doesn't really impress when it tries to do complex, high-end brews, because they tend to blur together. Blindfolded I couldn't say I could pick this out from a Local 1. But maybe that's just me.
Serving type: growler
08-05-2009 22:26:59 | More by TheycallmeTim
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4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance- Very light straw yellow coloration, hazy. Good head, frothy and white.
Smell- Yeast, cat pee.
Taste- Strong Belgian yeast comes through here. Slight barnyard character. Very lemony with some grassy notes. Hint of soapiness. Finishes dry with medium hop character.
Mouthfeel- Highly effervescent carbonation.
Overall a unique and interesting Saison. I'd rank it just behind Tank 7 and Hennepin.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 04:20:08 | More by spacebear09
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,740 ratings.