Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by danmouer:
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
As I have often noted, Saisons are my favorite style, but I find most American saisons too far off the mark. Brooklyn brewing's Sorachi Ace, named for the hop that is prominent in the flavor and aroma profile of this beer, is a welcome exception. Okay, a big initial hit of lemongrass hops is not "normal" for a Saison. That said, Brooklyn's S-A hits the mark in spirit, for sure.
Sorachi Ace (tasted from a cork-finished 750) pours beautifully light and gently hazy, pushing up a solid inch and a half of light foam that lingers for a while. with that foam comes a generous nose full of lemon curd, herbs, fresh-mown grass--all delicate but definite. Not in-your-face, but certainly up your nose!
The flavor is light, sweet-pilsen-malt backed by a modestly bitter spine that is fresh and refreshing. Body is light to medium. The mouth fills with soft, meringue-like volume that eases off to a semi-dry, very clean finish. A nice touch of yeast spiciness is there throughout the tasting, making the sweet malt and the tangy fruit blend wonderfully.
This is really a very beautiful beer. Drinkable, reasonably alcoholic, delicious, refreshing, and truly unique. Perhaps not spot-on so far as BJCP guidelines go, but certainly true to the spirit of a thirst-quenching, nourishing, complex and very drinkable saison.
Well done, Brooklyn!
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2010 23:19:36 | More by danmouer
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Reviewing after the fact. 750 poured in to pint glass.
Great color, great head. Wonderful retention and lacing. Not quite as bright on the nose as you would expect a Belgian, but still the spiciness and tangy, straw/hey characters you want. This thing is almost dead on the money for flavor profile. The yeast compliments this brew nicely and I'm digging the subtle hop character. Some brewers use an overbearing yeast strain on the malts, but not this, and the Champagne yeast used for condition really drys it up nicely. Nice carbonation in the mouth. Drying, warming, tingling spiciness.
What a great brew that I almost passed up on. If you like the Saison/Farmhouse/Belgian style, pick it up.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 01:18:34 | More by JCarey
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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