Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by tlinner:
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I was just saying the other day that I've always been bummed that so few American breweries have dabbled with the Saison style, because it's one of my favorites. Well, I guess the Beer Gods had been listening, because one trip to the beer store later and i found no fewer than three American farmhouse ales. This one stood out, and boy am I glad I got it.
Right off the bat, this is flat out one of the most aesthetically pleasing beers I've ever seen. You could fool a rich friend into thinking it was champagne. Not since my first Duvel have I seen such a perfect golden hue, or so many bubbles. An easy 5/5.
The scent is a crisp blast of lemon, due obviously to the Sorachi hops. But there's also that floral spiciness I love about Belgian blondes. I can't wait to taste it.
Honestly, I was a little disappointed. It's not that it isn't great, because it is. It has an almost buttery smoothness to compliment the citrus hops and spicy yeast. But with all the preamble, I was really looking for something that could break into my All-Time Top 5. It's not quite there yet, but Brooklyn clearly has a winner on their hands. It's more easily drinkable than I expect from a beer in it's class, and it has a knock-out combination of ingredients that make for a fresh and unique, yet classic taste. Aces, indeed.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2010 17:23:22 | More by tlinner
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
92 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.