Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery
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4/5 rDev -2.7%
Sorachi Ace pours a light, pale gold color. It's a little hazy, and has a yellow-ish tint with backlighting. A very sturdy, foamy white head sits on top. It's easily three and a half fingers in depth, and is slow to dissipate. Lacing was lighter, but a little sticky.
The nose is good. It's earthy and grainy initially. The overall earthy scent is buttressed by a light, sweet malty scent. Citrus lemon is noted. Belgian yeast smells fairly prominent and is impressive. I love finding its presence in American releases. Brooklyn seems to have gotten this one right. There's a hint of peppery spice and floral hops. Alcohol is buried. Smells good to me.
The flavor is quite good, as well. It is earthy and grainy throughout. It has a slight herbal flavor that really works well. It's slightly sweet and malty. Citrus lemon adds some pizzazz. Hops are mostly floral, but have a strong impact on the overall flavor. They taste like some form of noble hops to me. Belgian yeast isn't quite as pronounced in flavor, but is noted and definitely adds something positive. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It finishes earthy and a little spicy.
Sorachi Ace has a medium body. Carbonation is active, but it goes down smooth and easy. It's not as plush as some authentic Belgian Saisons, but it's not bad at all. Drinkability is good. I'm really enjoying this one. I'll finish off this 750. No question.
In the past, I've found Brooklyn Brewing's Belgian releases a little less than impressive. Sorachi Ace is easily a couple of notches above what they've done in the past. This is a very well-rounded Saison. I might prefer a tad more Belgian yeast, but that's nitpicking it. It's impressive stuff. Grab a 750 if you seen one around.
09-03-2010 01:34:39 | More by prototypic
4/5 rDev -2.7%
With the rampant availability of this in my area, I'm smacking myself in the head for not having tried this sooner. Picked up a bomber at the local Stop & Shop. It definitely needs to warm a bit before all the complexity comes out. First glass was a bit too cold and I found it good but not great. Second glass, I let sit for about 10 minutes and that's when this beer really shined. Very pleasant mild funk on the nose with grass and lemon interwoven. Poured out with a nice head that held on till I drained the glass. Kind of earthy taste, again with the grass and lemon. And it goes down quite easily. A very good beer which I will definitely buy again; and can find virtually anywhere.
10-29-2013 16:43:09 | More by Ralphs66
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,793 ratings.