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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,579 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1579
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%


Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a saison featuring the rare Japanese-developed hop Sorachi Ace. The Sorachi Ace hop varietal is noted for its unique lemon zest/lemongrass aroma.

(Beer added by: rtepiak on 07-29-2009)
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CHickman

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler-pours hazy piss yellow color with a nice foamy 2 finger bright white head that was packed with bubbles and faded slowly and left great spotty lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of strong lemon followed by flowers and citrus like orange peel, grapefruit and citrus hops; notes of grains, yeast, wheat, coriander and other spices add some malty balance to the zesty lemon aroma that dominates. Funky and strange smelling, but interesting none the less.

Taste is zesty up front, like lemon juice and lemon peel shavings floating in the glass, followed by funky yeast, lightly roasted grains, grapefruit, coriander, herbs, spices like pepper and either cumin or cinnamon, grass, earthy notes, piney hops and dry floral hops or a mild potpourri essence. Unique in that the lemon is so strong but not a bitter overpowering distraction, this brew is almost in a class of its own: it's not quite a saison and it’s not and IPA or hefeweizen either. Each sip is a little different which makes this intriguing.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, almost watery, with a light to medium body, light fizzy carbonation and a semi-dry finish that starts out malty, then shifts to funky and then morphs to lemon zest which fades slowly with herbal notes. Quite the drinking experience which completely hides the ABV and makes this dangerously easy to drink.

I've had this a number of times both on tap and from a bomber and this growler again proved that this is a winner. A great creation and experiment that showcases the art of craft brewing. A high recommendation, go drink this if you want a deviation from the norm.

Serving type: growler

07-07-2013 02:33:52 | More by CHickman
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cosmicevan

New York

4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

when on saw this available for growler fills I simply could not pass this up. enjoyed several pours in my brooklyn snifter on 7/9 while I was "on Hiatus."

a - just like the bottled version, it poured a golden yellow with champagne-like carbonation and a thick 3 finger frothy head with super sticky lacing.

s - candy and bubblegum. perfect for the summer weather. crisp and vibrant with some peppery fruit.

t - saison maximus. one if the better ones out there. great soft white pepper fruitiness. candy and bubblegum.

m - Silky and smooth with an undeniable zest.

d - Fantastic. One of my fav saisons. glad they made it year round and delighted to get this in growler. a true masterpiece and a must try for any fan of beer.

Serving type: growler

Serving type: growler

08-01-2012 01:39:14 | More by cosmicevan
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/12/09. Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of lots of spices (pepper, clove), lemon, melon rind, and wheaty malt. Flavor is quite powerfully spicy on the initial sip (peppery mostly, maybe some spicy hops) with a wheaty/grainy (corn and rice grains too) finish and some sweet fruits and lemon. Interesting beer and pretty tasty. Not exactly a session beer, but it worked fine!

Serving type: growler

12-18-2009 22:54:51 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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scootny

New York

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the brewery back in July but did not have my tasting notebook. Luckily DeCicco's had growlers so given my initial love for this one I bought two.

A pale gold with a light fluffy head and respectable lacing. Very clear with little carbonation evident.

The smell is a sweet roll and light sweet malt breadiness with a lemony brightness. Not the usual hop pine or citrus bouquet. This is light and summery. A crispness and refreshing quality even before the first sip. Peppery spiciness and a bit of grassiness combine with a light fruit melange. Apples, grape, pear, and tropicals banana, and pineapple

This is just a perfect summer beer. Taste mirrors the nose. An apple tinged malt backbone flows easily into a tripel like Belgian sweetness. The fruit melange speaks out. That peppery spice again. Then the Saison funkiness emerges to lay a platform for the bright and super clean hops. The Sorachi hops give a finish so clean and perfectly dry that it's almost like champagne. Before that finish the expert balance they give leaves the signature for the whole brew. The is a delicate, subtle, and watershed brew. You think think you taste the alcohol but when you look for it...that taste is not alcohol.
This is sooo close to a 5 in taste for me that I have to remain calm.

Feel is light and quaffable. Carbonation is mild but lightly, creamy, and finely effervescent. You just don't want to run out because it feels so good.

The other reason you don't want to run out is because this is one of the most drinkable beers in my recent memory. Never mind the slightly high abv. The alcohol is invisible. The refreshment level is off the chart. The finish will give the dryness that deep thirst craves. You will find it very easy to go a little overboard with this one. Enjoy the swim.

A real triumph for the Brooklyn brewery. A brew that really showcases what may be Japan's best contribution to the brewing art. This is one of my top ten beers of all time, maybe a top five. A perfect beer for review # 200.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2009 03:13:03 | More by scootny
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PEBKAC

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Month old growler from Bierkraft. The only reason I go there really. The twenty-five percent plus markups on their bottles don't seem to affect their growler pricing thankfully($9.95 for the fill if you already got the glass & the polyseal cap).

Inch of quickly receding beated egg whites. Pretty, table skirt trim lace, with a veil of ethereal scum floating on top. Dusty golden wheat body.

Smell is big on alfalfa(ever have a guinea pig as a pet?) & stiff hop resins. On a smaller scale, baby powder, those wonderful ginger mint hotel soaps you "confiscate" from your little excursions into foreign beer territory, & at the very end, the harsh exhaust of pissy ammonia being it's only big detraction.

Rindy tangerine & bushy greens upfront. Rubbing alcohol harshness brings a lemon, Theraflu-like astringency. Bitterness withers your tongue at first, but wipes cleal & snaps crisp with a little grass that continues on & just barely lingers, opening it up to the dry cracker malt laying in wait. Backend evens out just like a pils should it seems. Touch of apple though. A little time sitting out softens the hops greatly, giving it a pleasant orange juice note, but as a side effect, it turns yeasty as well(it doesn't float everyone's boat).

Mouthfeel is awesome. Very crisp, big/rounded carbonation that just refuses to grate on your tongue. The beer is dry through & through, getting your mouth watering for another sip. The alcohol doesn't hide very well, & is my only complaint.

I got the lemon, & the grass, but not the lemongrass. Not my favorite, but pretty unique. :)

Serving type: growler

09-02-2009 02:10:37 | More by PEBKAC
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2009 02:38:17 | More by Billolick
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler fill courtesy of the super trader known as NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

From the ever versatile GT 1 Liter swing top bottle.

A big pop when I opened the swing top, it pours a clear straw gold colour with a +2 finger head of foam. There is some nice lacing.

The smell is wow....lemon, lemon grass..I have never smelled a brew like this before so I gotta put it down to the special hops used. I also get some spiciness and some yeast but the lemon influence is huge and very inviting.

The taste, again, wow. The lemon smell transfers to the taste big time with a goodly amount of pepper and near the finish, I seem to get an almost earthy maltiness...maybe it's actually a Brett-yness, that quickly succumbs to more lemon that has a nice balance between bitter and tart.

Yeah man. This is a uniquely flavoured Saison that's really hitting my palate on all the right notes.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and the carbonation is medium. Very nice. And...head retention is superb and look at all the lacing!

Drinkability? This is at my comfort level for the style, abv wise, but a Saison has to bring their A game to keep me interested for the whole session. This one surely did that so for me, it is very damn drinkable and surprisingly refreshing. A superb job by Brooklyn!

Serving type: growler

08-15-2009 01:37:55 | More by Bitterbill
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a dense, two-finger head, fairly clear. The smell is honeydew melon, hay, a little funk, some barley. The taste is more grain, lemon zest, mild funk, an intense bitter finish; it gets deeper and more complex as it warms. The carbonation is full, and it's medium in body: good to start off well-chilled, in this respect, but that's kind of at odds with the temp. at which it tastes best. It's an intense but enjoyable quaff; a couple of pints are plenty.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2009 05:41:26 | More by gory4d
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TheycallmeTim

New York

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
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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m1ked

California

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky me, this is the 3rd time I've had the opportunity at this beer. I want to get as much of this as I can before it slips through summers fingers.

A- Pours a bright clear golden color with a bunch of medium bubbles clinging all over the pint glass. A good 1 inch bright white foamy head which quickly transforms into a white ring. Looks refreshing.

S- It smells just like the Stone-Mikkeler- Alesmith collaboration to me. Light belgian sugary, touch of citrus, hint of butter, herbal notes, and a twinge of alcohol.

T- Those herbal notes come out like gang busters, and quickly reinforced with the lemony zest. That zestiness remains and coats the tongue. That zest has a bitter grapefruit hint at the end. Starts herbal, but clearly the lemon/citrus owns this palate.

M- Mild bodied with mild crisp carbonation, does not finish as dry as I would have liked, but overall good.

D- MMM-mmm is all I have to say. This is a great beer that will define this summers beer for me. This is a tasty, refreshing brew that I will continue to seek out as much as possible. I will say that Farmhouse is a loose style, I would never have guessed this to be one.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2009 00:33:12 | More by m1ked
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HopBomb515

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale, clear, golden yellow color that glows underneath a towering fluffy white head. Super thick lacing just coats the glass and sticks a bit. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Lemon, grass, some of that barnyard funk, in the back I detect notes of champagne probably from the yeast plays against some faint lemony citrus hops. The smell doesn't jump out of the glass, I had to work to pull out the aromas even in a snifter.

T - First, there is zero alcohol presence I mean it's amazing this beer is 7.6%. It's got a nice bright lemony citrus hit up front, grassy and some funk give way to a champagne sweetness. It finishes super dry, slightly bitter and tart. So drinkable, that dry finish begs for another sip, no alcohol presence.

M - Highly carbonated, thin body and super dry. Nailed it.

O - This was amazing. My first saison and it has opened my eyes to the style. Refreshing, amazing taste and mouthfeel. I had it to celebrate the first day of spring but this would be great in the heat of summer. I'm going to seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 22:57:05 | More by HopBomb515
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JCarey

Delaware

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
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 08:31:02 | More by Agent1
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lemon sets the tone from the bright yellow color to the nose and taste. Some bubblegum and white pepper, there is a sweet and spicy feel about the whole experience. The malt is subdued but present with a more yeast tones an light lemony hops. Really like this, maybe not love it but worth the try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 20:14:03 | More by KYGunner
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle marked '0822'. so it's about 2 years old

Look is a very hazy yellow, like a yellow crayon, with an orange background. Sudsy head that fades. Smell is peppery yeast, rice paper, and lots of lemon, grass, and lemongrass. Taste is crisp and buttery yeast, well water, and lemon drop tasting hops. Not too bitter. Feel is light and much less cloying than other saisons.

I like it, even with ~2 years on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:42:44 | More by jimmah120
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WTKeene

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked and caged bomber dated 1/7/13 (I think?) into a Jester King Funk and Sour tulip.

Appearance: Deep golden beer, with a fluffy and persistant thick off white head. Thick lacing too.

Smell: Lightly floral hops, and lots of belgian yeasty sweetness. Slightly vinous. Really nice.

Taste: Really unique floral flavors, likely from the Sorachi Ace hops. A solid belgian backbone makes this a very easily sessionable, but ultimately too light and fleeting flavor beer. A slight bready malt comes through. Next to no aftertaste, nothing lingers for long.

Mouthfeel: A light body, yet still manages to be creamy. On the lighter side of carbonation, but still substantial.

Overall: A good beer overall, and I'm glad I tried it. Perhaps this beer is better fresh, but it isn't knocking me out of the park. Prairie standard seems like a better representation of the sessionable hoppy saison style, I'll probably stick with that.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:08:05 | More by WTKeene
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: hazy honey color. 2 fingers of a foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a bit of a lacing behind.

Smell: lemon bread and sweet lemony citrus. small amount of belgian yeast and just a little spiciness.

Taste: Lemon bread and sweet citrus. belgian yeast. The overall taste combination comes off grassy to me

Mouthfeel: sticky, too light and very dry

Overall: i like some of the tastes but the combination comes off unbalanced and grassy

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 19:33:05 | More by SportsandJorts
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this before and gave it a good rating so I wanted to do a full review to see where it fell. Excellent overall beer, outstanding look for a saison, will even better smell, and a very interesting, and satisfying flavor. One of my favorites and one I will revisit from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 02:03:15 | More by JamieDuncan
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle served in a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is very hazy but translucent with lots of visible carbonation. Really good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lemon, white grape, green apple, belgian yeast, spices, grass

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Bready/doughy malt, white grape, lemon, lightly tart, spicy yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. High carbonation. Really dry finish with a mild lingering bitterness.

Overall: Really nice saison. The sorachi ace hops add a nice twist on a traditional saison. Definitely worth picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 18:28:49 | More by Jonada
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A light yellow to amber colored brew with a minimal white head but ample carbonation, sparkly and with a champagne-like mouthfeel. Aroma extremely bright, fruity, and vegetal, redolent with lemon zest, green herbs, yeast-derived spicy notes, and a dry nutty earthiness, perhaps a tad musty. Palate is unique, a combination of more typical earthy, spicy flavors characteristic of classic saisons and assertive herbal/citrus hops, as one would expect from a beer billed as a single-hop showcase. The pilsener malt and nutty yeast elements are present but take a back seat to vibrant cilantro, lemon grass, and spice seed flavors that make for a memorable and perhaps polarizing taste experience. There is also a root cellar earthy peppery spice lurking in there, with a floral perfume and some alcohol peeking through at times. Crisp and dry, body is just shy of middling and the lack of sweetness becomes more apparent as one proceeds through a pint. Approach this one in the right mindset and you'll be intrigued by some unusual flavors. Sorachi Ace is a distinctive hop.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 17:04:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a gift of great beer from great people today – Christmas came early this year. Cheers!

Brewed 07/12/2012, over a year before the date of this tasting. Not ideal, but it’ll do.

A: Pours a rich gold with light haze. Extraordinarily fizzy: turbulent bubbles rise through the body to support a tall, frothy, white head. After a minute, what’s left is a wonderfully smooth inch of retention and webs of chunky lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Hop aromas are forward and absolutely succulent, with an unmistakable character of lemon and tangerine. Natural, juicy, absolutely mouthwatering citrus scents. Towards the end, there’s a couple more subtle scents of spice – white pepper and coriander – and bready Belgian yeast scents.

T: You can taste the age, and that’s both good and bad: it has a slight flavor of stale, grainy pilsen malt, but the soft breadiness of the champagne yeast it’s been sitting on is quite apparent. I love the way Brooklyn utilizes that yeast flavor (a great component in the flavor of Black Ops), and it definitely works here. The most forward tastes include white bread and butter, clove, and sugar cookie, though these are all under the blanket of a zesty lemongrass hop character. Finishes with dry spice: mild puckering of citrus and grain husk.

M: Soft carbonation and a light, creamy, champagne body: very, very drinkable. Best at just a little colder than cellar temp, but even as it warms it never gets offensive in any way.

O: I’m surprised such a hop-centric beer was still so great after almost a year and a half, but if anyone can make that happen, it’s Brooklyn. Definitely a must-try; and hey, if you’re looking for a gift beer, this one was greatly appreciated. Merry Christmas!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 22:32:10 | More by BarryMFBurton
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle no. 0042. Sampled on December 23, 2013. I acquired this as a clearance bottle for $5.99 which I thought was a good deal since I hadn't had it before.

The pour is golden yellow with a white fizzy carbonated head that lingers longer than your typical glass of champagne.

Loads of sparkling grapes, lemon,. and other citrus on the nose intertwined mild roasted malts and a feint hop kick.

Light to medium body with a lot of carbonation that increases what I like refer to as the "belch factor." Yup, plenty of that going on.

The taste is parallels what I get on the nose with a significant lemon zest and citrus zing flavor, mildly toasted malts, and a tart yet dry finish. It is very much like champagne with that slight maltiness to remind me it is a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 21:16:37 | More by puboflyons
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip out of a 22oz bottle.

Pours a hazy light straw yellow with a very fluffy, billowy white head. Globs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass along with amazing head retention.

The aroma is typical of a saison but is very rich. Lots of bread and yeast notes along with a tremendous punch of citrus. A little mustyness along with some lemon and a touch of citrus. Very nice and quite deep.

The flavor is a bit on the light side but is quite nice. Spicy yeast esters along with orange peel and a touch of lemon. Some bread and hay along with grass. Some vanila finishes things up along with a drying finish and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite dry with just a little bit of stickyness to end things up.

Overall, a very nice Saison with a twist. The sorachi ace hop lends some very nice citrus notes that compliment the Belgina yeast nicely. A good beer that is worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:47:25 | More by rangerred
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Radome

Texas

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - The beer is a very pale yellow or straw color. It is milky but not what I'd call cloudy. The head is thick, active and fluffy and a bright, just off-white color. Lots of lacing. This resembles a Belgian wit more than anything, but looks appropriate for a saison as well.

S - Very interesting and unique aroma. I get mostly black pepper, but there are other indistinct spicy notes behind there that add complexity. There is some citrus at a low level. There is also a bit of grainy pilsner malt.

T - Grainy pilsner malt that is just about overwhelmed by black pepper and lemongrass flavors. Slightly sweet finish. No noticeable hops.

M - Medium to full body. Prickly, aggressive carbonation that is in line with the style. Moderate hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol burn.

O - This is a good saison with some unique flavors that I assume are from the sorachi ace hops. I find it just a bit too heavy in the body, but have no other critiques.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:05:07 | More by Radome
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Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle; Back of bottle "0083"

The beer poured a hazy orange color that produced a huge white head that was very well retained and faded into a thin cap. Carbonation was streaming to the top of the glass. The beer gave off a very good Belgian yeast aroma and slight citrus, lemon maybe. The taster was excellent, just what you would expect, but with a dry aftertaste. The beer follows the nose perfectly. The beer had a medium body, good carbonation, and it was extremely drinkable and smooth. Overall, very high quality.

Serving type: bottle

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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