Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
Bottle from Premiere. A unique and vry good creation. I like this hop and was very excited to try it. Lemony, above all. Whitish coloured body with lots of foamy head. Lemony aroma. Dryish, fruity, white pepper,zesty, yeasty,coriander,pear. Easy mouthfeel.
07-04-2010 04:03:14 | More by Sammy
3.7/5 rDev -10%
Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, earth, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and mineral-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid but not in your face hop presence.
08-23-2013 17:23:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.41/5 rDev -17%
On tap at The Brickskeller. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a light straw lemon color with some haze. Good white head. Nose is lemon, grass, and a bit of earth. The taste brings out lemon, grass, some herbs, and a hint of earth. Bitter and dry. Drinks well.
10-19-2010 22:27:58 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
A: The beer poured pale yellow in color with a one finger head that had a very good amount of retention.
S: As you bring the glass to your nose, the moderate aroma of lemony, grassy hops really stands out. The smell is very pleasant and isn't overpowering.
T: Like the aroma, the presence of the lemony Sorachi Ace hops very much stands out in the taste, but there's only a mild amount of bitterness. Notes of grainy malts, earthy yeasts and spices are also noticeable in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate, refreshing and a little bubbly. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: I would definitely have this again--its light and refreshing qualities make it a perfect saison for a hot summer day.
05-29-2010 12:25:00 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
"A Smith and Wesson always beats 4 aces."
Summer sunshine haystack gold with a massive crown of alabaster colored froth that filled at least 80% of the glass on the pour. Fine bubbles are plentiful, which leads to plenty of persistence. This is lovely looking beer.
Sorachi Ace hops result in fragrant clouds of freshly zested lemon and lemongrass. This hop is essentially a more lemon zesty and less grassy version of Saaz (from which it was developed). Belgian yeast adds an intriguing aromatic spiciness. This has a chance to be one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery.
The flavor doesn't quite keep pace with the outstanding aroma, but SA is still a wonderful farmhouse ale of the crisp, dry, and dangerously drinkable sort. This would make a great picnic beer, or a summertime table beer if that's more your thing.
The flavor profile is simplicity itself, which isn't a negative, but a huge positive. The only malt is German pilsner and the only hops are reflected in the name. The result is a crisp and cracker-like bottom end and a bright lemon zesty, meadow grassy, clove and white pepper spicy top end. The next highest taste score is tempting.
Even though it doesn't put a scare into the best Belgian saisons, the body/mouthfeel does exactly what it needs to do. It's light-medium and has the kind of energetic and sparkly bubbles that match the flavor profile like hand-in-glove.
Brooklyn beer hasn't always pleased me in the past... with a few notable exceptions. Sorachi Ace is an inspired creation, though, and is one of the best American-brewed saisons that I've had in many a moon.
08-22-2010 21:46:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
Appearance: Matches up with the great Belgians by pouring a clear golden color with a massive head; terrific stickage and plenty of lace
Smell: Very floral, with the lemongrass character of the Sorachi Ace hops coming through against the spicy, yeasty background
Taste: The malt is a little on the sweet, biscuity side as it provides a backdrop for the lemongrass, floral jasmine and white pepper spices of the hops and yeast; after the swallow, the sweetness becomes a bit more apparent though it is far from cloying; despite the sweetness, the finish is still herbaceous and bitter
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation
Drinkability: I really like this beer; perhaps I would prefer it to be just a tad dryer but that is only a quibble
07-02-2010 22:48:02 | More by brentk56
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
As a wise old man said " Tastes like fireworks!"
Thrilled to be able to try this as who the hell knows when it will actually land in my state, lol. Served cold and poured into a couple pint glasses. This one was consumed on 06/18/2010.
Really great pour here as the light golden amber quickly filled up the glass with tons of bubbling white foam. Crowning the top and hanging on for what seems like an eternity thick, coating lace is dropped all over the glass.
The aroma was thick with peppery spice, grassy notes, lots of herbal, earthy, and grainy hops. A touch of light peach or pear in here as well. Really just a nice well rounded aroma. Taste rolls through with loads of pepper, coriander, touches of grain. A gritty, earthy taste and feel to it as it was light in body but I felt as though I was chewing it. Light finish, light tartness, dry, very dry with a touch of a peppery spray an lemon in the finish.
Overall a really nice and different beer. I really enjoyed this tremedously.
06-19-2010 17:58:34 | More by mikesgroove
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
A fantastic example of a Saison. Where the beer is less muddled and earthy, there's a super floral, moderate spicy character that chases the beer from nose to finish.
The beer begins with a pale golden, solid straw color, carrying a mild haze. An efforvescent pour builds a loosely knit fluffy white head with great staying power and subtle lacing.
Very floral notes of honey suckle and perfume fill the olfactories while a light spicy note tickles the nose. Soft fruits of green apples, pears, and light lemon round out the esters while soft white pepper and spice usher about the phenols.
The floral hop character translates to soft fruity (tropical) notes in taste. Mild spiciness of pepper and cumin give rise to the hops. A soft confetionate taste sets the stage for the malts but the flavor is fast and fleeting. Bittered for balance and slight complexity but the beer is about hop aroma and flavor; not bitterness.
Full and expansive to that mouth upon first sip, but then the beer turns dry and powedery quickly and seeming evaporates in the mouth for ultimate ease of drinking.
Comparisons to Duvel come to mind. But these Sorachi Ace hops obviously deliver bold floral notes and moderate spiciness. The carbonation and mouthfeel is very similar but the malt sweetness has more of an impact here.
05-28-2010 07:01:08 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Bottle: Poured a hazy light beige color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dill pickle chips with dry floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by dill pickle notes with some dry hoppy notes and some floral notes. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very funky hops in this one with solid malt backbone.
12-12-2011 18:30:25 | More by Phyl21ca
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
750mL bottle - $12.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, pale yellow body with a large, rising, airy white head.
Smell: A delightfully spirited nose, replete with vivid notes of Meyer lemons, budding Springtime flowers, lychee fruit, fresh basil, pilsner malts, and lighter hints of alcohol and a background funkiness.
Taste: Pils malts with a little tanginess and a soft, honeyed sweetness washed down with a gulp of white wine. Hint of biscuit dough. Vibrant florals. Distinct taste of fresh lemon juice. In amongst the stronger tastes is just a faint hint of funk. Moist garden-grown herbs seasoned with white pepper and cracked cloves, with more emphasis on the pepper. Medium-light bitterness. A veritable round table of all the various tastes on the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.
Drinkability: An eminently quaffable, soundly complex saison, with, thankfully, not a drop more alcohol than is needed. I really enjoyed this one, Brooklyn.
08-04-2010 17:41:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev -2.7%
A: three finger head with excellent retention and scattered lacing on a cloudy pale golden body.
S: a little musty, belgian yeast, slightly sweet tropical fruit
T: very floral and herbal with clove, pepper and funky belgian yeast. pear and lemon citrus fruit notes.
M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: a nice saison. a little dull in the flavor but the yeast character is excellent. A must try.
06-25-2012 01:39:05 | More by kylehay2004
4/5 rDev -2.7%
This beer poured out as a hazy golden color, the head was fluffy and white. A very heady brew. The lacing was pretty good. The smell of the beer was very floral and has a good saison aroma to it. The taste of the see had a hefty amount of the Sorachi Ace hops on the tongue. There was also some nice spicy flavors too. The mouthfeel was full of carbonation and was light bodied. Overall the beer was very tasty and was enjoyable. I would like to have this again one day.
06-26-2011 20:46:59 | More by Knapp85
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
I like to see breweries like Brooklyn be innovative in making and using rare and exotic products to their product lines.Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed lemon yellow with a large blossoming white head that clung like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.So much going on in the nose it took awhile to pinpoint everything,white pepper,grass,herb,and as others have noted a bit of cedar,light phenols with some clove showed thru as well.Flavors are quite dry and spicy with lemon being most prominent,a big spiciness rolls thru as well,somewhat medicinal in the finish.This is different and I like it,I normally dont single out a saison to buy,this I did and am happy for it.
06-24-2010 21:39:46 | More by oberon
3.13/5 rDev -23.8%
Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.
A nice extra catch when I found the BCBCS. It pours a somewhat hazy (though mostly clear) plae golden straw capped by over a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, a light funk, cardamom, hay, and mandarin oranges. The taste goes somewhat sideways: notes of grass, hoppy citrus and bitterness, greens, stinging lemon and lemongrass, garlic, and a very light butter in the background. Something is heavily amiss, though. I must just not like the sorachi variety, I guess. The body is a very light medium, with an active carbonation and a dry, strangely dusty feel. Overall, a pretty large disappointment that I chalk up to a distaste for the sorachi and the weird dusty feel.
06-24-2010 03:30:53 | More by TMoney2591
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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