Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
Appears a hazy ligt gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a chunky head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of pumelo, lemon zest, herbs, cut grass, and shiitake mushrooms.
Taste is of the aromas with a sticky hoppy goodness and a fresh doughy flavor that makes for an intersting spin on a Belgian Pale.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, semi sweet, and gently herbal in the finish.
12-18-2010 00:56:55 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a milky translucent pale golden color with a massive, fluffy rocky white head. Head has excellent retention and spongey sheets of lacing. Aroma is very grassy, earthy, zesty and lemony. Background of some candied sugars and spices, but something just isn't clicking for me with the nose. The flavor is also slightly off, with strong sweet notes from the champagne yeast and pale malts, and contrasting earthy, zesty, grassy hops without much bitterness from the Sorachi Ace. Mouthfeel is medium full, very soft with fine, light carbonation producing the expected clean dry finish. A grainy, yeast flavor also lingers in the finish detracting from my enjoyment of this. The flavors in this don't quite mesh as smoothly as hoped for, pulling down my opinion of this otherwise fine, unique beer.
07-11-2010 20:38:26 | More by yourefragile
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
Ah, the first beer of my US trip. For breakfast, no less. Nice, well presented "ace" bottle, corked and caged.
Pours a hazed and cloudy golden wheat colour, with a foamy and full head of white. Lacing is patchy, but sticky. Looks like it has some heft to the body, which is good. Nice fine carbonation. Overall, a very good looking saison.
Nose is zesty and sharp, but with organic overtones (ah, Saison funk and Sorachi Ace make a brutally good combination). Hints of coconut, lime, flax, raw wheat and linen. Although the citric Sorachi and the funky pepper Saison yeast characters sound like they would create a cacophony, in fact, they meld together into a creamy, smooth almost vanilla like combination, despite the fact you can still identify the individual spicy attributes. Great.
Taste is similar—quite smooth and creamy, but with a lift of citric acidity and a bite of organic bitterness on the back. Aftertaste gives off some of those tropical coconut flavours. Throughout, there's a raw, rustic funk, but the Sorachi characters seem to change the location to somewhere humid and Eastern.
Overall, a great beer, and a rather large and complex one. As it turns out, this goes somewhere very different from where I thought it might, which was a light, drinkable and refreshing brew—this is a big, and robustly interesting beer; one that should be sipped.
07-08-2011 10:33:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Split a large bottle at Liberty St. Tavern with a couple friends. Wow, this is easily the most interesting US-brewed saison I've tried and up there with the best I've had. The hop and yeast character blend is both floral and fruity, with sort of a cream and melon undertone. There's a hit of citrus rind after the deeply floral (like roses) note. The body is relatively light and crisp, very drinkable. I want more.
06-24-2011 21:36:26 | More by tempest
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle poured into a duvel tulip.
A - Pours golden yellow with a huge three finger tall white head with great retention leaving sticky white lacing down the entire glass.
S - Smells of lemongrass, black pepper, lemon rind, citric hops, light must, and wet earth. It has a lot going on for itself without being overpowering.
T - Starts off with hints of lemongrass, chewy wheat, strong hop bitterness, light must, and some peppery spice in the finish, combining some light dryness to linger on the pallet for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is all over the place, from chewy to fruity to down right dry, combining into one interesting feel. Very nice.
O - Overall this one is very nice. It has lots of different flavors going on but still remains very drinkable. I wish I had a few more of these stashed away for the future.
08-29-2011 02:34:14 | More by orangesol
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-26-2009 02:38:17 | More by Billolick
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
Extremely interesting beer. I always like tasting a single hopped beer, and particularly when its such an interesting one as the Sorachi Ace hop. Pours a slightly cloudy, but glowing golden with a mousse-like head that sticks around and leaves some sticky lacing. Very lemony aromas, with particular emphasis on the zest- slightly bitter and oily, but with the bright, zingy essential aromas of the lemon. The taste is extremely complex. I can't put my finger on all the elements there, but the overall impression is of lemon meringue with a touch of pith mixed in with a zest accent on top. More pith than zest here, quite bitter, but in that particular pithy way, and with some creaminess on the finish. There is also a good deal of herbalness, but I can't put my finger on what herb(s) it reminds me of. Quenching and drying 9in the mouth, this is a Saison to contemplate.
07-07-2010 01:55:11 | More by Georgiabeer
4.15/5 rDev +1%
Poured into a tulip, Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace appears a slightly hazed light straw yellow color with a monsterous head of white fluffy foam for a head that is more than 2 fingers strong. The head displays amazing powers of retension. Right down to the last sip more than a finger of white fluff remains. Patches of white lace cling along the glassware where the head previously came into contact. Aroma of this beer is a little spicey and a bit soapy but the prominent characteristics of the nose are the lemony citrus and grassy smell brought on by this unique type of hop. Throughout the experience, it is interesting how the citrusy lemon character flip flops with the grassy character to try and overtake the other scent. The taste of this brew is light and refreshing with a very lively level of carbonation that tickles the tongue. For a style that should be well carbonated, this one is on the verge of being over the top with carbonation. Upfront there is a spicey flavor that is mildly peppery but turns to a slight hop bitterness heavily flavored with grass and lemon zest. Very mild malt backing to this brew but at times it does come across a bit spicey and mildly sweet maybe a bit like pear but for the most part it finishes quite dry. The lingering flavor of this brew is all lemon and grass. I have had other samples of beer that had hints of lemongrass but this one really brings it home and is enjoyable without feeling like I just sprayed pine-sol in my mouth or under my nose. Very drinkable, I would enjoy this one again but wow I certainly wasn't able to detect the 7.5+% abv this has.
06-30-2010 20:28:47 | More by stakem
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
A corked and caged 750 mL bottle from Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, MD.
A: The saison pours with an effervescent champaign-like bubbling. A white head, densely compact, recedes at a moderate pace with no lacing. Underneath, the saison has a pale lemony yellow color that could be described as sickly.
S: Fresh lemongrass, citrusy with a strong aroma. The sorachi ace knows its job and does it well, creating a lush environment that mixes well with the saison's peppery freshness. A really nice beer to sniff.
T: The lemongrass aspect of the sorachi ace is powerful, almost on par with Bullfrog's Thai PA and OBBS's Lemongrass Wheat. The citrus has a tang, a stronger lemony flavor that transcends the grassiness. Underneath the formidable hop presence, the saison doesn't shy away from coriander and musty flavors. But it all comes back to the hops, they are stunning even with a few months under their belt. Any fade has lessened the lemon and upped the lemongrass quotient. A stunning saison any way you look at it.
M: The saison is tangy, a lemony wonderland of flavors. And the pale. bready malts that come through near the finish, very nice.
D: I wish that I had squirreled away another bottle or two. I was floored by this beer at BCTC 2009 and out the bottle it is nearly as majestic.
09-24-2010 00:05:30 | More by akorsak
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ
A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to golden orange in color. The beer has a three finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film over the entire surface of the beer with some small thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of saison yeast spiciness with hay + earthiness. There is just a hint of lemon citrus.
T: Light to moderate amounts of lemon citrus sourness along with some earthy/hay hop bitterness. There is an underlying sweetness with some spicy yeast flavors.
M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink - definitely one to have another time. Well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.
07-12-2012 01:27:51 | More by dbrauneis
3.53/5 rDev -14.1%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a big white creamy head that last for a good bit. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that swirl to the surface.
S- The big bright hops are full of green lemons with a spearmint quality to them followed by a yellow apple saison yeast quality. This beer smells a bit like lemon dish soap in the finish and that aroma grows as the beer warms.
T- The taste of lemon dish soap is followed by a yeasty note then a dry pungent hop finish. The bitter finish lingers a bit. As the beer opens up the dish soap and bitterness grows with a thyme quality and a note of raw grain coming through aswell.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish and no alcohol heat.
D- I just couldn't get past the strong soap smell and taste but there is a great saison underneath. Oddly enough the saison underneath is what kept me drinking the whole bottle. The last glass took on a natural lime-base cleaning taste similar to simple green.
09-03-2010 02:27:23 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured into a tulip glass
Light hazy color, frothy head with large bubbles that become a fine layer of bubbles
Typical yeasty Saison smell with tropical fruit notes
Yeast taste dominates - lends a good amount of spiciness, little alchol and mild bitter fruit finish.
High level of carbonation - dominates mouthfeel - creates
All around very smooth and tasty.
02-19-2012 06:03:17 | More by drewone
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
Another Brooklyn beer to be tried in Brazil. Thanks to my friend Alexandre for sharing the bottle at EAP in São Paulo. On to the beer:
We have here a blonde colored beer with a lovely bright hue and plenty of lacing around the glass. The nose brings some toasted sugar, pine, grass, and vague citrus aromas. Dry overall, but with a good flavor. Grass, lemon, and pine provide an attractive flavor, and with the dryness, gives it that saison-esque finish.
Very nice hoppy saison produced by Brooklyn. It´s unique without getting to weird.
02-22-2012 02:34:24 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured into a tulip.
Pours a large fizzy white head that eventually fades down. Good retention. Color is a clear golden yellow.
Aroma: Floral grassy hops, lemon zest, spices, yeast, and some funk notes.
Taste: A more funky profile up front. Lemon zest with other fruit notes, yeast, barnyard flavors. The hops are noticeable on the top of my tongue. Very sharp/unique. Grassy/herbal hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy and smooth. Light to medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with grassy hops and herbal flavors.
Overall, a very nice saison with some interesting flavors. The hops were more grassy, but sharp. Pretty drinkable as well.
09-01-2010 14:25:50 | More by mothman
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
A pint on tap at Whole foods for $3. I've been waiting on trying this out as a $15 750ML did not sit right with me. This is super fresh.
Sorachi Ace pours out the spout pretty lovely, a lot of activity with a golden colored brew gliding in the glass. A nice glow to this. Rising bubbles bring forth a frothy bright white foam that sticks to the glass.
smell is pretty bright and full of Sorachi Ace scents. This really displays a dry earthy scent with some lemon and grass. A spritz of saison like yeast with a small trace of pale malts in the latter. It's quite bold and assertive at this fresh stage.
Sorachi Ace is very well balanced, the lightness of all the flavor involved brings out the slightest touch of malt evening out. Saison flavor with some strong sorachi hopping bring a hoppy outcome. Some tropical flavor mixed in with grassy flavor with a drop of malt.
Feel is medium with lively carbonation, spritzy. The flavor sticks around a bit with a nice bready aftertaste with Sorachi sitting in as well. I finished a pint with ease, I never got bored with it, and the alcohol showed just a bit with extreme warming.
Im glad they are putting this in 4 packs.
04-02-2012 03:26:48 | More by BARFLYB
4.53/5 rDev +10.2%
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled 7/12/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, pineapple, clove, orange zest, pepper, herbal, earth, grass, floral, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big lemon, pear, pepper, pineapple, apple, orange zest, clove, herbal, grass, earth, floral, and yeast spices. Light earthy bitterness on the finish with light tartness; with lingering notes of light fruits, lemon, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of flavors; great spiciness/malt balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly slick and very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class saison! Fantastic balance and complexity of flavors; insanely smooth and crisp to sip on. A truly incredible experience when it is quite fresh.
10-22-2012 04:34:23 | More by superspak
3.83/5 rDev -6.8%
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, a farmhouse ale using the rare hop variety.
Pours a clear straw, bone white crackling head. Aroma of lemon juice and rind upfront. Alittle bit of spicy Belgian yeast with a bready aroma as well. In the flavor, a crisp biting lemony hop, some earthyness, champagne like in the finish. Belgian yeast in full force with must, pepper and mild pear notes. Super dry, aggressive carbonation. Mild doughy character, spice and a good helping of citrus, hop and funk. Overall, an interesting and unique brew with well rounded flavor. Worth trying.
06-08-2011 17:29:34 | More by Stinkypuss
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.
The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. There is very active carbonation in this beer; not something I see all the time. I don't get a lot on the nose with this one, just some light honey and cracked pepper. Still, what's there is pretty nice. On the palate, this beer is pretty enjoyable. I get some lemon, orange and honey, all in a very light frame. There's almost a sweet ice tea flavor to this beer, that I quite like. The beer finishes nice and clean on the palate, with the alcohol well disguised.
This beer is very easy to drink, and makes a perfect warm summer's day beer. Quite nice.
09-15-2009 20:14:58 | More by John_M
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good solid pop off the cork.
Pours solid, but a very soapy looking white head, Body is a slightly cloudy yellow orange with classic rising carbonation in the middle. Little lacing, some spotty puck as well. Looks pretty light for a saison no complaints.
Bouquet is a light lemon and fruity estery with light yeast notes. Hint of light sugars too. Crisp smelling, a little butter ghee like, much like a pale or Belgian strong ale than a saison. I dig it very light.
Taste is sharp butter of ghee then the palate sweetens to some sugar and stinging yeast. Just a hint of barnyard, and a very quick sharp crisp bubbly champagne "brut"-ness. That sharpness sticks around just long enough and then lingers slowly like good tonic water. Pleasurable tickle on the tongue this is really like that.
Overall this is just great take on a saison, real glad I picked this one up.
07-06-2011 01:43:02 | More by smakawhat
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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