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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,709
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 151
Gots: 186 | FT: 5
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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.

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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 19/10/11

A pale golden yellow with a haze and just a few little bubbles feeding a large 3 finger head that falls quickly and leaves no lace

S big floral grassy hops with a blast of zesty lemon, slightly yeasty and it just smells great

T more yeast but the citrus isn't as strong as the nose, still good though but far toned down compared to the smell, but with some white pepper I couldn't smell

M has a zippy bite to it and leaves a little behind in your mouth, lots of bubbles but stops short of turning it to foam

O I had this to my nose for some time and 4.25 would have been used if it was an option for flavor, not sure the age of this but the hops profiles firmly in charge

a winner for sure and I want to explore this hop in depth, not cheap but worth it

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 03:03:39 | More by wordemupg
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domtronzero

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy yellow orange with a big, fluffy, long lasting white head. Very little lacing.

S - Citrusy lemon, crisp and sweet pils malts, tropical fruit aromas that reminds me of pineapple and mango. Light hoppy spiciness.

F/M - Sweet candy-like pilsner malts, fruity tropical esters (again, reminiscent of pineapples and mangos). Very citrusy and lightly spicy hops. Big lemony flavor with a moderately firm bitterness. Clean and very dry finish, medium light bodied, with moderately high carbonation. Not much lingering too far into the aftertaste; maybe a little pils malts and lemony flavors.

D - This is a pretty damn good beer. Dry, clean, crisp and very tasty. Brooklyn has been doing a good job of reversing my attitudes towards American breweries attempting Belgian styles, and this beer is further proof that they can brew a damn fine Belgian style ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:28:36 | More by domtronzero
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Bright yellow clear gold color; pure white frothy head that stayed around a while; good lacing

S - Light citrus at first, more lemony than anything; fruity; yeasty

T - Lemony fruitiness at first then you catch a more hop driven bite; biscuity and yeasty; definitely interesting stuff

M - Medium MF and a little slick; very soft carbonation

D - Really refreshing and interesting = easily drinkable. Lovely here

Overall, quite enjoyed the Sorachi hop flavors in this and very fun beer to drink. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 23:52:09 | More by Nickls
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with a simple fish at Black Market dinner with Garrett Oliver.

I think this is the perfect use of this hop. The lemon with the spiciness of the saison was great. Mostly lemon in smell, with some dill flavor as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a nice twist to a standard saison. Very balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 14:44:00 | More by AaronHomoya
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before he visited me, I told me good friend and fellow beer connoisseur Frank that I had never tried anything from Brookleyn Brewery and, since he was in NY, if he could get something, I would be most appreciative. He grabbed Sorachi, primarily because he liked the name, and we split this one fine evening.

A hazy orange-gold body with a thick finger of white foam; nice lacing despite modest duration in the Ommegang glass. Good, fruity aromas, plenty of citrus (grapefruit, orange peel, some lemon) with pepper and clove, and some tell-tale farmhouse funk; good smell, no doubt.

The taste is very impressive--very spicy and fruity, blended very well, and light on the palate. After a hearty meal, this was a nice, light accompaniment that was most welcome; very flavorful. Light on the palate, and creamy smooth, Sorachi is a delight, easy-going on an unusually warm Fall day.

I am just thrilled that my first foray into Brooklyn's wares proved so fruitful, pardon the pun. Delicious, delicate, and accessible, I'd be remiss if I passed on the chance to enjoy Sorachi--or anything--from Brooklyn again.

Very good, and certainly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:21:16 | More by Gehrig
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Newcastle chalice

A: hazy lemon yellow with a white 2 finger head with staying power. Thick lacing

S: Wow! Citrus, lemony, Belgian yeast. I could smell this one all day.

T: Citrus flows through with a passion. Floral, herbal, spicy. Slightly sour. Semi-dry finish. Very smooth.

M: medium with medium to heavy carbonation. Bubbles do a dance on my tongue.

O: This is an outstanding saison. I think those Sorachi Ace hops and I will get along nicely. I'll definitely be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 04:10:54 | More by brewskifan55
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is such a shame this beer is a limited edition brew. Mainly because this is the perfect accompaniment to Asian food. The Sorachi Ace hop has a lot of lemongrass tastes. This one tastes more like lemongrass as it warms.

It is also quite dry.

If Brooklyn doesn't make this again, I hope someone else fills the gap.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 02:13:54 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is gold, lots of fine carbonation; head is off whtie, lumpy, dense, some lacing; head lingers exceptionally well, making it very enticing.

Smell is subdued, some light pilsen malt, touch of yeast phenols.

Taste steps it up: malt is clean, not sweet, but flavorful, some pilsen notes, light biscuit and bread; yeast flavors are very nice some light phenol, buttery off flavor but could be from hops; hops very lemony, some lighter earthier notes as well, grass.

Mouthfeel is where this saison is a nice step apart, very nicely dry and some light sweetness with a very good carbonation.

Overall, a very, very good saison, with a good twist on the hop presence and malt flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2014 23:44:19 | More by mvanaskie13
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richj1970

Alabama

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Founder's Bolt Cutter glass.

A: Poured pale golden almost lemon color with nice three finger fluffy white head with large bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of lemon, oranges and citrus mixed with a grassy note that is really enjoyable.

T: More citrus flavors mixed with nice hops and spice. Reminds me of some nice champagnes in some respects.

M: Dry and nicely carbonated. Refreshing to drink.

O: I like this one quite a bit. I just wish they carried it locally. Nearest place to get it retail is about an hour and a half from the house.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 00:59:14 | More by richj1970
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not sure of the age on this bottle but it's def got some age on it, got it as a gift from the father of one of the assistant brewers. Hazy and faded orange marmalade color. Massive bright white head which dies kind of quickly. Sweet citric lemon grass nose. Otherwise pretty subtle nose.

Pretty nice tasting beer. Sweet belgian candy up front. Slight medicinal flavors, all well blended. Touches of banana and clove with lemon grass and citrus as the dominant flavors. Semi-spicy yeast bite on the finish. Touches of meaty fruit such as apples and pears. Delicious yet palate cleansing. Lots of brisk carbonation.

Just needs a bit more tartness.

I usually am not the biggest fan of brooklyn but this is pretty damn good.

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An even older bottle than the last one . I tried. This really has mellowed out. bit phenolic and medicinal. Very herbal and grassy. its pretty good

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:05:17 | More by jtierney89
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicate pour delivered 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This takes quite a while to die down, and leaves me with half a finger throughout consumption. A lot of bubbles are rushing from bottom to top, like a mob frantically trying to escape a horde of zombies. Body light gold. Very nice lacing also noted.

Hops (citrus and pine) and lemon are the main aromas. Wheat and yeast pop in after a bit of searching. After it warms up there is a segue flavor, you get a hint of sour apple going from hops to wheat/yeast. Wheast, lol.

Tastes like sunshine in a glass! I'm just kidding, but it is good. It follows the nose, citrus hops, not overly bitter, lemon being a main point, into wheat and yeast. It's almost too fresh though. For it being a farmhouse/saison, I was hoping for a little funk. But I won't dock it for not having it.

Light bodied. Plays quickly over the tongue, neither sticky nor overly drying. It's refreshing with just a little bite.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 00:32:48 | More by CFHMagnet
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy bright straw color, fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Smell is of grass, yeast, bread, clay, lemon and slight herbal charachter. Taste is grassy and yeasty with a nice hints of lemon and bread, with a faint spice charachter in the background. Crisp, clean and refreshing. A very good and unique saison.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 14:07:32 | More by rfgetz
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HosP

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to erikkoppin for hooking me up on a trade!

A- Poured hazy, yellow. Large fluffy head that left lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of lemony, citrus up front. Some spice towards the end. Very inviting beer from the nose.

T- Citrus taste at the front of the drink. Some spice and tartness towards the end. Lots of flavors in the middle do seem to make it complex. Flavors are very balanced and make you want to keep drinking trying to figure them all out.

M- Lighter body with good carbonation. Some bitterness towards the end with a little dry finish.

D- Very tasty beer. I could have easily drank another one, maybe two tonight. Every drink made me want another. Very solid beer, wouldn't hesitate to buy another if I saw one.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 05:46:39 | More by HosP
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark straw, with a strong frothy head that billows over the top of the glass.
Smells of nice mild hops, that are extremely appetizing.
Taste is citrusy, but also has a good amount of alcohol bite.
The bite is not overwhelming, and the taste from the sugars is so well balanced by the hops.
This is a fantastic saison, and I would recommend it to anyone!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 06:04:34 | More by Spineypanda
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pt 9 0z bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I could not find a bottle dated code.

Pale yellow in color, cloudy with lots of carbonation. Two finger creamy, white head dissipated farily quickly. Nice lacing left up and down the glass.

I smell lemons and grass. From the smell I get the idea this may be a little sweet. Can smell a hint of hops.

Tastes as it smells. First it's citrusy then comes the grass notes and a crisp hop finish. The hops are not overpowering but present. The taste of the Sorachi Ace hops are quite unique.

This is a light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation. I get a grassy after taste that is quite smooth. Fairly high abv at 7.6% but alchohol is not noticeable.

As mentioned before, this is a light bodied and very refreshing beer. Very tasty and would be/is excellent for a backyard barbeque when the weather is nice. I had mine with a medium rare cheeseburger with blue cheese crumbles and barbeque sauce, which turned out to be a fantastic pairing. At about 13.00 dollars a bottle i don't know how many more I'll actually drink. This would be great in a 6 or 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 00:23:21 | More by JCaweinstein
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to funkybuddha for this one.

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my go to Saison glass, my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a crystal clear golden hay with a massive eruption of 5 inch, frothy white head that leaves some sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is zesty lemon, fresh cut grass, and salt-less, Saltine crackers. Oddly enough, I detect just a little blue cheese. The flavor is simply and refined. Bright lemon zest, just a slight tangerine, grass and pale German malts. This beer is really simple and straightforward but very elegant in its simplicity. The mouthfeel is just about perfect. Dry enough that it leaves the mouth lingering for another sip but full enough that it coats your mouth in dry grass and lemon. Brooklyn makes great beer and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:35:01 | More by hwwty4
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 22:48:02 | More by brentk56
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 25.4 oz bomber into glass.

A: A cumulonimbus cloud of three fingers of white foam on top of a clear body. Very light shadings of gold and yellow in the color. Very clear.

S: Nose has melon, pine, herbs, mint, blossom.

T: Flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, cut grass. I can taste the ginger the prior reviewer mentioned and definitely a peppery spice kick as well. Slightly bitter finish, no charring.

M: medium-bodied, lots of carbonation and acidity.

O: As expected for a saison, lots of fruit and florals. Very sweet. The sugary sweet citrus hits first, but the pine/ mint/ grassy flavor hits almost immediately after and the two mix for a very nice flavor definitely stronger on the mint/ pine/ grassy side.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-08-2013 00:19:09 | More by SlothB77
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison/Farmhouse Ale 7.6% poured into a St Feuillien Oversized wine glass.
Simple but elegant design with the Ace of diamonds and Brooklyn "B" in the center of mid label.

A- This beer pours a beautiful hazed light golden fluid with one hell of a inch and a half white head that is fluffy and stays around for the whole duration of the beer. Massive sticky lacing clings to the glass on all sides... excellent.

S- Where do i start? The first thing I smell is no doubt the Sorachi with a tangy fresh cut grass and lemongrass scent. In the backbone is a nice chalky yeast that slightly stings the nose.

T-M- Taste is quite pleasant for the alcohol this Farmhouse is packing... A warm tangy and lightly metallic lemongrass dominates with undertones of sweet malts and yeast. A good brew in the aspect of excellent mixing of styles. Saison and a foreign hop variety equals interesting flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly astringent but with a light carbonation that just melds beautifully with the taste buds.

D- In drink this beer I realized that I could easily drink another 750ml and at 7.6% that is an excellent aspect of drinkablity... cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 00:30:39 | More by wesbrownyeah
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Mora2000

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this sitting on the shelf in Dallas so I had to pick on up. Good thing I did because it was very good.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is strong lemon with some wheat and Belgian yeast. The flavor is lemons with some oranges. I also get some wheat, yeast and grassy hops. Low to medium bitterness. Very soft, creamy mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A very good saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 04:25:32 | More by Mora2000
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and served in Stone Levitation glasses

A - pours with a very hefty amount of bubbly, pillowy bright white foam. the beer is just slightly hazy, more so as the bottle dwindles down. leaves behind some thick yet spotty lacing.

M - very sharp lemon, not quite tart or even fruity...just a nice display of Sorachi Ace hops. joined by some sharp grassy piney hops, a slightly musty graininess, and light mustiness. nice but a little one-sided.

T - very bright lemony, grassy, piney hops. some belgian yeast with a light kiss of funk and musty basement. finishes very dry

M - insanely effervescent, with a ton of carbonation...once in your mouth it slowly fades to a pillowy fizz of a beer which just melts in your mouth. very bright and tingly, pairs great with a myriad of spicy food.

D - very enjoyable, leave it to Brooklyn to introduce an entire new unknown strain of hops and make it shine. great unique Saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 00:13:00 | More by Stigs
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plfahey

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden yellow color with high clarity. Moderate white head with fairly high retention.

Aroma-Fresh hop aroma-with spicy, herbal, and citric notes. Some interesting yeast notes as well, with spicy phenolics and pungent, earthy Belgian funk. On the whole, quite fresh with slight grassy hints and a slightly sweet, slightly tropical fruit smell-maybe mango or papaya. Slightly bready malt character lies underneath. Complex and very good.

Flavor-Lemon peel and white pepper, dirt, pungent earthiness, and sweet herbs. There's a lot going on, and it's hard to pick it all apart. The flavor takes a long time to unfold on the palate, but a few seconds in, the yeast character back off just a bit, allowing a light bready malt to show through, but only for an instant before hop bitterness sweeps in. Finishes with moderately high hop bitterness and a resurgence of lemon, spices, and yeast character.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with high carbonation-explosively effervescent. Carbonation is still relatively soft of the palate.

This is a fantastic American interpretation of a Saision, and I think the Sorachi Ace hops work very nicely. Absurdly complex and delicious. I've come to expect a lot from Brooklyn beers, and this one definitely delivers.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 06:11:47 | More by plfahey
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cjacobsen

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow with a decent white foamy head on it.

Smelled like orange and lemon peel.

The taste is citrus and hops all the way. There's a decent hit of flavor but there is no lingering aftertaste that develops. Its very simple and to the point.

The carbonation is present but doesn't kill. Kind of a citrus prick to the tongue as well.

This beer is good, quite refreshing and simple and I think that's why I like it so much.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 12:57:00 | More by cjacobsen
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into bordeaux glass.

Aroma: A prominent lemony citrus-tea tartness from the Sorachi Ace hop. The aroma profile which evolves from tart to spicy over time, and there is also some noticeable funky brett in there as well.

Appearance: A thick, white 3 finger pillow of light foam, which leaves excellent lacing on the glass. Body is a hazy golden yellow with a tinge of orange. Effervesence is visible through the side of the glass. Unmistakeably a saison!

Flavor: Similar to aroma profile. At first, the flavor struck me as being a mix of tart, lemony hop with some underlying white-peppery bitterness. The beer evolved in the glass, though, and presented some graham cracker-like sweetness, and some yeasty spiciness. Toward the end of the glass, I really began picking up on a wild horse blanket note from the brett. Definitely an enjoyable ride flavor-wise.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-to-high crisp carbonation. Slight estery pepperiness.

Overall: I wasn't sure about this one at first, but found it to be highly enjoyable. Saisons normally have quite a bit to think about in the areas of aroma & flavor, and this one definitely did as well. A very refreshing brew for a hot day. I'd recommend this one as a potential pairing for any dish w/ which you might consider a pinot grigio or even a sauvignon blanc!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 12:56:23 | More by mdvatab
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Kolsch

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Headkeepers, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Clear, golden & lager like. Small head that retained very small cusp throughout drink.

Smell: some fruit, pear and lemon

Taste: Ummm....different. Smooth, ultra smooth mouthfeel. I detect some slight chamomille, which adds to the overall unique taste. Lemony with a hint of pepperish clove. This does taste like a Saison, a very different Saison.

Overall: As someone mentioned below, I had one of these then switched to something else. This was so alluring, I wished I would have had another.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 14:50:06 | More by Kolsch
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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