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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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1,584 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1584
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%


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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SlothB77

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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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kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"100% Bottle Refermented Ale." 7.6% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing classy label and branded gold hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork gives by hand with ease; I'd say the champagne yeast refermentation upped the carbonation.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour and fluffy even consistency. Nice creaminess and smooth complexion. Quite soft looking. Consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good - about 9-10+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow-gold of above average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

It's a good appearance for a beer, but I'm surprised at its clarity given it's meant to be a farmhouse ale. Shouldn't this be hazy? In any case, I'm excited to try it, and while it's not unique or special, it's certainly inviting and I can find no obvious flaws.

Sm: Plenty of floral notes are present, though I can't tell whether they're from actual flowers and/or just hops. Honey. Clove. Heavy yeast presence - sure, your typical farmhouse funkiness, but also vitamin-y character. Belgian pale malts. Cracker malts. A kiss of lemon zest. Some lemongrass. Grassy hop character. Vague fruit. I don't pretend to know much about sorachi ace hops, but I think the hop character here works well with the rest of the beer, though it does feel a bit Czech pilsnery considering this is a farmhouse ale.

No alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant, inviting, enchanting aroma of mild strength. It doesn't quite nail the farmhouse ale conventions, but I'm always game for an unconventional beer - so long as it's well executed.

T: That's tasty, alright. The hop character in particular is very intriguing - and not just because I'm looking for it given the beer's premise. It's sort of Czech Saaz with some amped-up floral hop character and a more mature pronounced lemon zest note. The foundation is unobtrusive and supportive - mainly Belgian pale malts, light crackery malts, and some nice grassiness. A kiss of peach/pear fruit and accompanying faint esters. It's delightfully well-balanced, with the malts and hops matching up nicely. It's neither too sweet nor too bitter, but errs on the side of faint sweetness, which complements the hints of honey and clove nicely. The champagne yeast is subtle, which is definitely the right choice here, lending it a pleasant spritziness and light effervescence.

No alcohol or other off-notes come through.

It's got a nice subtlety, but sadly the complexity isn't up to par - it lacks spicing and farmhouse character, as well as distinctive funky yeast. The Sorachi Ace hop character lends it some very interesting nuance. It's not an intricate beer per se, nor do I know that it's unique or special. But damn is it a pleasant brew.

Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Mf: Nicely soft and refreshing. Smooth and wet. Has a surprisingly light body which aids its welcome comforting presence on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated. Good thickness.

Not overbearing or heavy. Not astringent, oily, harsh, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Overall, the texture suits the taste quite well. There's a case to be made that the texture is in some ways custom-tailored specifically to the flavour profile. Good execution here, to be sure.

Dr: Very drinkable for its above average ABV. It's a solid brew from Brooklyn, though I don't know that I'm comfortable regarding it as a strict farmhouse ale; it's much lighter in body and almost feels like a Czech pilsner meets a farmhouse ale. The trademark funkiness of a farmhouse ale is also missing; to be frank, for a farmhouse ale it doesn't have much farmhouse character. That said, outside of style conventions it's absolutely a brew I'd recommend friends try and I'm glad I picked it up. Those cats at Brooklyn are doing some interesting work, and this is proof that Sorachi Ace isn't just a gimmick. Very enjoyable pleasant stuff best consumed on a quiet afternoon. I look forward to trying it again and I think it'd pair very well with food.

This inspired pleasant take on a farmhouse ale has some interesting hop integration, but won't impress the experienced saison drinker.

B

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 20:42:16 | More by kojevergas
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mactrail

California

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

Beautiful 12 oz pour in the tall glass. Light amber color with long-lasting suds. Great mouthfeel-- both creamy and prickly. Medium body. Flavor is totally unique. Tastes like green peppers, black pepper, green apples, and jicama. Most interesting an likable flavors, however indescribable.

This is fairly malty at first, not really bitter even after the hop flavors emerge, but rather tart in the vein of many Saisons. The aftertaste touches on more bitterness. A thoroughly interesting brew I'm glad to have encountered. On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. [transcribed from notes ; 06/10/2012 visit]

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 05:50:35 | More by mactrail
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PattyMelt

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Nothing too special. Amber yellow, minimal white head. Doesn't look fantastic, but looks good.
S- a very, very citrus, slight pine.
T- Starts off light, very crisp on the back. High lemon flavor with a strong kick of ginger. Clean & smooth.
M- light bodied.
O- very refreshing summer beer. I can see myself sitting on my deck drinking this for hours. Love it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 02:10:47 | More by PattyMelt
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Vixie

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a hint of orange. Forms a huge white head that lingers, pour this one slowly.

Smell is a bit bread like, then gets sweet with a lot of lemon as well as fresh mown grass. The smell makes me think of the outdoors.

Kind of hard to pinpoint the exact flavors here, but what I am tasting works. It comes across as earthy, grassy and floral, with a hint of fruit. Finishes with a hop bitterness that is not overpowering, but lingers in a nice way.

Nice feel to this one, there is a good amount of carbonation, so you will feel this one going down. Still, it's smooth, and a bit lively.

This is an unusual beer, and in a good way. Hard to pinpoint any one thing about it, but the overall package works very well. Nice and complex, and goes down easy. I would happily have this one again, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:18:01 | More by Vixie
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A slightly too-rough pour reveals a pale straw colored beer, somewhat cloudy, capped by a massive white head. The head persists for a while, and leaves rings of white lacing as I work my way through the glass.

Smell: Lemons are front and center, but they are capably joined by black pepper, a mild funk and a faint hint of bubble gum.

Taste: Wow, this is a keeper. The thing that most strikes me about the beer is that it’s a coherent package – the lemons from the hops continue to be featured, but everything works together so well that you don’t think “oh, a lemon beer.” Aside from the lemon, there’s a certain earthiness and grassiness, as well as traditional Belgian spice. It all works exceptionally well together.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp, with relatively high carbonation. Again, it just works.

Drinkability: Quite high; I’d characterize it as sessionable but the ABV is just a tad high for that. Still, this is going to become a part of my regular rotation. Just exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 21:28:36 | More by rdickey
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Westland. Pours a golden-straw color; translucent with a mild chill haze that eventually fades away as the beer warms up a bit. Big-bubbled, white head is thin all the way throughout, but its small size was most likely due to the pour. Small bits of wet legging cling to the glass momentarily and eventually drip down.

The Sorachi Ace hop is notable for its lemon-like characteristics. Anyone who didn't already know that will definitely realize it after taking a whiff. The nose is packed with lemon in many different hats; lemon peel, lemon zest, lemongrass. Very effervescent; light, yet powerful; smooth, yet crisp. Mild herbal notes, grassy and subtly earthy, showcase themselves alongside the lemon brigade. Belgian yeast is no stranger here, either, adding the classic bubblegum-like aroma that has become oh so familiar. Mild finishing spices; clove, coriander, and faint white pepper.

The taste really integrates the Sorachi Ace hop well - the lemon notes are vibrant and noticeable, yet still manage to blend well with everything else, rather than sound anything out. Lots of flavors clashing all at once with each sip; lemon zest, herbal lemon tea, earthy hops, clove, white pepper, heavy yeast. The malt character is straightforward and basic; sometimes simplicity is the key. They add a nice cracker-like finish with some mild, balancing sweetness. Very like phenol character that only really becomes noticed near the latter half of the glass. Crispy, thanks to the hefty carbonation, finishing pretty dry with fading notes of herbal lemons and spicy yeast in the aftertaste. Thin-medium bodied.

Very good suggestion from Ron. Dangerously drinkable; fresh, crisp, dry, simple, and executed very well. Nice integration of flavor from this unique hop; this beer went down pretty quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 11:48:18 | More by tectactoe
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a great saison. Nice earthy tones. Grassy and only mildly funky. Carbonation is pretty high; could deal with a little less of that. But this is consistent and on the spot for the style. More of a sipper than anything else. Another nice one from Brooklyn. Keep it up, folks!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:36:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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Illuminist

Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Aroma: Citrus and lemon zest, spices like pepper or coriander. Good floral aromas

Appearance: Beautifully blonde and clear. Great carbonation with help from the glass. White, fluffy head that hung around fairly well. Some alcohol legs.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bright and bubbly. Fresh splash of citrus zest. Lightly flavored and light mouthfeeel. Lingering, dry finish. Really cleanses the palate.

I enjoyed this thoroughly. Like the bottle says, "it tastes like sunshine in a glass." The Sorachi Ace hops gave it a Pilsner quality that I enjoyed. It's very drinkable and would be a great introductory Saison for white wine and champagne drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 07:17:26 | More by Illuminist
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not generally a huge fan of saisons, but this one hits all the right notes for me. Bottle purchased at the Geneseo Wegmans.

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a golden yellow, with the biggest, foamiest head I've ever seen. 4-5 inches. The head descends into great lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells like lemon zest and cut grass. Such a fresh aroma.

Tastes like lemon and honey, with a grassy, floral hop flavor rolling over everything. Lightly malted. A bit of yeast bitterness provides a small amount of funk, but it's not very strong. Spiciness at the end of each sip that recalls black pepper.

Incredible carbonation. Medium bodied.

One of my favorite saisons. Great job Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 01:21:12 | More by GreesyFizeek
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MrKennedy

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Platinum Liquor, into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Really pretty hazy golden pour. Nice hiss as it comes out of the bottle and into the glass. Good white, tightly packed foam building on top before settling to a level just above film.

Smells of lemon and lemongrass. Makes HopBack Taiphoon seem tame. A little sweet at times, but the lemon definitely dominates any belgian yeast character that tries to get through.

Tastes of belgian yeast to begin. The lemon and lemon cleaner comes through in the middle. Some lemon sulphur gets through later and as this warms up. Probably the best experience i've had with Sorachi Ace hops. More lemon and lemongrass and less "in your face" sulphur.

ABV is higher, some vinous up front. But otherwise, pretty sessionable and drinkable given the specs and hop used. Body isn't too big at all.

Best use of Sorachi Ace hops i've come across. Nice showcase for it and it doesn't totally take over in the taste with the belgian yeast enough to work with it. Lovely beer and a lot of fun to drink. 750ml serving size is also about right, enough to drink on your own, but still a decent size to share.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 08:25:43 | More by MrKennedy
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light gold, slightly hazed, white cap has good retention and decent lace.

S/T - Slightly tart, yeast funk, hay, grass, lemon candy sweetness. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, lively carbonation, fluffy and smooth across the palate. Clean, dry finish.

O - This hop varietal seems to pair perfectly with the saison style. Accentuates the standard lemon/grass/hay flavors of saisons. Well done, I'd like to compare it to the bottle version.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 19:56:11 | More by garuda
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slammo

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sorachi Ace is really something special. If you read the back label too intently you might never open it. The ingredients are well thought out and effective. Drinking it right now in February it reminds me of warm summer days and crisp dry satisfaction. The head is white and crisp, the aroma a bouquet and the taste exquisite. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:26:17 | More by slammo
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SHODriver

California

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

A: pours a light and clear yellow with a three finger white head that is slow to fade into an ommegang tulip
S: smells lemony and grassy with a bit of spice and a slight pale malt aroma
T: taste is spicy yeast with some lemony and grassy flavor with some cracker like malt. just a hint of funk as well. swallow brings more spice and lemon with a bit of grassyness plus just a touch of medicinal herb
M: carbonation is assertive but not overly so and the beer has a medium feel in the mouth. fairly smooth on the palate.
O: a very nice saison. good flavors and complexity without anything outshining another flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 04:09:06 | More by SHODriver
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richj1970

Alabama

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(From tasting notes dated January 19, 2013)

Poured from a corked 1 pint bottle into a large brandy snifter. Served after warming 15 minutes from fridge.

A-Pours a very clear yellow gold. Very fine and foamy head that bubbles up quickly. Good head retention that leaves strings of lacing when it drops.

S-Singular citrus aroma unlike anything I have experienced. Very little malt.

T-Lemon citrus that finishes extremely dry. The Sorachi Ace hops are highlighted perfectly. Very little sweetness or maltiness.

M-Similar to champagne. Very dry and ebullient.

O-I've rated this beer quite highly because it highlights the wonderful Sorachi hops so perfectly. Its a hop forward beer that is extremely refreshing. I don't think I'll find anything quite like it and will certainly seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 21:55:51 | More by Muhly
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TheFightingMongooses

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. The only bottled/freshness date is a small 2012 printed on the back label. I just have to mention that I love the label design/artwork! It's simple yet incredibly classy, especially the back panel.

Appearance - Big fluffy white head from the initial pour goes down slow. The beer is crystal clear pale golden with moderate yet active carbonation.

Smell - The aroma is light and refreshing. I get slightly sour white grapes, a touch of straw/hay, a good mix of clove-like spice, and a bit of sweet honey. Pleasant, earthy, fruity, complex, awesome!

Taste/Mouthfeel - The beer is silky smooth and light on the tongue, with hints of coconut (or maybe vanilla) and pineapple over a solid honey-sweet malt foundation. The spice is well integrated. At first the aftertaste was coarse and disagreeable, but as I keep drinking it becomes less noticeable.

Overall - The weird aftertaste is the only thing that detracts from this beer, otherwise it is outstanding! This may become my go-to saison when I want something light and complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 01:41:32 | More by TheFightingMongooses
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ferrouswolf

Delaware

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle after seeing it in the store and looking it up here. I don't normally go for hop-driven beers, but I decided to give this one a try. Here goes!

Appearance: a nice hazy golden color; slight hint of red, but more on the yellow side of yellow-orange. Rocky foam head that sticks around awhile before fading to a ring and partial coverage across the top. Not much lacing.

Smell: lemongrass, bamboo skewer aromas. I could smell it soon after opening the bottle.

Taste: a nice pilsner malt nose followed by a wave of grassy, lemony freshness with herbal and bamboo flavors moving to a short, dry finish. Some lingering bitterness, but properly restrained and not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, and fine bubbles on the tongue. Almost --but not quite-- too carbonated.

Overall: I don't normally go for hop-driven beers, but this is excellent. Definitely demonstrates the broad range of flavors in beer. I wish the flavors were a bit smoother and more connected (perhaps in a rye version?), but the hops and yeast melded well into a delicious harmony. Very tasty; worth seeking out if you're not really into overwhelming bitterness but want to try a pure expression of a hop varietal.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:26:11 | More by ferrouswolf
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sjones5045

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour yellow with a great amount of white head. Looks like a beer in a beer commercial.

The smell is sort of like that musty farmhouse ale smell but I also pick up a Belgium strong kind of sme too with some spice.

The taste is pretty good. It's very carbonated and it does have a bit of the Belgium strong feel but with the lemon notes from the Sorachi coming through. It's a very interesting beer. The lemon taste isn't quite like anything I've had. It does finish with a bit if bitter but it never goes over the top.

Overall, I like this as something different and refreshing. It doesn't wow me but it definitely has a right ace and right time for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:59:19 | More by sjones5045
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sevenarts

New York

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale and slightly cloudy yellow. White head, good retention and a bit of lacing.

S: Lemony, grassy, funky with lots of underlying Belgian yeast.

T/M: Lemony and hoppy up front. Then a bit of spice and some musty yeasty notes. The finish is back to the lemon with a lingering bready, yeasty quality. Smooth and quite creamy.

O: A really interesting saison variation with a nice, distinctive hop character from the sorachi varietal. Tasty and subtle.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 21:36:16 | More by sevenarts
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SourCK


3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden and unfiltered. Very carbonated with a thick white head a little over one finger thick.

Smell: Strong scent of lemon and citrus. Subtle hop character. Hint of barnyard.

Taste: Characteristic belgian yeast flavor dominated by lemon. The hop flavor is over powered by the lemon. I like the tart character, but wish that the beer was a little more balanced.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation levels, typical of saisons. Somewhat coarse and tingles the palate.

Overall: This was a good representation of the saison style. I think there was too much lemon zest over powering the other flavors for my taste. I would drink this beer again, but I won't rush out to buy another immediately.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:47:00 | More by SourCK
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TubaManJack

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So after seeing this beer on many shelfs I decided why not

Appearance - Huge thick white sudsy head a light yellow body that is quite hazy.
Smell - Unriped bananas and hops. The nose of the hops is unique and a mix between being pungent funk and light herbal.
Taste- this is a farmhouse ale no question with its lighter malts and slight sourness from the yeast. However the hops do play a larger role than most. The hops do prove a different component that I am having a hard time pining down.
Mouthfeel - full slightly dry mild carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 02:20:48 | More by TubaManJack
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RichD

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from this big ass corked and caged bottle into my Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, straw yellow with an enormous head. Lots of sudsy goodness with this one. It actually fades pretty quickly.

S: Smells very lemony with a touch of yeast. Not my favorite, but still good.

T: The taste consists of a lemony zest which undoubtedly comes from the Sorachi ace hops. A little peach flavor comes in after and I can taste some buttery yeast that comes in at the end. Good stuff.

M: A creamy, but kinda light flavor is left in the mouth. Quite crisp and enjoyable. It makes me long for another sips.

Overall: This is nice. I hope to get one for the summer time as I can see me drinking this on the deck on a warm day. I like this and will definitely buy another bottle in May or June for the summer. Brooklyn has a winner and I know why they decided to bottle this one and distribute it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 22:19:23 | More by RichD
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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this on shelves for a while, and finally just went for it. I chilled it down, and prepared to serve it. I made the mistake of getting intrigued by the label after removing the cage, and about 20 seconds later, was rewarded with a pop and thunk of cork off ceiling. Into the glass it went.

I want to describe the beer as hazy yellow, but it's not just yellow. If I hold it up to the light, it seems to get darker, almost peachy, but really pale. It's hard to find the right words, but it's quite lovely. The head looks like beaten egg whites, so fluffy and white and with such fine bubbles. It doesn't really stick around, though, and leaves behind little lacing.

This smells very metallic. As it warms, this dissipates and leaves something more delicate, like pears, and a hint of butter. It's very subtle.

It tastes nothing like it smells. Wow. It's zesty and peppery and clean. Bitterness is very restrained. It's soft on the tongue. The fine bubbles are contributing here. Must be the Champagne yeast.

This is really pleasant to drink. It's clean, refreshing, and light, but never boring. I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 06:33:06 | More by DaveAnderson
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DenverLogan

Colorado

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

First beer of evening...I have a whole big beautiful bottle to myself...stamp #2342. Pours a beautiful hazy wheat gold with continuous small white head. A few dark floating particulates at the bottom add intrigue. Aroma of lovely fields of grain and bread. Taste of a good saison, not too spicy or citrusy, but components of lemon, orange zest, black pepper, grains of paradise, chives, lemongrass, sourdough bread, modest hops & slight finish of funk! Overall very tasty ans satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:57:57 | More by DenverLogan
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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