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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,576 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1576
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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dahlen22

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden in color with a good amount of carbonation and a 3/4 inch head.

Aroma: Lemon, grapefruit, and other floral scents are obvious even on the cork.

Taste: Tastes like it smells...lemongrass, other fruits, flowery, with a semi-dry finish. A nice easy drinking beer perfect for the spring and summer as is true to the Saison style. I am surprised it is almost 7% because it does not taste strong at all (I would have guessed 4.5 or 5%)

Overall: Brooklyn Brewery has some quality beers and some outstanding beers. This beer falls under the quality section. Nice and refreshing and easy to drink with a crisp lemon-fruitness. The $11.00 price for a 25 ounce beer is a bit much, especially since I can easily name 5 other Saison/Farmhouse Ales that are more worthy (Flying Fish for starters). Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 23:19:35 | More by dahlen22
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bum732

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow, bubbly head with great retention. Smells very floral, pansies, roses, lemongrass, grassy, lemon rind, yeasty breadiness, some spiciness. Tastes of dry lemongrass like malt with a nice grassy flavor. Moderate bitterness leads to a more lemongrass and lemon rind aspect. Finishes dry with some earthiness and lemon leaf. Carbonation low for the style, good moderate body, dry.

This beer was eating raw lemongrass, very potent and flavorful. Missing those traditional saison elements such as yeastiness, but i really think this beer was constructed to show off the hops. If you like lemon, you'll love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 03:20:47 | More by bum732
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Great saison with a marked lemony sense, and a nice malty and lightly woody finish.

Presentation: 750 ml corked brown bottle. Detailed and sophisticated label design bordering on a tacky stereotype of an ace of diamonds with the Brooklyn logo at center. The back label follows through with the pattern of a deck of cards, including a narrative with style, main intent, ingredients, brewing process, and food pairings. The design is not something that I like in particular but it works fairly well, and as it is often the case with these Brooklyn big bottles the presentation is something worth carrying around. Lacks freshness or bottling date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (7.6%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Straw to pale gold hazy pour, with a towering frothy head, nice retention, surface memory and lacing. Quite the looker.

S - Lemony aromas, citrus and floral notes in a fresh range.The nose is rather nice, but with a step short of complexity or length to take it to a next level. However it is very nicely rounded and overall complements the brew very well. Touches of spice, pepper, and yeast faintly linger in the background.

T - Rich lemon sense, grassy touches hold the citrus up over a softy woody note.... The woody sense is unusual and might be woven around the hops but it works beautifully and complements the overall taste and body with great competence.

M - Medium-light body with a lingering fullness around that woody sense and a perfectly tuned fined carbonation leading to a dry finish.

D - Extraordinary. If one is attracted by the lemony hoppy sense and the unusual intricacies of this brew, this is quite the experience. At points it may lack a lot of nuances, but overall is so nicely rounded that it shows an outstanding character.

Notes: First encounter with the Sorachi Hops, I think, although this particular sense of flavor is something that I feel I have encountered before but I can not put the finger to it... Great craft from Brooklyn in any case. Outstanding Saison that I would love to see coming back at least as a yearly seasonal offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:43:17 | More by Daniellobo
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mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, thanks Tom.

a - One finger of fluffy white head, pale yellow color with light carbonation.

s - Smells very interesting. Getting citrus hops, some spices, and yeast.

t - Tastes of fruity and citrus hops, spices, yeast, and fruity malts.

m - Light body and light carbonation.

d - An ok saison. Nice fruit and citrus taste. Would give another shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:09:53 | More by mdfb79
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fastpass17

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, golden yellow, white pillow head, 3 fingers and lasts throughout the drink.

S: Citrus, dried lemon peel, wheat, spice shows up as well.

T: Round malt, followed by citrus, hops presence throughout, lemon and sweet near the end.

M: Light, fruit, medium to light body, coats the tongue nicely.

D: One or two bombers with a friend or two on a hot summer day would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 00:03:57 | More by fastpass17
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tlinner

New York

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

I was just saying the other day that I've always been bummed that so few American breweries have dabbled with the Saison style, because it's one of my favorites. Well, I guess the Beer Gods had been listening, because one trip to the beer store later and i found no fewer than three American farmhouse ales. This one stood out, and boy am I glad I got it.

Right off the bat, this is flat out one of the most aesthetically pleasing beers I've ever seen. You could fool a rich friend into thinking it was champagne. Not since my first Duvel have I seen such a perfect golden hue, or so many bubbles. An easy 5/5.

The scent is a crisp blast of lemon, due obviously to the Sorachi hops. But there's also that floral spiciness I love about Belgian blondes. I can't wait to taste it.

Honestly, I was a little disappointed. It's not that it isn't great, because it is. It has an almost buttery smoothness to compliment the citrus hops and spicy yeast. But with all the preamble, I was really looking for something that could break into my All-Time Top 5. It's not quite there yet, but Brooklyn clearly has a winner on their hands. It's more easily drinkable than I expect from a beer in it's class, and it has a knock-out combination of ingredients that make for a fresh and unique, yet classic taste. Aces, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 17:23:22 | More by tlinner
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

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

A: Pours a hazy golden blond color with a foamy 3-4 finger head that sticks around for a while. Carbonation is seem rising up the sides of the tulip glass. After waiting a few minutes, the head has mostly dissipated to a generous and thick lacing.

S: Lemon zest is right up front with no other major scents detectable. There is a slights smell of yeast and funkiness. There's almost a slight straw sensation as well.

T: Mostly the same as the smell, with the Sorachi Hops dominating. The lemon hoppy-ness is complemented by spices and a faint bready maltiness.

M: Very crisp, yet slightly carbonated on the mouthfeel. Not overwhelmingly carbonated, just enough to add to the crispiness without taking too much away.

D: Very drinkable, this is a great summer beer for those that enjoy some carbonation to mix it up once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 22:55:12 | More by Daktyls
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jsled

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked+caged 750ml bottle, bought at Winooksi Beverage Warehouse, into Sam Adams Sensory Pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden straw. Thick, solid head, ~2 inches, supported and reinforced by copious carbonation.

Smell: citrus. slight barnyard funk.

Taste: bubblegum. slight funk. citrus rind. relatively balanced between initial sweet/tart bright citrus flavor and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: slightly bitting due to high carbonation, slightly tart, but light and pleasant.

Drinkability: pretty nicely balanced, crisp and clear, a little funky for a bit too long, but it comes back into harmony.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 21:42:09 | More by jsled
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Brad007

Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice blond color with a thick, frothy head that needs about two minutes to recede. Good presentation here. Reminds me of an authentic saison that no matter how you pour it, it's going to require some patience.

Aroma is pungent with a very strong whiff of lemon zest followed by spice from the yeast, which is very ginger-like in nature.

Taste is pretty much similar to lemongrass, not too sweet, not too spicy. Slightly dry and chewy with a good amount of breadiness to it.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering lemongrass/lemon zest and spicy yeast. Very light mouthfeel. They got the carbonation right on this.

I like it. Well worth the price. I would much prefer to have it on tap as I'm curious as to how the flavors will taste fresh. Regardless, if you enjoy Brooklyn's offerings, this is another can't-miss.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 04:29:04 | More by Brad007
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Gmann

New York

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a slightly hazy honey straw color with a huge pure white head that slowly settles leaving some thick lacing and a chunky cap. The aroma is sweet and spicy. Light pale malt, candi sugar, white pepper, clove, and wild flowers. Good phenolic aromas from the yeast. The taste is of the candi sugar, clove, coriander and pepper. Then comes the unique hop flavor. A sugar laced lemon flavor comes through imparting a dry and slightly tart note. It has some grassy/hay like flavors as well. The yeasty flavors don't come out as strong as it did in the aroma. The feel is light and extremely fizzy, sweet yet dry, finishes balanced. Not a traditional saison. I find that a lot of the "funk" "tart" flavors comes from the hops. The beer has a good belgian base but the hops make it grassy, tart, and something that you can sense was made in a farmhouse. Another great brooklyn beer. Hopefully this is a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 03:28:26 | More by Gmann
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metter98

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 12:25:00 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 07:01:08 | More by BEERchitect
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koopa

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale straw yellow, cloudy, with a nice 1 finger white crown that shows some lace and retention.

Smell: A beautiful grassy lemony hop bouquet with a bready malt quality. Very refreshing and satisfying.

Taste: same as the nose but with an added oak like note and more yeast presence. the bitterness is more intense than I remember the on tap version being when I sampled it last year at the brewery. Very very pithy.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation. A touch chewy compared to last years on tap version.

Drinkability: Good but the very bitter pithy quality is making me score the bottle version considerably lower than I scored the tap version last year.

It almost appears as if they upped the dosage of the sorachi hops and maybe added a bit more malt or sugar to the bottle version. I remember the tap version from last year being lighter, more spritzy, and more sessionable which really worked well for this type of hop. I think the bottled version goes too big and takes something away. It's not as refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 22:16:14 | More by koopa
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JoePat

Kentucky

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

This beer pours a straw like golden color some what hazy and almost glowing with a huge white head.
I smell a lot of bananas up front and some citrus and a little bit of grassiness.
The first thing you notice in the taste is a citrus flavor with some slightly sweet maltiness and then if finishes dry with some citrus hop bitterness at the end.
Mouth feel is good but nothing special really stands out.
This is one of those beers that you could drink all day on a hot summer or warm spring day. The only think keeping you from it would be the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 20:46:40 | More by JoePat
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jwjon1

Delaware

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seems like quite the polarizing beer! Count me in the camp of "enjoyed it". What I love about trying a new saison is that you never really know what you are going to get because of the number of unique yeast strains used in their preparation, and in the case of many brewers, the use of unique spices/herbs. Knowing that going in, I was still surprised at the distinctive burnt rubber smells of this beer and spicy finish. Not for everyone, but I loved it! I also walked in with a preconceived notion that hops would be in the background only, and was again surprised at the modest astringency of this saison. Any comparison to a well hopped Fantome is reasonable, which also tend to be polarizing and confusing beers. If you are looking for predictable and boring, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 03:38:32 | More by jwjon1
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm the third bottle review? Really? Poured into a tulip. I guess this is a new bottle then.

Beer is light yellow and hazy. Forms a big thick head of medium and large bubbles that collapses slowly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks fine for a saison.

Sweet hoppy aroma. Nice esters in there as well. Plays well with the citrus. Like most people I don't have a lot of experience with the Sorachi hop, this is quite the experiment. I'm getting some sweet almost lemony aromas now as well. Very nice aroma overall.

Beer is light in body and quite hoppy. Lots of carbonation in the mouth and it finishes cleanly with no aftertaste. There is a growing bitterness in the back of the mouth. The midpalate flavors are a lot of tropical fruits like papaya and mango. Its relatively subtle. I don't really get saison from this but I'm not sure what I am getting from this. There seems to be a disconnect. It all tastes fine but its not coming together for me. I can't give it a bad review because I like all the parts but I don't put cheese on my Chinese food either. Check it out if you are curious.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:30:11 | More by drabmuh
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bceagles39

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the big bottle at home.

Pours a light straw color with vigorous carbonation fizzing up to a billowy white head. Good lacing. Slightly cloudy but not as much as expected.

Subtle aroma, a little funky.

Dry. Grasslike/earthy flavors. Not very hoppy, a slight pale maltiness.

Smooth, nice finish, no bitterness; high drinkability, alcohol content doesn't seem as high as the 7.6 ABV listed on the bottle.

Honestly it drinks like a very complex light lager to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 00:51:29 | More by bceagles39
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had this a couple times from the tap, but this will be my first time from the bottle. The color is golden straw, with tons of air bubbles, and a very large, frothy white head. I have to say that when I tried it last, it had a sort of burnt rubber aroma to it, which I attributed to the Sorachi Ace hops. In this case, there is still some of that, but significantly toned down, and more dominated by tropical fruit such as papaya, mango, as well as some dry grain. The flavor starts out on the sweet side, with the fruit coming through nicely, and then ends on a more bitter note from the hops. The mouthfeel is lively, and quite nice on the palate, with prickly carbonation. One glass is enough for me right now, though I will definitely be finishing this bottle over the next few days. Unfortunately, the problem with this beer is what it is centered around: the Sorachi hops. At least for me, this is not a preferable varietal. On the flip side, good for Brooklyn for jumping on this new hop strain.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:30:46 | More by jamie2dope
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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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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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WheelsPSU

New York

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery last fall. It poured just like a saison should - light gold with light froth. The smell straight from the tap was a lemon explosion. Enjoyable on a hot summer day I would presume. The taste was clean with some fruits hidden, like lemon and pear. The mouthfeel was dry right from the start but the carbonation was medium.
This beer is all about the Sorachi Ace hops. It showcases them deliciously and refreshingly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 17:53:33 | More by WheelsPSU
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Wutah

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- looks pretty light with a very straw color that haze a tad bit of haze.

S- This brew has a very spicy smell. It smells a bit peppery and is nice and strong.

T- up front it is pretty mild with a slight hop presence. It is very crisp and refreshing and I taste a bit of sweetness from a fruit.

M- it is not as thin as I thought it would be. The crispness comes from the nice carbonation.

Overall it is a great summer porch drinker but more of a sipper in the sun.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 21:41:26 | More by Wutah
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da_beers

Florida

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

A - nice golden straw with a nice finger of head. Good carbonation coming. Very clear no haze. Good lacing coming down.

S - nice hop aroma off the bat, but has a nice spice in there too. Sweet malts are there but not over the top.

T - this is great. Hops on the start with this almost Christmas-y spice note to it. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste that isn't too much (if there is such a thing). Has a little citrus in there as well which is refreshing.

M - nice transition over the palate. Very smooth. Carbonation is great.

O - overall great beer. At the brewery here in Brooklyn and having It this fresh is the best!

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 16:42:40 | More by da_beers
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nootch23

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice golden color with a good amount of head on it, about a fingers and a half worth. nice amount of carbonation.

S - this has a nice, crisp, clean floral smell to it. Not a big hoppy smell but a very even pleasant scent to it.

T - nice bitter, floral taste to it. The hops aren't overdone with this but the presence resembles that of an IPA rather than a saison. Not a whole lot of flavor to it but easy to drink and pretty smooth and light. Picked up a small taste of orange peel near the back of the tongue. Really enjoyable tasting.

M - dry finish with a lingering bitterness to it. no flavor lingers around but the aftertaste is enjoyable.

O - not a bad beer by any means but feel its kind of average in the realm of saisons. I've had better but I've had worse. I would still drink this again on hot summer days. Would definitely purchase again. Wish there was a little more flavor to this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 14:21:08 | More by nootch23
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Samp01

New Jersey

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

Growler on tap at Joe Canal. Pours a golden yellow with a large long lasting fluffy white head. Very good lacing and head retention. Aroma is of ripe fruit, pears, sweet yeast and spice fruit essence. Taste same as aroma with some mild spice hops bitterness. A medium body, crisp and refreshing on the palate, mild carbonation. The Finish is a combination of sweet spice ripe fruit, pears, yeast and biscuit malt followed by mild spice bitterness for balance. A very good, tasty, refreshing and flavorful brew. Very nice

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 01:39:39 | More by Samp01
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,576 ratings.