Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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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Photo of SFLpunk
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750mL brown glass cork and cage finished bottle. No date.

Appearance: A hazy yellow with lots of sudsy fluffy bone-white head that stands up tall like meringue.

Nose: Lemon zest and violets. Smells like a field of wild flowers with some citrus raining down over it.

Palate: Crisp with some tart acidity. The hops are somewhat out of balance with the body. There's lots of bitter lemon zest and chive flavors. Herbal and floral too. Body is sharp and snappy to start but then gets fat and flabby like lemon balm.

Notes: Starting to think that I don't care much for this hop. A decent brew, but out of balance.

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, lemons. Taste is funky, yeasty, lemons, light hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but not as good as I expected.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Nearly brilliant gold. Huge cloudlike head. Lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S-Lemon pledge. Some cinnamon and cumin. Woodsy, not like oak but like a forest. Some pine.

T-Nice light crackery malt flavor. Firmly bitter, but not harsh. Lemon scented soap. more pine. Slight spicy phenols.

M-Fairly dry. Very prickly from the carbonation.

D-Interesting beer. A dry bitter "farmhouse" ale. the Sorachi Ace hops are pretty strange. a mix of lemon soap, pine, and kitchen spices. This is good, but I don't want another bottle. I'd like to try a Sorachi Ace beer that didn't focus entirely on the single hop strain.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, but hardly an exceptional Saison. Looks the part. Big delicately bubbling white head. Good retention and lacing.

Pleasant aroma, but did not stand up to the marinaded chicken and steak that came off the grill. Most of the good Sasions I have enjoyed were paired with dinner. The flavor and aroma usually stood out.

The aroma and taste featured some lemon zest and mild hoppiness. The earthy, funky flavor I usually associate with Saisons was not there.

Mouthfeel was good. Rich and crisp. A very pleasant drinking experience but not a great Saison.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle caged and corked poured into a weizen glass. A great looking beer with a cloudy golden wheat haze. Awesome 3 finger pillow off-white head that faded to one finger. Decent lacing start to finish. Smell was a bit faint, but picked up notes of citrus, honey, cloves and banana bread. Taste followed the nose with a tart front end and smooth finish. Some spices crept through as it warmed. A little bit of a fizzy afterhit that was odd. Didn't enjoy the bitter fizz as it sort of crowded out the citrus/fruit. Mouthfeel was a good bit of carbonation and fizz. Not watery and a little dry. Overall- I was wanting a little more from this Farmhouse Ale. The taste was a little bitter for me and I like this style with less of a hop bite. The honey, cloves and wheat are prominent up front and it is still a good effort from Brooklyn. Have yet to have a bad beer from them. Not bad and would have another. Cheers-

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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.


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Photo of rogueleonardi
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - golden blonde, high carbonation with tons of bubbles coming from the bottom, and a good inch of pure white head.

S - Lots of yeast, some citrus, mostly likely lemons or lemon peel. Nice malt aroma to it as well

T - Definitly not what I was expecting. On the bottle they describe this as "Sunshine in a bottle." With that kind of description I was expecting a much more dynamic citrus taste. Maybe some oranges and grapefruit with the lemons. Instead it was just a small out of bitter lemon flavor with a ton of yeast and some sweet malt that tried to even out with no success.

M - Lots of carbonation, felt good on the tongue. Bitter, and with the high amount of yeast it was rough drinking.

O - This was a pretty average beer. Nothing exciting about it. I've had blue moons that have tasted better. Was not worth the $14 that I paid for 750ml.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle gifted to me from a coworker. drank from my duvel tulip. ive seen this before several times, but never pulled the trigger.

A- this one pours a hazy golden yellow colored body with slight orange highlights. a tall bright white finger of fluffy head sits on top and has excellent retention. large spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the initial whiff brings lots of lemon zest and pale malts. after that i get some almost funky notes and some pepper. slightly earthy/musty.

T- the taste starts out with some pale malts and is quickly followed by lots of mild lemon flavors. spicy black pepper moves in next. a little but musty and old tasting. earthy, spicy, and herbal hops in the finish.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. about what i was expecting from the style. dry on the finish. the alcohol is well hidden.

O- i liked this, but it wasnt my favorite saison. the price point (i think its like $16) makes it something that i doubt ill buy anytime soon. still an enjoyable beer though.

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Photo of fo5s
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL served in a duvel tulip. No bottle dating, and honestly I'm not sure when this one was brewed...offhand I think it's rather fresh, but who knows.

A- Aggressive pour yields a lively head with big bubbles. Golden in color with minimal signs of lacing. Slightly hazy.

S- Bready, earthy, not much on the fruity angle.

T- Slightly spicy, overpowering flavor on the back-end of lemongrass - medicinal without enough earthiness to counterbalance. Just a hint of citrus from the sorachi ace poking through. Very dry.

M- Dry on the palate. Lively carbonation. Done quite well.

O- well put together, but the lemongrass is a bit dominating for me. Not my favorite, but a solid brew and I can certainly understand why some folks love this.

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Photo of ARoman
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a stemmed tulip. Aromas of lemon and light candy sugar are noted with a supporting pepper hint and undertones of cereal, grass, and coriander. The soft white, sudsy head retains a light surface dust and moderate ring atop a lightly hazy, yellow beer. There's a bit of lace on the glass. The taste is a medium sweet and medium bitter that start to balance as the beverage warms up. The texture is relatively thin with a fizzy carbonation and a medium light body flavored by lemon, grains, and spice in the profile and finishing with a pepper and coriander zip and some honey that eventually turn grassy and grainy with lemon peel. The aftertaste is cereal like with a tart lemon that's lightly astringent turning to pepper and clove with a light honey. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium glass pale yellow with a thick white head. Not much of a scent to this, especially missing a belgian yeast smell I find in most Saisons. Tastes very sour/bitter, an odd variety that I can only account to the Sorachi Ace hops. The champagne yeast is very noticable as well. The mouthfeel is par for the style. But other than that, I don't think I enjoy this sorachi ace hop very much. Might just be me.

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Photo of Pahn
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 3 inch fizzy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a few spots of lacing. Pours a hazy yellow. Not much lacing.

Smell: Effervescent Belgian yeast aromas and lemony hops. Spicy; some black pepper notes along with the lemon zest and herbal plus candy sweet yeast aromas. Good mix.

Taste: Creamy and lemony up front, then a hit of sweet yeasty flavor, with a bready finish. Moderately dry. Pleasant enough.

Further in, the dryness catches up with me (welcomely, but it is a bit much), along with some mild black pepper flavor. The sweetness also amps up, which is not a good thing. I like the savory aromas and flavors coming from highlighting Sorachi Ace as this beer does, but this sweetness is a bit sickening.

Some sips really work, especially the more savory ones. Others tempt me to pour the rest of the bottle down the drain. The good ones outnumber the bad, and it gets better with warmth. I'm not falling in love with it, but the flavor combo usually makes sense.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Creamy, with high carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

Overall: While this is not a poorly put together beer, and I strongly like some of the hop flavor, the sum of its parts just isn't working for me. Good aroma, some small wow factor in the taste, but in the end I'd rather drink something else.

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Photo of Burt
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Cloudy yellow with a thick white head that left clumpy lace.

Lemon with some bubble gum funkiness, yeasty.

Lemony up front with nice tart hoppy flavor in the middle with that bubble gummy funk.

Lots of carbonation with a dry finish.

Easy drinking beer that would of been better after cutting my grass on a summer day.

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Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by June 2015. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a cloudy straw color with an eggshell white head that fades leaving solid lacing and retention. The aromas start off hop forward, but the sweet yeast slowly takes over. There's also some citrus notes along with pilsener malts. The flavors have a strong pilsener vibe as well. The flavors are extremely crisp. Some sweet fruits in the mix. Tons of lemon zest. Very subtle spice notes. Hints of black pepper. Slightly earthy. Very clean. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's appropriate for style. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very easy to drink.

It's nice to see this beer in a new format. It's a nice beer, but not my favorite saison. It's still something everyone should try if they haven't already.

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Photo of getgetgettleman
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 8/6/10

A- Golden yellow borderline amber orange. Decent head with night lace. Strong carbonation.

S-Citrus and a hint of corriander. Nice.

T- Lemon and hops.

M-Immediate carbonation sensation. Effervescent. Finish was not long lasting but pleasureable.

D- A nice Saison style that I would recommend to anyone. Yet, because it was from a brewer I respect, it left me looking/wanting something more complex.

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Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon color with a large foamy white head. Nice retention and lacing. The aroma has lemon, yeast, phenols, cloves, and smells like like it may be somewhat sweet.

The taste has lemon, pepper, yeast, cloves, phenols, and a little biscuit malt. Has a light amount of sweetness to it. The sweetness is balanced out by the pepper flavor. Some of the flavors are lighter than the aroma would suggest.

Light bodied, decent carbonation. Not as dry of a feel as I expected. This is a nice Saison, and features some of my favorite bottle artwork. Who doesn't like having the Ace of Diamonds with the Brooklyn Brewery logo in the middle of it? Instant classic.

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Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev -12%

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - 7.2% ABV Saison - BB March 2015 - Consumed October 24/2014.

A: Hazy bright yellow hue with one finger of white froth and strands of lacing on the Duvel glass. Head and lace retain for the duration of the beer. A great looking brew.

S: Yeasty, herbal, spicy and peppery aromas, slightly waxy, musty and phenolic, hint of perfume, lemongrass, dill, cut hay, and champagne (estery). A very unique, almost one-of-a-kind nose.

T: Wheat, lemongrass, must, herbal notes, yeast, faint waxiness, dill, balanced tartness coincides with spicy-peppery flavours and a dry, champange-like finish. Lemony-yeasty aftertaste lingers for a while. A respectable range of flavours, though not really my cup of tea.

M: Full side of medium-bodied, soft and creamy carbonation, spicy-peppery middle, mildly tart and drying finish with lemony-yeast afters. Good.

O: An interesting experiment that falls short IMO. The waxy, musty, and dill-like notes detract from the beer and muddle what is supposed to be a very "clean" style, and despite the stellar mouthfeel, the disparate aromas and flavours never come together in a cohesive way. I can see what they're trying to do here, but this one doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750. Nice bright gold pour, 2 solid fingers of rocky white head.

Aroma, quite a bit of lemon. Some hay, herbal, light pine and yeast spice.

Taste, At first the taste is confused between the yeasty spice/malt mix and this lemongrass thing. The initial spice is a bit harsh to me,Ike a highly carbed pumpkin ale. The lemon and hops start to save it later and the yeast spice mellows. Tiny pepper and funk here as well.

Just a tick right of light and very carbonated. Drinks easy, but muddling flavors just don't make me want another. Seems like maybe they are trying to do too much with this.

Maybe just a little disappointed, but not bad, and the price is reasonable.

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Photo of tko741
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly average pale gold, with notes of amber and a two-finger rice-white head. Head dissipates into a thin but covering blanket over the beer, with minimal lacing.

Smells of light hops, coriander, other herbs. Fleeting notes of pine.

Definite spices, most dominantly fresh mint leaf, thyme, nutmeg. Overall a balanced lighter ale with decent complexity. Dominant suggestions of wheat throughout. Robust in the initial sip, smooth and light in the finish. Hops are present with a spicy, resinous smear in the middle of the sip and after. Warming alcoholic sense in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is smooth, with a lingering bite of the light carbonation. A fine ale to enjoy slowly, and I'd go for a couple rounds of it before moving on to something else.

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Photo of Andymac28
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

They say miller high life is the champagne of beers? Then this is the DomPerignon of beers! Super duper dry! Lots of carbonation. Smell of grass and lemon. Dirt, bread. T- mostly grass and lemon, some pepper. Would go Amazing with some fresh Striped Bass or any white fish. Different. Would have again BUT only w the cuisine mentioned above.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a hazy yellow/orange colour with two to three fingers of bubbly white head.

S - Pine, lemon zest, herbal notes and some light orange notes. Appears quite bitter with not much sweetness evident.

T - Perhaps the most unique hop variety that I have ever tasted. Lemon, grassy and herbal notes. The lemon really shows up initially as well as in the finish which is somewhat dry and bitter. Not much contribution from the malts.

M - Light to medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged bottle from the shop. Pours a light golden color, slightly hazy, and with a big frothy white head. Aroma of farmhouse yeast, funk, belgian influences, and some interesting spicy hops mixed in with the funk. Flavor is belgian yeast, spice, some pine, a good bit of light grass, and a dry finish. Light mouthfeel and heavy carbonation, easy drinking, and rather refreshing. Not one I would go grab again, but I am glad I got to try it. Very nice.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/12/09. Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of lots of spices (pepper, clove), lemon, melon rind, and wheaty malt. Flavor is quite powerfully spicy on the initial sip (peppery mostly, maybe some spicy hops) with a wheaty/grainy (corn and rice grains too) finish and some sweet fruits and lemon. Interesting beer and pretty tasty. Not exactly a session beer, but it worked fine!

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Photo of dcx10music
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light yellow and very hazy with a moderate head, noticeable lacing all the way down.

S - A very mild and somewhat underwhelming aroma of grass with a little bit of a zip from the hops coming in at the end.

T - More or less just like the smell. The hops are a little more present in the flavor than in the smell, but not too much.

M - Very light. I want to say watery, but don't take that in a negative way, it nicely matches the flavor.

D - Very easy and refreshing to drink. Just like a saison should be.

Notes - A good, but not great, saison. It doesn't live up to its greatest potential (or the hype my friend provided), but it's a pleasant drink while it lasts.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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