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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.

Added by rtepiak on 07-29-2009

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this courtesy of a generous BA (millah- thanks man!) Poured into Darkness goblet.

A: pours a translucent hazy yellow/ orange. Dense white head with considerable lacing and good retention.

S: the front features some funky farmhouse notes along with notes of grass and a huge lemon character. The citrus melds nicely with the funky saison character.

T: the front of the palate features some fruity sweetness, cereal grains, followed by big notes of lemon zest, slightly tart. The Sorachi Ace lends a very unique hop profile which works well with the style.

MF: thin body, high carbonation, effervescent

D: this is a nice refreshing Saison, it almost reminds me of a Berliner Weisse with it's acidity and refreshing qualities. Very nice.

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4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Caged and corked.

Pours a hazy golden yellow-orange color with a coarse head boasting half-decent retention. Looks elegant.

Lovely dashed spicing. Peppery and coriander aromas with some lemony hops and papery yeast. Well-balanced aroma. Tidbits of orange peel detectable, as well.

Lemony and funky with dusty yeast residuals. Offering many characteristics from Bretty BPAs, it's this with a magnitude of yeast cake and spice rack array. Zesty and semi-hoppy with a bubbly dry bitterness. Sparkling white wine and sea salt. Flaked wheat, white pepper, and coriander.

Very spritzy--high carbonation. Pushes and rolls over all of the spice notes that never become too intense. The body is pretty simple; a zippy dry medium-light.

All about balance (not intensity) on this one. A delicate beer from Garrett Oliver and Brooklyn Brewery. I had waited much too long to finally give this one a go. Possibly my first time around with Sorachi Ace hops. A delicious drink and very much recommended.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is starting to be a classic beer. Nowadays this can be found everywhere in the world and rightfully so. It is a standalone and it delivers in all its simple beauty. Refined to the max.

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4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This was a slightly cloudy straw colored yellow. It was served to me with a short white cap that faded to moderate lace.

s: Lemon, lemon, and more lemon. By far the lemoniest beer I've ever smelled. In the backround was a little dry, spicy Belgian yeastiness. Overall though, this was absoultely a hop showcase.

t: Here as well; hops first, saison a distant second. The fresh, lemony but not bitter sorachi ace hop took center stage and it is fantastic. The peppery Belgian yeast was barely noticeable. I'm not sure I could have identified this as a saison if I didn't know what it was going in. This is a beer for hopheads, no doubt.

m: Crisply carbonated and refreshing. Slightly dry at the finish.

d: I tried this at the Drafting Room and they had several beers I wanted to try. I couldn't pull myself away from this though. As a saison, this is an interesting experiment. As a hop showcase, this is a clear winner. I can't recommend this strongly enough.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pale gold beer with a faint haze, but not enough to obscure the bubbles that stream up from the bottom of my tulip glass; fluffy white head showed good retention and left curtains of lace down the sides

S: pale lemon aromas and white pepper spice; makes me think of grassy wet fields in the sun

T: crisp crackers, lemongrass, flowers and herbs, wet with dew and slightly sweet with honey and spice

M: light, fuzzy and fizzy, clean finishing and refreshing

O: a very nicely done saison, simple and straightforward - nothing tricky, just good, clean craftsmanship using German two-row pilsener malt, Sorachi Ace hops, and Belgian house and champagne yeast.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a bit pricey - I think I paid $14.99 at either Olivers or Westmere Beverage.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip from the 750 ml - caged and corked and a nice presentation (gold foil-type label with maroon accents). Slight gunsmoke after the "pop!" Body is light golden with a 3-finger white head that retains well, fading eventually to a rocky foam. Lots of visible carbonation, as bubbles gusher forth and rise throughout the glass. Some foamy lace sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Somewhat bready, somewhat lemony. Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is pleasant. And clean (if that makes sense). A bit of spice noted as it warms.

T: Interesting. A touch of lemony bitterness is noted right away, but the bitterness is nicely balanced with - or offset by - both a sweetness and a faint bit of drying. There's also a touch of spice in there too - some sort of exotic basil, perhaps? Whatever it is, it adds to the experience rather than make you wonder, "WTF is THAT doing in my beer?" I get a tiny bit of heat from the alcohol in the belly, but it took a few sips (half the glass, actually) for that to appear. Becoming somewhat vinuous as it warms. . . .

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Active, but soft, carbonation.

D: Excellent drinkability. Balanced but light, active-but-subtle carbonation make this one a winner. I wish I had the proper cheese to go with this (not sure what that would be -- someone ask Garrett Oliver -- but I'm pretty sure this would go very well with the right cheese). I have a feeling this would go nicely with a variety of lighter foods - maybe certain Thai, seafood, or even a lighter chicken or pasta dish with a cream sauce.

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4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,865 ratings
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