Chad9976 (1606) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The saison is a style Iíve never really been able to get into, unless itís an American version made with a lot of hops. Thatís certainly an apt description of Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - a beer brewed with the rare and unique hop of the same name originally cultivated in Japan but now grown in the United States. Itís also got the classic Belgian characteristics at the core, plus champagne yeast for a very interesting mouthfeel. The result is a citrusy, dry, earthy beer thatís refreshing and easy to drink.
I poured a 750ml caged and corked bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Gold to pale orange color; hazy but translucent; forms a large, fluffy, beige head which mostly dissipates but does leave some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Big lemon notes with a lot of fresh air and other farmhouse qualities. A touch of pepper and some savory seasonings.
Taste: Strong hop bitterness right off the rip. Itís similar to what you might find in a West Coast IPA with noticeable lemon and orange pith and rind taste. Slightly tart, but at the same time quite dry from the Belgian yeast. Flowers, fresh air, and farmhouse funk all somehow translate themselves into flavors, too. The beginning is quite refreshing, but turns on a dime into a dry, almost starchy taste and sensation in the traditional Belgian saison style. It finishes with a spicy, earthy sensation. Ground pepper plus a hint of garlic and onion. Even a slightly bready maltiness - similar to the aftertaste of garlic bread. The finish is dry with a slight pastiness, but not overbearing. Itís a palate thatís as interesting as it is delectable. Not absolutely drop-dead delicious (at least not out of the bottle, Iíve had it on tap and itís much more juicy and sweet), but certainly impressive.
Drinkability: Since the beer is Belgian at heart and 100% bottle refermented with champagne yeast, itís not surprising Brooklyn Sorachi Ace has a lot of energy in the mouth. Itís a slightly thin body, but the carbonation is extremely fine and goes down very smooth. Itís also genuinely refreshing, which is impressive considering how complex and bitter the palate is and the fact it weighs it at 7.6% ABV. I had no trouble drinking an entire bottle myself, but it would work very well as the centerpiece of a picnic meal with friends.
zvikar (4119) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ottle sample at a tasting at Rotemís place. Thanks Ariel. Pours an hazy yellow with a nice head, aroma of caramel, brett, meat and mint, flavor is minty with some nice acidity, mint, bubblegum and Cinnamon, medium bodied
AirForceHops (5775) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Color is a hazy bright yellow, nearly the color of Lemon-Lime Gatorade. Mild retention. Nose is lots of citrus and a grassy hop. Real lively mouthfeel. Lots of tingle and action on the tongue. It is spot on the brewers description. Not much funk at all here. A wisp of it in the dry finish. Honestly, it doesnít remind me of a saison at all. More like a golden ale with a high end hop. Where is the farmhouse here?? Not bad but a real let down. Glad I got a short sample of this.
Kiptheyip (46) - IRELAND - JUN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I liked this one a lot. It pours a bright straw yellow with a medium white head. Smell is citrus and earthy savoury aromas. Taste is bright, citrus, floral notes and grain. Finishes with a mild spice and savoury character.
drjay44 (3271) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a thick white, well retained white head, with some lacing, over a slightly hazy gold (SRM 6) body....nose is light lemon citrus, pepper, with light cereal....taste is light cereal, leading into pepper, dry throughout, but with citrus, floral hints, light lingering bitterness finishes.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation high. This is a quite representative of the style. Appearance, aromas and flavors are all spot on and the result is an immensely quaffable, thoroughly enjoyable, complex summer beer. Which is exactly what a Saison should be. BJCP 7/3/15/4/8
TEJA (2077) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden.
Big white lasting white head. Clowdy light golden color.
Citrus aroma and some mono sodium glutamat as from chinese food aroma, also some dry typical Saison like aromas.
Citrus taste with a light naltyness and small sweetness.
Will go fine with seafood but litle too much alcohole for a good thirst quencher. Wery livly sparkling and medium body.
ContemplateBeer (1925) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of dough, banana, pepper, gum and light citrus. Appearance is cloudy gold with white head. Flavor matches the nose with a slightly wet citrus finish. Palate is very bubbly and chewy. Tasty Saison.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big frothy head misty lemon pour medium carbonation going on strong aromas yeast sweet floral fruit grain flavours grainy milky touch floral sweetness citrus tropical fruit cinnamon nutmeg lemon resin the finish okay for a farmhouse ale sweetness grain yeast fruity aftertastes good not bad
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden in color hazy with a thin bubbly head. Interesting champagne yeast dry flavor and aroma. Crisp light fruit flavors and aromas linger. This was the toast brew for the starting of the conference.
burg326 (5202) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle cork and caged split at Brass Tap, poured a light golden color, aromas of light funk, lemon, orange zest and light pepper. Flavors are the same as aroma light funkness throughout, light spicy finish.