HonkeyBra (3443) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled off the guest drafts at DLD2010. My girlfriend waited in line for like an hour to get this. Yellow pour with white head. Aroma of hay, minty hops. Some banana esters, and a lot of earth. Flavor is earthy, mushrooms, and these minty hops. Citrus, spice, lots of fruits. Pretty different and cool to try.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím a sucker for anything Japanese. Iím also a sucker for anything beer. Take the two, mash, ferment, keg, and voila: the Brooklyn Brewmasterís Reserve Sorachi Ace.
I enjoyed not just one, but two glasses of Sorachi Ace at my favorite beer lounge, Vine & Barley in St. Lucie County. She was lovingly drawn into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip-shaped snifter; a finer vessel couldnít be found, if I do say so myself. At first she appeared to be painted in light straw with soft brushes of white when the light shone upon her person just right. After a couple minutes to settle though, it became apparent that while not crystal clear, her body was clean and crisp with a smooth soft haze which bled upwards and inwards into a velveteen white head. Lace clings to her curved sides while a generous head settles into a lush blanket of white. The only downfall to draft beer is the super-cool temperature from which they must be dispensed, but some patience and ten minutes solved that problem. Dipping my nose into her cavernous depths, I am greeted by lemon and key lime, their skin being freshly ground against the grater. As their juices and skin gather in a fresh sticky pile, bright esters of lemon and key lime permeate the air and induce dreams of azure seas, clear skies, and a cool ocean breeze. Green grass bends under shimmering droplets of dew along with brussel sprouts, believe it, and accept it. As I wrap my nose and mind around her gentle bouquet, I proceed to wrap eager lips around her liquid bounty. Wow. Let me try that againÖ Wow. In procession, I am enveloped in bright and eager to please flavors of whipped egg whites, lemon bars sprinkled with powdered sugar, grains of paradise, coriander, softly blanched grains, fresh homemade white bread, and freshly squeezed key lime. Her mouthfeel is super-soft and screamingly bright all at the same time. Her palate is as vivacious as they come, and further quaffing ventures reveal equally bright and playful lemon skin, key lime gratings, and pith. A slow subtle dry finish lingers in the background, allowing the brilliance of palate to shine unhindered. Grains of paradise, white pepper, and coriander tinge my breath long after each quaff. Green grass, sunflowers, brussel sprouts glisten under fresh morning dew, their essence pervading the background. The soft blanched grains and fresh white bread add a touch of chewiness to her mouthfeel. Quaff and repeat. Wow. Forget the pen and paper; I am all over this beer like nori on sushi. Exquisitely delicious, refreshing, vivifying, electrifying, and I must have another.
The Brooklyn Brewmasterís Sorachi Ace was the Sorachi Hop personified. All the aspects of a delightful Belgian-style Saison were there, but then the Sorachi Hop came in and changed everything in tantalizing ways I never could have thought possible. Thatís understandable though, seeing as this is my first experience with this particular hop. From her nose to her palate, there is no doubt that the Sorachi Hop was a key player in this beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden yellow color with a half finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
Slightly earthy, spicy aroma with hints of peppery clove, ginger and something else I canít put my finger on. Crisp light fruit notes, mostly apple and pear along with a slight hop profile and subtle malt in the nose.
Lighter bodied with some earthy hops and zesty spice. Hints of pepper, ginger and corriander along with a slight metallic flavor which is kind of off putting. Slightly cloying with a long dry finish.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gold with a white head. Aroma is lemon, citrus, light malts, and a little banana. Flavor is light malts, with a big lemony hop presence as well as a little spice. Not bad.
thirdeye11 (5610) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
( 22oz counter-pressure filled bomber thanks to BA ballewblake) Pours cloudy yellow with nice fluffy head. Nose is funk, brett, spices, minimal vinous notes and florals. Taste is citrus oils, perfume, brett with a spicy and very dry finish.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Taco Mac, on Peachtree Street (metropolis). Light transparent yellow appearance with a fluffy head. A bit lighter than other Saisons that I have had. A very fruity banana aroma. I think this beer is a bit overpowered by the banana aroma. Not the aroma I was expecting, although the beer is very pungent. Beer has an odd banana, chemically engineered fruit flavor. Ah...the flavor is a bit harsh; it seems rather fake to me. A smooth Saison, but that fruit and banana flavor dominate. Not very light in terms of texture, which is what I am used to with Saison style beers. I think this is a bit too much for me. This is more like a weak tripel.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured yellow. Nose was huge lemon, lemon grass, lemon peel, lemon juice mixed with slightly toasted grain. Flavor was crisp lemon, lemon zest, sweet malts and mild spice. INteresting hop.
italianjohn (2351) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale golden pour white head a spicy lemon aroma ..some lacing on the glass .. a very different taste than the usual saison had a spicy lemon earthy taste and a spice of something different which must be the zesty sorachi ace hop ..... definitely worth a try this is a good brew
BeerFanDan17 (1010) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Interesting IPA from Brooklyn. Was expecting a bit hoppiness here. It was described to me as a hopped witbier...
beerfest5 (1148) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap @ Plan B in Simsbury as a "reserve". really nice farmhouse with an unsual character that i suppose come from the sorachi ace. very refreshing and not overbearing.