obxdude10 (2046) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Sorachi wasn’t one of my favorite Saison beers, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. The beer poured a bright golden color with a huge white head that left a minimal amount of lacing around the glass. The nose was interesting, with notes of spices, coriander and black pepper. The flavors were spritzy and bubbly, with notes of bread, yeast, raspberry, orange peel, lemon and grapes. The finish is quite active, with more of spritzy and overly-carbonated feel. This wasn’t one of my favorite Saison-style beers.
jrob21 (2604) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Leons. The best gastropub in town. Except I don’t like to use a term that is so overused these days. Anyways, the beer, pour is a beautiful hazy yellow with a big white head. A nice hop profile here. This is definitely more about the hops than the spice. A grassy, floral sort of hop. The first sip takes you to a nice malt profile and body with a touch of some lemon citrus. The aroma and finish is where this beer makes its money. The hops are well placed and balance the spice and malt nicely. Would grab this again and drink it all night.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. The pour yields a mostly clear, medium golden colored body with a steady, foamy, off-white head. Solid ribbons of sheety lacing coat the glass well. The aroma is based in lightly sweet, dry cereal grain, with a dank, grassy hoppiness and fresh, lemony overtones. Flavors are largely the same, exceedingly fresh with peppery lemongrass hoppiness and oily lemon rind, all atop a lightly grainy malt base. The palate sports a substantial, semi-dry body that matches the grassy, lemony hoppiness quite well. Semi-dry med+ bal good. Easily the best of the Brookly Brewmaster Reserve series. Very good, and completely unique brew. I love these Sorachi Ace hops.
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft) Medium white head that leaves nice lacing atop lightly hazed apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, sage, ginger, light lemon. Taste is medium sweet, spice, some sage, light ginger, pepper. Light-medium body, fairly crisp especially given the ABV. Alcohol near invisible.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Big Z. Pours a very light golden mostly clear- moderate to big head- mostly sticky lasting lace. Aroma bubblegum phenolics- lemon is pretty high, solvent like with a apple lime palmolive soapy quality, light doughy cracker malt and some grassiness. Flavor is lemon zest, very light bready malts, crisp clean, slight soapiness from the hops- very light phenols, mostly clean with a minty bubblegum finish- mostly dry finish.
Elwood (3311) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow with a touch of green. Decent pillowy white head. Decent head retention. Okay lacing.
Aroma: Light nose with lemon and lots of butter, and butterscotch. Not good Mav.
Taste: Buttery (surprise, surprise), citrus (lemony), light wheat notes, a touch of dust, and a bit of bubble gum. Odd, but not entirely terrible.
Palate: High carbonation with a light mouthfeel and a medium-short finish.
Overall: Light and refreshing, but the butter aroma and taste says something is awry.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a vazy orange-lemon color with a thin creamy white head.
Decent head retention and lacing. Big citrusy aroma with lots of bread and some stone fruits and caramel. Taste is
peach, citrus, banana, bread and lots of earthy and herbal notes with a faintly metallic finish. Softly carbonated,
fairly dry and medium bodied.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big lemon and earth in the nose. Smell is bright and interesting. Fruity, but also somewhat soapy smelling at the same time. Let’s just say it’s fragrant. Hazy golden yellow light foamy islands. Lemon and earth, some fragrant soapy notes, some spice and fruity presence is in there as well. Maybe some ginger. Rather dry finish, pretty drinkable stuff.
after4ever (6169) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler. thanks, riverside! pours a cloudy medium gold. very little head or lace. smells like irish spring and ginger. sharply carbonated medium body. sweet, sharply fruity lemon, ginger, and grass mid palate. long dry finish.
dchmela (2647) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight. Pours a hazy yellow with a thick white head. Huge resiny lemon hop, lemon zinger tea aroma. Smooth tasty light crisp malt with more resiny lemon hops bounding all over the room. What an amazingly powerful hop variety and a very tasty beer, although you would never know it to be a saison.