JorisPPattyn (8572) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught Thick yellowish head over fully hazy orange-ochre beer. Superb fruity Sorachi Ace nose, with grapefruit, tart wild fruit and musk. Again the wild, nearly tart musk flavour, grapefrtuit, unripe nondescript fruits and orange peel. Quite slick, light to medium bodied apparently. THIS IS UTTERLY SENSATIONAL. Only 2.5%, and packed with flavour - even the Brits can’t do this. And if that wasn’t bowling over enough, it is the first blond beer I taste where the S.A. works!! Kudos to this brewer!
Deu (898) - Nantes, FRANCE - AUG 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 33cl, a cloudy copper orange beer with good head. Nose is on fresh hops and lemon notes. Aroma is very bitter, dry, lemony with fresh luppuline touch, not bad, malty notes, bitter orange, very high bitterness. Very nice. Y
GrandpaTurtle (4) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 28, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First : Most of you won’t like this. This is a proper specialty beer for fans of actual bitterness.
Nose from bottle : Classic citrus notes, you can play the "fruit guessing game". It’s impossible to tell that this beer has such a low ABV just by smelling it. It smells "real".
Taste : The first sip reveals this as a light beer, but don’t be fooled. It’s very strong in taste, the bitterness immediately rushes through you and the non-existing malts give even more room to the dry bitterness of the hops.
It has an almost unrivaled finish in terms of intensity and length. The bitter notes that linger in your mouth are truly excellent and will please every lover of true bitterness.
Sadly it’s an imported beer so I can’t make this my "house beer" but I totally would. The low ABV paired with the still very intense aroma make this an enjoyable beer without getting you drunk.
But I want to repeat : This is mostly just bitter. That’s it. If you want malts and complex hops and even a remote hint of sweetness, this is not the beer for you! But if you love bitterness and look for a light beer : THIS IS IT!
Travlr (16429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 Bottle Recommendation from Simon at La Caves a Bulles. Hazy light amber color, small white head, solid lacing. Aroma of freshly cut wet grass and anise. Taste is bitter grass, licorice, sour cereal. Unique. Amazing flavor and aroma for a 2.5% beer.
sebletitje (7908) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ Moeder Lambic French Beer Festival ’12.
Dorée brumeuse, col blanc épais.
Arôme est tout ce que l’on attend du Sorachi, agrumes, citronné en note de zeste presque de citronnelle, fleuri, frais.
Palais léger citronné laissant une fin de bouche oscillant entre pétillant, fine amertume agrumes, sec, le tout donnant un caractère profond au houblon.
En conclusion, comme quoi on peut bien brasser à cru en offrant une bière légère, complexe et facile à boire. Comme quoi, ce houblon fonctionne aussi pour une bitter sans toujours penser à une IPA.
Maltador (63) - Paris, FRANCE - JUL 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coconut, citrus and grass on the nose. This is Sorachi ace hop, for sure. Nice body for a 2,5% ABV Beer ! Strong bitterness at the end. Very refreshing beer. Could drink this every day.
popery (1677) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy and beige-ish orange, a light wood tone. It’s opaquely hazy, but there was quite a bit of sediment on the bottom, so that may have contributed. The head puffs up aggressively with each pour, which made filling the glass into a bit of a chore. Tons of lacing and good retention. The aroma is pretty much all Sorachi Ace, a difficult to describe mix of herbal and citrus notes. There’s lemongrass, lemon verbena, lemons, grass, peppercorn and earth, but it’s heaviest on the herbs and not terribly juicy, as far as citrus-y hops go. There’s some fresh barley in the background. The taste is dry and bitter. The bitterness doesn’t knock you over the head, but it’s firm and somewhat sharp, as such beers are wont to be - and by that, I mean low abv beers that are dry and hoppy. Very good hop flavor on the tongue. You really get a nice blast of Sorachi Ace’s lemony herbal notes. There’s also a pleasant background of fresh malt sweetness, though, again, the beer is pretty dry. Mouthfeel starts out quite lively, but once the head dies down enough to drink the beer comfortably, the beer has a certain smoothness. It’s fuller than expected. This beer packs a ton of flavor into 2.5% abv. Great showcase for Sorachi Ace, probably the best that I’ve come across. I would love to have this on local store shelves, and considering it survived some time traveling around Europe and a flight back to San Francisco, I would encourage the brewery to consider distribution here. It’s particularly interesting to see some excellent, non Biere de Garde/Saison work come out of France. I would love to try more from this brewery.
Bov (10607) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - hazy dark amber beer with a good head retention; nice lacework too; fairly hoppy with lemony and coconut notes; medium-bodied and fairly carbonated; hugely bitter and with a dry, very bitter hoppy finish where more notes of coconuts and exotic fruits can be met - very impressive
77ships (5560) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 cl. + sample Draft @ Chez Moeder Lambic French Beer Festival /// hazy golden with serious creamy white head that sink with a reasonable pace // smell is definitely sorachi ace but not the sweeter earthly, cheese side of it that I prefer, this is sharp / clean, floral, citrus zest side of it, some grass // taste is fullon the bitter floral side of sorachi ace, citus zest, lemon, lingering quite bitter finish, some spices, clean sharp serious, some malt, dash herbal, serious bitterness // body is clean, sharp, dry // still quite neat for the alcohol percentage, the body doesn’t feel watery or light in any way imaginable // appears to accomplish fully what it set out to be light alcohol, sharp, bitter floral sessionable beer, that in no way feels like 2.5 %, reminds me a bit of De La Senne’s style
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is big sorachi, some bready malt. Flavour is strong hop bitterness with strong sorachi. Great beer!