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Title: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: enso on July 20, 2010, 10:59:05 PM
Wow those are some distinctive hops.  Really lemony.  Very much like lemon zest or lemon grass.  In aroma and flavor.  Refreshing and not over the top.

The Saison itself is also delightful.  Crisp bitterness mixes well with that lemony character.  Bone dry yet a silky mouthfeel.  Kind of creamy like there are some oats in there?  At the same time it is a fairly light medium body.  A lemony gold color with just a slight haze.  Fluffy cloud like head and nice sticky lacing.  Nice crisp carbonation but not too gassy.  Loads of tiny bubbles.  Very refreshing summer beer.  A bit pricey but certainly worth a try or two...

Sounds like these hops are hard to come by?  They really go well in a Saison imho.
Title: Re: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: euge on July 21, 2010, 01:09:07 AM
I almost bought this very beer today. Should have sprung for it. There's always tomorrow... Thanks for the review! :D

And I've heard some good things about Sorachi Ace.
Title: Re: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: majorvices on July 21, 2010, 08:11:11 PM
Yeah, one of my Saison recipes uses Sorachi Ace hops. Bummer that this little secret got out!  :'( ;)
Title: Re: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: gimmeales on July 23, 2010, 06:13:54 PM
would love to track this one down - not sure I could find it on the W. Coast.

I've seen rants on this hop on other boards, but I had an all-Sorachi cask pale ale at a local brewery and really enjoyed it.  I'd use 'em in second. 

Seems like they could play very well in any number of Weizen beers too
Title: Re: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: majorvices on July 23, 2010, 06:34:07 PM
FTR Amarillo works awesome in Saisons as well. But for heaven's sake don't tell anyone!  ;)
Title: Re: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: k4df4l on July 25, 2010, 06:56:28 PM
IMHO Brooklyn nailed this one.  Great use of the lemony grassy hops with the yeast esters and phenols....nice and dry too.


FTR Amarillo works awesome in Saisons as well. But for heaven's sake don't tell anyone!  ;)

I think Drew let the cat out of the bag when he put the Springtime in Amarillo recipe in the '08 Saison article ;)
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Title: Re: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: euge on July 26, 2010, 01:11:16 AM
I'm getting a distinct and looong lasting citrus note. I'm thinking... blood-orange?.

Oh, BTW I sprung for one. Only $12.49. :-\ Light pale gold thin body slightly hazy and boldly effervescent. The mouthfeel is a little soapy to me so maybe silky is more appropriate.

Dry as a bone, acidic but not astringent.

This reminds me of #7 with the aggressive citrus hop-burst. A Saison for Americans...

In the next few minutes I'm going to pair the next glass with some fresh fatty Atlantic Salmon broiled or steamed. I can't wait. ;D
Title: Re: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: richardt on July 26, 2010, 01:20:56 AM
Haven't had it yet.  But...by the descriptions.. it sounds wonderful. 
Lemon flavor and aroma from the Sorachi Ace hops married with the complex and peppery phenols of the saison yeast. 

Lemon pepper goes well with just about everything.  So should this beer.
Title: Re: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: bluesman on July 27, 2010, 09:45:54 PM
Just picked up a bottle of this for the first time.  I didn't drink it yet but will respond with my tasting notes as soon as I get a chance to drink it.  Lemony is the word I'm hearing.  For $14.99 I hope it's worth it.  :D

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Title: Re: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: etbrew on July 28, 2010, 12:38:36 AM
Had this a month or two ago.  I really enjoyed it.  I didn't identify it as lemony but had definite citrus flavors along with the dry spicy character,,,you know...saison like.  I'm gonna have to try this again when I can afford it   :-\ ...or I could just wait for the saison fermenting in my basement to be ready.
Title: Re: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
Post by: dimik on July 29, 2010, 12:30:32 AM
Isn't it pathetic that I live in Brooklyn and can't get my hands on this beer? I gotta go looking for it now... this was the last straw!