I’ve had several beers from Brooklyn Brewery in the past and all of them have been pretty good. They make a couple beers that at a time were rated at 100 points that I thought were excellent. They do make quite a few different styles of beer and having been open since 1988 has given them a lot of time to perfect their craft. Their brewery is located in Brooklyn New York as their name would suggest.
The Sorachi Ace from Brookyln is another one of their excellent beers. Their website has a lot to say about this beer, “Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, an unfiltered golden farmhouse ale with a wonderfully clean malt flavor and our hero, the quirky Sorachi Ace hop, standing front and center. Dry-hopping releases Sorachi Ace’s bright, spicy aromatics to tickle the nose before ascending into a fine harmony between pilsner malt and playful Belgian yeast. Named after the Sorachi region of Hokkaido, Japan, the Sorachi Ace hop was developed by a large Japanese brewery in the late 1970s. A cross between British Brewer’s Gold, Japanese “Beikei No. 2″ and the famed Czech Saaz, it had a unique lemony-herbal scent, but this hop was odd and ended up being quickly banished to a laboratory. In 2008, the Sorachi Ace hop was quietly revived by a family farm in Washington State. Less than a year later, we had made it the star of one of our favorite beers ever. Dry, sharp and crackling with flavor, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is reminiscent of lemongrass, verbena, dill and lemon peels. Originally a member of our limited Brewmaster’s Reserve series, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a beer we just couldn’t let disappear. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is sunshine in a glass, a shining example of the versatility of one of the world’s most intriguing hops. This beer is a superstar at the table, and we enjoy it with seafood dishes, fresh cheese, poultry, barbecue, and even tomato-based pasta sauces. All by itself it puts on a great solo performance too, and we can honestly say you’ve never tasted any beer quite like it. Go ahead, pour yourself some sunshine.” I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen another brewery write so much about their beer.
As stated on their website, this beer is a saison. They list the types of malts, hops, yeast, and even include a list of foods that will pair with this beer. I purchased this beer at a local liquor store in an individual bottle. It is 12 fluid ounces (355 mL) and 7.2% alcohol by volume as opposed to the 7.6% advertised on the Brooklyn Brewery website.
The beer has a nice pour with a head that starts to form immediately, and dissipates just as fast. The color is a nice gold with some haze like a wheat beer. The smell is a little citrus, some malt, and I think yeast. It’s definitely not your typical beer. It tastes mostly like it smells and in my opinion, that’s a good thing. My girlfriend also took a taste of this and instantly put the glass down and said it wasn’t for her, which makes me think the saison style may be more of an acquired taste. But this beer tastes good, has a lot of complex flavors, but goes down rather easily.
If you have a favorite saison, let me know in the comments!