Mmm mid-July is upon us. The sun is glaring, providing me with rays of heat and light, thick humidity, and a steady stream of perspiration flowing down my ass-crack… for lack of a better term…. swamp ass. But I’m not one to complain about the summer months; boating, beaching, day-drinking, night-drinking, anytime-of-day-drinking, females, females in revealing clothing, and swamp ass. Life is beautiful. Thank God it’s Friday… and it’s Happy Hour.. which means its 5am… uh I mean 5pm.
Brooklyn Brewery - Sorachi Ace
Yeah, that’s right. I poured it in a wine glass. Cause I’m a fancy motherfucker. That seems fairly ironic considering it came from a bottle without a label. Hence the reason why Brewocracy can get exclusive bottles straight from the brewery for sampling. Back to being fancy, bitches.
Sorachi Ace is a classic interpretation of a Saison… in other words… a Belgian Farmhouse Ale, used with Belgian Farmhouse yeast. Brooklyn Brewery used their very own strain of Belgian yeast to brew this beast… that rhymed. I’m fancy, I get it. The beer’s name derives from a hybrid-hop called “Sorachi” (go figure) first developed in the 1970s in Japan, primarily for a brewery we all know… Sapporo… the Sake bomb beer. The hop is known for its’ intense lemon/citrus characteristics.
Ace pours a bright, golden-orange hue, with a thin, firm white head. Retention is firm, velvety, and slow….. fancy. Lemon in the aroma? NO FUCKING WAY! Sorachi hops did not fail in this batch. Tea, orange, coriander, and florals follow up in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium, with a fine, abundant carbonation facilitated by the champagne yeast added in bottle conditioning. Starts off mellow and ends perfectly dry. Taste has a brilliant…….. lemon characteristic, with other well-rounded flavors of tea, honey, and herbs with light touches of mint and dill, finishing up with a dry doughy lemon-tart essence.
Brooklyn Brewery got all up in your face with this one. No messin’ around, no playing games. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Sorachi Ace is placed in the elite category as far as I’m concerned. Now it’s time to enjoy the rest of Friday. It will probably involve reading at the library….. meditating…. even church…. to pray for my bad habits. Drink Responsibly. Over & Out.