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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 654
Hads: 2,587
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 22%
Wants: 229
Gots: 615 | FT: 10
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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rtepiak on 07-29-2009

This is a saison featuring the rare Japanese-developed hop Sorachi Ace. The Sorachi Ace hop varietal is noted for its unique lemon zest/lemongrass aroma.
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Photo of gautch726
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a unique beer for sure. Just not sure it is unique in a way that I like.

It pours a light, effervescent yellow with minimal head that dissipates rapidly. It's translucent to the point of looking like water with a bit of yellow food coloring. Looks good if you like that type of beer.

Smells strongly of lemon and tastes the same. They were not joking around with these hops unique blend of flavoring. It's too much zest for my liking as I avoid overly fruity beers. Has a nice kick of bitterness at the end.

It's highly carbonated and almost evaporates from your palate.

A very unique beer with a Japanese twist. Miles ahead of beers actually from Japan (thanks New York), but not what I'm looking for.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a chalice.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, apple, powdery yeast, apple, toasted pilsner malts, bready, pale, and honey.

Taste: Nice blend of above aromas. Super smooth and delicious. Light chewy and bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little dry, slightly chewy, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Man have I enjoyed this beer over the years. Looking forward to more of this in the future too.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I realize that any Saison worth it's salt is based upon the original, Saison Dupont, but I must admit to a slight preference for Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace. I'm not sure if that special hop variety is the kicker or not, but it's worth a mention. Sorachi is eminently drinkable yet impressively mouth-filling flavorful at the same time. The ABV is just right, the carbonation is just right. The 22 oz bomber is my go-to but I've also had it on draught from Egan & Sons in Montclair, New Jersey, and I'll take that any day of the week and twice on Sundays. This is a world-class effort in my view and receives my highest recommendation.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty unique beer. The smell is pretty faint. Some of the typical saison elements are in the taste - slightly yeasty and an earthy spice. What stands out is a pronounced flavor that tastes a lot like Chardonnay. Overall very drinkable and good with food. I'd like to try it again fresher. yb

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color: Light yellow, hazy with abundant white foam.
Aroma: mandarin, lemon and next to them the Belgian earthy accents. The aroma is slightly sweet with a hint of acidic white grape.
Taste: lemon, plus delicate "barn", again white grapes, slightly acidic. Mandarins hid somewhere, but left after their sweetness. All the time in the background accompanied by the Belgian, herbal accents. Generally, sour lemon is nicely balanced sweet fruit.
Gentian: dry, herbal, quite long, I would say that even slightly backlog but great fit with the rest. Saturation average, adequate. Alcohol, even though it is 7.2%, it is perfectly stowed away.

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Photo of likeablepaper
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle purchased from Wine and Beyond in Edmonton, AB.

Absolutely loved this beer. Saison's are generally one of my favourite styles and this is one of the best I've tried to date. It pours a hazy golden yellow colour with a slightly foamy head. Smells slightly floral with notes of yeast, lemons, and herbs. Tastes much the same with the Sorachi Ace hops imparting a citrus lemon zest which combines well with the higher carbonation of a saison to to deliver a crisp, dry feel.

Thrilled I finally got my hands on a bottle and this beer certainly lived up to my expectations!

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Photo of mrjez
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at Brooklyn Parlor, Osaka.
L: pours a bright yellow-gold, very hazy, a tiny fizzy head, plenty of lacing with a swirl.
S: initially a whiff of lemon and yeast funk. This then gets overtaken by the herbal notes, dill, spice. Unmistakably Sorachi Ace. Personally not a huge fan of the herb aroma, but it settles and balances well with the citrus and yeast funk, which are divine.
T: tastes like the nose, herbal with lemon rind, a dash of pine and pineapple. Very barnyard flavour in the spicy finish and hay-like notes. White wine grape. The taste grows on me as my palate settles.
F: it's crisp and dry, nicely spritzy throughout, medium body.
O: so glad to finally try this. Hits many right notes, pairs well with a range of foods.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL corked-and-caged bottle picked up at the LCBO a while back. Best before Jan 2018, and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, capped off with a full inch of lumpy, lathery white head that displays a prodigious capacity for retention. It lasts to the ten minute mark and beyond, eventually being replaced with a dense, creamy, equally resilient cap. Visually gorgeous. Big notes of citrusy lemon rind and pith come through with each sniff, with the Sorachi Ace hops playing a central role for the aroma. Subtle hints of dill, lemongrass, clove and yeast, fill in the remainder, along with a bit of that funky barnyard vibe that all of the premier saisons seem to possess. I wouldn't describe the nose as especially complex, but it's enticing as all hell.

Wowza - lots going on here, and all of it is tasty. Clean, pale grainy barley malts along with some crackery sweetness come through initially, with a nice array of orchard fruit flavours following close in tow. Apricot, pear, white grape and apple all come to mind, though they are soon forced aside by a citrusy lemon zest character that gradually takes on more of a lemon peel/oil astringency as you hit the finish. Ends on a spicy, yeasty note, with a mix of clove, white pepper, coriander and dill wrapping things up in classy fashion. Relatively dry aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with assertively crisp carbonation levels that constantly prickle the palate, remaining potent even as you plumb the depths of the bottle. The sturdy abv is not a prominent factor, but becomes more noticeable as the glass warms.

Final Grade: 4.50, an outstanding A grade. Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace is a seriously impressive farmhouse ale - a new favourite, in fact. I have bought and consumed a bottle of this in the past, but had held onto it for a bit too long. The hop character was depleted, and it was but a mere shell of the majestic creation that I am currently sampling. Make no mistake - this is a world-class saison, and it is absolutely worth the (somewhat) steep price tag if you happen to get the chance to try it. I'll be keeping an eye out for more, but I'll be sure to drink it fresh.

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Photo of rawfish
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours corn yellow and very hazy from the bottle. A very small head of a quarter finger forms but has staying power and flecks of lacing on the glass.

The citrus imparted from the Sorachi Ace is impressive. Lemon peel and juicy mandarins. The spice character is present but not overpowering, smooth coriander, white pepper and dried grasses.

The citrus juiciness is present in the flavor too, it comes on late with a full lemon and sweet clementine flavor. The grain bill in this comes on clean in the forefront somewhat lager-like before giving way to the saison qualities. Grassy and dry hops add a clean finish to the hints of coriander and peppercorn that follow.

Full bodied beer yet the carbonation is very spirited and lively. Alcohol doesn't feature much in the taste but you begin to feel it near the end of the bottle.

Awesome saison, this features the things I love most about the style and adds a memorable citrus burst and dynamic carbonation. If the body were lighter this would be ideal.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange body with two finger head that left foamy lace. Has that typical barnyard funky and slightly sour aroma with touches of yeast and cracker like dryness and the sorachi hop comes through like lemon citric spice. Cracker like crispness and hop sharpness give beer a citrusy, spicy, bubbly bite yet the funkiness and yeast balance this beer so it's not overly sharp or sour, and in fact beer is only mildly funky/sour and there is an addition of notes of tropical fruit like sweetness.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a peculiar style of beer - so much so, that I'm not even sure how to rate it or what flavors I'm even picking up. The nose has a wheaty, ricey, yeasty quality to it - not quite sweet, but almost savory like sushi, and only a hint of pear. I can tell that this is Japanese stuff as it would go fantastically with sushi/sashimi or any other delicate fish or rice dishes.
The taste is very gentle and the body is nice and crisp, including a thin but firm head that just won't quit. I'm new to this particular hop, and even compared to other yeasty farmhouse/saison beers, this one is unique, but it doesn't take much getting used to and even as I drink it, it begins to taste better and better. I'm not getting any of the lemongrass or champagne flavor advertised, but that's fine with me, as I don't like lemongrass and any similarity to champagne would only mean a dryer beer and this one is dynamic and fine as it is. Only a bit of funk, but mostly smooth and unoffensive, this is a beer that could be drunk any day, and yet retains the sophistication and interest of a unique beer made with a rare (allegedly) yeast.

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Photo of Brewhemoth
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into a Teku glass.

Look: Pours a clear golden straw with a fine 1 finger head that lasts for about a min. or so. Leaves excellent lacing.
Smell: Spicy yeast tones, lemon zest, herbal hops. That characteristic Sorachi Ace smell.
Taste: Mirrors the aroma, with a pepper aftertaste and a lingering lemon flavor. Bitterness is maybe a little on the high end for ths style.
Feel: light medium bodied, well carbonated with a dry finish.

O: Very nice, but unfortunately I am not a huge fan of Sorachi Ace, even though it works well with this style of beer, I prefer a more "classic" approach to Saisons.

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Photo of badgustav
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - translucent, head lingers then laces
Aroma - orange notes, a light sweetness, malt as an undertone
Flavor - outstanding. The Sorachi Ace hops shine through providing a citrus bite over a balanced malt base.
Feel - light-medium body, medium carbonation.

Really enjoy this beer

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Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Opperman's Cork 'n' Ale last Saturday for $9.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured golden with a near perfect white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose has the classic saison grassy herbal nose with hints of lemon.

Taste is classic saison sans the pepper with a nice lemon drop hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very light and smooth.

Overall this is an extremely lovely brew, wish i had access to this as i could do this again!

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Photo of ARoman
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a stemmed tulip. Aromas of lemon and light candy sugar are noted with a supporting pepper hint and undertones of cereal, grass, and coriander. The soft white, sudsy head retains a light surface dust and moderate ring atop a lightly hazy, yellow beer. There's a bit of lace on the glass. The taste is a medium sweet and medium bitter that start to balance as the beverage warms up. The texture is relatively thin with a fizzy carbonation and a medium light body flavored by lemon, grains, and spice in the profile and finishing with a pepper and coriander zip and some honey that eventually turn grassy and grainy with lemon peel. The aftertaste is cereal like with a tart lemon that's lightly astringent turning to pepper and clove with a light honey. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of jhutt
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

Look: A nice creamy orange body coloration, hazy, thick white head with long retention, solid lacing left on glass.

Smell: Immediate well balanced citrus from the ace hops, sweet yeast character is present, a slight hint of alcohol is present as well.

Taste: Bitterness from the hops opens the profile bringing a sour and warm lemon/citrus up front, then followed by the well balanced and smooth malts that linger on the palate, finishing with a bread and slight citrus aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately carbonated, a medium weight on the tongue, smooth movement through swallowing.

Overall: A very well made beer, highly drinkable and something you can always come back to when the weather starts to warm up.

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Photo of Rpm0003
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting saison. Pours very pale yellow with huge frothy foam head. Smells strong of lemon with maybe a hint of pepper. Taste is peculiar. Big hit of lemon upfront, with a very malty/peppery and bitter aftertaste. I don't know that I liked it on my initial sip, but the bitter finish dissipated halfway through my first beer and I enjoyed it more as I drank it. I would drink it again, but I feel there's better saison's out there. Maybe just a bit too bitter for my taste...

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, chilled to approximately 50 degrees and consumed unhurriedly form a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. I have a particular fondness for Saisons and this a good one. On the one hand, I could probably drink ths all night long but, on the other, I can't find anything special about it that causes me to prefer this to others in the category. Would drink again, but would rather have a Saison DuPont, a Goose Island Sophie or (maybe) an Ommegang Hennepin.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Engine, Danville, KY. Smell is farmhouse funk and lemon, grapefruit rind. On the initial sip, lemony hop profiles in a beautiful battle for supremacy. On the mid-palate, grapefruit and kumquat flavors enter, along with a big hit of pepper and a hint of tropical fruit. Finish is dry, with yet more lemon and kumquat rind. SO much better on tap; highly recommended.

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Photo of babaracas
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy gold, thin, fizzy white head; thin ring retained with a few dots of lace down the glass. Smell: grassy and sweetly floral, fruity (apple, unripe pear), dried lemon peel, orange. Taste: candied lemon peel, grassy, sugar cookie, spicy and drying finish. Sorachi Ace is well showcased; otherwise it's a bit sweet and could use a little something else going on. But tasty and high on the croosh scale.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A straw goldenish yellow color with a good amount of carbonation. A lemony/lemongrass, Belgium yeasty funk to the nose. The taste follows with some spritzy lemon citrus notes. Lemongrass, dill, funk, clove, and some lemon peal. Light bodied and super easy drinking for 7.2%.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy golden apricot with a couple fingers of head that settle to a film and leave some lacing Smell: sweet fruity and floral aromas
Taste: Lightly bready sweet with some fruity acidity and floral notes. The initial sweetness fades beautifully into a dry mildy bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat perceptible. I didn't get much funkiness with this saison.
Feel: Light-medium body with decent carbonation, but not the effervescence you get with some of the best saisons

Overall: A great light and dry saison with some decent complexity. The only letdown was that the carbonation was not as explosive as my favorite saisons - this affects both the appearance (head) and the mouthfeel. Overall, however, this is one of the better values among the quality saisons I've tried. I expect many repeat purchases.

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Photo of rjd722
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Town Pour House, pours hazy golden-yellow with minimal head retention. Lemon aroma, really not too intense. Nice lemon-zest/lemongrass notes, strong cloves appearance, very herbal and earthy. The hops come in strong and don't disappoint. Definitely an interesting hop, the sorachi ace, never had anything quite like it!

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Photo of Randomblitz
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just found this at my local and was very surprised! At first I thought it was a Belgian Wit as these hops have a bit of coriander too. Regardless it's a good ale!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner glass at Pacific Rim in Ann Arbor. Bottle, did not see date.

A: pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thin white ring of fizz. Little to no lacing. Modest carbonation visible.

S: Now I know what people mean when they say a beer smells like a "barnyard." There is something funky here; like wet hay and baby goats. Organic and sweet; floral and fruity all at once. Sandalwood? Patchouli? It is something unique and potent, I don't dislike the smell, but I don't know that it's one that I'd want my cologne to smell like.

T: tracks the smell; fruity, sweet, hay, malty, tart, more pronounced apricot, raspberry, maybe even white chocolate? Light maltiness, very clean lightly bitter finish.

M: lighter side of mid weight, surprised at the higher carbonation, but is by no means excessive, just more than I'd expect.

O: Always wanted to try this, so glad I did. Don't know that I'd ever get it again. Perhaps a great beer on its own, a bad choice for dinner.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.