Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 212
Gots: 487 | FT: 12
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New York, United States

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 Hopportunistic
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Label states : "Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. 7.2% ABV." Best by date :July, 2015 ; Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance : A hazy, unfiltered light gold with average carbonation ; head was about 1 inch of tight, tiny white bubbles which subsided gradually. This is a saison, but similar resemblance to a Belgian golden ale.

Smell : The Belgian yeast dominates for me, followed by hints of lemon and a slight amount of clean alcohol.

Taste : After the first sip, I received a one-two punch - first by the tartness of lemon,
then by the resulting dryness. After a few moments, the carbonation and the citrus-like acidity tickle the tongue. The hops are present, but so well incorporated that it's difficult for me to separate that aspect from the whole.

Feel : Light and dry, not unlike a champagne. Definitely not dense or heavy.

Overall : A wonderful addition to the Brooklyn Brewery lineup, and definitely one of the best Springtime saisons I've tasted. Would pair well with light cheeses, fruit plates, or perhaps steamed mussels with lemon and butter. I highly recommend trying.

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a cool beer! I was not sure what to expect, this was my first interaction with Sorachi Ace, but boy was I impressed. A delicious lemony citrus hop profile and a bready malt that was subtle but supported this unique hop. Definitely a beer to pick up when you come across it!

Photo of Qbdoo
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gorgeous, hazy straw color. Looks like you could drink a million. Scent is subdued: lemon, lemongrass. Taste follows the nose, though the lemon is ramped up a bit more, which make just almost too drinkable. It's got a light, effervescent texture that also makes it hard to drink slow. It's not one of those out-there, unusual saisons, but it's superbly well balanced and, did I say it? extremely drinkable.

Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace comes in a fairly grand bottle and, sure enough, has the swanky appearance to match: resplendent golden in colour, with vivacious bubbles and an ultra-plush head, this looks like it costs twice what it actually does (and it's certainly not cheap!) Pour in the last couple ounces, however, and it looks like a glass of oatmeal.

Corked and caged and re-fermented in the bottle like Champagne, Sorachi Ace also has a bouquet that lightly mimics and definitely rivals the vintage bubbly of a good house. Use of the same yeast has resulted in a hint of wet earth, strong breadiness and the usual orchard fruit notes, though hops have imparted plenty of bright citrus and green herb qualities.

Sorachi Ace has a character that is in many ways reminiscent of a Chardonnay left on lees. There are remarkably similar lemon and apple flavours and it has the full, creamy texture to boot. Seriously, I'd guess this was barrel-aged if I didn't know any better - there's even hints of vanilla and cedar that accompany citrus peel in the finish.

It's impressive that the beer can feel so rich in spite of such ultra-zippy, high-octane carbonation. Champagne bubbles tend to make for a lighter, sharper mouthfeel - which this largely does have - but there's still plenty of weight to this sucker. The hops also provide some uniquely savory notes in the form of dill and lemon verbena.

Sorachi Ace is exactly the kind of distinctive, high-quality offering you'd expect from a producer with the illustrious reputation of Brooklyn Brewery. It delivers good value and rolls tasty malts and exceptionally vibrant hoppiness into a very unique drinking experience. Nevermind trying to box this into 'Saison' or 'Belgian IPA' categories - this is it's own beer. And it's definitely worth grabbing.

Photo of Genie
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

delicious citrusy hop taste. if you liked the allagash white, you'll like this one!

Photo of J-Rye
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great use of an exotic hops. Very atypical for a saison.

Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, BB JUL.2015
A - thick, persistent, creamy, white head; hazy pale golden body
S - zesty nose with lemongrass, spicy coriander, yeast
T - similar to aroma with spicy yeast, grass, lemon zest, faint lime zest, wheaty malt
M - medium body, semi-bitter, very dry finish
O - really great use of accentuating the Sorachi hop. I really liked this. You have to like a dry finish to enjoy this one. It might be the dryest finishing beer I've ever had.

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to see breweries like Brooklyn be innovative in making and using rare and exotic products to their product lines.Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed lemon yellow with a large blossoming white head that clung like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.So much going on in the nose it took awhile to pinpoint everything,white pepper,grass,herb,and as others have noted a bit of cedar,light phenols with some clove showed thru as well.Flavors are quite dry and spicy with lemon being most prominent,a big spiciness rolls thru as well,somewhat medicinal in the finish.This is different and I like it,I normally dont single out a saison to buy,this I did and am happy for it.

Photo of tectactoe
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Westland. Pours a golden-straw color; translucent with a mild chill haze that eventually fades away as the beer warms up a bit. Big-bubbled, white head is thin all the way throughout, but its small size was most likely due to the pour. Small bits of wet legging cling to the glass momentarily and eventually drip down.

The Sorachi Ace hop is notable for its lemon-like characteristics. Anyone who didn't already know that will definitely realize it after taking a whiff. The nose is packed with lemon in many different hats; lemon peel, lemon zest, lemongrass. Very effervescent; light, yet powerful; smooth, yet crisp. Mild herbal notes, grassy and subtly earthy, showcase themselves alongside the lemon brigade. Belgian yeast is no stranger here, either, adding the classic bubblegum-like aroma that has become oh so familiar. Mild finishing spices; clove, coriander, and faint white pepper.

The taste really integrates the Sorachi Ace hop well - the lemon notes are vibrant and noticeable, yet still manage to blend well with everything else, rather than sound anything out. Lots of flavors clashing all at once with each sip; lemon zest, herbal lemon tea, earthy hops, clove, white pepper, heavy yeast. The malt character is straightforward and basic; sometimes simplicity is the key. They add a nice cracker-like finish with some mild, balancing sweetness. Very like phenol character that only really becomes noticed near the latter half of the glass. Crispy, thanks to the hefty carbonation, finishing pretty dry with fading notes of herbal lemons and spicy yeast in the aftertaste. Thin-medium bodied.

Very good suggestion from Ron. Dangerously drinkable; fresh, crisp, dry, simple, and executed very well. Nice integration of flavor from this unique hop; this beer went down pretty quickly.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison/Farmhouse Ale 7.6% poured into a St Feuillien Oversized wine glass.
Simple but elegant design with the Ace of diamonds and Brooklyn "B" in the center of mid label.

A- This beer pours a beautiful hazed light golden fluid with one hell of a inch and a half white head that is fluffy and stays around for the whole duration of the beer. Massive sticky lacing clings to the glass on all sides... excellent.

S- Where do i start? The first thing I smell is no doubt the Sorachi with a tangy fresh cut grass and lemongrass scent. In the backbone is a nice chalky yeast that slightly stings the nose.

T-M- Taste is quite pleasant for the alcohol this Farmhouse is packing... A warm tangy and lightly metallic lemongrass dominates with undertones of sweet malts and yeast. A good brew in the aspect of excellent mixing of styles. Saison and a foreign hop variety equals interesting flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly astringent but with a light carbonation that just melds beautifully with the taste buds.

D- In drink this beer I realized that I could easily drink another 750ml and at 7.6% that is an excellent aspect of drinkablity... cheers!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Weathered but clear golden color. Massive head is produced from the expressive and high level of carbonation. Very aromatic with suggestions of Asian pear, faint jasmine, lavender, hibiscus and green peppercorn. Smoothness is very deep here, which helps with telling the beer’s story. Lighter body is fluffed by the bottle conditioning, adding a huge refreshing quality. Fresh herbs with some dried fruit; yeasty and medicinal, cracker maltiness and earthy. Nearly bone-dry finish and not too far off from being an epic brew.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nearly perfect summer beer.
In a tulip glass, the beer is an orange/yellow color with a thick white head that retains well. There's a bit of lace.
It has a grassy/outdoorsy aroma with some citrus.
A fairly strong lemon taste, sweet malt, hops late. Very enjoyable.
I think this beer is very crisp and dry, and very refreshing.

Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with massive three finger bone-white head. Head has great retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S - Subtle but nice funkiness, some nice florals and herbs, a bit of lemon and a bit of pepper.

T - Some juicy lemon, but not really tart, nice earthiness, very faint bubblegum sweetness, and quite herbal. Very nice flavor.

M - Nice medium body that has a nice creaminess. Finishes semi-dry and very clean.

O - One of the best American saisons I've had. Will definitely be revisiting this one

Photo of Guden
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly hazy pale yellow with a persistent one finger white head that lasts and lasts, supported by consistent carbonation bubbles and leaving thick lacing.

S- citrus, wheat, lemongrass, hay, sage, savory, pepper. There's a whole lot going on and it's all really good. Smells like a Belgian farmhouse ale meets a Vietnamese entree.

T- a bit more muddled than the nose. Again, lemon, lemongrass, and sage type characters lead the way with some pepperiness in the middle that lingers with a long moderately bitter, moderately funky finish.

M- fairly full bodies for the style and with only moderate carbonation, if there's one downside it's this.

O- an extremely interesting, complex, and enticing beer that draws me back for another long, evocative and transforming sip. A slightly thinner body, more carbonation and a slight decrease in the bitterness might have really put this one over the top, but it's still a very good beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY, enjoyed this one so much over the course of this hot and sunny summer day that my review is of the final pour, cloudy lemony/medium apricot light amber, creamy off white head, leaves plenty of tongues of lace as well as mighty fine looking sheeting. Simply delicious saison, mega lemon, soft pineapple, fruity hop bomb of a saison. Love saison, love fruity and aggressivly hopped saisons/Belgians. Gonna run back ASAP to hopefully get more of this nectar. Fine work Brooklyn.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, yellow/orange in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: funk, hay, light citrus hops, and lemon

Taste: lemon, wheat, citrus, coriander, funk, and a small touch of the malt that is common in Brooklyn beers.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, dry, funky sour tasting..slightly bitter

Drinkability: A nice hoppy and bitter saison. Certainly different from others I have had in the style. Taste wise a kind of a mix between Blue Moon, a hoppy pils, and a saison. A nice summery beer I could have a couple glasses of.

Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this sitting on the shelf in Dallas so I had to pick on up. Good thing I did because it was very good.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is strong lemon with some wheat and Belgian yeast. The flavor is lemons with some oranges. I also get some wheat, yeast and grassy hops. Low to medium bitterness. Very soft, creamy mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A very good saison.

Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw color with foamy billowing head and some sticky lacing.

Smell: Very hoppy aroma with with lemon and pepper. Some light clove and banana.

Taste: Same as the aroma, this is a very dry, hoppy Saison. The lemon notes are quite strong and overpower the bready malts. Ends with a moderate spicy bitterness, with notes of pepper, clove and lingering lemon tartness.

Feel: High carbonation, fairly light body, extremely dry finish. Champagne-like.

Overall: Very unique due to the lemony Sorachi Ace hops. Great Saison overall, which once again proves that Brooklyn can nail the look and mouthfeel of Belgian beers.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a cloudy golden wheat color with a huge bright white head that starts sticking to the glass immediately. Nose is very lemony and zesty! A bit of that home floral note comes across after the yeastiness.

Taste is pretty good, it's a bit funky and zesty but it's not over the top like helios. The Sorachi Ace makes it quite smooth and bright. Mouthfeel is your standard brooklyn bottle conditioned beer mouthfeel, needless to say it's great. Dry and crisp with a ton of mouth filling carbonation.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lemony spicy nose with light fruit and traces of pepper, light grains and white bread. Pours hazy gold under a 1” white long lasting fluffy head with very uniform, fine bubbles that produce classic cathedral window lacing. A spicy lemony peach palate with traces of white bread lingers. Finishes slightly dry with a bitter hop accent. Creamy full to medium full body and mouth feel, medium high carbonation, effervescent. Well balanced and refreshing.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle cork and caged split with a friend poured into snifter.

pours out a very nice cloudy golden color with a big dense fluffy, soapy head. great retention and some amazing thick fury lace.

lots of citrus, mostly lemon zest, lemon grass. smells very effervescent. a hint of something belgian.

the sorachi ace hop is definatly the main player. big citrus, lemon grass, orange peel, lemon zest, just slightly tart in the finish and majorly bitter. some vinious wine like flavors come out the more it warms. lingers for awhile. hardly a hint of some belgian yeast.

lots of carbonation. light creamy mouthfeel.

a decent beer, definatly ruled by the hop, the saison qualities are a little lost. not something id buy again.

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. No dating visible.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white head that slowly fades into a thin layer. Lots of lace hanging around the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast and a big tart lemon zest up front with some barnyard funk. Sweet bready pale malts with some candy sugar and a light hint of honey. Also some fairly vibrant citrus and grassy hops. A pretty tart aroma. Also fairly herbal. The champagne yeast is also pretty noticeable.

Taste: A kick of spicy Belgian yeast and barnyard funk up front with a huge citrus lemon presence. Some sweet pale malts and sugar midway are followed by a nice taste of citrus hops with hints of orange and grapefruit. Also some herbal grassy hops. Taste is a nice combination of sweetness, tartness, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a carbonation on the heavier side of medium. Crisp, tangy, and tart. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting brew. Its like a combination of a wheat beer, Saison, and Champagne. Very well done.

Photo of Mantooth
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delivered from a bomber into an Allagash tulip glass from Trappeze Pub in Athens Ga (don't tell them). Label designed by the great Milton Glaser.

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a frothy head and a school of energetic bubbles migrating north towards some lazy lacing.

S: Bruised ripe bananas, bread, maple sugar, pepper, loads of earthy yeast tones. The nose is very complex.

T: Banana, green pepper, bread, raisin,citrus rind bitterness, slight milk taste in the end.

M: Crisp up front and finishing chalkhy, spicy and bone dry.

O: Easily the most complex farmhouse ale I've had so far. Fantastic beer.

Photo of BGDrock
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: vigorous effervescence , like a tornado; lemon yellow, with an unfiltered fog; huge, fluffy, egg-white head exhibiting solid retention

Aroma: juicy grapefruit, lightly of spruce; overall it's mild

Taste & Mouthfeel: surprisingly clean and silky mouthfeel, expected prickly and possibly flat from the look of the carbonation; fruity and juicy flavour starts things out, of orange and grapefruit pulp - it's hardly bitter until the dry finish, and even then it's mild hops; refreshing, bringing to mind a weizen (there's a touch of spice) or a radler, but with golden malts playing a more distinctive supporting role as backbone; dangerously drinkable for a 7.5% brew

Overall: a real delight to drink, great accompaniment to summer sunshine - light, bright, full flavours and mouthfeel make it really pleasurable; would say, as mentioned on the bottle, it feels more like a fruitier twist on a golden ale than it does a saison

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow pour with lots of haze, white head, looked nice. Lemon pledge aroma, not impressed.

More lemon, lemon, lemon, up in this. Was really one dimensional. Didn't really pick up the sorachi ace hop, unless its just all lemon. Thicker consistency to the brew than I like in a saison, keeps it from having a crisp appeal to it. Belgian yeast flavors as well, with some tea leaves. Alcohol too pronounced, same with the bitterness and metallic flavors. Dare I detect some butter that actually was a better development than one would think.

I have no idea why some are apeshit for this, chalk it up to a region not having many loyalties to divide I guess. For me, this was just a bottle of lemon, coriander & clove.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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