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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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2,052 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 173
Gots: 320 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"100% Bottle Refermented Ale." 7.6% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing classy label and branded gold hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork gives by hand with ease; I'd say the champagne yeast refermentation upped the carbonation.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour and fluffy even consistency. Nice creaminess and smooth complexion. Quite soft looking. Consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good - about 9-10+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow-gold of above average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

It's a good appearance for a beer, but I'm surprised at its clarity given it's meant to be a farmhouse ale. Shouldn't this be hazy? In any case, I'm excited to try it, and while it's not unique or special, it's certainly inviting and I can find no obvious flaws.

Sm: Plenty of floral notes are present, though I can't tell whether they're from actual flowers and/or just hops. Honey. Clove. Heavy yeast presence - sure, your typical farmhouse funkiness, but also vitamin-y character. Belgian pale malts. Cracker malts. A kiss of lemon zest. Some lemongrass. Grassy hop character. Vague fruit. I don't pretend to know much about sorachi ace hops, but I think the hop character here works well with the rest of the beer, though it does feel a bit Czech pilsnery considering this is a farmhouse ale.

No alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant, inviting, enchanting aroma of mild strength. It doesn't quite nail the farmhouse ale conventions, but I'm always game for an unconventional beer - so long as it's well executed.

T: That's tasty, alright. The hop character in particular is very intriguing - and not just because I'm looking for it given the beer's premise. It's sort of Czech Saaz with some amped-up floral hop character and a more mature pronounced lemon zest note. The foundation is unobtrusive and supportive - mainly Belgian pale malts, light crackery malts, and some nice grassiness. A kiss of peach/pear fruit and accompanying faint esters. It's delightfully well-balanced, with the malts and hops matching up nicely. It's neither too sweet nor too bitter, but errs on the side of faint sweetness, which complements the hints of honey and clove nicely. The champagne yeast is subtle, which is definitely the right choice here, lending it a pleasant spritziness and light effervescence.

No alcohol or other off-notes come through.

It's got a nice subtlety, but sadly the complexity isn't up to par - it lacks spicing and farmhouse character, as well as distinctive funky yeast. The Sorachi Ace hop character lends it some very interesting nuance. It's not an intricate beer per se, nor do I know that it's unique or special. But damn is it a pleasant brew.

Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Mf: Nicely soft and refreshing. Smooth and wet. Has a surprisingly light body which aids its welcome comforting presence on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated. Good thickness.

Not overbearing or heavy. Not astringent, oily, harsh, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Overall, the texture suits the taste quite well. There's a case to be made that the texture is in some ways custom-tailored specifically to the flavour profile. Good execution here, to be sure.

Dr: Very drinkable for its above average ABV. It's a solid brew from Brooklyn, though I don't know that I'm comfortable regarding it as a strict farmhouse ale; it's much lighter in body and almost feels like a Czech pilsner meets a farmhouse ale. The trademark funkiness of a farmhouse ale is also missing; to be frank, for a farmhouse ale it doesn't have much farmhouse character. That said, outside of style conventions it's absolutely a brew I'd recommend friends try and I'm glad I picked it up. Those cats at Brooklyn are doing some interesting work, and this is proof that Sorachi Ace isn't just a gimmick. Very enjoyable pleasant stuff best consumed on a quiet afternoon. I look forward to trying it again and I think it'd pair very well with food.

This inspired pleasant take on a farmhouse ale has some interesting hop integration, but won't impress the experienced saison drinker.

B

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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 cam477
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DanGeo
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tectactoe
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Max3
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Shakerman
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Smoco
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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 GiannaG
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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 DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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 DWolf
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bnewall3
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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 mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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 reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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