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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 648
Hads: 2,534
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 22%
Wants: 222
Gots: 581 | FT: 10
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: 648 | Hads: 2,534
Photo of Nutwood
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw this on the new drafts board at my main spot. Inquired about the style and was informed is was a Saison on tap.

Draft, 10 oz. pour into a goblet at ideal temperature.

A: Rich, slightly hazed golden color; half-finger of lingering head, a nice slightly yellowish off-white that lingered and laced pleasantly.

S: Country air aroma of hay, light fresh earth, spice, a touch of pine and lemongrass, an impression of tropical and floral without being sweet or perfumey. Nice notes of yeast hinting at the flavor to follow.

T: Follows nose and adds delicately balanced malt and hops. Taste is assertive but not aggressive; complex but very cohesive. Any bitter components present in the Sorachi hops are subdued and integrated into the overall complexity. There is a mellow spice hops flavor balancing the malt on the front, and the finish returns to the floral and lemongrass. There is a bit of elusive fruit here, the closest I can come is pear. After-taste is lip smacking fresh and clean and makes you want to savor and reflect before sipping again.

M: Medium body with carbonation present but in proportion to the flavor; the bubbles have presence but do not interfere with the taste.

O: This beer for me was inspiring; after a day of very high IBUs this was a refreshing eye-opener. It showed up big-time and reminded me there is more to beer than booze, bitterness and in-your-face attempts at "boldness". This is personal and is probably just an individual reaction, but the second and third sips of this gave me a bit of goose-flesh. This is a beer I will return to soon and often.

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Photo of DapperGrowler
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A very carbonated beer. Mostly due to the champagne yeast. cloudy and slightly orange in color. there was a nice head to the beer.

S- Fruity with notes of citrus and some light floral hops.

T- earthy/slight hoppy taste on the back/ sweet

M - Crisp, good mouth feel.

I had this beer on New Years eve as the last beer of 2011. It was one hell of a way to go out. This is now one of my favorites and cant wait to get my hands one some more of this farmhouse ale.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a fluffy, stark white head on tops of a clear light gold body. The head is like meringue. I LIKE IT!

Aromas of lemon pepper. Oh, and lemon. A shandy without the sugary sweet smell. Reminds me of a Chicago-favorite candy - lemonheads. As it warms up, the "lemonhead" connection becomes more pronounced. Also, a touch of freshly mown grass.

Tastes...oh...my...god! Lemon peal, herbally, a slight pepper note. Very slight sweetness. This is very nice.

Mouthfeel is dry and peppery. Quenches your thirst, but begs for another sip.

Drinkability is very high. I could sit and drink this all day without getting mouth fatigue. Very nice beer. Seek this one out.

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Photo of JLeege
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

C&C 750 mL ~ Classy looking bottle.

Appearance- Poured into an etched glass. Light slightly hazy golden color with a huge rocky bone white head. Tons of active carbonation, insane head retention and lacing. Stunning! Perfect 5.

Smell- Lots of lemon on the nose. A lot of grass and hay. A bit tart. Very earthy, some barnyard, a whiff of funk.

Taste- Filthy good! Tons of lemon/lemon grass on the tounge, the Sorachi's are doing their job, Well. There is some tart green apple and orange rind. Under that is a dry hay like quality and some very slight funky notes. Barnyard and some leather; a faint peppery spice as well. The bottle refermented Champagne yeast is adding additional fruity flavor, as well as drying this out and making it extremely crisp.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation, but the body is still medium. Very nice. A tad tart on the sides of the tounge.

Overall- God damn this is a fine beer. The Champagne refermentation is an awsome concept for this style. I am still waiting for my first perfect 5.0 beer, but this is the closest I have found! Its to bad this is a very limited beer.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a beautiful bomber into a pint glass.

Thick two inch rocky head a top of a cloudy yellow bed of straw, thick ample lacing.

Smells like walking into a Japaniese brothel(one can only imagine) total Sorachi hop aroma a mist a wonderful yeasty-fruity blend; very Farmhouse in it's characteristics.

Taste is delightfully resreshing and light. A perfect blend of Soriachi hops, wheat and fruity esters. Smooth...

Quaffable and most enjoyable. Extreme drinkability makes this one dangerous to session with at 7.6% ABV.

My hat off to Mr. Oliver! Thank you...

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Photo of vfgccp
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Amazing head with copious lacing and fantastic retention. Opaque honey color.

S - Honey, bready malt, muscado, moss, touch of citrus

T - Simply delicious. Barny notes, hay, light toast, wheaty yeast, moss, mild sweet citrus. Mild hop bitters round out the finish.

M - Perfect carbonation. Medium light body. Smooth mouthfeel.

D - Deliciously drinkable.

O - I love the style and this is the best saison I've had to date.

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Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a fabulous beer! Served at proper temperature. Poured with a good sized, white, foamy, frothy head that lasts a while and a bit of lace. Color is a clear medium yellow. Aroma is yeast, fresh hop that smells like weed, malt, grain, fruit and a bit of citrus. Flavor is similar but with the hop tasting only like fresh hop; good pungency which is true to style and a little sweetness in there to balance it all. Body is perfect mouth filling and almost champagne carbonation. Finish is like flavor and short except for the great burps! Wish I had more to make it a session. This is superb!

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Photo of Brian
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never tasted a beer with this flavor. It was very smooth and full bodied, almost a hybrid of a wheat beer and rich pilsner. Apparently there is lemon and citrus flavor in this beer, however it is so smooth I did not find it to have any bitterness. My experience was that it had a rich vanilla-like flavor. Extremely unique beer compared with your typical summer pilsner or hoppy ale. Highly recommended, you will enjoy every drop.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Appearance: Amber-yellow with a huge pillowy head and some lacing.

Smell: Yeast, hops, slight spice, and citrus.

Taste: Hops, slight yeast, subtle citrus, and malts.

Mouthfeel: Almost malty, yet smooth and medium bodied.

This is a MUST TRY saison! It is a very well balanced beer with delicious hops.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle from Petschens, and very happy with Brooklyn again. Hazy shimmering gold beer with a lingering white head. Drank it the same day I bought it, so didn't let it settle out, so I may be the cause of the hazy part. Gorgeous complex lemongrass, citrus nose and strong peppery spice that is clean and multi-layered at the same time. Carbon tang on the tongue and the yeast and spice fills the mouth fully. Dry finished that accents the hops. Brewed with rare Japanese Sorachi hops (according to the website), the lemony character is intrinsic to the hop. I'm a fan and would love to get some more of this beer.

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Photo of bobsy
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been after this one for a while.

Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of white head. Excellent retention and lacing down to the last sip. Stunning looking beer. Big lemongrass, vanilla and spice nose. Fresh and complex at the same time. Clean pilsner malt base forms the launching pad for a symphony of flavours, with grass and lemon coming through strong. A powerful vanilla oakiness almost makes this feel barrel aged, and takes it to the next level. The sorachi has an excellent character, which is nicely showcased in this brew. Dry, medium bodied and with a billowy carbonation. Nigh on perfect.

Thanks to Troy for sharing this gem.

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Photo of diamondc
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super pale. Huge head and some decent lacing.

S: Amazing. I've never smelled anything like this from a beer before. Lavender, lemon oil, apricots, wax.

T: The lemongrass flavor dominates everything. There are some decent grainy malt and orange citrus notes to not make this so one-dimensional. Reminds me of a amped up witbier mixed with a saison.

M: Bubbly, quaffable. A real big flavor with a light body.

O: This one is flat out great. The best Brooklyn beer I've had so far. This one is more expensive than the Local 1/2 though so who knows when I'll buy this again.

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Photo of rdickey
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A slightly too-rough pour reveals a pale straw colored beer, somewhat cloudy, capped by a massive white head. The head persists for a while, and leaves rings of white lacing as I work my way through the glass.

Smell: Lemons are front and center, but they are capably joined by black pepper, a mild funk and a faint hint of bubble gum.

Taste: Wow, this is a keeper. The thing that most strikes me about the beer is that it’s a coherent package – the lemons from the hops continue to be featured, but everything works together so well that you don’t think “oh, a lemon beer.” Aside from the lemon, there’s a certain earthiness and grassiness, as well as traditional Belgian spice. It all works exceptionally well together.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp, with relatively high carbonation. Again, it just works.

Drinkability: Quite high; I’d characterize it as sessionable but the ABV is just a tad high for that. Still, this is going to become a part of my regular rotation. Just exceptional.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow ochre with huge off white head with amazing retention, leaving some thick patches of lace. The head is meringue like in texture and likes to form mountains and craters.

Aroma: Yeasty, rich lemon pie and zest, some lemongrass.

Taste: Yeasty, rich lemon pie and zest, some lemongrass. Hints of orange and sweet grapefruit. Some pepper. Very prickly but refined hop behaviour. A little tartness balances the modest sweetness. Abv well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderately dry. That prickly hop sensation is very enjoyable. Very crisp and refreshing from the champagne yeast.

Drinkability: A very nice beer that showcases the unusual flavours of the sorachi ace hop. Worth buying a second bottle to age.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

400th review. 750ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Effervescent and slightly hazy pale golden coloration. Huge bubbly head displayed some good staying power.

S - Quite hoppy, smells like a fresh IPA. Yeast and lemon notes are also present, but are easily dominated.

T - Perfume on the tongue, and a little like champagne, but that could be psychological knowing which yeast is used. Pepper and lemon peel make up the profile, with a floral finish.

M - Crisp light body, sharp carbonation that works very well here. Finish is dry.

D - Slightly odd, but overall a fantastic beer. A hybrid of sorts, but simply superb. I've got to get another one of these before they're gone. If you see one, don't hesitate. Well worth the twelve or thirteen dollars.

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass. It pours a beautiful slightly hazy straw color with a thick bright white head that settles into a thin cap.

The smell is lemon citrus with a hint of grass. These is a slight pleasant funk. The taste reminds me of being in a field on a summer morning. There is a light sweetness at the start with a blast of lemon from the hops and some fruitiness. The finish is clean, dry and refreshing. There's a hint of a pepper with pleasant alcohol warmth. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

when on saw this available for growler fills I simply could not pass this up. enjoyed several pours in my brooklyn snifter on 7/9 while I was "on Hiatus."

a - just like the bottled version, it poured a golden yellow with champagne-like carbonation and a thick 3 finger frothy head with super sticky lacing.

s - candy and bubblegum. perfect for the summer weather. crisp and vibrant with some peppery fruit.

t - saison maximus. one if the better ones out there. great soft white pepper fruitiness. candy and bubblegum.

m - Silky and smooth with an undeniable zest.

d - Fantastic. One of my fav saisons. glad they made it year round and delighted to get this in growler. a true masterpiece and a must try for any fan of beer.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of Gwynn400
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 bottle into pint glasses. Initially, tons of white frothy head, a good couple of inches. The head slowly subsided, leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The beer pours a typical saison color, yellow and opaque. The aromas are banana and citrus. I think I get the very slight smell of the hops, but hard to identify because its a different smelling hops than I am used to.

The first sips are highly carbonated, but excellent. Tastes of citrus are prevalent and tasty. The beer was less bitter than I expected, but the hop flavors are definitely there. This beer is different than any I have had before. I definitely recommend this to anyone.

Bottom line, if you enjoy the saison style and are looking for something a little interesting, this beer fits the bill.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of the best beers i have ever had. no kidding. beautiful packaging cork and cage set up for 27 bucks at harry's seafood restaurant in wilmington, deleware. poured a heady golden a little hazy into a frosted pint glass. smells like a saison, yeasty, grassy, and way way way more hoppy than these usually are. almost ipa-esque in the nose. the flavor is unreal, not nearly the hop bomb promised by the aroma. instead a balanced complexity. i can detect vanilla, cut grass, citrus fruit, and a delicate malt backing band. mouthfeel is perfect, medium bodied, brilliantly carbonated, and smooth as anything. has a sort of richness in the feel that most beers dont have, especially saisons. the bottle mentions a champaigne yeast, which is the first ive heard of it, but it imparts wonderful flavor and feel to this beer. worth the money and was excellent with our massive seafood feast. i will be reccommending this beer to everyone, its absolutely winderful!

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Photo of Mcculler
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Would like to have had more before reviewing, but wanted to review this beer since Im not sure when Ill get to another.

Poured a towering head that quickly receded without all together dissipating. Left huge chunky lacing in the Sam Adams tulip pint glass.

Smelled immediately of flowery, herbal citrus. Especially lemon. Some tropical fruits. Slightly earthy and funky.

Tastes of yeast, herbs, lemon, orange, pear, papaya, mango(?), with an earthy funk that adds a little mystery.

Good mouthfeel - not too thin or thick for the style with moderate carbonation.

This beer is beautifully clear in its expression of complex notes, while at the same time withholding just enough to be a little mysterious. Has a long finish that lingers and unfolds on the palate. I imagine this would be great with food, but was equally great by itself with some company. I especially love Saisons these days - but with that caveat, I feel I can say this was one of the best beers Ive had. I am in love. Many thanks to Ryan for picking up this bottle and sharing it.

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Photo of Hopportunistic
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loving the Sorachi Ace hop right now. And loving the way Brooklyn showcases said hop in this delicious saison. Pours a vibrant orange-tinted golden hue, nice large head atop. The aromas pouring out of this beer are pretty unreal... Deeply layered and complex. Starts of with a heavy dose of mango hops (the sorachi ace is the mango hop in my opinion), deep and fruity, and plenty of classic saison earthyness and dust. Excellent fruity esters from the champagne yeast. Really interesting, and I'm almost getting an umami or ripe cheese overtone here... Crazy. This beer is superb on the palate as well. So much going on. Again hops forward, mango to the max, but in a super floral juicy way, not much bitterness, though remains quite dry. There is a nice fruity aspect to this beer too - great yeast and bottle conditioning in effect. A deepness to it as well, a la Belgian tripel or something. Rustic. Super soft yet lively mouthfeel, delicious. Could definitely drink this all day long, given a keg and a day off. This beer is clearly paying homage to the great Belgian saisons, but is just another great example of an extremely creative American interpretation. And as such, it becomes something else entirely. Amazing, would drink again.

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Photo of DIM
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This was a slightly cloudy straw colored yellow. It was served to me with a short white cap that faded to moderate lace.

s: Lemon, lemon, and more lemon. By far the lemoniest beer I've ever smelled. In the backround was a little dry, spicy Belgian yeastiness. Overall though, this was absoultely a hop showcase.

t: Here as well; hops first, saison a distant second. The fresh, lemony but not bitter sorachi ace hop took center stage and it is fantastic. The peppery Belgian yeast was barely noticeable. I'm not sure I could have identified this as a saison if I didn't know what it was going in. This is a beer for hopheads, no doubt.

m: Crisply carbonated and refreshing. Slightly dry at the finish.

d: I tried this at the Drafting Room and they had several beers I wanted to try. I couldn't pull myself away from this though. As a saison, this is an interesting experiment. As a hop showcase, this is a clear winner. I can't recommend this strongly enough.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a smart-looking bomber bottle into a wine goblet
Cloudy, orange-gold, with a big fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Fruity, lemony, some subtle funkiness
Taste-Very crisp, lemon essence, coriander notes, snappy earthy hop notes, peppery. Very flavorful and refreshing, bright and zesty. Delightfully complex yet "gulp-able" in its drinkability. An instant classic. Top shelf all the way. Truly "sunshine in a glass". Get some!!

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.