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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,825 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,825
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 158
Gots: 236 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: rtepiak on 07-29-2009)
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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a one finger head that breaks apart quickly to a surface foam.

Smell: lemon zest, grass, and some soft bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: moderate malt profile with some hearty lemon zest, grass, pepper, a bit of earthiness, hint of yeast, and a mild bitterness make up a very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste lingers for a few minutes.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely quaffable and one could have a few of these without getting bored. One of my new favorites from Brooklyn.

Gavage, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of kels
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Beer pours a great golden yellow, moderately hazy, with light carbonation running throughout. The initial 1 1/2 finger thick fluffy white head fades and retains very well at a soft skim. Lots of lace blankets the sides of the glass.

Smell is pretty subdued. There's a bit of light malt that's dry and almost nutty. There's a bright hop that is clearly unfamiliar to me, and it comes across as a cross between floral and citrusy, very reminiscent of herbal tea.

What a really unique and complex beer. It actually took me much longer to review than usual because the Sorachi Ace hop is nothing like I've ever tasted before. It really has dimensions of other hop profiles I've typically seen as opposing, like the citrus of Centennials with the dankness of Simcoes. It doesn't actually taste like either, but I'm doing my best to describe the contradiction. Okay, so what's in here...lemony tart bitterness, light herbal tea, toasted grains, a little bit of coriander and some white pepper. The yeast gives a nice punchy finish. It is bright and zingy while at the same time possessing this underlying earthy foundation. The alcohol whispers through the backdrop. Really bright carbonation, sweet subtlety, and nice smooth, dry finish.

Drinks all day, very softly, very cleanly.

kels, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw, mild haze, with two fingers of tight lily-white head.

Smell -- bright lemon, cut grass, spring flowers, saison yeastiness, bready malt.

Taste -- Sorachi Ace hops right up front with bright lemon and floral notes, delicate saison yeast notes, under-ripened banana, faint clove, bready malt. Floral hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with mild carbonation. Could use more carbonation, but otherwise good.

Drinkability -- I was waiting for this for quite a while and it exceeded all of my hopes. Not incredibly complex, but the flavors that are present really sing. One of the better saisons I've had in a while. Keep this one in rotation, Brooklyn!

yeahnatenelson, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

750 ml bottle
A - hazy, bubbly gold with a thick foamy head that lasts.
S - citrus hops layered over a lemon with an ever so slight earthy grass background.
T - smooth light malt backbone with strong lemon accents and easy hops throughout.
M - crisply carbonated light to medium body that flows easily and leaves a lingering lemon/hop aftertaste.
D- easily drinkable in a large quantity as the lemon zing cover any alcohol bite.

Beer4Baltimore, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of ausonius
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: Big fluffy, creamy white head. Settles in 5 minutes to thin, light, but persistent head. Little lacing.
Light slightly cloudy yellow-gold.

Aroma: Earthy, slightly herbal, flowery, creamy (Belgian yeast), grainy. Pale malt. Hops are spicy orange, with a minor note of lime & grapefruit.

Taste: Big, full, round, dry, grainy, slightly creamy.
Round earthy hops that finish piney & fine grained.
Hops are not super powerful, but the fine bitterness stays with you almost like tannin in a red wine. Gives it a seemingly very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Big & flavorful. Packed with flavor, in fact, but not at all heavy.

Drinkability: Fairly light on it's feet for a Saison so stuffed with flavor.

Beautiful stuff!

This might be one to age 12 - 30 months to see some interesting things on the palate. Not sure nose would age quite as well.

94 Points

Bravo again, Brooklyn!

Cheers!

ausonius, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Straw yellow in color. Huge head going on here. Great lemony and heavy citrus aroma. Very crisp flavor. Mildly lemon like and very fruity. Touch of sweet malt going on. Long, lingering lemony sweetness in the finish. Great mouthfeel here. Very, very drinkable and enjoyable. I recently used this hop in a homebrew but over did the bittering hops. The lemon/citrus qualities were still very apparent. A bit pricey-damn enjoyable.

lackenhauser, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

On tap at Diamond in Brooklyn

pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger white head that doesn't hang around long. Lacing clings tip the sides of the glass.

Notes of clove and lemon on the nose

first thing I get on the taste is Dill, then lemon grass perhaps some Ginger, pepper (lemon pepper?), light medium bodied. A healthy amount of carbonation, tingled in your mouth. Crisp and refreshing. A wonderful summer beer.

What a great beer. One of the best
things to come out of
Brooklyn brewery in a while.

DaggerEyes, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of claytong
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

appearance - straw color, hazy, medium size white head, good retention and lacing

smell - good minor funk, little barnyard smell, spicy belgian yeast (pepper, banana and minor clove), tad of a musty grain bill

taste - musty grass, belgian spice yeast, enjoying this much more than black ops.

mouthfeel - medium bodied, nice carbonation, very very drinkable (especially while going from ris to ris)

claytong, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Bottle was a bit pricey - I think I paid $14.99 at either Olivers or Westmere Beverage.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip from the 750 ml - caged and corked and a nice presentation (gold foil-type label with maroon accents). Slight gunsmoke after the "pop!" Body is light golden with a 3-finger white head that retains well, fading eventually to a rocky foam. Lots of visible carbonation, as bubbles gusher forth and rise throughout the glass. Some foamy lace sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Somewhat bready, somewhat lemony. Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is pleasant. And clean (if that makes sense). A bit of spice noted as it warms.

T: Interesting. A touch of lemony bitterness is noted right away, but the bitterness is nicely balanced with - or offset by - both a sweetness and a faint bit of drying. There's also a touch of spice in there too - some sort of exotic basil, perhaps? Whatever it is, it adds to the experience rather than make you wonder, "WTF is THAT doing in my beer?" I get a tiny bit of heat from the alcohol in the belly, but it took a few sips (half the glass, actually) for that to appear. Becoming somewhat vinuous as it warms. . . .

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Active, but soft, carbonation.

D: Excellent drinkability. Balanced but light, active-but-subtle carbonation make this one a winner. I wish I had the proper cheese to go with this (not sure what that would be -- someone ask Garrett Oliver -- but I'm pretty sure this would go very well with the right cheese). I have a feeling this would go nicely with a variety of lighter foods - maybe certain Thai, seafood, or even a lighter chicken or pasta dish with a cream sauce.

Kendo, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

on tap 8/22/09 at Ron's Original in Exton

A - pours a hazy golden yellow with 2 inches of white foam that left some decent lacing

S - strong aroma of lemon hits you first with hints of some saison funkiness

T - the lemon dominates in this one and it does it quite well, and was unlike anything else i've had. Definitely worth seeking out

M/D - nice and crisp, refreshing and great tasting. I could have had this one all day. Definitely one i'll seek out again.

mikereaser, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of nerdrocker101
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

750ml poured into a tulip. Not shared. My wife is very sore about the subject so I'll have to pick up another bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy head just short of two fingers. Pepper and lemon sit lightly on the nose. Spices show up more in the taste, mixing in with lemon and just a hint of alcohol. Smooth and fizzy, incredibly easy to drink. This beer really snuck up on me.

This was my first beer made with Sorachi Ace hops and if it's any indication of how others will be, I imagine I'll be wanting to try them to.

nerdrocker101, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of facundoCNB
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

a hazy golden yellow pour with a generous amount of fluffy white head. smells of fresh cut grass, lemons, belgian yeast, basil, oregano. a very mellow saison with a giant blend of herbs and spices. it almost tastes like spaghetti with a garlic sauce that's subtle in flavor. very nice, very refreshing, very different. champagne like light body with great amounts of sticky lacing - perfect for any time of the year. overall, this is a perfect example of what a saison should be. the sorachi ace hop works perfectly with this beer style.

facundoCNB, May 06, 2012
Photo of mark1703
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

I had this beer at the Vermont festival on 7/18. I was well into the festival by the time I came to this beer, so may review may be a bit off. Very aromatic hoppiness. Very floral with fruity notes. A different hop flavor or something. It was very drinkable as I spent a ticket on a second sample. I ordered a sixtel for this weekend, so I plan on getting to know this beer better. Definitely a unique beer.

mark1703, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

750ml corked & caged bottle with all the decadence that accompanies such releases from Brooklyn Brewery.

Pours into a Stella Artois goblet with a hazy goldenrod hue. The towering, two-inch tall cap of custard-creme head recedes slowly to form a thick seal atop the liquid, draping Brussels lace all the while. The nose is Saison heaven: spicy, floral hops leap from the glass, as do succulent notes of tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, and banana from the hops & yeast. Hints of tea leaves and white wine. Malts are sturdy with a backing of cracker and bread dough, but the showcase is that glorious Sorachi Ace hopping.

My oh my, now THIS is interesting. Zesty citrus peel snaps at the front of the tongue with each sip, while a grassy, floral hop bitterness is reserved for the lengthy finish. Yeast adds hints of white pepper and dough. Malts could use a bigger presence, but that's a minor nit-pick of a decadent beer. Mouthfeel is insanely bubbly and almost flutters across the palate in its lightness. Crisp, refreshing, all that AND a bag a' chips! Reminds me of a less wheat-heavy version of Brooklyn's Hopfen-Weisse (one of my favorites). An exceptionally unique take on the Saison style, Brooklyn fails to disappoint. Grab this one while you can...

wagenvolks, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of rhinos00
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Had this on-tap at Fat Head's in North Olmsted. Poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a pale golden yellow. Rather clear. Produced a fingers width of white head, that slowly turned into a ring throughout consumption.

S- Cloves, spices, grassy hops, and lemon. The sorachi ace hops are very noticeable here.

T- Grassy, earthy flavors upfront. Finishes with a little bit of sweetness with lemon accents. Somewhere in between, the presence of spices and cloves come forward. Really liked how the hops transformed this beer.

M- Light to medium bodied, great carbonation.

D- For a saison, I kept wanting to come back for more. Goes down really smooth. Easy drinking.

Overall, never had a beer with sorachi ace before, but I really like how it added a new dimension to what would have been a pretty standard saison. These two are a perfect match IMO.

rhinos00, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of simpliciter
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

A - a very pale gold with a large, wet, white head
S - aroma is light and tangy... perhaps a cross between slighty soured dried fruits and black pepper
T - peppery spice with round malty notes
M - starts clean but rounds out to a full, thick mouthfeel. minimal linger in the finish
D - an excellent beer for a hot day, and a pretty darn good one for a cold day, too!

simpliciter, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of dzni
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

A - Pale golden ale with a nice, frothy head
S - Apricot, ginger, floral on the nose
T - Lemon, ginger, some other fruit - I can't place everything, but there's something very complex and pleasing about this beer.
M - There is slight carbonation, and a pleasing amount of hops. It's light bodied, but there's almost a creamy or syrupy quality about it.
D - This is a hard beer to describe, but there's something very pleasing but complex about this beer. The nose didn't excite me, but the taste does. It's as if everything is in perfect balance. Really a wonderful beer.

dzni, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a large white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is really nice. Lemon grass, lemon zest, spices and yeast make up the nose.

T- The taste has some lemon grass up front with some sweetness, along with some spices and a yeasty finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Soriachi Ace is a winner in my book. It is another solid beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

cjgator3, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention is excellent, with a decent amount of lacing too. Aroma is herbal and spicy hops, and some lemon peel. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's the addition of some grain/bready malt and peppery spice. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with high but soft carbonation. The soft carbonation works great for this brew and makes it smooth and easy to drink. A pretty enjoyable brew overall, Brooklyn has a winner with this one!

bluejacket74, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Straight pour from 750ml C&C bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware). Bottling date of January 24, 2012 printed in black ink in a little square above and to the left of the barcode on the back label (“0242”).

Appearance (4.5): Pretty aggressive head on this beer, rising to 3-4 fingers of bone-white foam composed of very fine bubbles, and fading eventually to a haze on the surface of the body and a wide, sticky ring around the glass at the edges. The body is a perfectly hazy honey-gold, not murky but definitely not clear—perfect body appearance! I’d just like some more lacing, but that’s all I can complain about.

Smell (4.0): Classic saison yeast in the nose: some earthy, hay-like characteristics, a little musty but not in a “funky” way—just lightly earthy and spicy, with the scent of straw. This is pretty aromatic, actually, and there is just a subtle hint of snappy lemon in the nose, like lemonade very light on the sugar.

Taste (4.5): And then there’s the lemon. Bright, snappy, bitter in a citrus-sour kind of way, and slightly grassy—but the distinctly fruity side of lemon comes through here, fruity in the way lemon-flavored icing can be. But there’s a definite citrus pith bitterness to this, too, helping to cut through the (mild) sweetness of the hops and the earthy, slightly spicy malt body. Speaking of which, the malts are downplayed, and rightfully so: biscuity but very light, like fresh white bread, but it’s easily lost in the back-and-forth between the lemony hops and the slightly spicy, earthy yeast note. A bit of coriander and clove, just a bit of white pepper, but mainly subtle and earthy. No alcohol detectable.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Surprisingly understated here, it’s lush and well-carbonated but not prickly at any point—just smooth, foamy, and slightly numbing. Light-bodied but not watery, but the dry finish makes this feel very quenching . . . damn.

Overall (4.5): The more I think about it, the more I realize how well-rounded this beer is. My only personal complaints are that I could always go for more lacing and I’m a fan of moderate, musty funk—this is pretty traditional, in terms of the yeast character. Though, it’s clear they picked a pretty refined strain for this, given the surprisingly nuanced mouthfeel and unique but not overpowering yeast note on the palate. And then the hops. This is a very unique, VERY successful pairing of hops and beer style, and to be honest I’m amazed at how long they’ve held on. Great job, Brooklyn! Now if I could just get this and Local 1 in a slightly smaller package . . . :-)

fmccormi, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of KevSal
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

been looking forward to this guy for a while, thanks poonamibaxter for getting this guy to me.

so the profile says this is brewed once, might of had some time to develop in the bottle, this should be interesting.

750ml into a mini pilsner

firstly this label rocks

a- big pop when i opnened it, looks awesome, huge 3 inch head, hazy yellow hue. big bubbles slowly pop the head down to a thin layer of bubbles.

s- strong citrus hits the nose. slight slight sweetness faitnly in the back as well. lots of lemon.

t- WOw so this is the ace, it packs lots of flavor, differnt than the saisons ive had in the past, must be that unique japanese hop, it taste good. smooth citrus in the front, a bit of bitterness in the end. crispy, slight hoppy finish. yummy

m- very thick for the style, but on the money for me. medium bodied great carbonation.

o- very well done, i am impressed. this guy is a winner. definitly try him out, if its available to you. if you a fan of the style, id say its a must. very flavorful, and complex.

didnt like brooklyn all that much in the past hgowever they really impressed me with this guy, maybe i was wrong about them.

KevSal, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of t420o
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Brooklyn sorachi ace 

Very loud pop when opening 

A- pour produces massive 2-1/2 finger white head that rests atop a straw colored body. Carbonation looks wry active. Head recedes rather quick leaving good lacing 3.5

S- sweet cereal grains, butterscotch, earth tones, light funkiness, banana, clove, rice something else look up a great smellig saison 4.5

T- dry upfront giving way to a beautiful slight funk but mostly an earthy banana, clove, yeasty, tart green apple, slight lemon zest, slight spiceyness  an indescribable taste of slight sweet funk that is fuckin excellent. The sorachi hop taste is great also.  
Finishes dry as well but very nice 4 maybe 4.5 

M- carbonation too bit too active. Much like a champagne. Nice mouthfeel besides 3.5

O- a couple things are lacking on this beer those being appearance and mouthfeel but neither detracted from the taste enough for me not to love this beer. Very drinkable and very complex. I give Brooklyn brewing a lot of props for this one 4.5

A-

t420o, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a pale, translucent golden straw color with a thick 2 fingers of fluffy, whipped cream like head. Tons of lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Green, sweet, spicy, fruity - especially citrusy with oranges and lemons standing out. Nice black pepper, cinnamon. Very good smelling saison - can't wait to take the first sip.

T - Flavor diverges from the aroma a bit. I don't really get any malt in the aroma behind all of the fruity and spicy smells, but in the flavor there is a solid base of breadlike malt. A very crisp hop bitterness which is more up front (and somewhat unique - no doubt due to the Sorachi Ace hops) than the aroma would indicate gives a nice 2nd layer on top of the malt. Over both of these is spiciness and fruitiness that really rounds things out - tons of lemony flavors, some oranges, a bit of tropical fruit. From the aroma, I expected this to be a bit on the sweet side, but this is really pretty dry overall. Classic saison with a bit of a twist.

M - Fairly thin in body, but in no way is this watery. Quite high carbonation level with a bit of a foamy, yet smooth feel. Feels alive on the tongue with flavors exploding on the tongue. Dry, citrusy and very crisp.

D - Very enjoyable saison. Full of character in the aroma and the flavor with a great appearance...who could ask for more? The hoppiness is a bit high for my tastes in a saison, but this is really being nitpicky trying to find something wrong. Definitely a must try for anyone who enjoys this style of beer.

portia99, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

207th review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A very light colored orange with some soft yellow highlights. Three finger amazing pillowy head. A little bit of lacing as drink goes down.

Smell- Soft banana esters with some funk, some lemon(grass) and some nice earthiness.

Taste- A very nice dry saison. Not as upfront with some of the flavors as other saisons but this was quite good. Has an understated balance between the hops and the yeasty earthy tones.

Mouth- An expected champagne like dryness per the bottle. A nice palatable dry feel with a high carb level as bubbles dance across the tastebuds.

Drink- 3 for 3 with Brooklyn and the big champagne size bottles I have had. Local 1 & 2 were both great beers and Sorachi Ace keeps that going.

FosterJM, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Part of b-day bash of saisons.
This is really quite good and unique.
Fresh aroma with sweet and tart citrus esp. lemon.
Pale yellow. Slightly cloudy. Big full white head with great stamina.
Really complex drink. Fruit, vanilla (with an oak quality), touch of sweetness up front, nice herbal flavors (chamomile?). Moderately dry and it grows as it lingers.
Smooth and takes on a creamy quality in time. Higher carbonation levels. Slight heat in the gut.
Overall really enjoyable. Well done and consistent with my experiences with this brewery.

garymuchow, Jun 11, 2013
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.