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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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654 Reviews
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Reviews: 654
Hads: 2,587
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 22%
Wants: 229
Gots: 614 | 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 jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Holy mother of pearl, I didn't even have to pull the cork out. As soon as i got the wire partially opened the cork FLEW off and hit the ceiling with eruption following. When I finally got to pour it had a huge fluffy head with bubbles and fades quickly leaving a messy lacing. Its semi hazy wheat golden orange color.

N: Nice light hops, fruity with lots of citrus and lemon, some wheat and light malts, a little sweetness. Some effervescence too.

T: Start with some wheat and malts, light sweetness, light spicy hop flavor, some bitterness with a citrus lemony light almost astringent but not quite. some hints of yeast, Belgian like, and bottle conditioning.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation.

F: Finishes lighter with some lingering wheat and light malts, some light pale hops win a little faded astringency with citrus and lemon zest. A slight dryness.

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Photo of BigMike
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely pale yellow with tons of bubbles streaming up the glass. Head is a beautiful white color with the consistancy if beaten eggwhites.

S: Wow. This thing is fragrant. Just like they claim. It's allemon grass and lemon zest. Lots of spice and grassiness.

T: Very spicey and fruity. Lots of lemon grass. The Belgian yeast is nice.

M: Lightbodied. Very refreshing and super easy to drink. Tons of carbonation pulls everything together.

Overall: A very interesting take on the saison. Very fruity and refreshing. The drinkability is tremendous.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the second Brooklyn beer I have had this week. It has been a pretty good week.

This is a very good saison to end the summer on. I like to savor the saisons in the summer, and it is time to finish them out.

In pouring this into the glass I get a lot of airy foam and a lot of fresh grassiness.

The sorochi flavor is very fresh. I get a lot of lightness in each sip. The flavor was very refreshing.

The body was pretty light as well. At 7.8%, you would figure that this beer would be heavier. It feels like a session beer on my tongue. At the end I feel quite a bit "happier" than 22 ounces of session ale.

This is a pretty good saison. I like that it was different than the typical saison.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright golden straw color with white head

Smell - lemongrass, coriander, ginger, lemon

Taste - ginger, coriander, lemongrass, lemon zest

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, citrus/lemongrass upfront, middle is tart/sour/bitter, dry finish

Overall - good saison that is a little bit more sour, tart and bitter than other examples I've had

Price point - $7.99/4 pack 12 oz bottles

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm the third bottle review? Really? Poured into a tulip. I guess this is a new bottle then.

Beer is light yellow and hazy. Forms a big thick head of medium and large bubbles that collapses slowly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks fine for a saison.

Sweet hoppy aroma. Nice esters in there as well. Plays well with the citrus. Like most people I don't have a lot of experience with the Sorachi hop, this is quite the experiment. I'm getting some sweet almost lemony aromas now as well. Very nice aroma overall.

Beer is light in body and quite hoppy. Lots of carbonation in the mouth and it finishes cleanly with no aftertaste. There is a growing bitterness in the back of the mouth. The midpalate flavors are a lot of tropical fruits like papaya and mango. Its relatively subtle. I don't really get saison from this but I'm not sure what I am getting from this. There seems to be a disconnect. It all tastes fine but its not coming together for me. I can't give it a bad review because I like all the parts but I don't put cheese on my Chinese food either. Check it out if you are curious.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very pale yellow in color, the bottle says "sunshine in a glass" and that isnt inaccurate

S - citrus, big citrus, muscat grapes/grapeskins, champagne, yeast, clover/wildflower honey all come to mind

T - champagney dryness, some citrus, some grapeyness, the dry citric acid flavors mix with the sweetness for a faint and not off-putting vinegar flavor

M&D - super dry, very similar mouthfeel to a champagne, this doesnt deter from the drinkability, a superb brew

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Photo of Jimmys
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy pale orange with a plume of orange/white head. retention is good with some average lacing left behind.

S: very unique aroma here, not used to this potent of a lemon scent. the tart lemon interacts with a solid malt/yeast derived breadiness.

T: a hint of cracked black pepper. just a brief tartness, the majority of the lemon flavor is cut by the yeast. the champagne yeast used for the bottle refermentation leaves an obvious flavor.

M: effervescent on a medium body.

D: very refreshing, unique take on a saison. the sorachi is really a great hop for this beer and the bottle refermentation makes for a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden in color with a good amount of carbonation and a 3/4 inch head.

Aroma: Lemon, grapefruit, and other floral scents are obvious even on the cork.

Taste: Tastes like it smells...lemongrass, other fruits, flowery, with a semi-dry finish. A nice easy drinking beer perfect for the spring and summer as is true to the Saison style. I am surprised it is almost 7% because it does not taste strong at all (I would have guessed 4.5 or 5%)

Overall: Brooklyn Brewery has some quality beers and some outstanding beers. This beer falls under the quality section. Nice and refreshing and easy to drink with a crisp lemon-fruitness. The $11.00 price for a 25 ounce beer is a bit much, especially since I can easily name 5 other Saison/Farmhouse Ales that are more worthy (Flying Fish for starters). Cheers!

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DLD.

Pours a brilliant somewhat hazy straw color with a small white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is nice, with sweet malt, barnyard, and lemony and grassy hops.

Flavor is good and interesting. A nice Sorachi Ace hop profile - lemony, grassy, and floral. Pale malt, barnyard, yeast, and spice.

Medium-bodied with a crisp and dry mouthfeel.

A solid beer overall. Wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but it worked well. Very drinkable.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this in a tulip. I was excited to try this one, Pete Brown said he had this with Garrett Oliver's cheese pairing suggestion (goats cheese) and that it was one of the best cheese and beer pairings he had ever had. Needless to say I had to try this with herb covered goats cheese...

A: pale golden, hazy, solid head and lacing

S: hops and vanilla, a little oak

T: Belgian yeast, mild hops, vanilla, butterscotch, apples and spice

M: more akin to sparkling wine and champagne than beer.

D: it's definitely drinkable, in the same way that a nice cold Sapporo or a light lager is on occasion, but it didn't have much in the way of stand out attributes I would expect from Garrett. Certainly not worth the price of admission. Also I found the cheese pairing Pete raved about pretty uninspired and dull.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with a large, white head.
Nose shows lemon custard along with softer dill and spicy hops. Pretty tempting.
More lemon and dill as flavours along with soft bready malt and saison spicy notes.
Carbonation is very high, but it works well.

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Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy, off yellow straw color. Huge head on this, white, fluffy, and delicious looking.

S: Nice belgian yeast right at the front.citrus, specifically lemon, another spice in there that is very nice, though I can't figure out what it is.

T: Nice, mellow and crisp. Lots of lemon with a nice belgian yeast kick. There is something in the finish that I can't quite get, maybe fruit or a carmel. I can't really pick out the hops specifically, unless they are the unknown spice in the background.

M: Thin bodied, fairly highly carbonated. Seems about right for the style.

D: Decent all around, but I can't see buying a lot of this. It seems like a really special bottling, for a fairly average beer.

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Photo of shand
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle (great presentation) into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Dear God, watch when you're pointing this cork when you undo this one! My cork went further than a lot of champagnes I've popped. Pours a hazy gold with tons of visible carbonation. The head is very bubbly. Aroma is sweet and bright, with lots of lemon and a bit of yeast. The taste is very strong on the lemon flavors at first, with a bit of grassy earthiness and a little bit of subtle funk on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and very carbonated, and the drinkability is a little bit difficult, actually. It's possibly just a little too bright to pair with the pepper for drinkability and winds up just tasting a little "hot" after a while. Overall a solid saison though, and would probably be appreciated more by a fan of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spice, light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter bite which seems to be a combination of wild Belgian yeast and a grassy hops presence. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and spices. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty with good complexity, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of memphischas
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn is a new comer to TN. Had this previously on tap at Young Ave. Deli. Reviewing 25 oz. bottle purchased at Midtown Spirits in Nashville.

Poured into my tulip glass with a 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, no significant lacing. This Ace has a hazy golden color with a slight pink hue. Smells like Belgian yeast and lemon. Earthy, grassy taste; I can taste the yeast it has a sour tang to it, peach aftertaste. Strong carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Mellows down as it warms and settles. Good brew, I think I preferred the Ace on-tap. From the bottle B+. On-tap A-

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Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last year at Clarks Ale House in Syracuse and recall it being too sweet; my expectation is that the bottle conditioned version may help in that regard. Let's see.

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a nice two inches of white head. Head keeps well, with a full and substantial lace, with some very nice stick on the sides as well.

The nose reveals a definite lemony quality, quite herbal as well. There's a bit of spice and some sweetness that has a buttery quality to it. The herbal/lemon aroma is pretty unique and I like it.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, and I'm glad to see that the sweetness is not as substantial as I remember from the draft version. The lemon and herbal flavors are prominent, and like the smell I do get a buttery sweetness which is interesting. It's like a sweet lemon butter almost; odd, but interesting. Some subtle spicing like the nose as well. Nothing much new that wasn't there. Not super complex but I like the flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium bodied and quite smooth. Not as crisp as many other saisons but it does finish clean, and I like the creaminess. This hop strain seems to have a nice oiliness to it.

This is a nice saison from Brooklyn and I am definitely glad to see that the sweetness which I recall being overpowering on draft has been muted a bit with the bottle conditioning. The flavor of this hop strain is certainly different, but it works well. A nice beer that is worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of sholland119
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gramercy Tavern.

A-Pours a clear gold with generous white head and very good lacing.

S-Crisp lemongrass, some black pepper and Belgian yeast.

T-Following the nose, lots of lemon and black pepper notes. A bit of banana peeks through in the finish.

M-Light bodied and crisp.

D-Very nice and light. A little too much lemon limits the drinkability for me.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow color with a fairly solid white head that clings to the rim.

Lemon, sweet bready malt, and hints of herbal hop are evident in the aroma, which is somewhat subtle. There's a champagne-like finish.

A wine-like fruitiness dominates the flavor initially, slightly tangy, with a lemony finish. Cracker-like slightly sweet malt supports the taste, with a dry, peppery finish cleaning up the flavor.

The body is fairly heavy, with moderately high carbonation and a decidedly dry finish.

An interesting take on a saison, more wine-like than anticipated, and somewhat two-note. I'm not a huge lemon fan, so not really my brew.

Tried this in 14, and I get much more floral and herbal hop character, with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of mentor
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 3 finger lightly yellowed head over a murky dull straw liquid. Smells lemony, salty, pineapple, cinnamon, artificial vanilla, with a dash of ginger.

Tastes very perfumey. Bleached out lemon, effervescent carbonation, leather tannin, cedar wood. Tastes like what organic furniture wax smells like. Very dry beer with a sharp carbonation accompanied by a peppery zip in the finish. Aftertaste has a nutmeg character I'm not fond of and a lingering phenol. Light body and lively carbonation. Overall, not flavors that I like, but I don't like the saison style. The flavors are in line for the style and it's quite dry, also to style.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Month old growler from Bierkraft. The only reason I go there really. The twenty-five percent plus markups on their bottles don't seem to affect their growler pricing thankfully($9.95 for the fill if you already got the glass & the polyseal cap).

Inch of quickly receding beated egg whites. Pretty, table skirt trim lace, with a veil of ethereal scum floating on top. Dusty golden wheat body.

Smell is big on alfalfa(ever have a guinea pig as a pet?) & stiff hop resins. On a smaller scale, baby powder, those wonderful ginger mint hotel soaps you "confiscate" from your little excursions into foreign beer territory, & at the very end, the harsh exhaust of pissy ammonia being it's only big detraction.

Rindy tangerine & bushy greens upfront. Rubbing alcohol harshness brings a lemon, Theraflu-like astringency. Bitterness withers your tongue at first, but wipes cleal & snaps crisp with a little grass that continues on & just barely lingers, opening it up to the dry cracker malt laying in wait. Backend evens out just like a pils should it seems. Touch of apple though. A little time sitting out softens the hops greatly, giving it a pleasant orange juice note, but as a side effect, it turns yeasty as well(it doesn't float everyone's boat).

Mouthfeel is awesome. Very crisp, big/rounded carbonation that just refuses to grate on your tongue. The beer is dry through & through, getting your mouth watering for another sip. The alcohol doesn't hide very well, & is my only complaint.

I got the lemon, & the grass, but not the lemongrass. Not my favorite, but pretty unique. :)

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. There is very active carbonation in this beer; not something I see all the time. I don't get a lot on the nose with this one, just some light honey and cracked pepper. Still, what's there is pretty nice. On the palate, this beer is pretty enjoyable. I get some lemon, orange and honey, all in a very light frame. There's almost a sweet ice tea flavor to this beer, that I quite like. The beer finishes nice and clean on the palate, with the alcohol well disguised.

This beer is very easy to drink, and makes a perfect warm summer's day beer. Quite nice.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

The body sits a pale, hazy orange color with a thin one finger cap. Not a very pretty pour by the bartender. The cap has some good staying power, as it never truly disappears. Some lines of lace strewn about.

The nose is full of wet hay, undercooked bread, black pepper, and lemongrass. Some bubble gum/cotton candy lying underneath. Fairly straightforward saison base with the addition of sorachi ace over top.

Soft bubble gum, undercooked bread, and wet hay roll onto the palate. Soft, lush feel. Lemon grass and lemon peel through the middle with some black pepper. The finish is some cotton candy/bubble gum and lemongrass and a hint of black pepper.

Medium feel, soft, and lush. A little bit of warming pops up late.

This is a pretty decent saison. Some unique character from the sorachi ace hops, but nothing special. Strong flavors, solid representation.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Boulevard tulip.

Some what clear with a haze to it, and a foamy head on top that sticks around. A bit of lacing as the beer is drank down, lively bubbles dance to the top.

Lemon zest and white pepper on the nose at first with an undeniable hoppy character which can be best described as earthy. A touch of coriander and orange peel round out the nose.

Much more earthy and spicy on the tongue with notes of that strange hop earthyness. The hops come out as a bit more herbal on the tongue, similar to wasabi but not as intense. Again, some lemon peel and white pepper as well. And a hint at pale malt sweetness.

Crisp and pillowy soft with a medium body. A little bit of drying.

Nice display of an obscure hop in a style that wouldn't typically use it. Interesting take on the saison style. Glad to try it.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a milky translucent pale golden color with a massive, fluffy rocky white head. Head has excellent retention and spongey sheets of lacing. Aroma is very grassy, earthy, zesty and lemony. Background of some candied sugars and spices, but something just isn't clicking for me with the nose. The flavor is also slightly off, with strong sweet notes from the champagne yeast and pale malts, and contrasting earthy, zesty, grassy hops without much bitterness from the Sorachi Ace. Mouthfeel is medium full, very soft with fine, light carbonation producing the expected clean dry finish. A grainy, yeast flavor also lingers in the finish detracting from my enjoyment of this. The flavors in this don't quite mesh as smoothly as hoped for, pulling down my opinion of this otherwise fine, unique beer.

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Photo of wcintula
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes: I have to admit, in lieu of a tulip, the Sam Adams glass does justice to these nicer beers. Poured from a 750.

A- Pours with a nice, golden, foggy body. A strong three finger billowing uneven head with nice lacing.

S- Lemon, zesty, grassy, hoppy. Strong and pleasant in the nose.

T- Has a bit of bite, attributed to phenols, maybe? The lemon taste is apparent and yeast is noticed as well. Very weak malt profile.

M- High carbonation but not unpleasant. Smooth otherwise, with a slight alcohol feel in the back.

D- Very good beer, but certainly not a sessioner.

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