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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 2,485
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 220
Gots: 544 | FT: 10
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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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange body with two finger head that left foamy lace. Has that typical barnyard funky and slightly sour aroma with touches of yeast and cracker like dryness and the sorachi hop comes through like lemon citric spice. Cracker like crispness and hop sharpness give beer a citrusy, spicy, bubbly bite yet the funkiness and yeast balance this beer so it's not overly sharp or sour, and in fact beer is only mildly funky/sour and there is an addition of notes of tropical fruit like sweetness.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a peculiar style of beer - so much so, that I'm not even sure how to rate it or what flavors I'm even picking up. The nose has a wheaty, ricey, yeasty quality to it - not quite sweet, but almost savory like sushi, and only a hint of pear. I can tell that this is Japanese stuff as it would go fantastically with sushi/sashimi or any other delicate fish or rice dishes.
The taste is very gentle and the body is nice and crisp, including a thin but firm head that just won't quit. I'm new to this particular hop, and even compared to other yeasty farmhouse/saison beers, this one is unique, but it doesn't take much getting used to and even as I drink it, it begins to taste better and better. I'm not getting any of the lemongrass or champagne flavor advertised, but that's fine with me, as I don't like lemongrass and any similarity to champagne would only mean a dryer beer and this one is dynamic and fine as it is. Only a bit of funk, but mostly smooth and unoffensive, this is a beer that could be drunk any day, and yet retains the sophistication and interest of a unique beer made with a rare (allegedly) yeast.

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Photo of Brewhemoth
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into a Teku glass.

Look: Pours a clear golden straw with a fine 1 finger head that lasts for about a min. or so. Leaves excellent lacing.
Smell: Spicy yeast tones, lemon zest, herbal hops. That characteristic Sorachi Ace smell.
Taste: Mirrors the aroma, with a pepper aftertaste and a lingering lemon flavor. Bitterness is maybe a little on the high end for ths style.
Feel: light medium bodied, well carbonated with a dry finish.

O: Very nice, but unfortunately I am not a huge fan of Sorachi Ace, even though it works well with this style of beer, I prefer a more "classic" approach to Saisons.

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Photo of badgustav
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - translucent, head lingers then laces
Aroma - orange notes, a light sweetness, malt as an undertone
Flavor - outstanding. The Sorachi Ace hops shine through providing a citrus bite over a balanced malt base.
Feel - light-medium body, medium carbonation.

Really enjoy this beer

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Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Opperman's Cork 'n' Ale last Saturday for $9.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured golden with a near perfect white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose has the classic saison grassy herbal nose with hints of lemon.

Taste is classic saison sans the pepper with a nice lemon drop hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very light and smooth.

Overall this is an extremely lovely brew, wish i had access to this as i could do this again!

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Photo of ARoman
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a stemmed tulip. Aromas of lemon and light candy sugar are noted with a supporting pepper hint and undertones of cereal, grass, and coriander. The soft white, sudsy head retains a light surface dust and moderate ring atop a lightly hazy, yellow beer. There's a bit of lace on the glass. The taste is a medium sweet and medium bitter that start to balance as the beverage warms up. The texture is relatively thin with a fizzy carbonation and a medium light body flavored by lemon, grains, and spice in the profile and finishing with a pepper and coriander zip and some honey that eventually turn grassy and grainy with lemon peel. The aftertaste is cereal like with a tart lemon that's lightly astringent turning to pepper and clove with a light honey. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of jhutt
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

Look: A nice creamy orange body coloration, hazy, thick white head with long retention, solid lacing left on glass.

Smell: Immediate well balanced citrus from the ace hops, sweet yeast character is present, a slight hint of alcohol is present as well.

Taste: Bitterness from the hops opens the profile bringing a sour and warm lemon/citrus up front, then followed by the well balanced and smooth malts that linger on the palate, finishing with a bread and slight citrus aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately carbonated, a medium weight on the tongue, smooth movement through swallowing.

Overall: A very well made beer, highly drinkable and something you can always come back to when the weather starts to warm up.

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Photo of Rpm0003
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting saison. Pours very pale yellow with huge frothy foam head. Smells strong of lemon with maybe a hint of pepper. Taste is peculiar. Big hit of lemon upfront, with a very malty/peppery and bitter aftertaste. I don't know that I liked it on my initial sip, but the bitter finish dissipated halfway through my first beer and I enjoyed it more as I drank it. I would drink it again, but I feel there's better saison's out there. Maybe just a bit too bitter for my taste...

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, chilled to approximately 50 degrees and consumed unhurriedly form a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. I have a particular fondness for Saisons and this a good one. On the one hand, I could probably drink ths all night long but, on the other, I can't find anything special about it that causes me to prefer this to others in the category. Would drink again, but would rather have a Saison DuPont, a Goose Island Sophie or (maybe) an Ommegang Hennepin.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Engine, Danville, KY. Smell is farmhouse funk and lemon, grapefruit rind. On the initial sip, lemony hop profiles in a beautiful battle for supremacy. On the mid-palate, grapefruit and kumquat flavors enter, along with a big hit of pepper and a hint of tropical fruit. Finish is dry, with yet more lemon and kumquat rind. SO much better on tap; highly recommended.

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Photo of babaracas
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy gold, thin, fizzy white head; thin ring retained with a few dots of lace down the glass. Smell: grassy and sweetly floral, fruity (apple, unripe pear), dried lemon peel, orange. Taste: candied lemon peel, grassy, sugar cookie, spicy and drying finish. Sorachi Ace is well showcased; otherwise it's a bit sweet and could use a little something else going on. But tasty and high on the croosh scale.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A straw goldenish yellow color with a good amount of carbonation. A lemony/lemongrass, Belgium yeasty funk to the nose. The taste follows with some spritzy lemon citrus notes. Lemongrass, dill, funk, clove, and some lemon peal. Light bodied and super easy drinking for 7.2%.

Haven't really found a saison that blows me away yet.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy golden apricot with a couple fingers of head that settle to a film and leave some lacing Smell: sweet fruity and floral aromas
Taste: Lightly bready sweet with some fruity acidity and floral notes. The initial sweetness fades beautifully into a dry mildy bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat perceptible. I didn't get much funkiness with this saison.
Feel: Light-medium body with decent carbonation, but not the effervescence you get with some of the best saisons

Overall: A great light and dry saison with some decent complexity. The only letdown was that the carbonation was not as explosive as my favorite saisons - this affects both the appearance (head) and the mouthfeel. Overall, however, this is one of the better values among the quality saisons I've tried. I expect many repeat purchases.

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Photo of rjd722
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Town Pour House, pours hazy golden-yellow with minimal head retention. Lemon aroma, really not too intense. Nice lemon-zest/lemongrass notes, strong cloves appearance, very herbal and earthy. The hops come in strong and don't disappoint. Definitely an interesting hop, the sorachi ace, never had anything quite like it!

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Photo of Randomblitz
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just found this at my local and was very surprised! At first I thought it was a Belgian Wit as these hops have a bit of coriander too. Regardless it's a good ale!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner glass at Pacific Rim in Ann Arbor. Bottle, did not see date.

A: pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thin white ring of fizz. Little to no lacing. Modest carbonation visible.

S: Now I know what people mean when they say a beer smells like a "barnyard." There is something funky here; like wet hay and baby goats. Organic and sweet; floral and fruity all at once. Sandalwood? Patchouli? It is something unique and potent, I don't dislike the smell, but I don't know that it's one that I'd want my cologne to smell like.

T: tracks the smell; fruity, sweet, hay, malty, tart, more pronounced apricot, raspberry, maybe even white chocolate? Light maltiness, very clean lightly bitter finish.

M: lighter side of mid weight, surprised at the higher carbonation, but is by no means excessive, just more than I'd expect.

O: Always wanted to try this, so glad I did. Don't know that I'd ever get it again. Perhaps a great beer on its own, a bad choice for dinner.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol - Pours hazy golden with a large foamy white head. Medium carbonation. Nice long lasting lacing. Smell - little citrus fruits, yeasty. Taste - light citrus, hint of hops, malty, yeasty with a crisp dry finish. Very refreshing, drinkable beer for high ABV so watch out.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy, amber color, with a fluffy 2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing present.

S - Very pleasant aroma overall. A mix of cloves and lemongrass most dominantly. An underlying, earthy and herbal taste. Fairly distinct yet pleasantly strong aroma overall.

T - The flavor was pleasant yet overall quite expected. Dominantly a mild lemon/lemongrass-y flavor up-front with a strong presence of cloves and banana. A few spices and herbs feel present yet less distinct. Overall a fairly enjoyable beer with fairly unique characteristics. (Would be better for me aside from the distinction of banana within - not the biggest fan of).

M - Medium - full mouthfeel with the optimal amount of carbonation. Very crisp beer. A mild aftertaste notable yet not unpleasant.

O - An enjoyable overall. A great feel yet the not the greatest distinction in taste for me. For a single was decently impressed.

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Photo of SSS
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy yellow with no head retention.
S-I get a heavy dose of Belgium yeast with very little earthy lemongrass
M-Light body with little bubbles leading the carbonation
T-The bitterness from the hops are smooth, the Belgium influence is tangy and acidic. I don't get much malt character. The Sorachi Hops are layered within the Belgium style of this beer, but I'm afraid the yeast and tang take center stage
O-Unfortunately I am not a fan of Belgium beers and this one is exactly that. I would have loved to taste and smell more of the Sorachi. Try it, but I don't think I will again.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, this beer is a delight to the taste buds. Crisp hops highlight the distinct malt-yeast profile and elevate this beer. Medium to light body with moderate carbonation. This beer could be both savored or consumed rapidly it is so easy on the palate.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 9.4 FLUID OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It pours a pale yellow color and hazy. It has thousands of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to feed the persistent white head that leaves some lacing.

I get some lemon. No funk. No tartness. No pepper. Seems lacking in aromas.

The taste has a little of that dank basement, mildew/mold that I expect out of my saisons. I get the lemon too.

Thin and effervescent mouthfeel

At first I thought this beer was boring and tasteless, but the lemon builds, and it has become a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of pugbutter
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very, very bizarre; while it's in your mouth it's got a cloying, banana Laffy Taffy sort of profile, but one you swallow there's a big kick of black pepper bitterness. The lemonade-yellow color does nothing to dispel the oddness.

It's growing on me.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange color with 1 inch white head that disappears rather quickly.

Aroma is slightly muffled. I get primarily a yeastiness and a slight hay note. Some citrus, mostly lemon.

Taste melds the major flavors of lemon, lemongrass, bitter green tea, mild peach, and a present earthy yeast note. Definitely taste the unique hop flavor. It reminds me of a unsweetened, concentrated green tea mixed in. The finish is very dry with ample carbonation throughout.

The beer is definitely unique and very drinkable. The only downside I see is the overly dry finish. It makes the beer seem uneven and doesn't invite the desire for another sip. The actual flavor though is great and unique! I see this pairing well with a chilled udon noodle salad with sesame, green tea vinaigrette. It gets a 89/100.

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Photo of kenstogie
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good as in very good beer.... lighter and very carbonated you do pick up on a lemony citrusy thing, great for summer. Has some kick forma lighter beer. Hides the abv quite well.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date suggests it's good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a hazy golden straw/light apricot color with about two inches of white head that sticks around for a good bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Quite a bit of visible carbonation where it can easily be seen at the edges.

S: It's got the traditional yeasty banana/orange/clove funk that's to be expected in this style. Nice, bright notes in the aroma, with orange and clove a bit more forward than banana. Just a bit of grape must and some cracker malts underneath it all. Nice nose.

T: Cracker malts at the very front, with a prompt introduction of some serious tartness. The clove notes are present very quickly, along with orange, (subtle) banana, and a bit of a peppery quality. The middle sees the tart continue to build, and there the hop notes begin to surface--predominantly citrus rind. This one seems to get spicier as the flavor develops. The back end has more of the citrus rind and more of the bitter, with some of those lingering spice notes of clover and cracked pepper.

F: Lighter-bodied, this one stills manages to feel substantial due to nice carbonation and creaminess. Creamy, tart, bright, and bitter in turns, this one has a very engaging consistency.

O: I'm not a huge fan of farmhouse ales, but this one is very enjoyable. I really like the flavors it's able to bring forth and still keep balanced, and the smell and feel are also excellent. This one would be fun to pair with a variety of foods, as well. I definitely recommend.

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