Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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2,358 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,358
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 212
Gots: 485 | FT: 12
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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 IronDjinn
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 750 ml brown magnum, caged and corked. Pours out a cloudy yet very bright deep straw/light apricot hue, massive tight rocky white head with excellent retention.

Wow, incredibly clean and straight-forward aroma for this style--crisp clean lemon zest, mandarin and tangerine, even some dry lime, dry grains and some dry spicy and grassy hops. Dry, clean yeast becomes apparent as it warms.

The flavour is incredibly clean for the style as well, another wow. I'm not giving it a full 5 in this category because it's still lacking at least a hint of funk or sharpness (making it seem more like a Tripel or Strong Pale), but the clean balance otherwise must be commended. Clean grainy wheat up front blended with lemon zest, light citrus fruits throughout the middle along with mild spice, light leafy and dry spicy hops on the finish. Nice dry aftertaste of hops, yeast and citrus lingers briefly.

Medium-light mouthfeel, slippery slick texture, with moderate carbonation.

This stuff is awesome. Saison or personal interpretation of a Saison this is a total winner for me, worth every penny (as expensive as it is), and sadly for my wallet I'm going back for more to stock up. This is the bottle I'm bring to every dinner party I attend while it's still available, and it's now my go-to for New Years as well. An all around enjoyable beer that needs to be experienced, and very accessible for those not familiar with the style.

Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this courtesy of a generous BA (millah- thanks man!) Poured into Darkness goblet.

A: pours a translucent hazy yellow/ orange. Dense white head with considerable lacing and good retention.

S: the front features some funky farmhouse notes along with notes of grass and a huge lemon character. The citrus melds nicely with the funky saison character.

T: the front of the palate features some fruity sweetness, cereal grains, followed by big notes of lemon zest, slightly tart. The Sorachi Ace lends a very unique hop profile which works well with the style.

MF: thin body, high carbonation, effervescent

D: this is a nice refreshing Saison, it almost reminds me of a Berliner Weisse with it's acidity and refreshing qualities. Very nice.

Photo of tapman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for a Sorachi Ace focused brew since I bought a bunch of them not too long ago. I've been afraid of brewing without knowing what they taste like, that is, until now...

Pale yellow the color of, dare I say, a miller lite and perhaps even a bit paler if that is possible. Not uncommon for the style, however, and also not uncommon is the whirlwind of carbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass. Big head on this one of whispy white foam. Now that I look at it in the light I get embellishments of orange in the color.

Spicy aroma with hints of lemon zest, Lysol, some fresh citrus and some pale malt aroma. Yeast seems pretty neutral for a Belgian strain, though this is a Saison strain so I could see that as super clean. No discernibly pungent esters or phenols.

Tastes like it smells. It tastes like cleaning products smell ( I wouldn't know if they taste the same and I hope neither do you!) and while I could get tired of it, I don't find it altogether unpleasant. A little mellowness, like a mild vanilla, accompanies the lemon-like soapy flavor.

Light and bubbly like most saisons I've had with a little dryness in the finish.

Tastes kinda like hobo sparkling lemonade, the kind you make in restaurants when you ask for lemon wedges and plain soda water and make the best of them. An interesting hop, this Sorachi Ace, and balanced against one of the Cs or equally bright hop, especially Amarillo, I could see this hop catching on quickly.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Brickskeller. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw lemon color with some haze. Good white head. Nose is lemon, grass, and a bit of earth. The taste brings out lemon, grass, some herbs, and a hint of earth. Bitter and dry. Drinks well.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold color with haze. White head forms up quickly and has great retention and lacing in my Brooklyn tulip.

Aroma is of wet leaves and hops with a touch of saison yeast fruitiness. The hops add a grass, basil, and lemon grass character. I'm not getting a ton of lemon or lemon cleaner aromas as suggested, but that may be because of the age.

Up front on the palate is a crackery malt flavor that shifts into a snappy, dry finish of hops and peppery yeast. There is a great hop flavor all the way through, with grass, leaf, and spice notes. Mouthfeel is light, bubbly and refreshing. I could easily go for more of this. I wish the price was a little lower, but if they make another fresh batch of this, I'll probably splurge.

Photo of kjyost
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in July in Niagara Falls, NY.

Pours slightly cloudy, pale straw yellow. Nice white head that retains, though only laces lightly. Lots of spice on the nose though accompanied by an off-putting aroma of vegetal that is quite clearly cauliflower. This is not what I'm looking for in a beer. A bit of faux-lemon in the crisp and dry body of the beer. Once again it isn't sitting well for me for what I want in a beer. The body though does have a nice black pepper taste to it... Dry and perfect mouthfeel with crisp carbonation, though the oddity of the aroma and taste knock this one right down...

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a voluminous, four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head has a ton of staying power, lots of lacing is left on the sides of my glass and the head forms a variegated, interesting surface as it slowly subsides. The beer is a hazy, straw / light gold hue that shows flashes of bright yellow when held up to the light. The aroma smells strongly of the hop influence; bright fruit notes of juicy-fruit gum, huge notes of freshly zested lemon peel, lemon pepper, a touch of basil and more of a herbaceous grassy note towards the finish serve as the initial focus. Dried hay and pale cracker like malt character serves as a very subtle backdrop to the hop character up front and becomes a touch more noticeable once you really start to spend a focused session of smelling the beer; the malt can never shake the hop character though and even in the finish is a bright citrus note that makes me think of lemon scented furniture cleaner. While the beer seems dry compared to an IPA, I can't really pinpoint any interesting yeast contributed aromatics in this beer; the nose is nice but I feel like I am missing out on some rustic yeast influence.

This is effervescent to say the least, the beer foams up quite well as it crosses the tongue, though it is not too highly carbonated. The beer feels very dry on the palate, though some of the fruity citrus notes contribute a perception of sweetness even if the malt character is quite dry. Cracker like grain notes and a touch of dried straw are joined by a malt roundness in the middle that is almost sweetness, but really just a malt fullness to the palate that keeps this from being overly thin. This has a very firm bitterness to it from the beginning of each sip (much of this is influenced by the peppery carbonation) and this remains through to the finish all the while being accentuated by the carbonic bite. The juicy hop character contributes notes of Meyer lemon, lightly sweetened lemon zest, a touch of floral tropical fruit character and some menthol notes that numb the tongue a bit. After shaking / swirling the beer to expel some of the carbonation the beer gets softer, with more of a fullness to the body (though still light and quaffable) and my first sip has me noticing some warming alcohol (though this seems to dissipate quickly). The hop character definitely has a certain furniture cleaner quality to it, while I wouldn't characterize it as bad; it might get to be a little much for me if I was drinking this over a long session. Perhaps some rustic phenolic character from the yeast helps to accentuate this character; in fact, after further reflection, I think that some clove and other phenolic notes from the yeast do in fact accentuate this character here. As the beer warms it picks up a touch of a medicinal character in the finish as well as getting spicy with peppery notes, a touch of spicy ginger and even a something a bit like a sage-like note 9this last being influenced by both the hops and the yeast character).

A nice hop focused Saison, which with time will likely become more noticeably fermentation driven; this is more due to the hop character fading, than the yeast character actually becoming greater over time though. I admit that I like this beer so much because I am a sucker for hoppy Saisons; in all honesty this could certainly use a touch more of a characterful yeast / fermentation influence, even though this is certainly in evidence here.

Photo of paulozanello
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 ml bottle that I got directly from my visit to the brewery back in july 2010. It cost only 10 bucks which is fair to say that is a reasonable price compared to what you see in liquor stores here in the DC area.

This beer pours a gorgeous hazy dark yellow color with a fluffy white head that persists well during the drinking process. You can see the tiny bubbles coming out of the glass and it reminds me a lot of champagne.

The smell is pretty strong and it starts heavily with lemon/orange citrus notes from the Sorachi Ace hops. I also get a spicy/fruity character from the yeast.

Flavor starts out kinda sweet and malty but it soon becomes very citrussy again with lemon/orange predominance. Spicy notes come in in the end. Not much bitter aftertaste going on.

The body is medium to light, with a dry finish and extremely high carbonation making this a highly drinkable saison.

This beer reminded me a little bit of the Deus Brutt the Flandres, one of the most famous Champenoise beers, and that is a good thing.
Since the Saison / Farmhouse ale style is so open to interpretation I think Garret Oliver and the folks at Brooklyn did an amazing job here.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mjn5036 for hooking me up with this one. It wasn't on my wants list but I really thought it was.

Looks like opaque guava nectar in the glass. A good sizable white head recedes to a full cap that never disappears. Spotty lacing looks pretty good.

Smells very hoppy for a saison. Sweet tropical fruits and lemon zest make this a unique one for sure.

Very low on the funk factor, this bad boy is high on the grapefruit. Low malts make this crisp and refreshing.

Low soft carbonation, thin body, and clean finish are all great!

I would definitely drink this one again. Its not typical of the style, but highly enjoyable none the less. Highly recommended.

Photo of megahurts4
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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 geryeb624
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into my DFH signature glass.

A- Cloudy golden with a massive 3-4 finger white head with really nice lacing and retention.

S- Bright, grassy hops with some spicy Belgian yeast in the back. Some nice citrus notes as well.

T- Nice citrusy hops up front with some buttery slickness. These Sorachi Ace hops are interesting, very grassy with some nice citrus.

M/D- Creamy and smooth. This stuff goes down nice and easy.

An interesting saison that that has the hoppiness of an IPA. The buttery character seems out of place, but overall nicely put together.

Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one recently at Flying Saucer poured from the 750mL corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice frothy off white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of lemon zest and Belgian spice. The taste is a nice blend of biscuity sweet malts, lemon and citrus hops and a nice amount of Belgian spices. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I would love to have again.

Photo of Brent
2.91/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A saison using a specific, Japanese developed hops - I wanted very much to like this beer if only for the innovation. But, I just couldn't. The hops varietal had, to my perception, a very off character, a bit funky but not in a good way. The mouthfeel was also a bit light and fizzy, and not a good fit with the hops burden the beer was attempting to bear. Not for me, and I gotta' call 'em like I see them.

Photo of bruachan
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

opulent, persistent merengue head. pale amber with sharp copper highlights. this head is epic (and that's the proper use of epic; not the bastardized synonym for "awesome" thrown around by the hipsters)

lemony aroma as promised, yes. but also kinda solventy: smells like lemon-scent windex

...and tastes like i would expect lemon-scent windex to taste. well...not really, but you get the idea (actually not even close, but you still get the idea). i will say that it dovetails stupendously with saison yeast. cardamom, coriander and perhaps some clove

big for a saison

my girlfriend is a big fan

Photo of hwwty4
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to funkybuddha for this one.

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my go to Saison glass, my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a crystal clear golden hay with a massive eruption of 5 inch, frothy white head that leaves some sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is zesty lemon, fresh cut grass, and salt-less, Saltine crackers. Oddly enough, I detect just a little blue cheese. The flavor is simply and refined. Bright lemon zest, just a slight tangerine, grass and pale German malts. This beer is really simple and straightforward but very elegant in its simplicity. The mouthfeel is just about perfect. Dry enough that it leaves the mouth lingering for another sip but full enough that it coats your mouth in dry grass and lemon. Brooklyn makes great beer and this is no exception.

Photo of BeerZack
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden blonde color with a touch of haze and nice fluffy head that sticks a bit in little clumps.
Hoppy and yeasty aromas. Lemony citrus twang with some astringent bitter grassy smell and spicy phenolics.
Sweet and lemony citrus on the front with a weird almost aspiriny mid leading to a spicy and alcoholic finish.
Feels a little sharp on the palate, but not wholly unpleasant. Overall this beer kinda reminds me of one of those nefarious "Belgian IPAs" made with American hops. Pretty drinkable due to crisp light body and spicy hop finish. Not exactly what I'd call beautiful.

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle from Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, MD.

A: The saison pours with an effervescent champaign-like bubbling. A white head, densely compact, recedes at a moderate pace with no lacing. Underneath, the saison has a pale lemony yellow color that could be described as sickly.

S: Fresh lemongrass, citrusy with a strong aroma. The sorachi ace knows its job and does it well, creating a lush environment that mixes well with the saison's peppery freshness. A really nice beer to sniff.

T: The lemongrass aspect of the sorachi ace is powerful, almost on par with Bullfrog's Thai PA and OBBS's Lemongrass Wheat. The citrus has a tang, a stronger lemony flavor that transcends the grassiness. Underneath the formidable hop presence, the saison doesn't shy away from coriander and musty flavors. But it all comes back to the hops, they are stunning even with a few months under their belt. Any fade has lessened the lemon and upped the lemongrass quotient. A stunning saison any way you look at it.

M: The saison is tangy, a lemony wonderland of flavors. And the pale. bready malts that come through near the finish, very nice.

D: I wish that I had squirreled away another bottle or two. I was floored by this beer at BCTC 2009 and out the bottle it is nearly as majestic.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a big fan of Brooklyn Brewery, but having moved out of the regular distribution area, I am eagerly anticipating Sorachi Ace, Brooklyn's addition to its line of Belgian inspired brews.

The beer pours with a big bubbly head, white and rocky. The golden liquid below is golden and relatively clear. The aroma is an interesting mixture of an earth yeasty saison with a citrusy hop. The mixture works well and invites the imbiber in.

Feels like a saison on the palate: carbonated and fairly light. Cracker from the pale malt starts the flavor. Some pear notes mingle through the center. As the beer warms the earthiness of the Belgium base becomes evident providing some heft of flavor through the center. The beer finishes with a touch of lemon and a big dose of bitter hops.

This concoction leaves the palate dry from front to back. The combination of a saison with sorachi hops is a winner. This is a creative brew from Garrett and gang.

Photo of TommyW
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear, dull-gold body with a white head that clings a bit.

S- Smell is a nice blend of Belgian yeast aromas (fruity and a bit medicinal) along with lemony hops.

T- A nice mix of fruity flavors with a touch of Belgian yeast funkiness; this blends into a lemongrass flavor and hop bitterness. The bitterness doesn't linger too long, but the lemongrass flavor really does.

M- Medium body with a crisp-to-medium carbonation.

D- A nice use of these rare hops; the lemongrass really comes out nicely and stands-up to the Belgian yeast flavors.

Photo of popery
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These Sorachi Ace hops are quite odd. The underlying saison seems well-made, but I'm on the fence about this hop strain and the hops are rather strong. The beer is a pale yellow with a foamy white head. Good looking, but that's not really atypical of the style. The aroma is a bright splash of lemongrass/grass/herbal hops. It's sweet-tart citric with some fruity peppercorns, as well. The yeast aroma is muted but nice. The grain seems good and fresh, but it's overpowered by the hops. The taste starts bright and sweet but ends quite dry and with a tartly bitter hop bite. It's oddly soapy, like a lemongrass hand soap, and I sort of enjoy it. Mouthfeel is full but light - interesting use of champagne yeast for bottling. Definitely easy to drink for the abv. It's a very good beer that I fear I'm rating a bit low, but saison is a strong style.

Photo of simpliciter
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is such a shame this beer is a limited edition brew. Mainly because this is the perfect accompaniment to Asian food. The Sorachi Ace hop has a lot of lemongrass tastes. This one tastes more like lemongrass as it warms.

It is also quite dry.

If Brooklyn doesn't make this again, I hope someone else fills the gap.

Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: piraat goblet, bright golden in color with just a light curtain of haze, holding a fluffy, bone-white head with great retention and some light lace

s: the hops really jump out of this one - somewhere between lemon zest and lemon-lime, light apricot, nicely clean pils malt base, herbal and grassy, some subtle spice contributions from the yeast - white pepper, mild coriander

m: highly carbonated but not overdone - champagne yeast at work, light in body but not thin

t: clean pils malt body with a grassy, lemon-lime hop flavor, pit-fruits, herbal flowers, yeast, very crisp and dry with a mild bitterness, lemon zest, pretty tasty

d: no problems here, an easily drinkable saison if of a somewhat elevated abv

750 from WF, Georgetown a few months back

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked wine bottle with a classy Ace of Diamonds label. Poured into an ovesized wine glass and shared with friends.

Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a bubbly white head. This is one of those beers that has a head built of tiny tightly packed bubbles that slowly pop away.

Has a lemony tart/sour smell, with notes of wet grass, straw and herb.

Taste is lemony, with barley malt, and definite herbiness - corriander and thyme - coupled with some spice; pepper? This beer is crisp, but active as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, medium.

Very drinkable, best when cooler, warmth did not do this one any favors.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,358 ratings.