Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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629 Reviews
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Reviews: 629
Hads: 2,412
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 210
Gots: 505 | FT: 11
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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 yeahnatenelson
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (758 characters)

Photo of HosP
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to erikkoppin for hooking me up on a trade!

A- Poured hazy, yellow. Large fluffy head that left lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of lemony, citrus up front. Some spice towards the end. Very inviting beer from the nose.

T- Citrus taste at the front of the drink. Some spice and tartness towards the end. Lots of flavors in the middle do seem to make it complex. Flavors are very balanced and make you want to keep drinking trying to figure them all out.

M- Lighter body with good carbonation. Some bitterness towards the end with a little dry finish.

D- Very tasty beer. I could have easily drank another one, maybe two tonight. Every drink made me want another. Very solid beer, wouldn't hesitate to buy another if I saw one. (750 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw hazy yellow with a thick white head

S - Lemongrass with black pepper, fruity, grainy, herbal, tart apple, pear. Slightly vinous.

T - Lemongrass and lemon rinds, spicy pepper, slightly sweet but with a good dose of hop bitterness also. Soft cookie like malt with a rough herbal finish.

M - Very light with high carbonation. Dry, chalky finish.

D - Complex and refreshing. A bit messy in the taste. (410 characters)

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

A: This poured a somewhat hazy straw with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like strong citrus and pine with sour yeast, and a little apricot and spices such as coriander.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and lemon zest and dry apricot, with some pine and coriander and sour yeast. The aftertaste was dry and tart.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation.
D: This had a bright and crisp taste with nice smooth body. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. It seemed like an IPA blended with a saison, which to me is an improvement over a standard saison. Quality brew! (582 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Elegantly packaged 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle.

It pours an elegant clear yellow/gold with a billowing bright white head. It looks clean for the style, but it does look magnificent.

The smell is a bouquet of springy fruit flavors. The hops give a huge lemony scent off to go along with the peachy, apricoty, spicy saison yeast. It has a touch of sugar in there too, smells like a summer breeze.

This one has such a fruity flavor. Apricot, orange, lemon, maybe some melon, it is pure light fruity goodness. The malts here are also dynamite, they accent the yeast to perfection. There is a subtle bitterness but not overpowering that make sit even more of a refresher. With more tastes I'm getting some candied mango int eh flavor. The yeasty spice complements the fruit flavors, especially the peach exceptionally.

They did this one right. It seems like American craft brewers have learned to perfect the Saison, I was enthralled by Sofie, this one takes my enthrallment to a whole new level. (1,006 characters)

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

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. (1,690 characters)

Photo of begforme4484
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fun to pop the cork.. pop!

Pours a very light yellow, somewhat hazy with a lot of carbonation coming up the glass. A lot of foamy white head for a crown.

Smells light. Has a disctinct lemon zesty smell to it. A little spicy also.

Tastes citrusy and slightly bitter. Very slight malt notes. But a very clean taste.

Plenty of carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability? I don't think I'll drink much more than this bottle. (419 characters)

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with a rocking white head. Ample retention about a finger thick of head well after the pour.

Greets the nose with lots of spice and citrus. Definitely more lemony than most saisons but not quite as sweet.

The obvious lemon in the nose seems to be a bit hidden by other flavors on the palate. Up front the malts and hop bitterness are reminiscent of some pilsners. Slowly, some spice notes come through and give it a more familiar flavor.

Really dry and crisp mouthfeel with a pretty light body. Overall a quite enjoyable and unique saison. (613 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A mammoth light and creamy pure white head comprised of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Mildly hazed bright and vibrant golden orange color... Very sparse and very sluggish carbonation...

S - No shocker that the lemon scent is predominant, but I am very pleasantly surprised that it in perfect proportion and strength... My largest feat is that this would either be too solventy or to faux sweet... Also present is a lively yeast, fresh cut grass, and some notes of wheat... Very pleasing to the nose...

T - Again, the lemon dominates but isn't as pure... The lemon component runs the gammet starting pure, then turning sweet first before later turning solvently and finely finishing pure again... Slightly soapy... Slightly yeasty... With distinctive kick of Sorachi Ace hops... Interest and complex...

M - Medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... Lively... Fresh... Slightly lush... Crisp... Refreshing...

D - A very interesting offering and great example of the Sorachi Ace hop... Not sure this is something I would drink on a regular basis, but it was easy enough to work through and I would gladly welcome again in the future... (1,155 characters)

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

A: A pale lemon pour produced a monstrous flat white head that was rocky, incredibly retaining (6+ min) and left a ton of intricate foamy lacing. Visible effervesce was light to medium with several steady streams of closely knitted bubbles rising lazily to the surface.

S: The sorachi hops are pleasantly aromatic of freshly sliced lemons with some grapefruit juice highlights of medium strength. On the trail was some flowery grapefruit and a bit of tart oranges.

T: Spicy citric oranges and fresh wet lemon-lime flavors gets things off to a good start. Crisp, with a bit of fresh greenery and herbaceous notes along with spicy pine and lemon peels really work well together to deliver a smooth tartness of citrus on the finish. I like the addition of sorachi hops, but somehow have trouble associating this as a farmhouse/saison, missing was a bit of farmhouse funk and tart fruintess I've come to expect. The sorachi definitely brings a spicy zing to the flavor but perhaps takes away from some of the other subtle farmhouse qualities. Overall was spicy with a distinct dry hopping ending with a bit of grassiness on the fade.

M: Medium bodied, exceptionally smooth with a light reference to effervesce. Spicy citric with a light alcohol presence gently warms upon the swallow.

D: A good dry citric summertime quencher, though as previously mentioned maybe not as much as a farmhouse/saison as I would like. Light and easy enough to manage with just the right amount of citric bitterness. Hardly feels like a 7.6%. (1,525 characters)

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

Mandarin orange color with a fluffy four finger head from a pour into a mikasa tulip. Smell has a definite lemongrass/lemon lime presence with some yeast showing through. Taste is very peppery and spicy with a cilantro/parsley presence lemon rind and lemongrass are present as well, interesting stuff. Mouthfeel is slightly viscous and very dry at the end. I'm fine with one bottle at a time and there are far more saisons i'd rather have, but it was worth a try. (463 characters)

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

750mL bottle - $12.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, pale yellow body with a large, rising, airy white head.

Smell: A delightfully spirited nose, replete with vivid notes of Meyer lemons, budding Springtime flowers, lychee fruit, fresh basil, pilsner malts, and lighter hints of alcohol and a background funkiness.

Taste: Pils malts with a little tanginess and a soft, honeyed sweetness washed down with a gulp of white wine. Hint of biscuit dough. Vibrant florals. Distinct taste of fresh lemon juice. In amongst the stronger tastes is just a faint hint of funk. Moist garden-grown herbs seasoned with white pepper and cracked cloves, with more emphasis on the pepper. Medium-light bitterness. A veritable round table of all the various tastes on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: An eminently quaffable, soundly complex saison, with, thankfully, not a drop more alcohol than is needed. I really enjoyed this one, Brooklyn. (1,011 characters)

Photo of kels
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,281 characters)

Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale Golden, head resides to thin, but consistent film throughout tasting.

S - Grassy, Herbal Spicy, a little the cousin, mild citrus, some pepper

T - Herbal, spicy, very little malt character, grassy again...

M - good weight balanced nicely by high carbonation, very low tannins maybe (something building on my palate

D - Very! Grassy/herbal notes may cause some fatigue after extended consumption, but residual sweetness and mouthfeel make this exteremely palatable (475 characters)

Photo of thekanna
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe; it was labeled Brooklyn "Brewmaster's Reserve" on their menu.

A: Served in a Belgian beer barleywine goblet. Hazy straw yellow, a bit reminiscent of the color of a good witbier. This was capped off with a thin white head around the rim.

S: Pear and lemon zest, a bit of funkiness; some horse blanket, grass, and medicinal aromas also.

T: Medicinal herbs, pear, lemon, generic citrus zest, slight earthiness, and some horse stall funk. Ended in a slightly bitter, herbal medicine-type hop flavor. Medicinal taste with horse blanket was a bit off-putting.

M: Medium-bodied and juicy with ample effervescent carbonation.

D: Definitely a unique taste, but I think I'm good with having it just once. (751 characters)

Photo of Mcculler
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (1,054 characters)

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

A beer haiku for you:

"Not Brooklyn's top ale;
Worthwhile trial, just not the best.
'Lemon', 'champagne': nyet!"

Brooklyn is one of America's premier brewers, with many great offerings and nothing too "funky" or "trendy", like some other brewers of renown. This particular ale, while not uncomfortably unique, piqued my interest with marketing lingo but turned out to be good but not great [nor up to their standards]. A little pricey for the quality consumed. As my rating suggests: good, not great.

Cheers! (513 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of ToddT
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy pale golden yellow with ample carbonation in the large off white head. Head is sticky and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Strong citrus and lemon character in the nose, very forward. Some hints of barnyard funk in the background, along with pepper, spice, and some alcohol heat.

T- Lemon and pepper flavors very forward at first. A bit of funk appears, well done not overly funky or sour, to balance things out and leads to a crisp, clean, and dry finish. Slight note of hop bitterness at the finish along with a slightly tart aftertaste, leaves you wanting just one more sip.

M- Creamy and smooth almost buttery, well carbonated but not overdone here either.

D- Very drinkable and accessible for the style. The 7.6% ABV is well hidden only a slight note in the nose.

Great beer, if you run across this buy it and enjoy it. (843 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,488 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the champagne bottle (great label) into a Duvel glass.

Pours a distinctive yellow with tons of immense creamy white foam. Very active, mere movement triggers bubbles. Little lacing.

Chaly lemony smell. Different, yet hard to pin down. (My aha! moment is after I read the label about lemongrass)

Peppery taste, with a unique tangy hop bitterness, not something I have come across before - presume is the ace hop. Lemon citrus certainly in the there.

A fairly complex beer, an interesting drink. Tasty. I split the bottle over two nights with an airtight seal and it held up well. A good drinker, but the flavors tired my mouth a bit. (649 characters)

Photo of Gwynn400
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip-shaped glass. Golden with lots of haze. Plenty of bleached white head is produced due to lots of carbonation. It eventually subsides into intermittent lace. Aroma is predominantly bananas, with a hint of cloves and mustiness. Carbonation bite up front. Noticeable acidity in the middle reminiscent of a citrus twang. Very pleasing light finish that leans towards the dry side. To date, I have had nothing quite like this. Contrary to the description found under Saisons, I found it to be on the delicate side with little bitterness. The spicy/fruity Belgian yeast characteristics are noticeable in the aroma, but not as much in the taste taste, which was very light bodied and acidic. A must try. (735 characters)

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.