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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,827
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 157
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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Syr, Oct 24, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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1.49/5  rDev -63.7%

Review for Batch 1 (from notes)

Had this on tap and it was the first batch. Poured hazy goldenrod with short lived white head. Aroma is awful. Weird lemongrass and lemon bitters type of aroma. Earthy, grassy, and more grass with an overcompensation of lemongrass. Spritzy carbonation. Refreshing if you can palate it.

DmanGTR, Apr 29, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -57.4%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.3%

zachpaschal, Apr 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.3%

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2/5  rDev -51.3%

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2/5  rDev -51.3%

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2/5  rDev -51.3%

deldad, Apr 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.3%

cannunzi, May 29, 2013
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2.23/5  rDev -45.7%

Poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Hazed yellow orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and a small amount of lacing is left.

2.0 S: I've never experienced sorachi ace hops before, but I'm pretty sure I hate them. They do have a nice lemongrass component, but that's just the beginning. Super herbal with plastic undertones. It's like a plastic pumpkin or something weird like that. The hops are too distracting for me to see what's underneath.

2.0 T: It tastes like it smells, which is unfortunate. Super herbal with plastic pumpkin strangeness. A bit or earth and hay underneath.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Active, spritzy carbonation with a reasonable creaminess.

2.0 D: Not a fan of this. I'll try a sorachi ace beer one more time and if it's anything like this, I'll write them off for eternity.

DavoleBomb, Mar 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Bestie_Ge, Feb 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

masemase, Jun 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Swift989, Oct 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

DonFrap, Jul 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

brewdog13, Feb 24, 2012
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2.58/5  rDev -37.2%

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with three fingers of white head. The head recedes into a nice white cap with some decent lacing.

S: Some sweet cloves and bubblegum aromas up front. A grassy hop aromas follow with a bit of a corn smell to them.

T: There are some spicy Belgian yeast flavors and bubblegum at first. The grass/corn hop flavors kick in afterward along with a touch of butter flavor and a light bitterness for the finish. Pretty strong metallic aftertaste.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp but could use a bit more carbonation feel.

O: Unfortunately, the metal aftertaste and the corn flavors kind of ruin this beer for me. I find similar flavor profiles in many American takes on Belgian styles, especially saisons and Belgian IPAs. It's not awful, but I had no desire to finish the entire bottle.

n2185, Jul 03, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -34.3%

A: Pours a transparent yellow color. Kind of macro like. A bubbly two finger white head forms, and recedes to a ring after a minute. Light patchy lace is left.
S: Overwhelming soapy hops that really detracts. There is a light spice and lemon zest.
T: Just like the nose, overwhelming soapy hops. Dish detergent, and pin sol like. A lingering sweetness and a lemon peal flavor.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little on the thin side. I could finish the bottle if I had to, though I am not really interested in this.

This did not come together all that well for me, as just a Saison, or a beer. Soapy hops just takes over, and there are no other Saison qualities that I can find. Not something I would recommend.

champ103, Jul 18, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Lanstrum, Jul 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

bkeller04, Feb 15, 2014
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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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