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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,848 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,848
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 160
Gots: 241 | FT: 7
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.23/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

John_Squires, Feb 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

StubFaceJoe, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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

dogfish7, Jul 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

coreyfmcdonald, May 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

brewdog13, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of n2185
2.58/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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
Photo of champ103
2.7/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Kelp, Jan 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

fellowrs, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Brent, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. Pours golden hue with a long lasting, tall, white head. Aroma is of heffeweizen like fruit, yeast and spices. Medium, smooth body. Taste is spicy hops and cooked vegetables. I did not really enjoyed this brew. Maybe I've head a bad bottle.

mikeg67, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.99/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/8" white head over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Lemon, floral hops and yeast predominate along with a strong aroma of cat urine.

T: Lemon, pepper, banana, floral hops, orange rind, wheat and yeast.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Not the most drinkable Farmhouse Ale I have had. Not worth the price tag in my opinion.

DaftCaskBC, Apr 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27%

Leftofthedial, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27%

sunofneurot, Dec 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27%

Sazz9, Aug 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27%

FreshmanPour77, Jul 20, 2012
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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