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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,734 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 152
Gots: 198 | FT: 5
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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TheycallmeTim

New York

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn poured into a Hennepin flute.

A--Bright, bright yellow--the color of Troegs Sunshine Pils--with a two finger rocky head. Lots of lacing, plenty of bubbles while sitting throughout the tasting, even in a glass without a nucleation point. Very snappy looking beer, especially in the heat.

S--Heavily floral, with an oddly biting peppery back end. This is some weird hop action. No pine, no citric notes except massive LEMON I could pick up. There's also enough coriander to make an herbal tea out of. Yeast may lend some pepper, too. Malt is non-existent in the nose.

T--And the flavor spectrum. That's ok, especially given the season. Not like I was expecting much in that dept. anyway from the color. Let's stick to the hops, since they're supposed to be spotlighted. Like the nose, the flavor is very lush floral up front immediately--just a waterfall of like rose petals. Like that scene in American beauty except with beer instead of a naked high school girl. Hops quickly pan out into something more earthy and herbal, and the peppery bite of the nose is even bigger due to the (over)use of coriander. The spice really overpowers this hop-focused saison, and it tastes, honestly, more like an imbalanced wit than a farmhouse ale. The yeast from Brooklyn is just too, um, everyday (i wanna say boring but think that's too harsh) to warrant anything Belgian about it, I feel. But the hops finish is bitter and full and satisfying.

M&D--Creamy, champagne-like mouthfeel. Excellent. Drinkability takes a hit only because I'd rather see a pale ale or something that highlights the hop more, since the variety has such a damn interesting flavor profile. I feel like its characteristics are a bit obscured because of the style the brewery chose. But it does go down smooth and easy.

A big beer, not a subtle beer--and that's where I think it falls short. Brooklyn doesn't really impress when it tries to do complex, high-end brews, because they tend to blur together. Blindfolded I couldn't say I could pick this out from a Local 1. But maybe that's just me.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2009 22:26:59 | More by TheycallmeTim
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canjeeps

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to pop this one with Bottlequeststeve. Picked it up at wegmans a few months ago for $12ish. Any to the brew
A- very gold to light gold color. Very well carbonated. Bubbles were sticking on the sides of the glass. Decent head

S- very Saison like. Earthy a touch of sweetness and then I got the Sorachi hop presence. Quite strong hop smell

T- the first sip was like how it first smelled. Good at first then ingot pounded by the hop bitterness. I like hops but this one was just bitter and outbid balence.

M- good, exactly what it should be for this style

O- this one was disappoint. It was just to bitter and not in a good way. Maybe with some more time the hop bitterness will fade

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 15:24:28 | More by canjeeps
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arrives clear and golden with a full finger plus of white foam sitting atop. Drops to a thickish film while leaving copious lace behind.
Smell is weak but notes of wheat, wet cardboard, oak and some faint malt and lemon.
Taste is exactly as expected with malt, wheat, oak, lemon (faint), and light spice notes.
Fairly full bodied for a saison with solid but not overwhelming effervescence throughout. A solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 00:23:26 | More by PorterLambic
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Wutah

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- looks pretty light with a very straw color that haze a tad bit of haze.

S- This brew has a very spicy smell. It smells a bit peppery and is nice and strong.

T- up front it is pretty mild with a slight hop presence. It is very crisp and refreshing and I taste a bit of sweetness from a fruit.

M- it is not as thin as I thought it would be. The crispness comes from the nice carbonation.

Overall it is a great summer porch drinker but more of a sipper in the sun.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 21:41:26 | More by Wutah
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jsled

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked+caged 750ml bottle, bought at Winooksi Beverage Warehouse, into Sam Adams Sensory Pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden straw. Thick, solid head, ~2 inches, supported and reinforced by copious carbonation.

Smell: citrus. slight barnyard funk.

Taste: bubblegum. slight funk. citrus rind. relatively balanced between initial sweet/tart bright citrus flavor and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: slightly bitting due to high carbonation, slightly tart, but light and pleasant.

Drinkability: pretty nicely balanced, crisp and clear, a little funky for a bit too long, but it comes back into harmony.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 21:42:09 | More by jsled
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kbnooshay

New York

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big corked and caged bottle with an attractive label, especially the back. Poured a hazy glowing light golden straw color withe a billowing frothy white head that holds shape when you finger it. Shrinks in a few minutes leaving minimal spotted lacing. Smells lemony with light herbal grassy verge notes. This doesn't taste like your average saison. The citrus notes are great but the sorachi hops are odd. There is a weird medicinal earthy taste from them. Fairly bitter for a saison. Feel is light to medium. Drinkable, but again the unique grassy medicinal taste kinda puts me off a little.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:30:19 | More by kbnooshay
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting to give this one a try after hearing some good things from various folks...

A nice cloudy yeasty looking pour topped by one very impressive head... Very much looks the part of a Saison for sure...

The yeasty aromas dominate all the way here with the slightest tinge of hop aromas on the back end... Lots of lemon or lemongrass one present... Very earthy aromas as well..

Citrusy lemony wheat flavors mingle with the yeast presence here and blend fairly well... Not sure if it's an elite Saison but a pretty good effort nonetheless...

I liked it fairly well.. Not sure if I would revisit it at the price point but I'm sure glad I got to try it out...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 18:27:20 | More by Tilley4
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

07-03-2013 21:04:00 | More by doremite
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-26-2014 20:36:40 | More by JIMTRK16
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seavercm

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

06-22-2014 11:44:00 | More by seavercm
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

04-30-2014 03:29:03 | More by schmidtmattsays
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grownfool

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-27-2012 01:57:57 | More by grownfool
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Desaparecido

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

11-17-2011 17:50:14 | More by Desaparecido
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

08-13-2013 23:33:12 | More by aztraz
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

04-26-2014 11:06:35 | More by mikefuski17
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psuscott1

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

08-25-2013 18:58:12 | More by psuscott1
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ejfreed

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

10-31-2012 20:03:59 | More by ejfreed
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TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a single hop saison, germanpilsner malts, with spices, golden farmhouse ale. Has a 7.6% etoh. Reminds me of honey basil from berkley & saison du buff from dogfish. It would be great with food. My 1st time having it is @ pig & fish in rehoboth for $i a 16oz glass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 22:30:31 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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Treb0R

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

12-13-2012 16:32:58 | More by Treb0R
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mhagler


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-05-2012 17:28:20 | More by mhagler
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jgammoniv

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-27-2014 21:05:01 | More by jgammoniv
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Boardshort_Brewer

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

09-28-2013 20:35:09 | More by Boardshort_Brewer
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-26-2012 03:31:24 | More by ygtbsm94
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Syraquse

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

10-05-2013 01:31:38 | More by Syraquse
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

12-14-2012 04:13:42 | More by IPAchris
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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