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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 154
Gots: 215 | 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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3.4/5  rDev -17.3%

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very light and hazy whitish gold color with an absolutely huge white head that forms a solid sponge.

S: Smells very Belgian with apricots, figs, some pastry malts and a hint of coriander spice.

T/M: There is a very high amount of carbonation and a light hoppiness up front with some lemon and vanilla notes, biscuit malts followed by apricot bring up the reasonably clean finish.

It’s good, pretty complex and very well balanced. This isn’t the boldest of beers but it’s good. But, I mean, look at that label, huh?

07-21-2011 22:46:10 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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3.4/5  rDev -17.3%

I have had this a couple times from the tap, but this will be my first time from the bottle. The color is golden straw, with tons of air bubbles, and a very large, frothy white head. I have to say that when I tried it last, it had a sort of burnt rubber aroma to it, which I attributed to the Sorachi Ace hops. In this case, there is still some of that, but significantly toned down, and more dominated by tropical fruit such as papaya, mango, as well as some dry grain. The flavor starts out on the sweet side, with the fruit coming through nicely, and then ends on a more bitter note from the hops. The mouthfeel is lively, and quite nice on the palate, with prickly carbonation. One glass is enough for me right now, though I will definitely be finishing this bottle over the next few days. Unfortunately, the problem with this beer is what it is centered around: the Sorachi hops. At least for me, this is not a preferable varietal. On the flip side, good for Brooklyn for jumping on this new hop strain.

05-20-2010 02:30:46 | More by jamie2dope
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3.41/5  rDev -17%

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.

10-19-2010 22:27:58 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

08-05-2009 22:26:59 | More by TheycallmeTim
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3.43/5  rDev -16.5%

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

05-20-2011 15:24:28 | More by canjeeps
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3.45/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

04-04-2012 00:23:26 | More by PorterLambic
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3.46/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

09-01-2013 21:41:26 | More by Wutah
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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

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

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

08-18-2011 23:30:19 | More by kbnooshay
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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%

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...

03-21-2011 18:27:20 | More by Tilley4
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

05-24-2012 22:30:31 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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