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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,576 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1576
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%


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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kirkmichel

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellow, clear-ish. I actually thought they poured miller light by accident, except that it had nicer lacing and was just a tad cloudier.
S- Lemony and fragrant, with a faint bit of orange and cloves. Yeasty.
T- Very lemony and floral. The citrus jumps right out, as does some hopiness....reminding me that looks can definitely be deceiving.
M- Pleasant, refreshing with just a bit of zing and some hop viscosity. Very well balanced.
D- Good, you could stick with this beer anytime and enjoy it (but watch out it's 7.5%)

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2009 19:51:20 | More by kirkmichel
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy bright straw color, fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Smell is of grass, yeast, bread, clay, lemon and slight herbal charachter. Taste is grassy and yeasty with a nice hints of lemon and bread, with a faint spice charachter in the background. Crisp, clean and refreshing. A very good and unique saison.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 14:07:32 | More by rfgetz
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Fat Head's in North Olmsted. Poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a pale golden yellow. Rather clear. Produced a fingers width of white head, that slowly turned into a ring throughout consumption.

S- Cloves, spices, grassy hops, and lemon. The sorachi ace hops are very noticeable here.

T- Grassy, earthy flavors upfront. Finishes with a little bit of sweetness with lemon accents. Somewhere in between, the presence of spices and cloves come forward. Really liked how the hops transformed this beer.

M- Light to medium bodied, great carbonation.

D- For a saison, I kept wanting to come back for more. Goes down really smooth. Easy drinking.

Overall, never had a beer with sorachi ace before, but I really like how it added a new dimension to what would have been a pretty standard saison. These two are a perfect match IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 15:29:01 | More by rhinos00
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GrittyMug345

Maine

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME on 10/30/09. Poured into a 16oz shaker pint. A nice tight one finger head died down to leave behind an elegant, thin lacing above a bright yellow, slightly cloudy, nicely carbonated body. The nose is intense on this one, big lemon, spicy hops, a lot of floral notes, and the slightly funky, damp brett. The taste is very floral, rose hips, a little lemon, a bit of black pepper or coriander, some nice notes from the yeast, very nice bitterness. Light bodied with lots of cleansing carbonation, nice dry finish. I could probably drink a couple of these, not sure I would though, it's nice for what it is but a little too floral for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 14:50:00 | More by GrittyMug345
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Rudgers73

New York

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Tap & Mallet, Rochester, NY. Pours a relatively clear, light golden color. The head is pretty much gone by the time it arrives at the table. The smell is dry, herbal, CO2, slightly medicinal. The taste is interesting. I would definitely consider this an American style Saison. Residual sweetness despite trying to be bone-dry, a mouthwatering punch of citrus-like flavor, but a nice take on the traditional hops used. I don't know much about these Sorachi hops, but I do know they seem to be the American equivalent of Saaz, IMO. They have the same light, styrofoam-grassy taste, but they also harness that west coast American piny flavor. All in all, I would like to see a more traditional Belgian Saison, bone dry and more subtle in the flavor department, but the hops are full of character, nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 01:52:40 | More by Rudgers73
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adamette

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looked forward to finding this in some form, of course HopCat in Grand Rapids came through as they carried this on tap two days ago during my visit. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Very clear, near water look with a shade of pale yellow color with bubbles rising up from the bottom. Thick, creamy head that leaves a curtain of lace announces this beer as a serious contender for your attention. 4.5

S Spicy, ginger smells wallow up from the surface of this beer. Intriguing, good smelling, really. 4.0

T Ginger, spices, slight malt sweetness, no hops tasted by me. I appreciated that the taste lingers for several minutes. Great taste! 4.5

M Light, refreshing, really nice, appropriate feel to this beer. 4.0

D Great drinkability since it is at one time tasty and light. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 03:31:06 | More by adamette
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Fat Heads in Cleveland. The menu described it as: "Spiced with a unique Japanese hop variety called Sorachi Ace. This hop imparts a bright, spicy lemon zest aroma and is backed by a wonderfully clean malt flavor".

The beer is very clear, light golden color, with a thin head that clings into lace wherever it touches glass. The Sorachi Ace hop is just as described, a lot of lemon citrus, no real fight with the pale malts for aromatic dominance. There's a fair amount of spice and what smells like honey in there too. The taste is damn near perfect, I like this hop and I like it's presence in this beer. Lots of lemon citrus and light floral tastes, this is delicous with a light touch. A somewhat thin body which matches my expectations for the style, overall another excellent beer from Brooklyn, outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 15:57:14 | More by TurdFurgison
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale golden slighty hazed hue with a bright white head, appears almost pils like with very nice intricate lacing as the head settles. Aroma was spicy with a funky welcoming yeast edge with a very nice citric and tropical hoppiness about it with a touch of coriander or other spice addition possibly? Flavor has more of the spicy citrus and herbal hop blend from this rare varietal of hop, a nice zesty edge to the whole experience sweetness is balanced with some dry yeast flavors in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied very sessionable brew comes off quite nice and definitely intrigues the senses with each sniff and sip. A complex satisfying drinking experience that was very unique and it reeled me in, I hope this makes it's way back to the beer drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 05:05:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! A really unique beer. Pale straw gold and hazy. Medium bodied. Good head retention. It's spicy, lemony, and woody, no doubt due to the Sorachi Ace hops. In another beer brewed with them, I found them to be almost cedar-like. That's not the case here, but it is a bit woody, at least as far as dryness goes. It's a great combination: dry and bitter, but infused with citrus and some minor yeasty phenols. Interesting! Weird! I love the contradictions it offers, and also that it's not really that complex either - everything is put right out there on the table. A great summer beer. I would love to see this one brewed again next year!

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 21:55:13 | More by NeroFiddled
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a one finger head that breaks apart quickly to a surface foam.

Smell: lemon zest, grass, and some soft bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: moderate malt profile with some hearty lemon zest, grass, pepper, a bit of earthiness, hint of yeast, and a mild bitterness make up a very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste lingers for a few minutes.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely quaffable and one could have a few of these without getting bored. One of my new favorites from Brooklyn.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 18:18:07 | More by Gavage
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DawnL

New York

3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color with good lacing.

The nose has a clean, crisp, soap bubble aroma. I'm guessing that will manifest itself in banana on the palate?

Banana and clove character to this brew. Definite brett flavor. This beer has bite.

This is a very surprising brew to have during a tasting. It tastes unique when paired with a line-up of session brews.

I found the brett character very similar to rye. It was a little overwhelming as I continued to drink this beer. It's still a worthwhile brew to try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 15:03:10 | More by DawnL
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. There is very active carbonation in this beer; not something I see all the time. I don't get a lot on the nose with this one, just some light honey and cracked pepper. Still, what's there is pretty nice. On the palate, this beer is pretty enjoyable. I get some lemon, orange and honey, all in a very light frame. There's almost a sweet ice tea flavor to this beer, that I quite like. The beer finishes nice and clean on the palate, with the alcohol well disguised.

This beer is very easy to drink, and makes a perfect warm summer's day beer. Quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2009 20:14:58 | More by johnmichaelsen
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the buckeye beer engine,poured into a pint glass.slightly cloudy yellow with not much head or lacing.nose is fresh lemonzest and a bit of sourness.

taste is upfront lemon-citrus,slightly tart with a crisp and dry finish.i picked up a very slight diacetyl buttery-ness,but it went away as the beer warmed up.

medium-light body,lively carbonation.adds alot to the drinkability.pretty good,not as good as what i was thinking it would be.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2009 00:10:23 | More by wyattshotmaker
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shivtim

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at Leon's Full Service in Decatur, GA. Served up in a Brooklyn glass.

Pale, mostly clear straw color, with a decent white head. Noticeable carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is a sweet hoppy mix, with sugary lemon and spicy pepper. Good yeasty base.

Taste has a European hops lean, with some butter citrus zest and an earthy spice flavor... maybe taro root. Gentle hay and yeast.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Nice job, Brooklyn.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2009 23:22:02 | More by shivtim
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this beer knowing nothing about it. I vaguely recognize the name, but I don't know from where. BA says it's a farmhouse ale that was only brewed once, so I order one. It is served to me in a 12oz pint glass, and it looks good. A finger of white foam that goes tot he top of the glass atop a full pour of golden orange beer. It's translucent and has plenty of bubbles rising to the surface; I'm expecting some high carbonation. It smells sweet and spicy with a bit of floral hops hidden in the back. Wow, there is a really interesting taste to this beer. It has a strong malt character reminiscent of some other high quality farmhouse ales, and a unique aftertaste that is bitter and alcoholic. I bet that is the Sorachi Ace hops showing their stuff. It has a full body and decent mouth coating properties. I can see myself drinking a few of these, but not too many. It feels strong, and the aftertaste may not feel so impressive after a few rounds, but if you see this one on tap, I recommend getting a pint. It's another great Brooklyn beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 21:38:24 | More by ToasterChef
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap 8/22/09 at Ron's Original in Exton

A - pours a hazy golden yellow with 2 inches of white foam that left some decent lacing

S - strong aroma of lemon hits you first with hints of some saison funkiness

T - the lemon dominates in this one and it does it quite well, and was unlike anything else i've had. Definitely worth seeking out

M/D - nice and crisp, refreshing and great tasting. I could have had this one all day. Definitely one i'll seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2009 18:12:40 | More by mikereaser
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DaggerEyes

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Diamond in Brooklyn

pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger white head that doesn't hang around long. Lacing clings tip the sides of the glass.

Notes of clove and lemon on the nose

first thing I get on the taste is Dill, then lemon grass perhaps some Ginger, pepper (lemon pepper?), light medium bodied. A healthy amount of carbonation, tingled in your mouth. Crisp and refreshing. A wonderful summer beer.

What a great beer. One of the best
things to come out of
Brooklyn brewery in a while.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2009 03:31:24 | More by DaggerEyes
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Kolsch

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Headkeepers, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Clear, golden & lager like. Small head that retained very small cusp throughout drink.

Smell: some fruit, pear and lemon

Taste: Ummm....different. Smooth, ultra smooth mouthfeel. I detect some slight chamomille, which adds to the overall unique taste. Lemony with a hint of pepperish clove. This does taste like a Saison, a very different Saison.

Overall: As someone mentioned below, I had one of these then switched to something else. This was so alluring, I wished I would have had another.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 14:50:06 | More by Kolsch
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aerozeppl

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Came to me a nice looking hazy golden color with a finger and a half of white head. Nice lacing.

S: The hops are right up front and it is interesting. Quite a bit of citrus with lemon more detectable than anything else. Little saison funk with some pepper and ginger

T: The hops were enjoyable and different which is why I think this beer has as high reviews as it does. Quite a bit of pepper and some phenols as well.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Light and refreshing. Quite dry in the finish.

D: I liked this beer but it is not really a saison as the bartender pointed out. Somewhere betweeen a tripel and a Belgian IPA. Still a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 15:44:12 | More by aerozeppl
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This was a slightly cloudy straw colored yellow. It was served to me with a short white cap that faded to moderate lace.

s: Lemon, lemon, and more lemon. By far the lemoniest beer I've ever smelled. In the backround was a little dry, spicy Belgian yeastiness. Overall though, this was absoultely a hop showcase.

t: Here as well; hops first, saison a distant second. The fresh, lemony but not bitter sorachi ace hop took center stage and it is fantastic. The peppery Belgian yeast was barely noticeable. I'm not sure I could have identified this as a saison if I didn't know what it was going in. This is a beer for hopheads, no doubt.

m: Crisply carbonated and refreshing. Slightly dry at the finish.

d: I tried this at the Drafting Room and they had several beers I wanted to try. I couldn't pull myself away from this though. As a saison, this is an interesting experiment. As a hop showcase, this is a clear winner. I can't recommend this strongly enough.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 15:20:56 | More by DIM
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Roadhouse in Brookline, MA.

Fantastic stuff. You can tell it's unique from the first sip.

A - Very cloudy with a pale yellow hue. Fluffy head.

S - Very fruity, especially citrus.

T - Soft and creamy with a lot of citrus in the finish. I kept thinking of mangoes after each sip.

M&D - Very clean and fresh as soon as it hits your mouth. A little sour but it's inviting. Very easy to drink and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 19:09:48 | More by Gatch
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gramercy Tavern.

A-Pours a clear gold with generous white head and very good lacing.

S-Crisp lemongrass, some black pepper and Belgian yeast.

T-Following the nose, lots of lemon and black pepper notes. A bit of banana peeks through in the finish.

M-Light bodied and crisp.

D-Very nice and light. A little too much lemon limits the drinkability for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 19:53:12 | More by sholland119
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plaid75

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Waterfront, Brooklyn.

Poured a hazy light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a sweet lemon and robust yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a zesty lemon, light grainy malt and spicy yeast esters.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

Overall a very nice summer saison. This beer should be made in bigger batches, bottled and promoted for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 16:35:23 | More by plaid75
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ShareANevada

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hopleaf.

Pleased to try this new contender from Brooklyn. The goblet simply 'glowed' with this golden elixer. A bright luminescence never seen before in a saison, more keller or wit territory here.

Lively spicing jumps out, but is overpowered by fresh citrus and yeasty tones.

Super refreshing to the tongue. Even after a few stronger beers proceeding this, the flavor is captivating and quenching. The dryness keeps you wanting to drink more. This would make an epic lawnmower beer, yet is interesting and satisfying enough to be a daily drinker.

I could put down 3 pints of this fairly easy, after that, my attention may drift, but not many can stand that test.

An exceptional beer. Glad to try something so unique and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 19:43:35 | More by ShareANevada
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Bright yellow clear gold color; pure white frothy head that stayed around a while; good lacing

S - Light citrus at first, more lemony than anything; fruity; yeasty

T - Lemony fruitiness at first then you catch a more hop driven bite; biscuity and yeasty; definitely interesting stuff

M - Medium MF and a little slick; very soft carbonation

D - Really refreshing and interesting = easily drinkable. Lovely here

Overall, quite enjoyed the Sorachi hop flavors in this and very fun beer to drink. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 23:52:09 | More by Nickls
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,576 ratings.