Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 212
Gots: 485 | FT: 12
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rtepiak on 07-29-2009

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.
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Photo of HipCzech
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Pale, straw yellow with a slight haze. Frothy, rocky white head from lively carbonation, with a lasting cap of foam and intricate lacing.

Smell: Bright and refreshing; lemon zest, spicy Belgian yeast (peppercorns) and light malt.

Taste: Clean, smooth malt body (crackers), lightly tart lemon fruitiness, and spicy yeast. Hops add floral notes and light, dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with lively carbonation and clean finish.

Overall: Aromatic and flavorful while still crisp and refreshing, especially given its 7.6% ABV.

Photo of Mikus
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, straw color with about 2 fingers of marshmallow-soft white head. Aromas of the Belgian yeast (spicy and a hint peppery), some lemon grass, lemon, celery? This is a unique hop for sure. Delicious farm-style with really unique notes combined with well-intentioned balance. Slightly dry finish with some lingering notes of the lemongrass. This is a winner.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spice, light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter bite which seems to be a combination of wild Belgian yeast and a grassy hops presence. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and spices. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty with good complexity, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of Maltanator
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Have had this beer several times now, both on tap, and from a 750 mL bottle.

Appearance: Straw-hay, unfiltered. More in the ‘gold-yellow’ direction than the orange-hued. Vigorous, foamy cream-coloured head.

Aromas: Classic Belgian yeast (white pepper, clove-phenol) with assertive hop presence and light malt. In this case, dry-hopping works well. Fresh bosc pear and citrus (grapefruit zest mixed with lime zest). In many ways the Sorachi hops are reminiscent of Cascade, but way more subtle.
Palate: Prickly carbonation, "saison-like" (that mild ‘farmhouse’ note), with a dry, roasted nuttiness. Complex fruity white raisin-pear-apricot finish.

A ‘classic’ saison that introduces a hybrid touch. North American-style dry-hopping with Japanese hops.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

Very nice. This beer pours a light yellow with a very fizzy head. Almost looks like a champagne. The smell was full of lemon but also a bit of bitterness from the hops. The lemongrass gives out earthy tones which then open up to the zest and hops near the end for a crisp and refreshing brew. Liked it a lot.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Giant, 3+ finger head on a straw colored beer. The Head is fed by bubbles from the bottom of the glass, making it last damn near forever.

S: Spicy, yeasty. Wet hay, earthy yeast a little bit of lemon.

T: Very dry. Lots of yeast, earthy with floral hops on the end.

M: Crisp, dry.

O: A damn good beer, and a damn good saison. nice balance of flavors.

Photo of Mavigo
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%

Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a honey gold color with a short tan head that lasts for a few minutes before completely vanishing, leaving no lace.

S: Light aroma, smells of grass, lemon peels, wheat, hops

T: Smooth and slightly sweet, slight tinge of hops at the finish, as I expect from a saison. Would've expected a bit more hops though.

O: Overall this was a great rendition of the Saison. Great beer from Brooklyn.

Photo of Bone53
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy vibrant yellow golden color with a huge head and ton of lacing

Smell: lemon zest, yeast, spice

Taste: Follows the smell with lemon citrus, yeast, and slight spice, but I get more doughy malt on the palate which rounds everything out nicely

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Perfect carbonation, smooth and extremely drinkable, with slight bitterness

Overall: I haven't dabbled with this style much as saisons don't usually impress me, but this was just interesting enough to keep me satisfied. The flavors and aromas are a bit subdued than what I prefer, but its clean, balanced, drinkable, and ultimately damn tasty. This is a summer beer for the record books. Recommended!

Photo of gr0g
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Hazy golden in color with a prodigious head. Retention is very good, and lace rings the top of the glass. Aroma is not very powerful, but there's a definitely floral hop note along with the some of the lemongrass character that Sorachi Ace hops are known for. The yeast lends a hand, too, giving the banana and clove notes that you'd expect.

Dry and crisp on the palate, finishing with a solid hop bitterness. Citric hop character, solid malt presence, and just a bit yeasty. Carbonation is somewhat aggressive but softer than a sparkling wine. While this is no session beer, the flavor and mouthfeel give it a very refreshing character, with only a bit of alcohol warmth. Brooklyn's big bottle Belgians (Local 1,2) are great beers, and Sorachi Ace is no exception.

Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Very, very dry. Great carbonation tingles the young. Mouthfeel not quite as nice as Hennepin. Very original taste - probably from the Sorachi, that makes this stand out from other Saisons. Pretty damn good.

Photo of spacebear09
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very light straw yellow coloration, hazy. Good head, frothy and white.

Smell- Yeast, cat pee.

Taste- Strong Belgian yeast comes through here. Slight barnyard character. Very lemony with some grassy notes. Hint of soapiness. Finishes dry with medium hop character.

Mouthfeel- Highly effervescent carbonation.

Overall a unique and interesting Saison. I'd rank it just behind Tank 7 and Hennepin.

Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lemony like lemon juice, cloudy but with lots of carbonation, and 4 fingers of off white foamy head.

S: Lemon, lemon zest, vitamin c (non chewable) or aspirin. Belgian yeasts, dill pickle, very light.

T: Lightly sweetened lemonade but without the same acidity so more like a lemon drink but without the sweetness, dill as in the herb, vitamin c or aspirin. Certainly children’s aspirin. Not getting the alcohol which is great for more than 7% ABV.

M: Light body, lots of foamy carbonation, dry finish.

O: Excellent brew. Less is more as far as flavor, alcohol level and weightiness. This is more because of its light feel, less sweetness, dry character, and overall light herbal quality. Bought in Savannah, drank in Cocoa Beach July 10th, 2014.

Photo of tmm313
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow straw color in the glass. Super sticky, foamy head. Great lacing. Constant streaming bubbles.

S- Right off the top, I get an orange hop aroma. Past that, you get lemon, funk, and yeasty notes, plus some apple, pear, and light banana.

T- Mainly bready, but with the same flavors mentioned in the aroma. There's some pepper in there as well. I get a pretty big dose of white grapefruit on the finish. Overall pretty bitter, almost sour.

M- Pretty light on the tongue. Sharp carbonation. Lightly drying with an almost oily exit.

O- I enjoyed this beer. I would buy Local 1 over this one every time, but it was good all the same.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy golden color with a large with head that leave a lace
S-wild like hop and yeast smell
T-Smooth like taste with a bitter hop aftertaste that goes to a smooth finish
M-light body and high carbonation
O- did have some of a funky taste but not as much as most. I enjoyed this one

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy lemon yellow with one finger of bright white head. sheets of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon zest, yeast, light funk notes and coriander.

The taste was less pronounce than the aroma. Light lemon and coriander notes upfront followed by Belgian yeast and fresh earth. Mild medicinal notes to the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

This is a beer I've wanted to try for a while. It's a solid Saison from the folks at Brooklyn.

Photo of beer456
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well its Memorial Day in America and whats memorial Day unless one tries a new beer. No BBQ but beer today. Who needs BBQ when u have beer? Not me.

So w/o further ado:

Appearance - Nothing Impressive. Looks like an Ale

Smell - Nothing special. Smells like an Ale.

Taste - Surprisingly, pretty decent. Now, I dont want to be a snob but I would prefer DT or Sophie to this. As such, probably wouldnt buy again.

Nice to try once. But it just seems like for a Farmhouse Ale...its a shadow of a Belgian Ale. I guess maybe its me. i prefer Belgian ale to Farmhouse Ale.

Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- frosty gold. Huge head.

Aroma- floral notes dominate with hint of hops and confectioner's sugar.

Taste- Starts with a lackluster introduction but quickly recovers with a dry and fruity mid body with hints of black pepper and finishes with a classic dry sassion and super smooth beauty. Would pair well with cornish game hen. Tasted on 10/24/2010 and 5/24/14. On 5/24/2014 we compared this head to head with Prairie Ale from Krebs, and Brooklyn came out ahead.

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is gold, lots of fine carbonation; head is off whtie, lumpy, dense, some lacing; head lingers exceptionally well, making it very enticing.

Smell is subdued, some light pilsen malt, touch of yeast phenols.

Taste steps it up: malt is clean, not sweet, but flavorful, some pilsen notes, light biscuit and bread; yeast flavors are very nice some light phenol, buttery off flavor but could be from hops; hops very lemony, some lighter earthier notes as well, grass.

Mouthfeel is where this saison is a nice step apart, very nicely dry and some light sweetness with a very good carbonation.

Overall, a very, very good saison, with a good twist on the hop presence and malt flavor profile.

Photo of DmanGTR
1.52/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

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.

Photo of HopBomb515
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale, clear, golden yellow color that glows underneath a towering fluffy white head. Super thick lacing just coats the glass and sticks a bit. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Lemon, grass, some of that barnyard funk, in the back I detect notes of champagne probably from the yeast plays against some faint lemony citrus hops. The smell doesn't jump out of the glass, I had to work to pull out the aromas even in a snifter.

T - First, there is zero alcohol presence I mean it's amazing this beer is 7.6%. It's got a nice bright lemony citrus hit up front, grassy and some funk give way to a champagne sweetness. It finishes super dry, slightly bitter and tart. So drinkable, that dry finish begs for another sip, no alcohol presence.

M - Highly carbonated, thin body and super dry. Nailed it.

O - This was amazing. My first saison and it has opened my eyes to the style. Refreshing, amazing taste and mouthfeel. I had it to celebrate the first day of spring but this would be great in the heat of summer. I'm going to seek this out again.

Photo of JCarey
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing after the fact. 750 poured in to pint glass.

Great color, great head. Wonderful retention and lacing. Not quite as bright on the nose as you would expect a Belgian, but still the spiciness and tangy, straw/hey characters you want. This thing is almost dead on the money for flavor profile. The yeast compliments this brew nicely and I'm digging the subtle hop character. Some brewers use an overbearing yeast strain on the malts, but not this, and the Champagne yeast used for condition really drys it up nicely. Nice carbonation in the mouth. Drying, warming, tingling spiciness.

What a great brew that I almost passed up on. If you like the Saison/Farmhouse/Belgian style, pick it up.

Photo of Agent1
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Incredible head. Like whipped cream. Very tiny bubbles, very active in the glass with bubbles racing upward. Super dense, thick and buttery. Bright white and heavy lacing. Retention is excellent as well. Very impressive. Perfect.

Smell - Lemon, mango, fresh hop/ hemp/ lupulin oil, raw honey, subtle dill pickle funk is noticeable, zesty, vanilla, fresh flowers, plants, coriander seeds/ spice, pear, lemon peel and fresh bread.

Taste - Lemon, apple, pear, bubblegum, sour dough, fresh white bread, candied orange peel/ lemon peel, coriander seeds, clear Belgian candi sugar, cookie dough, pilsner malt/ wheat grain, and fresh-cut grass/ flowers. Quite dry and bitter, but works so well. Dry hopping a second time during fermentation really creates a cleaner, stronger bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Extremely chewy, yet sharp and clean. Stimulates sour and acidic taste buds. High carbonation that helps to make this beer really pop! Coats the mouth. Felt all throughout the mouth -- mainly on the roof and front. Tingly and fizzy. Champagne-like.

Overall - This may be one of the best Farmhouse ales I've ever had, personally. Perfectly balanced, perfectly dry-hopped, perfectly succinct. A wonderful Farmhouse. Crisp, clean, sugary, complex and layered. The Sorachi Ace also makes quite a statement. Very floral, funky and natural tasting, almost like flowers and cannabis with rich sugars and fresh yeast. Delicious. It doesn't get much better than this. Teetering on perfection -- in fact, I do not know what could be improved. I rate this even higher given the fun experimentation.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lemon sets the tone from the bright yellow color to the nose and taste. Some bubblegum and white pepper, there is a sweet and spicy feel about the whole experience. The malt is subdued but present with a more yeast tones an light lemony hops. Really like this, maybe not love it but worth the try.

Photo of jimmah120
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle marked '0822'. so it's about 2 years old

Look is a very hazy yellow, like a yellow crayon, with an orange background. Sudsy head that fades. Smell is peppery yeast, rice paper, and lots of lemon, grass, and lemongrass. Taste is crisp and buttery yeast, well water, and lemon drop tasting hops. Not too bitter. Feel is light and much less cloying than other saisons.

I like it, even with ~2 years on it.

Photo of WTKeene
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked and caged bomber dated 1/7/13 (I think?) into a Jester King Funk and Sour tulip.

Appearance: Deep golden beer, with a fluffy and persistant thick off white head. Thick lacing too.

Smell: Lightly floral hops, and lots of belgian yeasty sweetness. Slightly vinous. Really nice.

Taste: Really unique floral flavors, likely from the Sorachi Ace hops. A solid belgian backbone makes this a very easily sessionable, but ultimately too light and fleeting flavor beer. A slight bready malt comes through. Next to no aftertaste, nothing lingers for long.

Mouthfeel: A light body, yet still manages to be creamy. On the lighter side of carbonation, but still substantial.

Overall: A good beer overall, and I'm glad I tried it. Perhaps this beer is better fresh, but it isn't knocking me out of the park. Prairie standard seems like a better representation of the sessionable hoppy saison style, I'll probably stick with that.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.