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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

634 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 634
Hads: 2,453
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 213
Gots: 531 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 OleSkeen
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Still one of my top 5 favorite saisons.
Beer advocate: it would be awesome if us users could users to upload our picture of the beer we're checking in on the mobile app instead of having to use the website every time! (219 characters)

Photo of carborundum
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been a fan of this style until I tried Sorachi Ace. Poured into a large Cab wine glass it produced a nice white head over a hazy yellow colored brew which dissipated slowly with a lot of lacing left in the glass. Aromas of cut grass, lemon, wintergreen, cardamon, cinnamon and clove. Initially there was a sweet sour taste followed by a pleasant spicy tartness that lingered with a light but substantial mouth feel. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this Saison/Farmhouse ale. (485 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow brew topped with a moderate white head with good retention.

Aroma is fairly neutral; I'm drawing nearly nothing out of it cold, save a touch of yeast.

Flavor is unimpressive. Yeast esters are front and center, and while there's a bright citrus note lurking in the background, it's far lighter than I would expect or prefer.

Feel is excellent; impressive drinkability, lively without too much bite, medium-light bodied.

I wonder if the keg was old, because the ratings for this beer are quite high, but I just don't get it. It's got almost nothing that I want out of a Saison, and the Sorachi Ace hops didn't add anything notable to the experience. (666 characters)

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

Hazy yellow with a finger of bright white head. Strong aroma of lemongrass and Belgian yeast, with a touch of banana, all carrying over to the taste along with a lemony and slightly soapy flavor and a peppery bite and some tropical fruit on the backend. Light bodied and fairly dry. Pretty great. (299 characters)

Photo of Krisp09
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip, lemon yellow color with small rim of head, nice citrus aroma mixed with funk of yeast aroma, nice crisp mouth feel with predominant lemon flavor with some herbal notes mixed in. Really good, refreshing summer beer (232 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: vigorous effervescence , like a tornado; lemon yellow, with an unfiltered fog; huge, fluffy, egg-white head exhibiting solid retention

Aroma: juicy grapefruit, lightly of spruce; overall it's mild

Taste & Mouthfeel: surprisingly clean and silky mouthfeel, expected prickly and possibly flat from the look of the carbonation; fruity and juicy flavour starts things out, of orange and grapefruit pulp - it's hardly bitter until the dry finish, and even then it's mild hops; refreshing, bringing to mind a weizen (there's a touch of spice) or a radler, but with golden malts playing a more distinctive supporting role as backbone; dangerously drinkable for a 7.5% brew

Overall: a real delight to drink, great accompaniment to summer sunshine - light, bright, full flavours and mouthfeel make it really pleasurable; would say, as mentioned on the bottle, it feels more like a fruitier twist on a golden ale than it does a saison (939 characters)

Photo of stompilator
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured a pale gold, thick, frothy head.

S - Citrus fruit, spice, and funk.

T - Yeast spice takes the lead here, providing a tart, spicy tang. Bitey yeast funk fades into juicy, fresh hoppiness. Low residual bitterness hangs in afterward.

M - Medium-light body, fairly bubbly carbonation.

O - Very solid saison with an interesting, hoppy twist. (396 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, lemons. Taste is funky, yeasty, lemons, light hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but not as good as I expected. (261 characters)

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

Sampled at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Really good beer -- I've heard great things, so I was expecting great things. This is a clean saison and doesn't have much (if at all) barnyard sort of funkiness that most usually do in the style. This does have a saison mouthfeel to it, and it comes off as champagne-like in this beer. The sorachi definitely gives a lemon kind of citrus freshness that works incredibly well with the bubbly carbonation and lightness of the beer. Very drinkable, very tasty. Will have again. (532 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, BB JUL.2015
A - thick, persistent, creamy, white head; hazy pale golden body
S - zesty nose with lemongrass, spicy coriander, yeast
T - similar to aroma with spicy yeast, grass, lemon zest, faint lime zest, wheaty malt
M - medium body, semi-bitter, very dry finish
O - really great use of accentuating the Sorachi hop. I really liked this. You have to like a dry finish to enjoy this one. It might be the dryest finishing beer I've ever had. (454 characters)

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

A gorgeous, hazy straw color. Looks like you could drink a million. Scent is subdued: lemon, lemongrass. Taste follows the nose, though the lemon is ramped up a bit more, which make just almost too drinkable. It's got a light, effervescent texture that also makes it hard to drink slow. It's not one of those out-there, unusual saisons, but it's superbly well balanced and, did I say it? extremely drinkable. (408 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a cool beer! I was not sure what to expect, this was my first interaction with Sorachi Ace, but boy was I impressed. A delicious lemony citrus hop profile and a bready malt that was subtle but supported this unique hop. Definitely a beer to pick up when you come across it! (278 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace comes in a fairly grand bottle and, sure enough, has the swanky appearance to match: resplendent golden in colour, with vivacious bubbles and an ultra-plush head, this looks like it costs twice what it actually does (and it's certainly not cheap!) Pour in the last couple ounces, however, and it looks like a glass of oatmeal.

Corked and caged and re-fermented in the bottle like Champagne, Sorachi Ace also has a bouquet that lightly mimics and definitely rivals the vintage bubbly of a good house. Use of the same yeast has resulted in a hint of wet earth, strong breadiness and the usual orchard fruit notes, though hops have imparted plenty of bright citrus and green herb qualities.

Sorachi Ace has a character that is in many ways reminiscent of a Chardonnay left on lees. There are remarkably similar lemon and apple flavours and it has the full, creamy texture to boot. Seriously, I'd guess this was barrel-aged if I didn't know any better - there's even hints of vanilla and cedar that accompany citrus peel in the finish.

It's impressive that the beer can feel so rich in spite of such ultra-zippy, high-octane carbonation. Champagne bubbles tend to make for a lighter, sharper mouthfeel - which this largely does have - but there's still plenty of weight to this sucker. The hops also provide some uniquely savory notes in the form of dill and lemon verbena.

Sorachi Ace is exactly the kind of distinctive, high-quality offering you'd expect from a producer with the illustrious reputation of Brooklyn Brewery. It delivers good value and rolls tasty malts and exceptionally vibrant hoppiness into a very unique drinking experience. Nevermind trying to box this into 'Saison' or 'Belgian IPA' categories - this is it's own beer. And it's definitely worth grabbing. (1,811 characters)

Photo of Hopportunistic
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Label states : "Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. 7.2% ABV." Best by date :July, 2015 ; Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance : A hazy, unfiltered light gold with average carbonation ; head was about 1 inch of tight, tiny white bubbles which subsided gradually. This is a saison, but similar resemblance to a Belgian golden ale.

Smell : The Belgian yeast dominates for me, followed by hints of lemon and a slight amount of clean alcohol.

Taste : After the first sip, I received a one-two punch - first by the tartness of lemon,
then by the resulting dryness. After a few moments, the carbonation and the citrus-like acidity tickle the tongue. The hops are present, but so well incorporated that it's difficult for me to separate that aspect from the whole.

Feel : Light and dry, not unlike a champagne. Definitely not dense or heavy.

Overall : A wonderful addition to the Brooklyn Brewery lineup, and definitely one of the best Springtime saisons I've tasted. Would pair well with light cheeses, fruit plates, or perhaps steamed mussels with lemon and butter. I highly recommend trying. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Meganomiidae
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pale-gold with medium white head on pour which dissipated quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Strong lemon, grass, green pepper; hint of sweet malt, and an ever so slight funk edge. Nice.

T: Not heavy on spiciness like a traditional saison; more reminiscent of a hopped tripel. Notes of pear, apricot, white grape and lemongrass on the swish (attributing this to the Sorachi Ace hops), with an initial sweetness ending bone dry as a saison should. Other flavors I can't say I've tasted before in beer - pineapple, maybe?

M: Like a champagne - super bubbly, and goes down as more of a foam than a liquid. Feels nice, though. Body is a bit thinner than I'd like to see.

Overall, a good beer. Pleasantly surprised by this. Good for those of us who don't like strong hops, but like subtle flavors from them. (820 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
2.56/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

cloudy light amber color. smell is alcohol and yeast. taste is the same but also fruit like. alcohol burn. as if beer could be a hard liqour. My first and maybe last saison. I am not a fan of Belgian style beers (211 characters)

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy light gold color with one finger of white head that disappeared pretty quickly.
S: Yeast, oranges and a bit of funk.
T: Definitely more hoppy than other farmhouse ales I've had, but very smooth and balanced. Very drinkable!
F: Smooth and somewhat velvety mouth feel, finishes with a mild bitterness.
O: This is perfect if you want a bit of hops but don't want to destroy your palate for the rest of the day with a strong IPA. I will definitely drink this again. (472 characters)

Photo of Andymac28
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

They say miller high life is the champagne of beers? Then this is the DomPerignon of beers! Super duper dry! Lots of carbonation. Smell of grass and lemon. Dirt, bread. T- mostly grass and lemon, some pepper. Would go Amazing with some fresh Striped Bass or any white fish. Different. Would have again BUT only w the cuisine mentioned above. (341 characters)

Photo of Guden
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly hazy pale yellow with a persistent one finger white head that lasts and lasts, supported by consistent carbonation bubbles and leaving thick lacing.

S- citrus, wheat, lemongrass, hay, sage, savory, pepper. There's a whole lot going on and it's all really good. Smells like a Belgian farmhouse ale meets a Vietnamese entree.

T- a bit more muddled than the nose. Again, lemon, lemongrass, and sage type characters lead the way with some pepperiness in the middle that lingers with a long moderately bitter, moderately funky finish.

M- fairly full bodies for the style and with only moderate carbonation, if there's one downside it's this.

O- an extremely interesting, complex, and enticing beer that draws me back for another long, evocative and transforming sip. A slightly thinner body, more carbonation and a slight decrease in the bitterness might have really put this one over the top, but it's still a very good beer. (937 characters)

Photo of musicsherlock
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the slightly hazy, grain yellow color. thin white head

grains continue in the nose

bananas up front, tart in back. Lingering lemons. Sorachi Ace is an interesting hop, harking back to traditional European hops but a little spicier

Carbonation tingles the tip of the tongue but not overly so. Effervescence continues to rise throughout sitting

Overall an excellent take on a traditional beer without resorting to West Coast hops for a non-traditional spin (463 characters)

Photo of PGRADY
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very much preferred at 38 degrees or less (warm it didn't taste like all that much to me). Love that it is 7+% and not filling. Overpriced for being sold in a 4-pack (165 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very grassy, earthy saison (positive, for sure) that gets slightly bogged down in Sorachi Ace. Still, an interesting beer that's well representative of the style and has a boozy overtone as well at 7.2% ABV (comes through more in the saison than that would normally). Maybe not a repeat, but as a one-time thing, you could do much worse. (337 characters)

Photo of founddrama
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa this beer is interesting as fuck. Complex. Grassy? But not in a bad way? These Sorachi Ace hops have such a novel, earthy profile. Also: a nice big effervescent head; great aromas and color. (RE: "grassy" -- but more like… "lemongrassy".)

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/10/15 (Draft - The Laughing Man Washington DC) Pale light blonde pour, minimal head, mild carbonation. Slight fruit and lemon grassy hops scent. Mild taste, lemon and citrus noticeable, hops shined through. Mild carbonation, light texture. Overall good beer. (260 characters)

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

Pours golden with a thick fluffy white head. Aroma is very sweet and perfumey with notes of roses, grapefruit, and a hint of spice. Taste is much dryer than would be expected based on the aroma, starts almost buttery but with a hint of rose, transitions to a dry and slightly bitter finish. Hop notes are very complex, at times spicy and at others very floral and a bit fruity. Mouthfeel is creamy/buttery but slightly sharp. (425 characters)

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.