Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 212
Gots: 487 | 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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premiere. A unique and vry good creation. I like this hop and was very excited to try it. Lemony, above all. Whitish coloured body with lots of foamy head. Lemony aroma. Dryish, fruity, white pepper,zesty, yeasty,coriander,pear. Easy mouthfeel.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, earth, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and mineral-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid but not in your face hop presence.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: three finger head with excellent retention and scattered lacing on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: a little musty, belgian yeast, slightly sweet tropical fruit

T: very floral and herbal with clove, pepper and funky belgian yeast. pear and lemon citrus fruit notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: a nice saison. a little dull in the flavor but the yeast character is excellent. A must try.

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured pale yellow in color with a one finger head that had a very good amount of retention.
S: As you bring the glass to your nose, the moderate aroma of lemony, grassy hops really stands out. The smell is very pleasant and isn't overpowering.
T: Like the aroma, the presence of the lemony Sorachi Ace hops very much stands out in the taste, but there's only a mild amount of bitterness. Notes of grainy malts, earthy yeasts and spices are also noticeable in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate, refreshing and a little bubbly. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: I would definitely have this again--its light and refreshing qualities make it a perfect saison for a hot summer day.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Matches up with the great Belgians by pouring a clear golden color with a massive head; terrific stickage and plenty of lace

Smell: Very floral, with the lemongrass character of the Sorachi Ace hops coming through against the spicy, yeasty background

Taste: The malt is a little on the sweet, biscuity side as it provides a backdrop for the lemongrass, floral jasmine and white pepper spices of the hops and yeast; after the swallow, the sweetness becomes a bit more apparent though it is far from cloying; despite the sweetness, the finish is still herbaceous and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I really like this beer; perhaps I would prefer it to be just a tad dryer but that is only a quibble

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic example of a Saison. Where the beer is less muddled and earthy, there's a super floral, moderate spicy character that chases the beer from nose to finish.

The beer begins with a pale golden, solid straw color, carrying a mild haze. An efforvescent pour builds a loosely knit fluffy white head with great staying power and subtle lacing.

Very floral notes of honey suckle and perfume fill the olfactories while a light spicy note tickles the nose. Soft fruits of green apples, pears, and light lemon round out the esters while soft white pepper and spice usher about the phenols.

The floral hop character translates to soft fruity (tropical) notes in taste. Mild spiciness of pepper and cumin give rise to the hops. A soft confetionate taste sets the stage for the malts but the flavor is fast and fleeting. Bittered for balance and slight complexity but the beer is about hop aroma and flavor; not bitterness.

Full and expansive to that mouth upon first sip, but then the beer turns dry and powedery quickly and seeming evaporates in the mouth for ultimate ease of drinking.

Comparisons to Duvel come to mind. But these Sorachi Ace hops obviously deliver bold floral notes and moderate spiciness. The carbonation and mouthfeel is very similar but the malt sweetness has more of an impact here.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of the best beers i have ever had. no kidding. beautiful packaging cork and cage set up for 27 bucks at harry's seafood restaurant in wilmington, deleware. poured a heady golden a little hazy into a frosted pint glass. smells like a saison, yeasty, grassy, and way way way more hoppy than these usually are. almost ipa-esque in the nose. the flavor is unreal, not nearly the hop bomb promised by the aroma. instead a balanced complexity. i can detect vanilla, cut grass, citrus fruit, and a delicate malt backing band. mouthfeel is perfect, medium bodied, brilliantly carbonated, and smooth as anything. has a sort of richness in the feel that most beers dont have, especially saisons. the bottle mentions a champaigne yeast, which is the first ive heard of it, but it imparts wonderful flavor and feel to this beer. worth the money and was excellent with our massive seafood feast. i will be reccommending this beer to everyone, its absolutely winderful!

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color, the head was fluffy and white. A very heady brew. The lacing was pretty good. The smell of the beer was very floral and has a good saison aroma to it. The taste of the see had a hefty amount of the Sorachi Ace hops on the tongue. There was also some nice spicy flavors too. The mouthfeel was full of carbonation and was light bodied. Overall the beer was very tasty and was enjoyable. I would like to have this again one day.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light beige color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dill pickle chips with dry floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by dill pickle notes with some dry hoppy notes and some floral notes. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very funky hops in this one with solid malt backbone.

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

"A Smith and Wesson always beats 4 aces."

--anonymous

Summer sunshine haystack gold with a massive crown of alabaster colored froth that filled at least 80% of the glass on the pour. Fine bubbles are plentiful, which leads to plenty of persistence. This is lovely looking beer.

Sorachi Ace hops result in fragrant clouds of freshly zested lemon and lemongrass. This hop is essentially a more lemon zesty and less grassy version of Saaz (from which it was developed). Belgian yeast adds an intriguing aromatic spiciness. This has a chance to be one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery.

The flavor doesn't quite keep pace with the outstanding aroma, but SA is still a wonderful farmhouse ale of the crisp, dry, and dangerously drinkable sort. This would make a great picnic beer, or a summertime table beer if that's more your thing.

The flavor profile is simplicity itself, which isn't a negative, but a huge positive. The only malt is German pilsner and the only hops are reflected in the name. The result is a crisp and cracker-like bottom end and a bright lemon zesty, meadow grassy, clove and white pepper spicy top end. The next highest taste score is tempting.

Even though it doesn't put a scare into the best Belgian saisons, the body/mouthfeel does exactly what it needs to do. It's light-medium and has the kind of energetic and sparkly bubbles that match the flavor profile like hand-in-glove.

Brooklyn beer hasn't always pleased me in the past... with a few notable exceptions. Sorachi Ace is an inspired creation, though, and is one of the best American-brewed saisons that I've had in many a moon.

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

As a wise old man said " Tastes like fireworks!"

Thrilled to be able to try this as who the hell knows when it will actually land in my state, lol. Served cold and poured into a couple pint glasses. This one was consumed on 06/18/2010.

Really great pour here as the light golden amber quickly filled up the glass with tons of bubbling white foam. Crowning the top and hanging on for what seems like an eternity thick, coating lace is dropped all over the glass.

The aroma was thick with peppery spice, grassy notes, lots of herbal, earthy, and grainy hops. A touch of light peach or pear in here as well. Really just a nice well rounded aroma. Taste rolls through with loads of pepper, coriander, touches of grain. A gritty, earthy taste and feel to it as it was light in body but I felt as though I was chewing it. Light finish, light tartness, dry, very dry with a touch of a peppery spray an lemon in the finish.

Overall a really nice and different beer. I really enjoyed this tremedously.

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

750ml bottle, with an easy to open cork, gotta love that, just a quick pop, and everything's, ya know, coming up aces!

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden straw colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and burbling off-white head, which leaves an image of rocky land-bridge lace around the glass in its funeral dirge wake.

It smells of mildly boozy lemongrass, grainy and gritty pale malt, a touch of barnyard funk, and further leafy, earthy hops - very inviting in its unusual nature. The taste is softly grainy, kind of sugary pale malt, tart lemon meringue pie, a bit of nonassignable woodiness, more isolated musty funk, and zesty, grassy hops.

The carbonation is a mite bit strong up front, but settles to a dull frothy roar soon enough, with a tiny rising bubbles Champagne sort of charm. Amidst all this, a solid medium-weight body presents, though struggling (successfully) to be smooth amongst that Vietnamese takeout citrus onslaught. It finishes off-dry, clean, zesty, and still a bit tart - oh yeah.

Wow - a saison with some game reformulating New World cojones, and a zingy fruitiness that just wouldn't let me stop tipping that glass back, not to mention its superb masking of a respectably hefty 7.6% ABV, at that. A splendid display of a heretofore unknown hop to this humble Joe, and seriously worthy of seeking out.

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to see breweries like Brooklyn be innovative in making and using rare and exotic products to their product lines.Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed lemon yellow with a large blossoming white head that clung like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.So much going on in the nose it took awhile to pinpoint everything,white pepper,grass,herb,and as others have noted a bit of cedar,light phenols with some clove showed thru as well.Flavors are quite dry and spicy with lemon being most prominent,a big spiciness rolls thru as well,somewhat medicinal in the finish.This is different and I like it,I normally dont single out a saison to buy,this I did and am happy for it.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Dan (Wowcoolman) - Thanks.

A: Pours from a C&C bottle a clear yellowish pale with a bit (+ 1") fluffy white head and little lace.

N: Yeasty bread, spicy black peppercorn, floral, and lemony with a somewhat rice-like quality.

T: Mainly follows the nose. Lots of bright yeast and spices with a smooth citrusy finish.

M: Light body and prickly carbonation.

O: Very refreshing and enjoyable. Nicely done.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle - $12.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, pale yellow body with a large, rising, airy white head.

Smell: A delightfully spirited nose, replete with vivid notes of Meyer lemons, budding Springtime flowers, lychee fruit, fresh basil, pilsner malts, and lighter hints of alcohol and a background funkiness.

Taste: Pils malts with a little tanginess and a soft, honeyed sweetness washed down with a gulp of white wine. Hint of biscuit dough. Vibrant florals. Distinct taste of fresh lemon juice. In amongst the stronger tastes is just a faint hint of funk. Moist garden-grown herbs seasoned with white pepper and cracked cloves, with more emphasis on the pepper. Medium-light bitterness. A veritable round table of all the various tastes on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: An eminently quaffable, soundly complex saison, with, thankfully, not a drop more alcohol than is needed. I really enjoyed this one, Brooklyn.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

A nice extra catch when I found the BCBCS. It pours a somewhat hazy (though mostly clear) plae golden straw capped by over a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, a light funk, cardamom, hay, and mandarin oranges. The taste goes somewhat sideways: notes of grass, hoppy citrus and bitterness, greens, stinging lemon and lemongrass, garlic, and a very light butter in the background. Something is heavily amiss, though. I must just not like the sorachi variety, I guess. The body is a very light medium, with an active carbonation and a dry, strangely dusty feel. Overall, a pretty large disappointment that I chalk up to a distaste for the sorachi and the weird dusty feel.

Photo of nickfl
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of snow-white lace that rests on top of a slightly hazy straw yellow body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A lightly citrusy hop aroma with some musty yeast character. Pepper, basil and (I'm shocked, but it lives up to the description) lemongrass.

T - Tart wheat and musty hops up front with some spicy yeast character. The hops bloom in the middle with notes of coriander, basil, and lemongrass. It finishes with more citrus and just a hint of green, american-pine hops before it closes on a note of lemony hops and pineapple yeast.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This beer is really something special. The hop character is extraordinary, the lemongrass and basil notes are like nothing that I have ever had before and it was an inspired choice to use them in a saison. The spicy yeast and creamy wheat character frame these unusual hops perfectly and seem to meld with the herbal, citrus character of the sorachi ace hops to produce a very coherent, well balanced beer. There is a really remarkable lemongrass aroma and flavor that, along with notes of coriander and basil reminds me vividly of Thai cooking. This is a spectacular beer, both for the way that it showcases this new hop variety and simply as a refreshing, spicy, and very drinkable saison.

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/light amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. There really isn't any lacing, but this one has some good retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with a very strong herbal note. I'm also picking up some citrus notes from the hops. The finish has some mild alcohol to it as well.

Taste: There is a strong herbal presence, it seems to come from the hops and the yeast. Some malt, but not a ton of sweetness. The finish has a mild fruity flavor along with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoy sorachi ace hops, and I think this was a very good use of them. The finish is a bit heavy on the tongue, but overall this is a very nice beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  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!

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 jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Holy mother of pearl, I didn't even have to pull the cork out. As soon as i got the wire partially opened the cork FLEW off and hit the ceiling with eruption following. When I finally got to pour it had a huge fluffy head with bubbles and fades quickly leaving a messy lacing. Its semi hazy wheat golden orange color.

N: Nice light hops, fruity with lots of citrus and lemon, some wheat and light malts, a little sweetness. Some effervescence too.

T: Start with some wheat and malts, light sweetness, light spicy hop flavor, some bitterness with a citrus lemony light almost astringent but not quite. some hints of yeast, Belgian like, and bottle conditioning.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation.

F: Finishes lighter with some lingering wheat and light malts, some light pale hops win a little faded astringency with citrus and lemon zest. A slight dryness.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a great saison. Nice earthy tones. Grassy and only mildly funky. Carbonation is pretty high; could deal with a little less of that. But this is consistent and on the spot for the style. More of a sipper than anything else. Another nice one from Brooklyn. Keep it up, folks!

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

Served chilled in a tulip.

A - Hazed golden w/ a 2 finger pillowy white head, The lacing is very good and clings in rings to the glass. The bead is small

S - Like prefermented wort w/ a caramel maltiness and an herbal lemony spicy hop aroma

M - Crisp, med high carbonation w/ med body and mild astringent feel which also is contributed to by resinous/oily hop texture which has a dry spicy finish

T - The taste is filled with grainy light malt w/ a caramel note and toast element juxtapozed w/ a very herbal and lemony hop flavor that has a grassy light tannic tinge. The astringency is moderate w/ a crisp citrus finish. The balance between the Sorachi ace and yeast/malt combo is great giving a full herbal taste with a malty backbone

D - A bit highly spiced after the first and slightly acidic but plenty of malt character lends to the drinkability factor. A unique beer which I really enjoyed and could have probably handled several , very refreshing and full of flavor.

My second chance to have this great beer was at Ebenezer's Pub in Maine - served in a goblet
A -4.5 S - 5 M - 4 T - 4.5 D - 5

A - A sunny golden color w/ mild haziness and fluffy like meringue white cream w/ thick 2 fingers - the film of lace clings long after the head recedes

S - A floral -LEMONY dessert like aroma w/ herbal hop nose- lots of fruit esters from the saison yeast add depth to the smell

M - The feel is slightly, well not really slightly sweet...more sweet than spiced or bitter, but it works. herbal tinged w/ slightly spiced and tangy aspect w/ subtle astringent hop to give it depth.

T - Wow, the flavor of this is so unique like the hop it utilizes - The saison has so much Sorachi Character -and the saison yeast adds a gentle juicy qualtiy w/ herbal hop grass and light sweet malt edges it is delcious in its lemony hop and sweet saison uniqueness

D - I can't think of a beer I would want to sip on one after another more than this -wonderful drinkability - it is restrained when it needs to be and pushy in the most pleasant way. Elegant and yet dramatic with palate pleasing qualities
A kickass beer that I can't wait to try in bottles!

Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful 12 oz pour in the tall glass. Light amber color with long-lasting suds. Great mouthfeel-- both creamy and prickly. Medium body. Flavor is totally unique. Tastes like green peppers, black pepper, green apples, and jicama. Most interesting an likable flavors, however indescribable.

This is fairly malty at first, not really bitter even after the hop flavors emerge, but rather tart in the vein of many Saisons. The aftertaste touches on more bitterness. A thoroughly interesting brew I'm glad to have encountered. On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. [transcribed from notes ; 06/10/2012 visit]

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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