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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,835 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,835
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 158
Gots: 237 | FT: 7
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Hopstout, Apr 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27%

FreshmanPour77, Jul 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

WynnO, Jun 06, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last year at Clarks Ale House in Syracuse and recall it being too sweet; my expectation is that the bottle conditioned version may help in that regard. Let's see.

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a nice two inches of white head. Head keeps well, with a full and substantial lace, with some very nice stick on the sides as well.

The nose reveals a definite lemony quality, quite herbal as well. There's a bit of spice and some sweetness that has a buttery quality to it. The herbal/lemon aroma is pretty unique and I like it.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, and I'm glad to see that the sweetness is not as substantial as I remember from the draft version. The lemon and herbal flavors are prominent, and like the smell I do get a buttery sweetness which is interesting. It's like a sweet lemon butter almost; odd, but interesting. Some subtle spicing like the nose as well. Nothing much new that wasn't there. Not super complex but I like the flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium bodied and quite smooth. Not as crisp as many other saisons but it does finish clean, and I like the creaminess. This hop strain seems to have a nice oiliness to it.

This is a nice saison from Brooklyn and I am definitely glad to see that the sweetness which I recall being overpowering on draft has been muted a bit with the bottle conditioning. The flavor of this hop strain is certainly different, but it works well. A nice beer that is worth picking up if you see it.

number1bum, Jul 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

paulish, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jklecko2, Jul 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

funkel81, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

herman77, Jul 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

leprechaunandfatman, Mar 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Danobold, Feb 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

chickenm, May 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

siege06nd, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

grittybrews, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

hopsolutely, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of rtepiak
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i'm putting this up on the basis of what i had on tap at the hop leaf. by this name exactly. i haven't had all the saisons by brooklyn so it may be differently named perhaps. so if i'm off let someone know.

"Sorachi ace is a little used hop that japanese brewers created by crossing czech saaz w/ UK brewers gold. its now grown in oregon." (some backup info from hopleaf)

the beer was an eccentric saison that pours rather pale golden murky but with a wonderful tight sticky head. nose of rich herbal lemon predominately. lemon grassy, coriander, clove, licorice, and a whole lot of dandelion. rather italian in spice. robust. palate is surprisingly meaty with a lot of chamomile and what would seem like miso soup doughy. deep greens bitter that's earthy mineral but mild when blended with the lemon. although the lemon is vibrant its not very forward. the herbal quality of the beer makes it rather dry with a soft fruit sweet and predominant herbal finish. here along with the herbs do you notice the pollen and the honey of the blend. burps up lemon grass due to the lively carbonation but not bitter. mild sweet honey finish.

all in all a very unique and balanced beer with a malt character and a carbonation that seem to work with its herbal forwardness and unique hop quality. a treat.

had it again a few days later again at the hopleaf... first of the keg.

this time much leaner and not as much murk. not as herbal but just as cream of a head. seems a bit easier to take. very floral this time around. definitely a honey saison with a twist. hops had the same lemon grassy but also very pollen and a very slight sweet pineapple. but not something that made the whole beer sweet. style a large about of flower qualities. chamomile, dandelion, and honeysuckle. much crisper though. clean with only hints of a dense herb. actually quite similar to the Bière De Miel Biologique by dupont this time around outside of the that still unique but interesting miso soup doughy i mentioned earlier. better this time around though.

rtepiak, Jul 29, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brown bomber bottle, with the corked and caged presentation was top notch. The beer itself appeared pale yellow and very cloudy. The aroma was grassy, lemony, and slightly floral. The taste was like biting into a crisp cracker. The hops were more prominent than most Saisons I've tasted, and they added a lemony, herbal, and mildly bitter flavors. The malt bill appeared to consist mostly of pale varieties, which added a simple sweetness. The yeast was not as interesting as other Saisons, and added some pepper like spice, but not much funk. A bit lighter in body than the typical Saison of today too. That being said, this was very refreshing beer to drink, with little holding you back from downing it quickly.

rajendra82, Jan 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

2GOOFY, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DarthGuitarHero, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

sgttibbs, Dec 27, 2012
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4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light gold, slightly hazed, white cap has good retention and decent lace.

S/T - Slightly tart, yeast funk, hay, grass, lemon candy sweetness. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, lively carbonation, fluffy and smooth across the palate. Clean, dry finish.

O - This hop varietal seems to pair perfectly with the saison style. Accentuates the standard lemon/grass/hay flavors of saisons. Well done, I'd like to compare it to the bottle version.

garuda, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ckeegan04, Jul 23, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 14 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.4 L Kur Pils snifter.

Pours with a large white head, well carbonated. Slightly hazy pale straw yellow in color. Aroma is floral, yeasty, perfumey and herbal. Starts tart and yeasty, floral and tangy. Some lemon through the middle. Warming alcohol, medium body. A says a champagne like finish, somewhat bitter and floral. Lingering yeasty, grapey aftertaste.

At a better price point, would keep this in the house all the time.

htomsirveaux, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Gww1864, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

bauermj, Oct 19, 2012
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,835 ratings.