Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 629
Hads: 2,409
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 211
Gots: 502 | FT: 11
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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 greenmonstah
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Allagash tulip/chalice glass

A - Seriously effervescent. Duvel territory or beyond. Massive head with a huge stream of bubbles coming from the base of the etched glass. Three to four fingers of a tan head rest atop a lightly orange, chill-hazy golden ale.

S - Fresh and clean, with peppery spicy yeast, lightly bitter and lemony hops, and some grain.

T - A bit spicy, a bit bitter, the beer does a good job of more closely incorporating the hop into the commonly less-hoppy saison. It is light and refreshing but also biting with pepper notes and hoppy bitterness. Lemony too!

M - Light body with a ton of carbonation that goes great with the flavor, plus a drying finish.

O - Very good beer and unlike any other saison I have had. The Sorachi Ace hop seems to be bittering and lemony in my experience here, need to seek out other beers that feature it. (870 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 jamescain
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a big fluffy creamy white head that clings to the side of the glass and slowly fades to a thin lacing. The aroma is a combination of lemon and grass (hence lemongrass) and spicy black pepper notes. There is even a hint of orange. The taste is very yeasty and spicy with lemon notes. The mouthfeel is light-medum with a dry finish and highly effervescent. Overall I'm glad I finally tried it and would definitely drink more. Sorachi Ace hops have a very unique aroma. (540 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -2.4%

I love this beer. I've had it a few times on tap and in growlers. I don't know how to describe the flavour I pick up other than a hint of bubblegum. You might think it would be bad but this beer is great! (204 characters)

Photo of TommyW
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear, dull-gold body with a white head that clings a bit.

S- Smell is a nice blend of Belgian yeast aromas (fruity and a bit medicinal) along with lemony hops.

T- A nice mix of fruity flavors with a touch of Belgian yeast funkiness; this blends into a lemongrass flavor and hop bitterness. The bitterness doesn't linger too long, but the lemongrass flavor really does.

M- Medium body with a crisp-to-medium carbonation.

D- A nice use of these rare hops; the lemongrass really comes out nicely and stands-up to the Belgian yeast flavors. (544 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Some carbonation with large head, quick dissipation. Good lacing. Hazy yellow body.
S: flowery, Coriander.
T: crisp, citrus, lemon.
F: thin, easy drinker, dry finish. (170 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice sun tan blond with a big foamy white head. A distinct and attractive hop nose, big and bold but you can tell its not a bitter hop.
The taste was big and full with traces of orange, pineapple and pear. A little cloudy almost like a wheat beer.
I had this a year ago, loved it and still enjoy this one
The biggest characteristic is the nose with a big smell of fruit and balanced hops (395 characters)

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

Pours a light gold color with haze. White head forms up quickly and has great retention and lacing in my Brooklyn tulip.

Aroma is of wet leaves and hops with a touch of saison yeast fruitiness. The hops add a grass, basil, and lemon grass character. I'm not getting a ton of lemon or lemon cleaner aromas as suggested, but that may be because of the age.

Up front on the palate is a crackery malt flavor that shifts into a snappy, dry finish of hops and peppery yeast. There is a great hop flavor all the way through, with grass, leaf, and spice notes. Mouthfeel is light, bubbly and refreshing. I could easily go for more of this. I wish the price was a little lower, but if they make another fresh batch of this, I'll probably splurge. (739 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Platinum Liquor, into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Really pretty hazy golden pour. Nice hiss as it comes out of the bottle and into the glass. Good white, tightly packed foam building on top before settling to a level just above film.

Smells of lemon and lemongrass. Makes HopBack Taiphoon seem tame. A little sweet at times, but the lemon definitely dominates any belgian yeast character that tries to get through.

Tastes of belgian yeast to begin. The lemon and lemon cleaner comes through in the middle. Some lemon sulphur gets through later and as this warms up. Probably the best experience i've had with Sorachi Ace hops. More lemon and lemongrass and less "in your face" sulphur.

ABV is higher, some vinous up front. But otherwise, pretty sessionable and drinkable given the specs and hop used. Body isn't too big at all.

Best use of Sorachi Ace hops i've come across. Nice showcase for it and it doesn't totally take over in the taste with the belgian yeast enough to work with it. Lovely beer and a lot of fun to drink. 750ml serving size is also about right, enough to drink on your own, but still a decent size to share. (1,144 characters)

Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a large white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of nice lacing.

Aroma is very fruity upfront with green apple, pear, banana and lemon all coming through.

Tastes of sweet Belgian yeast with light fruit notes, some spice, some lemon zest in the finish and all with a nice balance of hops throughout.

Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Dry, crisp, very refreshing. This one is quickly becoming one of my favorite saisons around. (484 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a very highly carbonated, yellow, pale cloudy color with a big foamy head that leaves nice lacing. Complexities in the appearance are ridiculous. Smells lemony, with some white pepper, a touch of radish and maybe some light minty pine. Taste is very complex, bitter, astrigenty, then sweet, wheaty, bready and some white pepper on the finish. Dry as can be, perfect substitute for white wine. Nice carbonation, might be a tad too high even but solid. Drinkability is high on this one as its so refreshing. drank nearly the whole bottle myself. (595 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 2 inch ultra white head. Body is a hazy, lemon-yellow color. Lots of bubbles and carbonation, head retention and lacing are great.

First smell is of spicy yeast, peppercorns, and clove. Also hints of straw malt and lemongrass. Hops are really light and alcohol isn't detected.

Taste is light and crisp, with lots of spice and pepper bite. A lemony twang is also in the mix, with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Not getting much hops, some citrus, light malts round out the beer.

Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, and astringent. Head contributed a little to the beer.

Overall this is a semi sessionable, refreshing beer. Would pair great with salads or lemongrass chicken/asian food. Not my favorite style but its a solid beer and glad I tried it. (769 characters)

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

ST: 750ml poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Hazy orange with a thick billowy white head. The head has nice retention and leaves large swaths of lacing. It has a lot of carbonation.

S: Great aroma that seeps out of the glass: lemon, dusty earth, sour pear, spice, and biscuit.

T: Starts out with biscuit and spice then crisp tart lemon, sour apple. gritty mineral earth. Nice bitter hops show at the end along with earthy qualities which balance the sweetness level.

M: Medium and semi-dry.

O: This is a fantastic beer and, more to the point, a fantastic saison. The wonderful complex aroma (which is noticeable as one pours the beer into a glass) matches a nice flavor profile of spicy fruit and earth. The great carbonation keeps the beer fresh and crisp. However, the finish could perhaps have a bit less bitterness since citrus is already the star of the the beers flavor. I would also have liked it to be a bit more on the sour side. Slight negatives aside, this is an excellent beer well suited for the summer, and (really) it is good enough to be enjoyed year round. (1,086 characters)

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

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | 750 ml. | 7.6% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: Tulip

Limited:
"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."

Presentation:
I really like the playing-card shaped label. It adds visual flair.

Appearance:
Hazy straw and a wispy, white head.

Aroma:
A spirited nose, streaked with lemon peel, a touch of basil, floral notes, lychee, and pilsner malts.

Taste:
Pils malts upfront followed by a tangy lemon zest and honeyed sweetness. Floral notes dance in the background, where black pepper, cloves, and other garden herbs lurk. Dry and funky finish.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and well carbonated, though not remarkable in any way.

Harmony:
Complex, good alcohol balance, and a profusion of funky flavors. Not for everyone, but a delightfully unique brew.

Would I get it again?:
Maybe. For once I might be satisfied with only one shot at a one-off.

Served: June 2010 @ Ginger Man (1,065 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into bordeaux glass.

Aroma: A prominent lemony citrus-tea tartness from the Sorachi Ace hop. The aroma profile which evolves from tart to spicy over time, and there is also some noticeable funky brett in there as well.

Appearance: A thick, white 3 finger pillow of light foam, which leaves excellent lacing on the glass. Body is a hazy golden yellow with a tinge of orange. Effervesence is visible through the side of the glass. Unmistakeably a saison!

Flavor: Similar to aroma profile. At first, the flavor struck me as being a mix of tart, lemony hop with some underlying white-peppery bitterness. The beer evolved in the glass, though, and presented some graham cracker-like sweetness, and some yeasty spiciness. Toward the end of the glass, I really began picking up on a wild horse blanket note from the brett. Definitely an enjoyable ride flavor-wise.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-to-high crisp carbonation. Slight estery pepperiness.

Overall: I wasn't sure about this one at first, but found it to be highly enjoyable. Saisons normally have quite a bit to think about in the areas of aroma & flavor, and this one definitely did as well. A very refreshing brew for a hot day. I'd recommend this one as a potential pairing for any dish w/ which you might consider a pinot grigio or even a sauvignon blanc! (1,343 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium glass pale yellow with a thick white head. Not much of a scent to this, especially missing a belgian yeast smell I find in most Saisons. Tastes very sour/bitter, an odd variety that I can only account to the Sorachi Ace hops. The champagne yeast is very noticable as well. The mouthfeel is par for the style. But other than that, I don't think I enjoy this sorachi ace hop very much. Might just be me. (427 characters)

Photo of Nutwood
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw this on the new drafts board at my main spot. Inquired about the style and was informed is was a Saison on tap.

Draft, 10 oz. pour into a goblet at ideal temperature.

A: Rich, slightly hazed golden color; half-finger of lingering head, a nice slightly yellowish off-white that lingered and laced pleasantly.

S: Country air aroma of hay, light fresh earth, spice, a touch of pine and lemongrass, an impression of tropical and floral without being sweet or perfumey. Nice notes of yeast hinting at the flavor to follow.

T: Follows nose and adds delicately balanced malt and hops. Taste is assertive but not aggressive; complex but very cohesive. Any bitter components present in the Sorachi hops are subdued and integrated into the overall complexity. There is a mellow spice hops flavor balancing the malt on the front, and the finish returns to the floral and lemongrass. There is a bit of elusive fruit here, the closest I can come is pear. After-taste is lip smacking fresh and clean and makes you want to savor and reflect before sipping again.

M: Medium body with carbonation present but in proportion to the flavor; the bubbles have presence but do not interfere with the taste.

O: This beer for me was inspiring; after a day of very high IBUs this was a refreshing eye-opener. It showed up big-time and reminded me there is more to beer than booze, bitterness and in-your-face attempts at "boldness". This is personal and is probably just an individual reaction, but the second and third sips of this gave me a bit of goose-flesh. This is a beer I will return to soon and often. (1,596 characters)

Photo of Vixie
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a hint of orange. Forms a huge white head that lingers, pour this one slowly.

Smell is a bit bread like, then gets sweet with a lot of lemon as well as fresh mown grass. The smell makes me think of the outdoors.

Kind of hard to pinpoint the exact flavors here, but what I am tasting works. It comes across as earthy, grassy and floral, with a hint of fruit. Finishes with a hop bitterness that is not overpowering, but lingers in a nice way.

Nice feel to this one, there is a good amount of carbonation, so you will feel this one going down. Still, it's smooth, and a bit lively.

This is an unusual beer, and in a good way. Hard to pinpoint any one thing about it, but the overall package works very well. Nice and complex, and goes down easy. I would happily have this one again, highly recommended. (836 characters)

Photo of ToddT
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy pale golden yellow with ample carbonation in the large off white head. Head is sticky and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Strong citrus and lemon character in the nose, very forward. Some hints of barnyard funk in the background, along with pepper, spice, and some alcohol heat.

T- Lemon and pepper flavors very forward at first. A bit of funk appears, well done not overly funky or sour, to balance things out and leads to a crisp, clean, and dry finish. Slight note of hop bitterness at the finish along with a slightly tart aftertaste, leaves you wanting just one more sip.

M- Creamy and smooth almost buttery, well carbonated but not overdone here either.

D- Very drinkable and accessible for the style. The 7.6% ABV is well hidden only a slight note in the nose.

Great beer, if you run across this buy it and enjoy it. (843 characters)

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

I've heard good things about this one in the past and I finally saw it locally.

A - Slightly cloudy bright gold. Cloudy with a good 1" pillowy white head with good lacing.

S - Initially the Belgian tart character hits but is accompanied by a lemony punch, sweet grain, and fresh dank hops. There is more Belgian phenolic character than hops but it is a nice combination.

T - Again the aroma resonates with the classic Saison character first and then the rush of lemon that is from the hops, the yeast, and acidic carbonation. Also has subtle hints of spice and grain but not the main attraction. The finish is clean to slightly sweet and a Belgian tone that is pretty tasty.

M - Light mouth-feel. Has high carbonation. The light body make this brew refreshing with a soft finish that is lemony.

Overall, this is a very good Saison with pronounced lemon flavors. Definitely not my favorite style and I have had other Belgian beers with more hops that I liked more but it is very drinkable. Not top 50 material but if you like Belgians and pale ales this is definitely worth a try.

Glass- Perfect Pint (1,108 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden in color. Lots of bubbly carbonation and huge, soapy white head that has staying power...has tons of nooks and cranies. Great looking texture. Once the head finally retreats into the beer, there's a pretty thick film and lots sticky lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Zesty lemon, bretty funk, Belgian yeast, pear/apple like fruit. Pleasant.

T: Lemom and yeast are the first things I notice followed by a subtle pear like flavor.

M: Dry and tingly from the heavy carbonation.

O: Very drinkable in spite of its dry quality. Not the best saison I've ever had, but still pretty good. I would definately buy this again..if only to admire its appearance. (666 characters)

Photo of smbslt
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So this is what's meant by the champagne of beers.

A: Big, bright white 3 finger head with a swirling tempest of carbonation feeding it.

S: Yeasty. Picking up on some esters but not not much of anything. Head is very stable and creamy not breaking up much to smell.

T: Bitter, peppery, herbal primarily with grass and lemon as well. If this is the Sorachi hop then so be it if not the hops are lost (wasted) in the dryness and alcohol.

M: Initially the carbonation does not help keep the beer on the tongue. After the carbonation dies down a bit it thickens up and flows better.

O: I would not say this is all that drinkable. To much alcohol to be refreshing. Seems somewhat high maintenance. I could not enjoy by itself, with some cheese it was better. This should not be a sipping type of beer (802 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, this is quite a novel beer. Here goes:

A: Pours cloudy yellow with a small head. While the lacing is good, beers of this type usually have a much larger head than this one. Also, the carbonation is less than in other saisons. just 'meh.'

S: Wow, smell is great. Ton of citrus, lemongrass, white pepper. Belgian yeast also imparts scents of clove, grainy bread, and spices. Exquisite.

T: Hops are good but a little muted relative to the smell. Fortunately, the bready Belgian yeast really makes presence known. Well-balanced beer between the hops, yeast, and malt.

F: Good.

O: A good beer. Some drawbacks, but a very original saison. (658 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark straw, with a strong frothy head that billows over the top of the glass.
Smells of nice mild hops, that are extremely appetizing.
Taste is citrusy, but also has a good amount of alcohol bite.
The bite is not overwhelming, and the taste from the sugars is so well balanced by the hops.
This is a fantastic saison, and I would recommend it to anyone! (369 characters)

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

A: Pours a hazy golden blond color with a foamy 3-4 finger head that sticks around for a while. Carbonation is seem rising up the sides of the tulip glass. After waiting a few minutes, the head has mostly dissipated to a generous and thick lacing.

S: Lemon zest is right up front with no other major scents detectable. There is a slights smell of yeast and funkiness. There's almost a slight straw sensation as well.

T: Mostly the same as the smell, with the Sorachi Hops dominating. The lemon hoppy-ness is complemented by spices and a faint bready maltiness.

M: Very crisp, yet slightly carbonated on the mouthfeel. Not overwhelmingly carbonated, just enough to add to the crispiness without taking too much away.

D: Very drinkable, this is a great summer beer for those that enjoy some carbonation to mix it up once in a while. (836 characters)

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