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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,129
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 182
Gots: 354 | FT: 9
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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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2.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Hazy golden. Fine-bubbled white head settles shortly. Spotty lacing.

S: Lemongrass, pulpy lemon, pithy. Big yeasty undertones, peppery, perfume. Cracker and shortbread malt.

T: Lemony, lemon grass, lemon head candy, very herbal. Jasmine. Yeasty and earthy. Slightly medicinal. Juicy tropical fruits. Simple toasty and grainy malt base. Dry. Yeasty, herbal, and lemony finish.

M: Medium bodied. Round, creamy, and a little chewy in that floury yeast type of way. Fluffy. Very smooth and enjoyable feel.

O: With a neutral malt character, this beer is all about the interplay of the Belgian yeast strain and the unique Sorachi Ace hops. The hopping itself brings enough complexity to drive the beer and keep the drinker interested throughout the session, but the yeast character adds much too. It really gets its hooks into you and draws you in with each sip. As far as pairings go this is an absolute slam dunk with sushi.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SFC21
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a huge 3 inch head that dissipates somewhat quickly down to about 1/2 inch.

S - wow, smelled amazing from the second I popped the bottle. The lemon zest combined with the floral aroma of the Sorachi Ace hops is heavenly.

T - Follows the nose. Lemon zest, some orange citrus, floral from the hops, finishes a little peppery. Delicious and refreshing.

M - light and airy with lots of carbonation. Again, very refreshing, great for a hot summer day.

O - While a bit pricey this was well worth it. An excellent take on the style that I enjoyed immensely.

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4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT, 9.4 FLOUID OZ. bottle of this from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC for $12. Poured from the Corked/Caged bottle w/ an Ace of Diamonds Card as the label and Gold Lined trimming into a 16oz Guinness Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a high fruity aroma from the beginning with a musky background. A nice citric and floral hop aroma comes in towards the end.

Appearance- Pours a huge 5 finger head that stays forever! Has a golden body thats a bit cloudy. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- A nice combination of barnyard, citrus, and musky notes all the way through. This muskiness I keep finding isn't disappointing though. A perfect contribution to a great Saison! Has light spices and bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Highest Carbonation, Goaty and musky finish. Very effervescent!

Overall Impression- Just when I think I've had some of my favorite Saisons (whether from Fantome, The Bruery, or others), another great one pops up! Such a nice brew, I'm wondering how this musky characteristic came into play? Perfect amount of citrus and sour notes. Can't say one characteristic overpowered another one. Very well balanced! Recommend if you have a chance and enjoy the Saison style.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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

Bottling day at St. Somewhere and someone brought a bottle of this in.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a nice light yellow color,somewhat hazy and heavy bubbling action going on in the glass. Nice two finger frothy white heading. Very alive.

Nose is unlike anything I have smelled in a beer. Heavy lemon citrus blast with a heavy herbal character. Slightly spicey but a heavier almost listerine like quality really takes over the entire nose.

Again with that twist of an aroma it is hard to follow with the taste. All of the elements of the nose but a bit more of a peppery finish.

Light bodied,very crisp,awesome carbonation but maybe a tad bit watery.

All and all decent. After hearing so many good thing's I was anxiuos to try but in the end a little bit of a let down. Anyway this will be my last review while living in Florida.

2/11/15
Re-reviewed after a few years. Again it's amazing how the palate changes. The new release in 12 oz. bottles. Quite possibly the best saison I've had in quite some time. Thinking about it I never found an expiration date on the above review, But this bottle had a 28 Apr consume by ? Anyway total night and day since my last review.

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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle (fresh one, another in the cellar) into a tulip glass, a cloudy light golden colour, really good white head with nice retention and lacing.

A - notes of bright meyer lemon, green tea, verbena and dill. clean pilsner malt, white pepper, with a a solid saison yeast backbone, almond,creamy yeast. As it warms it gets a bit more peppery and sharp. Lovely.

T- starts with a creamy lemon tea note, dill, with a creaminess and full light malt body. Full lemon zest, and lemonade notes, and a herbal character, some floral characters as well but really it is a dance between the lemony sorachi and the creamy yeast.Yeast brings some almondy creamy hay notes and a bit of earth. And altogether it is a delightful beer. Lingering herbal bitterness.

M - moderate body with a strong settling carbonation, very light and playful on the palate and deliciously easy to drink. No alcohol presence, there is a little verbena oiliness but it is a very tasty saison with a crisp dry finish.

Such a lovely beer, really brings to the fore what this hop has to contribute, lovely complex lemony, herbal floral notes and a very clean malt profile lend it a nice balance and a pretty ridiculous drinkability for the abv. This wouldn't be a go-to saison for me but I thought it was a pretty masterful combination that worked really well. Would definitely look forward to this again.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The "lemon" flavor is overstated in this so-delicious Sorachi ale. To be true, lemon is certainly there, but the ratio of lime aroma/flavor to it is about 2:1 (i mixed the fresh juices of each just to see), surely with some banana and floral phenols from the yeast, tropical-ish cannabis, and a dab of sugar-cookie malt in the mix. This goes for smell and taste.

Hazy, lite-brite sunbeam yellow in color, with a healthy rise in cottony foam on the pour. Cotton-candy like bands of lace to and fro. Mellow citrus-peel flavor and bitterness matched with smooth, spicy alcohol warmth up front on the palate, and a fine foundation of doughy, cereal-like pale malt to balance. Light and fluffy texture, disappearing soft-dry, leaving only spicy, cozy alcohol warmth and a semi-sweet/bright-fruity blend of the eponymous hops and esters.

They appear to have kept the recipe simple here and those that follow that blueprint are often the best beers, no? This was my introduction to Sorachi Ace hops a few years back and I savor that flavor in any beer I've had containing them since. So distinctive. WOuld match so well with a light, fruity dessert or peppery salad. Really stellar job on this one!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,129 ratings.