Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,372 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,372
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 Dawkfan
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Lots and I mean lots of carbonation pushing up onto a huge fluffy bright white head that is quite active as well. Lots of large bubbles forming on the head long after the pour. The carbonation is really holding that head up nicely, drops a good amount of soft lace all over my tulip glass. The color is a slightly hazed pale yellow. Doesn't get much better than this.

S- Very strong lemon presence, which I assume is from the Sorachi Ace hop. Pale grains, white pepper, Belgian yeast and an aroma I can only describe as wet wood. Huge, huge, huge, nose!

T- Lots of Lemon Zest in the taste as well, there's a hint of citrus at the beginning. Pepper spiciness, phenols, and a herbal/leafy hopiness round this out. Big aftertaste that sits on the palate.

M- Crisp, clean, fresh, lighter bodied. Medium carbonation that tingles the throat as it goes down.

O- Tried to save some for the fish I was cooking for dinner, nada! I gotta try and get more of this stuff before it's all gone. Seemed fitting that spring had finally arrived because this is exactly what drinking this reminds me of.

Photo of weller1js
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours lightly hazy, pale golden in color (appears even paler at near the edges of the glass), heavily carbonated, with thick, very bubbly/foamy head.

smell: notes of light fruits present themselves outright, almost tropical and citrusy, further enhanced by the subtle floral hops and even more subtle yeastiness.

taste: consistently crisp, dry, and light, beginnning with a bitter and yeasty sensation, malts are wheaty and mellow, complemented by the light citrus and floral hops notes, finishes as it begins with a mild lingering.

overall: the effort put into this one is noticeable, not for complexity, but for its consistency, well done.

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

The ale pours yellow in color, a bit hazy (but not too much) and with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is zesty and refreshing. I would even say grassy, and after looking up "sorachi", I would also say definitely lemongrass. Taste is very refreshing as well. It hits first with a bit of tartness, but then it transforms to a more earthy taste. Aftertaste is very pleasant. I would call this ale light to medium-body. At first taste I found the hoppy kick a bit off-putting, but after going through half the bottle, it is definitely appreciated. Very easy to drink. Probably would taste even better if I was drinking it outside on a hot day (as opposed to inside on a cool spring evening).

Reinforces my appreciation of my local brewery - Brooklyn!

Photo of keanex
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear with a plenty of carbonation bubbles that meet a creamy 2 finger white head.

S: Lemony, spicy, and yeasty with a nice clean wheat finish.

T: Very bright tasting, lemon takes the cake with a piney hops finish. Very intense first sip that woke me up.

M: On the light side with lots of carbonation.

O: Excellent beer that I definitely wasn't ready for. I really enjoyed it and would love to pick up another in Spring to enjoy on the first day of cutting the lawn of the year.

Photo of aficionado
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware: Duvel Tulip

Rocking 4 finger head with lots of random lacing and an insane fizzy stream of carbonation.

Champagne cork pop, and more champagne yeasty characteristics on the nose. I suspect a blend of Champagne and French saison yeasts are at play here.

On the palate there is lemongrass, lemon zest, green apple, and sparse notes of unripe banana. This is also quite the dry beer and there is a lingering pleasant bitterness left after each sip.

Crisp and tingly on the tongue. Medium body, though the high carbonation contributes much to a lighter feel.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed yellow with a big, fluffy 3-finger white-colored head. Supreme retention- solid 1/3 finger layer throughout the entire drink- and soapy, sticky lace.

The nose is powerful and classic Siason- banana, cloves, straw, malty crackers and a faint funk. The Sorachi Ace hop is a perfect addition to all this- grassy and lemony with tropical touches of mango and passionfruit.

The medium-bodied palate explodes with a bright carbonation from the bottle refermentation (pushing Champagne quality with its silkiness) and settles into what feels like a dry, lemony and intensely spicy mousse. The malt is solid with that light, cracker-like vibe. The hop-bitterness is mild and balanced, while the finish is long, dry and resinous with intensely grassy flavors (both fresh and dried) and lingering hoppy notes of lemongrass and mango. The spice is also a consistent theme.

What I love most about this is how it's a beer that features a hop in its name, nicely showcases that rare hop varietal, yet sticks completely to the traditional Saison style. It has an elegance that West coasters just love to kill with their bash-you-over-the-head hop profiles. The back label claims it's sunshine in a glass, and I'd say they're pretty right on. Raw and refreshing. I hear this is going to be a year-long release now. Hope that's true cuz I could do at least one of these a week.

Photo of ausonius
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big fluffy, creamy white head. Settles in 5 minutes to thin, light, but persistent head. Little lacing.
Light slightly cloudy yellow-gold.

Aroma: Earthy, slightly herbal, flowery, creamy (Belgian yeast), grainy. Pale malt. Hops are spicy orange, with a minor note of lime & grapefruit.

Taste: Big, full, round, dry, grainy, slightly creamy.
Round earthy hops that finish piney & fine grained.
Hops are not super powerful, but the fine bitterness stays with you almost like tannin in a red wine. Gives it a seemingly very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Big & flavorful. Packed with flavor, in fact, but not at all heavy.

Drinkability: Fairly light on it's feet for a Saison so stuffed with flavor.

Beautiful stuff!

This might be one to age 12 - 30 months to see some interesting things on the palate. Not sure nose would age quite as well.

94 Points

Bravo again, Brooklyn!

Cheers!

Photo of Wadsey
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear pale gold with 3-inch, white head that crashes quickly and leaves modest lacing. Great effervescence. 

S: White pepper and perfume/floral notes. Lot of lemon on nose, too. Some grainy malts are also evident. 

T: A touch of malty sweetness before pepper spice, grains and lemon take over.  Medium bitterness. Finish is lemon peels and lemon zest. 

M: Medium body and medium-heavy carbonation. Creamy, soft mouthfeel despite robust carbonation. 

O: Sorachi Ace hops fit well with  Saison yeast, a little too well, perhaps. This beer is quite simple, but I do find it reasonably enjoyable. 

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small table glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a yellow wheat color with a ton of carbonation flowing up toward the top of the glass. There's a huge prickly stark-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Fruity notes up front -- lemon zest and some other citrus -- as well as some funky farmhouse notes in the background.

T: Crisp citrus flavor up front with some nice bitterness to balance. The Belgian funk from the nose comes through at the end. The taste of this beer matches the smell almost exactly -- crisp, clean and refreshing.

M: Dry with some pleasant carbonation to tingle the tongue. Exactly what I would expect from a saison.

D: Very refreshing when served cold, perfect for summer.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a beautiful bomber into a pint glass.

Thick two inch rocky head a top of a cloudy yellow bed of straw, thick ample lacing.

Smells like walking into a Japaniese brothel(one can only imagine) total Sorachi hop aroma a mist a wonderful yeasty-fruity blend; very Farmhouse in it's characteristics.

Taste is delightfully resreshing and light. A perfect blend of Soriachi hops, wheat and fruity esters. Smooth...

Quaffable and most enjoyable. Extreme drinkability makes this one dangerous to session with at 7.6% ABV.

My hat off to Mr. Oliver! Thank you...

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn poured into a Hennepin flute.

A--Bright, bright yellow--the color of Troegs Sunshine Pils--with a two finger rocky head. Lots of lacing, plenty of bubbles while sitting throughout the tasting, even in a glass without a nucleation point. Very snappy looking beer, especially in the heat.

S--Heavily floral, with an oddly biting peppery back end. This is some weird hop action. No pine, no citric notes except massive LEMON I could pick up. There's also enough coriander to make an herbal tea out of. Yeast may lend some pepper, too. Malt is non-existent in the nose.

T--And the flavor spectrum. That's ok, especially given the season. Not like I was expecting much in that dept. anyway from the color. Let's stick to the hops, since they're supposed to be spotlighted. Like the nose, the flavor is very lush floral up front immediately--just a waterfall of like rose petals. Like that scene in American beauty except with beer instead of a naked high school girl. Hops quickly pan out into something more earthy and herbal, and the peppery bite of the nose is even bigger due to the (over)use of coriander. The spice really overpowers this hop-focused saison, and it tastes, honestly, more like an imbalanced wit than a farmhouse ale. The yeast from Brooklyn is just too, um, everyday (i wanna say boring but think that's too harsh) to warrant anything Belgian about it, I feel. But the hops finish is bitter and full and satisfying.

M&D--Creamy, champagne-like mouthfeel. Excellent. Drinkability takes a hit only because I'd rather see a pale ale or something that highlights the hop more, since the variety has such a damn interesting flavor profile. I feel like its characteristics are a bit obscured because of the style the brewery chose. But it does go down smooth and easy.

A big beer, not a subtle beer--and that's where I think it falls short. Brooklyn doesn't really impress when it tries to do complex, high-end brews, because they tend to blur together. Blindfolded I couldn't say I could pick this out from a Local 1. But maybe that's just me.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date suggests it's good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a hazy golden straw/light apricot color with about two inches of white head that sticks around for a good bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Quite a bit of visible carbonation where it can easily be seen at the edges.

S: It's got the traditional yeasty banana/orange/clove funk that's to be expected in this style. Nice, bright notes in the aroma, with orange and clove a bit more forward than banana. Just a bit of grape must and some cracker malts underneath it all. Nice nose.

T: Cracker malts at the very front, with a prompt introduction of some serious tartness. The clove notes are present very quickly, along with orange, (subtle) banana, and a bit of a peppery quality. The middle sees the tart continue to build, and there the hop notes begin to surface--predominantly citrus rind. This one seems to get spicier as the flavor develops. The back end has more of the citrus rind and more of the bitter, with some of those lingering spice notes of clover and cracked pepper.

F: Lighter-bodied, this one stills manages to feel substantial due to nice carbonation and creaminess. Creamy, tart, bright, and bitter in turns, this one has a very engaging consistency.

O: I'm not a huge fan of farmhouse ales, but this one is very enjoyable. I really like the flavors it's able to bring forth and still keep balanced, and the smell and feel are also excellent. This one would be fun to pair with a variety of foods, as well. I definitely recommend.

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

Mandarin orange color with a fluffy four finger head from a pour into a mikasa tulip. Smell has a definite lemongrass/lemon lime presence with some yeast showing through. Taste is very peppery and spicy with a cilantro/parsley presence lemon rind and lemongrass are present as well, interesting stuff. Mouthfeel is slightly viscous and very dry at the end. I'm fine with one bottle at a time and there are far more saisons i'd rather have, but it was worth a try.

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

Pours a golden yellow with 2 " brilliant white head. High carbonation you expect from a Saigon.

Smell is heavy on citrus and less barnyard than accustomed to for the style. Certainly a lighter crisper taste as well which my ignorance will attribute to the sorachi hops.

If you are looking for more earthy Saison this probably isn't for you but a very nice beer in many respects.

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

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

This beer pours a straw like golden color some what hazy and almost glowing with a huge white head.
I smell a lot of bananas up front and some citrus and a little bit of grassiness.
The first thing you notice in the taste is a citrus flavor with some slightly sweet maltiness and then if finishes dry with some citrus hop bitterness at the end.
Mouth feel is good but nothing special really stands out.
This is one of those beers that you could drink all day on a hot summer or warm spring day. The only think keeping you from it would be the price.

Photo of mattbk
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Initially very clear, although topped off with a bit of the bottled yeast. Golden color, very carbonated, looks refreshing, although wasn't expecting so much carbonation.
S- Belgian aroma, spicy clove, and yes, some lemon citrus. Nothing very special here, but nothing bad either.
T- The lemongrass from the sorachi comes though first, tangy. The yeast flavor doesn't come out very much against the hops. Sweet, long finish. Refreshing. Very good. Not as interesting as I was expecting
M- Light, crisp, very bubbly. Like a champagne I'd say.
O- A refreshing summer beer, an interesting aroma and flavor, nothing amazing, but definitely solid.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Cork and cage, bottle conditioned Ale, purchased 9/2011 from a very reputable supplier and stored at 40-45 degrees since.

Poured into a Duvel Signature Tulip.

Pours a huge massive foamy four finger head, which reduces to a 1/2” head and eventually a thin cap. Each pour produces another explosive head. Extremely lively.
Yellow gold color, brilliant and clean, with small bubble carbonation.

Distinct aroma of yeast, very refined and elegant. You can smell the hops, a somewhat piney resiny smell but in no way of the West Coast variety. Citrusy aromas of lemon interplay with the yeast and hops. It is very intriguing and very enjoyable.

Very crisp entry on the palate of delicious yeast and citrusy/lemony hops, it’s quite dry, Belgium in style but somehow different. A bitter middle of hops. Golden malt comes on as this ale warms, with the yeast coming and going as it pleases, but the hops never let go. The crisp acidity, medium full mouth feel and champagne like carbonation make for a wonderfully balanced ale. Delicious!

Definite bitter hops in finish, with a very pleasing malt component. Lingering hop oils on palate, with some hints of lemon here and there.

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this ale, but I am impressed. Very lively, exceptionally drinkable Saison style ale. Delicious flavors of yeast/citrus/malt and of course the hops. A rather complex ale with lots of flavors and aromas, with a surprising and very welcome dryness.
Highly recommended!

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

One of my new favorite saisons. Nice lemongrass taste and smell with a lot of carbonation. Good summer beer.

Photo of Tilly
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light gold pour. Quick dissipating white slight head. Lemon grass, malt, yeast aroma. Totally interesting taste. Definitely a unique taste like saison. Great champagne carbonation.. Light mouth feel. Try it, you'll like it!

Photo of Beerma
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer very drinkable and inexpensive yet rocked me on my ass! LOL

Photo of BrunEngr
2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The lemongrass and pepper lingers to long.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a good head and good lace. The aroma is citrusy and bready with some lavender. The flavor is spicy with a bit of cooking spice and some nice citrus. The beer is plenty dry and the bottle went away quickly between the two of us.

Photo of derekgw123
1.27/5  rDev -69%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

First and very disappointing beer I've tried from Brooklyn. Tasted very little citrus and was overwhelmed by the watered down taste of a Bud Light.

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pt 9 0z bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I could not find a bottle dated code.

Pale yellow in color, cloudy with lots of carbonation. Two finger creamy, white head dissipated farily quickly. Nice lacing left up and down the glass.

I smell lemons and grass. From the smell I get the idea this may be a little sweet. Can smell a hint of hops.

Tastes as it smells. First it's citrusy then comes the grass notes and a crisp hop finish. The hops are not overpowering but present. The taste of the Sorachi Ace hops are quite unique.

This is a light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation. I get a grassy after taste that is quite smooth. Fairly high abv at 7.6% but alchohol is not noticeable.

As mentioned before, this is a light bodied and very refreshing beer. Very tasty and would be/is excellent for a backyard barbeque when the weather is nice. I had mine with a medium rare cheeseburger with blue cheese crumbles and barbeque sauce, which turned out to be a fantastic pairing. At about 13.00 dollars a bottle i don't know how many more I'll actually drink. This would be great in a 6 or 4 pack.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,372 ratings.