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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,932
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 166
Gots: 266 | FT: 9
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Zimm, May 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

dgherm, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got around to having this, splitting it with a friend to celebrate the paying off of the first of my two student loans from Columbia. I was intrigued by the style of this beer and the Sorachi Ace hop but I wouldn't know it was Japanese unless I read what was on the bottle. This was about as a good as Saison/Farmhouse beer that I've ever had and as smooth and grassy as it was, it was also refreshing in so many ways.

The head on this beer had to be one of the largest I've ever seen, as I had pout it and let it settle several times before I had enough at a time to sample. The hue was golden and cloudy as well with the head that remained clinging to the sides of my glass as I worked my way down it. Thankfully, the carbonation that was present there was repeated in the taste, to go along with a ton of grass, straw, champagne, and a good amount of lemon zest. This had a dry mouthfeel to it with only the sourness becoming apparent in the aftertaste.

Likewise for the alcohol - this was fairly strong but in no way did the booze make itself felt until afterwards. While the earthiness of a beer typical of this style is present, the champagne yeast and mountain of bubbles gives this a very lively feel that's present from start to finish. I've never had a bad bomber from Brooklyn and this was no exception. This was wonderful and a great beer to welcome in the warmer days with!

JerzDevl2000, Apr 26, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in July in Niagara Falls, NY.

Pours slightly cloudy, pale straw yellow. Nice white head that retains, though only laces lightly. Lots of spice on the nose though accompanied by an off-putting aroma of vegetal that is quite clearly cauliflower. This is not what I'm looking for in a beer. A bit of faux-lemon in the crisp and dry body of the beer. Once again it isn't sitting well for me for what I want in a beer. The body though does have a nice black pepper taste to it... Dry and perfect mouthfeel with crisp carbonation, though the oddity of the aroma and taste knock this one right down...

kjyost, Oct 16, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

jbertsch, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

GonzoHomebrewer, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

pknyc, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

AdamP, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

spoony, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Janeinma, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

JoeMans, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

csfcmitchell, Aug 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

MN_Beerticker, Oct 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

BlueMoon10, May 25, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -57.4%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

doucmehu, Jun 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

tfsimpkins, Aug 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

braican, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a hazy yellow-amber body with a good couple inches of white-ish head that persists for a while only to leave a fair bit of lacing on the glass. Citrus - particularly lemon and pith - rule the aroma, giving off a slightly cat pee like scent. Lemon, lemongrass, pith, with notes of orange and tangerine. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Very drinkable - alcohol is well-hidden and one sip invites another for sure. Very good, though the Sorachi Ace hop flavor and aroma take some getting used to...

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 22, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jwps214, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

BKotch, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

erialbill, Apr 06, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

opulent, persistent merengue head. pale amber with sharp copper highlights. this head is epic (and that's the proper use of epic; not the bastardized synonym for "awesome" thrown around by the hipsters)

lemony aroma as promised, yes. but also kinda solventy: smells like lemon-scent windex

...and tastes like i would expect lemon-scent windex to taste. well...not really, but you get the idea (actually not even close, but you still get the idea). i will say that it dovetails stupendously with saison yeast. cardamom, coriander and perhaps some clove

big for a saison

my girlfriend is a big fan

bruachan, Sep 29, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Erik-P, Feb 09, 2014
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,932 ratings.