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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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2,064 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,064
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 174
Gots: 328 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of deadliest
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice pale and clear golden color. The head is white and rises quite readily. A little bit of lacing around the glass but not much.

Smell: A beautiful lemongrass smell with hints of yeast. The hops certainly dominate the palate quite a bit. I also get a slight citrusy taste in addition to the lemon.

Taste: A strong lemon taste with yeasty undertones.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a smooth feel.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer and I liked the Sorachi Ace hops that were used. I really enjoyed drinking a Farmhouse ale in winter.

Photo of kbrown
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kjyost
3.24/5  rDev -21%
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...

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an 750 ML bottle (corked and caged) in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Mort Subite Lambic branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: After a big pop of the cork this one pours a lightly hazy straw-like hue with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with small amounts of lacing.

S: Cracker and bready yeast up front, tropical fruit, wood and booze with a faint hint of hop at the back end.

T: Similar to the nose but with a good dose of hop and funky yeast, finishing with lemon zest and pepper.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation for the style with a crisp dry finish.

Overall tasty and fairly unique for the style. No problem polishing this one off!

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Tilley4
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting to give this one a try after hearing some good things from various folks...

A nice cloudy yeasty looking pour topped by one very impressive head... Very much looks the part of a Saison for sure...

The yeasty aromas dominate all the way here with the slightest tinge of hop aromas on the back end... Lots of lemon or lemongrass one present... Very earthy aromas as well..

Citrusy lemony wheat flavors mingle with the yeast presence here and blend fairly well... Not sure if it's an elite Saison but a pretty good effort nonetheless...

I liked it fairly well.. Not sure if I would revisit it at the price point but I'm sure glad I got to try it out...

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

appearance - straw color, hazy, medium size white head, good retention and lacing

smell - good minor funk, little barnyard smell, spicy belgian yeast (pepper, banana and minor clove), tad of a musty grain bill

taste - musty grass, belgian spice yeast, enjoying this much more than black ops.

mouthfeel - medium bodied, nice carbonation, very very drinkable (especially while going from ris to ris)

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy, off yellow straw color. Huge head on this, white, fluffy, and delicious looking.

S: Nice belgian yeast right at the front.citrus, specifically lemon, another spice in there that is very nice, though I can't figure out what it is.

T: Nice, mellow and crisp. Lots of lemon with a nice belgian yeast kick. There is something in the finish that I can't quite get, maybe fruit or a carmel. I can't really pick out the hops specifically, unless they are the unknown spice in the background.

M: Thin bodied, fairly highly carbonated. Seems about right for the style.

D: Decent all around, but I can't see buying a lot of this. It seems like a really special bottling, for a fairly average beer.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very pale yellow in color, the bottle says "sunshine in a glass" and that isnt inaccurate

S - citrus, big citrus, muscat grapes/grapeskins, champagne, yeast, clover/wildflower honey all come to mind

T - champagney dryness, some citrus, some grapeyness, the dry citric acid flavors mix with the sweetness for a faint and not off-putting vinegar flavor

M&D - super dry, very similar mouthfeel to a champagne, this doesnt deter from the drinkability, a superb brew

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy pale orange with a plume of orange/white head. retention is good with some average lacing left behind.

S: very unique aroma here, not used to this potent of a lemon scent. the tart lemon interacts with a solid malt/yeast derived breadiness.

T: a hint of cracked black pepper. just a brief tartness, the majority of the lemon flavor is cut by the yeast. the champagne yeast used for the bottle refermentation leaves an obvious flavor.

M: effervescent on a medium body.

D: very refreshing, unique take on a saison. the sorachi is really a great hop for this beer and the bottle refermentation makes for a great mouthfeel.

Photo of kew
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  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!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mikereaser
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap 8/22/09 at Ron's Original in Exton

A - pours a hazy golden yellow with 2 inches of white foam that left some decent lacing

S - strong aroma of lemon hits you first with hints of some saison funkiness

T - the lemon dominates in this one and it does it quite well, and was unlike anything else i've had. Definitely worth seeking out

M/D - nice and crisp, refreshing and great tasting. I could have had this one all day. Definitely one i'll seek out again.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,064 ratings.