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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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647 Reviews

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Reviews: 647
Hads: 2,527
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 22%
Wants: 222
Gots: 577 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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 rogueleonardi
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - golden blonde, high carbonation with tons of bubbles coming from the bottom, and a good inch of pure white head.

S - Lots of yeast, some citrus, mostly likely lemons or lemon peel. Nice malt aroma to it as well

T - Definitly not what I was expecting. On the bottle they describe this as "Sunshine in a bottle." With that kind of description I was expecting a much more dynamic citrus taste. Maybe some oranges and grapefruit with the lemons. Instead it was just a small out of bitter lemon flavor with a ton of yeast and some sweet malt that tried to even out with no success.

M - Lots of carbonation, felt good on the tongue. Bitter, and with the high amount of yeast it was rough drinking.

O - This was a pretty average beer. Nothing exciting about it. I've had blue moons that have tasted better. Was not worth the $14 that I paid for 750ml.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sorachi Ace from the bomber, poured into a square mason jar/jug with handle.

A: wallopping three finger head. Rocky, could support the empire state building on this head! Easily floated 4 bottle caps on it. That's that champagne yeast and bottle conditioning!!! beautiful deep yellow unfiltered hue.

S: Lactic funk and smooth malts. Lemony Sorachi Ace. lemongrass, hay. Gets medicine-y as it warms. Very slight astringent in a very, very pleasant way.

T: Smooth biscuity malts, hay field, grassy, earthy and lactics. Gently bitter finish. Very smooth. Spicy yeast and bready.

M: Smooth tight bubbles yield a very creamy experience. Deceptive due to alcohol and style because it's never cloyingly thick or overtly boozy. It started going to that grass, then funk followed by a milky, gently bitter finish. Slight booze heat on ultimate outbreath. This finish is perfect. Reminds me of pannacotta with a bittering agent. I am blown away.

O: My hat is off to the discovery of Sorachi Ace hop varietals and how Brooklyn Brewing assembled this brew. This is fantastic. It is hands down one of the best Saisons out there.

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Photo of drcarver
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - light golden color with a white head that lasts the entire beer. Great lacing that lined the entire glass. Cloudy.

S - the hop hides in the background but its there if you are looking for it. smells like a typical saison otherwise.

T/M - very nice. it has a classic saison flavor with hop dancing on the back of the tongue
. After taste lasts for while. Smooth and light almost creamy mouth feel.

D - goes down nice, but I can't have more than one.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner glass at Pacific Rim in Ann Arbor. Bottle, did not see date.

A: pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thin white ring of fizz. Little to no lacing. Modest carbonation visible.

S: Now I know what people mean when they say a beer smells like a "barnyard." There is something funky here; like wet hay and baby goats. Organic and sweet; floral and fruity all at once. Sandalwood? Patchouli? It is something unique and potent, I don't dislike the smell, but I don't know that it's one that I'd want my cologne to smell like.

T: tracks the smell; fruity, sweet, hay, malty, tart, more pronounced apricot, raspberry, maybe even white chocolate? Light maltiness, very clean lightly bitter finish.

M: lighter side of mid weight, surprised at the higher carbonation, but is by no means excessive, just more than I'd expect.

O: Always wanted to try this, so glad I did. Don't know that I'd ever get it again. Perhaps a great beer on its own, a bad choice for dinner.

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Photo of shangwang
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber with no date on bottle into DFH snifter. I've had this cellared for over 6 months.

Sorachi Ace poured a hazy straw color with two solid fingers of white foamy head which dissipated into a thin layer that remained for quite a while. Lots of bubbles. The smell was potent; lots of heavy lemon with some other tropical fruit and grass. Tasted strongly of lemon zest with some saffron and coriander, yeast, and grass. The taste mellowed out through the finish and left a light and refreshing flavor on the palate. Very light mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

Great brew- lots of flavor without being overwhelming. For a Saison it didn't have the intense spiciness and the sorachi ace hops created a really unique flavor- the taste of a hefeweizen with the texture of pilsner. Fantastic way to finish a summer weekend.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy, amber color, with a fluffy 2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing present.

S - Very pleasant aroma overall. A mix of cloves and lemongrass most dominantly. An underlying, earthy and herbal taste. Fairly distinct yet pleasantly strong aroma overall.

T - The flavor was pleasant yet overall quite expected. Dominantly a mild lemon/lemongrass-y flavor up-front with a strong presence of cloves and banana. A few spices and herbs feel present yet less distinct. Overall a fairly enjoyable beer with fairly unique characteristics. (Would be better for me aside from the distinction of banana within - not the biggest fan of).

M - Medium - full mouthfeel with the optimal amount of carbonation. Very crisp beer. A mild aftertaste notable yet not unpleasant.

O - An enjoyable overall. A great feel yet the not the greatest distinction in taste for me. For a single was decently impressed.

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Photo of weller1js
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of ikats
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of keanex
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of ausonius
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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!


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Photo of aficionado
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
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. 

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
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...

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of STEG
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of JoePat
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of mattbk
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Very, very dry. Great carbonation tingles the young. Mouthfeel not quite as nice as Hennepin. Very original taste - probably from the Sorachi, that makes this stand out from other Saisons. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol - Pours hazy golden with a large foamy white head. Medium carbonation. Nice long lasting lacing. Smell - little citrus fruits, yeasty. Taste - light citrus, hint of hops, malty, yeasty with a crisp dry finish. Very refreshing, drinkable beer for high ABV so watch out.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the slightly hazy, grain yellow color. thin white head

grains continue in the nose

bananas up front, tart in back. Lingering lemons. Sorachi Ace is an interesting hop, harking back to traditional European hops but a little spicier

Carbonation tingles the tip of the tongue but not overly so. Effervescence continues to rise throughout sitting

Overall an excellent take on a traditional beer without resorting to West Coast hops for a non-traditional spin

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.