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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

635 Reviews
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Reviews: 635
Hads: 2,456
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 213
Gots: 530 | FT: 11
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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 Tonyjenlasc
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A straw goldenish yellow color with a good amount of carbonation. A lemony/lemongrass, Belgium yeasty funk to the nose. The taste follows with some spritzy lemon citrus notes. Lemongrass, dill, funk, clove, and some lemon peal. Light bodied and super easy drinking for 7.2%.

Haven't really found a saison that blows me away yet. (330 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy golden apricot with a couple fingers of head that settle to a film and leave some lacing Smell: sweet fruity and floral aromas
Taste: Lightly bready sweet with some fruity acidity and floral notes. The initial sweetness fades beautifully into a dry mildy bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat perceptible. I didn't get much funkiness with this saison.
Feel: Light-medium body with decent carbonation, but not the effervescence you get with some of the best saisons

Overall: A great light and dry saison with some decent complexity. The only letdown was that the carbonation was not as explosive as my favorite saisons - this affects both the appearance (head) and the mouthfeel. Overall, however, this is one of the better values among the quality saisons I've tried. I expect many repeat purchases. (811 characters)

Photo of rjd722
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Town Pour House, pours hazy golden-yellow with minimal head retention. Lemon aroma, really not too intense. Nice lemon-zest/lemongrass notes, strong cloves appearance, very herbal and earthy. The hops come in strong and don't disappoint. Definitely an interesting hop, the sorachi ace, never had anything quite like it! (333 characters)

Photo of Randomblitz
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just found this at my local and was very surprised! At first I thought it was a Belgian Wit as these hops have a bit of coriander too. Regardless it's a good ale! (162 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Zaktcc
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of SSS
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy yellow with no head retention.
S-I get a heavy dose of Belgium yeast with very little earthy lemongrass
M-Light body with little bubbles leading the carbonation
T-The bitterness from the hops are smooth, the Belgium influence is tangy and acidic. I don't get much malt character. The Sorachi Hops are layered within the Belgium style of this beer, but I'm afraid the yeast and tang take center stage
O-Unfortunately I am not a fan of Belgium beers and this one is exactly that. I would have loved to taste and smell more of the Sorachi. Try it, but I don't think I will again. (586 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, this beer is a delight to the taste buds. Crisp hops highlight the distinct malt-yeast profile and elevate this beer. Medium to light body with moderate carbonation. This beer could be both savored or consumed rapidly it is so easy on the palate. (254 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 9.4 FLUID OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It pours a pale yellow color and hazy. It has thousands of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to feed the persistent white head that leaves some lacing.

I get some lemon. No funk. No tartness. No pepper. Seems lacking in aromas.

The taste has a little of that dank basement, mildew/mold that I expect out of my saisons. I get the lemon too.

Thin and effervescent mouthfeel

At first I thought this beer was boring and tasteless, but the lemon builds, and it has become a refreshing summer beer. (565 characters)

Photo of pugbutter
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very, very bizarre; while it's in your mouth it's got a cloying, banana Laffy Taffy sort of profile, but one you swallow there's a big kick of black pepper bitterness. The lemonade-yellow color does nothing to dispel the oddness.

It's growing on me. (250 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange color with 1 inch white head that disappears rather quickly.

Aroma is slightly muffled. I get primarily a yeastiness and a slight hay note. Some citrus, mostly lemon.

Taste melds the major flavors of lemon, lemongrass, bitter green tea, mild peach, and a present earthy yeast note. Definitely taste the unique hop flavor. It reminds me of a unsweetened, concentrated green tea mixed in. The finish is very dry with ample carbonation throughout.

The beer is definitely unique and very drinkable. The only downside I see is the overly dry finish. It makes the beer seem uneven and doesn't invite the desire for another sip. The actual flavor though is great and unique! I see this pairing well with a chilled udon noodle salad with sesame, green tea vinaigrette. It gets a 89/100. (800 characters)

Photo of kenstogie
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good as in very good beer.... lighter and very carbonated you do pick up on a lemony citrusy thing, great for summer. Has some kick forma lighter beer. Hides the abv quite well. (178 characters)

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. (1,637 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 8/15. Pours a semi-cloudy gold. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of light lemon or lemongrass with a subtle yeast character.

Light medium body with a texture that has creamy aspects. Superbly well carbonated with nice effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding profile is intense, somewhat complex and is hop and saison flavor forward rather than balanced. It begins with a lemon like flavor that flows into the spicy Sorachi hop. A very subtle mild bitterness emerges in the middle over a weak biscuit character. From the middle on, the slightly funky farmhouse character dominates. The dry finish lingers with a receding lemon flavor over farmhouse funk. (702 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from a bomber into a GI tulip

a: huge puffy white eggshell head on top of a hazy pale straw
s: lemongrass, faint ginger and green mint, earthy peppery yeast, a little like champagne...very interesting and inviting, especially in the summer
t: like the nose: crackery wheat, lemony-limey zest, earthy-spicy-funky depth...lots of great things here...somehow the sum doesn't add up to more than the excellent individual parts for me, but this is still really good and quite unique
f: best thing about this one...ends dry like champagne, good prickly peppery spicy yeast and a little spritz of lemon-limey citrus (610 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is lemons, yeast, mild sweetness and bread. The flavor is citrus, lemons, mild/medium sweetness and a mix of slight tartness/mostly smooth throughout in the finish. (171 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy light golden, modest creamy head, good lace retention. Fruity in the nose, mainly pear. Some barnyard aroma, particularly hay. Fruity taste like pears soaked in alcohol . Dry white wine like feel. Very smooth and drinkable. A really good beer. (265 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass.


The beer pours a hazy golden lemon color, light hues of copper and peach, cloudy with minimal glass activity. The beer boasts a thick, white, soapy head, about two fingers tall that has nice retention and leaves thin spots of lace behind. The aroma is pleasant, lemon citrus, nice estery yeast that brings out some berry fruit and stone fruit, barnyard, grassy floral character, peppercorn and crusty cereal grain. The flavors echo the nose well, lots of pepercorn and lemon rind, nice balance, the lemongrass aspect really pops with this beer, a bit dirty, the barnyard is more potent on the tongue, less fruit flavor and a crustier malt profile, still pale and biscuity, but just more tough and toasty. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, lively, zippy, zesty, light prickliness from the carbonation, which is medium to high, and finishes easily with a bit of a dry bite.


Verdict: A nice saison from Brooklyn, the Sorachi Ace hop definitely is the focus, lots of lemon grass, citrus flavor but it also has that characteristic pepper and earthy flavor that fits in nicely with the saison. This hop has generally been my least favorite hop for a standard american pale ale or IPA, but it lends itself nicely to this beer. (1,269 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 12, 2015

12 oz bottle, water glass

A – Light to medium-light gold, and moderately hazy. A thin layer of bright white head with fairly low retention.

S – Very peppery, with a sharp lemon-lime aroma, along with flowers and perhaps fresh-cut grass. Flour and uncooked bread dough.

T – Lemon and some peppery spice, a low but sharp hop bite on the finish. Flour malt. Some low floral notes.

M – High carbonation, somewhat sudsy, and dry throughout. No real impression of sweetness, and only mild hop bitterness, mostly on the finish. Very balanced.

O – The hops used here really are perfect for a saison, blending well with the peppery notes of the Belgian yeast. A really enjoyable take on the farmhouse ale. (732 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright golden straw color with white head

Smell - lemongrass, coriander, ginger, lemon

Taste - ginger, coriander, lemongrass, lemon zest

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, citrus/lemongrass upfront, middle is tart/sour/bitter, dry finish

Overall - good saison that is a little bit more sour, tart and bitter than other examples I've had

Price point - $7.99/4 pack 12 oz bottles (405 characters)

Photo of OleSkeen
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Still one of my top 5 favorite saisons.
Beer advocate: it would be awesome if us users could users to upload our picture of the beer we're checking in on the mobile app instead of having to use the website every time! (219 characters)

Photo of carborundum
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been a fan of this style until I tried Sorachi Ace. Poured into a large Cab wine glass it produced a nice white head over a hazy yellow colored brew which dissipated slowly with a lot of lacing left in the glass. Aromas of cut grass, lemon, wintergreen, cardamon, cinnamon and clove. Initially there was a sweet sour taste followed by a pleasant spicy tartness that lingered with a light but substantial mouth feel. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this Saison/Farmhouse ale. (485 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow brew topped with a moderate white head with good retention.

Aroma is fairly neutral; I'm drawing nearly nothing out of it cold, save a touch of yeast.

Flavor is unimpressive. Yeast esters are front and center, and while there's a bright citrus note lurking in the background, it's far lighter than I would expect or prefer.

Feel is excellent; impressive drinkability, lively without too much bite, medium-light bodied.

I wonder if the keg was old, because the ratings for this beer are quite high, but I just don't get it. It's got almost nothing that I want out of a Saison, and the Sorachi Ace hops didn't add anything notable to the experience. (666 characters)

Photo of thebeers
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with a finger of bright white head. Strong aroma of lemongrass and Belgian yeast, with a touch of banana, all carrying over to the taste along with a lemony and slightly soapy flavor and a peppery bite and some tropical fruit on the backend. Light bodied and fairly dry. Pretty great. (299 characters)

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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