Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,984
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 168
Gots: 290 | 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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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy light golden color with more than two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malts, strong lemon, bitter hops, light fruitiness. Very refreshing.

T-Tastes almost exactly how it smells. But with a bit of funky yeast added in. Pale malts, lemon, light bitterness, light apples and pear fruits.

M-light to medium, high carbonation, dry fruity finish

Overall a very interesting beer. Very refreshing, good balance of flavors.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/8" white head over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Lemon, floral hops and yeast predominate along with a strong aroma of cat urine.

T: Lemon, pepper, banana, floral hops, orange rind, wheat and yeast.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Not the most drinkable Farmhouse Ale I have had. Not worth the price tag in my opinion.

Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SalMineo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brureview
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a beautiful amber color with a 4 finger head.

A strong lemon smell from the head, and a well carbonated mouth feel.

The finish was very lemony, but not fruity-smooth as in other saisons, and the bitterness seemed out of place in this style.

Overall worth trying to compare with other saisons. I prefer a mellower saison with more fruited presence and less alcohol in the finish.

Photo of GiannaG
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of truuby536
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Pahn
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 3 inch fizzy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a few spots of lacing. Pours a hazy yellow. Not much lacing.

Smell: Effervescent Belgian yeast aromas and lemony hops. Spicy; some black pepper notes along with the lemon zest and herbal plus candy sweet yeast aromas. Good mix.

Taste: Creamy and lemony up front, then a hit of sweet yeasty flavor, with a bready finish. Moderately dry. Pleasant enough.

Further in, the dryness catches up with me (welcomely, but it is a bit much), along with some mild black pepper flavor. The sweetness also amps up, which is not a good thing. I like the savory aromas and flavors coming from highlighting Sorachi Ace as this beer does, but this sweetness is a bit sickening.

Some sips really work, especially the more savory ones. Others tempt me to pour the rest of the bottle down the drain. The good ones outnumber the bad, and it gets better with warmth. I'm not falling in love with it, but the flavor combo usually makes sense.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Creamy, with high carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

Overall: While this is not a poorly put together beer, and I strongly like some of the hop flavor, the sum of its parts just isn't working for me. Good aroma, some small wow factor in the taste, but in the end I'd rather drink something else.

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of sommersb
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 04-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Cervoise glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance features a white, huge rocky head, 4+ fingers high with excellent retention and lacing. The beer's color is a hazy golden.

Aromas are of spices and hops - unlike I've smelled before with the Sorachi Ace - which I found very pleasing to the nose. Citrus/lemon, perfume, and pine aromas compliment the funk and earthiness of Belgian yeast.

Taste is lightly sweet and also somewhat zesty and tart from the lemon or citrus character. The hops bring a medium amount of bitterness but are held in check nicely so as not to overpower the saison.

Finish is dry with a spicy and sour aftertaste. Tangy and crisp mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation.

Overall a wonderful experience. I thought the marriage of sweet, sour and bitter was remarkable.

Photo of Novanglus
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of leinie13
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy goldenrod with piles of sudsy white head. Cream of wheat, peaches, some yeast, and lemon blossoms - deep and interesting.
Wholewheat cracker, more peach and pear, some medicinal yeast in there, then some surprisingly assertive lemon hops with a definite tinge of must.
Citrus oil and white pepper finish and numbing linger. Light creeping towards medium, crispy, fizzy, a bit of mineral.

All the elements are in the right place but something's missing. Saison is all about light and refreshing, but when the hops hit along with that iodine yeast and some tin, it's bracing to the point of aggressive. Astringency leaves it good but not great.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of jhawkjedi
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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

Arrives clear and golden with a full finger plus of white foam sitting atop. Drops to a thickish film while leaving copious lace behind.
Smell is weak but notes of wheat, wet cardboard, oak and some faint malt and lemon.
Taste is exactly as expected with malt, wheat, oak, lemon (faint), and light spice notes.
Fairly full bodied for a saison with solid but not overwhelming effervescence throughout. A solid brew.

Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at Whole foods for $3. I've been waiting on trying this out as a $15 750ML did not sit right with me. This is super fresh.

Sorachi Ace pours out the spout pretty lovely, a lot of activity with a golden colored brew gliding in the glass. A nice glow to this. Rising bubbles bring forth a frothy bright white foam that sticks to the glass.

smell is pretty bright and full of Sorachi Ace scents. This really displays a dry earthy scent with some lemon and grass. A spritz of saison like yeast with a small trace of pale malts in the latter. It's quite bold and assertive at this fresh stage.

Sorachi Ace is very well balanced, the lightness of all the flavor involved brings out the slightest touch of malt evening out. Saison flavor with some strong sorachi hopping bring a hoppy outcome. Some tropical flavor mixed in with grassy flavor with a drop of malt.

Feel is medium with lively carbonation, spritzy. The flavor sticks around a bit with a nice bready aftertaste with Sorachi sitting in as well. I finished a pint with ease, I never got bored with it, and the alcohol showed just a bit with extreme warming.

Im glad they are putting this in 4 packs.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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