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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,846 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,846
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 160
Gots: 241 | FT: 7
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 HattedClassic
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

HattedClassic, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Robtobfest
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Robtobfest, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of gunclubchris
5/5  rDev +21.7%

gunclubchris, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Leftofthedial
3/5  rDev -27%

Leftofthedial, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Sinewave
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of RedSpecial1
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow with a large amount of white frothy head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: The smell is definitely characteristic of the sorachi ace hops. A strong lemon note is definitely present, as well as a noticeable yeast character.

T: A very tasty flavor, the lemon isn't overpowering, and combines well with the yeast flavor. Very refreshing.

M: Light, with a high carbonation that is characteristic to the style. Again, very refreshing.

O: A very subtle, and thirst quenching drink. This is a beer I could come back to again. Very enjoyable.

RedSpecial1, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

jkane101, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of the best beers i have ever had. no kidding. beautiful packaging cork and cage set up for 27 bucks at harry's seafood restaurant in wilmington, deleware. poured a heady golden a little hazy into a frosted pint glass. smells like a saison, yeasty, grassy, and way way way more hoppy than these usually are. almost ipa-esque in the nose. the flavor is unreal, not nearly the hop bomb promised by the aroma. instead a balanced complexity. i can detect vanilla, cut grass, citrus fruit, and a delicate malt backing band. mouthfeel is perfect, medium bodied, brilliantly carbonated, and smooth as anything. has a sort of richness in the feel that most beers dont have, especially saisons. the bottle mentions a champaigne yeast, which is the first ive heard of it, but it imparts wonderful flavor and feel to this beer. worth the money and was excellent with our massive seafood feast. i will be reccommending this beer to everyone, its absolutely winderful!

StonedTrippin, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Discordian
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Discordian, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ububru, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of coy
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking corked bottle.

Appearance.- Light yellow very foamy.

Smell.-Very aromatic citrus, herbal notes and the yeast gives a very particular smell.

Taste.- Very spiced, pepper and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel.- Medium with high carbonation.

Overall.- Wierd.

coy, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -2.7%

jak, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

blivingston1985, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light beige color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dill pickle chips with dry floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by dill pickle notes with some dry hoppy notes and some floral notes. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very funky hops in this one with solid malt backbone.

Phyl21ca, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Elfastball7, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

joesc230, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

DoctorB2B, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

djrn2, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Morey
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork and cage bottle (1pint 9.4oz) with no freshness date. This beer is re-fermented with champagne yeast.

Pours a nice slightly hazy yellow-orange peach color. The head stood about an inch tall following a pretty light pour. About 10 minutes has gone by, and the head is just barley covering the top of the beer. Some decent lacing on the glass.

I'm definitely getting the lemongrass in the aroma. Very Asian type of citrus thing going on. Champagne smell coming through nicely as well.

Soft tingling carbonation up front. Lemon and other citrus flavors are quick to follow. Just the right amount of bitterness towards the middle/finish. The carbonation hits the roof of the mouth as you start to swallow (much like champagne) making for a bubbly and refreshing finish.

Medium bodied with a bubbly/lively carbonation.

This is a really good beer overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'd heard some good things about this beer. I saw a few bottles at my local Wegmans, and couldn't resist picking up a bottle for $9.99. It's even better than I expected. Probably my favorite Brooklyn beer to date. Might have to go and grab one more bottle.

Morey, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of TheDinger
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle caged and corked poured into a weizen glass. A great looking beer with a cloudy golden wheat haze. Awesome 3 finger pillow off-white head that faded to one finger. Decent lacing start to finish. Smell was a bit faint, but picked up notes of citrus, honey, cloves and banana bread. Taste followed the nose with a tart front end and smooth finish. Some spices crept through as it warmed. A little bit of a fizzy afterhit that was odd. Didn't enjoy the bitter fizz as it sort of crowded out the citrus/fruit. Mouthfeel was a good bit of carbonation and fizz. Not watery and a little dry. Overall- I was wanting a little more from this Farmhouse Ale. The taste was a little bitter for me and I like this style with less of a hop bite. The honey, cloves and wheat are prominent up front and it is still a good effort from Brooklyn. Have yet to have a bad beer from them. Not bad and would have another. Cheers-

TheDinger, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

geo1267, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Compton25, Dec 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottling day at St. Somewhere and someone brought a bottle of this in.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a nice light yellow color,somewhat hazy and heavy bubbling action going on in the glass. Nice two finger frothy white heading. Very alive.

Nose is unlike anything I have smelled in a beer. Heavy lemon citrus blast with a heavy herbal character. Slightly spicey but a heavier almost listerine like quality really takes over the entire nose.

Again with that twist of an aroma it is hard to follow with the taste. All of the elements of the nose but a bit more of a peppery finish.

Light bodied,very crisp,awesome carbonation but maybe a tad bit watery.

All and all decent. After hearing so many good thing's I was anxiuos to try but in the end a little bit of a let down. Anyway this will be my last review while living in Florida.

TheFightfan1, Dec 07, 2011
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,846 ratings.