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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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1,834 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 158
Gots: 237 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Desaparecido, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

victory4me, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

adrian21, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

alalvarez75, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

BelgianDip, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of keanex
4.4/5  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.

keanex, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

DeanMoriarty, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear straw/golden color from a 750 mL bottle, with a gigantic head and some serious carbonation.
Head dissipates slowly to leave some nice lace.
Aroma is all lemony, with hints of bread and yeast coming through intermittently. All in all this is all lemon/citrus in the nose, the way sorachi ace hops should smell.
Taste is very much like the aroma, there is a clear presence of lemon. Crisp and refreshing ale, very refreshing actually.
There is a tartness in the finish which is complimented very well by the carbonation, a very nice clean finish.
This is very drinkable with really good mouthfeel. An excellent rendition of a saison/farmhouse ale.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended. Pairs perfectly with some goat cheese.

CaptDavyJones, Nov 08, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The gigantic off-white head is firm and compact. I notice some small bubbles in the somewhat chill-clouded liquid. The colour is pale gold (12 EBC). Lots of lacing occurs.

The smell is very hoppy with intensive notes of lemon, lemon peels and lemon juice. Spicy hints of white pepper and chilli. Some notes of orange squash. Very fresh and clean flavours. Some sweetness. Smells very much like an American APA/IPA/DIPA.

The taste is dry with lots of lemon candy. Notes of Belgian yeast that doesn’t take the focus from the hops. Lemons… Lots of lemons and some oranges. The bitterness is smooth and balanced. The aftertaste is clean with a rounded sweetness, hints of Belgian yeasty flavours. It is quiet light despite it’s strength and very refreshing. No noticeable alcohol. Medium body.

The carbonation is medium strong; the smell bubbles very fresh. The liquid is semi-dry.

The blend of lemon-hops and yeasty Belgian flavours makes this beer stand out. Very well done!

bark, Nov 05, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big bubbly white head. Sticky and super thick. Leaves big billowing lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, white bread, lemon, black pepper and earthy hops. Inviting scents. The taste begins a bit watery, then has an odd lemony hop mixed with stale bread. The middle is a moderately bitter hop followed by a peppery spice and yeast blend. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent and full bodied. Blended well enough to be easy drinking yet full flavored. very dry finish.
A nice beer but the hop was more aroma than flavor. I'll try a fresher bottle again. Couldn't find a date anywhere on this guy

Thads324, Oct 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - clear golden with lots of visible carbonation and a huge, puffy white head.

Smell - Very compex yeasty and herbal aroma that is enticing, but difficult to pin down becasue it is so well-intergrated. Grass, lemongrass, peppercorn, and cedar are definitely swirling in the mix.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, but smooth and creamy because of the carbonation.

Taste - Very dry and refreshing. Flavours of lemongrass, yeast, bread, grass and spice.

, Oct 27, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Potsdam IGA.

A - Slightly hazy golden colour. Very effervescent. Two finger fluffy, rocky white head. Cool chunks of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Lemony, grassy hop, grain, some booze. Really nice lemon and grassy combo. Strong aroma of that grass and lemon.

T - More lemon, some intereting boozy orange or lemon notes, a little grassy. A neat little sorta funk. A lovely combo. Slightly subdued compared to the aroma but still very nice.

M - A really nice strong carbonation with a medium body and a lemony finish.

O/D - A nice Saison. American take with extra hops and a little a grassy note. Nice and very drinkable. Really solid. Pleasure to have had this.

tbeckett, Oct 25, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the second Brooklyn beer I have had this week. It has been a pretty good week.

This is a very good saison to end the summer on. I like to savor the saisons in the summer, and it is time to finish them out.

In pouring this into the glass I get a lot of airy foam and a lot of fresh grassiness.

The sorochi flavor is very fresh. I get a lot of lightness in each sip. The flavor was very refreshing.

The body was pretty light as well. At 7.8%, you would figure that this beer would be heavier. It feels like a session beer on my tongue. At the end I feel quite a bit "happier" than 22 ounces of session ale.

This is a pretty good saison. I like that it was different than the typical saison.

ummswimmin, Oct 22, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 19/10/11

A pale golden yellow with a haze and just a few little bubbles feeding a large 3 finger head that falls quickly and leaves no lace

S big floral grassy hops with a blast of zesty lemon, slightly yeasty and it just smells great

T more yeast but the citrus isn't as strong as the nose, still good though but far toned down compared to the smell, but with some white pepper I couldn't smell

M has a zippy bite to it and leaves a little behind in your mouth, lots of bubbles but stops short of turning it to foam

O I had this to my nose for some time and 4.25 would have been used if it was an option for flavor, not sure the age of this but the hops profiles firmly in charge

a winner for sure and I want to explore this hop in depth, not cheap but worth it

wordemupg, Oct 20, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 cork and cage. 1251 stamped on the back (6/5/11 bottling date?).

Load pop from the cork as the bottle is opened. Murky, straw yellow body pours out. A big, active head fills 40% of the glass, lace whit in color. Leaves a tiny cover, with some good lacing.

Very herbal and leafy aromas. Lemon peel and ginger. Some lime as well. Cracker malts and pepper.

Lots of ginger and citrus. Leafy hops and a dry earthiness. Bright lemon flavors melds well with the active carbonation.

Juicy and tasty, with some nice dryness. A great saison. Very well done.

litheum94, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of glassbrass440
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Citrus peel, candied ginger, and grass fill my nose.

Appearance: Ever so slightly cloudy. Straw gold with a bright white head that lingers. Tiny bubbles slowly migrate to the top of the glass much like champagne.

Taste: Lemon. Lots of lemon. Very unique. Some grassy notes as well. There is a slight metallic character that comes in far behind the citrus. As the label states, "it tastes like sunshine in a glass", and I couldn't agree more.

Palate: Amazingly light for such a strong brew. Very well attenuated and dry without being thin. The carbonation is reminiscent of champagne.

Overall: This is a good toasting beer as elegant as the label.

glassbrass440, Oct 13, 2011
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,834 ratings.