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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by rtepiak on 07-29-2009

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Reviews: 663 | Ratings: 2,652
Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pale gold beer with a faint haze, but not enough to obscure the bubbles that stream up from the bottom of my tulip glass; fluffy white head showed good retention and left curtains of lace down the sides

S: pale lemon aromas and white pepper spice; makes me think of grassy wet fields in the sun

T: crisp crackers, lemongrass, flowers and herbs, wet with dew and slightly sweet with honey and spice

M: light, fuzzy and fizzy, clean finishing and refreshing

O: a very nicely done saison, simple and straightforward - nothing tricky, just good, clean craftsmanship using German two-row pilsener malt, Sorachi Ace hops, and Belgian house and champagne yeast.

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Photo of Wutah
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- looks pretty light with a very straw color that haze a tad bit of haze.

S- This brew has a very spicy smell. It smells a bit peppery and is nice and strong.

T- up front it is pretty mild with a slight hop presence. It is very crisp and refreshing and I taste a bit of sweetness from a fruit.

M- it is not as thin as I thought it would be. The crispness comes from the nice carbonation.

Overall it is a great summer porch drinker but more of a sipper in the sun.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours clear and the color of golden rays of sunshine. It has a streaming effervescence and a tall creamy white head of foam that just won't fall. Leaves a much of itself behind as lace and as a layer on top. Nose is delicate. Light malt, like a soft wind has brought the scent of grain. Light fruit sweetness and a little earth. A little funk and some lemongrass. The sweet zest of the lemon and a grassy herbal quality. There's a touch of cracker int he nose and a little pear to add some sweetness.

Taste is superb. fresh, crisp, clean. delicate, feather light malt creates a supple mouthfeel. Flows so easily. The lemon is bright and light. the pear adds crispness and a little sweetness. It's bone dry and thirst quenching. The sparkling carbonation adds to the lightness of the body and makes it drink even better. There's a little soft white pepper in the finish and the after taste is just as delicate and just as flavorful as the first taste. It's simplicity itself both on the nose and in the drink.

This beer evokes images of still life paintings, french meadows, rays of sunlight. It drinks easily and is enlivening and vivid. A terrific beer. Would pair easily with a variety of cheeses, light dishes and even with salads. Has a body and a palate that would compliment plenty of fresh and pungent herbs as this is so clean with only a very simple palate. Mild and gentle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, earth, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and mineral-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid but not in your face hop presence.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfect smelling beer. Very dry crisp flavor. Not much fruit. Biscuit and grassy flavor. Not very bitter, not big enough flavor. Thick white foamy head. Solid lacing. Pretty good beer. This is the type of beer that you want to drink right after a round of golf or mowing your lawn. Great summer thirst-quencher

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Photo of rixcat
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look at that big fat three-finger snowball white head, like a real Champagne of beers. Fresh zesty seasoned smell with a light sweet malty spinal column rising from this pretty amber brew. The flavor seems to match the scent as the hop's indescribably unique citron demonstration steals the show. More than subtle, less than front forward, Brooklyn Brewery does it again, for me at least. The only visual obstructing the view through this clear golden cloudless thirst-quenching indulgence are the crystal carbonation bubbles drifting up to support the stable fetching white head. This may be my new favorite beer! I can drink this all day. I better put some of this in the vault before it's all gone. I feel like if I tried to make something that nearly resembles this beautiful brew that I would certainly fail. Brooklyn Brewery, I love this stuff.

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Photo of da_beers
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden straw with a nice finger of head. Good carbonation coming. Very clear no haze. Good lacing coming down.

S - nice hop aroma off the bat, but has a nice spice in there too. Sweet malts are there but not over the top.

T - this is great. Hops on the start with this almost Christmas-y spice note to it. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste that isn't too much (if there is such a thing). Has a little citrus in there as well which is refreshing.

M - nice transition over the palate. Very smooth. Carbonation is great.

O - overall great beer. At the brewery here in Brooklyn and having It this fresh is the best!

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Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is clear golden in colour, with a massively large white head. Excellent retention, lots of lacing.

The Sorachi Ace (at least, what I assume that hop is doing) really sticks out. A very strong lemongrass scent, with lemon. Yeast below that.

Taste is good, but not up to the scent. The lemongrass is still very heavy, and is accompanied by a very creamy flavour. Quite malty. The yeast is there but less present, or at least not resulting in the flavours I associate with Belgian yeasts. Lemon is certainly strong, but not like the lemongrass. It is nice but there is something about it that doesn't work for me. Hard to put my finger on it.

Medium bodied, super creamy. Moderate carbonation level.

Overall, quite good, but as noted above, there is something that doesn't sit right for me. Wish I could identify it, but there is something about the hop flavours, particularly the lemongrass, that doesn't quite do it for me- despite loving lemongrass.

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Photo of endincolorado
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy deep gold with two fingers of tight, white-frothy head that settles gradually. The aroma is bright and refreshing with notes of lemon zest and a crisp, crackery malt backbone. Notes of herbs and earth lie faint in the background. The flavor is dry and clean, with a crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel. Some appropriate astringency hits on the back of the palate with each swallow. Sorachi Ace is a uniquely refreshing example of a style I'm still learning to appreciate.

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Photo of nootch23
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice golden color with a good amount of head on it, about a fingers and a half worth. nice amount of carbonation.

S - this has a nice, crisp, clean floral smell to it. Not a big hoppy smell but a very even pleasant scent to it.

T - nice bitter, floral taste to it. The hops aren't overdone with this but the presence resembles that of an IPA rather than a saison. Not a whole lot of flavor to it but easy to drink and pretty smooth and light. Picked up a small taste of orange peel near the back of the tongue. Really enjoyable tasting.

M - dry finish with a lingering bitterness to it. no flavor lingers around but the aftertaste is enjoyable.

O - not a bad beer by any means but feel its kind of average in the realm of saisons. I've had better but I've had worse. I would still drink this again on hot summer days. Would definitely purchase again. Wish there was a little more flavor to this.

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No easy to find freshness date. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Lemon yellow, brilliant clarity, with towering 3-finger rocky white head with excellent retention and crusty lacing.

S: Very lemongrass scented, some crackery, grainy pilsner maltiness. Not a lot of other hops aromas beside lemon and herbal but it's very delicious smelling stuff.

T: THe flavor is a little one-dimensional, but solidly crafted with a nice intro of crackery pilsner maltiness giving way to a smooth herbal, citrus, lemon hops flavor. This flavor doesn't deviate throughout the drink -- no more flavor but no less.

M: Very light on the palate with heavy carbonation that makes this drink like champagne but taste a helluva lot better.

O: A very good beer for what it is but not varied enough in the flavor department with no real yeast presence despite the style. Would be a great accompaniment for fish or seafood dished for sure.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler on tap at Joe Canal. Pours a golden yellow with a large long lasting fluffy white head. Very good lacing and head retention. Aroma is of ripe fruit, pears, sweet yeast and spice fruit essence. Taste same as aroma with some mild spice hops bitterness. A medium body, crisp and refreshing on the palate, mild carbonation. The Finish is a combination of sweet spice ripe fruit, pears, yeast and biscuit malt followed by mild spice bitterness for balance. A very good, tasty, refreshing and flavorful brew. Very nice

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle number 2721 whatever that means. I was mostly looking at the bottle and it seemed like it had little sediment so it has to be less than a year old (I think) Regardless I pulled the trigger on this 10 dollar IPA since its been a long time tick of mine.

A - Boom! A full two inches of head! The beer itself is a very hazy bright yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles. Lacing is decent.
S - Smells like a Saison with Fruity yeasts, some lemon, a touch of grass, and the cirtus hops from the dry hopping. Smells great.
T - Slightly bitter, then fruity, then funky this beer is complex. I like how it has the hops but sticks to the style even providing some sour lemon and dry yeasts in the finish.
M - Could be the style but I don't really enjoy this level of carbonation. Too bubbly for an IPA but it not terrible. Light to medium bodied as a whole.

Overall quite a great mesh of styles you got your world class Saison with the bitterness of Sorachi Ace hops. Delivered what was promised.

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Photo of CHickman
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler-pours hazy piss yellow color with a nice foamy 2 finger bright white head that was packed with bubbles and faded slowly and left great spotty lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of strong lemon followed by flowers and citrus like orange peel, grapefruit and citrus hops; notes of grains, yeast, wheat, coriander and other spices add some malty balance to the zesty lemon aroma that dominates. Funky and strange smelling, but interesting none the less.

Taste is zesty up front, like lemon juice and lemon peel shavings floating in the glass, followed by funky yeast, lightly roasted grains, grapefruit, coriander, herbs, spices like pepper and either cumin or cinnamon, grass, earthy notes, piney hops and dry floral hops or a mild potpourri essence. Unique in that the lemon is so strong but not a bitter overpowering distraction, this brew is almost in a class of its own: it's not quite a saison and it’s not and IPA or hefeweizen either. Each sip is a little different which makes this intriguing.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, almost watery, with a light to medium body, light fizzy carbonation and a semi-dry finish that starts out malty, then shifts to funky and then morphs to lemon zest which fades slowly with herbal notes. Quite the drinking experience which completely hides the ABV and makes this dangerously easy to drink.

I've had this a number of times both on tap and from a bomber and this growler again proved that this is a winner. A great creation and experiment that showcases the art of craft brewing. A high recommendation, go drink this if you want a deviation from the norm.

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Photo of roger617
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into tulip

A: 3.75 Lightly golden, very clear in color. Pours with 3 fingers of head that reduces within 1 minute.
S: 3.5 Most of what makes it through in the smell for me is pine, and a little bit of citrus.
T: 4.25 First is the pine, followed by a mellow citrus. A dry finish leaves a lingering sweetness.
M: 4.0 Very smooth and silky. Carb level is high, which is expected for being "100% bottle refermented ale".
O: 4.0 This beer doesn't have a lot of depth to it, but even being near 1 dimensional it is still very enjoyable. The forefront aroma and flavor of the pine characteristics linger for quite some time after finishing. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 1163 so bottled April 26, 2013

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly bubbles down to a cap

S: Light Belgian yeast, lighter fruits, a definite lemon note, and some wheat malts

T: Starts off with a very light Belgian yeast and spicy note and then goes into some fruitiness and lemongrass notes. Finishes with some more light lemon notes and light malts

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: The champagne yeast definitely makes this saison unique, as well as the fact that it's a single-hop beer. It's very easy to drink given the 7.6%. Great summer brew, but it would work any time really. Good value and worth picking up

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Photo of FLima
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it fresh at the Brewery, priceless.
Bright amber yellow color with a thick head with medium retention.
Delicious citrus lemon sorachi type of aroma (off course!).
Superb flavor of "je ne sais quoi" in case you had never tasted Sorachi hops before. Tons of pineapples, lemon, herbs and green apples. Notes of Belgian yeast, white pepper and resins.
Dry, bitter and lemon acid aftertaste.
A bit astringent with a mild sourness.
Light body with decent carbonation, sparkling type. 7.6% ABV, no f...way, they are liars or magicians.
Excellent beer, very flavorful, original, pleasant to drink with drinkability at its best.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of b-day bash of saisons.
This is really quite good and unique.
Fresh aroma with sweet and tart citrus esp. lemon.
Pale yellow. Slightly cloudy. Big full white head with great stamina.
Really complex drink. Fruit, vanilla (with an oak quality), touch of sweetness up front, nice herbal flavors (chamomile?). Moderately dry and it grows as it lingers.
Smooth and takes on a creamy quality in time. Higher carbonation levels. Slight heat in the gut.
Overall really enjoyable. Well done and consistent with my experiences with this brewery.

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Photo of dbell23
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Opened with a loud pop from a magnum. Poured into a tulip. Huge white head over golden brew with bubbles coming nonstop from the bottom of the glass. It looks like Duvel, which is the highest compliment I can give it. The only difference is the head is not meringue like. Just a regular soft foam head. Great looking beer nonetheless. Good retention and nice soft lacing

The smell is very clean and lemony. Great smell for a summer beer. Slightly hoppy but clean.

Taste is great. Clean dry slightly lemony. It tastes more like a Belgian golden ale than a saison, but really good. The hops are there but not over powering. Super clean finish. Great taste on a hot summer afternoon. The bottle describes this beer as crackling. Agreed.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Even with the great carbonation, very smooth.

Overall, this beer is a keeper. Really nice clean summer Belgian. I will buy again. Love the slightly hoppy clean taste.

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Photo of jamescain
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a big fluffy creamy white head that clings to the side of the glass and slowly fades to a thin lacing. The aroma is a combination of lemon and grass (hence lemongrass) and spicy black pepper notes. There is even a hint of orange. The taste is very yeasty and spicy with lemon notes. The mouthfeel is light-medum with a dry finish and highly effervescent. Overall I'm glad I finally tried it and would definitely drink more. Sorachi Ace hops have a very unique aroma.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber or dark straw colored. It pours to a thick cloudy head that settles down to a thin white collar leaving behind a bit of lacing. It is a bit cloudy, but this is typical for the style, and expected as it is bottle conditioned.

S: There is lots of strong lemon in the nose (almost zesty). It is also peppery and yeasty, almost sweet smelling. That Belgian yeast is very apparent.

T: Delicious! There is lots of lemon and pepper up front balanced out with a pleasant malt sweetness. There is that great Belgian flavor profile as well of yeast and biscuit and tastes almost wheaty.

M: The beer is light, very clean and very carbonated. It drinks very easy for a 7.6% ABV.

O: Perfectly Balanced! Sorachi Ace starts with a great hop presence of lemon and pepper that carries into the taste. It has a nice malt character (sweet and buscuity) and dries out for a clean finish.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The "lemon" flavor is overstated in this so-delicious Sorachi ale. To be true, lemon is certainly there, but the ratio of lime aroma/flavor to it is about 2:1 (i mixed the fresh juices of each just to see), surely with some banana and floral phenols from the yeast, tropical-ish cannabis, and a dab of sugar-cookie malt in the mix. This goes for smell and taste.

Hazy, lite-brite sunbeam yellow in color, with a healthy rise in cottony foam on the pour. Cotton-candy like bands of lace to and fro. Mellow citrus-peel flavor and bitterness matched with smooth, spicy alcohol warmth up front on the palate, and a fine foundation of doughy, cereal-like pale malt to balance. Light and fluffy texture, disappearing soft-dry, leaving only spicy, cozy alcohol warmth and a semi-sweet/bright-fruity blend of the eponymous hops and esters.

They appear to have kept the recipe simple here and those that follow that blueprint are often the best beers, no? This was my introduction to Sorachi Ace hops a few years back and I savor that flavor in any beer I've had containing them since. So distinctive. WOuld match so well with a light, fruity dessert or peppery salad. Really stellar job on this one!

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color is a bright yellow lemon that is quite hazy. A beautiful looking beer. This beer pours out with a huge amount of white bubbly head. Opening the bottle was like a champagne with the carbonation.

The aroma has lemon, orange, and some biscuit malt. There's a sweet banana candy. Lots of yeast and breadiness, but then the lemon pops in the back.

The flavor follows the aroma. Orange, floral, lemon, banana candy. There's a big spiciness of clove and pepper. There's almost an earthy herbal flavor too. There's a chewy wheat breadiness on the malt, yet still very crisp and light drinking.

Good bitter hop finish. This has more a bit complexity to me than DuPont. This is a very easy drinking, but also complex saison.

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Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy light gold with almost 3 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

Smell. Spicy saison yeast, banana and citrus, clove and a bit of light grainy malt.

Taste. Spicy and peppery saison yeast, orange and lemon rind and light grains, some lightly bitter grassy/earthy hops and just a touch of clove and banana.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of medium bodied with medium-strong fine carbonation.

Overall. Classic style saison with plenty of flavour. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of memphischas
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn is a new comer to TN. Had this previously on tap at Young Ave. Deli. Reviewing 25 oz. bottle purchased at Midtown Spirits in Nashville.

Poured into my tulip glass with a 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, no significant lacing. This Ace has a hazy golden color with a slight pink hue. Smells like Belgian yeast and lemon. Earthy, grassy taste; I can taste the yeast it has a sour tang to it, peach aftertaste. Strong carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Mellows down as it warms and settles. Good brew, I think I preferred the Ace on-tap. From the bottle B+. On-tap A-

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