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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,062
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 174
Gots: 326 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy straw color with a finger and half of white head. Just wonderful looking.

The smell is a super mix of malt candy and grapefruit and sharp lemon zest.

Sharp bitterness from beginning to end; strong lemon and little lime. There's a malt backbone there, but barely.

It's like drinking a cloud. It's light and fluffy texture, medium carbonation. Incredible.

An amazing drink, sipping on heaven.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750. Nice bright gold pour, 2 solid fingers of rocky white head.

Aroma, quite a bit of lemon. Some hay, herbal, light pine and yeast spice.

Taste, At first the taste is confused between the yeasty spice/malt mix and this lemongrass thing. The initial spice is a bit harsh to me,Ike a highly carbed pumpkin ale. The lemon and hops start to save it later and the yeast spice mellows. Tiny pepper and funk here as well.

Just a tick right of light and very carbonated. Drinks easy, but muddling flavors just don't make me want another. Seems like maybe they are trying to do too much with this.

Maybe just a little disappointed, but not bad, and the price is reasonable.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pale colour, 2+ fingers of white head, good retention with lots of lace left on the glass. Smell has a lot of citrus, lemony, crisp and earthy, nice yeasty notes, floral, hoppy with some spicy points as well. Taste is citrusy, yeast, grassy/floral flavours, tropical fruits, lemon, some hop, orange with a yeasty aftertaste. Fairly high zippy carbonation, med-full body, solid weight. Really good stuff, incredibly drinkable because this bottle went quick, would certainly come back to this again.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never tasted a beer with this flavor. It was very smooth and full bodied, almost a hybrid of a wheat beer and rich pilsner. Apparently there is lemon and citrus flavor in this beer, however it is so smooth I did not find it to have any bitterness. My experience was that it had a rich vanilla-like flavor. Extremely unique beer compared with your typical summer pilsner or hoppy ale. Highly recommended, you will enjoy every drop.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. No bottle information on it.

Appearance - I thought it would fit in two glasses, but it took three because of the huge white head. Clear golden body beneath. Sticky lacing down the glass. Great head retention.

Smell - The hops give off a nice lemony smell. Yeasty peppery aroma behind all of it. It's really quite a pale malt bomb, though. Huge pale malt aroma.

Taste - Grassy and lemony hops. A strong peppery flavor surrounding the pale malt backbone. The malt isn't as strong in the taste as it is in the aroma, but it's hefty nonetheless. A bit of a boring blend of malts. The finish is a grassy bitterness and a peppery aftertaste. Interesting and nice, if not flawed in certain respects.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty heavy for a saison. This is my personal preference, but I don't like malty saisons. This one comes off as sluggish to drink and a touch thick.

Overall - Nice and solid in most areas. Heavy on the pale malts in a way that reminds me of some imperial pilsners. Good, but there are better saisons out there.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Tulip.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a big four finger head that leaves nice dabs of irregular lacing on the glass. Almost crystal clear, with some nice effervescence.

S: Almost an overwhelming hit on the nose, it's hard to even articulate anything the smell is so big at first. Belgian yeast, soft fruits, spice, lemon zest, a bit of alcohol burn. Complex and interesting aroma.

T: Very strong peach taste at first, along with some sort of vague creaminess. It's sweet at first, but this is followed by some biterness on the back of the tongue, some of the lemon as well. There is a pleasant alcohol burn in the throat, not too strong. Much better as it warms.

M: Drinks like champagne, very good for the style. I feel like it's a bit thin, but again, that's probably on purpose.

Another great beer from Brooklyn. I'm actually glad that this comes in bombers, as it takes a while to fully appreciate this. It's a complex beer that doesn't reveal itself in just a small tasting.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Brooklyn beer to be tried in Brazil. Thanks to my friend Alexandre for sharing the bottle at EAP in São Paulo. On to the beer:

We have here a blonde colored beer with a lovely bright hue and plenty of lacing around the glass. The nose brings some toasted sugar, pine, grass, and vague citrus aromas. Dry overall, but with a good flavor. Grass, lemon, and pine provide an attractive flavor, and with the dryness, gives it that saison-esque finish.

Very nice hoppy saison produced by Brooklyn. It´s unique without getting to weird.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,062 ratings.