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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,848 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,848
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 160
Gots: 241 | FT: 7
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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow pour with lots of haze, white head, looked nice. Lemon pledge aroma, not impressed.

More lemon, lemon, lemon, up in this. Was really one dimensional. Didn't really pick up the sorachi ace hop, unless its just all lemon. Thicker consistency to the brew than I like in a saison, keeps it from having a crisp appeal to it. Belgian yeast flavors as well, with some tea leaves. Alcohol too pronounced, same with the bitterness and metallic flavors. Dare I detect some butter that actually was a better development than one would think.

I have no idea why some are apeshit for this, chalk it up to a region not having many loyalties to divide I guess. For me, this was just a bottle of lemon, coriander & clove.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: The beer pours a light yellow, slightly hazy. A very large, foamy, white head forms on top with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Extremely grassy and floral. Light fruit of pear and lemon with some faint spices - mostly coriander and a bit of pepper.

T: Nice and fruity with lemon, a bit of green apple, and some pear. Lightly spiced with pepper and coriander, and extremely floral and grassy - presumably from the sorachi hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry finish and slightly bitter.

O: Quite enjoyable. I was expecting to like it, but was surprised at how much. Really enjoyed what the sorachi adds to the saison. Very drinkable.

mdaschaf, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light golden or a straw color, it produced a massive white head (second pour just as massive). The smell is a floral hoppy smell with some lemon, a little bananna. Feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty good, I get a little citrus / lemony taste, a little peppery, a little bananna, a little grassy, and it has a nice bitter after flavor. Overall a pretty good beer, this is only my second Saison with the other being Hennepin, this doesn't have the long dry finish which I found in Hennepin and I prefer that one more to this, I'm not sure which is more correct though. Anyways a pretty good beer and this is a style I'll have to further investigate.

DavidST, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of dca1972
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry if Ive got this wrong ... long time member, first time reviewer.

A ... Light, golden
S ... Floral, bright, hoppy
T ... Creamy hop character
M ... bubbly, light

Has a lingering taste that changes. More Pils than Saison. Unexpected ABV @ 7.5%
Impressive offering from Brooklyn Brew
Seems to mellow as it breathes, warms

dca1972, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw color with foamy billowing head and some sticky lacing.

Smell: Very hoppy aroma with with lemon and pepper. Some light clove and banana.

Taste: Same as the aroma, this is a very dry, hoppy Saison. The lemon notes are quite strong and overpower the bready malts. Ends with a moderate spicy bitterness, with notes of pepper, clove and lingering lemon tartness.

Feel: High carbonation, fairly light body, extremely dry finish. Champagne-like.

Overall: Very unique due to the lemony Sorachi Ace hops. Great Saison overall, which once again proves that Brooklyn can nail the look and mouthfeel of Belgian beers.

bsp77, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of MikeB20
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden color with a huge white head. Solid head retention with a bit of lacing.

S: Biscuit like malt and a little grassy with a bit of citrus. It lacks the barnyard smell that I typically associate with Belgian Saison's.

T: Lots of malt sweetness balanced with a good bit of hop bitterness with a little bite on the back end. The hop bitterness seems to hang on in your mouth for a while. Alcohol is hidden well but begins to peek through as the beer warms.

M: Quite dry. Light with a great champagne-like carbonation. Refreshing on this hot summer day.

O: A solid beer and something I really looked forward to trying. It's light, refreshing and really has all the right qualities to make this an easy drinking summer beer. I'd happily seek out this beer to bring to my next cookout.

MikeB20, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle cork and caged split with a friend poured into snifter.

pours out a very nice cloudy golden color with a big dense fluffy, soapy head. great retention and some amazing thick fury lace.

lots of citrus, mostly lemon zest, lemon grass. smells very effervescent. a hint of something belgian.

the sorachi ace hop is definatly the main player. big citrus, lemon grass, orange peel, lemon zest, just slightly tart in the finish and majorly bitter. some vinious wine like flavors come out the more it warms. lingers for awhile. hardly a hint of some belgian yeast.

lots of carbonation. light creamy mouthfeel.

a decent beer, definatly ruled by the hop, the saison qualities are a little lost. not something id buy again.

dogfishandi, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of jmball
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this with a co-worker. Poured a fizzy golden hue, nice soft head. Nose is crisp and clean, exceptionally refreshing for a summer evening.

Taste was effervescent. I described it as effervescent artic sunshine - and then read the bottle - turns out I'm spot on. Hints of lemon and just a faint touch of onion add a nice little kick.

Definately one of my favorite beers of the summer.

jmball, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden hazy yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: spices, hops, citrus, malts,

taste: spicy, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: one of the better saison's I've come across. So glad I finally got to try it. Definitely recommend this beer.

Cheers,l
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from corked caged 750ml bottle

A-poured a slight hazed golden color with a 2 finger nice head that receded to a nice fresh collar and a touch of lacing

S- was lemon and citrus at first.with hints of mint and tea,,more lemonbread and hops with a slight yeast funk in background

T- was lemon with a strong but subtle hop precense for a saison..picked up mint and lemon spice with a touch of green tea.hops are in each sip but are so delicate at the same time....the lemon hopped sorachi is complemented by a sight belgian yeast tatse,,a dash of pepper...this brew is delicious

M- crisp and tart with lemon spiced hops..well carbonated thru out as it warmed the hops gave way a bit to the saison and the taste profile changed a bit

O- outstanding twist on the saison its dry zestful and hoppy..i would drink this one year round.. my favorite offering from brooklyn thus far only one footnote i would haved liked it a tad bit more sour

gatornation, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweeter, Pils malt-type aroma up front. Lots of light crackery character. Earthy, herbal, and spicy hop notes. No fermentation character.

Appearance: Nearly clear golden colored pour with a long-lasting sudsy white head.

Flavor: Lots of similar herbal, earthy, spicy hop notes in the front. Some cracker-like malt sweetness that is quickly beaten down by the hop notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with high, prickly carbonation. No alcohol heat or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A bigger, strongly hopped Saison. Nice summer drinking.

mattcrill, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into bordeaux glass.

Aroma: A prominent lemony citrus-tea tartness from the Sorachi Ace hop. The aroma profile which evolves from tart to spicy over time, and there is also some noticeable funky brett in there as well.

Appearance: A thick, white 3 finger pillow of light foam, which leaves excellent lacing on the glass. Body is a hazy golden yellow with a tinge of orange. Effervesence is visible through the side of the glass. Unmistakeably a saison!

Flavor: Similar to aroma profile. At first, the flavor struck me as being a mix of tart, lemony hop with some underlying white-peppery bitterness. The beer evolved in the glass, though, and presented some graham cracker-like sweetness, and some yeasty spiciness. Toward the end of the glass, I really began picking up on a wild horse blanket note from the brett. Definitely an enjoyable ride flavor-wise.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-to-high crisp carbonation. Slight estery pepperiness.

Overall: I wasn't sure about this one at first, but found it to be highly enjoyable. Saisons normally have quite a bit to think about in the areas of aroma & flavor, and this one definitely did as well. A very refreshing brew for a hot day. I'd recommend this one as a potential pairing for any dish w/ which you might consider a pinot grigio or even a sauvignon blanc!

mdvatab, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold. Big, bone white head that never ends. Longest lasting head I have seen in quite some time. Light to medium lacing throughout.

S- Slightly sweet. Grass. Lemon.

T- Follows smell. Little bit of citrus and malt.

M- Somewhat dry. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

O- Very easy to drink. Nice and light. Refreshing. Could have a few. Delish!!

capeannbass36, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Hazy golden color, giant off white head with lots of very sticky lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet citrusy hops, with a gentle spice to kick in.

The taste is slightly peppery and spicy. The Sorachi Ace hops do add a bit of citrus as well. This drinks very dry, the malt is hard to detect under all the yeast and hop flavor.

This is nice and light, with a lot of carbonation.

This is really good; I think this would be a nice table beer that even non beer fans might be able to appreciate.

andrewinski1, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. No dating apparent on the bottle or label. Hazy light yellow body with a big three-finger white head. Good retention but little lacing.

Very pleasant aroma from the hops. Light grassy notes are the primary feature. A bit light lemon and hint of sweet malt bring up the rear.

Pretty tasty saison overall but this pour lacks any substantial amount of the yeasty funk I normally expect. Still, an enjoyable flavor with the unique hop, lemon zest, and sweet maltiness.

Light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Not exactly what I expected from a saison, but good nonetheless.

FanofHefe, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very light and hazy whitish gold color with an absolutely huge white head that forms a solid sponge.

S: Smells very Belgian with apricots, figs, some pastry malts and a hint of coriander spice.

T/M: There is a very high amount of carbonation and a light hoppiness up front with some lemon and vanilla notes, biscuit malts followed by apricot bring up the reasonably clean finish.

It’s good, pretty complex and very well balanced. This isn’t the boldest of beers but it’s good. But, I mean, look at that label, huh?

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, no freshness date, awesome extra from heyta - thanks man.

Pours a cloudy straw golden with apricot hues, couple fingers of head which have great retention, leaves spider lacing.

Nose is super lemony, sweet, fresh mown hay, touch of cracked pepper. Love the Sorachi Ace addition, fresh lemongrass in the flavor, orange and citrus rind along the lines of marmalade, pepper, a touch heavy for a saison but beautiful bone dry finish, hint of mineral like character in it. Quite drinkable, very spritzy carbonation. Lacking some of the characteristics of a traditional saison but a terrific take nonetheless.

ritzkiss, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Winking Lizard in Independence OH. Served in a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden to darker straw yellow with an initial fluffy white head. Head died down to a thin film across the top and a ring at the edge. Some strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Wow, this one is really interesting. Lemony and floral at first, later woody and herb-like with a swirl as it warmed up. It's going to sound weird here, but this beer strikes me as Japanese in its aroma. Complicated, delicate, and myriad all at the same time.

Taste: Lemon flavor up front, then moving into a crisp dry and bitter finish. Very clean malt hint at the back - almost wheat beer in style - a bit of a tangy flavor at the end there. The bitter finish takes on more lemon/pine/resin flavors at the end as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with just right carbonation to cleanse the palate and not linger.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely quenches the thirst - and it's not quite like anything I've had before in a beer. Goes to the head quickly though, even with a meal, so it's either a slow sipper, or in this case, one and done for me per evening. The Japanese hops are the showcase for this beer, and I'm not sure how I feel about them. Interesting, unusual, and worth trying, but I think just one per night even if the ABV was lower. So a good experience, but not something I could have every night or something that I would go out of my way to have again. Something about that woody/herb/resiny flavor at the end doesn't quite do it for me. Still - a neat beer to try out for the reason of it being so unique in flavor.

damndirtyape, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 750ml poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Hazy orange with a thick billowy white head. The head has nice retention and leaves large swaths of lacing. It has a lot of carbonation.

S: Great aroma that seeps out of the glass: lemon, dusty earth, sour pear, spice, and biscuit.

T: Starts out with biscuit and spice then crisp tart lemon, sour apple. gritty mineral earth. Nice bitter hops show at the end along with earthy qualities which balance the sweetness level.

M: Medium and semi-dry.

O: This is a fantastic beer and, more to the point, a fantastic saison. The wonderful complex aroma (which is noticeable as one pours the beer into a glass) matches a nice flavor profile of spicy fruit and earth. The great carbonation keeps the beer fresh and crisp. However, the finish could perhaps have a bit less bitterness since citrus is already the star of the the beers flavor. I would also have liked it to be a bit more on the sour side. Slight negatives aside, this is an excellent beer well suited for the summer, and (really) it is good enough to be enjoyed year round.

ianjsullivan, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, dirty straw with a huge white head, great retention, leaves a nice lace.

S: Marmalade, straw, leather, lemon and pineapple.

T: Pappaya, marmalade, mango, candied pineapple, solid bitterness, light leather, lemon grass, biscuity malt hint of dry earthyness.

M: Moderately full body is well-carbonated with a crisp finish.

D/O: An easy drinker for its weight, plenty of depth to the flavour, well-crafted.

Derek, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at Central Market during their 25% off sale. I'd had it before, but not since I had brewed my own saisons and used Sorachi Ace in my own homebrews. This was much better than I remembered. Rides the line beautifully between saison and hoppy beer. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

This beer has a great bone white head. Somewhat hazy yellow base. Good lacing. Not quite the Duvel I had last night, but still appealing.

The nose is complex and two faced. My first sniffs were of a fruity, dry, dry hop presence. However, this slowly melded into a funk dominated saison. I like some saisons a lot more than others, and this falls into the good funk category. Mmmm...

The taste is right there, too. Wonderfully controlled funk. Interesting level of bitterness. Doesn't overpower, but it's there. Good fruit from the hops, good funk. Heck yes.

This beer is a fantastic saison. I'm starting to wonder if this is the best one I've had. What great stuff...

UTCengOwl, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice 2-figner white head on it. The head has really good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - It smells of farmhouse fin and lemon zest up front. There is also some scents of grass and some spiciness.

T - There is a nice lemon taste right off the bat. There is also a nice bit of spiciness and fruitiness. Also, There is also a grassy earthiness to it. The finish has some lingering spice and citrus flavors.

M - This has a medium body and higher carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. It is refreshing and also has a nice tingly feel from the spices.

D - This has good drinkability. It is refreshing and the taste is great. Overall I thought this was a very nice saison. I could easily drink a few glasses of this in a sitting. I would buy this again. Very nice.

JizackFH, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a sunshiney pale yellow color. Moderately hazy, but not so much that you can't see carbonation screaming to the top of the glass. I mean screaming; there's lots of head on a fairly gentle pour, more than two fingers worth. Small, delicate white bubbles of remarkable consistency. It laces like a dream, too: spindly, web-like. It reminds me of a Boulevard saison, and that's high praise.

The aroma is sort of like Saison Dupont, only with more lemon. By which I mean to say that this aroma is definitely cut from a classical cloth. Dry maltiness meets an abundance of medicinal phenols upfront. There is a very significant hop character here -- this beer is named after the Sorachi Ace hops that the beer was brewed with -- and its decidedly lemony. Lemongrass and Country Time lemonade and even some lemon ice; all the lemon that you can handle. That citric component matches beautifully with the bitter green secondary hop aromas. There's a touch of Belgian funk on the back end of the aroma -- a small wave of cheese rind and a gentle kiss of armpit -- but it is a minor player in comparison to the hop profile and the phenols. This beer smells at once traditional and unique.

Strangely, what comes across as deeply complex on the nose is much more focused and singular on the palate. The dominant flavor is a Band-Aids-meets-lemongrass component, with some pils malt flavors backing them up. There isn't any funkiness to the taste, though you can definitely pick up on the champagne yeast that this beer was finished on. The finish is like Country Time lemonade made with too much powder: a bit musty and dry (and I say that in the positive sense, given the style).

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is sufficiently dry like [most] great Saisons should be. I do take some issue with the mouthfeel though, in that it feels too thin. Or wet. I'm not quite sure what I mean. The carbonation, despite making such a show, doesn't translate to the tongue. Instead of feeling effervescent, this beer feels slick. It's gone a step past smooth and into insubstantial. EDIT: well, this problem only occurs once the beer has been in the glass for a couple of minutes. Right out of the pour, it feels very much like it stylistically should. This beer loses a lot of carbonation quickly, it seems.

Overall, this is a good American Saison. It's got a wonderfully unique aroma that I could smell for days and days. Seriously, Febreze? Glade? Y'all need to make products that smell like this beer. I wish I could get this beer in my distribution area.

Reaper16, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed yellow with a big, fluffy 3-finger white-colored head. Supreme retention- solid 1/3 finger layer throughout the entire drink- and soapy, sticky lace.

The nose is powerful and classic Siason- banana, cloves, straw, malty crackers and a faint funk. The Sorachi Ace hop is a perfect addition to all this- grassy and lemony with tropical touches of mango and passionfruit.

The medium-bodied palate explodes with a bright carbonation from the bottle refermentation (pushing Champagne quality with its silkiness) and settles into what feels like a dry, lemony and intensely spicy mousse. The malt is solid with that light, cracker-like vibe. The hop-bitterness is mild and balanced, while the finish is long, dry and resinous with intensely grassy flavors (both fresh and dried) and lingering hoppy notes of lemongrass and mango. The spice is also a consistent theme.

What I love most about this is how it's a beer that features a hop in its name, nicely showcases that rare hop varietal, yet sticks completely to the traditional Saison style. It has an elegance that West coasters just love to kill with their bash-you-over-the-head hop profiles. The back label claims it's sunshine in a glass, and I'd say they're pretty right on. Raw and refreshing. I hear this is going to be a year-long release now. Hope that's true cuz I could do at least one of these a week.

TheWhiskerReview, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful sunny appearance. Hazy, white head, finger, nice foamy lace.

Aroma is spicy, very earty and herbal. Light sweetness, and a touch of juicy citrus notes.

Citrus sweet taste, herbal tea like quality, light sweet malts, bittersweet hop notes. Slight tangy, spice notes.

Slick, creamy texture, though light and crisp carbonation.

Great drinkability, and this is a very wonderful Saison. I held onto this bottle as it was the last of pretty much only one case my area got, but I've recently seen a new case on shelves, so I hope this has moved into a more heavy rotation as it is wonderful.

EgadBananas, Jul 10, 2011
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,848 ratings.