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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,934 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 166
Gots: 267 | FT: 9
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 Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The sample I got popped and fizzed like champagne, but at least the fizzing wasn't volcanic like some others I've tried. It pours a clear yellow with a thick white head, not impressive to me anyway, but I'm prejudiced towards dark beers, and as the old warhorse goes, you can't judge a book by its cover - or a beer by its appearance. Aroma is much more promising than the appearance - strong, yeasty, fruity, with grassy and rubbery notes. Refreshing flavor has malty, fruity, yeasty and grassy notes with a hint like clean rubber - I get notes of apple and banana in the fruit. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, yet smooth and firm-bodied. Overall, pleasing and lip-smacking.

Cyberkedi, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque and a dark hay color topped with a perfectly white fluffy, foamy head with generous lacing and carbonations bubbles just streaming to the surface. This beer looks great.

S: The best word I can come up with to describe how this smells is 'fresh'. It has this lemon zest sort of zip to it, and quite a funkiness too. The funk isn't your typical saison belgian funk, it reminds me of smelling a package of crayons. Crayons dressed with lemon zest, thats how this smells.

T: Right away you get this background lemon quality to the beer. It's not acidic, but you get that flavor profile. It's quite forward actually, and quite nice.

M: Heavily carbonated and a medium body make this beer very enjoyable. It feels just right.

D: I would share a bottle with a friend, 25.9oz may be too much in the future for me.

tlazaroff, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of KATE12
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the second time while watching the Giants game yesterday.

Color-golden straw color

Mouthfeel-smooth, silky mouthfeel

Aroma-great aroma! Hints of fruit and floral aspects

I really enjoyed this beer. The head and lacing were outstanding and the taste was excellent. You really get flavors of wheat with some citrus and malt with a floral finish. It has a very smooth taste and is easy to drink and enjoy.

KATE12, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - straw color, hazy, medium size white head, good retention and lacing

smell - good minor funk, little barnyard smell, spicy belgian yeast (pepper, banana and minor clove), tad of a musty grain bill

taste - musty grass, belgian spice yeast, enjoying this much more than black ops.

mouthfeel - medium bodied, nice carbonation, very very drinkable (especially while going from ris to ris)

claytong, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of SirSketch
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The bright white, shampoo foam head is a beautiful sight, and the beer itself is pale gold and fairly clear throughout.

S - Boatloads of peppercorns and coriander spiciness mixed with a grassy, vegetal hop character, as well as some lemon.

T - The taste is not what you could expect. The spice is now a bit more like holiday spice. There is a woody, tree bark flavor and a taste I can only describe as lemon Pledge, which I attribute to the hops. It's not too bad, but definitely different.

M - Crisp, but not overly dry. Fizzy, with a light to medium body.

O - The strange flavor here must be the Sorachi Ace, and I am not a fan. It would be better without it.

SirSketch, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of OutFox
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Petrus Goblet.

A - Hazy golden wheat sort of look. Huge pure white head with noticably large bubbles. Good retention and ok lacing

S - Farmhouse sort of smell to it that should come from a saison. A little hoppy on the nose with hints of spices. Sweet belgian yeast and a little sort of fruit hints.

T - Holy sh!t. This beer is a ridiculously good saison. Love it. Taste like farmhouse wheaty sort of goodness. Same hints as the nose. Just flat out good. Brooklyn I love you. Love the taste of the Sorachi Ace hop. Had it a couple times in different styles of beer. Great flavor.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, everything you want in a saison.

O - Great saison. Good representation of the style and a good hop balance with the Sorachi Ace. If you see a bottle and havent had it I highly recommend it.

OutFox, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 fingers of sudsy white, well-retaining head in the snifter over hazy gold body.

Some tart funk and faint light fruit.

Crisp saison with some excellent oaky character. Light fruit and a trace of black pepper. Better than expected for a saison. The sorachi is exceptionally mellow, but the beer does not want for crispness or cleanliness of finish.

Bright, carby body.

Quite nice. Does it warrant the price tag and reputation? Maybe not. But I was never a lover of saisons in general.

zaphodchak, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of martincm
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this glass is disappearing fast. It is a very smooth brew and looks beautiful in the glass with that intermittent lacing. It is lacking in saison-tartness, but makes up for it in an interesting sweetness. Maybe just a touch more of hops would put it out of the park.

Overall: Buy it.

martincm, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Vengeance526
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a large white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of nice lacing.

Aroma is very fruity upfront with green apple, pear, banana and lemon all coming through.

Tastes of sweet Belgian yeast with light fruit notes, some spice, some lemon zest in the finish and all with a nice balance of hops throughout.

Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Dry, crisp, very refreshing. This one is quickly becoming one of my favorite saisons around.

Vengeance526, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. Pours golden hue with a long lasting, tall, white head. Aroma is of heffeweizen like fruit, yeast and spices. Medium, smooth body. Taste is spicy hops and cooked vegetables. I did not really enjoyed this brew. Maybe I've head a bad bottle.

mikeg67, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hennepin Goblet

A ~ Pours translucent orange that is very similar to Gatorade. Head is abundant & puffy with sparkling-wine levels of carbonation. Sauv Blanc-like highlights against the sun.

S ~ Pinesol & lemon peel make up the bulk of the nose. Mild funkiness & lemongrass that opens up as time goes on. Touch of confectioner sugar.

T ~ Very well rounded flavor of lemon squares, wheat, & gum. Touches of jam & lemongrass.
The lemon square flavor shifts into candied fruit & citrus peel after a while. That "body odor/funk/sweat" nuance of Sorachi really comes out at room temp.

M ~ Dry hopping & Saisons go SO well together. I love how well this is bittered while staying very clean. Moderately dry finish.

D ~ This beer showcases the Sorachi Ace hop very well while firmly assuming its role as a Saison. Wish for plenty more.

chocosushi, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of illidurit
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours a hazy bronze color with a nice white head. Flowery fruity hoppiness on the nose with some lemon and grass. Some honeyed malt comes through as well as some phenols, maybe a bit too much of the latter. Grassy flavor with mild esters, lemon, honey, and a crackery finish. A little sweet; a bit drier and this could be great. Right now it’s pretty good.

illidurit, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of zep9865
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with aasher. Poured from bomber into New Belgium snifter. Beer pours a light orange-ish gold with all kinds of foam head. Four fingers of monster foam head with maximum lacing.

S-smells of lemon and earth.

T-Taste does not quite equal the smell that teases your nostrils, but this beer is extremely crisp, like a fine lager. You can taste a hint of lemon. I can taste some pine as well.

M-The intial lemon that hits your mouth transitions nicely into a nice lager crispness.

O-i really enjoyed this beer. Wish it was available in 6 or 4 packs.

zep9865, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a really, really nice honeycream gold in color with a two finger, billowing white poofy head. It looks great. The aromas are consist of citrus, lemon, grass/straw, yeast and spices. The flavors are very, very interesting. This is my first experience with Sorachi hops and I like the different aromas and flavors presented. The flavors are kind of funky. You get a lot of straw and tea leaves and it has a nice citrus, yeasty backbone. It's an interesting drink and pretty appealing. It drinks medium in body and has good carbonation. Overall it's a fine beer, an interesting one, and worth your while. I like this spin on a saison.

aasher, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the pour is a murky and dull golden corn/straw color with lots of off-white head which is slow receding and which leaves moderate lacing in its wake.

S: yeasty with muted citrus aroma of lemon and grapefruit

T: very bready taste with a bit of underwhelming lemon peel and every so slight peppery bite of mild hops.

M: mild carbonation and medium body, a bit of peppery grit.

O: not a bad ale, decent for a try but nothing i'll be breaking the door down to buy again.

sirdrinkwell, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of CFHMagnet
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicate pour delivered 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This takes quite a while to die down, and leaves me with half a finger throughout consumption. A lot of bubbles are rushing from bottom to top, like a mob frantically trying to escape a horde of zombies. Body light gold. Very nice lacing also noted.

Hops (citrus and pine) and lemon are the main aromas. Wheat and yeast pop in after a bit of searching. After it warms up there is a segue flavor, you get a hint of sour apple going from hops to wheat/yeast. Wheast, lol.

Tastes like sunshine in a glass! I'm just kidding, but it is good. It follows the nose, citrus hops, not overly bitter, lemon being a main point, into wheat and yeast. It's almost too fresh though. For it being a farmhouse/saison, I was hoping for a little funk. But I won't dock it for not having it.

Light bodied. Plays quickly over the tongue, neither sticky nor overly drying. It's refreshing with just a little bite.

CFHMagnet, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a very fluffy white head that sticks around a while.

S: Aroma of lemon grass up front with earthy undertones. Fades to a yeasty grainy smell.

T: Bready yeast flavor up front with hints of lemon, apple, coriander and maybe even a bit of nutmeg.

O: Everybody gushes over this beer when they talk about it. It's a good brew no doubt about it but it isn't the best saison I've ever had. Having said that, it is the best American saison I've had.

rebel1771, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Diamond Club for Brooklyn's ghost bottle night. This one was served in a pint glass.

Sorachi Ace pours a clear dark lemon (I have a hunch I'll be typing that word a lot here) yellow. There's about two fingers of fluffy white foam capping the beer. Head retention is solid, and the beer leaves sheets and sheets of lacing stuck to the glass. The nose is an absolute lemon bomb, reminds me of making fresh squeezed lemonade at work. There's also a bit of pale malt sweetness, but it's very much an ancillary note. The flavor takes that foundation and layers in a subtle clove-pepper spiciness to keep things interesting. It was easy to pick out after having had Brooklyn Radius early in the night, as I'm guessing it comes from the brewery's house Belgian strain, and it's featured more prominently in Radius. The body is impressively light for a beer approaching 8%ABV, the dryness being the mark of a well brewed Belgian style beer. The carbonation is active and effervescent and really helps carry the unique flavor contributed by the hop that gives this beer it's name. I'm thrilled that I'll be able to pick up Sorachi Ace in bottled form any time I want going forward, it's a well made, fairly original saison.

axeman9182, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small table glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a yellow wheat color with a ton of carbonation flowing up toward the top of the glass. There's a huge prickly stark-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Fruity notes up front -- lemon zest and some other citrus -- as well as some funky farmhouse notes in the background.

T: Crisp citrus flavor up front with some nice bitterness to balance. The Belgian funk from the nose comes through at the end. The taste of this beer matches the smell almost exactly -- crisp, clean and refreshing.

M: Dry with some pleasant carbonation to tingle the tongue. Exactly what I would expect from a saison.

D: Very refreshing when served cold, perfect for summer.

schlimenhaumer, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A - Pours golden yellow with a huge three finger tall white head with great retention leaving sticky white lacing down the entire glass.

S - Smells of lemongrass, black pepper, lemon rind, citric hops, light must, and wet earth. It has a lot going on for itself without being overpowering.

T - Starts off with hints of lemongrass, chewy wheat, strong hop bitterness, light must, and some peppery spice in the finish, combining some light dryness to linger on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is all over the place, from chewy to fruity to down right dry, combining into one interesting feel. Very nice.

O - Overall this one is very nice. It has lots of different flavors going on but still remains very drinkable. I wish I had a few more of these stashed away for the future.

orangesol, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of fo5s
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL served in a duvel tulip. No bottle dating, and honestly I'm not sure when this one was brewed...offhand I think it's rather fresh, but who knows.

A- Aggressive pour yields a lively head with big bubbles. Golden in color with minimal signs of lacing. Slightly hazy.

S- Bready, earthy, not much on the fruity angle.

T- Slightly spicy, overpowering flavor on the back-end of lemongrass - medicinal without enough earthiness to counterbalance. Just a hint of citrus from the sorachi ace poking through. Very dry.

M- Dry on the palate. Lively carbonation. Done quite well.

O- well put together, but the lemongrass is a bit dominating for me. Not my favorite, but a solid brew and I can certainly understand why some folks love this.

fo5s, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle from Petschens, and very happy with Brooklyn again. Hazy shimmering gold beer with a lingering white head. Drank it the same day I bought it, so didn't let it settle out, so I may be the cause of the hazy part. Gorgeous complex lemongrass, citrus nose and strong peppery spice that is clean and multi-layered at the same time. Carbon tang on the tongue and the yeast and spice fills the mouth fully. Dry finished that accents the hops. Brewed with rare Japanese Sorachi hops (according to the website), the lemony character is intrinsic to the hop. I'm a fan and would love to get some more of this beer.

FightingEntropy, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Weathered but clear golden color. Massive head is produced from the expressive and high level of carbonation. Very aromatic with suggestions of Asian pear, faint jasmine, lavender, hibiscus and green peppercorn. Smoothness is very deep here, which helps with telling the beer’s story. Lighter body is fluffed by the bottle conditioning, adding a huge refreshing quality. Fresh herbs with some dried fruit; yeasty and medicinal, cracker maltiness and earthy. Nearly bone-dry finish and not too far off from being an epic brew.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Russell's Liquors in Amherst a long time ago and it was dusty. Pretty sure this is from one of the original batches...

A - Pours into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light straw hue with a massive fluffy three finger head that slowly faded to leave BIG side lacing and a dense creamy white blanket. Just excellent.

S - Wow, quite nice. Spectacular lemongrass and funk notes, with the ABV slightly noticeable.

T - Just like the nose, great lemongrass and barnyard funk. LOVE what time has done to the Sorachi Ace hops, but the ABV is still oddly present.

M - Nice carbonation but I have to knock this for how prominant the ABV is. Its almost sharp, definately feels higher than what it is.

O - Overall, I really, really loved this beer. The only negative was the presence of the ABV throughout pretty much every aspect. While the price is was high $14.99, I would buy again.

rudzud, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear golden yellow with big white fluffy three finger head.

S- Lemon, lemon grass, citrus and floral hops, hint of pepper/spices.

T- Very close to the smell, nice earthy spices balanced lemon and citrus flavors, tart finish, nice complexity.

M- Smooth, refreshing, medium body.

O- I am really enjoying this beer, great stuff. Definitely will be pick this up again.

larryi86, Aug 20, 2011
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,934 ratings.