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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,126
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 181
Gots: 350 | 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%

Photo of Brian
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%

Photo of Crazyale
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

Light hazy color, frothy head with large bubbles that become a fine layer of bubbles

Typical yeasty Saison smell with tropical fruit notes

Yeast taste dominates - lends a good amount of spiciness, little alchol and mild bitter fruit finish.

High level of carbonation - dominates mouthfeel - creates

All around very smooth and tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.5 for 12oz @ lagerhaus 95

Deep, rich looking golden amber with a razor thin white head that fades quickly. There's some lacing, but absolute no haze/sediment. The nose is bursting with fruits from the Sorachi, ripe concord grapes first come to mind.
This is definitely an interesting, take on a saison. It's relatively tame and clean tasting, the yeast is secondary to the hops. The Sorachi hops are showcased very nicely. There's also a noticeable bite from the ethanol, which is complimentary initially, but gets a little bit too much when the beer begins to warm. Otherwise, the mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly with a slightly lingering, bitter aftertaste.
Excellent price and availability, I'd definitely recommend it to others.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Cork and cage, bottle conditioned Ale, purchased 9/2011 from a very reputable supplier and stored at 40-45 degrees since.

Poured into a Duvel Signature Tulip.

Pours a huge massive foamy four finger head, which reduces to a 1/2” head and eventually a thin cap. Each pour produces another explosive head. Extremely lively.
Yellow gold color, brilliant and clean, with small bubble carbonation.

Distinct aroma of yeast, very refined and elegant. You can smell the hops, a somewhat piney resiny smell but in no way of the West Coast variety. Citrusy aromas of lemon interplay with the yeast and hops. It is very intriguing and very enjoyable.

Very crisp entry on the palate of delicious yeast and citrusy/lemony hops, it’s quite dry, Belgium in style but somehow different. A bitter middle of hops. Golden malt comes on as this ale warms, with the yeast coming and going as it pleases, but the hops never let go. The crisp acidity, medium full mouth feel and champagne like carbonation make for a wonderfully balanced ale. Delicious!

Definite bitter hops in finish, with a very pleasing malt component. Lingering hop oils on palate, with some hints of lemon here and there.

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this ale, but I am impressed. Very lively, exceptionally drinkable Saison style ale. Delicious flavors of yeast/citrus/malt and of course the hops. A rather complex ale with lots of flavors and aromas, with a surprising and very welcome dryness.
Highly recommended!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,126 ratings.