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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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2,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,195
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 185
Gots: 390 | FT: 12
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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Ratings: 2,195 | Reviews: 611
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

750ml corked bottle bought from Deveneys off licence, Dublin...

Poured a light hazy golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... some sticky lacing...

A lot going on in the aroma... lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart juicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, mangoes, limes), very floral, talcum powder notes, light honey and candy sugar sweetness, some earthy farmyard traces, hay, some rubberiness, fresh bread, some pine...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, faint coriander, peppery, some thyme herbalness, metallic, sea salt... flavours develop well as the beer warms up...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and dangerously drinkable at 7.6%...

Overall - A top class Saison... As good as any i've had... recommended...

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating but I do see a 2721 printed on the back label... batch #?

A= Pours a beautiful hazy yellow color with a nice big thick three finger head on it that holds great retension and some beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Very lively looking.

S= The smell is a spicy yeasty hop aroma. I read lemongrass somewhere as a way to describe sorachi ace hops and I would say that's a great way to describe the smell. A little grassy and a nice spicey yeast punch to back it all up.

T= The taste is even more interesting than the nose. The hops aren't as much in your face as the nose lead me to believe. It's definitally a major player but the saison yeasty character is a little more dominate. Lemongrass again is a great descriptor for the hop variety that comes through. A nice grassy character with a little extra punch to it.

M= The mouth is actually my favorite part of this beer. Super smooth and creamy while still acting lively on the tongue.

O= A plesant surprise from my boss leads to a great beer from Brooklyn. I haven't ventured too far into their portfolio but this is a winner for sure. I don't know how fresh this bottle is but the hop character was still present. I wish it were a little more assertive in the flavor though. Maybe it is on a fresher bottle I don't know. I'll just have to buy more.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. No dating visible.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white head that slowly fades into a thin layer. Lots of lace hanging around the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast and a big tart lemon zest up front with some barnyard funk. Sweet bready pale malts with some candy sugar and a light hint of honey. Also some fairly vibrant citrus and grassy hops. A pretty tart aroma. Also fairly herbal. The champagne yeast is also pretty noticeable.

Taste: A kick of spicy Belgian yeast and barnyard funk up front with a huge citrus lemon presence. Some sweet pale malts and sugar midway are followed by a nice taste of citrus hops with hints of orange and grapefruit. Also some herbal grassy hops. Taste is a nice combination of sweetness, tartness, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a carbonation on the heavier side of medium. Crisp, tangy, and tart. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting brew. Its like a combination of a wheat beer, Saison, and Champagne. Very well done.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow color with a fairly solid white head that clings to the rim.

Lemon, sweet bready malt, and hints of herbal hop are evident in the aroma, which is somewhat subtle. There's a champagne-like finish.

A wine-like fruitiness dominates the flavor initially, slightly tangy, with a lemony finish. Cracker-like slightly sweet malt supports the taste, with a dry, peppery finish cleaning up the flavor.

The body is fairly heavy, with moderately high carbonation and a decidedly dry finish.

An interesting take on a saison, more wine-like than anticipated, and somewhat two-note. I'm not a huge lemon fan, so not really my brew.

Tried this in 14, and I get much more floral and herbal hop character, with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. The color was a golden straw with a thick white one finger head. Not much visible carbonation. Not much on the nose, some malts and a little hops. This is a very clean tasting beer, lots of lemon peel, pear, very crisp. I do not have a lot of experience with the saison style, but this is excellent. I would look for this beer again.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a white 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S - Lemon zest & grapefruit with some yeast.

T - Lemon & herbal with malt. Finishes with a crisp & fruity taste.

M - Heavy for a saison.

O - A malt filled lemony & zesty saison. Very refreshing but can be heavier than most saisons.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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