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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,828 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,828
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 158
Gots: 236 | FT: 6
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 cyberbmcd
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an excellent Saison with lemony undertones and Imperial hints.

I drank the whole bottle in one sitting, which basically means nothing else to drink afterward so as to keep from passing out...

I am biased, however, since there is yet to be a brew by Brooklyn that I dislike.

cyberbmcd, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of ausonius
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big fluffy, creamy white head. Settles in 5 minutes to thin, light, but persistent head. Little lacing.
Light slightly cloudy yellow-gold.

Aroma: Earthy, slightly herbal, flowery, creamy (Belgian yeast), grainy. Pale malt. Hops are spicy orange, with a minor note of lime & grapefruit.

Taste: Big, full, round, dry, grainy, slightly creamy.
Round earthy hops that finish piney & fine grained.
Hops are not super powerful, but the fine bitterness stays with you almost like tannin in a red wine. Gives it a seemingly very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Big & flavorful. Packed with flavor, in fact, but not at all heavy.

Drinkability: Fairly light on it's feet for a Saison so stuffed with flavor.

Beautiful stuff!

This might be one to age 12 - 30 months to see some interesting things on the palate. Not sure nose would age quite as well.

94 Points

Bravo again, Brooklyn!

Cheers!

ausonius, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace appears a slightly hazed light straw yellow color with a monsterous head of white fluffy foam for a head that is more than 2 fingers strong. The head displays amazing powers of retension. Right down to the last sip more than a finger of white fluff remains. Patches of white lace cling along the glassware where the head previously came into contact. Aroma of this beer is a little spicey and a bit soapy but the prominent characteristics of the nose are the lemony citrus and grassy smell brought on by this unique type of hop. Throughout the experience, it is interesting how the citrusy lemon character flip flops with the grassy character to try and overtake the other scent. The taste of this brew is light and refreshing with a very lively level of carbonation that tickles the tongue. For a style that should be well carbonated, this one is on the verge of being over the top with carbonation. Upfront there is a spicey flavor that is mildly peppery but turns to a slight hop bitterness heavily flavored with grass and lemon zest. Very mild malt backing to this brew but at times it does come across a bit spicey and mildly sweet maybe a bit like pear but for the most part it finishes quite dry. The lingering flavor of this brew is all lemon and grass. I have had other samples of beer that had hints of lemongrass but this one really brings it home and is enjoyable without feeling like I just sprayed pine-sol in my mouth or under my nose. Very drinkable, I would enjoy this one again but wow I certainly wasn't able to detect the 7.5+% abv this has.

stakem, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Golden body with a substantial head. Not much lacing, though.

S: Overwhelming aroma of lemongrass. Also a bit of sugar.

T: More lemongrass. The malt base is surprisingly sweet. Finishes rather dry.

M: Light with plenty of carbonation.

D: This is mainly a showcase for Sorachi Ace hops. Judged on those terms, I would rate it as a success. Not my favorite saison, but tasty nonetheless.

BarrelO, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of rpardon7
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours a clean yellowy straw color with a wonderful light foamy white head that lingers and then stay to leave nice lacing on the glass. Smell is overly citrus with small hints of spice. Tast is very citrusy lemon with hints of spice and a dry sweet finish. Mouthfeel is light and bubly but not overly carbonated. Very smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is superb with this beer a great one to have on a hot summer day wonderfully balanced and not too high in ABV. Brooklyn has yet to let me down on their beers.

rpardon7, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium glass pale yellow with a thick white head. Not much of a scent to this, especially missing a belgian yeast smell I find in most Saisons. Tastes very sour/bitter, an odd variety that I can only account to the Sorachi Ace hops. The champagne yeast is very noticable as well. The mouthfeel is par for the style. But other than that, I don't think I enjoy this sorachi ace hop very much. Might just be me.

whoneeds8, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is lemony sour with candy-like sweet tones and a toasty dryness. Smells good.

Pours clear yellow with moderate head. Looks good.

Dry and toasty, softly bitter, nicely tart/sour and lemony tangy. Actually it's blisteringly dry. Soft candied lemon/orange. Peppery/spicy Belgian phenols. Toasty malt. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

When I think Saison I do not think hops, which makes Brooklyn's focus on hop selection for a Saison puzzling. Regardless, they nailed the bone-dry, citrus-infused, Belgian vibes I expect from a Belgium-class Saison.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of telecomz
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden. Uneven head, good lacing.

S- Grassy, hoppy. Strong nose. Expected more lemon notes as is so common in other reviews. I myself didn't fiun d it as pronounced.

T- Nicely bitter with some yeast. Malt is non-existent.

M- Nice effervescence. Heavier mouth and more viscous than I expected. Not unctuous but not light.

D- Very good beer. I will cellar a case.

telecomz, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of wcintula
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes: I have to admit, in lieu of a tulip, the Sam Adams glass does justice to these nicer beers. Poured from a 750.

A- Pours with a nice, golden, foggy body. A strong three finger billowing uneven head with nice lacing.

S- Lemon, zesty, grassy, hoppy. Strong and pleasant in the nose.

T- Has a bit of bite, attributed to phenols, maybe? The lemon taste is apparent and yeast is noticed as well. Very weak malt profile.

M- High carbonation but not unpleasant. Smooth otherwise, with a slight alcohol feel in the back.

D- Very good beer, but certainly not a sessioner.

wcintula, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of jefe2
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - hazy pale straw with fairly quickly dissolving white flat foamy head
Smell - lemon zest and spicy yeast and a little sweet like lemon chess, and a bit of powdery grain smell.
Taste - follows smell, but dry and with some metallic iron flavor just after the dry fore taste. There is a distinctive somewhat rubbery biscuity malt flavor in the middle that is probably from the yeast strain and the uncommon hop (Sorachi Ace). Dry airy finish. After taste is nice, little bit of powdery graininess and little bit of hop spice and tangy malt, but the flavors fade out evenly, without one dominating unpleasantly.
mouthfeel: light and airy, nice
drinkability - very drinkable, light but interesting with a lots of subtlety in underlying flavors.

jefe2, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle with all the decadence that accompanies such releases from Brooklyn Brewery.

Pours into a Stella Artois goblet with a hazy goldenrod hue. The towering, two-inch tall cap of custard-creme head recedes slowly to form a thick seal atop the liquid, draping Brussels lace all the while. The nose is Saison heaven: spicy, floral hops leap from the glass, as do succulent notes of tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, and banana from the hops & yeast. Hints of tea leaves and white wine. Malts are sturdy with a backing of cracker and bread dough, but the showcase is that glorious Sorachi Ace hopping.

My oh my, now THIS is interesting. Zesty citrus peel snaps at the front of the tongue with each sip, while a grassy, floral hop bitterness is reserved for the lengthy finish. Yeast adds hints of white pepper and dough. Malts could use a bigger presence, but that's a minor nit-pick of a decadent beer. Mouthfeel is insanely bubbly and almost flutters across the palate in its lightness. Crisp, refreshing, all that AND a bag a' chips! Reminds me of a less wheat-heavy version of Brooklyn's Hopfen-Weisse (one of my favorites). An exceptionally unique take on the Saison style, Brooklyn fails to disappoint. Grab this one while you can...

wagenvolks, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to see breweries like Brooklyn be innovative in making and using rare and exotic products to their product lines.Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed lemon yellow with a large blossoming white head that clung like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.So much going on in the nose it took awhile to pinpoint everything,white pepper,grass,herb,and as others have noted a bit of cedar,light phenols with some clove showed thru as well.Flavors are quite dry and spicy with lemon being most prominent,a big spiciness rolls thru as well,somewhat medicinal in the finish.This is different and I like it,I normally dont single out a saison to buy,this I did and am happy for it.

oberon, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

A nice extra catch when I found the BCBCS. It pours a somewhat hazy (though mostly clear) plae golden straw capped by over a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, a light funk, cardamom, hay, and mandarin oranges. The taste goes somewhat sideways: notes of grass, hoppy citrus and bitterness, greens, stinging lemon and lemongrass, garlic, and a very light butter in the background. Something is heavily amiss, though. I must just not like the sorachi variety, I guess. The body is a very light medium, with an active carbonation and a dry, strangely dusty feel. Overall, a pretty large disappointment that I chalk up to a distaste for the sorachi and the weird dusty feel.

TMoney2591, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Nearly brilliant gold. Huge cloudlike head. Lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S-Lemon pledge. Some cinnamon and cumin. Woodsy, not like oak but like a forest. Some pine.

T-Nice light crackery malt flavor. Firmly bitter, but not harsh. Lemon scented soap. more pine. Slight spicy phenols.

M-Fairly dry. Very prickly from the carbonation.

D-Interesting beer. A dry bitter "farmhouse" ale. the Sorachi Ace hops are pretty strange. a mix of lemon soap, pine, and kitchen spices. This is good, but I don't want another bottle. I'd like to try a Sorachi Ace beer that didn't focus entirely on the single hop strain.

organicbrewer, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of MEsquandoles
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle with cork, like their Local series. $15 at Whip-In

Hopped and dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace (developed by Sapporo), re-fermented in the bottle with Champagne yeast.

A little cloudy, Duvel-like head.

Smells of the Local 1, Champagne, cork, lemon meringue or orange marmalade, some tropical fruits or pina colada, wet vegetation.

Surprisingly, I taste the hop in the flavor more than the aroma. Alot of the aroma flavours, but not as sweet. Clove and some other spice. White grapes and melon. A unique hop. Corky. Similiar to Duvel or Local 1.

Thick and oily, spritzery carbonation, looonng finish with hops, dry. A pleasure to drink.

Kudos for making a dry and hoppy saison, and getting it to Texas! Extra kudos for single-hopping, using an exotic hop, and re-fermenting in the bottle with Champagne yeast! Def. worth trying.

MEsquandoles, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of elniko
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 into tulip glass.

A: Light glowing amber with nice frothy head and heavy lacing. Nice looking brew.

S: Lemon, zesty notes coming from the nose. I pick up pepper tones as well.

T & M: Light bodied, quite nice throughout the experience. The notes from the nose come through in the taste. Nicely balanced, sweetness up front with a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable, my first experience with the sirachi hop and an enjoyable one. Looking forward to having another bottle of this fine brew.

elniko, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Corked bottle poured into a snifter glass in two parts. Review is from notes from two weeks ago.

Appearance: Golden straw yellow in color. Clear and bubbly throughout. Three finger pillowy and aggressive white head. Very good retention.

Aroma: Lemon zest and tart green apple are the first notes I pick up. The Sorachi hops play in toward teh back end with some nice hop bitterness.

Taste: Lemon juice and sweet apple play nicely together. Some citric and pine flavor near the back thanks to the hops. Lemongrass notes in there as well. Crisp.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bubbly and smooth. Medium bodied. The crispness is the impressive feature here.

Drinkability: Very smooth and moderate ABV.

Overall, a nice crisp and bright saison. can be a bit watery at times in my opinion. I wish there was a way for the flavors at assert themselves more.

Gosox8787, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of socon67
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cracked open a 750ml with the family. It was a big success.

A- poured very smooth. A nice layer of foam in the glass. A cloudy look that reminds me of most belgian ales.

S- You can clearly smell a hint of citrus.

T- Tastes of lemon, and the champagne yeast they use gives the beer *lots* of action. It paired awesome with the BBQ chicken I ate, but I could see this going with seafood perfectly. The Sarachi hops reminds you that this is a different type of beer, and in a good way.

M- Fizzy, smooth to drink though. No problems getting this one down.

D- I would look for this as a summer beer. I tried this a year ago on tap at the brewery, and in a bottle it was just as good. Could easily have finished the bottle myself, though I'd need to hide it from everyone else.

socon67, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a tulip. Not shared. My wife is very sore about the subject so I'll have to pick up another bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy head just short of two fingers. Pepper and lemon sit lightly on the nose. Spices show up more in the taste, mixing in with lemon and just a hint of alcohol. Smooth and fizzy, incredibly easy to drink. This beer really snuck up on me.

This was my first beer made with Sorachi Ace hops and if it's any indication of how others will be, I imagine I'll be wanting to try them to.

nerdrocker101, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and served in Stone Levitation glasses

A - pours with a very hefty amount of bubbly, pillowy bright white foam. the beer is just slightly hazy, more so as the bottle dwindles down. leaves behind some thick yet spotty lacing.

M - very sharp lemon, not quite tart or even fruity...just a nice display of Sorachi Ace hops. joined by some sharp grassy piney hops, a slightly musty graininess, and light mustiness. nice but a little one-sided.

T - very bright lemony, grassy, piney hops. some belgian yeast with a light kiss of funk and musty basement. finishes very dry

M - insanely effervescent, with a ton of carbonation...once in your mouth it slowly fades to a pillowy fizz of a beer which just melts in your mouth. very bright and tingly, pairs great with a myriad of spicy food.

D - very enjoyable, leave it to Brooklyn to introduce an entire new unknown strain of hops and make it shine. great unique Saison.

Stigs, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a wise old man said " Tastes like fireworks!"

Thrilled to be able to try this as who the hell knows when it will actually land in my state, lol. Served cold and poured into a couple pint glasses. This one was consumed on 06/18/2010.

Really great pour here as the light golden amber quickly filled up the glass with tons of bubbling white foam. Crowning the top and hanging on for what seems like an eternity thick, coating lace is dropped all over the glass.

The aroma was thick with peppery spice, grassy notes, lots of herbal, earthy, and grainy hops. A touch of light peach or pear in here as well. Really just a nice well rounded aroma. Taste rolls through with loads of pepper, coriander, touches of grain. A gritty, earthy taste and feel to it as it was light in body but I felt as though I was chewing it. Light finish, light tartness, dry, very dry with a touch of a peppery spray an lemon in the finish.

Overall a really nice and different beer. I really enjoyed this tremedously.

mikesgroove, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andrewinski1 for sharing this. Poured it into a tulip. Lots of fluffy white head that was monstrous! About three fingers! Gives a hazy straw color. The smell is kind of hot, kind of peppery with hints of orange zest. Lots of orange taste and grassy hops in the background. Kind of a spicy aftertaste. Light in the mouth and the carbonation is pretty spot on. Crisp and refreshing on the warm summer evening. Light and easy going down. Great summer beer.

Bendurgin, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of timtim
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive bottle dispenses a fairly clear, dark golden brew with a just-off-white head that pillows up and holds. Wow. Amazing hop character right off the bat in the nose that is very lemon-centric, which also carries notes of citrus, flower and earth. The backbone contributed by the yeast and grains is spicy (pepper/clove? almost non-existent), biscuity and earthy in it's own way. Hops dominate though. Taste is lemony flowers with sweet notes and pepper just before the finish that is wiped away by a zippy heat from the booze, crisp carbonation, and what tastes to me like preserved lemon. As it warms, it seems like some light sweetness comes out and the spiciness in the middle seems to show a bit better. Very nice showcase for a really great hop. Unfortunately, I fear that this unique new hop is the soul of this beer, and if it were to be stripped away and replaced with a more traditional variety in a more traditional level of ibus, you would end up with a very well-made beer that may seem a tad contrived, exhibiting clean, textbook yet conservative, "saison-style" flavor. Very impressive. Very well made. Nowhere close to becoming a classic, although full of classic flavors. Great beer, just lacks soul for me.

timtim, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass. The beer is light golden and effervescent with a huge bright white head that thins and leaves a ton of lacing.

Aroma is really great, I assume that it's these Sorachi hops. It's earthy full of pepper and and lemon also belgian yeast. Flavor is smooth and mild. The classic saison flavors go very well with the hop flavors.

This is a very pleasant and drinkable summer beer.

mjaskula, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored pour, two finger white head.

S: Spicey and a little funky. Yeasty characteristics are balanced by grassy hops.

T: Spice up front leading into lemon peel and biscuity malt. Hops are present more so than any saison Ive had. This is my first beer with sorachi hops, they seem pretty grassy to me, at least in this application. Maybe a more basic brew utilizing sorachi would reveal some intricacies.

M/D: MF is surprisingly thick despite ample carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, enjoyable overall.

zoolzoo, Jun 17, 2010
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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