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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,978 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,978
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 168
Gots: 286 | FT: 9
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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 rarbring
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded dark straw colored with hints of orange, a white high and firm head that leaves loads of laces. Some curtains.

The smell is fruity and earthy. Lemon, spices, clove and yeast.

The taste starts with a pure sugar and white bread sweetness, sourness from lemon and rhubarbs, spiciness, clove, peppers, lemon peel bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft texture and a good body, a dry finish.

A lot of spiciness, but very refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, a farmhouse ale using the rare hop variety.

Pours a clear straw, bone white crackling head. Aroma of lemon juice and rind upfront. Alittle bit of spicy Belgian yeast with a bready aroma as well. In the flavor, a crisp biting lemony hop, some earthyness, champagne like in the finish. Belgian yeast in full force with must, pepper and mild pear notes. Super dry, aggressive carbonation. Mild doughy character, spice and a good helping of citrus, hop and funk. Overall, an interesting and unique brew with well rounded flavor. Worth trying.

Photo of tripelhops
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Large, white 3 finger head with tons of carbonation

S: lemon-y, definately very lemon-y and hints of grass.

T: not all that bitter, more lemon and grass,a dnevery once in a while I pikced up a little oak-ish flavor.

M: highly carbonated, very light and dry.

O: I'd like to try something else with the Sorachi Ace hop, but this one is not something I'd seek out again. It was interesting, glad I got to try it, but nothing fantastic that I'd have to buy again.

Photo of Adrianized
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, golden orange.  A tall, white head which settles down to a finger's height.

A faint smell of hops and a fresh, fresh citrus scent.  Mostly lemons, but also some oranges.

Right up front are lemons and oranges.  Dry and slightly bitter throughout and into the finish.  A little black pepper and a strong lemon zest finish that sticks to your palate until the next sip.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.  Brooklyn says it pairs well with seafood and I could see that, I wish I had some shrimp with this saison.

Overall, this was a treat.  It's very refreshing... This is what summer seasonals should be like. Try and get it while you still can!

Photo of canjeeps
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to pop this one with Bottlequeststeve. Picked it up at wegmans a few months ago for $12ish. Any to the brew
A- very gold to light gold color. Very well carbonated. Bubbles were sticking on the sides of the glass. Decent head

S- very Saison like. Earthy a touch of sweetness and then I got the Sorachi hop presence. Quite strong hop smell

T- the first sip was like how it first smelled. Good at first then ingot pounded by the hop bitterness. I like hops but this one was just bitter and outbid balence.

M- good, exactly what it should be for this style

O- this one was disappoint. It was just to bitter and not in a good way. Maybe with some more time the hop bitterness will fade

Photo of ikats
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale pours yellow in color, a bit hazy (but not too much) and with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is zesty and refreshing. I would even say grassy, and after looking up "sorachi", I would also say definitely lemongrass. Taste is very refreshing as well. It hits first with a bit of tartness, but then it transforms to a more earthy taste. Aftertaste is very pleasant. I would call this ale light to medium-body. At first taste I found the hoppy kick a bit off-putting, but after going through half the bottle, it is definitely appreciated. Very easy to drink. Probably would taste even better if I was drinking it outside on a hot day (as opposed to inside on a cool spring evening).

Reinforces my appreciation of my local brewery - Brooklyn!

Photo of veinless
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to makdeco for including this as an extra in our trade a while ago.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a billowing more-than-half-the-tulip pure white foamy head. Head is very light and fluffy, retains really well, but is impossible to control. Swirling the beer results in the liquid moving a little bit, but the top of the head not really moving at all - it is firmly anchored to the glass. Really static looking beer, and the color combined with the head make it a nice looking beer.

A touch of yeast, some mellow lemon citrus, and a perfume-like floral aroma make this a soft, but effective, nose. Perfume aspect is kind of tough to describe; it smells exactly like the perfume my mom used to wear when I was kid and I would complain that she was stinking up the car. It's a nice scent in moderation though, and that's the way it is in this beer. Grassy lemon is sweet and simple. Very well done.

Citrus kick at the start is soothing, and moves effortlessly into a brief hop bitterness and mellow yeasty middle. Perfect blend of flavors. The finish isn't bone dry, but it is on the dry side which is nice. I wish all the flavors were a bit stronger, but the balance and melding of flavors is spectacular anyways.

Mouthfeel is a strength for this beer, as it is incredibly light, a touch prickly, but smooth and crisp the whole way through. Dry finish is the cherry on top. Drinkability benefits from the incredible balance and mouthfeel and the perfect hiding of the abv; I'm having trouble making this 750ml bottle last even an hour. I enjoyed this beer immensely - thanks again makdeco.

Photo of NeutroMan
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale blonde color with a HUGE bubbly white head and a ton of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass. Head persisted throughout and left gobs of sticky lace.

S: Lemon zest and clean malty sweetness.

T: Sweet, crisp, clean malts dominate. Citrus flavor (lemon zest) is a little more muted. Dry finish.

M&D: Lean-bodied and smooth. The high carbonation contributes to the high drinkability.

Photo of smbslt
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So this is what's meant by the champagne of beers.

A: Big, bright white 3 finger head with a swirling tempest of carbonation feeding it.

S: Yeasty. Picking up on some esters but not not much of anything. Head is very stable and creamy not breaking up much to smell.

T: Bitter, peppery, herbal primarily with grass and lemon as well. If this is the Sorachi hop then so be it if not the hops are lost (wasted) in the dryness and alcohol.

M: Initially the carbonation does not help keep the beer on the tongue. After the carbonation dies down a bit it thickens up and flows better.

O: I would not say this is all that drinkable. To much alcohol to be refreshing. Seems somewhat high maintenance. I could not enjoy by itself, with some cheese it was better. This should not be a sipping type of beer

Photo of Dawkfan
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Lots and I mean lots of carbonation pushing up onto a huge fluffy bright white head that is quite active as well. Lots of large bubbles forming on the head long after the pour. The carbonation is really holding that head up nicely, drops a good amount of soft lace all over my tulip glass. The color is a slightly hazed pale yellow. Doesn't get much better than this.

S- Very strong lemon presence, which I assume is from the Sorachi Ace hop. Pale grains, white pepper, Belgian yeast and an aroma I can only describe as wet wood. Huge, huge, huge, nose!

T- Lots of Lemon Zest in the taste as well, there's a hint of citrus at the beginning. Pepper spiciness, phenols, and a herbal/leafy hopiness round this out. Big aftertaste that sits on the palate.

M- Crisp, clean, fresh, lighter bodied. Medium carbonation that tingles the throat as it goes down.

O- Tried to save some for the fish I was cooking for dinner, nada! I gotta try and get more of this stuff before it's all gone. Seemed fitting that spring had finally arrived because this is exactly what drinking this reminds me of.

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pt 9 0z bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I could not find a bottle dated code.

Pale yellow in color, cloudy with lots of carbonation. Two finger creamy, white head dissipated farily quickly. Nice lacing left up and down the glass.

I smell lemons and grass. From the smell I get the idea this may be a little sweet. Can smell a hint of hops.

Tastes as it smells. First it's citrusy then comes the grass notes and a crisp hop finish. The hops are not overpowering but present. The taste of the Sorachi Ace hops are quite unique.

This is a light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation. I get a grassy after taste that is quite smooth. Fairly high abv at 7.6% but alchohol is not noticeable.

As mentioned before, this is a light bodied and very refreshing beer. Very tasty and would be/is excellent for a backyard barbeque when the weather is nice. I had mine with a medium rare cheeseburger with blue cheese crumbles and barbeque sauce, which turned out to be a fantastic pairing. At about 13.00 dollars a bottle i don't know how many more I'll actually drink. This would be great in a 6 or 4 pack.

Photo of KevSal
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

been looking forward to this guy for a while, thanks poonamibaxter for getting this guy to me.

so the profile says this is brewed once, might of had some time to develop in the bottle, this should be interesting.

750ml into a mini pilsner

firstly this label rocks

a- big pop when i opnened it, looks awesome, huge 3 inch head, hazy yellow hue. big bubbles slowly pop the head down to a thin layer of bubbles.

s- strong citrus hits the nose. slight slight sweetness faitnly in the back as well. lots of lemon.

t- WOw so this is the ace, it packs lots of flavor, differnt than the saisons ive had in the past, must be that unique japanese hop, it taste good. smooth citrus in the front, a bit of bitterness in the end. crispy, slight hoppy finish. yummy

m- very thick for the style, but on the money for me. medium bodied great carbonation.

o- very well done, i am impressed. this guy is a winner. definitly try him out, if its available to you. if you a fan of the style, id say its a must. very flavorful, and complex.

didnt like brooklyn all that much in the past hgowever they really impressed me with this guy, maybe i was wrong about them.

Photo of jsanford
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a luscious white head that never fully dissipates, just settling to a patchy haze. Think whipped egg whites. Excellent retention, leaves some spotty lacing.
S - Lemon zest dominates, that Sorachi hop is the real deal! There's a bit of clean, crisp malt for the backbone, and a bit of spicy Saison yeast, but the lemongrass/lemon zest aroma is the real star. Very crisp and clean.
T - Very nice Saison/Belgian flavors of ripe pear, lemongrass, coriander, and black pepper with a Pilsner malt backbone. Very earthy and dry, again that Sorachi hop takes this to an amazingly complex and unique level.
M - Crisp and clean, with a medium-light mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. Very dry finish, no sign of the ABV.
O - Such an amazing beer, this is perfect on a warm Spring day, and I imagine this could pair with food incredibly well.

Photo of jwinship83
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle gifted to me from a coworker. drank from my duvel tulip. ive seen this before several times, but never pulled the trigger.

A- this one pours a hazy golden yellow colored body with slight orange highlights. a tall bright white finger of fluffy head sits on top and has excellent retention. large spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the initial whiff brings lots of lemon zest and pale malts. after that i get some almost funky notes and some pepper. slightly earthy/musty.

T- the taste starts out with some pale malts and is quickly followed by lots of mild lemon flavors. spicy black pepper moves in next. a little but musty and old tasting. earthy, spicy, and herbal hops in the finish.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. about what i was expecting from the style. dry on the finish. the alcohol is well hidden.

O- i liked this, but it wasnt my favorite saison. the price point (i think its like $16) makes it something that i doubt ill buy anytime soon. still an enjoyable beer though.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden in color. Lots of bubbly carbonation and huge, soapy white head that has staying power...has tons of nooks and cranies. Great looking texture. Once the head finally retreats into the beer, there's a pretty thick film and lots sticky lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Zesty lemon, bretty funk, Belgian yeast, pear/apple like fruit. Pleasant.

T: Lemom and yeast are the first things I notice followed by a subtle pear like flavor.

M: Dry and tingly from the heavy carbonation.

O: Very drinkable in spite of its dry quality. Not the best saison I've ever had, but still pretty good. I would definately buy this again..if only to admire its appearance.

Photo of Tilley4
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting to give this one a try after hearing some good things from various folks...

A nice cloudy yeasty looking pour topped by one very impressive head... Very much looks the part of a Saison for sure...

The yeasty aromas dominate all the way here with the slightest tinge of hop aromas on the back end... Lots of lemon or lemongrass one present... Very earthy aromas as well..

Citrusy lemony wheat flavors mingle with the yeast presence here and blend fairly well... Not sure if it's an elite Saison but a pretty good effort nonetheless...

I liked it fairly well.. Not sure if I would revisit it at the price point but I'm sure glad I got to try it out...

Photo of craytonic
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw-yellow-golden pour with a great big head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Lemongrass, citrus hops and some faint belgian yeast

Taste: Very crisp, perhaps a bit too dry. Again lots of lemongrass with some nice floral hops. Initially I got some herbs I wasn't expecting, sage I think. Reminds me of a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps too dry and slightly over carbonated/spritzy, otherwise nice mouthfeel

Drinkability: Good one for a spring day; was fun to try but won't seek it again

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a good head and good lace. The aroma is citrusy and bready with some lavender. The flavor is spicy with a bit of cooking spice and some nice citrus. The beer is plenty dry and the bottle went away quickly between the two of us.

Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard and read nothing but rave reviews about this beer for well over a year now and I'm finally getting around to trying it.

Poured into my trusty Dogfish Head shaped glass.

A: Beautiful crisp, cloudy, golden wheat color with a massive fluffy cloud white head that didn't want to subside. Mucho carbonation!

S: From the second the cork popped, a massive amount of lemon zest filled the air! Funky farmhouse aroma, with tons of soft fruit (ex. pears) and maybe a tinge of fruity sourness. Supposedly a lot of hops were used in the making of this brew, but to my taste, it was surprisingly non-IPA-like.

T: The refreshing champagne quality was actually soothing to the palate in the way that natural spring water soothes it. A tinge of citrus, but the sweetness was understated. Tons of lemon, maybe a tinge of pear, but the yeastiness took center stage. The mild, drying, alcohol burn on the finish was divine!

M: Bubbly and champagne-like for sure... so on the carbonation front, this was perfection. The sweet elements were very disciplined indeed. The spotty lacing consisted of clusters of thick bubbles that attached themselves to the glass.

D: I've really grown fond of this style in the last year or so... and this is one of the best of them. I now see why so many people put this on their list of the top 10 beers of the year.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice pale golden color with a slight haze to it. There is a huge and very retentive pure white head that is about 3 inches tall and has very dense bubbles. (4.0)

S - Aroma starts off with some nice fluffy grain and some slight bready notes. Very delicious clove notes and some slight spices to it. There is some good yeast funk as well and the grain notes are quite earthy and slightly grassy. There is some mild hop character as well. (4.5)

T & M - Beer starts light and fluffy start with clean flavors. There is some nice earthy and grainy malt notes to start. These are mixed in well with some slight yeasty chalky notes. There is some nice funk and some slight phenols that are balanced well with the grain notes. There is some great spice to the bear as well as some slight lemony freshness. The hop profile is quite nice and dry with some nice bitterness and some slight citrus to it. The freshness and cleanness of the beer is what really makes it. Great overall flavors that make the beer very enjoyable are well crafted and delicious. (4.0)(4.0)

D - A very drinkable beer that has some delicious flavors that meld very well together but are very well crafted. The ABV is not too crazy either. (4.5)

Photo of Burt
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Cloudy yellow with a thick white head that left clumpy lace.

Lemon with some bubble gum funkiness, yeasty.

Lemony up front with nice tart hoppy flavor in the middle with that bubble gummy funk.

Lots of carbonation with a dry finish.

Easy drinking beer that would of been better after cutting my grass on a summer day.

Photo of sitarist
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF, thanks to richbrew fot this treat.

It pours a pale, cloudy, yeast infected piss yellow. Lots of tiny bubbles rise up to a half of a glass white head. The head takes its time falling, it leaves a cap with little lacing.

Smells like lemon-pepper marinade. I smell faint hints of lemon zest, lemon-grass, and spice. Its aroma reminds me of a Berliner Weissbier not a Saison.

Flavor follows the nose...Lemon, and lemon-grass up front with a mild peppery finish.

Medium body with ample carbonation, and a very dry finish.

Though it wasnt what I wanted for the style; I still had no problem knocking out 750ml.

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a light golden color with a nice thick head. Not really any lacing, but that could be due to the glass.

It has a great smell with hints of lemon, clove, banana and a nice amount of Belgian funk to it.

It has a lemon/lemongrass in the taste thanks to the Sorachi Ace. It also has a nice tartness and a spicy/pepper taste to it. Not as much farmhouse funk as I would like, but it's still a great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is great. It has an effervescent quality to it and a nice dry finish to it.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml cage-corked bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow color with a three-finger head of bubbly, white carbonation with adequate carbonation and a bit of sticky lace.

S: Super herbal, lemongrass hop aroma with a lot of mowed lawn and skunky, sweet citrus scents.

T: Spicy, effervescent and light Belgian sugar flavor up front followed by a citrus and bitter alcoholic taste that leads into a minty, ginger, yeast and wheat malt finish with lingering, grassy, herbal and flowery hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied, bubbly and effervescent on the tongue; perfect to lift away the fats of a dish and compliment acidic notes.

D: A light, flavorful saison accentuated by the grassy, herbal, lemony notes of the Sorachi Ace hop varietal. With flavors bordering on a Belgian Tripel, this near 8% ABV saison has a lot of character and rare street cred to boot. The Sorachi Ace hop is used well here as the arm candy to the lemony, spicy, light flavors of this well-crafted saison.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of citrus, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of lemon, hops, malt, and a slightly grassy tinge as well. Not exactly a classic saison - there wasn't much in the way of that barnyard funk. Still, a very vibrant flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: An exceptionally drinkable beer.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,978 ratings.