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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,873 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,873
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 163
Gots: 250 | FT: 7
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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 beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale lemon pour produced a monstrous flat white head that was rocky, incredibly retaining (6+ min) and left a ton of intricate foamy lacing. Visible effervesce was light to medium with several steady streams of closely knitted bubbles rising lazily to the surface.

S: The sorachi hops are pleasantly aromatic of freshly sliced lemons with some grapefruit juice highlights of medium strength. On the trail was some flowery grapefruit and a bit of tart oranges.

T: Spicy citric oranges and fresh wet lemon-lime flavors gets things off to a good start. Crisp, with a bit of fresh greenery and herbaceous notes along with spicy pine and lemon peels really work well together to deliver a smooth tartness of citrus on the finish. I like the addition of sorachi hops, but somehow have trouble associating this as a farmhouse/saison, missing was a bit of farmhouse funk and tart fruintess I've come to expect. The sorachi definitely brings a spicy zing to the flavor but perhaps takes away from some of the other subtle farmhouse qualities. Overall was spicy with a distinct dry hopping ending with a bit of grassiness on the fade.

M: Medium bodied, exceptionally smooth with a light reference to effervesce. Spicy citric with a light alcohol presence gently warms upon the swallow.

D: A good dry citric summertime quencher, though as previously mentioned maybe not as much as a farmhouse/saison as I would like. Light and easy enough to manage with just the right amount of citric bitterness. Hardly feels like a 7.6%.

beerthulhu, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mandarin orange color with a fluffy four finger head from a pour into a mikasa tulip. Smell has a definite lemongrass/lemon lime presence with some yeast showing through. Taste is very peppery and spicy with a cilantro/parsley presence lemon rind and lemongrass are present as well, interesting stuff. Mouthfeel is slightly viscous and very dry at the end. I'm fine with one bottle at a time and there are far more saisons i'd rather have, but it was worth a try.

STEG, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle - $12.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, pale yellow body with a large, rising, airy white head.

Smell: A delightfully spirited nose, replete with vivid notes of Meyer lemons, budding Springtime flowers, lychee fruit, fresh basil, pilsner malts, and lighter hints of alcohol and a background funkiness.

Taste: Pils malts with a little tanginess and a soft, honeyed sweetness washed down with a gulp of white wine. Hint of biscuit dough. Vibrant florals. Distinct taste of fresh lemon juice. In amongst the stronger tastes is just a faint hint of funk. Moist garden-grown herbs seasoned with white pepper and cracked cloves, with more emphasis on the pepper. Medium-light bitterness. A veritable round table of all the various tastes on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: An eminently quaffable, soundly complex saison, with, thankfully, not a drop more alcohol than is needed. I really enjoyed this one, Brooklyn.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of kels
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a great golden yellow, moderately hazy, with light carbonation running throughout. The initial 1 1/2 finger thick fluffy white head fades and retains very well at a soft skim. Lots of lace blankets the sides of the glass.

Smell is pretty subdued. There's a bit of light malt that's dry and almost nutty. There's a bright hop that is clearly unfamiliar to me, and it comes across as a cross between floral and citrusy, very reminiscent of herbal tea.

What a really unique and complex beer. It actually took me much longer to review than usual because the Sorachi Ace hop is nothing like I've ever tasted before. It really has dimensions of other hop profiles I've typically seen as opposing, like the citrus of Centennials with the dankness of Simcoes. It doesn't actually taste like either, but I'm doing my best to describe the contradiction. Okay, so what's in here...lemony tart bitterness, light herbal tea, toasted grains, a little bit of coriander and some white pepper. The yeast gives a nice punchy finish. It is bright and zingy while at the same time possessing this underlying earthy foundation. The alcohol whispers through the backdrop. Really bright carbonation, sweet subtlety, and nice smooth, dry finish.

Drinks all day, very softly, very cleanly.

kels, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale Golden, head resides to thin, but consistent film throughout tasting.

S - Grassy, Herbal Spicy, a little the cousin, mild citrus, some pepper

T - Herbal, spicy, very little malt character, grassy again...

M - good weight balanced nicely by high carbonation, very low tannins maybe (something building on my palate

D - Very! Grassy/herbal notes may cause some fatigue after extended consumption, but residual sweetness and mouthfeel make this exteremely palatable

GrizzlyBrew, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe; it was labeled Brooklyn "Brewmaster's Reserve" on their menu.

A: Served in a Belgian beer barleywine goblet. Hazy straw yellow, a bit reminiscent of the color of a good witbier. This was capped off with a thin white head around the rim.

S: Pear and lemon zest, a bit of funkiness; some horse blanket, grass, and medicinal aromas also.

T: Medicinal herbs, pear, lemon, generic citrus zest, slight earthiness, and some horse stall funk. Ended in a slightly bitter, herbal medicine-type hop flavor. Medicinal taste with horse blanket was a bit off-putting.

M: Medium-bodied and juicy with ample effervescent carbonation.

D: Definitely a unique taste, but I think I'm good with having it just once.

thekanna, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Mcculler
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Would like to have had more before reviewing, but wanted to review this beer since Im not sure when Ill get to another.

Poured a towering head that quickly receded without all together dissipating. Left huge chunky lacing in the Sam Adams tulip pint glass.

Smelled immediately of flowery, herbal citrus. Especially lemon. Some tropical fruits. Slightly earthy and funky.

Tastes of yeast, herbs, lemon, orange, pear, papaya, mango(?), with an earthy funk that adds a little mystery.

Good mouthfeel - not too thin or thick for the style with moderate carbonation.

This beer is beautifully clear in its expression of complex notes, while at the same time withholding just enough to be a little mysterious. Has a long finish that lingers and unfolds on the palate. I imagine this would be great with food, but was equally great by itself with some company. I especially love Saisons these days - but with that caveat, I feel I can say this was one of the best beers Ive had. I am in love. Many thanks to Ryan for picking up this bottle and sharing it.

Mcculler, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of johnwarne
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"Not Brooklyn's top ale;
Worthwhile trial, just not the best.
'Lemon', 'champagne': nyet!"

Brooklyn is one of America's premier brewers, with many great offerings and nothing too "funky" or "trendy", like some other brewers of renown. This particular ale, while not uncomfortably unique, piqued my interest with marketing lingo but turned out to be good but not great [nor up to their standards]. A little pricey for the quality consumed. As my rating suggests: good, not great.

Cheers!

johnwarne, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of mentor
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 3 finger lightly yellowed head over a murky dull straw liquid. Smells lemony, salty, pineapple, cinnamon, artificial vanilla, with a dash of ginger.

Tastes very perfumey. Bleached out lemon, effervescent carbonation, leather tannin, cedar wood. Tastes like what organic furniture wax smells like. Very dry beer with a sharp carbonation accompanied by a peppery zip in the finish. Aftertaste has a nutmeg character I'm not fond of and a lingering phenol. Light body and lively carbonation. Overall, not flavors that I like, but I don't like the saison style. The flavors are in line for the style and it's quite dry, also to style.

mentor, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of ToddT
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy pale golden yellow with ample carbonation in the large off white head. Head is sticky and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Strong citrus and lemon character in the nose, very forward. Some hints of barnyard funk in the background, along with pepper, spice, and some alcohol heat.

T- Lemon and pepper flavors very forward at first. A bit of funk appears, well done not overly funky or sour, to balance things out and leads to a crisp, clean, and dry finish. Slight note of hop bitterness at the finish along with a slightly tart aftertaste, leaves you wanting just one more sip.

M- Creamy and smooth almost buttery, well carbonated but not overdone here either.

D- Very drinkable and accessible for the style. The 7.6% ABV is well hidden only a slight note in the nose.

Great beer, if you run across this buy it and enjoy it.

ToddT, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last year at Clarks Ale House in Syracuse and recall it being too sweet; my expectation is that the bottle conditioned version may help in that regard. Let's see.

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a nice two inches of white head. Head keeps well, with a full and substantial lace, with some very nice stick on the sides as well.

The nose reveals a definite lemony quality, quite herbal as well. There's a bit of spice and some sweetness that has a buttery quality to it. The herbal/lemon aroma is pretty unique and I like it.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, and I'm glad to see that the sweetness is not as substantial as I remember from the draft version. The lemon and herbal flavors are prominent, and like the smell I do get a buttery sweetness which is interesting. It's like a sweet lemon butter almost; odd, but interesting. Some subtle spicing like the nose as well. Nothing much new that wasn't there. Not super complex but I like the flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium bodied and quite smooth. Not as crisp as many other saisons but it does finish clean, and I like the creaminess. This hop strain seems to have a nice oiliness to it.

This is a nice saison from Brooklyn and I am definitely glad to see that the sweetness which I recall being overpowering on draft has been muted a bit with the bottle conditioning. The flavor of this hop strain is certainly different, but it works well. A nice beer that is worth picking up if you see it.

number1bum, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the champagne bottle (great label) into a Duvel glass.

Pours a distinctive yellow with tons of immense creamy white foam. Very active, mere movement triggers bubbles. Little lacing.

Chaly lemony smell. Different, yet hard to pin down. (My aha! moment is after I read the label about lemongrass)

Peppery taste, with a unique tangy hop bitterness, not something I have come across before - presume is the ace hop. Lemon citrus certainly in the there.

A fairly complex beer, an interesting drink. Tasty. I split the bottle over two nights with an airtight seal and it held up well. A good drinker, but the flavors tired my mouth a bit.

KTCamm, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Gwynn400
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 bottle into pint glasses. Initially, tons of white frothy head, a good couple of inches. The head slowly subsided, leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The beer pours a typical saison color, yellow and opaque. The aromas are banana and citrus. I think I get the very slight smell of the hops, but hard to identify because its a different smelling hops than I am used to.

The first sips are highly carbonated, but excellent. Tastes of citrus are prevalent and tasty. The beer was less bitter than I expected, but the hop flavors are definitely there. This beer is different than any I have had before. I definitely recommend this to anyone.

Bottom line, if you enjoy the saison style and are looking for something a little interesting, this beer fits the bill.

Gwynn400, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip-shaped glass. Golden with lots of haze. Plenty of bleached white head is produced due to lots of carbonation. It eventually subsides into intermittent lace. Aroma is predominantly bananas, with a hint of cloves and mustiness. Carbonation bite up front. Noticeable acidity in the middle reminiscent of a citrus twang. Very pleasing light finish that leans towards the dry side. To date, I have had nothing quite like this. Contrary to the description found under Saisons, I found it to be on the delicate side with little bitterness. The spicy/fruity Belgian yeast characteristics are noticeable in the aroma, but not as much in the taste taste, which was very light bodied and acidic. A must try.

LittleDon, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - A straw, yellow color with good clarity and a big, fluffy, white head. Very inviting.

S - Banana, black pepper and spices.

T - Dry and crisp with a slightly spicy flavor (black pepper) and a touch of funk. A moderate hop bitterness ran throughout. It had good complexity and nice flavor.

M - A moderate consistency with a moderate to high carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Good flavor and very interesting. It's got a nice European feel to it. I'd go back for more.

GJ40, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was golden yellow with a huge latte foam head of bright white. The massive head remained and left lacing.

Smell was pungent, dry, and peppery. Lightly grainy with juniper boughs.

Taste was dry and spicy. Belgian yeast chalkiness. Lemon rinds. Herbaceous and crispy dryness. Take all of these components and filter them through grandma's not so fresh dish clothe, that about encapsulates the flavors here.

Mouthfeel was medium to dense in body. Tiny, tight carbonation. Interesting, I would drink it again.

Cresant, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a hazy yellow-amber body with a good couple inches of white-ish head that persists for a while only to leave a fair bit of lacing on the glass. Citrus - particularly lemon and pith - rule the aroma, giving off a slightly cat pee like scent. Lemon, lemongrass, pith, with notes of orange and tangerine. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Very drinkable - alcohol is well-hidden and one sip invites another for sure. Very good, though the Sorachi Ace hop flavor and aroma take some getting used to...

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of detlefchef
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale and cloudy golden color with brilliant white head that certainly lingers. Vibrant and classically Belgian nose (bananas and citrus). Seriously, this beer totally jumps out of the glass at you.

Super clean flavors of citrus (including pith) that is downright nervy on the palate. A very, very pretty beer with loads of nuance. I would imagine that you'd get a whole new set of flavors if you let one open up or age for a bit.

detlefchef, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy straw color, with a finger of white, decent head retention, and decent lacing. Nice crisp bitter herbal note in the nose, much more than I would expect from a farmhouse ale. Hay, grass, slight menthol, and peppery notes also emerged. The taste was a perfectly balanced spicy/herbal mix, that progressed to a bitter dry finish. No hint of the alcohol content. The body was between light and medium, and not overly carbonated. Very drinkable; VERY refreshingly dry and bitter. Surprising for a farmhouse ale.

donniecuffs, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden yellow with a huge white head that eventually reduces down to a surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Lemons. Grassy hops. Green apple. Rather "bright smelling.

T: Slightly sweet. Tart apples with a little lemon and unripe pears. Somewhat vinous. A mild bitterness on the finish.

M: Light, bright and tart. Heavily carbonated

D: A good beer with a variety of complex flavors, yet still revealing a good bit of hoppiness, even if the hoppiness comes through in a manner that is not in the typical sense.

Florida9, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a pale, translucent golden straw color with a thick 2 fingers of fluffy, whipped cream like head. Tons of lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Green, sweet, spicy, fruity - especially citrusy with oranges and lemons standing out. Nice black pepper, cinnamon. Very good smelling saison - can't wait to take the first sip.

T - Flavor diverges from the aroma a bit. I don't really get any malt in the aroma behind all of the fruity and spicy smells, but in the flavor there is a solid base of breadlike malt. A very crisp hop bitterness which is more up front (and somewhat unique - no doubt due to the Sorachi Ace hops) than the aroma would indicate gives a nice 2nd layer on top of the malt. Over both of these is spiciness and fruitiness that really rounds things out - tons of lemony flavors, some oranges, a bit of tropical fruit. From the aroma, I expected this to be a bit on the sweet side, but this is really pretty dry overall. Classic saison with a bit of a twist.

M - Fairly thin in body, but in no way is this watery. Quite high carbonation level with a bit of a foamy, yet smooth feel. Feels alive on the tongue with flavors exploding on the tongue. Dry, citrusy and very crisp.

D - Very enjoyable saison. Full of character in the aroma and the flavor with a great appearance...who could ask for more? The hoppiness is a bit high for my tastes in a saison, but this is really being nitpicky trying to find something wrong. Definitely a must try for anyone who enjoys this style of beer.

portia99, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle pours a slightly hazed, medium yellow color with a huge cap of white head, very fitting for a saison. Fluffy and airy with plenty of lacing and retention.

Nose is wonderful - lemongrass, floral and yeast phenols. Nothing funky or farmhouse about it, a 'clean' smelling saison. Light crackery malt, but the sorachi ace hops are the main show here, it seems a perfect fit for the beer. Delicious.

Lemony hop flavor with some wheatgrass and clean pilsner malt. Farmhouse yeastiness is disappointingly absent, but the nice hop flavor and bitterness mostly make up for it. Light, creamy mouthfeel with ultra-fine carbonation. What a great summer brew, fantastic! I would like to see more beers made with this hop, I think a pilsner would be a good style for it as well.

twiggamortis420, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of emsroth
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 bottle

App: cloudy gold with a foamy white head

Smell:strong hop presence that's herbal and lemony. Slight yeast funk. A slight husky malt.

Taste: sweet cookie like malt with butter and cream notes. Dry lemon rind and rough herb finish with a malty and hoppy bite.

Fine carbonation. A bit light for a saison (i LOVE the saison carbonation) but still nice.

A bit clean and sweet for a saison but a pleasant drink.

emsroth, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of beergod1
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' bottle split with a friend, poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Hazy Yellow, with a thick white everlasting head, with some lacing. smell is a little spicy and characteristics of the nose are the lemony citrus and grain. It tastes so refreshing on another 90 degree day in Ohio. . Very mild malt backing to this brew but at times it does come across a bit spicey and mildly sweet. The spice has to be from this Japanese hop. Sweet, carbonated (in a good way), and when it warms a bit, I taste a hint of Anise. A very unique beer, that needs to be sold in 6ers....or what the hell...get me a Keg.

beergod1, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a huge, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind thick lace.

Smell: Strong lemon aroma with a bit of spice and an earthy hint.

Taste: Begins with a sweet lemon flavor, finishing with more lemon and a flavor like bitter grapefruit or maybe citrus peel. Underlying earthiness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Taste is a bit one-dimensional, but this is still a tasty and refreshing beer- very good for a summer day. Highly drinkable, and its hop flavors truly do stand out from many other beers.

Mosstrooper, Jul 19, 2010
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,873 ratings.