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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,127
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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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork and cage bottle (1pint 9.4oz) with no freshness date. This beer is re-fermented with champagne yeast.

Pours a nice slightly hazy yellow-orange peach color. The head stood about an inch tall following a pretty light pour. About 10 minutes has gone by, and the head is just barley covering the top of the beer. Some decent lacing on the glass.

I'm definitely getting the lemongrass in the aroma. Very Asian type of citrus thing going on. Champagne smell coming through nicely as well.

Soft tingling carbonation up front. Lemon and other citrus flavors are quick to follow. Just the right amount of bitterness towards the middle/finish. The carbonation hits the roof of the mouth as you start to swallow (much like champagne) making for a bubbly and refreshing finish.

Medium bodied with a bubbly/lively carbonation.

This is a really good beer overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'd heard some good things about this beer. I saw a few bottles at my local Wegmans, and couldn't resist picking up a bottle for $9.99. It's even better than I expected. Probably my favorite Brooklyn beer to date. Might have to go and grab one more bottle.

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

750ml bottle caged and corked poured into a weizen glass. A great looking beer with a cloudy golden wheat haze. Awesome 3 finger pillow off-white head that faded to one finger. Decent lacing start to finish. Smell was a bit faint, but picked up notes of citrus, honey, cloves and banana bread. Taste followed the nose with a tart front end and smooth finish. Some spices crept through as it warmed. A little bit of a fizzy afterhit that was odd. Didn't enjoy the bitter fizz as it sort of crowded out the citrus/fruit. Mouthfeel was a good bit of carbonation and fizz. Not watery and a little dry. Overall- I was wanting a little more from this Farmhouse Ale. The taste was a little bitter for me and I like this style with less of a hop bite. The honey, cloves and wheat are prominent up front and it is still a good effort from Brooklyn. Have yet to have a bad beer from them. Not bad and would have another. Cheers-

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling day at St. Somewhere and someone brought a bottle of this in.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a nice light yellow color,somewhat hazy and heavy bubbling action going on in the glass. Nice two finger frothy white heading. Very alive.

Nose is unlike anything I have smelled in a beer. Heavy lemon citrus blast with a heavy herbal character. Slightly spicey but a heavier almost listerine like quality really takes over the entire nose.

Again with that twist of an aroma it is hard to follow with the taste. All of the elements of the nose but a bit more of a peppery finish.

Light bodied,very crisp,awesome carbonation but maybe a tad bit watery.

All and all decent. After hearing so many good thing's I was anxiuos to try but in the end a little bit of a let down. Anyway this will be my last review while living in Florida.

2/11/15
Re-reviewed after a few years. Again it's amazing how the palate changes. The new release in 12 oz. bottles. Quite possibly the best saison I've had in quite some time. Thinking about it I never found an expiration date on the above review, But this bottle had a 28 Apr consume by ? Anyway total night and day since my last review.

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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%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Boulevard tulip.

Some what clear with a haze to it, and a foamy head on top that sticks around. A bit of lacing as the beer is drank down, lively bubbles dance to the top.

Lemon zest and white pepper on the nose at first with an undeniable hoppy character which can be best described as earthy. A touch of coriander and orange peel round out the nose.

Much more earthy and spicy on the tongue with notes of that strange hop earthyness. The hops come out as a bit more herbal on the tongue, similar to wasabi but not as intense. Again, some lemon peel and white pepper as well. And a hint at pale malt sweetness.

Crisp and pillowy soft with a medium body. A little bit of drying.

Nice display of an obscure hop in a style that wouldn't typically use it. Interesting take on the saison style. Glad to try it.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Pours a somewhat hazy straw with a massive fluffy white head. Reminds me of Duvel. So far I'm getting excited.

Aroma is what I associate with the sorachi ace hops in my limited experience. Lots of lemon pledge aroma with some grassy undertones. Just a subtle hint of spice.

Starts off with some lemon zest. Rounds into a slightly peppery finish with just a touch of earthiness.

Light with moderate carbonation. Good for the style.

I normally hate saisons, but this one is very well done. The lemon flavor really brings out a lot and it's spice and funk is subtle unlike most of the style I've had. As it warmed a little more spice came out and it got a bit overpowering.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,127 ratings.