Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,991
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 168
Gots: 294 | FT: 9
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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 atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one recently at Flying Saucer poured from the 750mL corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice frothy off white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of lemon zest and Belgian spice. The taste is a nice blend of biscuity sweet malts, lemon and citrus hops and a nice amount of Belgian spices. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I would love to have again.

Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A saison using a specific, Japanese developed hops - I wanted very much to like this beer if only for the innovation. But, I just couldn't. The hops varietal had, to my perception, a very off character, a bit funky but not in a good way. The mouthfeel was also a bit light and fizzy, and not a good fit with the hops burden the beer was attempting to bear. Not for me, and I gotta' call 'em like I see them.

Photo of bruachan
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

opulent, persistent merengue head. pale amber with sharp copper highlights. this head is epic (and that's the proper use of epic; not the bastardized synonym for "awesome" thrown around by the hipsters)

lemony aroma as promised, yes. but also kinda solventy: smells like lemon-scent windex

...and tastes like i would expect lemon-scent windex to taste. well...not really, but you get the idea (actually not even close, but you still get the idea). i will say that it dovetails stupendously with saison yeast. cardamom, coriander and perhaps some clove

big for a saison

my girlfriend is a big fan

Photo of hwwty4
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to funkybuddha for this one.

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my go to Saison glass, my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a crystal clear golden hay with a massive eruption of 5 inch, frothy white head that leaves some sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is zesty lemon, fresh cut grass, and salt-less, Saltine crackers. Oddly enough, I detect just a little blue cheese. The flavor is simply and refined. Bright lemon zest, just a slight tangerine, grass and pale German malts. This beer is really simple and straightforward but very elegant in its simplicity. The mouthfeel is just about perfect. Dry enough that it leaves the mouth lingering for another sip but full enough that it coats your mouth in dry grass and lemon. Brooklyn makes great beer and this is no exception.

Photo of BeerZack
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden blonde color with a touch of haze and nice fluffy head that sticks a bit in little clumps.
Hoppy and yeasty aromas. Lemony citrus twang with some astringent bitter grassy smell and spicy phenolics.
Sweet and lemony citrus on the front with a weird almost aspiriny mid leading to a spicy and alcoholic finish.
Feels a little sharp on the palate, but not wholly unpleasant. Overall this beer kinda reminds me of one of those nefarious "Belgian IPAs" made with American hops. Pretty drinkable due to crisp light body and spicy hop finish. Not exactly what I'd call beautiful.

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

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle from Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, MD.

A: The saison pours with an effervescent champaign-like bubbling. A white head, densely compact, recedes at a moderate pace with no lacing. Underneath, the saison has a pale lemony yellow color that could be described as sickly.

S: Fresh lemongrass, citrusy with a strong aroma. The sorachi ace knows its job and does it well, creating a lush environment that mixes well with the saison's peppery freshness. A really nice beer to sniff.

T: The lemongrass aspect of the sorachi ace is powerful, almost on par with Bullfrog's Thai PA and OBBS's Lemongrass Wheat. The citrus has a tang, a stronger lemony flavor that transcends the grassiness. Underneath the formidable hop presence, the saison doesn't shy away from coriander and musty flavors. But it all comes back to the hops, they are stunning even with a few months under their belt. Any fade has lessened the lemon and upped the lemongrass quotient. A stunning saison any way you look at it.

M: The saison is tangy, a lemony wonderland of flavors. And the pale. bready malts that come through near the finish, very nice.

D: I wish that I had squirreled away another bottle or two. I was floored by this beer at BCTC 2009 and out the bottle it is nearly as majestic.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a big fan of Brooklyn Brewery, but having moved out of the regular distribution area, I am eagerly anticipating Sorachi Ace, Brooklyn's addition to its line of Belgian inspired brews.

The beer pours with a big bubbly head, white and rocky. The golden liquid below is golden and relatively clear. The aroma is an interesting mixture of an earth yeasty saison with a citrusy hop. The mixture works well and invites the imbiber in.

Feels like a saison on the palate: carbonated and fairly light. Cracker from the pale malt starts the flavor. Some pear notes mingle through the center. As the beer warms the earthiness of the Belgium base becomes evident providing some heft of flavor through the center. The beer finishes with a touch of lemon and a big dose of bitter hops.

This concoction leaves the palate dry from front to back. The combination of a saison with sorachi hops is a winner. This is a creative brew from Garrett and gang.

Photo of TommyW
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear, dull-gold body with a white head that clings a bit.

S- Smell is a nice blend of Belgian yeast aromas (fruity and a bit medicinal) along with lemony hops.

T- A nice mix of fruity flavors with a touch of Belgian yeast funkiness; this blends into a lemongrass flavor and hop bitterness. The bitterness doesn't linger too long, but the lemongrass flavor really does.

M- Medium body with a crisp-to-medium carbonation.

D- A nice use of these rare hops; the lemongrass really comes out nicely and stands-up to the Belgian yeast flavors.

Photo of popery
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These Sorachi Ace hops are quite odd. The underlying saison seems well-made, but I'm on the fence about this hop strain and the hops are rather strong. The beer is a pale yellow with a foamy white head. Good looking, but that's not really atypical of the style. The aroma is a bright splash of lemongrass/grass/herbal hops. It's sweet-tart citric with some fruity peppercorns, as well. The yeast aroma is muted but nice. The grain seems good and fresh, but it's overpowered by the hops. The taste starts bright and sweet but ends quite dry and with a tartly bitter hop bite. It's oddly soapy, like a lemongrass hand soap, and I sort of enjoy it. Mouthfeel is full but light - interesting use of champagne yeast for bottling. Definitely easy to drink for the abv. It's a very good beer that I fear I'm rating a bit low, but saison is a strong style.

Photo of simpliciter
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a very pale gold with a large, wet, white head
S - aroma is light and tangy... perhaps a cross between slighty soured dried fruits and black pepper
T - peppery spice with round malty notes
M - starts clean but rounds out to a full, thick mouthfeel. minimal linger in the finish
D - an excellent beer for a hot day, and a pretty darn good one for a cold day, too!

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

It is such a shame this beer is a limited edition brew. Mainly because this is the perfect accompaniment to Asian food. The Sorachi Ace hop has a lot of lemongrass tastes. This one tastes more like lemongrass as it warms.

It is also quite dry.

If Brooklyn doesn't make this again, I hope someone else fills the gap.

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

a: piraat goblet, bright golden in color with just a light curtain of haze, holding a fluffy, bone-white head with great retention and some light lace

s: the hops really jump out of this one - somewhere between lemon zest and lemon-lime, light apricot, nicely clean pils malt base, herbal and grassy, some subtle spice contributions from the yeast - white pepper, mild coriander

m: highly carbonated but not overdone - champagne yeast at work, light in body but not thin

t: clean pils malt body with a grassy, lemon-lime hop flavor, pit-fruits, herbal flowers, yeast, very crisp and dry with a mild bitterness, lemon zest, pretty tasty

d: no problems here, an easily drinkable saison if of a somewhat elevated abv

750 from WF, Georgetown a few months back

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

Poured from a 750 ml corked wine bottle with a classy Ace of Diamonds label. Poured into an ovesized wine glass and shared with friends.

Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a bubbly white head. This is one of those beers that has a head built of tiny tightly packed bubbles that slowly pop away.

Has a lemony tart/sour smell, with notes of wet grass, straw and herb.

Taste is lemony, with barley malt, and definite herbiness - corriander and thyme - coupled with some spice; pepper? This beer is crisp, but active as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, medium.

Very drinkable, best when cooler, warmth did not do this one any favors.

Photo of lumikuuro
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow ochre with huge off white head with amazing retention, leaving some thick patches of lace. The head is meringue like in texture and likes to form mountains and craters.

Aroma: Yeasty, rich lemon pie and zest, some lemongrass.

Taste: Yeasty, rich lemon pie and zest, some lemongrass. Hints of orange and sweet grapefruit. Some pepper. Very prickly but refined hop behaviour. A little tartness balances the modest sweetness. Abv well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderately dry. That prickly hop sensation is very enjoyable. Very crisp and refreshing from the champagne yeast.

Drinkability: A very nice beer that showcases the unusual flavours of the sorachi ace hop. Worth buying a second bottle to age.

Photo of twelvsies
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loving the Sorachi Ace hop right now. And loving the way Brooklyn showcases said hop in this delicious saison. Pours a vibrant orange-tinted golden hue, nice large head atop. The aromas pouring out of this beer are pretty unreal... Deeply layered and complex. Starts of with a heavy dose of mango hops (the sorachi ace is the mango hop in my opinion), deep and fruity, and plenty of classic saison earthyness and dust. Excellent fruity esters from the champagne yeast. Really interesting, and I'm almost getting an umami or ripe cheese overtone here... Crazy. This beer is superb on the palate as well. So much going on. Again hops forward, mango to the max, but in a super floral juicy way, not much bitterness, though remains quite dry. There is a nice fruity aspect to this beer too - great yeast and bottle conditioning in effect. A deepness to it as well, a la Belgian tripel or something. Rustic. Super soft yet lively mouthfeel, delicious. Could definitely drink this all day long, given a keg and a day off. This beer is clearly paying homage to the great Belgian saisons, but is just another great example of an extremely creative American interpretation. And as such, it becomes something else entirely. Amazing, would drink again.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a big white creamy head that last for a good bit. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that swirl to the surface.
S- The big bright hops are full of green lemons with a spearmint quality to them followed by a yellow apple saison yeast quality. This beer smells a bit like lemon dish soap in the finish and that aroma grows as the beer warms.
T- The taste of lemon dish soap is followed by a yeasty note then a dry pungent hop finish. The bitter finish lingers a bit. As the beer opens up the dish soap and bitterness grows with a thyme quality and a note of raw grain coming through aswell.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish and no alcohol heat.
D- I just couldn't get past the strong soap smell and taste but there is a great saison underneath. Oddly enough the saison underneath is what kept me drinking the whole bottle. The last glass took on a natural lime-base cleaning taste similar to simple green.

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorachi Ace pours a light, pale gold color. It's a little hazy, and has a yellow-ish tint with backlighting. A very sturdy, foamy white head sits on top. It's easily three and a half fingers in depth, and is slow to dissipate. Lacing was lighter, but a little sticky.

The nose is good. It's earthy and grainy initially. The overall earthy scent is buttressed by a light, sweet malty scent. Citrus lemon is noted. Belgian yeast smells fairly prominent and is impressive. I love finding its presence in American releases. Brooklyn seems to have gotten this one right. There's a hint of peppery spice and floral hops. Alcohol is buried. Smells good to me.

The flavor is quite good, as well. It is earthy and grainy throughout. It has a slight herbal flavor that really works well. It's slightly sweet and malty. Citrus lemon adds some pizzazz. Hops are mostly floral, but have a strong impact on the overall flavor. They taste like some form of noble hops to me. Belgian yeast isn't quite as pronounced in flavor, but is noted and definitely adds something positive. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It finishes earthy and a little spicy.

Sorachi Ace has a medium body. Carbonation is active, but it goes down smooth and easy. It's not as plush as some authentic Belgian Saisons, but it's not bad at all. Drinkability is good. I'm really enjoying this one. I'll finish off this 750. No question.

In the past, I've found Brooklyn Brewing's Belgian releases a little less than impressive. Sorachi Ace is easily a couple of notches above what they've done in the past. This is a very well-rounded Saison. I might prefer a tad more Belgian yeast, but that's nitpicking it. It's impressive stuff. Grab a 750 if you seen one around.

Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a large fizzy white head that eventually fades down. Good retention. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Floral grassy hops, lemon zest, spices, yeast, and some funk notes.

Taste: A more funky profile up front. Lemon zest with other fruit notes, yeast, barnyard flavors. The hops are noticeable on the top of my tongue. Very sharp/unique. Grassy/herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and smooth. Light to medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with grassy hops and herbal flavors.

Overall, a very nice saison with some interesting flavors. The hops were more grassy, but sharp. Pretty drinkable as well.

Photo of dzni
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale golden ale with a nice, frothy head
S - Apricot, ginger, floral on the nose
T - Lemon, ginger, some other fruit - I can't place everything, but there's something very complex and pleasing about this beer.
M - There is slight carbonation, and a pleasing amount of hops. It's light bodied, but there's almost a creamy or syrupy quality about it.
D - This is a hard beer to describe, but there's something very pleasing but complex about this beer. The nose didn't excite me, but the taste does. It's as if everything is in perfect balance. Really a wonderful beer.

Photo of drpimento
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a fabulous beer! Served at proper temperature. Poured with a good sized, white, foamy, frothy head that lasts a while and a bit of lace. Color is a clear medium yellow. Aroma is yeast, fresh hop that smells like weed, malt, grain, fruit and a bit of citrus. Flavor is similar but with the hop tasting only like fresh hop; good pungency which is true to style and a little sweetness in there to balance it all. Body is perfect mouth filling and almost champagne carbonation. Finish is like flavor and short except for the great burps! Wish I had more to make it a session. This is superb!

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

A - Pours a straw gold color with a thick, foamy, rocky, white, creamy head and alot of champagne-like bubbles.

S - Grassy lemon spice, wet straw, slightly piney with a mild amount of citrus aroma. Has a fair amount of pungent lemon smell.

T - Echoes the nose. Delicate lemon grass, Belgian spice, Belgian yeast, and mild pepper sits on the back of the tongue and lingers with a crisp finish. The light lemon aftertaste with just the right amount of tart lemon is perfect.

M - Light bodied, very crisp, PERFECT balance and finish with a dry tartness.

D - Exceptional. I absolutely love this beer.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very pale yellow in color, the bottle says "sunshine in a glass" and that isnt inaccurate

S - citrus, big citrus, muscat grapes/grapeskins, champagne, yeast, clover/wildflower honey all come to mind

T - champagney dryness, some citrus, some grapeyness, the dry citric acid flavors mix with the sweetness for a faint and not off-putting vinegar flavor

M&D - super dry, very similar mouthfeel to a champagne, this doesnt deter from the drinkability, a superb brew

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a fluffy, stark white head on tops of a clear light gold body. The head is like meringue. I LIKE IT!

Aromas of lemon pepper. Oh, and lemon. A shandy without the sugary sweet smell. Reminds me of a Chicago-favorite candy - lemonheads. As it warms up, the "lemonhead" connection becomes more pronounced. Also, a touch of freshly mown grass.

Tastes...oh...my...god! Lemon peal, herbally, a slight pepper note. Very slight sweetness. This is very nice.

Mouthfeel is dry and peppery. Quenches your thirst, but begs for another sip.

Drinkability is very high. I could sit and drink this all day without getting mouth fatigue. Very nice beer. Seek this one out.

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

A - Very nice; brilliant golden translucent with a generous swath of white foam that recedes to a scant cap, sans lace.

S - Sorachi Ace is the most amazing hop variety, wow. Between this and FFF Samurai Gazebo, consider me a Sorachi addict. Great floral aromatics abound; huge notes of gardenia, jasmine, and vanilla dominate the nose.

T - The nose is restated, adding a gingery, grapefruit-rind, dry-bitter-astringency that results from the thrice cohesive and compounding character of malt, hop and yeast. In other words, all of the constituents' flavor profiles tend to by pleasantly dry and/or astringent.

M - As stated, quite dry. It manages to be quite refreshing, though.

D - This is a very pleasant take on the style.

Photo of CASK1
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Medium gold and slightly hazy. Huge, beautiful, frothy light head that lasts to the bottom of the glass.

S- Lemony, with a strong yeast spiciness that builds as the beer warms. Clove and pepper, with a light vanilla note. Subtle grainy aroma in the background.

T- Complex yeast spiciness mixed with light grainy sweetness. Medium hop bitterness, with a lemony, zesty character. Makes me want to keep going back for another taste.

M- Light and dry, with a long, bitter, hoppy finish. High carbonation gives a mouth-filling blast of flavors.

O- One of my new favorite Saisons, a style near the top of my list. Excellent balance of what makes a Saison a Saison.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,991 ratings.