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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

634 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 634
Hads: 2,454
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 213
Gots: 531 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of rwf08
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a La Fin Du Monde glass

A: Pours a dark straw color. Hazy with a thick white cloud for a head. Some sticky lacying. Lots of bubbles rising up in the glass. Looks like a glass of champagne.

S: Musty, light funk, spice and citrus. Mostly lemon rind coming through as it warms.

T: Sweet lemons. It is like chewing lemon rinds. Very tasty but not tart. Some peppery spice in the middle. Bitterness on the finish.

M: High carbonation with a slick feel on the tongue. Decent low-medium body. Leaves the mouth dry.

D: This is a very good beer that drinks very well. The addition of the Ace hops really add a good lemon/lemon rind character to this beer. (678 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a hazy light golden color with a thick, dense, bright white head. The head faded after a minute or so but left some nice lacing as it did. It still managed to keep a small foamy layer covering the beer as I drank it.

The aroma has a lemony, zesty, citrusy, hop presence to it. It's very floral and has a nice herbal quality to it as well. A little yeast and bready malt round out the nose.

The taste shows the same lemony, zesty, citrusy flavor that was found in the nose. It had a bit of a coriander and orange peel flavor going on as well. It finishes with more of a bready, grainy, malt flavorand Belgian yeasty flavor. It showcases the lemony herbalness of the Sorachi Ace hops pretty nicely.

The mouthfeel is light and it's highly carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's light and refreshing with some good hoppy flavors. The beer really shows off the Sorachi Ace hops very nicely but also integrates them very well into the beer. I didn't find it outstanding in any particular category but it was very solid beer in all categories and very good overall. (1,126 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premiere. A unique and vry good creation. I like this hop and was very excited to try it. Lemony, above all. Whitish coloured body with lots of foamy head. Lemony aroma. Dryish, fruity, white pepper,zesty, yeasty,coriander,pear. Easy mouthfeel. (256 characters)

Photo of magnj
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - murky golden body, white soapy head hangs around for the whole session.

S - light herbal aroma. I kind of get the lemon thing but different then I expected. Vaguely spicy.

T - really clean, not real saisony. Doesn't end particularly dry and is more herbal than anything. Almost like a big blonde ale. Not bad but not the best saison I've ever had.

M/D - smooth light body, really light and refreshing for the abv. But doesn't end dry like I expected. I'd like to see it in a 6-pack at normal price. Wouldn't drop the cash on a bomber again. (547 characters)

Photo of tchenery
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours like a traditional Belgian with a large frothy head of tiny bubbles. The beer itself is a nice golden yellow hue and a bit cloudy.

It smells very spicy and distinct. It almost smells 'hot' like spicy food. It's a thin smell, that makes you think it's going to be a bitter beer.

It has a malty upfront taste followed by a bitter peppery taste.

It's delicious and refreshing with a warming alcohol taste at the end and a dry mouthfinish. (449 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Matches up with the great Belgians by pouring a clear golden color with a massive head; terrific stickage and plenty of lace

Smell: Very floral, with the lemongrass character of the Sorachi Ace hops coming through against the spicy, yeasty background

Taste: The malt is a little on the sweet, biscuity side as it provides a backdrop for the lemongrass, floral jasmine and white pepper spices of the hops and yeast; after the swallow, the sweetness becomes a bit more apparent though it is far from cloying; despite the sweetness, the finish is still herbaceous and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I really like this beer; perhaps I would prefer it to be just a tad dryer but that is only a quibble (759 characters)

Photo of cyberbmcd
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of ausonius
4.37/5  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! (893 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,605 characters)

Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of rpardon7
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of telecomz
3.84/5  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. (374 characters)

Photo of wcintula
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of jefe2
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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... (1,266 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -22%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
3.52/5  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. (642 characters)

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of elniko
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of nerdrocker101
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (528 characters)

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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