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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 2,486
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 220
Gots: 545 | FT: 10
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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 Augustiner719
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a very highly carbonated, yellow, pale cloudy color with a big foamy head that leaves nice lacing. Complexities in the appearance are ridiculous. Smells lemony, with some white pepper, a touch of radish and maybe some light minty pine. Taste is very complex, bitter, astrigenty, then sweet, wheaty, bready and some white pepper on the finish. Dry as can be, perfect substitute for white wine. Nice carbonation, might be a tad too high even but solid. Drinkability is high on this one as its so refreshing. drank nearly the whole bottle myself.

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Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into an open mouthed glass.

Looks GREAT! Nice fluffy eggshell head sticks around nicely. Wonderful lacing as well. As for the beer itself, it's a golden orange, cloudy, and has active carbonation.

Smells really nice, there's the floral additions of the Soriachi ace hop, giving a slight lemongrass zing to the yeasty esters that give off white pepper and some slightly funky spice too (cumin?).

Taste is fantastic. Yeasty esters upfront give way to hints of pepper and corriander. Some unique sweetness from the malt sets the stage for the bout of mild hoppy bitterness that finishes. Lemon biscuits. Beautiful beer!!

Medium bodied, dry finish, and beautiful carb that makes it seem light and refreshing.

Drinkability is a feature of this beer, for sure. It's unique, lovely, and something I think more people should be exposed to. A huge contender for the most unique and accessible saison in America IMO.

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Photo of nickfl
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of snow-white lace that rests on top of a slightly hazy straw yellow body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A lightly citrusy hop aroma with some musty yeast character. Pepper, basil and (I'm shocked, but it lives up to the description) lemongrass.

T - Tart wheat and musty hops up front with some spicy yeast character. The hops bloom in the middle with notes of coriander, basil, and lemongrass. It finishes with more citrus and just a hint of green, american-pine hops before it closes on a note of lemony hops and pineapple yeast.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This beer is really something special. The hop character is extraordinary, the lemongrass and basil notes are like nothing that I have ever had before and it was an inspired choice to use them in a saison. The spicy yeast and creamy wheat character frame these unusual hops perfectly and seem to meld with the herbal, citrus character of the sorachi ace hops to produce a very coherent, well balanced beer. There is a really remarkable lemongrass aroma and flavor that, along with notes of coriander and basil reminds me vividly of Thai cooking. This is a spectacular beer, both for the way that it showcases this new hop variety and simply as a refreshing, spicy, and very drinkable saison.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a milky translucent pale golden color with a massive, fluffy rocky white head. Head has excellent retention and spongey sheets of lacing. Aroma is very grassy, earthy, zesty and lemony. Background of some candied sugars and spices, but something just isn't clicking for me with the nose. The flavor is also slightly off, with strong sweet notes from the champagne yeast and pale malts, and contrasting earthy, zesty, grassy hops without much bitterness from the Sorachi Ace. Mouthfeel is medium full, very soft with fine, light carbonation producing the expected clean dry finish. A grainy, yeast flavor also lingers in the finish detracting from my enjoyment of this. The flavors in this don't quite mesh as smoothly as hoped for, pulling down my opinion of this otherwise fine, unique beer.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorachi Ace looks the part of a great Belgian ale. Sorachi pours a hazed and cloudy gold. Things are topped off by a massive white head. The head has some definite staying power. The head finally settles to a ring. It leaves tons of sticky lace in its wake.

The aroma is interesting. A dominating lemon quality sticks out front. Juicy ripe lemons hit first. Things are followed by a strong lemongrass quality. A noticeable wood quality is also present. Behind all the lemony qualities, some definite spice notes hit. Black pepper is the dominate spice note. A bit of an overall earthy quality is present as well.

The flavor is no less intriguing. Plenty of lemon notes throughout. A very pronounced sweet juicy quality gives way to a more pronounced lemongrass quality. The woodiness in the nose is slightly less pronounced in the flavor. Behind all the lemon qualities, there is a definite powdery quality. In addition there is a light bit of bubblegum. The peppery quality in the nose is less pronounced in the flavor. The pepper notes hit lightly in the finish. The finish is dry with more more lingering lemon notes.

Sorachi Ace has a lightish body. The carbonation is boisterous and effervescent.

This is quite the tasty and intriguing brew. Brooklyn brewery has paid righteous tribute to an overlooked hop. This Japanese Sorachi Ace hop, care of Sapporo breweries, is quite interesting. Brooklyn has created a tasty quaff centered around said hop. This is quite the hop-centric brew, yet won't turn off non hop heads. The lemon notes from the hops lend a strong thirst quenching quality. The alcohol is kept well in check. My hats off to Brooklyn for creating a tasty and unique saison.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info but this was just released in the market so should be fresh. Was a hazy golden color with massive carb streams. It had a massive fluffy white head that took forever to settle to a constant thick foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was lemongrass, spicy yeast, white pepper, sweet malt and dry. Good aroma. The taste was also very good and featured a big peppery bite mixed with lemon. Dry but not overly. Not my favorite saison but still pretty tasty. Mouthfeel was medium and creamy with massive carbonation. Lemony, dry after-taste.

Overall, my first try of the sorachi ace hop and quite interesting. I enjoyed it quite a bit but in the end the lemon builds up. Great peppery aspect though. High recommend if you can easily get. Available here in TX. Rotation - I like it but $13 and a big bottle limit it for me. If in 12oz format, I'd get a couple singles. For now, maybe one a year in big bottle and a glass or two on-tap. [O;Y]

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Photo of engisch
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to get my hands on a bottle of this. Very hard to find. I believe I've had it on tap before I got the bottle, but it was mislabeled as a Brooklyn bock. Anyways....

It pours a nice straw color with a puffy white lacey head, much as should be expected from a saison. Slightly hazy.

The aroma is.... Wow! Woah... fresh squeezed lemon and a spiciness from the yeast (typical of a saison). Lemongrass with a sting of alcohol gives a mild pine-sol tinge if you want to be critical, but still the overall smell is wonderfully spicy and lemony.

Flavor is spicy and dry with a bit of farmhouse funk. Oh and how could I forget the citrusy lemon! Very flavorful and complex beer for as "light" as it is.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation (smooth, not prickly), and leaves your mouth feeling very dry in the back. Bubbly like a delicate champagne.

I got this beer mainly to evaluate the hops, and I will be sure to make homebrew with this hops, perhaps a saison! I'll definitely be getting more of this brew. Very well done! Go Brooklyn, and make more!!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention is excellent, with a decent amount of lacing too. Aroma is herbal and spicy hops, and some lemon peel. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's the addition of some grain/bready malt and peppery spice. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with high but soft carbonation. The soft carbonation works great for this brew and makes it smooth and easy to drink. A pretty enjoyable brew overall, Brooklyn has a winner with this one!

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Photo of Aenema
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale straw topped by a bonewhite head that leaves splotchy lacing.
Smell - Lemon, slight pine, some sweet malt.
Taste - Lots of lemon and piney hops.
Mouthfeel - Light-bodied, moderate/high carbonation, crisp, clean finish.
Drinkability - Very easy drinking and particularly enjoyable in hot summer weather.

Particularly good with crab cakes.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
...in 2 words? Absolutely outstanding!
Hats off to Mr Oliver indeed.

Light pale golden color. Cloudy milky lemonade haze. Fluffy white pillowtop head. Nice lace.
Smells of spicy hoppy lemons marinated in a saison slurry.
Tastes as it smells on a spicy yet smooth creamy saison body.
Light cream body. Dry. High carbonation. Unique twist on a Saison. Nice.
Right on!

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a beautiful bomber into a pint glass.

Thick two inch rocky head a top of a cloudy yellow bed of straw, thick ample lacing.

Smells like walking into a Japaniese brothel(one can only imagine) total Sorachi hop aroma a mist a wonderful yeasty-fruity blend; very Farmhouse in it's characteristics.

Taste is delightfully resreshing and light. A perfect blend of Soriachi hops, wheat and fruity esters. Smooth...

Quaffable and most enjoyable. Extreme drinkability makes this one dangerous to session with at 7.6% ABV.

My hat off to Mr. Oliver! Thank you...

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely interesting beer. I always like tasting a single hopped beer, and particularly when its such an interesting one as the Sorachi Ace hop. Pours a slightly cloudy, but glowing golden with a mousse-like head that sticks around and leaves some sticky lacing. Very lemony aromas, with particular emphasis on the zest- slightly bitter and oily, but with the bright, zingy essential aromas of the lemon. The taste is extremely complex. I can't put my finger on all the elements there, but the overall impression is of lemon meringue with a touch of pith mixed in with a zest accent on top. More pith than zest here, quite bitter, but in that particular pithy way, and with some creaminess on the finish. There is also a good deal of herbalness, but I can't put my finger on what herb(s) it reminds me of. Quenching and drying 9in the mouth, this is a Saison to contemplate.

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Photo of rwf08
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of magnj
3.72/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of tchenery
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of cyberbmcd
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of ausonius
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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!


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Photo of stakem
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of rpardon7
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.