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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by rtepiak on 07-29-2009

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Reviews: 662 | Ratings: 2,636
Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Almost matches the great Belgians w a smokey golden color with a massive head, good stickage, and lots of lace

S: Amazing. Mostly floral, with lemongrass from Sorachi hops rising from a peppery, saison-classic, spicy, yeasty back drop.

T: Follows the smell, but more assertive. The core is sweet, biscuity against which the floral notes, bright lemongrass, jasmine, spice cabinet, and white pepper rise.
Finish is all at once, sweet, herbaceous and bitter. Nice

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation, great finish. Original.

MUST TRY next to Duval and other Belgians. Amazingly well done, one of Brooklyn's best.

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 SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: hazy yellow with a small head that looks creamy

S: clove spice smell, with a little lemon and a pilsner smell to it

T: lemon a little grass and a touch of cinnamon on the finish

M: fairly crisp beer a little bit refreshing

O: This beer is quite good and different you think the Belgian yeast is going to be huge in this like in most beers but it hits your tongue and it's a little hoppy Lemony and then bam it's gone in a wash of mild clove spiciness. This beer is so different it's really good.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both well developed. Somewhat of a farmhouse aroma with a little bit of a spicy zest and slight lemon. Bready taste up front with a somewhat spicy hop and a lemon aftertaste. Light bodied taste. Not a bad beer but definitely had a lot better.

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Photo of Zahmzwickler
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Acquisition: 02.25.2015 - Bottle Bar, Frankford Avenue - PHL 19125

(Appearance) Very Nice. Straw yellow, slightly cloudy, big pillowy head with decent lacing.

(Aroma) Nice. The aroma changes quickly, early bananas, spice, slight citrus. Later the funk begins to shine, erasers, toast. In this sample the Sorachi hops didn't really shine? I assume my presumption expected limoncello, not the brewery's fault, my fault.

(Taste) Very Nice. This beer is polite and gentle, mouth feel is velvty soft and drinks without demanding attention. Carbonation is perfect. The bitterness is balanced and the malt is not lost, sweet although dry. Alcohol is wonderfully non-existance.

(Overall) I like this beer, alot! I bet Garrett Oliver never anticipated making a beer like this, thank goodness for Brooklyn gentrification.....sorry New Yorkers you deserve it and you can handle it. I would love to drink this fresh in Brooklyn!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden orange hazy with a huge white foamy head.
Smells lemons and hop.
Tastes a lemon grass hop with that Belgian dank finish. The hop and lemon blen quite well.
Feel- this stuff goes down well. Very refreshing and crisp with that little bite.
O- Great beer. A very unique beer. Could drink several of these. Refreshing.

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Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard good things about this one in the past and I finally saw it locally.

A - Slightly cloudy bright gold. Cloudy with a good 1" pillowy white head with good lacing.

S - Initially the Belgian tart character hits but is accompanied by a lemony punch, sweet grain, and fresh dank hops. There is more Belgian phenolic character than hops but it is a nice combination.

T - Again the aroma resonates with the classic Saison character first and then the rush of lemon that is from the hops, the yeast, and acidic carbonation. Also has subtle hints of spice and grain but not the main attraction. The finish is clean to slightly sweet and a Belgian tone that is pretty tasty.

M - Light mouth-feel. Has high carbonation. The light body make this brew refreshing with a soft finish that is lemony.

Overall, this is a very good Saison with pronounced lemon flavors. Definitely not my favorite style and I have had other Belgian beers with more hops that I liked more but it is very drinkable. Not top 50 material but if you like Belgians and pale ales this is definitely worth a try.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque cast gold, with a straight white head, fine grained bubbles. Persistent, with substantial lacing.

S - Spicy lemon notes, a touch of funky barnyard.

T - Follows the nose, with grass, white pepper, lemon highlights, minerality.

M - Crisp, clean and with mild drying.

O - A nice, balanced brew which includes standard farmhouse tropes (grass, spice, funk) and a pleasant lemony hit from the sorachi ace. Tasty.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into shaker pint. Gushing foamy white head towers over clear yellow liquid. Some lacing is left after it settles. Aroma is of lemons, lemongrass, hay, grass, white pepper, spice, and cracker. Taste follows with the lemon flavors dominating and cracker-dry malts coming on the finish. A light body that’s inflated by the foamy mouth-filling foam, crisp and slightly creamy texture, highly carbonated, dry finish.

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Photo of ranger7
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Some carbonation with large head, quick dissipation. Good lacing. Hazy yellow body.
S: flowery, Coriander.
T: crisp, citrus, lemon.
F: thin, easy drinker, dry finish.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Hazy golden. Fine-bubbled white head settles shortly. Spotty lacing.

S: Lemongrass, pulpy lemon, pithy. Big yeasty undertones, peppery, perfume. Cracker and shortbread malt.

T: Lemony, lemon grass, lemon head candy, very herbal. Jasmine. Yeasty and earthy. Slightly medicinal. Juicy tropical fruits. Simple toasty and grainy malt base. Dry. Yeasty, herbal, and lemony finish.

M: Medium bodied. Round, creamy, and a little chewy in that floury yeast type of way. Fluffy. Very smooth and enjoyable feel.

O: With a neutral malt character, this beer is all about the interplay of the Belgian yeast strain and the unique Sorachi Ace hops. The hopping itself brings enough complexity to drive the beer and keep the drinker interested throughout the session, but the yeast character adds much too. It really gets its hooks into you and draws you in with each sip. As far as pairings go this is an absolute slam dunk with sushi.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head lingers leaving a ton of sticky lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, white pepper, and lemongrass.

T - Taste is lemongrass, Belgian yeast, light sweet malts, and citrus. The finish has some lingering white pepper.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very well done Saison. The lemon dominates the flavor. This would be awesome for a summer day.

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Photo of Andrew041180
2.84/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From the second I poured this beer I didn't really like it. Too yellow. Not enough carbonation. Smell was decent, but nothing I wanted to linger over. The beer did improve as it warmed, but only enough to allow me to finish drinking the bottle. Too bitter, almost caustic. Not really dry. Aside from all those negatives I didn't like the flavor, although I can see how that would be a subjective element to this beer. Maybe something went haywire with the first bottling for 12 oz 4-packs? Glad I only bought the single.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque orange gold color with a thick fluffy white head, with good lacing

Smell: Citrus, lemongrass, light malts

Taste: More citrus and lemongrass, Light malts, drying finish

Feel: Light to medium body, extreme carbonation

Overall: A good American Saison, but not as much of the farmhouse flavors that make the style so special. It gets better as it warms and the carbonation dies down

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Photo of leantom
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, this is quite a novel beer. Here goes:

A: Pours cloudy yellow with a small head. While the lacing is good, beers of this type usually have a much larger head than this one. Also, the carbonation is less than in other saisons. just 'meh.'

S: Wow, smell is great. Ton of citrus, lemongrass, white pepper. Belgian yeast also imparts scents of clove, grainy bread, and spices. Exquisite.

T: Hops are good but a little muted relative to the smell. Fortunately, the bready Belgian yeast really makes presence known. Well-balanced beer between the hops, yeast, and malt.

F: Good.

O: A good beer. Some drawbacks, but a very original saison.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Ever so slight have on a straw body with a bright white head that fades but never fully goes away leaving heavy lacing.
S - Citrus, medicinal hops and then the signature peppery yeast of a saison. The combination is very interesting.
T - Quick glimpse of the light malt, then broken up by first the leominy hops and spicy yeast. Again a very interesting use of this hop.
M - medium body, high carb. Coats the palate and lingers.
O - A different take on the saison. Certainly not a light thirst quencher. Happy to have tried this and I would recommend to any saison lover.

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Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by June 2015. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a cloudy straw color with an eggshell white head that fades leaving solid lacing and retention. The aromas start off hop forward, but the sweet yeast slowly takes over. There's also some citrus notes along with pilsener malts. The flavors have a strong pilsener vibe as well. The flavors are extremely crisp. Some sweet fruits in the mix. Tons of lemon zest. Very subtle spice notes. Hints of black pepper. Slightly earthy. Very clean. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's appropriate for style. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very easy to drink.

It's nice to see this beer in a new format. It's a nice beer, but not my favorite saison. It's still something everyone should try if they haven't already.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-nice straw color, quite clear for a saison, pours a finger and a half of white heat that settles into a thin, stubborn layer of lacing. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface from the bottom.
Smell-Hay, Citrus peel, mild wheat. very clean on the nose.
Taste-Like the label says, crisp lemongrass upfront, followed by mild wheat and the most subtle bit of funk.
Feel-Light body but not thin, smooth carbonation, finishes moist.
overall-very refreshing beer, something i'd love to drink in slightly warmer weather. great representative of the style.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing food pairing beer. Great lemon citrus notes, banana flavor from the Belgian yeast, champagne mouth feel and appearance, and it just gets more complex as it warms up. Would be an excellent wine replacement for a special restaurant night or dinner party.

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Photo of beerbully
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12 oz. bottle poured into cuvee

L-straw colored hazy beer with 1/2 inch white head........not much lasting power as it subsides leaving a whitecap.........bubbling from bottom of thew glass is noticeable

S-yeasty ester is first to the nose followed by some citrus lemon, white pepper, nutmeg, clove, banana, pear

T-Lemondrops, banana, saison yeast, a bit of orange, hint of champagne, lots of sweet lemon, peppery, slight bitter finish, dill, sage, lemonade

F-creamy, carbonated, crisp

O-nice range of subtle flavors but the lemon dominates the show..........alcohol is well hidden..........very drinkable and would be great on a summer day...........nice representation

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Photo of gonzo000
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp beer that featured lemon or lemongrass with hints of coriander. Small bubbles in the head yielded way to a thin film of foam. Very good beer that I will revisit.

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Photo of Tilly
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light gold pour. Quick dissipating white slight head. Lemon grass, malt, yeast aroma. Totally interesting taste. Definitely a unique taste like saison. Great champagne carbonation.. Light mouth feel. Try it, you'll like it!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl

Pours a light hazy golden, thick sugar white head retains as a film.

Smells of citrus, coriander, fresh grassy malt, and a bit of fresh bread.

Taste is also very fresh, bready malts with citrus, coriander, wheat, lemongrass, and bright grassy hops.

Body is full, fluffy carbonation tingles throughout.

Exceptionally good with a very attractive flavor and aroma. This beer is top notch and should not be missed.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle (HUZZAH) into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is around a finger high, and white in shade. Its retention is rather good, especially considering the head doesn't seem to have a very creamy texture. Not much lacing is left behind, though. (3.25)

Smell: This beer is supposed to all about the Sorachi Ace hops, so unsurprisingly they're shown off pretty well. I'm getting significant notes of lemongrass alongside a subtle touch of citrus qualities. I don't seem to pick up much saison yeast though. That, and the nose is mild. Still, it smells quite nice. (3.5)

Taste: Very lemony. The initial lemon flavor gives way to black pepper and sesame seed notes eventually, while it finishes grassy and slightly bitter. Some candied sugar touches occasionally appear. It doesn't really push any new boundaries - even with the Sorachi Ace hops - but it more than compensates with its excellent execution and balance. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: At first, it feels somewhat thick and creamy on the tongue. But then I realized that Dupont ALSO feels thick and creamy initially before drying out spectacularly. This too has a dry finish, but not quite Dupont dry. It's still refreshing and well carbonated on the palate, so as far as I'm concerned, this one is really drinkable. (3.75)

Overall: At first, I thought this was a Sorachi Ace showcase first, saison second. But really, it performs both aspects quite well - I consider it only a slight notch below Dupont as far as saisons go. And that's a big compliment. And with the recent arrival of this beer in 4 packs, I'll definitely seek this out in the future. (3.75)

3.68/5: Really nice saison with a lemony focus

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Photo of jakewatt135
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First experience with sorachi ace hops. Very interesting beer can't say I've had anything like it. While holding onto a lot of the saison character it differentiates itself with some pine and lemongrass citrus flavors. Very refreshing and drinkable, almost don't notice the 7.6 abv. This beer put me off balance and had me coming back for more.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) gifted from someone, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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