Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,371
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 212
Gots: 487 | FT: 12
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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 Weisenbeer
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In the imortal words of Uncle Eddie... It is "Go-ood!" Will certainly seek out again.

Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of 44leaves
1.97/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Not very good, horrible after taste. I don't like saison's though.

Photo of SteveB24
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of beerbully
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of gonzo000
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of SFNC
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell; Nice.
First sip; Hmmm
Second sip; Well.
Third sip; Oh Yeah.
Will seek out again.

Photo of ajm5108
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got a little too much lemon on the palette...nicely carbonated, easy finish, nice mouthfeel but hard not to think someone mixed lemonade with beer.

Photo of Tilly
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Photo of Cylinsier
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
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

Photo of jakewatt135
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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

Photo of Kleffel1
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although it tastes like you are drinking pine needles, I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a slightly above average saison.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking and smelling beer, but what caught me was the taste. It just tastes fabulous, the funk and a touch of sour are really a fantastic combo and make this beer work extraordinarily well. I hesitated a while before finally buying this beer. I was Saisoned out, but this beer renews my faith in a classic style.

Photo of mick303
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle (fresh one, another in the cellar) into a tulip glass, a cloudy light golden colour, really good white head with nice retention and lacing.

A - notes of bright meyer lemon, green tea, verbena and dill. clean pilsner malt, white pepper, with a a solid saison yeast backbone, almond,creamy yeast. As it warms it gets a bit more peppery and sharp. Lovely.

T- starts with a creamy lemon tea note, dill, with a creaminess and full light malt body. Full lemon zest, and lemonade notes, and a herbal character, some floral characters as well but really it is a dance between the lemony sorachi and the creamy yeast.Yeast brings some almondy creamy hay notes and a bit of earth. And altogether it is a delightful beer. Lingering herbal bitterness.

M - moderate body with a strong settling carbonation, very light and playful on the palate and deliciously easy to drink. No alcohol presence, there is a little verbena oiliness but it is a very tasty saison with a crisp dry finish.

Such a lovely beer, really brings to the fore what this hop has to contribute, lovely complex lemony, herbal floral notes and a very clean malt profile lend it a nice balance and a pretty ridiculous drinkability for the abv. This wouldn't be a go-to saison for me but I thought it was a pretty masterful combination that worked really well. Would definitely look forward to this again.

Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into goblet. really can't read the best before code, looks like "may 178"? popped open on december 7, 2014

a: clear pale yellow with three fingers of ultra fluffy true white head. very bubbly. gets more hazy as you work your way through the rest of the bottle

s: fruity up front. peach, orange, lemon, pear, slight grapefruit, slight banana. musty peppery earthy yeast, grassy, dill-like notes. shy crackery malt. a bit of alcohol

t: very balanced stuff. malty and fruity all around with accents of the belgian yeast characteristics here and there. peach, lemon, apricot, pear, orange, malt, fresh grass, crackers, dill, white pepper, and hints of overripe bananas, with a lingering medium-level bitterness

m: really excellent mouthfeel. the carbonation is lively but not prickly and offensive. feels medium-bodied and creamy

o: a very interesting and complex farmhouse ale. so much stuff going on with these sorachi ace hops

Photo of Nctide
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a unique beer. The look is typical hazy saison, the smell is subtle lemon and crackery pilsner malt, the taste has a spicy quality that balances the creamy lemon flavor. It's amazing that a single hop beer can deliver this complexity. Pair this with almost any food and it won't disappoint.

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -2.4%

I love this beer. I've had it a few times on tap and in growlers. I don't know how to describe the flavour I pick up other than a hint of bubblegum. You might think it would be bad but this beer is great!

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottles with cork and cage. Served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $10 CDN. Best before may 2017.

Appearance - slightly hazy pale golden color. Four fingers of white head with great retention. Lots of bubbles and great sticky lacing left inside of the glass.

Smell - light airy with plenty of lemon and a few subtle spices. Aromatic yet light and delicate. Just a faint fruity aroma.

Taste - delicious amount of lemon, lemon zest, lemon peel. Awesome. Theres some subtle spices going on here too, but the lemon is the star. Alcohol is imperceptible. Very fresh tasting, a hint of dill in there too which was interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel - incredibly light, somewhat juicy yet even keeled mouthfeel. Phenomenal. Spritzy carbonation throughout.

Overall - a great saison, one of the best of the style with a lemon based feel and a great lightness. A great beer year round, but I can imagine this being even better on a hot summers evening.

Photo of DaveBar
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for a mighty steep $9.95 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 7deg C in a tulip.

A- Very nice. Opens with a mighty pop and pours a ton of head. Unfiltered

S- WOW I like this one. So new.

T- A bit of pine needles. Not like gin but it's there. So this is Sorachi hops. I like

M- Creamy and bold. Super nice refreshing try

O- Very good. Worth having a couple around

Food Pairing

This light beer cut through the hot flavor believe it or not of..... Ethiopian Berbere curry

Enjoy!

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Nose of farmhouse yeasts and lemon
Sorachi hop brings and great tropical taste. Bananas, watermelon, lemon.
Hint of tartness but great beer overall

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12/17/12
From a bottle at home. The tower head on this had me wondering who was the boss. Used a tulip glass which may have compressed the rise to the barbershop foam thickness.

Once the show was out of the way, my first few sips were unimpressive, but I then cut a piece of cheese & apple & grabbed a few crackers. Rediscovered the delight of food & bev.

Cheese is done, apple core is turning brown on the board but I'm still nursing this last glass because I don't want it to end. Needs the chill. Buy, pour, eat, drink, repeat.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,371 ratings.