Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 643
Hads: 2,482
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 220
Gots: 543 | 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 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


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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Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of mick303
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of Nctide
4.54/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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


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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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.

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Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev -12%

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - 7.2% ABV Saison - BB March 2015 - Consumed October 24/2014.

A: Hazy bright yellow hue with one finger of white froth and strands of lacing on the Duvel glass. Head and lace retain for the duration of the beer. A great looking brew.

S: Yeasty, herbal, spicy and peppery aromas, slightly waxy, musty and phenolic, hint of perfume, lemongrass, dill, cut hay, and champagne (estery). A very unique, almost one-of-a-kind nose.

T: Wheat, lemongrass, must, herbal notes, yeast, faint waxiness, dill, balanced tartness coincides with spicy-peppery flavours and a dry, champange-like finish. Lemony-yeasty aftertaste lingers for a while. A respectable range of flavours, though not really my cup of tea.

M: Full side of medium-bodied, soft and creamy carbonation, spicy-peppery middle, mildly tart and drying finish with lemony-yeast afters. Good.

O: An interesting experiment that falls short IMO. The waxy, musty, and dill-like notes detract from the beer and muddle what is supposed to be a very "clean" style, and despite the stellar mouthfeel, the disparate aromas and flavours never come together in a cohesive way. I can see what they're trying to do here, but this one doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Pale, straw yellow with a slight haze. Frothy, rocky white head from lively carbonation, with a lasting cap of foam and intricate lacing.

Smell: Bright and refreshing; lemon zest, spicy Belgian yeast (peppercorns) and light malt.

Taste: Clean, smooth malt body (crackers), lightly tart lemon fruitiness, and spicy yeast. Hops add floral notes and light, dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with lively carbonation and clean finish.

Overall: Aromatic and flavorful while still crisp and refreshing, especially given its 7.6% ABV.

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Photo of Mikus
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, straw color with about 2 fingers of marshmallow-soft white head. Aromas of the Belgian yeast (spicy and a hint peppery), some lemon grass, lemon, celery? This is a unique hop for sure. Delicious farm-style with really unique notes combined with well-intentioned balance. Slightly dry finish with some lingering notes of the lemongrass. This is a winner.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spice, light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter bite which seems to be a combination of wild Belgian yeast and a grassy hops presence. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and spices. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty with good complexity, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Maltanator
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Have had this beer several times now, both on tap, and from a 750 mL bottle.

Appearance: Straw-hay, unfiltered. More in the ‘gold-yellow’ direction than the orange-hued. Vigorous, foamy cream-coloured head.

Aromas: Classic Belgian yeast (white pepper, clove-phenol) with assertive hop presence and light malt. In this case, dry-hopping works well. Fresh bosc pear and citrus (grapefruit zest mixed with lime zest). In many ways the Sorachi hops are reminiscent of Cascade, but way more subtle.
Palate: Prickly carbonation, "saison-like" (that mild ‘farmhouse’ note), with a dry, roasted nuttiness. Complex fruity white raisin-pear-apricot finish.

A ‘classic’ saison that introduces a hybrid touch. North American-style dry-hopping with Japanese hops.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

Very nice. This beer pours a light yellow with a very fizzy head. Almost looks like a champagne. The smell was full of lemon but also a bit of bitterness from the hops. The lemongrass gives out earthy tones which then open up to the zest and hops near the end for a crisp and refreshing brew. Liked it a lot.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.5/5  rDev +10%

A: Giant, 3+ finger head on a straw colored beer. The Head is fed by bubbles from the bottom of the glass, making it last damn near forever.

S: Spicy, yeasty. Wet hay, earthy yeast a little bit of lemon.

T: Very dry. Lots of yeast, earthy with floral hops on the end.

M: Crisp, dry.

O: A damn good beer, and a damn good saison. nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%

Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a honey gold color with a short tan head that lasts for a few minutes before completely vanishing, leaving no lace.

S: Light aroma, smells of grass, lemon peels, wheat, hops

T: Smooth and slightly sweet, slight tinge of hops at the finish, as I expect from a saison. Would've expected a bit more hops though.

O: Overall this was a great rendition of the Saison. Great beer from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Bone53
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy vibrant yellow golden color with a huge head and ton of lacing

Smell: lemon zest, yeast, spice

Taste: Follows the smell with lemon citrus, yeast, and slight spice, but I get more doughy malt on the palate which rounds everything out nicely

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Perfect carbonation, smooth and extremely drinkable, with slight bitterness

Overall: I haven't dabbled with this style much as saisons don't usually impress me, but this was just interesting enough to keep me satisfied. The flavors and aromas are a bit subdued than what I prefer, but its clean, balanced, drinkable, and ultimately damn tasty. This is a summer beer for the record books. Recommended!

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Photo of gr0g
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Hazy golden in color with a prodigious head. Retention is very good, and lace rings the top of the glass. Aroma is not very powerful, but there's a definitely floral hop note along with the some of the lemongrass character that Sorachi Ace hops are known for. The yeast lends a hand, too, giving the banana and clove notes that you'd expect.

Dry and crisp on the palate, finishing with a solid hop bitterness. Citric hop character, solid malt presence, and just a bit yeasty. Carbonation is somewhat aggressive but softer than a sparkling wine. While this is no session beer, the flavor and mouthfeel give it a very refreshing character, with only a bit of alcohol warmth. Brooklyn's big bottle Belgians (Local 1,2) are great beers, and Sorachi Ace is no exception.

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Very, very dry. Great carbonation tingles the young. Mouthfeel not quite as nice as Hennepin. Very original taste - probably from the Sorachi, that makes this stand out from other Saisons. Pretty damn good.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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