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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

635 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 635
Hads: 2,456
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 213
Gots: 530 | FT: 11
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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 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. (298 characters)

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! (204 characters)

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. (982 characters)

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! (500 characters)

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. (535 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

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. (1,222 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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. (630 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of Maltanator
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

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. (308 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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. (357 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%

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. (425 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.14/5  rDev +1%
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! (685 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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. (766 characters)

Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

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. (213 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very light straw yellow coloration, hazy. Good head, frothy and white.

Smell- Yeast, cat pee.

Taste- Strong Belgian yeast comes through here. Slight barnyard character. Very lemony with some grassy notes. Hint of soapiness. Finishes dry with medium hop character.

Mouthfeel- Highly effervescent carbonation.

Overall a unique and interesting Saison. I'd rank it just behind Tank 7 and Hennepin. (410 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lemony like lemon juice, cloudy but with lots of carbonation, and 4 fingers of off white foamy head.

S: Lemon, lemon zest, vitamin c (non chewable) or aspirin. Belgian yeasts, dill pickle, very light.

T: Lightly sweetened lemonade but without the same acidity so more like a lemon drink but without the sweetness, dill as in the herb, vitamin c or aspirin. Certainly children’s aspirin. Not getting the alcohol which is great for more than 7% ABV.

M: Light body, lots of foamy carbonation, dry finish.

O: Excellent brew. Less is more as far as flavor, alcohol level and weightiness. This is more because of its light feel, less sweetness, dry character, and overall light herbal quality. Bought in Savannah, drank in Cocoa Beach July 10th, 2014. (754 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow straw color in the glass. Super sticky, foamy head. Great lacing. Constant streaming bubbles.

S- Right off the top, I get an orange hop aroma. Past that, you get lemon, funk, and yeasty notes, plus some apple, pear, and light banana.

T- Mainly bready, but with the same flavors mentioned in the aroma. There's some pepper in there as well. I get a pretty big dose of white grapefruit on the finish. Overall pretty bitter, almost sour.

M- Pretty light on the tongue. Sharp carbonation. Lightly drying with an almost oily exit.

O- I enjoyed this beer. I would buy Local 1 over this one every time, but it was good all the same. (650 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy golden color with a large with head that leave a lace
S-wild like hop and yeast smell
T-Smooth like taste with a bitter hop aftertaste that goes to a smooth finish
M-light body and high carbonation
O- did have some of a funky taste but not as much as most. I enjoyed this one (291 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy lemon yellow with one finger of bright white head. sheets of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon zest, yeast, light funk notes and coriander.

The taste was less pronounce than the aroma. Light lemon and coriander notes upfront followed by Belgian yeast and fresh earth. Mild medicinal notes to the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

This is a beer I've wanted to try for a while. It's a solid Saison from the folks at Brooklyn. (502 characters)

Photo of beer456
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well its Memorial Day in America and whats memorial Day unless one tries a new beer. No BBQ but beer today. Who needs BBQ when u have beer? Not me.

So w/o further ado:

Appearance - Nothing Impressive. Looks like an Ale

Smell - Nothing special. Smells like an Ale.

Taste - Surprisingly, pretty decent. Now, I dont want to be a snob but I would prefer DT or Sophie to this. As such, probably wouldnt buy again.

Nice to try once. But it just seems like for a Farmhouse Ale...its a shadow of a Belgian Ale. I guess maybe its me. i prefer Belgian ale to Farmhouse Ale. (568 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- frosty gold. Huge head.

Aroma- floral notes dominate with hint of hops and confectioner's sugar.

Taste- Starts with a lackluster introduction but quickly recovers with a dry and fruity mid body with hints of black pepper and finishes with a classic dry sassion and super smooth beauty. Would pair well with cornish game hen. Tasted on 10/24/2010 and 5/24/14. On 5/24/2014 we compared this head to head with Prairie Ale from Krebs, and Brooklyn came out ahead.

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass) (584 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is gold, lots of fine carbonation; head is off whtie, lumpy, dense, some lacing; head lingers exceptionally well, making it very enticing.

Smell is subdued, some light pilsen malt, touch of yeast phenols.

Taste steps it up: malt is clean, not sweet, but flavorful, some pilsen notes, light biscuit and bread; yeast flavors are very nice some light phenol, buttery off flavor but could be from hops; hops very lemony, some lighter earthier notes as well, grass.

Mouthfeel is where this saison is a nice step apart, very nicely dry and some light sweetness with a very good carbonation.

Overall, a very, very good saison, with a good twist on the hop presence and malt flavor profile. (730 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
1.52/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

Review for Batch 1 (from notes)

Had this on tap and it was the first batch. Poured hazy goldenrod with short lived white head. Aroma is awful. Weird lemongrass and lemon bitters type of aroma. Earthy, grassy, and more grass with an overcompensation of lemongrass. Spritzy carbonation. Refreshing if you can palate it. (318 characters)

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.