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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 647
Hads: 2,527
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 22%
Wants: 222
Gots: 577 | 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 atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one recently at Flying Saucer poured from the 750mL corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice frothy off white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of lemon zest and Belgian spice. The taste is a nice blend of biscuity sweet malts, lemon and citrus hops and a nice amount of Belgian spices. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I would love to have again.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an 750 ML bottle (corked and caged) in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Mort Subite Lambic branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: After a big pop of the cork this one pours a lightly hazy straw-like hue with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with small amounts of lacing.

S: Cracker and bready yeast up front, tropical fruit, wood and booze with a faint hint of hop at the back end.

T: Similar to the nose but with a good dose of hop and funky yeast, finishing with lemon zest and pepper.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation for the style with a crisp dry finish.

Overall tasty and fairly unique for the style. No problem polishing this one off!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 8/15. Pours a semi-cloudy gold. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of light lemon or lemongrass with a subtle yeast character.

Light medium body with a texture that has creamy aspects. Superbly well carbonated with nice effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding profile is intense, somewhat complex and is hop and saison flavor forward rather than balanced. It begins with a lemon like flavor that flows into the spicy Sorachi hop. A very subtle mild bitterness emerges in the middle over a weak biscuit character. From the middle on, the slightly funky farmhouse character dominates. The dry finish lingers with a receding lemon flavor over farmhouse funk.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden color with a huge white head. Solid head retention with a bit of lacing.

S: Biscuit like malt and a little grassy with a bit of citrus. It lacks the barnyard smell that I typically associate with Belgian Saison's.

T: Lots of malt sweetness balanced with a good bit of hop bitterness with a little bite on the back end. The hop bitterness seems to hang on in your mouth for a while. Alcohol is hidden well but begins to peek through as the beer warms.

M: Quite dry. Light with a great champagne-like carbonation. Refreshing on this hot summer day.

O: A solid beer and something I really looked forward to trying. It's light, refreshing and really has all the right qualities to make this an easy drinking summer beer. I'd happily seek out this beer to bring to my next cookout.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is lemons, yeast, mild sweetness and bread. The flavor is citrus, lemons, mild/medium sweetness and a mix of slight tartness/mostly smooth throughout in the finish.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a somewhat hazy straw with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like strong citrus and pine with sour yeast, and a little apricot and spices such as coriander.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and lemon zest and dry apricot, with some pine and coriander and sour yeast. The aftertaste was dry and tart.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation.
D: This had a bright and crisp taste with nice smooth body. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. It seemed like an IPA blended with a saison, which to me is an improvement over a standard saison. Quality brew!

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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 suspect
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a mug.

The appearance of this beer was light. Very light.

It had a huge hop/lemon presence (So much so that I was worried there might be *too* much citrus flavor in this one.) in the smell with added weed or fresh cut grass added ever-so-slightly.

I was glad my worries were proven to be for naught. The balance of Sorachi Ace hop and citrus was delightful. I have brewed with Sorachi Ace hops before and, obviously, Brooklyn was able to do so much more with it. This tasted exactly like I hoped my homebrew turned out.

Slight coating, semi-sweet but mostly light and frothy.

I could drink this all day. Such a nice beer - I paired it with Thanksgiving dinner which was a perfect pairing!

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

Poured from a corked and caged bomber dated 1/7/13 (I think?) into a Jester King Funk and Sour tulip.

Appearance: Deep golden beer, with a fluffy and persistant thick off white head. Thick lacing too.

Smell: Lightly floral hops, and lots of belgian yeasty sweetness. Slightly vinous. Really nice.

Taste: Really unique floral flavors, likely from the Sorachi Ace hops. A solid belgian backbone makes this a very easily sessionable, but ultimately too light and fleeting flavor beer. A slight bready malt comes through. Next to no aftertaste, nothing lingers for long.

Mouthfeel: A light body, yet still manages to be creamy. On the lighter side of carbonation, but still substantial.

Overall: A good beer overall, and I'm glad I tried it. Perhaps this beer is better fresh, but it isn't knocking me out of the park. Prairie standard seems like a better representation of the sessionable hoppy saison style, I'll probably stick with that.

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

Hazy yellow with a finger of bright white head. Strong aroma of lemongrass and Belgian yeast, with a touch of banana, all carrying over to the taste along with a lemony and slightly soapy flavor and a peppery bite and some tropical fruit on the backend. Light bodied and fairly dry. Pretty great.

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

750ml bottle from Platinum Liquor, into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Really pretty hazy golden pour. Nice hiss as it comes out of the bottle and into the glass. Good white, tightly packed foam building on top before settling to a level just above film.

Smells of lemon and lemongrass. Makes HopBack Taiphoon seem tame. A little sweet at times, but the lemon definitely dominates any belgian yeast character that tries to get through.

Tastes of belgian yeast to begin. The lemon and lemon cleaner comes through in the middle. Some lemon sulphur gets through later and as this warms up. Probably the best experience i've had with Sorachi Ace hops. More lemon and lemongrass and less "in your face" sulphur.

ABV is higher, some vinous up front. But otherwise, pretty sessionable and drinkable given the specs and hop used. Body isn't too big at all.

Best use of Sorachi Ace hops i've come across. Nice showcase for it and it doesn't totally take over in the taste with the belgian yeast enough to work with it. Lovely beer and a lot of fun to drink. 750ml serving size is also about right, enough to drink on your own, but still a decent size to share.

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Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A mammoth light and creamy pure white head comprised of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Mildly hazed bright and vibrant golden orange color... Very sparse and very sluggish carbonation...

S - No shocker that the lemon scent is predominant, but I am very pleasantly surprised that it in perfect proportion and strength... My largest feat is that this would either be too solventy or to faux sweet... Also present is a lively yeast, fresh cut grass, and some notes of wheat... Very pleasing to the nose...

T - Again, the lemon dominates but isn't as pure... The lemon component runs the gammet starting pure, then turning sweet first before later turning solvently and finely finishing pure again... Slightly soapy... Slightly yeasty... With distinctive kick of Sorachi Ace hops... Interest and complex...

M - Medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... Lively... Fresh... Slightly lush... Crisp... Refreshing...

D - A very interesting offering and great example of the Sorachi Ace hop... Not sure this is something I would drink on a regular basis, but it was easy enough to work through and I would gladly welcome again in the future...

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

This one pours a really, really nice honeycream gold in color with a two finger, billowing white poofy head. It looks great. The aromas are consist of citrus, lemon, grass/straw, yeast and spices. The flavors are very, very interesting. This is my first experience with Sorachi hops and I like the different aromas and flavors presented. The flavors are kind of funky. You get a lot of straw and tea leaves and it has a nice citrus, yeasty backbone. It's an interesting drink and pretty appealing. It drinks medium in body and has good carbonation. Overall it's a fine beer, an interesting one, and worth your while. I like this spin on a saison.

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

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to golden orange in color. The beer has a three finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film over the entire surface of the beer with some small thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of saison yeast spiciness with hay + earthiness. There is just a hint of lemon citrus.

T: Light to moderate amounts of lemon citrus sourness along with some earthy/hay hop bitterness. There is an underlying sweetness with some spicy yeast flavors.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink - definitely one to have another time. Well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Vixie
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a hint of orange. Forms a huge white head that lingers, pour this one slowly.

Smell is a bit bread like, then gets sweet with a lot of lemon as well as fresh mown grass. The smell makes me think of the outdoors.

Kind of hard to pinpoint the exact flavors here, but what I am tasting works. It comes across as earthy, grassy and floral, with a hint of fruit. Finishes with a hop bitterness that is not overpowering, but lingers in a nice way.

Nice feel to this one, there is a good amount of carbonation, so you will feel this one going down. Still, it's smooth, and a bit lively.

This is an unusual beer, and in a good way. Hard to pinpoint any one thing about it, but the overall package works very well. Nice and complex, and goes down easy. I would happily have this one again, highly recommended.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is clear golden in colour, with a massively large white head. Excellent retention, lots of lacing.

The Sorachi Ace (at least, what I assume that hop is doing) really sticks out. A very strong lemongrass scent, with lemon. Yeast below that.

Taste is good, but not up to the scent. The lemongrass is still very heavy, and is accompanied by a very creamy flavour. Quite malty. The yeast is there but less present, or at least not resulting in the flavours I associate with Belgian yeasts. Lemon is certainly strong, but not like the lemongrass. It is nice but there is something about it that doesn't work for me. Hard to put my finger on it.

Medium bodied, super creamy. Moderate carbonation level.

Overall, quite good, but as noted above, there is something that doesn't sit right for me. Wish I could identify it, but there is something about the hop flavours, particularly the lemongrass, that doesn't quite do it for me- despite loving lemongrass.

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

Another Brooklyn beer to be tried in Brazil. Thanks to my friend Alexandre for sharing the bottle at EAP in São Paulo. On to the beer:

We have here a blonde colored beer with a lovely bright hue and plenty of lacing around the glass. The nose brings some toasted sugar, pine, grass, and vague citrus aromas. Dry overall, but with a good flavor. Grass, lemon, and pine provide an attractive flavor, and with the dryness, gives it that saison-esque finish.

Very nice hoppy saison produced by Brooklyn. It´s unique without getting to weird.

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold. Big, bone white head that never ends. Longest lasting head I have seen in quite some time. Light to medium lacing throughout.

S- Slightly sweet. Grass. Lemon.

T- Follows smell. Little bit of citrus and malt.

M- Somewhat dry. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

O- Very easy to drink. Nice and light. Refreshing. Could have a few. Delish!!

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

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy straw with a two inch-plus head of dense white. Shards of thick lacing and a solid coating on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with pears, cut grass, apples, cloves, and bubblegum. A hint of lemon pulp and mint follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, pillowy mouthfeel.

Biscuity malt runs under spicy, clovey yeast with green apples and pears. Hints of peaches, wet hay, honey, and citrus follow through.

Finishes with a mild bitterness,and a dryness beyond a tropical, juicy fairwell.

Nice beer, would love to try this on a dry-hopped cask or a fresh keg.

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

A: Opaque and a dark hay color topped with a perfectly white fluffy, foamy head with generous lacing and carbonations bubbles just streaming to the surface. This beer looks great.

S: The best word I can come up with to describe how this smells is 'fresh'. It has this lemon zest sort of zip to it, and quite a funkiness too. The funk isn't your typical saison belgian funk, it reminds me of smelling a package of crayons. Crayons dressed with lemon zest, thats how this smells.

T: Right away you get this background lemon quality to the beer. It's not acidic, but you get that flavor profile. It's quite forward actually, and quite nice.

M: Heavily carbonated and a medium body make this beer very enjoyable. It feels just right.

D: I would share a bottle with a friend, 25.9oz may be too much in the future for me.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my mug(only thing I had at the time)

Appearance is a light yellow with a bit of light orange. Good two and and a half inch white fizzy head with great head retention. Good amounts of lacing is left behind.

Surprisingly this smells a bit more like a Belgian Pale Ale to me. I get a decent lemon citrus smell with some orange coriander and a bit of grass/earthy herbal smell. Some yeast and bit of hay like smell as well.

Taste upfront is very crisp with a lemon citrus taste with a bit of orange coriander backing it up. Midway a bit of a grass/herbal taste shows up with some yeast and cracker like taste finishing it off.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and clean taste that is refreshing and drinks mellow for a Saison.

I thought this was a bit non-traditional like Saison flavor, yet I liked what they did. Overall I would drink this again and recommend it.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Winking Lizard in Independence OH. Served in a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden to darker straw yellow with an initial fluffy white head. Head died down to a thin film across the top and a ring at the edge. Some strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Wow, this one is really interesting. Lemony and floral at first, later woody and herb-like with a swirl as it warmed up. It's going to sound weird here, but this beer strikes me as Japanese in its aroma. Complicated, delicate, and myriad all at the same time.

Taste: Lemon flavor up front, then moving into a crisp dry and bitter finish. Very clean malt hint at the back - almost wheat beer in style - a bit of a tangy flavor at the end there. The bitter finish takes on more lemon/pine/resin flavors at the end as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with just right carbonation to cleanse the palate and not linger.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely quenches the thirst - and it's not quite like anything I've had before in a beer. Goes to the head quickly though, even with a meal, so it's either a slow sipper, or in this case, one and done for me per evening. The Japanese hops are the showcase for this beer, and I'm not sure how I feel about them. Interesting, unusual, and worth trying, but I think just one per night even if the ABV was lower. So a good experience, but not something I could have every night or something that I would go out of my way to have again. Something about that woody/herb/resiny flavor at the end doesn't quite do it for me. Still - a neat beer to try out for the reason of it being so unique in flavor.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.