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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 2,486
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 220
Gots: 545 | 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 StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy goldenrod with piles of sudsy white head. Cream of wheat, peaches, some yeast, and lemon blossoms - deep and interesting.
Wholewheat cracker, more peach and pear, some medicinal yeast in there, then some surprisingly assertive lemon hops with a definite tinge of must.
Citrus oil and white pepper finish and numbing linger. Light creeping towards medium, crispy, fizzy, a bit of mineral.

All the elements are in the right place but something's missing. Saison is all about light and refreshing, but when the hops hit along with that iodine yeast and some tin, it's bracing to the point of aggressive. Astringency leaves it good but not great.

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

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - The beer is a very pale yellow or straw color. It is milky but not what I'd call cloudy. The head is thick, active and fluffy and a bright, just off-white color. Lots of lacing. This resembles a Belgian wit more than anything, but looks appropriate for a saison as well.

S - Very interesting and unique aroma. I get mostly black pepper, but there are other indistinct spicy notes behind there that add complexity. There is some citrus at a low level. There is also a bit of grainy pilsner malt.

T - Grainy pilsner malt that is just about overwhelmed by black pepper and lemongrass flavors. Slightly sweet finish. No noticeable hops.

M - Medium to full body. Prickly, aggressive carbonation that is in line with the style. Moderate hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol burn.

O - This is a good saison with some unique flavors that I assume are from the sorachi ace hops. I find it just a bit too heavy in the body, but have no other critiques.

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

New Year's Eve 2010 - this was my "champagne"... haha! Poured into a Duvel tulip -

A: Bright golden, cloudy, honey color with a two-finger, white head that recedes to a nice layer of foam that exhibits great retention; a lot of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Sweet grapefruit and citrus rind; hay; smells delicious!

T: Slight rustic flavor with plenty of lemon zest - leaves a nice citrusy aftertaste... crackingly refreshing.

M: High carbonation and medium-full bodied... very crisp!

D: I enjoyed this unique ale and would say, for me, its about mid-level in the drinkability department.

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Photo of stompilator
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured a pale gold, thick, frothy head.

S - Citrus fruit, spice, and funk.

T - Yeast spice takes the lead here, providing a tart, spicy tang. Bitey yeast funk fades into juicy, fresh hoppiness. Low residual bitterness hangs in afterward.

M - Medium-light body, fairly bubbly carbonation.

O - Very solid saison with an interesting, hoppy twist.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a hazy yellow-amber body with a good couple inches of white-ish head that persists for a while only to leave a fair bit of lacing on the glass. Citrus - particularly lemon and pith - rule the aroma, giving off a slightly cat pee like scent. Lemon, lemongrass, pith, with notes of orange and tangerine. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Very drinkable - alcohol is well-hidden and one sip invites another for sure. Very good, though the Sorachi Ace hop flavor and aroma take some getting used to...

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, yellow/orange in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: funk, hay, light citrus hops, and lemon

Taste: lemon, wheat, citrus, coriander, funk, and a small touch of the malt that is common in Brooklyn beers.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, dry, funky sour tasting..slightly bitter

Drinkability: A nice hoppy and bitter saison. Certainly different from others I have had in the style. Taste wise a kind of a mix between Blue Moon, a hoppy pils, and a saison. A nice summery beer I could have a couple glasses of.

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

Sorachi Ace pours a light, pale gold color. It's a little hazy, and has a yellow-ish tint with backlighting. A very sturdy, foamy white head sits on top. It's easily three and a half fingers in depth, and is slow to dissipate. Lacing was lighter, but a little sticky.

The nose is good. It's earthy and grainy initially. The overall earthy scent is buttressed by a light, sweet malty scent. Citrus lemon is noted. Belgian yeast smells fairly prominent and is impressive. I love finding its presence in American releases. Brooklyn seems to have gotten this one right. There's a hint of peppery spice and floral hops. Alcohol is buried. Smells good to me.

The flavor is quite good, as well. It is earthy and grainy throughout. It has a slight herbal flavor that really works well. It's slightly sweet and malty. Citrus lemon adds some pizzazz. Hops are mostly floral, but have a strong impact on the overall flavor. They taste like some form of noble hops to me. Belgian yeast isn't quite as pronounced in flavor, but is noted and definitely adds something positive. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It finishes earthy and a little spicy.

Sorachi Ace has a medium body. Carbonation is active, but it goes down smooth and easy. It's not as plush as some authentic Belgian Saisons, but it's not bad at all. Drinkability is good. I'm really enjoying this one. I'll finish off this 750. No question.

In the past, I've found Brooklyn Brewing's Belgian releases a little less than impressive. Sorachi Ace is easily a couple of notches above what they've done in the past. This is a very well-rounded Saison. I might prefer a tad more Belgian yeast, but that's nitpicking it. It's impressive stuff. Grab a 750 if you seen one around.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the rampant availability of this in my area, I'm smacking myself in the head for not having tried this sooner. Picked up a bomber at the local Stop & Shop. It definitely needs to warm a bit before all the complexity comes out. First glass was a bit too cold and I found it good but not great. Second glass, I let sit for about 10 minutes and that's when this beer really shined. Very pleasant mild funk on the nose with grass and lemon interwoven. Poured out with a nice head that held on till I drained the glass. Kind of earthy taste, again with the grass and lemon. And it goes down quite easily. A very good beer which I will definitely buy again; and can find virtually anywhere.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler on tap at Joe Canal. Pours a golden yellow with a large long lasting fluffy white head. Very good lacing and head retention. Aroma is of ripe fruit, pears, sweet yeast and spice fruit essence. Taste same as aroma with some mild spice hops bitterness. A medium body, crisp and refreshing on the palate, mild carbonation. The Finish is a combination of sweet spice ripe fruit, pears, yeast and biscuit malt followed by mild spice bitterness for balance. A very good, tasty, refreshing and flavorful brew. Very nice

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

A: A pale lemon pour produced a monstrous flat white head that was rocky, incredibly retaining (6+ min) and left a ton of intricate foamy lacing. Visible effervesce was light to medium with several steady streams of closely knitted bubbles rising lazily to the surface.

S: The sorachi hops are pleasantly aromatic of freshly sliced lemons with some grapefruit juice highlights of medium strength. On the trail was some flowery grapefruit and a bit of tart oranges.

T: Spicy citric oranges and fresh wet lemon-lime flavors gets things off to a good start. Crisp, with a bit of fresh greenery and herbaceous notes along with spicy pine and lemon peels really work well together to deliver a smooth tartness of citrus on the finish. I like the addition of sorachi hops, but somehow have trouble associating this as a farmhouse/saison, missing was a bit of farmhouse funk and tart fruintess I've come to expect. The sorachi definitely brings a spicy zing to the flavor but perhaps takes away from some of the other subtle farmhouse qualities. Overall was spicy with a distinct dry hopping ending with a bit of grassiness on the fade.

M: Medium bodied, exceptionally smooth with a light reference to effervesce. Spicy citric with a light alcohol presence gently warms upon the swallow.

D: A good dry citric summertime quencher, though as previously mentioned maybe not as much as a farmhouse/saison as I would like. Light and easy enough to manage with just the right amount of citric bitterness. Hardly feels like a 7.6%.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light beige color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dill pickle chips with dry floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by dill pickle notes with some dry hoppy notes and some floral notes. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very funky hops in this one with solid malt backbone.

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

Pours a golden yellow with 2 " brilliant white head. High carbonation you expect from a Saigon.

Smell is heavy on citrus and less barnyard than accustomed to for the style. Certainly a lighter crisper taste as well which my ignorance will attribute to the sorachi hops.

If you are looking for more earthy Saison this probably isn't for you but a very nice beer in many respects.

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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 endincolorado
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy deep gold with two fingers of tight, white-frothy head that settles gradually. The aroma is bright and refreshing with notes of lemon zest and a crisp, crackery malt backbone. Notes of herbs and earth lie faint in the background. The flavor is dry and clean, with a crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel. Some appropriate astringency hits on the back of the palate with each swallow. Sorachi Ace is a uniquely refreshing example of a style I'm still learning to appreciate.

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

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a tight, frothy head that extends up over the edge of the pint glass. Nevertheless, a fine looking beverage with drippy lace all the way down the glass.

Aromas begin with slight floral but much more solid lemongrass hops over a solid pilsner slightly sweeet malt base. Increased juicy, zesty citrus and fresh herbs at it warms a bit.

The tastes begin with sweet, juicy lemon and a certain soft, creamy, almost honey-like flavor, coupled with the pilsner maltiness. Beglian yeast adds flavors of biscuit dough, fresh herbs, clove and pear. Overall phenolics are light.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation; slightly less than I expected for the style but given the higher than normal ABV for the style it is acceptable. Finish is minorly bitter and dry.

Overall this is a very good Saison and I was pleasantly surprised because I am normally not a fan of the style. Usually they are too yeasty and herbal forward for my tastes but the Sorachi Ace lemony hops make this a winner for me. Worth a go on draft or in the bottle. I think this is year round now but try to find a fresh bottle if possible the get the freshest hop characteristics.

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

The beer is clouded dark straw colored with hints of orange, a white high and firm head that leaves loads of laces. Some curtains.

The smell is fruity and earthy. Lemon, spices, clove and yeast.

The taste starts with a pure sugar and white bread sweetness, sourness from lemon and rhubarbs, spiciness, clove, peppers, lemon peel bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft texture and a good body, a dry finish.

A lot of spiciness, but very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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

Poured into a tulip glass

Light hazy color, frothy head with large bubbles that become a fine layer of bubbles

Typical yeasty Saison smell with tropical fruit notes

Yeast taste dominates - lends a good amount of spiciness, little alchol and mild bitter fruit finish.

High level of carbonation - dominates mouthfeel - creates

All around very smooth and tasty.

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

Nose is lemony sour with candy-like sweet tones and a toasty dryness. Smells good.

Pours clear yellow with moderate head. Looks good.

Dry and toasty, softly bitter, nicely tart/sour and lemony tangy. Actually it's blisteringly dry. Soft candied lemon/orange. Peppery/spicy Belgian phenols. Toasty malt. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

When I think Saison I do not think hops, which makes Brooklyn's focus on hop selection for a Saison puzzling. Regardless, they nailed the bone-dry, citrus-infused, Belgian vibes I expect from a Belgium-class Saison.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light golden or a straw color, it produced a massive white head (second pour just as massive). The smell is a floral hoppy smell with some lemon, a little bananna. Feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty good, I get a little citrus / lemony taste, a little peppery, a little bananna, a little grassy, and it has a nice bitter after flavor. Overall a pretty good beer, this is only my second Saison with the other being Hennepin, this doesn't have the long dry finish which I found in Hennepin and I prefer that one more to this, I'm not sure which is more correct though. Anyways a pretty good beer and this is a style I'll have to further investigate.

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

A beer haiku for you:

"Not Brooklyn's top ale;
Worthwhile trial, just not the best.
'Lemon', 'champagne': nyet!"

Brooklyn is one of America's premier brewers, with many great offerings and nothing too "funky" or "trendy", like some other brewers of renown. This particular ale, while not uncomfortably unique, piqued my interest with marketing lingo but turned out to be good but not great [nor up to their standards]. A little pricey for the quality consumed. As my rating suggests: good, not great.


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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 tapman
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for a Sorachi Ace focused brew since I bought a bunch of them not too long ago. I've been afraid of brewing without knowing what they taste like, that is, until now...

Pale yellow the color of, dare I say, a miller lite and perhaps even a bit paler if that is possible. Not uncommon for the style, however, and also not uncommon is the whirlwind of carbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass. Big head on this one of whispy white foam. Now that I look at it in the light I get embellishments of orange in the color.

Spicy aroma with hints of lemon zest, Lysol, some fresh citrus and some pale malt aroma. Yeast seems pretty neutral for a Belgian strain, though this is a Saison strain so I could see that as super clean. No discernibly pungent esters or phenols.

Tastes like it smells. It tastes like cleaning products smell ( I wouldn't know if they taste the same and I hope neither do you!) and while I could get tired of it, I don't find it altogether unpleasant. A little mellowness, like a mild vanilla, accompanies the lemon-like soapy flavor.

Light and bubbly like most saisons I've had with a little dryness in the finish.

Tastes kinda like hobo sparkling lemonade, the kind you make in restaurants when you ask for lemon wedges and plain soda water and make the best of them. An interesting hop, this Sorachi Ace, and balanced against one of the Cs or equally bright hop, especially Amarillo, I could see this hop catching on quickly.

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

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Golden body with a substantial head. Not much lacing, though.

S: Overwhelming aroma of lemongrass. Also a bit of sugar.

T: More lemongrass. The malt base is surprisingly sweet. Finishes rather dry.

M: Light with plenty of carbonation.

D: This is mainly a showcase for Sorachi Ace hops. Judged on those terms, I would rate it as a success. Not my favorite saison, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw hazy yellow with a thick white head

S - Lemongrass with black pepper, fruity, grainy, herbal, tart apple, pear. Slightly vinous.

T - Lemongrass and lemon rinds, spicy pepper, slightly sweet but with a good dose of hop bitterness also. Soft cookie like malt with a rough herbal finish.

M - Very light with high carbonation. Dry, chalky finish.

D - Complex and refreshing. A bit messy in the taste.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.