Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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2,371 Ratings
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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 claspada
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of johnwarne
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of tapman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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 brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color, the head was fluffy and white. A very heady brew. The lacing was pretty good. The smell of the beer was very floral and has a good saison aroma to it. The taste of the see had a hefty amount of the Sorachi Ace hops on the tongue. There was also some nice spicy flavors too. The mouthfeel was full of carbonation and was light bodied. Overall the beer was very tasty and was enjoyable. I would like to have this again one day.

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

Nice, bubbly head after the first pour. Every pour after that, lightning fast head and foam. Hazey sunshine color with a copper tone. Great bubbling.

Effervescent, noce tickling aroma of mildly toasted barley. Nice delicate lemony hop aroma. A little chalky dry, fruity yeast aroma as well.

Bright malt and hop flavor bill from start to finish. Taste like sunshine and a dash of lemons. Chalky palate, but effervescent and bubbly.

This beer tastes and feels great!

Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a dense, two-finger head, fairly clear. The smell is honeydew melon, hay, a little funk, some barley. The taste is more grain, lemon zest, mild funk, an intense bitter finish; it gets deeper and more complex as it warms. The carbonation is full, and it's medium in body: good to start off well-chilled, in this respect, but that's kind of at odds with the temp. at which it tastes best. It's an intense but enjoyable quaff; a couple of pints are plenty.

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

Aroma: Sweeter, Pils malt-type aroma up front. Lots of light crackery character. Earthy, herbal, and spicy hop notes. No fermentation character.

Appearance: Nearly clear golden colored pour with a long-lasting sudsy white head.

Flavor: Lots of similar herbal, earthy, spicy hop notes in the front. Some cracker-like malt sweetness that is quickly beaten down by the hop notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with high, prickly carbonation. No alcohol heat or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A bigger, strongly hopped Saison. Nice summer drinking.

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

I've heard good things about this one in the past and I finally saw it locally.

A - Slightly cloudy bright gold. Cloudy with a good 1" pillowy white head with good lacing.

S - Initially the Belgian tart character hits but is accompanied by a lemony punch, sweet grain, and fresh dank hops. There is more Belgian phenolic character than hops but it is a nice combination.

T - Again the aroma resonates with the classic Saison character first and then the rush of lemon that is from the hops, the yeast, and acidic carbonation. Also has subtle hints of spice and grain but not the main attraction. The finish is clean to slightly sweet and a Belgian tone that is pretty tasty.

M - Light mouth-feel. Has high carbonation. The light body make this brew refreshing with a soft finish that is lemony.

Overall, this is a very good Saison with pronounced lemon flavors. Definitely not my favorite style and I have had other Belgian beers with more hops that I liked more but it is very drinkable. Not top 50 material but if you like Belgians and pale ales this is definitely worth a try.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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

Lemon look as I poured, one finger head, strong citrus smell, and taste plus clove, not my style but a very good beer.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: three finger head with excellent retention and scattered lacing on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: a little musty, belgian yeast, slightly sweet tropical fruit

T: very floral and herbal with clove, pepper and funky belgian yeast. pear and lemon citrus fruit notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: a nice saison. a little dull in the flavor but the yeast character is excellent. A must try.

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

A-a hazy light golden color with more than two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malts, strong lemon, bitter hops, light fruitiness. Very refreshing.

T-Tastes almost exactly how it smells. But with a bit of funky yeast added in. Pale malts, lemon, light bitterness, light apples and pear fruits.

M-light to medium, high carbonation, dry fruity finish

Overall a very interesting beer. Very refreshing, good balance of flavors.

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

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice 2-figner white head on it. The head has really good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - It smells of farmhouse fin and lemon zest up front. There is also some scents of grass and some spiciness.

T - There is a nice lemon taste right off the bat. There is also a nice bit of spiciness and fruitiness. Also, There is also a grassy earthiness to it. The finish has some lingering spice and citrus flavors.

M - This has a medium body and higher carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. It is refreshing and also has a nice tingly feel from the spices.

D - This has good drinkability. It is refreshing and the taste is great. Overall I thought this was a very nice saison. I could easily drink a few glasses of this in a sitting. I would buy this again. Very nice.

Photo of joberlander
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great lemon citrusy aroma and flavors. very balanced beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The sample I got popped and fizzed like champagne, but at least the fizzing wasn't volcanic like some others I've tried. It pours a clear yellow with a thick white head, not impressive to me anyway, but I'm prejudiced towards dark beers, and as the old warhorse goes, you can't judge a book by its cover - or a beer by its appearance. Aroma is much more promising than the appearance - strong, yeasty, fruity, with grassy and rubbery notes. Refreshing flavor has malty, fruity, yeasty and grassy notes with a hint like clean rubber - I get notes of apple and banana in the fruit. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, yet smooth and firm-bodied. Overall, pleasing and lip-smacking.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. No bottle information on it.

Appearance - I thought it would fit in two glasses, but it took three because of the huge white head. Clear golden body beneath. Sticky lacing down the glass. Great head retention.

Smell - The hops give off a nice lemony smell. Yeasty peppery aroma behind all of it. It's really quite a pale malt bomb, though. Huge pale malt aroma.

Taste - Grassy and lemony hops. A strong peppery flavor surrounding the pale malt backbone. The malt isn't as strong in the taste as it is in the aroma, but it's hefty nonetheless. A bit of a boring blend of malts. The finish is a grassy bitterness and a peppery aftertaste. Interesting and nice, if not flawed in certain respects.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty heavy for a saison. This is my personal preference, but I don't like malty saisons. This one comes off as sluggish to drink and a touch thick.

Overall - Nice and solid in most areas. Heavy on the pale malts in a way that reminds me of some imperial pilsners. Good, but there are better saisons out there.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a big fan of Brooklyn Brewery, but having moved out of the regular distribution area, I am eagerly anticipating Sorachi Ace, Brooklyn's addition to its line of Belgian inspired brews.

The beer pours with a big bubbly head, white and rocky. The golden liquid below is golden and relatively clear. The aroma is an interesting mixture of an earth yeasty saison with a citrusy hop. The mixture works well and invites the imbiber in.

Feels like a saison on the palate: carbonated and fairly light. Cracker from the pale malt starts the flavor. Some pear notes mingle through the center. As the beer warms the earthiness of the Belgium base becomes evident providing some heft of flavor through the center. The beer finishes with a touch of lemon and a big dose of bitter hops.

This concoction leaves the palate dry from front to back. The combination of a saison with sorachi hops is a winner. This is a creative brew from Garrett and gang.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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