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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,876 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,876
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 165
Gots: 252 | FT: 7
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: rtepiak on 07-29-2009)
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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Fat Heads in Cleveland. The menu described it as: "Spiced with a unique Japanese hop variety called Sorachi Ace. This hop imparts a bright, spicy lemon zest aroma and is backed by a wonderfully clean malt flavor".

The beer is very clear, light golden color, with a thin head that clings into lace wherever it touches glass. The Sorachi Ace hop is just as described, a lot of lemon citrus, no real fight with the pale malts for aromatic dominance. There's a fair amount of spice and what smells like honey in there too. The taste is damn near perfect, I like this hop and I like it's presence in this beer. Lots of lemon citrus and light floral tastes, this is delicous with a light touch. A somewhat thin body which matches my expectations for the style, overall another excellent beer from Brooklyn, outstanding.

TurdFurgison, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of mtomlins
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber or dark straw colored. It pours to a thick cloudy head that settles down to a thin white collar leaving behind a bit of lacing. It is a bit cloudy, but this is typical for the style, and expected as it is bottle conditioned.

S: There is lots of strong lemon in the nose (almost zesty). It is also peppery and yeasty, almost sweet smelling. That Belgian yeast is very apparent.

T: Delicious! There is lots of lemon and pepper up front balanced out with a pleasant malt sweetness. There is that great Belgian flavor profile as well of yeast and biscuit and tastes almost wheaty.

M: The beer is light, very clean and very carbonated. It drinks very easy for a 7.6% ABV.

O: Perfectly Balanced! Sorachi Ace starts with a great hop presence of lemon and pepper that carries into the taste. It has a nice malt character (sweet and buscuity) and dries out for a clean finish.

mtomlins, May 29, 2013
Photo of silver0rlead
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick and frothy eggshell colored head that retains nicely. The aroma is also nice, with minty and floral hop notes upfront, along with green apple and pear, lemon rind, funky yeast, biscuity malt, and some honey. The flavor has a really unique hop character upfront with notes of mint, lemon and flora, along with some honey, biscuit, funky yeast, green apple and pear, and a little alcohol. The mouthfeel is sprightly and drinkability is excellent. I thought this was an excellent and unique saison, flavorful and unique.

silver0rlead, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of jsanford
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a luscious white head that never fully dissipates, just settling to a patchy haze. Think whipped egg whites. Excellent retention, leaves some spotty lacing.
S - Lemon zest dominates, that Sorachi hop is the real deal! There's a bit of clean, crisp malt for the backbone, and a bit of spicy Saison yeast, but the lemongrass/lemon zest aroma is the real star. Very crisp and clean.
T - Very nice Saison/Belgian flavors of ripe pear, lemongrass, coriander, and black pepper with a Pilsner malt backbone. Very earthy and dry, again that Sorachi hop takes this to an amazingly complex and unique level.
M - Crisp and clean, with a medium-light mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. Very dry finish, no sign of the ABV.
O - Such an amazing beer, this is perfect on a warm Spring day, and I imagine this could pair with food incredibly well.

jsanford, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not generally a huge fan of saisons, but this one hits all the right notes for me. Bottle purchased at the Geneseo Wegmans.

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a golden yellow, with the biggest, foamiest head I've ever seen. 4-5 inches. The head descends into great lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells like lemon zest and cut grass. Such a fresh aroma.

Tastes like lemon and honey, with a grassy, floral hop flavor rolling over everything. Lightly malted. A bit of yeast bitterness provides a small amount of funk, but it's not very strong. Spiciness at the end of each sip that recalls black pepper.

Incredible carbonation. Medium bodied.

One of my favorite saisons. Great job Brooklyn.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of ferrouswolf
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle after seeing it in the store and looking it up here. I don't normally go for hop-driven beers, but I decided to give this one a try. Here goes!

Appearance: a nice hazy golden color; slight hint of red, but more on the yellow side of yellow-orange. Rocky foam head that sticks around awhile before fading to a ring and partial coverage across the top. Not much lacing.

Smell: lemongrass, bamboo skewer aromas. I could smell it soon after opening the bottle.

Taste: a nice pilsner malt nose followed by a wave of grassy, lemony freshness with herbal and bamboo flavors moving to a short, dry finish. Some lingering bitterness, but properly restrained and not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, and fine bubbles on the tongue. Almost --but not quite-- too carbonated.

Overall: I don't normally go for hop-driven beers, but this is excellent. Definitely demonstrates the broad range of flavors in beer. I wish the flavors were a bit smoother and more connected (perhaps in a rye version?), but the hops and yeast melded well into a delicious harmony. Very tasty; worth seeking out if you're not really into overwhelming bitterness but want to try a pure expression of a hop varietal.

ferrouswolf, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, dirty straw with a huge white head, great retention, leaves a nice lace.

S: Marmalade, straw, leather, lemon and pineapple.

T: Pappaya, marmalade, mango, candied pineapple, solid bitterness, light leather, lemon grass, biscuity malt hint of dry earthyness.

M: Moderately full body is well-carbonated with a crisp finish.

D/O: An easy drinker for its weight, plenty of depth to the flavour, well-crafted.

Derek, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of keanex
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear with a plenty of carbonation bubbles that meet a creamy 2 finger white head.

S: Lemony, spicy, and yeasty with a nice clean wheat finish.

T: Very bright tasting, lemon takes the cake with a piney hops finish. Very intense first sip that woke me up.

M: On the light side with lots of carbonation.

O: Excellent beer that I definitely wasn't ready for. I really enjoyed it and would love to pick up another in Spring to enjoy on the first day of cutting the lawn of the year.

keanex, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jbmalta
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

jbmalta, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with massive three finger bone-white head. Head has great retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S - Subtle but nice funkiness, some nice florals and herbs, a bit of lemon and a bit of pepper.

T - Some juicy lemon, but not really tart, nice earthiness, very faint bubblegum sweetness, and quite herbal. Very nice flavor.

M - Nice medium body that has a nice creaminess. Finishes semi-dry and very clean.

O - One of the best American saisons I've had. Will definitely be revisiting this one

warnerry, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of OddNotion
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Fantome Tulip.

Appearance: Huge white head, about four fingers worth, it is to style but a little annoying. Pours a nice transparent golden / straw color.

Smell: Clove-y yeast and spiciness are the dominant players in the nose.

Taste: Very pleasant, I really like how the hoppiness plays into the spiciness. Very crisp and refreshing. A lot of fruit and clove type flavors. Alcohol is not present at all, well hidden.

Mouthfeel: To style, very carbonated and not too heavy but not thin by any means.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, it really is one of my favorite saisons to date (I have not had too many but this one certainly sets the bar high, its no Fantome but great none-the-less). I would buy this again in a heartbeat, a little pricey but well worth it.

OddNotion, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of MEsquandoles
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle with cork, like their Local series. $15 at Whip-In

Hopped and dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace (developed by Sapporo), re-fermented in the bottle with Champagne yeast.

A little cloudy, Duvel-like head.

Smells of the Local 1, Champagne, cork, lemon meringue or orange marmalade, some tropical fruits or pina colada, wet vegetation.

Surprisingly, I taste the hop in the flavor more than the aroma. Alot of the aroma flavours, but not as sweet. Clove and some other spice. White grapes and melon. A unique hop. Corky. Similiar to Duvel or Local 1.

Thick and oily, spritzery carbonation, looonng finish with hops, dry. A pleasure to drink.

Kudos for making a dry and hoppy saison, and getting it to Texas! Extra kudos for single-hopping, using an exotic hop, and re-fermenting in the bottle with Champagne yeast! Def. worth trying.

MEsquandoles, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of drtth
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a hazed golden apricot or salmon color with a fluffy 1” off-white head that recedes very slowly. As the head begins to recede it leaves lots of irregular patches, partial rings and spider-web like lines of lacing Sipping leaves some large patches of foam that cling to the sides of the glass. There is a thin layer of foam on the surface of the liquid to the very end of the beer and even then sipping leaves scattered speckles of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very much the spicy lemongrass and lemon zest expected from the brewery’s description. While the aroma is definitely filled with the hops, they are backed up with some of the Belgian yeast character as well. I also think there is a bit of mustiness mixed in here as well.

Taste: The flavor is filled with rich light malt (probably Pils malt) and yeast flavors but without a lot of sweetness. There is some spiciness and bitterness from the hops that remains in the background without becoming overly dominating. The lemon zest is clearly present here as the focus of the show, but it also plays nicely with a hint of sweetness from the malt and with some of the flavors from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is clean and crisp but with gentle and ample carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins with a touch of bitterness from the hops that gets briefly replaced by a bit of sweetness from the malt. However, that hint of sweetness quickly disappears in the long and quite dry finish that fades softly away to leave a trace of bitter dryness so that the back of the mouth is ready and waiting for the next sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Besides being an interesting look at a new hop this beer is a very drinkable one that leaves me wanting more. While I’ll not be buying this one a lot, I do plan on adding a few to my shopping list periodically as I think it is quite nice but also should pair well with a nice serving of grilled salmon. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer that I’m pleased to have had and even more pleased that the Brewery has decided to make it a regular offering so I can have it again.

drtth, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a one finger head that breaks apart quickly to a surface foam.

Smell: lemon zest, grass, and some soft bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: moderate malt profile with some hearty lemon zest, grass, pepper, a bit of earthiness, hint of yeast, and a mild bitterness make up a very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste lingers for a few minutes.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely quaffable and one could have a few of these without getting bored. One of my new favorites from Brooklyn.

Gavage, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of kels
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a great golden yellow, moderately hazy, with light carbonation running throughout. The initial 1 1/2 finger thick fluffy white head fades and retains very well at a soft skim. Lots of lace blankets the sides of the glass.

Smell is pretty subdued. There's a bit of light malt that's dry and almost nutty. There's a bright hop that is clearly unfamiliar to me, and it comes across as a cross between floral and citrusy, very reminiscent of herbal tea.

What a really unique and complex beer. It actually took me much longer to review than usual because the Sorachi Ace hop is nothing like I've ever tasted before. It really has dimensions of other hop profiles I've typically seen as opposing, like the citrus of Centennials with the dankness of Simcoes. It doesn't actually taste like either, but I'm doing my best to describe the contradiction. Okay, so what's in here...lemony tart bitterness, light herbal tea, toasted grains, a little bit of coriander and some white pepper. The yeast gives a nice punchy finish. It is bright and zingy while at the same time possessing this underlying earthy foundation. The alcohol whispers through the backdrop. Really bright carbonation, sweet subtlety, and nice smooth, dry finish.

Drinks all day, very softly, very cleanly.

kels, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw, mild haze, with two fingers of tight lily-white head.

Smell -- bright lemon, cut grass, spring flowers, saison yeastiness, bready malt.

Taste -- Sorachi Ace hops right up front with bright lemon and floral notes, delicate saison yeast notes, under-ripened banana, faint clove, bready malt. Floral hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with mild carbonation. Could use more carbonation, but otherwise good.

Drinkability -- I was waiting for this for quite a while and it exceeded all of my hopes. Not incredibly complex, but the flavors that are present really sing. One of the better saisons I've had in a while. Keep this one in rotation, Brooklyn!

yeahnatenelson, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
A - hazy, bubbly gold with a thick foamy head that lasts.
S - citrus hops layered over a lemon with an ever so slight earthy grass background.
T - smooth light malt backbone with strong lemon accents and easy hops throughout.
M - crisply carbonated light to medium body that flows easily and leaves a lingering lemon/hop aftertaste.
D- easily drinkable in a large quantity as the lemon zing cover any alcohol bite.

Beer4Baltimore, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of ausonius
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big fluffy, creamy white head. Settles in 5 minutes to thin, light, but persistent head. Little lacing.
Light slightly cloudy yellow-gold.

Aroma: Earthy, slightly herbal, flowery, creamy (Belgian yeast), grainy. Pale malt. Hops are spicy orange, with a minor note of lime & grapefruit.

Taste: Big, full, round, dry, grainy, slightly creamy.
Round earthy hops that finish piney & fine grained.
Hops are not super powerful, but the fine bitterness stays with you almost like tannin in a red wine. Gives it a seemingly very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Big & flavorful. Packed with flavor, in fact, but not at all heavy.

Drinkability: Fairly light on it's feet for a Saison so stuffed with flavor.

Beautiful stuff!

This might be one to age 12 - 30 months to see some interesting things on the palate. Not sure nose would age quite as well.

94 Points

Bravo again, Brooklyn!

Cheers!

ausonius, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow in color. Huge head going on here. Great lemony and heavy citrus aroma. Very crisp flavor. Mildly lemon like and very fruity. Touch of sweet malt going on. Long, lingering lemony sweetness in the finish. Great mouthfeel here. Very, very drinkable and enjoyable. I recently used this hop in a homebrew but over did the bittering hops. The lemon/citrus qualities were still very apparent. A bit pricey-damn enjoyable.

lackenhauser, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Diamond in Brooklyn

pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger white head that doesn't hang around long. Lacing clings tip the sides of the glass.

Notes of clove and lemon on the nose

first thing I get on the taste is Dill, then lemon grass perhaps some Ginger, pepper (lemon pepper?), light medium bodied. A healthy amount of carbonation, tingled in your mouth. Crisp and refreshing. A wonderful summer beer.

What a great beer. One of the best
things to come out of
Brooklyn brewery in a while.

DaggerEyes, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of claytong
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - straw color, hazy, medium size white head, good retention and lacing

smell - good minor funk, little barnyard smell, spicy belgian yeast (pepper, banana and minor clove), tad of a musty grain bill

taste - musty grass, belgian spice yeast, enjoying this much more than black ops.

mouthfeel - medium bodied, nice carbonation, very very drinkable (especially while going from ris to ris)

claytong, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a bit pricey - I think I paid $14.99 at either Olivers or Westmere Beverage.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip from the 750 ml - caged and corked and a nice presentation (gold foil-type label with maroon accents). Slight gunsmoke after the "pop!" Body is light golden with a 3-finger white head that retains well, fading eventually to a rocky foam. Lots of visible carbonation, as bubbles gusher forth and rise throughout the glass. Some foamy lace sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Somewhat bready, somewhat lemony. Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is pleasant. And clean (if that makes sense). A bit of spice noted as it warms.

T: Interesting. A touch of lemony bitterness is noted right away, but the bitterness is nicely balanced with - or offset by - both a sweetness and a faint bit of drying. There's also a touch of spice in there too - some sort of exotic basil, perhaps? Whatever it is, it adds to the experience rather than make you wonder, "WTF is THAT doing in my beer?" I get a tiny bit of heat from the alcohol in the belly, but it took a few sips (half the glass, actually) for that to appear. Becoming somewhat vinuous as it warms. . . .

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Active, but soft, carbonation.

D: Excellent drinkability. Balanced but light, active-but-subtle carbonation make this one a winner. I wish I had the proper cheese to go with this (not sure what that would be -- someone ask Garrett Oliver -- but I'm pretty sure this would go very well with the right cheese). I have a feeling this would go nicely with a variety of lighter foods - maybe certain Thai, seafood, or even a lighter chicken or pasta dish with a cream sauce.

Kendo, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap 8/22/09 at Ron's Original in Exton

A - pours a hazy golden yellow with 2 inches of white foam that left some decent lacing

S - strong aroma of lemon hits you first with hints of some saison funkiness

T - the lemon dominates in this one and it does it quite well, and was unlike anything else i've had. Definitely worth seeking out

M/D - nice and crisp, refreshing and great tasting. I could have had this one all day. Definitely one i'll seek out again.

mikereaser, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of nerdrocker101
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a tulip. Not shared. My wife is very sore about the subject so I'll have to pick up another bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy head just short of two fingers. Pepper and lemon sit lightly on the nose. Spices show up more in the taste, mixing in with lemon and just a hint of alcohol. Smooth and fizzy, incredibly easy to drink. This beer really snuck up on me.

This was my first beer made with Sorachi Ace hops and if it's any indication of how others will be, I imagine I'll be wanting to try them to.

nerdrocker101, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of facundoCNB
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a hazy golden yellow pour with a generous amount of fluffy white head. smells of fresh cut grass, lemons, belgian yeast, basil, oregano. a very mellow saison with a giant blend of herbs and spices. it almost tastes like spaghetti with a garlic sauce that's subtle in flavor. very nice, very refreshing, very different. champagne like light body with great amounts of sticky lacing - perfect for any time of the year. overall, this is a perfect example of what a saison should be. the sorachi ace hop works perfectly with this beer style.

facundoCNB, May 06, 2012
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,876 ratings.