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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,978 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,978
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 168
Gots: 287 | FT: 9
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 RedSpecial1
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow with a large amount of white frothy head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: The smell is definitely characteristic of the sorachi ace hops. A strong lemon note is definitely present, as well as a noticeable yeast character.

T: A very tasty flavor, the lemon isn't overpowering, and combines well with the yeast flavor. Very refreshing.

M: Light, with a high carbonation that is characteristic to the style. Again, very refreshing.

O: A very subtle, and thirst quenching drink. This is a beer I could come back to again. Very enjoyable.

Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of BFunk013
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of wrogers19971
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of garuda
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light gold, slightly hazed, white cap has good retention and decent lace.

S/T - Slightly tart, yeast funk, hay, grass, lemon candy sweetness. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, lively carbonation, fluffy and smooth across the palate. Clean, dry finish.

O - This hop varietal seems to pair perfectly with the saison style. Accentuates the standard lemon/grass/hay flavors of saisons. Well done, I'd like to compare it to the bottle version.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split with the wife into two tulips. Paired with some Manchego cheese. Great pairing.

Very lovely pour. Slight cloudy, straw yellow with a flowing bright white head, giving a good 4 fingers of head. Lacing is well displayed, but as it warms, it slowly leaves a nice film and a good settled mark around the edges.

Like the label says, straw and lemongrass. No real depth beyond that, though the base gives a nice sweet bread nature. Alcohol and yeast add a bit of spice in the nose to the background.

Taste is very, very clean. You get a nice lemon zest blip, but following is a quick finish, with a tad of malt base. The malts are more grainy and bread like in nature, adding a saltine like finish with the body being a caramel toast nature.

A bit too clean, meaning that the depth is veyr limited. A very quick flavor might leave you wanting more, but is very well appreciated for those that might not want a "heavy" or "deep" beer. ABV is felt, but never sensed besides a bit of spice notes in the finish.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at Central Market during their 25% off sale. I'd had it before, but not since I had brewed my own saisons and used Sorachi Ace in my own homebrews. This was much better than I remembered. Rides the line beautifully between saison and hoppy beer. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

This beer has a great bone white head. Somewhat hazy yellow base. Good lacing. Not quite the Duvel I had last night, but still appealing.

The nose is complex and two faced. My first sniffs were of a fruity, dry, dry hop presence. However, this slowly melded into a funk dominated saison. I like some saisons a lot more than others, and this falls into the good funk category. Mmmm...

The taste is right there, too. Wonderfully controlled funk. Interesting level of bitterness. Doesn't overpower, but it's there. Good fruit from the hops, good funk. Heck yes.

This beer is a fantastic saison. I'm starting to wonder if this is the best one I've had. What great stuff...

Photo of samoblue
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kudos to rtepiak for adding this beer, a brew I first tried about a week ago and have sought out all over NYC ever since. This review comes from the pint I had at The Pony Bar in New York City on 7/28/09.

Pours a surprisngly light pale yellow, a tad brighter and more vibrant than your standard BMC but otherwise not much different. A satisfying finger of tight, creamy head crested the top of the pint glass.

The aroma is the first indication that this beer is something special. Floral notes unlike anything I'd ever smelled in a beer before--must be the Sorachi? (Which, I'll admit, I had to Google). Lemon, chamomile, and honeysuckle also contribute.

Taste is very floral and honeyed, but finishes quite dry. Carbonation is high, but bubbles are fairly tight so the bite isn't overpowering. Feels a bit thin on the mouthfeel, but for such a delicate beer that's probably to be expected, and given the heat we had last night, was quite welcome.

I found this to be a very drinkable beer (I had a full growler of it last Friday night), but at 6.5% it is NOT the session beer that its initial color might lead you to believe. Some may find it too flowery for their tastes, but I thought it was a beautiful beer in its delicacy. Will definitely look for this again, before it's gone forever.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Cork and cage, bottle conditioned Ale, purchased 9/2011 from a very reputable supplier and stored at 40-45 degrees since.

Poured into a Duvel Signature Tulip.

Pours a huge massive foamy four finger head, which reduces to a 1/2” head and eventually a thin cap. Each pour produces another explosive head. Extremely lively.
Yellow gold color, brilliant and clean, with small bubble carbonation.

Distinct aroma of yeast, very refined and elegant. You can smell the hops, a somewhat piney resiny smell but in no way of the West Coast variety. Citrusy aromas of lemon interplay with the yeast and hops. It is very intriguing and very enjoyable.

Very crisp entry on the palate of delicious yeast and citrusy/lemony hops, it’s quite dry, Belgium in style but somehow different. A bitter middle of hops. Golden malt comes on as this ale warms, with the yeast coming and going as it pleases, but the hops never let go. The crisp acidity, medium full mouth feel and champagne like carbonation make for a wonderfully balanced ale. Delicious!

Definite bitter hops in finish, with a very pleasing malt component. Lingering hop oils on palate, with some hints of lemon here and there.

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this ale, but I am impressed. Very lively, exceptionally drinkable Saison style ale. Delicious flavors of yeast/citrus/malt and of course the hops. A rather complex ale with lots of flavors and aromas, with a surprising and very welcome dryness.
Highly recommended!

Photo of mdagnew
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle bought from Deveneys off licence, Dublin...

Poured a light hazy golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... some sticky lacing...

A lot going on in the aroma... lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart juicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, mangoes, limes), very floral, talcum powder notes, light honey and candy sugar sweetness, some earthy farmyard traces, hay, some rubberiness, fresh bread, some pine...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, faint coriander, peppery, some thyme herbalness, metallic, sea salt... flavours develop well as the beer warms up...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and dangerously drinkable at 7.6%...

Overall - A top class Saison... As good as any i've had... recommended...

Photo of donniecuffs
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy straw color, with a finger of white, decent head retention, and decent lacing. Nice crisp bitter herbal note in the nose, much more than I would expect from a farmhouse ale. Hay, grass, slight menthol, and peppery notes also emerged. The taste was a perfectly balanced spicy/herbal mix, that progressed to a bitter dry finish. No hint of the alcohol content. The body was between light and medium, and not overly carbonated. Very drinkable; VERY refreshingly dry and bitter. Surprising for a farmhouse ale.

Photo of Morey
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork and cage bottle (1pint 9.4oz) with no freshness date. This beer is re-fermented with champagne yeast.

Pours a nice slightly hazy yellow-orange peach color. The head stood about an inch tall following a pretty light pour. About 10 minutes has gone by, and the head is just barley covering the top of the beer. Some decent lacing on the glass.

I'm definitely getting the lemongrass in the aroma. Very Asian type of citrus thing going on. Champagne smell coming through nicely as well.

Soft tingling carbonation up front. Lemon and other citrus flavors are quick to follow. Just the right amount of bitterness towards the middle/finish. The carbonation hits the roof of the mouth as you start to swallow (much like champagne) making for a bubbly and refreshing finish.

Medium bodied with a bubbly/lively carbonation.

This is a really good beer overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'd heard some good things about this beer. I saw a few bottles at my local Wegmans, and couldn't resist picking up a bottle for $9.99. It's even better than I expected. Probably my favorite Brooklyn beer to date. Might have to go and grab one more bottle.

Photo of rpardon7
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours a clean yellowy straw color with a wonderful light foamy white head that lingers and then stay to leave nice lacing on the glass. Smell is overly citrus with small hints of spice. Tast is very citrusy lemon with hints of spice and a dry sweet finish. Mouthfeel is light and bubly but not overly carbonated. Very smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is superb with this beer a great one to have on a hot summer day wonderfully balanced and not too high in ABV. Brooklyn has yet to let me down on their beers.

Photo of detlefchef
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale and cloudy golden color with brilliant white head that certainly lingers. Vibrant and classically Belgian nose (bananas and citrus). Seriously, this beer totally jumps out of the glass at you.

Super clean flavors of citrus (including pith) that is downright nervy on the palate. A very, very pretty beer with loads of nuance. I would imagine that you'd get a whole new set of flavors if you let one open up or age for a bit.

Photo of litheum94
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 cork and cage. 1251 stamped on the back (6/5/11 bottling date?).

Load pop from the cork as the bottle is opened. Murky, straw yellow body pours out. A big, active head fills 40% of the glass, lace whit in color. Leaves a tiny cover, with some good lacing.

Very herbal and leafy aromas. Lemon peel and ginger. Some lime as well. Cracker malts and pepper.

Lots of ginger and citrus. Leafy hops and a dry earthiness. Bright lemon flavors melds well with the active carbonation.

Juicy and tasty, with some nice dryness. A great saison. Very well done.

Photo of bark
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The gigantic off-white head is firm and compact. I notice some small bubbles in the somewhat chill-clouded liquid. The colour is pale gold (12 EBC). Lots of lacing occurs.

The smell is very hoppy with intensive notes of lemon, lemon peels and lemon juice. Spicy hints of white pepper and chilli. Some notes of orange squash. Very fresh and clean flavours. Some sweetness. Smells very much like an American APA/IPA/DIPA.

The taste is dry with lots of lemon candy. Notes of Belgian yeast that doesn’t take the focus from the hops. Lemons… Lots of lemons and some oranges. The bitterness is smooth and balanced. The aftertaste is clean with a rounded sweetness, hints of Belgian yeasty flavours. It is quiet light despite it’s strength and very refreshing. No noticeable alcohol. Medium body.

The carbonation is medium strong; the smell bubbles very fresh. The liquid is semi-dry.

The blend of lemon-hops and yeasty Belgian flavours makes this beer stand out. Very well done!

Photo of OutFox
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Petrus Goblet.

A - Hazy golden wheat sort of look. Huge pure white head with noticably large bubbles. Good retention and ok lacing

S - Farmhouse sort of smell to it that should come from a saison. A little hoppy on the nose with hints of spices. Sweet belgian yeast and a little sort of fruit hints.

T - Holy sh!t. This beer is a ridiculously good saison. Love it. Taste like farmhouse wheaty sort of goodness. Same hints as the nose. Just flat out good. Brooklyn I love you. Love the taste of the Sorachi Ace hop. Had it a couple times in different styles of beer. Great flavor.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, everything you want in a saison.

O - Great saison. Good representation of the style and a good hop balance with the Sorachi Ace. If you see a bottle and havent had it I highly recommend it.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, hazy golden hue with a huge, frothy white head that seems to be going nowhere but up. The carbonation is quite lively, and sticky lace clings to every side of the glass.

S: cracker-like malt notes up front are soon dominated by hints of lemongrass, apple, and a hint of earth and spice. Slightly floral on the back end.

T: Sorachi hops make their presence known right off the bat. Lemon, along with other citrus flavors combine with hints of pear, apple, and spice. Some biscuit and honey-like malt shows in the middle, followed by a faintly musty, earthy character. Finish is quite dry, with floral, grassy notes.

Notes: This beer is a rock star! Well-balanced, with just enough body and a ton of flavor. The unique hop variety adds so much to the character of the brew. With all that said, if I were to have tasted this blind, I could almost swear there would be a little white ghost on the label. Well done, Brooklyn!

Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Russell's Liquors in Amherst a long time ago and it was dusty. Pretty sure this is from one of the original batches...

A - Pours into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light straw hue with a massive fluffy three finger head that slowly faded to leave BIG side lacing and a dense creamy white blanket. Just excellent.

S - Wow, quite nice. Spectacular lemongrass and funk notes, with the ABV slightly noticeable.

T - Just like the nose, great lemongrass and barnyard funk. LOVE what time has done to the Sorachi Ace hops, but the ABV is still oddly present.

M - Nice carbonation but I have to knock this for how prominant the ABV is. Its almost sharp, definately feels higher than what it is.

O - Overall, I really, really loved this beer. The only negative was the presence of the ABV throughout pretty much every aspect. While the price is was high $14.99, I would buy again.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +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.

Photo of mtomlins
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of jsanford
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of ferrouswolf
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,978 ratings.