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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 642
Hads: 2,480
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 218
Gots: 542 | 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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Reviews: 642 | Hads: 2,480
Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

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Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd had this months ago in a small portion poured by a Brooklyn rep. I now have my own bottle. And what a bottle it is - classy stylish presentation as with all of the 100% bottle fermented Brooklyn beers.

It seemed like a good candidate for the Duvel tulip, and I was right. It requires a careful pour. You'll get a lot of foam atop a cloudy golden body. It passes the looks test.

Aroma is of lemon zest, pepper and bread. Textbook "clean saison" aroma.

This beer was clearly meant to show off the Sorachi Ace hops, and that it does. You're either going to like the slightly dank lemony hops, or you won't. Peppery and dry throughout, some grapefruit accents. I think this is the only Sorachi Ace beer I've had...the lemon zest aspect of this hop varietal. Reminds me of Saaz for sure, but less flowery.

The bottle fermentation nails the feel. Lots of crackle and pop but not overcarbonated. Very crisp.

I'm not draining the bottle with tremendous quickness, but it'll go. You can polish it off yourself, but probably better to share it and pair it.

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Photo of bum732
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow, bubbly head with great retention. Smells very floral, pansies, roses, lemongrass, grassy, lemon rind, yeasty breadiness, some spiciness. Tastes of dry lemongrass like malt with a nice grassy flavor. Moderate bitterness leads to a more lemongrass and lemon rind aspect. Finishes dry with some earthiness and lemon leaf. Carbonation low for the style, good moderate body, dry.

This beer was eating raw lemongrass, very potent and flavorful. Missing those traditional saison elements such as yeastiness, but i really think this beer was constructed to show off the hops. If you like lemon, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of zep9865
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with aasher. Poured from bomber into New Belgium snifter. Beer pours a light orange-ish gold with all kinds of foam head. Four fingers of monster foam head with maximum lacing.

S-smells of lemon and earth.

T-Taste does not quite equal the smell that teases your nostrils, but this beer is extremely crisp, like a fine lager. You can taste a hint of lemon. I can taste some pine as well.

M-The intial lemon that hits your mouth transitions nicely into a nice lager crispness.

O-i really enjoyed this beer. Wish it was available in 6 or 4 packs.

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Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy light gold with almost 3 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

Smell. Spicy saison yeast, banana and citrus, clove and a bit of light grainy malt.

Taste. Spicy and peppery saison yeast, orange and lemon rind and light grains, some lightly bitter grassy/earthy hops and just a touch of clove and banana.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of medium bodied with medium-strong fine carbonation.

Overall. Classic style saison with plenty of flavour. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hennepin Goblet

A ~ Pours translucent orange that is very similar to Gatorade. Head is abundant & puffy with sparkling-wine levels of carbonation. Sauv Blanc-like highlights against the sun.

S ~ Pinesol & lemon peel make up the bulk of the nose. Mild funkiness & lemongrass that opens up as time goes on. Touch of confectioner sugar.

T ~ Very well rounded flavor of lemon squares, wheat, & gum. Touches of jam & lemongrass.
The lemon square flavor shifts into candied fruit & citrus peel after a while. That "body odor/funk/sweat" nuance of Sorachi really comes out at room temp.

M ~ Dry hopping & Saisons go SO well together. I love how well this is bittered while staying very clean. Moderately dry finish.

D ~ This beer showcases the Sorachi Ace hop very well while firmly assuming its role as a Saison. Wish for plenty more.

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Photo of mattbk
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Initially very clear, although topped off with a bit of the bottled yeast. Golden color, very carbonated, looks refreshing, although wasn't expecting so much carbonation.
S- Belgian aroma, spicy clove, and yes, some lemon citrus. Nothing very special here, but nothing bad either.
T- The lemongrass from the sorachi comes though first, tangy. The yeast flavor doesn't come out very much against the hops. Sweet, long finish. Refreshing. Very good. Not as interesting as I was expecting
M- Light, crisp, very bubbly. Like a champagne I'd say.
O- A refreshing summer beer, an interesting aroma and flavor, nothing amazing, but definitely solid.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lives up to the special hops hype. Poured a 2" white head with long life. The body is a hazy raw sienna yellow color. The smell is different including the lemon zest but also spiciness, malt, even soap. Taste mirrors the smell, especially the lemon zest, and also has caramel and a touch of sour. Medium rich body. Finish is a little soapy. Interesting and refreshing.

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Photo of roger617
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into tulip

A: 3.75 Lightly golden, very clear in color. Pours with 3 fingers of head that reduces within 1 minute.
S: 3.5 Most of what makes it through in the smell for me is pine, and a little bit of citrus.
T: 4.25 First is the pine, followed by a mellow citrus. A dry finish leaves a lingering sweetness.
M: 4.0 Very smooth and silky. Carb level is high, which is expected for being "100% bottle refermented ale".
O: 4.0 This beer doesn't have a lot of depth to it, but even being near 1 dimensional it is still very enjoyable. The forefront aroma and flavor of the pine characteristics linger for quite some time after finishing. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both well developed. Somewhat of a farmhouse aroma with a little bit of a spicy zest and slight lemon. Bready taste up front with a somewhat spicy hop and a lemon aftertaste. Light bodied taste. Not a bad beer but definitely had a lot better.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a light, hazy gold with a copious head. Great retention; good lacing.
Biscuity malts, a bit of funk, and a very faint citrusy and lemony hop character, but not much else.
Now, the strong points of this beer. Thee’s a brilliant mouthfeel: awesomely soft and fluffy. The carbonation is high, but very refined and pleasant. The alleged star of this Saison--the Sorachi Ace hop varietal from Japan-- is present, though seems to be more than balanced by the malt. The hop flavor is nice: lightly lemony and herbal. Bitter, but not totally dry.And the not-so-strong? I must admit, I was expecting more from this brew. There is a big, biscuity malt presence that I wouldn't say is par for the Saison style. But the main flaw I see in this beer is an annoyingly buttery flavor-- dare I say, diacetyl aftertaste. This doesn't fit into my definition of "crackingly dry", as the bottle proclaims. Clean this butteriness up, Brooklyn, sub in a bit more Saison funk, and you'd have an awesome beer.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into my DFH signature glass.

A- Cloudy golden with a massive 3-4 finger white head with really nice lacing and retention.

S- Bright, grassy hops with some spicy Belgian yeast in the back. Some nice citrus notes as well.

T- Nice citrusy hops up front with some buttery slickness. These Sorachi Ace hops are interesting, very grassy with some nice citrus.

M/D- Creamy and smooth. This stuff goes down nice and easy.

An interesting saison that that has the hoppiness of an IPA. The buttery character seems out of place, but overall nicely put together.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a big sticky white head. Aroma is ok, a little lemon, little funk from the new hops I think. The taste follows but more amped up. Nice clean lemony/citrus flavor which follows with a almost sake flavored finish. Its very unique and very good. Very refreshing and easy to drink. This Sorachi hops might not be for everyone, but I think its a great addition for this style.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Black Bear pub in the Hartford airport, served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint™. Seeing the sign out front that this was the bar's beer of the month was what made me stop in; why not start a journey with some ticking?

A: Clear gold body with some nice fine effervescence building a solid cap of dense white foam; sticky lace. Pretty good.

S: Huh. Some overripe fruit funk is prominent, and unappetizing. Some toasty malt and lemony hops are present, but play second fiddle to the weird fruitiness. Not what I expected, but not entirely offputting.

T: Wow, nothing like the smell. Rich bready malt dominates, with fresh apple and pear esters playing nicely with the citrusy hops midway through. Clean, lightly bitter finish. Very substantial and extremely enjoyable. Weird.

M: Fairly light, moderately carbonated. Solid.

O: The keg kicked on the glass ordered right after mine, and sure enough when I asked for a sample from the replacement keg I found the rotten fruit aromas absent. I definitely think this one should be best consumed fresh.


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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premiere. A unique and vry good creation. I like this hop and was very excited to try it. Lemony, above all. Whitish coloured body with lots of foamy head. Lemony aroma. Dryish, fruity, white pepper,zesty, yeasty,coriander,pear. Easy mouthfeel.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 fingers of sudsy white, well-retaining head in the snifter over hazy gold body.

Some tart funk and faint light fruit.

Crisp saison with some excellent oaky character. Light fruit and a trace of black pepper. Better than expected for a saison. The sorachi is exceptionally mellow, but the beer does not want for crispness or cleanliness of finish.

Bright, carby body.

Quite nice. Does it warrant the price tag and reputation? Maybe not. But I was never a lover of saisons in general.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.