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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,790 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,790
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 154
Gots: 216 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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adamette

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Looked forward to finding this in some form, of course HopCat in Grand Rapids came through as they carried this on tap two days ago during my visit. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Very clear, near water look with a shade of pale yellow color with bubbles rising up from the bottom. Thick, creamy head that leaves a curtain of lace announces this beer as a serious contender for your attention. 4.5

S Spicy, ginger smells wallow up from the surface of this beer. Intriguing, good smelling, really. 4.0

T Ginger, spices, slight malt sweetness, no hops tasted by me. I appreciated that the taste lingers for several minutes. Great taste! 4.5

M Light, refreshing, really nice, appropriate feel to this beer. 4.0

D Great drinkability since it is at one time tasty and light. 4.5

10-21-2009 03:31:06 | More by adamette
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Review from notes.

A: The beer pours a light yellow, slightly hazy. A very large, foamy, white head forms on top with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Extremely grassy and floral. Light fruit of pear and lemon with some faint spices - mostly coriander and a bit of pepper.

T: Nice and fruity with lemon, a bit of green apple, and some pear. Lightly spiced with pepper and coriander, and extremely floral and grassy - presumably from the sorachi hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry finish and slightly bitter.

O: Quite enjoyable. I was expecting to like it, but was surprised at how much. Really enjoyed what the sorachi adds to the saison. Very drinkable.

08-03-2011 15:22:12 | More by mdaschaf
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socon67

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Cracked open a 750ml with the family. It was a big success.

A- poured very smooth. A nice layer of foam in the glass. A cloudy look that reminds me of most belgian ales.

S- You can clearly smell a hint of citrus.

T- Tastes of lemon, and the champagne yeast they use gives the beer *lots* of action. It paired awesome with the BBQ chicken I ate, but I could see this going with seafood perfectly. The Sarachi hops reminds you that this is a different type of beer, and in a good way.

M- Fizzy, smooth to drink though. No problems getting this one down.

D- I would look for this as a summer beer. I tried this a year ago on tap at the brewery, and in a bottle it was just as good. Could easily have finished the bottle myself, though I'd need to hide it from everyone else.

06-20-2010 12:35:51 | More by socon67
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy straw color with a finger and half of white head. Just wonderful looking.

The smell is a super mix of malt candy and grapefruit and sharp lemon zest.

Sharp bitterness from beginning to end; strong lemon and little lime. There's a malt backbone there, but barely.

It's like drinking a cloud. It's light and fluffy texture, medium carbonation. Incredible.

An amazing drink, sipping on heaven.

03-01-2012 02:44:19 | More by Fatehunter
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Kinsman

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with a rocking white head. Ample retention about a finger thick of head well after the pour.

Greets the nose with lots of spice and citrus. Definitely more lemony than most saisons but not quite as sweet.

The obvious lemon in the nose seems to be a bit hidden by other flavors on the palate. Up front the malts and hop bitterness are reminiscent of some pilsners. Slowly, some spice notes come through and give it a more familiar flavor.

Really dry and crisp mouthfeel with a pretty light body. Overall a quite enjoyable and unique saison.

08-06-2010 23:39:50 | More by Kinsman
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle; Back of bottle "0083"

The beer poured a hazy orange color that produced a huge white head that was very well retained and faded into a thin cap. Carbonation was streaming to the top of the glass. The beer gave off a very good Belgian yeast aroma and slight citrus, lemon maybe. The taster was excellent, just what you would expect, but with a dry aftertaste. The beer follows the nose perfectly. The beer had a medium body, good carbonation, and it was extremely drinkable and smooth. Overall, very high quality.

12-07-2013 04:10:37 | More by PhillyStyle
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Served in my DFH Pint Glass, reviewed from notes

A-Cloudy Yellow. About an inch of head that leaves behind great lacing while drinking

S-Lemons and Hops

T-Possibly the best tasting lemon flavor I've had. Does not seem artificial at all like other lemon flavored beers. Very sweet as well. Ends with a slight bitter hop finish

M-Very light, carbonated.

D-Very drinkable had the 750mL over the course of Thanksgiving dessert.

EDIT-Accidentally put 4.5 under appearance, changed to the desired 4.

12-09-2010 08:13:43 | More by rlee1390
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

750 mL bottle pours a slightly hazed, medium yellow color with a huge cap of white head, very fitting for a saison. Fluffy and airy with plenty of lacing and retention.

Nose is wonderful - lemongrass, floral and yeast phenols. Nothing funky or farmhouse about it, a 'clean' smelling saison. Light crackery malt, but the sorachi ace hops are the main show here, it seems a perfect fit for the beer. Delicious.

Lemony hop flavor with some wheatgrass and clean pilsner malt. Farmhouse yeastiness is disappointingly absent, but the nice hop flavor and bitterness mostly make up for it. Light, creamy mouthfeel with ultra-fine carbonation. What a great summer brew, fantastic! I would like to see more beers made with this hop, I think a pilsner would be a good style for it as well.

07-20-2010 13:05:18 | More by twiggamortis420
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

from corked caged 750ml bottle

A-poured a slight hazed golden color with a 2 finger nice head that receded to a nice fresh collar and a touch of lacing

S- was lemon and citrus at first.with hints of mint and tea,,more lemonbread and hops with a slight yeast funk in background

T- was lemon with a strong but subtle hop precense for a saison..picked up mint and lemon spice with a touch of green tea.hops are in each sip but are so delicate at the same time....the lemon hopped sorachi is complemented by a sight belgian yeast tatse,,a dash of pepper...this brew is delicious

M- crisp and tart with lemon spiced hops..well carbonated thru out as it warmed the hops gave way a bit to the saison and the taste profile changed a bit

O- outstanding twist on the saison its dry zestful and hoppy..i would drink this one year round.. my favorite offering from brooklyn thus far only one footnote i would haved liked it a tad bit more sour

07-25-2011 18:48:05 | More by gatornation
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Very white, large soapy head forms quickly, and never goes away. Moderate lacing. Beer is pale orange or dark straw, with lots of tiny bubbles, slightly hazy. The nose shows banana, mango, clove, and a little vanilla. Those flavors dominate up front too, especially the mango and tropical fruit, with a wheat-like graininess coming in, followed by a semi-dry finish with a bit of a citrus impression. They yeast characteristic shows predominantly in the nose, and less so in the taste. It's a light, spritzy beer, but it has some backbone to it. Styled as a saison, I'd also believe it as a non-traditional wit in flavor profile. Perhaps unusual at first, but it insinuates itself quickly. Really very good, and a beer I'd definitely seek out.

03-24-2012 22:14:27 | More by MCDuhamel
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Crazyale

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Bomber poured into Tulip.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a big four finger head that leaves nice dabs of irregular lacing on the glass. Almost crystal clear, with some nice effervescence.

S: Almost an overwhelming hit on the nose, it's hard to even articulate anything the smell is so big at first. Belgian yeast, soft fruits, spice, lemon zest, a bit of alcohol burn. Complex and interesting aroma.

T: Very strong peach taste at first, along with some sort of vague creaminess. It's sweet at first, but this is followed by some biterness on the back of the tongue, some of the lemon as well. There is a pleasant alcohol burn in the throat, not too strong. Much better as it warms.

M: Drinks like champagne, very good for the style. I feel like it's a bit thin, but again, that's probably on purpose.

Another great beer from Brooklyn. I'm actually glad that this comes in bombers, as it takes a while to fully appreciate this. It's a complex beer that doesn't reveal itself in just a small tasting.

02-22-2012 04:33:58 | More by Crazyale
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

opulent, persistent merengue head. pale amber with sharp copper highlights. this head is epic (and that's the proper use of epic; not the bastardized synonym for "awesome" thrown around by the hipsters)

lemony aroma as promised, yes. but also kinda solventy: smells like lemon-scent windex

...and tastes like i would expect lemon-scent windex to taste. well...not really, but you get the idea (actually not even close, but you still get the idea). i will say that it dovetails stupendously with saison yeast. cardamom, coriander and perhaps some clove

big for a saison

my girlfriend is a big fan

09-29-2010 02:07:42 | More by bruachan
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pale hazy yellow, one-finger lingering head.
S: Reminds me of lemon drops. Very crisp. Light hop aromas present.
T: Lemon, flowers, a hint of pineapple. I find I always use descriptors without many thoughts, so let me change that- this is good. Very good. Well balanced, nice hop/malt/acidic mix.
M: Same as above. Very well balanced, easy to drink.
O: This is delicious. I was glad to see the latest BA say it's now a year-round beer as opposed to the limited release here, as I will definitely be getting more.

06-29-2011 01:30:37 | More by ONUMello
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 19/10/11

A pale golden yellow with a haze and just a few little bubbles feeding a large 3 finger head that falls quickly and leaves no lace

S big floral grassy hops with a blast of zesty lemon, slightly yeasty and it just smells great

T more yeast but the citrus isn't as strong as the nose, still good though but far toned down compared to the smell, but with some white pepper I couldn't smell

M has a zippy bite to it and leaves a little behind in your mouth, lots of bubbles but stops short of turning it to foam

O I had this to my nose for some time and 4.25 would have been used if it was an option for flavor, not sure the age of this but the hops profiles firmly in charge

a winner for sure and I want to explore this hop in depth, not cheap but worth it

10-20-2011 03:03:39 | More by wordemupg
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domtronzero

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

A - Slightly hazy yellow orange with a big, fluffy, long lasting white head. Very little lacing.

S - Citrusy lemon, crisp and sweet pils malts, tropical fruit aromas that reminds me of pineapple and mango. Light hoppy spiciness.

F/M - Sweet candy-like pilsner malts, fruity tropical esters (again, reminiscent of pineapples and mangos). Very citrusy and lightly spicy hops. Big lemony flavor with a moderately firm bitterness. Clean and very dry finish, medium light bodied, with moderately high carbonation. Not much lingering too far into the aftertaste; maybe a little pils malts and lemony flavors.

D - This is a pretty damn good beer. Dry, clean, crisp and very tasty. Brooklyn has been doing a good job of reversing my attitudes towards American breweries attempting Belgian styles, and this beer is further proof that they can brew a damn fine Belgian style ale.

01-04-2011 03:28:36 | More by domtronzero
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

(From notes)

A - Bright yellow clear gold color; pure white frothy head that stayed around a while; good lacing

S - Light citrus at first, more lemony than anything; fruity; yeasty

T - Lemony fruitiness at first then you catch a more hop driven bite; biscuity and yeasty; definitely interesting stuff

M - Medium MF and a little slick; very soft carbonation

D - Really refreshing and interesting = easily drinkable. Lovely here

Overall, quite enjoyed the Sorachi hop flavors in this and very fun beer to drink. Recommended.

08-09-2009 23:52:09 | More by Nickls
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Paired with a simple fish at Black Market dinner with Garrett Oliver.

I think this is the perfect use of this hop. The lemon with the spiciness of the saison was great. Mostly lemon in smell, with some dill flavor as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a nice twist to a standard saison. Very balanced and drinkable.

07-21-2012 14:44:00 | More by AaronHomoya
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Before he visited me, I told me good friend and fellow beer connoisseur Frank that I had never tried anything from Brookleyn Brewery and, since he was in NY, if he could get something, I would be most appreciative. He grabbed Sorachi, primarily because he liked the name, and we split this one fine evening.

A hazy orange-gold body with a thick finger of white foam; nice lacing despite modest duration in the Ommegang glass. Good, fruity aromas, plenty of citrus (grapefruit, orange peel, some lemon) with pepper and clove, and some tell-tale farmhouse funk; good smell, no doubt.

The taste is very impressive--very spicy and fruity, blended very well, and light on the palate. After a hearty meal, this was a nice, light accompaniment that was most welcome; very flavorful. Light on the palate, and creamy smooth, Sorachi is a delight, easy-going on an unusually warm Fall day.

I am just thrilled that my first foray into Brooklyn's wares proved so fruitful, pardon the pun. Delicious, delicate, and accessible, I'd be remiss if I passed on the chance to enjoy Sorachi--or anything--from Brooklyn again.

Very good, and certainly recommended.

11-07-2010 20:21:16 | More by Gehrig
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured into a Newcastle chalice

A: hazy lemon yellow with a white 2 finger head with staying power. Thick lacing

S: Wow! Citrus, lemony, Belgian yeast. I could smell this one all day.

T: Citrus flows through with a passion. Floral, herbal, spicy. Slightly sour. Semi-dry finish. Very smooth.

M: medium with medium to heavy carbonation. Bubbles do a dance on my tongue.

O: This is an outstanding saison. I think those Sorachi Ace hops and I will get along nicely. I'll definitely be buying more.

03-10-2012 04:10:54 | More by brewskifan55
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

It is such a shame this beer is a limited edition brew. Mainly because this is the perfect accompaniment to Asian food. The Sorachi Ace hop has a lot of lemongrass tastes. This one tastes more like lemongrass as it warms.

It is also quite dry.

If Brooklyn doesn't make this again, I hope someone else fills the gap.

09-12-2010 02:13:54 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is gold, lots of fine carbonation; head is off whtie, lumpy, dense, some lacing; head lingers exceptionally well, making it very enticing.

Smell is subdued, some light pilsen malt, touch of yeast phenols.

Taste steps it up: malt is clean, not sweet, but flavorful, some pilsen notes, light biscuit and bread; yeast flavors are very nice some light phenol, buttery off flavor but could be from hops; hops very lemony, some lighter earthier notes as well, grass.

Mouthfeel is where this saison is a nice step apart, very nicely dry and some light sweetness with a very good carbonation.

Overall, a very, very good saison, with a good twist on the hop presence and malt flavor profile.

05-02-2014 23:44:19 | More by mvanaskie13
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richj1970

Alabama

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Founder's Bolt Cutter glass.

A: Poured pale golden almost lemon color with nice three finger fluffy white head with large bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of lemon, oranges and citrus mixed with a grassy note that is really enjoyable.

T: More citrus flavors mixed with nice hops and spice. Reminds me of some nice champagnes in some respects.

M: Dry and nicely carbonated. Refreshing to drink.

O: I like this one quite a bit. I just wish they carried it locally. Nearest place to get it retail is about an hour and a half from the house.

02-02-2013 00:59:14 | More by richj1970
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Not sure of the age on this bottle but it's def got some age on it, got it as a gift from the father of one of the assistant brewers. Hazy and faded orange marmalade color. Massive bright white head which dies kind of quickly. Sweet citric lemon grass nose. Otherwise pretty subtle nose.

Pretty nice tasting beer. Sweet belgian candy up front. Slight medicinal flavors, all well blended. Touches of banana and clove with lemon grass and citrus as the dominant flavors. Semi-spicy yeast bite on the finish. Touches of meaty fruit such as apples and pears. Delicious yet palate cleansing. Lots of brisk carbonation.

Just needs a bit more tartness.

I usually am not the biggest fan of brooklyn but this is pretty damn good.

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An even older bottle than the last one . I tried. This really has mellowed out. bit phenolic and medicinal. Very herbal and grassy. its pretty good

06-02-2012 04:05:17 | More by jtierney89
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

A delicate pour delivered 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This takes quite a while to die down, and leaves me with half a finger throughout consumption. A lot of bubbles are rushing from bottom to top, like a mob frantically trying to escape a horde of zombies. Body light gold. Very nice lacing also noted.

Hops (citrus and pine) and lemon are the main aromas. Wheat and yeast pop in after a bit of searching. After it warms up there is a segue flavor, you get a hint of sour apple going from hops to wheat/yeast. Wheast, lol.

Tastes like sunshine in a glass! I'm just kidding, but it is good. It follows the nose, citrus hops, not overly bitter, lemon being a main point, into wheat and yeast. It's almost too fresh though. For it being a farmhouse/saison, I was hoping for a little funk. But I won't dock it for not having it.

Light bodied. Plays quickly over the tongue, neither sticky nor overly drying. It's refreshing with just a little bite.

09-06-2011 00:32:48 | More by CFHMagnet
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a cloudy bright straw color, fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Smell is of grass, yeast, bread, clay, lemon and slight herbal charachter. Taste is grassy and yeasty with a nice hints of lemon and bread, with a faint spice charachter in the background. Crisp, clean and refreshing. A very good and unique saison.

11-18-2009 14:07:32 | More by rfgetz
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,790 ratings.