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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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1,712 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,712
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 151
Gots: 188 | 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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Kolsch

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Headkeepers, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Clear, golden & lager like. Small head that retained very small cusp throughout drink.

Smell: some fruit, pear and lemon

Taste: Ummm....different. Smooth, ultra smooth mouthfeel. I detect some slight chamomille, which adds to the overall unique taste. Lemony with a hint of pepperish clove. This does taste like a Saison, a very different Saison.

Overall: As someone mentioned below, I had one of these then switched to something else. This was so alluring, I wished I would have had another.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 14:50:06 | More by Kolsch
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic example of a Saison. Where the beer is less muddled and earthy, there's a super floral, moderate spicy character that chases the beer from nose to finish.

The beer begins with a pale golden, solid straw color, carrying a mild haze. An efforvescent pour builds a loosely knit fluffy white head with great staying power and subtle lacing.

Very floral notes of honey suckle and perfume fill the olfactories while a light spicy note tickles the nose. Soft fruits of green apples, pears, and light lemon round out the esters while soft white pepper and spice usher about the phenols.

The floral hop character translates to soft fruity (tropical) notes in taste. Mild spiciness of pepper and cumin give rise to the hops. A soft confetionate taste sets the stage for the malts but the flavor is fast and fleeting. Bittered for balance and slight complexity but the beer is about hop aroma and flavor; not bitterness.

Full and expansive to that mouth upon first sip, but then the beer turns dry and powedery quickly and seeming evaporates in the mouth for ultimate ease of drinking.

Comparisons to Duvel come to mind. But these Sorachi Ace hops obviously deliver bold floral notes and moderate spiciness. The carbonation and mouthfeel is very similar but the malt sweetness has more of an impact here.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 07:01:08 | More by BEERchitect
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Adrianized

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, golden orange.  A tall, white head which settles down to a finger's height.

A faint smell of hops and a fresh, fresh citrus scent.  Mostly lemons, but also some oranges.

Right up front are lemons and oranges.  Dry and slightly bitter throughout and into the finish.  A little black pepper and a strong lemon zest finish that sticks to your palate until the next sip.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.  Brooklyn says it pairs well with seafood and I could see that, I wish I had some shrimp with this saison.

Overall, this was a treat.  It's very refreshing... This is what summer seasonals should be like. Try and get it while you still can!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:03:34 | More by Adrianized
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a voluminous, four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head has a ton of staying power, lots of lacing is left on the sides of my glass and the head forms a variegated, interesting surface as it slowly subsides. The beer is a hazy, straw / light gold hue that shows flashes of bright yellow when held up to the light. The aroma smells strongly of the hop influence; bright fruit notes of juicy-fruit gum, huge notes of freshly zested lemon peel, lemon pepper, a touch of basil and more of a herbaceous grassy note towards the finish serve as the initial focus. Dried hay and pale cracker like malt character serves as a very subtle backdrop to the hop character up front and becomes a touch more noticeable once you really start to spend a focused session of smelling the beer; the malt can never shake the hop character though and even in the finish is a bright citrus note that makes me think of lemon scented furniture cleaner. While the beer seems dry compared to an IPA, I can't really pinpoint any interesting yeast contributed aromatics in this beer; the nose is nice but I feel like I am missing out on some rustic yeast influence.

This is effervescent to say the least, the beer foams up quite well as it crosses the tongue, though it is not too highly carbonated. The beer feels very dry on the palate, though some of the fruity citrus notes contribute a perception of sweetness even if the malt character is quite dry. Cracker like grain notes and a touch of dried straw are joined by a malt roundness in the middle that is almost sweetness, but really just a malt fullness to the palate that keeps this from being overly thin. This has a very firm bitterness to it from the beginning of each sip (much of this is influenced by the peppery carbonation) and this remains through to the finish all the while being accentuated by the carbonic bite. The juicy hop character contributes notes of Meyer lemon, lightly sweetened lemon zest, a touch of floral tropical fruit character and some menthol notes that numb the tongue a bit. After shaking / swirling the beer to expel some of the carbonation the beer gets softer, with more of a fullness to the body (though still light and quaffable) and my first sip has me noticing some warming alcohol (though this seems to dissipate quickly). The hop character definitely has a certain furniture cleaner quality to it, while I wouldn't characterize it as bad; it might get to be a little much for me if I was drinking this over a long session. Perhaps some rustic phenolic character from the yeast helps to accentuate this character; in fact, after further reflection, I think that some clove and other phenolic notes from the yeast do in fact accentuate this character here. As the beer warms it picks up a touch of a medicinal character in the finish as well as getting spicy with peppery notes, a touch of spicy ginger and even a something a bit like a sage-like note 9this last being influenced by both the hops and the yeast character).

A nice hop focused Saison, which with time will likely become more noticeably fermentation driven; this is more due to the hop character fading, than the yeast character actually becoming greater over time though. I admit that I like this beer so much because I am a sucker for hoppy Saisons; in all honesty this could certainly use a touch more of a characterful yeast / fermentation influence, even though this is certainly in evidence here.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 16:34:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear straw/golden color from a 750 mL bottle, with a gigantic head and some serious carbonation.
Head dissipates slowly to leave some nice lace.
Aroma is all lemony, with hints of bread and yeast coming through intermittently. All in all this is all lemon/citrus in the nose, the way sorachi ace hops should smell.
Taste is very much like the aroma, there is a clear presence of lemon. Crisp and refreshing ale, very refreshing actually.
There is a tartness in the finish which is complimented very well by the carbonation, a very nice clean finish.
This is very drinkable with really good mouthfeel. An excellent rendition of a saison/farmhouse ale.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended. Pairs perfectly with some goat cheese.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 02:55:41 | More by CaptDavyJones
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rtepiak

Poland

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i'm putting this up on the basis of what i had on tap at the hop leaf. by this name exactly. i haven't had all the saisons by brooklyn so it may be differently named perhaps. so if i'm off let someone know.

"Sorachi ace is a little used hop that japanese brewers created by crossing czech saaz w/ UK brewers gold. its now grown in oregon." (some backup info from hopleaf)

the beer was an eccentric saison that pours rather pale golden murky but with a wonderful tight sticky head. nose of rich herbal lemon predominately. lemon grassy, coriander, clove, licorice, and a whole lot of dandelion. rather italian in spice. robust. palate is surprisingly meaty with a lot of chamomile and what would seem like miso soup doughy. deep greens bitter that's earthy mineral but mild when blended with the lemon. although the lemon is vibrant its not very forward. the herbal quality of the beer makes it rather dry with a soft fruit sweet and predominant herbal finish. here along with the herbs do you notice the pollen and the honey of the blend. burps up lemon grass due to the lively carbonation but not bitter. mild sweet honey finish.

all in all a very unique and balanced beer with a malt character and a carbonation that seem to work with its herbal forwardness and unique hop quality. a treat.

had it again a few days later again at the hopleaf... first of the keg.

this time much leaner and not as much murk. not as herbal but just as cream of a head. seems a bit easier to take. very floral this time around. definitely a honey saison with a twist. hops had the same lemon grassy but also very pollen and a very slight sweet pineapple. but not something that made the whole beer sweet. style a large about of flower qualities. chamomile, dandelion, and honeysuckle. much crisper though. clean with only hints of a dense herb. actually quite similar to the Bière De Miel Biologique by dupont this time around outside of the that still unique but interesting miso soup doughy i mentioned earlier. better this time around though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 06:24:52 | More by rtepiak
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Augustiner719

New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a very highly carbonated, yellow, pale cloudy color with a big foamy head that leaves nice lacing. Complexities in the appearance are ridiculous. Smells lemony, with some white pepper, a touch of radish and maybe some light minty pine. Taste is very complex, bitter, astrigenty, then sweet, wheaty, bready and some white pepper on the finish. Dry as can be, perfect substitute for white wine. Nice carbonation, might be a tad too high even but solid. Drinkability is high on this one as its so refreshing. drank nearly the whole bottle myself.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 18:55:27 | More by Augustiner719
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Solid straw golden color. Very cloudy body. Pours with a head of about a finger and a half of bubbly head which subsided but was present the entire time while drinking. Low active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The front is a unique soapy, heavy straw aroma that really carries throughout the aroma. Bready yeast and biting hops are also present.

Taste: The sorachi ace hops make themselves known right away. I love the peppercorn, herbal, ginger, and leafy greens flavors. The earthy yeast characteristics mix very well with what the sorachi ace hops are bringing. There is also a nice fruity body to this beer filled with pears and apricots. The finish is a mild amount of straw and prairie grass with lingering pepper accents.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation especially for a saison. Lots going on in this beer but everything mixes well.

Overall: Sorachi Ace seems like a perfect fit for a saison. Herbal/wild tones of the hops play along well with the strong yeast saison background.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 23:25:31 | More by KFBR392
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GiannaG


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-15-2012 03:47:54 | More by GiannaG
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-17-2012 02:46:58 | More by DWolf
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innominat

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-29-2012 14:55:57 | More by chickenm
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-07-2012 19:08:39 | More by daveytheformer
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eklie

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

12-30-2013 18:38:18 | More by eklie
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dhmxray

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-19-2013 15:26:10 | More by dhmxray
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weonfire

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-26-2012 16:37:43 | More by weonfire
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-18-2013 21:43:50 | More by JamesStreet
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Andragos

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-02-2014 05:53:06 | More by Andragos
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bigsquirrel

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-15-2013 19:56:16 | More by bigsquirrel
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PaulMcQ

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

10-10-2012 22:52:31 | More by PaulMcQ
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Cnorrisl

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-24-2012 17:14:24 | More by Cnorrisl
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freewill35

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

10-30-2012 17:12:39 | More by freewill35
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jheezee

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

12-07-2011 04:29:12 | More by jheezee
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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