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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 2,492
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 220
Gots: 547 | 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: 645 | Hads: 2,492
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, a farmhouse ale using the rare hop variety.

Pours a clear straw, bone white crackling head. Aroma of lemon juice and rind upfront. Alittle bit of spicy Belgian yeast with a bready aroma as well. In the flavor, a crisp biting lemony hop, some earthyness, champagne like in the finish. Belgian yeast in full force with must, pepper and mild pear notes. Super dry, aggressive carbonation. Mild doughy character, spice and a good helping of citrus, hop and funk. Overall, an interesting and unique brew with well rounded flavor. Worth trying.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored pour, two finger white head.

S: Spicey and a little funky. Yeasty characteristics are balanced by grassy hops.

T: Spice up front leading into lemon peel and biscuity malt. Hops are present more so than any saison Ive had. This is my first beer with sorachi hops, they seem pretty grassy to me, at least in this application. Maybe a more basic brew utilizing sorachi would reveal some intricacies.

M/D: MF is surprisingly thick despite ample carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, enjoyable overall.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the buckeye beer engine,poured into a pint glass.slightly cloudy yellow with not much head or lacing.nose is fresh lemonzest and a bit of sourness.

taste is upfront lemon-citrus,slightly tart with a crisp and dry finish.i picked up a very slight diacetyl buttery-ness,but it went away as the beer warmed up.

medium-light body,lively carbonation.adds alot to the drinkability.pretty good,not as good as what i was thinking it would be.

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Photo of telecomz
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden. Uneven head, good lacing.

S- Grassy, hoppy. Strong nose. Expected more lemon notes as is so common in other reviews. I myself didn't fiun d it as pronounced.

T- Nicely bitter with some yeast. Malt is non-existent.

M- Nice effervescence. Heavier mouth and more viscous than I expected. Not unctuous but not light.

D- Very good beer. I will cellar a case.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 9.4 FLUID OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It pours a pale yellow color and hazy. It has thousands of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to feed the persistent white head that leaves some lacing.

I get some lemon. No funk. No tartness. No pepper. Seems lacking in aromas.

The taste has a little of that dank basement, mildew/mold that I expect out of my saisons. I get the lemon too.

Thin and effervescent mouthfeel

At first I thought this beer was boring and tasteless, but the lemon builds, and it has become a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of kenstogie
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good as in very good beer.... lighter and very carbonated you do pick up on a lemony citrusy thing, great for summer. Has some kick forma lighter beer. Hides the abv quite well.

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Photo of babaracas
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy gold, thin, fizzy white head; thin ring retained with a few dots of lace down the glass. Smell: grassy and sweetly floral, fruity (apple, unripe pear), dried lemon peel, orange. Taste: candied lemon peel, grassy, sugar cookie, spicy and drying finish. Sorachi Ace is well showcased; otherwise it's a bit sweet and could use a little something else going on. But tasty and high on the croosh scale.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very grassy, earthy saison (positive, for sure) that gets slightly bogged down in Sorachi Ace. Still, an interesting beer that's well representative of the style and has a boozy overtone as well at 7.2% ABV (comes through more in the saison than that would normally). Maybe not a repeat, but as a one-time thing, you could do much worse.

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Photo of Naugled
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From champagne bottle to tulip.

Hazy dark yellow body with high carbonation and foamy white head. Typical for this style, nothing special to see here.

Aroma is very spicy and lemony with some green fresh herb notes. Very aromatic.

Flavor is very perfumy with white peppercorns and intense lemon. Very intense flavor, almost chemical like pledge spray wax. A bit heavy on this, I think it would be better toned down.

Rich soft slippery mouth feel.

Drinkable as a novelty, but certainly not something you want a few glasses of. This is a very interesting hop which needs the right combination of ingredients to be palatable, but I don't think this is it.

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Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours a hazy bronze color with a nice white head. Flowery fruity hoppiness on the nose with some lemon and grass. Some honeyed malt comes through as well as some phenols, maybe a bit too much of the latter. Grassy flavor with mild esters, lemon, honey, and a crackery finish. A little sweet; a bit drier and this could be great. Right now it’s pretty good.

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Photo of fear025
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:Lemongrass, apple, spicy phenols, white pepper, sage.

Appearance:Yellow in color, amazing head with ok retention, fair lacing.

Taste:This beer is rather subtle. There's a fair amount of white pepper flavor in the foretaste, along with mild lemon. The hops in this beer are a little spicy, and less bitter. Subtle malt flavors. There is a dry finish on the aftertaste, with minty notes.

Mouthfeel:Light body, low alcohol heat. Very high carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a refreshing, medium spicy ale with a lot of complexity. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Mikus
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, straw color with about 2 fingers of marshmallow-soft white head. Aromas of the Belgian yeast (spicy and a hint peppery), some lemon grass, lemon, celery? This is a unique hop for sure. Delicious farm-style with really unique notes combined with well-intentioned balance. Slightly dry finish with some lingering notes of the lemongrass. This is a winner.

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Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with me by BA okcomputer, thanks Justin! Poured into goblet. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a medium white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma had a very nice grain base supporting some citrus notes and had a very good yeast spiciness scent as well. On the tongue, the beer featured many of the same attributes. Grain, spice, citrus mostly, with a tang of hops floating around the edges.

The body was very good, full, round, smooth & sharp at the same time, with a nice level of carbonation on the tongue. Drinkabilty was also very good, I would have enjoyed the bottle by myself. Overall, another very good brew from the gang at Brooklyn. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A light yellow to amber colored brew with a minimal white head but ample carbonation, sparkly and with a champagne-like mouthfeel. Aroma extremely bright, fruity, and vegetal, redolent with lemon zest, green herbs, yeast-derived spicy notes, and a dry nutty earthiness, perhaps a tad musty. Palate is unique, a combination of more typical earthy, spicy flavors characteristic of classic saisons and assertive herbal/citrus hops, as one would expect from a beer billed as a single-hop showcase. The pilsener malt and nutty yeast elements are present but take a back seat to vibrant cilantro, lemon grass, and spice seed flavors that make for a memorable and perhaps polarizing taste experience. There is also a root cellar earthy peppery spice lurking in there, with a floral perfume and some alcohol peeking through at times. Crisp and dry, body is just shy of middling and the lack of sweetness becomes more apparent as one proceeds through a pint. Approach this one in the right mindset and you'll be intrigued by some unusual flavors. Sorachi Ace is a distinctive hop.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp beer that featured lemon or lemongrass with hints of coriander. Small bubbles in the head yielded way to a thin film of foam. Very good beer that I will revisit.

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Photo of kevanb
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy golden lemon color, light hues of copper and peach, cloudy with minimal glass activity. The beer boasts a thick, white, soapy head, about two fingers tall that has nice retention and leaves thin spots of lace behind. The aroma is pleasant, lemon citrus, nice estery yeast that brings out some berry fruit and stone fruit, barnyard, grassy floral character, peppercorn and crusty cereal grain. The flavors echo the nose well, lots of pepercorn and lemon rind, nice balance, the lemongrass aspect really pops with this beer, a bit dirty, the barnyard is more potent on the tongue, less fruit flavor and a crustier malt profile, still pale and biscuity, but just more tough and toasty. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, lively, zippy, zesty, light prickliness from the carbonation, which is medium to high, and finishes easily with a bit of a dry bite.

Verdict: A nice saison from Brooklyn, the Sorachi Ace hop definitely is the focus, lots of lemon grass, citrus flavor but it also has that characteristic pepper and earthy flavor that fits in nicely with the saison. This hop has generally been my least favorite hop for a standard american pale ale or IPA, but it lends itself nicely to this beer.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy burnished gold in color with a thick and lasting white fluffy head. Lemon zest, pepper and soapy aroma.

Taste: opens up spicy and crisp, follows up with a hint of malty sweetness, finishes with strong pepper and lemon zest and even some soapiness with hints of pear in the background. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy head helps balance out the very light body to this beer. Crisp carbonation and astringency makes the finish a bit harsh.

Overall: I want to like this beer more than I actually do. I love saison-style ales and unique hops, but the hops dominate this one a bit too much, covering up the saison yeast character. The harsh finish drops the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of Rpm0003
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting saison. Pours very pale yellow with huge frothy foam head. Smells strong of lemon with maybe a hint of pepper. Taste is peculiar. Big hit of lemon upfront, with a very malty/peppery and bitter aftertaste. I don't know that I liked it on my initial sip, but the bitter finish dissipated halfway through my first beer and I enjoyed it more as I drank it. I would drink it again, but I feel there's better saison's out there. Maybe just a bit too bitter for my taste...

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Photo of angelmonster
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 2 inch ultra white head. Body is a hazy, lemon-yellow color. Lots of bubbles and carbonation, head retention and lacing are great.

First smell is of spicy yeast, peppercorns, and clove. Also hints of straw malt and lemongrass. Hops are really light and alcohol isn't detected.

Taste is light and crisp, with lots of spice and pepper bite. A lemony twang is also in the mix, with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Not getting much hops, some citrus, light malts round out the beer.

Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, and astringent. Head contributed a little to the beer.

Overall this is a semi sessionable, refreshing beer. Would pair great with salads or lemongrass chicken/asian food. Not my favorite style but its a solid beer and glad I tried it.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale and slightly cloudy yellow. White head, good retention and a bit of lacing.

S: Lemony, grassy, funky with lots of underlying Belgian yeast.

T/M: Lemony and hoppy up front. Then a bit of spice and some musty yeasty notes. The finish is back to the lemon with a lingering bready, yeasty quality. Smooth and quite creamy.

O: A really interesting saison variation with a nice, distinctive hop character from the sorachi varietal. Tasty and subtle.

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Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a cloudy golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that reduced down to a medium cap and had excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral and grassy hops and a funky Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), green apple, and a bit of spice.

The taste was lightly sweet and rather creamy with a hint of citrus, and a mild fruity ester from the onset, progressing into a mild bitter yeasty taste with a light spicy finish. The flavor stuck around for a little while with the spicy fruity taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a creamy and slightly dry texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall a nice crisp tasting brew with all components working harmoniously together, which did a great job of concealing the high somewhat ABV making this one very enjoyable drinking experience...


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Photo of popery
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These Sorachi Ace hops are quite odd. The underlying saison seems well-made, but I'm on the fence about this hop strain and the hops are rather strong. The beer is a pale yellow with a foamy white head. Good looking, but that's not really atypical of the style. The aroma is a bright splash of lemongrass/grass/herbal hops. It's sweet-tart citric with some fruity peppercorns, as well. The yeast aroma is muted but nice. The grain seems good and fresh, but it's overpowered by the hops. The taste starts bright and sweet but ends quite dry and with a tartly bitter hop bite. It's oddly soapy, like a lemongrass hand soap, and I sort of enjoy it. Mouthfeel is full but light - interesting use of champagne yeast for bottling. Definitely easy to drink for the abv. It's a very good beer that I fear I'm rating a bit low, but saison is a strong style.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Woodlands Tavern on 5/24/12

Pale, dull golden yellow; maybe a tad dirty. Slightly hazy. One finger cap of foam. Thin retention, but thick trails of lace.

Smells really nice with a slew of cracklin' lemon tones: lemon zest and lemon grass. Floral hops and prairie grass, too. Notes of cotton candy and banana as it opens up. Maybe some tart apple. Hints of clean grains.

The taste is much of the same, though with more of a fruity penchant. Juicy apple and fruity esters mix with zesty lemon hops and prairie grass freshness. Hints of toasty grain, but there's no doubt this is about the hops and twangy yeast.

Moderately light body with a crisp, distinct feel. Carbonation is punchy. The finish is clean.

Overall, this is darn tasty and very easy to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of sitarist
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF, thanks to richbrew fot this treat.

It pours a pale, cloudy, yeast infected piss yellow. Lots of tiny bubbles rise up to a half of a glass white head. The head takes its time falling, it leaves a cap with little lacing.

Smells like lemon-pepper marinade. I smell faint hints of lemon zest, lemon-grass, and spice. Its aroma reminds me of a Berliner Weissbier not a Saison.

Flavor follows the nose...Lemon, and lemon-grass up front with a mild peppery finish.

Medium body with ample carbonation, and a very dry finish.

Though it wasnt what I wanted for the style; I still had no problem knocking out 750ml.

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Photo of pugbutter
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very, very bizarre; while it's in your mouth it's got a cloying, banana Laffy Taffy sort of profile, but one you swallow there's a big kick of black pepper bitterness. The lemonade-yellow color does nothing to dispel the oddness.

It's growing on me.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.