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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,835 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,835
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 158
Gots: 237 | FT: 7
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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Photo of plfahey
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden yellow color with high clarity. Moderate white head with fairly high retention.

Aroma-Fresh hop aroma-with spicy, herbal, and citric notes. Some interesting yeast notes as well, with spicy phenolics and pungent, earthy Belgian funk. On the whole, quite fresh with slight grassy hints and a slightly sweet, slightly tropical fruit smell-maybe mango or papaya. Slightly bready malt character lies underneath. Complex and very good.

Flavor-Lemon peel and white pepper, dirt, pungent earthiness, and sweet herbs. There's a lot going on, and it's hard to pick it all apart. The flavor takes a long time to unfold on the palate, but a few seconds in, the yeast character back off just a bit, allowing a light bready malt to show through, but only for an instant before hop bitterness sweeps in. Finishes with moderately high hop bitterness and a resurgence of lemon, spices, and yeast character.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with high carbonation-explosively effervescent. Carbonation is still relatively soft of the palate.

This is a fantastic American interpretation of a Saision, and I think the Sorachi Ace hops work very nicely. Absurdly complex and delicious. I've come to expect a lot from Brooklyn beers, and this one definitely delivers.

plfahey, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow with a decent white foamy head on it.

Smelled like orange and lemon peel.

The taste is citrus and hops all the way. There's a decent hit of flavor but there is no lingering aftertaste that develops. Its very simple and to the point.

The carbonation is present but doesn't kill. Kind of a citrus prick to the tongue as well.

This beer is good, quite refreshing and simple and I think that's why I like it so much.

cjacobsen, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of mdvatab
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into bordeaux glass.

Aroma: A prominent lemony citrus-tea tartness from the Sorachi Ace hop. The aroma profile which evolves from tart to spicy over time, and there is also some noticeable funky brett in there as well.

Appearance: A thick, white 3 finger pillow of light foam, which leaves excellent lacing on the glass. Body is a hazy golden yellow with a tinge of orange. Effervesence is visible through the side of the glass. Unmistakeably a saison!

Flavor: Similar to aroma profile. At first, the flavor struck me as being a mix of tart, lemony hop with some underlying white-peppery bitterness. The beer evolved in the glass, though, and presented some graham cracker-like sweetness, and some yeasty spiciness. Toward the end of the glass, I really began picking up on a wild horse blanket note from the brett. Definitely an enjoyable ride flavor-wise.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-to-high crisp carbonation. Slight estery pepperiness.

Overall: I wasn't sure about this one at first, but found it to be highly enjoyable. Saisons normally have quite a bit to think about in the areas of aroma & flavor, and this one definitely did as well. A very refreshing brew for a hot day. I'd recommend this one as a potential pairing for any dish w/ which you might consider a pinot grigio or even a sauvignon blanc!

mdvatab, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Kolsch
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.

Kolsch, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, May 28, 2010
Photo of Adrianized
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!

Adrianized, May 23, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of CaptDavyJones
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.

CaptDavyJones, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
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.

rtepiak, Jul 29, 2009
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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.

Augustiner719, Jul 12, 2010
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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.

KFBR392, Oct 20, 2013
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