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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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92
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1,715 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,715
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 151
Gots: 189 | 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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vfgccp

New York

4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Amazing head with copious lacing and fantastic retention. Opaque honey color.

S - Honey, bready malt, muscado, moss, touch of citrus

T - Simply delicious. Barny notes, hay, light toast, wheaty yeast, moss, mild sweet citrus. Mild hop bitters round out the finish.

M - Perfect carbonation. Medium light body. Smooth mouthfeel.

D - Deliciously drinkable.

O - I love the style and this is the best saison I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 04:34:50 | More by vfgccp
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a fabulous beer! Served at proper temperature. Poured with a good sized, white, foamy, frothy head that lasts a while and a bit of lace. Color is a clear medium yellow. Aroma is yeast, fresh hop that smells like weed, malt, grain, fruit and a bit of citrus. Flavor is similar but with the hop tasting only like fresh hop; good pungency which is true to style and a little sweetness in there to balance it all. Body is perfect mouth filling and almost champagne carbonation. Finish is like flavor and short except for the great burps! Wish I had more to make it a session. This is superb!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 19:52:12 | More by drpimento
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Brian


4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never tasted a beer with this flavor. It was very smooth and full bodied, almost a hybrid of a wheat beer and rich pilsner. Apparently there is lemon and citrus flavor in this beer, however it is so smooth I did not find it to have any bitterness. My experience was that it had a rich vanilla-like flavor. Extremely unique beer compared with your typical summer pilsner or hoppy ale. Highly recommended, you will enjoy every drop.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 18:21:25 | More by Brian
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Appearance: Amber-yellow with a huge pillowy head and some lacing.

Smell: Yeast, hops, slight spice, and citrus.

Taste: Hops, slight yeast, subtle citrus, and malts.

Mouthfeel: Almost malty, yet smooth and medium bodied.

Overall:
This is a MUST TRY saison! It is a very well balanced beer with delicious hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 05:24:44 | More by megahurts4
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle from Petschens, and very happy with Brooklyn again. Hazy shimmering gold beer with a lingering white head. Drank it the same day I bought it, so didn't let it settle out, so I may be the cause of the hazy part. Gorgeous complex lemongrass, citrus nose and strong peppery spice that is clean and multi-layered at the same time. Carbon tang on the tongue and the yeast and spice fills the mouth fully. Dry finished that accents the hops. Brewed with rare Japanese Sorachi hops (according to the website), the lemony character is intrinsic to the hop. I'm a fan and would love to get some more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:00:42 | More by FightingEntropy
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been after this one for a while.

Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of white head. Excellent retention and lacing down to the last sip. Stunning looking beer. Big lemongrass, vanilla and spice nose. Fresh and complex at the same time. Clean pilsner malt base forms the launching pad for a symphony of flavours, with grass and lemon coming through strong. A powerful vanilla oakiness almost makes this feel barrel aged, and takes it to the next level. The sorachi has an excellent character, which is nicely showcased in this brew. Dry, medium bodied and with a billowy carbonation. Nigh on perfect.

Thanks to Troy for sharing this gem.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 19:09:54 | More by bobsy
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A slightly too-rough pour reveals a pale straw colored beer, somewhat cloudy, capped by a massive white head. The head persists for a while, and leaves rings of white lacing as I work my way through the glass.

Smell: Lemons are front and center, but they are capably joined by black pepper, a mild funk and a faint hint of bubble gum.

Taste: Wow, this is a keeper. The thing that most strikes me about the beer is that it’s a coherent package – the lemons from the hops continue to be featured, but everything works together so well that you don’t think “oh, a lemon beer.” Aside from the lemon, there’s a certain earthiness and grassiness, as well as traditional Belgian spice. It all works exceptionally well together.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp, with relatively high carbonation. Again, it just works.

Drinkability: Quite high; I’d characterize it as sessionable but the ABV is just a tad high for that. Still, this is going to become a part of my regular rotation. Just exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 21:28:36 | More by rdickey
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diamondc

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super pale. Huge head and some decent lacing.

S: Amazing. I've never smelled anything like this from a beer before. Lavender, lemon oil, apricots, wax.

T: The lemongrass flavor dominates everything. There are some decent grainy malt and orange citrus notes to not make this so one-dimensional. Reminds me of a amped up witbier mixed with a saison.

M: Bubbly, quaffable. A real big flavor with a light body.

O: This one is flat out great. The best Brooklyn beer I've had so far. This one is more expensive than the Local 1/2 though so who knows when I'll buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 08:31:18 | More by diamondc
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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow ochre with huge off white head with amazing retention, leaving some thick patches of lace. The head is meringue like in texture and likes to form mountains and craters.

Aroma: Yeasty, rich lemon pie and zest, some lemongrass.

Taste: Yeasty, rich lemon pie and zest, some lemongrass. Hints of orange and sweet grapefruit. Some pepper. Very prickly but refined hop behaviour. A little tartness balances the modest sweetness. Abv well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderately dry. That prickly hop sensation is very enjoyable. Very crisp and refreshing from the champagne yeast.

Drinkability: A very nice beer that showcases the unusual flavours of the sorachi ace hop. Worth buying a second bottle to age.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 01:42:02 | More by lumikuuro
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ChuckHardslab

Texas

4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass. It pours a beautiful slightly hazy straw color with a thick bright white head that settles into a thin cap.

The smell is lemon citrus with a hint of grass. These is a slight pleasant funk. The taste reminds me of being in a field on a summer morning. There is a light sweetness at the start with a blast of lemon from the hops and some fruitiness. The finish is clean, dry and refreshing. There's a hint of a pepper with pleasant alcohol warmth. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:48:14 | More by ChuckHardslab
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cosmicevan

New York

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

when on saw this available for growler fills I simply could not pass this up. enjoyed several pours in my brooklyn snifter on 7/9 while I was "on Hiatus."

a - just like the bottled version, it poured a golden yellow with champagne-like carbonation and a thick 3 finger frothy head with super sticky lacing.

s - candy and bubblegum. perfect for the summer weather. crisp and vibrant with some peppery fruit.

t - saison maximus. one if the better ones out there. great soft white pepper fruitiness. candy and bubblegum.

m - Silky and smooth with an undeniable zest.

d - Fantastic. One of my fav saisons. glad they made it year round and delighted to get this in growler. a true masterpiece and a must try for any fan of beer.

Serving type: growler

Serving type: growler

08-01-2012 01:39:14 | More by cosmicevan
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ShawneeIrish

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

04-26-2013 20:34:29 | More by ShawneeIrish
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

06-27-2012 13:26:48 | More by Oboogie
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DrIPA

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

06-19-2013 01:02:02 | More by DrIPA
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disruptor32

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

05-29-2012 01:39:56 | More by disruptor32
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jhawkjedi

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

04-04-2012 19:13:52 | More by jhawkjedi
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splittheaces

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

01-15-2014 00:58:27 | More by splittheaces
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

05-25-2013 15:16:19 | More by BlueMoon10
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Jonbw

Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

01-14-2014 04:06:52 | More by Jonbw
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

03-05-2013 03:27:22 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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mepenete

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

12-19-2013 03:53:23 | More by mepenete
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ScottWaltz

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

09-16-2012 13:44:39 | More by ScottWaltz
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bspain5

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

06-08-2012 02:06:00 | More by bspain5
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robnolan

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

05-21-2012 15:07:47 | More by robnolan
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KELPAK

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

07-23-2013 21:07:57 | More by KELPAK
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,715 ratings.