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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,938 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 168
Gots: 268 | FT: 9
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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5/5  rDev +21.7%

chcfan, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

AgingWarrior, Jan 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

thedoer, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

penguins87, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a fluffy, stark white head on tops of a clear light gold body. The head is like meringue. I LIKE IT!

Aromas of lemon pepper. Oh, and lemon. A shandy without the sugary sweet smell. Reminds me of a Chicago-favorite candy - lemonheads. As it warms up, the "lemonhead" connection becomes more pronounced. Also, a touch of freshly mown grass.

Tastes...oh...my...god! Lemon peal, herbally, a slight pepper note. Very slight sweetness. This is very nice.

Mouthfeel is dry and peppery. Quenches your thirst, but begs for another sip.

Drinkability is very high. I could sit and drink this all day without getting mouth fatigue. Very nice beer. Seek this one out.

JamnesCameron, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

C&C 750 mL ~ Classy looking bottle.

Appearance- Poured into an etched glass. Light slightly hazy golden color with a huge rocky bone white head. Tons of active carbonation, insane head retention and lacing. Stunning! Perfect 5.

Smell- Lots of lemon on the nose. A lot of grass and hay. A bit tart. Very earthy, some barnyard, a whiff of funk.

Taste- Filthy good! Tons of lemon/lemon grass on the tounge, the Sorachi's are doing their job, Well. There is some tart green apple and orange rind. Under that is a dry hay like quality and some very slight funky notes. Barnyard and some leather; a faint peppery spice as well. The bottle refermented Champagne yeast is adding additional fruity flavor, as well as drying this out and making it extremely crisp.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation, but the body is still medium. Very nice. A tad tart on the sides of the tounge.

Overall- God damn this is a fine beer. The Champagne refermentation is an awsome concept for this style. I am still waiting for my first perfect 5.0 beer, but this is the closest I have found! Its to bad this is a very limited beer.

JLeege, Jan 14, 2011
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4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a beautiful bomber into a pint glass.

Thick two inch rocky head a top of a cloudy yellow bed of straw, thick ample lacing.

Smells like walking into a Japaniese brothel(one can only imagine) total Sorachi hop aroma a mist a wonderful yeasty-fruity blend; very Farmhouse in it's characteristics.

Taste is delightfully resreshing and light. A perfect blend of Soriachi hops, wheat and fruity esters. Smooth...

Quaffable and most enjoyable. Extreme drinkability makes this one dangerous to session with at 7.6% ABV.

My hat off to Mr. Oliver! Thank you...

GordonQuid, Jul 07, 2010
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4.92/5  rDev +19.7%

TomT2, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
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.

vfgccp, Dec 20, 2010
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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!

drpimento, Aug 27, 2010
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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.

Brian, Feb 26, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +18.7%

bforchet, Aug 17, 2014
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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.

megahurts4, Oct 09, 2010
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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.

FightingEntropy, Aug 27, 2011
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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.

bobsy, Jan 15, 2011
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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.

rdickey, Mar 16, 2013
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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.

diamondc, Jan 15, 2012
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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.

lumikuuro, Sep 05, 2010
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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.

ChuckHardslab, Sep 16, 2013
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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

cosmicevan, Aug 01, 2012
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4.76/5  rDev +15.8%

alfaroe2, Oct 12, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +15.8%

stuartdrinkinggoodbeer, Nov 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

ShawneeIrish, Apr 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Oboogie, Jun 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

DrIPA, Jun 19, 2013
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,938 ratings.