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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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648 Reviews

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Reviews: 648
Hads: 2,536
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 22%
Wants: 222
Gots: 584 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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: 648 | Hads: 2,536
Photo of Urk1127
2.56/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

cloudy light amber color. smell is alcohol and yeast. taste is the same but also fruit like. alcohol burn. as if beer could be a hard liqour. My first and maybe last saison. I am not a fan of Belgian style beers

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy light gold color with one finger of white head that disappeared pretty quickly.
S: Yeast, oranges and a bit of funk.
T: Definitely more hoppy than other farmhouse ales I've had, but very smooth and balanced. Very drinkable!
F: Smooth and somewhat velvety mouth feel, finishes with a mild bitterness.
O: This is perfect if you want a bit of hops but don't want to destroy your palate for the rest of the day with a strong IPA. I will definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Andymac28
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

They say miller high life is the champagne of beers? Then this is the DomPerignon of beers! Super duper dry! Lots of carbonation. Smell of grass and lemon. Dirt, bread. T- mostly grass and lemon, some pepper. Would go Amazing with some fresh Striped Bass or any white fish. Different. Would have again BUT only w the cuisine mentioned above.

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Photo of Guden
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly hazy pale yellow with a persistent one finger white head that lasts and lasts, supported by consistent carbonation bubbles and leaving thick lacing.

S- citrus, wheat, lemongrass, hay, sage, savory, pepper. There's a whole lot going on and it's all really good. Smells like a Belgian farmhouse ale meets a Vietnamese entree.

T- a bit more muddled than the nose. Again, lemon, lemongrass, and sage type characters lead the way with some pepperiness in the middle that lingers with a long moderately bitter, moderately funky finish.

M- fairly full bodies for the style and with only moderate carbonation, if there's one downside it's this.

O- an extremely interesting, complex, and enticing beer that draws me back for another long, evocative and transforming sip. A slightly thinner body, more carbonation and a slight decrease in the bitterness might have really put this one over the top, but it's still a very good beer.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the slightly hazy, grain yellow color. thin white head

grains continue in the nose

bananas up front, tart in back. Lingering lemons. Sorachi Ace is an interesting hop, harking back to traditional European hops but a little spicier

Carbonation tingles the tip of the tongue but not overly so. Effervescence continues to rise throughout sitting

Overall an excellent take on a traditional beer without resorting to West Coast hops for a non-traditional spin

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Photo of PGRADY
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very much preferred at 38 degrees or less (warm it didn't taste like all that much to me). Love that it is 7+% and not filling. Overpriced for being sold in a 4-pack

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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 founddrama
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa this beer is interesting as fuck. Complex. Grassy? But not in a bad way? These Sorachi Ace hops have such a novel, earthy profile. Also: a nice big effervescent head; great aromas and color. (RE: "grassy" -- but more like… "lemongrassy".)


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Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/10/15 (Draft - The Laughing Man Washington DC) Pale light blonde pour, minimal head, mild carbonation. Slight fruit and lemon grassy hops scent. Mild taste, lemon and citrus noticeable, hops shined through. Mild carbonation, light texture. Overall good beer.

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Photo of jfugeman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a thick fluffy white head. Aroma is very sweet and perfumey with notes of roses, grapefruit, and a hint of spice. Taste is much dryer than would be expected based on the aroma, starts almost buttery but with a hint of rose, transitions to a dry and slightly bitter finish. Hop notes are very complex, at times spicy and at others very floral and a bit fruity. Mouthfeel is creamy/buttery but slightly sharp.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lemony spicy nose with light fruit and traces of pepper, light grains and white bread. Pours hazy gold under a 1” white long lasting fluffy head with very uniform, fine bubbles that produce classic cathedral window lacing. A spicy lemony peach palate with traces of white bread lingers. Finishes slightly dry with a bitter hop accent. Creamy full to medium full body and mouth feel, medium high carbonation, effervescent. Well balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Almost matches the great Belgians w a smokey golden color with a massive head, good stickage, and lots of lace

S: Amazing. Mostly floral, with lemongrass from Sorachi hops rising from a peppery, saison-classic, spicy, yeasty back drop.

T: Follows the smell, but more assertive. The core is sweet, biscuity against which the floral notes, bright lemongrass, jasmine, spice cabinet, and white pepper rise.
Finish is all at once, sweet, herbaceous and bitter. Nice

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation, great finish. Original.

MUST TRY next to Duval and other Belgians. Amazingly well done, one of Brooklyn's best.

Drinkability: I really like this beer; perhaps I would prefer it to be just a tad dryer but that is only a quibble

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: hazy yellow with a small head that looks creamy

S: clove spice smell, with a little lemon and a pilsner smell to it

T: lemon a little grass and a touch of cinnamon on the finish

M: fairly crisp beer a little bit refreshing

O: This beer is quite good and different you think the Belgian yeast is going to be huge in this like in most beers but it hits your tongue and it's a little hoppy Lemony and then bam it's gone in a wash of mild clove spiciness. This beer is so different it's really good.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both well developed. Somewhat of a farmhouse aroma with a little bit of a spicy zest and slight lemon. Bready taste up front with a somewhat spicy hop and a lemon aftertaste. Light bodied taste. Not a bad beer but definitely had a lot better.

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Photo of Zahmzwickler
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Acquisition: 02.25.2015 - Bottle Bar, Frankford Avenue - PHL 19125

(Appearance) Very Nice. Straw yellow, slightly cloudy, big pillowy head with decent lacing.

(Aroma) Nice. The aroma changes quickly, early bananas, spice, slight citrus. Later the funk begins to shine, erasers, toast. In this sample the Sorachi hops didn't really shine? I assume my presumption expected limoncello, not the brewery's fault, my fault.

(Taste) Very Nice. This beer is polite and gentle, mouth feel is velvty soft and drinks without demanding attention. Carbonation is perfect. The bitterness is balanced and the malt is not lost, sweet although dry. Alcohol is wonderfully non-existance.

(Overall) I like this beer, alot! I bet Garrett Oliver never anticipated making a beer like this, thank goodness for Brooklyn gentrification.....sorry New Yorkers you deserve it and you can handle it. I would love to drink this fresh in Brooklyn!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden orange hazy with a huge white foamy head.
Smells lemons and hop.
Tastes a lemon grass hop with that Belgian dank finish. The hop and lemon blen quite well.
Feel- this stuff goes down well. Very refreshing and crisp with that little bite.
O- Great beer. A very unique beer. Could drink several of these. Refreshing.

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Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard good things about this one in the past and I finally saw it locally.

A - Slightly cloudy bright gold. Cloudy with a good 1" pillowy white head with good lacing.

S - Initially the Belgian tart character hits but is accompanied by a lemony punch, sweet grain, and fresh dank hops. There is more Belgian phenolic character than hops but it is a nice combination.

T - Again the aroma resonates with the classic Saison character first and then the rush of lemon that is from the hops, the yeast, and acidic carbonation. Also has subtle hints of spice and grain but not the main attraction. The finish is clean to slightly sweet and a Belgian tone that is pretty tasty.

M - Light mouth-feel. Has high carbonation. The light body make this brew refreshing with a soft finish that is lemony.

Overall, this is a very good Saison with pronounced lemon flavors. Definitely not my favorite style and I have had other Belgian beers with more hops that I liked more but it is very drinkable. Not top 50 material but if you like Belgians and pale ales this is definitely worth a try.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque cast gold, with a straight white head, fine grained bubbles. Persistent, with substantial lacing.

S - Spicy lemon notes, a touch of funky barnyard.

T - Follows the nose, with grass, white pepper, lemon highlights, minerality.

M - Crisp, clean and with mild drying.

O - A nice, balanced brew which includes standard farmhouse tropes (grass, spice, funk) and a pleasant lemony hit from the sorachi ace. Tasty.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into shaker pint. Gushing foamy white head towers over clear yellow liquid. Some lacing is left after it settles. Aroma is of lemons, lemongrass, hay, grass, white pepper, spice, and cracker. Taste follows with the lemon flavors dominating and cracker-dry malts coming on the finish. A light body that’s inflated by the foamy mouth-filling foam, crisp and slightly creamy texture, highly carbonated, dry finish.

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Photo of ranger7
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Some carbonation with large head, quick dissipation. Good lacing. Hazy yellow body.
S: flowery, Coriander.
T: crisp, citrus, lemon.
F: thin, easy drinker, dry finish.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Hazy golden. Fine-bubbled white head settles shortly. Spotty lacing.

S: Lemongrass, pulpy lemon, pithy. Big yeasty undertones, peppery, perfume. Cracker and shortbread malt.

T: Lemony, lemon grass, lemon head candy, very herbal. Jasmine. Yeasty and earthy. Slightly medicinal. Juicy tropical fruits. Simple toasty and grainy malt base. Dry. Yeasty, herbal, and lemony finish.

M: Medium bodied. Round, creamy, and a little chewy in that floury yeast type of way. Fluffy. Very smooth and enjoyable feel.

O: With a neutral malt character, this beer is all about the interplay of the Belgian yeast strain and the unique Sorachi Ace hops. The hopping itself brings enough complexity to drive the beer and keep the drinker interested throughout the session, but the yeast character adds much too. It really gets its hooks into you and draws you in with each sip. As far as pairings go this is an absolute slam dunk with sushi.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head lingers leaving a ton of sticky lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, white pepper, and lemongrass.

T - Taste is lemongrass, Belgian yeast, light sweet malts, and citrus. The finish has some lingering white pepper.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very well done Saison. The lemon dominates the flavor. This would be awesome for a summer day.

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Photo of Andrew041180
2.84/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From the second I poured this beer I didn't really like it. Too yellow. Not enough carbonation. Smell was decent, but nothing I wanted to linger over. The beer did improve as it warmed, but only enough to allow me to finish drinking the bottle. Too bitter, almost caustic. Not really dry. Aside from all those negatives I didn't like the flavor, although I can see how that would be a subjective element to this beer. Maybe something went haywire with the first bottling for 12 oz 4-packs? Glad I only bought the single.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque orange gold color with a thick fluffy white head, with good lacing

Smell: Citrus, lemongrass, light malts

Taste: More citrus and lemongrass, Light malts, drying finish

Feel: Light to medium body, extreme carbonation

Overall: A good American Saison, but not as much of the farmhouse flavors that make the style so special. It gets better as it warms and the carbonation dies down

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Photo of leantom
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, this is quite a novel beer. Here goes:

A: Pours cloudy yellow with a small head. While the lacing is good, beers of this type usually have a much larger head than this one. Also, the carbonation is less than in other saisons. just 'meh.'

S: Wow, smell is great. Ton of citrus, lemongrass, white pepper. Belgian yeast also imparts scents of clove, grainy bread, and spices. Exquisite.

T: Hops are good but a little muted relative to the smell. Fortunately, the bready Belgian yeast really makes presence known. Well-balanced beer between the hops, yeast, and malt.

F: Good.

O: A good beer. Some drawbacks, but a very original saison.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.