Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,365 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,365
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 212
Gots: 485 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this courtesy of a generous BA (millah- thanks man!) Poured into Darkness goblet.

A: pours a translucent hazy yellow/ orange. Dense white head with considerable lacing and good retention.

S: the front features some funky farmhouse notes along with notes of grass and a huge lemon character. The citrus melds nicely with the funky saison character.

T: the front of the palate features some fruity sweetness, cereal grains, followed by big notes of lemon zest, slightly tart. The Sorachi Ace lends a very unique hop profile which works well with the style.

MF: thin body, high carbonation, effervescent

D: this is a nice refreshing Saison, it almost reminds me of a Berliner Weisse with it's acidity and refreshing qualities. Very nice.

Photo of tbeckett
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Potsdam IGA.

A - Slightly hazy golden colour. Very effervescent. Two finger fluffy, rocky white head. Cool chunks of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Lemony, grassy hop, grain, some booze. Really nice lemon and grassy combo. Strong aroma of that grass and lemon.

T - More lemon, some intereting boozy orange or lemon notes, a little grassy. A neat little sorta funk. A lovely combo. Slightly subdued compared to the aroma but still very nice.

M - A really nice strong carbonation with a medium body and a lemony finish.

O/D - A nice Saison. American take with extra hops and a little a grassy note. Nice and very drinkable. Really solid. Pleasure to have had this.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice pale golden color with a slight haze to it. There is a huge and very retentive pure white head that is about 3 inches tall and has very dense bubbles. (4.0)

S - Aroma starts off with some nice fluffy grain and some slight bready notes. Very delicious clove notes and some slight spices to it. There is some good yeast funk as well and the grain notes are quite earthy and slightly grassy. There is some mild hop character as well. (4.5)

T & M - Beer starts light and fluffy start with clean flavors. There is some nice earthy and grainy malt notes to start. These are mixed in well with some slight yeasty chalky notes. There is some nice funk and some slight phenols that are balanced well with the grain notes. There is some great spice to the bear as well as some slight lemony freshness. The hop profile is quite nice and dry with some nice bitterness and some slight citrus to it. The freshness and cleanness of the beer is what really makes it. Great overall flavors that make the beer very enjoyable are well crafted and delicious. (4.0)(4.0)

D - A very drinkable beer that has some delicious flavors that meld very well together but are very well crafted. The ABV is not too crazy either. (4.5)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml cage-corked bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow color with a three-finger head of bubbly, white carbonation with adequate carbonation and a bit of sticky lace.

S: Super herbal, lemongrass hop aroma with a lot of mowed lawn and skunky, sweet citrus scents.

T: Spicy, effervescent and light Belgian sugar flavor up front followed by a citrus and bitter alcoholic taste that leads into a minty, ginger, yeast and wheat malt finish with lingering, grassy, herbal and flowery hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied, bubbly and effervescent on the tongue; perfect to lift away the fats of a dish and compliment acidic notes.

D: A light, flavorful saison accentuated by the grassy, herbal, lemony notes of the Sorachi Ace hop varietal. With flavors bordering on a Belgian Tripel, this near 8% ABV saison has a lot of character and rare street cred to boot. The Sorachi Ace hop is used well here as the arm candy to the lemony, spicy, light flavors of this well-crafted saison.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Came to me a nice looking hazy golden color with a finger and a half of white head. Nice lacing.

S: The hops are right up front and it is interesting. Quite a bit of citrus with lemon more detectable than anything else. Little saison funk with some pepper and ginger

T: The hops were enjoyable and different which is why I think this beer has as high reviews as it does. Quite a bit of pepper and some phenols as well.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Light and refreshing. Quite dry in the finish.

D: I liked this beer but it is not really a saison as the bartender pointed out. Somewhere betweeen a tripel and a Belgian IPA. Still a decent beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"A Smith and Wesson always beats 4 aces."

--anonymous

Summer sunshine haystack gold with a massive crown of alabaster colored froth that filled at least 80% of the glass on the pour. Fine bubbles are plentiful, which leads to plenty of persistence. This is lovely looking beer.

Sorachi Ace hops result in fragrant clouds of freshly zested lemon and lemongrass. This hop is essentially a more lemon zesty and less grassy version of Saaz (from which it was developed). Belgian yeast adds an intriguing aromatic spiciness. This has a chance to be one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery.

The flavor doesn't quite keep pace with the outstanding aroma, but SA is still a wonderful farmhouse ale of the crisp, dry, and dangerously drinkable sort. This would make a great picnic beer, or a summertime table beer if that's more your thing.

The flavor profile is simplicity itself, which isn't a negative, but a huge positive. The only malt is German pilsner and the only hops are reflected in the name. The result is a crisp and cracker-like bottom end and a bright lemon zesty, meadow grassy, clove and white pepper spicy top end. The next highest taste score is tempting.

Even though it doesn't put a scare into the best Belgian saisons, the body/mouthfeel does exactly what it needs to do. It's light-medium and has the kind of energetic and sparkly bubbles that match the flavor profile like hand-in-glove.

Brooklyn beer hasn't always pleased me in the past... with a few notable exceptions. Sorachi Ace is an inspired creation, though, and is one of the best American-brewed saisons that I've had in many a moon.

Photo of Kolsch
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Waterfront, Brooklyn.

Poured a hazy light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a sweet lemon and robust yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a zesty lemon, light grainy malt and spicy yeast esters.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

Overall a very nice summer saison. This beer should be made in bigger batches, bottled and promoted for summer.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date suggests it's good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a hazy golden straw/light apricot color with about two inches of white head that sticks around for a good bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Quite a bit of visible carbonation where it can easily be seen at the edges.

S: It's got the traditional yeasty banana/orange/clove funk that's to be expected in this style. Nice, bright notes in the aroma, with orange and clove a bit more forward than banana. Just a bit of grape must and some cracker malts underneath it all. Nice nose.

T: Cracker malts at the very front, with a prompt introduction of some serious tartness. The clove notes are present very quickly, along with orange, (subtle) banana, and a bit of a peppery quality. The middle sees the tart continue to build, and there the hop notes begin to surface--predominantly citrus rind. This one seems to get spicier as the flavor develops. The back end has more of the citrus rind and more of the bitter, with some of those lingering spice notes of clover and cracked pepper.

F: Lighter-bodied, this one stills manages to feel substantial due to nice carbonation and creaminess. Creamy, tart, bright, and bitter in turns, this one has a very engaging consistency.

O: I'm not a huge fan of farmhouse ales, but this one is very enjoyable. I really like the flavors it's able to bring forth and still keep balanced, and the smell and feel are also excellent. This one would be fun to pair with a variety of foods, as well. I definitely recommend.

Photo of KFBR392
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful 12 oz pour in the tall glass. Light amber color with long-lasting suds. Great mouthfeel-- both creamy and prickly. Medium body. Flavor is totally unique. Tastes like green peppers, black pepper, green apples, and jicama. Most interesting an likable flavors, however indescribable.

This is fairly malty at first, not really bitter even after the hop flavors emerge, but rather tart in the vein of many Saisons. The aftertaste touches on more bitterness. A thoroughly interesting brew I'm glad to have encountered. On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. [transcribed from notes ; 06/10/2012 visit]

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold color with haze. White head forms up quickly and has great retention and lacing in my Brooklyn tulip.

Aroma is of wet leaves and hops with a touch of saison yeast fruitiness. The hops add a grass, basil, and lemon grass character. I'm not getting a ton of lemon or lemon cleaner aromas as suggested, but that may be because of the age.

Up front on the palate is a crackery malt flavor that shifts into a snappy, dry finish of hops and peppery yeast. There is a great hop flavor all the way through, with grass, leaf, and spice notes. Mouthfeel is light, bubbly and refreshing. I could easily go for more of this. I wish the price was a little lower, but if they make another fresh batch of this, I'll probably splurge.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep, hazy gold with a huge, frothy head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

Smell: The aroma is of sweet estery fruit and phenols with a good helping of lemony hops. Some light breadiness and spicier yeast character as well.

Taste: Clean bitterness up front with a very pleasing zesty-lemon hop flavor through the finish. The esters are prevelant but light in nature and the peppery yeast character blends perfectly with the light maltiness and hops.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, but slightly creamy. There is the huge carbonation kick that is characteristic of the style, gives a crisp and refreshing effect.

Overall: A delicious Saison, I love this style and I love this beer. A great showcase of the Sorachi Ace hop for any of you homebrewers out there.

Photo of STEG
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mandarin orange color with a fluffy four finger head from a pour into a mikasa tulip. Smell has a definite lemongrass/lemon lime presence with some yeast showing through. Taste is very peppery and spicy with a cilantro/parsley presence lemon rind and lemongrass are present as well, interesting stuff. Mouthfeel is slightly viscous and very dry at the end. I'm fine with one bottle at a time and there are far more saisons i'd rather have, but it was worth a try.

Photo of tchenery
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours like a traditional Belgian with a large frothy head of tiny bubbles. The beer itself is a nice golden yellow hue and a bit cloudy.

It smells very spicy and distinct. It almost smells 'hot' like spicy food. It's a thin smell, that makes you think it's going to be a bitter beer.

It has a malty upfront taste followed by a bitter peppery taste.

It's delicious and refreshing with a warming alcohol taste at the end and a dry mouthfinish.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottles with cork and cage. Served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $10 CDN. Best before may 2017.

Appearance - slightly hazy pale golden color. Four fingers of white head with great retention. Lots of bubbles and great sticky lacing left inside of the glass.

Smell - light airy with plenty of lemon and a few subtle spices. Aromatic yet light and delicate. Just a faint fruity aroma.

Taste - delicious amount of lemon, lemon zest, lemon peel. Awesome. Theres some subtle spices going on here too, but the lemon is the star. Alcohol is imperceptible. Very fresh tasting, a hint of dill in there too which was interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel - incredibly light, somewhat juicy yet even keeled mouthfeel. Phenomenal. Spritzy carbonation throughout.

Overall - a great saison, one of the best of the style with a lemon based feel and a great lightness. A great beer year round, but I can imagine this being even better on a hot summers evening.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy golden color with a large with head that leave a lace
S-wild like hop and yeast smell
T-Smooth like taste with a bitter hop aftertaste that goes to a smooth finish
M-light body and high carbonation
O- did have some of a funky taste but not as much as most. I enjoyed this one

Photo of SerialTicker
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Really good beer -- I've heard great things, so I was expecting great things. This is a clean saison and doesn't have much (if at all) barnyard sort of funkiness that most usually do in the style. This does have a saison mouthfeel to it, and it comes off as champagne-like in this beer. The sorachi definitely gives a lemon kind of citrus freshness that works incredibly well with the bubbly carbonation and lightness of the beer. Very drinkable, very tasty. Will have again.

Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this sitting on the shelf in Dallas so I had to pick on up. Good thing I did because it was very good.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is strong lemon with some wheat and Belgian yeast. The flavor is lemons with some oranges. I also get some wheat, yeast and grassy hops. Low to medium bitterness. Very soft, creamy mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A very good saison.

Photo of Stigs
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and served in Stone Levitation glasses

A - pours with a very hefty amount of bubbly, pillowy bright white foam. the beer is just slightly hazy, more so as the bottle dwindles down. leaves behind some thick yet spotty lacing.

M - very sharp lemon, not quite tart or even fruity...just a nice display of Sorachi Ace hops. joined by some sharp grassy piney hops, a slightly musty graininess, and light mustiness. nice but a little one-sided.

T - very bright lemony, grassy, piney hops. some belgian yeast with a light kiss of funk and musty basement. finishes very dry

M - insanely effervescent, with a ton of carbonation...once in your mouth it slowly fades to a pillowy fizz of a beer which just melts in your mouth. very bright and tingly, pairs great with a myriad of spicy food.

D - very enjoyable, leave it to Brooklyn to introduce an entire new unknown strain of hops and make it shine. great unique Saison.

Photo of mdvatab
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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

A: pours a light and clear yellow with a three finger white head that is slow to fade into an ommegang tulip
S: smells lemony and grassy with a bit of spice and a slight pale malt aroma
T: taste is spicy yeast with some lemony and grassy flavor with some cracker like malt. just a hint of funk as well. swallow brings more spice and lemon with a bit of grassyness plus just a touch of medicinal herb
M: carbonation is assertive but not overly so and the beer has a medium feel in the mouth. fairly smooth on the palate.
O: a very nice saison. good flavors and complexity without anything outshining another flavor.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,365 ratings.