Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 628
Hads: 2,407
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 212
Gots: 498 | FT: 11
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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 GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is such a shame this beer is a limited edition brew. Mainly because this is the perfect accompaniment to Asian food. The Sorachi Ace hop has a lot of lemongrass tastes. This one tastes more like lemongrass as it warms.

It is also quite dry.

If Brooklyn doesn't make this again, I hope someone else fills the gap. (317 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with a rocking white head. Ample retention about a finger thick of head well after the pour.

Greets the nose with lots of spice and citrus. Definitely more lemony than most saisons but not quite as sweet.

The obvious lemon in the nose seems to be a bit hidden by other flavors on the palate. Up front the malts and hop bitterness are reminiscent of some pilsners. Slowly, some spice notes come through and give it a more familiar flavor.

Really dry and crisp mouthfeel with a pretty light body. Overall a quite enjoyable and unique saison. (613 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Founder's Bolt Cutter glass.

A: Poured pale golden almost lemon color with nice three finger fluffy white head with large bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of lemon, oranges and citrus mixed with a grassy note that is really enjoyable.

T: More citrus flavors mixed with nice hops and spice. Reminds me of some nice champagnes in some respects.

M: Dry and nicely carbonated. Refreshing to drink.

O: I like this one quite a bit. I just wish they carried it locally. Nearest place to get it retail is about an hour and a half from the house. (570 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle; Back of bottle "0083"

The beer poured a hazy orange color that produced a huge white head that was very well retained and faded into a thin cap. Carbonation was streaming to the top of the glass. The beer gave off a very good Belgian yeast aroma and slight citrus, lemon maybe. The taster was excellent, just what you would expect, but with a dry aftertaste. The beer follows the nose perfectly. The beer had a medium body, good carbonation, and it was extremely drinkable and smooth. Overall, very high quality. (535 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

opulent, persistent merengue head. pale amber with sharp copper highlights. this head is epic (and that's the proper use of epic; not the bastardized synonym for "awesome" thrown around by the hipsters)

lemony aroma as promised, yes. but also kinda solventy: smells like lemon-scent windex

...and tastes like i would expect lemon-scent windex to taste. well...not really, but you get the idea (actually not even close, but you still get the idea). i will say that it dovetails stupendously with saison yeast. cardamom, coriander and perhaps some clove

big for a saison

my girlfriend is a big fan (599 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Matches up with the great Belgians by pouring a clear golden color with a massive head; terrific stickage and plenty of lace

Smell: Very floral, with the lemongrass character of the Sorachi Ace hops coming through against the spicy, yeasty background

Taste: The malt is a little on the sweet, biscuity side as it provides a backdrop for the lemongrass, floral jasmine and white pepper spices of the hops and yeast; after the swallow, the sweetness becomes a bit more apparent though it is far from cloying; despite the sweetness, the finish is still herbaceous and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I really like this beer; perhaps I would prefer it to be just a tad dryer but that is only a quibble (759 characters)

Photo of SlothB77
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 25.4 oz bomber into glass.

A: A cumulonimbus cloud of three fingers of white foam on top of a clear body. Very light shadings of gold and yellow in the color. Very clear.

S: Nose has melon, pine, herbs, mint, blossom.

T: Flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, cut grass. I can taste the ginger the prior reviewer mentioned and definitely a peppery spice kick as well. Slightly bitter finish, no charring.

M: medium-bodied, lots of carbonation and acidity.

O: As expected for a saison, lots of fruit and florals. Very sweet. The sugary sweet citrus hits first, but the pine/ mint/ grassy flavor hits almost immediately after and the two mix for a very nice flavor definitely stronger on the mint/ pine/ grassy side. (733 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: The beer pours a light yellow, slightly hazy. A very large, foamy, white head forms on top with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Extremely grassy and floral. Light fruit of pear and lemon with some faint spices - mostly coriander and a bit of pepper.

T: Nice and fruity with lemon, a bit of green apple, and some pear. Lightly spiced with pepper and coriander, and extremely floral and grassy - presumably from the sorachi hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry finish and slightly bitter.

O: Quite enjoyable. I was expecting to like it, but was surprised at how much. Really enjoyed what the sorachi adds to the saison. Very drinkable. (690 characters)

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Very white, large soapy head forms quickly, and never goes away. Moderate lacing. Beer is pale orange or dark straw, with lots of tiny bubbles, slightly hazy. The nose shows banana, mango, clove, and a little vanilla. Those flavors dominate up front too, especially the mango and tropical fruit, with a wheat-like graininess coming in, followed by a semi-dry finish with a bit of a citrus impression. They yeast characteristic shows predominantly in the nose, and less so in the taste. It's a light, spritzy beer, but it has some backbone to it. Styled as a saison, I'd also believe it as a non-traditional wit in flavor profile. Perhaps unusual at first, but it insinuates itself quickly. Really very good, and a beer I'd definitely seek out. (802 characters)

Photo of Crazyale
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Tulip.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a big four finger head that leaves nice dabs of irregular lacing on the glass. Almost crystal clear, with some nice effervescence.

S: Almost an overwhelming hit on the nose, it's hard to even articulate anything the smell is so big at first. Belgian yeast, soft fruits, spice, lemon zest, a bit of alcohol burn. Complex and interesting aroma.

T: Very strong peach taste at first, along with some sort of vague creaminess. It's sweet at first, but this is followed by some biterness on the back of the tongue, some of the lemon as well. There is a pleasant alcohol burn in the throat, not too strong. Much better as it warms.

M: Drinks like champagne, very good for the style. I feel like it's a bit thin, but again, that's probably on purpose.

Another great beer from Brooklyn. I'm actually glad that this comes in bombers, as it takes a while to fully appreciate this. It's a complex beer that doesn't reveal itself in just a small tasting. (1,007 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy yellow orange with a big, fluffy, long lasting white head. Very little lacing.

S - Citrusy lemon, crisp and sweet pils malts, tropical fruit aromas that reminds me of pineapple and mango. Light hoppy spiciness.

F/M - Sweet candy-like pilsner malts, fruity tropical esters (again, reminiscent of pineapples and mangos). Very citrusy and lightly spicy hops. Big lemony flavor with a moderately firm bitterness. Clean and very dry finish, medium light bodied, with moderately high carbonation. Not much lingering too far into the aftertaste; maybe a little pils malts and lemony flavors.

D - This is a pretty damn good beer. Dry, clean, crisp and very tasty. Brooklyn has been doing a good job of reversing my attitudes towards American breweries attempting Belgian styles, and this beer is further proof that they can brew a damn fine Belgian style ale. (872 characters)

Photo of TheStove
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet from a bomber that I aged for nearly two years.

Pours a slightly hazy dull golden yellow with lingering head. Smells deeply of citrus in a number of dimensions, both hops and lemon/lemon candy. Even subtle hints of vanilla and honey come through.

Has a robust almost slightly creamy first sip exploding with flavors of citrus, yeast and honey. A champagne like snap occurs on the tongue and it starts to mellow and give way to a slight bitterness and eventually dryness.

The champagne yeast is an interesting take on this one. It "brightens" up your traditional saison in a sense without getting into anything too fruity. Definitely tastes like summer in a glass or in some sense maybe even late summer since the bitter cold is usually around the corner.

I'm probably too ebullient in my review but Brooklyn seriously nails it on their large format bottles. (880 characters)

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with a simple fish at Black Market dinner with Garrett Oliver.

I think this is the perfect use of this hop. The lemon with the spiciness of the saison was great. Mostly lemon in smell, with some dill flavor as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a nice twist to a standard saison. Very balanced and drinkable. (332 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Newcastle chalice

A: hazy lemon yellow with a white 2 finger head with staying power. Thick lacing

S: Wow! Citrus, lemony, Belgian yeast. I could smell this one all day.

T: Citrus flows through with a passion. Floral, herbal, spicy. Slightly sour. Semi-dry finish. Very smooth.

M: medium with medium to heavy carbonation. Bubbles do a dance on my tongue.

O: This is an outstanding saison. I think those Sorachi Ace hops and I will get along nicely. I'll definitely be buying more. (500 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 750ml C&C bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware). Bottling date of January 24, 2012 printed in black ink in a little square above and to the left of the barcode on the back label (“0242”).

Appearance (4.5): Pretty aggressive head on this beer, rising to 3-4 fingers of bone-white foam composed of very fine bubbles, and fading eventually to a haze on the surface of the body and a wide, sticky ring around the glass at the edges. The body is a perfectly hazy honey-gold, not murky but definitely not clear—perfect body appearance! I’d just like some more lacing, but that’s all I can complain about.

Smell (4.0): Classic saison yeast in the nose: some earthy, hay-like characteristics, a little musty but not in a “funky” way—just lightly earthy and spicy, with the scent of straw. This is pretty aromatic, actually, and there is just a subtle hint of snappy lemon in the nose, like lemonade very light on the sugar.

Taste (4.5): And then there’s the lemon. Bright, snappy, bitter in a citrus-sour kind of way, and slightly grassy—but the distinctly fruity side of lemon comes through here, fruity in the way lemon-flavored icing can be. But there’s a definite citrus pith bitterness to this, too, helping to cut through the (mild) sweetness of the hops and the earthy, slightly spicy malt body. Speaking of which, the malts are downplayed, and rightfully so: biscuity but very light, like fresh white bread, but it’s easily lost in the back-and-forth between the lemony hops and the slightly spicy, earthy yeast note. A bit of coriander and clove, just a bit of white pepper, but mainly subtle and earthy. No alcohol detectable.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Surprisingly understated here, it’s lush and well-carbonated but not prickly at any point—just smooth, foamy, and slightly numbing. Light-bodied but not watery, but the dry finish makes this feel very quenching . . . damn.

Overall (4.5): The more I think about it, the more I realize how well-rounded this beer is. My only personal complaints are that I could always go for more lacing and I’m a fan of moderate, musty funk—this is pretty traditional, in terms of the yeast character. Though, it’s clear they picked a pretty refined strain for this, given the surprisingly nuanced mouthfeel and unique but not overpowering yeast note on the palate. And then the hops. This is a very unique, VERY successful pairing of hops and beer style, and to be honest I’m amazed at how long they’ve held on. Great job, Brooklyn! Now if I could just get this and Local 1 in a slightly smaller package . . . :-) (2,619 characters)

Photo of KevSal
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

been looking forward to this guy for a while, thanks poonamibaxter for getting this guy to me.

so the profile says this is brewed once, might of had some time to develop in the bottle, this should be interesting.

750ml into a mini pilsner

firstly this label rocks

a- big pop when i opnened it, looks awesome, huge 3 inch head, hazy yellow hue. big bubbles slowly pop the head down to a thin layer of bubbles.

s- strong citrus hits the nose. slight slight sweetness faitnly in the back as well. lots of lemon.

t- WOw so this is the ace, it packs lots of flavor, differnt than the saisons ive had in the past, must be that unique japanese hop, it taste good. smooth citrus in the front, a bit of bitterness in the end. crispy, slight hoppy finish. yummy

m- very thick for the style, but on the money for me. medium bodied great carbonation.

o- very well done, i am impressed. this guy is a winner. definitly try him out, if its available to you. if you a fan of the style, id say its a must. very flavorful, and complex.

didnt like brooklyn all that much in the past hgowever they really impressed me with this guy, maybe i was wrong about them. (1,153 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a pale, translucent golden straw color with a thick 2 fingers of fluffy, whipped cream like head. Tons of lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Green, sweet, spicy, fruity - especially citrusy with oranges and lemons standing out. Nice black pepper, cinnamon. Very good smelling saison - can't wait to take the first sip.

T - Flavor diverges from the aroma a bit. I don't really get any malt in the aroma behind all of the fruity and spicy smells, but in the flavor there is a solid base of breadlike malt. A very crisp hop bitterness which is more up front (and somewhat unique - no doubt due to the Sorachi Ace hops) than the aroma would indicate gives a nice 2nd layer on top of the malt. Over both of these is spiciness and fruitiness that really rounds things out - tons of lemony flavors, some oranges, a bit of tropical fruit. From the aroma, I expected this to be a bit on the sweet side, but this is really pretty dry overall. Classic saison with a bit of a twist.

M - Fairly thin in body, but in no way is this watery. Quite high carbonation level with a bit of a foamy, yet smooth feel. Feels alive on the tongue with flavors exploding on the tongue. Dry, citrusy and very crisp.

D - Very enjoyable saison. Full of character in the aroma and the flavor with a great appearance...who could ask for more? The hoppiness is a bit high for my tastes in a saison, but this is really being nitpicky trying to find something wrong. Definitely a must try for anyone who enjoys this style of beer. (1,557 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

207th review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A very light colored orange with some soft yellow highlights. Three finger amazing pillowy head. A little bit of lacing as drink goes down.

Smell- Soft banana esters with some funk, some lemon(grass) and some nice earthiness.

Taste- A very nice dry saison. Not as upfront with some of the flavors as other saisons but this was quite good. Has an understated balance between the hops and the yeasty earthy tones.

Mouth- An expected champagne like dryness per the bottle. A nice palatable dry feel with a high carb level as bubbles dance across the tastebuds.

Drink- 3 for 3 with Brooklyn and the big champagne size bottles I have had. Local 1 & 2 were both great beers and Sorachi Ace keeps that going. (746 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' bottle split with a friend, poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Hazy Yellow, with a thick white everlasting head, with some lacing. smell is a little spicy and characteristics of the nose are the lemony citrus and grain. It tastes so refreshing on another 90 degree day in Ohio. . Very mild malt backing to this brew but at times it does come across a bit spicey and mildly sweet. The spice has to be from this Japanese hop. Sweet, carbonated (in a good way), and when it warms a bit, I taste a hint of Anise. A very unique beer, that needs to be sold in 6ers....or what the hell...get me a Keg. (600 characters)

Photo of engisch
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to get my hands on a bottle of this. Very hard to find. I believe I've had it on tap before I got the bottle, but it was mislabeled as a Brooklyn bock. Anyways....

It pours a nice straw color with a puffy white lacey head, much as should be expected from a saison. Slightly hazy.

The aroma is.... Wow! Woah... fresh squeezed lemon and a spiciness from the yeast (typical of a saison). Lemongrass with a sting of alcohol gives a mild pine-sol tinge if you want to be critical, but still the overall smell is wonderfully spicy and lemony.

Flavor is spicy and dry with a bit of farmhouse funk. Oh and how could I forget the citrusy lemon! Very flavorful and complex beer for as "light" as it is.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation (smooth, not prickly), and leaves your mouth feeling very dry in the back. Bubbly like a delicate champagne.

I got this beer mainly to evaluate the hops, and I will be sure to make homebrew with this hops, perhaps a saison! I'll definitely be getting more of this brew. Very well done! Go Brooklyn, and make more!! (1,064 characters)

Photo of elniko
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 into tulip glass.

A: Light glowing amber with nice frothy head and heavy lacing. Nice looking brew.

S: Lemon, zesty notes coming from the nose. I pick up pepper tones as well.

T & M: Light bodied, quite nice throughout the experience. The notes from the nose come through in the taste. Nicely balanced, sweetness up front with a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable, my first experience with the sirachi hop and an enjoyable one. Looking forward to having another bottle of this fine brew. (505 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this one-seeing as I like Local 1 so much.

A-Body is a quite pale, nearly transparent golden yellow hue. Pours with a frothing, foamy 3 finger+ foamy white head. Head eventually subsides to 1 finger and has perfect retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is rather mild with a floral hop accent-but there is a lot of citrus presence as well-orange peel, lemon zest and maybe a hint of grapefruit. Below this is a hint of grain and yeast funk.

T-Taste is similar to the smell. The cirtus characteristics come forward the most initially with a slight funky background. The finish is refreshing and dry with a good dose of floral hop flavor and bitterness as well as a hint of peppery spice.

M- High tingly carbonation and a lightweight, yet full somewhat spritzy body with a hint of juicy consistency.

D- Overall this is a great, hoppy, slightly dry, enjoyable saison. ABV is pushing 8% but is not noticable at all throughout the profile. Garret Oliver shows here for a second time that he really knows how to make a great saison/pale belgian ale. (1,095 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into an open mouthed glass.

Looks GREAT! Nice fluffy eggshell head sticks around nicely. Wonderful lacing as well. As for the beer itself, it's a golden orange, cloudy, and has active carbonation.

Smells really nice, there's the floral additions of the Soriachi ace hop, giving a slight lemongrass zing to the yeasty esters that give off white pepper and some slightly funky spice too (cumin?).

Taste is fantastic. Yeasty esters upfront give way to hints of pepper and corriander. Some unique sweetness from the malt sets the stage for the bout of mild hoppy bitterness that finishes. Lemon biscuits. Beautiful beer!!

Medium bodied, dry finish, and beautiful carb that makes it seem light and refreshing.

Drinkability is a feature of this beer, for sure. It's unique, lovely, and something I think more people should be exposed to. A huge contender for the most unique and accessible saison in America IMO. (924 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating but I do see a 2721 printed on the back label... batch #?

A= Pours a beautiful hazy yellow color with a nice big thick three finger head on it that holds great retension and some beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Very lively looking.

S= The smell is a spicy yeasty hop aroma. I read lemongrass somewhere as a way to describe sorachi ace hops and I would say that's a great way to describe the smell. A little grassy and a nice spicey yeast punch to back it all up.

T= The taste is even more interesting than the nose. The hops aren't as much in your face as the nose lead me to believe. It's definitally a major player but the saison yeasty character is a little more dominate. Lemongrass again is a great descriptor for the hop variety that comes through. A nice grassy character with a little extra punch to it.

M= The mouth is actually my favorite part of this beer. Super smooth and creamy while still acting lively on the tongue.

O= A plesant surprise from my boss leads to a great beer from Brooklyn. I haven't ventured too far into their portfolio but this is a winner for sure. I don't know how fresh this bottle is but the hop character was still present. I wish it were a little more assertive in the flavor though. Maybe it is on a fresher bottle I don't know. I'll just have to buy more. (1,333 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale, clear, golden yellow color that glows underneath a towering fluffy white head. Super thick lacing just coats the glass and sticks a bit. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Lemon, grass, some of that barnyard funk, in the back I detect notes of champagne probably from the yeast plays against some faint lemony citrus hops. The smell doesn't jump out of the glass, I had to work to pull out the aromas even in a snifter.

T - First, there is zero alcohol presence I mean it's amazing this beer is 7.6%. It's got a nice bright lemony citrus hit up front, grassy and some funk give way to a champagne sweetness. It finishes super dry, slightly bitter and tart. So drinkable, that dry finish begs for another sip, no alcohol presence.

M - Highly carbonated, thin body and super dry. Nailed it.

O - This was amazing. My first saison and it has opened my eyes to the style. Refreshing, amazing taste and mouthfeel. I had it to celebrate the first day of spring but this would be great in the heat of summer. I'm going to seek this out again. (1,045 characters)

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.