Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
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629 Reviews
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Reviews: 629
Hads: 2,409
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 211
Gots: 503 | 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 PGRADY
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
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 (165 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle pours a slightly hazed, medium yellow color with a huge cap of white head, very fitting for a saison. Fluffy and airy with plenty of lacing and retention.

Nose is wonderful - lemongrass, floral and yeast phenols. Nothing funky or farmhouse about it, a 'clean' smelling saison. Light crackery malt, but the sorachi ace hops are the main show here, it seems a perfect fit for the beer. Delicious.

Lemony hop flavor with some wheatgrass and clean pilsner malt. Farmhouse yeastiness is disappointingly absent, but the nice hop flavor and bitterness mostly make up for it. Light, creamy mouthfeel with ultra-fine carbonation. What a great summer brew, fantastic! I would like to see more beers made with this hop, I think a pilsner would be a good style for it as well. (780 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw, mild haze, with two fingers of tight lily-white head.

Smell -- bright lemon, cut grass, spring flowers, saison yeastiness, bready malt.

Taste -- Sorachi Ace hops right up front with bright lemon and floral notes, delicate saison yeast notes, under-ripened banana, faint clove, bready malt. Floral hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with mild carbonation. Could use more carbonation, but otherwise good.

Drinkability -- I was waiting for this for quite a while and it exceeded all of my hopes. Not incredibly complex, but the flavors that are present really sing. One of the better saisons I've had in a while. Keep this one in rotation, Brooklyn! (758 characters)

Photo of ausonius
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big fluffy, creamy white head. Settles in 5 minutes to thin, light, but persistent head. Little lacing.
Light slightly cloudy yellow-gold.

Aroma: Earthy, slightly herbal, flowery, creamy (Belgian yeast), grainy. Pale malt. Hops are spicy orange, with a minor note of lime & grapefruit.

Taste: Big, full, round, dry, grainy, slightly creamy.
Round earthy hops that finish piney & fine grained.
Hops are not super powerful, but the fine bitterness stays with you almost like tannin in a red wine. Gives it a seemingly very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Big & flavorful. Packed with flavor, in fact, but not at all heavy.

Drinkability: Fairly light on it's feet for a Saison so stuffed with flavor.

Beautiful stuff!

This might be one to age 12 - 30 months to see some interesting things on the palate. Not sure nose would age quite as well.

94 Points

Bravo again, Brooklyn!

Cheers! (893 characters)

Photo of claytong
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - straw color, hazy, medium size white head, good retention and lacing

smell - good minor funk, little barnyard smell, spicy belgian yeast (pepper, banana and minor clove), tad of a musty grain bill

taste - musty grass, belgian spice yeast, enjoying this much more than black ops.

mouthfeel - medium bodied, nice carbonation, very very drinkable (especially while going from ris to ris) (400 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a large white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is really nice. Lemon grass, lemon zest, spices and yeast make up the nose.

T- The taste has some lemon grass up front with some sweetness, along with some spices and a yeasty finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Soriachi Ace is a winner in my book. It is another solid beer from Brooklyn Brewery. (499 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick and frothy eggshell colored head that retains nicely. The aroma is also nice, with minty and floral hop notes upfront, along with green apple and pear, lemon rind, funky yeast, biscuity malt, and some honey. The flavor has a really unique hop character upfront with notes of mint, lemon and flora, along with some honey, biscuit, funky yeast, green apple and pear, and a little alcohol. The mouthfeel is sprightly and drinkability is excellent. I thought this was an excellent and unique saison, flavorful and unique. (556 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a luscious white head that never fully dissipates, just settling to a patchy haze. Think whipped egg whites. Excellent retention, leaves some spotty lacing.
S - Lemon zest dominates, that Sorachi hop is the real deal! There's a bit of clean, crisp malt for the backbone, and a bit of spicy Saison yeast, but the lemongrass/lemon zest aroma is the real star. Very crisp and clean.
T - Very nice Saison/Belgian flavors of ripe pear, lemongrass, coriander, and black pepper with a Pilsner malt backbone. Very earthy and dry, again that Sorachi hop takes this to an amazingly complex and unique level.
M - Crisp and clean, with a medium-light mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. Very dry finish, no sign of the ABV.
O - Such an amazing beer, this is perfect on a warm Spring day, and I imagine this could pair with food incredibly well. (900 characters)

Photo of ferrouswolf
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle after seeing it in the store and looking it up here. I don't normally go for hop-driven beers, but I decided to give this one a try. Here goes!

Appearance: a nice hazy golden color; slight hint of red, but more on the yellow side of yellow-orange. Rocky foam head that sticks around awhile before fading to a ring and partial coverage across the top. Not much lacing.

Smell: lemongrass, bamboo skewer aromas. I could smell it soon after opening the bottle.

Taste: a nice pilsner malt nose followed by a wave of grassy, lemony freshness with herbal and bamboo flavors moving to a short, dry finish. Some lingering bitterness, but properly restrained and not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, and fine bubbles on the tongue. Almost --but not quite-- too carbonated.

Overall: I don't normally go for hop-driven beers, but this is excellent. Definitely demonstrates the broad range of flavors in beer. I wish the flavors were a bit smoother and more connected (perhaps in a rye version?), but the hops and yeast melded well into a delicious harmony. Very tasty; worth seeking out if you're not really into overwhelming bitterness but want to try a pure expression of a hop varietal. (1,203 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, dirty straw with a huge white head, great retention, leaves a nice lace.

S: Marmalade, straw, leather, lemon and pineapple.

T: Pappaya, marmalade, mango, candied pineapple, solid bitterness, light leather, lemon grass, biscuity malt hint of dry earthyness.

M: Moderately full body is well-carbonated with a crisp finish.

D/O: An easy drinker for its weight, plenty of depth to the flavour, well-crafted. (416 characters)

Photo of keanex
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear with a plenty of carbonation bubbles that meet a creamy 2 finger white head.

S: Lemony, spicy, and yeasty with a nice clean wheat finish.

T: Very bright tasting, lemon takes the cake with a piney hops finish. Very intense first sip that woke me up.

M: On the light side with lots of carbonation.

O: Excellent beer that I definitely wasn't ready for. I really enjoyed it and would love to pick up another in Spring to enjoy on the first day of cutting the lawn of the year. (533 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not generally a huge fan of saisons, but this one hits all the right notes for me. Bottle purchased at the Geneseo Wegmans.

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a golden yellow, with the biggest, foamiest head I've ever seen. 4-5 inches. The head descends into great lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells like lemon zest and cut grass. Such a fresh aroma.

Tastes like lemon and honey, with a grassy, floral hop flavor rolling over everything. Lightly malted. A bit of yeast bitterness provides a small amount of funk, but it's not very strong. Spiciness at the end of each sip that recalls black pepper.

Incredible carbonation. Medium bodied.

One of my favorite saisons. Great job Brooklyn. (705 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber or dark straw colored. It pours to a thick cloudy head that settles down to a thin white collar leaving behind a bit of lacing. It is a bit cloudy, but this is typical for the style, and expected as it is bottle conditioned.

S: There is lots of strong lemon in the nose (almost zesty). It is also peppery and yeasty, almost sweet smelling. That Belgian yeast is very apparent.

T: Delicious! There is lots of lemon and pepper up front balanced out with a pleasant malt sweetness. There is that great Belgian flavor profile as well of yeast and biscuit and tastes almost wheaty.

M: The beer is light, very clean and very carbonated. It drinks very easy for a 7.6% ABV.

O: Perfectly Balanced! Sorachi Ace starts with a great hop presence of lemon and pepper that carries into the taste. It has a nice malt character (sweet and buscuity) and dries out for a clean finish. (886 characters)

Photo of samoblue
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kudos to rtepiak for adding this beer, a brew I first tried about a week ago and have sought out all over NYC ever since. This review comes from the pint I had at The Pony Bar in New York City on 7/28/09.

Pours a surprisngly light pale yellow, a tad brighter and more vibrant than your standard BMC but otherwise not much different. A satisfying finger of tight, creamy head crested the top of the pint glass.

The aroma is the first indication that this beer is something special. Floral notes unlike anything I'd ever smelled in a beer before--must be the Sorachi? (Which, I'll admit, I had to Google). Lemon, chamomile, and honeysuckle also contribute.

Taste is very floral and honeyed, but finishes quite dry. Carbonation is high, but bubbles are fairly tight so the bite isn't overpowering. Feels a bit thin on the mouthfeel, but for such a delicate beer that's probably to be expected, and given the heat we had last night, was quite welcome.

I found this to be a very drinkable beer (I had a full growler of it last Friday night), but at 6.5% it is NOT the session beer that its initial color might lead you to believe. Some may find it too flowery for their tastes, but I thought it was a beautiful beer in its delicacy. Will definitely look for this again, before it's gone forever. (1,294 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy straw color, with a finger of white, decent head retention, and decent lacing. Nice crisp bitter herbal note in the nose, much more than I would expect from a farmhouse ale. Hay, grass, slight menthol, and peppery notes also emerged. The taste was a perfectly balanced spicy/herbal mix, that progressed to a bitter dry finish. No hint of the alcohol content. The body was between light and medium, and not overly carbonated. Very drinkable; VERY refreshingly dry and bitter. Surprising for a farmhouse ale. (529 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a hazy golden yellow pour with a generous amount of fluffy white head. smells of fresh cut grass, lemons, belgian yeast, basil, oregano. a very mellow saison with a giant blend of herbs and spices. it almost tastes like spaghetti with a garlic sauce that's subtle in flavor. very nice, very refreshing, very different. champagne like light body with great amounts of sticky lacing - perfect for any time of the year. overall, this is a perfect example of what a saison should be. the sorachi ace hop works perfectly with this beer style. (537 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl

Pours a light hazy golden, thick sugar white head retains as a film.

Smells of citrus, coriander, fresh grassy malt, and a bit of fresh bread.

Taste is also very fresh, bready malts with citrus, coriander, wheat, lemongrass, and bright grassy hops.

Body is full, fluffy carbonation tingles throughout.

Exceptionally good with a very attractive flavor and aroma. This beer is top notch and should not be missed. (429 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Fat Heads in Cleveland. The menu described it as: "Spiced with a unique Japanese hop variety called Sorachi Ace. This hop imparts a bright, spicy lemon zest aroma and is backed by a wonderfully clean malt flavor".

The beer is very clear, light golden color, with a thin head that clings into lace wherever it touches glass. The Sorachi Ace hop is just as described, a lot of lemon citrus, no real fight with the pale malts for aromatic dominance. There's a fair amount of spice and what smells like honey in there too. The taste is damn near perfect, I like this hop and I like it's presence in this beer. Lots of lemon citrus and light floral tastes, this is delicous with a light touch. A somewhat thin body which matches my expectations for the style, overall another excellent beer from Brooklyn, outstanding. (835 characters)

Photo of OleSkeen
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Still one of my top 5 favorite saisons.
Beer advocate: it would be awesome if us users could users to upload our picture of the beer we're checking in on the mobile app instead of having to use the website every time! (219 characters)

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at Central Market during their 25% off sale. I'd had it before, but not since I had brewed my own saisons and used Sorachi Ace in my own homebrews. This was much better than I remembered. Rides the line beautifully between saison and hoppy beer. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

This beer has a great bone white head. Somewhat hazy yellow base. Good lacing. Not quite the Duvel I had last night, but still appealing.

The nose is complex and two faced. My first sniffs were of a fruity, dry, dry hop presence. However, this slowly melded into a funk dominated saison. I like some saisons a lot more than others, and this falls into the good funk category. Mmmm...

The taste is right there, too. Wonderfully controlled funk. Interesting level of bitterness. Doesn't overpower, but it's there. Good fruit from the hops, good funk. Heck yes.

This beer is a fantastic saison. I'm starting to wonder if this is the best one I've had. What great stuff... (970 characters)

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle with cork, like their Local series. $15 at Whip-In

Hopped and dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace (developed by Sapporo), re-fermented in the bottle with Champagne yeast.

A little cloudy, Duvel-like head.

Smells of the Local 1, Champagne, cork, lemon meringue or orange marmalade, some tropical fruits or pina colada, wet vegetation.

Surprisingly, I taste the hop in the flavor more than the aroma. Alot of the aroma flavours, but not as sweet. Clove and some other spice. White grapes and melon. A unique hop. Corky. Similiar to Duvel or Local 1.

Thick and oily, spritzery carbonation, looonng finish with hops, dry. A pleasure to drink.

Kudos for making a dry and hoppy saison, and getting it to Texas! Extra kudos for single-hopping, using an exotic hop, and re-fermenting in the bottle with Champagne yeast! Def. worth trying. (842 characters)

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Cork and cage, bottle conditioned Ale, purchased 9/2011 from a very reputable supplier and stored at 40-45 degrees since.

Poured into a Duvel Signature Tulip.

Pours a huge massive foamy four finger head, which reduces to a 1/2” head and eventually a thin cap. Each pour produces another explosive head. Extremely lively.
Yellow gold color, brilliant and clean, with small bubble carbonation.

Distinct aroma of yeast, very refined and elegant. You can smell the hops, a somewhat piney resiny smell but in no way of the West Coast variety. Citrusy aromas of lemon interplay with the yeast and hops. It is very intriguing and very enjoyable.

Very crisp entry on the palate of delicious yeast and citrusy/lemony hops, it’s quite dry, Belgium in style but somehow different. A bitter middle of hops. Golden malt comes on as this ale warms, with the yeast coming and going as it pleases, but the hops never let go. The crisp acidity, medium full mouth feel and champagne like carbonation make for a wonderfully balanced ale. Delicious!

Definite bitter hops in finish, with a very pleasing malt component. Lingering hop oils on palate, with some hints of lemon here and there.

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this ale, but I am impressed. Very lively, exceptionally drinkable Saison style ale. Delicious flavors of yeast/citrus/malt and of course the hops. A rather complex ale with lots of flavors and aromas, with a surprising and very welcome dryness.
Highly recommended! (1,485 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle bought from Deveneys off licence, Dublin...

Poured a light hazy golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... some sticky lacing...

A lot going on in the aroma... lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart juicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, mangoes, limes), very floral, talcum powder notes, light honey and candy sugar sweetness, some earthy farmyard traces, hay, some rubberiness, fresh bread, some pine...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, faint coriander, peppery, some thyme herbalness, metallic, sea salt... flavours develop well as the beer warms up...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and dangerously drinkable at 7.6%...

Overall - A top class Saison... As good as any i've had... recommended... (976 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork and cage bottle (1pint 9.4oz) with no freshness date. This beer is re-fermented with champagne yeast.

Pours a nice slightly hazy yellow-orange peach color. The head stood about an inch tall following a pretty light pour. About 10 minutes has gone by, and the head is just barley covering the top of the beer. Some decent lacing on the glass.

I'm definitely getting the lemongrass in the aroma. Very Asian type of citrus thing going on. Champagne smell coming through nicely as well.

Soft tingling carbonation up front. Lemon and other citrus flavors are quick to follow. Just the right amount of bitterness towards the middle/finish. The carbonation hits the roof of the mouth as you start to swallow (much like champagne) making for a bubbly and refreshing finish.

Medium bodied with a bubbly/lively carbonation.

This is a really good beer overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'd heard some good things about this beer. I saw a few bottles at my local Wegmans, and couldn't resist picking up a bottle for $9.99. It's even better than I expected. Probably my favorite Brooklyn beer to date. Might have to go and grab one more bottle. (1,141 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 cork and cage. 1251 stamped on the back (6/5/11 bottling date?).

Load pop from the cork as the bottle is opened. Murky, straw yellow body pours out. A big, active head fills 40% of the glass, lace whit in color. Leaves a tiny cover, with some good lacing.

Very herbal and leafy aromas. Lemon peel and ginger. Some lime as well. Cracker malts and pepper.

Lots of ginger and citrus. Leafy hops and a dry earthiness. Bright lemon flavors melds well with the active carbonation.

Juicy and tasty, with some nice dryness. A great saison. Very well done. (555 characters)

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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