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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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647 Reviews

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Reviews: 647
Hads: 2,527
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 22%
Wants: 222
Gots: 577 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
A - hazy, bubbly gold with a thick foamy head that lasts.
S - citrus hops layered over a lemon with an ever so slight earthy grass background.
T - smooth light malt backbone with strong lemon accents and easy hops throughout.
M - crisply carbonated light to medium body that flows easily and leaves a lingering lemon/hop aftertaste.
D- easily drinkable in a large quantity as the lemon zing cover any alcohol bite.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow in color. Huge head going on here. Great lemony and heavy citrus aroma. Very crisp flavor. Mildly lemon like and very fruity. Touch of sweet malt going on. Long, lingering lemony sweetness in the finish. Great mouthfeel here. Very, very drinkable and enjoyable. I recently used this hop in a homebrew but over did the bittering hops. The lemon/citrus qualities were still very apparent. A bit pricey-damn enjoyable.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Diamond in Brooklyn

pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger white head that doesn't hang around long. Lacing clings tip the sides of the glass.

Notes of clove and lemon on the nose

first thing I get on the taste is Dill, then lemon grass perhaps some Ginger, pepper (lemon pepper?), light medium bodied. A healthy amount of carbonation, tingled in your mouth. Crisp and refreshing. A wonderful summer beer.

What a great beer. One of the best
things to come out of
Brooklyn brewery in a while.

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Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a bit pricey - I think I paid $14.99 at either Olivers or Westmere Beverage.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip from the 750 ml - caged and corked and a nice presentation (gold foil-type label with maroon accents). Slight gunsmoke after the "pop!" Body is light golden with a 3-finger white head that retains well, fading eventually to a rocky foam. Lots of visible carbonation, as bubbles gusher forth and rise throughout the glass. Some foamy lace sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Somewhat bready, somewhat lemony. Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is pleasant. And clean (if that makes sense). A bit of spice noted as it warms.

T: Interesting. A touch of lemony bitterness is noted right away, but the bitterness is nicely balanced with - or offset by - both a sweetness and a faint bit of drying. There's also a touch of spice in there too - some sort of exotic basil, perhaps? Whatever it is, it adds to the experience rather than make you wonder, "WTF is THAT doing in my beer?" I get a tiny bit of heat from the alcohol in the belly, but it took a few sips (half the glass, actually) for that to appear. Becoming somewhat vinuous as it warms. . . .

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Active, but soft, carbonation.

D: Excellent drinkability. Balanced but light, active-but-subtle carbonation make this one a winner. I wish I had the proper cheese to go with this (not sure what that would be -- someone ask Garrett Oliver -- but I'm pretty sure this would go very well with the right cheese). I have a feeling this would go nicely with a variety of lighter foods - maybe certain Thai, seafood, or even a lighter chicken or pasta dish with a cream sauce.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap 8/22/09 at Ron's Original in Exton

A - pours a hazy golden yellow with 2 inches of white foam that left some decent lacing

S - strong aroma of lemon hits you first with hints of some saison funkiness

T - the lemon dominates in this one and it does it quite well, and was unlike anything else i've had. Definitely worth seeking out

M/D - nice and crisp, refreshing and great tasting. I could have had this one all day. Definitely one i'll seek out again.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a tulip. Not shared. My wife is very sore about the subject so I'll have to pick up another bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy head just short of two fingers. Pepper and lemon sit lightly on the nose. Spices show up more in the taste, mixing in with lemon and just a hint of alcohol. Smooth and fizzy, incredibly easy to drink. This beer really snuck up on me.

This was my first beer made with Sorachi Ace hops and if it's any indication of how others will be, I imagine I'll be wanting to try them to.

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Photo of mark1703
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the Vermont festival on 7/18. I was well into the festival by the time I came to this beer, so may review may be a bit off. Very aromatic hoppiness. Very floral with fruity notes. A different hop flavor or something. It was very drinkable as I spent a ticket on a second sample. I ordered a sixtel for this weekend, so I plan on getting to know this beer better. Definitely a unique beer.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Fat Head's in North Olmsted. Poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a pale golden yellow. Rather clear. Produced a fingers width of white head, that slowly turned into a ring throughout consumption.

S- Cloves, spices, grassy hops, and lemon. The sorachi ace hops are very noticeable here.

T- Grassy, earthy flavors upfront. Finishes with a little bit of sweetness with lemon accents. Somewhere in between, the presence of spices and cloves come forward. Really liked how the hops transformed this beer.

M- Light to medium bodied, great carbonation.

D- For a saison, I kept wanting to come back for more. Goes down really smooth. Easy drinking.

Overall, never had a beer with sorachi ace before, but I really like how it added a new dimension to what would have been a pretty standard saison. These two are a perfect match IMO.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle - $12.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, pale yellow body with a large, rising, airy white head.

Smell: A delightfully spirited nose, replete with vivid notes of Meyer lemons, budding Springtime flowers, lychee fruit, fresh basil, pilsner malts, and lighter hints of alcohol and a background funkiness.

Taste: Pils malts with a little tanginess and a soft, honeyed sweetness washed down with a gulp of white wine. Hint of biscuit dough. Vibrant florals. Distinct taste of fresh lemon juice. In amongst the stronger tastes is just a faint hint of funk. Moist garden-grown herbs seasoned with white pepper and cracked cloves, with more emphasis on the pepper. Medium-light bitterness. A veritable round table of all the various tastes on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: An eminently quaffable, soundly complex saison, with, thankfully, not a drop more alcohol than is needed. I really enjoyed this one, Brooklyn.

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Photo of simpliciter
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a very pale gold with a large, wet, white head
S - aroma is light and tangy... perhaps a cross between slighty soured dried fruits and black pepper
T - peppery spice with round malty notes
M - starts clean but rounds out to a full, thick mouthfeel. minimal linger in the finish
D - an excellent beer for a hot day, and a pretty darn good one for a cold day, too!

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Photo of dzni
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale golden ale with a nice, frothy head
S - Apricot, ginger, floral on the nose
T - Lemon, ginger, some other fruit - I can't place everything, but there's something very complex and pleasing about this beer.
M - There is slight carbonation, and a pleasing amount of hops. It's light bodied, but there's almost a creamy or syrupy quality about it.
D - This is a hard beer to describe, but there's something very pleasing but complex about this beer. The nose didn't excite me, but the taste does. It's as if everything is in perfect balance. Really a wonderful beer.

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

Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a hazed golden apricot or salmon color with a fluffy 1” off-white head that recedes very slowly. As the head begins to recede it leaves lots of irregular patches, partial rings and spider-web like lines of lacing Sipping leaves some large patches of foam that cling to the sides of the glass. There is a thin layer of foam on the surface of the liquid to the very end of the beer and even then sipping leaves scattered speckles of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very much the spicy lemongrass and lemon zest expected from the brewery’s description. While the aroma is definitely filled with the hops, they are backed up with some of the Belgian yeast character as well. I also think there is a bit of mustiness mixed in here as well.

Taste: The flavor is filled with rich light malt (probably Pils malt) and yeast flavors but without a lot of sweetness. There is some spiciness and bitterness from the hops that remains in the background without becoming overly dominating. The lemon zest is clearly present here as the focus of the show, but it also plays nicely with a hint of sweetness from the malt and with some of the flavors from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is clean and crisp but with gentle and ample carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins with a touch of bitterness from the hops that gets briefly replaced by a bit of sweetness from the malt. However, that hint of sweetness quickly disappears in the long and quite dry finish that fades softly away to leave a trace of bitter dryness so that the back of the mouth is ready and waiting for the next sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Besides being an interesting look at a new hop this beer is a very drinkable one that leaves me wanting more. While I’ll not be buying this one a lot, I do plan on adding a few to my shopping list periodically as I think it is quite nice but also should pair well with a nice serving of grilled salmon. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer that I’m pleased to have had and even more pleased that the Brewery has decided to make it a regular offering so I can have it again.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 19/10/11

A pale golden yellow with a haze and just a few little bubbles feeding a large 3 finger head that falls quickly and leaves no lace

S big floral grassy hops with a blast of zesty lemon, slightly yeasty and it just smells great

T more yeast but the citrus isn't as strong as the nose, still good though but far toned down compared to the smell, but with some white pepper I couldn't smell

M has a zippy bite to it and leaves a little behind in your mouth, lots of bubbles but stops short of turning it to foam

O I had this to my nose for some time and 4.25 would have been used if it was an option for flavor, not sure the age of this but the hops profiles firmly in charge

a winner for sure and I want to explore this hop in depth, not cheap but worth it

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed yellow with a big, fluffy 3-finger white-colored head. Supreme retention- solid 1/3 finger layer throughout the entire drink- and soapy, sticky lace.

The nose is powerful and classic Siason- banana, cloves, straw, malty crackers and a faint funk. The Sorachi Ace hop is a perfect addition to all this- grassy and lemony with tropical touches of mango and passionfruit.

The medium-bodied palate explodes with a bright carbonation from the bottle refermentation (pushing Champagne quality with its silkiness) and settles into what feels like a dry, lemony and intensely spicy mousse. The malt is solid with that light, cracker-like vibe. The hop-bitterness is mild and balanced, while the finish is long, dry and resinous with intensely grassy flavors (both fresh and dried) and lingering hoppy notes of lemongrass and mango. The spice is also a consistent theme.

What I love most about this is how it's a beer that features a hop in its name, nicely showcases that rare hop varietal, yet sticks completely to the traditional Saison style. It has an elegance that West coasters just love to kill with their bash-you-over-the-head hop profiles. The back label claims it's sunshine in a glass, and I'd say they're pretty right on. Raw and refreshing. I hear this is going to be a year-long release now. Hope that's true cuz I could do at least one of these a week.

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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 maedhros09
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy golden apricot with a couple fingers of head that settle to a film and leave some lacing Smell: sweet fruity and floral aromas
Taste: Lightly bready sweet with some fruity acidity and floral notes. The initial sweetness fades beautifully into a dry mildy bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat perceptible. I didn't get much funkiness with this saison.
Feel: Light-medium body with decent carbonation, but not the effervescence you get with some of the best saisons

Overall: A great light and dry saison with some decent complexity. The only letdown was that the carbonation was not as explosive as my favorite saisons - this affects both the appearance (head) and the mouthfeel. Overall, however, this is one of the better values among the quality saisons I've tried. I expect many repeat purchases.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of ausonius
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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!


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Photo of claytong
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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)

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Photo of cjgator3
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of ferrouswolf
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.