Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,356 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,356
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 211
Gots: 484 | 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 biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, with an easy to open cork, gotta love that, just a quick pop, and everything's, ya know, coming up aces!

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden straw colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and burbling off-white head, which leaves an image of rocky land-bridge lace around the glass in its funeral dirge wake.

It smells of mildly boozy lemongrass, grainy and gritty pale malt, a touch of barnyard funk, and further leafy, earthy hops - very inviting in its unusual nature. The taste is softly grainy, kind of sugary pale malt, tart lemon meringue pie, a bit of nonassignable woodiness, more isolated musty funk, and zesty, grassy hops.

The carbonation is a mite bit strong up front, but settles to a dull frothy roar soon enough, with a tiny rising bubbles Champagne sort of charm. Amidst all this, a solid medium-weight body presents, though struggling (successfully) to be smooth amongst that Vietnamese takeout citrus onslaught. It finishes off-dry, clean, zesty, and still a bit tart - oh yeah.

Wow - a saison with some game reformulating New World cojones, and a zingy fruitiness that just wouldn't let me stop tipping that glass back, not to mention its superb masking of a respectably hefty 7.6% ABV, at that. A splendid display of a heretofore unknown hop to this humble Joe, and seriously worthy of seeking out.

Photo of treehouse
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

looks wonderfully dirty..like an unfiltered sad saison....but sad it is not...

smells like lemon...malty

in my mouth....

malty and lemony...a bit stinky....some pepper...nice and drinkable..very drinkable....bright in the mouth..7.6%...manoman..i could drink this all day...a damned handsome beer..you can taste the bourbon and wood in this....!!

Photo of bobsy
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been after this one for a while.

Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of white head. Excellent retention and lacing down to the last sip. Stunning looking beer. Big lemongrass, vanilla and spice nose. Fresh and complex at the same time. Clean pilsner malt base forms the launching pad for a symphony of flavours, with grass and lemon coming through strong. A powerful vanilla oakiness almost makes this feel barrel aged, and takes it to the next level. The sorachi has an excellent character, which is nicely showcased in this brew. Dry, medium bodied and with a billowy carbonation. Nigh on perfect.

Thanks to Troy for sharing this gem.

Photo of JLeege
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

C&C 750 mL ~ Classy looking bottle.

Appearance- Poured into an etched glass. Light slightly hazy golden color with a huge rocky bone white head. Tons of active carbonation, insane head retention and lacing. Stunning! Perfect 5.

Smell- Lots of lemon on the nose. A lot of grass and hay. A bit tart. Very earthy, some barnyard, a whiff of funk.

Taste- Filthy good! Tons of lemon/lemon grass on the tounge, the Sorachi's are doing their job, Well. There is some tart green apple and orange rind. Under that is a dry hay like quality and some very slight funky notes. Barnyard and some leather; a faint peppery spice as well. The bottle refermented Champagne yeast is adding additional fruity flavor, as well as drying this out and making it extremely crisp.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation, but the body is still medium. Very nice. A tad tart on the sides of the tounge.

Overall- God damn this is a fine beer. The Champagne refermentation is an awsome concept for this style. I am still waiting for my first perfect 5.0 beer, but this is the closest I have found! Its to bad this is a very limited beer.

Photo of wstein70
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this to trade with Icharus and I decided to get one for myself to try out since I haven't had it and I am a fan of saisons. I have to say this is a very good beer and the A- BA rating is well deserved.

A: Poured out a golden color with a nice foamy head that will stick around a while.

S: A pleasant cirtusy smell. Also IPA type hoppy smell.

T: Here is the great part about this beer. To me it is a cross between a IPA and a saison. You have the intense hoppy taste as the Sorachi Ace hops comes out. Also, there is the sweet malty flavor of the saison coming right behind the hoppy-ness.

M: This beer left a clean taste without a strong after-taste. Very pleasant.

D: This beer is a good candidate to enjoy by the pool on a hot day or to relax in front of the tv watching a football game in Dec.

I am thoroughly pleased with this beer and will have to put it into my rotation of beers

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.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split with the wife into two tulips. Paired with some Manchego cheese. Great pairing.

Very lovely pour. Slight cloudy, straw yellow with a flowing bright white head, giving a good 4 fingers of head. Lacing is well displayed, but as it warms, it slowly leaves a nice film and a good settled mark around the edges.

Like the label says, straw and lemongrass. No real depth beyond that, though the base gives a nice sweet bread nature. Alcohol and yeast add a bit of spice in the nose to the background.

Taste is very, very clean. You get a nice lemon zest blip, but following is a quick finish, with a tad of malt base. The malts are more grainy and bread like in nature, adding a saltine like finish with the body being a caramel toast nature.

A bit too clean, meaning that the depth is veyr limited. A very quick flavor might leave you wanting more, but is very well appreciated for those that might not want a "heavy" or "deep" beer. ABV is felt, but never sensed besides a bit of spice notes in the finish.

Photo of jpro
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Year's Eve 2010 - this was my "champagne"... haha! Poured into a Duvel tulip -

A: Bright golden, cloudy, honey color with a two-finger, white head that recedes to a nice layer of foam that exhibits great retention; a lot of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Sweet grapefruit and citrus rind; hay; smells delicious!

T: Slight rustic flavor with plenty of lemon zest - leaves a nice citrusy aftertaste... crackingly refreshing.

M: High carbonation and medium-full bodied... very crisp!

D: I enjoyed this unique ale and would say, for me, its about mid-level in the drinkability department.

Photo of JimLetson
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 into a snifter.

Appearance - a pale gold straw colour with a little haze. The head is white and about two fingers high. It's pillowy, with large bubbles that leave a nice lacing.

Smell - a lot of lemon up front, but there is also malty sweetness and a grassy smell. There is also a twangy smell, which I assume is the Sorachi hops. I like it.

Taste - it starts off with a mild sweet flavour, and moves quickly into the lemony taste you expect from the first whiff of the beer. The lemon makes a segue into pine and a reappearance of the twangy smell, and the transition/combination are really refreshing. I've let the beer sit a few minutes, and I kind of regret it; this particular combination of tastes would be outstanding at a few degrees below where it's at now. Different glass next time, for sure. Anyway, the sip finishes with a crisp, spicy bite.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly smooth, given how loudly the cork blew off and how big the bubbles in the head are. Really nice.

Drinkability - yowza. I could drink a lot of this! A really good balance, a great flavour. A nice offering. I recommend hunting one up.

Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with me by BA okcomputer, thanks Justin! Poured into goblet. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a medium white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma had a very nice grain base supporting some citrus notes and had a very good yeast spiciness scent as well. On the tongue, the beer featured many of the same attributes. Grain, spice, citrus mostly, with a tang of hops floating around the edges.

The body was very good, full, round, smooth & sharp at the same time, with a nice level of carbonation on the tongue. Drinkabilty was also very good, I would have enjoyed the bottle by myself. Overall, another very good brew from the gang at Brooklyn. Worth seeking out.

Photo of vfgccp
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Amazing head with copious lacing and fantastic retention. Opaque honey color.

S - Honey, bready malt, muscado, moss, touch of citrus

T - Simply delicious. Barny notes, hay, light toast, wheaty yeast, moss, mild sweet citrus. Mild hop bitters round out the finish.

M - Perfect carbonation. Medium light body. Smooth mouthfeel.

D - Deliciously drinkable.

O - I love the style and this is the best saison I've had to date.

Photo of suspect
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a mug.

The appearance of this beer was light. Very light.

It had a huge hop/lemon presence (So much so that I was worried there might be *too* much citrus flavor in this one.) in the smell with added weed or fresh cut grass added ever-so-slightly.

I was glad my worries were proven to be for naught. The balance of Sorachi Ace hop and citrus was delightful. I have brewed with Sorachi Ace hops before and, obviously, Brooklyn was able to do so much more with it. This tasted exactly like I hoped my homebrew turned out.

Slight coating, semi-sweet but mostly light and frothy.

I could drink this all day. Such a nice beer - I paired it with Thanksgiving dinner which was a perfect pairing!

Photo of thecarster1
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter, hazy lemon coloring, dense bright white head, great retention.

s- spicy, peppery, lots of lemon, yeast, bright and dry.

t- bitter and lemony, lemon zest, dry, easily the most lemon ridden beer i've ever had.

m- light in the mouth, slight coating.

d- good, missing something here though, didn't hit me as a terrific beer, i'd drink again, but not seek out and buy.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy ligt gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a chunky head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of pumelo, lemon zest, herbs, cut grass, and shiitake mushrooms.
Taste is of the aromas with a sticky hoppy goodness and a fresh doughy flavor that makes for an intersting spin on a Belgian Pale.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, semi sweet, and gently herbal in the finish.

Photo of BigMike
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely pale yellow with tons of bubbles streaming up the glass. Head is a beautiful white color with the consistancy if beaten eggwhites.

S: Wow. This thing is fragrant. Just like they claim. It's allemon grass and lemon zest. Lots of spice and grassiness.

T: Very spicey and fruity. Lots of lemon grass. The Belgian yeast is nice.

M: Lightbodied. Very refreshing and super easy to drink. Tons of carbonation pulls everything together.

Overall: A very interesting take on the saison. Very fruity and refreshing. The drinkability is tremendous.

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my DFH Pint Glass, reviewed from notes

A-Cloudy Yellow. About an inch of head that leaves behind great lacing while drinking

S-Lemons and Hops

T-Possibly the best tasting lemon flavor I've had. Does not seem artificial at all like other lemon flavored beers. Very sweet as well. Ends with a slight bitter hop finish

M-Very light, carbonated.

D-Very drinkable had the 750mL over the course of Thanksgiving dessert.

EDIT-Accidentally put 4.5 under appearance, changed to the desired 4.

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 WesWes
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer review #3000

The beer pours a hazy/cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild hop bitterness and some farmhouse funk. It's light and refreshing with a nice lemony zest. The taste is good. It has a crisp bitterness up front along with a earthy/farmhouse finish. The malt bill provides a stable base with a basic pale malt flavor. It's light and lemony with a dry/clean finish. I'm not getting as much esters in the taste. I'm guessing the hops are canceling a bit of the character out. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good saison, although I prefer a bit more funk. I especially enjoyed the Sorachi hops. They have a unique character to them that I wouldn't mind trying in another style.

Photo of getgetgettleman
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 8/6/10

A- Golden yellow borderline amber orange. Decent head with night lace. Strong carbonation.

S-Citrus and a hint of corriander. Nice.

T- Lemon and hops.

M-Immediate carbonation sensation. Effervescent. Finish was not long lasting but pleasureable.

D- A nice Saison style that I would recommend to anyone. Yet, because it was from a brewer I respect, it left me looking/wanting something more complex.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my mug(only thing I had at the time)

Appearance is a light yellow with a bit of light orange. Good two and and a half inch white fizzy head with great head retention. Good amounts of lacing is left behind.

Surprisingly this smells a bit more like a Belgian Pale Ale to me. I get a decent lemon citrus smell with some orange coriander and a bit of grass/earthy herbal smell. Some yeast and bit of hay like smell as well.

Taste upfront is very crisp with a lemon citrus taste with a bit of orange coriander backing it up. Midway a bit of a grass/herbal taste shows up with some yeast and cracker like taste finishing it off.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and clean taste that is refreshing and drinks mellow for a Saison.

I thought this was a bit non-traditional like Saison flavor, yet I liked what they did. Overall I would drink this again and recommend it.

Photo of danmouer
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I have often noted, Saisons are my favorite style, but I find most American saisons too far off the mark. Brooklyn brewing's Sorachi Ace, named for the hop that is prominent in the flavor and aroma profile of this beer, is a welcome exception. Okay, a big initial hit of lemongrass hops is not "normal" for a Saison. That said, Brooklyn's S-A hits the mark in spirit, for sure.

Sorachi Ace (tasted from a cork-finished 750) pours beautifully light and gently hazy, pushing up a solid inch and a half of light foam that lingers for a while. with that foam comes a generous nose full of lemon curd, herbs, fresh-mown grass--all delicate but definite. Not in-your-face, but certainly up your nose!

The flavor is light, sweet-pilsen-malt backed by a modestly bitter spine that is fresh and refreshing. Body is light to medium. The mouth fills with soft, meringue-like volume that eases off to a semi-dry, very clean finish. A nice touch of yeast spiciness is there throughout the tasting, making the sweet malt and the tangy fruit blend wonderfully.

This is really a very beautiful beer. Drinkable, reasonably alcoholic, delicious, refreshing, and truly unique. Perhaps not spot-on so far as BJCP guidelines go, but certainly true to the spirit of a thirst-quenching, nourishing, complex and very drinkable saison.

Well done, Brooklyn!

Photo of Spineypanda
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark straw, with a strong frothy head that billows over the top of the glass.
Smells of nice mild hops, that are extremely appetizing.
Taste is citrusy, but also has a good amount of alcohol bite.
The bite is not overwhelming, and the taste from the sugars is so well balanced by the hops.
This is a fantastic saison, and I would recommend it to anyone!

Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before he visited me, I told me good friend and fellow beer connoisseur Frank that I had never tried anything from Brookleyn Brewery and, since he was in NY, if he could get something, I would be most appreciative. He grabbed Sorachi, primarily because he liked the name, and we split this one fine evening.

A hazy orange-gold body with a thick finger of white foam; nice lacing despite modest duration in the Ommegang glass. Good, fruity aromas, plenty of citrus (grapefruit, orange peel, some lemon) with pepper and clove, and some tell-tale farmhouse funk; good smell, no doubt.

The taste is very impressive--very spicy and fruity, blended very well, and light on the palate. After a hearty meal, this was a nice, light accompaniment that was most welcome; very flavorful. Light on the palate, and creamy smooth, Sorachi is a delight, easy-going on an unusually warm Fall day.

I am just thrilled that my first foray into Brooklyn's wares proved so fruitful, pardon the pun. Delicious, delicate, and accessible, I'd be remiss if I passed on the chance to enjoy Sorachi--or anything--from Brooklyn again.

Very good, and certainly recommended.

Photo of dcx10music
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light yellow and very hazy with a moderate head, noticeable lacing all the way down.

S - A very mild and somewhat underwhelming aroma of grass with a little bit of a zip from the hops coming in at the end.

T - More or less just like the smell. The hops are a little more present in the flavor than in the smell, but not too much.

M - Very light. I want to say watery, but don't take that in a negative way, it nicely matches the flavor.

D - Very easy and refreshing to drink. Just like a saison should be.

Notes - A good, but not great, saison. It doesn't live up to its greatest potential (or the hype my friend provided), but it's a pleasant drink while it lasts.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 750 ml brown magnum, caged and corked. Pours out a cloudy yet very bright deep straw/light apricot hue, massive tight rocky white head with excellent retention.

Wow, incredibly clean and straight-forward aroma for this style--crisp clean lemon zest, mandarin and tangerine, even some dry lime, dry grains and some dry spicy and grassy hops. Dry, clean yeast becomes apparent as it warms.

The flavour is incredibly clean for the style as well, another wow. I'm not giving it a full 5 in this category because it's still lacking at least a hint of funk or sharpness (making it seem more like a Tripel or Strong Pale), but the clean balance otherwise must be commended. Clean grainy wheat up front blended with lemon zest, light citrus fruits throughout the middle along with mild spice, light leafy and dry spicy hops on the finish. Nice dry aftertaste of hops, yeast and citrus lingers briefly.

Medium-light mouthfeel, slippery slick texture, with moderate carbonation.

This stuff is awesome. Saison or personal interpretation of a Saison this is a total winner for me, worth every penny (as expensive as it is), and sadly for my wallet I'm going back for more to stock up. This is the bottle I'm bring to every dinner party I attend while it's still available, and it's now my go-to for New Years as well. An all around enjoyable beer that needs to be experienced, and very accessible for those not familiar with the style.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,356 ratings.