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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace

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Ratings: 1587
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%

Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: rtepiak on 07-29-2009)
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Photo of TheFightingMongooses

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. The only bottled/freshness date is a small 2012 printed on the back label. I just have to mention that I love the label design/artwork! It's simple yet incredibly classy, especially the back panel.

Appearance - Big fluffy white head from the initial pour goes down slow. The beer is crystal clear pale golden with moderate yet active carbonation.

Smell - The aroma is light and refreshing. I get slightly sour white grapes, a touch of straw/hay, a good mix of clove-like spice, and a bit of sweet honey. Pleasant, earthy, fruity, complex, awesome!

Taste/Mouthfeel - The beer is silky smooth and light on the tongue, with hints of coconut (or maybe vanilla) and pineapple over a solid honey-sweet malt foundation. The spice is well integrated. At first the aftertaste was coarse and disagreeable, but as I keep drinking it becomes less noticeable.

Overall - The weird aftertaste is the only thing that detracts from this beer, otherwise it is outstanding! This may become my go-to saison when I want something light and complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 01:41:32 | More by TheFightingMongooses
Photo of ferrouswolf


4.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:26:11 | More by ferrouswolf
Photo of sjones5045

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour yellow with a great amount of white head. Looks like a beer in a beer commercial.

The smell is sort of like that musty farmhouse ale smell but I also pick up a Belgium strong kind of sme too with some spice.

The taste is pretty good. It's very carbonated and it does have a bit of the Belgium strong feel but with the lemon notes from the Sorachi coming through. It's a very interesting beer. The lemon taste isn't quite like anything I've had. It does finish with a bit if bitter but it never goes over the top.

Overall, I like this as something different and refreshing. It doesn't wow me but it definitely has a right ace and right time for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:59:19 | More by sjones5045
Photo of sevenarts

New York

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale and slightly cloudy yellow. White head, good retention and a bit of lacing.

S: Lemony, grassy, funky with lots of underlying Belgian yeast.

T/M: Lemony and hoppy up front. Then a bit of spice and some musty yeasty notes. The finish is back to the lemon with a lingering bready, yeasty quality. Smooth and quite creamy.

O: A really interesting saison variation with a nice, distinctive hop character from the sorachi varietal. Tasty and subtle.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 21:36:16 | More by sevenarts
Photo of SourCK

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden and unfiltered. Very carbonated with a thick white head a little over one finger thick.

Smell: Strong scent of lemon and citrus. Subtle hop character. Hint of barnyard.

Taste: Characteristic belgian yeast flavor dominated by lemon. The hop flavor is over powered by the lemon. I like the tart character, but wish that the beer was a little more balanced.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation levels, typical of saisons. Somewhat coarse and tingles the palate.

Overall: This was a good representation of the saison style. I think there was too much lemon zest over powering the other flavors for my taste. I would drink this beer again, but I won't rush out to buy another immediately.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:47:00 | More by SourCK
Photo of TubaManJack


4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So after seeing this beer on many shelfs I decided why not

Appearance - Huge thick white sudsy head a light yellow body that is quite hazy.
Smell - Unriped bananas and hops. The nose of the hops is unique and a mix between being pungent funk and light herbal.
Taste- this is a farmhouse ale no question with its lighter malts and slight sourness from the yeast. However the hops do play a larger role than most. The hops do prove a different component that I am having a hard time pining down.
Mouthfeel - full slightly dry mild carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 02:20:48 | More by TubaManJack
Photo of RichD

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from this big ass corked and caged bottle into my Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, straw yellow with an enormous head. Lots of sudsy goodness with this one. It actually fades pretty quickly.

S: Smells very lemony with a touch of yeast. Not my favorite, but still good.

T: The taste consists of a lemony zest which undoubtedly comes from the Sorachi ace hops. A little peach flavor comes in after and I can taste some buttery yeast that comes in at the end. Good stuff.

M: A creamy, but kinda light flavor is left in the mouth. Quite crisp and enjoyable. It makes me long for another sips.

Overall: This is nice. I hope to get one for the summer time as I can see me drinking this on the deck on a warm day. I like this and will definitely buy another bottle in May or June for the summer. Brooklyn has a winner and I know why they decided to bottle this one and distribute it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 22:19:23 | More by RichD
Photo of DaveAnderson


3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this on shelves for a while, and finally just went for it. I chilled it down, and prepared to serve it. I made the mistake of getting intrigued by the label after removing the cage, and about 20 seconds later, was rewarded with a pop and thunk of cork off ceiling. Into the glass it went.

I want to describe the beer as hazy yellow, but it's not just yellow. If I hold it up to the light, it seems to get darker, almost peachy, but really pale. It's hard to find the right words, but it's quite lovely. The head looks like beaten egg whites, so fluffy and white and with such fine bubbles. It doesn't really stick around, though, and leaves behind little lacing.

This smells very metallic. As it warms, this dissipates and leaves something more delicate, like pears, and a hint of butter. It's very subtle.

It tastes nothing like it smells. Wow. It's zesty and peppery and clean. Bitterness is very restrained. It's soft on the tongue. The fine bubbles are contributing here. Must be the Champagne yeast.

This is really pleasant to drink. It's clean, refreshing, and light, but never boring. I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 06:33:06 | More by DaveAnderson
Photo of DenverLogan


4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer of evening...I have a whole big beautiful bottle to myself...stamp #2342. Pours a beautiful hazy wheat gold with continuous small white head. A few dark floating particulates at the bottom add intrigue. Aroma of lovely fields of grain and bread. Taste of a good saison, not too spicy or citrusy, but components of lemon, orange zest, black pepper, grains of paradise, chives, lemongrass, sourdough bread, modest hops & slight finish of funk! Overall very tasty ans satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:57:57 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a yellow-orange colored brew with a one finger fizzy white head. The head faded quite fast leaving only a light amount of lacing behind.

Smell – The aroma is fruity and yeasty. Lemon and orange greet the nose with some highlights of tropical fruits mixed within. A yeasty smell brings with it some pepper, grass and a spicy note. Rounding out he smells are some notes of a citrus and floral hops.

Taste – The taste begins with a lots of the fruit that was detected in the nose. Orange and apple create the bulk of the fruit taste up front, but are joined by tropical notes as the taste advances. While upfront the yeast is on the tamer side, it grows rather strong more toward the middle and the end. With the yeast comes a peppery and grassy/haylike taste more classic of the farmhouse style. At the end with flavors that the yeast brings getting stronger a yeasty, sweet, haylike/grassy and sour fruit taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side but yet maintained a rather crisp feel. The higher level of carbonation only accentuates the crispness, complementing well the tart and fruity flavors of the brew. Not too shabby.

Overall – A very nice drinking and flavorful brew. I would definitely recommend, as it was a nice blend of funky, smooth, citrus, and sweet. One to give a go to if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 02:06:21 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 23:12:02 | More by Siriusfisherman
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

The body sits a pale, hazy orange color with a thin one finger cap. Not a very pretty pour by the bartender. The cap has some good staying power, as it never truly disappears. Some lines of lace strewn about.

The nose is full of wet hay, undercooked bread, black pepper, and lemongrass. Some bubble gum/cotton candy lying underneath. Fairly straightforward saison base with the addition of sorachi ace over top.

Soft bubble gum, undercooked bread, and wet hay roll onto the palate. Soft, lush feel. Lemon grass and lemon peel through the middle with some black pepper. The finish is some cotton candy/bubble gum and lemongrass and a hint of black pepper.

Medium feel, soft, and lush. A little bit of warming pops up late.

This is a pretty decent saison. Some unique character from the sorachi ace hops, but nothing special. Strong flavors, solid representation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 21:56:52 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, golden yellow pour, hazy, 2+ inch head, tons of lacing. The aroma is lemony, peppery, spicy. The flavor is very lemony, fruity, hint of pepper, drying finish. Highly carbonated, easy drinking, light body. A very nice saison, I am a big fan of the Sorachi Ace hop.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:46:57 | More by bonkers
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cork popped and beer poured reveals a orange colored amber beer with a slight haziness with thin head. Smells of fruity yeast and pineapple lemony hops.

The flavor is less distinct and loses some of the fruity complexity in the scent. The lemon hops, which I imagine is from the sorachi developed hops (never had sorachi before) is prevalent. While this may have been the goal of Brooklyn brewery it comes off as a one note beer without much depth. Mouthfeel is lively and the beer finishes extremely dry. It would be interesting to see wider use of the hops to offer some variety, but I have never seen another beer advertised using this variety.

An interesting beer that I'm glad I tried, but Unlikely I would purchase again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:38:18 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of jimilayne

New York

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Eagle Provisions in Brooklyn. Poured from bottle into a chalice glass.'

Appearance: Nice sun yellow body with a thick, foamy 2-finger head.

Smell: Strong bitter yeasty nose with some citrusy and hoppy goodness. Doesn't reflect the taste and

Taste: Yeasty, champagne-y taste but not overpowering on the tongue. Refreshing even. Hint of lemon in there. Based on the nose I expected it to have a strong lingering aftertaste, but it doesn't.

Overall: Surprising burst of deliciousness after the bitter nose. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 00:32:49 | More by jimilayne
Photo of superspak


4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled 7/12/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, pineapple, clove, orange zest, pepper, herbal, earth, grass, floral, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big lemon, pear, pepper, pineapple, apple, orange zest, clove, herbal, grass, earth, floral, and yeast spices. Light earthy bitterness on the finish with light tartness; with lingering notes of light fruits, lemon, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of flavors; great spiciness/malt balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly slick and very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class saison! Fantastic balance and complexity of flavors; insanely smooth and crisp to sip on. A truly incredible experience when it is quite fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 04:34:23 | More by superspak
Photo of Ryan011235


3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Woodlands Tavern on 5/24/12

Pale, dull golden yellow; maybe a tad dirty. Slightly hazy. One finger cap of foam. Thin retention, but thick trails of lace.

Smells really nice with a slew of cracklin' lemon tones: lemon zest and lemon grass. Floral hops and prairie grass, too. Notes of cotton candy and banana as it opens up. Maybe some tart apple. Hints of clean grains.

The taste is much of the same, though with more of a fruity penchant. Juicy apple and fruity esters mix with zesty lemon hops and prairie grass freshness. Hints of toasty grain, but there's no doubt this is about the hops and twangy yeast.

Moderately light body with a crisp, distinct feel. Carbonation is punchy. The finish is clean.

Overall, this is darn tasty and very easy to drink. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 05:52:08 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden straw hazy pour with a nice fluffy head and a moderate level of lace. The smell is a burst of juicy lemon and lemongrass, belgian yeast, spice, mango and pineapple. The flavor has a clean belgian bannana profile with lemongrass and a grassy phenolic finish. Solid saison with a hop variety you dont get to see often. Glad to have had it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 22:11:52 | More by Tschnab
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark yellow. Big pulley head settles to a finger of head. Web of spotty lacings.

Yeast and restrained citrus on the nose. Dont't know if it's just the style, but I really want to say spice, coriander even. Mostly though it's comforting lemon, like neo citron (not in a bad way).

Dusty yeast plays a big role in this relatively simple brew. Bit strong up front, mellows in the middle and let's through lemongrass (the Thai cook in me wants to say ginger) and fresh grass seed. Finish is trying with more yeast.

I'm not sure if this is the best way to showcase a hop, and the scaled back Saison Isn't going to blow anyone's mind. Still, a nice drinker with a bit of something different.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:46:23 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of spokeydonkey

New York

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy burnished gold in color with a thick and lasting white fluffy head. Lemon zest, pepper and soapy aroma.

Taste: opens up spicy and crisp, follows up with a hint of malty sweetness, finishes with strong pepper and lemon zest and even some soapiness with hints of pear in the background. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy head helps balance out the very light body to this beer. Crisp carbonation and astringency makes the finish a bit harsh.

Overall: I want to like this beer more than I actually do. I love saison-style ales and unique hops, but the hops dominate this one a bit too much, covering up the saison yeast character. The harsh finish drops the drinkability a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:52:28 | More by spokeydonkey
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lives up to the special hops hype. Poured a 2" white head with long life. The body is a hazy raw sienna yellow color. The smell is different including the lemon zest but also spiciness, malt, even soap. Taste mirrors the smell, especially the lemon zest, and also has caramel and a touch of sour. Medium rich body. Finish is a little soapy. Interesting and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 02:09:07 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of Sharkophile

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant cloudy golden color with a white head made of very fine bubbles. Retention is good and the beer leaves lacing.

S: Smells fruitier than the typical saison, with alot of banana and citrus, along with the customary spiciness, some pleasant citrussy hop character, and a bit of booze.

T: Like the smell, it's initially quite sweet, with pear, banana, orange and honey like flavors chiming in. Goes spicy with some more citrus, allspice and clove, and finishes dry and quite crisp without a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation for a saison. Serves the beer quite well.

O: Excellent, excellent saison. Haven't had another quite like it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 21:46:11 | More by Sharkophile
Photo of eriktoyra


4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale golden hazed liquid into the glass. The head is off-white and about two fingers high. Nice curtains on the glass.

S: Smells of chalk, dill and coconut flakes.

T: Tastes dill, chalk, white bread, dried coconut flakes.

M: Medium body with medium alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 19:18:17 | More by eriktoyra
Photo of flagmantho


4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a mild haze and a big, active effervescence. Head pours three fingers of frothy white foam. I like it!

Smell: light but enticing funkiness and sourness atop a sweet, chalky malt base. Not a lot of the hops seem to make it through the overall funk, but it's still pretty nice.

Taste: moderately funky flavor with less sourness than the aroma would indicate. Malt is nice and sweet and a fruity, somewhat piney character comes through which must be the hops. Overall, quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Love it!

Overall: an interesting, tasty and refreshing saison. I will definitely try to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:18:30 | More by flagmantho
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Allagash tulip/chalice glass

A - Seriously effervescent. Duvel territory or beyond. Massive head with a huge stream of bubbles coming from the base of the etched glass. Three to four fingers of a tan head rest atop a lightly orange, chill-hazy golden ale.

S - Fresh and clean, with peppery spicy yeast, lightly bitter and lemony hops, and some grain.

T - A bit spicy, a bit bitter, the beer does a good job of more closely incorporating the hop into the commonly less-hoppy saison. It is light and refreshing but also biting with pepper notes and hoppy bitterness. Lemony too!

M - Light body with a ton of carbonation that goes great with the flavor, plus a drying finish.

O - Very good beer and unlike any other saison I have had. The Sorachi Ace hop seems to be bittering and lemony in my experience here, need to seek out other beers that feature it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 21:10:29 | More by greenmonstah
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,587 ratings.