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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,587 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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


Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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JCarey

Delaware

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing after the fact. 750 poured in to pint glass.

Great color, great head. Wonderful retention and lacing. Not quite as bright on the nose as you would expect a Belgian, but still the spiciness and tangy, straw/hey characters you want. This thing is almost dead on the money for flavor profile. The yeast compliments this brew nicely and I'm digging the subtle hop character. Some brewers use an overbearing yeast strain on the malts, but not this, and the Champagne yeast used for condition really drys it up nicely. Nice carbonation in the mouth. Drying, warming, tingling spiciness.

What a great brew that I almost passed up on. If you like the Saison/Farmhouse/Belgian style, pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:18:34 | More by JCarey
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jefe2

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - hazy pale straw with fairly quickly dissolving white flat foamy head
Smell - lemon zest and spicy yeast and a little sweet like lemon chess, and a bit of powdery grain smell.
Taste - follows smell, but dry and with some metallic iron flavor just after the dry fore taste. There is a distinctive somewhat rubbery biscuity malt flavor in the middle that is probably from the yeast strain and the uncommon hop (Sorachi Ace). Dry airy finish. After taste is nice, little bit of powdery graininess and little bit of hop spice and tangy malt, but the flavors fade out evenly, without one dominating unpleasantly.
mouthfeel: light and airy, nice
drinkability - very drinkable, light but interesting with a lots of subtlety in underlying flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 05:40:29 | More by jefe2
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simpliciter

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 22:33:51 | More by simpliciter
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HopBomb515

New Jersey

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 22:57:05 | More by HopBomb515
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rwmiscik

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up last night from the boonton liquor store and split it with a friend. We drank it out of snifters.The beer pours a nice yellow hazy color with a thick white head. It was very peppery saison with lemony finish from the sorachi. It was a good beer for the price however Brooklyn has better products.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 15:18:58 | More by rwmiscik
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coy

Mexico

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking corked bottle.

Appearance.- Light yellow very foamy.

Smell.-Very aromatic citrus, herbal notes and the yeast gives a very particular smell.

Taste.- Very spiced, pepper and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel.- Medium with high carbonation.

Overall.- Wierd.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 13:22:56 | More by coy
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SFC21

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a huge 3 inch head that dissipates somewhat quickly down to about 1/2 inch.

S - wow, smelled amazing from the second I popped the bottle. The lemon zest combined with the floral aroma of the Sorachi Ace hops is heavenly.

T - Follows the nose. Lemon zest, some orange citrus, floral from the hops, finishes a little peppery. Delicious and refreshing.

M - light and airy with lots of carbonation. Again, very refreshing, great for a hot summer day.

O - While a bit pricey this was well worth it. An excellent take on the style that I enjoyed immensely.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:36:44 | More by SFC21
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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
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dcx10music

New York

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 21:47:29 | More by dcx10music
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PattyMelt

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Nothing too special. Amber yellow, minimal white head. Doesn't look fantastic, but looks good.
S- a very, very citrus, slight pine.
T- Starts off light, very crisp on the back. High lemon flavor with a strong kick of ginger. Clean & smooth.
M- light bodied.
O- very refreshing summer beer. I can see myself sitting on my deck drinking this for hours. Love it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 02:10:47 | More by PattyMelt
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TonyBrew

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dilly Deli. Served in a goblet super golden yellow. Very bright like a Saison or wit.
Loved the spices at first, but major citrus comes out (reminds me of Barrel House Hocking Hills Hefe from over a decade ago, not now). A very refreshing brew and an excellent follow up to an Avery Czar. It has a dry finish but very refreshing. A great body with medium head. Very happy with this brew, cannot wait till the Deli gets more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 17:50:12 | More by TonyBrew
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JimLetson

New York

4.47/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 22:28:23 | More by JimLetson
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KATE12

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the second time while watching the Giants game yesterday.

Color-golden straw color

Mouthfeel-smooth, silky mouthfeel

Aroma-great aroma! Hints of fruit and floral aspects

I really enjoyed this beer. The head and lacing were outstanding and the taste was excellent. You really get flavors of wheat with some citrus and malt with a floral finish. It has a very smooth taste and is easy to drink and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 16:01:04 | More by KATE12
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Nutwood

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw this on the new drafts board at my main spot. Inquired about the style and was informed is was a Saison on tap.

Draft, 10 oz. pour into a goblet at ideal temperature.

A: Rich, slightly hazed golden color; half-finger of lingering head, a nice slightly yellowish off-white that lingered and laced pleasantly.

S: Country air aroma of hay, light fresh earth, spice, a touch of pine and lemongrass, an impression of tropical and floral without being sweet or perfumey. Nice notes of yeast hinting at the flavor to follow.

T: Follows nose and adds delicately balanced malt and hops. Taste is assertive but not aggressive; complex but very cohesive. Any bitter components present in the Sorachi hops are subdued and integrated into the overall complexity. There is a mellow spice hops flavor balancing the malt on the front, and the finish returns to the floral and lemongrass. There is a bit of elusive fruit here, the closest I can come is pear. After-taste is lip smacking fresh and clean and makes you want to savor and reflect before sipping again.

M: Medium body with carbonation present but in proportion to the flavor; the bubbles have presence but do not interfere with the taste.

O: This beer for me was inspiring; after a day of very high IBUs this was a refreshing eye-opener. It showed up big-time and reminded me there is more to beer than booze, bitterness and in-your-face attempts at "boldness". This is personal and is probably just an individual reaction, but the second and third sips of this gave me a bit of goose-flesh. This is a beer I will return to soon and often.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 16:14:58 | More by Nutwood
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samoblue

California

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 15:12:38 | More by samoblue
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shageman331

Maryland

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

750ml was about $13. Poured into my Allagash glass.

Appearance- slightly hazy straw lemon color with a large rocky white head... maybe four fingers from a moderate pour

Smell- more muted than I expected but I get hints of lemon-ish and a very slight mustyness fitting a saison

Taste- probably poured too cold.... definitely opened up as it warmed. Lemongrass is there up front (I'm assuming the sorachi hops)... interestingly enough I get a little bit of a hefeweizen taste on the back end (banana, cloves). Finishes nice and dry.... a solid saison

Mouthfeel- carbonation is lively and crisp... on par with what I have had with other saisons

Overall - I think this is quite a solid brew. Not quite as interesting as I was hoping, but solid nonetheless. As a side note, this paired quite well with greek yogurt.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 03:47:58 | More by shageman331
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memphischas

Tennessee

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn is a new comer to TN. Had this previously on tap at Young Ave. Deli. Reviewing 25 oz. bottle purchased at Midtown Spirits in Nashville.

Poured into my tulip glass with a 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, no significant lacing. This Ace has a hazy golden color with a slight pink hue. Smells like Belgian yeast and lemon. Earthy, grassy taste; I can taste the yeast it has a sour tang to it, peach aftertaste. Strong carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Mellows down as it warms and settles. Good brew, I think I preferred the Ace on-tap. From the bottle B+. On-tap A-

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:57:22 | More by memphischas
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rixcat

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look at that big fat three-finger snowball white head, like a real Champagne of beers. Fresh zesty seasoned smell with a light sweet malty spinal column rising from this pretty amber brew. The flavor seems to match the scent as the hop's indescribably unique citron demonstration steals the show. More than subtle, less than front forward, Brooklyn Brewery does it again, for me at least. The only visual obstructing the view through this clear golden cloudless thirst-quenching indulgence are the crystal carbonation bubbles drifting up to support the stable fetching white head. This may be my new favorite beer! I can drink this all day. I better put some of this in the vault before it's all gone. I feel like if I tried to make something that nearly resembles this beautiful brew that I would certainly fail. Brooklyn Brewery, I love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 12:46:24 | More by rixcat
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ChuckHardslab

Texas

4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass. It pours a beautiful slightly hazy straw color with a thick bright white head that settles into a thin cap.

The smell is lemon citrus with a hint of grass. These is a slight pleasant funk. The taste reminds me of being in a field on a summer morning. There is a light sweetness at the start with a blast of lemon from the hops and some fruitiness. The finish is clean, dry and refreshing. There's a hint of a pepper with pleasant alcohol warmth. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:48:14 | More by ChuckHardslab
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wstein70

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 02:19:55 | More by wstein70
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martincm

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this glass is disappearing fast. It is a very smooth brew and looks beautiful in the glass with that intermittent lacing. It is lacking in saison-tartness, but makes up for it in an interesting sweetness. Maybe just a touch more of hops would put it out of the park.

Overall: Buy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:25:00 | More by martincm
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glassbrass440

Illinois

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

Aroma: Citrus peel, candied ginger, and grass fill my nose.

Appearance: Ever so slightly cloudy. Straw gold with a bright white head that lingers. Tiny bubbles slowly migrate to the top of the glass much like champagne.

Taste: Lemon. Lots of lemon. Very unique. Some grassy notes as well. There is a slight metallic character that comes in far behind the citrus. As the label states, "it tastes like sunshine in a glass", and I couldn't agree more.

Palate: Amazingly light for such a strong brew. Very well attenuated and dry without being thin. The carbonation is reminiscent of champagne.

Overall: This is a good toasting beer as elegant as the label.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 05:30:10 | More by glassbrass440
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canjeeps

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to pop this one with Bottlequeststeve. Picked it up at wegmans a few months ago for $12ish. Any to the brew
A- very gold to light gold color. Very well carbonated. Bubbles were sticking on the sides of the glass. Decent head

S- very Saison like. Earthy a touch of sweetness and then I got the Sorachi hop presence. Quite strong hop smell

T- the first sip was like how it first smelled. Good at first then ingot pounded by the hop bitterness. I like hops but this one was just bitter and outbid balence.

M- good, exactly what it should be for this style

O- this one was disappoint. It was just to bitter and not in a good way. Maybe with some more time the hop bitterness will fade

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 15:24:28 | More by canjeeps
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ferrouswolf

Delaware

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
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narwhal

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Sorachi Ace beer. Local beer guy saw me picking up Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale as usual & convinced me to try this one instead. Short summary - a perfectly respectable beer, but I'll be staying with the Tank 7 in future.

This was a large format bottle poured into pint glasses. I was startled by the amount of head - a lot more than I expect from a saison. Appearance is cloudy & unremarkable. Surprisingly low aroma beer in general - every description I've read talks of lemongrass, but I didn't catch it. Taste - the "other" hops seem to dominate over the Sorachi Ace. Very good on the amount of "sourness" that you get on the front of a saison, before settling into a hoppy back end. Mouthfeel is definitely on the dry side which I appreciate very much.

Obviously I need to try a couple more Sorachi hopped beers before I decide if they are worth the fuss for me. This is a very drinkable saison but not a great one.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:25:58 | More by narwhal
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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