Sorachi Ace
Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #310
Ranked #6,871
4.08 | pDev: 11.03%
Sunday at 09:07 PM
Jul 29, 2009
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Notes: 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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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

April 2012. 750 ml corked bottle, at a tasting with Garrett Oliver. ABV is 7.6%. Hazy deep golden colour, large white head. Excellent spicy aroma, notes of sandalwood and lemongrass. Spicy flavour, complex and fairly dry. Very good. Hopefully this beer will be imported to Norway by Ringnes now, and released for a limited period.

*Sampled on numerous occasions later.

Sunday at 09:07 PM
4.18 by Jarrod_LC from Louisiana on Apr 30, 2021
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 16, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by elNopalero from California

This was my first introduction to the Sorachi hop, many years ago. I’m glad to see it’s still around.
Pours a slightly hazy gold. Nice, lemony-citrus note with some Belgo-funk on the aroma. This is spicy, and crisply effervescent.

Jul 02, 2020
3.61 by theskinnyferret from Colorado on Mar 15, 2020
4.38 by delmarkchicago from Illinois on Mar 04, 2020
4.02 by jjboesen from Maryland on Feb 04, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by gvickery from Texas

50-55 degrees in a standard pint glass.
Orangish yelllow, slightly cloudy.
Smells of lemon, caramel, some slight barnyard funk.
Taste is initially sweet, fruity, some lemon, very light yeasty funk. Very complex with a “high pitched” bitterness that kicks in right after the sweetness fades. Very interesting flavors. Abv will be evident after about 6 oz.
Great beer.

Feb 02, 2020
3.99 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Jan 12, 2020
3.4 by Leftover1223 from New Hampshire on Dec 26, 2019
3.95 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Dec 26, 2019
3.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Dec 01, 2019
3.95 by sisterofba from Maryland on Nov 23, 2019
4.05 by Eman17 from Illinois on Oct 17, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by deleted_user_995920

Poured into a Libbey Belgian beer glass. Looks semi opaque lemon/light golden color. Decent fizzy head which sticks around a while. Smell is markedly lemon, wet wool. Taste is lemony with some minor funk coming into play.Feels well carbonated, finishes dry. Leaves symmetrical lacing in glass. This is a good beer to shrug off the sweet October offerings e.g. Pumpkin, Marzen. Overall this is a very tasty worthwhile Saison.

Oct 16, 2019
4.41 by gooddaydiablo from Texas on Sep 14, 2019
4.05 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Sep 13, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Mugman8 from New York

Cloudy lemon color on the pour, head dissolves quickly with some lacing. Aroma has citrus and lemongrass along with a musty funk. Taste is hoppy and both sour and sweet with a dry finish. I like this one a lot and will be buying again. A very good beer at a fair price.

Aug 22, 2019
3.64 by florisj135 from Virginia on Jul 28, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Brew_42 from Massachusetts

Pours cloudy gold with a head that disappears quickly

Aroma is citrus and lemongrass

Taste is citrus, pepper, lemongrass, and peaches with a floral aftertaste.

Feel is medium body with decent carbonation.

Overall a tasty saison from an American brewery. Well-earned reputation.

Jun 27, 2019
3.43 by stanale from Illinois on Jun 18, 2019
4.17 by chiefz1 from New York on Jun 08, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a hazy straw color with a small head that quickly thins out.

Light in body and carbonation . Smells of bready yeast. Tastes of yeast and cloves.

One of my go-to saisons!

Jun 08, 2019
4.08 by emerge077 from Illinois on May 30, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by LarryV from Massachusetts

Pours a cloudy yellow with a small non-sustaining head. Aroma is citrusy, with a little funk added. Taste is somewhat puckering at first, lemony, spicy, peppery. The sorachi hops make their presence known on the back of the palate and linger long into the after taste. A rather different beer, definitely worth a try and very good with some grilled chicken kabobs. Hides the 7.2% abv pretty well too, a good summer beer.

May 11, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by MattDecker from Texas

Look: Amber, golden
Smell: ginger, lemon, citrus, similar smells to a Belgium (for me anyway)
Taste: lemon grass, light ginger, citrus, spice. The ginger and spice are up front, then followed by a grassy/light hoppy citrus flavor. Not bold/strong flavor, but it is a surprising flavor profile for sure if you're not expecting it.
Feel: light-medium body, fits this beer very well!
Overall: interesting, this beer does not fit into any typical style of beer. It's like someone made a shandy, but with ginger ale or ginger beer instead of lemonade. Was initially confused by this beer, but with repeat tastings it has grown on me. I think it's because I now know what to expect going into it and am liking it more and more. Great summer/float the river beer!

Apr 21, 2019
4.33 by KiwiBrent from New York on Mar 18, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by nosho from Massachusetts

I had to try a few (not at one sitting!) to get a feel for this one - it is not like the robust ales I usually default to. Once I became familiar with it, I really came to like its character. my palette isn't soohisticated, but this is balanced, light amber color, hazy and slightly carbonated on pour, slightly sweet finish after it sits in the glass. Too bad I'm writing this in winter... this would ba great glasson a summer evening.

Mar 03, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NedFredHead from Massachusetts

Huge foamy head with some lacing, lemony zest with grassy hop notes. A bit of spice comes in at the end. Deceptively alcoholic.

Feb 18, 2019
4 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Feb 04, 2019
4.06 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Jan 18, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a slight hazy straw yellow with a large white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no e lacing around the glass.

S:. Notes of lemongrass, light grapefruit and lemon, mixed with a grassy hop and notes of the spicy saison yeast.

T:. Lemongrass with light teases of lemon, orange and grapefruit and finishes with a grassy hop and the spicy saison yeast. Taste is subtle but very good.

F:. Lighter body good carbonation, overall very easy drinking.

O:. Heard good things about this beer and now that I have had it, this is a fantastic saison.

Jan 18, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Iphilo4life from New York

Fantastic beer! By far the best part if the variety pack that I bought!

Jan 12, 2019
4.03 by BeenTired from Pennsylvania on Jan 06, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by JasonC73 from Maryland

Had to wait a long time to get this in my Kegerator, so glad I did! Pours a hazy yellow with a nice foamy head. Taste is lemony up front but fades to a nice spice. I wouldn't say it's a sessionable beer as it's a bit high in the ABV but it's a definite go to for me now.

Dec 28, 2018
3.99 by ChuckTom from Arizona on Dec 23, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle

Yellow in color, white head. Fruity lemon and citrus aroma. Taste is dry, mild herbal notes along with the lemon. Thinner bodied, fizzy carbonation.

Dec 21, 2018
4 by ruzzal from Texas on Dec 03, 2018
4.08 by RollDamnTide from Florida on Dec 01, 2018
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