Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by rtepiak on 07-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,825
Reviews:
707
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
243
Gots:
728
For Trade:
10
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Photo of Vetbidder
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange tinged look with a slight white head. The immediate nose for me was citrus and bready malts. Citrus/lemon , slightly sweet malt and some slight bitterness are the main flavors I detect. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with fairly strong carbonation. Got to admit, I did not know this was a Saison when I was drinking it but thought it was a good brew none the less.

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Photo of Nace4
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of lemon, grassy notes, spice and some toasted caramel. Nice spicy flavor with pepper and clove. Sweet caramel and a hint of lemon.

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Photo of Jchow17
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drews240
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VoxRationis
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a tap into snifter glass at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Yonkers, NY.
A: Pours a hazy, bright straw to golden color with less than a half inch, white head. Low head retention and limited Belgian lacing.
S: Floral aroma initially, with bread and spice notes. Perhaps a whiff of citrus.
T: Pleasant taste of lemon/lemongrass most notable with a spicy zestiness (?ginger). Only mild bitterness, but does leave a tingling sensation on the palate.
M: Light to medium bodied, persistent effervescence.
O: Complex, subtle, and very balanced. Would definitely drink, serve, share. Really nice execution.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingjohnh
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey_L
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeLoynes
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of qrazvan
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour, a bit cloudy, medium head, nice carbonation.
Fruite, flowery smell, honey also.
Taste of honey mainly, then ripped fruits, some citrus also. Fresh sensation, little bitterness.
A different from the usual hops with a very interesting feel.
Very refreshing, should be tried out.

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Photo of mldennison22
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of win007
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shade1951
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like this a lot! Refreshing without being watery. Lemony but without bitterness or sourness. The hops do not assault the palate.

I like the cloudy golden color. Leave a fair amount of lacing for those who care about such things. The smell is muted - what little I get is pleasant. The flavor is very, very nice. It tastes "bright." I supposed that's because of the lemon notes.

I will buy this again without hesitation. Now if I could only get Brooklyn to bring back their Monster Ale....

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a soft hazy burnt pale orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing slid into the beer. The smell started off with some zesty lemon pulp and rind leading into nice sweet lemongrass tones. Some peppercorn helps to balance in a nice spicy sort of way. The Belgian yeast helps to add a light little bit of breadiness as it warms. The taste offers the nice zesty appeal flowing over the sweet and spiciness of the previously mentioned flavors. A dry citrusy aftertaste leads into a sweet dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel to it. Carbonation rises softly allowing the bitterness of the citrus rind being the harshness on my tongue. Overall, I actually went into this with low expectations, and it turned out better than I had thought. I’d have this again.

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Photo of Stockatron
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful unfiltered golden look. Smell is yeast dominated, to me it smells like bread after the first prove before you shape it ... raw bready yeast smell? Palate starts off that way before citrus hops come in with some nice flavours and then bitterness. Had this one from a six pack (very fresh in NY), but also paired with a clam bake/chowder dish at Eleven Madison Park, just before it closed recently. A classy beer for sure. Saison not one of my favourite styles, but this one i like a lot.

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Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoohMooh
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

semi-opaque straw yellow. Head is fingernail-thin but steady. Lots of lacing as well.

smells grainy and earthy. Lemon. Strong alcohol presence. Ginger? Or maybe something like wasabi?

taste is pretty sweet upfront, nicely balanced by the bitterness. Cocoa/coffee. Very nice earthy-grainy/fruity contrast. Apple, strawberry.

Medium body, fizzly carbonation.

I like it.

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Photo of AmandaVegas
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow in color and lightly cloudy. There's a fingernail of bright white on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of earthy saison yeast along with some light citrus and lemon. There's a lot of flavor going on here. I detected lightly sweet pale malt, citrus, earthy and peppery saison yeast, and coriander. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of Kurzman
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h4ger
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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