Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#2,653
Reviews:
737
Ratings:
2,927
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Ratings: 2,927 |  Reviews: 737
Photo of KingpinKev
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RobinLee
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a medium straw color with a decent off-white head. Initial impression is Belgian yeast, lemon, and floral notes. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is clean and dry. I'm not a fan of Belgians but this was tasty.

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Photo of wristshot0
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulFC
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow. Nice, long lasting head. Well carbonated. Taste is oranges, lemons, fruit. Hops come up from below. Finish is crisp and dry. Very unique.

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Photo of RickMontes
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Always wanted to try this beer but couldn’t find it locally. DiCiccos got it, I purchased it. Very good beer. Unique lemon taste and very smooth. Love it!

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Photo of Aurascoper
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright light golden color with moderate activity. Gets quite hazy and veiled as more yeast poured. Foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with average legs but a decent swirl. Flavors of toffee, brown sugar, sweet grains, cinnamon, berries, pears, Belgian yeast, and floral hops? (sorachi). Slick and smooth medium body with crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, moderately flowery while slightly leafy, soft hint of cheese, not much a fruity profile but more of a malty and bready one. No straw like effect from the absence of wheat, instead more like a sweet brown sugar barrel effect similar to a barleywine. High freshness while slightly leathery and vinous but feels proper to the ABV. Nice complexity and really well balanced with high drinkability. It's not as fluffy as a real Saison, more filling but still as uplifting. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emwilke
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maxbarto
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eluvah
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have always been a fan of Brooklyn. I have tried this beer on many occasions wanting to like it. It looks great coming out of the bottle. I love saisons but it must be the Sorachi hop that doesn’t do it for me.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad and a quite refreshing beer. Would be a good session or backyard grilling beer if not for the 7.2% ABV. Not a big saison fan but sometimes pick up Alagash Saison. But this one at $9.00 for a six pack is a good buy. Try it!

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Photo of mtnwesdew
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a big, fluffy four finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Looks like whipped cream. Aroma of grainy malt, saison yeast, lemon and grapefruit and a little pepper. Flavor is grainy and lightly caramel malt, lemon, citrus rind, apple and pear, black pepper. Finishes with citrus hops, light fruit and spice. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. An interesting take on the saison style. There are obviously saison yeast and malt here, but this has a very intriguing flavor progression. It starts pretty much like a semi-dry classic saison, but lemon citrus hops kick in and then some softer, almost golden ale malt flavor develops into a dry, hoppy and grainy saison finish. Odd little flavors of pepper and summer spice as well as light fruit around the edges. Not a classic saison, but the flavor is interesting enough that I was almost finished with the glass while trying to discover the flavors for this review. Now I'll have to try to find another bottle to just savor. Nicely done. Looks great too.

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Photo of iCabaLLero
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not your average saison thats for sure, abv is nice for something mass produced like this, it tastes pretty watered down, goes down easy, i think alot of brewers have a hard time getting saisons right

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Photo of SiepJones
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arrowsmith_
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark yellow in color with a viscous, slightly murky appearance. Poured with a moderate, soapy, bright white foam with moderate retention. Mellow, over-ripe lemon, bready malt, and light, earthy, estery pepper aromas. Dark fruity aromas linger on the edges. Medium bodied with soft, medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel with pleasant boozy warmth toward the finish. Flavors are similar to aroma. Juicy, over-ripe lemon flavors with bready wheat malt flavors. Subdued, light peppery notes on the edges. Medium bitter, slightly tart bite through the middle. Mellow dark stone fruit flavors on the back end with notes of lemon zest and malt. Finished with a boozy bite followed by over-ripe lemon, and a light dark fruity tartness. Lots of hop and estery character that plays nicely together along with a strong malt backbone and pleasant booziness. Very unique and tasty.

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Photo of drh88
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Half-full
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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