Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

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.

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Reviews: 749 | Ratings: 2,952
Photo of LarryV
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of MattDecker
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of nosho
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of JasonC73
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

12 oz. Bottle
BB: APR 02 2019

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice cloudy yellow/orangy color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, hoppy, with some pretty nice grassy/wheaty notes, lemon, licorice. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, hoppy, with some really nice grassy/wheaty notes, nice lemon, with some licorice. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Nice to see Brooklyn around here. Bring more!

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and cage bottle split 2 ways (though had first on tap at the brewery a couple years back). Pours out a slightly hazy pale golden yellow - well carbonated but limited white head. Aroma is sweet - lemon, citrus, bubblegum - bit of peppery spice.
Taste follows - lemon, bubblegum, honey sweetness, peppery but finishing with a crisp slightly hoppy dryness. Deliciously refreshing.

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Photo of erk0607
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour with BB date of 12/1/18, tasted on 10/25/18.

Look: Golden orange with a soft, dull white head. Lots of yeast. Like, haze bomb levels of sediment/chunkiness. Not just a bit in the bottom like a hefe that you swirl in... but a lot. Head readily reappears.

Smell: Funky lemon rind, kind of like a cleaning ammonia. Grassy. Yeasty. Bready. Old library book/hall. Thinking more on it, it reminds me of gun cleaning solution, which makes sense because there's typically ammonia in there too...

Taste: Toasted bread. Phenolic funkiness from the yeast up front. Earthy. Soft grassiness. Bold. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Feel: Smooth carbonation but kind of energetic when it pops on the palate. Medium-heavy body that clings. Not a "crisp" refreshing, but easily drinkable.

Overall: Would get again if I was doing a build your own six pack and wasn't able to decide on anything else. Not bad by any means and would consider if I was in the mood for a saison.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sparkling burnt gold with a thick, off-white bubbly blanket curving upward in a tall bubbly ridge.

Smell starts as bready, sparkling white wine with grassy hops that actually bring light notes of sake. Apple, pear and corn aromas are also present before caramel emerges as it warms.

Taste contains some Belgian spice but it's balanced and measured, and it needs to be, because all of the other flavors--toffee, golden raisin, pear, toast and allium-esque hops--are fairly delicate.

A pillowy froth lifts a medium-light body before a tingly, semi-dry finish.

This is much better than most ostentatious, overly phenolic and spicy American attempts at Saison. That said, it's not quite able to measure up to the few greats that have raised the bar in the style, like Jester King and Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of comrade_hanson
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. The beer itself is gorgeous, with a deep orange colour and a light, quickly fading head. Aroma is full on hops, with a piney and lemon smell. The taste is extremely odd in its evolution though - What starts out as kind of a farmy, fragrant saison in the front all of a sudden becomes bitter and citrusy by the finish. While not distasteful, it does feel out of place. Mouthfeel feels pretty typical for a saison style, with a decent amount of carbonation and body. All in all it's not a bad beer, but I really don't feel like these hops really work well with this style. I think a Sorachi IPA would have been a less eye-catching or interesting, but probably an overall better choice for what this beer was going for.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 monkist
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What are we dealing with here? Let me update the notes:
"Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a crackingly dry, hoppy, unfiltered golden farmhouse ale featuring the rare Sorachi Ace hop."
So here we are.
It IS dry.
It IS hoppy.
It IS unfiltered indeed.
It IS golden, both in color but also as in a golden ale. Carries with it subtle hints of belgian-ness in the yeast. But the aroma is overcome with fruits, zesty and tropical. Then you get the flavor, starts out as a Belgian (yuck!) but then immediately changes into bitterness that turns into hoppiness. In this order perhaps.
This is why I love farmhouse ales made in the US! Each and every one is a masterpiece, as you go deeper and deeper into the complexity of the taste and experience something different with each sip.
A true experience indeed, especially for the Sorachi, you don't get this unique hop flavor often. Recommended!

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light amber. Bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Flowery hops and citrus. A spicy orange peel note on occasion.

Taste: Barely tastes like a beer at all! That same floral and fruity note, almost like a wine. Bitter at the back of the flavor, lingering after you swallow. Quite complex.

Mouthfeel: Thick and with only enough carbonation to avoid feeling flat.

Overall: A very intriguing, complex beer unlike anything I've ever had before.

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Photo of Foyle
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12oz bottle in tulip glass. Pours a thin white head that dissipates quickly with mild lacing. Aroma of citrus fruit and herbs. Mouthfeel is medium. Flavors of clove, vanilla, a bit of banana, citrus, and some lingering sharp bitterness. Outstanding saison!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: golden amber color with a very very faint ruby tint in the light. Bubbly bright head that fades to a film pretty quick

S: huge floral note upfront, wheat, lemongrass, citrus zest, vanilla, and a nice earthy herbal note. Very unique smelling beer, in a good way

T: upfront is a big hit of floral and deep earthy flavors. Sweet malts, lemongrass, and pears.

M: solid medium mouthfeel, that feels big in the mouth due to the carbonation level

O: the aroma on this beer is so unique. Earthy and floral. Taste is nicely harmonized, I enjoy the floral qualities in here. I think it’s a step below the greats of the style, but still above average

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Photo of Dewsby
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L) Pours a lovely, hazy straw color with a creamy white head and good lacing.

S) The nose has a lot going on. It is very floral with notes of lylac, juicy with notes of pungent citrus, zesty with notes of lemon rind, all tied together with a white pepper spiciness. It is quite a pleasure to sniff.

T) Everything present in the nose is on the tongue, with a little bit of a grainy sweetness and dry grassy bitterness to round out the other complexities.

F) This brew is exceptionally smooth, and has a creamy mouthfeel for the style, especially if poured with the yeasty goodness in the bottom of the bottle swirled throughout. It has a refreshing, medium-high carbonation and is a pleasure to sip.

O) I am very impressed by this saison. I paired it with some leftover chicken and creamed spinach, and it made the meal jump from mediocre to quite enjoyable. Would recommend to any saison lover.

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