Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace
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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

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692
Ratings:
2,773
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Photo of eriktoyra
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale golden hazed liquid into the glass. The head is off-white and about two fingers high. Nice curtains on the glass.

S: Smells of chalk, dill and coconut flakes.

T: Tastes dill, chalk, white bread, dried coconut flakes.

M: Medium body with medium alcohol.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Diamond Club for Brooklyn's ghost bottle night. This one was served in a pint glass.

Sorachi Ace pours a clear dark lemon (I have a hunch I'll be typing that word a lot here) yellow. There's about two fingers of fluffy white foam capping the beer. Head retention is solid, and the beer leaves sheets and sheets of lacing stuck to the glass. The nose is an absolute lemon bomb, reminds me of making fresh squeezed lemonade at work. There's also a bit of pale malt sweetness, but it's very much an ancillary note. The flavor takes that foundation and layers in a subtle clove-pepper spiciness to keep things interesting. It was easy to pick out after having had Brooklyn Radius early in the night, as I'm guessing it comes from the brewery's house Belgian strain, and it's featured more prominently in Radius. The body is impressively light for a beer approaching 8%ABV, the dryness being the mark of a well brewed Belgian style beer. The carbonation is active and effervescent and really helps carry the unique flavor contributed by the hop that gives this beer it's name. I'm thrilled that I'll be able to pick up Sorachi Ace in bottled form any time I want going forward, it's a well made, fairly original saison.

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

Attractive bottle dispenses a fairly clear, dark golden brew with a just-off-white head that pillows up and holds. Wow. Amazing hop character right off the bat in the nose that is very lemon-centric, which also carries notes of citrus, flower and earth. The backbone contributed by the yeast and grains is spicy (pepper/clove? almost non-existent), biscuity and earthy in it's own way. Hops dominate though. Taste is lemony flowers with sweet notes and pepper just before the finish that is wiped away by a zippy heat from the booze, crisp carbonation, and what tastes to me like preserved lemon. As it warms, it seems like some light sweetness comes out and the spiciness in the middle seems to show a bit better. Very nice showcase for a really great hop. Unfortunately, I fear that this unique new hop is the soul of this beer, and if it were to be stripped away and replaced with a more traditional variety in a more traditional level of ibus, you would end up with a very well-made beer that may seem a tad contrived, exhibiting clean, textbook yet conservative, "saison-style" flavor. Very impressive. Very well made. Nowhere close to becoming a classic, although full of classic flavors. Great beer, just lacks soul for me.

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

Poured into Allagash tulip/chalice glass

A - Seriously effervescent. Duvel territory or beyond. Massive head with a huge stream of bubbles coming from the base of the etched glass. Three to four fingers of a tan head rest atop a lightly orange, chill-hazy golden ale.

S - Fresh and clean, with peppery spicy yeast, lightly bitter and lemony hops, and some grain.

T - A bit spicy, a bit bitter, the beer does a good job of more closely incorporating the hop into the commonly less-hoppy saison. It is light and refreshing but also biting with pepper notes and hoppy bitterness. Lemony too!

M - Light body with a ton of carbonation that goes great with the flavor, plus a drying finish.

O - Very good beer and unlike any other saison I have had. The Sorachi Ace hop seems to be bittering and lemony in my experience here, need to seek out other beers that feature it.

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Photo of spicelab
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Orange-straw, just barely hazed. Two finger pillowy white head that falls relatively quickly, sans lace, to a raised ring and film. Rather rapid bead.

The signature pulped banana and lemon custard Sorachi notes are there, but surprisingly don't dominate. The spicy, doughy Saison yeast character shines through nicely with marmalade, bitter citrus pith and mild funk. Solid nose.

Sorachi leads the flavours a little more, but quickly coalesces with the now sour/bitter citric notes, bay leaf and continental parsley into a satisfyingly crisp profile.

Lightish body, but aggressive carbonation makes it very busy for the palate. Moderately tart on the mid and rear.

Great concept and execution. I ordinarily find Sorachi too domineering in Pale Ales / IPAs, however the more aggressive Saison yeast tames it nicely.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head lingers leaving a ton of sticky lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, white pepper, and lemongrass.

T - Taste is lemongrass, Belgian yeast, light sweet malts, and citrus. The finish has some lingering white pepper.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very well done Saison. The lemon dominates the flavor. This would be awesome for a summer day.

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Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a white 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S - Lemon zest & grapefruit with some yeast.

T - Lemon & herbal with malt. Finishes with a crisp & fruity taste.

M - Heavy for a saison.

O - A malt filled lemony & zesty saison. Very refreshing but can be heavier than most saisons.

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Photo of likeablepaper
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle purchased from Wine and Beyond in Edmonton, AB.

Absolutely loved this beer. Saison's are generally one of my favourite styles and this is one of the best I've tried to date. It pours a hazy golden yellow colour with a slightly foamy head. Smells slightly floral with notes of yeast, lemons, and herbs. Tastes much the same with the Sorachi Ace hops imparting a citrus lemon zest which combines well with the higher carbonation of a saison to to deliver a crisp, dry feel.

Thrilled I finally got my hands on a bottle and this beer certainly lived up to my expectations!

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Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Opperman's Cork 'n' Ale last Saturday for $9.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured golden with a near perfect white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose has the classic saison grassy herbal nose with hints of lemon.

Taste is classic saison sans the pepper with a nice lemon drop hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very light and smooth.

Overall this is an extremely lovely brew, wish i had access to this as i could do this again!

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | 750 ml. | 7.6% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: Tulip

Limited:
"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."

Presentation:
I really like the playing-card shaped label. It adds visual flair.

Appearance:
Hazy straw and a wispy, white head.

Aroma:
A spirited nose, streaked with lemon peel, a touch of basil, floral notes, lychee, and pilsner malts.

Taste:
Pils malts upfront followed by a tangy lemon zest and honeyed sweetness. Floral notes dance in the background, where black pepper, cloves, and other garden herbs lurk. Dry and funky finish.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and well carbonated, though not remarkable in any way.

Harmony:
Complex, good alcohol balance, and a profusion of funky flavors. Not for everyone, but a delightfully unique brew.

Would I get it again?:
Maybe. For once I might be satisfied with only one shot at a one-off.

Served: June 2010 @ Ginger Man

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Photo of da_beers
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden straw with a nice finger of head. Good carbonation coming. Very clear no haze. Good lacing coming down.

S - nice hop aroma off the bat, but has a nice spice in there too. Sweet malts are there but not over the top.

T - this is great. Hops on the start with this almost Christmas-y spice note to it. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste that isn't too much (if there is such a thing). Has a little citrus in there as well which is refreshing.

M - nice transition over the palate. Very smooth. Carbonation is great.

O - overall great beer. At the brewery here in Brooklyn and having It this fresh is the best!

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Photo of spacebear09
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very light straw yellow coloration, hazy. Good head, frothy and white.

Smell- Yeast, cat pee.

Taste- Strong Belgian yeast comes through here. Slight barnyard character. Very lemony with some grassy notes. Hint of soapiness. Finishes dry with medium hop character.

Mouthfeel- Highly effervescent carbonation.

Overall a unique and interesting Saison. I'd rank it just behind Tank 7 and Hennepin.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, BB JUL.2015
A - thick, persistent, creamy, white head; hazy pale golden body
S - zesty nose with lemongrass, spicy coriander, yeast
T - similar to aroma with spicy yeast, grass, lemon zest, faint lime zest, wheaty malt
M - medium body, semi-bitter, very dry finish
O - really great use of accentuating the Sorachi hop. I really liked this. You have to like a dry finish to enjoy this one. It might be the dryest finishing beer I've ever had.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

a golden yellow body topped with a big fluffy head that sticks well and recedes slowly. lots of carbonation visible. citrus clove grass and grain present in the nose gives a good invite. lots of clove present in the taste with just a wee bit of citrus some banana on the edge there too. nice hoppy bite in the back. light bodied with some bitter puckering. overall its a damn good beer and definitely worth the price.

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

On tap at Ashley's in Westland. Pours a golden-straw color; translucent with a mild chill haze that eventually fades away as the beer warms up a bit. Big-bubbled, white head is thin all the way throughout, but its small size was most likely due to the pour. Small bits of wet legging cling to the glass momentarily and eventually drip down.

The Sorachi Ace hop is notable for its lemon-like characteristics. Anyone who didn't already know that will definitely realize it after taking a whiff. The nose is packed with lemon in many different hats; lemon peel, lemon zest, lemongrass. Very effervescent; light, yet powerful; smooth, yet crisp. Mild herbal notes, grassy and subtly earthy, showcase themselves alongside the lemon brigade. Belgian yeast is no stranger here, either, adding the classic bubblegum-like aroma that has become oh so familiar. Mild finishing spices; clove, coriander, and faint white pepper.

The taste really integrates the Sorachi Ace hop well - the lemon notes are vibrant and noticeable, yet still manage to blend well with everything else, rather than sound anything out. Lots of flavors clashing all at once with each sip; lemon zest, herbal lemon tea, earthy hops, clove, white pepper, heavy yeast. The malt character is straightforward and basic; sometimes simplicity is the key. They add a nice cracker-like finish with some mild, balancing sweetness. Very like phenol character that only really becomes noticed near the latter half of the glass. Crispy, thanks to the hefty carbonation, finishing pretty dry with fading notes of herbal lemons and spicy yeast in the aftertaste. Thin-medium bodied.

Very good suggestion from Ron. Dangerously drinkable; fresh, crisp, dry, simple, and executed very well. Nice integration of flavor from this unique hop; this beer went down pretty quickly.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: vigorous effervescence , like a tornado; lemon yellow, with an unfiltered fog; huge, fluffy, egg-white head exhibiting solid retention

Aroma: juicy grapefruit, lightly of spruce; overall it's mild

Taste & Mouthfeel: surprisingly clean and silky mouthfeel, expected prickly and possibly flat from the look of the carbonation; fruity and juicy flavour starts things out, of orange and grapefruit pulp - it's hardly bitter until the dry finish, and even then it's mild hops; refreshing, bringing to mind a weizen (there's a touch of spice) or a radler, but with golden malts playing a more distinctive supporting role as backbone; dangerously drinkable for a 7.5% brew

Overall: a real delight to drink, great accompaniment to summer sunshine - light, bright, full flavours and mouthfeel make it really pleasurable; would say, as mentioned on the bottle, it feels more like a fruitier twist on a golden ale than it does a saison

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

It pours a hazy yellow with a relatively small head (for a Saison) and minimal lacing. The smell is of a slightly unripe tangerine. Lots of citrus rind. The flavor is very unique in that it balances bitterness and acidity without any sweetness in between. Lots of tangerine and lemongrass. I would have liked a tiny more maltiness to fully balance the overall flavor profile but still this is a very enjoyable beer as it is.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a huge, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind thick lace.

Smell: Strong lemon aroma with a bit of spice and an earthy hint.

Taste: Begins with a sweet lemon flavor, finishing with more lemon and a flavor like bitter grapefruit or maybe citrus peel. Underlying earthiness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Taste is a bit one-dimensional, but this is still a tasty and refreshing beer- very good for a summer day. Highly drinkable, and its hop flavors truly do stand out from many other beers.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse on tap.

A-cloudy, old gold body and a great lacey white head

S-cloves, medicinal, herbs

T-bubblegum, clove, candy-like, herbal finish

M-light, high carbonation

D-I don't know if this is really a great representative of the style but it is certainly a tasty and thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy, amber color, with a fluffy 2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing present.

S - Very pleasant aroma overall. A mix of cloves and lemongrass most dominantly. An underlying, earthy and herbal taste. Fairly distinct yet pleasantly strong aroma overall.

T - The flavor was pleasant yet overall quite expected. Dominantly a mild lemon/lemongrass-y flavor up-front with a strong presence of cloves and banana. A few spices and herbs feel present yet less distinct. Overall a fairly enjoyable beer with fairly unique characteristics. (Would be better for me aside from the distinction of banana within - not the biggest fan of).

M - Medium - full mouthfeel with the optimal amount of carbonation. Very crisp beer. A mild aftertaste notable yet not unpleasant.

O - An enjoyable overall. A great feel yet the not the greatest distinction in taste for me. For a single was decently impressed.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a mild haze and a big, active effervescence. Head pours three fingers of frothy white foam. I like it!

Smell: light but enticing funkiness and sourness atop a sweet, chalky malt base. Not a lot of the hops seem to make it through the overall funk, but it's still pretty nice.

Taste: moderately funky flavor with less sourness than the aroma would indicate. Malt is nice and sweet and a fruity, somewhat piney character comes through which must be the hops. Overall, quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Love it!

Overall: an interesting, tasty and refreshing saison. I will definitely try to have this again.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very fresh bottle of the "new" Sorachi Ace, no longer a one-time brew apparently. I'm digging the $10 price tag instead of $15 too.

A: A dark straw pour, quite hazy. Topped with a nice big bubbly head. Lacing is good.

S: Pretty much pure lemongrass as you would expect with sorachi ace hops. A little bit of spice and a little bit of yeast.

T: Tastes like sunshine. Super crisp lemons, nice clean lemongrass aftertaste. Some coriander in there too I think. Low bitterness except maybe in the initial bite. As the beer warms the lemongrass really takes over so I hope you like the flavor of sorachi ace hops or you're going to hate this beer.

M: Light and airy, feels more like a witbier than an almost 8% saison.

O: Been waiting for this one to come back and it was worth the wait. Great saison, the lemongrass smell and flavor just compliments the style very well. One of the most drinkable and refreshing saisons I've ever had.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into goblet. really can't read the best before code, looks like "may 178"? popped open on december 7, 2014

a: clear pale yellow with three fingers of ultra fluffy true white head. very bubbly. gets more hazy as you work your way through the rest of the bottle

s: fruity up front. peach, orange, lemon, pear, slight grapefruit, slight banana. musty peppery earthy yeast, grassy, dill-like notes. shy crackery malt. a bit of alcohol

t: very balanced stuff. malty and fruity all around with accents of the belgian yeast characteristics here and there. peach, lemon, apricot, pear, orange, malt, fresh grass, crackers, dill, white pepper, and hints of overripe bananas, with a lingering medium-level bitterness

m: really excellent mouthfeel. the carbonation is lively but not prickly and offensive. feels medium-bodied and creamy

o: a very interesting and complex farmhouse ale. so much stuff going on with these sorachi ace hops

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one recently at Flying Saucer poured from the 750mL corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice frothy off white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of lemon zest and Belgian spice. The taste is a nice blend of biscuity sweet malts, lemon and citrus hops and a nice amount of Belgian spices. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I would love to have again.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an 750 ML bottle (corked and caged) in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Mort Subite Lambic branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: After a big pop of the cork this one pours a lightly hazy straw-like hue with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with small amounts of lacing.

S: Cracker and bready yeast up front, tropical fruit, wood and booze with a faint hint of hop at the back end.

T: Similar to the nose but with a good dose of hop and funky yeast, finishing with lemon zest and pepper.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation for the style with a crisp dry finish.

Overall tasty and fairly unique for the style. No problem polishing this one off!

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