Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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
Reviews:
675
Ratings:
2,701
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
22%
 
 
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241
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Photo of rebel1771
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a very fluffy white head that sticks around a while.

S: Aroma of lemon grass up front with earthy undertones. Fades to a yeasty grainy smell.

T: Bready yeast flavor up front with hints of lemon, apple, coriander and maybe even a bit of nutmeg.

O: Everybody gushes over this beer when they talk about it. It's a good brew no doubt about it but it isn't the best saison I've ever had. Having said that, it is the best American saison I've had.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Corked bottle poured into a snifter glass in two parts. Review is from notes from two weeks ago.

Appearance: Golden straw yellow in color. Clear and bubbly throughout. Three finger pillowy and aggressive white head. Very good retention.

Aroma: Lemon zest and tart green apple are the first notes I pick up. The Sorachi hops play in toward teh back end with some nice hop bitterness.

Taste: Lemon juice and sweet apple play nicely together. Some citric and pine flavor near the back thanks to the hops. Lemongrass notes in there as well. Crisp.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bubbly and smooth. Medium bodied. The crispness is the impressive feature here.

Drinkability: Very smooth and moderate ABV.

Overall, a nice crisp and bright saison. can be a bit watery at times in my opinion. I wish there was a way for the flavors at assert themselves more.

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

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No easy to find freshness date. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Lemon yellow, brilliant clarity, with towering 3-finger rocky white head with excellent retention and crusty lacing.

S: Very lemongrass scented, some crackery, grainy pilsner maltiness. Not a lot of other hops aromas beside lemon and herbal but it's very delicious smelling stuff.

T: THe flavor is a little one-dimensional, but solidly crafted with a nice intro of crackery pilsner maltiness giving way to a smooth herbal, citrus, lemon hops flavor. This flavor doesn't deviate throughout the drink -- no more flavor but no less.

M: Very light on the palate with heavy carbonation that makes this drink like champagne but taste a helluva lot better.

O: A very good beer for what it is but not varied enough in the flavor department with no real yeast presence despite the style. Would be a great accompaniment for fish or seafood dished for sure.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750-millilitre bottle into a pint glass. Color was pale golden. Lots of head, almost three fingers worth. Nice even amount of cloudy white lacing that lasted throughout the beer. Film was fairly non-existent on the sides.

Pungent aroma right off the bat of various fruits and cloves. I got plums, bananas, pear noticeably. Also some sweet sugary notes.

A bit different than the smell. Reminded me of a wild ale, but it’s been awhile since I’ve had a saison, so it could just be the type. Got pear, grapes, plums and some sour lemon wheat up front. That gave way to a quick bite of alcohol. Then finished with watery notes. It was over in less than two seconds.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Heavily carbonated. Quick watery finish. Only bad part to this beer in my mind.

I enjoyed this beer a lot. I seem to give saisons a bit higher rating and this was the first I had in a long time, but it really hit the spot. Lots of flavors and easily drinkable.

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

poured a 12 oz. bottle medium head a straw look
strong citrus smell, earthy tones as well
bitter hoppiness, lemon peel.tangy
clear and sharp thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of craytonic
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw-yellow-golden pour with a great big head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Lemongrass, citrus hops and some faint belgian yeast

Taste: Very crisp, perhaps a bit too dry. Again lots of lemongrass with some nice floral hops. Initially I got some herbs I wasn't expecting, sage I think. Reminds me of a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps too dry and slightly over carbonated/spritzy, otherwise nice mouthfeel

Drinkability: Good one for a spring day; was fun to try but won't seek it again

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

Pilsner glass at Pacific Rim in Ann Arbor. Bottle, did not see date.

A: pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thin white ring of fizz. Little to no lacing. Modest carbonation visible.

S: Now I know what people mean when they say a beer smells like a "barnyard." There is something funky here; like wet hay and baby goats. Organic and sweet; floral and fruity all at once. Sandalwood? Patchouli? It is something unique and potent, I don't dislike the smell, but I don't know that it's one that I'd want my cologne to smell like.

T: tracks the smell; fruity, sweet, hay, malty, tart, more pronounced apricot, raspberry, maybe even white chocolate? Light maltiness, very clean lightly bitter finish.

M: lighter side of mid weight, surprised at the higher carbonation, but is by no means excessive, just more than I'd expect.

O: Always wanted to try this, so glad I did. Don't know that I'd ever get it again. Perhaps a great beer on its own, a bad choice for dinner.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of spices, hops, bready malt and some citrus. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, spices, pale malt and citrus fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. I did not like this brew on the first try, now I love it.

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Photo of aficionado
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware: Duvel Tulip

Rocking 4 finger head with lots of random lacing and an insane fizzy stream of carbonation.

Champagne cork pop, and more champagne yeasty characteristics on the nose. I suspect a blend of Champagne and French saison yeasts are at play here.

On the palate there is lemongrass, lemon zest, green apple, and sparse notes of unripe banana. This is also quite the dry beer and there is a lingering pleasant bitterness left after each sip.

Crisp and tingly on the tongue. Medium body, though the high carbonation contributes much to a lighter feel.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this on shelves for a while, and finally just went for it. I chilled it down, and prepared to serve it. I made the mistake of getting intrigued by the label after removing the cage, and about 20 seconds later, was rewarded with a pop and thunk of cork off ceiling. Into the glass it went.

I want to describe the beer as hazy yellow, but it's not just yellow. If I hold it up to the light, it seems to get darker, almost peachy, but really pale. It's hard to find the right words, but it's quite lovely. The head looks like beaten egg whites, so fluffy and white and with such fine bubbles. It doesn't really stick around, though, and leaves behind little lacing.

This smells very metallic. As it warms, this dissipates and leaves something more delicate, like pears, and a hint of butter. It's very subtle.

It tastes nothing like it smells. Wow. It's zesty and peppery and clean. Bitterness is very restrained. It's soft on the tongue. The fine bubbles are contributing here. Must be the Champagne yeast.

This is really pleasant to drink. It's clean, refreshing, and light, but never boring. I dig it.

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Photo of PattyMelt
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Nothing too special. Amber yellow, minimal white head. Doesn't look fantastic, but looks good.
S- a very, very citrus, slight pine.
T- Starts off light, very crisp on the back. High lemon flavor with a strong kick of ginger. Clean & smooth.
M- light bodied.
O- very refreshing summer beer. I can see myself sitting on my deck drinking this for hours. Love it.

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Photo of kirkmichel
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellow, clear-ish. I actually thought they poured miller light by accident, except that it had nicer lacing and was just a tad cloudier.
S- Lemony and fragrant, with a faint bit of orange and cloves. Yeasty.
T- Very lemony and floral. The citrus jumps right out, as does some hopiness....reminding me that looks can definitely be deceiving.
M- Pleasant, refreshing with just a bit of zing and some hop viscosity. Very well balanced.
D- Good, you could stick with this beer anytime and enjoy it (but watch out it's 7.5%)

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle cork and caged split with a friend poured into snifter.

pours out a very nice cloudy golden color with a big dense fluffy, soapy head. great retention and some amazing thick fury lace.

lots of citrus, mostly lemon zest, lemon grass. smells very effervescent. a hint of something belgian.

the sorachi ace hop is definatly the main player. big citrus, lemon grass, orange peel, lemon zest, just slightly tart in the finish and majorly bitter. some vinious wine like flavors come out the more it warms. lingers for awhile. hardly a hint of some belgian yeast.

lots of carbonation. light creamy mouthfeel.

a decent beer, definatly ruled by the hop, the saison qualities are a little lost. not something id buy again.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy light gold color with one finger of white head that disappeared pretty quickly.
S: Yeast, oranges and a bit of funk.
T: Definitely more hoppy than other farmhouse ales I've had, but very smooth and balanced. Very drinkable!
F: Smooth and somewhat velvety mouth feel, finishes with a mild bitterness.
O: This is perfect if you want a bit of hops but don't want to destroy your palate for the rest of the day with a strong IPA. I will definitely drink this again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Holy mother of pearl, I didn't even have to pull the cork out. As soon as i got the wire partially opened the cork FLEW off and hit the ceiling with eruption following. When I finally got to pour it had a huge fluffy head with bubbles and fades quickly leaving a messy lacing. Its semi hazy wheat golden orange color.

N: Nice light hops, fruity with lots of citrus and lemon, some wheat and light malts, a little sweetness. Some effervescence too.

T: Start with some wheat and malts, light sweetness, light spicy hop flavor, some bitterness with a citrus lemony light almost astringent but not quite. some hints of yeast, Belgian like, and bottle conditioning.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation.

F: Finishes lighter with some lingering wheat and light malts, some light pale hops win a little faded astringency with citrus and lemon zest. A slight dryness.

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Photo of BigMike
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely pale yellow with tons of bubbles streaming up the glass. Head is a beautiful white color with the consistancy if beaten eggwhites.

S: Wow. This thing is fragrant. Just like they claim. It's allemon grass and lemon zest. Lots of spice and grassiness.

T: Very spicey and fruity. Lots of lemon grass. The Belgian yeast is nice.

M: Lightbodied. Very refreshing and super easy to drink. Tons of carbonation pulls everything together.

Overall: A very interesting take on the saison. Very fruity and refreshing. The drinkability is tremendous.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the second Brooklyn beer I have had this week. It has been a pretty good week.

This is a very good saison to end the summer on. I like to savor the saisons in the summer, and it is time to finish them out.

In pouring this into the glass I get a lot of airy foam and a lot of fresh grassiness.

The sorochi flavor is very fresh. I get a lot of lightness in each sip. The flavor was very refreshing.

The body was pretty light as well. At 7.8%, you would figure that this beer would be heavier. It feels like a session beer on my tongue. At the end I feel quite a bit "happier" than 22 ounces of session ale.

This is a pretty good saison. I like that it was different than the typical saison.

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

Appearance - bright golden straw color with white head

Smell - lemongrass, coriander, ginger, lemon

Taste - ginger, coriander, lemongrass, lemon zest

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, citrus/lemongrass upfront, middle is tart/sour/bitter, dry finish

Overall - good saison that is a little bit more sour, tart and bitter than other examples I've had

Price point - $7.99/4 pack 12 oz bottles

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm the third bottle review? Really? Poured into a tulip. I guess this is a new bottle then.

Beer is light yellow and hazy. Forms a big thick head of medium and large bubbles that collapses slowly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks fine for a saison.

Sweet hoppy aroma. Nice esters in there as well. Plays well with the citrus. Like most people I don't have a lot of experience with the Sorachi hop, this is quite the experiment. I'm getting some sweet almost lemony aromas now as well. Very nice aroma overall.

Beer is light in body and quite hoppy. Lots of carbonation in the mouth and it finishes cleanly with no aftertaste. There is a growing bitterness in the back of the mouth. The midpalate flavors are a lot of tropical fruits like papaya and mango. Its relatively subtle. I don't really get saison from this but I'm not sure what I am getting from this. There seems to be a disconnect. It all tastes fine but its not coming together for me. I can't give it a bad review because I like all the parts but I don't put cheese on my Chinese food either. Check it out if you are curious.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very pale yellow in color, the bottle says "sunshine in a glass" and that isnt inaccurate

S - citrus, big citrus, muscat grapes/grapeskins, champagne, yeast, clover/wildflower honey all come to mind

T - champagney dryness, some citrus, some grapeyness, the dry citric acid flavors mix with the sweetness for a faint and not off-putting vinegar flavor

M&D - super dry, very similar mouthfeel to a champagne, this doesnt deter from the drinkability, a superb brew

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Photo of Jimmys
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy pale orange with a plume of orange/white head. retention is good with some average lacing left behind.

S: very unique aroma here, not used to this potent of a lemon scent. the tart lemon interacts with a solid malt/yeast derived breadiness.

T: a hint of cracked black pepper. just a brief tartness, the majority of the lemon flavor is cut by the yeast. the champagne yeast used for the bottle refermentation leaves an obvious flavor.

M: effervescent on a medium body.

D: very refreshing, unique take on a saison. the sorachi is really a great hop for this beer and the bottle refermentation makes for a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden in color with a good amount of carbonation and a 3/4 inch head.

Aroma: Lemon, grapefruit, and other floral scents are obvious even on the cork.

Taste: Tastes like it smells...lemongrass, other fruits, flowery, with a semi-dry finish. A nice easy drinking beer perfect for the spring and summer as is true to the Saison style. I am surprised it is almost 7% because it does not taste strong at all (I would have guessed 4.5 or 5%)

Overall: Brooklyn Brewery has some quality beers and some outstanding beers. This beer falls under the quality section. Nice and refreshing and easy to drink with a crisp lemon-fruitness. The $11.00 price for a 25 ounce beer is a bit much, especially since I can easily name 5 other Saison/Farmhouse Ales that are more worthy (Flying Fish for starters). Cheers!

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DLD.

Pours a brilliant somewhat hazy straw color with a small white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is nice, with sweet malt, barnyard, and lemony and grassy hops.

Flavor is good and interesting. A nice Sorachi Ace hop profile - lemony, grassy, and floral. Pale malt, barnyard, yeast, and spice.

Medium-bodied with a crisp and dry mouthfeel.

A solid beer overall. Wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but it worked well. Very drinkable.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this in a tulip. I was excited to try this one, Pete Brown said he had this with Garrett Oliver's cheese pairing suggestion (goats cheese) and that it was one of the best cheese and beer pairings he had ever had. Needless to say I had to try this with herb covered goats cheese...

A: pale golden, hazy, solid head and lacing

S: hops and vanilla, a little oak

T: Belgian yeast, mild hops, vanilla, butterscotch, apples and spice

M: more akin to sparkling wine and champagne than beer.

D: it's definitely drinkable, in the same way that a nice cold Sapporo or a light lager is on occasion, but it didn't have much in the way of stand out attributes I would expect from Garrett. Certainly not worth the price of admission. Also I found the cheese pairing Pete raved about pretty uninspired and dull.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with a large, white head.
Nose shows lemon custard along with softer dill and spicy hops. Pretty tempting.
More lemon and dill as flavours along with soft bready malt and saison spicy notes.
Carbonation is very high, but it works well.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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