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:
2,799
Reviews:
697
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
241
Gots:
721
For Trade:
10
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Photo of writer917
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm tasting vodka. I'm tasting fireflies & the poetry of Basho.
I'm also tasting white pepper, licorice, & lemongrass, mixed together in a cocktail that doesn't exist.
In a farmhouse, a candle has just been blown out. The smoke rises & the smell mixes with the wooden slats of the ceiling.
This is the taste of that smell.
A burnt match, a skunk. The smell of a basketball mixed with bubble gum.
It goes down easy, but the linger feels permanent. Like a shade of mouthwash at the dentist's office after the swallow.
I like it but am not sold on it. Despite that, I will give it another try, if only because the taste of Japan in Brooklyn is uncommon.

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Photo of MonicaAJC
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is unique. Lots of carbonation. Cloudy. Hay color which belies the ample flavor. Pours with a great big head that slowly fades to lace. Something slightly sour-ish about the flavor (not necessarily in a bad way--just trying to find words to describe it). I assume that is coming from the Sorachi Ace hop, which I've never had. Or maybe a combo of the Ace with the saison style yeast? Lots of complex flavors going on here, making it hard to pinpoint any one. My response isn't "I love it." Nevertheless I keep coming back for another taste. Maybe "intriguing" is the right word. I will try this beer--and this hop--again.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Aerated, decanted pour produces a three-finger solid white head over a slightly hazy pale orange brew. Moderate effervescence. Good retention and spotty lacing
S -- I really love the aroma on sorachi ace hops. Smells like an herb garden: notes of lemongrass, lemonbalm, cilantro, coriander, pepper, lavender, and basil. Pilsner malts are backed up by a faint honey sweetness.
T -- Largely follows the nose, leaning more on the grassy side of the herbal flavors than the fruity/fragrant side
F -- Watery body throughout and the booze is a little harsh on the finish. Quite refreshing, though
O -- For a $10/sixer, this is one of the best spring/summer beers I've had. While not quite at the level of – say – Tank 7, this one nevertheless comes through. Better with bottom sediment mixed in

84/100

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a clear golden/yellow color, two fingers of rocky white head, good retention.
Aroma - Lemon flesh, fresh cut grass, very faint spice, perfumey hops.
Taste - Puckery and very hoppy up front, hops have notes of lemon zest and a dry slightly bitter grassy flavor, malt comes around halway through with some white bread and light sugary sweetness, spice is only noticed towards the end and is very mild with a quick hint of white pepper.
Feel - Medium body, average carbonation, puckery.

Overall - A very hop-forward saison, but that's to be expected when the beer itself is named after a variety of hop. Recommended if you like saisons, IPA's and sour beers.

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Photo of ahommell
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AustinRT
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lastmango
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Waveoff
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probert
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of k3ve
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrKarl
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corrado42
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GtBoros
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Interesting nose very floral. Tastes full of bitter hops and ends with a nice floral pick me up. Nice light brew.

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Photo of RichieRich1812
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBass
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jtee
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served cold into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale gold with 3cm of white and foamy head that retains well. The lacing is nominal.

Aroma: Citrusy (lemon), herbal (dill), and spicy (pepper). There's a faint fruitiness and a soft alcohol note.

Taste: Follows suit with the smell with some additional layers. The yeast adds a peppery character while the hops add herbal (dill) and citrusy (lemon) notes. The malt profile is very delicate. Slightly tart and faint alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium high carbonation. Prickly and drying.

Overall: An interesting beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Well-balanced even though Sorachi is the obvious star here. Perfect for a warm summer day. I'll definitely pick up a bottle of it whenever it's locally available.

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Photo of kraticus41
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of epyon396
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikePacheco12
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakeScully
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thomda11
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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