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:
#2,554
Reviews:
729
Ratings:
2,911
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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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

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.
Interesting.
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 hopley
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 drstalker
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pdcleff
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Wrigfen
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DougieAmphetaBeans
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jacobus79
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 pirateclem
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Too light for me. Touch of lemon but not much else.

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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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Photo of JMills52
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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