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:
#2,349
Reviews:
720
Ratings:
2,875
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
244
Gots:
751
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 2,875 |  Reviews: 720
Photo of TooGood
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smell and taste were both very muted, it was almost odorless and flavorless.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter, hazy lemon coloring, dense bright white head, great retention.

s- spicy, peppery, lots of lemon, yeast, bright and dry.

t- bitter and lemony, lemon zest, dry, easily the most lemon ridden beer i've ever had.

m- light in the mouth, slight coating.

d- good, missing something here though, didn't hit me as a terrific beer, i'd drink again, but not seek out and buy.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the pour is a murky and dull golden corn/straw color with lots of off-white head which is slow receding and which leaves moderate lacing in its wake.

S: yeasty with muted citrus aroma of lemon and grapefruit

T: very bready taste with a bit of underwhelming lemon peel and every so slight peppery bite of mild hops.

M: mild carbonation and medium body, a bit of peppery grit.

O: not a bad ale, decent for a try but nothing i'll be breaking the door down to buy again.

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Photo of smbslt
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So this is what's meant by the champagne of beers.

A: Big, bright white 3 finger head with a swirling tempest of carbonation feeding it.

S: Yeasty. Picking up on some esters but not not much of anything. Head is very stable and creamy not breaking up much to smell.

T: Bitter, peppery, herbal primarily with grass and lemon as well. If this is the Sorachi hop then so be it if not the hops are lost (wasted) in the dryness and alcohol.

M: Initially the carbonation does not help keep the beer on the tongue. After the carbonation dies down a bit it thickens up and flows better.

O: I would not say this is all that drinkable. To much alcohol to be refreshing. Seems somewhat high maintenance. I could not enjoy by itself, with some cheese it was better. This should not be a sipping type of beer

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Photo of emsroth
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 bottle

App: cloudy gold with a foamy white head

Smell:strong hop presence that's herbal and lemony. Slight yeast funk. A slight husky malt.

Taste: sweet cookie like malt with butter and cream notes. Dry lemon rind and rough herb finish with a malty and hoppy bite.

Fine carbonation. A bit light for a saison (i LOVE the saison carbonation) but still nice.

A bit clean and sweet for a saison but a pleasant drink.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

A nice extra catch when I found the BCBCS. It pours a somewhat hazy (though mostly clear) plae golden straw capped by over a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, a light funk, cardamom, hay, and mandarin oranges. The taste goes somewhat sideways: notes of grass, hoppy citrus and bitterness, greens, stinging lemon and lemongrass, garlic, and a very light butter in the background. Something is heavily amiss, though. I must just not like the sorachi variety, I guess. The body is a very light medium, with an active carbonation and a dry, strangely dusty feel. Overall, a pretty large disappointment that I chalk up to a distaste for the sorachi and the weird dusty feel.

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Photo of narwhal
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Sorachi Ace beer. Local beer guy saw me picking up Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale as usual & convinced me to try this one instead. Short summary - a perfectly respectable beer, but I'll be staying with the Tank 7 in future.

This was a large format bottle poured into pint glasses. I was startled by the amount of head - a lot more than I expect from a saison. Appearance is cloudy & unremarkable. Surprisingly low aroma beer in general - every description I've read talks of lemongrass, but I didn't catch it. Taste - the "other" hops seem to dominate over the Sorachi Ace. Very good on the amount of "sourness" that you get on the front of a saison, before settling into a hoppy back end. Mouthfeel is definitely on the dry side which I appreciate very much.

Obviously I need to try a couple more Sorachi hopped beers before I decide if they are worth the fuss for me. This is a very drinkable saison but not a great one.

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Photo of YvesB
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of entenduintransit
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjyost
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in July in Niagara Falls, NY.

Pours slightly cloudy, pale straw yellow. Nice white head that retains, though only laces lightly. Lots of spice on the nose though accompanied by an off-putting aroma of vegetal that is quite clearly cauliflower. This is not what I'm looking for in a beer. A bit of faux-lemon in the crisp and dry body of the beer. Once again it isn't sitting well for me for what I want in a beer. The body though does have a nice black pepper taste to it... Dry and perfect mouthfeel with crisp carbonation, though the oddity of the aroma and taste knock this one right down...

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color: Light yellow, hazy with abundant white foam.
Aroma: mandarin, lemon and next to them the Belgian earthy accents. The aroma is slightly sweet with a hint of acidic white grape.
Taste: lemon, plus delicate "barn", again white grapes, slightly acidic. Mandarins hid somewhere, but left after their sweetness. All the time in the background accompanied by the Belgian, herbal accents. Generally, sour lemon is nicely balanced sweet fruit.
Gentian: dry, herbal, quite long, I would say that even slightly backlog but great fit with the rest. Saturation average, adequate. Alcohol, even though it is 7.2%, it is perfectly stowed away.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,875 ratings
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