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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of thekanna
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe; it was labeled Brooklyn "Brewmaster's Reserve" on their menu.

A: Served in a Belgian beer barleywine goblet. Hazy straw yellow, a bit reminiscent of the color of a good witbier. This was capped off with a thin white head around the rim.

S: Pear and lemon zest, a bit of funkiness; some horse blanket, grass, and medicinal aromas also.

T: Medicinal herbs, pear, lemon, generic citrus zest, slight earthiness, and some horse stall funk. Ended in a slightly bitter, herbal medicine-type hop flavor. Medicinal taste with horse blanket was a bit off-putting.

M: Medium-bodied and juicy with ample effervescent carbonation.

D: Definitely a unique taste, but I think I'm good with having it just once.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The bright white, shampoo foam head is a beautiful sight, and the beer itself is pale gold and fairly clear throughout.

S - Boatloads of peppercorns and coriander spiciness mixed with a grassy, vegetal hop character, as well as some lemon.

T - The taste is not what you could expect. The spice is now a bit more like holiday spice. There is a woody, tree bark flavor and a taste I can only describe as lemon Pledge, which I attribute to the hops. It's not too bad, but definitely different.

M - Crisp, but not overly dry. Fizzy, with a light to medium body.

O - The strange flavor here must be the Sorachi Ace, and I am not a fan. It would be better without it.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw colored with a one finger white head and minimal lacing.
Aroma: Lemon....Strong citrus
Flavor: Dry, lemony taste. A bit of sourness. Slight fruitiness in the aftertaste.
Not really my preference.

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Photo of dca1972
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry if Ive got this wrong ... long time member, first time reviewer.

A ... Light, golden
S ... Floral, bright, hoppy
T ... Creamy hop character
M ... bubbly, light

Has a lingering taste that changes. More Pils than Saison. Unexpected ABV @ 7.5%
Impressive offering from Brooklyn Brew
Seems to mellow as it breathes, warms

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very light and hazy whitish gold color with an absolutely huge white head that forms a solid sponge.

S: Smells very Belgian with apricots, figs, some pastry malts and a hint of coriander spice.

T/M: There is a very high amount of carbonation and a light hoppiness up front with some lemon and vanilla notes, biscuit malts followed by apricot bring up the reasonably clean finish.

It’s good, pretty complex and very well balanced. This isn’t the boldest of beers but it’s good. But, I mean, look at that label, huh?

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Photo of Wadsey
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear pale gold with 3-inch, white head that crashes quickly and leaves modest lacing. Great effervescence. 

S: White pepper and perfume/floral notes. Lot of lemon on nose, too. Some grainy malts are also evident. 

T: A touch of malty sweetness before pepper spice, grains and lemon take over.  Medium bitterness. Finish is lemon peels and lemon zest. 

M: Medium body and medium-heavy carbonation. Creamy, soft mouthfeel despite robust carbonation. 

O: Sorachi Ace hops fit well with  Saison yeast, a little too well, perhaps. This beer is quite simple, but I do find it reasonably enjoyable. 

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had this a couple times from the tap, but this will be my first time from the bottle. The color is golden straw, with tons of air bubbles, and a very large, frothy white head. I have to say that when I tried it last, it had a sort of burnt rubber aroma to it, which I attributed to the Sorachi Ace hops. In this case, there is still some of that, but significantly toned down, and more dominated by tropical fruit such as papaya, mango, as well as some dry grain. The flavor starts out on the sweet side, with the fruit coming through nicely, and then ends on a more bitter note from the hops. The mouthfeel is lively, and quite nice on the palate, with prickly carbonation. One glass is enough for me right now, though I will definitely be finishing this bottle over the next few days. Unfortunately, the problem with this beer is what it is centered around: the Sorachi hops. At least for me, this is not a preferable varietal. On the flip side, good for Brooklyn for jumping on this new hop strain.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Brickskeller. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw lemon color with some haze. Good white head. Nose is lemon, grass, and a bit of earth. The taste brings out lemon, grass, some herbs, and a hint of earth. Bitter and dry. Drinks well.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arrives clear and golden with a full finger plus of white foam sitting atop. Drops to a thickish film while leaving copious lace behind.
Smell is weak but notes of wheat, wet cardboard, oak and some faint malt and lemon.
Taste is exactly as expected with malt, wheat, oak, lemon (faint), and light spice notes.
Fairly full bodied for a saison with solid but not overwhelming effervescence throughout. A solid brew.

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Photo of Wutah
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- looks pretty light with a very straw color that haze a tad bit of haze.

S- This brew has a very spicy smell. It smells a bit peppery and is nice and strong.

T- up front it is pretty mild with a slight hop presence. It is very crisp and refreshing and I taste a bit of sweetness from a fruit.

M- it is not as thin as I thought it would be. The crispness comes from the nice carbonation.

Overall it is a great summer porch drinker but more of a sipper in the sun.

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Photo of Roguer
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow brew topped with a moderate white head with good retention.

Aroma is fairly neutral; I'm drawing nearly nothing out of it cold, save a touch of yeast.

Flavor is unimpressive. Yeast esters are front and center, and while there's a bright citrus note lurking in the background, it's far lighter than I would expect or prefer.

Feel is excellent; impressive drinkability, lively without too much bite, medium-light bodied.

I wonder if the keg was old, because the ratings for this beer are quite high, but I just don't get it. It's got almost nothing that I want out of a Saison, and the Sorachi Ace hops didn't add anything notable to the experience.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn poured into a Hennepin flute.

A--Bright, bright yellow--the color of Troegs Sunshine Pils--with a two finger rocky head. Lots of lacing, plenty of bubbles while sitting throughout the tasting, even in a glass without a nucleation point. Very snappy looking beer, especially in the heat.

S--Heavily floral, with an oddly biting peppery back end. This is some weird hop action. No pine, no citric notes except massive LEMON I could pick up. There's also enough coriander to make an herbal tea out of. Yeast may lend some pepper, too. Malt is non-existent in the nose.

T--And the flavor spectrum. That's ok, especially given the season. Not like I was expecting much in that dept. anyway from the color. Let's stick to the hops, since they're supposed to be spotlighted. Like the nose, the flavor is very lush floral up front immediately--just a waterfall of like rose petals. Like that scene in American beauty except with beer instead of a naked high school girl. Hops quickly pan out into something more earthy and herbal, and the peppery bite of the nose is even bigger due to the (over)use of coriander. The spice really overpowers this hop-focused saison, and it tastes, honestly, more like an imbalanced wit than a farmhouse ale. The yeast from Brooklyn is just too, um, everyday (i wanna say boring but think that's too harsh) to warrant anything Belgian about it, I feel. But the hops finish is bitter and full and satisfying.

M&D--Creamy, champagne-like mouthfeel. Excellent. Drinkability takes a hit only because I'd rather see a pale ale or something that highlights the hop more, since the variety has such a damn interesting flavor profile. I feel like its characteristics are a bit obscured because of the style the brewery chose. But it does go down smooth and easy.

A big beer, not a subtle beer--and that's where I think it falls short. Brooklyn doesn't really impress when it tries to do complex, high-end brews, because they tend to blur together. Blindfolded I couldn't say I could pick this out from a Local 1. But maybe that's just me.

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Photo of jsled
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked+caged 750ml bottle, bought at Winooksi Beverage Warehouse, into Sam Adams Sensory Pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden straw. Thick, solid head, ~2 inches, supported and reinforced by copious carbonation.

Smell: citrus. slight barnyard funk.

Taste: bubblegum. slight funk. citrus rind. relatively balanced between initial sweet/tart bright citrus flavor and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: slightly bitting due to high carbonation, slightly tart, but light and pleasant.

Drinkability: pretty nicely balanced, crisp and clear, a little funky for a bit too long, but it comes back into harmony.

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Photo of canjeeps
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to pop this one with Bottlequeststeve. Picked it up at wegmans a few months ago for $12ish. Any to the brew
A- very gold to light gold color. Very well carbonated. Bubbles were sticking on the sides of the glass. Decent head

S- very Saison like. Earthy a touch of sweetness and then I got the Sorachi hop presence. Quite strong hop smell

T- the first sip was like how it first smelled. Good at first then ingot pounded by the hop bitterness. I like hops but this one was just bitter and outbid balence.

M- good, exactly what it should be for this style

O- this one was disappoint. It was just to bitter and not in a good way. Maybe with some more time the hop bitterness will fade

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big corked and caged bottle with an attractive label, especially the back. Poured a hazy glowing light golden straw color withe a billowing frothy white head that holds shape when you finger it. Shrinks in a few minutes leaving minimal spotted lacing. Smells lemony with light herbal grassy verge notes. This doesn't taste like your average saison. The citrus notes are great but the sorachi hops are odd. There is a weird medicinal earthy taste from them. Fairly bitter for a saison. Feel is light to medium. Drinkable, but again the unique grassy medicinal taste kinda puts me off a little.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting to give this one a try after hearing some good things from various folks...

A nice cloudy yeasty looking pour topped by one very impressive head... Very much looks the part of a Saison for sure...

The yeasty aromas dominate all the way here with the slightest tinge of hop aromas on the back end... Lots of lemon or lemongrass one present... Very earthy aromas as well..

Citrusy lemony wheat flavors mingle with the yeast presence here and blend fairly well... Not sure if it's an elite Saison but a pretty good effort nonetheless...

I liked it fairly well.. Not sure if I would revisit it at the price point but I'm sure glad I got to try it out...

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 7.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep honey yellow with a large white head with strong retention. Much lacing. Intermediate clarity.

Smell- Belgian yeast, honey, floral, pineapple.

Taste- Begins grassy, with a touch of lemon. Has a white grape like quality to it, yet has a bit of grapefruit in there as well from the hop flavor. Even a tad bit of coconut flavor, similar to a soapy estery type taste. Beer finishes bitter and dry with a lingering spiciness from the hops and subtle pepper spice notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- This beer was very interesting. Had some good flavors, yet some flavor clashes with the esters in my opinion. Not bad though. Just not your typical saison. A loaded with hops saison.

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Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a single hop saison, germanpilsner malts, with spices, golden farmhouse ale. Has a 7.6% etoh. Reminds me of honey basil from berkley & saison du buff from dogfish. It would be great with food. My 1st time having it is @ pig & fish in rehoboth for $i a 16oz glass.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, chilled to approximately 50 degrees and consumed unhurriedly form a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. I have a particular fondness for Saisons and this a good one. On the one hand, I could probably drink ths all night long but, on the other, I can't find anything special about it that causes me to prefer this to others in the category. Would drink again, but would rather have a Saison DuPont, a Goose Island Sophie or (maybe) an Ommegang Hennepin.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty unique beer. The smell is pretty faint. Some of the typical saison elements are in the taste - slightly yeasty and an earthy spice. What stands out is a pronounced flavor that tastes a lot like Chardonnay. Overall very drinkable and good with food. I'd like to try it again fresher. yb

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750mL brown glass cork and cage finished bottle. No date.

Appearance: A hazy yellow with lots of sudsy fluffy bone-white head that stands up tall like meringue.

Nose: Lemon zest and violets. Smells like a field of wild flowers with some citrus raining down over it.

Palate: Crisp with some tart acidity. The hops are somewhat out of balance with the body. There's lots of bitter lemon zest and chive flavors. Herbal and floral too. Body is sharp and snappy to start but then gets fat and flabby like lemon balm.

Notes: Starting to think that I don't care much for this hop. A decent brew, but out of balance.

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, lemons. Taste is funky, yeasty, lemons, light hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but not as good as I expected.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Nearly brilliant gold. Huge cloudlike head. Lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S-Lemon pledge. Some cinnamon and cumin. Woodsy, not like oak but like a forest. Some pine.

T-Nice light crackery malt flavor. Firmly bitter, but not harsh. Lemon scented soap. more pine. Slight spicy phenols.

M-Fairly dry. Very prickly from the carbonation.

D-Interesting beer. A dry bitter "farmhouse" ale. the Sorachi Ace hops are pretty strange. a mix of lemon soap, pine, and kitchen spices. This is good, but I don't want another bottle. I'd like to try a Sorachi Ace beer that didn't focus entirely on the single hop strain.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a big white creamy head that last for a good bit. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that swirl to the surface.
S- The big bright hops are full of green lemons with a spearmint quality to them followed by a yellow apple saison yeast quality. This beer smells a bit like lemon dish soap in the finish and that aroma grows as the beer warms.
T- The taste of lemon dish soap is followed by a yeasty note then a dry pungent hop finish. The bitter finish lingers a bit. As the beer opens up the dish soap and bitterness grows with a thyme quality and a note of raw grain coming through aswell.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish and no alcohol heat.
D- I just couldn't get past the strong soap smell and taste but there is a great saison underneath. Oddly enough the saison underneath is what kept me drinking the whole bottle. The last glass took on a natural lime-base cleaning taste similar to simple green.

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Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, but hardly an exceptional Saison. Looks the part. Big delicately bubbling white head. Good retention and lacing.

Pleasant aroma, but did not stand up to the marinaded chicken and steak that came off the grill. Most of the good Sasions I have enjoyed were paired with dinner. The flavor and aroma usually stood out.

The aroma and taste featured some lemon zest and mild hoppiness. The earthy, funky flavor I usually associate with Saisons was not there.

Mouthfeel was good. Rich and crisp. A very pleasant drinking experience but not a great Saison.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,719 ratings.
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