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
Reviews:
692
Ratings:
2,779
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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241
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got around to having this, splitting it with a friend to celebrate the paying off of the first of my two student loans from Columbia. I was intrigued by the style of this beer and the Sorachi Ace hop but I wouldn't know it was Japanese unless I read what was on the bottle. This was about as a good as Saison/Farmhouse beer that I've ever had and as smooth and grassy as it was, it was also refreshing in so many ways.

The head on this beer had to be one of the largest I've ever seen, as I had pout it and let it settle several times before I had enough at a time to sample. The hue was golden and cloudy as well with the head that remained clinging to the sides of my glass as I worked my way down it. Thankfully, the carbonation that was present there was repeated in the taste, to go along with a ton of grass, straw, champagne, and a good amount of lemon zest. This had a dry mouthfeel to it with only the sourness becoming apparent in the aftertaste.

Likewise for the alcohol - this was fairly strong but in no way did the booze make itself felt until afterwards. While the earthiness of a beer typical of this style is present, the champagne yeast and mountain of bubbles gives this a very lively feel that's present from start to finish. I've never had a bad bomber from Brooklyn and this was no exception. This was wonderful and a great beer to welcome in the warmer days with!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Weathered but clear golden color. Massive head is produced from the expressive and high level of carbonation. Very aromatic with suggestions of Asian pear, faint jasmine, lavender, hibiscus and green peppercorn. Smoothness is very deep here, which helps with telling the beer’s story. Lighter body is fluffed by the bottle conditioning, adding a huge refreshing quality. Fresh herbs with some dried fruit; yeasty and medicinal, cracker maltiness and earthy. Nearly bone-dry finish and not too far off from being an epic brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! A really unique beer. Pale straw gold and hazy. Medium bodied. Good head retention. It's spicy, lemony, and woody, no doubt due to the Sorachi Ace hops. In another beer brewed with them, I found them to be almost cedar-like. That's not the case here, but it is a bit woody, at least as far as dryness goes. It's a great combination: dry and bitter, but infused with citrus and some minor yeasty phenols. Interesting! Weird! I love the contradictions it offers, and also that it's not really that complex either - everything is put right out there on the table. A great summer beer. I would love to see this one brewed again next year!

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a large bottle at Liberty St. Tavern with a couple friends. Wow, this is easily the most interesting US-brewed saison I've tried and up there with the best I've had. The hop and yeast character blend is both floral and fruity, with sort of a cream and melon undertone. There's a hit of citrus rind after the deeply floral (like roses) note. The body is relatively light and crisp, very drinkable. I want more.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant cloudy golden color with a white head made of very fine bubbles. Retention is good and the beer leaves lacing.

S: Smells fruitier than the typical saison, with alot of banana and citrus, along with the customary spiciness, some pleasant citrussy hop character, and a bit of booze.

T: Like the smell, it's initially quite sweet, with pear, banana, orange and honey like flavors chiming in. Goes spicy with some more citrus, allspice and clove, and finishes dry and quite crisp without a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation for a saison. Serves the beer quite well.

O: Excellent, excellent saison. Haven't had another quite like it.

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Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ The Federal

Slightly hazy pale yellow color with a tight, frothy head that extends up over the edge of the pint glass. Had this been served in a larger tulip glass or something similar, I think the overall appearance would have been more impressive. Nevertheless, a fine looking beverage with drippy lace all the way down the glass. Perfumy floral and lemongrass aromas over a solid pilsner malt base. Increased juicy, zesty citrus and fresh herbs at it warms a bit. Sweet, juicy lemon and a certain soft, creamy, almost honey-like character in the mouth with, again, a nice pale malt presence. Dough, fresh herbs, clove, pear, and cedar. Overall phenolics are light. Very flavorful, yet soft and smooth. Medium bodied and fairly well carbonated. Properly bitter and dry. I've had this before, but don't remember being this impressed. Well done.

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Photo of founddrama
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa this beer is interesting as fuck. Complex. Grassy? But not in a bad way? These Sorachi Ace hops have such a novel, earthy profile. Also: a nice big effervescent head; great aromas and color. (RE: "grassy" -- but more like… "lemongrassy".)

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Photo of HipCzech
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Pale, straw yellow with a slight haze. Frothy, rocky white head from lively carbonation, with a lasting cap of foam and intricate lacing.

Smell: Bright and refreshing; lemon zest, spicy Belgian yeast (peppercorns) and light malt.

Taste: Clean, smooth malt body (crackers), lightly tart lemon fruitiness, and spicy yeast. Hops add floral notes and light, dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with lively carbonation and clean finish.

Overall: Aromatic and flavorful while still crisp and refreshing, especially given its 7.6% ABV.

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Photo of ShareANevada
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hopleaf.

Pleased to try this new contender from Brooklyn. The goblet simply 'glowed' with this golden elixer. A bright luminescence never seen before in a saison, more keller or wit territory here.

Lively spicing jumps out, but is overpowered by fresh citrus and yeasty tones.

Super refreshing to the tongue. Even after a few stronger beers proceeding this, the flavor is captivating and quenching. The dryness keeps you wanting to drink more. This would make an epic lawnmower beer, yet is interesting and satisfying enough to be a daily drinker.

I could put down 3 pints of this fairly easy, after that, my attention may drift, but not many can stand that test.

An exceptional beer. Glad to try something so unique and refreshing.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this beer knowing nothing about it. I vaguely recognize the name, but I don't know from where. BA says it's a farmhouse ale that was only brewed once, so I order one. It is served to me in a 12oz pint glass, and it looks good. A finger of white foam that goes tot he top of the glass atop a full pour of golden orange beer. It's translucent and has plenty of bubbles rising to the surface; I'm expecting some high carbonation. It smells sweet and spicy with a bit of floral hops hidden in the back. Wow, there is a really interesting taste to this beer. It has a strong malt character reminiscent of some other high quality farmhouse ales, and a unique aftertaste that is bitter and alcoholic. I bet that is the Sorachi Ace hops showing their stuff. It has a full body and decent mouth coating properties. I can see myself drinking a few of these, but not too many. It feels strong, and the aftertaste may not feel so impressive after a few rounds, but if you see this one on tap, I recommend getting a pint. It's another great Brooklyn beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a tulip.

A - Hazed golden w/ a 2 finger pillowy white head, The lacing is very good and clings in rings to the glass. The bead is small

S - Like prefermented wort w/ a caramel maltiness and an herbal lemony spicy hop aroma

M - Crisp, med high carbonation w/ med body and mild astringent feel which also is contributed to by resinous/oily hop texture which has a dry spicy finish

T - The taste is filled with grainy light malt w/ a caramel note and toast element juxtapozed w/ a very herbal and lemony hop flavor that has a grassy light tannic tinge. The astringency is moderate w/ a crisp citrus finish. The balance between the Sorachi ace and yeast/malt combo is great giving a full herbal taste with a malty backbone

D - A bit highly spiced after the first and slightly acidic but plenty of malt character lends to the drinkability factor. A unique beer which I really enjoyed and could have probably handled several , very refreshing and full of flavor.

My second chance to have this great beer was at Ebenezer's Pub in Maine - served in a goblet
A -4.5 S - 5 M - 4 T - 4.5 D - 5

A - A sunny golden color w/ mild haziness and fluffy like meringue white cream w/ thick 2 fingers - the film of lace clings long after the head recedes

S - A floral -LEMONY dessert like aroma w/ herbal hop nose- lots of fruit esters from the saison yeast add depth to the smell

M - The feel is slightly, well not really slightly sweet...more sweet than spiced or bitter, but it works. herbal tinged w/ slightly spiced and tangy aspect w/ subtle astringent hop to give it depth.

T - Wow, the flavor of this is so unique like the hop it utilizes - The saison has so much Sorachi Character -and the saison yeast adds a gentle juicy qualtiy w/ herbal hop grass and light sweet malt edges it is delcious in its lemony hop and sweet saison uniqueness

D - I can't think of a beer I would want to sip on one after another more than this -wonderful drinkability - it is restrained when it needs to be and pushy in the most pleasant way. Elegant and yet dramatic with palate pleasing qualities
A kickass beer that I can't wait to try in bottles!

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this on the shelves at BCLB stores at $9.99. This is a funky beer that shows off a unique hop that is truly reminescent of lemongrass and lemons. The farmhouse style works very well with the hop and uses the slight funk to counter the citric notes of the hop. I could see one eating Thai or Korean food with this beer and I really started to enjoy the way this beer tasted like no other I have had. Will buy again before Summer ends

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a large fizzy white head that eventually fades down. Good retention. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Floral grassy hops, lemon zest, spices, yeast, and some funk notes.

Taste: A more funky profile up front. Lemon zest with other fruit notes, yeast, barnyard flavors. The hops are noticeable on the top of my tongue. Very sharp/unique. Grassy/herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and smooth. Light to medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with grassy hops and herbal flavors.

Overall, a very nice saison with some interesting flavors. The hops were more grassy, but sharp. Pretty drinkable as well.

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Photo of nukem5
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great golden color with a slightly hazy appearance, also fantastic lacing and huge foamy cap.

S: Aroma is of lemon zest with an earthy kick behind it.

T: Earthy, lemon, piney, and a hell of a lot of WOW to it!!!

M: The mouthfeel on this is the most amazing thing It is a full to medium body with a great carbonation level, smooth and creamy.

O : Overall a very drinkable beer and will definitely have again and again hopefully on tap next time.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andrewinski1 for sharing this. Poured it into a tulip. Lots of fluffy white head that was monstrous! About three fingers! Gives a hazy straw color. The smell is kind of hot, kind of peppery with hints of orange zest. Lots of orange taste and grassy hops in the background. Kind of a spicy aftertaste. Light in the mouth and the carbonation is pretty spot on. Crisp and refreshing on the warm summer evening. Light and easy going down. Great summer beer.

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Photo of rawfish
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours corn yellow and very hazy from the bottle. A very small head of a quarter finger forms but has staying power and flecks of lacing on the glass.

The citrus imparted from the Sorachi Ace is impressive. Lemon peel and juicy mandarins. The spice character is present but not overpowering, smooth coriander, white pepper and dried grasses.

The citrus juiciness is present in the flavor too, it comes on late with a full lemon and sweet clementine flavor. The grain bill in this comes on clean in the forefront somewhat lager-like before giving way to the saison qualities. Grassy and dry hops add a clean finish to the hints of coriander and peppercorn that follow.

Full bodied beer yet the carbonation is very spirited and lively. Alcohol doesn't feature much in the taste but you begin to feel it near the end of the bottle.

Awesome saison, this features the things I love most about the style and adds a memorable citrus burst and dynamic carbonation. If the body were lighter this would be ideal.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle.

A. Poured 3 finger head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is hazy golden yellow.

S. Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus, earthy, a little sour, and a little funk. Some spices, a little white pepper. Good smelling saison. Can't say that I distinguish a lot of Sorachi Ace hop smell.

T. Nice taste. Nice citrusy lemon flavor, maybe a litte apricot even. Might be the Sorachi Ace I am tasting for the first time. A little bit of spice on the back of the tongue. Pretty nice fruity taste. A bit of belgian yeast, ans some funkiness are there in the background. Maybe one of the fruitier tasting Saisons that I have had. Taste goes, sweet, fruit, spice.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with just a touch of sweetness, otherwise drinks pretty dry.

O. Nice Saison. A little different than most. A touch sweeter and fruitier, which worked for me. Saison is one of my favorite styles, and this is a beer I would get again.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden hazy yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: spices, hops, citrus, malts,

taste: spicy, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: one of the better saison's I've come across. So glad I finally got to try it. Definitely recommend this beer.

Cheers,l
The CPJ

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Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden yellow color with a large white head and good lacing

S-lemon zest, spices, doughy bread aromas

T-bready malt flavor with lemon, cloves, and hints of sweetness with a nice dry finish

F-light to medium body with lots of tiny bubbles in the carbonation, a crisp feel

O-a delicious Saison with nice flavor, good summer brew with a variety of foods

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a large white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of nice lacing.

Aroma is very fruity upfront with green apple, pear, banana and lemon all coming through.

Tastes of sweet Belgian yeast with light fruit notes, some spice, some lemon zest in the finish and all with a nice balance of hops throughout.

Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Dry, crisp, very refreshing. This one is quickly becoming one of my favorite saisons around.

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Photo of Meganomiidae
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pale-gold with medium white head on pour which dissipated quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Strong lemon, grass, green pepper; hint of sweet malt, and an ever so slight funk edge. Nice.

T: Not heavy on spiciness like a traditional saison; more reminiscent of a hopped tripel. Notes of pear, apricot, white grape and lemongrass on the swish (attributing this to the Sorachi Ace hops), with an initial sweetness ending bone dry as a saison should. Other flavors I can't say I've tasted before in beer - pineapple, maybe?

M: Like a champagne - super bubbly, and goes down as more of a foam than a liquid. Feels nice, though. Body is a bit thinner than I'd like to see.

Overall, a good beer. Pleasantly surprised by this. Good for those of us who don't like strong hops, but like subtle flavors from them.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 14 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.4 L Kur Pils snifter.

Pours with a large white head, well carbonated. Slightly hazy pale straw yellow in color. Aroma is floral, yeasty, perfumey and herbal. Starts tart and yeasty, floral and tangy. Some lemon through the middle. Warming alcohol, medium body. A says a champagne like finish, somewhat bitter and floral. Lingering yeasty, grapey aftertaste.

At a better price point, would keep this in the house all the time.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle no. 0042. Sampled on December 23, 2013. I acquired this as a clearance bottle for $5.99 which I thought was a good deal since I hadn't had it before.

The pour is golden yellow with a white fizzy carbonated head that lingers longer than your typical glass of champagne.

Loads of sparkling grapes, lemon,. and other citrus on the nose intertwined mild roasted malts and a feint hop kick.

Light to medium body with a lot of carbonation that increases what I like refer to as the "belch factor." Yup, plenty of that going on.

The taste is parallels what I get on the nose with a significant lemon zest and citrus zing flavor, mildly toasted malts, and a tart yet dry finish. It is very much like champagne with that slight maltiness to remind me it is a beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful sunny appearance. Hazy, white head, finger, nice foamy lace.

Aroma is spicy, very earty and herbal. Light sweetness, and a touch of juicy citrus notes.

Citrus sweet taste, herbal tea like quality, light sweet malts, bittersweet hop notes. Slight tangy, spice notes.

Slick, creamy texture, though light and crisp carbonation.

Great drinkability, and this is a very wonderful Saison. I held onto this bottle as it was the last of pretty much only one case my area got, but I've recently seen a new case on shelves, so I hope this has moved into a more heavy rotation as it is wonderful.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing food pairing beer. Great lemon citrus notes, banana flavor from the Belgian yeast, champagne mouth feel and appearance, and it just gets more complex as it warms up. Would be an excellent wine replacement for a special restaurant night or dinner party.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,779 ratings.
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