Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace
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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

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692
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2,773
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pt 9 0z bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I could not find a bottle dated code.

Pale yellow in color, cloudy with lots of carbonation. Two finger creamy, white head dissipated farily quickly. Nice lacing left up and down the glass.

I smell lemons and grass. From the smell I get the idea this may be a little sweet. Can smell a hint of hops.

Tastes as it smells. First it's citrusy then comes the grass notes and a crisp hop finish. The hops are not overpowering but present. The taste of the Sorachi Ace hops are quite unique.

This is a light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation. I get a grassy after taste that is quite smooth. Fairly high abv at 7.6% but alchohol is not noticeable.

As mentioned before, this is a light bodied and very refreshing beer. Very tasty and would be/is excellent for a backyard barbeque when the weather is nice. I had mine with a medium rare cheeseburger with blue cheese crumbles and barbeque sauce, which turned out to be a fantastic pairing. At about 13.00 dollars a bottle i don't know how many more I'll actually drink. This would be great in a 6 or 4 pack.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorachi Ace looks the part of a great Belgian ale. Sorachi pours a hazed and cloudy gold. Things are topped off by a massive white head. The head has some definite staying power. The head finally settles to a ring. It leaves tons of sticky lace in its wake.

The aroma is interesting. A dominating lemon quality sticks out front. Juicy ripe lemons hit first. Things are followed by a strong lemongrass quality. A noticeable wood quality is also present. Behind all the lemony qualities, some definite spice notes hit. Black pepper is the dominate spice note. A bit of an overall earthy quality is present as well.

The flavor is no less intriguing. Plenty of lemon notes throughout. A very pronounced sweet juicy quality gives way to a more pronounced lemongrass quality. The woodiness in the nose is slightly less pronounced in the flavor. Behind all the lemon qualities, there is a definite powdery quality. In addition there is a light bit of bubblegum. The peppery quality in the nose is less pronounced in the flavor. The pepper notes hit lightly in the finish. The finish is dry with more more lingering lemon notes.

Sorachi Ace has a lightish body. The carbonation is boisterous and effervescent.

This is quite the tasty and intriguing brew. Brooklyn brewery has paid righteous tribute to an overlooked hop. This Japanese Sorachi Ace hop, care of Sapporo breweries, is quite interesting. Brooklyn has created a tasty quaff centered around said hop. This is quite the hop-centric brew, yet won't turn off non hop heads. The lemon notes from the hops lend a strong thirst quenching quality. The alcohol is kept well in check. My hats off to Brooklyn for creating a tasty and unique saison.

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Photo of Zahmzwickler
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Acquisition: 02.25.2015 - Bottle Bar, Frankford Avenue - PHL 19125

(Appearance) Very Nice. Straw yellow, slightly cloudy, big pillowy head with decent lacing.

(Aroma) Nice. The aroma changes quickly, early bananas, spice, slight citrus. Later the funk begins to shine, erasers, toast. In this sample the Sorachi hops didn't really shine? I assume my presumption expected limoncello, not the brewery's fault, my fault.

(Taste) Very Nice. This beer is polite and gentle, mouth feel is velvty soft and drinks without demanding attention. Carbonation is perfect. The bitterness is balanced and the malt is not lost, sweet although dry. Alcohol is wonderfully non-existance.

(Overall) I like this beer, alot! I bet Garrett Oliver never anticipated making a beer like this, thank goodness for Brooklyn gentrification.....sorry New Yorkers you deserve it and you can handle it. I would love to drink this fresh in Brooklyn!

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Photo of socon67
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cracked open a 750ml with the family. It was a big success.

A- poured very smooth. A nice layer of foam in the glass. A cloudy look that reminds me of most belgian ales.

S- You can clearly smell a hint of citrus.

T- Tastes of lemon, and the champagne yeast they use gives the beer *lots* of action. It paired awesome with the BBQ chicken I ate, but I could see this going with seafood perfectly. The Sarachi hops reminds you that this is a different type of beer, and in a good way.

M- Fizzy, smooth to drink though. No problems getting this one down.

D- I would look for this as a summer beer. I tried this a year ago on tap at the brewery, and in a bottle it was just as good. Could easily have finished the bottle myself, though I'd need to hide it from everyone else.

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Photo of jfugeman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a thick fluffy white head. Aroma is very sweet and perfumey with notes of roses, grapefruit, and a hint of spice. Taste is much dryer than would be expected based on the aroma, starts almost buttery but with a hint of rose, transitions to a dry and slightly bitter finish. Hop notes are very complex, at times spicy and at others very floral and a bit fruity. Mouthfeel is creamy/buttery but slightly sharp.

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Photo of Gmann
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a slightly hazy honey straw color with a huge pure white head that slowly settles leaving some thick lacing and a chunky cap. The aroma is sweet and spicy. Light pale malt, candi sugar, white pepper, clove, and wild flowers. Good phenolic aromas from the yeast. The taste is of the candi sugar, clove, coriander and pepper. Then comes the unique hop flavor. A sugar laced lemon flavor comes through imparting a dry and slightly tart note. It has some grassy/hay like flavors as well. The yeasty flavors don't come out as strong as it did in the aroma. The feel is light and extremely fizzy, sweet yet dry, finishes balanced. Not a traditional saison. I find that a lot of the "funk" "tart" flavors comes from the hops. The beer has a good belgian base but the hops make it grassy, tart, and something that you can sense was made in a farmhouse. Another great brooklyn beer. Hopefully this is a keeper.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a gift of great beer from great people today – Christmas came early this year. Cheers!

Brewed 07/12/2012, over a year before the date of this tasting. Not ideal, but it’ll do.

A: Pours a rich gold with light haze. Extraordinarily fizzy: turbulent bubbles rise through the body to support a tall, frothy, white head. After a minute, what’s left is a wonderfully smooth inch of retention and webs of chunky lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Hop aromas are forward and absolutely succulent, with an unmistakable character of lemon and tangerine. Natural, juicy, absolutely mouthwatering citrus scents. Towards the end, there’s a couple more subtle scents of spice – white pepper and coriander – and bready Belgian yeast scents.

T: You can taste the age, and that’s both good and bad: it has a slight flavor of stale, grainy pilsen malt, but the soft breadiness of the champagne yeast it’s been sitting on is quite apparent. I love the way Brooklyn utilizes that yeast flavor (a great component in the flavor of Black Ops), and it definitely works here. The most forward tastes include white bread and butter, clove, and sugar cookie, though these are all under the blanket of a zesty lemongrass hop character. Finishes with dry spice: mild puckering of citrus and grain husk.

M: Soft carbonation and a light, creamy, champagne body: very, very drinkable. Best at just a little colder than cellar temp, but even as it warms it never gets offensive in any way.

O: I’m surprised such a hop-centric beer was still so great after almost a year and a half, but if anyone can make that happen, it’s Brooklyn. Definitely a must-try; and hey, if you’re looking for a gift beer, this one was greatly appreciated. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicate pour delivered 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This takes quite a while to die down, and leaves me with half a finger throughout consumption. A lot of bubbles are rushing from bottom to top, like a mob frantically trying to escape a horde of zombies. Body light gold. Very nice lacing also noted.

Hops (citrus and pine) and lemon are the main aromas. Wheat and yeast pop in after a bit of searching. After it warms up there is a segue flavor, you get a hint of sour apple going from hops to wheat/yeast. Wheast, lol.

Tastes like sunshine in a glass! I'm just kidding, but it is good. It follows the nose, citrus hops, not overly bitter, lemon being a main point, into wheat and yeast. It's almost too fresh though. For it being a farmhouse/saison, I was hoping for a little funk. But I won't dock it for not having it.

Light bodied. Plays quickly over the tongue, neither sticky nor overly drying. It's refreshing with just a little bite.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark straw, with a strong frothy head that billows over the top of the glass.
Smells of nice mild hops, that are extremely appetizing.
Taste is citrusy, but also has a good amount of alcohol bite.
The bite is not overwhelming, and the taste from the sugars is so well balanced by the hops.
This is a fantastic saison, and I would recommend it to anyone!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is gold, lots of fine carbonation; head is off whtie, lumpy, dense, some lacing; head lingers exceptionally well, making it very enticing.

Smell is subdued, some light pilsen malt, touch of yeast phenols.

Taste steps it up: malt is clean, not sweet, but flavorful, some pilsen notes, light biscuit and bread; yeast flavors are very nice some light phenol, buttery off flavor but could be from hops; hops very lemony, some lighter earthier notes as well, grass.

Mouthfeel is where this saison is a nice step apart, very nicely dry and some light sweetness with a very good carbonation.

Overall, a very, very good saison, with a good twist on the hop presence and malt flavor profile.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to funkybuddha for this one.

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my go to Saison glass, my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a crystal clear golden hay with a massive eruption of 5 inch, frothy white head that leaves some sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is zesty lemon, fresh cut grass, and salt-less, Saltine crackers. Oddly enough, I detect just a little blue cheese. The flavor is simply and refined. Bright lemon zest, just a slight tangerine, grass and pale German malts. This beer is really simple and straightforward but very elegant in its simplicity. The mouthfeel is just about perfect. Dry enough that it leaves the mouth lingering for another sip but full enough that it coats your mouth in dry grass and lemon. Brooklyn makes great beer and this is no exception.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 ml bottle that I got directly from my visit to the brewery back in july 2010. It cost only 10 bucks which is fair to say that is a reasonable price compared to what you see in liquor stores here in the DC area.

This beer pours a gorgeous hazy dark yellow color with a fluffy white head that persists well during the drinking process. You can see the tiny bubbles coming out of the glass and it reminds me a lot of champagne.

The smell is pretty strong and it starts heavily with lemon/orange citrus notes from the Sorachi Ace hops. I also get a spicy/fruity character from the yeast.

Flavor starts out kinda sweet and malty but it soon becomes very citrussy again with lemon/orange predominance. Spicy notes come in in the end. Not much bitter aftertaste going on.

The body is medium to light, with a dry finish and extremely high carbonation making this a highly drinkable saison.

This beer reminded me a little bit of the Deus Brutt the Flandres, one of the most famous Champenoise beers, and that is a good thing.
Since the Saison / Farmhouse ale style is so open to interpretation I think Garret Oliver and the folks at Brooklyn did an amazing job here.

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Photo of tlinner
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was just saying the other day that I've always been bummed that so few American breweries have dabbled with the Saison style, because it's one of my favorites. Well, I guess the Beer Gods had been listening, because one trip to the beer store later and i found no fewer than three American farmhouse ales. This one stood out, and boy am I glad I got it.

Right off the bat, this is flat out one of the most aesthetically pleasing beers I've ever seen. You could fool a rich friend into thinking it was champagne. Not since my first Duvel have I seen such a perfect golden hue, or so many bubbles. An easy 5/5.

The scent is a crisp blast of lemon, due obviously to the Sorachi hops. But there's also that floral spiciness I love about Belgian blondes. I can't wait to taste it.

Honestly, I was a little disappointed. It's not that it isn't great, because it is. It has an almost buttery smoothness to compliment the citrus hops and spicy yeast. But with all the preamble, I was really looking for something that could break into my All-Time Top 5. It's not quite there yet, but Brooklyn clearly has a winner on their hands. It's more easily drinkable than I expect from a beer in it's class, and it has a knock-out combination of ingredients that make for a fresh and unique, yet classic taste. Aces, indeed.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this before and gave it a good rating so I wanted to do a full review to see where it fell. Excellent overall beer, outstanding look for a saison, will even better smell, and a very interesting, and satisfying flavor. One of my favorites and one I will revisit from time to time.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%

Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a honey gold color with a short tan head that lasts for a few minutes before completely vanishing, leaving no lace.

S: Light aroma, smells of grass, lemon peels, wheat, hops

T: Smooth and slightly sweet, slight tinge of hops at the finish, as I expect from a saison. Would've expected a bit more hops though.

O: Overall this was a great rendition of the Saison. Great beer from Brooklyn.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison/Farmhouse Ale 7.6% poured into a St Feuillien Oversized wine glass.
Simple but elegant design with the Ace of diamonds and Brooklyn "B" in the center of mid label.

A- This beer pours a beautiful hazed light golden fluid with one hell of a inch and a half white head that is fluffy and stays around for the whole duration of the beer. Massive sticky lacing clings to the glass on all sides... excellent.

S- Where do i start? The first thing I smell is no doubt the Sorachi with a tangy fresh cut grass and lemongrass scent. In the backbone is a nice chalky yeast that slightly stings the nose.

T-M- Taste is quite pleasant for the alcohol this Farmhouse is packing... A warm tangy and lightly metallic lemongrass dominates with undertones of sweet malts and yeast. A good brew in the aspect of excellent mixing of styles. Saison and a foreign hop variety equals interesting flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly astringent but with a light carbonation that just melds beautifully with the taste buds.

D- In drink this beer I realized that I could easily drink another 750ml and at 7.6% that is an excellent aspect of drinkablity... cheers!

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Photo of Guden
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly hazy pale yellow with a persistent one finger white head that lasts and lasts, supported by consistent carbonation bubbles and leaving thick lacing.

S- citrus, wheat, lemongrass, hay, sage, savory, pepper. There's a whole lot going on and it's all really good. Smells like a Belgian farmhouse ale meets a Vietnamese entree.

T- a bit more muddled than the nose. Again, lemon, lemongrass, and sage type characters lead the way with some pepperiness in the middle that lingers with a long moderately bitter, moderately funky finish.

M- fairly full bodies for the style and with only moderate carbonation, if there's one downside it's this.

O- an extremely interesting, complex, and enticing beer that draws me back for another long, evocative and transforming sip. A slightly thinner body, more carbonation and a slight decrease in the bitterness might have really put this one over the top, but it's still a very good beer.

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Photo of plfahey
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden yellow color with high clarity. Moderate white head with fairly high retention.

Aroma-Fresh hop aroma-with spicy, herbal, and citric notes. Some interesting yeast notes as well, with spicy phenolics and pungent, earthy Belgian funk. On the whole, quite fresh with slight grassy hints and a slightly sweet, slightly tropical fruit smell-maybe mango or papaya. Slightly bready malt character lies underneath. Complex and very good.

Flavor-Lemon peel and white pepper, dirt, pungent earthiness, and sweet herbs. There's a lot going on, and it's hard to pick it all apart. The flavor takes a long time to unfold on the palate, but a few seconds in, the yeast character back off just a bit, allowing a light bready malt to show through, but only for an instant before hop bitterness sweeps in. Finishes with moderately high hop bitterness and a resurgence of lemon, spices, and yeast character.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with high carbonation-explosively effervescent. Carbonation is still relatively soft of the palate.

This is a fantastic American interpretation of a Saision, and I think the Sorachi Ace hops work very nicely. Absurdly complex and delicious. I've come to expect a lot from Brooklyn beers, and this one definitely delivers.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not sure of the age on this bottle but it's def got some age on it, got it as a gift from the father of one of the assistant brewers. Hazy and faded orange marmalade color. Massive bright white head which dies kind of quickly. Sweet citric lemon grass nose. Otherwise pretty subtle nose.

Pretty nice tasting beer. Sweet belgian candy up front. Slight medicinal flavors, all well blended. Touches of banana and clove with lemon grass and citrus as the dominant flavors. Semi-spicy yeast bite on the finish. Touches of meaty fruit such as apples and pears. Delicious yet palate cleansing. Lots of brisk carbonation.

Just needs a bit more tartness.

I usually am not the biggest fan of brooklyn but this is pretty damn good.

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An even older bottle than the last one . I tried. This really has mellowed out. bit phenolic and medicinal. Very herbal and grassy. its pretty good

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my DFH Pint Glass, reviewed from notes

A-Cloudy Yellow. About an inch of head that leaves behind great lacing while drinking

S-Lemons and Hops

T-Possibly the best tasting lemon flavor I've had. Does not seem artificial at all like other lemon flavored beers. Very sweet as well. Ends with a slight bitter hop finish

M-Very light, carbonated.

D-Very drinkable had the 750mL over the course of Thanksgiving dessert.

EDIT-Accidentally put 4.5 under appearance, changed to the desired 4.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from corked caged 750ml bottle

A-poured a slight hazed golden color with a 2 finger nice head that receded to a nice fresh collar and a touch of lacing

S- was lemon and citrus at first.with hints of mint and tea,,more lemonbread and hops with a slight yeast funk in background

T- was lemon with a strong but subtle hop precense for a saison..picked up mint and lemon spice with a touch of green tea.hops are in each sip but are so delicate at the same time....the lemon hopped sorachi is complemented by a sight belgian yeast tatse,,a dash of pepper...this brew is delicious

M- crisp and tart with lemon spiced hops..well carbonated thru out as it warmed the hops gave way a bit to the saison and the taste profile changed a bit

O- outstanding twist on the saison its dry zestful and hoppy..i would drink this one year round.. my favorite offering from brooklyn thus far only one footnote i would haved liked it a tad bit more sour

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic example of a Saison. Where the beer is less muddled and earthy, there's a super floral, moderate spicy character that chases the beer from nose to finish.

The beer begins with a pale golden, solid straw color, carrying a mild haze. An efforvescent pour builds a loosely knit fluffy white head with great staying power and subtle lacing.

Very floral notes of honey suckle and perfume fill the olfactories while a light spicy note tickles the nose. Soft fruits of green apples, pears, and light lemon round out the esters while soft white pepper and spice usher about the phenols.

The floral hop character translates to soft fruity (tropical) notes in taste. Mild spiciness of pepper and cumin give rise to the hops. A soft confetionate taste sets the stage for the malts but the flavor is fast and fleeting. Bittered for balance and slight complexity but the beer is about hop aroma and flavor; not bitterness.

Full and expansive to that mouth upon first sip, but then the beer turns dry and powedery quickly and seeming evaporates in the mouth for ultimate ease of drinking.

Comparisons to Duvel come to mind. But these Sorachi Ace hops obviously deliver bold floral notes and moderate spiciness. The carbonation and mouthfeel is very similar but the malt sweetness has more of an impact here.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pale hazy yellow, one-finger lingering head.
S: Reminds me of lemon drops. Very crisp. Light hop aromas present.
T: Lemon, flowers, a hint of pineapple. I find I always use descriptors without many thoughts, so let me change that- this is good. Very good. Well balanced, nice hop/malt/acidic mix.
M: Same as above. Very well balanced, easy to drink.
O: This is delicious. I was glad to see the latest BA say it's now a year-round beer as opposed to the limited release here, as I will definitely be getting more.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, golden orange.  A tall, white head which settles down to a finger's height.

A faint smell of hops and a fresh, fresh citrus scent.  Mostly lemons, but also some oranges.

Right up front are lemons and oranges.  Dry and slightly bitter throughout and into the finish.  A little black pepper and a strong lemon zest finish that sticks to your palate until the next sip.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.  Brooklyn says it pairs well with seafood and I could see that, I wish I had some shrimp with this saison.

Overall, this was a treat.  It's very refreshing... This is what summer seasonals should be like. Try and get it while you still can!

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Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace comes in a fairly grand bottle and, sure enough, has the swanky appearance to match: resplendent golden in colour, with vivacious bubbles and an ultra-plush head, this looks like it costs twice what it actually does (and it's certainly not cheap!) Pour in the last couple ounces, however, and it looks like a glass of oatmeal.

Corked and caged and re-fermented in the bottle like Champagne, Sorachi Ace also has a bouquet that lightly mimics and definitely rivals the vintage bubbly of a good house. Use of the same yeast has resulted in a hint of wet earth, strong breadiness and the usual orchard fruit notes, though hops have imparted plenty of bright citrus and green herb qualities.

Sorachi Ace has a character that is in many ways reminiscent of a Chardonnay left on lees. There are remarkably similar lemon and apple flavours and it has the full, creamy texture to boot. Seriously, I'd guess this was barrel-aged if I didn't know any better - there's even hints of vanilla and cedar that accompany citrus peel in the finish.

It's impressive that the beer can feel so rich in spite of such ultra-zippy, high-octane carbonation. Champagne bubbles tend to make for a lighter, sharper mouthfeel - which this largely does have - but there's still plenty of weight to this sucker. The hops also provide some uniquely savory notes in the form of dill and lemon verbena.

Sorachi Ace is exactly the kind of distinctive, high-quality offering you'd expect from a producer with the illustrious reputation of Brooklyn Brewery. It delivers good value and rolls tasty malts and exceptionally vibrant hoppiness into a very unique drinking experience. Nevermind trying to box this into 'Saison' or 'Belgian IPA' categories - this is it's own beer. And it's definitely worth grabbing.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,773 ratings.
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