Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace

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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 Jtee
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served cold into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale gold with 3cm of white and foamy head that retains well. The lacing is nominal.

Aroma: Citrusy (lemon), herbal (dill), and spicy (pepper). There's a faint fruitiness and a soft alcohol note.

Taste: Follows suit with the smell with some additional layers. The yeast adds a peppery character while the hops add herbal (dill) and citrusy (lemon) notes. The malt profile is very delicate. Slightly tart and faint alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium high carbonation. Prickly and drying.

Overall: An interesting beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Well-balanced even though Sorachi is the obvious star here. Perfect for a warm summer day. I'll definitely pick up a bottle of it whenever it's locally available.

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Photo of FFreak
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft in the Newark airport after missing a connecting flight to Portland, OR. A very pretty, almost lemon-yellow with a small, pure white head that leaves a bit of lace. Slightly muted aromas of yeast, citrus and spice - typical saison fare. Taste is delicious - fresh, lively, and so easy drinking. Mouth is just right. Medium body, nice carbonation, somewhat dry and refreshing. Overall, I was quite impressed with this.

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Photo of EMH73
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow color with a huge white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Smells of citrus, lemongrass and Belbian yeast. Tastes of tangerine, lemon, lemongrass, banana, bubble gum and spices. A little sweet for the style. Well carbonated, light bodied, smooth and crisp.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy yellow with a relatively small head (for a Saison) and minimal lacing. The smell is of a slightly unripe tangerine. Lots of citrus rind. The flavor is very unique in that it balances bitterness and acidity without any sweetness in between. Lots of tangerine and lemongrass. I would have liked a tiny more maltiness to fully balance the overall flavor profile but still this is a very enjoyable beer as it is.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 19oz Brooklyn Brewery Saison glass.

L - golden, unfiltered beer. Small head and very little carbonation.
S - a variety of citrus and some lemongrass. Belgian yeast comes through in the smell as well
T - initial citrus, but not too sour. some wheat flavor comes through after, leaving a slightly sweet aftertaste
F - very complex. waves and waves of flavor that come through that each provide a unique flavor. pretty smooth at 7.2%
O - this is a very tasty beer and an excellent Saison. well worth it for the price, and would definitely go for more!

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Photo of Jmalpha1
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got it one night for game night with the guys because of its namesake and the bottle looked cool. Great beer! pours golden and tasted a bit thick but still very drinkable (I think I had 2-3 during one game!). None of us are big stout drinkers so on our winter game nights we turned to farmhouse/saison and this is a great example of the style.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours an effervescent, golden hue with substantial frothing. Fruity, straw-laden aroma with hints of pear and honey. Thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale greenish yellow with a slight off white head.

In the nose sour, musty, yeast with earth undertones, lemon zest, cedar, and a faint malt hit.

A nice rounded mouth feel brings the flavors together as a single note. Notes of lemon, yeasty, malt bread, and bitter herb. This is a tasty, complex brew with flavors continuing to sneak up on you.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DATE: December 29, 2016... OCCASION: Having finished a monster game of LOTR Risk with Will and Michael, it's time to unwind... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip pokal... slightly hazy, uber-active, swirling body of bubbles... head thickens in snowy sheets all around the glass, caking to tall icebergs--looks imperious... body is yellow gold... first hit is a wondrously aromatic cologne-like citrus, with the secondary accents of hay, lemon grass, pepper, leather, and sharp cheddar... complex and alluring.... the first sip is soft, almost soapy, with a lingering presence at its end... light-bodied, champagne-like yet not as bubbly, with a nice arrival at the teeth... in a word or two, unbelievably drinkable at 7.2%... apple, lemon, bubble gum, spicy cheese, subtle funk, some dry white grape, and slight graininess... quite a peaceful way to deliver the goods, with every category exhibiting strength and quality... a win for Brooklyn, and a great start to sampling their box set...

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy golden with lasting cap of off-white. Aroma is very lemon/lime citrus rind. Much of this comes through in the flavor as well, though balanced with a dose of crackery malt and some almost melon-like flavors. A bit of peppery spice rounds things out and finishes rather clean and somewhat dry. Different, and nice.

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Photo of puck1225
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Nice white head atop a cloudy yellow body, great lacing. Sweet fruity smell that carries over to the taste. Nice lemony and spicy. A hint of bitterness, but overall a great beer.

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Photo of Vader444
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour into tulip.

Lovely golden yellow colour. Nose more muted than I had anticipated; gently herbal. Quite a lot of lime flavour. Nice body with good carbonation. I had really looked forward to this but overall it didn't blow me away. Refreshing enough but ABV too high to make it sessionable.

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Photo of EMV
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear light golden color. Three plus fingers of thick foamy head that lasts a long time. Fantastic lacing.

S: Lemon zest and citrus. Belgian yeasts and spice.

T/F: Very complex Saison... lots of citrus and lemon, but also pear and apricot. Good herbal notes... a bit of rosemary and peppercorn. Love the Sorachi hop character. Medium in body... aggressively carbonated and dry finish with a faint herbal aftertaste on the tongue.

O: Easily one of the best Farmhouse Ales I've had and transcends the style. A+++ all around, and well worth snagging.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear, dark gold with bubbly carbonation and a sticky, eggshell white head with perfect retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Lemongrass, lemon candy, honeydew melon, cracker malt, straw, and a weird spice I can't yet describe. Ginger, perhaps?

T: Really nice lemon candy flavors, with some lemon zest, a bit of honeydew melon and green grape, cracker malt, straw, grass, and a bit of alcohol warmth and clove on the finish. Finishes dry, but not super dry.

F: Medium-light body, excellent carbonation, moves smoothly across the palate.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at an airport bar. 16 oz. pour into shaker glass. It pours a clear golden-yellow color with a thin, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of lemon peel, grass, yeast, clove, and a whiff of sweet fruit. The taste features banana, lemon, clove, coriander, pepper, and sorachi hops. It has a pepper taste at the finish that distinguishes it from other Saisons I've tasted. This ale is light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Its 7.2% ABV gives it substance without overwhelming. The sorachi hop profile adds a bitterness to the classic Saison taste. Overall, this is a very good, and somewhat different, Saison. The sorachi hops really add to the overall drinking experience.

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Photo of MFMB
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid 4. Pours a light straw yellow, bubbly with a nice creamy white foam. The nose is of light citrus, sweet grasses, hay and spice. Excellent citrus character, lemons and orange. Belgian yeast, light bubble gum and pepper there too. Light to medium mouthfeel with a dry champagne like finish. I like saisons and I liked this one.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn is one of my favorite brewers because it can produce great beers in all three traditions. For its best and most popular Belgians, Sorachi Ace is the only one I had not Had. Usually seen in bombers, I saw Sorachi in a small bottle in Binny's build-your-own-6-pack section and snagged it. And now, I know how much I was missing.

My review and my take-aways from others distills down to this: this is an original creation, but thoughtfully within the style. Its use of a flowery hop that encourages my imagination to flow. But, the Ace remains soft in the mouth and goes well with mild, flavorful food.

Brooklyn's brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, published a seminal work in 2003 that I spent a lot of time with in the last year. "The Brewmasters Table" recommends tripels and strong Belgian pales with the dish I had tonight, which was pesto. Well I want Garrett and you to know that Sorachi complements pesto well, also.

My only concern with Sorachi is that I did not buy the big bottle. At this moment, I really want more.

12/21/16 In the deepest part of winter and America's discontent, I thought Belgian Darks were reinforcing my mood too much. (That is to say, I was depressed and it was Christmas.) So, I pulled out an Ace and was redeemed... at least partially. It was most of what I said above; but, it also made me pucker (which sour pusses don't do often.)
In addition to tasting Ace unaccompanied, I also had with my world famous vegetable stew. (The Ace goes with lighter dishes. Now I know what the label says.) But , it was worth the lesson... to feel good despite the discontent.
No change in rating.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by October, 2016 (2 months from):
Pours a nice yellow gold, with just a fuzzying haze. Fluffy white head that lasts strong until about a quarter of the beer is left, and lingers with *only* half surface coverage the remaining sips. Lacing is very, well... lacy.

Nose early shows a stronger lemon note with some herbal grassiness and a little yeast. Later in the pour, I get less lemon and more of what I find to be distinctly Sorachi, and what I think of as cocnutty - though maybe a Thai dish involving coconut milk might be a more accurate thought.

The opening is yeasty more than malty before the lemon notes hit. Quickly the lemongrass specific nature of the taste replaces any mistake for the citrus fruit. A little sweetness continues to buoy the notes as they shift toward a more herbal grassiness and then to that "coconut" note. I might argue its that thin brown skin of a coconut between the flesh and the shell.

This beer seemed more flat early in the taste than it does later, strangely. Maybe it holds its light carbonation well and when I am expecting a flatter beer, it delivers.

The whole beer has a fairly distinctive Brooklyn beer impression to it - guessing maybe the yeast? Been a while since I enjoyed one of these (and I never rated it??). I am not rating it as highly as I would've back then, but it isn't a long fall to this rating. Definitely will grab this again more quickly next time.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB date 11/02/16 - Consumed 08/13/16 - No bottling date

Appearance- Pours a pale straw, bright golden color, mildly hazy. Finger thick, frothy, white colored head. Good amount of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Grassy, earthy spice, lots of zesty lemon. Belgian yeast, clove, fruity esters.

Taste- Lemon zest, slight citrus notes. Clove, spicy pepper, grassy. Crisp, grainy malts. Belgian yeast, dry herbs and pine.

Feel- Light bodied, very crisp and clean, dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Very bright, crisp, zesty, and dry.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a -pint glass. Label said best by date printed on bottle, but I couldn't find a date on the bottle.

Straw yellow body, hazy, good head and lacing, many floaties.

Aroma of yeast, lemongrass, faintly fruity.

Lot going on in the taste department. not too tart, faint yeastiness, lemongrass,. A not unpleasant aftertaste, quite tingly on the tongue. Has some bite to it.

Mouth is around medium.

All in all an interesting and different beer. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like bready cereal malt, peach, vanilla, banana, clove, vinous white grape, spicy pepper, lemongrass, zesty lemony citrus, dill weed, with bitter floral earthy herbal pine. Tastes spicy and peppery, balanced by bready cereal grain malt notes, lemongrass, dill weed, zesty lemony citrus, vinous grape, vanilla, banana, clove, with bitter herbal earthy floral pine. Feels dry and crisp, medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and unique saison.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle; best before Sep 2016.

Straw colored and hazy with a large, fluffy white head on top. Good retention and some lacing on the glass. A punchy aroma starts things off with a bang. Coriander and lemon initially, then bright peppery spice gets your attention. Almost perfumy or floral in a way. Tasting it brings out a strong lemongrass flavor, not unlike a Thai tom yum or Vietnamese pho soup. Long aftertaste with a heavy, spicy, and dry finish. Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation that gives it an effervescent quality.

Sorachi Ace somehow manages to conjure bold, brazen flavors out of a fairly simple idea; a single malt (German pilsner), single hop (Sorachi Ace) beer. A unique saison, even for a style that is so open to interpretation.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent pale straw yellow color with a two and a half finger, dense and frothy head.

Smells like peaches, nectarines, freshly baked sugar cookies, zesty, lemony hop resin and oranges.

Upfront I get flavors of ripe bananas, mild bubblegum and juicy orange rind. There's a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Midpalate notes of peaches, vanilla and demerara sugar shine through yet they're tame enough for the finish to remain crisp, but we're bordering on the very sweet side of the beer spectrum here.

Feel is slightly boozy but still somewhat crisp and refreshing. Still, I wouldn't want to drink more than one serving of this in a single sitting since it's quite sweet.

This is a great beer and it's totally worth a try but it's not exactly something I would want to drink all the time. Very interesting for a saison, and a beer I find myself coming back to every now and again, but not all too frequently.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Light straw in color. Somewhat hazy. Lots of effervescent qualities. Large white head that lasts after settling. Lacing on glass is noticeable. Aroma: Lots of lemon zest. A bit of funk is present. Almost has a medicine-like aroma. Also, very grassy with some hints of pepper and spice. Taste: The lemon zest and funky yeasts are apparent on the first sip. This is blended nicely by the malt character which contributes to smoothing it our a bit. Tart and tangy, but not overly so. Aftertaste: Finishes tart and clean. The spicy pepper-like notes really come through on the back end. Lots of effervescence all the way to the end which also contributes to the clean and crisp finish. Notes: Unique brew due to the sorachi hop varietal. This brew has Chardonnay like character and this offering is a classic in the saison category. Result/ Rating: Very good. 4.38 out of 5.

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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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