Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
2,800 Ratings
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
Ratings:
2,800
Reviews:
697
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
241
Gots:
722
For Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,800 |  Reviews: 697
Photo of funkydrumma
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice carbonation with a little touch of wheaty saisonness.

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Photo of CreekyJarls
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

June 12, 2015

12 oz bottle, water glass

A – Light to medium-light gold, and moderately hazy. A thin layer of bright white head with fairly low retention.

S – Very peppery, with a sharp lemon-lime aroma, along with flowers and perhaps fresh-cut grass. Flour and uncooked bread dough.

T – Lemon and some peppery spice, a low but sharp hop bite on the finish. Flour malt. Some low floral notes.

M – High carbonation, somewhat sudsy, and dry throughout. No real impression of sweetness, and only mild hop bitterness, mostly on the finish. Very balanced.

O – The hops used here really are perfect for a saison, blending well with the peppery notes of the Belgian yeast. A really enjoyable take on the farmhouse ale.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright golden straw color with white head

Smell - lemongrass, coriander, ginger, lemon

Taste - ginger, coriander, lemongrass, lemon zest

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, citrus/lemongrass upfront, middle is tart/sour/bitter, dry finish

Overall - good saison that is a little bit more sour, tart and bitter than other examples I've had

Price point - $7.99/4 pack 12 oz bottles

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

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

Photo of OleSkeen
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Still one of my top 5 favorite saisons.
Beer advocate: it would be awesome if us users could users to upload our picture of the beer we're checking in on the mobile app instead of having to use the website every time!

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Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wphall
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmace929
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BogBoyJD
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of carborundum
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been a fan of this style until I tried Sorachi Ace. Poured into a large Cab wine glass it produced a nice white head over a hazy yellow colored brew which dissipated slowly with a lot of lacing left in the glass. Aromas of cut grass, lemon, wintergreen, cardamon, cinnamon and clove. Initially there was a sweet sour taste followed by a pleasant spicy tartness that lingered with a light but substantial mouth feel. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this Saison/Farmhouse ale.

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Photo of PGD120
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grodd87
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cfinch2
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Invinciblejets
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Hazy yellow with a finger of bright white head. Strong aroma of lemongrass and Belgian yeast, with a touch of banana, all carrying over to the taste along with a lemony and slightly soapy flavor and a peppery bite and some tropical fruit on the backend. Light bodied and fairly dry. Pretty great.

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Photo of Rdjcbier
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Monika1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,800 ratings.
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