Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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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675
Ratings:
2,701
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
22%
 
 
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Photo of Reaper16
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a sunshiney pale yellow color. Moderately hazy, but not so much that you can't see carbonation screaming to the top of the glass. I mean screaming; there's lots of head on a fairly gentle pour, more than two fingers worth. Small, delicate white bubbles of remarkable consistency. It laces like a dream, too: spindly, web-like. It reminds me of a Boulevard saison, and that's high praise.

The aroma is sort of like Saison Dupont, only with more lemon. By which I mean to say that this aroma is definitely cut from a classical cloth. Dry maltiness meets an abundance of medicinal phenols upfront. There is a very significant hop character here -- this beer is named after the Sorachi Ace hops that the beer was brewed with -- and its decidedly lemony. Lemongrass and Country Time lemonade and even some lemon ice; all the lemon that you can handle. That citric component matches beautifully with the bitter green secondary hop aromas. There's a touch of Belgian funk on the back end of the aroma -- a small wave of cheese rind and a gentle kiss of armpit -- but it is a minor player in comparison to the hop profile and the phenols. This beer smells at once traditional and unique.

Strangely, what comes across as deeply complex on the nose is much more focused and singular on the palate. The dominant flavor is a Band-Aids-meets-lemongrass component, with some pils malt flavors backing them up. There isn't any funkiness to the taste, though you can definitely pick up on the champagne yeast that this beer was finished on. The finish is like Country Time lemonade made with too much powder: a bit musty and dry (and I say that in the positive sense, given the style).

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is sufficiently dry like [most] great Saisons should be. I do take some issue with the mouthfeel though, in that it feels too thin. Or wet. I'm not quite sure what I mean. The carbonation, despite making such a show, doesn't translate to the tongue. Instead of feeling effervescent, this beer feels slick. It's gone a step past smooth and into insubstantial. EDIT: well, this problem only occurs once the beer has been in the glass for a couple of minutes. Right out of the pour, it feels very much like it stylistically should. This beer loses a lot of carbonation quickly, it seems.

Overall, this is a good American Saison. It's got a wonderfully unique aroma that I could smell for days and days. Seriously, Febreze? Glade? Y'all need to make products that smell like this beer. I wish I could get this beer in my distribution area.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed yellow with a big, fluffy 3-finger white-colored head. Supreme retention- solid 1/3 finger layer throughout the entire drink- and soapy, sticky lace.

The nose is powerful and classic Siason- banana, cloves, straw, malty crackers and a faint funk. The Sorachi Ace hop is a perfect addition to all this- grassy and lemony with tropical touches of mango and passionfruit.

The medium-bodied palate explodes with a bright carbonation from the bottle refermentation (pushing Champagne quality with its silkiness) and settles into what feels like a dry, lemony and intensely spicy mousse. The malt is solid with that light, cracker-like vibe. The hop-bitterness is mild and balanced, while the finish is long, dry and resinous with intensely grassy flavors (both fresh and dried) and lingering hoppy notes of lemongrass and mango. The spice is also a consistent theme.

What I love most about this is how it's a beer that features a hop in its name, nicely showcases that rare hop varietal, yet sticks completely to the traditional Saison style. It has an elegance that West coasters just love to kill with their bash-you-over-the-head hop profiles. The back label claims it's sunshine in a glass, and I'd say they're pretty right on. Raw and refreshing. I hear this is going to be a year-long release now. Hope that's true cuz I could do at least one of these a week.

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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 lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the first beer of my US trip. For breakfast, no less. Nice, well presented "ace" bottle, corked and caged.

Pours a hazed and cloudy golden wheat colour, with a foamy and full head of white. Lacing is patchy, but sticky. Looks like it has some heft to the body, which is good. Nice fine carbonation. Overall, a very good looking saison.

Nose is zesty and sharp, but with organic overtones (ah, Saison funk and Sorachi Ace make a brutally good combination). Hints of coconut, lime, flax, raw wheat and linen. Although the citric Sorachi and the funky pepper Saison yeast characters sound like they would create a cacophony, in fact, they meld together into a creamy, smooth almost vanilla like combination, despite the fact you can still identify the individual spicy attributes. Great.

Taste is similar—quite smooth and creamy, but with a lift of citric acidity and a bite of organic bitterness on the back. Aftertaste gives off some of those tropical coconut flavours. Throughout, there's a raw, rustic funk, but the Sorachi characters seem to change the location to somewhere humid and Eastern.

Overall, a great beer, and a rather large and complex one. As it turns out, this goes somewhere very different from where I thought it might, which was a light, drinkable and refreshing brew—this is a big, and robustly interesting beer; one that should be sipped.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a hazed straw and orange color with a bright glow. A bubbly white head rests on top and retains for a while, leaving some curtains of lacing on the glass.

A substantial spike of yeasty funk in the nose, dotted by soft fruit sweetness and lemony citrus with some herbal notes. Light peppery spice and faint alcohol.

Nice bite of hops up front with a fairly unique herbalness to them. Belgian funk and yeasty qualities are prevalent. Hints of pear and citrus with slight sweetness. Some spice and faint alcohol in the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, tingly and lingering on the palate, slightly dry too. Definitely a decent saison, not necessarily one of my favorites, but worth a try.

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Photo of OddNotion
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Fantome Tulip.

Appearance: Huge white head, about four fingers worth, it is to style but a little annoying. Pours a nice transparent golden / straw color.

Smell: Clove-y yeast and spiciness are the dominant players in the nose.

Taste: Very pleasant, I really like how the hoppiness plays into the spiciness. Very crisp and refreshing. A lot of fruit and clove type flavors. Alcohol is not present at all, well hidden.

Mouthfeel: To style, very carbonated and not too heavy but not thin by any means.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, it really is one of my favorite saisons to date (I have not had too many but this one certainly sets the bar high, its no Fantome but great none-the-less). I would buy this again in a heartbeat, a little pricey but well worth it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good solid pop off the cork.

Pours solid, but a very soapy looking white head, Body is a slightly cloudy yellow orange with classic rising carbonation in the middle. Little lacing, some spotty puck as well. Looks pretty light for a saison no complaints.

Bouquet is a light lemon and fruity estery with light yeast notes. Hint of light sugars too. Crisp smelling, a little butter ghee like, much like a pale or Belgian strong ale than a saison. I dig it very light.

Taste is sharp butter of ghee then the palate sweetens to some sugar and stinging yeast. Just a hint of barnyard, and a very quick sharp crisp bubbly champagne "brut"-ness. That sharpness sticks around just long enough and then lingers slowly like good tonic water. Pleasurable tickle on the tongue this is really like that.

Overall this is just great take on a saison, real glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

a golden yellow body topped with a big fluffy head that sticks well and recedes slowly. lots of carbonation visible. citrus clove grass and grain present in the nose gives a good invite. lots of clove present in the taste with just a wee bit of citrus some banana on the edge there too. nice hoppy bite in the back. light bodied with some bitter puckering. overall its a damn good beer and definitely worth the price.

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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 shangwang
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber with no date on bottle into DFH snifter. I've had this cellared for over 6 months.

Sorachi Ace poured a hazy straw color with two solid fingers of white foamy head which dissipated into a thin layer that remained for quite a while. Lots of bubbles. The smell was potent; lots of heavy lemon with some other tropical fruit and grass. Tasted strongly of lemon zest with some saffron and coriander, yeast, and grass. The taste mellowed out through the finish and left a light and refreshing flavor on the palate. Very light mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

Great brew- lots of flavor without being overwhelming. For a Saison it didn't have the intense spiciness and the sorachi ace hops created a really unique flavor- the taste of a hefeweizen with the texture of pilsner. Fantastic way to finish a summer weekend.

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Photo of n2185
2.62/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with three fingers of white head. The head recedes into a nice white cap with some decent lacing.

S: Some sweet cloves and bubblegum aromas up front. A grassy hop aromas follow with a bit of a corn smell to them.

T: There are some spicy Belgian yeast flavors and bubblegum at first. The grass/corn hop flavors kick in afterward along with a touch of butter flavor and a light bitterness for the finish. Pretty strong metallic aftertaste.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp but could use a bit more carbonation feel.

O: Unfortunately, the metal aftertaste and the corn flavors kind of ruin this beer for me. I find similar flavor profiles in many American takes on Belgian styles, especially saisons and Belgian IPAs. It's not awful, but I had no desire to finish the entire bottle.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy pale orange with a plume of orange/white head. retention is good with some average lacing left behind.

S: very unique aroma here, not used to this potent of a lemon scent. the tart lemon interacts with a solid malt/yeast derived breadiness.

T: a hint of cracked black pepper. just a brief tartness, the majority of the lemon flavor is cut by the yeast. the champagne yeast used for the bottle refermentation leaves an obvious flavor.

M: effervescent on a medium body.

D: very refreshing, unique take on a saison. the sorachi is really a great hop for this beer and the bottle refermentation makes for a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of rwmiscik
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up last night from the boonton liquor store and split it with a friend. We drank it out of snifters.The beer pours a nice yellow hazy color with a thick white head. It was very peppery saison with lemony finish from the sorachi. It was a good beer for the price however Brooklyn has better products.

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Photo of jizfiasco
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours exactly like champaign a little too much head. Smells like a sour with some mild floral hop aroma and some wheat beer scent as well with a slight bit of lemonade. The taste is very unique tastes like lemon rind, a slight bit of grassy hops, a lot of fresh black tea leaves and very dry. The flavor coats the tounge and stays with an after taste of sour skittles or warheads and an addictive lemon lime sting that does not go away. This is a great introduction to a sour in my opinion but the hop focus for this is not great, not the style to use in order to showcase the hop. Maybe would be more interesting as a pale ale without all the fancy.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
A - hazy, bubbly gold with a thick foamy head that lasts.
S - citrus hops layered over a lemon with an ever so slight earthy grass background.
T - smooth light malt backbone with strong lemon accents and easy hops throughout.
M - crisply carbonated light to medium body that flows easily and leaves a lingering lemon/hop aftertaste.
D- easily drinkable in a large quantity as the lemon zing cover any alcohol bite.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very fresh bottle of the "new" Sorachi Ace, no longer a one-time brew apparently. I'm digging the $10 price tag instead of $15 too.

A: A dark straw pour, quite hazy. Topped with a nice big bubbly head. Lacing is good.

S: Pretty much pure lemongrass as you would expect with sorachi ace hops. A little bit of spice and a little bit of yeast.

T: Tastes like sunshine. Super crisp lemons, nice clean lemongrass aftertaste. Some coriander in there too I think. Low bitterness except maybe in the initial bite. As the beer warms the lemongrass really takes over so I hope you like the flavor of sorachi ace hops or you're going to hate this beer.

M: Light and airy, feels more like a witbier than an almost 8% saison.

O: Been waiting for this one to come back and it was worth the wait. Great saison, the lemongrass smell and flavor just compliments the style very well. One of the most drinkable and refreshing saisons I've ever had.

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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 Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color, the head was fluffy and white. A very heady brew. The lacing was pretty good. The smell of the beer was very floral and has a good saison aroma to it. The taste of the see had a hefty amount of the Sorachi Ace hops on the tongue. There was also some nice spicy flavors too. The mouthfeel was full of carbonation and was light bodied. Overall the beer was very tasty and was enjoyable. I would like to have this again one day.

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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 rdilauro
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice sun tan blond with a big foamy white head. A distinct and attractive hop nose, big and bold but you can tell its not a bitter hop.
The taste was big and full with traces of orange, pineapple and pear. A little cloudy almost like a wheat beer.
I had this a year ago, loved it and still enjoy this one
The biggest characteristic is the nose with a big smell of fruit and balanced hops

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Photo of aficionado
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware: Duvel Tulip

Rocking 4 finger head with lots of random lacing and an insane fizzy stream of carbonation.

Champagne cork pop, and more champagne yeasty characteristics on the nose. I suspect a blend of Champagne and French saison yeasts are at play here.

On the palate there is lemongrass, lemon zest, green apple, and sparse notes of unripe banana. This is also quite the dry beer and there is a lingering pleasant bitterness left after each sip.

Crisp and tingly on the tongue. Medium body, though the high carbonation contributes much to a lighter feel.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a dark shade of yellow, with a gorgeous, very puffy, four finger white head. The head sticks around for awhile and leaves some OK lacing. Beautiful looking beer

S- strong aroma of lemongrass, and it is an absolutely luscious, inviting scent...makes me think of the summer

T- very light and crisp, the backbone is lemony, but it's not overly tart or too sweet. Perfect combination of flavors

M- it's actually not very thick at all, nice thin body

O- fantastic beer, especially on a warm day like today. I wish it was cheaper and popped up more often. Hey Brooklyn, get on that!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a 75 cl bottle with natural cork and steel cage always raises my expectations.

A: Pours straw-colored with an enormous white soapy head that sinks into decent lacings.

S: Spices; mostly pepper. Yeast Floral hops gives it citric notes. Sweet malt. Earthy.

T: Dry, very dry and bitter. Peppery. Lots of yeast. Grass and citric notes, lemon and lemon sezt. Malt is in the back. Kind of sour.

M: Refreshing as a Saison should be. Aftertaste is long and bitter, and even holds a little bit of lemon. Body is light and carbonation is rich.

O: A nice beer, but a little to dry and bitter for my taste when it comes to Saison.

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

The beer is clouded dark straw colored with hints of orange, a white high and firm head that leaves loads of laces. Some curtains.

The smell is fruity and earthy. Lemon, spices, clove and yeast.

The taste starts with a pure sugar and white bread sweetness, sourness from lemon and rhubarbs, spiciness, clove, peppers, lemon peel bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft texture and a good body, a dry finish.

A lot of spiciness, but very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, a farmhouse ale using the rare hop variety.

Pours a clear straw, bone white crackling head. Aroma of lemon juice and rind upfront. Alittle bit of spicy Belgian yeast with a bready aroma as well. In the flavor, a crisp biting lemony hop, some earthyness, champagne like in the finish. Belgian yeast in full force with must, pepper and mild pear notes. Super dry, aggressive carbonation. Mild doughy character, spice and a good helping of citrus, hop and funk. Overall, an interesting and unique brew with well rounded flavor. Worth trying.

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