Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#2,481
Reviews:
727
Ratings:
2,902
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
246
Gots:
767
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Ratings: 2,902 |  Reviews: 727
Photo of hopley
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chitoryu12
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light amber. Bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Flowery hops and citrus. A spicy orange peel note on occasion.

Taste: Barely tastes like a beer at all! That same floral and fruity note, almost like a wine. Bitter at the back of the flavor, lingering after you swallow. Quite complex.

Mouthfeel: Thick and with only enough carbonation to avoid feeling flat.

Overall: A very intriguing, complex beer unlike anything I've ever had before.

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Photo of Foyle
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12oz bottle in tulip glass. Pours a thin white head that dissipates quickly with mild lacing. Aroma of citrus fruit and herbs. Mouthfeel is medium. Flavors of clove, vanilla, a bit of banana, citrus, and some lingering sharp bitterness. Outstanding saison!

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Photo of drstalker
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pdcleff
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DougieAmphetaBeans
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walnut
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobus79
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsputin
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: golden amber color with a very very faint ruby tint in the light. Bubbly bright head that fades to a film pretty quick

S: huge floral note upfront, wheat, lemongrass, citrus zest, vanilla, and a nice earthy herbal note. Very unique smelling beer, in a good way

T: upfront is a big hit of floral and deep earthy flavors. Sweet malts, lemongrass, and pears.

M: solid medium mouthfeel, that feels big in the mouth due to the carbonation level

O: the aroma on this beer is so unique. Earthy and floral. Taste is nicely harmonized, I enjoy the floral qualities in here. I think it’s a step below the greats of the style, but still above average

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Photo of pirateclem
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Too light for me. Touch of lemon but not much else.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L) Pours a lovely, hazy straw color with a creamy white head and good lacing.

S) The nose has a lot going on. It is very floral with notes of lylac, juicy with notes of pungent citrus, zesty with notes of lemon rind, all tied together with a white pepper spiciness. It is quite a pleasure to sniff.

T) Everything present in the nose is on the tongue, with a little bit of a grainy sweetness and dry grassy bitterness to round out the other complexities.

F) This brew is exceptionally smooth, and has a creamy mouthfeel for the style, especially if poured with the yeasty goodness in the bottom of the bottle swirled throughout. It has a refreshing, medium-high carbonation and is a pleasure to sip.

O) I am very impressed by this saison. I paired it with some leftover chicken and creamed spinach, and it made the meal jump from mediocre to quite enjoyable. Would recommend to any saison lover.

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Photo of JMills52
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Musineer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden/yellow body with delicate carbonation racing upward, failing to support a fizzy off-white head. The nose has pretty strong notes of clove/bubblegum and dill, followed by pink peppercorn, a bit of lemongrass, and faint, faint burnt rubber. The taste is a lot of bubblegum, dill, pepper, chalk, fibrous lemongrass, and cracker. Dry, dry dry. It's light bodied, fluid, prickly, and easily drinkable (body-wise); think champagne.
Probably best paired with cheeses or something; by itself it's not particularly appealing, apart as a novelty/palate tester/brain stimulation. It has flavor to spare, but, as it lacks overt citrus notes, not in the most instantly delicious way, but more as a curious sipper. Everything is in line with the style, however, and the weirdness of the Sorachi Ace hop does shine; in this way it's right up there with beers like Revolution's Heroes lot or FW's Luponic Distortion series. It is at once categorically correct and also in a category of its own. My numerical score may not proclaim it, but this is something to try.

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Photo of dbauer
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Branlott42
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of average_sketch
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cyrion
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy bright gold body with large bubbles of white foam. Assertive pine and lemon aroma, along with a much softer bread scent. Taste is quite different. The pine does not translate to the tongue. The hops taste like the leafy bitterness that comes in English ales or bitters. This allows the malt to step forward a bit, although malt is always playing second fiddle here. Rather citric, although I can't call it tart. Mouthfeel is medium and lingers.
This is an unusual beer, as it replaces the harsh farmhouse "dustiness"with a softer, muted tone. I would give this to someone who is looking for a gateway beer into saisons.

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Photo of HopsnScotch987
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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