Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
2,798
Reviews:
696
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
241
Gots:
720
For Trade:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured pale yellow in color with a one finger head that had a very good amount of retention.
S: As you bring the glass to your nose, the moderate aroma of lemony, grassy hops really stands out. The smell is very pleasant and isn't overpowering.
T: Like the aroma, the presence of the lemony Sorachi Ace hops very much stands out in the taste, but there's only a mild amount of bitterness. Notes of grainy malts, earthy yeasts and spices are also noticeable in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate, refreshing and a little bubbly. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: I would definitely have this again--its light and refreshing qualities make it a perfect saison for a hot summer day.

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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 biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, with an easy to open cork, gotta love that, just a quick pop, and everything's, ya know, coming up aces!

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden straw colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and burbling off-white head, which leaves an image of rocky land-bridge lace around the glass in its funeral dirge wake.

It smells of mildly boozy lemongrass, grainy and gritty pale malt, a touch of barnyard funk, and further leafy, earthy hops - very inviting in its unusual nature. The taste is softly grainy, kind of sugary pale malt, tart lemon meringue pie, a bit of nonassignable woodiness, more isolated musty funk, and zesty, grassy hops.

The carbonation is a mite bit strong up front, but settles to a dull frothy roar soon enough, with a tiny rising bubbles Champagne sort of charm. Amidst all this, a solid medium-weight body presents, though struggling (successfully) to be smooth amongst that Vietnamese takeout citrus onslaught. It finishes off-dry, clean, zesty, and still a bit tart - oh yeah.

Wow - a saison with some game reformulating New World cojones, and a zingy fruitiness that just wouldn't let me stop tipping that glass back, not to mention its superb masking of a respectably hefty 7.6% ABV, at that. A splendid display of a heretofore unknown hop to this humble Joe, and seriously worthy of seeking out.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"100% Bottle Refermented Ale." 7.6% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing classy label and branded gold hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork gives by hand with ease; I'd say the champagne yeast refermentation upped the carbonation.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour and fluffy even consistency. Nice creaminess and smooth complexion. Quite soft looking. Consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good - about 9-10+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow-gold of above average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

It's a good appearance for a beer, but I'm surprised at its clarity given it's meant to be a farmhouse ale. Shouldn't this be hazy? In any case, I'm excited to try it, and while it's not unique or special, it's certainly inviting and I can find no obvious flaws.

Sm: Plenty of floral notes are present, though I can't tell whether they're from actual flowers and/or just hops. Honey. Clove. Heavy yeast presence - sure, your typical farmhouse funkiness, but also vitamin-y character. Belgian pale malts. Cracker malts. A kiss of lemon zest. Some lemongrass. Grassy hop character. Vague fruit. I don't pretend to know much about sorachi ace hops, but I think the hop character here works well with the rest of the beer, though it does feel a bit Czech pilsnery considering this is a farmhouse ale.

No alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant, inviting, enchanting aroma of mild strength. It doesn't quite nail the farmhouse ale conventions, but I'm always game for an unconventional beer - so long as it's well executed.

T: That's tasty, alright. The hop character in particular is very intriguing - and not just because I'm looking for it given the beer's premise. It's sort of Czech Saaz with some amped-up floral hop character and a more mature pronounced lemon zest note. The foundation is unobtrusive and supportive - mainly Belgian pale malts, light crackery malts, and some nice grassiness. A kiss of peach/pear fruit and accompanying faint esters. It's delightfully well-balanced, with the malts and hops matching up nicely. It's neither too sweet nor too bitter, but errs on the side of faint sweetness, which complements the hints of honey and clove nicely. The champagne yeast is subtle, which is definitely the right choice here, lending it a pleasant spritziness and light effervescence.

No alcohol or other off-notes come through.

It's got a nice subtlety, but sadly the complexity isn't up to par - it lacks spicing and farmhouse character, as well as distinctive funky yeast. The Sorachi Ace hop character lends it some very interesting nuance. It's not an intricate beer per se, nor do I know that it's unique or special. But damn is it a pleasant brew.

Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Mf: Nicely soft and refreshing. Smooth and wet. Has a surprisingly light body which aids its welcome comforting presence on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated. Good thickness.

Not overbearing or heavy. Not astringent, oily, harsh, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Overall, the texture suits the taste quite well. There's a case to be made that the texture is in some ways custom-tailored specifically to the flavour profile. Good execution here, to be sure.

Dr: Very drinkable for its above average ABV. It's a solid brew from Brooklyn, though I don't know that I'm comfortable regarding it as a strict farmhouse ale; it's much lighter in body and almost feels like a Czech pilsner meets a farmhouse ale. The trademark funkiness of a farmhouse ale is also missing; to be frank, for a farmhouse ale it doesn't have much farmhouse character. That said, outside of style conventions it's absolutely a brew I'd recommend friends try and I'm glad I picked it up. Those cats at Brooklyn are doing some interesting work, and this is proof that Sorachi Ace isn't just a gimmick. Very enjoyable pleasant stuff best consumed on a quiet afternoon. I look forward to trying it again and I think it'd pair very well with food.

This inspired pleasant take on a farmhouse ale has some interesting hop integration, but won't impress the experienced saison drinker.

B

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Matches up with the great Belgians by pouring a clear golden color with a massive head; terrific stickage and plenty of lace

Smell: Very floral, with the lemongrass character of the Sorachi Ace hops coming through against the spicy, yeasty background

Taste: The malt is a little on the sweet, biscuity side as it provides a backdrop for the lemongrass, floral jasmine and white pepper spices of the hops and yeast; after the swallow, the sweetness becomes a bit more apparent though it is far from cloying; despite the sweetness, the finish is still herbaceous and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I really like this beer; perhaps I would prefer it to be just a tad dryer but that is only a quibble

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/light amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. There really isn't any lacing, but this one has some good retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with a very strong herbal note. I'm also picking up some citrus notes from the hops. The finish has some mild alcohol to it as well.

Taste: There is a strong herbal presence, it seems to come from the hops and the yeast. Some malt, but not a ton of sweetness. The finish has a mild fruity flavor along with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoy sorachi ace hops, and I think this was a very good use of them. The finish is a bit heavy on the tongue, but overall this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light beige color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dill pickle chips with dry floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by dill pickle notes with some dry hoppy notes and some floral notes. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very funky hops in this one with solid malt backbone.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled 7/12/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, pineapple, clove, orange zest, pepper, herbal, earth, grass, floral, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big lemon, pear, pepper, pineapple, apple, orange zest, clove, herbal, grass, earth, floral, and yeast spices. Light earthy bitterness on the finish with light tartness; with lingering notes of light fruits, lemon, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of flavors; great spiciness/malt balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly slick and very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class saison! Fantastic balance and complexity of flavors; insanely smooth and crisp to sip on. A truly incredible experience when it is quite fresh.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Brickskeller. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw lemon color with some haze. Good white head. Nose is lemon, grass, and a bit of earth. The taste brings out lemon, grass, some herbs, and a hint of earth. Bitter and dry. Drinks well.

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

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a large fizzy white head that eventually fades down. Good retention. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Floral grassy hops, lemon zest, spices, yeast, and some funk notes.

Taste: A more funky profile up front. Lemon zest with other fruit notes, yeast, barnyard flavors. The hops are noticeable on the top of my tongue. Very sharp/unique. Grassy/herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and smooth. Light to medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with grassy hops and herbal flavors.

Overall, a very nice saison with some interesting flavors. The hops were more grassy, but sharp. Pretty drinkable as well.

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Photo of nickfl
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of snow-white lace that rests on top of a slightly hazy straw yellow body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A lightly citrusy hop aroma with some musty yeast character. Pepper, basil and (I'm shocked, but it lives up to the description) lemongrass.

T - Tart wheat and musty hops up front with some spicy yeast character. The hops bloom in the middle with notes of coriander, basil, and lemongrass. It finishes with more citrus and just a hint of green, american-pine hops before it closes on a note of lemony hops and pineapple yeast.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This beer is really something special. The hop character is extraordinary, the lemongrass and basil notes are like nothing that I have ever had before and it was an inspired choice to use them in a saison. The spicy yeast and creamy wheat character frame these unusual hops perfectly and seem to meld with the herbal, citrus character of the sorachi ace hops to produce a very coherent, well balanced beer. There is a really remarkable lemongrass aroma and flavor that, along with notes of coriander and basil reminds me vividly of Thai cooking. This is a spectacular beer, both for the way that it showcases this new hop variety and simply as a refreshing, spicy, and very drinkable saison.

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

I like to see breweries like Brooklyn be innovative in making and using rare and exotic products to their product lines.Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed lemon yellow with a large blossoming white head that clung like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.So much going on in the nose it took awhile to pinpoint everything,white pepper,grass,herb,and as others have noted a bit of cedar,light phenols with some clove showed thru as well.Flavors are quite dry and spicy with lemon being most prominent,a big spiciness rolls thru as well,somewhat medicinal in the finish.This is different and I like it,I normally dont single out a saison to buy,this I did and am happy for it.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Holy mother of pearl, I didn't even have to pull the cork out. As soon as i got the wire partially opened the cork FLEW off and hit the ceiling with eruption following. When I finally got to pour it had a huge fluffy head with bubbles and fades quickly leaving a messy lacing. Its semi hazy wheat golden orange color.

N: Nice light hops, fruity with lots of citrus and lemon, some wheat and light malts, a little sweetness. Some effervescence too.

T: Start with some wheat and malts, light sweetness, light spicy hop flavor, some bitterness with a citrus lemony light almost astringent but not quite. some hints of yeast, Belgian like, and bottle conditioning.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation.

F: Finishes lighter with some lingering wheat and light malts, some light pale hops win a little faded astringency with citrus and lemon zest. A slight dryness.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,798 ratings.
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