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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
671
Ratings:
2,689
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
22%
 
 
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Photo of champ103
2.71/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a transparent yellow color. Kind of macro like. A bubbly two finger white head forms, and recedes to a ring after a minute. Light patchy lace is left.
S: Overwhelming soapy hops that really detracts. There is a light spice and lemon zest.
T: Just like the nose, overwhelming soapy hops. Dish detergent, and pin sol like. A lingering sweetness and a lemon peal flavor.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little on the thin side. I could finish the bottle if I had to, though I am not really interested in this.

This did not come together all that well for me, as just a Saison, or a beer. Soapy hops just takes over, and there are no other Saison qualities that I can find. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a yellow-orange colored brew with a one finger fizzy white head. The head faded quite fast leaving only a light amount of lacing behind.

Smell – The aroma is fruity and yeasty. Lemon and orange greet the nose with some highlights of tropical fruits mixed within. A yeasty smell brings with it some pepper, grass and a spicy note. Rounding out he smells are some notes of a citrus and floral hops.

Taste – The taste begins with a lots of the fruit that was detected in the nose. Orange and apple create the bulk of the fruit taste up front, but are joined by tropical notes as the taste advances. While upfront the yeast is on the tamer side, it grows rather strong more toward the middle and the end. With the yeast comes a peppery and grassy/haylike taste more classic of the farmhouse style. At the end with flavors that the yeast brings getting stronger a yeasty, sweet, haylike/grassy and sour fruit taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side but yet maintained a rather crisp feel. The higher level of carbonation only accentuates the crispness, complementing well the tart and fruity flavors of the brew. Not too shabby.

Overall – A very nice drinking and flavorful brew. I would definitely recommend, as it was a nice blend of funky, smooth, citrus, and sweet. One to give a go to if you get a chance.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden hazy yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: spices, hops, citrus, malts,

taste: spicy, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: one of the better saison's I've come across. So glad I finally got to try it. Definitely recommend this beer.

Cheers,l
The CPJ

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nearly perfect summer beer.
In a tulip glass, the beer is an orange/yellow color with a thick white head that retains well. There's a bit of lace.
It has a grassy/outdoorsy aroma with some citrus.
A fairly strong lemon taste, sweet malt, hops late. Very enjoyable.
I think this beer is very crisp and dry, and very refreshing.

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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 Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy light gold with almost 3 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

Smell. Spicy saison yeast, banana and citrus, clove and a bit of light grainy malt.

Taste. Spicy and peppery saison yeast, orange and lemon rind and light grains, some lightly bitter grassy/earthy hops and just a touch of clove and banana.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of medium bodied with medium-strong fine carbonation.

Overall. Classic style saison with plenty of flavour. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The sample I got popped and fizzed like champagne, but at least the fizzing wasn't volcanic like some others I've tried. It pours a clear yellow with a thick white head, not impressive to me anyway, but I'm prejudiced towards dark beers, and as the old warhorse goes, you can't judge a book by its cover - or a beer by its appearance. Aroma is much more promising than the appearance - strong, yeasty, fruity, with grassy and rubbery notes. Refreshing flavor has malty, fruity, yeasty and grassy notes with a hint like clean rubber - I get notes of apple and banana in the fruit. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, yet smooth and firm-bodied. Overall, pleasing and lip-smacking.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy goldenrod with piles of sudsy white head. Cream of wheat, peaches, some yeast, and lemon blossoms - deep and interesting.
Wholewheat cracker, more peach and pear, some medicinal yeast in there, then some surprisingly assertive lemon hops with a definite tinge of must.
Citrus oil and white pepper finish and numbing linger. Light creeping towards medium, crispy, fizzy, a bit of mineral.

All the elements are in the right place but something's missing. Saison is all about light and refreshing, but when the hops hit along with that iodine yeast and some tin, it's bracing to the point of aggressive. Astringency leaves it good but not great.

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

On tap at Ashley's in Westland. Pours a golden-straw color; translucent with a mild chill haze that eventually fades away as the beer warms up a bit. Big-bubbled, white head is thin all the way throughout, but its small size was most likely due to the pour. Small bits of wet legging cling to the glass momentarily and eventually drip down.

The Sorachi Ace hop is notable for its lemon-like characteristics. Anyone who didn't already know that will definitely realize it after taking a whiff. The nose is packed with lemon in many different hats; lemon peel, lemon zest, lemongrass. Very effervescent; light, yet powerful; smooth, yet crisp. Mild herbal notes, grassy and subtly earthy, showcase themselves alongside the lemon brigade. Belgian yeast is no stranger here, either, adding the classic bubblegum-like aroma that has become oh so familiar. Mild finishing spices; clove, coriander, and faint white pepper.

The taste really integrates the Sorachi Ace hop well - the lemon notes are vibrant and noticeable, yet still manage to blend well with everything else, rather than sound anything out. Lots of flavors clashing all at once with each sip; lemon zest, herbal lemon tea, earthy hops, clove, white pepper, heavy yeast. The malt character is straightforward and basic; sometimes simplicity is the key. They add a nice cracker-like finish with some mild, balancing sweetness. Very like phenol character that only really becomes noticed near the latter half of the glass. Crispy, thanks to the hefty carbonation, finishing pretty dry with fading notes of herbal lemons and spicy yeast in the aftertaste. Thin-medium bodied.

Very good suggestion from Ron. Dangerously drinkable; fresh, crisp, dry, simple, and executed very well. Nice integration of flavor from this unique hop; this beer went down pretty quickly.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle pours a slightly hazed, medium yellow color with a huge cap of white head, very fitting for a saison. Fluffy and airy with plenty of lacing and retention.

Nose is wonderful - lemongrass, floral and yeast phenols. Nothing funky or farmhouse about it, a 'clean' smelling saison. Light crackery malt, but the sorachi ace hops are the main show here, it seems a perfect fit for the beer. Delicious.

Lemony hop flavor with some wheatgrass and clean pilsner malt. Farmhouse yeastiness is disappointingly absent, but the nice hop flavor and bitterness mostly make up for it. Light, creamy mouthfeel with ultra-fine carbonation. What a great summer brew, fantastic! I would like to see more beers made with this hop, I think a pilsner would be a good style for it as well.

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

Pours pale amber with a large, white head.
Nose shows lemon custard along with softer dill and spicy hops. Pretty tempting.
More lemon and dill as flavours along with soft bready malt and saison spicy notes.
Carbonation is very high, but it works well.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my DFH Pint Glass, reviewed from notes

A-Cloudy Yellow. About an inch of head that leaves behind great lacing while drinking

S-Lemons and Hops

T-Possibly the best tasting lemon flavor I've had. Does not seem artificial at all like other lemon flavored beers. Very sweet as well. Ends with a slight bitter hop finish

M-Very light, carbonated.

D-Very drinkable had the 750mL over the course of Thanksgiving dessert.

EDIT-Accidentally put 4.5 under appearance, changed to the desired 4.

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

Had it fresh at the Brewery, priceless.
Bright amber yellow color with a thick head with medium retention.
Delicious citrus lemon sorachi type of aroma (off course!).
Superb flavor of "je ne sais quoi" in case you had never tasted Sorachi hops before. Tons of pineapples, lemon, herbs and green apples. Notes of Belgian yeast, white pepper and resins.
Dry, bitter and lemon acid aftertaste.
A bit astringent with a mild sourness.
Light body with decent carbonation, sparkling type. 7.6% ABV, no f...way, they are liars or magicians.
Excellent beer, very flavorful, original, pleasant to drink with drinkability at its best.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged bottle from the shop. Pours a light golden color, slightly hazy, and with a big frothy white head. Aroma of farmhouse yeast, funk, belgian influences, and some interesting spicy hops mixed in with the funk. Flavor is belgian yeast, spice, some pine, a good bit of light grass, and a dry finish. Light mouthfeel and heavy carbonation, easy drinking, and rather refreshing. Not one I would go grab again, but I am glad I got to try it. Very nice.

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with massive three finger bone-white head. Head has great retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S - Subtle but nice funkiness, some nice florals and herbs, a bit of lemon and a bit of pepper.

T - Some juicy lemon, but not really tart, nice earthiness, very faint bubblegum sweetness, and quite herbal. Very nice flavor.

M - Nice medium body that has a nice creaminess. Finishes semi-dry and very clean.

O - One of the best American saisons I've had. Will definitely be revisiting this one

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

Aroma is lemons, yeast, mild sweetness and bread. The flavor is citrus, lemons, mild/medium sweetness and a mix of slight tartness/mostly smooth throughout in the finish.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thick, lingering white head.

S: Aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, pine, and lemongrass fill the nose. This smells brilliantly hoppy.

T: Notes of bitter orange, lemon zest, lemongrass, grapefruit, and pine are balanced by flavors of biscuits, caramel, cream, and straw. The finish is hoppy and prickly with huge notes of pine, lemon zest, and grapefruit.

M: Full-bodied and dry, yet relatively creamy and smooth. Carbonation is crisp. Very drinkable for an ale of this strength.

O: This is an excellent saison. I'm now kicking myself for waiting this long to buy a bottle.

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

A: This poured a somewhat hazy straw with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like strong citrus and pine with sour yeast, and a little apricot and spices such as coriander.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and lemon zest and dry apricot, with some pine and coriander and sour yeast. The aftertaste was dry and tart.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation.
D: This had a bright and crisp taste with nice smooth body. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. It seemed like an IPA blended with a saison, which to me is an improvement over a standard saison. Quality brew!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle (HUZZAH) into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is around a finger high, and white in shade. Its retention is rather good, especially considering the head doesn't seem to have a very creamy texture. Not much lacing is left behind, though. (3.25)

Smell: This beer is supposed to all about the Sorachi Ace hops, so unsurprisingly they're shown off pretty well. I'm getting significant notes of lemongrass alongside a subtle touch of citrus qualities. I don't seem to pick up much saison yeast though. That, and the nose is mild. Still, it smells quite nice. (3.5)

Taste: Very lemony. The initial lemon flavor gives way to black pepper and sesame seed notes eventually, while it finishes grassy and slightly bitter. Some candied sugar touches occasionally appear. It doesn't really push any new boundaries - even with the Sorachi Ace hops - but it more than compensates with its excellent execution and balance. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: At first, it feels somewhat thick and creamy on the tongue. But then I realized that Dupont ALSO feels thick and creamy initially before drying out spectacularly. This too has a dry finish, but not quite Dupont dry. It's still refreshing and well carbonated on the palate, so as far as I'm concerned, this one is really drinkable. (3.75)

Overall: At first, I thought this was a Sorachi Ace showcase first, saison second. But really, it performs both aspects quite well - I consider it only a slight notch below Dupont as far as saisons go. And that's a big compliment. And with the recent arrival of this beer in 4 packs, I'll definitely seek this out in the future. (3.75)

3.68/5: Really nice saison with a lemony focus

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

when on saw this available for growler fills I simply could not pass this up. enjoyed several pours in my brooklyn snifter on 7/9 while I was "on Hiatus."

a - just like the bottled version, it poured a golden yellow with champagne-like carbonation and a thick 3 finger frothy head with super sticky lacing.

s - candy and bubblegum. perfect for the summer weather. crisp and vibrant with some peppery fruit.

t - saison maximus. one if the better ones out there. great soft white pepper fruitiness. candy and bubblegum.

m - Silky and smooth with an undeniable zest.

d - Fantastic. One of my fav saisons. glad they made it year round and delighted to get this in growler. a true masterpiece and a must try for any fan of beer.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.07/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good bright yellow pour, some haze, some white head on it. Didn't go for the lemon aroma of the Sorachi here. Yes it was what it was supposed to be largely, but I think maybe a medley instead of a single hop Sorachi use would be better.

The taste was more of the same, so much lemon. So much that the normal saison like aspects of a beer were swallowed up by the continual lemon impressions. Some spice rack notes.

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Photo of popery
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These Sorachi Ace hops are quite odd. The underlying saison seems well-made, but I'm on the fence about this hop strain and the hops are rather strong. The beer is a pale yellow with a foamy white head. Good looking, but that's not really atypical of the style. The aroma is a bright splash of lemongrass/grass/herbal hops. It's sweet-tart citric with some fruity peppercorns, as well. The yeast aroma is muted but nice. The grain seems good and fresh, but it's overpowered by the hops. The taste starts bright and sweet but ends quite dry and with a tartly bitter hop bite. It's oddly soapy, like a lemongrass hand soap, and I sort of enjoy it. Mouthfeel is full but light - interesting use of champagne yeast for bottling. Definitely easy to drink for the abv. It's a very good beer that I fear I'm rating a bit low, but saison is a strong style.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy straw color with a finger and half of white head. Just wonderful looking.

The smell is a super mix of malt candy and grapefruit and sharp lemon zest.

Sharp bitterness from beginning to end; strong lemon and little lime. There's a malt backbone there, but barely.

It's like drinking a cloud. It's light and fluffy texture, medium carbonation. Incredible.

An amazing drink, sipping on heaven.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great saison with a marked lemony sense, and a nice malty and lightly woody finish.

Presentation: 750 ml corked brown bottle. Detailed and sophisticated label design bordering on a tacky stereotype of an ace of diamonds with the Brooklyn logo at center. The back label follows through with the pattern of a deck of cards, including a narrative with style, main intent, ingredients, brewing process, and food pairings. The design is not something that I like in particular but it works fairly well, and as it is often the case with these Brooklyn big bottles the presentation is something worth carrying around. Lacks freshness or bottling date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (7.6%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Straw to pale gold hazy pour, with a towering frothy head, nice retention, surface memory and lacing. Quite the looker.

S - Lemony aromas, citrus and floral notes in a fresh range.The nose is rather nice, but with a step short of complexity or length to take it to a next level. However it is very nicely rounded and overall complements the brew very well. Touches of spice, pepper, and yeast faintly linger in the background.

T - Rich lemon sense, grassy touches hold the citrus up over a softy woody note.... The woody sense is unusual and might be woven around the hops but it works beautifully and complements the overall taste and body with great competence.

M - Medium-light body with a lingering fullness around that woody sense and a perfectly tuned fined carbonation leading to a dry finish.

D - Extraordinary. If one is attracted by the lemony hoppy sense and the unusual intricacies of this brew, this is quite the experience. At points it may lack a lot of nuances, but overall is so nicely rounded that it shows an outstanding character.

Notes: First encounter with the Sorachi Hops, I think, although this particular sense of flavor is something that I feel I have encountered before but I can not put the finger to it... Great craft from Brooklyn in any case. Outstanding Saison that I would love to see coming back at least as a yearly seasonal offering.

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Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours a hazy bronze color with a nice white head. Flowery fruity hoppiness on the nose with some lemon and grass. Some honeyed malt comes through as well as some phenols, maybe a bit too much of the latter. Grassy flavor with mild esters, lemon, honey, and a crackery finish. A little sweet; a bit drier and this could be great. Right now it’s pretty good.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.
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