Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace
BA SCORE
86.6%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 2,845 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
Ranking:
#2,210
Reviews:
711
Ratings:
2,845
Liked:
2,465
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
11.03%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
244
Gots:
741
Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,845 |  Reviews: 711
Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a soft hazy burnt pale orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing slid into the beer. The smell started off with some zesty lemon pulp and rind leading into nice sweet lemongrass tones. Some peppercorn helps to balance in a nice spicy sort of way. The Belgian yeast helps to add a light little bit of breadiness as it warms. The taste offers the nice zesty appeal flowing over the sweet and spiciness of the previously mentioned flavors. A dry citrusy aftertaste leads into a sweet dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel to it. Carbonation rises softly allowing the bitterness of the citrus rind being the harshness on my tongue. Overall, I actually went into this with low expectations, and it turned out better than I had thought. I’d have this again.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a really, really nice honeycream gold in color with a two finger, billowing white poofy head. It looks great. The aromas are consist of citrus, lemon, grass/straw, yeast and spices. The flavors are very, very interesting. This is my first experience with Sorachi hops and I like the different aromas and flavors presented. The flavors are kind of funky. You get a lot of straw and tea leaves and it has a nice citrus, yeasty backbone. It's an interesting drink and pretty appealing. It drinks medium in body and has good carbonation. Overall it's a fine beer, an interesting one, and worth your while. I like this spin on a saison.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, lemons. Taste is funky, yeasty, lemons, light hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but not as good as I expected.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a one finger head that breaks apart quickly to a surface foam.

Smell: lemon zest, grass, and some soft bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: moderate malt profile with some hearty lemon zest, grass, pepper, a bit of earthiness, hint of yeast, and a mild bitterness make up a very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste lingers for a few minutes.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely quaffable and one could have a few of these without getting bored. One of my new favorites from Brooklyn.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm the third bottle review? Really? Poured into a tulip. I guess this is a new bottle then.

Beer is light yellow and hazy. Forms a big thick head of medium and large bubbles that collapses slowly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks fine for a saison.

Sweet hoppy aroma. Nice esters in there as well. Plays well with the citrus. Like most people I don't have a lot of experience with the Sorachi hop, this is quite the experiment. I'm getting some sweet almost lemony aromas now as well. Very nice aroma overall.

Beer is light in body and quite hoppy. Lots of carbonation in the mouth and it finishes cleanly with no aftertaste. There is a growing bitterness in the back of the mouth. The midpalate flavors are a lot of tropical fruits like papaya and mango. Its relatively subtle. I don't really get saison from this but I'm not sure what I am getting from this. There seems to be a disconnect. It all tastes fine but its not coming together for me. I can't give it a bad review because I like all the parts but I don't put cheese on my Chinese food either. Check it out if you are curious.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a hazy yellow/orange colour with two to three fingers of bubbly white head.

S - Pine, lemon zest, herbal notes and some light orange notes. Appears quite bitter with not much sweetness evident.

T - Perhaps the most unique hop variety that I have ever tasted. Lemon, grassy and herbal notes. The lemon really shows up initially as well as in the finish which is somewhat dry and bitter. Not much contribution from the malts.

M - Light to medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tobelerone
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Nichols33
1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a mild haze and a big, active effervescence. Head pours three fingers of frothy white foam. I like it!

Smell: light but enticing funkiness and sourness atop a sweet, chalky malt base. Not a lot of the hops seem to make it through the overall funk, but it's still pretty nice.

Taste: moderately funky flavor with less sourness than the aroma would indicate. Malt is nice and sweet and a fruity, somewhat piney character comes through which must be the hops. Overall, quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Love it!

Overall: an interesting, tasty and refreshing saison. I will definitely try to have this again.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 86.6% out of 100 with 2,845 ratings
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