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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
Reviews:
683
Ratings:
2,729
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
22%
 
 
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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle.

A. Poured 3 finger head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is hazy golden yellow.

S. Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus, earthy, a little sour, and a little funk. Some spices, a little white pepper. Good smelling saison. Can't say that I distinguish a lot of Sorachi Ace hop smell.

T. Nice taste. Nice citrusy lemon flavor, maybe a litte apricot even. Might be the Sorachi Ace I am tasting for the first time. A little bit of spice on the back of the tongue. Pretty nice fruity taste. A bit of belgian yeast, ans some funkiness are there in the background. Maybe one of the fruitier tasting Saisons that I have had. Taste goes, sweet, fruit, spice.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with just a touch of sweetness, otherwise drinks pretty dry.

O. Nice Saison. A little different than most. A touch sweeter and fruitier, which worked for me. Saison is one of my favorite styles, and this is a beer I would get again.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this in a tulip. I was excited to try this one, Pete Brown said he had this with Garrett Oliver's cheese pairing suggestion (goats cheese) and that it was one of the best cheese and beer pairings he had ever had. Needless to say I had to try this with herb covered goats cheese...

A: pale golden, hazy, solid head and lacing

S: hops and vanilla, a little oak

T: Belgian yeast, mild hops, vanilla, butterscotch, apples and spice

M: more akin to sparkling wine and champagne than beer.

D: it's definitely drinkable, in the same way that a nice cold Sapporo or a light lager is on occasion, but it didn't have much in the way of stand out attributes I would expect from Garrett. Certainly not worth the price of admission. Also I found the cheese pairing Pete raved about pretty uninspired and dull.

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Photo of thebeers
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with a finger of bright white head. Strong aroma of lemongrass and Belgian yeast, with a touch of banana, all carrying over to the taste along with a lemony and slightly soapy flavor and a peppery bite and some tropical fruit on the backend. Light bodied and fairly dry. Pretty great.

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

750ml bottle thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Orange-straw, just barely hazed. Two finger pillowy white head that falls relatively quickly, sans lace, to a raised ring and film. Rather rapid bead.

The signature pulped banana and lemon custard Sorachi notes are there, but surprisingly don't dominate. The spicy, doughy Saison yeast character shines through nicely with marmalade, bitter citrus pith and mild funk. Solid nose.

Sorachi leads the flavours a little more, but quickly coalesces with the now sour/bitter citric notes, bay leaf and continental parsley into a satisfyingly crisp profile.

Lightish body, but aggressive carbonation makes it very busy for the palate. Moderately tart on the mid and rear.

Great concept and execution. I ordinarily find Sorachi too domineering in Pale Ales / IPAs, however the more aggressive Saison yeast tames it nicely.

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Photo of stompilator
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured a pale gold, thick, frothy head.

S - Citrus fruit, spice, and funk.

T - Yeast spice takes the lead here, providing a tart, spicy tang. Bitey yeast funk fades into juicy, fresh hoppiness. Low residual bitterness hangs in afterward.

M - Medium-light body, fairly bubbly carbonation.

O - Very solid saison with an interesting, hoppy twist.

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

Cloudy dark yellow. Big pulley head settles to a finger of head. Web of spotty lacings.

Yeast and restrained citrus on the nose. Dont't know if it's just the style, but I really want to say spice, coriander even. Mostly though it's comforting lemon, like neo citron (not in a bad way).

Dusty yeast plays a big role in this relatively simple brew. Bit strong up front, mellows in the middle and let's through lemongrass (the Thai cook in me wants to say ginger) and fresh grass seed. Finish is trying with more yeast.

I'm not sure if this is the best way to showcase a hop, and the scaled back Saison Isn't going to blow anyone's mind. Still, a nice drinker with a bit of something different.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Fat Head's in North Olmsted. Poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a pale golden yellow. Rather clear. Produced a fingers width of white head, that slowly turned into a ring throughout consumption.

S- Cloves, spices, grassy hops, and lemon. The sorachi ace hops are very noticeable here.

T- Grassy, earthy flavors upfront. Finishes with a little bit of sweetness with lemon accents. Somewhere in between, the presence of spices and cloves come forward. Really liked how the hops transformed this beer.

M- Light to medium bodied, great carbonation.

D- For a saison, I kept wanting to come back for more. Goes down really smooth. Easy drinking.

Overall, never had a beer with sorachi ace before, but I really like how it added a new dimension to what would have been a pretty standard saison. These two are a perfect match IMO.

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Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev -12%

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - 7.2% ABV Saison - BB March 2015 - Consumed October 24/2014.

A: Hazy bright yellow hue with one finger of white froth and strands of lacing on the Duvel glass. Head and lace retain for the duration of the beer. A great looking brew.

S: Yeasty, herbal, spicy and peppery aromas, slightly waxy, musty and phenolic, hint of perfume, lemongrass, dill, cut hay, and champagne (estery). A very unique, almost one-of-a-kind nose.

T: Wheat, lemongrass, must, herbal notes, yeast, faint waxiness, dill, balanced tartness coincides with spicy-peppery flavours and a dry, champange-like finish. Lemony-yeasty aftertaste lingers for a while. A respectable range of flavours, though not really my cup of tea.

M: Full side of medium-bodied, soft and creamy carbonation, spicy-peppery middle, mildly tart and drying finish with lemony-yeast afters. Good.

O: An interesting experiment that falls short IMO. The waxy, musty, and dill-like notes detract from the beer and muddle what is supposed to be a very "clean" style, and despite the stellar mouthfeel, the disparate aromas and flavours never come together in a cohesive way. I can see what they're trying to do here, but this one doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of thekanna
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe; it was labeled Brooklyn "Brewmaster's Reserve" on their menu.

A: Served in a Belgian beer barleywine goblet. Hazy straw yellow, a bit reminiscent of the color of a good witbier. This was capped off with a thin white head around the rim.

S: Pear and lemon zest, a bit of funkiness; some horse blanket, grass, and medicinal aromas also.

T: Medicinal herbs, pear, lemon, generic citrus zest, slight earthiness, and some horse stall funk. Ended in a slightly bitter, herbal medicine-type hop flavor. Medicinal taste with horse blanket was a bit off-putting.

M: Medium-bodied and juicy with ample effervescent carbonation.

D: Definitely a unique taste, but I think I'm good with having it just once.

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

It is such a shame this beer is a limited edition brew. Mainly because this is the perfect accompaniment to Asian food. The Sorachi Ace hop has a lot of lemongrass tastes. This one tastes more like lemongrass as it warms.

It is also quite dry.

If Brooklyn doesn't make this again, I hope someone else fills the gap.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

400th review. 750ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Effervescent and slightly hazy pale golden coloration. Huge bubbly head displayed some good staying power.

S - Quite hoppy, smells like a fresh IPA. Yeast and lemon notes are also present, but are easily dominated.

T - Perfume on the tongue, and a little like champagne, but that could be psychological knowing which yeast is used. Pepper and lemon peel make up the profile, with a floral finish.

M - Crisp light body, sharp carbonation that works very well here. Finish is dry.

D - Slightly odd, but overall a fantastic beer. A hybrid of sorts, but simply superb. I've got to get another one of these before they're gone. If you see one, don't hesitate. Well worth the twelve or thirteen dollars.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) gifted from someone, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

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

So after seeing this beer on many shelfs I decided why not

Appearance - Huge thick white sudsy head a light yellow body that is quite hazy.
Smell - Unriped bananas and hops. The nose of the hops is unique and a mix between being pungent funk and light herbal.
Taste- this is a farmhouse ale no question with its lighter malts and slight sourness from the yeast. However the hops do play a larger role than most. The hops do prove a different component that I am having a hard time pining down.
Mouthfeel - full slightly dry mild carbonation.

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

A solid 4. Pours a light straw yellow, bubbly with a nice creamy white foam. The nose is of light citrus, sweet grasses, hay and spice. Excellent citrus character, lemons and orange. Belgian yeast, light bubble gum and pepper there too. Light to medium mouthfeel with a dry champagne like finish. I like saisons and I liked this one.

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Photo of leantom
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, this is quite a novel beer. Here goes:

A: Pours cloudy yellow with a small head. While the lacing is good, beers of this type usually have a much larger head than this one. Also, the carbonation is less than in other saisons. just 'meh.'

S: Wow, smell is great. Ton of citrus, lemongrass, white pepper. Belgian yeast also imparts scents of clove, grainy bread, and spices. Exquisite.

T: Hops are good but a little muted relative to the smell. Fortunately, the bready Belgian yeast really makes presence known. Well-balanced beer between the hops, yeast, and malt.

F: Good.

O: A good beer. Some drawbacks, but a very original saison.

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

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Golden body with a substantial head. Not much lacing, though.

S: Overwhelming aroma of lemongrass. Also a bit of sugar.

T: More lemongrass. The malt base is surprisingly sweet. Finishes rather dry.

M: Light with plenty of carbonation.

D: This is mainly a showcase for Sorachi Ace hops. Judged on those terms, I would rate it as a success. Not my favorite saison, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of nukem5
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great golden color with a slightly hazy appearance, also fantastic lacing and huge foamy cap.

S: Aroma is of lemon zest with an earthy kick behind it.

T: Earthy, lemon, piney, and a hell of a lot of WOW to it!!!

M: The mouthfeel on this is the most amazing thing It is a full to medium body with a great carbonation level, smooth and creamy.

O : Overall a very drinkable beer and will definitely have again and again hopefully on tap next time.

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Photo of sitarist
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF, thanks to richbrew fot this treat.

It pours a pale, cloudy, yeast infected piss yellow. Lots of tiny bubbles rise up to a half of a glass white head. The head takes its time falling, it leaves a cap with little lacing.

Smells like lemon-pepper marinade. I smell faint hints of lemon zest, lemon-grass, and spice. Its aroma reminds me of a Berliner Weissbier not a Saison.

Flavor follows the nose...Lemon, and lemon-grass up front with a mild peppery finish.

Medium body with ample carbonation, and a very dry finish.

Though it wasnt what I wanted for the style; I still had no problem knocking out 750ml.

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

I've been looking for a Sorachi Ace focused brew since I bought a bunch of them not too long ago. I've been afraid of brewing without knowing what they taste like, that is, until now...

Pale yellow the color of, dare I say, a miller lite and perhaps even a bit paler if that is possible. Not uncommon for the style, however, and also not uncommon is the whirlwind of carbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass. Big head on this one of whispy white foam. Now that I look at it in the light I get embellishments of orange in the color.

Spicy aroma with hints of lemon zest, Lysol, some fresh citrus and some pale malt aroma. Yeast seems pretty neutral for a Belgian strain, though this is a Saison strain so I could see that as super clean. No discernibly pungent esters or phenols.

Tastes like it smells. It tastes like cleaning products smell ( I wouldn't know if they taste the same and I hope neither do you!) and while I could get tired of it, I don't find it altogether unpleasant. A little mellowness, like a mild vanilla, accompanies the lemon-like soapy flavor.

Light and bubbly like most saisons I've had with a little dryness in the finish.

Tastes kinda like hobo sparkling lemonade, the kind you make in restaurants when you ask for lemon wedges and plain soda water and make the best of them. An interesting hop, this Sorachi Ace, and balanced against one of the Cs or equally bright hop, especially Amarillo, I could see this hop catching on quickly.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow straw colored with a small white head.

Aroma: Lemon lemon! Pungent citrus, almost burns the nose.
Flavor: dry, lemon, peppery, slight fruitiness to this as well in the aftertaste.
I could drink bottle after bottle of this.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into 15 oz. gold-rimmed Brooklyn Brewery-branded stemware.

Pours an attractive hazy gold with a huge pillowy three finger clean white head that has almost supernatural retention. Leaves behind considerable lacing. Pleasant smells of bread and slight citrus dominate. Mild grassy and citrus flavors combine with an exceptionally creamy mouthfeel that finishes dry with just the right hint of spice. The refreshing flavors make this beer a joy to the tastebuds and the quinntesential warm weather saison.

Truly a world class beer and one of the most original and highest quality saisons brewed by a American craft brewery. A must try.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A straw goldenish yellow color with a good amount of carbonation. A lemony/lemongrass, Belgium yeasty funk to the nose. The taste follows with some spritzy lemon citrus notes. Lemongrass, dill, funk, clove, and some lemon peal. Light bodied and super easy drinking for 7.2%.

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

Look: Opaque orange gold color with a thick fluffy white head, with good lacing

Smell: Citrus, lemongrass, light malts

Taste: More citrus and lemongrass, Light malts, drying finish

Feel: Light to medium body, extreme carbonation

Overall: A good American Saison, but not as much of the farmhouse flavors that make the style so special. It gets better as it warms and the carbonation dies down

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Photo of BeerZack
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden blonde color with a touch of haze and nice fluffy head that sticks a bit in little clumps.
Hoppy and yeasty aromas. Lemony citrus twang with some astringent bitter grassy smell and spicy phenolics.
Sweet and lemony citrus on the front with a weird almost aspiriny mid leading to a spicy and alcoholic finish.
Feels a little sharp on the palate, but not wholly unpleasant. Overall this beer kinda reminds me of one of those nefarious "Belgian IPAs" made with American hops. Pretty drinkable due to crisp light body and spicy hop finish. Not exactly what I'd call beautiful.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Pale, straw yellow with a slight haze. Frothy, rocky white head from lively carbonation, with a lasting cap of foam and intricate lacing.

Smell: Bright and refreshing; lemon zest, spicy Belgian yeast (peppercorns) and light malt.

Taste: Clean, smooth malt body (crackers), lightly tart lemon fruitiness, and spicy yeast. Hops add floral notes and light, dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with lively carbonation and clean finish.

Overall: Aromatic and flavorful while still crisp and refreshing, especially given its 7.6% ABV.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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