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:
693
Ratings:
2,791
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Photo of ludachris
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A high level of carbonation is visible amidst its hazy apricot yellow body. The head is quite impressive, sitting over two fingers high in a dense and frothy form. The retention on this is fantastic with a finger's worth of it still around after the five minute mark. This is a gorgeous looking Saison.

Juicy apricots and fresh mango and papaya are the first things I get coming out of the glass. The lemongrass also leans towards the sweet side and is almost nearly as concentrated. A leafy hop essence comes to mind. A fresh, earthy, hay-like character serves as the underlying foundation of this juicy and very inviting Saison.

The sweetness gives way to a more herbal, grassy, fresh lemon character that envelopes the middle of the tongue. The leafy hop essence that I picked up in the nose is also detectable in the taste; musty mint comes to mind, and does well at bouncing off of its subtley sweet herbaceousness. The tropical fruitiness is still very much present but plays less of a role, gracing the tip of the tongue and rolling down its sides. A crisp dryness lightly slaps the back of the palate just before notes of fresh bread jump in. Slightly bitter, bready, and lemony is the final impression that is left.

The body is in the light to medium range with an enjoyable creaminess and a refeshing dryness that comes out in the finish. It's well rounded and easy drinking at 7.6% ABV.

This is a more fruity and approachable interpretation of the style that still carries many of the traditional characteristics of a great Saison. Brooklyn did a great job at showcasing the Sorachi Ace hop in this offering. In my opinion, this is worth every penny.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loving the Sorachi Ace hop right now. And loving the way Brooklyn showcases said hop in this delicious saison. Pours a vibrant orange-tinted golden hue, nice large head atop. The aromas pouring out of this beer are pretty unreal... Deeply layered and complex. Starts of with a heavy dose of mango hops (the sorachi ace is the mango hop in my opinion), deep and fruity, and plenty of classic saison earthyness and dust. Excellent fruity esters from the champagne yeast. Really interesting, and I'm almost getting an umami or ripe cheese overtone here... Crazy. This beer is superb on the palate as well. So much going on. Again hops forward, mango to the max, but in a super floral juicy way, not much bitterness, though remains quite dry. There is a nice fruity aspect to this beer too - great yeast and bottle conditioning in effect. A deepness to it as well, a la Belgian tripel or something. Rustic. Super soft yet lively mouthfeel, delicious. Could definitely drink this all day long, given a keg and a day off. This beer is clearly paying homage to the great Belgian saisons, but is just another great example of an extremely creative American interpretation. And as such, it becomes something else entirely. Amazing, would drink again.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Appearance: Amber-yellow with a huge pillowy head and some lacing.

Smell: Yeast, hops, slight spice, and citrus.

Taste: Hops, slight yeast, subtle citrus, and malts.

Mouthfeel: Almost malty, yet smooth and medium bodied.

Overall:
This is a MUST TRY saison! It is a very well balanced beer with delicious hops.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy golden with lasting cap of off-white. Aroma is very lemon/lime citrus rind. Much of this comes through in the flavor as well, though balanced with a dose of crackery malt and some almost melon-like flavors. A bit of peppery spice rounds things out and finishes rather clean and somewhat dry. Different, and nice.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy golden color with a large with head that leave a lace
S-wild like hop and yeast smell
T-Smooth like taste with a bitter hop aftertaste that goes to a smooth finish
M-light body and high carbonation
O- did have some of a funky taste but not as much as most. I enjoyed this one

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

(From notes)

A - Bright yellow clear gold color; pure white frothy head that stayed around a while; good lacing

S - Light citrus at first, more lemony than anything; fruity; yeasty

T - Lemony fruitiness at first then you catch a more hop driven bite; biscuity and yeasty; definitely interesting stuff

M - Medium MF and a little slick; very soft carbonation

D - Really refreshing and interesting = easily drinkable. Lovely here

Overall, quite enjoyed the Sorachi hop flavors in this and very fun beer to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol - Pours hazy golden with a large foamy white head. Medium carbonation. Nice long lasting lacing. Smell - little citrus fruits, yeasty. Taste - light citrus, hint of hops, malty, yeasty with a crisp dry finish. Very refreshing, drinkable beer for high ABV so watch out.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Boulevard tulip.

Some what clear with a haze to it, and a foamy head on top that sticks around. A bit of lacing as the beer is drank down, lively bubbles dance to the top.

Lemon zest and white pepper on the nose at first with an undeniable hoppy character which can be best described as earthy. A touch of coriander and orange peel round out the nose.

Much more earthy and spicy on the tongue with notes of that strange hop earthyness. The hops come out as a bit more herbal on the tongue, similar to wasabi but not as intense. Again, some lemon peel and white pepper as well. And a hint at pale malt sweetness.

Crisp and pillowy soft with a medium body. A little bit of drying.

Nice display of an obscure hop in a style that wouldn't typically use it. Interesting take on the saison style. Glad to try it.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque and a dark hay color topped with a perfectly white fluffy, foamy head with generous lacing and carbonations bubbles just streaming to the surface. This beer looks great.

S: The best word I can come up with to describe how this smells is 'fresh'. It has this lemon zest sort of zip to it, and quite a funkiness too. The funk isn't your typical saison belgian funk, it reminds me of smelling a package of crayons. Crayons dressed with lemon zest, thats how this smells.

T: Right away you get this background lemon quality to the beer. It's not acidic, but you get that flavor profile. It's quite forward actually, and quite nice.

M: Heavily carbonated and a medium body make this beer very enjoyable. It feels just right.

D: I would share a bottle with a friend, 25.9oz may be too much in the future for me.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 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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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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