Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

2,836 Ratings
Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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

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Ratings: 2,836 |  Reviews: 710
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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2.91/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A saison using a specific, Japanese developed hops - I wanted very much to like this beer if only for the innovation. But, I just couldn't. The hops varietal had, to my perception, a very off character, a bit funky but not in a good way. The mouthfeel was also a bit light and fizzy, and not a good fit with the hops burden the beer was attempting to bear. Not for me, and I gotta' call 'em like I see them.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a chalice.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, apple, powdery yeast, apple, toasted pilsner malts, bready, pale, and honey.

Taste: Nice blend of above aromas. Super smooth and delicious. Light chewy and bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little dry, slightly chewy, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Man have I enjoyed this beer over the years. Looking forward to more of this in the future too.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorachi Ace pours a hazy straw yellow with a small, white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a foamy ring around the surface.

The aroma is spicy with notes of lemon, clove, bubblegum and banana. A touch of bready yeast is in there too.

Each sip of this light bodied beer is soft with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is nicely balanced with clove, lemon citrus, coriander, bread and bubblegum. It almost reminds me of a hefeweizen. It finishes dry with a lingering lemon citrus and clove flavor.

A very tasty beer that's easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, but hardly an exceptional Saison. Looks the part. Big delicately bubbling white head. Good retention and lacing.

Pleasant aroma, but did not stand up to the marinaded chicken and steak that came off the grill. Most of the good Sasions I have enjoyed were paired with dinner. The flavor and aroma usually stood out.

The aroma and taste featured some lemon zest and mild hoppiness. The earthy, funky flavor I usually associate with Saisons was not there.

Mouthfeel was good. Rich and crisp. A very pleasant drinking experience but not a great Saison.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden yellow with a huge white head that eventually reduces down to a surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Lemons. Grassy hops. Green apple. Rather "bright smelling.

T: Slightly sweet. Tart apples with a little lemon and unripe pears. Somewhat vinous. A mild bitterness on the finish.

M: Light, bright and tart. Heavily carbonated

D: A good beer with a variety of complex flavors, yet still revealing a good bit of hoppiness, even if the hoppiness comes through in a manner that is not in the typical sense.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from corked caged 750ml bottle

A-poured a slight hazed golden color with a 2 finger nice head that receded to a nice fresh collar and a touch of lacing

S- was lemon and citrus at first.with hints of mint and tea,,more lemonbread and hops with a slight yeast funk in background

T- was lemon with a strong but subtle hop precense for a saison..picked up mint and lemon spice with a touch of green tea.hops are in each sip but are so delicate at the same time....the lemon hopped sorachi is complemented by a sight belgian yeast tatse,,a dash of pepper...this brew is delicious

M- crisp and tart with lemon spiced hops..well carbonated thru out as it warmed the hops gave way a bit to the saison and the taste profile changed a bit

O- outstanding twist on the saison its dry zestful and hoppy..i would drink this one year round.. my favorite offering from brooklyn thus far only one footnote i would haved liked it a tad bit more sour

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours an effervescent, golden hue with substantial frothing. Fruity, straw-laden aroma with hints of pear and honey. Thick mouthfeel.

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3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer made with very interesting hops. I'm not sure how many of these I could drink but it is definitely worth trying. Had a glass at the local beer bar and it definitely had great appearance and carbonation and an interesting and unique flavor. A little weaker than i expected but a very good beer to try.

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshest batch 750ml bottle served in a large wine glass.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a big white head that had plenty of staying power and left trails of lacing behind.

S - lemon grass, green apple and pear.

T - everything the aroma is is in the taste, slightly tart on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - different from many saisons but overall it's a darn good beer.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,836 ratings.
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