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:
675
Ratings:
2,701
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
22%
 
 
Wants:
241
Gots:
671
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 675 | Ratings: 2,701
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 HopBomb515
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale, clear, golden yellow color that glows underneath a towering fluffy white head. Super thick lacing just coats the glass and sticks a bit. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Lemon, grass, some of that barnyard funk, in the back I detect notes of champagne probably from the yeast plays against some faint lemony citrus hops. The smell doesn't jump out of the glass, I had to work to pull out the aromas even in a snifter.

T - First, there is zero alcohol presence I mean it's amazing this beer is 7.6%. It's got a nice bright lemony citrus hit up front, grassy and some funk give way to a champagne sweetness. It finishes super dry, slightly bitter and tart. So drinkable, that dry finish begs for another sip, no alcohol presence.

M - Highly carbonated, thin body and super dry. Nailed it.

O - This was amazing. My first saison and it has opened my eyes to the style. Refreshing, amazing taste and mouthfeel. I had it to celebrate the first day of spring but this would be great in the heat of summer. I'm going to seek this out again.

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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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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 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 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 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 StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like bready cereal malt, peach, vanilla, banana, clove, vinous white grape, spicy pepper, lemongrass, zesty lemony citrus, dill weed, with bitter floral earthy herbal pine. Tastes spicy and peppery, balanced by bready cereal grain malt notes, lemongrass, dill weed, zesty lemony citrus, vinous grape, vanilla, banana, clove, with bitter herbal earthy floral pine. Feels dry and crisp, medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and unique saison.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter, hazy lemon coloring, dense bright white head, great retention.

s- spicy, peppery, lots of lemon, yeast, bright and dry.

t- bitter and lemony, lemon zest, dry, easily the most lemon ridden beer i've ever had.

m- light in the mouth, slight coating.

d- good, missing something here though, didn't hit me as a terrific beer, i'd drink again, but not seek out and buy.

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

Got a bottle from Petschens, and very happy with Brooklyn again. Hazy shimmering gold beer with a lingering white head. Drank it the same day I bought it, so didn't let it settle out, so I may be the cause of the hazy part. Gorgeous complex lemongrass, citrus nose and strong peppery spice that is clean and multi-layered at the same time. Carbon tang on the tongue and the yeast and spice fills the mouth fully. Dry finished that accents the hops. Brewed with rare Japanese Sorachi hops (according to the website), the lemony character is intrinsic to the hop. I'm a fan and would love to get some more of this beer.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
...in 2 words? Absolutely outstanding!
Hats off to Mr Oliver indeed.

Light pale golden color. Cloudy milky lemonade haze. Fluffy white pillowtop head. Nice lace.
Smells of spicy hoppy lemons marinated in a saison slurry.
Tastes as it smells on a spicy yet smooth creamy saison body.
Light cream body. Dry. High carbonation. Unique twist on a Saison. Nice.
Right on!

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Tap & Mallet, Rochester, NY. Pours a relatively clear, light golden color. The head is pretty much gone by the time it arrives at the table. The smell is dry, herbal, CO2, slightly medicinal. The taste is interesting. I would definitely consider this an American style Saison. Residual sweetness despite trying to be bone-dry, a mouthwatering punch of citrus-like flavor, but a nice take on the traditional hops used. I don't know much about these Sorachi hops, but I do know they seem to be the American equivalent of Saaz, IMO. They have the same light, styrofoam-grassy taste, but they also harness that west coast American piny flavor. All in all, I would like to see a more traditional Belgian Saison, bone dry and more subtle in the flavor department, but the hops are full of character, nonetheless.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicate pour delivered 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This takes quite a while to die down, and leaves me with half a finger throughout consumption. A lot of bubbles are rushing from bottom to top, like a mob frantically trying to escape a horde of zombies. Body light gold. Very nice lacing also noted.

Hops (citrus and pine) and lemon are the main aromas. Wheat and yeast pop in after a bit of searching. After it warms up there is a segue flavor, you get a hint of sour apple going from hops to wheat/yeast. Wheast, lol.

Tastes like sunshine in a glass! I'm just kidding, but it is good. It follows the nose, citrus hops, not overly bitter, lemon being a main point, into wheat and yeast. It's almost too fresh though. For it being a farmhouse/saison, I was hoping for a little funk. But I won't dock it for not having it.

Light bodied. Plays quickly over the tongue, neither sticky nor overly drying. It's refreshing with just a little bite.

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Photo of Guden
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly hazy pale yellow with a persistent one finger white head that lasts and lasts, supported by consistent carbonation bubbles and leaving thick lacing.

S- citrus, wheat, lemongrass, hay, sage, savory, pepper. There's a whole lot going on and it's all really good. Smells like a Belgian farmhouse ale meets a Vietnamese entree.

T- a bit more muddled than the nose. Again, lemon, lemongrass, and sage type characters lead the way with some pepperiness in the middle that lingers with a long moderately bitter, moderately funky finish.

M- fairly full bodies for the style and with only moderate carbonation, if there's one downside it's this.

O- an extremely interesting, complex, and enticing beer that draws me back for another long, evocative and transforming sip. A slightly thinner body, more carbonation and a slight decrease in the bitterness might have really put this one over the top, but it's still a very good beer.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.5/5  rDev +10%

A: Giant, 3+ finger head on a straw colored beer. The Head is fed by bubbles from the bottom of the glass, making it last damn near forever.

S: Spicy, yeasty. Wet hay, earthy yeast a little bit of lemon.

T: Very dry. Lots of yeast, earthy with floral hops on the end.

M: Crisp, dry.

O: A damn good beer, and a damn good saison. nice balance of flavors.

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

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

a golden yellow body topped with a big fluffy head that sticks well and recedes slowly. lots of carbonation visible. citrus clove grass and grain present in the nose gives a good invite. lots of clove present in the taste with just a wee bit of citrus some banana on the edge there too. nice hoppy bite in the back. light bodied with some bitter puckering. overall its a damn good beer and definitely worth the price.

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Photo of suspect
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a mug.

The appearance of this beer was light. Very light.

It had a huge hop/lemon presence (So much so that I was worried there might be *too* much citrus flavor in this one.) in the smell with added weed or fresh cut grass added ever-so-slightly.

I was glad my worries were proven to be for naught. The balance of Sorachi Ace hop and citrus was delightful. I have brewed with Sorachi Ace hops before and, obviously, Brooklyn was able to do so much more with it. This tasted exactly like I hoped my homebrew turned out.

Slight coating, semi-sweet but mostly light and frothy.

I could drink this all day. Such a nice beer - I paired it with Thanksgiving dinner which was a perfect pairing!

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