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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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683 Reviews
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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%
 
 
Wants:
242
Gots:
687
For Trade:
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Photo of maedhros09
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy golden apricot with a couple fingers of head that settle to a film and leave some lacing Smell: sweet fruity and floral aromas
Taste: Lightly bready sweet with some fruity acidity and floral notes. The initial sweetness fades beautifully into a dry mildy bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat perceptible. I didn't get much funkiness with this saison.
Feel: Light-medium body with decent carbonation, but not the effervescence you get with some of the best saisons

Overall: A great light and dry saison with some decent complexity. The only letdown was that the carbonation was not as explosive as my favorite saisons - this affects both the appearance (head) and the mouthfeel. Overall, however, this is one of the better values among the quality saisons I've tried. I expect many repeat purchases.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%

Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a honey gold color with a short tan head that lasts for a few minutes before completely vanishing, leaving no lace.

S: Light aroma, smells of grass, lemon peels, wheat, hops

T: Smooth and slightly sweet, slight tinge of hops at the finish, as I expect from a saison. Would've expected a bit more hops though.

O: Overall this was a great rendition of the Saison. Great beer from Brooklyn.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange color with 1 inch white head that disappears rather quickly.

Aroma is slightly muffled. I get primarily a yeastiness and a slight hay note. Some citrus, mostly lemon.

Taste melds the major flavors of lemon, lemongrass, bitter green tea, mild peach, and a present earthy yeast note. Definitely taste the unique hop flavor. It reminds me of a unsweetened, concentrated green tea mixed in. The finish is very dry with ample carbonation throughout.

The beer is definitely unique and very drinkable. The only downside I see is the overly dry finish. It makes the beer seem uneven and doesn't invite the desire for another sip. The actual flavor though is great and unique! I see this pairing well with a chilled udon noodle salad with sesame, green tea vinaigrette. It gets a 89/100.

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

Picked up a single bottle at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date suggests it's good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a hazy golden straw/light apricot color with about two inches of white head that sticks around for a good bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Quite a bit of visible carbonation where it can easily be seen at the edges.

S: It's got the traditional yeasty banana/orange/clove funk that's to be expected in this style. Nice, bright notes in the aroma, with orange and clove a bit more forward than banana. Just a bit of grape must and some cracker malts underneath it all. Nice nose.

T: Cracker malts at the very front, with a prompt introduction of some serious tartness. The clove notes are present very quickly, along with orange, (subtle) banana, and a bit of a peppery quality. The middle sees the tart continue to build, and there the hop notes begin to surface--predominantly citrus rind. This one seems to get spicier as the flavor develops. The back end has more of the citrus rind and more of the bitter, with some of those lingering spice notes of clover and cracked pepper.

F: Lighter-bodied, this one stills manages to feel substantial due to nice carbonation and creaminess. Creamy, tart, bright, and bitter in turns, this one has a very engaging consistency.

O: I'm not a huge fan of farmhouse ales, but this one is very enjoyable. I really like the flavors it's able to bring forth and still keep balanced, and the smell and feel are also excellent. This one would be fun to pair with a variety of foods, as well. I definitely recommend.

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

On tap at Diamond in Brooklyn

pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger white head that doesn't hang around long. Lacing clings tip the sides of the glass.

Notes of clove and lemon on the nose

first thing I get on the taste is Dill, then lemon grass perhaps some Ginger, pepper (lemon pepper?), light medium bodied. A healthy amount of carbonation, tingled in your mouth. Crisp and refreshing. A wonderful summer beer.

What a great beer. One of the best
things to come out of
Brooklyn brewery in a while.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer of evening...I have a whole big beautiful bottle to myself...stamp #2342. Pours a beautiful hazy wheat gold with continuous small white head. A few dark floating particulates at the bottom add intrigue. Aroma of lovely fields of grain and bread. Taste of a good saison, not too spicy or citrusy, but components of lemon, orange zest, black pepper, grains of paradise, chives, lemongrass, sourdough bread, modest hops & slight finish of funk! Overall very tasty ans satisfying.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow with a decent white foamy head on it.

Smelled like orange and lemon peel.

The taste is citrus and hops all the way. There's a decent hit of flavor but there is no lingering aftertaste that develops. Its very simple and to the point.

The carbonation is present but doesn't kill. Kind of a citrus prick to the tongue as well.

This beer is good, quite refreshing and simple and I think that's why I like it so much.

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Photo of da_beers
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden straw with a nice finger of head. Good carbonation coming. Very clear no haze. Good lacing coming down.

S - nice hop aroma off the bat, but has a nice spice in there too. Sweet malts are there but not over the top.

T - this is great. Hops on the start with this almost Christmas-y spice note to it. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste that isn't too much (if there is such a thing). Has a little citrus in there as well which is refreshing.

M - nice transition over the palate. Very smooth. Carbonation is great.

O - overall great beer. At the brewery here in Brooklyn and having It this fresh is the best!

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Photo of rebel1771
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a very fluffy white head that sticks around a while.

S: Aroma of lemon grass up front with earthy undertones. Fades to a yeasty grainy smell.

T: Bready yeast flavor up front with hints of lemon, apple, coriander and maybe even a bit of nutmeg.

O: Everybody gushes over this beer when they talk about it. It's a good brew no doubt about it but it isn't the best saison I've ever had. Having said that, it is the best American saison I've had.

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Photo of tchenery
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours like a traditional Belgian with a large frothy head of tiny bubbles. The beer itself is a nice golden yellow hue and a bit cloudy.

It smells very spicy and distinct. It almost smells 'hot' like spicy food. It's a thin smell, that makes you think it's going to be a bitter beer.

It has a malty upfront taste followed by a bitter peppery taste.

It's delicious and refreshing with a warming alcohol taste at the end and a dry mouthfinish.

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

A: Straw colored pour, two finger white head.

S: Spicey and a little funky. Yeasty characteristics are balanced by grassy hops.

T: Spice up front leading into lemon peel and biscuity malt. Hops are present more so than any saison Ive had. This is my first beer with sorachi hops, they seem pretty grassy to me, at least in this application. Maybe a more basic brew utilizing sorachi would reveal some intricacies.

M/D: MF is surprisingly thick despite ample carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Naugled
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From champagne bottle to tulip.

Hazy dark yellow body with high carbonation and foamy white head. Typical for this style, nothing special to see here.

Aroma is very spicy and lemony with some green fresh herb notes. Very aromatic.

Flavor is very perfumy with white peppercorns and intense lemon. Very intense flavor, almost chemical like pledge spray wax. A bit heavy on this, I think it would be better toned down.

Rich soft slippery mouth feel.

Drinkable as a novelty, but certainly not something you want a few glasses of. This is a very interesting hop which needs the right combination of ingredients to be palatable, but I don't think this is it.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: vigorous effervescence , like a tornado; lemon yellow, with an unfiltered fog; huge, fluffy, egg-white head exhibiting solid retention

Aroma: juicy grapefruit, lightly of spruce; overall it's mild

Taste & Mouthfeel: surprisingly clean and silky mouthfeel, expected prickly and possibly flat from the look of the carbonation; fruity and juicy flavour starts things out, of orange and grapefruit pulp - it's hardly bitter until the dry finish, and even then it's mild hops; refreshing, bringing to mind a weizen (there's a touch of spice) or a radler, but with golden malts playing a more distinctive supporting role as backbone; dangerously drinkable for a 7.5% brew

Overall: a real delight to drink, great accompaniment to summer sunshine - light, bright, full flavours and mouthfeel make it really pleasurable; would say, as mentioned on the bottle, it feels more like a fruitier twist on a golden ale than it does a saison

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Photo of NeutroMan
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale blonde color with a HUGE bubbly white head and a ton of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass. Head persisted throughout and left gobs of sticky lace.

S: Lemon zest and clean malty sweetness.

T: Sweet, crisp, clean malts dominate. Citrus flavor (lemon zest) is a little more muted. Dry finish.

M&D: Lean-bodied and smooth. The high carbonation contributes to the high drinkability.

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Photo of ARoman
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a stemmed tulip. Aromas of lemon and light candy sugar are noted with a supporting pepper hint and undertones of cereal, grass, and coriander. The soft white, sudsy head retains a light surface dust and moderate ring atop a lightly hazy, yellow beer. There's a bit of lace on the glass. The taste is a medium sweet and medium bitter that start to balance as the beverage warms up. The texture is relatively thin with a fizzy carbonation and a medium light body flavored by lemon, grains, and spice in the profile and finishing with a pepper and coriander zip and some honey that eventually turn grassy and grainy with lemon peel. The aftertaste is cereal like with a tart lemon that's lightly astringent turning to pepper and clove with a light honey. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the buckeye beer engine,poured into a pint glass.slightly cloudy yellow with not much head or lacing.nose is fresh lemonzest and a bit of sourness.

taste is upfront lemon-citrus,slightly tart with a crisp and dry finish.i picked up a very slight diacetyl buttery-ness,but it went away as the beer warmed up.

medium-light body,lively carbonation.adds alot to the drinkability.pretty good,not as good as what i was thinking it would be.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into my DFH signature glass.

A- Cloudy golden with a massive 3-4 finger white head with really nice lacing and retention.

S- Bright, grassy hops with some spicy Belgian yeast in the back. Some nice citrus notes as well.

T- Nice citrusy hops up front with some buttery slickness. These Sorachi Ace hops are interesting, very grassy with some nice citrus.

M/D- Creamy and smooth. This stuff goes down nice and easy.

An interesting saison that that has the hoppiness of an IPA. The buttery character seems out of place, but overall nicely put together.

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Photo of SSS
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy yellow with no head retention.
S-I get a heavy dose of Belgium yeast with very little earthy lemongrass
M-Light body with little bubbles leading the carbonation
T-The bitterness from the hops are smooth, the Belgium influence is tangy and acidic. I don't get much malt character. The Sorachi Hops are layered within the Belgium style of this beer, but I'm afraid the yeast and tang take center stage
O-Unfortunately I am not a fan of Belgium beers and this one is exactly that. I would have loved to taste and smell more of the Sorachi. Try it, but I don't think I will again.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/10/15 (Draft - The Laughing Man Washington DC) Pale light blonde pour, minimal head, mild carbonation. Slight fruit and lemon grassy hops scent. Mild taste, lemon and citrus noticeable, hops shined through. Mild carbonation, light texture. Overall good beer.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The bright white, shampoo foam head is a beautiful sight, and the beer itself is pale gold and fairly clear throughout.

S - Boatloads of peppercorns and coriander spiciness mixed with a grassy, vegetal hop character, as well as some lemon.

T - The taste is not what you could expect. The spice is now a bit more like holiday spice. There is a woody, tree bark flavor and a taste I can only describe as lemon Pledge, which I attribute to the hops. It's not too bad, but definitely different.

M - Crisp, but not overly dry. Fizzy, with a light to medium body.

O - The strange flavor here must be the Sorachi Ace, and I am not a fan. It would be better without it.

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Photo of fear025
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:Lemongrass, apple, spicy phenols, white pepper, sage.

Appearance:Yellow in color, amazing head with ok retention, fair lacing.

Taste:This beer is rather subtle. There's a fair amount of white pepper flavor in the foretaste, along with mild lemon. The hops in this beer are a little spicy, and less bitter. Subtle malt flavors. There is a dry finish on the aftertaste, with minty notes.

Mouthfeel:Light body, low alcohol heat. Very high carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a refreshing, medium spicy ale with a lot of complexity. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at Central Market during their 25% off sale. I'd had it before, but not since I had brewed my own saisons and used Sorachi Ace in my own homebrews. This was much better than I remembered. Rides the line beautifully between saison and hoppy beer. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

This beer has a great bone white head. Somewhat hazy yellow base. Good lacing. Not quite the Duvel I had last night, but still appealing.

The nose is complex and two faced. My first sniffs were of a fruity, dry, dry hop presence. However, this slowly melded into a funk dominated saison. I like some saisons a lot more than others, and this falls into the good funk category. Mmmm...

The taste is right there, too. Wonderfully controlled funk. Interesting level of bitterness. Doesn't overpower, but it's there. Good fruit from the hops, good funk. Heck yes.

This beer is a fantastic saison. I'm starting to wonder if this is the best one I've had. What great stuff...

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty unique beer. The smell is pretty faint. Some of the typical saison elements are in the taste - slightly yeasty and an earthy spice. What stands out is a pronounced flavor that tastes a lot like Chardonnay. Overall very drinkable and good with food. I'd like to try it again fresher. yb

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Photo of magnj
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - murky golden body, white soapy head hangs around for the whole session.

S - light herbal aroma. I kind of get the lemon thing but different then I expected. Vaguely spicy.

T - really clean, not real saisony. Doesn't end particularly dry and is more herbal than anything. Almost like a big blonde ale. Not bad but not the best saison I've ever had.

M/D - smooth light body, really light and refreshing for the abv. But doesn't end dry like I expected. I'd like to see it in a 6-pack at normal price. Wouldn't drop the cash on a bomber again.

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Photo of tripelhops
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Large, white 3 finger head with tons of carbonation

S: lemon-y, definately very lemon-y and hints of grass.

T: not all that bitter, more lemon and grass,a dnevery once in a while I pikced up a little oak-ish flavor.

M: highly carbonated, very light and dry.

O: I'd like to try something else with the Sorachi Ace hop, but this one is not something I'd seek out again. It was interesting, glad I got to try it, but nothing fantastic that I'd have to buy again.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,729 ratings.
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