Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#2,283
Reviews:
717
Ratings:
2,866
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a gift of great beer from great people today – Christmas came early this year. Cheers!

Brewed 07/12/2012, over a year before the date of this tasting. Not ideal, but it’ll do.

A: Pours a rich gold with light haze. Extraordinarily fizzy: turbulent bubbles rise through the body to support a tall, frothy, white head. After a minute, what’s left is a wonderfully smooth inch of retention and webs of chunky lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Hop aromas are forward and absolutely succulent, with an unmistakable character of lemon and tangerine. Natural, juicy, absolutely mouthwatering citrus scents. Towards the end, there’s a couple more subtle scents of spice – white pepper and coriander – and bready Belgian yeast scents.

T: You can taste the age, and that’s both good and bad: it has a slight flavor of stale, grainy pilsen malt, but the soft breadiness of the champagne yeast it’s been sitting on is quite apparent. I love the way Brooklyn utilizes that yeast flavor (a great component in the flavor of Black Ops), and it definitely works here. The most forward tastes include white bread and butter, clove, and sugar cookie, though these are all under the blanket of a zesty lemongrass hop character. Finishes with dry spice: mild puckering of citrus and grain husk.

M: Soft carbonation and a light, creamy, champagne body: very, very drinkable. Best at just a little colder than cellar temp, but even as it warms it never gets offensive in any way.

O: I’m surprised such a hop-centric beer was still so great after almost a year and a half, but if anyone can make that happen, it’s Brooklyn. Definitely a must-try; and hey, if you’re looking for a gift beer, this one was greatly appreciated. Merry Christmas!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle no. 0042. Sampled on December 23, 2013. I acquired this as a clearance bottle for $5.99 which I thought was a good deal since I hadn't had it before.

The pour is golden yellow with a white fizzy carbonated head that lingers longer than your typical glass of champagne.

Loads of sparkling grapes, lemon,. and other citrus on the nose intertwined mild roasted malts and a feint hop kick.

Light to medium body with a lot of carbonation that increases what I like refer to as the "belch factor." Yup, plenty of that going on.

The taste is parallels what I get on the nose with a significant lemon zest and citrus zing flavor, mildly toasted malts, and a tart yet dry finish. It is very much like champagne with that slight maltiness to remind me it is a beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip out of a 22oz bottle.

Pours a hazy light straw yellow with a very fluffy, billowy white head. Globs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass along with amazing head retention.

The aroma is typical of a saison but is very rich. Lots of bread and yeast notes along with a tremendous punch of citrus. A little mustyness along with some lemon and a touch of citrus. Very nice and quite deep.

The flavor is a bit on the light side but is quite nice. Spicy yeast esters along with orange peel and a touch of lemon. Some bread and hay along with grass. Some vanila finishes things up along with a drying finish and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite dry with just a little bit of stickyness to end things up.

Overall, a very nice Saison with a twist. The sorachi ace hop lends some very nice citrus notes that compliment the Belgina yeast nicely. A good beer that is worth picking up.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - The beer is a very pale yellow or straw color. It is milky but not what I'd call cloudy. The head is thick, active and fluffy and a bright, just off-white color. Lots of lacing. This resembles a Belgian wit more than anything, but looks appropriate for a saison as well.

S - Very interesting and unique aroma. I get mostly black pepper, but there are other indistinct spicy notes behind there that add complexity. There is some citrus at a low level. There is also a bit of grainy pilsner malt.

T - Grainy pilsner malt that is just about overwhelmed by black pepper and lemongrass flavors. Slightly sweet finish. No noticeable hops.

M - Medium to full body. Prickly, aggressive carbonation that is in line with the style. Moderate hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol burn.

O - This is a good saison with some unique flavors that I assume are from the sorachi ace hops. I find it just a bit too heavy in the body, but have no other critiques.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,866 ratings
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