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
Ratings:
2,825
Reviews:
707
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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243
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728
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Photo of pugbutter
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very, very bizarre; while it's in your mouth it's got a cloying, banana Laffy Taffy sort of profile, but one you swallow there's a big kick of black pepper bitterness. The lemonade-yellow color does nothing to dispel the oddness.

It's growing on me.

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Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Caesars0331
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pja786
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antg8989
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardyA
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JavaNoire
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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 mrob22278
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattyb85
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williahd
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bryantan
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of welldigger888
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew looks and smells and tastes of the real deal. Highly drinkable, nice and dry with ALL the right notes. This the real deal people, drink up.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gatorlove
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wise456
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of helpingphriendlybook
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste profile is unlike a traditional Belgian Saison. The hop and yeast combination is quite unique.

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Photo of Rbargfrede
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kenstogie
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good as in very good beer.... lighter and very carbonated you do pick up on a lemony citrusy thing, great for summer. Has some kick forma lighter beer. Hides the abv quite well.

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Photo of Tdenham
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,825 ratings.
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