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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:
#2,284
Reviews:
718
Ratings:
2,868
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
243
Gots:
748
Trade:
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Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 8/15. Pours a semi-cloudy gold. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of light lemon or lemongrass with a subtle yeast character.

Light medium body with a texture that has creamy aspects. Superbly well carbonated with nice effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding profile is intense, somewhat complex and is hop and saison flavor forward rather than balanced. It begins with a lemon like flavor that flows into the spicy Sorachi hop. A very subtle mild bitterness emerges in the middle over a weak biscuit character. From the middle on, the slightly funky farmhouse character dominates. The dry finish lingers with a receding lemon flavor over farmhouse funk.

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Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taybeh
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from a bomber into a GI tulip

a: huge puffy white eggshell head on top of a hazy pale straw
s: lemongrass, faint ginger and green mint, earthy peppery yeast, a little like champagne...very interesting and inviting, especially in the summer
t: like the nose: crackery wheat, lemony-limey zest, earthy-spicy-funky depth...lots of great things here...somehow the sum doesn't add up to more than the excellent individual parts for me, but this is still really good and quite unique
f: best thing about this one...ends dry like champagne, good prickly peppery spicy yeast and a little spritz of lemon-limey citrus

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is lemons, yeast, mild sweetness and bread. The flavor is citrus, lemons, mild/medium sweetness and a mix of slight tartness/mostly smooth throughout in the finish.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very good lighter saison.

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Photo of McBraniel
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of johnscooper
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy light golden, modest creamy head, good lace retention. Fruity in the nose, mainly pear. Some barnyard aroma, particularly hay. Fruity taste like pears soaked in alcohol . Dry white wine like feel. Very smooth and drinkable. A really good beer.

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Photo of kevanb
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass.


The beer pours a hazy golden lemon color, light hues of copper and peach, cloudy with minimal glass activity. The beer boasts a thick, white, soapy head, about two fingers tall that has nice retention and leaves thin spots of lace behind. The aroma is pleasant, lemon citrus, nice estery yeast that brings out some berry fruit and stone fruit, barnyard, grassy floral character, peppercorn and crusty cereal grain. The flavors echo the nose well, lots of pepercorn and lemon rind, nice balance, the lemongrass aspect really pops with this beer, a bit dirty, the barnyard is more potent on the tongue, less fruit flavor and a crustier malt profile, still pale and biscuity, but just more tough and toasty. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, lively, zippy, zesty, light prickliness from the carbonation, which is medium to high, and finishes easily with a bit of a dry bite.


Verdict: A nice saison from Brooklyn, the Sorachi Ace hop definitely is the focus, lots of lemon grass, citrus flavor but it also has that characteristic pepper and earthy flavor that fits in nicely with the saison. This hop has generally been my least favorite hop for a standard american pale ale or IPA, but it lends itself nicely to this beer.

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Photo of 10adavis
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarceloAliberti
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of funkydrumma
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice carbonation with a little touch of wheaty saisonness.

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Photo of CreekyJarls
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of infinitebruner
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 12, 2015

12 oz bottle, water glass

A – Light to medium-light gold, and moderately hazy. A thin layer of bright white head with fairly low retention.

S – Very peppery, with a sharp lemon-lime aroma, along with flowers and perhaps fresh-cut grass. Flour and uncooked bread dough.

T – Lemon and some peppery spice, a low but sharp hop bite on the finish. Flour malt. Some low floral notes.

M – High carbonation, somewhat sudsy, and dry throughout. No real impression of sweetness, and only mild hop bitterness, mostly on the finish. Very balanced.

O – The hops used here really are perfect for a saison, blending well with the peppery notes of the Belgian yeast. A really enjoyable take on the farmhouse ale.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright golden straw color with white head

Smell - lemongrass, coriander, ginger, lemon

Taste - ginger, coriander, lemongrass, lemon zest

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, citrus/lemongrass upfront, middle is tart/sour/bitter, dry finish

Overall - good saison that is a little bit more sour, tart and bitter than other examples I've had

Price point - $7.99/4 pack 12 oz bottles

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

Photo of Eddiehop
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OleSkeen
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Still one of my top 5 favorite saisons.
Beer advocate: it would be awesome if us users could users to upload our picture of the beer we're checking in on the mobile app instead of having to use the website every time!

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Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wphall
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmace929
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,868 ratings
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