Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
2,798 Ratings
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:
2,798
Reviews:
696
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
241
Gots:
720
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 2,798 |  Reviews: 696
Photo of EMV
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear light golden color. Three plus fingers of thick foamy head that lasts a long time. Fantastic lacing.

S: Lemon zest and citrus. Belgian yeasts and spice.

T/F: Very complex Saison... lots of citrus and lemon, but also pear and apricot. Good herbal notes... a bit of rosemary and peppercorn. Love the Sorachi hop character. Medium in body... aggressively carbonated and dry finish with a faint herbal aftertaste on the tongue.

O: Easily one of the best Farmhouse Ales I've had and transcends the style. A+++ all around, and well worth snagging.

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Photo of JohnBlumberg
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nobledust
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanLane
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear, dark gold with bubbly carbonation and a sticky, eggshell white head with perfect retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Lemongrass, lemon candy, honeydew melon, cracker malt, straw, and a weird spice I can't yet describe. Ginger, perhaps?

T: Really nice lemon candy flavors, with some lemon zest, a bit of honeydew melon and green grape, cracker malt, straw, grass, and a bit of alcohol warmth and clove on the finish. Finishes dry, but not super dry.

F: Medium-light body, excellent carbonation, moves smoothly across the palate.

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

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

Photo of yaksurf
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at an airport bar. 16 oz. pour into shaker glass. It pours a clear golden-yellow color with a thin, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of lemon peel, grass, yeast, clove, and a whiff of sweet fruit. The taste features banana, lemon, clove, coriander, pepper, and sorachi hops. It has a pepper taste at the finish that distinguishes it from other Saisons I've tasted. This ale is light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Its 7.2% ABV gives it substance without overwhelming. The sorachi hop profile adds a bitterness to the classic Saison taste. Overall, this is a very good, and somewhat different, Saison. The sorachi hops really add to the overall drinking experience.

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Photo of pats3peat12
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skillz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

A solid 4. Pours a light straw yellow, bubbly with a nice creamy white foam. The nose is of light citrus, sweet grasses, hay and spice. Excellent citrus character, lemons and orange. Belgian yeast, light bubble gum and pepper there too. Light to medium mouthfeel with a dry champagne like finish. I like saisons and I liked this one.

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Photo of ntanner83
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn is one of my favorite brewers because it can produce great beers in all three traditions. For its best and most popular Belgians, Sorachi Ace is the only one I had not Had. Usually seen in bombers, I saw Sorachi in a small bottle in Binny's build-your-own-6-pack section and snagged it. And now, I know how much I was missing.

My review and my take-aways from others distills down to this: this is an original creation, but thoughtfully within the style. Its use of a flowery hop that encourages my imagination to flow. But, the Ace remains soft in the mouth and goes well with mild, flavorful food.

Brooklyn's brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, published a seminal work in 2003 that I spent a lot of time with in the last year. "The Brewmasters Table" recommends tripels and strong Belgian pales with the dish I had tonight, which was pesto. Well I want Garrett and you to know that Sorachi complements pesto well, also.

My only concern with Sorachi is that I did not buy the big bottle. At this moment, I really want more.

12/21/16 In the deepest part of winter and America's discontent, I thought Belgian Darks were reinforcing my mood too much. (That is to say, I was depressed and it was Christmas.) So, I pulled out an Ace and was redeemed... at least partially. It was most of what I said above; but, it also made me pucker (which sour pusses don't do often.)
In addition to tasting Ace unaccompanied, I also had with my world famous vegetable stew. (The Ace goes with lighter dishes. Now I know what the label says.) But , it was worth the lesson... to feel good despite the discontent.
No change in rating.

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Photo of zknight
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of km02600
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of onlymurderers
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mfigueroa713
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of BeerKnower
2.33/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing wrong with the look. But the prominent alcohol taste, unfortunately single handedly brings down the other categories. Sometimes more is less.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by October, 2016 (2 months from):
Pours a nice yellow gold, with just a fuzzying haze. Fluffy white head that lasts strong until about a quarter of the beer is left, and lingers with *only* half surface coverage the remaining sips. Lacing is very, well... lacy.

Nose early shows a stronger lemon note with some herbal grassiness and a little yeast. Later in the pour, I get less lemon and more of what I find to be distinctly Sorachi, and what I think of as cocnutty - though maybe a Thai dish involving coconut milk might be a more accurate thought.

The opening is yeasty more than malty before the lemon notes hit. Quickly the lemongrass specific nature of the taste replaces any mistake for the citrus fruit. A little sweetness continues to buoy the notes as they shift toward a more herbal grassiness and then to that "coconut" note. I might argue its that thin brown skin of a coconut between the flesh and the shell.

This beer seemed more flat early in the taste than it does later, strangely. Maybe it holds its light carbonation well and when I am expecting a flatter beer, it delivers.

The whole beer has a fairly distinctive Brooklyn beer impression to it - guessing maybe the yeast? Been a while since I enjoyed one of these (and I never rated it??). I am not rating it as highly as I would've back then, but it isn't a long fall to this rating. Definitely will grab this again more quickly next time.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB date 11/02/16 - Consumed 08/13/16 - No bottling date

Appearance- Pours a pale straw, bright golden color, mildly hazy. Finger thick, frothy, white colored head. Good amount of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Grassy, earthy spice, lots of zesty lemon. Belgian yeast, clove, fruity esters.

Taste- Lemon zest, slight citrus notes. Clove, spicy pepper, grassy. Crisp, grainy malts. Belgian yeast, dry herbs and pine.

Feel- Light bodied, very crisp and clean, dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Very bright, crisp, zesty, and dry.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,798 ratings.
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