Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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:
677
Ratings:
2,710
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
22%
 
 
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242
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675
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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 spacebear09
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very light straw yellow coloration, hazy. Good head, frothy and white.

Smell- Yeast, cat pee.

Taste- Strong Belgian yeast comes through here. Slight barnyard character. Very lemony with some grassy notes. Hint of soapiness. Finishes dry with medium hop character.

Mouthfeel- Highly effervescent carbonation.

Overall a unique and interesting Saison. I'd rank it just behind Tank 7 and Hennepin.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, BB JUL.2015
A - thick, persistent, creamy, white head; hazy pale golden body
S - zesty nose with lemongrass, spicy coriander, yeast
T - similar to aroma with spicy yeast, grass, lemon zest, faint lime zest, wheaty malt
M - medium body, semi-bitter, very dry finish
O - really great use of accentuating the Sorachi hop. I really liked this. You have to like a dry finish to enjoy this one. It might be the dryest finishing beer I've ever had.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

a golden yellow body topped with a big fluffy head that sticks well and recedes slowly. lots of carbonation visible. citrus clove grass and grain present in the nose gives a good invite. lots of clove present in the taste with just a wee bit of citrus some banana on the edge there too. nice hoppy bite in the back. light bodied with some bitter puckering. overall its a damn good beer and definitely worth the price.

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

On tap at Ashley's in Westland. Pours a golden-straw color; translucent with a mild chill haze that eventually fades away as the beer warms up a bit. Big-bubbled, white head is thin all the way throughout, but its small size was most likely due to the pour. Small bits of wet legging cling to the glass momentarily and eventually drip down.

The Sorachi Ace hop is notable for its lemon-like characteristics. Anyone who didn't already know that will definitely realize it after taking a whiff. The nose is packed with lemon in many different hats; lemon peel, lemon zest, lemongrass. Very effervescent; light, yet powerful; smooth, yet crisp. Mild herbal notes, grassy and subtly earthy, showcase themselves alongside the lemon brigade. Belgian yeast is no stranger here, either, adding the classic bubblegum-like aroma that has become oh so familiar. Mild finishing spices; clove, coriander, and faint white pepper.

The taste really integrates the Sorachi Ace hop well - the lemon notes are vibrant and noticeable, yet still manage to blend well with everything else, rather than sound anything out. Lots of flavors clashing all at once with each sip; lemon zest, herbal lemon tea, earthy hops, clove, white pepper, heavy yeast. The malt character is straightforward and basic; sometimes simplicity is the key. They add a nice cracker-like finish with some mild, balancing sweetness. Very like phenol character that only really becomes noticed near the latter half of the glass. Crispy, thanks to the hefty carbonation, finishing pretty dry with fading notes of herbal lemons and spicy yeast in the aftertaste. Thin-medium bodied.

Very good suggestion from Ron. Dangerously drinkable; fresh, crisp, dry, simple, and executed very well. Nice integration of flavor from this unique hop; this beer went down pretty quickly.

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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 Mosstrooper
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a huge, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind thick lace.

Smell: Strong lemon aroma with a bit of spice and an earthy hint.

Taste: Begins with a sweet lemon flavor, finishing with more lemon and a flavor like bitter grapefruit or maybe citrus peel. Underlying earthiness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Taste is a bit one-dimensional, but this is still a tasty and refreshing beer- very good for a summer day. Highly drinkable, and its hop flavors truly do stand out from many other beers.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse on tap.

A-cloudy, old gold body and a great lacey white head

S-cloves, medicinal, herbs

T-bubblegum, clove, candy-like, herbal finish

M-light, high carbonation

D-I don't know if this is really a great representative of the style but it is certainly a tasty and thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy, amber color, with a fluffy 2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing present.

S - Very pleasant aroma overall. A mix of cloves and lemongrass most dominantly. An underlying, earthy and herbal taste. Fairly distinct yet pleasantly strong aroma overall.

T - The flavor was pleasant yet overall quite expected. Dominantly a mild lemon/lemongrass-y flavor up-front with a strong presence of cloves and banana. A few spices and herbs feel present yet less distinct. Overall a fairly enjoyable beer with fairly unique characteristics. (Would be better for me aside from the distinction of banana within - not the biggest fan of).

M - Medium - full mouthfeel with the optimal amount of carbonation. Very crisp beer. A mild aftertaste notable yet not unpleasant.

O - An enjoyable overall. A great feel yet the not the greatest distinction in taste for me. For a single was decently impressed.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a mild haze and a big, active effervescence. Head pours three fingers of frothy white foam. I like it!

Smell: light but enticing funkiness and sourness atop a sweet, chalky malt base. Not a lot of the hops seem to make it through the overall funk, but it's still pretty nice.

Taste: moderately funky flavor with less sourness than the aroma would indicate. Malt is nice and sweet and a fruity, somewhat piney character comes through which must be the hops. Overall, quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Love it!

Overall: an interesting, tasty and refreshing saison. I will definitely try to have this again.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very fresh bottle of the "new" Sorachi Ace, no longer a one-time brew apparently. I'm digging the $10 price tag instead of $15 too.

A: A dark straw pour, quite hazy. Topped with a nice big bubbly head. Lacing is good.

S: Pretty much pure lemongrass as you would expect with sorachi ace hops. A little bit of spice and a little bit of yeast.

T: Tastes like sunshine. Super crisp lemons, nice clean lemongrass aftertaste. Some coriander in there too I think. Low bitterness except maybe in the initial bite. As the beer warms the lemongrass really takes over so I hope you like the flavor of sorachi ace hops or you're going to hate this beer.

M: Light and airy, feels more like a witbier than an almost 8% saison.

O: Been waiting for this one to come back and it was worth the wait. Great saison, the lemongrass smell and flavor just compliments the style very well. One of the most drinkable and refreshing saisons I've ever had.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into goblet. really can't read the best before code, looks like "may 178"? popped open on december 7, 2014

a: clear pale yellow with three fingers of ultra fluffy true white head. very bubbly. gets more hazy as you work your way through the rest of the bottle

s: fruity up front. peach, orange, lemon, pear, slight grapefruit, slight banana. musty peppery earthy yeast, grassy, dill-like notes. shy crackery malt. a bit of alcohol

t: very balanced stuff. malty and fruity all around with accents of the belgian yeast characteristics here and there. peach, lemon, apricot, pear, orange, malt, fresh grass, crackers, dill, white pepper, and hints of overripe bananas, with a lingering medium-level bitterness

m: really excellent mouthfeel. the carbonation is lively but not prickly and offensive. feels medium-bodied and creamy

o: a very interesting and complex farmhouse ale. so much stuff going on with these sorachi ace hops

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one recently at Flying Saucer poured from the 750mL corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice frothy off white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of lemon zest and Belgian spice. The taste is a nice blend of biscuity sweet malts, lemon and citrus hops and a nice amount of Belgian spices. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I would love to have again.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an 750 ML bottle (corked and caged) in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Mort Subite Lambic branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: After a big pop of the cork this one pours a lightly hazy straw-like hue with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with small amounts of lacing.

S: Cracker and bready yeast up front, tropical fruit, wood and booze with a faint hint of hop at the back end.

T: Similar to the nose but with a good dose of hop and funky yeast, finishing with lemon zest and pepper.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation for the style with a crisp dry finish.

Overall tasty and fairly unique for the style. No problem polishing this one off!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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 MikeB20
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden color with a huge white head. Solid head retention with a bit of lacing.

S: Biscuit like malt and a little grassy with a bit of citrus. It lacks the barnyard smell that I typically associate with Belgian Saison's.

T: Lots of malt sweetness balanced with a good bit of hop bitterness with a little bite on the back end. The hop bitterness seems to hang on in your mouth for a while. Alcohol is hidden well but begins to peek through as the beer warms.

M: Quite dry. Light with a great champagne-like carbonation. Refreshing on this hot summer day.

O: A solid beer and something I really looked forward to trying. It's light, refreshing and really has all the right qualities to make this an easy drinking summer beer. I'd happily seek out this beer to bring to my next cookout.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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 Pencible
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a somewhat hazy straw with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like strong citrus and pine with sour yeast, and a little apricot and spices such as coriander.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and lemon zest and dry apricot, with some pine and coriander and sour yeast. The aftertaste was dry and tart.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation.
D: This had a bright and crisp taste with nice smooth body. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. It seemed like an IPA blended with a saison, which to me is an improvement over a standard saison. Quality brew!

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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 SteveB24
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-nice straw color, quite clear for a saison, pours a finger and a half of white heat that settles into a thin, stubborn layer of lacing. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface from the bottom.
Smell-Hay, Citrus peel, mild wheat. very clean on the nose.
Taste-Like the label says, crisp lemongrass upfront, followed by mild wheat and the most subtle bit of funk.
Feel-Light body but not thin, smooth carbonation, finishes moist.
overall-very refreshing beer, something i'd love to drink in slightly warmer weather. great representative of the style.

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Photo of suspect
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a mug.

The appearance of this beer was light. Very light.

It had a huge hop/lemon presence (So much so that I was worried there might be *too* much citrus flavor in this one.) in the smell with added weed or fresh cut grass added ever-so-slightly.

I was glad my worries were proven to be for naught. The balance of Sorachi Ace hop and citrus was delightful. I have brewed with Sorachi Ace hops before and, obviously, Brooklyn was able to do so much more with it. This tasted exactly like I hoped my homebrew turned out.

Slight coating, semi-sweet but mostly light and frothy.

I could drink this all day. Such a nice beer - I paired it with Thanksgiving dinner which was a perfect pairing!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle; best before Sep 2016.

Straw colored and hazy with a large, fluffy white head on top. Good retention and some lacing on the glass. A punchy aroma starts things off with a bang. Coriander and lemon initially, then bright peppery spice gets your attention. Almost perfumy or floral in a way. Tasting it brings out a strong lemongrass flavor, not unlike a Thai tom yum or Vietnamese pho soup. Long aftertaste with a heavy, spicy, and dry finish. Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation that gives it an effervescent quality.

Sorachi Ace somehow manages to conjure bold, brazen flavors out of a fairly simple idea; a single malt (German pilsner), single hop (Sorachi Ace) beer. A unique saison, even for a style that is so open to interpretation.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

Very nice. This beer pours a light yellow with a very fizzy head. Almost looks like a champagne. The smell was full of lemon but also a bit of bitterness from the hops. The lemongrass gives out earthy tones which then open up to the zest and hops near the end for a crisp and refreshing brew. Liked it a lot.

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

Poured from a corked and caged bomber dated 1/7/13 (I think?) into a Jester King Funk and Sour tulip.

Appearance: Deep golden beer, with a fluffy and persistant thick off white head. Thick lacing too.

Smell: Lightly floral hops, and lots of belgian yeasty sweetness. Slightly vinous. Really nice.

Taste: Really unique floral flavors, likely from the Sorachi Ace hops. A solid belgian backbone makes this a very easily sessionable, but ultimately too light and fleeting flavor beer. A slight bready malt comes through. Next to no aftertaste, nothing lingers for long.

Mouthfeel: A light body, yet still manages to be creamy. On the lighter side of carbonation, but still substantial.

Overall: A good beer overall, and I'm glad I tried it. Perhaps this beer is better fresh, but it isn't knocking me out of the park. Prairie standard seems like a better representation of the sessionable hoppy saison style, I'll probably stick with that.

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

Hazy yellow with a finger of bright white head. Strong aroma of lemongrass and Belgian yeast, with a touch of banana, all carrying over to the taste along with a lemony and slightly soapy flavor and a peppery bite and some tropical fruit on the backend. Light bodied and fairly dry. Pretty great.

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