Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace
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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
Reviews:
693
Ratings:
2,781
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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241
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716
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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lives up to the special hops hype. Poured a 2" white head with long life. The body is a hazy raw sienna yellow color. The smell is different including the lemon zest but also spiciness, malt, even soap. Taste mirrors the smell, especially the lemon zest, and also has caramel and a touch of sour. Medium rich body. Finish is a little soapy. Interesting and refreshing.

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Photo of roger617
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into tulip

A: 3.75 Lightly golden, very clear in color. Pours with 3 fingers of head that reduces within 1 minute.
S: 3.5 Most of what makes it through in the smell for me is pine, and a little bit of citrus.
T: 4.25 First is the pine, followed by a mellow citrus. A dry finish leaves a lingering sweetness.
M: 4.0 Very smooth and silky. Carb level is high, which is expected for being "100% bottle refermented ale".
O: 4.0 This beer doesn't have a lot of depth to it, but even being near 1 dimensional it is still very enjoyable. The forefront aroma and flavor of the pine characteristics linger for quite some time after finishing. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both well developed. Somewhat of a farmhouse aroma with a little bit of a spicy zest and slight lemon. Bready taste up front with a somewhat spicy hop and a lemon aftertaste. Light bodied taste. Not a bad beer but definitely had a lot better.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a light, hazy gold with a copious head. Great retention; good lacing.
Biscuity malts, a bit of funk, and a very faint citrusy and lemony hop character, but not much else.
Now, the strong points of this beer. Thee’s a brilliant mouthfeel: awesomely soft and fluffy. The carbonation is high, but very refined and pleasant. The alleged star of this Saison--the Sorachi Ace hop varietal from Japan-- is present, though seems to be more than balanced by the malt. The hop flavor is nice: lightly lemony and herbal. Bitter, but not totally dry.And the not-so-strong? I must admit, I was expecting more from this brew. There is a big, biscuity malt presence that I wouldn't say is par for the Saison style. But the main flaw I see in this beer is an annoyingly buttery flavor-- dare I say, diacetyl aftertaste. This doesn't fit into my definition of "crackingly dry", as the bottle proclaims. Clean this butteriness up, Brooklyn, sub in a bit more Saison funk, and you'd have an awesome beer.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into my DFH signature glass.

A- Cloudy golden with a massive 3-4 finger white head with really nice lacing and retention.

S- Bright, grassy hops with some spicy Belgian yeast in the back. Some nice citrus notes as well.

T- Nice citrusy hops up front with some buttery slickness. These Sorachi Ace hops are interesting, very grassy with some nice citrus.

M/D- Creamy and smooth. This stuff goes down nice and easy.

An interesting saison that that has the hoppiness of an IPA. The buttery character seems out of place, but overall nicely put together.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a big sticky white head. Aroma is ok, a little lemon, little funk from the new hops I think. The taste follows but more amped up. Nice clean lemony/citrus flavor which follows with a almost sake flavored finish. Its very unique and very good. Very refreshing and easy to drink. This Sorachi hops might not be for everyone, but I think its a great addition for this style.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Black Bear pub in the Hartford airport, served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint™. Seeing the sign out front that this was the bar's beer of the month was what made me stop in; why not start a journey with some ticking?

A: Clear gold body with some nice fine effervescence building a solid cap of dense white foam; sticky lace. Pretty good.

S: Huh. Some overripe fruit funk is prominent, and unappetizing. Some toasty malt and lemony hops are present, but play second fiddle to the weird fruitiness. Not what I expected, but not entirely offputting.

T: Wow, nothing like the smell. Rich bready malt dominates, with fresh apple and pear esters playing nicely with the citrusy hops midway through. Clean, lightly bitter finish. Very substantial and extremely enjoyable. Weird.

M: Fairly light, moderately carbonated. Solid.

O: The keg kicked on the glass ordered right after mine, and sure enough when I asked for a sample from the replacement keg I found the rotten fruit aromas absent. I definitely think this one should be best consumed fresh.

Cheers!

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premiere. A unique and vry good creation. I like this hop and was very excited to try it. Lemony, above all. Whitish coloured body with lots of foamy head. Lemony aroma. Dryish, fruity, white pepper,zesty, yeasty,coriander,pear. Easy mouthfeel.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 fingers of sudsy white, well-retaining head in the snifter over hazy gold body.

Some tart funk and faint light fruit.

Crisp saison with some excellent oaky character. Light fruit and a trace of black pepper. Better than expected for a saison. The sorachi is exceptionally mellow, but the beer does not want for crispness or cleanliness of finish.

Bright, carby body.

Quite nice. Does it warrant the price tag and reputation? Maybe not. But I was never a lover of saisons in general.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a very fluffy white head that sticks around a while.

S: Aroma of lemon grass up front with earthy undertones. Fades to a yeasty grainy smell.

T: Bready yeast flavor up front with hints of lemon, apple, coriander and maybe even a bit of nutmeg.

O: Everybody gushes over this beer when they talk about it. It's a good brew no doubt about it but it isn't the best saison I've ever had. Having said that, it is the best American saison I've had.

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Photo of Jtee
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served cold into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale gold with 3cm of white and foamy head that retains well. The lacing is nominal.

Aroma: Citrusy (lemon), herbal (dill), and spicy (pepper). There's a faint fruitiness and a soft alcohol note.

Taste: Follows suit with the smell with some additional layers. The yeast adds a peppery character while the hops add herbal (dill) and citrusy (lemon) notes. The malt profile is very delicate. Slightly tart and faint alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium high carbonation. Prickly and drying.

Overall: An interesting beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Well-balanced even though Sorachi is the obvious star here. Perfect for a warm summer day. I'll definitely pick up a bottle of it whenever it's locally available.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Corked bottle poured into a snifter glass in two parts. Review is from notes from two weeks ago.

Appearance: Golden straw yellow in color. Clear and bubbly throughout. Three finger pillowy and aggressive white head. Very good retention.

Aroma: Lemon zest and tart green apple are the first notes I pick up. The Sorachi hops play in toward teh back end with some nice hop bitterness.

Taste: Lemon juice and sweet apple play nicely together. Some citric and pine flavor near the back thanks to the hops. Lemongrass notes in there as well. Crisp.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bubbly and smooth. Medium bodied. The crispness is the impressive feature here.

Drinkability: Very smooth and moderate ABV.

Overall, a nice crisp and bright saison. can be a bit watery at times in my opinion. I wish there was a way for the flavors at assert themselves more.

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No easy to find freshness date. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Lemon yellow, brilliant clarity, with towering 3-finger rocky white head with excellent retention and crusty lacing.

S: Very lemongrass scented, some crackery, grainy pilsner maltiness. Not a lot of other hops aromas beside lemon and herbal but it's very delicious smelling stuff.

T: THe flavor is a little one-dimensional, but solidly crafted with a nice intro of crackery pilsner maltiness giving way to a smooth herbal, citrus, lemon hops flavor. This flavor doesn't deviate throughout the drink -- no more flavor but no less.

M: Very light on the palate with heavy carbonation that makes this drink like champagne but taste a helluva lot better.

O: A very good beer for what it is but not varied enough in the flavor department with no real yeast presence despite the style. Would be a great accompaniment for fish or seafood dished for sure.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750-millilitre bottle into a pint glass. Color was pale golden. Lots of head, almost three fingers worth. Nice even amount of cloudy white lacing that lasted throughout the beer. Film was fairly non-existent on the sides.

Pungent aroma right off the bat of various fruits and cloves. I got plums, bananas, pear noticeably. Also some sweet sugary notes.

A bit different than the smell. Reminded me of a wild ale, but it’s been awhile since I’ve had a saison, so it could just be the type. Got pear, grapes, plums and some sour lemon wheat up front. That gave way to a quick bite of alcohol. Then finished with watery notes. It was over in less than two seconds.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Heavily carbonated. Quick watery finish. Only bad part to this beer in my mind.

I enjoyed this beer a lot. I seem to give saisons a bit higher rating and this was the first I had in a long time, but it really hit the spot. Lots of flavors and easily drinkable.

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Photo of laketang
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured a 12 oz. bottle medium head a straw look
strong citrus smell, earthy tones as well
bitter hoppiness, lemon peel.tangy
clear and sharp thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of craytonic
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw-yellow-golden pour with a great big head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Lemongrass, citrus hops and some faint belgian yeast

Taste: Very crisp, perhaps a bit too dry. Again lots of lemongrass with some nice floral hops. Initially I got some herbs I wasn't expecting, sage I think. Reminds me of a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps too dry and slightly over carbonated/spritzy, otherwise nice mouthfeel

Drinkability: Good one for a spring day; was fun to try but won't seek it again

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner glass at Pacific Rim in Ann Arbor. Bottle, did not see date.

A: pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thin white ring of fizz. Little to no lacing. Modest carbonation visible.

S: Now I know what people mean when they say a beer smells like a "barnyard." There is something funky here; like wet hay and baby goats. Organic and sweet; floral and fruity all at once. Sandalwood? Patchouli? It is something unique and potent, I don't dislike the smell, but I don't know that it's one that I'd want my cologne to smell like.

T: tracks the smell; fruity, sweet, hay, malty, tart, more pronounced apricot, raspberry, maybe even white chocolate? Light maltiness, very clean lightly bitter finish.

M: lighter side of mid weight, surprised at the higher carbonation, but is by no means excessive, just more than I'd expect.

O: Always wanted to try this, so glad I did. Don't know that I'd ever get it again. Perhaps a great beer on its own, a bad choice for dinner.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of spices, hops, bready malt and some citrus. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, spices, pale malt and citrus fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. I did not like this brew on the first try, now I love it.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale greenish yellow with a slight off white head.

In the nose sour, musty, yeast with earth undertones, lemon zest, cedar, and a faint malt hit.

A nice rounded mouth feel brings the flavors together as a single note. Notes of lemon, yeasty, malt bread, and bitter herb. This is a tasty, complex brew with flavors continuing to sneak up on you.

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Photo of aficionado
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware: Duvel Tulip

Rocking 4 finger head with lots of random lacing and an insane fizzy stream of carbonation.

Champagne cork pop, and more champagne yeasty characteristics on the nose. I suspect a blend of Champagne and French saison yeasts are at play here.

On the palate there is lemongrass, lemon zest, green apple, and sparse notes of unripe banana. This is also quite the dry beer and there is a lingering pleasant bitterness left after each sip.

Crisp and tingly on the tongue. Medium body, though the high carbonation contributes much to a lighter feel.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this on shelves for a while, and finally just went for it. I chilled it down, and prepared to serve it. I made the mistake of getting intrigued by the label after removing the cage, and about 20 seconds later, was rewarded with a pop and thunk of cork off ceiling. Into the glass it went.

I want to describe the beer as hazy yellow, but it's not just yellow. If I hold it up to the light, it seems to get darker, almost peachy, but really pale. It's hard to find the right words, but it's quite lovely. The head looks like beaten egg whites, so fluffy and white and with such fine bubbles. It doesn't really stick around, though, and leaves behind little lacing.

This smells very metallic. As it warms, this dissipates and leaves something more delicate, like pears, and a hint of butter. It's very subtle.

It tastes nothing like it smells. Wow. It's zesty and peppery and clean. Bitterness is very restrained. It's soft on the tongue. The fine bubbles are contributing here. Must be the Champagne yeast.

This is really pleasant to drink. It's clean, refreshing, and light, but never boring. I dig it.

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Photo of PattyMelt
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Nothing too special. Amber yellow, minimal white head. Doesn't look fantastic, but looks good.
S- a very, very citrus, slight pine.
T- Starts off light, very crisp on the back. High lemon flavor with a strong kick of ginger. Clean & smooth.
M- light bodied.
O- very refreshing summer beer. I can see myself sitting on my deck drinking this for hours. Love it.

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Photo of kirkmichel
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellow, clear-ish. I actually thought they poured miller light by accident, except that it had nicer lacing and was just a tad cloudier.
S- Lemony and fragrant, with a faint bit of orange and cloves. Yeasty.
T- Very lemony and floral. The citrus jumps right out, as does some hopiness....reminding me that looks can definitely be deceiving.
M- Pleasant, refreshing with just a bit of zing and some hop viscosity. Very well balanced.
D- Good, you could stick with this beer anytime and enjoy it (but watch out it's 7.5%)

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle cork and caged split with a friend poured into snifter.

pours out a very nice cloudy golden color with a big dense fluffy, soapy head. great retention and some amazing thick fury lace.

lots of citrus, mostly lemon zest, lemon grass. smells very effervescent. a hint of something belgian.

the sorachi ace hop is definatly the main player. big citrus, lemon grass, orange peel, lemon zest, just slightly tart in the finish and majorly bitter. some vinious wine like flavors come out the more it warms. lingers for awhile. hardly a hint of some belgian yeast.

lots of carbonation. light creamy mouthfeel.

a decent beer, definatly ruled by the hop, the saison qualities are a little lost. not something id buy again.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours an effervescent, golden hue with substantial frothing. Fruity, straw-laden aroma with hints of pear and honey. Thick mouthfeel.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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