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

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675
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2,701
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last year at Clarks Ale House in Syracuse and recall it being too sweet; my expectation is that the bottle conditioned version may help in that regard. Let's see.

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a nice two inches of white head. Head keeps well, with a full and substantial lace, with some very nice stick on the sides as well.

The nose reveals a definite lemony quality, quite herbal as well. There's a bit of spice and some sweetness that has a buttery quality to it. The herbal/lemon aroma is pretty unique and I like it.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, and I'm glad to see that the sweetness is not as substantial as I remember from the draft version. The lemon and herbal flavors are prominent, and like the smell I do get a buttery sweetness which is interesting. It's like a sweet lemon butter almost; odd, but interesting. Some subtle spicing like the nose as well. Nothing much new that wasn't there. Not super complex but I like the flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium bodied and quite smooth. Not as crisp as many other saisons but it does finish clean, and I like the creaminess. This hop strain seems to have a nice oiliness to it.

This is a nice saison from Brooklyn and I am definitely glad to see that the sweetness which I recall being overpowering on draft has been muted a bit with the bottle conditioning. The flavor of this hop strain is certainly different, but it works well. A nice beer that is worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of sholland119
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gramercy Tavern.

A-Pours a clear gold with generous white head and very good lacing.

S-Crisp lemongrass, some black pepper and Belgian yeast.

T-Following the nose, lots of lemon and black pepper notes. A bit of banana peeks through in the finish.

M-Light bodied and crisp.

D-Very nice and light. A little too much lemon limits the drinkability for me.

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

Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow color with a fairly solid white head that clings to the rim.

Lemon, sweet bready malt, and hints of herbal hop are evident in the aroma, which is somewhat subtle. There's a champagne-like finish.

A wine-like fruitiness dominates the flavor initially, slightly tangy, with a lemony finish. Cracker-like slightly sweet malt supports the taste, with a dry, peppery finish cleaning up the flavor.

The body is fairly heavy, with moderately high carbonation and a decidedly dry finish.

An interesting take on a saison, more wine-like than anticipated, and somewhat two-note. I'm not a huge lemon fan, so not really my brew.

Tried this in 14, and I get much more floral and herbal hop character, with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of mentor
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 3 finger lightly yellowed head over a murky dull straw liquid. Smells lemony, salty, pineapple, cinnamon, artificial vanilla, with a dash of ginger.

Tastes very perfumey. Bleached out lemon, effervescent carbonation, leather tannin, cedar wood. Tastes like what organic furniture wax smells like. Very dry beer with a sharp carbonation accompanied by a peppery zip in the finish. Aftertaste has a nutmeg character I'm not fond of and a lingering phenol. Light body and lively carbonation. Overall, not flavors that I like, but I don't like the saison style. The flavors are in line for the style and it's quite dry, also to style.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Month old growler from Bierkraft. The only reason I go there really. The twenty-five percent plus markups on their bottles don't seem to affect their growler pricing thankfully($9.95 for the fill if you already got the glass & the polyseal cap).

Inch of quickly receding beated egg whites. Pretty, table skirt trim lace, with a veil of ethereal scum floating on top. Dusty golden wheat body.

Smell is big on alfalfa(ever have a guinea pig as a pet?) & stiff hop resins. On a smaller scale, baby powder, those wonderful ginger mint hotel soaps you "confiscate" from your little excursions into foreign beer territory, & at the very end, the harsh exhaust of pissy ammonia being it's only big detraction.

Rindy tangerine & bushy greens upfront. Rubbing alcohol harshness brings a lemon, Theraflu-like astringency. Bitterness withers your tongue at first, but wipes cleal & snaps crisp with a little grass that continues on & just barely lingers, opening it up to the dry cracker malt laying in wait. Backend evens out just like a pils should it seems. Touch of apple though. A little time sitting out softens the hops greatly, giving it a pleasant orange juice note, but as a side effect, it turns yeasty as well(it doesn't float everyone's boat).

Mouthfeel is awesome. Very crisp, big/rounded carbonation that just refuses to grate on your tongue. The beer is dry through & through, getting your mouth watering for another sip. The alcohol doesn't hide very well, & is my only complaint.

I got the lemon, & the grass, but not the lemongrass. Not my favorite, but pretty unique. :)

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

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. There is very active carbonation in this beer; not something I see all the time. I don't get a lot on the nose with this one, just some light honey and cracked pepper. Still, what's there is pretty nice. On the palate, this beer is pretty enjoyable. I get some lemon, orange and honey, all in a very light frame. There's almost a sweet ice tea flavor to this beer, that I quite like. The beer finishes nice and clean on the palate, with the alcohol well disguised.

This beer is very easy to drink, and makes a perfect warm summer's day beer. Quite nice.

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

On-tap, served in a pint glass

The body sits a pale, hazy orange color with a thin one finger cap. Not a very pretty pour by the bartender. The cap has some good staying power, as it never truly disappears. Some lines of lace strewn about.

The nose is full of wet hay, undercooked bread, black pepper, and lemongrass. Some bubble gum/cotton candy lying underneath. Fairly straightforward saison base with the addition of sorachi ace over top.

Soft bubble gum, undercooked bread, and wet hay roll onto the palate. Soft, lush feel. Lemon grass and lemon peel through the middle with some black pepper. The finish is some cotton candy/bubble gum and lemongrass and a hint of black pepper.

Medium feel, soft, and lush. A little bit of warming pops up late.

This is a pretty decent saison. Some unique character from the sorachi ace hops, but nothing special. Strong flavors, solid representation.

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

750ml into a Boulevard tulip.

Some what clear with a haze to it, and a foamy head on top that sticks around. A bit of lacing as the beer is drank down, lively bubbles dance to the top.

Lemon zest and white pepper on the nose at first with an undeniable hoppy character which can be best described as earthy. A touch of coriander and orange peel round out the nose.

Much more earthy and spicy on the tongue with notes of that strange hop earthyness. The hops come out as a bit more herbal on the tongue, similar to wasabi but not as intense. Again, some lemon peel and white pepper as well. And a hint at pale malt sweetness.

Crisp and pillowy soft with a medium body. A little bit of drying.

Nice display of an obscure hop in a style that wouldn't typically use it. Interesting take on the saison style. Glad to try it.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a milky translucent pale golden color with a massive, fluffy rocky white head. Head has excellent retention and spongey sheets of lacing. Aroma is very grassy, earthy, zesty and lemony. Background of some candied sugars and spices, but something just isn't clicking for me with the nose. The flavor is also slightly off, with strong sweet notes from the champagne yeast and pale malts, and contrasting earthy, zesty, grassy hops without much bitterness from the Sorachi Ace. Mouthfeel is medium full, very soft with fine, light carbonation producing the expected clean dry finish. A grainy, yeast flavor also lingers in the finish detracting from my enjoyment of this. The flavors in this don't quite mesh as smoothly as hoped for, pulling down my opinion of this otherwise fine, unique beer.

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Photo of wcintula
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes: I have to admit, in lieu of a tulip, the Sam Adams glass does justice to these nicer beers. Poured from a 750.

A- Pours with a nice, golden, foggy body. A strong three finger billowing uneven head with nice lacing.

S- Lemon, zesty, grassy, hoppy. Strong and pleasant in the nose.

T- Has a bit of bite, attributed to phenols, maybe? The lemon taste is apparent and yeast is noticed as well. Very weak malt profile.

M- High carbonation but not unpleasant. Smooth otherwise, with a slight alcohol feel in the back.

D- Very good beer, but certainly not a sessioner.

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Photo of Jonada
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle served in a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is very hazy but translucent with lots of visible carbonation. Really good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lemon, white grape, green apple, belgian yeast, spices, grass

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Bready/doughy malt, white grape, lemon, lightly tart, spicy yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. High carbonation. Really dry finish with a mild lingering bitterness.

Overall: Really nice saison. The sorachi ace hops add a nice twist on a traditional saison. Definitely worth picking up a bottle.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Hazy golden color, giant off white head with lots of very sticky lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet citrusy hops, with a gentle spice to kick in.

The taste is slightly peppery and spicy. The Sorachi Ace hops do add a bit of citrus as well. This drinks very dry, the malt is hard to detect under all the yeast and hop flavor.

This is nice and light, with a lot of carbonation.

This is really good; I think this would be a nice table beer that even non beer fans might be able to appreciate.

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

Pours a golden color with a good head and good lace. The aroma is citrusy and bready with some lavender. The flavor is spicy with a bit of cooking spice and some nice citrus. The beer is plenty dry and the bottle went away quickly between the two of us.

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Photo of beer456
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well its Memorial Day in America and whats memorial Day unless one tries a new beer. No BBQ but beer today. Who needs BBQ when u have beer? Not me.

So w/o further ado:

Appearance - Nothing Impressive. Looks like an Ale

Smell - Nothing special. Smells like an Ale.

Taste - Surprisingly, pretty decent. Now, I dont want to be a snob but I would prefer DT or Sophie to this. As such, probably wouldnt buy again.

Nice to try once. But it just seems like for a Farmhouse Ale...its a shadow of a Belgian Ale. I guess maybe its me. i prefer Belgian ale to Farmhouse Ale.

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Photo of jwjon1
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seems like quite the polarizing beer! Count me in the camp of "enjoyed it". What I love about trying a new saison is that you never really know what you are going to get because of the number of unique yeast strains used in their preparation, and in the case of many brewers, the use of unique spices/herbs. Knowing that going in, I was still surprised at the distinctive burnt rubber smells of this beer and spicy finish. Not for everyone, but I loved it! I also walked in with a preconceived notion that hops would be in the background only, and was again surprised at the modest astringency of this saison. Any comparison to a well hopped Fantome is reasonable, which also tend to be polarizing and confusing beers. If you are looking for predictable and boring, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a 75 cl bottle with natural cork and steel cage always raises my expectations.

A: Pours straw-colored with an enormous white soapy head that sinks into decent lacings.

S: Spices; mostly pepper. Yeast Floral hops gives it citric notes. Sweet malt. Earthy.

T: Dry, very dry and bitter. Peppery. Lots of yeast. Grass and citric notes, lemon and lemon sezt. Malt is in the back. Kind of sour.

M: Refreshing as a Saison should be. Aftertaste is long and bitter, and even holds a little bit of lemon. Body is light and carbonation is rich.

O: A nice beer, but a little to dry and bitter for my taste when it comes to Saison.

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Photo of drcarver
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - light golden color with a white head that lasts the entire beer. Great lacing that lined the entire glass. Cloudy.

S - the hop hides in the background but its there if you are looking for it. smells like a typical saison otherwise.

T/M - very nice. it has a classic saison flavor with hop dancing on the back of the tongue
. After taste lasts for while. Smooth and light almost creamy mouth feel.

D - goes down nice, but I can't have more than one.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Tap & Mallet, Rochester, NY. Pours a relatively clear, light golden color. The head is pretty much gone by the time it arrives at the table. The smell is dry, herbal, CO2, slightly medicinal. The taste is interesting. I would definitely consider this an American style Saison. Residual sweetness despite trying to be bone-dry, a mouthwatering punch of citrus-like flavor, but a nice take on the traditional hops used. I don't know much about these Sorachi hops, but I do know they seem to be the American equivalent of Saaz, IMO. They have the same light, styrofoam-grassy taste, but they also harness that west coast American piny flavor. All in all, I would like to see a more traditional Belgian Saison, bone dry and more subtle in the flavor department, but the hops are full of character, nonetheless.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle:

Pours clouded pale gold with a bubbly white head that slowly descends. Not much lacing.

The smell is of lemongrass, somewhat musty, with tinny/metallic notes.

The taste is musty lemongrass with slight honey with a champagne-like character. Yeast, malt and hops converge to bring about a musty sweet and sour character that is pleasant. Finishes dry.

The feel is spritzy, towards champagne-like. Holds up a nicely refreshing body.

It certainly fits the broad style. Nice and refreshing, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked wine bottle with a classy Ace of Diamonds label. Poured into an ovesized wine glass and shared with friends.

Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a bubbly white head. This is one of those beers that has a head built of tiny tightly packed bubbles that slowly pop away.

Has a lemony tart/sour smell, with notes of wet grass, straw and herb.

Taste is lemony, with barley malt, and definite herbiness - corriander and thyme - coupled with some spice; pepper? This beer is crisp, but active as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, medium.

Very drinkable, best when cooler, warmth did not do this one any favors.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorachi Ace pours a hazy straw yellow with a small, white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a foamy ring around the surface.

The aroma is spicy with notes of lemon, clove, bubblegum and banana. A touch of bready yeast is in there too.

Each sip of this light bodied beer is soft with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is nicely balanced with clove, lemon citrus, coriander, bread and bubblegum. It almost reminds me of a hefeweizen. It finishes dry with a lingering lemon citrus and clove flavor.

A very tasty beer that's easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, a farmhouse ale using the rare hop variety.

Pours a clear straw, bone white crackling head. Aroma of lemon juice and rind upfront. Alittle bit of spicy Belgian yeast with a bready aroma as well. In the flavor, a crisp biting lemony hop, some earthyness, champagne like in the finish. Belgian yeast in full force with must, pepper and mild pear notes. Super dry, aggressive carbonation. Mild doughy character, spice and a good helping of citrus, hop and funk. Overall, an interesting and unique brew with well rounded flavor. Worth trying.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored pour, two finger white head.

S: Spicey and a little funky. Yeasty characteristics are balanced by grassy hops.

T: Spice up front leading into lemon peel and biscuity malt. Hops are present more so than any saison Ive had. This is my first beer with sorachi hops, they seem pretty grassy to me, at least in this application. Maybe a more basic brew utilizing sorachi would reveal some intricacies.

M/D: MF is surprisingly thick despite ample carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, enjoyable overall.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the buckeye beer engine,poured into a pint glass.slightly cloudy yellow with not much head or lacing.nose is fresh lemonzest and a bit of sourness.

taste is upfront lemon-citrus,slightly tart with a crisp and dry finish.i picked up a very slight diacetyl buttery-ness,but it went away as the beer warmed up.

medium-light body,lively carbonation.adds alot to the drinkability.pretty good,not as good as what i was thinking it would be.

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Photo of telecomz
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden. Uneven head, good lacing.

S- Grassy, hoppy. Strong nose. Expected more lemon notes as is so common in other reviews. I myself didn't fiun d it as pronounced.

T- Nicely bitter with some yeast. Malt is non-existent.

M- Nice effervescence. Heavier mouth and more viscous than I expected. Not unctuous but not light.

D- Very good beer. I will cellar a case.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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