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:
675
Ratings:
2,701
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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241
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672
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Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a large white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of nice lacing.

Aroma is very fruity upfront with green apple, pear, banana and lemon all coming through.

Tastes of sweet Belgian yeast with light fruit notes, some spice, some lemon zest in the finish and all with a nice balance of hops throughout.

Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Dry, crisp, very refreshing. This one is quickly becoming one of my favorite saisons around.

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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 chocosushi
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hennepin Goblet

A ~ Pours translucent orange that is very similar to Gatorade. Head is abundant & puffy with sparkling-wine levels of carbonation. Sauv Blanc-like highlights against the sun.

S ~ Pinesol & lemon peel make up the bulk of the nose. Mild funkiness & lemongrass that opens up as time goes on. Touch of confectioner sugar.

T ~ Very well rounded flavor of lemon squares, wheat, & gum. Touches of jam & lemongrass.
The lemon square flavor shifts into candied fruit & citrus peel after a while. That "body odor/funk/sweat" nuance of Sorachi really comes out at room temp.

M ~ Dry hopping & Saisons go SO well together. I love how well this is bittered while staying very clean. Moderately dry finish.

D ~ This beer showcases the Sorachi Ace hop very well while firmly assuming its role as a Saison. Wish for plenty more.

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Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours a hazy bronze color with a nice white head. Flowery fruity hoppiness on the nose with some lemon and grass. Some honeyed malt comes through as well as some phenols, maybe a bit too much of the latter. Grassy flavor with mild esters, lemon, honey, and a crackery finish. A little sweet; a bit drier and this could be great. Right now it’s pretty good.

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Photo of zep9865
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with aasher. Poured from bomber into New Belgium snifter. Beer pours a light orange-ish gold with all kinds of foam head. Four fingers of monster foam head with maximum lacing.

S-smells of lemon and earth.

T-Taste does not quite equal the smell that teases your nostrils, but this beer is extremely crisp, like a fine lager. You can taste a hint of lemon. I can taste some pine as well.

M-The intial lemon that hits your mouth transitions nicely into a nice lager crispness.

O-i really enjoyed this beer. Wish it was available in 6 or 4 packs.

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Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a really, really nice honeycream gold in color with a two finger, billowing white poofy head. It looks great. The aromas are consist of citrus, lemon, grass/straw, yeast and spices. The flavors are very, very interesting. This is my first experience with Sorachi hops and I like the different aromas and flavors presented. The flavors are kind of funky. You get a lot of straw and tea leaves and it has a nice citrus, yeasty backbone. It's an interesting drink and pretty appealing. It drinks medium in body and has good carbonation. Overall it's a fine beer, an interesting one, and worth your while. I like this spin on a saison.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the pour is a murky and dull golden corn/straw color with lots of off-white head which is slow receding and which leaves moderate lacing in its wake.

S: yeasty with muted citrus aroma of lemon and grapefruit

T: very bready taste with a bit of underwhelming lemon peel and every so slight peppery bite of mild hops.

M: mild carbonation and medium body, a bit of peppery grit.

O: not a bad ale, decent for a try but nothing i'll be breaking the door down to buy again.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicate pour delivered 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This takes quite a while to die down, and leaves me with half a finger throughout consumption. A lot of bubbles are rushing from bottom to top, like a mob frantically trying to escape a horde of zombies. Body light gold. Very nice lacing also noted.

Hops (citrus and pine) and lemon are the main aromas. Wheat and yeast pop in after a bit of searching. After it warms up there is a segue flavor, you get a hint of sour apple going from hops to wheat/yeast. Wheast, lol.

Tastes like sunshine in a glass! I'm just kidding, but it is good. It follows the nose, citrus hops, not overly bitter, lemon being a main point, into wheat and yeast. It's almost too fresh though. For it being a farmhouse/saison, I was hoping for a little funk. But I won't dock it for not having it.

Light bodied. Plays quickly over the tongue, neither sticky nor overly drying. It's refreshing with just a little bite.

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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 axeman9182
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Diamond Club for Brooklyn's ghost bottle night. This one was served in a pint glass.

Sorachi Ace pours a clear dark lemon (I have a hunch I'll be typing that word a lot here) yellow. There's about two fingers of fluffy white foam capping the beer. Head retention is solid, and the beer leaves sheets and sheets of lacing stuck to the glass. The nose is an absolute lemon bomb, reminds me of making fresh squeezed lemonade at work. There's also a bit of pale malt sweetness, but it's very much an ancillary note. The flavor takes that foundation and layers in a subtle clove-pepper spiciness to keep things interesting. It was easy to pick out after having had Brooklyn Radius early in the night, as I'm guessing it comes from the brewery's house Belgian strain, and it's featured more prominently in Radius. The body is impressively light for a beer approaching 8%ABV, the dryness being the mark of a well brewed Belgian style beer. The carbonation is active and effervescent and really helps carry the unique flavor contributed by the hop that gives this beer it's name. I'm thrilled that I'll be able to pick up Sorachi Ace in bottled form any time I want going forward, it's a well made, fairly original saison.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small table glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a yellow wheat color with a ton of carbonation flowing up toward the top of the glass. There's a huge prickly stark-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Fruity notes up front -- lemon zest and some other citrus -- as well as some funky farmhouse notes in the background.

T: Crisp citrus flavor up front with some nice bitterness to balance. The Belgian funk from the nose comes through at the end. The taste of this beer matches the smell almost exactly -- crisp, clean and refreshing.

M: Dry with some pleasant carbonation to tingle the tongue. Exactly what I would expect from a saison.

D: Very refreshing when served cold, perfect for summer.

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Photo of orangesol
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A - Pours golden yellow with a huge three finger tall white head with great retention leaving sticky white lacing down the entire glass.

S - Smells of lemongrass, black pepper, lemon rind, citric hops, light must, and wet earth. It has a lot going on for itself without being overpowering.

T - Starts off with hints of lemongrass, chewy wheat, strong hop bitterness, light must, and some peppery spice in the finish, combining some light dryness to linger on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is all over the place, from chewy to fruity to down right dry, combining into one interesting feel. Very nice.

O - Overall this one is very nice. It has lots of different flavors going on but still remains very drinkable. I wish I had a few more of these stashed away for the future.

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Photo of fo5s
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL served in a duvel tulip. No bottle dating, and honestly I'm not sure when this one was brewed...offhand I think it's rather fresh, but who knows.

A- Aggressive pour yields a lively head with big bubbles. Golden in color with minimal signs of lacing. Slightly hazy.

S- Bready, earthy, not much on the fruity angle.

T- Slightly spicy, overpowering flavor on the back-end of lemongrass - medicinal without enough earthiness to counterbalance. Just a hint of citrus from the sorachi ace poking through. Very dry.

M- Dry on the palate. Lively carbonation. Done quite well.

O- well put together, but the lemongrass is a bit dominating for me. Not my favorite, but a solid brew and I can certainly understand why some folks love this.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle from Petschens, and very happy with Brooklyn again. Hazy shimmering gold beer with a lingering white head. Drank it the same day I bought it, so didn't let it settle out, so I may be the cause of the hazy part. Gorgeous complex lemongrass, citrus nose and strong peppery spice that is clean and multi-layered at the same time. Carbon tang on the tongue and the yeast and spice fills the mouth fully. Dry finished that accents the hops. Brewed with rare Japanese Sorachi hops (according to the website), the lemony character is intrinsic to the hop. I'm a fan and would love to get some more of this beer.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Weathered but clear golden color. Massive head is produced from the expressive and high level of carbonation. Very aromatic with suggestions of Asian pear, faint jasmine, lavender, hibiscus and green peppercorn. Smoothness is very deep here, which helps with telling the beer’s story. Lighter body is fluffed by the bottle conditioning, adding a huge refreshing quality. Fresh herbs with some dried fruit; yeasty and medicinal, cracker maltiness and earthy. Nearly bone-dry finish and not too far off from being an epic brew.

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Russell's Liquors in Amherst a long time ago and it was dusty. Pretty sure this is from one of the original batches...

A - Pours into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light straw hue with a massive fluffy three finger head that slowly faded to leave BIG side lacing and a dense creamy white blanket. Just excellent.

S - Wow, quite nice. Spectacular lemongrass and funk notes, with the ABV slightly noticeable.

T - Just like the nose, great lemongrass and barnyard funk. LOVE what time has done to the Sorachi Ace hops, but the ABV is still oddly present.

M - Nice carbonation but I have to knock this for how prominant the ABV is. Its almost sharp, definately feels higher than what it is.

O - Overall, I really, really loved this beer. The only negative was the presence of the ABV throughout pretty much every aspect. While the price is was high $14.99, I would buy again.

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Photo of larryi86
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear golden yellow with big white fluffy three finger head.

S- Lemon, lemon grass, citrus and floral hops, hint of pepper/spices.

T- Very close to the smell, nice earthy spices balanced lemon and citrus flavors, tart finish, nice complexity.

M- Smooth, refreshing, medium body.

O- I am really enjoying this beer, great stuff. Definitely will be pick this up again.

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Photo of SFC21
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a huge 3 inch head that dissipates somewhat quickly down to about 1/2 inch.

S - wow, smelled amazing from the second I popped the bottle. The lemon zest combined with the floral aroma of the Sorachi Ace hops is heavenly.

T - Follows the nose. Lemon zest, some orange citrus, floral from the hops, finishes a little peppery. Delicious and refreshing.

M - light and airy with lots of carbonation. Again, very refreshing, great for a hot summer day.

O - While a bit pricey this was well worth it. An excellent take on the style that I enjoyed immensely.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big corked and caged bottle with an attractive label, especially the back. Poured a hazy glowing light golden straw color withe a billowing frothy white head that holds shape when you finger it. Shrinks in a few minutes leaving minimal spotted lacing. Smells lemony with light herbal grassy verge notes. This doesn't taste like your average saison. The citrus notes are great but the sorachi hops are odd. There is a weird medicinal earthy taste from them. Fairly bitter for a saison. Feel is light to medium. Drinkable, but again the unique grassy medicinal taste kinda puts me off a little.

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Photo of plfahey
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden yellow color with high clarity. Moderate white head with fairly high retention.

Aroma-Fresh hop aroma-with spicy, herbal, and citric notes. Some interesting yeast notes as well, with spicy phenolics and pungent, earthy Belgian funk. On the whole, quite fresh with slight grassy hints and a slightly sweet, slightly tropical fruit smell-maybe mango or papaya. Slightly bready malt character lies underneath. Complex and very good.

Flavor-Lemon peel and white pepper, dirt, pungent earthiness, and sweet herbs. There's a lot going on, and it's hard to pick it all apart. The flavor takes a long time to unfold on the palate, but a few seconds in, the yeast character back off just a bit, allowing a light bready malt to show through, but only for an instant before hop bitterness sweeps in. Finishes with moderately high hop bitterness and a resurgence of lemon, spices, and yeast character.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with high carbonation-explosively effervescent. Carbonation is still relatively soft of the palate.

This is a fantastic American interpretation of a Saision, and I think the Sorachi Ace hops work very nicely. Absurdly complex and delicious. I've come to expect a lot from Brooklyn beers, and this one definitely delivers.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A hazy straw golden brew pours to a four finger white head which settles very slowly to a thick froth, leaving thick spots of lacing on the glass.

S -- A solid farmhouse funk balanced by a twist of grass and citrus peel, backed with earth tones and herbal esters.

T -- Bold and bright lemon zest up front, herbal hop tones and the essence of rosemary and lavender. Light malts show in a mild biscuit undertone. Well balanced bitterness and a light fruit notes in the finish.

M -- Light to moderate in body, very effervescent carbonation. Fully showcasing dryness.

D -- Excellent brew, worth a try and a very admirable representation of a single hop variant.

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Photo of mcallister
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy urine with an brilliant white erupting head that mushrooms out of my Struise tulip. Head is thin in body and shows good resiliency.

Very grassy, lemony, and earthy aromas. Yeasty with spicy esters, hints of clove, and cardamon. White pepper, and hints of rosemary.

Bursting with yeasty ester. Lemon zest, white pepper, cardamon, fresh mown grass, pine needle, other floral notes. Light nutmeg, more earthy notes. Zippy, brilliant carbonation but what would you expect from a saison?

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, hazy golden hue with a huge, frothy white head that seems to be going nowhere but up. The carbonation is quite lively, and sticky lace clings to every side of the glass.

S: cracker-like malt notes up front are soon dominated by hints of lemongrass, apple, and a hint of earth and spice. Slightly floral on the back end.

T: Sorachi hops make their presence known right off the bat. Lemon, along with other citrus flavors combine with hints of pear, apple, and spice. Some biscuit and honey-like malt shows in the middle, followed by a faintly musty, earthy character. Finish is quite dry, with floral, grassy notes.

Notes: This beer is a rock star! Well-balanced, with just enough body and a ton of flavor. The unique hop variety adds so much to the character of the brew. With all that said, if I were to have tasted this blind, I could almost swear there would be a little white ghost on the label. Well done, Brooklyn!

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Photo of fsvan
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, corked and caged, poured into Bell's snifter.

A- Murky, darkish gold. Tons of wispy white head that fades pretty quickly leaving minimal residue.

S- The lemon from the Sorachi Ace hops stands out first and foremost. Earthy yeast tones. This does not smell as sweet as some other American takes on the saison. No alcohol presence and no hop presence other than the lemony Sorachi.

T- The Sorachi Ace hops are definitely the star here. Lemony flavors up front and in finish. In between buttery, slightly peppery notes. Pretty dry on the finish.

M- Light, nicely carbonated. I really appreciate the mouthfeel for a saison.

O- I have to admit I'm little disappointed by this one. I've only had one other beer with Sorachi Ace, and there were buttery notes in both that are a little off putting. This isn't a horrible beer by any means, but I won't be revisiting it.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

400th review. 750ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Effervescent and slightly hazy pale golden coloration. Huge bubbly head displayed some good staying power.

S - Quite hoppy, smells like a fresh IPA. Yeast and lemon notes are also present, but are easily dominated.

T - Perfume on the tongue, and a little like champagne, but that could be psychological knowing which yeast is used. Pepper and lemon peel make up the profile, with a floral finish.

M - Crisp light body, sharp carbonation that works very well here. Finish is dry.

D - Slightly odd, but overall a fantastic beer. A hybrid of sorts, but simply superb. I've got to get another one of these before they're gone. If you see one, don't hesitate. Well worth the twelve or thirteen dollars.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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