Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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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
Reviews:
691
Ratings:
2,772
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
243
Gots:
712
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 691 | Ratings: 2,772
Photo of bark
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The gigantic off-white head is firm and compact. I notice some small bubbles in the somewhat chill-clouded liquid. The colour is pale gold (12 EBC). Lots of lacing occurs.

The smell is very hoppy with intensive notes of lemon, lemon peels and lemon juice. Spicy hints of white pepper and chilli. Some notes of orange squash. Very fresh and clean flavours. Some sweetness. Smells very much like an American APA/IPA/DIPA.

The taste is dry with lots of lemon candy. Notes of Belgian yeast that doesn’t take the focus from the hops. Lemons… Lots of lemons and some oranges. The bitterness is smooth and balanced. The aftertaste is clean with a rounded sweetness, hints of Belgian yeasty flavours. It is quiet light despite it’s strength and very refreshing. No noticeable alcohol. Medium body.

The carbonation is medium strong; the smell bubbles very fresh. The liquid is semi-dry.

The blend of lemon-hops and yeasty Belgian flavours makes this beer stand out. Very well done!

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Photo of Thads324
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big bubbly white head. Sticky and super thick. Leaves big billowing lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, white bread, lemon, black pepper and earthy hops. Inviting scents. The taste begins a bit watery, then has an odd lemony hop mixed with stale bread. The middle is a moderately bitter hop followed by a peppery spice and yeast blend. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent and full bodied. Blended well enough to be easy drinking yet full flavored. very dry finish.
A nice beer but the hop was more aroma than flavor. I'll try a fresher bottle again. Couldn't find a date anywhere on this guy

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

Appearance - clear golden with lots of visible carbonation and a huge, puffy white head.

Smell - Very compex yeasty and herbal aroma that is enticing, but difficult to pin down becasue it is so well-intergrated. Grass, lemongrass, peppercorn, and cedar are definitely swirling in the mix.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, but smooth and creamy because of the carbonation.

Taste - Very dry and refreshing. Flavours of lemongrass, yeast, bread, grass and spice.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Potsdam IGA.

A - Slightly hazy golden colour. Very effervescent. Two finger fluffy, rocky white head. Cool chunks of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Lemony, grassy hop, grain, some booze. Really nice lemon and grassy combo. Strong aroma of that grass and lemon.

T - More lemon, some intereting boozy orange or lemon notes, a little grassy. A neat little sorta funk. A lovely combo. Slightly subdued compared to the aroma but still very nice.

M - A really nice strong carbonation with a medium body and a lemony finish.

O/D - A nice Saison. American take with extra hops and a little a grassy note. Nice and very drinkable. Really solid. Pleasure to have had this.

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

This is the second Brooklyn beer I have had this week. It has been a pretty good week.

This is a very good saison to end the summer on. I like to savor the saisons in the summer, and it is time to finish them out.

In pouring this into the glass I get a lot of airy foam and a lot of fresh grassiness.

The sorochi flavor is very fresh. I get a lot of lightness in each sip. The flavor was very refreshing.

The body was pretty light as well. At 7.8%, you would figure that this beer would be heavier. It feels like a session beer on my tongue. At the end I feel quite a bit "happier" than 22 ounces of session ale.

This is a pretty good saison. I like that it was different than the typical saison.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 19/10/11

A pale golden yellow with a haze and just a few little bubbles feeding a large 3 finger head that falls quickly and leaves no lace

S big floral grassy hops with a blast of zesty lemon, slightly yeasty and it just smells great

T more yeast but the citrus isn't as strong as the nose, still good though but far toned down compared to the smell, but with some white pepper I couldn't smell

M has a zippy bite to it and leaves a little behind in your mouth, lots of bubbles but stops short of turning it to foam

O I had this to my nose for some time and 4.25 would have been used if it was an option for flavor, not sure the age of this but the hops profiles firmly in charge

a winner for sure and I want to explore this hop in depth, not cheap but worth it

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Photo of litheum94
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 cork and cage. 1251 stamped on the back (6/5/11 bottling date?).

Load pop from the cork as the bottle is opened. Murky, straw yellow body pours out. A big, active head fills 40% of the glass, lace whit in color. Leaves a tiny cover, with some good lacing.

Very herbal and leafy aromas. Lemon peel and ginger. Some lime as well. Cracker malts and pepper.

Lots of ginger and citrus. Leafy hops and a dry earthiness. Bright lemon flavors melds well with the active carbonation.

Juicy and tasty, with some nice dryness. A great saison. Very well done.

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Photo of glassbrass440
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Citrus peel, candied ginger, and grass fill my nose.

Appearance: Ever so slightly cloudy. Straw gold with a bright white head that lingers. Tiny bubbles slowly migrate to the top of the glass much like champagne.

Taste: Lemon. Lots of lemon. Very unique. Some grassy notes as well. There is a slight metallic character that comes in far behind the citrus. As the label states, "it tastes like sunshine in a glass", and I couldn't agree more.

Palate: Amazingly light for such a strong brew. Very well attenuated and dry without being thin. The carbonation is reminiscent of champagne.

Overall: This is a good toasting beer as elegant as the label.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The sample I got popped and fizzed like champagne, but at least the fizzing wasn't volcanic like some others I've tried. It pours a clear yellow with a thick white head, not impressive to me anyway, but I'm prejudiced towards dark beers, and as the old warhorse goes, you can't judge a book by its cover - or a beer by its appearance. Aroma is much more promising than the appearance - strong, yeasty, fruity, with grassy and rubbery notes. Refreshing flavor has malty, fruity, yeasty and grassy notes with a hint like clean rubber - I get notes of apple and banana in the fruit. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, yet smooth and firm-bodied. Overall, pleasing and lip-smacking.

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

A: Opaque and a dark hay color topped with a perfectly white fluffy, foamy head with generous lacing and carbonations bubbles just streaming to the surface. This beer looks great.

S: The best word I can come up with to describe how this smells is 'fresh'. It has this lemon zest sort of zip to it, and quite a funkiness too. The funk isn't your typical saison belgian funk, it reminds me of smelling a package of crayons. Crayons dressed with lemon zest, thats how this smells.

T: Right away you get this background lemon quality to the beer. It's not acidic, but you get that flavor profile. It's quite forward actually, and quite nice.

M: Heavily carbonated and a medium body make this beer very enjoyable. It feels just right.

D: I would share a bottle with a friend, 25.9oz may be too much in the future for me.

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Photo of KATE12
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the second time while watching the Giants game yesterday.

Color-golden straw color

Mouthfeel-smooth, silky mouthfeel

Aroma-great aroma! Hints of fruit and floral aspects

I really enjoyed this beer. The head and lacing were outstanding and the taste was excellent. You really get flavors of wheat with some citrus and malt with a floral finish. It has a very smooth taste and is easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of claytong
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - straw color, hazy, medium size white head, good retention and lacing

smell - good minor funk, little barnyard smell, spicy belgian yeast (pepper, banana and minor clove), tad of a musty grain bill

taste - musty grass, belgian spice yeast, enjoying this much more than black ops.

mouthfeel - medium bodied, nice carbonation, very very drinkable (especially while going from ris to ris)

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Photo of SirSketch
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The bright white, shampoo foam head is a beautiful sight, and the beer itself is pale gold and fairly clear throughout.

S - Boatloads of peppercorns and coriander spiciness mixed with a grassy, vegetal hop character, as well as some lemon.

T - The taste is not what you could expect. The spice is now a bit more like holiday spice. There is a woody, tree bark flavor and a taste I can only describe as lemon Pledge, which I attribute to the hops. It's not too bad, but definitely different.

M - Crisp, but not overly dry. Fizzy, with a light to medium body.

O - The strange flavor here must be the Sorachi Ace, and I am not a fan. It would be better without it.

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

Poured into a Petrus Goblet.

A - Hazy golden wheat sort of look. Huge pure white head with noticably large bubbles. Good retention and ok lacing

S - Farmhouse sort of smell to it that should come from a saison. A little hoppy on the nose with hints of spices. Sweet belgian yeast and a little sort of fruit hints.

T - Holy sh!t. This beer is a ridiculously good saison. Love it. Taste like farmhouse wheaty sort of goodness. Same hints as the nose. Just flat out good. Brooklyn I love you. Love the taste of the Sorachi Ace hop. Had it a couple times in different styles of beer. Great flavor.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, everything you want in a saison.

O - Great saison. Good representation of the style and a good hop balance with the Sorachi Ace. If you see a bottle and havent had it I highly recommend it.

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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 martincm
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this glass is disappearing fast. It is a very smooth brew and looks beautiful in the glass with that intermittent lacing. It is lacking in saison-tartness, but makes up for it in an interesting sweetness. Maybe just a touch more of hops would put it out of the park.

Overall: Buy it.

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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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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,772 ratings.
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