Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding
684 Reviews
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:
684
Ratings:
2,730
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
22%
 
 
Wants:
242
Gots:
687
For Trade:
10
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 684 | Ratings: 2,730
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.

 515 characters

Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. No dating apparent on the bottle or label. Hazy light yellow body with a big three-finger white head. Good retention but little lacing.

Very pleasant aroma from the hops. Light grassy notes are the primary feature. A bit light lemon and hint of sweet malt bring up the rear.

Pretty tasty saison overall but this pour lacks any substantial amount of the yeasty funk I normally expect. Still, an enjoyable flavor with the unique hop, lemon zest, and sweet maltiness.

Light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Not exactly what I expected from a saison, but good nonetheless.

 594 characters

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very light and hazy whitish gold color with an absolutely huge white head that forms a solid sponge.

S: Smells very Belgian with apricots, figs, some pastry malts and a hint of coriander spice.

T/M: There is a very high amount of carbonation and a light hoppiness up front with some lemon and vanilla notes, biscuit malts followed by apricot bring up the reasonably clean finish.

It’s good, pretty complex and very well balanced. This isn’t the boldest of beers but it’s good. But, I mean, look at that label, huh?

 565 characters

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

750ml bottle, no freshness date, awesome extra from heyta - thanks man.

Pours a cloudy straw golden with apricot hues, couple fingers of head which have great retention, leaves spider lacing.

Nose is super lemony, sweet, fresh mown hay, touch of cracked pepper. Love the Sorachi Ace addition, fresh lemongrass in the flavor, orange and citrus rind along the lines of marmalade, pepper, a touch heavy for a saison but beautiful bone dry finish, hint of mineral like character in it. Quite drinkable, very spritzy carbonation. Lacking some of the characteristics of a traditional saison but a terrific take nonetheless.

 619 characters

Photo of damndirtyape
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Winking Lizard in Independence OH. Served in a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden to darker straw yellow with an initial fluffy white head. Head died down to a thin film across the top and a ring at the edge. Some strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Wow, this one is really interesting. Lemony and floral at first, later woody and herb-like with a swirl as it warmed up. It's going to sound weird here, but this beer strikes me as Japanese in its aroma. Complicated, delicate, and myriad all at the same time.

Taste: Lemon flavor up front, then moving into a crisp dry and bitter finish. Very clean malt hint at the back - almost wheat beer in style - a bit of a tangy flavor at the end there. The bitter finish takes on more lemon/pine/resin flavors at the end as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with just right carbonation to cleanse the palate and not linger.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely quenches the thirst - and it's not quite like anything I've had before in a beer. Goes to the head quickly though, even with a meal, so it's either a slow sipper, or in this case, one and done for me per evening. The Japanese hops are the showcase for this beer, and I'm not sure how I feel about them. Interesting, unusual, and worth trying, but I think just one per night even if the ABV was lower. So a good experience, but not something I could have every night or something that I would go out of my way to have again. Something about that woody/herb/resiny flavor at the end doesn't quite do it for me. Still - a neat beer to try out for the reason of it being so unique in flavor.

 1,643 characters

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

ST: 750ml poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Hazy orange with a thick billowy white head. The head has nice retention and leaves large swaths of lacing. It has a lot of carbonation.

S: Great aroma that seeps out of the glass: lemon, dusty earth, sour pear, spice, and biscuit.

T: Starts out with biscuit and spice then crisp tart lemon, sour apple. gritty mineral earth. Nice bitter hops show at the end along with earthy qualities which balance the sweetness level.

M: Medium and semi-dry.

O: This is a fantastic beer and, more to the point, a fantastic saison. The wonderful complex aroma (which is noticeable as one pours the beer into a glass) matches a nice flavor profile of spicy fruit and earth. The great carbonation keeps the beer fresh and crisp. However, the finish could perhaps have a bit less bitterness since citrus is already the star of the the beers flavor. I would also have liked it to be a bit more on the sour side. Slight negatives aside, this is an excellent beer well suited for the summer, and (really) it is good enough to be enjoyed year round.

 1,086 characters

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, dirty straw with a huge white head, great retention, leaves a nice lace.

S: Marmalade, straw, leather, lemon and pineapple.

T: Pappaya, marmalade, mango, candied pineapple, solid bitterness, light leather, lemon grass, biscuity malt hint of dry earthyness.

M: Moderately full body is well-carbonated with a crisp finish.

D/O: An easy drinker for its weight, plenty of depth to the flavour, well-crafted.

 416 characters

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

Bought this at Central Market during their 25% off sale. I'd had it before, but not since I had brewed my own saisons and used Sorachi Ace in my own homebrews. This was much better than I remembered. Rides the line beautifully between saison and hoppy beer. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

This beer has a great bone white head. Somewhat hazy yellow base. Good lacing. Not quite the Duvel I had last night, but still appealing.

The nose is complex and two faced. My first sniffs were of a fruity, dry, dry hop presence. However, this slowly melded into a funk dominated saison. I like some saisons a lot more than others, and this falls into the good funk category. Mmmm...

The taste is right there, too. Wonderfully controlled funk. Interesting level of bitterness. Doesn't overpower, but it's there. Good fruit from the hops, good funk. Heck yes.

This beer is a fantastic saison. I'm starting to wonder if this is the best one I've had. What great stuff...

 970 characters

Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice 2-figner white head on it. The head has really good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - It smells of farmhouse fin and lemon zest up front. There is also some scents of grass and some spiciness.

T - There is a nice lemon taste right off the bat. There is also a nice bit of spiciness and fruitiness. Also, There is also a grassy earthiness to it. The finish has some lingering spice and citrus flavors.

M - This has a medium body and higher carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. It is refreshing and also has a nice tingly feel from the spices.

D - This has good drinkability. It is refreshing and the taste is great. Overall I thought this was a very nice saison. I could easily drink a few glasses of this in a sitting. I would buy this again. Very nice.

 873 characters

Photo of Reaper16
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a sunshiney pale yellow color. Moderately hazy, but not so much that you can't see carbonation screaming to the top of the glass. I mean screaming; there's lots of head on a fairly gentle pour, more than two fingers worth. Small, delicate white bubbles of remarkable consistency. It laces like a dream, too: spindly, web-like. It reminds me of a Boulevard saison, and that's high praise.

The aroma is sort of like Saison Dupont, only with more lemon. By which I mean to say that this aroma is definitely cut from a classical cloth. Dry maltiness meets an abundance of medicinal phenols upfront. There is a very significant hop character here -- this beer is named after the Sorachi Ace hops that the beer was brewed with -- and its decidedly lemony. Lemongrass and Country Time lemonade and even some lemon ice; all the lemon that you can handle. That citric component matches beautifully with the bitter green secondary hop aromas. There's a touch of Belgian funk on the back end of the aroma -- a small wave of cheese rind and a gentle kiss of armpit -- but it is a minor player in comparison to the hop profile and the phenols. This beer smells at once traditional and unique.

Strangely, what comes across as deeply complex on the nose is much more focused and singular on the palate. The dominant flavor is a Band-Aids-meets-lemongrass component, with some pils malt flavors backing them up. There isn't any funkiness to the taste, though you can definitely pick up on the champagne yeast that this beer was finished on. The finish is like Country Time lemonade made with too much powder: a bit musty and dry (and I say that in the positive sense, given the style).

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is sufficiently dry like [most] great Saisons should be. I do take some issue with the mouthfeel though, in that it feels too thin. Or wet. I'm not quite sure what I mean. The carbonation, despite making such a show, doesn't translate to the tongue. Instead of feeling effervescent, this beer feels slick. It's gone a step past smooth and into insubstantial. EDIT: well, this problem only occurs once the beer has been in the glass for a couple of minutes. Right out of the pour, it feels very much like it stylistically should. This beer loses a lot of carbonation quickly, it seems.

Overall, this is a good American Saison. It's got a wonderfully unique aroma that I could smell for days and days. Seriously, Febreze? Glade? Y'all need to make products that smell like this beer. I wish I could get this beer in my distribution area.

 2,578 characters

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

Pours a hazed yellow with a big, fluffy 3-finger white-colored head. Supreme retention- solid 1/3 finger layer throughout the entire drink- and soapy, sticky lace.

The nose is powerful and classic Siason- banana, cloves, straw, malty crackers and a faint funk. The Sorachi Ace hop is a perfect addition to all this- grassy and lemony with tropical touches of mango and passionfruit.

The medium-bodied palate explodes with a bright carbonation from the bottle refermentation (pushing Champagne quality with its silkiness) and settles into what feels like a dry, lemony and intensely spicy mousse. The malt is solid with that light, cracker-like vibe. The hop-bitterness is mild and balanced, while the finish is long, dry and resinous with intensely grassy flavors (both fresh and dried) and lingering hoppy notes of lemongrass and mango. The spice is also a consistent theme.

What I love most about this is how it's a beer that features a hop in its name, nicely showcases that rare hop varietal, yet sticks completely to the traditional Saison style. It has an elegance that West coasters just love to kill with their bash-you-over-the-head hop profiles. The back label claims it's sunshine in a glass, and I'd say they're pretty right on. Raw and refreshing. I hear this is going to be a year-long release now. Hope that's true cuz I could do at least one of these a week.

 1,378 characters

Photo of EgadBananas
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful sunny appearance. Hazy, white head, finger, nice foamy lace.

Aroma is spicy, very earty and herbal. Light sweetness, and a touch of juicy citrus notes.

Citrus sweet taste, herbal tea like quality, light sweet malts, bittersweet hop notes. Slight tangy, spice notes.

Slick, creamy texture, though light and crisp carbonation.

Great drinkability, and this is a very wonderful Saison. I held onto this bottle as it was the last of pretty much only one case my area got, but I've recently seen a new case on shelves, so I hope this has moved into a more heavy rotation as it is wonderful.

 602 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the first beer of my US trip. For breakfast, no less. Nice, well presented "ace" bottle, corked and caged.

Pours a hazed and cloudy golden wheat colour, with a foamy and full head of white. Lacing is patchy, but sticky. Looks like it has some heft to the body, which is good. Nice fine carbonation. Overall, a very good looking saison.

Nose is zesty and sharp, but with organic overtones (ah, Saison funk and Sorachi Ace make a brutally good combination). Hints of coconut, lime, flax, raw wheat and linen. Although the citric Sorachi and the funky pepper Saison yeast characters sound like they would create a cacophony, in fact, they meld together into a creamy, smooth almost vanilla like combination, despite the fact you can still identify the individual spicy attributes. Great.

Taste is similar—quite smooth and creamy, but with a lift of citric acidity and a bite of organic bitterness on the back. Aftertaste gives off some of those tropical coconut flavours. Throughout, there's a raw, rustic funk, but the Sorachi characters seem to change the location to somewhere humid and Eastern.

Overall, a great beer, and a rather large and complex one. As it turns out, this goes somewhere very different from where I thought it might, which was a light, drinkable and refreshing brew—this is a big, and robustly interesting beer; one that should be sipped.

 1,371 characters

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a hazed straw and orange color with a bright glow. A bubbly white head rests on top and retains for a while, leaving some curtains of lacing on the glass.

A substantial spike of yeasty funk in the nose, dotted by soft fruit sweetness and lemony citrus with some herbal notes. Light peppery spice and faint alcohol.

Nice bite of hops up front with a fairly unique herbalness to them. Belgian funk and yeasty qualities are prevalent. Hints of pear and citrus with slight sweetness. Some spice and faint alcohol in the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, tingly and lingering on the palate, slightly dry too. Definitely a decent saison, not necessarily one of my favorites, but worth a try.

 736 characters

Photo of OddNotion
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Fantome Tulip.

Appearance: Huge white head, about four fingers worth, it is to style but a little annoying. Pours a nice transparent golden / straw color.

Smell: Clove-y yeast and spiciness are the dominant players in the nose.

Taste: Very pleasant, I really like how the hoppiness plays into the spiciness. Very crisp and refreshing. A lot of fruit and clove type flavors. Alcohol is not present at all, well hidden.

Mouthfeel: To style, very carbonated and not too heavy but not thin by any means.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, it really is one of my favorite saisons to date (I have not had too many but this one certainly sets the bar high, its no Fantome but great none-the-less). I would buy this again in a heartbeat, a little pricey but well worth it.

 799 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good solid pop off the cork.

Pours solid, but a very soapy looking white head, Body is a slightly cloudy yellow orange with classic rising carbonation in the middle. Little lacing, some spotty puck as well. Looks pretty light for a saison no complaints.

Bouquet is a light lemon and fruity estery with light yeast notes. Hint of light sugars too. Crisp smelling, a little butter ghee like, much like a pale or Belgian strong ale than a saison. I dig it very light.

Taste is sharp butter of ghee then the palate sweetens to some sugar and stinging yeast. Just a hint of barnyard, and a very quick sharp crisp bubbly champagne "brut"-ness. That sharpness sticks around just long enough and then lingers slowly like good tonic water. Pleasurable tickle on the tongue this is really like that.

Overall this is just great take on a saison, real glad I picked this one up.

 913 characters

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.

 457 characters

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

Nice to see this on the shelves at BCLB stores at $9.99. This is a funky beer that shows off a unique hop that is truly reminescent of lemongrass and lemons. The farmhouse style works very well with the hop and uses the slight funk to counter the citric notes of the hop. I could see one eating Thai or Korean food with this beer and I really started to enjoy the way this beer tasted like no other I have had. Will buy again before Summer ends

 444 characters

Photo of shangwang
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber with no date on bottle into DFH snifter. I've had this cellared for over 6 months.

Sorachi Ace poured a hazy straw color with two solid fingers of white foamy head which dissipated into a thin layer that remained for quite a while. Lots of bubbles. The smell was potent; lots of heavy lemon with some other tropical fruit and grass. Tasted strongly of lemon zest with some saffron and coriander, yeast, and grass. The taste mellowed out through the finish and left a light and refreshing flavor on the palate. Very light mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

Great brew- lots of flavor without being overwhelming. For a Saison it didn't have the intense spiciness and the sorachi ace hops created a really unique flavor- the taste of a hefeweizen with the texture of pilsner. Fantastic way to finish a summer weekend.

 847 characters

Photo of n2185
2.62/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with three fingers of white head. The head recedes into a nice white cap with some decent lacing.

S: Some sweet cloves and bubblegum aromas up front. A grassy hop aromas follow with a bit of a corn smell to them.

T: There are some spicy Belgian yeast flavors and bubblegum at first. The grass/corn hop flavors kick in afterward along with a touch of butter flavor and a light bitterness for the finish. Pretty strong metallic aftertaste.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp but could use a bit more carbonation feel.

O: Unfortunately, the metal aftertaste and the corn flavors kind of ruin this beer for me. I find similar flavor profiles in many American takes on Belgian styles, especially saisons and Belgian IPAs. It's not awful, but I had no desire to finish the entire bottle.

 854 characters

Photo of Jimmys
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy pale orange with a plume of orange/white head. retention is good with some average lacing left behind.

S: very unique aroma here, not used to this potent of a lemon scent. the tart lemon interacts with a solid malt/yeast derived breadiness.

T: a hint of cracked black pepper. just a brief tartness, the majority of the lemon flavor is cut by the yeast. the champagne yeast used for the bottle refermentation leaves an obvious flavor.

M: effervescent on a medium body.

D: very refreshing, unique take on a saison. the sorachi is really a great hop for this beer and the bottle refermentation makes for a great mouthfeel.

 633 characters

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

Picked this up last night from the boonton liquor store and split it with a friend. We drank it out of snifters.The beer pours a nice yellow hazy color with a thick white head. It was very peppery saison with lemony finish from the sorachi. It was a good beer for the price however Brooklyn has better products.

 311 characters

Photo of jizfiasco
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours exactly like champaign a little too much head. Smells like a sour with some mild floral hop aroma and some wheat beer scent as well with a slight bit of lemonade. The taste is very unique tastes like lemon rind, a slight bit of grassy hops, a lot of fresh black tea leaves and very dry. The flavor coats the tounge and stays with an after taste of sour skittles or warheads and an addictive lemon lime sting that does not go away. This is a great introduction to a sour in my opinion but the hop focus for this is not great, not the style to use in order to showcase the hop. Maybe would be more interesting as a pale ale without all the fancy.

 650 characters

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
A - hazy, bubbly gold with a thick foamy head that lasts.
S - citrus hops layered over a lemon with an ever so slight earthy grass background.
T - smooth light malt backbone with strong lemon accents and easy hops throughout.
M - crisply carbonated light to medium body that flows easily and leaves a lingering lemon/hop aftertaste.
D- easily drinkable in a large quantity as the lemon zing cover any alcohol bite.

 428 characters

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.

 944 characters

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,730 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe