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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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683 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:
683
Ratings:
2,729
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
22%
 
 
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Photo of titosupertramp
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden in color. Lots of bubbly carbonation and huge, soapy white head that has staying power...has tons of nooks and cranies. Great looking texture. Once the head finally retreats into the beer, there's a pretty thick film and lots sticky lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Zesty lemon, bretty funk, Belgian yeast, pear/apple like fruit. Pleasant.

T: Lemom and yeast are the first things I notice followed by a subtle pear like flavor.

M: Dry and tingly from the heavy carbonation.

O: Very drinkable in spite of its dry quality. Not the best saison I've ever had, but still pretty good. I would definately buy this again..if only to admire its appearance.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting to give this one a try after hearing some good things from various folks...

A nice cloudy yeasty looking pour topped by one very impressive head... Very much looks the part of a Saison for sure...

The yeasty aromas dominate all the way here with the slightest tinge of hop aromas on the back end... Lots of lemon or lemongrass one present... Very earthy aromas as well..

Citrusy lemony wheat flavors mingle with the yeast presence here and blend fairly well... Not sure if it's an elite Saison but a pretty good effort nonetheless...

I liked it fairly well.. Not sure if I would revisit it at the price point but I'm sure glad I got to try it out...

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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 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 Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard and read nothing but rave reviews about this beer for well over a year now and I'm finally getting around to trying it.

Poured into my trusty Dogfish Head shaped glass.

A: Beautiful crisp, cloudy, golden wheat color with a massive fluffy cloud white head that didn't want to subside. Mucho carbonation!

S: From the second the cork popped, a massive amount of lemon zest filled the air! Funky farmhouse aroma, with tons of soft fruit (ex. pears) and maybe a tinge of fruity sourness. Supposedly a lot of hops were used in the making of this brew, but to my taste, it was surprisingly non-IPA-like.

T: The refreshing champagne quality was actually soothing to the palate in the way that natural spring water soothes it. A tinge of citrus, but the sweetness was understated. Tons of lemon, maybe a tinge of pear, but the yeastiness took center stage. The mild, drying, alcohol burn on the finish was divine!

M: Bubbly and champagne-like for sure... so on the carbonation front, this was perfection. The sweet elements were very disciplined indeed. The spotty lacing consisted of clusters of thick bubbles that attached themselves to the glass.

D: I've really grown fond of this style in the last year or so... and this is one of the best of them. I now see why so many people put this on their list of the top 10 beers of the year.

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

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice pale golden color with a slight haze to it. There is a huge and very retentive pure white head that is about 3 inches tall and has very dense bubbles. (4.0)

S - Aroma starts off with some nice fluffy grain and some slight bready notes. Very delicious clove notes and some slight spices to it. There is some good yeast funk as well and the grain notes are quite earthy and slightly grassy. There is some mild hop character as well. (4.5)

T & M - Beer starts light and fluffy start with clean flavors. There is some nice earthy and grainy malt notes to start. These are mixed in well with some slight yeasty chalky notes. There is some nice funk and some slight phenols that are balanced well with the grain notes. There is some great spice to the bear as well as some slight lemony freshness. The hop profile is quite nice and dry with some nice bitterness and some slight citrus to it. The freshness and cleanness of the beer is what really makes it. Great overall flavors that make the beer very enjoyable are well crafted and delicious. (4.0)(4.0)

D - A very drinkable beer that has some delicious flavors that meld very well together but are very well crafted. The ABV is not too crazy either. (4.5)

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Photo of Burt
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Cloudy yellow with a thick white head that left clumpy lace.

Lemon with some bubble gum funkiness, yeasty.

Lemony up front with nice tart hoppy flavor in the middle with that bubble gummy funk.

Lots of carbonation with a dry finish.

Easy drinking beer that would of been better after cutting my grass on a summer day.

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Photo of sitarist
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF, thanks to richbrew fot this treat.

It pours a pale, cloudy, yeast infected piss yellow. Lots of tiny bubbles rise up to a half of a glass white head. The head takes its time falling, it leaves a cap with little lacing.

Smells like lemon-pepper marinade. I smell faint hints of lemon zest, lemon-grass, and spice. Its aroma reminds me of a Berliner Weissbier not a Saison.

Flavor follows the nose...Lemon, and lemon-grass up front with a mild peppery finish.

Medium body with ample carbonation, and a very dry finish.

Though it wasnt what I wanted for the style; I still had no problem knocking out 750ml.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a light golden color with a nice thick head. Not really any lacing, but that could be due to the glass.

It has a great smell with hints of lemon, clove, banana and a nice amount of Belgian funk to it.

It has a lemon/lemongrass in the taste thanks to the Sorachi Ace. It also has a nice tartness and a spicy/pepper taste to it. Not as much farmhouse funk as I would like, but it's still a great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is great. It has an effervescent quality to it and a nice dry finish to it.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml cage-corked bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow color with a three-finger head of bubbly, white carbonation with adequate carbonation and a bit of sticky lace.

S: Super herbal, lemongrass hop aroma with a lot of mowed lawn and skunky, sweet citrus scents.

T: Spicy, effervescent and light Belgian sugar flavor up front followed by a citrus and bitter alcoholic taste that leads into a minty, ginger, yeast and wheat malt finish with lingering, grassy, herbal and flowery hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied, bubbly and effervescent on the tongue; perfect to lift away the fats of a dish and compliment acidic notes.

D: A light, flavorful saison accentuated by the grassy, herbal, lemony notes of the Sorachi Ace hop varietal. With flavors bordering on a Belgian Tripel, this near 8% ABV saison has a lot of character and rare street cred to boot. The Sorachi Ace hop is used well here as the arm candy to the lemony, spicy, light flavors of this well-crafted saison.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of citrus, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of lemon, hops, malt, and a slightly grassy tinge as well. Not exactly a classic saison - there wasn't much in the way of that barnyard funk. Still, a very vibrant flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: An exceptionally drinkable beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

207th review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A very light colored orange with some soft yellow highlights. Three finger amazing pillowy head. A little bit of lacing as drink goes down.

Smell- Soft banana esters with some funk, some lemon(grass) and some nice earthiness.

Taste- A very nice dry saison. Not as upfront with some of the flavors as other saisons but this was quite good. Has an understated balance between the hops and the yeasty earthy tones.

Mouth- An expected champagne like dryness per the bottle. A nice palatable dry feel with a high carb level as bubbles dance across the tastebuds.

Drink- 3 for 3 with Brooklyn and the big champagne size bottles I have had. Local 1 & 2 were both great beers and Sorachi Ace keeps that going.

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

750ml bottle, with an easy to open cork, gotta love that, just a quick pop, and everything's, ya know, coming up aces!

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden straw colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and burbling off-white head, which leaves an image of rocky land-bridge lace around the glass in its funeral dirge wake.

It smells of mildly boozy lemongrass, grainy and gritty pale malt, a touch of barnyard funk, and further leafy, earthy hops - very inviting in its unusual nature. The taste is softly grainy, kind of sugary pale malt, tart lemon meringue pie, a bit of nonassignable woodiness, more isolated musty funk, and zesty, grassy hops.

The carbonation is a mite bit strong up front, but settles to a dull frothy roar soon enough, with a tiny rising bubbles Champagne sort of charm. Amidst all this, a solid medium-weight body presents, though struggling (successfully) to be smooth amongst that Vietnamese takeout citrus onslaught. It finishes off-dry, clean, zesty, and still a bit tart - oh yeah.

Wow - a saison with some game reformulating New World cojones, and a zingy fruitiness that just wouldn't let me stop tipping that glass back, not to mention its superb masking of a respectably hefty 7.6% ABV, at that. A splendid display of a heretofore unknown hop to this humble Joe, and seriously worthy of seeking out.

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Photo of treehouse
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

looks wonderfully dirty..like an unfiltered sad saison....but sad it is not...

smells like lemon...malty

in my mouth....

malty and lemony...a bit stinky....some pepper...nice and drinkable..very drinkable....bright in the mouth..7.6%...manoman..i could drink this all day...a damned handsome beer..you can taste the bourbon and wood in this....!!

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Photo of bobsy
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been after this one for a while.

Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of white head. Excellent retention and lacing down to the last sip. Stunning looking beer. Big lemongrass, vanilla and spice nose. Fresh and complex at the same time. Clean pilsner malt base forms the launching pad for a symphony of flavours, with grass and lemon coming through strong. A powerful vanilla oakiness almost makes this feel barrel aged, and takes it to the next level. The sorachi has an excellent character, which is nicely showcased in this brew. Dry, medium bodied and with a billowy carbonation. Nigh on perfect.

Thanks to Troy for sharing this gem.

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Photo of JLeege
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

C&C 750 mL ~ Classy looking bottle.

Appearance- Poured into an etched glass. Light slightly hazy golden color with a huge rocky bone white head. Tons of active carbonation, insane head retention and lacing. Stunning! Perfect 5.

Smell- Lots of lemon on the nose. A lot of grass and hay. A bit tart. Very earthy, some barnyard, a whiff of funk.

Taste- Filthy good! Tons of lemon/lemon grass on the tounge, the Sorachi's are doing their job, Well. There is some tart green apple and orange rind. Under that is a dry hay like quality and some very slight funky notes. Barnyard and some leather; a faint peppery spice as well. The bottle refermented Champagne yeast is adding additional fruity flavor, as well as drying this out and making it extremely crisp.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation, but the body is still medium. Very nice. A tad tart on the sides of the tounge.

Overall- God damn this is a fine beer. The Champagne refermentation is an awsome concept for this style. I am still waiting for my first perfect 5.0 beer, but this is the closest I have found! Its to bad this is a very limited beer.

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Photo of wstein70
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this to trade with Icharus and I decided to get one for myself to try out since I haven't had it and I am a fan of saisons. I have to say this is a very good beer and the A- BA rating is well deserved.

A: Poured out a golden color with a nice foamy head that will stick around a while.

S: A pleasant cirtusy smell. Also IPA type hoppy smell.

T: Here is the great part about this beer. To me it is a cross between a IPA and a saison. You have the intense hoppy taste as the Sorachi Ace hops comes out. Also, there is the sweet malty flavor of the saison coming right behind the hoppy-ness.

M: This beer left a clean taste without a strong after-taste. Very pleasant.

D: This beer is a good candidate to enjoy by the pool on a hot day or to relax in front of the tv watching a football game in Dec.

I am thoroughly pleased with this beer and will have to put it into my rotation of beers

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Photo of domtronzero
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy yellow orange with a big, fluffy, long lasting white head. Very little lacing.

S - Citrusy lemon, crisp and sweet pils malts, tropical fruit aromas that reminds me of pineapple and mango. Light hoppy spiciness.

F/M - Sweet candy-like pilsner malts, fruity tropical esters (again, reminiscent of pineapples and mangos). Very citrusy and lightly spicy hops. Big lemony flavor with a moderately firm bitterness. Clean and very dry finish, medium light bodied, with moderately high carbonation. Not much lingering too far into the aftertaste; maybe a little pils malts and lemony flavors.

D - This is a pretty damn good beer. Dry, clean, crisp and very tasty. Brooklyn has been doing a good job of reversing my attitudes towards American breweries attempting Belgian styles, and this beer is further proof that they can brew a damn fine Belgian style ale.

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

750ml bottle split with the wife into two tulips. Paired with some Manchego cheese. Great pairing.

Very lovely pour. Slight cloudy, straw yellow with a flowing bright white head, giving a good 4 fingers of head. Lacing is well displayed, but as it warms, it slowly leaves a nice film and a good settled mark around the edges.

Like the label says, straw and lemongrass. No real depth beyond that, though the base gives a nice sweet bread nature. Alcohol and yeast add a bit of spice in the nose to the background.

Taste is very, very clean. You get a nice lemon zest blip, but following is a quick finish, with a tad of malt base. The malts are more grainy and bread like in nature, adding a saltine like finish with the body being a caramel toast nature.

A bit too clean, meaning that the depth is veyr limited. A very quick flavor might leave you wanting more, but is very well appreciated for those that might not want a "heavy" or "deep" beer. ABV is felt, but never sensed besides a bit of spice notes in the finish.

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

New Year's Eve 2010 - this was my "champagne"... haha! Poured into a Duvel tulip -

A: Bright golden, cloudy, honey color with a two-finger, white head that recedes to a nice layer of foam that exhibits great retention; a lot of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Sweet grapefruit and citrus rind; hay; smells delicious!

T: Slight rustic flavor with plenty of lemon zest - leaves a nice citrusy aftertaste... crackingly refreshing.

M: High carbonation and medium-full bodied... very crisp!

D: I enjoyed this unique ale and would say, for me, its about mid-level in the drinkability department.

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

Poured from a 750 into a snifter.

Appearance - a pale gold straw colour with a little haze. The head is white and about two fingers high. It's pillowy, with large bubbles that leave a nice lacing.

Smell - a lot of lemon up front, but there is also malty sweetness and a grassy smell. There is also a twangy smell, which I assume is the Sorachi hops. I like it.

Taste - it starts off with a mild sweet flavour, and moves quickly into the lemony taste you expect from the first whiff of the beer. The lemon makes a segue into pine and a reappearance of the twangy smell, and the transition/combination are really refreshing. I've let the beer sit a few minutes, and I kind of regret it; this particular combination of tastes would be outstanding at a few degrees below where it's at now. Different glass next time, for sure. Anyway, the sip finishes with a crisp, spicy bite.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly smooth, given how loudly the cork blew off and how big the bubbles in the head are. Really nice.

Drinkability - yowza. I could drink a lot of this! A really good balance, a great flavour. A nice offering. I recommend hunting one up.

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Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with me by BA okcomputer, thanks Justin! Poured into goblet. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a medium white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma had a very nice grain base supporting some citrus notes and had a very good yeast spiciness scent as well. On the tongue, the beer featured many of the same attributes. Grain, spice, citrus mostly, with a tang of hops floating around the edges.

The body was very good, full, round, smooth & sharp at the same time, with a nice level of carbonation on the tongue. Drinkabilty was also very good, I would have enjoyed the bottle by myself. Overall, another very good brew from the gang at Brooklyn. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Amazing head with copious lacing and fantastic retention. Opaque honey color.

S - Honey, bready malt, muscado, moss, touch of citrus

T - Delicious. Barny notes, hay, light toast, wheaty yeast, moss, mild sweet citrus. Mild hop bitters round out the finish.

M - Perfect carbonation. Medium light body. Smooth mouthfeel.

D - Deliciously drinkable.

O - A fantastic, crisp take on the saison style.

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Photo of suspect
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a mug.

The appearance of this beer was light. Very light.

It had a huge hop/lemon presence (So much so that I was worried there might be *too* much citrus flavor in this one.) in the smell with added weed or fresh cut grass added ever-so-slightly.

I was glad my worries were proven to be for naught. The balance of Sorachi Ace hop and citrus was delightful. I have brewed with Sorachi Ace hops before and, obviously, Brooklyn was able to do so much more with it. This tasted exactly like I hoped my homebrew turned out.

Slight coating, semi-sweet but mostly light and frothy.

I could drink this all day. Such a nice beer - I paired it with Thanksgiving dinner which was a perfect pairing!

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Photo of thecarster1
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter, hazy lemon coloring, dense bright white head, great retention.

s- spicy, peppery, lots of lemon, yeast, bright and dry.

t- bitter and lemony, lemon zest, dry, easily the most lemon ridden beer i've ever had.

m- light in the mouth, slight coating.

d- good, missing something here though, didn't hit me as a terrific beer, i'd drink again, but not seek out and buy.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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