Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace
BA SCORE
4.08/5
2,855 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,230
Reviews:
714
Ratings:
2,855
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
244
Gots:
742
Trade:
10
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 2,855 |  Reviews: 714
Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste profile is unlike a traditional Belgian Saison. The hop and yeast combination is quite unique.

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Photo of Rbargfrede
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kenstogie
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good as in very good beer.... lighter and very carbonated you do pick up on a lemony citrusy thing, great for summer. Has some kick forma lighter beer. Hides the abv quite well.

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Photo of Tdenham
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date suggests it's good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a hazy golden straw/light apricot color with about two inches of white head that sticks around for a good bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Quite a bit of visible carbonation where it can easily be seen at the edges.

S: It's got the traditional yeasty banana/orange/clove funk that's to be expected in this style. Nice, bright notes in the aroma, with orange and clove a bit more forward than banana. Just a bit of grape must and some cracker malts underneath it all. Nice nose.

T: Cracker malts at the very front, with a prompt introduction of some serious tartness. The clove notes are present very quickly, along with orange, (subtle) banana, and a bit of a peppery quality. The middle sees the tart continue to build, and there the hop notes begin to surface--predominantly citrus rind. This one seems to get spicier as the flavor develops. The back end has more of the citrus rind and more of the bitter, with some of those lingering spice notes of clover and cracked pepper.

F: Lighter-bodied, this one stills manages to feel substantial due to nice carbonation and creaminess. Creamy, tart, bright, and bitter in turns, this one has a very engaging consistency.

O: I'm not a huge fan of farmhouse ales, but this one is very enjoyable. I really like the flavors it's able to bring forth and still keep balanced, and the smell and feel are also excellent. This one would be fun to pair with a variety of foods, as well. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of DaisyBeans
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeLacy
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pnelting
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Durge
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OGShotzy
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a good amount of white foam. Grassy, lemony, and funky.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 8/15. Pours a semi-cloudy gold. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of light lemon or lemongrass with a subtle yeast character.

Light medium body with a texture that has creamy aspects. Superbly well carbonated with nice effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding profile is intense, somewhat complex and is hop and saison flavor forward rather than balanced. It begins with a lemon like flavor that flows into the spicy Sorachi hop. A very subtle mild bitterness emerges in the middle over a weak biscuit character. From the middle on, the slightly funky farmhouse character dominates. The dry finish lingers with a receding lemon flavor over farmhouse funk.

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Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taybeh
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from a bomber into a GI tulip

a: huge puffy white eggshell head on top of a hazy pale straw
s: lemongrass, faint ginger and green mint, earthy peppery yeast, a little like champagne...very interesting and inviting, especially in the summer
t: like the nose: crackery wheat, lemony-limey zest, earthy-spicy-funky depth...lots of great things here...somehow the sum doesn't add up to more than the excellent individual parts for me, but this is still really good and quite unique
f: best thing about this one...ends dry like champagne, good prickly peppery spicy yeast and a little spritz of lemon-limey citrus

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is lemons, yeast, mild sweetness and bread. The flavor is citrus, lemons, mild/medium sweetness and a mix of slight tartness/mostly smooth throughout in the finish.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very good lighter saison.

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Photo of McBraniel
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Satsuma
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djgustafson
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnscooper
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy light golden, modest creamy head, good lace retention. Fruity in the nose, mainly pear. Some barnyard aroma, particularly hay. Fruity taste like pears soaked in alcohol . Dry white wine like feel. Very smooth and drinkable. A really good beer.

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Photo of kevanb
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass.


The beer pours a hazy golden lemon color, light hues of copper and peach, cloudy with minimal glass activity. The beer boasts a thick, white, soapy head, about two fingers tall that has nice retention and leaves thin spots of lace behind. The aroma is pleasant, lemon citrus, nice estery yeast that brings out some berry fruit and stone fruit, barnyard, grassy floral character, peppercorn and crusty cereal grain. The flavors echo the nose well, lots of pepercorn and lemon rind, nice balance, the lemongrass aspect really pops with this beer, a bit dirty, the barnyard is more potent on the tongue, less fruit flavor and a crustier malt profile, still pale and biscuity, but just more tough and toasty. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, lively, zippy, zesty, light prickliness from the carbonation, which is medium to high, and finishes easily with a bit of a dry bite.


Verdict: A nice saison from Brooklyn, the Sorachi Ace hop definitely is the focus, lots of lemon grass, citrus flavor but it also has that characteristic pepper and earthy flavor that fits in nicely with the saison. This hop has generally been my least favorite hop for a standard american pale ale or IPA, but it lends itself nicely to this beer.

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Photo of 10adavis
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarceloAliberti
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,855 ratings
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