Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
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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:
693
Ratings:
2,780
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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241
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Photo of puck1225
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Nice white head atop a cloudy yellow body, great lacing. Sweet fruity smell that carries over to the taste. Nice lemony and spicy. A hint of bitterness, but overall a great beer.

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Photo of Vader444
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour into tulip.

Lovely golden yellow colour. Nose more muted than I had anticipated; gently herbal. Quite a lot of lime flavour. Nice body with good carbonation. I had really looked forward to this but overall it didn't blow me away. Refreshing enough but ABV too high to make it sessionable.

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Photo of EMV
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear light golden color. Three plus fingers of thick foamy head that lasts a long time. Fantastic lacing.

S: Lemon zest and citrus. Belgian yeasts and spice.

T/F: Very complex Saison... lots of citrus and lemon, but also pear and apricot. Good herbal notes... a bit of rosemary and peppercorn. Love the Sorachi hop character. Medium in body... aggressively carbonated and dry finish with a faint herbal aftertaste on the tongue.

O: Easily one of the best Farmhouse Ales I've had and transcends the style. A+++ all around, and well worth snagging.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear, dark gold with bubbly carbonation and a sticky, eggshell white head with perfect retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Lemongrass, lemon candy, honeydew melon, cracker malt, straw, and a weird spice I can't yet describe. Ginger, perhaps?

T: Really nice lemon candy flavors, with some lemon zest, a bit of honeydew melon and green grape, cracker malt, straw, grass, and a bit of alcohol warmth and clove on the finish. Finishes dry, but not super dry.

F: Medium-light body, excellent carbonation, moves smoothly across the palate.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at an airport bar. 16 oz. pour into shaker glass. It pours a clear golden-yellow color with a thin, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of lemon peel, grass, yeast, clove, and a whiff of sweet fruit. The taste features banana, lemon, clove, coriander, pepper, and sorachi hops. It has a pepper taste at the finish that distinguishes it from other Saisons I've tasted. This ale is light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Its 7.2% ABV gives it substance without overwhelming. The sorachi hop profile adds a bitterness to the classic Saison taste. Overall, this is a very good, and somewhat different, Saison. The sorachi hops really add to the overall drinking experience.

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

A solid 4. Pours a light straw yellow, bubbly with a nice creamy white foam. The nose is of light citrus, sweet grasses, hay and spice. Excellent citrus character, lemons and orange. Belgian yeast, light bubble gum and pepper there too. Light to medium mouthfeel with a dry champagne like finish. I like saisons and I liked this one.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn is one of my favorite brewers because it can produce great beers in all three traditions. For its best and most popular Belgians, Sorachi Ace is the only one I had not Had. Usually seen in bombers, I saw Sorachi in a small bottle in Binny's build-your-own-6-pack section and snagged it. And now, I know how much I was missing.

My review and my take-aways from others distills down to this: this is an original creation, but thoughtfully within the style. Its use of a flowery hop that encourages my imagination to flow. But, the Ace remains soft in the mouth and goes well with mild, flavorful food.

Brooklyn's brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, published a seminal work in 2003 that I spent a lot of time with in the last year. "The Brewmasters Table" recommends tripels and strong Belgian pales with the dish I had tonight, which was pesto. Well I want Garrett and you to know that Sorachi complements pesto well, also.

My only concern with Sorachi is that I did not buy the big bottle. At this moment, I really want more.

12/21/16 In the deepest part of winter and America's discontent, I thought Belgian Darks were reinforcing my mood too much. (That is to say, I was depressed and it was Christmas.) So, I pulled out an Ace and was redeemed... at least partially. It was most of what I said above; but, it also made me pucker (which sour pusses don't do often.)
In addition to tasting Ace unaccompanied, I also had with my world famous vegetable stew. (The Ace goes with lighter dishes. Now I know what the label says.) But , it was worth the lesson... to feel good despite the discontent.
No change in rating.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by October, 2016 (2 months from):
Pours a nice yellow gold, with just a fuzzying haze. Fluffy white head that lasts strong until about a quarter of the beer is left, and lingers with *only* half surface coverage the remaining sips. Lacing is very, well... lacy.

Nose early shows a stronger lemon note with some herbal grassiness and a little yeast. Later in the pour, I get less lemon and more of what I find to be distinctly Sorachi, and what I think of as cocnutty - though maybe a Thai dish involving coconut milk might be a more accurate thought.

The opening is yeasty more than malty before the lemon notes hit. Quickly the lemongrass specific nature of the taste replaces any mistake for the citrus fruit. A little sweetness continues to buoy the notes as they shift toward a more herbal grassiness and then to that "coconut" note. I might argue its that thin brown skin of a coconut between the flesh and the shell.

This beer seemed more flat early in the taste than it does later, strangely. Maybe it holds its light carbonation well and when I am expecting a flatter beer, it delivers.

The whole beer has a fairly distinctive Brooklyn beer impression to it - guessing maybe the yeast? Been a while since I enjoyed one of these (and I never rated it??). I am not rating it as highly as I would've back then, but it isn't a long fall to this rating. Definitely will grab this again more quickly next time.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB date 11/02/16 - Consumed 08/13/16 - No bottling date

Appearance- Pours a pale straw, bright golden color, mildly hazy. Finger thick, frothy, white colored head. Good amount of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Grassy, earthy spice, lots of zesty lemon. Belgian yeast, clove, fruity esters.

Taste- Lemon zest, slight citrus notes. Clove, spicy pepper, grassy. Crisp, grainy malts. Belgian yeast, dry herbs and pine.

Feel- Light bodied, very crisp and clean, dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Very bright, crisp, zesty, and dry.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a -pint glass. Label said best by date printed on bottle, but I couldn't find a date on the bottle.

Straw yellow body, hazy, good head and lacing, many floaties.

Aroma of yeast, lemongrass, faintly fruity.

Lot going on in the taste department. not too tart, faint yeastiness, lemongrass,. A not unpleasant aftertaste, quite tingly on the tongue. Has some bite to it.

Mouth is around medium.

All in all an interesting and different beer. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like bready cereal malt, peach, vanilla, banana, clove, vinous white grape, spicy pepper, lemongrass, zesty lemony citrus, dill weed, with bitter floral earthy herbal pine. Tastes spicy and peppery, balanced by bready cereal grain malt notes, lemongrass, dill weed, zesty lemony citrus, vinous grape, vanilla, banana, clove, with bitter herbal earthy floral pine. Feels dry and crisp, medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and unique saison.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle; best before Sep 2016.

Straw colored and hazy with a large, fluffy white head on top. Good retention and some lacing on the glass. A punchy aroma starts things off with a bang. Coriander and lemon initially, then bright peppery spice gets your attention. Almost perfumy or floral in a way. Tasting it brings out a strong lemongrass flavor, not unlike a Thai tom yum or Vietnamese pho soup. Long aftertaste with a heavy, spicy, and dry finish. Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation that gives it an effervescent quality.

Sorachi Ace somehow manages to conjure bold, brazen flavors out of a fairly simple idea; a single malt (German pilsner), single hop (Sorachi Ace) beer. A unique saison, even for a style that is so open to interpretation.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent pale straw yellow color with a two and a half finger, dense and frothy head.

Smells like peaches, nectarines, freshly baked sugar cookies, zesty, lemony hop resin and oranges.

Upfront I get flavors of ripe bananas, mild bubblegum and juicy orange rind. There's a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Midpalate notes of peaches, vanilla and demerara sugar shine through yet they're tame enough for the finish to remain crisp, but we're bordering on the very sweet side of the beer spectrum here.

Feel is slightly boozy but still somewhat crisp and refreshing. Still, I wouldn't want to drink more than one serving of this in a single sitting since it's quite sweet.

This is a great beer and it's totally worth a try but it's not exactly something I would want to drink all the time. Very interesting for a saison, and a beer I find myself coming back to every now and again, but not all too frequently.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Light straw in color. Somewhat hazy. Lots of effervescent qualities. Large white head that lasts after settling. Lacing on glass is noticeable. Aroma: Lots of lemon zest. A bit of funk is present. Almost has a medicine-like aroma. Also, very grassy with some hints of pepper and spice. Taste: The lemon zest and funky yeasts are apparent on the first sip. This is blended nicely by the malt character which contributes to smoothing it our a bit. Tart and tangy, but not overly so. Aftertaste: Finishes tart and clean. The spicy pepper-like notes really come through on the back end. Lots of effervescence all the way to the end which also contributes to the clean and crisp finish. Notes: Unique brew due to the sorachi hop varietal. This brew has Chardonnay like character and this offering is a classic in the saison category. Result/ Rating: Very good. 4.38 out of 5.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 7.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep honey yellow with a large white head with strong retention. Much lacing. Intermediate clarity.

Smell- Belgian yeast, honey, floral, pineapple.

Taste- Begins grassy, with a touch of lemon. Has a white grape like quality to it, yet has a bit of grapefruit in there as well from the hop flavor. Even a tad bit of coconut flavor, similar to a soapy estery type taste. Beer finishes bitter and dry with a lingering spiciness from the hops and subtle pepper spice notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- This beer was very interesting. Had some good flavors, yet some flavor clashes with the esters in my opinion. Not bad though. Just not your typical saison. A loaded with hops saison.

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Photo of Webcowes
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from 4 pack given to me as a birthday gift. As I was not familiar with either the brewery or beer I had low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised with the aroma and taste. I'm a big fan of summer wheats, and while this style is clearly different, the spicy smell and taste is right in my wheelhouse. Glad I have three more bottles to sample!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey straw colour with a big white head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma apples, grape, lemon. Taste lemon, pineapple and a hint of spice.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.6/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

**
08/18/13
Cloudy whitish yellow. Big creamy head. Typical Belgian white though advertised as saison. Tart lemon. Pasty.
**
06/01/16
On tap at Killarneys.
Look:Light yellow, clear, small white head, legs.
Aroma: esters, grape, Apple.
Taste: more of the flavors in the aroma, but also a soapy taste.

Feel: thin for a saison.

Ok.
**

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Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap.
An unusual saison, this is clean rather than funky and, initially, at least as sweet as tart or bitter
Lively high carbonation works well with the champagne like dry finish and light body.
Floral and lemony.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nearly clear deep straw with a large fizzy head. The aroma starts with a bit funk, quickly followed by huge fruit scent, comprising melon, lemon, and apricot. This is then followed by clove and pepper spice. The flavor begins with fresh but not tart lemon and melon, other hard to identify fruity esters are also present, and then rounds out to a slightly warm spice on the finish. The mouthfeel is fizzy and very lively. Overall this is such an enjoyable beer. It is one where I struggle to pick out individuals notes as everything is so well put together, it creates this overall impression of lively fruit and spice.

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Photo of Anthonypapini
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Well I usually only like darker belgium beers but this is delicious. Light but still has a bit of a hoppy taste. The bartender says that It taste better in the bottle. I had it on tap.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly transparent yellow with a white head.

The smell is lemon, grass, pepper.

The taste is sour lemons, grass, slightly bitter, fairly sour.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

Overall an excellent saison.

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Photo of nazdrowie23
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter on a beautiful sunny day. Appearance is cloudy with a slight off white head. Smell of lemon peel and a unique scent I do not have the skill to detect. First impression was Wow not that good, but the beer grew on me. Lemony mouthfeel with a unique finish. Different than anything I have ever had in a saison. Overall, a decent beer but I would not want more than one.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw colored with a one finger white head and minimal lacing.
Aroma: Lemon....Strong citrus
Flavor: Dry, lemony taste. A bit of sourness. Slight fruitiness in the aftertaste.
Not really my preference.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.07/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good bright yellow pour, some haze, some white head on it. Didn't go for the lemon aroma of the Sorachi here. Yes it was what it was supposed to be largely, but I think maybe a medley instead of a single hop Sorachi use would be better.

The taste was more of the same, so much lemon. So much that the normal saison like aspects of a beer were swallowed up by the continual lemon impressions. Some spice rack notes.

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