Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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.

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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

Cloudy whitish yellow. Big creamy head. Typical Belgian white though advertised as saison. Tart lemon. Pasty.
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.


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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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Photo of JackieKu
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No freshness date.

A: Hazy yellow. No foam.
S: Dill. Papaya. Some tropical fruits.
T: Medium tropical fruity: banana, pineapple, and tangerine. A little sour hint. Slightly dill. Moderate bitterness. Dry. Short finish.
M: Light bodied. Crispy.
O: Sorachi Ace meets fruity saison, quite nice pairing.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: lemon is predominant, with a little breadiness and Belgian yeast behind it;

T: a balance between lemon, bread, and Belgian yeast; middle is quite lemony; finish is back to the balance; very mild bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: refreshing;

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow straw colored with a small white head.

Aroma: Lemon lemon! Pungent citrus, almost burns the nose.
Flavor: dry, lemon, peppery, slight fruitiness to this as well in the aftertaste.
I could drink bottle after bottle of this.

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Photo of gautch726
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a unique beer for sure. Just not sure it is unique in a way that I like.

It pours a light, effervescent yellow with minimal head that dissipates rapidly. It's translucent to the point of looking like water with a bit of yellow food coloring. Looks good if you like that type of beer.

Smells strongly of lemon and tastes the same. They were not joking around with these hops unique blend of flavoring. It's too much zest for my liking as I avoid overly fruity beers. Has a nice kick of bitterness at the end.

It's highly carbonated and almost evaporates from your palate.

A very unique beer with a Japanese twist. Miles ahead of beers actually from Japan (thanks New York), but not what I'm looking for.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a chalice.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, apple, powdery yeast, apple, toasted pilsner malts, bready, pale, and honey.

Taste: Nice blend of above aromas. Super smooth and delicious. Light chewy and bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little dry, slightly chewy, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Man have I enjoyed this beer over the years. Looking forward to more of this in the future too.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I realize that any Saison worth it's salt is based upon the original, Saison Dupont, but I must admit to a slight preference for Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace. I'm not sure if that special hop variety is the kicker or not, but it's worth a mention. Sorachi is eminently drinkable yet impressively mouth-filling flavorful at the same time. The ABV is just right, the carbonation is just right. The 22 oz bomber is my go-to but I've also had it on draught from Egan & Sons in Montclair, New Jersey, and I'll take that any day of the week and twice on Sundays. This is a world-class effort in my view and receives my highest recommendation.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty unique beer. The smell is pretty faint. Some of the typical saison elements are in the taste - slightly yeasty and an earthy spice. What stands out is a pronounced flavor that tastes a lot like Chardonnay. Overall very drinkable and good with food. I'd like to try it again fresher. yb

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color: Light yellow, hazy with abundant white foam.
Aroma: mandarin, lemon and next to them the Belgian earthy accents. The aroma is slightly sweet with a hint of acidic white grape.
Taste: lemon, plus delicate "barn", again white grapes, slightly acidic. Mandarins hid somewhere, but left after their sweetness. All the time in the background accompanied by the Belgian, herbal accents. Generally, sour lemon is nicely balanced sweet fruit.
Gentian: dry, herbal, quite long, I would say that even slightly backlog but great fit with the rest. Saturation average, adequate. Alcohol, even though it is 7.2%, it is perfectly stowed away.

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Photo of likeablepaper
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle purchased from Wine and Beyond in Edmonton, AB.

Absolutely loved this beer. Saison's are generally one of my favourite styles and this is one of the best I've tried to date. It pours a hazy golden yellow colour with a slightly foamy head. Smells slightly floral with notes of yeast, lemons, and herbs. Tastes much the same with the Sorachi Ace hops imparting a citrus lemon zest which combines well with the higher carbonation of a saison to to deliver a crisp, dry feel.

Thrilled I finally got my hands on a bottle and this beer certainly lived up to my expectations!

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL corked-and-caged bottle picked up at the LCBO a while back. Best before Jan 2018, and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, capped off with a full inch of lumpy, lathery white head that displays a prodigious capacity for retention. It lasts to the ten minute mark and beyond, eventually being replaced with a dense, creamy, equally resilient cap. Visually gorgeous. Big notes of citrusy lemon rind and pith come through with each sniff, with the Sorachi Ace hops playing a central role for the aroma. Subtle hints of dill, lemongrass, clove and yeast, fill in the remainder, along with a bit of that funky barnyard vibe that all of the premier saisons seem to possess. I wouldn't describe the nose as especially complex, but it's enticing as all hell.

Wowza - lots going on here, and all of it is tasty. Clean, pale grainy barley malts along with some crackery sweetness come through initially, with a nice array of orchard fruit flavours following close in tow. Apricot, pear, white grape and apple all come to mind, though they are soon forced aside by a citrusy lemon zest character that gradually takes on more of a lemon peel/oil astringency as you hit the finish. Ends on a spicy, yeasty note, with a mix of clove, white pepper, coriander and dill wrapping things up in classy fashion. Relatively dry aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with assertively crisp carbonation levels that constantly prickle the palate, remaining potent even as you plumb the depths of the bottle. The sturdy abv is not a prominent factor, but becomes more noticeable as the glass warms.

Final Grade: 4.50, an outstanding A grade. Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace is a seriously impressive farmhouse ale - a new favourite, in fact. I have bought and consumed a bottle of this in the past, but had held onto it for a bit too long. The hop character was depleted, and it was but a mere shell of the majestic creation that I am currently sampling. Make no mistake - this is a world-class saison, and it is absolutely worth the (somewhat) steep price tag if you happen to get the chance to try it. I'll be keeping an eye out for more, but I'll be sure to drink it fresh.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,793 ratings.
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