Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
2,798 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
Ratings:
2,798
Reviews:
696
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
241
Gots:
720
For Trade:
10
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Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wphall
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmace929
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BogBoyJD
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of carborundum
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been a fan of this style until I tried Sorachi Ace. Poured into a large Cab wine glass it produced a nice white head over a hazy yellow colored brew which dissipated slowly with a lot of lacing left in the glass. Aromas of cut grass, lemon, wintergreen, cardamon, cinnamon and clove. Initially there was a sweet sour taste followed by a pleasant spicy tartness that lingered with a light but substantial mouth feel. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this Saison/Farmhouse ale.

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Photo of PGD120
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grodd87
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cfinch2
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow brew topped with a moderate white head with good retention.

Aroma is fairly neutral; I'm drawing nearly nothing out of it cold, save a touch of yeast.

Flavor is unimpressive. Yeast esters are front and center, and while there's a bright citrus note lurking in the background, it's far lighter than I would expect or prefer.

Feel is excellent; impressive drinkability, lively without too much bite, medium-light bodied.

I wonder if the keg was old, because the ratings for this beer are quite high, but I just don't get it. It's got almost nothing that I want out of a Saison, and the Sorachi Ace hops didn't add anything notable to the experience.

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

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Invinciblejets
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Hazy yellow with a finger of bright white head. Strong aroma of lemongrass and Belgian yeast, with a touch of banana, all carrying over to the taste along with a lemony and slightly soapy flavor and a peppery bite and some tropical fruit on the backend. Light bodied and fairly dry. Pretty great.

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Photo of Rdjcbier
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Monika1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smanson56
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeledonia
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The local 1 was in my top 5 for a bit, but this surpassed it. Great summer selection. Ditch your summer shandy and give this a shot

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Photo of torr99
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chimrichalds1
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MPSTARR
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,798 ratings.
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