Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Rated 3.617 by BeerPals

Brewed by Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn, NY, United States

Style:  Saison

7.6% Alcohol by Volume

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Every two months Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and company turn out a new and inventive beer. We call these draft-only releases our Brewmaster's Reserve. The latest batch goes by the name of Sorachi Ace. Here's what Garrett has to say about it: Most Brooklyn beers are made with a blend of hop varietals. As a chef does with spices, we look to get the best qualities of each hop and create a harmony of flavors and aromas. However, a few years ago, we ran into a hop unique enough to deserve its own moment in the sun. A large Japanese brewery first developed the hop variety "Sorachi Ace" in 1988. A cross between the British "Brewer's Gold" and the Czech "Saaz" varieties, it exhibited a quality that was unexpected - it smelled really lemony. The unique flavor of Sorachi Ace was bypassed by the big brewers, but we think it's pretty cool. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, a cracklingly dry, hoppy unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, but made entirely with now-rare Sorachi Ace hops grown by a single farm in Oregon. We ferment it with our special Belgian ale strain, and then add more Sorachi Ace hops post-fermentation. After the dry-hopping, the beer emerges with a bright spicy lemon zest aroma backed by a wonderfully clean malt flavor. It tastes like sunshine in a glass, and that suits us just fine, especially with seafood dishes.

ID: 39200 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 12 years ago

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Overall Rank1725
Overall Percentile96.5
Style Rank43 of 1145
Style Percentile96.2
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.740
Weighted Score3.617
Standard Deviation0.421

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  • CHOPZ 6013 reviews
    rated 3.4 6 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    After having the Bush Pilot Pengo Pally Saison, rating this one. Hazy light-golden colour with a fizzy head that does not stay too long. Aromas of citrus, sweet yeast, herbal hops, sourness and hints of plastic. A lot of the same for the taste with the bitterness and dryness helping the moutnfeel, making the plastic notes a little stronger. Not a fan of this, so preferred the Bush Pilot Pengo Pally.

  • CYBERCAT 11053 reviews
    rated 3.7 7 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    The sample I got popped and fizzed like champagne, but at least the fizzing wasn’t volcanic like some others I’ve tried. It pours a clear yellow with a thick white head, not impressive to me anyway, but I’m prejudiced towards dark beers, and as the old warhorse goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover - or a beer by its appearance. Aroma is much more promising than the appearance - strong, yeasty, fruity, with grassy and rubbery notes. Refreshing flavor has malty, fruity, yeasty and grassy notes with a hint like clean rubber - I get notes of apple and banana in the fruit. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, yet smooth and firm-bodied. Overall, pleasing and lip-smacking.

  • CYRENAICA 2231 reviews
    rated 3.6 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    750ml bottle
    7.6% ABV
    Queen's Quay LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    November 30, 2014
    The beer pours a hazed light golden yellow with a generous bubbly off-white head. The aroma is light fruit, yeast, citrus, and spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. There is a hint of creaminess. The flavour is honey, hops, yeast and some light fruits and spices in the background. Very drinkable.

  • HANTRAN 506 reviews
    rated 4.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Nose of lemon, yeast and and some cardamom. Spot on for style. Unfiltered medium yellow body is topped by a great rocky head with excellent retention and decent lace. Mouth is fullish and creamy with very nice carbonation. A slightly mild saison flavor profile; spicy flavors are subdued (I LIKE!) and lemon is present as well as yeasty farmhouse funk. Finish is perfectly dry. I love these saisons in place of champaigns.

  • FISHINGFAST 681 reviews
    rated 2.6 7 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Pours out a very clear yellow color with a massive white head. The aroma is some where between skucky and champagne. The mouthfeel is pretty rich for such a non-Belgium yellow beer. The taste is pretty plain and not something I would like to visit again.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A mild funk to the nose, touch of barnyard but mostly sweet and tangy. The beer itself is quite mild overall, q nice blend of flavors that are well aged and subdued. The hop is really not the major player, more marketing than anything. Nice beer, good for many occasions.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Hazy straw yellow pour with a tall, bubbly, Champagne-like head, nice lacing. Nice aromas with Belgian yeasts, earthy hops - citrus and floral, zesty lemons, honeysuckle, some sweet grains. Dry mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet grains and malts, zesty citrus and floral hops, lightly funky Belgian yeasts. Nice and refreshing.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    never sprung on a bottle, but on tap, yeah .. . pours a light honey gold .. medium foam .. . mostly yeast and bitter hay .. . medium to light mouth feel .. . nice bitterness level .. . a bit of a boring finish .. . . ken stiller?

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    From Zyn, Calgary; corked and caged 750ml bottle. Clear, medium gold under a lively white head. Aroma of citrus and yeast. Flavour was crisp, fruity and yeasty. Good mouthfeel for the style, and a tart finish. Nice, refreshing beer.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    WOW!!!! Pours fizzy muted lemon with a low white head. Aroma is faint but zesty. Mouthfeel is sharp. Flavor has citrus, lemon pepper and is very crisp and clean. Somewhat reminiscent of an Orval. Super nice presentation.

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