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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 144
Gots: 276 | FT: 6
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 02-18-2007

Brewed with German malts and hops, first-pressing Demerara cane sugar from Mauritius, and a Belgian yeast strain. 100% bottle re-fermentation; OG=18.5; AE=1.7. Classified as a "strong saison" by Garrett Oliver.
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Photo of umustdrink
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from BA RustyDiamond damn near a year ago.

A - Pale neon yellow color with a good stream of bubbles flowing up from the nucleation site on my tulip. White head settles to a quarter inch. Lots of lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy lemony citrus smell. Some sweet flowery sugars with some peppery malts and a very faint alcohol detectable.

T - Starts out with a carbonation bite with some fruity hops. Hops actually last through the entire taste. Bubblegum yeasty flavors come in with some spicy malts again accompanied by the hops. Hops are surprisingly strong for a year old beer. The hops depart and leave a citrusy yeasty finish.

M - Some good biting carbonation compliments the taste at times, medium consistency.

D - A fine Saison with some interesting subtle and not so subtle flavors. Its very hoppy which is a nice twist for a Belgian style. Try if you can.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy golden color(almost the color of a mimosa) with a huge, foamy white head and had nice retention. The aroma was a burnt sugar(sugar refinery)smell and alcohol. The taste had a nice orange tanginess to it. The mouthfeel was heavy and creamy with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great, drinkable beer.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle (unmarked that I can find, at least a bomber, but I would guess 750ml), one drink poured into a snifter.

A = Gloden hazy liquid pouring off a nice high white head or foam and medium bubbles. Good head retention, dissipates very slowly and leaves light lacing on glass and good lacing on surface.

S = Sweet yeasty smells of risen but unbaked sourdough bread, floral notes of hops but not much presence of bitterness (at least in the smell), fresh cut grass and green tea, also light trace of pepper and coriander.

T = This has some distinctive tastes from a Belgian saison, but it seems fresher to me than a true Belgian. It is lighter somehow, but only in the refreshing nature of the taste, not in the body or the heavy alcohol which is felt but only in passing as the last factor noted. Up front there is a spicy, grainy yeast taste, at mid-palate this intensifies, but in the long finish it becomes a fruity dry taste with middle eastern spices hinted at but not quite strong enough to name.

M = Medium bodied, frothy carbonation, excellent mouthcoating. Perfect body for the taste.

D = NOt an everyday drink, but awesome if you are in the mood for a strong tasting, yet at the same time light refreshing Belgian.

Photo of Ozone34
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a beautiful cork and caged 100% bottled conditioned. Hazy and cloudy with a nice thick head, that fades to a thin viel with a sticky lace along the glass.

Smell: of bananas, cloves, and spices similar to a wiess beer. Being from FLA I'm getting some citrus notes almost white grapefruit.

Carbonation hits perfect with a perfect blast of flavor with a dry finish. Sweetness of the malts adds a soda-y feel but is very pleasing.

Alcohol is present but never overpowering and blends into the balance of flavors. A very overall flavor of grapefruit with a spicy note and dry finish.

If I didn't know better I'd believe this was a belgium true saison. Very very good selection and recommend this to anyone.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance is golden and cloudy with a big fluffy white cap of foam. A beautiful bouquet enters the nose with lemon, yeast, some light bready notes, perhaps also some fresh fruit. Light carbonation makes the beer sally across the palate revealing flavors of citrus--lemon or orange, light malt breadiness, yeast and maybe apples. The beer finishes with a slight hint of spicy hops. This is a nicely balanced beer and very refreshing. The hefty alcohol content is not detectable at all and the beer is dangerously drinkable. Local 1 is definitely my favorite that I have tasted from Brooklyn thus far.

Photo of macster
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 750ml bottle a slightly hazy yellow-gold hue. An immense 2" tight white head forms with streams of CO2 bubbles buzzing to the surface. Superb head retention throughout the entire chalice is quite impressive. Thick sheets of lacing coat the sides of the glass.

Aroma profile is that of somewhat muted lemon cookies, fresh yeast, banana, cloves, coriander, wheat cereal and vanilla.

Palate is nicely balanced between a full, creamy texture and an ample amount of tingly carbonation as expected from a Belgian-style ale.

Flavors were a bit more assertive than the aromas. Pleasant notes of lemon cream, orange, clove, ripe banana, yeast, fresh bread and a touch of vanilla bean are enjoyed. The finish gives up just a hint of hoppy/herbal bitterness to nicely balance out the ale's sweetness.

The 9% alcohol is virtually imperceptible. A very easy to drink Belgian Strong. For $7.99 per bottle you can find the genuine Belgian brews, but this offering is not far behind.

Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark yellow color and formed a nice big foamy off white head that latef latticed lace as it subsided. No carbonation was present. The aroma was of malt, hops, lemon and yeast. The flavor was of malt, citrus, mostly lighter end like lemon with bread elements. The body was medium light and actually slightly buttery with a sprite, peppery finish to it. This beer surprised me.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Totally clear golden yellow with 1/2" of bright white head from tap.

S- Sour fruits as in lemons, white grapes, green apples, and pears.

T- Sour and tangy and follows the nose to a T. A little more lemon in the taste than in the nose, and leaves the mouth dry.

M- Think and somewhat stingy carbonation. Nice!

D- High. Had it with a grilled grouper filet and it hit the spot perfectly.

Overall- Very nice. Would drink well with a grilled chicken dish or seafood. Light and tingly on the palate.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighting gold with lots of bubbles and a little lacing at first that is nice at first, but quickly recedes to nothing. The aroma is herbal, malty, and flowery. The taste is a pretty compex mix of herbs and a hint of lemon zest in the middle of the palate. Then maybe some dry malts of very faint toastiness. Very dry palate. Lots of sweet earth, ad some light hops, Belgian style. Great American version of a classic Belgian style.

Photo of dsa7783
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 Ml purchased caged and corked from Bottle King in Parsippany for $7.99... definitely the best beer that I've sampled from Brooklyn Brewery... in terms of a Belgian Strong, this is an excellent depiction of the style with an outstanding flavor that really hits home and is authentic in every sense of the word... nice golden, hazy, cloudy appearance with a minimial frothy head that soon dissipated, leaving a film of lace... smell was outstanding, complete with fresh fruit, florals, lemon, citrus, and slight coriander... taste strongly complemented the aroma with a superb, fresh, clear flavor full of grapefruit, pears, lemon-zest, esters, and citrus... very wholesome, refereshing, creamy, and thick taste that is certainly up there with some of the best... Brooklyn did very well with this one... very easily drinkable, which only took a slight hit due to the hefty 9% ABV... mouthfeel was also teriffic, as the beer felt like honey on the tongue... Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/30/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker. Also sampled at a tasting a few days before.

Presentation- 750ml bottle both caged and corked. Forgot to look for any freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Mid-deep golden in color. Full one inch head upon pour. Leaves a solid 1/8th inch during consumption. Lacing is very light with some slight whisps and trails.

Smell- Nose of a hefe-saison. Banana and a bit of clove with a very light touch of funk and yeast nose.

Taste- The full ball of wax here. Banana, clove, corriander, lemon peel, orange rind, and a big douce of candied sugar. Hops are even in there somewhere as it seems a touch come out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Creamy as it warms with a mid to higher carbonation level. Light hops in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- What the hell is this beer? I don't know, but I really enjoyed it. Seems like a Witweizen Strong Golden Saison. Sign me up for another bottle. Good job Garrett and thanks for the bottle Ethan!

Photo of joekfsu
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint+9 bottle. Pours a cloudy, golden yellow with a 2 to 3 cm foamy white head. Aroma of yeasty bread and banana. Initial flavor is very sweet with hints of citrus and yeast. Finish is clean and dry and very short lived. Nice lacing, no noticeable carbonation, and alcohol is noted from aroma as it warms through the aftertaste. Very drinkable and better than initially anticipated.

Photo of hreb
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle (bottle is labeled "1787") with champagne cork top, served cold, poured into Bavarian-style tulip glass. When opened the cork hardly wants to seem to leave the bottle; it seems like either the carbonation is low or this is a bad bottle. The bottle itself is beautiful, more so than the beer. The guys at Brooklyn spare no expense in their marketing materials.

Beer pours deceptively light yellow pale, only just barely clouded, with a huge white head. Aroma is floral and wheaty, sweet, like really good hefeweizen on a hot day.

First sip is sharp and astringent and spicy. Carbonation is much higher than expected, although the body also has a buttery/creamy second appearance. This does NOT taste like an American saison. There's cloves, lemon, orange peel. Bright flavors.

Overall, this is a pretty great drink. The carbonation is a little strong, and the color is a little on the yellow side. Also, the alcohol hits hard (but not on the palate, fortunately). Another win for brooklyn.

Photo of stimy
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this at an "Art of Refermentation" beer tasting hosted by Garrett Oliver at the National Geographic. Now I buy it regularly. I love this beer.

This beer has a slightly tart smell. It had a nice hop finish. A very good ephemeral, light body. Very enjoyable.

Photo of cameraman
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color with a puffy white head slowly dissolves down to a half inch high and stays there. The fragrance has sweet spices of some ginger and corriander, then some cloves and banana scents that are more like a hefeweizen. This followed by sweet aroma of candied sugar. At first taste there is the light taste of wheat, folowed by the taste of spices coming through, ginger, coriander, and little bit of a dried fruit flavor. The kicker is there is a hop kick at the end, with a grass and piny flavor. A total surprise since none was in the aroma. A very smooth feel at first, a medium bodied feel, then it gradually thins itself out. There is the feint tingle of carbonation on the back of the palate. Now I am not partial to the saison style, but this is different. It started like alot of belgians, had some surprises in the aroma, plus the unique flavor brought on at the end, makes this a must try beer.

Photo of CrescentLake
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's the deal with this brew... IT IS A VALIANT EFFORT IN CREATIVITY AND YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY TRY IT.... But try it twice? that, is the question. The 100% bottle refermention provides for a cork that fires like a Gettysburg musket. The color is more Bavarian Wheat than it is belgian trippel..and that's why it tastes like a dubel, BUT let's get back to the packaging. The custom craft bottles from germany are great, the label, bottle, cork, wire clamp, are all custom and that deserves a big brooklyn brewery pat on the back. Main pitfalls are; it's not so beligian in nose or taste... I mean it's totally fermented authentically and has the mouthfeel and partial drinkability and taste of your favorite belgian import, but its strong nose and taste are more heffewiezen (clove, banana, apple, and othe ester notes) BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN IT HITS YOU...and you say,
"where and the hell did these IBU's sneak in to my mouth?" Yeah, these hops hit you like a barrel of bitter monkeys. After the first taste, the tend to de-evolve to more of peat malt taste...wierd eh? AND yet, still a very drinkable beer. I applaude Brooklyn for trying something different with the increasing popular belgian brew... CHEERS!

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.33/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of candy with some pears and apricot and some sweet malt is somewhat reminiscent of some of the Trappists. Taste is surprisingly not that well balance with a mix between the candy like sweetness and some dry fruits with sweetness just getting to be gross at the end. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation and alcohol was not apparent. I really wanted to like this and I am glad I had the opportunity to try this but I thought the flavour really clash and were not properly balanced.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pt 9.4 fl oz. bottle (very nice presentation) into a Postel chalice glass.

golden-blonde color, ultra clear with big and quick carbonation that actually slows down after a few minutes which forms a thin but active all-white head that is a bit thinned out because of the size of the glass so it dissiptes to just about nothing. It leaves plenty od small clumps behind though.

THe balance of the aroma's is amazing, this is easily observed with an aromatic sweet-scented malt and it's counter-part spicey, herbal and meaty hop scent and belgian yeast. Way down, there's floral scents...i'm gonna say roses and a sour-grapes and as it warms up grapefruit. At the very end raspberry tarts. Pretty complex.

Youza! It's one part Saison and one part tripel. a bold and sweet malt with honey and an all-spice, herbal and even grassy balance to the malt. The yeast is mildly spicey and peppery with sour-fruits with wheat that is clasic for a Saison, the heat is pretty mild for 9 %. A sour-wheatie flavors lingers.

Full feel, but very crisp and impressivly Belgian-like clean feel. Lively and smooth.

This brew transcends a style really and is proof Amercians to do Belgian's and very well.

Photo of lifebeer
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a. very light and clear straw color with short-lived white head

s. smells like a witbier, or tripel, sweet, lemony and wheaty

t. topheavy, mainly wheat and a little shortbread, finished almost completely empty

m. watery and heavily carbonated, crisp

d. sorry to say but kinda boring, very little complexity here, will not buy again

Photo of Boto
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours an almost clear, golden color. There was a fairly large white head on it that drops off quickly and didn’t leave much lacing. The aroma is light and sweet. Some notes of spices, yeast, and some lighter fruits. A bit of effervescence of the tongue. The taste is a bit peppery, yeasty, some very mild fruits. Interesting mix. Not the usual dark fruits found in strong Belgians. This one grows on you.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, the bottle itself is gorgeous.

Pale golden yellow body, good clarity, excellent carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of creamy pure white foam. Good lace.

Aroma is spicey, peppery, and features a strong dose of lemon.

Fruity sweet beginning, the sweet though quickly yields to a burst of spice, particularly pepper. Mild lemon undercurrent. Dry finish, but not arid. Light and airy - not a trace of the alcohol.

Bubbly, dancing mouthfeel. Tingles aross the tongue.

Easy drinkability, the lightness balancethe spiceiness perfectly.

Overall, an extremely well done Belgian style ale, regardless of country of origin.

Photo of sabrills70
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle with no freshness date. pours a hasy golden yellow with a two finger head, OK longevity and OK lace. Good tart aroma mixed with citrus - namely grapefruit. Slight honey and yeast smells as well. Good sweetness up front followed by a tart citrus flavor and a decent hop bitterness in the end. Richer and not as tart as the smell leads on to believe. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. A bit rough but should smooth out nicely with a bit of time. All in all a very good beer.

Photo of alexgash
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome bottle! Served at 50 degrees F.

Partly hazy medium golden body with lemon edges. Frothy, rocky, off-white head. Excellent lacing along the walls of the tulip glass. Nose of fresh hay, shortbread cookies, estery fruits, and zesty, fresh hops. Slightly metallic, herbal hops up front. Tropical fruit, melon, and sweetish shortbread mid-palate. Herbal, minty, slightly funky hop bitterness picks up as the sweetness and alcohol crest. Yeasty, cobwebby, fresh hay and spicy hop finish. Medium-full body with a nearly syrupy feel, especially mid-palate. Very nice!

Photo of PBoegel
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite new beer for 2007. I was fortunate to receive a full case of this back in March as my brother who works in the beer industry has a friend who works for Brooklyn.

The presentation of this beer from the beautiful cork and caged 750 ml bottles (made exclusively for the Brooklyn Brewery, quite nice and excellent for reuse as a homebrewer) to the special glassware which came with the case I got, is just great, the beer itself:

Poors a hazy golden yellow with light touches of coopery orange with a nice dense egg white almost mousse like head. Very effervescent.

Aromas are magnificent sweet but dry pilsner malt and dried pineapple, fresh baked sugar cookies and lightly peppery.

Flavor is just a wash of sweet clean peppery spice, more sugar cookies and lightly toasted breads. Hop bitterness and dryness smoothes out the evident but palate pleasing sweetness.

This beer is a major homerun from Brooklyn. I look forward to more of their unique offerings in the coming year.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have enjoyed a couple of these already, a unique offering from the Brooklyn Brewery that made it up to these parts. This one is bottle number 1657.

Sweet and citrusy yeast aroma the moment the cork is popped. Pours out a cloudy marmalade hue, almost closer to apricot. Tall creamy/frothy with head with great retention, and settles to a dense sponge cake head.

Light effervescent aroma, predominantly citrusy esters of lemon zest and tangerine peel. Mild spicy phenols appear after it warms a bit, along with sweet wheat malt.

The flavour unrolls as pale and wheat malt fuses with citrus zest and floral notes, finishing with dry spices and leafy hops. It's kind of over and done just like that, but it's a fun ride every time, very user-friendly and drinkable flavour profile. The alcohol only really rears its head well into the aftertaste, very deceiving and mildly warming.

The mouthfeel is a creamy, velvety, cloud-like dream, decent body but light and highly quaffable considering the style and abv%.

Not an overly complex nor bombastic Belgian strong pale ale, and I think that's why I enjoyed this so much, as it can still hold its own in the quality dep't without having to overdo it. Nicely balanced and contained, I think refined would be the proper term. A great ale to share or to finish on one's own, whether you have a good reason or excuse to celebrate something or not. I'll definitely be buying more of these as my budget will allow.

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