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Reviews: 903
Hads: 1,948
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 161
Gots: 323 | FT: 8
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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 tmm313
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden color. Constant bubbles with a huge creamy head. Good lacing. 4

S- Light lemon, cracker, pepper, apple, grapefruit and yeast.

T- Apple, pear, a little lemon, earthy hop, and banana. Big bready and grassy notes. As it warms, orange and grapefruit becomes more pronounced.

M- Medium body with crisp, almost sharp, carbonation. Lightly drying,

O- The more I drank, the more I approved. Letting this one warm a bit is a good idea. Nice complexity. Each sip is a little different, offering different combinations of many different flavors and characteristics. The most dominant flavors are bread based, but it is accented wonderfully by everything else. (671 characters)

Photo of vegassommelier
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed about this beer was the pure sexiness of it in the glass. A bright 14k gold color with champagne like bubbles cascading to the top creating a fantastic froth.
Aromas of brioche, lemon curd, yellow flowers, candy corns, creamed corn and cream of wheat are most noticeable.
Candied citrus, orange blossoms, cream of wheat, macadamia nut and corn muffins are delivered with a fantastic mouthfeel. A really nice finish due to its good acidity and round texture on the palate.
Something about this beer makes me want to deep fry everything in my fridge and eat it while drinking this. French fries, corn dogs, fried calamari... you name it and if its fried, it will rock with this beer!
Yet another one of those beers best consued in the hot months oft he summer, as it is truly refreshing. An impressive offering to say the least. (853 characters)

Photo of Labeorphile
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass. This beer had a fizzy head that quickly become a foamy head, but stuck around for a long time, leaving lacing all the way down the glass. Beer was a hazy, not sure if from the cold or the yeast, but a light copper color.

Nose was amazing. Very yeast, but with fruit esters that made it very Belgian. The taste was great as well, same esters in the taste with a hint of pepperiness. A truly great tasting and refreshing beer. The bottle design made me expect a darker style beer when I picked it up, but I really liked this and would be glad to split it with friends during the summer. The large size and 9% ABV makes it a bit tough to try and tackle the whole thing alone.

Mouthfeel was good for style. I highly recommend this beer. Listed as a Belgian strong ale, but had elements of a saison, which is a style I am really starting to enjoy. (895 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see a date, it's just stamped 2883 on the label.

A: Upon removal of the cage the cork immediately and violently shoots off, nearly maiming several small children. Bottle slowly and continuously overflows with foam even after pouring half a Duvel tulip's worth out. Pours a clear but extremely effervescent gold. Enormous frothy and fluffy white head. Effervescence cannot be overstated, one of the frothiest and bubbly beers I've ever had. Head finally settles down, leaving thin and fluffy lacework behind. Good head retention.

S: Light and crisp citrus. Lots of black pepper and cloves. Very sweet grainy malt backing it all up. A hint of grass finally?

T: Very saison-ish. Like a really heavy saison. Light citrus with grass up front. Heavy cloves. Super heavy cloves in the middle. Heavy grainy, bready malt with a little black pepper and grass in the finish.

M: Very high carbonation. Heavy body that is barely hidden by the high carbonation.

O: Not a bad BSPA. As I already mentioned, it tastes like a really heavy saison. Imperial saison maybe? Has that typical grassy, citrus, cloves combination. Just a touch of funk but barely. Loses a bit of the crispness of a lighter saison at the same time. Good but not earth shattering. (1,249 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze. Very thick white head that lingered with heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cloves, hops, wheat

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops with cloves and some citrus maybe. Wheat and earthy notes as well.

Overall: Great beer! (325 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember where I got this one but I have tended to enjoy Brooklyn beers and Belgians so I am guessing that I will enjoy this one. Good looking beer, golden and cloudy with good head that stuck around. Good nose but not overwhelming, crisp but not much of a hint of the alcohol. Taste is very good, and smooth considering the alcohol content. Has a light taste and feel despite being at 9% which gives it good bonus points. Not great, but very good and I enjoyed it very much. Would certainly buy this one again depending upon the cost which I cannot remember. Would like to try it again with the 2 on the same night to compare and contrast which would help me narrow down my top styles. (692 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy gold with lots of bubble clinging to the sides of the glass. Thick, rich eggshell head with excellent retention, but it seems to be lacking in lacing.

S- clove, sweet apple, yeast, herbal and floral hops. Alcohol comes through as it warms up a bit.

T- tart apple, caramel, spice, light grassy bittermess from the hops,

M- feels really thin due to a large amount of carbonation. Nice and refreshing.

O- It's the best beer I've had in a while (455 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tumbler

Hazy, orange yellow, steady stream of carbonation that creates a cottony two finger cap which settles to a bubbly layer of white foam.

Aroma of tart apples and caramel

First sip, wow, complex, sweet and tart, apples, wine. Bubbles on the first sip. Slight tartness on the aftertatse. Taste of alcohol.

Interesting, complex, very good. (369 characters)

Photo of kdahnke123
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass ar cellar temperature.
A - Pours a golden yellow color with 3 finger head. The head is very long lasting.
S - Strong smell of citrus with a little bit of hops st the end.
T - Crisp citrus/apple taste with a yeasty aftertaste.
M - A good amount of body with a medium amount of carbonation.
O - For a light colored/bodied strong ale it had a very pleasent smell and taste. (395 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle from Utobeer, London (£12):
Golden with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that holds great, sitting as a thick, 0.5cm, white lacing that still looks foamy & leaves a little lacing on the sides.

Sweet with pear & apples, a fruity aroma & some light base malts. Faint citrus, plenty of spice & some touches of floral on the nose as well with a slightly tart like aroma & some faint yeast.

Spicy with various fruits that includes the apple & pear from the nose along with some banana & further sweetness from some pineapple plus yeast & citrus. Finally there is some light malts and a hint of pepper.

Light & fluffy on the palate but definitely not thin. Dry with plenty of spice plus the alcohol went almost unnoticed with it completely hidden by the taste for the most part. This one was frighteningly easy to drink for a 9% abv. beer & it went down a treat with and amazing balance that complimented the smooth mouthfeel and fine carbonation.

An amazing beer and one that definitely lived up to the hype and the price tag for once. Ridiculously easy to drink given the strength of it & was up there with some of the best Belgian beers of the style that I have tried in the past. This one is a must try and I look forward to sourcing a bottle of their Brooklyn Local 2 sometime soon. (1,298 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium gold and clear with tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom; billowy head of off-white showed good persistence and laced down the glass

S: sweet orchard fruits, like pears and apples, pressed and cidered; tart yeasts and fresh malt grains

T: sweet and spicy, lush and candied; again, fresh, sweet orchard and pale fruits; candied sugar treats and a holiday's-worth of spices, suggesting clove and coriander, nutmeg and sage

M: full and fuzzy, plush and soft; slight tack on finish; little denser than I'd like; some crispness but also some chewiness

O: a delightful BSPA worth a try and buy - fans of the style will be sure to appreciate it - leans toward the sweet/wet end of the spectrum. (706 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into a tulip glass. Good initial head, and nice lacing on this. Beer is bright gold and crystal clear with a smooth steady carbonation.

S - love the strong yeasty aromas, lemony and bready, with hay and some farmhouse aspects, light toasty malts. Fresh bread, , apples, alround very balanced with some nuance.

T - initially a bit of malty sweetness, candy sugar sweetness. Pears!! with some bready toastiness, hay, full 'chewiness' of yeasty fruit, dry florals, some light banana, honey. alcohol gives some nuanced farmhouse and light spice aspects and is fairly understated actually - light pepper?, ending with a full dryness with a light yeasty and lemon profile. Enjoyable - and get the idea of going for an amped up saison style, works quite well, flavours are balanced and pair very nicely with each other.

M - very nice with a moderate body, smooth slightly aggressive carbonation, but hits the mark nicely. Very full and dry on finish and very drinkable for the strength to be sure.

Enjoyable to be sure, this is certainly a well crafted beer, but I didn't find it earthshattering - and maybe my expectations were a bit high going in. Very well balanced with a light farmhouse character and plenty of light pilsner malt, chewy toffee also on the finish. Great beer and well worth having, but wont be in my top ten for the style. I think I would prefer a more assertive flavour profile to match the abv, while this accomplishes a near graceful balance, to each their own I suppose, still very good! When I eventually got down towards the bottom, I added the sediment, which added some nice bite and spice. (1,629 characters)

Photo of BrunEngr
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My 1st corked beer. :-)

A - Pours a big fluffy head but it doesn't stay except to leave laces down the side of the glass.

S - Lightly sweet sent

T - Light sour taste, faint spicy yet tart finish

M - A light carbonated bite

O - I like this beer would be better without the carbonated finish. (297 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-cloudy gold co;or with a large white head that lingers for a while and leaves a lace
S-spice and malt mixture with a banana fruit aroma that has many aromas coming out
T-The spice is not strong and the banana is very faint yet steady and the aftertaste has a bitter or tart like taste that you can taste the spices start to kick in, but just as they do it fades to a pleasant taste.
M-high carbonation and medium carbonation
O- Very complex beer that gives you many aromas and taste. Enjoyed it. (497 characters)

Photo of b_packer
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a corked bottle on 7/12/13. Opened on 2/13/14. Poured into a standard 12oz. Pint glass.

A- poured a straw, pale yellow color with a half inch white fluffy head. Not a whole lot of carbonation with this beer. Head disapated rather quickly and left a little web lacing down the glass

S- very fruity, sweet, and sour smelling

T - get the fruit and sour taste right away. The sour taste is very prevelent and persistent throughout the drink. Leaves a little bitter after taste but nothing to bad, no real alcohol burn either.

M-light and smooth. Get a lot of the carbonation.

O- very soir and fruity. I guess it is expected with this style. Has an almost artificial taste its that fruity. Way to sour for me. Wasn't really a big fan of this one just to sour and fruity for me. Worth the try but probably won't be drinking this one again. (846 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a light golden yellow colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and meringue like then faded fairly quickly to light wispy layer. Quite a lot of carbonation shoots to the surface... some light sticky lacing clings on to the end...

Aroma - Strong spicy fruits (apricots, pineapples, pears), nice strong Belgian bready / yeasty notes, candy sugar / honey sweetness, light toasted malts, peppery hops, faint trace of alcohol, some basil / thyme herbal notes, faint medicinal traces...

Taste - Biscuity malts, toasted bread, herbal / floral, spicy fruits (pineapples, pear drops), light sugary sweetness, definite Belgian yeastiness, honey notes, peppery, some salty hints, slight soapiness, grassy, spicy hops

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry.. light / medium body... very refreshing and drinkable - the alcohol is very well hidden..

Overall - A very good and well made Belgian pale ale... recommended (971 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/10/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon peel, orange peel, pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, grape, honey, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, grape, honey, bread, herbal, floral, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of bright malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a very crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian Strong pale ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,441 characters)

Photo of bryangb
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged bottle. Smell: I get yeast, orange, cream and lime maybe? Taste: I taste what I smell. It reminds me of... A Belgian ale. It's a smooth beer. Carbonation is a little bitey though. Not my style beer, but I wanted to try something new. (264 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

stupid site jammed up again, so I have to do the review all over again, screw it. how many times has this happened now?
Belgian replica by an American brewer. fruity. rich. very Belgian, but not the real stuff, but still very rich. overall, foamy, yellow, rich, decent abv, nice lacing, blah blah blah... thanks BA for killing me again. delete the review if you want, but I urge you to fix the site first, guys.... (414 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. Barcode reads 30613 00102. #3551. I'm a robot. I'm talking like a robot.

A: Cloudy, somewhat dull, golden yellow-orange with bone white head. About 1 finger width with ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Tart and fruity Belgian yeast. Nice citrus & tropical fruit. Specifically, I can detect elements of lemon, orange, tangerine, mango, banana, apple & pear. It seemed like whatever fruit I thought of, I could find it somewhere in the nose! Vanilla. Light malt. Slight indistinct spice. There is something familiar I can't pinpoint... Dreamsicle?

T: Spicy and lightly sweet fruit notes kick of a smooth transition to a faintly bitter, semi-dry finish. Peppery notes accompany the big essence of fruit cocktail. Minimal alcohol.

M: Crisp & effervescent with rather marked carbonation. Light body. Brings extra zing to the yeast's spiciness. Slight stickiness.

O: So imagine a Duvell, brewed on a subway in NYC. Kinda dingy looking. Feels a little rough around the edges. But really delivers where it counts. I fully endorse this beer.

Prost! (1,143 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: straw gold with a fluffy three finger head that slowly dissipated leaving some lovely lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, malts,cloves and other spices, bready and sweet.

T: yeast, sweet malts, fruit esters, spices and clove.

M: smooth and light with a very fine carbonation (almost champagne like)

O: I bought this along with a Local 2 on a recent trip to NY. I would agree with the categorization of strong saison as I found it very saison-esque. I enjoyed the mouth feel and look of this beer and it was a nice enjoyable drink. I would revisit it...but not as fast as I would Local 2. (623 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; beautiful straw/orange. a solid inch of head that hangs around for awhile, lots of bubbles.

smell; classic belgian yeast, bananas, pears, some alcohol.

taste. fruity notes hit u right away, balanced by smooth malt, the only downside is the taste of alcohol is quite overpowering,

mouthfeel; smooth, nice carbonation.

overall; one of the better strong belgian ales I've tried, particularly impressive because its american, could easily pass for a fine belgian ale. if you are into this style, you will really enjoy it, but i don't know if it is something id rush to buy again. (591 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass
A: Hazy amber color with a two-finger head that settles very slowly
S: Yeasty, a bit of sweet fruit, malt & spices
T: Match the nose
M: Light-bodied, hides the high alcohol surprisingly well
O: Solid beer from a solid producer for a great price (283 characters)

Photo of HopSquatch
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice domestic version of a true Belgium. If blind folded I would never have known. Strong sweet tasting malts, alcohol strength is masked well. Smooth and no bitterness and improved as it warmed. Simple golden color with powerful carbonation. Poured in my regular pub style pint glass from the big corked bottle. Very nice , enjoyed it for a hour and half. Would definitely buy again. Drink at home dont drive ! (416 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber with a big foamy white head. The carbonation in this looks high.

The smell is sweet and malty, along with the belgian yeast smells, cloves and spices.

The taste is sweet, yeasty, spices, pepper and coriander. There's a little alcohol and fruitiness as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is light with a high amount of carbonation. This may be the most carbonated beer I've had.

Overall this may be the best Belgian strong pale ale I've had I just wish the carbonation was a little tamer. I'm not going to downgrade it too much though as the taste was very good. (584 characters)

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91 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.