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Reviews: 903
Hads: 1,947
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 bigjohn
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent new offering from Brooklyn Brewery, their first in larger format bottles. Beautiful golden colour with a frothy white head. Poured with about an inch and a half of head into a duvel goblet. Smell is crisp and yeasty, hints of spice and light fruit. Nice dry taste, very refreshing. The alcohol is virtually nonexistent in the palate. Spicy and lightly floral, very pleasant interpretation of the style. Mouthfeel is light with pronounced carbonation, very indicative of the style. As for drinkability, I had no trouble polishing off the bottle. A lovely warm weather beer with its bright and refreshing characteristics. Highly recommended. (649 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was golden, nice dense and thick white rocky head. Smelled sweet and phenolic. Tasted sweet yet clean with a little fruity/ phenolic tropical fruitiness. Mouthfeel was light to medium and creamy. Smooth and fine carbonation. Quite delicious. I would like to put one aside and see how it dries out after further bottle conditioning. Don't hate me, but I would much rather drink this than Duvel or Delerium Tremens. Way to go Garret!! (435 characters)

Photo of dlugo
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex, delicate, and delicious.
Not for the yeastphobes, the yeast is prominent throughout, with some hops.
I aspire to one day brew a beer as elegant as this! Another winner from the crew at the Brooklyn Brewery , I'm looking forward to Brooklyn Local 2. (261 characters)

Photo of phisig137
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful 24 karat gold color with a 1.5 finger head. Nice retention leaves behind a good amount of lace.

Aroma is slightly sweet and slightly spicy. Good malt and sugar presence, with a lot of good raw sugar/honey aromas popping through. Yeast is ful of spicy phenols and smells great.

Flavor is well balanced and delicious. Dominated by spicy yeast from front to back. Slightly sweet demerara sugar/ caramel malts up front. Slightly dry hoppy finish, with a lingering yeast spiciness. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, and agressively carbonated. Drinkability is quite good.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Somewhat of a hybrid of a belgian strong pale ale and a tripple. Very well made, and an excellent offering from Brooklyn. Well worth seeking out. I wish Mr. Oliver would make this all the time. Highly recommended. I also love the two bands of raised glass on the bottle, reminiscent of those from westvleteren, and other trappist beers in small bottles. Nice tribute... (987 characters)

Photo of aquatonex
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always good to try a new Brooklyn brew...

Pours pale golden with a decidedly murky quality from the yeasts. Smells of light lemons and the yeast of course. Taste is VERY yeasty, especially the dredges at the bottom of the bottle. Slight citrus and alcohols are also prevalent. It's not completely Belgian but hey, it's not from Belgium. And, it's a pretty hefty drinker. (373 characters)

Photo of johnnydollar
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely yellow, almost clear hue. Much lighter in color than I had expected. The smell is what I am used to for a Belgium style ale. Nice yeasty, biscuity, kind of aroma. The taste has a pleasant bitterness to it. Nice hops flavor. Easy drinking for a 9%abv....TROUBLE.

Overall, I really like it. It's not a Belgium ale, but I don't think it's trying to be one either. More crisp. Smooth but with a hoppy snap. (420 characters)

Photo of tommy78
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it out of a tall bottle and it immediately had a golden yellow hue. Lots of head, which settled after a while. The smell was spicy with some yeast with a hint of fruit and hops mixed in. As I tasted the brew, it was a bit bland. However, after a couple of more sips, it became sweeter to the pallate. With the mouthfeel, it became easier to enjoy the brew. As for the drinkability, it is easy to finish off a bottle before you realize that you need more. (461 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow crystal clear body with a huge swirl of micro bubbles coming off the etching in the glass. There is a thick creamy white head that last and last turning moussey after a bit.

S- The smell of perfumed yeast with a hint of bubble gum and some slight white sugar note in the background. There is a strong smell of club soda with a soft fresh mushroom quality but it is very light. The finish is a soft green hop hint.

T- There is a soft cotton candy taste to the pale malt with hints of bubble gum and yeast. The finish has a light noble hop flavor with a light woody pine note and a hint of lemon zest. There is very soft bitterness that hangs on for a second and when the beer warms a bit there is a peppery spice to the hops.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz finish.

D- This beer is light and crisp but a bit boring. The yeast characteristics were nice but it would be nice to have more depth is such a subtle beer. There was no notice of the alcohol which made this a very drinkable beer. (1,083 characters)

Photo of sacfly
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL., no date- 0467 stamped on back
Pours a very light, clear straw color. Looks lighter than Coors light (but that is where the similarities end). Thick head of large white bubbles. Head retention is superior. Aroma is of bitter orange peel and spicy yeast. Smell is wonderful. Upon sipping, the first thing that struck me was the medium to heavy body on this one. Nothing like I assumed from the appearance. Maybe a bit to heavy for the style. Creamy with more orange and coriander. Great yeast character. Wonder which one they used? As it warms, the yeast takes on a woody character. Spicy and light bitterness linger long in the aftertaste. Dry finish. Great beer. (671 characters)

Photo of medic25
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip, this poured a big golden color, with a frothy white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but primarily yeast. Initial sip offered a little more hops than expected, but as it warmed the beer became sweeter, with much more yeast character, and matched the style well. Drinkability was incredible; very little hint of alcohol, with a smooth aftertaste. (368 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Hennepin glass from the 750 mL belgian-style corked and caged bottle. #0667 is printed on the back of the bottle under the bar code.
It pours a light golden color that is nearly clear with moderate to vigorous carbonation. The head billows up 1/3 of the glass and takes a few minutes to settle back to a rocky, thick retentive head. Definite smells of belgian yeast in here behind grass hops, citrus zest, and a mellow and full malt aroma. The taste was a bit of a surprise. Not like any belgian style I have had. Predominate bitterness from the hops and slight lack of flavor. This seems like more of a Belgian IPA. I'm not tasting the full, rich, sweet flavor I've grown to associate closely with BSPA's. Active carbonation takes away from the little flavor that is present. Maybe I should let it warm up and lose some fizz for a minute. After I stop drinking it the alcohol sneaks into the aftertaste.

10 minutes later: A little bit more flavor is present, mostly the yeast poking through. The citrus and malt still seem to be pushed aside by that subtle, yet overbearing bitterness. I know Brooklyn can make a mean malty beer (ie. winter lager). Maybe they should stick with their brown ales, lagers, and imperial stouts. This attempt at a Belgian just isn't totally selling me.

The mouthfeel is not bad other than the prickly carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer, but the 9% ABV doesn't make it a beer to pound.

Edit: When I first reviewed this beer is was classified as a BSPA. The characteristics showed nothing close to the style therefore I rated it a tad low. I will have to try it again and re-review. (1,634 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking, very crisp golden colour with a hefty white head that quickly dissolves and leaves a smattering of itself here and there on the glass.

The aroma is very nice: yeast, candy, grass, floral notes and a bit of earth and grain as well.

Flavour is a nice blend of grass and floral notes, a lot of dirty earth with burnt grain as well to give a bit of a bread-like feel. The sweetness of the candy and the yeast notes take a back seat here, although both are still quite noticeable. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated and crisp: very champagne like. Regal almost.

This is a nice brew. It boasts a lot of flavour and blends everything together quite nicely. Not my favourite style in the world, but this one is good enough that I'd be more than happy to go back to it again, and certainly plan to do so... (836 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Firstly, what is 100% bottle re-conditioned. How could you have any other percentage besides 0 or 100? Anyway, I was excited to try this beer but it kind of let me down. It pours a straw/light amber color with a thick off white head. The aroma is the classic fruity yeasty belgian funky aroma that I expected. The flavor is not as good as I had hoped though. The alcohol is very evident in the flavor and gives a pronounced warming in my mouth throat, and stomach. It has a malty fruity taste with a very strong spiciness. It is a bit sweeter than I would have liked. (567 characters)

Photo of Newsman
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at my favorite outlet while shopping for a beer dinner, and thought this might be fun. Turned out to be the first one we opened, and I'm glad we did.

Poured into wine glasses (I need to get some proper goblets for Belgian-style beers). Very nice thick white head, pillowy, with a light caramel, clear body. Smell was very tempting...some spice, a little lemon zest, a bit of alcohol standing out.

Tasted very earthy, malty sweetness with just a hint of hops and some nice coriander. The alcohol is there, but doesn't overpower like some I've tried. Mouthfeel is light, a little carbonation.

Ultimately, VERY drinkable. Frightingly so given the ABV. It was a great way to start the evening. I think it would've paired well with the crabcake appetizers, but we drank it all down before the food hit the table! (836 characters)

Photo of BBM
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a fizzy two finger white head atop it. Nice retention and lacing. Smell was a pleasant blend of spices, corriander, and a slightly earthy note. It had that distinct Belgian aroma.

The taste started off slightly spicy, peppery, with hints of some banana and very subtle lemon. A musty earth flavor followed, giving it a little more pop than you might expect. The warming alcohol on the back end dried out the beer, rounding out the subtle yet complex flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin and fizzy side, but nothing distracting. And while this beer goes down smooth, I don't know how much of this I could handle. I felt it after half a bomber.

Overall though, this is a very good beer and quite a difference from the Brooklyn beers you're used to. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed. (845 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shipped to me by Sulldaddy in a champagne-size bottle, it pours a pale yellow, chilled into a tulip glass with some haze. The head towers above, white, loose, but clingy and spongy. Aroma is slightly fruity (white grapes and lemon) with a nice amount of cloves or nutmeg as well that really spices it up. Just a twinge of alcohol also hits my nose along with possibly some slight yeast. Flavor sips at first quite sweet with reminders of pears along with some citrus fruit and some spice. Alcohol quickly coems in to dry out the body, which is medium at most with a slight bit of yeast flavors. The body again is medium, and the combined carbonation and alcohol phenols quikly make this a bit bitey on the tongue. However, this is scarily drinkable! Oh God, a whole bottle all by myself? I guess I'll take one for the team... (825 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Looks impressive in the custom corked and caged brown 750ml with the gold logo on red & black.

A - A bright golden color with bone white head that produces many bubbles + leaves sheets of swiss cheese like lace.

S - A musty belgian aroma with scents of sugar and fragrant floral and herbal hops.

M - Prickly, salty and modestly carbonated with mild vinous quality. A tad dry overall with a sweet finish.

T - a snap of evervescent sweet malt is followed by a gentle but enticing spiciness. A light nuttiness and sugary sweetness dominate leaving the sides of my cheeks slightly dry in the wake of this golden behemoth.

D - A good Belgian, but overall not a great one imo. It may have been that my expectations were out of porportion, but the depth was less than extraordinary. It has the kick of generous alcholic presence, pleasant odors, but the taste left me wanting more. overall a good representation of the style, though. (947 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy peachish color. Lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass from the bottom. Huge two finger frothy white head. Lots of larger bubbles in the head. Lacing is so puffy and thick that it leaves clouds on the glass. Light and fruity. Nice champagne like aromas. Saison aromas. Coriander, orange peel, and belgian yeast esters. Candied sugar also present as it warms a bit. Spicy and slightly boozy, though soft. A nice smelling brew.

Sweet, but not overly sweet. It's a dry sweetness that isn't thick on the palate. Spices, orange peel, lemon zest, with some pepper flavors. Yeasty with slight bready notes, though they don't leave that usual chalky mouthfeel. Dry mouthfeel with a lemony finish that doesn't pucker the lips. Spritzy bubbles remind me of champagne a bit and tend to take over the later half of the mouthfeel I'm not sure this is a belgian strong ale. I think I'd stick it under the saison or a strong saison. A nice one from Brooklyn. (977 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the .750ml into my DFH snifter. A pretty pale golden straw color with a fat and frothy thick white head. Lots of carbonation. Nice foam retention and some lace. Smells malty sweet with spices and some citrus. Maybe cloves? A pleasant aroma; not overwhelming. Subtle hints of peppery pineapple. Very nice. The taste here is delicious. A musky malt flavor throughout, with notes of pepper and clove. Slight lemon character in there. Has a dry white wine quality to it as well. Leaves a pungent but unoffensive bitterness in the back of the mouth upon the finish. Definitely more complex and more enjoyable after it warms up a bit. True to the style, for sure, but this definitely maintains an American craft brew signature. Garrett Oliver and company have done well with this one. The alcohol is masked well, although you know you're drinking something above par when you first taste this. Smooth mouthfeel. An all-around solid and drinkable beer. (957 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RedChrome and the Florida Gators for the beer.
I'm not one to collect bottles, but I think I'll hold on to this one. Awsome bottle.
Pours a clear golden color with a massive white head that recedes and holds at 1/2". Wet lacing lines the sides of the glass.
Cloves and other spices in the nose. Smells sweet. Floral hops.
Very sweet but it works with this beer. Fruity in the middle. Pineapple, bannana, sweet apple (Golden Delicious). Hint of honey. Also a hint of diadactyl but it doesn't really detract from the beer.
Lot's of carbonation in the mouthfeel.
This would be an excellent beer for summer bbq's or for brats over the grill.
Nice job Brooklyn! Very solid offering. (694 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden with a nice white head that stays with sticky lacing.

Aromas of Belguim yeasts, sweet candy sugar and light tropical fruits...mostly bittersweet like pineapple.

Taste is definitely Belguim up front with candied sugars and tropical fruitiness but sours and bitters on the end with nice citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is sparkling with lots of tiny carbonation.

Aftertaste is a combination of pineapple and alcohol warmths. (446 characters)

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

Very light color is pale yellow with a cloudy appearance. Tiny stream of carbonation rising to the surface. Pure white head dissipated to a slick on top quickly. Lacing is spotty.

Huge changes in the nose. Hops, sugar, and malt all conflict to be dominant. Pineapple is the main citrus, but there is also a light grape aroma. Sweetness is tempered by a nice hops finish.

Taste is very much a picture of the style. Sugar and hops combine for a fruity balance in the mouth. Alcohol makes a brief cameo on the tongue. Very decent finish of crisp apple on the end.

light feel on the tongue without a huge carbonation push. Taste lingers on the sides of the mouth.

Superb offering from a solid brewery. This one would go great by itself as a preview to a pork dinner. Definitely pick up at least on to try. This should become a regular in Brooklyn's line-up. (867 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

kinnda excited to try this one. Had it at the Philly beer fest, and now a bottle all to myself. also, 1st brew reviewed since everything happened, so here we go!
pours a very nice golden color. has a rather foamy head, and boy does it last.
you can smell the sugar cane in the nose. it just eminates sweetness
Sweetnes doninates this brew. very sweet taste, dominated by malt. There is a definate hop presence,. but it indeed plays second fiddle. sometimes it had a chalky feel, but it doesn't tale away from the total package. Had the clove spiceyness to it, but all in all, you got alot of the sugar flavor in this brew

Interesting brew. despite the cloying sweetness, it really is a nice product. pick up a bottle or 2 if you get the chance! (751 characters)

Photo of joeack
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to try this one as Saisons are my favorite style. Poured a straw color and fluffy white head. That funky smell was not present that i was expecting along the Saison Dupont style. The taste is a little weak but definite spiceness comes through in the end. I would try this one again but its a ways behind Saison Dupont and Hennepin. (343 characters)

Photo of Umbra
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, beautiful, unique bottle from the brewery, caged cork.
Appearance: Poured sunshine bright yellow with limited carbonation within the body of the brew. Still had a white head with decent retention and lacing for the style.
Smell: Lemons and yeast on the nose
Taste: Really liked this one. Was a bit grainy/chalky at times, but still had the yeast and other saison moments. Clove and candy sugar were noticeable once it warmed a bit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, initially sharp and crisp, leaves the mouth dry and wanting afterward.

Drinkability: Very, the big bottle didn't last long. (599 characters)

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