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Brooklyn Antwerpen Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Antwerpen Ale
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85
very good

26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerHonky on 03-11-2007)
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Reviews by BeerHonky:
Photo of BeerHonky
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Barcade. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer pours a beautiful golden, slightly amber, straw color with about a fingers worth of fluffy white head. Not a huge aroma here, but it does smell nice and clean. Lightly toasted grains and fresh, dried wheat aromas and slightly piny hops. Flavor is a big blast of biscuity, pale malt at first which then calmly evens out into a nice crisp, bitter hop flavor. Has some interesting lager characteristics to it too. Light body with a refreshing carbonation makes this beer highly drinkable. A wonderful beer!

BeerHonky, Mar 11, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small tulip glass a deep copper with some definent reddish tint a small but tight formed egg shell colored head.Aromas reaaly didnt jump out light brown sugar and some medicinal and herbal notes,dryer firm biscuity malt base slidind into a darf fruitiness with a light caramelness finishing with a light smack of herbal hop.A very drinkable"table" beer it wont knock your socks off but you can drink in all night and be satisfied.

oberon, May 27, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler at Half Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. Pours typical pretty clear auburn, with a soft, fluffy tan head, showing some retentive powers and leaves stringy lacing. Toasty nose, moderate malty sweetness, balanced, easy drinking creation from Brooklyn. Notes of honey, spice, fruit. Nothing amazing, but subtle and tasty. Everyday Belgian sessioner. Well worth a try and with food, this one would work nicely

Billolick, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first enjoyed this beer at the grand opening of the new Blind Tiger a month back in NYC. What a lucky find. I more recently had a few pints at Tria in Philadelphia. The beer poured a clear amber color with a slight off white head and nice lacing on the sides. The nose was a familiar Belgian-ish malty touch with some fruit notes on the back end. The taste gives you a bit of a bready like character, some fruit notes and also a hop bitterness on the end that rounds this one out well but makes for a somewhat light and easy drinking body.

ggaughan, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: On tap at Monk's in Philadelphia. 5/17/07. Served in a small glass. Proper temperature. Clear, deep reddish-copper body. The short head of creamy off-white foam held OK but left minimal lacing (dirty glass?). The nose displayed a subtly toasted maltiness accented by a gently dark fruitiness and soft spiciness. Medium-light in body. Delicately carbonated. Very smooth in the mouth. The flavor was delicate - a simple, basic ale. Fairly clean as far as the yeast character was concerned. Just some mild frutiness and spiciness. The fruitiness and gently toasted maltiness balance well. Moderate underlying bitterness. Short, dry finish. Quite quaffable, but not at Monk's price of $5.50 for a small glass.

NeroFiddled, May 20, 2007
Photo of BeerFan
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Latest Brewmaster's Reserve beer on tap in my basement. Pours a bright, clear as a lager, orangey-amber color. Compact, beige head. Initially good lacing fades as the glass empties, but leaves a tiny layer of foam. Biscuity, toasted malts upfront, with the smell and taste of the spicy and floral Hallertauer Perle and Czech Saaz hops on the backend. This is a very easy drinking medium-bodied beer at 5%. Very session-like. It doesn't blow me away, but then again, it's not meant to do so.

BeerFan, May 19, 2007
Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep golden-orange with a slight bready white head.

S: estery with fresh apples, and citrus.

T: there was tart apples, with a slight sour fruitiness and lightly toasted malting. The beer finished tart with a spicy hop finish.

M: light and spritzy with a semi-chewy pale grains.

D: Overall a spritzy carbonated Belgium style with a good decent fruitiness providing for an unique taste and drinkability.

beerthulhu, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a solid toasted grain with a slight yeast ester.

The taste consisted of an upfront toasted grain with a spicy earthy hop. Slight estery yeast.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and a bit chewy. A minor astrigent finish.

Overall an easy drinking Belgian ale.

plaid75, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass on tap.

Poured a medium orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of biscuit, fruity, spices and light yeast. Tastes of breadiness, fruits, and light spices. I was also getting a light herbalness in the tastes.

Notes from: 4/9/07

hopdog, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was listed as the Brooklyn Brewers choice in the Cloverleaf Tavern. The body was a fairly dark brown with a nice white head. Not too much retention unfortuantely but it at least had a good lacing that stayed with the beer. The smell was very malty. The taste was the same but the aftertaste was pretty good. It was fairly spicy but yet had a honey-like sweetness added to it to balance it out which was intriguing to my palate. The mouthfeel was full-bodied; nothing overbearing. Pretty drinkable beer; sweet-spicy aftertaste makes it an interesting brew. Easy going beer makes drinking it a breeze, especially considering it is a Belgian.

maddogruss, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Crew in Poughkeepsie NY early May 2007. A nice 5% alcohol level.

Look: Clear copper orange in color with a thin 1" head that lasts a while. Light lacing develops.

Smell: biscuits and fruit sweetness are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: mild malt profile that has a hint of biscuit, apples, plums, and a touch of dry spiciness. Mild hop bitterness rounds it out. Simple yet enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: light crisp and dry at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff and makes the tastebuds happy. This nice beer went well with a crabcake appetizer I sampled.

Gavage, May 16, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer surprised me the other night at Max's. Frankly, I'm not a huge fan of Belgium pale ales, and was all the more put off by the low abv. (which I usually assume means light flavor as well)

This beer was very crisp and refreshing to drink,with just subtle overtures of some funky Belgium yeast flavors going on. The beer was quite well balance, with decent flavors of citrus, cherry and apple. The beer was very easy to drink, and given it's relatively low abv, one would be tempted to pound down a few pints (not that one can do that at Max's - they don't serve their beer in real pint glasses) on a Saturday afternoon. Excellent, interesting beer from Brooklyn brewing, with everything in place and nothing over the top. Quite well done.

John_M, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to quaf several of these a few weeks back at the Brooklyn Brewery taproomon Friday night. Crimson in color, spicy and with a bite. Higher alcohol content but not overbearing. Smooth character and touch of sweetness from the floral theme. Very refreshing.

Brianmerrilyn, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of garcia2a
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice beer the poured with a light, short lived head. Nice auburn tone with excellent clarity. I enjoyed this slightly chilled, which proved to be refreshing, This beer had nice fruity undertones, which help make this an everyday drinking beer. Kudos to Mr. Oliver.

garcia2a, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to try this on tap last evening. The brew was poured to a copper color with a nice sized off white head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is of malt which gave it a toasted scent and what I perceived as a sweetness. With this being a Belgium Pale I was expecting some typical spicy aromas but I could not pick anything like that up. The taste is very good, but does not really remind me of a pale. I am picking up more malt than anything else but that flavor gives it a very smooth feel. This brew is very easy drinking with its toasted flavors, and some fruit (candy apples?) like taste. Over all I really like this brew, seems like a good sessional brew with its easy drinking and feel.

Stimack, May 02, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Drafting Roon in Exton, Pa.
Served as a medium amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is significant for hops with a light bread-like aroma also present.
Taste is a pleasant combination of the bready malt and moderately bitter hops.
Went perfectly with the brunch buffet.
Very Drinkable.

tgbljb, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of Foxman
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a slightly hazy coppery amber. Two fingers of dense, typically Belgian-esque white head deconstructs unevenly and gradually. Fronds of lacing wave along the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries thin but present notes of malt, with cherry and a mild toasty sweetness. An equally narrow spiciness presents, but it's general and pretty indistinct.

Upon sipping, the toasty malt is credibly sweet and brings cherries and toffee to the fore, but again as in the aroma, it's fleeting and thin. The esters are spicier here, with a touch of clove notable, and a green apple crispness is intimated. A lash of bread crust comes about near the end, and the end is citrus crisp and short-lived. It's not badness, but it falls short of genuine goodness.

North of light bodied by a touch, it flows with a swirl, leaving a creaminess that is countered ably by a dry spice glow.

I wanted to like it, and I tried to be objective, but in the end it was a bit too close to average to stand up to all the other offerings available in the style. It's crafted, you can taste that much, but it just doesn't seem able to finish what it starts, coming off as vague and with little real bandwidth. The ABV is nothing beefy from what I could tell, but drinking it because you bought it is likely this one's niche. Had better, had worse, won't likely have it again unless it's free and the best available. Enough said?

Foxman, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a pint of this at The Gate. Then I got another one. Garrett's latest creation, and one of his finest, for sure. Poured a slightly reddish amber, with almost an inch of thick head on top. Aromas were nicely balanced -- sweet toasty malts, herbal hops, and a slight fruity yeast. Really quality. Delicious, too! Having a hard time describing the malt taste -- sweet bread -- and a crisp, slightly bitter hop finish. Very flavorful, medium body, with a tasteful level of fine carbonation characteristic of BB, I could happily drink this all night. Bravo!

jbsteiny, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Smokin' With Chris BBQ.
Clear amber ....foamy off white head.
Smells of nutty malts and subtle fruits.
This is a pretty light flavored ale. Malt dominates the taste and there is some crisp bitter limey aftertaste.There are some hints of green apples.The finish is very clean and dry.Went well with the smoked swordfish dinner.

Hautacam, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of lawrence76
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nice Ommegang tulip style glass from the taps at The Public Houise

Appearance is a strikingly beautiful ruby red, crystal clear brew with a thin off white head.

Excellent carbonation, suitable to the style.

Aroma is a subtle combo of soft maltiness, slightly caramelized sugar, and some yeast esters.

Flavour is primarily about the sort of "soft" maltiness here...meaning that not one aspect really shines over the others, there are toasty, bready, and caramelly malts, all balanced and very subtle to the palette. Lends itself an interesting mouthfeel, enhanced by aggressive carbonation. It has a classic "brooklyn" taste to it (an opinion shared by one of my friends who also tried it) leading one to imagine that they might have used the house yeast to ferment most of this, and then finished it off with a belgian yeast. It does have a dry, tart finish. Hops are not really part of the equation, but I didnt miss them

At ~5% abv it is superbly sessionable

lawrence76, May 19, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper color with a dense off white head that thins to a film, before disappearing.

Smell: Very fruity. There are notes of bananas and berries with toasty malts, light hops and a hint of spiciness.

Taste: Toasty malts upfront move into a sweet fruity center with notes of bananas and apples. The finish has a light residual sweetness with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Mild but flavorful. Definitely something I could have a few of.

Overall: I thought this was a spot on attempt at a Belgian Pale Ale. I'd definitely have it again.

EPICAC, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of drseamus
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at Mahar's.

A: It has a good amber color with a bit of red in there. There was a great thick white head that fell eventually leaving a rim on the edge of the glass.

S: The aroma was pretty light and had a spicy note to it with a malty base.

T: The flavor was a bit light for my preference, even for a belgian pale ale. There was a good malt flavor and a bit of spice that matched the aroma, but still not strong enough for me. It seems like more of a mild beer to me.

M: The body was pretty light on this, although not totally out of style.

D: I give this average drinkability because it just doesn't have enough to pull me in. It was pretty light and my girlfriend even commented that it was just like Bud.

drseamus, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was served in a Chimay goblet, a hazy light amber beer with a thin white head and minimal retention.

Aroma is on the malty side for this style, butterscotch and baked pretzles with some restrained bitter fruit notes.

Flavor is also rather malt-forward. Butterscotch and doughy moist grain with faint fruit and an earthy, woody hop bitterness.

Body is medium and feels slick and wheaty. Big bubbles of carbonation escape too quickly, leaving the last half nearly flat. Not my favorite effort. The Abbey Single was so much better.

AlexJ, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of ski271
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Medium, slightly ruddy amber with a small, foamy, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a film.
S- Mild malt and citrus…. Nothing bad, just nothing much to it.
T- Lightly sour malts with some light berry and spice.
M- Medium-light body, lightly astringent
D- Eh, it’s not bad, it’s just a bit bland and uninteresting. There are much better Belgian P.A.s out there.

ski271, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This brew is a dark amber color with a wispy white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is mild toasted malt and hops. Medium-bodied with fruit and earthy malt flavoring. Some hops show up here and there but they never fully shine through. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. Not a bad beer, yet somehow a letdown given the quality of the majority of Brooklyn’s other beers.

Dogbrick, Oct 09, 2007
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Brooklyn Antwerpen Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.