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Extra Brune - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 39
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Billolick on 02-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 39
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It's very red with a bit of haziness and brown highlights. There's a medium level of carbonation.
S: The aroma is both sour and fruity.
T: I was expecting lots of sourness in the taste after the smell but it's rather sweet with some sourness and spices mixed in with the flavors. The taste is well-balanced.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and a bit dry.
D: This was relatively easy to drink and the alcohol was well masked. I would definitely drink more of this if I could find it!

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Photo of m1ked
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The afternoon after a huge beer event is more my speed, most beers still available w/o the pandemonium.

A- pours perfectly clear the color of a slightly worn penny. I see 2 lonely & lazy streamers. Just a thin white skimming on top. Maybe the day after is not the best bet.

S- I get some apple cider maybe transitiong to vinegar notes with some earthy woody notes.

T- Apple & cherry vinegar notes dominate with subtle raisin caramel notes burried in there. Lingering sour, almost mustard like notes, but not super sour. Light wood notes, like a muted cedar.

M- for the ABV, I can't believe how light/ thin this is. Sharp crisp prickly carb that plays nice with the sour notes.

D- Ive never seen this offered before and imagine it will be a long time, if ever, before I see this again. Always excited to tegu something new, something local, something in the middle of the work day (off work of course ), something at the open window of a not crowded Blind Tiger on a beautiful spring day. With that being said, I'll probably try something different for my next beer, but very satisfied with this beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven. The beer was lear medium-dark brown with just a wisp of bubbles on top. The smell is very sweet, probably candi sugar more than anything else. The taste is dubbel-y, but with a tart after-taste that's more oud bruin-y. Maybe this is a mixture of the 2 styles. The body is medium to a little > medium, and I found it to be easy to drink, not cloying or anything. Kind of a hybrid style.

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Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the South Philadelphia Taproom.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with thin off white head. Pleasant aroma of dark fruit, chocolate maltiness and candi sugar. Very smooth quaffable beer with lots of dark fruit (prune, raisin, plum, etc.) balancing out the chocolate malts, caramel and candi sugar. Very good!

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Photo of BeerFan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Entiely new recipe from the last batch that was brewed in '04. Was tapped in my basement back in early spring. Poured a slightly coudy, light brown into my Brooklyn Brewey snifter. Nice head retention and lacing. Classic dark fruit flavors of plums and raisins mixed nicely with spiciness of the yeast. I'm picking up some banana and clove flavors as well. Good carbonation for the style. Easy drinking for an 8.5% beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Carrboro,poured into a standard pint glass a kind of murky amber/brown with almost no head at all to speak of,it had a flat look to it.Aromas had a slight mustiness to it along with a hefty dose of phenolic yeast character,flavors are a little to much on the musty side for me,it overpowered the dark fruit flavors,there was also a little phenolic clove and spice in the finish.Not my kinda brew here it was just to one dimensional in its musty and phenolic profile,for some its great for me not so much.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew on-tap at the newly opened Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

A: This was served to me very quickly after ordering in a Brooklyn snifter. Dark brown, translucent, with a very nice looking creamy light brown uneven head. The head had excellent retention and there was very good lacing through the experience.

S: Smells like a Belgian double with hints of dark fruit & banana with just the slightest bit of hops. You get the impression that this is going to taste sweet.

T&M: Nice full mouthfeel with plenty of moderately sweet malts. The banana that was apparent in the nose comes through in the flavor as well, combining with something that reminds me of brown sugar and dark fruit, like dates. Everything comes together very smoothly with a nice creamy texture from the fine carbonation. Finish is that same banana bread taste up front but actually goes a little dry in the linger.

D: Honestly, the more I drank this, the more it grew on me. It was complex, flavorful and full bodied without being overwhelming or overbearing. Very nice!

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Photo of atsprings
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Raleigh Times, served a nice light copper with a decent head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is a wonderful blend of malt, sweet fruits and yeast. The taste is a nice blend of fruit and spice. The beer has a slight heaviness, but it's not too overbearing. This is a very interesting beer to say the least.

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Photo of tpd975
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper in color with a two finger of off white head. The head dies down put ample lacing is left behind.

S: Wow very candylike. Tons of big league chew bubblegum with notes of banana. Bits of belgian yeast round it out. Yum dessert in a glass.

T: Nose matches the aroma. Tons of bubblegum and banana. Hints of yeast, very belgian, very good.

M: Nice carbonation and medium body.

D: Not bad very enjoyable.

Overall: My favorite Brooklyn brew to date. Tons of candy sweetness with a nice Belgian character. I reallly enjoyed the flavor of this beer.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again Mr Oliver brews a tasty. This beer pours a deep ruby tones, with slight cloudiness and minimal carbonation. Modesest head that head the glass nicely.

The bouquet was sweet with hints of banana, exotic fruit and a pinch of hops. The taste retained the banana as a main sweet component, but rich and slightly spicey malt joined in, with an interesting balance of clove, brown sugar and chocolate. Nice and complex, a drinkin' man's beer.

The malt added a fullness to the body and gave the beer quite a presence in the ol' pie hole. All and all, a nice drinkin' brune that doesn't fill, just warms. Gonna have another this week!

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Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber/copper body with a small, white head with low retention and minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A strong, banana ester smell, not allowing much else to come through.

T: A slightly banana ester taste that reminded me of the banana "Runt" candies. Smoothes out after a few sips, but evident until the finish. The banana esters become a bit too overbearing later and take away from the beer a little bit.

M: A nice, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel that was very nice on the palette.

D: Nice, smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel made it a good brew overall. The overwhelming banana taste, I felt, took away from the beer later, but I think it is still a good session beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Al's Whiskey and Wine, served in a pint glass.

Can't say I'm wild about this one. I just don't get much out of this beer. It comes off thin and sweet with a grassy/herbal hop finish. It tastes like a very sweet brown ale, with sugar adjunct (maybe Belgian candi syrup) used. There wasn't any sour tang or anything like that. I've used this word a couple times already, but this was just a sweet brown ale with a hint of Belgian spice and hops.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally got to make my way upstairs to Barleys last night and try the Extra Bruin while it was still on tap. It has been here a few weeks at least, I just never got the chance to pick one up. The pour was rather nice, with a somewhat hazy orange tinted, reddish brown sort of color to it. Hard to describe but it was almost as if it was a candy like color. A nice two finger head of white foam formed on the top, and gradually settled into a crown that lapped up against the sides, but unfortunately did not offer and side glass contribution.

The aroma was very sweet, lots of candied sugar right off the top. Infact it took a little while to dig down through this to find some slight notes of sour yeast, they were there, but very faint. Lots of bready malts being picked up as well, and some light fruit notes. The flavor carried all of this off rather well. There was a big surge of candied sugar right up front, but as this passed some nice notes of banana, apple, and pears could be picked up. Some light sour notes in the finish, but nothing remarkable. Tons of bready malts in here, with a little under balanced amount of sweetness. This was definitely way too sweet for the style. Nice medium body was not overly carbonated, and infact aft a little while became a touch syrup like. Not sure what the alcohol is in this one, however there was defiantly a little in it, as after a couple I started to feel it pretty good.

Overall, this was not bad, as I did manage to have a couple, but it was really not, what I was expecting. I was hoping for it to be a little more sour then it was, but never the less, it was still pretty good. Not sure I would get it again, needs to be a little less sweet overall.

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Photo of sleazo
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_slightly cloudy medium brown witha huge fluffy off white head. Settles nicely into a gorgeous cap. A bit of a gusher at first sip

S_slightly bready. A bit mild

T_huge banana bread flavours up front. Middle hits with bakers chocolate and a hint of bubblegum. Finish is spicy with both black pepper and clove. Mostly sweet throughout however there is some dryness here as well at the end.

M_nicely light with a gushing effervescence.

D_Not sure if this fits into the category but like a lot in the Brooklyn Brewmasters reserve it is a tasty crossover of styles. This is almost more of a dunkelweizen mixed with a dubbel to me and perhaps too sweet to drink too many of.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Underground Bluz into a tulip glass.

A- Dark amber with some ruby hues. Tan head with light lacing.

S- Doughy malt initially, a little banana and clove, a tad of bourbon.

T- Immediately I taste sour dough, along with some sweet malt, banana and some spices. I picked up some faint bourbon that matched the smell. As the beer warmed this flavor became more prominent.

M- Medium body, rich and slightly creamy. Left the mouth a little sticky afterwards. Moderate carbonation.

D- Pretty tasty and complex, but it grew old with me towards the end of the brew and I was ready to move on. Still worth trying.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Extra Brune pours a gorgeous amber color, with a light tan head on top with good retention, which eventually leads to very nice lacing. Aromas of sweet dark candi sugar, some fall fruits, apples, pears, figs, and raisins. Some clove and banana esters as well. The taste is candi sugar of the bat, nice hints if fall fruits (lighter than the aroma) as well as some light flavors of clove and nutmeg. The carbonation level is a little higher than normal, but it fits the style very nicely. Very smooth and slightly creamy for the mouthfeel. This beer is awesome. It reminds me of a much better Maudite (not to bring up a different beer). Very tasty and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lionheart. $2 pint

A: brown/copper in color with a finger of off white head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Very sweet nose. Some sour in the back. Yeasty as well. Very Belgian nose.

T: I got quite a bit of sour off of this beer. The sweet malt was also there.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Slightly creamy but not overwhelmingly so. Carbonation was on the high side but it worked well.

D: Had a choklat before this so it was easy drinking. There was no hint of the ABV and it was just a really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Underground Bluz; a small sample only since the cooler it was in was on the fritz. Sample was maybe 55 degrees or so, which actually seemed like a good temperature for this style -- but I dunno, this was also my first one.

In a little pilsner style taster. Appearance was a nice brown with significant head. My nose is all stuffed up from allergies so I was unfortunately unable to smell much. The taste was excellent, with some sweetness, but also, it tasted kind of like spices. Like a winter warmer perhaps. I enjoyed the small sample of this and want to try it again at some other point.

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Photo of Sigurd
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to gwong for picking up the growler.

A: Light brown with some orange highlights. Thick, off-white head that disappeared quickly.

S: Malt and sweetness with maybe a touch of leather.

T: A little too sweet. Seems off balance towards the sweetness with little hop presence.

M: Creamy and sticks to the mouth for awhile.

D: The sweetness is just too much for me to drink a lot of this. I think it would be different if I had enjoyed it with some basic good. (gwong suggested a burger and fries and that sounds about right.)

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Photo of boulevard2
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Old Toad

Pours a light brown ale with no head and little retention. Alcohol is present in the nose along with some bannana and clove. Plenty of carbonation. Crisp and clean similar to Schneider Weiss. A first for me with this particulat style so if I'm way off pardon me but this is my interpretation. Garret is always a true brewer and nails it every time. A very good beer!

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Photo of gwong
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours amber brown with a thick tan head that quickly dissipates. A good amount of lacing remains on the glass.

S: A strong candi sweet scent.

T: A sharp sweet flavor with a dry yeast finish. Reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel or even a tripel but much sweeter.

M: Smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. The smooth sweet flavor sticks to the tongue for a while.

D: It's a bit too sweet to be drinkable.

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Photo of triplecoil
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler filled at Halftime.

Appearance is an orangish amber with almost no head. Nose is lots of candi sugar and yeast. Taste is more of the same...belgian yeast, without a doubt, and a TON of candi--which means is super sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty highly carbonated, but has a crisp finish. Yeast sticks around for a while.

Not horrible, but definitely not great. This isn' offensive, but the candi is way over the top.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to gwong for this.

A- Poured from a growler into a Perfect Pint glass. Pours a medium brown with a light thin head.

S- CANDI SUGAR! There is a strong tangy candi sugar nose. I think this mixes with the yeast to a distinctive Belgian nose.

T- CANDI SUGAR!! Sorry to be repetitive. There is a strong belgian taste to this. A very strong candi sugar that reminds me of a sharp nutty cheddar cheese. Not my favorite.

M- Somewhat thick and creamy. Good higher carbonation for a Belgian.

D- This has too much candi sugar. I have to say normally I love Brooklyn beer but this is a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, Ct.

A: The ale has a great amber look, dark brown without any hint of imperfection. The translucence of the ale is interrupted by the steady carbonation stream. That carbonation created a nice head up front, but the carbonation did not last.

S: The nose is candi sugar sweet, much closer to a dubbel than an oud bruin. That was the first of my confusions during the night.

T: The taste really matches that of a dubbel, lots of sweetness with a dry yeast finish. The clarity of the ale is the only thing that prevents me from defaulting to dubbel in all stages of my review. There is no tartness or underlying sourness, the flavor that pokes through is at once sweet and dry. Oud bruin? I don't think so...

M: The mouthfeel is robust, strong on yeast and sweeter flavors. Again, I'm not sold on the oud bruin nature but I really like sippin' on it.

D: The alcohol is nowhere to be found, a nice touch that many beers could use. The flavor profile is big enough to fit within the Belgian relam of styles, even if I can't pin it down exactly.

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Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at The Shepherd and the Knucklehead on a Brooklyn Brewery promotion night.
poured a nice dark amber color, with a tan head and good lacing. tasted sweet and malty and the alcohol was well hidden. very light on the palate with good carbonation and a smooth drinkability.

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Extra Brune from Brooklyn Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.