Brooklyn Fortitude | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by bultrey on 02-14-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by bultrey:
Photo of bultrey
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The latest in Brooklyn's Brewmaster's Reserve line, this one is a real winner. Had a small sample at the recent Spuyten Duyvil rare beer party, but today had the pleasure of a full serving at the Brazen Head. Nice golden color, solid frothy white head that doesn't recede much. Smells of white fruit and anise. The taste is quite complex, starts off very sweet, with loads of white fruit and other complex sugars, hints of lavender, clover, almond, and some anise, but then dries out quite nicely. In fact, it almost tastes like it has brett in it, because the finish is quite dry and woodsy. However, the abundant white fruit and residual sweetness reappears in the form of a long lingering finish that reminded me of fresh peaches. I could drink this all night, and that's something I can't say for many Belgian strong pales. Quite delicious.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Cole's in Buffalo,poured a dull slight hazed golden with a fluffy white head that left patchy spots of lace behind as it settled.Spicey phenolic aromas but not over the top a touch of green apple was in there as well.Like the aromas the flavors of this beer are phenolic and yeasty but not to big with underlying overipe peach flavors with a vodka/alcoholic finish.A nice beer not overly phenolic wich I like,I would drink again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sought out and found this classy brew on tap at the Ginger Man in NYC. Poured light orangy amber, cloudy with bubbles continuing to rise to the top, almost white head, leaves truly stunning lacing, plentiful, striated, scatered and fine. Nose of juniper, gin and anise. Lively brew with notes of more gin, an earthy yeastyness, juniper. This is a fine example of the style, wish they made this part of the regular line up, well worth seeking out if and when it hopefully comes around to a bar near you.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to try this on my visit to Brooklyn at Mug's. I think this was my second or third beer so I was in pretty good shape at the time. The beer came in a 10 oz glass and for $3 that is a deal! The beer was a nice light golden color with a minimal but bubbley white head. The body of this bad boy was pretty hazy. The aroma is very pleasant and reminiscent of a Duvel but not as strong. I got some spices notes, maybe clove, and some nice lemony scents that just rocked my nose. The taste was equally pleasing. There was a nice body of carbonation in each sip I took which I enjoy, similar to a champagne but not as much body. The taste was a mix of pleasing fruit tons and spice and some bit from the high abv but not too high that this beer is not drinkable. If not for the other great beers on tap at Mug's, I could have stuck with this one for a few more while watching opening day in baseball.

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Photo of Varkias41
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tempest
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent lacing with a little head retention to start this off over a straw yellow body. Smells of a typical belgian pale with spicey fruit and corriander. Taste developes upon the aroma, but falls short. A little citrusy and spicey, it lacks the great depth of other strong belgians. Mouthfeel is good, but the drinkability is surprising for 9.1%.

This beer really toned down when it warmed up, how unfortunate. Otherwise, not great, but still solid.

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Photo of BeerFan
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Latest Brewmaster Reserve beer. Pours a cloudy, golden-orange color into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery snifter from my kegerator. Explosive, foamy bright-white head with miniscule bubbles. Foam lasts throughout the glass leaving some beautiful lacing. Smell of orange, peach and anise. Definitely fruity and sweet smelling. Complex taste of white fruit, juniper, yeasty spiciness with some tartness towards the end. Dry finish. Brett? Medium bodied. Very easy to drink for a 9% beer as the alcohol is well-hidden. This will be the first beer bottled in 750's at the brewery in Brooklyn. Due out in the fall sometime. If you can't wait until then, find it on tap now and enjoy this fine brew.

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

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline 3/29/06. Served in an Urthel glass.

This is another pretty good Belgian-style offering from Brooklyn Brewery. It is not over the top, but it is definitely quite flavorful. There is the typical Belgian fruitiness that leans towards the peperry side. I liked it, but I am not sure that I would order it again, just because there is nothing all that speical to distinguish it from other Belgian-style beers.

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Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the home kegerator... This is Brooklyn’s version of Duvel. What a great pickup from Exton Beverage. Appears a hazy light gold with a huge pillowy white head that slowly fades out. Leaves tons of scattered lacing all over the glass. Smell is of mild citrus, lemongrass, earth notes, coriander, honey, perhaps some pils and wheat malt, white pepper, and perhaps some mild brett sourness. Taste is of the aromas and a little bit of a flowery, spicey bite to it. I can’t confirm that this has a brett dose in it but it sure tastes like it may. It could be from the blend of raw sugar that they’ve added to this beer, which leads to it’s wine like dryness. Mouthfeel is sugary at first, medium bodied, dry, and very, very fulfilling. I can’t believe this has over 9% abv.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little bit of background on how I got lucky enough to have this beer: I was over at LNCBC about a month ago, talking to John Frantz, when our local Brooklyn rep, Bob Grote, walks in. He breaks the news that he has managed to get some BKLYN Fortitude in at Lancaster Dispensing Company (DipCo) and he expected it on the following week. When I called, the person who answered the phone professed ignorance and hung up, leaving me to wonder if I had moved too slowly or if they just did not know what they had in inventory. Fast forward to yesterday, T, 07 March 2006, when I popped my head in on my way home from market and lo and behold, it was on. I made sure to have a couple of pints and raved about it both in BeerMail and E-mail to fellow beer peeps. I went back over to DipCo tonight and was told by the owner that it had been taken off in favor of Smithwick's and Harp in support of St. Pat's NEXT weekend! I was incredulous, especially since they have two more kegs sitting in wait. It's like framing the Mona Lisa in plywood. Aaaarrrgh! My best advice - call ahead.

My pint arrived with a thick, fluffy, white head above a very cloudy, deep-yellow, honey colored liquid. The nose had a musty, fruity, sweet smell to it, like a combination of must, Juicyfruit gum, and honey. The mouthfeel was thick and full with that same musty taste in the mouth that I noted on the nose. The finish was dry, approaching tart, with a muted sourness, perhaps brett-driven (?). BKLYN Bob apparently told them that it is reminiscent of Duvel and so it was written on the chalkboard above the bar. I'll buy the nod to Duvel.

As the beer warmed, I really started to notice the dry mustiness in the mouth, but I also got a banana-esterish flavor on the finish. It also began to develop a really sticky lace down the side of the glass. The lingering aftertaste was sort of cheesy. I really enjoyed the beer, but I wished that it could have been served a little (a lot, actually) less cold. I bought a second pint halfway through the first to let it warm and it was really good. DipCo is keeping its cooler too cold for my taste, apparently. Remember, call ahead and get them to pour one for you so that it'll be waiting upon arrival..

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Photo of hopdog
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled courtesy of weeare138 (Mike has it on tap at his house!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of bananas, fruity, cloves, light wheat and some lemons. Tastes of lighter bananas, stronger lemons, and some wheat. Light alcohol finish. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 3/24/06

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mugs, also $3 for a 10 oz was a great deal, in my reckoning. The bartender described it "like duvel", and I have yet to find a beer more like Duvel than the actual thing. A dry spicy flavor and mouthfeel carries this. Good carbonation, effervescent. Nice to see a big delicious beer, served so close to the brewery. Very recommendable.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

america.. fuck yeah!

yellow color like glowing straw in the sunlight. completely hazy. extreme sheets of lacing cover every vacant inch of the glass. surface of the beer resembles a wet, coasterless coffee table ring... a perfect wet circle lacking dimensional definition.

fortitude's aroma is a wonderful world of belgian esoterica.. sweet clovey, malty with butter highlights and fresh-squeezed lemon in full effect. slightly sweaty with hints of orange zest. no alcohol or hop tartness here.

crisp carbonation makes a fresh first impression, lending a dry champagne quality to the overall character here. sugary wafer cookie meets sweet florida citrus essence and ends with a beautiful sinus-clearing dull alcohol presence. warming, not abrasive. candied ginger detectable after all else has left and finishes off the experience like a japanese palate cleanser. i like it.

if this beer hits the micro market full force in 750's, it will give la fin du monde and duvel a run for their collective unpatriotic money.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i got a 10 oz pour on-tap at Barcade in Brooklyn New York.
Fortitude poured a wonderful hazy gold with lots of lacing and medium carbination
It has a very creamy and malty nose.

While this beer has as sweet taste it is also lovely colored with hart hints making it's flavor not unlike green apples. It has an smooth entrance and a super sweet and smooth finish.

It has a suprising light body for a beer of it's strenght is very drinkable. In fact given it's ABV one could call it dangerously smooth.

Perhaps the best beer I have ever had from Brooklyn Brewery. While in a completely different league then their amazing Black Chocolate Stout this beer is of a level of quality that is as high if not higher.

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Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at Lionheart in Albany last night. . . . Golden color with a slight haze and a white head. Smell was fruity and honey-sweet, hints of coriander came to mind. As for the taste: wow. Also somewhat sweet, but not in an overwhelming or singular fashion: there is balance between sweetness and a kind of tartness -- not really a hoplike bitterness either, but more of a citrusy tartness. I kept thinking of fruit, from both the nose and the taste -- orange, lemon and even banana all crossed my mind at some point. The bartender warned us that the ABV was 9+%, but you wouldn't know it from the mouthfeel. It was surprisingly light in body, and I couldn't taste any alcohol burn through the fruity flavors and tart bite. Drinkability? This is the kind of heavy duty beer you could drink all night -- that is, until you found yourself on the floor after a few pints. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Sunset.
Presented hazy, light gold, with a merange, white head.
Exceptional retention, ring-like lacing all the way to the bottom.
Aromatics are lively, zesty, and enticing.
Phenols with spice and fruit.
Coriander, orange peel, cardamon, and some slight cracked pepper accent the triple- type nose.
Some slight tartness is in the background, a shadow behind the bubblegum and spice.
Nose finishes with warming zest and vanilla.
Lightish body, crisp and snappy, with creamy carbonation.
Pallet starts off with some wheat tartness and husky zest.
As the brew warms, it shows itself to closely resemble a double white, with triple-like character.
Well integrated citrus, clove, and lemon zest, work well with a bannana accent.
Finishes warming, crisp, and soft.
Extremely well balanced and drinkable, possibly the best Brooklyn offering I've tried.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz pint glass - which didn't really make sense, at the CloverLeaf in New Jersey.

When it came out, I thought it was a Coors Light - but the head was completely different. Not as "dark" as a pale ale usually is, but the remainder of the body was a very light straw colored light beer.

Taste was better though, with a murky banana/weizenbock flavor. (Reminded me of Voctory Golden Monkey for a few sips)

Pretty easy to drink, especially at 9.1%. This is not meant for a pint glass, but it is meant to be enjoyed.

Smooth going down with a finish that is equal to the start - so overall, definitely worth a shot to try it. Great brewery.


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Photo of Hautacam
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at "My Place", Newtown, CT. Served in a chalice.
Clear gold...huge head...drops to a film.
Smells of clove , fruit and alcohol.
Tastes pretty sweet , clove -bubblegum...aromatic hops kick in mid way and last until the finish...this hop flavor seems to set this one apart from a lot of other Belgian -style a good way.
The hops get more dominant toward the finish, which gets bitter and leaves a nice complex hop-malt aftertaste, which lasts and lasts...perfect ! Gets even better as it warms.
Mouthfeel is medium-heavy..carbonation medium.
This is a good one....I want more.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really dissapointed that I missed the brooklyn tasting at the old toad the other night, but then a lightbulb went off. Since I work 1 minute away from the place why don't i see if they still have any on tap for lunch? Hell yes they did! And it rocks.

This came to me in an 11oz glass with a small but surprisingly lasting sticky white head. The lacing was pretty cool, sheet-like. The color was a fairly hazy yellow gold. The aroma surprisingly contained no alcohol but was very fruity in the citrus department but also just plain fruity. Mouthfeel is typically brooklyn, moderate almost creamy but pretty sticky to the tounge.

Yum. The taste is sweet, fruity and spicy. Definately some banana in there. Yeasty also. Wow this is so incredibly balanced and pleasant, the alcohol is barely there in the taste. So full of flavor. This kicks golden monkey's ass and I hope this goes into big time production.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front in Michigan. It was served in a pint glass...

The appearance was dark orange colored with a really thin head. It smelled sweet and a little malty, and tasted kind of like a tripel. Not bad at all, and worth a try if you find it as it's relatively rare.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, what a tremendous beer. so pleasent, crisp, and refreshing, yet it clocks in at 9.1. All I can say is wow.

Grassy aroma. Very frothy head, and grasy nose. a nice light golden color.

Taste is very citrusy. somewhat matly finish, but the citrus was the flavor that dominated for me.

This is such a pleasnt brew. Easy drinking, refreshing, all the while it is very potent as well. Great brew from brooklyn, they need to get this out here more often

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Photo of Truh
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shored up the splintering gates with this one on 5/4/2006. 10.5 oz. goblet pour at Redbones.

Huge initial plume of crowned milky head that drops but doesn’t disappear completely and leaves a fair amount of stick. Kind of a wash of candied Granny Smith apples with an echoing scent of balsa wood that carries for a while. Tincture of lemon/lime rickey on first sip followed by a green grape sweetness; medium thickness on mouth that coats, but doesn’t pervade.

Not a home run by any means, but pleasing.

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Photo of ski271
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow with a large, white, pillowy head with good retention. The smell is if moderate wheat over pleasant Belgian yeast and mild malt aromas. Banana, coriander, clove, lemon and some light flowers. The fruitiness is light but very nice. Taste-wise, it’s quite similar to the nose, but better. Malts come on a little stronger accompanied by some fruity esters, dry hops, and a little more spiciness. The finish is floral, lightly bitter and slightly astringent. Very nice mouthfeel, light and refreshing despite its complexity. Tasted more like a Saison to me, but nicely done. A real surprise from Brooklyn. Almost good enough to rival the beers of the New York based Belgian masters at Ommegang.

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Photo of boulevard2
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Old Toad

Pours golden with a cloudy haze and thick white head looking like lemon merange pie.Carbonation runs wild thru my glass.Smells of lite bannana , clove and citrus fruits.Taste is very smooth with little alcohol considering its 9.10% abv.This style of beer is done well by their brewmasters and I'm looking for some lobster tale or crab legs to share with this great beer.

I'm happy to see Brooklyn adding another big beer beer to stand next to the Black Chocolate Stout and will be a regular in my fridge once they bottle this product which should be soon.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright strong yellow gold body, pulsating carbonation streams, snow white dense whip cream, and good lacing. Looks damn good.

Delightfully fruity nose, with a strong dash of pepper.

Taste follows nose. Light mixed fruity start, which a strong dash of peppery spicey hops near the end. Tastes clean, though, not "dusty". No alcohol burn. Refreshing actually.

Enticing light mouthfeel, beer just dances across the tongue. And when the carbonation dies down, its positively creamy.

Yes it's a cliche around here, but this qualifies as dangerously drinkable.

I feel very fortunate to have recieved this. Give it a try if you can.

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