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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by akorsak on 02-18-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,651
Reviews:
927
Ratings:
2,099
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
410
Trade:
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Photo of hman43
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden with very good clarity and a white head that has moderately good head retention.

Smell: There are aromas of apples with spices. There is a bit of grainy sweetness in the nose with the apples and spices. In the background there is a bit of pear and floral with some earthly elements. It is a bit grainy sweet in the flavor with pears and apples. The alcohol is noticeable with some moderate spiciness.

Feel: The carbonation is moderately high. The alcohol warmth is smooth, not hot.

Overall, this is a very estery beer with quality support from the malt and the hops.

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Photo of Bogdawg
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Mtn
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't see a date code but there is a number on the back: "2246"
The beer was purchased from a refrigerated room.

Appearance: The body is a hazy beige and dull orange. It has a short fluffy white head. Moderate retention.

Aroma: It has a clear Belgian yeast aroma. There are notes of grape candy and cola.

Taste: There is a sweet candy-like flavor to the beer up front and then there is a bit of clove that follows.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a very active carbonation and it feels great on the palate. It is a light beer and the beer does a superb job of hiding the "9% ALC. BY VOL." (as indicated by the label). The beer has no bitterness and that doesn't balance well against the sweetness of the beer.

Overall: In general the beer is good. It has a nice taste and it has an interesting aroma. It is pleasant to drink and it would be enjoyable to anyone who really likes Belgian-style beers. Unfortunately it also leaves much to be desired as the hops simply aren't present in the aroma, the flavor, or the mouthfeel. While I would recommend this beer to Belgian-style beer lovers I would also say that there are better domestic (U.S.) and import (Belgium) beers available. Would I drink it again? Absolutely. Would it be the first beer of this style that I reach for? No.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local 1 pours a hazy golden color with a huge frothy head. Full bodied aroma, hints of Belgian candy. Flavor has subtle sweet Belgian candy notes with a kick from the alcohol, and just a slight bitter finish. Good body and feel. Overall, very good well put togeter.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damilton5
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a amber gold color leaving a generous white foamy head that slowly recedes over the course of several minutes.

Sour front, like a decayed banana, and definitely taste Demerara. Impossibly smooth and non-boozy for the 9%ABV. And the finish is hoppy.

Mouthfeel: extremely carbonated but in a very positive way.

Would recommend to any beer-drinker. Will be enjoying again.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stooven
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to #1 having first tried (and liked) #2 probably a decade ago. Sampled in two sessions, a day apart, from a bomber into a tulip glass. (I do this often with beers whose carbonation levels are intense) My overall impression is that 'Belgian Strong Ale' is a misnomer, and the BA note that it's a 'strong saison' is far more accurate. Beyond some light fruit notes (banana, citrus), there isn't much going on here. Little aftertaste, faint sourness, it's routine. Alcohol is well hidden. Complexity is what brings me to Belgian styles, and this just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of KGilmour
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopjo
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bottmfeedr
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smallEsmalls
1.95/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a light hazy orange colored body with a nice foamy slightly lumpy white one finger head, some nice foamy lacing graces the sides of the glass. The smell had the Belgian yeast up front combined nicely with clove, banana and lemon. The taste was sweet with the previously mentioned flavors combining nicely. On the palate, it sat about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It leaves a dry finish and a crisp sweet aftertaste. Though the ABV is fairly high, the drinkability is pretty good. I have no problem being able to finish off the rest of this bomber within a session. Overall, I would say this is a pretty good beer that I’d probably come back to.
 

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