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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #2,375
4.15 | pDev: 11.57%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
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Notes: 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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Reviews by Danne_101:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Danne_101 from Sweden, Oct 14, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and pale gold in color. There is a delicate swirl of bubbles and a large, fluffy, white head. 3/3

Aroma: Loads of sweet phenols hit the nose. Cloves, orange zest, coriander, and honey combine with an ester combination resembling that of a hefeweizen--bananas and bubblegum. Pale malt wafts in the background. 10/12

Taste: Fresh, biscuity malt can be tasted right away. It's a refreshing change-up--the majority of Belgian beers are so overrun with spices and fruit. But these are present as well, of course. The usual citrus flavors mix well with light tropical fruit flavors and a dab of banana pudding. A light bitterness that lasts from sip to swallow balanced things out and adds a nice zing. 17/20

Mouthfeel: A slightly watery element to the mouthfeel takes things back a step--good mouthfeel is important for complementing good flavor, and the bland, watery quality found in this beer washes out some of the tastiness. However, a dry finish and medium carbonation create a crispness which, while not so typical for the style, helps repair the mouthfeel's initial poor impression. 2/5

Overall: The light mouthfeel and very apparent citrus and banana flavors make this beer feel a bit more like a witbier/hefeweizen combination than a strong golden ale. In addition, there isn't one fascinating and/or unexpected element that makes this beer any sort of standout for me. It is a tasty, well -made drink however, and will certainly be enjoyed to a nice extent. 6/10

TOTAL: 38/50

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BethanyB from New York, Sep 15, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 10/7/2013, so about a year old:
Pours a cloudy straw yellow. The head was almost unstoppable on the pour, medium soapy bubbles that continued to collect, and lasts well into the drink. With a light behind the beer, the carbonation sustaining the head is visible and rolling; lacing is full, pretty close to a perfect look if not one.

The nose is mild, with fairly typical Belgian yeast notes, but really a light peach or pear sweet-tart nose, and perhaps just a touch of banana -tinged sweetness . A deep sniff does bring out a slightly different tart/sweet balance - granny smith apple and pineapple. Either way, there is a nice balance of sweet and tart.

The taste more or less follows the nose, actually starting with a nice smooth, fresh-baked bread sweetness, which is backed initially more-so by the carbonation adding a bite to the beer that is more feel-based than flavor-based. As the carbonation fades, there is a tartness that, given the bready tastes I get, is akin to the bite that a nice sourdough gets. I do get apple and pear as well in the back of the tongue as the carbonation fades. (I don't get an obvious transition to the hops, but if I search, something has to balance the malt, and what I get is fairly floral, but I am stretching to describe this.)

This is a very good beer, I had somewhat high expectations, and this is one of the few beers that probably exceeded them. A very well done, close to perfectly balanced beer (carbonation is just a bit stronger than I'd like). Nothing jumps out to grab you, and that, to me, is just fine. Well done!

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Sep 29, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden, straw-like color into a wide-mouth goblet. Somewhat hazy but not cloudy, thin head, but a layer of foam lingered and left some lacing on the glass.

Aroma of juicyfruit gum, sweet malt, bread, no hops.

Taste was fruity, bready, with a phenolic yeast component and to me a hint of spice/pepper.

Finished dry, mouthfeel was very lively, nearly effervescent. Spicy aftertaste with no alcohol warming, which belied the brew's 9% strength.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Not as clear as I thought it would be for this style, but the smell and taste were very full and wonderful. Recommend.

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kevinglin from Germany, Jun 20, 2009
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3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a light white head. Head stays around for a bit and leaves some nice lacing.

S- First thing that really jumped out at me was the yeasty like smells. Could also pick up a touch of pepper, bread, lemons and hops.

T- This beer was pretty disappointing to me. Thought it was pretty dry, bitter, and yeasty. Taste was lemon, pepper, and then finishes up with a ton of dried yeast and alcohol.

M- Fuller side of medium in body and pretty high carbonation.

D- Ok at best I think I don't see me coming back to this one.

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nrbw23 from Ohio, Jun 30, 2009
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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful golden hue. Little haze to it. Nice frothy white head that disappeared to show some decent lacing.

Smells very fruity. Deffinatly appricots. Smells light, crisp with a little yeast.

The smell was a great pre view of what this brew is all about. Again appricot fruitiness meshing well with the yeast back bone. Might be a little to complex for my sick palate. I'm so glad I'm still sitting on one for a rainy day.

mouthfeel was crisp and the drinkability is no suprise that it's high. This brew is damn tasty. I might have to go stock up on a few more

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cleeze from Maine, Mar 04, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow, beautiful fluffy head, that reduces a bit, but clings very nicely down the glass.

S: Smelly fruity, citrusy, and generally like a Belgian.

T: Very fruity, citrus and a bit of pineapple. The belgian yeast comes through nicely. A little alcohol head, but hides it very, very well.

M: Light, a bit bubbly, but creamy at the same time.

D: Among the best belgians I've had, right up there with Piraat.
It's a sipper, but makes a GREAT companion while watching the Patriots knock off the Ravens in OT. I really can't fault Local 1 in any way.

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JWU from Pennsylvania, Oct 17, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

sailorastro from Connecticut, Apr 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Nutwood from Kentucky, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

life_of_agony from Australia, Sep 20, 2015
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4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this languishing at the back of the beer closet. Date code 2198, so produced on February 19th, 2008. Four years old.

Pours a hazy and pale golden orange colour with a fingers worth of meringue-like head. Great head retention and streaky lacing. And sweet mother of apricots, does this ever smell good - the aforementioned stone fruit being complemented by intense honey and more delicate notes of banana, vanilla, and nutmeg. Stone fruit and banana flavour are up front, with honey, spice, delicate lemon and muscat, and a hint of alcohol following. Whatever hop character it may have once possessed is long gone, with the exception of an almost un-noticeable bitterness in its finish. If I had to find something negative to say about it, it would be that it has a sweetness that starts to feel a little bit unbalanced as you approach the end of the bottle. That said, it still tastes pretty damned good, even if the flavour doesn't quite match the aroma in sheer intensity.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, but the carbonation is extremely fine and mousse-like. Great texture. As a caveat to any reader, I will confess I have never had this beer fresh before. I have very little experience with aged beer. With that said, I greatly enjoyed this bottle of beer despite there being, I suspect, some oxidative flavour in it. I would love to drink this again fresh, but I still enjoyed this a great deal with the unintended cellaring I've subjected it to.

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mintjellie from Ontario (Canada), Mar 07, 2012
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4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Honey colored and slightly hazy poured into a wine glass. Head dissipates quickly into tight lacing. Hints of honey and apricots in both the smell and taste. Slightly biscuity and yet enough astringency from the alcohol to clean and not strip the palate. Very well balanced and well described by the brewer as a strong saison.

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Keith238 from New Jersey, Mar 05, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

nycwinter from California, May 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

snowmaggedon from Massachusetts, Aug 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

ADTaber from South Carolina, May 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

hockeyfighter19 from Pennsylvania, Oct 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

RockinRich from Florida, Jun 13, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

MGibbons from Maryland, Apr 02, 2016
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. back label has possible batch number of "3318". poured into tulip.

clear golden straw with honey amber tones. large 3- or 4-finger head slowly fades to thin layer. good lacing. hazy with yeast on later pours.

fruity and spicy aroma, with apple, pear, and hint of citrus, then pepper, hint of clove, and parsley. bready malts underneath. grassy, herbal hop note. faint alcohol and moderate phenols.

palate is a decent balance of toasted bready malt, ripe pears and champagne, quickly met by spicy phenols and herbal, grassy hops with a moderate, crisp bitterness. phenols get a little bold towards the finish, but never distract.

smooth, with faint resins in the finish. moderate yet slightly prickly carbonation is fluffy. later pours with yeast haze are actually creamy.

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chinabeergeek from Massachusetts, Mar 14, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy lemon gold. A creamy 2-finger eggshell head falls gradually. Beautiful sheets of foam hold to the glass and recede into a lovely lace.
Aroma is moderate, floral, honey, fruity, musty. A hint of banana. Slight alcohol.
Flavor is mostly musty. Must must must. Slight tart and fruit notes are under there somewhere. Some earthiness as well. Finish is musty again with a bit of alcoholic spice.
Medium body with lots of creamy carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

This beer hits some things really well, but misses the beat a couple of times. I think the mustiness overrides the other flavors. It's just not as complex as others. Like a really good beer just trying to struggle past the last few hurdles.

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goatgoat from Arizona, Mar 25, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. Slightly hazy golden colored body, bordering on yellow. Two-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Not sure where this aroma is headed but it does not remind me of a typical BSPA. Some light fruit aroma, but no real yeast notes, as I would have expected. Also, a higher level of sweet malt aroma than expected.

A little better in the taste. Just a bit of Belgian spiciness, but still a substantial amount of malt flavor which seems to cover the light fruit flavor. A slight hint of hops in the finish.

Medium to light mouthfeel that is reasonably pleasant on the palate. Less than I expected overall.

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FanofHefe from Illinois, Jul 22, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Swim424 from Florida, Jul 13, 2012
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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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