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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly straightforward Belgian style by a US brewer. With some sugar. Yeast, quite secondary spice, a bit lemoney, cinammony and pineappley. Strong carbonation. Middle mouthfeel and some honey consistency. Drinkable although nothing extraordinary. Lacey. Aroma of yeast and grassy hop.
Same rating 6 weeks later.
Two and a third years later yeasty and tasty drinkable stuff, much better mouthfeel.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is unreal, and a steal for under 9 bucks. the pour is a little hazy, sunny yellow, with over an inch of thick white head that lasts the whole glass and leaves a fine lacing. the nose is a little saisony, lots of belgian yeast, and not as sweet as i would have thought with the sugar listed. theres something grassy and outdoorsy about this, lovely. the flavor reminds me a lot of the sorachi ace, but with some different hops. its got the same champaigney yeast vibe and belgian essence. balanced as anything, not too sugary, not too hoppy, just a near perfect golden ale with a little summer thrown in. this brings me somewhere far away from my upstate new york kitchen in december. effervescent carbonation and a light but not watery body. creamy feel in the mouth, invisible alcohol. this blew my mind, and is up there with sorachi ace as some of brooklyns best work. i cant wait to get this again, the culinary matchings are endless as well. what a quality brew!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a hazy looking yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet and yeasty, has a bit of citrus in there too. The taste of the beer is floral and hoppy. There is an aftertaste of bread in there. The mouthfeel is light even for the strength of the brew, it leave a dry feel in the mouth after each sip. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a three finger high head that has very good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of candi sugar, fruit esters, herbal hops, spices and yeast fill the nose, along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and relatively complex, consisting of flavors of black pepper, candi sugar, cloves, pale malts and yeast. The finish has a moderate amount of lingering bitterness
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. Dryness is also present in the finish.
D: The amount of bitterness, dryness and spices makes this a beer that can only be slowly sipped.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - thanks are duly in order to, um, Santa! Demerara sugar - my 'Santa' has a certain predilection for that too - who knew that would be applicable to my particular beer appreciation?

This beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow hue, with a rather effusive amount of puffy, and finely foamy off-white head, which settles oh-so slowly, eventually leaving a rarely broken wall of lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, sugary pale grainy malt, edgy Belgian yeast, exotic orchard fruit - with a more than ample dose of its domestic equivalent - warm black pepper and other indistinct savoury spices, a touch of dry honey, and subtle grassy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet barley and toasted wheat malt, biscuity crackers, candi sugar, mildly fruity dry yeast, more aerosol black pepper, a rather slight boozy edge, and mildly bitter grassy, spicy, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, with a generally big-ass frothy 'bite', the body a trolling medium weight, aided by its simple sugar solution nature, and plainly smooth by the same sword. It finishes with a pretty simple semi-sweet malty, herbal, boozy flourish.

An American combination of various central European ale brewing tropes, and yet rendered without a heavy stateside hand - so kudos on that. Good stuff, and enjoyable, with no overwrought hop or booze wallop, which helps turn attention to a more (and intended, I'm sure) Belgian strong ale association, worthy of all the sturm und drang (there is a German component here) wafting about right now.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn pushes, and pushes, and pushes into the culture of Belgium brewing with the "Local" series that is done in unique authenticity or not at all. This in one of the two that they have done masterfully well.

Upon the pour, the beer erupts with a cloudy haze of what's froth and what's beer. But after its canary yellow liquid situates just below the billowing ivory white foam, the beer settles in with a light yeasty appearance of gold and straw. And with authentic aesthetics, the foam proves long-lasting and the lace is intricate and persistent.

Very peppery and fruit at the onset, the strong pilsner malt influence delivers an earth-sweet scent that's candy-ish, bready and pleasantly grainy. Vibrant fruit, earthy hops and high peppery spice plays on the nose, edging ever so close to saison-status.

Its focus on flavor resides with the malts first and foremost. Bread, grain, and confectioner's sugar settles onto the palate just before the honey-like floral taste comes in with bee pollen, hop piney spice, and yeasty phenols- pepper, coriander, and clove all do part in the beer's balance against its sweetness for a strong finish of wine, cork-like wood, and damp hay. Light tropical fruit further seduces the palate with hints of mango and apricot.

Medium in body, the beer's sheer enormity might make you think heavier. But despite its large, biscuity hop bill, the dry taste leads to dry texture and the sweetness is short lived- all leaving the finish somewhat postponed and rewarding with even-keel alcohol warmth, honey sweetness, and spicy prickle.

The beer's sweet/warm interplay makes is best suited for the same interplay in food. I simply can't wait to pair this beer with Pad Thai or other sweet and spicy cuisine.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.44/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Bottle into pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Pours a hazy dark yellow with an incredible five finger head of lovely cream lacing and acceptable thickness.

Sm: Incredibly light and clean scent of hops. Nice.

T: A wheaty open to a strangely built body. Far more bitter than it ought to be, especially on the finish. Notes of barley, bittering hops, and malt. It's certainly complex, but the bitterness holds back and masks the flavour. Some yeast.

Mf: Nice wetness at the finish, but far too dry through the body; this is the opposite of what a beer of this style ought to be. Too heavy on the palate.

Dr: Hides its ABV exceptionally well. Too dry to drink repeatedly.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight as a part of a Belgian-style tasting...which also included Matilda, and N'ice Chouffe.

Pours a fine golden tone, into a Duvel tulip glass. Foam creeps up to the lip of the glass, true to style. Smells of Belgian yeast and candi sugar, slight fruit component.

Taste is dry, slight tangerine, and bubblegum. A bit more fruity and "wet" than Saison Dupont. Noticeably less herbal as well.

Easy to drink, good carbonation. Among the best domestic Saisons available here, right next to Hennepin, but with it's own distinguished character.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/10/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon peel, orange peel, pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, grape, honey, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, grape, honey, bread, herbal, floral, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of bright malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a very crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian Strong pale ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - A very spicy aroma with yeastiness and some caramel & toffee notes.

T - It had a spicy bite at first sip. Nice caramel sweetness to balance the spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a good Belgian-style ale. Another fine ale from Brooklyn.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a prodigious head that literally sheets the chalice with lacing

Smell: Spicy, with herbal coriander and clove aromatics dominating; white pepper and green apple underneath

Taste: Starts out with a peppery, yeasty flavor that builds in the spicy aromatic dimension of coriander and clove by mid-palate; candi sugar, banana and green apple tones also forge their way into the mix; after the swallow, there is a balsa wood element that dominates but does not overwhelm the other flavors; grassy and bitter Germanic finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I respect it but I don't love it; for a Belgian, it is just a bit too grassy and spicy for me

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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