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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #31
Ranked #4,087
4.07 | pDev: 10.57%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
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Notes: Here in Brooklyn we’ve combined European malt and hops, Belgian dark sugar, and raw wildflower honey from a New York family farm to create Brooklyn Local 2. Our special Belgian yeast adds hints of spice to the dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate flavors. After 100% bottle re-fermentation, the beer reveals a marvelous dry complexity, enjoyable by itself or at the dinner table.
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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Local 2 pours a brown color big lacing head. Sweet aromas, lots of spices and candies. Taste is sweet, lots of candies and yeast notes. Good body and feel. Overall, pretty good, very belgian.

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vette2006c5r from Minnesota, Jun 19, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am moving this weekend and have been working down my cellar a bit to expedite the move. I have been hanging on to this one for about a year or so I think. Nose is plums and figs and dark chocolate with a yeasty overlay.

The flavor is understated and tasty, with an earthy, bready, woody note that also features grapeskin, chocolate, dried fruit and fine cordials. The texture starts with light caronation but finishes with a velvety, rich coating that letsyou realy enjoy the complexity. I don't know if the year of aging heped but this is very easy to drink, has a low alcohol profile for the abv, and presents as a nice alternative to some of the more overbearing Belgian style bombers you see often from big American brewers.

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daliandragon from Maryland, Apr 25, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a sturdy dark brown color with a finger's worth of semi-quick dieing head. Some spotty lace tried to cling fairly nice but slid after a little bit.
The aroma had a nice presentation of raisins, plums, milk and dark chocolate, Belgian sugars, light wafer/Belgian yeastiness and ended with a little bit of fig/earthiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a fair amount of earthy spices (somewhat clove/crushed coriander) coming through fairly nice. Light aftertaste of dark toast, dark and milk chocolate with the wafer/Belgian yeastiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch above with a nice sipping quality about it. Spicy harshness wasn't disturbing, but noticeable. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt as projected. Nice semi-smooth Belgian sweet and dark fruity finish.
Overall, pretty nicely done Belgian Strong Dark ale that I would have again.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 5.94 (Sale price and tax)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.233/oz) at Riverside Liquors, Grand Rapids, MI.
Bottle marked 215B, stored at 42 degrees. Served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Cork and cage bottle, opens with a decent “POP”, no overflowing.
Aroma – smells sweet and malty, no yeast nor fruity yeast phenolics.
Head – large (Maximum 6.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, low density froth, good retention, slowly diminishing to an irregular one to three mm frothy ring and frothy complete layer.
Lacing – poor. A few isolated small islands of tiny bubbles.
Body – brown and a little chill haze. When it warms, the haze mostly disappears. Bottle conditioned.
Flavor – Begins sweet and malty, but the sweetness seems more like candi sugar than malt in origin. No particular hop bitterness or flavors found. The bottle advertises dark fruit, caramel and chocolate. Allowing it to warm in my mouth does indeed bring out some caramel, but still neither dark fruit nor chocolate. The 9% ABV is totally hidden.
Palate – medium; sticky; lively, almost fizzy, carbonation.

This is a passable attempt at a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, particularly for what I paid (50% off). Just don’t expect an excellent example of the style at this price. I didn’t and consequently was not disappointed. For what it’s worth, I’m a fan of Unibroue’s La Terrible.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Jul 26, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Cloudy dark mahogany brown pour with massive foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Dark fruits and Belgian sugars... plum and fig.

T/F: Caramel malts and spice... dark fruit. Baked raisin, plum, and old fashioned candies. Complex... some yeasty esters are in the mix, and thick/syrupy on the tongue. Good carbonation. Sticky on the tongue and the finish is semi-sweet and fruity.

O: A great beer and great representation of the style. Tasty and complex.... all the flavors I look for in the style with nice depth. Gets better as it warms. What a winter night should be.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jul 11, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to this beer. Was the first beer I bought at the original Four Firkins in May 2011. Meant to drink it earlier but sometimes shit happens.
A-Poured into the glass it still has a substantial 3 fingers of beige head atop a slightly ruddy light brown brew with lots of ruby colored highlights.
S-Big time aged fruits with notes of figs/raisins. Plenty of sweetness but not much oxidation.
T-Lots of ripe stone fruit (plum and figgy). I'll get figgy with it. A nice port quality but isn't nearly as sweet as those dessert wines.
M-Has really dried out nicely. A bit of cloying syrupiness but it isn't overpowering. The alcohol is subdued.
O-Should have drank earlier but this beer has aged well. Not cloying with a lot of ripe fruits. Should redo with a freshie.

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deebo from Minnesota, Jul 04, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown opaque color. Citrus, plum, toffee, caramel and Belgian yeasts in the aroma. Taste is very complex with some raisin, plum, brown sugar, malts, more dark fruits and caramel.
Smooth and medium mouthfeel with significantly noticeable carbonation. Overall I would not hesitate to pick one of these up again.

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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours an opaque muddy brown color with a two finger off white head.

Aroma: Lots of influence from the yeast. I'm getting fresh banana, tons of clove, apricot and even notes of bubblegum. There are also notions of lemon, red licorice, plums, cherries and a delicate whiff of brown sugar.

Taste: Very creamy and supple. Upfront estery, fruity flavors of cherries, plums, tamarind, red apples and fig. Mid palate very savory notes of rich caramel, toffee and creamy malted grains dance on your tongue. The yeast profile plays a supporting role in the background, adding an extra dimension of depth offering notes of lemon meringue, apricots, bubblegum, clove, licorice and floral notes of lavender. As it warms savory sweet flavors of fresh baked bread and even chocolate come into play and the beer becomes more complex, but to be honest it's so delicious it's hard for me not to drink the entire bottle once I've pop'd the cork.

Feel: As previously stated, the body is creamy and velvety. Mid-heavy feel with moderate carbonation. Dry, yeasty, and fruity. Alcohol profile is apparent, but it comes across in a very clean, soothing way as you drink. Honestly while the beer is rich and hearty, it's still quite refreshing and crisp. I would have no problem chugging an entire bottle of this in a few gulps.

Overall: Absolutely superb. I wish this came in six packs because I could drink this all the time. This is by far one of Brooklyn Breweries best offerings in my humble opinion. A beer that should not be overlooked if you are a fan of belgian strong ales.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice three finger heads starts this one off...And that head dissipates but stays at a half inch for a long time. Nice lacing. Smells plummy and malty, but the first few sips don't land with much fruitiness. Some chocolatey goodness, sugars and caramel maltiness intro this ale to your mouth--but nothing that bowls you over. A bit of bitterness lingers at the end, with a big crisp, carbonated finish. The zip of carbonation helps a little to cover up a beer that comes off a little thin for a Strong Dark Ale. I applaud Brooklyn Brewery, like some of the other US indie breweries who are finally trying to make a quality Belgian style ale (see Schlafly, Boulevard, North Coast, etc). Even Sam Adams is giving it a swing with some success. None of them can match Ommegang's expertise, but all of them are making something worth drinking in the various Belgian styles--and that's a breath of fresh air in a time when the "who can be the hoppiest" pissing contest seems to still be the rage. These new ales offer drinkers another choice of big flavors to try, and new ways to look at what beer can taste like.

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3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown color, rich tan head. Cloudy with sediment.
Aroma: yeast, brown sugar, bread.
Taste: honey, ginger, some Belgian Wang, but ok. A touch of bitterness at the end.
Feel: bottle fermentation makes is very bubbly.

Well crafted beer, though not my style.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Jan 10, 2017
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3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Probably some of the best head retention Ive ever seen in a beer. It nice dark brown with 3 fingers of white head that seem to last forever!!!! the aroma is ok,Brown sugar, malty, spiciness from the Belgium yeast. The taste is about the same. Very dry mouth feel. Overall this is an OK beer. It is nothing grand. I was expecting a lot more, but this just the beer equivalent to table wine. Nothing against the brewery. I have enjoyed there local 1 and Sarachi ace.But I don't think I would go out of way for this one again!

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LMO1190 from Florida, Jul 05, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One 25 oz. bottle and you have nice warm buzz going. Great beer for the holidays or a cold winter's night.
Dark color, thick long-lasting head. Smells of fruit, malt and yeast with significant carbonation.

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YoungMtn52 from New York, May 17, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a hint of ruby red, a massive foam head quickly disapates and yields a sudsy lace.
Surprisingly the aroma was hard to detect at first and even slightly metallic. However, once it warms one gets tones of brown sugar, dark fruit, toasted bread and even some alcohol at the end.
Nice complex taste; dark fruit such as plum, raisin and fig. Brown sugar, candi sugar and perhaps molasses. Sweet overall but with a peppery and clove like feel. The body is medium to high but feels light and effervescent in the mouth. Yet, the finish feels a bit on the thin side.
I like this one overall even though some of the metallic qualities and thinness of the finish compare slightly unfavorably to authentic Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Nevertheless, a good example of the style.

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Gajo74 from New York, May 08, 2016
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3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well this one overflowed immediately after popping the cork so that was interesting. Color is dark brown to black with moderate lacing. Smell is deep malts, dark fruits n toffee. Taste is enjoyable and smooth but for a Belgian strong ale with a 90 rating I expected it to be more flavorful and, well, stronger. Really disappointed with this one. Like Voldemart said, "I have to say I hoped for better."

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GStone899 from Minnesota, Apr 24, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks luscious on cold day.
Aromas are fruit-forward.
Taste is full malt and its complexities emerge, I think, as the sugars make me salivate more. But Brooklyn avoids the sugar over-usage problem becoming syrupy by... you guessed it... the artful application of hops; just enough for balance and not too much to pander to the American palate. Also a sign of excellence, alcohol also can interfere after a few sips... if the brewmaster is average. But Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn's brewmaster, is so far above average that this Belgian dark skirts the sugar slick. (In fact, I've said elsewhere that Garrett, as a writer, is close to being the Michael Jackson of his generation.)

To me, Feel is this ale's relative weakness: too many bubbles. And while the ale warmed and improved everything, the bubbles still did too much to distract from this being a masterpiece.

11/28/17: Another bottle confirms almost everything I said earlier. This time it went well with a stewy ratatouille; confirming the ale's versatility.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Apr 23, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml into a solo cup (slumming it ha).

Look is a very dark brown semi translucent.

Lots of estery dark fruits on the aroma.

Taste is very floral with dark fruits like dates mixed with roasted malt.

Very good.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer and will pick it up whenever I see it. One of Brooklyn Breweries better offerings.

Tastes like a quality Belgian. Nice fruit notes and complexity.

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brap from New York, Feb 13, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark caramel color, dense long-lasting head. Smells like ... Belgian yeast esters! And dark fruit. Maybe I'm weird, but it tastes like cola, as well as raisin, a little bit of bread, maybe a touch of alcohol. Highly carbonated, as expected, medium body. Over all, about what I expected--dark Belgian strong ales frequently taste like cola to me. But there's much more to it than that, and I like it.

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Jim_Benz from Minnesota, Dec 29, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a caramel type brown color. TONS of carbonation! Awesome looking in the glass.
Smell - Tons of dark fruits on the nose along with some malt sweetness.
Taste - Follows the nose. Dark fruits....cherries, raisins, plums. Some banana type esters along w/ some sweetness

Overall - This one shocked the hell out of me. A phenomenal tasting Belgian Strong dark ale!

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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey, Dec 28, 2015
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut Brown in appearance, with a large tan head.

Smell of fruit, raisin, and sparkling wine.

Fruit, raisin and spice.. clean finish great Belgian character.

Medium body and high Belgian carbonation, dry finish.

Overall, delicious.

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Beejay from Virginia, Nov 26, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think I may have had overly high expectations for this based on how much I like Local 1 and the almost identical ratings. It wasn't bad by any stretch but just not as good as I was hoping. Maybe I'll try it again when the weather is colder. Or maybe I'll use a tulip glass instead of a wine glass. Ordinarily this is the type of beer I really like.

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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

September 12, 2015

750 ml bottle, tulip

A – Deep brown mahogany, a rich amber tint. Two-plus inches of light tan foam head, somewhat rocky with very long retention. You can see each individual bubble of the head.

S – Milky but unsweetened chocolate, with cherry, plum, and apple notes. Caramel and brown sugar malt aromas, along with some evident boozy alcohol esters.

T – Very high cherry-plum component, sweet but balanced. Moderate chocolate with a touch of caramel. I can tell there’s booze, but not at all out of whack, just a low estery note of apple or pear.

M – Very high carbonation and quite dry, flashes across the tongue and leaves you wanting more. Medium body. Both lightly sweet and mild-to-moderately bitter. All balance. A bit of alcohol warmth on the finish that complements rather than detracts.

O – An American made Belgian strong dark ale that stands with the best of the Trappist and abbey offerings. Fantastic.

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3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After trying local 1 i was eager to try 2.
Did not love it like i liked 1.
Big head with legs. Had lots of smell of bourbon dark fruit and caramel. .dark beer in color. Dark beer in flavor. .
Dos not care for this heavy beer. Was not what i was expecting.
Was a little disappointed. Did not finish the bottle

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CMIKEHUNT from New York, Sep 15, 2015
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750ml (25.4-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $8.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 15, 2015
Misc.: Born on July 21, 2014; Wire hood

Poured a dark caramel brown color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki-tan, rocky head. A few spots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, dark fruit, plum, brown sugar, light molasses, grape juice, purple grapes, red apples, pear juice and juicy berries. Very nice. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Got dark fruit in grape juice, plum, purple grapes and red apples. Also caramel, toffee, brown sugar, faint molasses, light chocolate, berries - blueberry/blackberry like - and some booziness late. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Overall this was a pretty good beer, just not quite there in my opinion. Would still have it again though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.90 | 88 | B+

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BucannonXC5 from California, Aug 21, 2015
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4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

VERY nice: Very deep caramel brown color, smooth drinking, caramel flavors are most prominent, slightly floral. Medium body, big and full on the palette. It may very well not last until the entree is served...

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FrankSchramm from New York, Jul 30, 2015
Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1435 ratings