Local 2
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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #31
Ranked #4,239
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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nickadams2 from New York

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

A_Pours dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Not much lacing.

S_Clove , banana , dark fruit.Little bit of alcohol.

T_Clove,tart cherries,figs,and spice. Sweet but not too sweet as I find most Belgians. Cant taste the alcohol at all. Very crisp, clean, dry finish.

M_Thin and highly carbonated. Actually kind of refreshing.

D_Most drinkable Belgian I've come across so far.

Jul 30, 2010
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been dying to try this one for a long time, ever since I fell in love with the local 1. thanks to a wonderful trade with thebrewo, I finally got to try this. it pours a light brown dried date sort of color, allowing plenty of light to pass through, but still holding on to all the richness of a darker malt body. a huge frothy head rises up, tan and permanent, beautiful. the nose is sweet like brown sugar, malt driven, with Belgian candy sugar, a robust and intriguing yeast train, dark chocolate, and molasses. very complex but calculated, theres a lot going on, but its more than just a mishmash of different parts, its comes together amazingly well. the flavor reminds me a lot of dogfish heads raison d'etre, with that familiar raison like dried fruit character and the Belgian abbey style sweetness. there might be oats in this too, its got that similar flavor and feel. the spicy sweet finish is just right, long and lingering, and the alcohol is only there once it warms up. it reminds me of fresh baked spice bread in a lot of ways, thanksgivingish. great feel with a fuller body and quite a bit of carbonation. it coats the palate with its warming flavors, and leaves a very satisfying feeling behind. I was fortunate enough to share this bottle with some good friends, but would have had no problem consuming the entire thing by myself. this is really outstanding, every bit as entertaining as the local 1.

Apr 14, 2013
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jujubeast6000 from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/12/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a dark reddish brown color body, big fluffy head, off-white, lasting. Berklgiany floral aroma, sweet. Honey. Floral taste, very light, carbonated sweet taste. Like light liquid honey. Strong honey taste. Somewhat heavy feel. Good but a little heavy for my taste.

Feb 21, 2010
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 7, 2014.

It is a downright gorgeous pour with its deep amber color and ruby red highlights flickering against the light. Big but short lived cream colored head.

The aroma tends to lean toward the grape and wine-like fruitiness more than the Belgian malts and Belgian sugar, given its style. It is pleasant enough but not what I had hoped for.

The body is about medium but it is smooth.

The taste has an appealing toasted pale malt note but it also has an abundance of dark fruits akin to grape more than any other I can think of. The fruitiness tends to offset everything else and to me takes away from what I expect in this style. Not that it is bad but it not what I expected.

Jun 08, 2014
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ejfreed from Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Oct 31, 2012
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jtw21 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Dec 24, 2011
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Polarslag from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Jun 03, 2013
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LMO1190 from Florida

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!

Jul 05, 2016
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Kendo from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the caged & corked 750 ml into a Chimay Chalice. Body is brown with mahogany highlights and a tannish head that settles fast but is reinforced somewhat by rising carbonation.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. Mainly sugar, fruit and a hint of chocolate malt. Pleasant, just not as "big" as expected.

T: First impression: Sweetness up front but finishes with a nice clean dryness. It could be the color, but at one point I think it's cola-like in flavor. Alcohol is noticed, albeit only faintly. Lemon-zest adds to dryness at the finish.

M: Lighter in heft than expected. Good fizziness mimics the Belgians and results in a good clean all-around feel.

D: Excellent.

Notes: For the style I usually expect more -- bigger malt, fruit and even more sugar. I didn't get a sense of what the honey added here at all, taste-wise. That's not to take away from the experience of this beer, because ultimately I enjoyed it as a nice, easy-drinking BSDA (no simple feat to pull off with a 9% ABV brew). It just wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

Jun 10, 2009
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thain709 from Pennsylvania

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

A - A great color...deep brown with black and red weaved in...big pillowy head that left great lacing

S - I picked up on some malts and candied sugars...faint fruits

T - Great taste...the honey was present throughout...and really became predominant if you swished it around in your mouth...a nice orange zest taste...an alcohol taste was present after the beer warmed

M - Full bodied...smooth and dry

D - This is a great beer...it was not too sweet and definitely stands out as one of a kind

Feb 28, 2009
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ZacharyJ from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Nov 16, 2011
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pheelingIt from Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Aug 13, 2013
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JoeMans from New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Jun 03, 2013
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

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.

Jan 27, 2017
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

I definite have a soft spot for Local 2, the first time I tried this beer was right alongside Garrett Oliver in a local bar while discussing the properties of the beer with the head brewer himself. Tonight, will be my second time drinking this beer.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a huge light tan colored head that has amazing retention qualities and a good amount of lacing as well. This head seems like it would last for days without dying.

S- The aroma features a good dose of caramel and chocolate along with some orange peel and some spices as well. The aroma is simply fantastic.

T- The taste is truly a work of art that has the rare combination of being extremely complex but not something that is going to send your palate to overload halfway through the bottle. There is a lot of chocolate and caramel up front in the taste with some spices and a hint of orange peel as well. The finish is on the dry side, and simply amazing in how it really begs you to take another sip.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- As I was drinking this one with Garrett, we both agreed that this one is dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength.

Overall, Local 2 is hands down the best beer that I've tried from the Brooklyn Brewery and one of the better beers I've tried so far this year. Highly Recommended!

Mar 03, 2009
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brundo4 from Illinois

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into large Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Healthy Belgian head, large and tan with medium sized bubbles. Head does dissipate but slowly. Leaves good lacing with small, moss-like stamp of head in center. Deep, rich dark chocolate color. Brown verging on black. No seeing through this one. Good carbonation. Promises to be quite Belgian, I hope. Let's have a sniff.

Sweet and smoky on the nose. Very subtle. Carmel, with a touch of honey. Slight herbal aroma when agitated. Smells strongly of yeast. Very Belgian. Faint citrus scent as well as brown or burnt sugar, cinnamon, and bourbon, brandy.

Strong at first taste. Alcohol fills the nose, and there is a slight sting on the palate. Honey, savory herbs (rosemary?) come through very strongly. The bitterness is strong and dominant, but there is a sweet malty smoke floating just beneath. Strong honey, molasses, syrupy aftertaste. A bit unbalanced at first taste, or perhaps puts one off balance with a subtle play of flavors and fluid but unpredictable movement in tastes. Definitely Belgian inspired. Very complex. This tastes like a beer that sweetens and mellows as it warms, and it does. It improves greatly as it warms. The alcohol blends nicely and the beer is much more balanced.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Still heavy but with a distinct levity from the fine, and considerable, carbonation. Sticky, a bit chewy, but with a buttery smooth finish. No coarseness here. All silk.

This is beer, complex, big and just damn interesting, is a drink that needs taming. Too many and you will be looking up at it from the floor. First sip had me in the dark. Strong alcohol on the nose and tongue, and a world of flavors going on just beneath. Not a boy's beer. Too complex to sort out on first glass. This is one that gets better with each go around. It demands the second pour.

Jun 29, 2009
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gcgarcia from Brazil

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Apr 02, 2012
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rmehughes from Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Jul 23, 2012
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braedon_peluso from New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Jun 25, 2013
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DigitGrowler from Kentucky

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 24, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

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

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, dark burgundy color with a tan, thick, one-finger high layer of foam. The head left behind some intricate lace.

S - It smelled of honey and sweet malt with some dried fruit aroma, mostly raisin.

T - Very complex blend of flavors. It was fruity with some raisin and orange peel tastes. It also brought some sweet caramel malt flavors and was topped off with some spicy Belgian yeast.

M - A fizzy, sharp ale with a medium to full body.

D - Yet another outstanding tasting brew from Brooklyn. Makes me want to find Local 1.

May 23, 2009
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waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Jan 02, 2012
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Phillyz from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Feb 12, 2013
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rderedin from Maine

3/5  rDev -26.3%

Jan 16, 2012
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IPAdams from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a very dark red with a thick, 2 finger foam that linger for a while. No lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of white wine, a bit of roasted and chocolate malts. Sweet and sour with some floral notes as well.

Taste- Some caramel and chocolate malts, noticeable but not overpowering. Some dark fruitiness with a slight sourness. Some Belgian yeast flavor in the background. Hides alcohol well.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation and body.

Overall- Good beer, very well balanced.

Sep 26, 2013
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