Brooklyn Local 2 | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Local 2Brooklyn Local 2

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Ratings: 1,415 |  Reviews: 549
Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt caramel brown with a tan head of foam that's light enough to pop and dissolve as it falls, but firm enough to last and constantly refresh. Leaves wet shimmering lace to slide down the glass and twinkle at you. Nose is light brown sugar and hearty soft bread. Dark fruits mingle with a bit of orange peel. Caramel underscores the dark fruits, while hints of candi sugar waft upwards to entice. Taste is mild and very light from the champagne yeast I think.

This beer is 100% bottle refermented and I think that means that the primary fermentation with Belgian yeast is filtered then they pitch champagne yeast into the bottle for a secondary fermentation . (If I have this wrong please let me know) . According to Brooklyn this method is seldom used but they prefer it because it allows the beer to age more gracefully and gain complexity as compared to carbonating before bottling.

The flavor is rich with bread but feather light. The dark fruits are vibrant but subtle and the orange peel seems to uplift them as it's lightness permeates the drink. You don't taste the sugar on the palate in this one and I like that. The textures in the beer excite the tongue. The fruits play on the midpalate while the bread and caramel rolls through under them. The richness of the bread remains light and elusive until the swallow where you gain only a brief but wonderful sense of how rich it is. The mouthfeel is medium. The finish is not quite dry where some sweetness from alcohol mixes with a controlled hops presence to offer a finish that resonates with a bit of that caramel and an even more sumptuous look at all that fruit.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a New Belgium tulip

Pours a deep brown color with a one and a half inch tan head. Very good retention throughout and wonderful lacing left behind.

Aromas of dark fruit, orange peel, a bit of spiciness, slight sugary sweetness.

Taste contains some slight sugary sweetness up front but it is very brief, quickly taken over by dark fruit and a quite strong orange peel zing. Some other spiciness is present, a slight bready character in there as well. Phenols restrained but present right towards the finish. Spice and fruit linger on.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, very creamy texture, pretty much perfect Belgian carbonation.

The aroma wasn't very complex and the taste didn't exactly blow my mind but this was a very good Belgian style dark ale. Lots of interesting flavors going on here, just not the best. Certainly worthy.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brownish red or even a light black with an off white or very light tan head that build quickly and takes up the upper half of the goblet, as it should. Aroma is sweet and malty, biscuity with some dark fruits, figs maybe, but a lot of dark sugars. Taste is sweet but balanced, spicy with some pervasive alcohol notes, but nothing too distracting. Not much bitterness to speak of but the sweetness is never cloying.

A well crafted brew that gets better as it warms. Not as great as Local 1, but that's a difference in styles for me, this is a must-try beer.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish black, with a generous tan head and just a touch of lacing left behind in its wake.

S: Sugar, fruits, raisins, sweet malts, crisp and clean and simple.

T/M: Very tasty with lots of sugary, fruity flavors up front, gradually overtaken by some burnt malts, the distinctive taste of Belgian yeasts, and a subtle touch of bitterness. Real smooth and creamy, and it goes down very easy.

O: A great Belgian-style ale, very sweet and delicious.

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Photo of jbmalta
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle.

Dark amber brown, with some murkiness. Tall, rocky, marshmallowy, light khaki head. Great lacing. Nose of charred malts, tropical fruits, raisins, dates, cocoa, and yeast. Tangy fruit and sweetish candied malts up front. Grainy, vegetal bitterness plays lightly in the background. Earthy notes before big Concord grape flavors take over. Juicy, sweet (not cloying), and slightly tart. Yeast and lightly roasted malts mix in with the grapes and some latent banana in the finish. Medium-full body with a soft, perfectly-carbonated mouthfeel. Very nice!

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Photo of hardy008
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark brown color with a large foamy tan head with nice retention and lacing. Has that classic BSDA appearance. The aroma has brown sugar, Belgian yeast, figs, dates, and caramel. Has a nice aroma.

Tastes pleasantly sweet with brown sugar, caramel, Belgian yeast, figs, and dates. There is some bitterness from the hops to hold the sweetness in check.

The alcohol is well disguised. Medium bodied, easy to drink, with lively carbonation, and there is a sweet aftertaste. This is a nice BSDA, which is one of my favorite styles. I am glad this is readily available in Minnesota. I will be getting more of this.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebierbrewery
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Poured a hazy brown with some lacing

S= Sweet smell of Munich malt and honey molasses

T= Raisin/Plum taste with a dry finish and alcohol very apparent

M= Medium mouth feel slightly creamy with a warming feeling.

D= One bomber to yourself is a bit much; however, still a very nice beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting off-white head and a lot of lacing. Yeasty aroma follows by chocolate, dark fruit and hints of hops. Body is full and smooth. Chocolate, dark fruit spices, Belgium yeast, brown sugar, earthy hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and very spicy. Complex, delicious brew.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Brooklyn analogue of a Burgundian bottle. Shortest damned cork I've ever pried off a bottle of beer, just sayin' - it makes it a whole hell of a lot easier.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark red brick amber colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, billowy, and pleasantly creamy ecru head, which settles fairly slowly, eventually giving up but a few parabolas of gymnastic arch lace around the glass.

It smells of moderately sweet bready caramel malt, musky honey, muddled dark fleshy fruit, zingy yeast, white and black pepper, and mildly bitter earthy, floral, and citrus hops. The taste is a reversal of sorts, the yeast (I guess) playing various tricks on the palate - musty flowers, long-cut grass, and citrus rind - followed in kind by a supporting biscuity, grainy caramel malt, some almond nuttiness, gritty brown sugar, and the slightly obfuscated, yet still nice and spicy yeast proper, in a lesser overt role. Oh - 9 points of alcohol, and nothing, not even a feeble warming, swuh?

The carbonation is average, given the bottle conditioning, and swirling, but not harsh, the body a stoic medium weight, just a little prickly, but ultimately smooth. It finishes on a pushy drying trend - yeast and hop essences the main culprit, though the malt is complicit in its waning capability as a going concern.

Brooklyn sure does an admirable job of aping the grand Belgians - here, the dry fruity and yeasty characters a strong testament to that. An easy to drink (hah!), if perhaps a bit too dry example of the style, though the more-or-less subtle hops and crazytown reserved heat do well to stay under the high bar of typical American booze influence, as it were. Pretty good stuff, the gift of game is strong in this one.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pleasant warm amber with slight off white head and fine efferevescence. Smells of cloves, esters, prune, mollasses. Tastes sweet roasted malts forward, bit of molasses mid note, pleasant dry finish and subtle hoppy note (more citrus than pine).
Mouthfeel is light to medium with pleasant amount of carbonation to prevent the malts from becoming syrupy and imparting a pleasant tingle to the tongue. Clean finish.
Solid beer - palate cleansing - good with a burger or something fatty and quite good by itself.
I wish it came in smaller bottles - a 4 pack of this would be perfect.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter.

This one is a surprisingly dark beer. Pitch black, not even a hint of ruby shows up when the beer is held up to the light. A two finger tan head slowly settles to a thick coarsely bubbled cap.

A little bit of dark fruit along with some mild phenols. The orange peel shows up in the background, which almost gives it an aroma similar to an American Pale Wheat Ale.

The dark malts give off hints of some porter characteristics - a little bit of roastiness and a hint of chocolate. These are very faint though. Up front is some dark fruit and more orange peel. The honey is detectable, unlike in the aroma, and adds a light sweetness. Phenols are detectable, but not too powerful. Full bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, giving it a slight fizziness.

A nice BSDA, very dark for the style, on par with the Belgian Stouts you see popping up. However, it's closer to the normal BSDA in aroma and taste, with the addition of the orange peel in the aroma and the honey in the taste. Recommended.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Dark chestnut brown with garnet tints around edges, large bone white head consisting of foam and small/medium bubbles that slowly dissipates into a thin cover of foam on surface.

S = Fresh baked whole wheat bread, light spicy yeast esters, dark fruits like plum, prunes, raisins, spun sugar, well balanced.

T = Strong malt backbone gives fresh baked bread flavors with light spiciness of pepper in the background. The confectioner's sugar and dark fruits from the smell also put in good appearances. Perhaps flavors are a little less concentrated than I would like, but still a very good effort from Brooklyn.

M = Medium bodied, carbonation stings a bit too much, decent mouthcoating.

D = Drinkable beer in that I definitely will keep coming back to this one but I do not want too much at a time.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hearneator
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lochef81
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark ruby with a vibrant, foamy off-white head that sticks around for a while.

S - Someone else said that it just smelled like a Belgian, and that's a pretty astute assessment. Belgian brown sugary candy, that nice musty malt aroma, with some light spices and maybe a hint of lighter fruit behind the slight dark fruit aroma.

T - Think Corsendonk brown ale (although that's a dubbel, there are similarities) with some more orange peel zest. That is, it's similar to the aroma. Malty, brown candied goodness, little bit o spice.

M - Thinner bodied than I thought it would be.

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Photo of RMW66
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with a tall head that hangs around and doesn't leave a lot of lacing on the glass. I expected it to be lighter in color ... not sure why. The aroma has definite notes of orange and sweetness with just a touch of spice. The flavor is quite sweet and has just the faintest hint that it comes from honey. There is a lot of citrus in the flavor as well as some yeast spiciness. The finish is sweet and leaves some of the citrus on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is good, but leaves a lot of sweetness.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep brown hue with tones of amber showing through. Nice bone colored head builds quickly and shows good retention. Nice sheet lace.

S: Wonderful mixture of dark fruit, sugar, and yeast. Hints of spice hide beneath making this one quite inviting.

T: Tasty treat for sure. It starts of nice and malty before the sweetness kicks in. Candy sugar and sweet dark fruit make up the middle. Belgian yeast with hints of bubble gum come next. The finish has more yeasty sweetness with a touch of sugar. I like it.

M: Medium in body, very smooth with great carbonation.

D: Tasty, will buy it again.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

Pours a dark hazelnut with ruby hints at the edges. Near three fingers of pillowy light tan head that is quite persistent. Aroma is complex and inviting but seems to quickly become more subdued. Lots of fruity esters ranging from green apple to plums. There is a good maltyness, some honey, and a bit of flowery hops here. Taste is quite good. Malt character is a bit more subdued and both hop flavor and bitterness a low. Fruity esters are the centerpiece here with green apple giving way to some plums. Clove-like phenols are present in the background. The late palate and finish are dominated by a very rose-like alcohol. Mouthfeel is good, medium body with high carbonation for a creamy, though not heavy, mouthfeel. Drinkability is quite good, lots of complex and interesting flavors. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Thunderballroom
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 85.4% out of 100 with 1,415 ratings
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