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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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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545
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1,403
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not believe I had never had this one before, but me and Rich decided to grab a bottle and split it the other afternoon before the Phish show. Served nice and cool and poured into twin Chimay glasses, this one was consumed on 12/04/2009,
 
The pour was really nice, darker then I would have though with a nice caramel color and a nice inch and a half of head on top of it that settled down really nicely and thoroughly coated the sides and the bottom the glass. Aroma is nice and light, some touches of caramel and grapes and a good dose of citrus peaking its head out for sure, especially as it warms as it really seems to get quite more pronounced I have to admit. Smooth and really nice, even flavor here. Starts out a touch tart with a nice rounded and well worn fruit flavor, touches of figs playing with some brown sugar and a nice touch of orange peel. Warming brings out some more touches of sweet notes, grape skin, a light spicy note and a hint of a boozy underbelly now showing themselves as well. Nice smooth and even feel to it as it was well carbonated and really slid across the palate quite nicely.
 
Overall a very nice hybrid here, I like the light tartness that the citrus brings to it and the nice drying out of the palate that it provided, I have to say it was quite nicely done. A bit rich at times, but it went down smooth and was well enjoyed.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to share this with Mughugger, HombreWing, Evets, BitterBeerFace - thanks to mughugger for breakin' it out. Poured chilled into a sampler glass after a resounding pop! from the cork -750mil corked and caged

A - A deep brown that is almost opaque with light poking through the liquid - a healthy light tan head with very fine bead crowns the ale

S - The smell of cocoa ripe dark fruit and dates w/ mellow wood notes. The nose is spiced w/ yeast esters providing a sufficient amount of aroma and mild nutty sweet malt odors are pleasant

M - Dancing carbonation circulates the malt texture around the mouth. Dry and yet a mild toasted sweet malt essence w/ roasted texture is experienced

T - The sweet crisp roasted malt is layered w/ vanilla, cocoa, toasted dark bread and brownie/biscuit-like malt flavors. There is a dry hint in the taste possible honey influence. The spice notes are there with citrus peel creating contrast to the yeast and dark malt layers. The taste is of a serious belgian dark w/ complexity from yeast and malt playing off each other.

D - A great beer, It has similarities with Westvleteren in that it has a great feel that the flavor syncs up and the aroma keeps you coming back to experience more. I will be interested in trying this and letting it slowly warm to experience more of the nuances - supervb!

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thick, foamy head. Slow to dissipate. Chunky lace. Very cloudy liquid, dark brown, but light does shine through.

Brown sugar with lightly toasted white bread aroma. Lots of yeast.

Overall, very malty with a strong alcohol kick. Rich body with ample carbonation. Smooth to drink The yeast is quite present. An vanilla ice cream-like finish. Long alcohol trail after the swallow.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to haningj2 for sending me this beer in a trade back in the summer time. I just never got the chance to drink it.

A: I poured Brooklyn Local 2 into my Piraat tulip glass to reveal a dark brown beer with plenty of bubbles and a fluffy off-white head.

S: The yeast really took this one over. I don't get much (if any) of the honey or orange peel advertised on the bottle. Plenty of bready characteristics and typical Belgian esters.

T: A pleasant sweetness of dark fruit, candi sugar, and lots of bready malts. The yeast is less pronounced than in the nose, but still gives that "Belgian" flavor. Again, the honey and orange are not all that noticeable in terms of the flavor. A very light chocolate note and some mild alcohol come through as the beer comes to temperature.

M: A good effervescent feel on the tongue along with a fairly full body.

D: The alcohol is not overly present, but it can certainly sneak up on you. The flavors are good, but not great, but better than I was expecting from the nose.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- beautifull rich brown color with a rich and lush head. Due to the natural carbonation the head is super thick with a fine bubble structure. Lacing is beautiful.

S- really nice smell, a touch of the strong alcohol come theough but meshes well with the orange, honey, and bright acid notes.

T- opens up with a nice smooth malt, then gets bright with citrus and some sweetness. The finish is a smooth sweetness with mild bitterness notes like dark homey.

M- great feel, the carbonation is very prominant but makes the flavors pop on your palate. Full body with flavors all the way through. Nice smooth finish with just rouches of the alcohol twang.

O- a stellar beer, super drinkable with great flavors. Nice complexity and a real fresh taste and feel. Highly comended as a sitting beer, has similar characteristics to a champaign as far as drinkability due to the carbonation level and alcohol level.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After my love affair with Brooklyn Local 1 it's hard to imagine another bottle fermented beer from Garret Oliver and company that can match that brew. This one pours a deep tawny brown semi clouded cola hue with a nice light beige head that forms thick and rises well above the rim of my Allagash chalice. Effervescent fine bubbled head has a velvety texture that is reminiscent of other Belgian or Belgian style ales.

Aromatics bring out a slightly warming booziness hidden in the honey and orange peel aromatics like a good small batch tea this one really hits your senses. A slight bread and biscuit malt yeast driven sweetness is there as well with slightly spiced edges. Dark fruit skins including plums and raisins that come to mind with a fruity layer of tart acidity. Cookie dough with subdued creamy chocolate layers in the background with herbal mint like hop profile blending with that orange peel serenade.

Flavor brings out the tart combination of orange peel citrus qualities with dark toasted malts bringing deeply sweet fruit notes like raisins, plums, etc. Very tart with a welcoming dash of honey coating the palate the roasted edges are nice and warming with the 9% abv. Refermentation in the bottle, brings cohesion of flavors.

Mouthfeel is again effervescent with carbonation rolling tight, medium bodied with a slightly heavy honey textured finish. Bitter orange peels, and dark roasted malts leave behind some roasted bitterness but the overall mouthfeel is crisp and carries itself well without coming off a cloying trainwreck of massive flavor.

Drinkability is decent not a beer to be had in number meant for special occasions or for meal pairing much more than everyday drinking. I believe that's the difference from this beer and it's golden brethren in the fact that if I could afford it I would drink Brooklyn Local 1 everyday. Solid all around slightly spiced honey orange and dark malted biere.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 12/18/09

Pours a dark brown color with a tanned head of foam. Nice retension and a ton of lace clings to the glassware. Nose is yeasty with some phenols, dark fruit character, some sweetness like dark brown sugar an a bit of clove. Medium feel and highly carbonated. Quite warming and spicey. Alcohol isn't hidden at all but it is still quite drinkable. Taste includes notes of yeast, mild bitterness, brown sugar, bread and spice like cloves. Overall not bad.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in the basement since 2009, someone talked me into opening this today, you know who you are ;) Pours a solid dark brown with a tightly bubbled off white head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell on this is just short of amazing. Citrus like orange and lemons on top of caramel and burnt sugars mixed with sweet fruity malts that remind me of sweet cherry, raisins, and apricots. Almost mead like honey aroma on this one. Taste is a bit on the sweet side but more caramel and burnt sugar than fruit on the palette. Still a bit of ethanol in the flavor even after 2 years; this seems to be a recurring issue for me and Brooklyn's bigger beers. Medium to thin body, high level of carbonation with a sweet syrupy although somewhat bubbly mouthfeel. Decent brew that smells fantastic, but fails to deliver on taste. For me this is a bit over carbonated, which ruins the mouthfeel, and still somewhat hot for a brew that is only 9% abv.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded brown with frothy crème head. Nose is spices, sweet tones, and a bit of a toasted dough thing. Flavor is nice. Nice earthy robust levels. Dark sugar sweetness. Honey is in there? Yeah I'll buy that. Spices mix in pretty well also. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is decently full. Another home run by Brooklyn. When do we get Local 3, 4, and 5?

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From Notes of a Recent Beer Tasting Party.

Someone brought teh Local 1 and Local 2 to teh beer tasting party that we have about once a quarter. The Local 2 color was a dark amber with a lot of carbonation which led to good white head. The nose had hints of brown sugar/honey and dark fruit. The taste was very sweet dark fruit honey to start then turn dry and very punchy. The mouthfeel is hurt somewhat by the high abv and heavy carbonation. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours black/dark brown witha large foamy, turning rocky head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of spicy dark fruit mixed with dried/stewed apricot, with a bit of cut grass and some fresh honey.

The taste is of chocolate, caramel with some fruitcake and dark sugar. It has a slightly musty, spicy undertone. As it progresses, it picks up anise/licorice notes and honeydew melon. Sweetness is rounded byu a spicy, dry-ish finish. Alcohol is not noticeable at first, but slowly creeps in.

It has a Belgian-eque-ish, effervescent feel with some creaminess. It is on the lighter side of full-bodied.

Complex, big, yet easy to drink for complexity and alcohol strength. This is a well-balanced, well-brewed, delicious beer!

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, typical classy Bklyn presentation. Pours dark mahogony, murky, great medium khaki head, long lasting, creamy and leaves sticky strands and spots of nice looking lace on the sides of my Hennepin chalice. Nose exudes notes of figs, raisins, dark malts and BSDA goodness. Yummy stuff-plain and simple. More figs, more raisins, more rum soaked fruits. Big, bold and flavorful. Somehow also boozy, heady and dangerously drinkable. Top quality. Well done Brooklyn

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark amber with an off white head, served in a wine glass. Moderate carbonation, not much lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is mildly alcoholic with mild toffee and some sweetness and syrup.

Beer is sweet with a mild alcoholic bite, moderately carbonated, medium bodied, a dry finish overall. I enjoyed it I would have it again on draft.

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a 1/4" head that falls to a quick surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel, some sweet chocolate, a bit of muskiness, yeast, and some earthy tones are easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: nice malty profile. Caramel, chocolate, black plums, some yeast, a bit of earthiness, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is mildy noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp towards the finish. Aftertaste is soft and short-lived.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable strong ale. This beer should be picked up and enjoyed by all.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. This is a complex, but very subtle beer. I wish the flavors were a bit richer, yet at the same time it reaches a fantastic level of drinkability (it feels like a beer half its strength). The hazy brown beer has a sweet honey and dried dark fruit (raisin, date, berries) flavor with slight notes of caramel and cocoa in the background. While on one hand it's very easy to drink, you could also stop, slow down, and really think about this brew. The bottom line is that this is good stuff, give it a try.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to jwc215 for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a nice brownish color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy tan head, with tons of thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight hop, chocolate, dark fruits. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, slight chocolate note, and some figs/raisins/plums. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! The malt bill and Belgian yeast really compliment each other. It's dry and fruity with an exceptional malt nose. I'm detecting a bit of citrus, but not much honey. It doesn't have that earthy feel that some Belgians' posess. The taste is great as well. It's incredibly smooth with huge bursts of fruit. The malt bill provides a ton of sweetness along with the candy sugar. The honey adds alcohol and a thin finish. The yeast esters really make this beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm not usually a huge fan of Belgian darks, but this one is so fresh and highly complex. Hooray Beer!!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malt with a little bit of alcohol mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the caramel malt with some dark fruit and honey mixed in. The beer is fairly sweet and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Local 2: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Caramel in color, long livid bubbly head.

Smell: Raisens, fruity yeast character hinting at fresh peeled appleskins.

Taste: A very well balanced brew, brown sugar, caramel, and a dry yeastiness. Bready, biscuity, nuggets. Raisens still present. Very light orange citrus. Full of Belgian dark ale qualities and very pleasant overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, drying. Nice lush drying mouthfeel. Almost champagne like.

Drinkability: A nice sipping beer. Balanced and complex, can stand up to other imported beers in quality. Highly reccommended.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown with some red and a good carbonated head.

The aroma has a bit of bready and Belgian yeast character, but not too deep. Lots of sweetness and dried plum and dark fruits.

The flavor follows with a sweet caramel malt, but not too much. There's some dark fruit of dried plums and cherries. There's a hint of alcohol in there to clean it up, along with tons and tons of carbonation. It's a very drinkable beer with the dark fruits and reasonable about of sweetness. Not too much of the Belgian yeast character. The finish has a drying character of dried bitter plum.

The body is medium.

I actually think this is better than Rochefort 8. It hides the alcohol so well and is really easy drinking.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see another beer in this series, I hope this continues. Pours a dark orangey chestnut, or perhaps a shade darker. Nice one inch or so head to start that is fairly tightly beaded and settles to a thin cap. Smells nicely yeasty scents of apples, brioche, banana, and hints of toffee and spice. The taste has some similar qualities as well as quite a bit of citrus laced throughout and less of the bready and apple notes. Still, very nice overall. Very smooth and slightly sweet on the finish, and perhaps slightly vinous. A pleasure to drink, and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a regular snifter twice over time. A loud pop once the cork is removed. The cork has a 1 printed on it, where are the local 2 corks?

A- Local 2 boasts a dark look to it. With a full glass from far this looks almost black, & brown when held up to light. In smaller quanities this has a dark mahogany color. The head was sturdy with two inches of off white/ beige foam. Great patterns of sticky lace on the glass.

S- Very strong, I smelled this once i popped the cork. I'm getting some sweet candy with caramel from the european malt. The sweetness overpowers any chamce of getting some hops in the nose. Ripe apple and other fruits. Some slight alcohol, no big deal. Fruit appeal came out more with warming.

T- Brooklyn Local 2 is to BSDA as Local One is to BSPA, in other words it nails the style perfectly, adding it's own uniqueness. This is in part to the addition of the honey which is light but present. Dark fruits abound such as plums, apples, raisins with some banana. Orange peel is a key ingredient but only shows minimally. Some spices also with yeast also.

M- This feels great on the mouth as I let the flavors dissolve. Goes down extra smooth with a dry aftertaste. The fruits stick around as some sweetness from the honey is felt on the tounge. A lot of bubbles and carbonation in here as well. Only a mild bitterness after time.

D- At 9% not an everyday beer but this size botle was fine over an hour and change. A great example of the BSDA style and I look forward to local 3, if that ever happens. cant wait to see what some time will do.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, rich amber-brown hue which lets ruby highlights through when held up to the light. Head is three fingers of frothy light-tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: rich, malty aroma with a lot of chocolate character. There's a little bit of earthy hoppiness as well, but this is pretty mild. Overall not bad; enticing, even.

Taste: rich flavor with chocolate right on top, followed by some light bready character and a hint of fruitiness (raisins, mostly). There's a hint of vegetal hops at the end, and bitterness is quite low compared to sweetness. Not bad, and stylistically accurate.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great big carbonation yielding a pretty massive creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: a tasty enough beer, although it lacks complexity. I would probably have this again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red grape with veins of scarlet kindled when exposed to the light. I love both the colour and the tone; it is deep and concealing with a sophisticated presence. Its beautiful head, pure as the driven snow, maintains its composure and lay perfectly still and utterly placid, unyielding to neither time nor air. Its lacing glints. It looks elegant, it sits with poise; this is a beer with social grace.

The aroma is incredibly reminiscent of many of the great Belgian dark ales; Gulden Draak and Trois Pistoles (Canadian, but Belgian inspired) are both uncanny matches. It carries that same bouquet of dark maltiness lathered in a floral, piquant spiciness. Remnants of citrus can be found but they are distant relative to notes of heavily caramelized brown sugar, roasted grain and rotted fruits.

The taste resembles something like a currant and wild berry compote served over chocolate biscuits and a spiced red fife wheat. It has a wholesome graininess, a dark side, unchecked spiciness and unsweetened fruitiness. The phenols make it almost herbaceous if not for all the grape-y fruit. It's the taste of dead fruits and dried flowers. I'm curious to know how (and what) might pair with this food wise.

I felt the mouthfeel was dull and listless but I quickly realized that it was just the subtlety of the wild honey sweeping over all the spiciness, graininess and fruitiness and concluding the sip with an agreeable and very humble sweetness. Like its head, this beer has poise. Even the alcohol, present in taste and aroma, seems to evaporate. It tastes pebbly, peppery and savory but drinks with transcendental smoothness.

Often times we wish our 330ml bottles would afford us another glass or two. The odd time, however, we find a beer we appreciate and admire so much and are fortunate enough that it comes only in (elegantly made) full size 750ml bottles. Take your time with it, Local 2 is a beer to be sipped over the course of an evening or afternoon while rediscovering a favourite book, music album or memories of times past.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 1089, but no discernable date; Sampled October 2009
The cork just explodes off this beer as soon as I twist off the cage. Luckily I was prepared for this and didn't lose a drop of beer to the floor. A careful pour yields five fingers of head, some of which actually over-flows my 25cl tulip glass. The head is a pale brown tinted, tan color and the beer is a mix of dark plum colors and brown; the head leaves ample lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear plum tinted, ruby hue. The nose has a complex spiciness to it that is earthy, clove like, with woody pepper notes and perhaps even some savory spice notes. There is a rich, dark fruitiness that just lingers underneath the spice notes; it reminds me of raisins, a touch of brandy and some prune notes. There is a solid malt structure here as well that provides a rich, whole grain bread crust wholesomeness and lots of biscuit character. The malt and fruit notes combine to make me think of toast (that is only lightly browned) and jam (concord grape jam even), while the spice combines with both to produce an almost cola like aromatic note; this cola like note is actually quite prominent now that I have noticed it.

Only lightly sweet with a fairly light body, both of these are not usually found in beers of this strength. The beer finishes with some spicy, hot alcohol notes that likely could have been tempered a bit if this beer had more body. Spicy notes of clove lead in to an astringent peppery note in the finish. There is a bright fruitiness that reminds me most of raisins, but also has some fig / prune notes as well as some berry-like notes. The finish has a touch of roasted bitterness as well as a soft hop bitterness, but really the balance to the fruit and sweetness is the hot alcohol spiciness. The spiciness in this beer also contributes a sort of cola like flavor here as well, and it also makes me think of a Concord grape soda as well. I like the mix of fruit notes that this beer has, and the fact that it is not too sweet also is enticing. I can see this doing quite well as an aperitif, but I can't see it standing up to a main course pairing.

While I like my Belgian inspired ales to be light, this beer seems to be a touch on the light side. The hot alcohol in the flavor also gets accentuated a touch too much as well; though I am admittedly harping on it a bit more than I should, this is a 9% alcohol beer afterall. Still this is a pretty enjoyable beer, and I could actually see this improving with some more age. This is not bad, I just think the recipe needs a bit of tweaking; actually the recipe is likely just fine, I think a slightly different fermentation profile would help quite a bit. As with the Local 1, this beer seems a bit too refined and austere (I am not sure if this is a nice way of saying this is too filtered / conditioned or not); it is well crafted, but needs some more rusticity to it to be really great.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,403 ratings.
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