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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,414
Reviews:
548
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
302
For Trade:
8
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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/19/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, orange peel, red grape, pear, apple, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, light must, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, prune, red grape, pear, apple, orange peel, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly bready, and lightly slick/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle served at about 45F in a St. Bernardus snifter.

A: Pours a dark, hazy, mahogany brown with an exemplary, mixed density tan head. The head has poor retention, but moderate lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is, as expected, fruity, as well as bready, lightly spicy and yeasty, with hints of brown sugar.

The flavor profile is complex, and suggests dates, plums, raisins, orange(!), cherries, yeast and medium/dark malt. The high ABV is well-hidden. The flavor has sweet/bitter in balance rather than leaning to the sweet side like, for instance, St. Bernardus. Also less spicy than average for style (but no complaints about the flavor mix.)

M: Smooth and creamy; medium body is a tad thin; a bit sticky in the finish; Lively medium+ carbonation; slightly astringent.

O: This could pass for a fine Belgian dark ale -- is there a higher complement? Glad I have a couple more bottles which I will let age a bit longer. Improved with warming. Exceptional.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two and a half fingers of light brown foam on a hazy, dark brown body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves thick lace in its wake.

S - Brown, malty notes of caramel and toffee with some weak fruity character, plums and dark cherries.

T - Rich malty profile up front, lots of toffee and toasted malt. Sweet caramel appears in the middle with some restrained yeast notes; figs and a bit of pepper. The finish is smooth and mild with the malt turning a bit darker leaving lingering flavors of fruity chocolate and a hint of pipe tobacco.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a well crafted example of the style. At first I thought it was more of a dubble, but the complexity came out as it warmed and the character darkened as well. The alcohol is a bit warm in the finish and this hurts the both the mouthfeel and drinkability slightly. The aroma is also kind of weak for some reason. This is a nice beer with a lot of potential and I am inclined to think that it would improve with a bit more age.

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

Poured into a chalice a a hazed russett brown with a lacey one finger white head,aromas were spiced spiced with dark fruit,there is a real white pepper-like mix of spice and citrus,the yeast is not overly phenolic.Candied sugar really stands out on the palate,also some candied orange peel and phenolic clove-like flavors in the finish.Its solid not amazing,but its tasty and not over the top with the yeast.

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

Local 2's deep chestnut body is capped by a fluffy head of light tan that displays excellent retention and leaves almost solid walls of lace about the glass. The nose is floral and sweet with a hint of candy and some mild caramel. In the mouth it's delicately spritzy with a very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. The flavor is as the nose suggests with sugary caramel and delicate fruit (apple, lime, grape) peppered by yeasty spiciness and moderate phenols. The bitterness is restrained allowing the maltiness to shine, but it also pushes back at mid-palate, and then ushers in a dry finish - no doubt bolstered by the alcohol, which only presents itself at the end. Perhaps I'm swayed by the label, but I also get a hint of honey on the tip of the tongue in the finish. Very nicely balanced, and remarkably drinkable.

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

Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, light lacing, dark murky fig molasses brown color.

Nose some darker malts, dark fruits, honey apple, light fig date like, touch of phenols, hint of booze, touch of citrus, fruity Belgian esters.

Taste light booze Belgian esters, hint of phenols, nice fruits light apple pear like, fig date as well, molasses and candy, bit of bitterness, hint of powdered cocoa, light grassy too. Finish is drier but sticky, molasses honey and fruity esters lingering, light booze as well.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice carb, some warming slight tingly booze.

Overall great beer. Well done Belgian additions, between the esters, fruit, booze, and even the light phenols bring a nice addition and go well. The fruits, honey, citrus, etc, all go really well. It's a nice winter style sipping Belgian beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. My research on the bottle code of “1749” tells me the beer was bottled on 6/23/2009, so it’s almost 5-years-old.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar, honey, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, chocolate, fruit and spices. Then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid dark Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a deeply hazy, dark brown body with some amberish-hues to the edges and capped by a fluffed, off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish, with accents of dark candi sugar and gooey honey. Fruity, with touches of cherry and plum. Spicy, with both savory hop and yeast notes. Oh, and let's not forget the darkened, delicately toasted maltiness.

Taste: Dark, lightly toasted malts with a few stray, sweet additions of caramel, chocolate, honey, and dark candi sugar. Fruity tastes of plum, sweet Michigan cherries, and even a dash of dried orange peel. Earthy, finely floral, spicy hop character follows with no more than a light, fleeting bitterness. Some peppery alcohol notes and Belgian yeast hints in the latter half. Rebound of toasted sugar tastes. Finishes remarkably dry and with a definite, crackling crispness (which is not to say it wasn't crisp from the very beginning).

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated with an elegant, effervescent mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Brooklyn Local 2 is lively, fresh, and inviting. Also, the crisp nature and well-hidden alcohol makes this one fairly easy to down. Recommended if you're a fan of the Belgian Darks.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby hued with 3+ finger of tan /peach head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Slight fruittyness, plus hints of chocolate

T: Some dark fruit, cherries & figs mostly up front, plus a touch of woody hops. Green apple tartness & & some grapefruit surfaces as this warms. Tartness, cherries, candi sugar dryness & figs all show in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, pretty smooth carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, ABV is well hidden. I liked this better than #1, but also prefer this style more too. Good effort Brooklyn!

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ochre with generous orange peel highlights and abundant bubbles. The golden beige hued head is soft and airy and unsticky, with an almost featureless upper surface. Looks like Brooklyn Brewery needs a lesson in Belgian-style ale head and lace creation. With respect to the latter, very little makes it to the glass.

The aroma isn't deep, rich, dark or powerful. It's a little on the tart-n-tangy side (unripe figs) which doesn't bode well for the flavor. The best BSDAs have some of the greatest noses in all of beerdom. This one is disappointing... and improves a bit by the bottom of the bottle.

Brooklyn Local 2 tastes better than it smells. It still isn't the cat's pajamas, but it might open up and complexify with warming. Even though they shouldn't have much to do with the flavor profile, too many sharp-edged bubbles aren't helping. I'm starting to think that bottle conditioning is more miss than hit. Too quiet early and too boisterous after a bit of aging.

The flavor profile falls on the lighter Belgian brown ale side of the BSDA spectrum rather than the darker Belgian stout side. Specific flavors include toasted brown bread, a few chocolate shavings, sugared pecans, lemon zest and plenty of clove and black pepper. No hint of the wildflower honey.

Additional positives are good sweet-bitter balance and well-buried alcohol. The hop bill includes Perle, Aurora and East Kent Goldings. In truth, little hop flavor is appreciated. Not a problem, given the style. Warming helps to some extent, but it doesn't turn an above average BSDA into a really good BSDA.

The body/mouthfeel score could just as easily been lower. It doesn't have the silky smooth expansive creaminess of the best Belgian ales (few American-brewed Belgian-styles ales do) and the initially harsh carbonation hasn't eased much in the 15 minutes since cork extraction.

My hope was that Local 2 would be better than Local 1. It isn't. Although I have a great deal of respect for Garrett Oliver, the unfortunate truth is that Brooklyn Brewery beer is oftentimes less than impressive when compared to the best that American craft beer has to offer.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,414 ratings.
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