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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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Photo of TheGrunt
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very traditional style dark ale. I've drank lot's of pretty similar German made beers. Color and smell has a hint of smokey flavor, but in taste there is almost none. Very mild flavor being a dark belgian style ale and in that sense Local 2 is pretty much in line with other Brooklyn beers I've tasted. That is fine although pretty neutral taste without any "Wows" or "Yacks".

I like this beer a lot. I am not a big fan of very strong smokey dark beers, so this is pretty much one of the best ~9-10% alcohol content dark ales I've tasted in my life. If you are looking very strong tasting and deep beer you may be disappointed with this one, but I like the straight and smooth taste of Local 2 a lot. Thumbs up and high recommendation from me!

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

A-dark murky brown. pours a thick off white head that quickly settles. no lacing

S-dark roasted caramel and Belgian malts and sugars

T-comes in with Belgian malts and leaves with a good dark roasted salted caramel malts. its very, very light tasting for the style. not trusting the ABV here.

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a dry finish

D-goes down extremely easily. there's really nothing negative about this. forgettable, but not bad. its good for beginners i'd say. definitely something i wouldn't mind getting again.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A deep garnet / brown brew pours into a thick four finger khaki head which settles slowly into a thick froth, leaving thick, chunky lacing.

S -- Plum, raisin, sweet bready malts, hefty yeast profile.

T -- Candi sugar, honey, dark fruits, subtle floral hops and dry yeasty spice notes. Very well balanced.

M -- Robust but only medium bodied which is somewhat deceptive. The carbonation plays to this by drying and cleansing the palate on the finish.

D -- A must try. Excellent representation of an American created Belgian influenced brew. Well done.

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

I liked the #1 beer and have seen this one on the shelves for a little while now without trying it is time. Let's see what this offering is like from Brooklyn.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a large 2+" head after a reserved pour. The head started falling pretty quickly to end up maintain at about an inch from the bubbles rising. The foam itself is creamy and tan. There is some pretty solid lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially get some dark fruit and sweet malt with some reserved bready aromatics. The flavor seems to favor the malt, but there is a more significant hop profile than you normally get for this style, but this isn't unwelcome or necessarily out of style. There are some spicy aromatics that I am not sure aren't actual spice additions, but I will read on that later. There is some evident spice in here.

Taste: The flavor is very well balanced and the carbonation, though high for most beers, does this beer really well. Again, the flavor is a bit more hoppy than you typically get for this style, but in this case, they are playing it well and it adds complexity that you don't normally get here as typically the malts are the showcased ingredient. The malts are still in charge of this beer, but there are spicy notes that can't be ignored either. The hops are only in the early additions as the finish is all malt. The malts are well blended and even though the beer is dark, it doesn't finish acidic at all. The 9%ABV is very well hidden and it contributing to the spicy character, and I am definitely warming up as I have made it through about half the bottle.

Opinion: I am impressed with this beer. Though it departs from the classic examples of this style, it does it well and still manages to "hang" in one of the toughest categories on the planet. If you are a fan of Belgian beers, and especially the Strong Dark category, I would definitely recommend that you try this beer as soon as you can. I will be drinking another bottle or so before it is all gone and that is the best tribute that I can give a beer.

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Photo of nhindian
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown, bordering on a murky purple. Opaque as hell with some carbonation sticking to the glass. A big, frothy head rises from the liquid, 2.5-fingers in height and light tan in color. Excellent retention as it lasts well throughout the drink. Lacing is sparse.

S - This beer has a big influence from the Belgian yeast, dry and a bit spicy. Heavy smells of grapes and raisins, mixed with honey. It has some more traditional Belgian smells such as cloves and banana.

T - The flavors in this beer are more narrow in scope than the vast array of aromas in the nose. This taste has a strong focus on the Belgian yeast, raisins, and honey. It's quite sweet but has a decent amount of alcohol in it. It actually reminds me a lot of St. Bernardus 12 in that its sweet and has some alcohol heat to it. Finish is moderately long with a sweet and fruity aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. You may want to swirl this a few times to cut the carbonation a bit. Leaves a sweet feeling after its gone.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Reminds me a pretty good, lighter Quad. Very easy to drink and not bad for the price.

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

Had this during my layover at Laguardia Airport....figured I should sample something local....sure glad I did.
This is an excellent beer.
Poured a dark and cloudy brown with a good off-white head which left some lacing. It smelled smoky, with sweet carmelized sugar and spices. It tasted as strong as it's 9% apv. It was sweet as the label suggested but the citrus was masked behind the smokey hops. The only downside of this beer in my opinion was that it was a little too carbonated for me. Not that this should dissuade you from trying it. It is an excellent beer. I brought one back to Taiwan with me!

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Photo of funkymuppet
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well - a great drink overall. Seems very similar to a dubbel: pretty sweet and malty throughout, and good carbonation. Seems very well-balanced indeed. Fairly alcoholic smell. which I think is in-style. Says it's brewed with honey and citrus peel - can definitely get the honey richness, but left a little wondering where the citrus peel is - unless it's orange, in which case you can get a bit of that spice in the aftertaste...
Very nice - good value at $11/bottle.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark brown in color with a fizzy foamy off-white head. Little retention on this. No lacing at all.

S - Belgium candy like sweetness upfront with tons of spices. Caramel malts some banana and clove sweetness. Maybe a little alcohol tinge.

T - Sweet plum and grape with some candy sweetness and toasted sugars. Spices pull through as well. Just like the nose. Finishes with a nice sweet alcohol warmth.

M - Mouthfeel is bubbly and coarse. Although not bad. Well carbonated in other words. Like champagne.

D/N Glad I picked this one up. Very good stuff here.

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Photo of NODAK
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is quite sweet; label says it uses honey which is very believeable. Definitely has a candied sugar type aroma with spices and yeast in the background.

Pours dark brown with a fairly decent head.

Taste has a fairly good sweet body to it, the honey noticeable and the Belgian candied sugar as well. Sugary without being overbearing; it's done well. Some Belgian spice is in the background...hanging around softly but not challenging the sweet character of the brew. A tiny citrus note was present as well though not always noticeable on every swallow for me. A little citrus peel bitterness hits on the swallow, helping to round out the taste with some lingering sugar. Carbonation is quite high; the cork came out with some serious force...this is one thing I would put as a fault for me.

All in all, extremely drinkable and delicious. It isn't the most complex Belgian ale out there but it's a good contender for drinkability.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, thick white fluffy head, loud crackling coming from the head, lots of sticky lace on the head. Smell is yeasty, honey comb, dark fruits, raisin, spicy with hints of citrus. Taste is of dark fruit, light alcohol, smokey, yeast, biscuit, cherry and licorice. Very complex and really impressive as it warmed. Medium and at times thin mouthfeel, slightly high carbonation and good weight overall. Drinks very well, after a full bottle I still wanted more. One of the better American made Belgian style beer. Great stuff.

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

A - Translucent brown body with better than moderate level of carbonation. The head is rather frothy and starts out at an inch or more.

S - Roasty, almond, strong malt, subtle fig.

T - Mildly pungent fig, raisins and roasted malts. This is a tasty beverage.

M - Very mild coarse feel. It has a little stickiness to it as well. This brew goes down well.

~ This is certainly a good beer. It offers a nice 'head'. Share this with a freind or enjoy the bottle on your own. If you keep it to yourself you may not want to drive afterward.

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Photo of tfarmstrong
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark brown, with good head and lace

S - Sweet and simple was hoping for some more here

T - Smooth with almost no hops, fits very well into the Double/Quad category.

M - Smooth again, with moderate carbonation. Could use slightly less carbonation

O - Very good beer but not quite a trappist.

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Photo of drtth
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark mahogany color with an almost 2" thick off-white head (that makes me glad I chose the Duvel tulip for this beer). The head is fluffy with lots of various sized bubbles. The thick head recedes quite slowly, leaving a coating of foam on the sides of the glass. Sipping turns the sheet of foam into an irregular patterm of small patches of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is faint but contains some caramel malt tinged with traces of tart dark fruits and orange zest.

Taste: The flavors begin with some nice chocolate which then quickly morphs into dark fruits like plum and cherry. There's a trace of tartness that is much like orange zest and some floral hop bitterness to balance the sweetness from the malt. The alcohol is not really detectable here except when you begin to feel the effects.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and creamy soft with a good bit of gentle, persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length and has a bit of peppery, spice-like character to it as well. At the end the finish becomes nicely dry as well.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I have mixed feelings about this beer given that just yesterday I drank and reviewed some McChouffe. I think this is overall a nice beer and I've enjoyed it but one of the reasons I opened it tonight was that I'd hoped it would be somewhat like the McChouffe. However, I find that the tartness and citrus zest tend to be just a bit too prominent for my tastes. So my overall impression is that I'm glad to have tried this beer but I'll probably not return to it.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of honey really stand out in the nose, which also has notes of citrus and dark fruits along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the nose but is slightly more complex; the flavors of honey are accompanied by notes of candi sugar, caramel, citrus, dark fruits and yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a clear medium brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that did not have the greatest retention, reducing to a puddled film and had good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a nutty dark bread malt, a mild funky Belgian yeast and a very slight hint of floral hops with notes of citrus (orange), honey, chocolate, dark fruit (overripe grapes and plums), and clove.

The taste was a little acidic and mildly sweet with notes of citrus and honey and a mild malty dark roast undertone at first, and then became lightly bitter and a tad yeasty with hints of chocolate, dark fruit and had a mildly spicy alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a mild spicy yeast taste left behind along with a slight alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body with an oily texture and a nice lively carbonation.

Overall I found this to be a nice smooth and easy to drink brew, although I do think it could have been a little more flavorful for a Belgian Style Strong Ale...

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Photo of confer
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't the secret to reading their best by code, so I am not sure how old this bottle is. I know i have had it in my kellar for at least a year and a half.
A- This beer looks fantastic. Medium brown with a head that took me by surprise. I poured about 80% head at first and then slowly poured more as the head faded. But this head was so thick and creamy it looked like fresh made whipped creme. I was tempted to grab a spoon.
S- Sweet milk chocolate is what I smell.
T- Taste is all dark fruit. Not bad, but the pour made me expect more.
MD- It feels too watery, maybe that it the intense carbonation that is keeps on going in the glass. For a 9% beer there is only a bit of alcohol taste. Decent beer but there are much better tripels around.

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

Cork pops up with the slightest touch. stamped: 1880. I know this isn't the year, but unsure what it correlates to.

A- Pours a dark caramel with a big foamy head that is super active. I can hear it crack and pop as the head slowly resides to a 1/4" of off-white layer. Some good lacing.

S- I can smell this beer from 2 ft. away, powerful and great smell. Figs, pears, thyme, light spice, some tang and hay from the yeast.

T- Dark fruit with hints of spice. The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are in different measure. Highlighted flavors are figs, yeast, hay, and the zesty tang. Solid.

M- Medium body. Wet that slowly dries. lingers well. very pleasing.

D- Slight alc is detected by the warming feel. Split a 750mL and wanted more. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark, almost black body with a big foamy tan head

S- Sweet dark roasted fruity malts and some Belgian yeastiness

T- Some dark fruits up front, a bit of yeastiness in the middle and finishes dry with a bit of a boozy heat

M- Medium-bodied, creamy and a moderate level of carbonation

D- One beer in a sitting is good, a solid example of the style

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into La Chouffe goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Three finger head of fair cream and thickness. Dark pinkish red (look at it and you'll know).

Sm: Fresh estery berry hops. Very floral. Nice and complex.

T: Complex body with very dark floral/berry taste, slight caramel, a bit of alcohol, and a resurgence of berry in the finish. Maybe caramel, but it's too complex to discern. Slight cream at the end.

Mf: Nicely coarse, maybe a bit too much. Adequately dry, but muddy. Doesn't hit the mark in either category. It strikes a nice carbonation balance, however.

Dr: It hides its high ABV well, but it's too pricey by Irish standards to consider buying again. Maybe it's more affordable stateside (I think I can safely guarantee it).

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, opaque, mahogany body with a frothy off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Nose has a nice roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, dark fruits, yeast, citrus, & spices.

T: For some reason I expected this to taste differently, but this one has a nice flavor. Not really getting a lot of chocolate, but the Belgian yeast and dark fruits are definitely there with a slight tartness. It finishes a bit dry, boozy, and sweet caramel malts.

M: Light to medium body and decent carbonation, and although the texture was nice and creamy, it was also a bit too light.

D: Really enjoyed this one. The light mouthfeel made this one extremely easy to drink and although it was high ABV, it was nicely balanced. Could easily drink 1-2 of these on my own.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mahogany colored brew, nice head, smooth carbonation with sheets of lacing that run down my glass and rejoin the brew.

Smell is really nice, sweet dark fruits, yeast, spices, caramel malts, a little chocolate.

Taste is very spot on for what I expected. Great spiciness, plenty of dark and mid fruit flavors, nicely yeasty, quite sweet yet strangely dry all at the same time. Downright delicious.

Feel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation, a lightly bitter, fruity aftertaste lingers.

Drink is good. I like this beer. For my first try of this brewery, I certainly want to try Brooklyn's other offerings too.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Muddy amber color, can't see thru it. Thick foamy 1 finger head with lots of carbonation. Nice lacing.

S- Light citrus and honey scents with a hint of a yeasty blueberry. Has a smell that is rankish and appealing at the same time.

T- Roasted malt flavor mixed with honey, chocolate, caramel. lingers wonderfully. Belgian flavor gets heavier at the bottom of the bottle where the yeast is. Second half of the bottle was better than the first.

M- Thin with a bit of hop bitter on the back of the tongue.

D- It was ok but it just doesn't slap me in the face to say "hey, i'm the best"

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought and took home from Winking Lizard's in Fairlawn, OH.

Appearance - Three fingers of head present itself immediately under a vibrant and well carbonated beer. Much darker than I expected it to be. A dark crimson red pour with hints of caramel brown.

Smell - Hints of odd hibiscus flowers and dandelions. Smells slightly spicy with very faint hints of chocolate in the background. Smells slightly like an Irish red ale.

Taste - Very crispy and malty with hints of caramel. A lot of floral notes. Very, very sweet thanks to the Belgian dark sugar and honey additions. Yeasty and fruity.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very dry on the finish. Very complex spices. A lot of different flavors working together here. I didn't like this at all the first couple of drinks, but it slowly grew on me. The flavors are working together quite brilliantly here; but it just didn't adhere to my tastes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A very sweet beer with floral notes. Medium bodied.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like Brooklyn's Local #1 and when I saw this at the store I picked this up immediately.

When I poured it out I knew this wouldn't be like the #1 at all. I poured this into my new Great Divide glass and got a very nice large tan and frothy head. It's a dark brown-reddish beer and it smells nutty, a bit sweet, and maybe...some cinnamon(?). I pick up a hint of citrus too.

It tastes much like a Belgian quadrupel but there is a definite alcohol taste to it. There is a nice roasty, smooth, and nutty ending that is missing from most other Belgians. This is a good Belgian ale and one that's good for a cool night.

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