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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Ratings: 1,422 |  Reviews: 550
Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -1.2%
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 +4.4%
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 -5.9%
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 -1.7%
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 -18%
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 -1%
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 +4.9%
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 -1.2%
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 -16.3%
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 +4.9%
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 +1.7%
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 -6.2%
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 -27.9%
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 +1.7%
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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Photo of vapodge
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into Ommegang goblet

A - nice dark brown, slightly maroon tinge, thick head, not much lacing

S - candied fruits, Belgian yeast, little bit of roasted malt

T - fruity and yeasty, a bit of caramelization, honey gives it a different kind of sweetness, alcohol is there in a big way

M - very dry, very carbonated, lots of warming from the alcohol

D - would love to have this with a steak; pretty darn smooth, but oh so dry! no real complaints with this one

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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 JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark leathery brown with some great ecru colored head that is about 1 inch tall. The bubbles are very dense and tight. Nice.

S - Slight sweet fruit notes. Some nice citrus peel aroma is delicious refreshing and subtle. There is some slight caramel sweetness. There is some slight phenols in the nose but its not too extreme. It is just right.

T & M - Flavors starts off light and delicious with some dark fruit sweetness and caramel that is not too intense and just right. There is some nice refreshing citrus notes and some nice balanced grain and bready malt notes. There are some delicious smooth caramel notes in this beer that also mix in well with the phenols and belgian yeast notes that are almost perfectly soft and delicious. Nice light fluffy and drinkable body.

D - Very yummy beer. Delicious take on this style.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two and a half fingers of nice thick and creamy, tan head tops a deep red/brown, hazy body. Good carbonation comes up the glass.

S - Tons and tons of yeast is what I get on the nose. I get some alcohol mixed with a nice orange peel element and a mild honey sort of aroma.

T - Some slight alcohol comes out with a very distinct yeast element which is interesting and tasty. Orange is more mild than the aroma but combines with the honey and a floral element, finishing sweet. Nice, complex stuff.

M - Creamy in the mouth, minimal carbonation with a full body.

D - Good stuff but I'm not sure I could do alot of this in a night. I'm glad I tried it but the sweet finish could end up pushing me away after a while. Otherwise not a bad one.

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Photo of ehagedorn
2.84/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was really disappointed with this beer! I hadn't tried any Brooklyn Brewery products before but a knowledgeable Belgian aficianado suggested it. Not as much body as I expected. Not enough maltiness. It surely looked nicer in the glass than it tasted!

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Photo of ComputerBeer
2.57/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I expected this to be a much better beer! Brown to red color rocky white head. Some stone fruit in the nose, with some malt sweetness. Very sweet and boozy, seemed like an unfinished beer. Plenty of carbonation. Finished with out a hint of the "citrus" from the sweet orange peel it was brewed with.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(review from notes; tried on 02/05/11)

pours a dark brown shade with a healthy finger-plus beige head; decent retention and lacing.

nose offers roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, dark fruits, spices, and yeast. maybe a hint of hoppiness in the background.

flavor mostly follows the nose. you have your traditional elements of a BSDA along with some stout characteristics. complex, balanced, and enjoyable, though doesn't move the earth... IMO they did a bit better with the BL 1.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. good drinkability.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into snifter glass. Pours a dark brown, darker than I expected, with a medium tan-colored head. Aromas of apple cider, grapes, sweet cane sugar, and a little sourness. Raisins and plummy notes become noticeable as it warms. Flavor is alcohol upfront, with sweet beets, sugar cane, and orange peel, with a touch of dark fruit. Carbonated, pretty fizzy, and moderately warming.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a very dark translucent reddish brown. Pours easily to produce a half inch head of rich tan foam, leaving curtains of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aromas of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and honey.

Taste is very true to the Belgian quadruple style, with flavors of roasted malt, raisins, chocolate, and cola. Hops are pretty low profile, but detectable, especially in the finish which has a peppery bitterness. The dark wildflower honey gives this a deep, caramel element. The finish also is nicely spiced, seemingly with coriander. Can also taste a bit of orange peel in the finish.

Body is light and the carbonation is ample enough to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

I am enjoying this beer before dinner and with dinner and finishing the bottle is not a problem. This is a nice drinking quadruple that is delicious.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a massive head developing. Only got 1/2 a pint glass of beer due to the huge explosion of head. Noisy like root beer as it dissipates to just a ring of tan. I suspect the glass was not completely clean but still...
Smell is malty, dark fruit and a detectable hop note. Cardboard is present as well. Nice balance.
Taste is weaker than expected. Not watery, just severely muted, especially up front. Some dark fruits (figs, dates?), hops, light spice (ginger and clove) with a distinct tartness.
Dry with a strong effervescence up front. Warming. Medium bodied. Some whiskey note in aftertaste though it all disappears pretty quickly. Too clean a finish for the style in my opinion. A good beer overall but not to the standard I usually expect from Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,422 ratings