Brooklyn Local 2 | Brooklyn Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,885
Reviews:
550
Ratings:
1,421
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
307
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Ratings: 1,421 |  Reviews: 550
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 arevalo
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GStone899
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well this one overflowed immediately after popping the cork so that was interesting. Color is dark brown to black with moderate lacing. Smell is deep malts, dark fruits n toffee. Taste is enjoyable and smooth but for a Belgian strong ale with a 90 rating I expected it to be more flavorful and, well, stronger. Really disappointed with this one. Like Voldemart said, "I have to say I hoped for better."

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks luscious on cold day.
Aromas are fruit-forward.
Taste is full malt and its complexities emerge, I think, as the sugars make me salivate more. But Brooklyn avoids the sugar over-usage problem becoming syrupy by... you guessed it... the artful application of hops; just enough for balance and not too much to pander to the American palate. Also a sign of excellence, alcohol also can interfere after a few sips... if the brewmaster is average. But Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn's brewmaster, is so far above average that this Belgian dark skirts the sugar slick. (In fact, I've said elsewhere that Garrett, as a writer, is close to being the Michael Jackson of his generation.)

To me, Feel is this ale's relative weakness: too many bubbles. And while the ale warmed and improved everything, the bubbles still did too much to distract from this being a masterpiece.

11/28/17: Another bottle confirms almost everything I said earlier. This time it went well with a stewy ratatouille; confirming the ale's versatility.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDailyBuzzherd
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ac-dx
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml into a solo cup (slumming it ha).

Look is a very dark brown semi translucent.

Lots of estery dark fruits on the aroma.

Taste is very floral with dark fruits like dates mixed with roasted malt.

Very good.

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

Very good for an american brewed strong dark ale.

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Photo of Oakley
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joberlander
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rorjets
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brap
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer and will pick it up whenever I see it. One of Brooklyn Breweries better offerings.

Tastes like a quality Belgian. Nice fruit notes and complexity.

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Photo of DMACH
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LinksusMaximus
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of madelf66
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KGilmour
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jim_Benz
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark caramel color, dense long-lasting head. Smells like ... Belgian yeast esters! And dark fruit. Maybe I'm weird, but it tastes like cola, as well as raisin, a little bit of bread, maybe a touch of alcohol. Highly carbonated, as expected, medium body. Over all, about what I expected--dark Belgian strong ales frequently taste like cola to me. But there's much more to it than that, and I like it.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a caramel type brown color. TONS of carbonation! Awesome looking in the glass.
Smell - Tons of dark fruits on the nose along with some malt sweetness.
Taste - Follows the nose. Dark fruits....cherries, raisins, plums. Some banana type esters along w/ some sweetness

Overall - This one shocked the hell out of me. A phenomenal tasting Belgian Strong dark ale!

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Photo of mscudder
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,421 ratings
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