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Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Belgian Ale
Brooklyn, New York USA

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
While many American beer aficionados enjoy Belgium’s strong specialty ales, we’ve also enjoyed Belgium’s excellent pale ales, on draft at every bar in Antwerp. Brooklyn Antwerpen Ale is our homage to those beers, which have spicy, floral aromatics and mild, biscuity flavors on the palate. These beers are great with choucroute – the tasty local dish of sausages, thick-cut ham and sauerkraut – and with a wide range of other foods. These beers taste brilliant in Belgium, but frankly, by the time they reach our shores, they’re usually a bit tired. We thought it would be fun to bring this beer style to you brewery-fresh. Like the originals, we’ve brewed Brooklyn Antwerpen Ale from lightly caramelized European malts and fermented the beer with a special Belgian yeast at unusually high temperatures. After a few weeks of ageing, the beer is filtered and emerges bright amber. At a sessionable 5% by volume, this is a flavorful beer you can stick with for the evening.
Malts: German Munich and Pilsner malts, Belgian Aromatic malt.
Hops: Hallertauer Perle and Czech Saaz
OG: 12.5° Plato


blatantdream's rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
On tap at Blind Tiger Ale House the first day it opened. Pours a nice amber color. Taste nicely spiced with big malt favors but also pretty mild. I thought it was more German tasting than Belgian but still very pleasant to drink.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodgrief (1806) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Mar. 2007 - Pour was an odd light orange color, decent head, no lacing. Weird yeasty flavor. Light flavor of mild citrus, some biscuity flavors and sweet malts and a touch of mild spices. Doesn’t taste very Belgian-esque. Odd.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2007
On tap at the Blind Tiger...Sticky, aspartame-like sweetness makes the finish too much for me. It has a lot of citrus, honey and melon and is overall very fruity. But it is not a lightly-flavored, summery beer IMHO. The aroma is mild and floral. Interesting, eclectic hop blend in here. Highly malty and bread.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4950) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger - hazy orange beer - zesty, citrusy aroma, but devoid of hops, so the citrus is more a fruity ester smell - light bodied and tangy - slight orange fruitiness, followed by bready flavors and a chalky, milky quality - a bit acidic - it started burning my stomach halfway through the pint.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 19, 2007
20 ounce Imperial pint on draught at the Blue Tusk, Syracuse, June 27 2007. A bit of head dies into a thin coating atop the bright translucent copper body....lightly yeasty, honeysih aroma, faint pale malts and an even fainter herbal essence....dry, tart and a bit grapy on the tongue; tastes rather old or spolied, overattenuated, watery and thin....more like a weak Oktoberfest than any kind of Belgian style, and not a good one at that.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Tap @ Croxley Ales, Rockville Centre, NY. Pours a cloudy golden-amber. Aroma largely of citrus and hops. Taste is the same, but the beer is overall a bit too watery. It seems to be an homage to the Belgian Pale Ales, and if so you’re better off with De Dolle Arabier or La Caracole Saxo.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Not great but a great surprise from Brooklyn. Cloudy amber, big vanishing foamy head. Citrus and yeast, nutty tannic finish and mouthfeel. Light and refreshing and an easy drinking Belgian style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2007
on tap at Rich O’s. clear orange amber with a diminishing white head. light orange aroma with some light caramel notes. nice balanced bittersweet orange caramel flavor with light bready undertones. bittersweet orange caramel finish. light body lively carbonation. nice light refreshing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maverick34 (2335) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Draft at the brewery. Not a ton of taste, pours reddish brown. Kind of weak for my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2007
On tap at HalfTime. Poured an effervescent amber with a fizzy white head. Surprisingly crisp hoppy aroma, predominantly spicy grass... I could tell Saaz a mile away. Flavor follows, lightly sweet with some light spice, and that same grassy hoppiness, with a toffeish body. Finish pretty clean. Came across a bit like a fruity pilsener, but was clean and refreshing. Not bowling me over, but nice.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1909) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2007
On draft at Clark’s Ale House in Syracuse. Pale color with a creamy lace head courtesy of the draft. Very mild sweet aroma and flavor. Just a touch of honey-ish sweetness but that was about it. The body was belgian but other than that it came up a bit weak.


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