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Brooklyn Antwerpen Ale

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


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
While many American beer aficionados enjoy Belgiumís strong specialty ales, weíve also enjoyed Belgiumís 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 Ė the tasty local dish of sausages, thick-cut ham and sauerkraut Ė and with a wide range of other foods. These beers taste brilliant in Belgium, but frankly, by the time they reach our shores, theyíre usually a bit tired. We thought it would be fun to bring this beer style to you brewery-fresh. Like the originals, weíve 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: 12.5į Plato

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13622) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Draft from growler from Party Town. Poured clear reddish amber color with an minimal fizzy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate spicy fruit aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium spicy sweet flavor with a medium sweet fruity finish of moderate duration. Interesting drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2007
ACBeerfest-bottle-pours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is spicey-corriander, yeast. Taste is spicey-corriander, light malt. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2007
On tap. Poured a medium orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of biscuit, fruity, spices and light yeast. Tastes of breadiness, fruits, and light spices. I was also getting a light herbalness in the tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11654) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This brew is a dark amber color with a wispy white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is mild toasted malt and hops. Medium-bodied with fruit and earthy malt flavoring. Some hops show up here and there but they never fully shine through. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. Not a bad beer, yet somehow a letdown given the quality of the majority of Brooklynís other beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
Draft at DRE. Clear copper colored with creamy off-white head. Aroma of acrid citrus, bready malt, hops, and earthy sweaty armpit notes. Tastes caramel malty, with brown sugar, very bready malt notes, citrus. The finish gets doughier and more citric, and the whole thing comes off as a bit odd, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep amber-golden beer, thick white head. Aroma is of pale Belgian malt, a touch of caramel/crystal sweetness on the nose. Soft subtle yeast aroma gives a light subtle spiciness that accents the lean malts. A bit of earthy aroma and a bit of clove. Very faint tartness, a bit of berryish fruitiness as well. The flavour has a bit of minerally and sulphurous character on the front, before a very subtle balance of fruit and lean pale Belgian malt. This is a nice, well-balanced sessionable ale, with much more character than I gave it credit for the first time around. Tap at the Belgian Room. Clear light amber colour with a thick white head. (Incredibly expensive I might add too, at 8 bucks for about an 8 oz pour). Head fades to leave a lovely Belgian lace. Light fruity aroma, apple, pear, and a bit of peachy stone fruit. Fairly minerally aroma as well with a bit of sulphur. Light pale malts give a touch of sweetness to the peachy fruitiness. Crackery flavour against a hint of pear and apple. Soft tart finish. Itís decent, but itís not really that great. 7 4 6 3 13

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Draft pint
Consumed at Ye Olde New York in State College, PA

Kind of tastes like nothing. Draft pint at a local bar, the appearance was nice, red and orange colored body under a nice foamy white head, slightly cloudy, but it smelled empty and tasted the same. If I had to make an effort, I would say it smelled a little bit of candy sugar and some very, very light grains, lightly sweet as well. I thought my tongue had died because I tasted nothing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2007
on tap @ the tasting room @ Brooklyn Brewery. Amber-brown color with sweet malt flavor. Belgian yeast somewhat there but lacking something. easily drinkable @ 5% but nothing really special. Enjoyable but for a brewmasters reserve one might expect a little more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2007
Poured a dark copper color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted dough, toffee, citrus, and light spices. Taste was more toasted dough, with a pronounced citrus character, toffee, light nuts, and a bit of caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2007
Draught pint at Redbones on 4/13/07
Deep auburn body has slight amber-beige hues and is topped by an off-white head that is small and recedes slowly to cover, lacing minimally. Clarity is high.
Somewhat dry, rather reserved nose seems muted by some toastiness and dough. Caramel sugars peek out from behind the dry, slightly acidic grains and some plum, cherry and strawberry fruitiness perks up on the end, especially with warming. Light vanilla cream hints eventually soften things as well, but thereís a sourish/astringent toastiness/breadiness that persists. Medium to medium-weak aroma strength overall, with a very clean yeast presence adding some light nuttiness. No alcohol or flaws perceived.
Sweeter, initially, than the aroma would suggest, there seems to be some type of strong toasted malt dominance that dries it out significantly on the finish. Donít know if itís vienna, or caramunich (too hard to be aromatic malt, I think) or what, but itís slightly sour and very bready, leaving some acidity and a sort of oiliness behind. (Just looked at the grain bill and I see itís a combo of munich and aromatic. No doubt the filtration of the beer leads to the higher perceived hardness on the palate than I would expect from both aromatic and pils malt). The vanilla-caramel sugars do enough of a job up front, however, to keep the beer drinkable. The yeast is quite clean, leaving only muted esters of nectarine, strawberry and melon. Only the barest bit of spiciness, most likely from the hops. No flaws, as usual, from Brooklyn, though maybe just a speck of soapiness. A deKonink clone sounds like a good estimation, Iíll buy that. I really donít like deKonink though....

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