iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, no date--picked up at Bottle Barn for $8.49. Was surprised and excited to see this--apparently its seeing mass distribution now. The cork came out with a substantial pop, but (hooray) no overflowing. Clear deep dark copper with a two finger beige head, fair retention. Seems pretty carbonated as with agitation the head rises to a couple fingers rather quickly. Belgian yeast and ripe bananas up front and unsweetened cocoa, with some not-so-sweet fig and raisin notes. Dark candi sugar and scorched caramel are faint, but present. The flavor adds a slight fruity tang, and again isn’t too sweet at all, and dries out by the finish. Bitterness is around a 2. High carbonation is lessened by constant swirling amid a medium body. Pretty tasty brew.
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bouchon Bakery. Deep brown beer with a thick pillowy tan head. Aroma is quite lovely. Rich plummy malts with a lightly bready/toasty back note and a kiss of light spiciness. Like the Local 2, the beer has a lot of nice malty components while still coming out quite dry. Lightly dusty on the back of the palate with a softly earthy cocoaish note. Light chocolate and toast nuts. There is also a nice hint of cobwebby/flinty minerality that I find quite appealing. Great balance and really a top-notch brew.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Bouchon Bakery, $22. I’d be more inclined to call this a Dubbel than a Belgian Ale. Very dry malt aroma, nutty, wheaty, weizenbock like. Sparkly carbonation, with a nutty flavor, notes of caramel and yeast. Again, quite dry, with a bit of a heavy-handed carbonation. Lots of peanut notes in both aroma and flavor. Fairly well balanced. The beer worked with the meal quite well.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Jimmack. Pours a nice slightly hazy amber-brosn with a high belgian carbonation and a nice fluffy off white head. Aroma is nutty belgian yeasty phenolic with spice- herbs and earthy dirty character. Goof nutty earthy maltiness, with phenolic and fruity belgian yeast some dark toasted and charred malts, almsot chocolate character with a nice herbal dry earthy finish- smooth doughy and light finish.
dmac (3989) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Yeha 08 provided by jimmack, thanks Jim. Pours a urky muddy brown with a bubly beige head. Aroma is sugary with notes of chocolate, fruit, grains. Flavor is similiar with sugary chocolate and also a touch of bubblegum creeping into the mix along with yeast and bread.
alobar (2754) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with reddish hue. Off-white head. Lots of fruit in the aroma as well as toasted malts. Funky flavor with spice, toasted malts. Very nice.
egajdzis (5299) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 Poured a murky purple brown color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of blueberries, citrus fruits, raisins, Belgian spices, toast, caramel malts, and some cocoa. Taste of citrus fruits, cocoa, berries, vanilla, and a dry, yeasty finish.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. bottle thanks to Pat. Dark brown with a small beige head that looks just like a glass of Coke. Aroma is somewhat mild, with some roasted malts, light chocolate and bread. Flavor was not muted at all. Really nice pumpernickel bread flavor, brown sugar, touch of coriander and a hint of chocolate. Very dry, crisp and delicious. I hope they make this part of their regular lineup and it went great with food and goes down so easy.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Patrick for this one! Brown in color, not much of an aroma. First sip tastes like belgian brown but finishes very dry with roasty, choc. malt. Crisp finish with no aftertaste. Very enjoyable, surely would be excellent with many foods. If this WILL be the Local 2, I will be buying many!
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of the perks of being intimately involved in the world of beer is that sometimes I get blessed with a beer that is unlike no other and will most certainly never be able to find by myself. Such is the case with the Blue Apron Ale from Brooklyn Brewery. Brewed exclusively for the Thomas Keller restaurant, The French Laundry, the Blue Apron Ale from Brooklyn Brewery is a one-of-a-kind ale and I am extremely pleased and excited to have the opportunity to savor its rare depths.
A cloudy brown topped by a fluffy tan head, she fades ever so slowly into a thin layer atop my brew. Trails of delicate lace trace her path from the top of the peak to her final destination. Her nose is replete with richly burnt and caramelized sugars, hints of brown sugar, toasted malts, and a finish hinting of brandy and rum esters. With such a heavy and foreboding presence of smell, I delve into her liquid brew expecting a thick, succulent and viscous body only to be totally surprised by how light and clean her mouthfeel and body are instead. She has an almost silken touch as she gently caresses my tongue, gently painting my palate with faint sweet caramel and rich cooked sugar notes while roasted almonds mingle in the background. It is very faint, but I also detect a citric nip as she lingers and I go in for another quaff. Again, silky smooth with rich yet delicate notes which are but faint shadows of the strong nose she put forward. That’s not to say my Blue Apron Ale is lacking in quality and depth, but that she does so with much sophistication and grandeur; champagnesque in a way.
Having just recently come down from my high the Brooklyn Dark Matter left me in, this rare beauty of a gem took me for another round of surprises, though not as much as the Dark Matter. Refined and exquisite with just the right balance of toasted malts and sugars, the Blue Apron Ale is perfectly fitted for her tenure at the very exclusive Thomas Keller restaurant, The French Laundry.