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Brooklyn Extra Brune



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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
January 2008 release of the Brooklyn Brewmaster Reserve series. Brooklyn Extra Brune is a Belgian-style dark abbey ale, brewed in the style developed by Belgium’s Trappist monasteries. Its rich, plumy, raisiny flavors are derived not only from Belgian yeasts, but also from imported Belgian dark “candi” sugar syrup. This syrup is ultra-caramelized, lending both flavor and color to this copper-brown beer. The yeast gives the beer a fruity/spicy complexity, which starts slightly sweet on the palate, but dries into the finish. This is a perfect beer for winter foods – game meats, lamb, stews, and rich cheeses. Malts: European Pilsner malt, Belgian “Special B”. Additional sugars: Belgian Dark Candi Hops: German Perle OG: 19.2° Plato ABV: 8.5%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Extra Brune pours a gorgeous amber color, with a light tan head on top with good retention, which eventually leads to very nice lacing. Aromas of sweet dark candi sugar, some fall fruits, apples, pears, figs, and raisins. Some clove and banana esters as well. The taste is candi sugar of the bat, nice hints if fall fruits (lighter than the aroma) as well as some light flavors of clove and nutmeg. The carbonation level is a little higher than normal, but it fits the style very nicely. Very smooth and slightly creamy for the mouthfeel. This beer is awesome. It reminds me of a much better Maudite (not to bring up a different beer). Very tasty and a good representation of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Growler at JoeMcPhee’s 2 years ago. Pours a hazy deep amber with a diminishing head. Aroma is yeasty belgian phenols banana fruity esters and a green apple skin acetaldehyde off note. Flavor is phenols herbal earth toffee, deep dark crystal malts, fruity raisin special B, plastic, solvent spice and moderate sweetness- slight slick finsih- eh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2008
On tap at Boxer’s in Huntingdon (SP?), PA. Strong aroma of banana and cloves. Flavor is smokey with some malts on the end. Mysterious beer that wants to be great, but can only manage very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2008
On tap @ Monster B’s in Stamford. Strong aromas of banana and initial flavors of a complex hefe. However, as the pint continues, mild butterscotch undertones prevail.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(Draught) Pours a cloudy amber body with a medium creamy almond head. Aroma of clove, banana, earthiness, toasted malt, and faint plastic. Flavor of rye, light smoke, dark fruit, candi sugar, and caramel malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Draft. Pours a dark brown body with a tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, plum and some roasted malt, a good presence of belgian yeast and candi sugar. These traits last well into the finish, which dries and leaves behind a mild etoh warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Served from tap at the Brooklyn Beer Dinner at Capital Ale House - Downtown. Very clear ruby amber body with no head and nice lacing. Sweet candi sugar, caramel, molassas, and light floral hops and light rum soaked fruit aroma. Sweet caramel, molassas and rum soaked fruit flavor with hints of banana. Medium full body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Capital Ale House pairing with Garrett Oliver 05/15/08. Clear dark red with no head. Spicey hops, caramel and roast malts with a spicey fruity yeast character and nice spicey belgian phenolics. Notes of dark candi sugar and carmelization.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours a dark chestnut brown with thin off white head. Pleasant aroma of dark fruit, chocolate maltiness and candi sugar. Very smooth quaffable beer with lots of dark fruit (prune, raisin, plum, etc.) balancing out the chocolate malts, caramel and candi sugar. Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 25, 2008
Tap @ House of Brews. Pours a hazy brownish-amber with a lacy off-white head. Aroma is a unique and wonderfully-enticing array of malt, banana, dark fruit, and some caramel/clove aspects as well. The taste is caramel malt up front and then, from my perspective, goes absolutely nowhere. Brooklyn’s Belgian efforts have frustrated me endlessly because they are clearly well put-together but would be vastly better if they had a little complexity. Overall, a disappointment, and that’s a shame, because with a little refinement it could be extraordinary.

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