paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
joebudzjoe (667) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.