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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2008
hand bottle from ty5592... a clear rich coppery amber color with a thin off white head. smells belgian... notes of yeast, banana, earth and caramel. there’s a light sweetness on the palate but it’s not unpleasant as it is combined with hints of yeast, spice, brown sugar, fruit/banana, nuts and cut with a light alcohol burn. dry yeasty finish and lingering aftertaste of good banana bread with raisins in it. medium body. soft texture that gets a bit watery as it warms...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Draft. Deep ruby/amber color, with a yeasty and spicy aroma. Flavor is immediately Belgian, full of cloves, dried fruit, and sugar. And of course, the warming alcoholic kick. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Draft @ Rustico. Dark tawny murky brown colored body with a toast/tan colored head. Direct brown sugar/toast/trappist-like yeast heavy nose: clove, raisin, toast, dates, etc. Flavor is slightly sweet, chewy, a little gritty - tastes of brown sugar and cherry malts, some booze for sure, more apparent than 9% should be, but overall a pretty damn tasty dark Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Draft @ Rustico. Pours a hazy, orange-amber color; off-white head with patchy fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasant amounts of Belgian sugar, brown sugar, and a bit of citrus rind and dry cloves; a fair amount of booze coming through. Medium-to-full chewy mouthfeel: tons of brown sugar, Belgian sugar, zesty citrus, bananas and cloves; follows the nose well; again, chewy and generous, with plenty of warming alcohol. A touch messy. Lengthy, chewy finish: dry cloves, esters, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Draft. Great, even carbonation and nice long palate. Great depth from the sugar -- the beer is sweet without being cloying or syrupy. Plenty of fruit as well. Medium-brown body and some lacing. Pretty well-integrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Pours dark amber with a small off white head. The aroma is sweet with some caramel and slight hints of fruit. The taste is sweet with banana, and some spice. Finish is smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
On Tap at the Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. Poured into a trappist glass. Dark burnished mahogany color. Really strong banana smell with hints of chocolate fruits. Smells amazing. The taste is remarkable, it seems stronger than it is, I had guessed 9 or 9.5% but the flavor aside from that is terrific. Carbonation is just right, the flavors are clearly defined and it went very well with my meal. The chocolate notes were hidden but I noticed as it warmed they became more defined but the banana flavor dominated. One of my favorite beers. I’m suprised my score was so different than others, but this is pretty hard to find from what I hear. I was glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Tap at Hop Devil. An interesting beer. Really tastes like a weizenbock -- specifically Brooklyn’s weizenbock -- to me. Lots of bubblegum and spice in the flavor, wheaty and quite sweet. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
On draft at Rustico in Alexandria VA 03/14/08. Dark raisin color with a thin tan head. Aroma was sort of a mixed bag, some candi sugar, banana and plum. Flavor was all over the place and not really in a good way. Strong diacetyl character and the mouthfeel was fizzy. Does have some spicy character with hints of yeast and herbal undertones. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall balance and subtlety are lacking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Not much aroma or head. Especaily drinkable sweet finish well ballanced Booz that is pressent but not overwhelming.

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