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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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (1084) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Excellent Brune! Flavors were very spicy and fruity and enveloped the palate with cinammon, cloves, and caramel. Definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Philly Craft Beer Festival. Small plastic sample cup. Yellow brown with white froth. Nose is yeast, perfume and yellow raisin. Sticky sweet with banana, bubblegum and toffee. Rich but not heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Sample at PCBF 08. Pours a mostly translucent brownish amber with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of banana, dark fruits, some belgian candi sugar and yeasty esters. Flavors of belgian yeast esters, banana, dark candi sugar, some toffee and nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Growler from Beerbill, thanks! Clear caramel/amber color with no head. Fruity aroma mixed with banana, yeast, and sweet grains. The taste was the same with nice belgian candi sugar flavors and good medium dry finish. When I first tried this I thought it was too dry and just ok. I just had some pepperoni pizza and now this beer really has a nice flavor!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2008
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Handsome dark brown pour into a tulip glass. Moderate head, minimal carbo, but a lively and effervescent body. The flavor is nice and complex, with dark fruits (plum and fig), sweet caramel, and a trace of bitter molasses. Medium palate and a long finish. One of Brooklyn’s better Belgian-style specialties.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Draft at Oldsmar Tap House. Cherry/mahogany body with a lasting off white head. About 2 fingers thick. Nice lacing. Tart cherries, yeast, Belgian funkiness, sweet dark fruits on the nose. Flavor profile similar, with the tartness from the cherry playing off of the overall sweetness very well. Candied sugars and sweet dark fruits (plums, dates, apricots) come into play on the back end. A residual sweetness wells in the back of the throat with each sip and continues to build, but never becomes annoying or overpowering. Medium bodied, slightly sticky and full mouthfeel. Low-medium astringency. Finish is lengthy, tart cherries, sweet fruits, yeast, a bit of funkiness and then sugary sweetness carries on. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2008
pours a clear brown copper with mild head, sweet smooth yeast aroma. sweet front with yeast presence in middley has the fruity bannana yeast, good sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2008
2/20/2008: Brooklyn Extra Brune pours a clear copper color with a moderate level of carbonation and a dense, lasting ivory head. The aroma include sweet cookie-like malt, some fruity (banana, cherry, dates) and spicy (pepper and clove) undertones, banana, and some caramel. The flavor is much like the aroma with additional dark fruit, Belgian candi, and peppery notes. It starts a bit sweet and gains some bitterness as the initial caramel and toasted bread maltiness passes. This beer has medium to medium-full body that is feels a bit thick and syrupy on the palate. The alcohol is pretty hidden in the aroma and flavor, but it definitely weights in after a couple glasses! Overall this is good beer that has a decent level of complexity and is easy to drink. ANother thumbs up to Brooklyn!

Growler fill from Party Town in Florence, Kentucky. Rating #23 for this beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2008
On Tap at Oldsmar Tavern. Pours clear copper with lasting light tan head. Nose of fruity esters mostly coming from dates, cherries, raisins and prunes. I also get a din of caramel running in the background. The flavor is much like the aroma with neutral-ness to start. The flavor builds into distinct raisin, cherry, prune and date notes. There are also background notes of sweet malts and caramel floating around here and there. Flavors could be melded more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13622) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Growler from Party Town. Poured clear dark rubt color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex caramel malt, tart fruit, banana and bubblegum aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

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