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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Well the beer is brown. Light shines through and it is not cloudy. The head is pretty big. this beer has a pretty notable prune aroma that compliments elements of chocolate and almond toast well. The fruitiness of this one is pretty strong on first taste. Orange peel and prune. This gives way to a chocolatey caramel sweetness. I’m digging it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Pours a hazy caramel which looked down right divine back lit by candle at the Blind Tiger. The flavor is bold and sweet without being imposing. Additionally, there is a flavor that I used to think was exclusive to beers actually from Belgium. Granted, they did use some Beligan products, but never have I tasted this blend of spice, pine and caramel before. Excellent brew from Brooklyn Brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Poured a lightly hazed amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was mildly fruity (banana and apple) with a light tartness. Some brown sugar notes. The flavor matched the aroma and was nice but thin and short. Overall it was nice so I will try it again from the bottle this time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7115) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 18, 2008
On Tap at Blind Tiger (NY)
Appearance: Clear amber brown with medium light – fine creamy top 3+
Nose : Wheat grain with brown malts, spicy black pepper like finish.7-
Flavor/Palate : Medium light bodied with short carbo burst , middle was surprisingly shallow. Caramel malty sides with spiced typical to Belgian ales accents. Its lightness contribute do its decent drink ability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2954) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Draft, of course. Pours a somewhat darkish amber, tastes like a sweet and delicous brown ale with plums and raisins and delicousness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - FEB 17, 2008
Draft @ Barleys, Asheville. Pours a deep slightly cloudy brown with compact tannish head. Nose very full of bubblegum with some banana esters, rather sweet on the palate with some dark fruity characters, finishes with slight straw hop character. A noble experiment, but probably not one to try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Tap at The Belgian Room. As I let the dubbel style ale warm up, I inhaled the malty aroma that was explained a lot later with the first taste. It was a little lighter than I had expected and it was very sweet on the end with a molasses and sugar. I found it easy to drink and went on to round two without much thought as I liked the lightness of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 On draft at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a murky reddish brown. Nice tan head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is bubble gum, clove, some banana. Flavor is soft malt, banana. Alcohol isn’t overwhelming. A surprisingly light drink. Smooth finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Growler shared by JoeMcPhee. Poured light amber/brown with no head. Aroma was predominantly banana and bubble gum. This one was screaming weizenbock, though evidently it’s not. Taste is much the same as the aroma, very wheaty and somewhat boozy. Finishes yeasty with slight alcohol warming. Decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Tap at Hotshotz - Aroma of sweet caramel, bubblegum, toasted malts and a touch of spice. Pours transparent brown with a small lasting head and great lacing. Flavor has some raisin in addition to the yeast spice and sweet caramelized syrup. Palate is sticky and even a little dry. Not a bad brew.

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