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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Draft at Hotshotz in Indy (snifter): Reddish coppery hue with a small head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, toasted bread, candi sugar, raisins, light hop and herbal vapours. The taste starts syrup and sweet with a spicy and earthy background. Slightly bitter and medicinal as well. The mouth feel is smooth and lush, oily and a tad dry on the finish. Not too bad but slightly underwhelming, expected more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Draught at Bar Great Harry. Mahogany colored with an aroma of cakey malt, banana and grape. Flavor of sweet malts with dark dried fruit--raisin, fig-- as well as bruised banana. A moderate pepper spiciness comes through underneath to rescue this one from total ’oversweetness.’ In the end, I thought it was just OK for a special release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
On draft-Poured a brown,amber color with a small white head.Aromas of spice,caramel,raisins.Flavor also had some molassas,and banana,definetly Belgian influenced,also reminds me a bit of Aventinus.Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Growler filled at Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours a slightly hazy coppery red with a moderate off-white head that faded to film by mid-glass and left partial lacing. Very pleasant aroma of fresh herbs along with bananas and caramel. The flavor is again strongly herbal with some sweetness from the candi sugar. Reminds me of Sweet Woodruff we have growing in the garden. Also some banana and caramel detected as well. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Growler shared by JoeMcPhee: Copper pour with thin off white head. The nose is full of sweet fruits. Dates, bananas and a slight acetone hint. Mild body with tons of banana sweetness. There’s also some dates and honey in there as well. The finish is sweet with residual ripe banana. Eh..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Growler thanks to JoeMcPhee. Aroma and taste is the same. Very wierd for me. Some earthyness and caramel malts. A bit creamy but tasted after it warmed and it was just funny. Some mellow spices but overall just turned my stomach. Plan to try again and hopefully have a better experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Growler, thanks JoeMcPhee. Brownish amber pour. The aroma is real malty wheat, vanilla, bubblegum / banana. The flavor is malty bubblegum / banana and vanilla cream soda. Pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
Growler from Bowery Whole Foods. Deep hazy ruby tinted brown beer. Thick white head. Aroma is herbal with loads of banana and a soft caramelly malt base. Thin Belgian malts. A touch of smoky phenols and honeyed sweetness. Fairly smooth palate, wheaty spiciness and a banana-loaded sweetness. Clovey spiciness and some light chocolate. A bit peppery with a sweet nutty finish. A bit too much banana and it’s strangely thin-bodied. Going blind I’d call this a weizenbock, but the folks at Brooklyn say it isn’t, so we’ll go with that. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Thanks to JoeMcphee for sharing - light copper beer with a minimal head - kind of phenolic aroma, with some honey, caramelized sugar, some grainy character - high sweetness and some herbal character - light phenolic flavor and some wheaty character, but banana and clove are most prominent, making it quite weizenbock-ish - okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Growler. Not much head. Flavor is mostly banana with the tenderness of the Belgian yeast. Pretty smooth with a nice alcohol bump. Lighty spicy.

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