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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 (1080) - 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
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.

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2008
On tap at Rich O’s - Pours light amber with a thin foamy tan head. Aroma of bubble gum, cotton candy, caramel, toffee. Taste is estery, caramel, spice, apples, and toffee. Medium to full bodied with lush carbonation. I really liked the mix of the caramel and fruity esters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2008
Brooklyn Extra Brune sampled at The Grey Lodge Bar. It has an amber color to it with an ok off white head and lacing. You can smell the alcohol and also fruity/malty sweetness. The taste is amazing. You can really taste the alcohol! Its smooth for an over 8 percent. Fruity, sweet, and malty with a perfect hop bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2008
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.

   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6738) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a chestnut brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was lightly sugary and had a hint of roasty malts and ripe fruits. The flavor was bitter, sweet and sugary with notes of chocolate, tasty malts, and hints of ripe fruits - mostly cherry and pear. The finish was long sweet chocolate. Nice.

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