JaBier (4831) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the hodgepodge tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 4.17.09. Dark brown color with a big tan head. Hella yeasty smelling with some fruit and malt. Hella yeasty tasting with some caramel malt, honey and more yeast in the finish.
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had not expected the pour to be this dark, the color of the body was dark brown bordering on black like some fine chocolate, nor had I expected to develop a three finger thick head. The pleasing appearance got me further excited to taste this latest offering from Garrett Oliver. The smell was a mix of floral and orange peel aromas and was wonderful as well. The taste perfectly captured the essence of orange peel and honey used in this construction, and the zesty sweet taste was rapidly followed by a dusty dryness as a result of the judicious use of all consuming Belgian yeast. There was some cherry and apples in the flavor as well, but the taste was fleeting and basically begged to be sipped again. No sign at all of the alcohol. The high carbonation kept the body airy and soft. Just like the darker versions of superheroes, this beer is what Duvel would be in opposite world.
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours turbid deep brown with 4-fingers of tan head. Lots of head here, and lots of carbonation streams. Nose is peaty earthy malt, brown sugar, fig, spicy yeasty. Tastes malty, earthy, with blackberry, fig, brown sugar, mild nut, and spicy yeast coming up the rear. Gets denser as it warms and with the repour. Solid.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Rozi’s in Lakewood. Uh oh, this one scared me a little when I first poured it. LOTS of foam, light airy foam like a cola. The good news, the foam went down rather quickly. Then I dived into aromaville, and it was good. Lots of sweet characteristics we all know and love. Yeast, candied sugar, plum, raisins, dried blue berries and some caramel malt are all roaming around there. The flavor was a nice shocker. After a nice loud cork pop, and the Mt. Foam that developed I was expecting a seriously over-carbonated beer. The kind that all you taste is crisp carbonation, like soda water. Not here. This was smooth sailing all the way. I guess it all left with the foam, at least most of it did. The second pour was more gentle, but that left more carbonation in it. The flavor is a near mirror to the aroma. All sorts of those wonderful fruit and caramel and sugary notes mingling around. At $1.00 more than the always pleasing Unibroue Terrible, this is a pretty close substitute. The only down side is the carbonation factor, maybe I should cellar a pair of these....
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Don’t remember how it pours. Aroma of cinnamon, raisin, bread, and dry spice. Tastes sweetish with flavors of raisin, brown sugar, and it finishes with chocolate powder, toast, and a dry sensation on the throat. Highish carbonation, creamy, medium bodied. I love a nice abbey, and that’s what this is.
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brooklyn Local 2 fits into my favorite beer category, "imperial belgiian wit"!
Amber in color with a very exagerated head. The aroma is sweet with some sour flavors and tons of citrus fruits. This is a very nice beer that can be enjoyed by all beer drinkers. However, if you are not careful, at 9%, this one will sneek up on you!
brigg (501) - Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Opaque, dark brown beer with brown medium, airy head. Caramelized sugar, and yeasty aroma, some alcohol, and dark fruit and spice. Flavor has strong but well blended alcohol, moderately sweet, slightly bitter. Dark fruit and citrus-orange, ginger. Medium to full bodied, and soft carbonation.
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for this one. Pretty awesome Belgian strong. Spicy, fruity nose with a bit of funk. Flavor is about the same with more spice and less funk. Nice to drink, no hint of alcohol, full-bodied. Dug it.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark garnet pour with a big beige head and drippy lace. Apples, spice and candi sugar on the nose. Flavor was more complex then I expected. Very sweet with hints of orange, dark fruits, yeast and spice. Pretty good, but a little hard to tackle a bottle on my own
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is sweet and spicy. Dark ruby brown belgian color, unfiltered with a nice off white head. Taste is honey sweetness with a nice spice balance. Spices are not too heavy though. A little dry and very drinkable. Great.