JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2007
A Belgian Ale style this pours somewhat dark amber with a thick head. The aromas show spicy and fruity but not as much as a big Belgian. The mouthfeel is deeper hops and malts that show some light notes of caramel. Had this at the Brewery. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
02May07 on tap @TacoMac. Disappointing. You would almost expect it to be a Duval Clone by the description, Whoops. Amber color. not much aroma. malt ok. smoe balance. Its like a dark house beer in some crap town of the touristy parts of Europe. Not Impressed. Dogbrick (14386) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This brew is a dark amber color with a wispy white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is mild toasted malt and hops. Medium-bodied with fruit and earthy malt flavoring. Some hops show up here and there but they never fully shine through. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. Not a bad beer, yet somehow a letdown given the quality of the majority of Brooklyn’s other beers. ABUSEDGOAT (2930) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2007
tap: darker amber with decent lacing and retention. Aroma is very similar to an American Amber Ale. However, the hops are European as are most of the malts. Caramel and toast dominate with lesser fruity notes, although the hops are detectable. Light bodied, watery texture. Sorta like a hybrid of a Vienna and an Amber. Either way it was still forgettable. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2007
on tap @ the tasting room @ Brooklyn Brewery. Amber-brown color with sweet malt flavor. Belgian yeast somewhat there but lacking something. easily drinkable @ 5% but nothing really special. Enjoyable but for a brewmasters reserve one might expect a little more.
Ron (4289) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 26, 2007
On tap at MacGregger’s. Pours a nice amber color. Taste nicely spiced with big malt favors but also pretty mild. Very enjoyable ale jb (3479) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 26, 2007
This had a fruity aroma. The palate was malty. This was a very tasty beer (draft at MacGregor’s) and very nice to look at, reddish, good lacing and retention. Rvrndmaynard (47) - Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2007
On tap at Mile Square in Hoboken. Caramel color, very sweet, just like i like it. The body of the beer is very light, and while it might look like it’d be hoppy, it surprises you. ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2007
Draught pint at Redbones on 4/13/07JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
Deep auburn body has slight amber-beige hues and is topped by an off-white head that is small and recedes slowly to cover, lacing minimally. Clarity is high.
Somewhat dry, rather reserved nose seems muted by some toastiness and dough. Caramel sugars peek out from behind the dry, slightly acidic grains and some plum, cherry and strawberry fruitiness perks up on the end, especially with warming. Light vanilla cream hints eventually soften things as well, but there’s a sourish/astringent toastiness/breadiness that persists. Medium to medium-weak aroma strength overall, with a very clean yeast presence adding some light nuttiness. No alcohol or flaws perceived.
Sweeter, initially, than the aroma would suggest, there seems to be some type of strong toasted malt dominance that dries it out significantly on the finish. Don’t know if it’s vienna, or caramunich (too hard to be aromatic malt, I think) or what, but it’s slightly sour and very bready, leaving some acidity and a sort of oiliness behind. (Just looked at the grain bill and I see it’s a combo of munich and aromatic. No doubt the filtration of the beer leads to the higher perceived hardness on the palate than I would expect from both aromatic and pils malt). The vanilla-caramel sugars do enough of a job up front, however, to keep the beer drinkable. The yeast is quite clean, leaving only muted esters of nectarine, strawberry and melon. Only the barest bit of spiciness, most likely from the hops. No flaws, as usual, from Brooklyn, though maybe just a speck of soapiness. A deKonink clone sounds like a good estimation, I’ll buy that. I really don’t like deKonink though....
I thought Brooklyn was better than this - Clear amber pour with a small head. Aroma is lightlu sweet and somewhat bready/grainy. Taste - this is where things go wrong. Odd grainy, funky flavor with some "hop" bitterness added, but without any balance. Pale-lagerish in character. I would prefer they stick to replicating bigger Belgian styles.