nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2013
I have longed to patron a Thomas Keller restaurant for years, and finally got the opportunity to dine at Per Se for our anniversary. The meal was one of the most amazing dining experiences I have ever had, and in no small part due to this beer. Blue Apron was my sidekick through the entire adventure, and I can’t think of a beer (perhaps Orval) that could have been multidimensional enough to pair with the wide variety of courses that were served. The citrus paired brilliantly with seafood; the chocolate malt brought out the richness of the red meats; and the yeast provided enough backbone to drink by itself. This beer gives me new-found respect for Brooklyn Brewing, and is a testament that beer can compliment a fine dining experience just as well as wine. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle at Bouchon Bakery. Deep brown beer with a thick pillowy tan head. Aroma is quite lovely. Rich plummy malts with a lightly bready/toasty back note and a kiss of light spiciness. Like the Local 2, the beer has a lot of nice malty components while still coming out quite dry. Lightly dusty on the back of the palate with a softly earthy cocoaish note. Light chocolate and toast nuts. There is also a nice hint of cobwebby/flinty minerality that I find quite appealing. Great balance and really a top-notch brew. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
The color is dark brown with a nice creamy head. The aroma and flavors are bready with raisin notes (like in a Westy 12 almost!). joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Thanks Patrick for this one! Brown in color, not much of an aroma. First sip tastes like belgian brown but finishes very dry with roasty, choc. malt. Crisp finish with no aftertaste. Very enjoyable, surely would be excellent with many foods. If this WILL be the Local 2, I will be buying many! jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
750ml. bottle thanks to Pat. Dark brown with a small beige head that looks just like a glass of Coke. Aroma is somewhat mild, with some roasted malts, light chocolate and bread. Flavor was not muted at all. Really nice pumpernickel bread flavor, brown sugar, touch of coriander and a hint of chocolate. Very dry, crisp and delicious. I hope they make this part of their regular lineup and it went great with food and goes down so easy.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
750mL bottle, no date--picked up at Bottle Barn for $8.49. Was surprised and excited to see this--apparently its seeing mass distribution now. The cork came out with a substantial pop, but (hooray) no overflowing. Clear deep dark copper with a two finger beige head, fair retention. Seems pretty carbonated as with agitation the head rises to a couple fingers rather quickly. Belgian yeast and ripe bananas up front and unsweetened cocoa, with some not-so-sweet fig and raisin notes. Dark candi sugar and scorched caramel are faint, but present. The flavor adds a slight fruity tang, and again isn’t too sweet at all, and dries out by the finish. Bitterness is around a 2. High carbonation is lessened by constant swirling amid a medium body. Pretty tasty brew. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2010
750ml bottle thanks to a kind soul at Coffee District. Never thought I would get to try this one. Pours a dark amber with a puffy white head. Huge nose of wildflower honey and orange zest, peppery yeast. Great nose. Flavor is tons of honey and bready yeast. Slight bitter orange in the finish. Great smooth full bodied. Shocked to see it was only 6.3% (bottle said something different than what the site says). craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2010
sample on 4/1/10 at Ale Atlanta. pours a dark brown with little head... sweet nose and mouthfeel with lots of carbonation up front... dark fruit on nose as well... caramel malts... some raisin... Belgian yeast... very nice... glad I got to try this one. TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2012
Pours a dark brown, with a firm beige head.
Spicy aroma, yeast, phenols, cloves, candied sugar, caramel, chocolate, malt.
Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2.
Fairly elegant, spicy taste, caramel, candied sugar, yeasty phenolics, earth, roasted malt, cloves, raisins. Nice.
(2012-06-13) Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours ruddy brown with a nice toffee cream head. Little bit of haze. Nose of sweet brown sugar, molases and toast. Yeasty bread. Mild alcohol. Slight malt vinegar notes on very soft carbonation. Very clean with a bit of cocoa in the finish.
(Per Se NYC March 17, 2013) 7.5/4/8/4/15.5