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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 Belgiums 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%

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (6371) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2008
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Poured a lightly hazy brown amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, light banana, some clove, light fruit, and a bit of smoke. Taste was caramel, dark fruits, some spices, banana, and a dry, alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2008
Tap: Appearance: Lovely dark copper/amber with a nice small off-white/beige head. Ample carbonation racing up the sides of the chalice. roma: When first served cold, the aroma was rather strong banana, clove and peppery spice and light fruity notes. As the glass warmed the flavor became very faint. Flavor: Burnt bananas, raisins & cloves, yeasty spicy with a light fruity flavor backed by some caramel/sweet malt. Flavor ends abruptly with a dry finish. Palate: light and almost airy mouthfeel from a relatively thin body and ample carbonation. Overall: Not a bad representation but no where near the depth of flavor and complexity of other offerings (including Local 1).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 6, 2008
On draft at GL. Pours a light coppery color with a small beige head that quickly fades. Aroma of candied malts and cotton candy. Taste of candied malts, cotton candy and sugar. Very similar to Weyerbacher Quad.

   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10465) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2008
Draft at DRE. Deep copper toward brown pour with off-white head. Nose is banana, clovey spice, some cobwebby yeasty malt. Tastes malty with a solid banana and clove flavor underneath.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2008
Tap @ Mr. Dunderbaks. Pours a clear copper with a one finger light tan head that fades leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is a bubblegum bomb accented by more bubblegum. Taste is bubblegum with spicy yeast and a hint of sweet caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and a slightly tart finish. Good but the bubblegum is a little overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2008
On tap at Dive Bar. Poured a dark brown with no head. Clearly an homage to belgian beer, that I found to be good, not great. Seemed to lack the depth of flavor that the great beers have. Worth a try for sure though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2008
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark copper color with a puffy tan head. Aroma is dark and fruity with hints of wheat, yeast, spices, cloves, dark malts, and very light hops. Taste has lots of different fruit flavors including raisins, plums, and prunes with a malty and smooth middle and a very spicy and yeasty finish. Very warm in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Draft at The Ravenous Pig. Pours a crystal clear copper color with a tiny, fizzy, off-white head. Seconds after the pour, the head disappears, with absolutely no lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is a strange one, with dark fruits, bright floral hops, Cocoa Puffs cereal, caramel, and cotton candy. Like the nose, the flavor is very sweet. Substantial, peppery, floral hops try to compensate for the sugary nature, but to no avail. Cocoa powder adds a dry, bittersweet element, particularly on the finish. That weird cotton candy note creeps back in just prior to that. A medium body gets most of its substance from the sugar, which doesnt sit well with me. This is a decent brew, but its ultimately too sweet. Why such extreme filtering? This beer would benefit in many ways from some natural body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Draught: Aroma of alcohol, malts, candi sugar, and yeast. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized tan head that diminished. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly to medium sweet. Flavor of alcohol, yeast, bubblegum, and spices. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Yeasty finish.

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