RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
We know what you’re thinking. You think we’ve lost our minds. “Main Engine Start”? That’s okay – no worries – but actually we haven’t lost anything at all. We just gained a new brewery here in Brooklyn. A few months ago, we busted through the brewhouse wall into another building and expanded our fermentation cellars. Now we’ve just finished installing a big shiny new set of German brewhouse equipment. Over the coming years, we’re going to brew you a lot of fun new beers on this baby.
First, though, it’s time to rev this whole thing up and get it humming. The first beer out of our new brewhouse is Brooklyn Main Engine Start, a burnished gold ale in the rare “Abbey Singel” style, reminiscent of the un-filtered beers that Trappist monks make for themselves. It’s dry and biscuity on the palate, with a lilt of spicy Belgian yeast character and a snappy hop bite. Judicious dry hopping with Slovenian Aurora hops lends an appetizing herbal note. It’s tasty enough to stick with for the whole evening, and at about 6% ABV, it won’t have you tripping over snow banks after just one.
We know it’s winter and you might have been expecting something heavy and dark, but right now we’re just not in a heavy and dark mood. In fact, we’re feeling pretty cheerful, and we want to celebrate with a bunch of our friends and a few pints of beer. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by during our tour hours and see the new brewery. If you’ve seen the brewery before, you’ll be amazed what we’ve done with the place. It’s cold outside – stay a while. We’re going for Main Engine Start.

Main Engine Start stats:
MALTS: British two–row, British Crystal Malt, Belgian Aromatic Malt, American “Honey” Malt.
HOPS: German Perle, British East Kent Golding, Slovenian Aurora
YEAST: Our special Belgian strain
ABV: 6.2%

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Imaena (2328) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle. This is a nice simple Belgian with a straight forward character and profile.

shigadeyo (3761) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

7/21/2011: Brooklyn Main Engine Belgian Pale... Aroma: Belgian spice; candi sugar; fruit (pear?). Appearance: Big, dense ivory head; beer is golden in color and hazy. Flavor: Less spice, more hoppiness; quite dry. Palate: Medium-light body; soft and airy; cask-like mouthfeel. Overall: Just okay; I’m so over Belgian Pales and IPAs!

Draught (6.2% ABV) at Revolution in Chicago, IL. Rating #98 for this beer.

TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Poured a dark clear amber. Nose is fruity with Belgian yeast. Metallic over powering front. Settles in to a decent Belgian style. Quite dry with decent yeast flavors. Without the metallic it would be quite nice, otherwise it’s decent

HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
April 12, 2012 - draught at Cole’s shared with biegaman. Clear refractive amber-gold with a small wispy white head. Smells sweet and Belgian, blond and grainy - meh yeast and spice - it’s a little fusel and sharp. Taste is not bad, cleaner, still sweet but better balanced and apart from a little straw character it’s inoffensive. Watery, weakly carbonated, a little dryness in the aftertaste ... not all that good, sadly.

AcctError96987 (3723) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
On draft at Rustico in Alexandria, VA. The beer appears a dark orange to light brown color with a wee bit of white head that yields minimal lacing. The nose brings a subtle dose of hops along with mild yeast and spice aromas. I found the flavor lacking the special qualities that make a delicious Belgian pale ale. The hop presence was just too bland and muted. Additionally, the aromatic yeast strain I so thoroughly enjoy was barely detectable. The beer really came across as conservative and average. The feel was medium / thin and felt about right for the style, though again, the flavor left me wanting more. Overall, I found the beer unoffensive, but bland and unexciting. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 04-01-2011

yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Aroma has some faint citrus, the yeast seems to be very noticable. Flavor is sweet, hint of spice from yeast, a bit of citrus and grain. Finished crisp and clean, easy drinking, nice to have this kind of beer, an abbey single. I don’t see these that often.

PhillyCraft (7602) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Abbey single, rarer style. Poured a glowing clear light orange. Aromas are tropical, belgian yeast, and very herbal and earthy. Hoppy finish. Alright

wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Tasted on 8/3/11 on draft at Revolution. Pours hazy dark orange with a thick, rocky white head that slowly recedes to a thin, even layer of lace. The nose is dusty with an interesting bitter quality, spicy belgian yeast, and a red apple aroma. The flavor is lightly sweet with some caramel malt up front, moving to spicy yeast and some apple peel bitterness and tannin. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long bitter and tannic apple peel finish.

KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Tap at Ginger Man, Houston.
Pours an average cheddar yellow with a nose of weak spring sweet dough and light peach/raisin. Flavor is thin hay, springy grass, and light lemon. Average mouthfeel. Cold engine.

bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Crisp lemon with a bready linger. Nice take on the style as per usual from Brooklyn’s special brews

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