A bottle I got back in 2008, bottle no. 0267
Wow, I pour and the entire glass is full of foam. Slowly it shrinks and leaves some nice lacing and I see the ever so slightly hazy light golden colour of the brew.
I'm smelling notes of yeast, candi sugar, dark fruits, and alcohol.
The taste up front is sweet but soon there's some dark fruitiness, yeast, and hints of some spice that take the edge off of the sweetness somewhat. A very warming brew but it's not whacky as in it tastes very alcoholic.
Just about full bodied with medium carbonation, the mouthfeel is outstandingly smooth. It looks like the close to 4 year wait hasn't hurt the beer much if at all. Very good bottle I'm sipping on.
Served In: Pint Glass
Got this 750ml bottle from Four Winds in P'cola, FL. Poured into snifters.
A: Came out the lightest shade of orange there is, might as well be golden but there is a hint of orange there. BIG booming, frothy cream head built off this sucker and lasted a good while. Good lacing and retention.
S: Best way I can put is caramel apples soaked in spiced rum. Smells great. You definitely have the Belgium yeasts there but that initial smell dominates this brew and it is quite appealing.
T: Taste is a bit thin in my opinion but still tasty. Carmel and apples are present. The yeast is really there and has a good full taste. Citrus hops are present but not crazy. Alcoholic heat is present, but not too bad.
M: A bit thin but still has a creaminess to it. I was expecting this to be a real creamy beer that coats the mouth, but there is still a great deal of lingering flavors here. A slight alcohol burn on the back of the throat. Not the greatest mouthfeel for this style but absolutely above average.
D: This a very smooth Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I was thinking I was going to have a tough time bringing a 750 down by myself so I enlisted help. Based on mouthfeel and taste alone, I could have easily drank it by myself. I would have been buzzing hard, but possible. Still a great beer, much better than I expected.
Served In: Snifter
Been looking forward to sampling this since it came out. Brooklyn's Local 1 pours a mildly hazy deep golden. A 2 finger airy white head formed on the pour and slowly fell to a thick cap. Minimal large carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. Leaves patchy lacing after each sip.
Good smelling saison. Has that very pleasing smell of wildflowers but in small doses. Candi sugars and pale malts are the main component with some juicy ripe pair. Very mild spicing that, for some reason, I can't put my finger on. Grassy and herbal hop character with mild white pepper that only shows up occasionally.
This beer starts off with a burstof biscuity malts and honey. The honey falls to the background but the dry biscuity malts stay put. Another explosion of flavor comes through mid-palate over the top of the malts. Candi sugar, pear, and peach all come through strong. There's one or two more light stone fruits in there as well. Finishes with a mild, balancing grassy and floral hoppiness. Great flavor.
Body is medium as it hits the tongue but quickly becomes light and frothy. Carbonation awakens the tongue and there's a mild lingering bitterness. Smooth and creamy.
This beer goes down far to fast and with 9%abv it could possibly get dangerous. Of course that won't stop me. Easy drinking and refreshing.
My favorite so far from Brooklyn and and very good saison. It seems to me I read this was a unique style mix between a strong golden ale and saison. It definately has the saison qualities and as far as saisons are concerned a very good one.
Served In: Pint Glass
Pours an almost clear light golden, straw color. Head is tremendous, huge, white and fluffy. Even after it subsides, there is a small coating, and this in turn leaves excellent lacing that just clings to the glass. Very nice.
Aroma is sweet... fruity. Hints of apple, tangerine, lemon and banana. A bit of spice.
Taste confirms the nose. Citrus, and slightly piney, with a nice malt backbone. Yeast. Grains. Well balanced. Sweet, lightly dry aftertaste.
This is a good representation of it's style... and dangerous. Highly drinkable, as the alcohol "blends" well. Light to medium in body, smooth, carbonation is just right. This is refreshing, pleasant. I must have more...
Served In: Pint Glass
Locate Juan? There he is! Pours a mostly cloudy amber color with a light brownish orange hue. A fizzy white head with some staying power. After some time did hide to the edge of the glass but was able to bring back with a swirl. Ok lacing through out the tasting.
The nose was a bit off. Some off malt notes up front but not very distinct. Some bready notes with a light nutty note that I associate with Victory malt. Some noticeable off notes. Some butyric and DMS. Some goaty and funk in there as well. I would call it more of an infection than anything else. Some yeasty aroma but nothing that really confirms being a Belgian beer.
The taste is a bit more distinct but still some off notes. To start there is a light bready note with more of a pale ale base. Some caramel/toffee notes but limited. A odd funk that I picked out from the nose. More of butyric aroma but has a definite metallic/coiny taste to it. Some yeast notes but again nothing particularly noticeable for a Belgian character. Some minor alcohol and esters but mostly clean. Some pineapples and cloves with some hints of figs. Some carbonic bite that off set the finish a bit. Very strange.
The body was moderate. Some warming from the alcohol. The carbonation was high even for style. Overall some really strange off notes and limited malt and Belgian character really leaves me wanting more. Not exactly a drain pour but close.
Served In: Pint Glass
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 9-4-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
Thanks to MrBURTON55 for the trade. I’ve had this one for a while now, and after a very hot day it seems like a nice one to have, on a hot night. Numbered 0667.
Poured this one into my tulip glass. The color is a nice light orange with an inch of head and great activity and head retention. A nice thick layer of white, fluffy, foam lasts throughout the whole drinking experience. The aroma is of citrus, malt, spices and nice earthy hops. Tastes very much like the aroma but also very peppery. It seems like the spices have a more central role in the taste. The mouthfeel and carbonation are excellent and make this beer very refreshing. There is a nice tangy aftertaste but this beer passes the palate very cleanly. I remember reading a review of this beer in the New York Times and I was determined to get a hold of a bottle—which also started my trading addiction. Will get some more in future trades, fortunately I have one more bottle to share with a friend or two. So far the best strong pale ale I have tried.
Served In: Tulip
This bottle probably has close to a year on it. Has 0877 printed on the back.
A - Big two inch head. It's thick and sturdy, very dense. Great retention. Body is clean and clear and golden in color.
S - Yeasty right from the front. Lemony and grassy at the same time. Bready pale malts.
T - Starts off with a lot of sweetness. Corn syrup and honey seem to provide this. Grainy, bready pale malts. Hops come in with some light bitterness and a touch of black pepper. Floral notes of what almost seems like pollen. Touch of bubblegum. Finish is pretty clean with almost no aftertaste.
M - On the heavy side of medium bodied. Carbonation was surprisingly pleasant given all the action this bottle produced.
Served In: Tulip
A: Hazy goldenrod with lots of bubbles meandering to the surface. Head is a tight pillowy mass of snow white bubbles.
S: Not a lot of smell. Just some fresh yeast, minerals and perhaps green apple.
D: Begins dry with just a hint of honey or Riesling sweetness. Subtle graininess but not enough to deter the drinker. Definite presence of aluminum and other metallic tastes due to the hops with a dirty bitterness following suite. The dryness transitions to floral moments with almost the taste of rice crispies. Finishes with a flash of alcohol and more dirtiness.
M: Medium body, smooth with some carbo sting
D: Started out ok, but the more I dissected it, the more I tended against it. Dirty flavors in beer are the kiss of death.
Served In: Pint Glass
Beautifully unfiltered honey gold haze with lots of activity within the body of liquid. Creamy capping of slightly parched yellowed foam grows up to about a inch high and stays put for great length. Eventually fades to a compact, thick skim of substantial girth and weight. Lacing sticks across the glass with drippy, boney fingered lace.
Aroma is quite nice and sharp with a well-rounded array of mild grasses, dullish lemon candy, peach fuzz, pineapple husks, and musty breads. Nice little notes of Belgian yeasty spices adding that Saison kick.
Taste has a well developed undertone of malty sweetness and a smooth candied underscoring. Its quite complex, yet seemingly mild and somehow simple in tone. Very unique flavors meld together all throughout with a slightly bready chewyness tied together with active sugary smoothness, peppy carbonation at the edges of the palate and during the middle are favorable; big bubblegum esters underneath and grow from there - and fun little hints to citrusy/tropical fruits; pineapple, peach, orange and lemon. Fantastic chewy bubblegum stuff going on throughout. Yum!
Complex body and nearly full on the mouthfeel. It plays all sorts of fun, sweetened, smoothness and milding yeasty carbonation. Its smoothened creamyness is awesome as it rides, glides, and prepares the palate for a small bite in the middle of yeasty action, partially drying, then rounds off to be and stay fulfillingly rich and lasting in a bubblegummy residue of leftover tropical candy juices.
Wow, a solid Saison by Brooklyn Brewery! I can and will drink this big Ol\' 750ml without a problem as the 9% can\'t be found anywhere. Oh, the bottle and label are quite classy too. Me likey this beery!
Served In: Goblet
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