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Beer Review #53 Brooklyn Local 1

My little hiatus from posting has not stopped my love of Belgian beers in the slightest. Today’s Belgian beer comes all the way from Brooklyn, NY, home of the Brooklyn Brewery. Don’t you love it when the brewery’s name and location match? Anyway I don’t think that it any secret that I love most of the beers that I have ever had from the Brooklyn Brewery. On this site I have only reviewed their Pennant Ale ’55, but I have enjoyed a great number of their beers that we hastily drank before the appearance of this blog. I have also read their book, which is also wonderful if you were wondering.

Brooklyn Local 1 comes in as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, which essentially means it is a Belgian beer that has a high ABV and hops that are stronger than you would expect on a normal Belgian beer. It pours a straw color and is 100% cloudy. Lots of sediment to be found and a delicious fluffy white head to go along with it. This beer looks the part of a wonderful Belgian. On the nose the Belgian yeast stands out, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. There is a slight sweetness that is on there as well which I found refreshing.

On the tongue I first noticed the Belgian yeast and the spicy flavors that go along with it. As I dug more into the beer I noticed the malt more and more. It was very sweet. Perhaps that comes from the German malts that are used in making the beer instead of the typical Belgian malts. The hops also come from Germany. Local 1 is a very clean beer. The hops, Belgian yeast, and the malts balance each other out nicely and the hops really help clean your tongue from any left over flavors. The aftertaste was also a nice mix of lemon, grassy flavors, a slight hop bite, Belgian yeast, and some warming alcohol.

For a beer that comes in at 9.0% ABV this beer really did not feature much in the way of heat. It was very hidden and only noticeable on the aftertaste and a bit when the beer really warmed up. The body was in the medium range but it was highly carbonated, so it was tough to get a really sampling of what it would of been like had it had normal carbonation. The beer is something that I think any Belgian beer lover would love. It is clean but features everything a Belgian beer should. Perhaps the most surprising part is how well the ABV is hidden. If you are not careful this beer could easily sneak up on you. It also comes in a caged and corked bottle which added to the “must buy” factor for me.

The Brooklyn Brewery also makes Local 2 which I have had in the past and really enjoyed. It is another Belgian style beer, but much darker and much more bold. If you see anything with Brooklyn Local 1 or 2, get it and I don’t think that you would be disappointed. (more…)

08-13-07

Troegs Brewing Company Troegenator Double Bock Beer Review

08-13-07I’ve been in Texas for a month now and I am enjoy a new group of beers. I have access to a lot of Colorado brews and west coast brews as well. I do long for a few beers from home, one of them is Troegenator Double Bock from Troegs Brewing Company. Troegenator is one of their year round brews and it happens to be one of my favorites. Here is what Troegs has to say about their beer:

“The Troegenator Double Bock, is a dark, strong lager (8.2% abv).  It pours into a glass with a bronze to brown color, fluffy white head and bready malt aroma. The Troegenator leaves a rich, warming feeling and subtle spicy flavors. The style, Double Bock, dates back a century or so ago.

During periods of fasting without solid foods, the Monastic brewers relied on the double bock;a stronger, richer beer to fulfill their basic nutritional needs. Known to them as “liquid bread”,a double bock has a strong malt aroma and chewy rich body.  Traditionally these brewers ended the name of their double bock with the suffix “ator”, ex. Celabrator, Illuminator,Subliminator…..   In the spirit of the tradition we give you the Troegenator to provide warmth and richness through the early spring months. A double bock of epic proportions, beware,the Troegenator is deceiving smooth and delicious.”

08-13-06The first two sentences sum up this beer perfectly and yes it does rock in at 8.2% abv. When you pour it you are immediately hit with a nice malty caramel smell. If it is a bit warmed up there is a small amount of alcohol on there as well. It leave a whitish head that gave excellent lacing to my glass.

The first taste is malt with a small bit of hops on the backend. There is a little desernable spice to it as well. The alochol flavor is there, more when you get to the halfway point through the glass though. My favorite part is the bubbles on the front of the tounge with all of the wonderful flavors mixing. The after taste is very clean and leaves you wanting more. In particular I like to drink this right around the first frost, say Halloween. The high ABV is perfect for that type of weather and so is a malty beer. I’m not entirely sure why I am posting about it in August, but I have a craving for one. I highly suggest this beer if you have the privelage of trying it. Click the read more link following this for more pictures. (more…)