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Beer Review: Going Local With Brooklyn Local 2

The Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery is the subject of this next beerventure and my take on this Belgian-inspired Dark Abbey Ale. If you are thinking about this style and dark fruits in the aroma and taste, then you would be correct. You get these coming through rather easily. Now, this is one of the beers that are part of the big bottle beer series so you may want to bring a friend. During my tasting of the beer, I did pick up some of the alcohol but not in an off putting way, it was more to just let me know it was there. There is a sweetness that permeates the beer as well, which in no doubt is due also in part to the honey that is used.

Highlighted by a nice appearance, this bottle fermented beer tended to be solid from start to finish. Mouthfeel was very pleasant and it did a good job of also coating my mouth with what the beer had to offer. Check out my video below to hear my rundown on the details, and why I gave this beer an Untappd score of 4 out of 5.

Brewer Notes:

Here in Brooklyn we’ve combined European malt and hops, Belgian dark sugar, and raw wildflower honey from a New York family farm to create Brooklyn Local 2. Our special Belgian yeast adds hints of spice to the dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate flavors. After 100% bottle re-fermentation, the beer reveals a marvelous dry complexity, enjoyable by itself or at the dinner table.

Style: Belgian-inspired Dark Abbey Ale
Malts: German Pilsner, English Chocolate
Additions: NY State Raw Wildflower Honey, Belgian dark candi sugar, sweet orange peel
Hops: Perle, Aurora, East Kent Golding
Yeast: Our House Belgian Strain (primary); Champagne yeast (secondary)
Alcohol by Volume: 9.0%
Original Gravity: 18.1° Plato
Food Pairings: Ham, duck, pork, mushrooms, grilled vegetables, dark chocolate, and washed-rind cheese.
Availability: Year-round
Format: 750ml cork-finished bottles