Brooklyn Local 2, a Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale by Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Local 2 is a Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a 750 ml bottle.


The ale pours a fizzy chestnut brown and is topped by a finger-thick head of cream-colored foam that reduces nice n’ slow. A soapy collar rings the glass following the reduction.


The aroma consists of citrus, brown sugar, clove, and a hint of alcohol.

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A fruity palate of plum, fig, apple, and apricot is supported by caramel and toffee; balanced with floral hops and finishes dryly with a dose of booze. Dark chocolate asserts itself as the beer warms.


Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a little heavier than medium body and moderate carbonation.


Overall, the Brooklyn Local 2 has a pleasant aroma and a wonderfully complex palate. The flavors literally dance on the tongue. And in spite of its high ABV, this brew is really easy to tilt back. If you enjoy Belgian Strong Ales put this one on your list.

Recommended Pairings

Brooklyn Brewery recommends the following food pairings with their Brooklyn Local 2: ham, duck, pork, mushrooms, grilled vegetables, dark chocolate, and washed-rind cheese.

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