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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,793 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,793
Reviews: 891
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 128
Gots: 226 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with German malts and hops, first-pressing Demerara cane sugar from Mauritius, and a Belgian yeast strain. 100% bottle re-fermentation; OG=18.5; AE=1.7. Classified as a "strong saison" by Garrett Oliver.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 02-18-2007)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with a huge aired mushroom head with great retention and leaving laces. The bottle kept spilling foam like a volcano for a long time.
Light aroma of oranges, sugar, pears, some banana, mild booze and pineapples.
Sweet flavor with notes of overripe oranges, pineapples, herbal hops, apples, pears, white wine and Cointreau liquor. Dry aftertaste with a mild but long lasting bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriated carbonation. Slightly tart acidity. Alcohol of 9% abv is relatively well hidden.
Good beer representing well the style with nice complexity and improved considerably after it warmed up at room temperature. Nevertheless, I found this a bit overly sweet.
It should match perfectly with dessert or cheese after a nice dinner.

FLima, Oct 12, 2014
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Very champagne flavor saison ale ... very good but not my favorite ... too farmhouse for me.

DonWeymouth, Oct 10, 2014
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4.67/5  rDev +13.1%

Bottle dated 10/7/2013, so about a year old:
Pours a cloudy straw yellow. The head was almost unstoppable on the pour, medium soapy bubbles that continued to collect, and lasts well into the drink. With a light behind the beer, the carbonation sustaining the head is visible and rolling; lacing is full, pretty close to a perfect look if not one.

The nose is mild, with fairly typical Belgian yeast notes, but really a light peach or pear sweet-tart nose, and perhaps just a touch of banana -tinged sweetness . A deep sniff does bring out a slightly different tart/sweet balance - granny smith apple and pineapple. Either way, there is a nice balance of sweet and tart.

The taste more or less follows the nose, actually starting with a nice smooth, fresh-baked bread sweetness, which is backed initially more-so by the carbonation adding a bite to the beer that is more feel-based than flavor-based. As the carbonation fades, there is a tartness that, given the bready tastes I get, is akin to the bite that a nice sourdough gets. I do get apple and pear as well in the back of the tongue as the carbonation fades. (I don't get an obvious transition to the hops, but if I search, something has to balance the malt, and what I get is fairly floral, but I am stretching to describe this.)

This is a very good beer, I had somewhat high expectations, and this is one of the few beers that probably exceeded them. A very well done, close to perfectly balanced beer (carbonation is just a bit stronger than I'd like). Nothing jumps out to grab you, and that, to me, is just fine. Well done!

cjgiant, Sep 29, 2014
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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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