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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,772 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 124
Gots: 216 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,772 | Reviews: 889 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DannyWils:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

DannyWils, Mar 30, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a rich deep golden color with fluffy one finger head that slowly dissipates into a creamy mass leaving streaks of lace behind.Belgian yeast imparting some phenolic aromas as well as some herbal and floral hop notes with an underlying mineral quality to it,wow what a nice creamy mouthfeel full but it glides down with ease.A real central European hop profile in my mind on the palate quite herbal with some grassiness and hints of citrus the Belgian yeast shows itself with gentle phenolic and tropical fruit tones.I liked it much more than I thought I would its very well made and way to easy to drink,well done.

oberon, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is gorgeous! It’s a beautiful hazy orange in color with an amazing, stubborn head that left plenty of lacing.

Smell – The yeast is strong here. I’m getting an American-style yeast that seems off from the classic Saison nose. Besides that the malts are a bit grainy and the hops predominantly floral and very mild.

Taste – The American-style yeast drives the flavor profile as well. The light floral hops and classic grain taste rounds things out.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied with a nice, velvety mouthfeel.

Drinkability – I thought this was off from the style but not a bad mix of ingredients.

RoyalT, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

cam477, May 28, 2014
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy grapefruit color, not ruby red, but
real grapefruit with a nice white head that
keeps pace as you drink and leaves a great
lace almost sticing to the sides of the glass
like glue.

S: Sweet and fruity but not camoflaging the 9%
ABV, this one packs a punch and lets you know
that it's about to.

T: Sweet and fruity with a bitter grapefruit
bite that hits you right in the back of the
tongue, very nice. The alcohol is present
but not as overbearingas the aroma may have
suggested.

M: Great mouthfeel, good consistency and not too
syrupy as these strong Beligians can be.
Clean and an overall al pleasant texture on
the tongue.

D: Drinkability is A+ save the 9% ABV. For a
lover of beer I'm the consumate light weight
and one of these does the trick all by it-
self. Another great beer experience from
Garrett and the other guys at Brooklyn.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 09, 2009
Photo of weatherdog
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Evan1023 for this!

75cL bottle poured into a snifter

It pours a hazy golden yellow witha billowing 4 finger head. The head lasts for several minutes and keeps a nice trail of lace down the glass.

It smells very orangey with some spicy yeast. Quite pleasant.

The taste is just like Garret Oliver said in the description. A big boy saison, very similar to the New Glarus Imperial Saison. Very citrusy with an ending very strong yeast pepper spice bite to seal the deal. Light tasting but still full bodied. Very enjoyable; not a hint of the alcohol.

the mouthfeel is great and carbonation is perfect for the style. The bottle whole went down quickly and without a fight. A real solid beer.

weatherdog, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

tbryan5, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev -3.4%

JacobMutberg, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Wow. This looks great! The color is a hazy orange gold with a thick creamy off-white head of at least 1/2" or so. Retention is excellent, lasting the entire experience with fantastic lacing. I can't imagine a better looking brew!

S: Complex mix of sweet malts, spices and hints of light fruitiness. Smells a lot like a triple.

T&M: Sweeter maltiness with the classic Belgian flavors of candy sugar and spices. A pull on this brew washes over the tongue in a creamy wave of pure enjoyment. The flavors are light in texture but rather fulfilling in body. Carbonation is light and persistent adding to the creaminess. This wonderful experience finishes with malty and smooth with some light spicy bitterness and just the right amount of warming. Beautiful!

D: Absolutely fantastic. I'd drink it anytime offered and will definitely seek it out again. Highly recommended!

SIRIUS2, Jun 03, 2008
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4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Brooklyn went to great lengths for this beer: custom bottles and 100 percent re-fermentation in the bottle is definitely more cost than most brewers even want to think about.

Pours a beautiful glowing gold with scores of small bubbles racing to the top. The clarity is stunningly clear from a gentle pour into bulbous tulip glasses. The head is amazing; a dense plateau forms as the glass cradles the lace stickage. Yeasty nose, with a refined tropical fruit aroma of pineapple, mango and papaya. Clean yet estery, the aroma grasping for the best of both worlds. Huge rolling effervescence feigning a viscous mouthfeel, giving way to a moderate body with a very active but refined carbonation. Dry malt character kicks things off with a complex graininess; the yeast flavor settles in quick with fruity overtones and warming esters. Alcohol is mostly mellow, but more warmth comes through toward the end of the glass. Watery resin-y hop bitterness exposes a faintly herbal woody flavor. More fruitiness from middle to end, with more mild alcoholic esters coming forth.

Hands down the best Belgian Style Ale brewed in the US to date. All other American brewers that are thinking about brewing Belgian Style Ales need to take notice. A lobster roll on a gilled bun with a side of shoestring fries and mayo is the ultimate pairing.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured light golden color, with a lot of carbonation, and a high, creamy head. Quite hazy, but lots of light can get through.

S - Ripe pears, bubble gum, some spice and alcohol.

T - Starts with some spicy phenolics, then a little fruity ester and some bubblegum along with some floral hop flavors. Finishes with some alcohol, not harsh, but you taste and feel it.

M - As soon as it hits your mouth you feel the carbonation, this accentuates the alcohol warmth. Has a palate cleansing effect from the high level of carbonation, alcohol, and dry finish.

D - Crisp and dry makes it a pretty drinkable beer. The carbonation and alcohol make it more of a sipper than guzzler though.

steelerguy, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Cuvie62
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a high ABV this beer has great taste and finish. I had it at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Miami with my salad and pizza pie. It was a great compliment to a good meal. Also, the price was excellent. Figure you get 3 glasses of beer versus ordering 3 beers. It is a great value.

Cuvie62, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours into my glass a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a healthy two fingers of foam on top. Sticks to the side of the glass. Aromas start with big yeasty esters off the top bringing notes of spice and fruit. Slightly sweet with some herbal hops and a crisp grain malt accent.

First sip brings a crisp, sweet grain malt upfront that is quickly overtaken by bright Belgian yeast flavors. Lots of fruit tones and a bevy of spices flow across the palate with a kiss of honey as well. Herbal, grassy hop kicks in on the finish and brings in a good bit of bitterness. Finishes somewhat dry with just a touch of alcohol. Very flavorful brew.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with the perfect steady flow of carbonation. This one is really easy to drink and deceptively so for the 9% abv. Goes great with food as well, I had it along with a chipotle chicken sandwich. This one is well worth seeking out and I'll probably be picking up another bottle soon!

orbitalr0x, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of GiannaG
4/5  rDev -3.4%

GiannaG, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Kjanisch7
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of JasonA
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Just the smell of this beer makes me giggly with anticipation. I like saison's a lot. If I see them out, I love to try them. I find them always well balanced and medium bodied. Very nice change of pace from my normal stout and barley wine love.

Pours a unfiltered wheaty puke yellow. Little light head, plenty oif lacing.

Smells unbelievable. Yeasty, lemon, citrus. Floral and I do get ABV in there. Needless to say Im excited.

Kinda bitter up front. Not hoppy, but bitter. It doesnt feel as balanced and full as it smells. The middle is boring, and the finish is somewhat alcohol biting. I wonder if this beer needs to sit, this is a fresh purchase. My guess is the Belgium ingedients make for this taste, definately not what Im used to.

Very nicely carbonated. Sits very well, nothing harsh here.

Overall disappointed. With the smell and pour I was ready for fireworks. It tastes more like a wheat than a typical saison. I know this one was brewed and bottled differently than most as with a Belgium twist, but overall for the style the taste didnt do it for me. I hope time will make this one better, or maybe this could be reclassified closer to a belgium pale (reminds me of Orval).

JasonA, Mar 31, 2007
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was orange in color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma was mostly sweet and fruity, with a little bit of spice. The spice was more apparent in the taste, but also fruit, yeast, and licorice. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol. Very pleasant beer, a good saison.

lordofthewiens, Sep 22, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

csmartin6, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how old the bottle is, but I think I've had it for at least a year.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with two fingers of off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly leaving very little lacing.

S - Belgian yeast and candi sugar are prominent initially. A bit of spice, maybe clove, white grape and some earthy funk.

T - Similar to smell, a bit sweet with candi sugar. After the initial sweetness, a nice spice presence takes over, with clove and some faint pepper. Also earthy and dry. Does seem to be somewhat a hybrid of a BSPA and a saison. Very nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts off sweet before turning dry and earthy.

O - Really enjoyable. A bit of age certainly hasn't hurt this one.

warnerry, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

MJLatimer, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint, 9.4oc brown corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The number 0719 is printed on the back label. I am not sure if that is a bottle number, batch number or a date.

Appearance: The pour produced an average sized (two finger thick) head with a creamy off white color. The head slowly fades down to small ring of slick lace. Underneath the head is a light golden honey colored liquid with a hazy appearance and streams of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface.

Smell: The aroma is full of fruity, estery yeast, sweet malts and some light, funky phenolic notes.

Taste/Mouth: Up front it has candy like sweetness with light tropical fruit notes, some pear, apple, and light malt as well as some funky phenolic notes. In the middle it starts to dry a little and we add some mild warming alcohol and mild spicy/leafy hops to its malty character. It finishes much dryer than it started but still with some residual sweetness mixed into mild hop notes. The palate is full and lively with plenty of carbonation.

Notes: Overall good appearance, flavor and a fun lively palate make this an enjoyable beverage.

generallee, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of renegadeburger
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

paid a lot for this at a restaurant in brooklyn i think it set me back $15 that seems too high oh well lets give it a shot

nice great golden color it was hazy in the pour but the head was super super white i admit this sure looks enticing to start

aroma was good nice honey bread and biscuit and maybe even some spicy notes in there like cloves

taste was pretty good but not as what i hoped, it was definitely a good beer but lacking in depth and complexity

good mouthfeel though real real bright and highly carbonated and the bubbles were real tight and fine

overall a solid beer not worth the big price in my opinion but definitely something worth going for

renegadeburger, Jul 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

bigdipip, Nov 21, 2011
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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.