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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,708 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,708
Reviews: 881
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 114
Gots: 189 | FT: 3
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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Darkale

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle itself does not proclaim the style of this beer, and that is a failure that generally bothers me; however, there is so much creative deviation from style nowadays that any brewer who notes a style is probably in trouble with half of their beers. The notes for this beer state that Brooklyn's Garrett Oliver calls it "a strong saison," though BA calls it "a Belgian Strong Pale Ale." Apologies to the brothers, but I agree with Mr. Oliver: strong saison it is.

It's deeper and lower than the average saison, with a kind of round cherry chewy sweetness that would be cloying if it were not for the balance from the slightly sour, cheesy yeast. I like the mouthfeel of the beer, though it is denser than the average saison; I like how chewy and thick it is. The aftertaste is sour again, a bit of alcohol and some grittiness, with the sweetness remaining on the edges.

So, well, uh... is this a saison? A big, sweet, burning one, yes. I'd have preferred less alcohol, more delicacy. But, I'm glad to have had this beer. It would be great with a long, slow, fine meal; perhaps prime rib, or veal. This is a beer that could put the meal on its shoulders and walk with it for a while, whistling...

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:43:27 | More by Darkale
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Appearance- This beer pours a massively fizzy head with good retention. Could audibly hear the bubbles popping and crackling in the tulip glass. Light yellow color, hugely carbonated.

Smell- Another reviewer had mentioned cantaloupe and he was spot on, this smells just like it. Light honey and clove aroma also present.

Taste- Yeast dominates the palate. Slight bitterness and traces of funk. Lingering sweetness from the pale malts provides many similarities to Champagne or sparkling wine.

Mouthfeel- Extremely, EXTREMELY dry despite the sweetness. One of the driest beers I have tried recently. The carbonation in this beer is quite extreme, and it shows itself in the mouthfeel.

Overall this was a good beer but it probably won't ever make it into my rotation of Belgians to buy regularly.

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M: A lot of fine bubbled carbonation, a little thickness to the body, but it comes across as light, airy and dry. Really well done.


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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,708 ratings.