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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,629 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1629
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%


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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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shipped to me by Sulldaddy in a champagne-size bottle, it pours a pale yellow, chilled into a tulip glass with some haze. The head towers above, white, loose, but clingy and spongy. Aroma is slightly fruity (white grapes and lemon) with a nice amount of cloves or nutmeg as well that really spices it up. Just a twinge of alcohol also hits my nose along with possibly some slight yeast. Flavor sips at first quite sweet with reminders of pears along with some citrus fruit and some spice. Alcohol quickly coems in to dry out the body, which is medium at most with a slight bit of yeast flavors. The body again is medium, and the combined carbonation and alcohol phenols quikly make this a bit bitey on the tongue. However, this is scarily drinkable! Oh God, a whole bottle all by myself? I guess I'll take one for the team...

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 00:31:10 | More by Fish113d
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tumbler

Hazy, orange yellow, steady stream of carbonation that creates a cottony two finger cap which settles to a bubbly layer of white foam.

Aroma of tart apples and caramel

First sip, wow, complex, sweet and tart, apples, wine. Bubbles on the first sip. Slight tartness on the aftertatse. Taste of alcohol.

Interesting, complex, very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 01:15:56 | More by WunderLlama
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kdahnke123

Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass ar cellar temperature.
A - Pours a golden yellow color with 3 finger head. The head is very long lasting.
S - Strong smell of citrus with a little bit of hops st the end.
T - Crisp citrus/apple taste with a yeasty aftertaste.
M - A good amount of body with a medium amount of carbonation.
O - For a light colored/bodied strong ale it had a very pleasent smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 18:23:21 | More by kdahnke123
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-22-2014 17:38:18 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle from Utobeer, London (£12):
Golden with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that holds great, sitting as a thick, 0.5cm, white lacing that still looks foamy & leaves a little lacing on the sides.

Sweet with pear & apples, a fruity aroma & some light base malts. Faint citrus, plenty of spice & some touches of floral on the nose as well with a slightly tart like aroma & some faint yeast.

Spicy with various fruits that includes the apple & pear from the nose along with some banana & further sweetness from some pineapple plus yeast & citrus. Finally there is some light malts and a hint of pepper.

Light & fluffy on the palate but definitely not thin. Dry with plenty of spice plus the alcohol went almost unnoticed with it completely hidden by the taste for the most part. This one was frighteningly easy to drink for a 9% abv. beer & it went down a treat with and amazing balance that complimented the smooth mouthfeel and fine carbonation.

An amazing beer and one that definitely lived up to the hype and the price tag for once. Ridiculously easy to drink given the strength of it & was up there with some of the best Belgian beers of the style that I have tried in the past. This one is a must try and I look forward to sourcing a bottle of their Brooklyn Local 2 sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 15:57:49 | More by flyingpig
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-20-2014 13:18:03 | More by markgugs
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Mini4x

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-18-2014 16:08:17 | More by Mini4x
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-18-2014 01:21:36 | More by Whiskeydeez
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.8%

04-17-2014 14:06:20 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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wollefdoogylloj

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-15-2014 00:48:57 | More by wollefdoogylloj
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Greywulfken

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium gold and clear with tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom; billowy head of off-white showed good persistence and laced down the glass

S: sweet orchard fruits, like pears and apples, pressed and cidered; tart yeasts and fresh malt grains

T: sweet and spicy, lush and candied; again, fresh, sweet orchard and pale fruits; candied sugar treats and a holiday's-worth of spices, suggesting clove and coriander, nutmeg and sage

M: full and fuzzy, plush and soft; slight tack on finish; little denser than I'd like; some crispness but also some chewiness

O: a delightful BSPA worth a try and buy - fans of the style will be sure to appreciate it - leans toward the sweet/wet end of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:18:07 | More by Greywulfken
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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-14-2014 02:51:35 | More by paulish
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Tippler

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-13-2014 03:27:43 | More by Tippler
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JimmyAloysius

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-09-2014 15:49:20 | More by JimmyAloysius
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phishterrrrrrr88

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +20.8%

04-08-2014 00:49:30 | More by phishterrrrrrr88
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-06-2014 18:03:43 | More by hmmmbeer10
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-05-2014 17:02:45 | More by VeganUndead
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twax

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-31-2014 04:06:43 | More by twax
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DannyWils

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-30-2014 19:57:17 | More by DannyWils
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O_gg_e

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-30-2014 10:16:17 | More by O_gg_e
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into a tulip glass. Good initial head, and nice lacing on this. Beer is bright gold and crystal clear with a smooth steady carbonation.

S - love the strong yeasty aromas, lemony and bready, with hay and some farmhouse aspects, light toasty malts. Fresh bread, , apples, alround very balanced with some nuance.

T - initially a bit of malty sweetness, candy sugar sweetness. Pears!! with some bready toastiness, hay, full 'chewiness' of yeasty fruit, dry florals, some light banana, honey. alcohol gives some nuanced farmhouse and light spice aspects and is fairly understated actually - light pepper?, ending with a full dryness with a light yeasty and lemon profile. Enjoyable - and get the idea of going for an amped up saison style, works quite well, flavours are balanced and pair very nicely with each other.

M - very nice with a moderate body, smooth slightly aggressive carbonation, but hits the mark nicely. Very full and dry on finish and very drinkable for the strength to be sure.

Enjoyable to be sure, this is certainly a well crafted beer, but I didn't find it earthshattering - and maybe my expectations were a bit high going in. Very well balanced with a light farmhouse character and plenty of light pilsner malt, chewy toffee also on the finish. Great beer and well worth having, but wont be in my top ten for the style. I think I would prefer a more assertive flavour profile to match the abv, while this accomplishes a near graceful balance, to each their own I suppose, still very good! When I eventually got down towards the bottom, I added the sediment, which added some nice bite and spice.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:32:42 | More by mick303
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Illmaticzx

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-29-2014 11:16:39 | More by Illmaticzx
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Dmbphoenix

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-28-2014 00:40:05 | More by Dmbphoenix
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-27-2014 22:54:05 | More by Brushkanna
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jvoss7

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-25-2014 16:22:48 | More by jvoss7
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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,629 ratings.