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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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92
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1,921 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,921
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 150
Gots: 296 | FT: 8
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 02-18-2007

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.
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Photo of BethanyB
3.8/5  rDev -8%

Appearance: Clear and pale gold in color. There is a delicate swirl of bubbles and a large, fluffy, white head. 3/3

Aroma: Loads of sweet phenols hit the nose. Cloves, orange zest, coriander, and honey combine with an ester combination resembling that of a hefeweizen--bananas and bubblegum. Pale malt wafts in the background. 10/12

Taste: Fresh, biscuity malt can be tasted right away. It's a refreshing change-up--the majority of Belgian beers are so overrun with spices and fruit. But these are present as well, of course. The usual citrus flavors mix well with light tropical fruit flavors and a dab of banana pudding. A light bitterness that lasts from sip to swallow balanced things out and adds a nice zing. 17/20

Mouthfeel: A slightly watery element to the mouthfeel takes things back a step--good mouthfeel is important for complementing good flavor, and the bland, watery quality found in this beer washes out some of the tastiness. However, a dry finish and medium carbonation create a crispness which, while not so typical for the style, helps repair the mouthfeel's initial poor impression. 2/5

Overall: The light mouthfeel and very apparent citrus and banana flavors make this beer feel a bit more like a witbier/hefeweizen combination than a strong golden ale. On addition, there isn't one fascinating and/or unexpected element that makes this beer any sort of standout for me. It is a tasty, well made drink however, and will certainly be enjoyed to a nice extent. 6/10

TOTAL: 38/50

Photo of cjgiant
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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!

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of weatherdog
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of steelerguy
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Cuvie62
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Photo of JasonA
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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).

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of renegadeburger
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Impressive presentation indeed. Pours into my Duvel chalice a hazy golden body with an immense white puffy head. Retention is quite good and lots of vanilla lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is crisply toasted barley, bubblegum, coriander, white pepper, lemony citrus, floral hops, earthy yeast, and kiwi skins.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Crisp and satiny carbonation supports a medium body.

Taste is very akin to the aroma. A floral and herbal hop bitterness dominates. Outdoorsy and earthy yeast presence is prominent. A hint of bubblegum from the Belgian sugars and a note of underripe strawberries add a luscious complexity. Finishes with an herbal bitterness not unlike a good Belgian saison.

Very well done. Somewhat of a surprise that Mr. Oliver's brewery has turned out such a fine pastoral Belgian style ale. Kudos!

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting bottle, caged and corked, no freshness indication. Pours light yellow , cloudy, supporting a long lasting fluffy looking near white head. Leaves nice looking splotchy/spotty and ringed lacing. Nice looking beer. Bright, fresh smelling. Notes of more lime, pepper, yeast, grassy, smells so good, time to dive in for a swig. More lime, Belgiany yeast, peppery spice, gin, honey, melon, soap, yum, sucker for the style and this one has got it going on. Fine creation from Brooklyn. Looking forward to trying it with a nice summer meal, salad, cheeses, chicken, fish, BBQ etc. Wide and year round distribution in the NYC area hopefully...life is good...

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, gold in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: honey, hay, and lemon

Taste: honey, hay, lemon, orange, and some bittering hops. Kind of tastes like a dry white wine

Mouthfeel: bitter at firstgetting more sweet and funky.high carbonation, light bodied, thin

Drinkability: A very good beer that tastes like a dry white wine. I could have a couple of glasses. I was surprised by the funk. This will not be the first drink I look for but would have it again.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the Belgian yeast with some lemons, coriander and orange notes. The flavor is similar. I get some nice wheat and bread malt notes with some pepper and coriander as well as some Belgian yeast, orange and lemons. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, aged about one year, enjoyed at a recent tasting - cheers for this Derrick!

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Hazy golden, some visible sediment, big fluffy head, lots of lacing. First-rate looking brew.

Nose is an interesting blend of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, vanilla, mild funk, sugar, and tropical notes (passion fruit, papaya, peach), with a touch of floral hops as well. Lots going on here.

A terrific brew indeed, in that it seems to borrow elements from three big Belgian styles (wit, pale, saison), and the combination of these actually works really well. Similar notes: sweet sugary tropical fruit, a bit of banana, spice, citrus and mild yeast. Very nice.

Smooth, creamy pale ale, low but consistent carbonation (chock this up to the year in the cellar), very easy to drink.

Terrific Belgian pale, glad I finally got a chance to try it. Will pick up again.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze. Very thick white head that lingered with heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cloves, hops, wheat

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops with cloves and some citrus maybe. Wheat and earthy notes as well.

Overall: Great beer!

Photo of bsp77
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: The massive, rising stark white head made it very difficult to determine the color at first, but eventually determined it to be a glowing golden-orange. The head really lasts and sticks all over the glass. Gorgeous.

Smell: Very dry with pepper, clove and straw, with a slightly sweet undercurrent of banana and candi sugar.

Taste: The sweet and the dry are in full battle on this one. Wonderful sweet backbone of banana, fleshy fruit and sugar against very dry pepper, clove and a tinge of mustiness. Great battle, but the dry wins in the end.

Feel: Highly carbonated and effervescent. The body is almost chewy but remains light and easy to drink. Dry finish that is also quite warming.

Overall: Finally I get to have an American made Belgian Strong Pale / Golden Ale that actually rivals the Belgian heavy hitters such as Duvel and Delirium Tremens (Goose Island Matilda is more like Orval, so I am not counting that. Just mentioning that because I love Matilda). Great stuff!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pour a very pale light wheat color with a small light white head. Nose is yeasty and wheaty dry.

Taste is sharp and dry with tons of carbonation an a huge mouthfeel. Very rich and spicy. Excellent with spicy food.

Photo of ehammond1
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Thanks for sharing this one, Nathan!

Clear, golden yellow with a moderately-sized white foaming head that lasts and lasts that eventually leaves ribbons and dots of lacing down the glass.

Belgian, somewhat musty, yeast plays the largest role in this beer's aroma along with a good amount of citrus hops and bready malt. A full and simple aroma, though done exceptionally well. Appropriate and pleasant for the style.

The flavor follows the nose nearly identically: the Belgian yeast and mild citrus and floral hops are the dominant flavors, along with bready malts. Incredibly well balanced; this beer is not overly bitter, overly hoppy, or overly yeasty--just a terrific, simple, balanced, effortlessly enjoyable beer.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A flawless American version of the style and probably my favorite beer so far from Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,921 ratings.