Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by dciBA:
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the very attractive Brooklyn 750 into a Brooklyn tulip. Lots of foamy white head sits atop a cloudy golden yellow beer. Lacing is thin but present.
Smell is quite fruity. Lots of banana with some coriander spice. A second sip reveals some pale malt. Some lemon as well is making me think saison based on smell alone. On to the flavor....
Taste follows smell, but with some of the classic belgian yeast flavor coming through as well. Plenty of fruit, with a nice light bready maltiness as well. Overall flavor is a little weak compared to smell, but still very good. The lemon in the nose comes through on the tongue as well confirming this as more saison than any other style. Alcohol is present and treads the edge of being overpowering perfectly.
This beer is highly carbonated leading to a very effervescent mouthfeel. Finish is dry but some residual sweetness is left on the palate making for a nice sipping beer on a warm summer day. Overall a beer that walks the line of being a strong pale or a saison quite well. I'll have to agree with Mr. oliver though, strong saison is a perfect descriptor.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2011 23:32:50 | More by dciBA
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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
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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