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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,628 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1628
Reviews: 871
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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rickyleepotts

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was browsing around at Whole Foods one day, and I saw this bottle on the top shelf. I reached up, and grabbed it to take a closer look. It was 9% ABV and was only $5! I couldn’t believe it. I assumed this beer was horrible. But I am a huge fan of Brooklyn Brewery, and think they make one of the best barleywines around. So I grabbed it to find that it was on the list! So here we are… bottoms up, people!

In the Glass: It looks like an unfiltered wheat in the glass. It’s almost orange, and there are a ton of little bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. When I poured it, there was a TON of head. So it’s hard to tell if there is much lace. But the head sticks around which excites me about the mouthfeel on this huge bottle of beer.

Nose: It sort of smells like a farmhouse ale. The nose starts sweet, but then leads to a smooth bitterness. I am also picking up some citrus notes there… maybe some orange zest. Perhaps that is where the orange color comes from.

Flavor: Whoa… where do I begin? There are several things going on here at once. Hold on, let me take another drink and try to walk you through the explosion on my tongue. First up, there is some dryness on the bottom half of the palate. Then the bubbles explode over your tongue until you swallow a dry and somewhat sweet finish. Then I sit there expecting for a sour aftertaste, but that never comes. It just settles in and quickly leaves me wanting more. For a beer with this much alcohol, you would never know it. There is no booze in the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel: There is SO much going on here… it is like the bubbles are dancing across my palate from the second this beer hits my lips. The beer is thin, and the only time that I try to argue with myself is when the dryness kicks in. It is a gin dry too, not an Irish stout dry. This is a different, and an appreciated kind of dryness. Then as you swallow, the tongue is left refreshed and while still dry, not begging for anything but another sip.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much aftertaste here. WIth what my mouth just went though, I am not sure I could handle an aftertaste. There isn’t much burp either. But the flavors in this beer are incredible. There are several beers in this series, and Brooklyn is known for making quality stuff… and this beer is no exception. I like it. I like it a LOT!

If you are looking for a good beer, with a high ABV, that is drinkable… this is it. It seems to be readily available and is cheap. I mean, $5… you can’t beat that with a stick. Pop the top on this bottle and let’s drink. Bottoms up, people!

Brooklyn Local 1 - The bottle says: “In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we forge barley malt and hops from Germany, aromatic raw sugar from Mauritius and yeast from Belgium into Brooklyn Local 1. Behind the golden color, find a dynamic complex of flavors, Belgian flair, Brooklyn fortitude, and a dusting of yeast after 100% bottle fermentation. Enjoy it locally or globally, as an aperitif or with your favorite dishes.”

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:51:08 | More by rickyleepotts
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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,628 ratings.