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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 136
Gots: 258 | FT: 6
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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of zerofear13
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to be able to find this limited brew at Community Beverage in Elmhurst, Queens. 750ml corked bottle (interestingly enough, the bottle is labeled as a 1 pint, which I don't quite understand), very prestigious in appearance, possibly one of the fanciest bottles I’ve ever seen. Poured out a darker gold color into a regular pint glass. Wonderfully light and airy head, which retained for many minutes. Smells strongly of alcohol and hops. Tastes of strong bitter alcohol, malt, and spice. Goes down smooth, but is a bit harsh, in my opinion, as this brew does little to try to conceal its alcohol content. Quite smooth for 9.0% ABV, and in such a large bottle, could be a poor combination. Overall, very harsh but enjoyable beer and I would love uncorking it for a good gathering of friends over dinner.

EDIT: After a re-tasting several months later, this brew is quite overwhelming on the coriander and spices now. It tastes like a pungent version of Hoegaarden for whatever reason. I'm not a huge fan of the coriander flavor, so I must degrade a bit. Not sure if it was just based on a bad bottle or what, but if I ever try again, I'll re-re-review.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mdagnew
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a light golden yellow colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and meringue like then faded fairly quickly to light wispy layer. Quite a lot of carbonation shoots to the surface... some light sticky lacing clings on to the end...

Aroma - Strong spicy fruits (apricots, pineapples, pears), nice strong Belgian bready / yeasty notes, candy sugar / honey sweetness, light toasted malts, peppery hops, faint trace of alcohol, some basil / thyme herbal notes, faint medicinal traces...

Taste - Biscuity malts, toasted bread, herbal / floral, spicy fruits (pineapples, pear drops), light sugary sweetness, definite Belgian yeastiness, honey notes, peppery, some salty hints, slight soapiness, grassy, spicy hops

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry.. light / medium body... very refreshing and drinkable - the alcohol is very well hidden..

Overall - A very good and well made Belgian pale ale... recommended

Photo of maddogruss
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this from Shop-Rite Liquors in Livingston, NJ.

A: Pours a golden body with a thick, velvety white head with excellent retention. Head holds for the whole beer with good lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet, citrus smell with hints of banana esters. The smell was a bit pungent, but pleasantly so.

T: A pretty alcoholic taste with hints of banana esters. The alcohol was very evident in the aftertaste as well, which I felt took away from the taste a little bit. As i drank more of it, the alcohol taste mellowed a little bit, but not that much.

M: Nice, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. It was not silky smooth as it felt slightly overcarbonated, but still a good feel altogether.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. Good taste and nice mouthfeel, but as I noted above, the evidence of alcohol took away from the beer a little bit. The burn of the alcohol on the palette took away from the citrus taste and banana esters that were evident in the smell.

Photo of mavbrew
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive (emphasis on massive) white head that slowly dissipates and leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The nose is typical of most Belgian beers, there is a yeast scent that hits right off the bat. This is followed by some citrus notes and a hint of spices.

T: The taste is what you would expect from the scent. There is a yeasty flavor up front with the slight citrus hints quickly overshadowed by the spices that rounds up the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D: This beer is easily drinkable for 9% ABV, it is a smooth drinking BSPA, but this isn't my favorite style. It's good but I wouldn't buy it again, there are other Belgian beers out there that are far superior to this.

Photo of kemoarps
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy pale straw. I'd almost call it a pastel light amber? Big pillowy white head lingers, but there's not much lacing as I drink.

The nose is mostly dominated by the belgian spices with a little bready/white grape sweetness underneath.

Taste is more of the same with a somewhat earthy/musty aspect to it. I actually kind of like that. Mellows it so it's not overwhelmingly sweet or spicy/fruity.

Smoothe and drinkable. That 9% is hidden extremely well.

Photo of Durge
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a light golden yellow color with a thinish white head and good lace. It brings a sharp clove and light grapey alcohol aroma. The taste is crisp and clovey, melon and honey, good alcohol presence with lemony hops overtones. Finely carbonated and medium drinkable. Decent for the style.

Photo of soulfly1492
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of fruity esters, black pepper spice, lots of lighter malts. Some lemon, pineapple, orange and alcohol. Hops are mild and piney... or not American in other words.

Appearance: Pours a ridiculously tall white head, which sticks around for the long haul. Lots of lacing. Pale gold, quite cloudy. Tons of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. No large particles in suspension.

Taste: Probably aged too long (not my doing), too much hot alcohol for sure. Lots of yeasty phenols. Pale malt, the hops are pretty well hidden by the yeast and alcohol. Fruity esters as orange and lemon. Black pepper and clove. Aftertaste is malt and grain and the spicy phenols. Definitely a bit of wortiness which I don't mind.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Tons of frothy carbonation. Moderately drying. Carbonation stings the tongue.

Overall: Aged too long, but still pretty good. Nice malt flavor with a good dose of spice and some mild hops to balance things out. Don't drink right out of the fridge, allow this one to warm up a while.

Note: This bottle was stored in a refrigerator for 2-4 years prior to opening.

Photo of tommy78
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it out of a tall bottle and it immediately had a golden yellow hue. Lots of head, which settled after a while. The smell was spicy with some yeast with a hint of fruit and hops mixed in. As I tasted the brew, it was a bit bland. However, after a couple of more sips, it became sweeter to the pallate. With the mouthfeel, it became easier to enjoy the brew. As for the drinkability, it is easy to finish off a bottle before you realize that you need more.

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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Goblet

Appearance: Very light straw color, big fluffy white head. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma: Sweet lemon, banana, bread.

Taste: Lemon, maybe a hint of honey. The belgian yeast is very slight in the background. Clean finish, not a lot of after taste. not quite as flavorful as I thought the smell would indicate.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, a little thin. It's just enough to convay a little flavor, and then it bubbles away.

Overall: Not bad. The flavor's are nice, but they're not very strong. It might be a little too subtle.

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3.72/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with a huge aired mushroom head with great retention and leaving laces. The bottle kept spilling foam like a volcano for a long time.
Light aroma of oranges, sugar, pears, some banana, mild booze and pineapples.
Sweet flavor with notes of overripe oranges, pineapples, herbal hops, apples, pears, white wine and Cointreau liquor. Dry aftertaste with a mild but long lasting bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriated carbonation. Slightly tart acidity. Alcohol of 9% abv is relatively well hidden.
Good beer representing well the style with nice complexity and improved considerably after it warmed up at room temperature. Nevertheless, I found this a bit overly sweet.
It should match perfectly with dessert or cheese after a nice dinner.

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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden with a nice white head that stays with sticky lacing.

Aromas of Belguim yeasts, sweet candy sugar and light tropical fruits...mostly bittersweet like pineapple.

Taste is definitely Belguim up front with candied sugars and tropical fruitiness but sours and bitters on the end with nice citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is sparkling with lots of tiny carbonation.

Aftertaste is a combination of pineapple and alcohol warmths.

Photo of craftaholic
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter as a sparkling turbulent honey straw hue with a perfect amount of carbonation. Nothing floating in this one which is good to see; clean and clear. The head is a nice whipped billowing cloud of a froth that resembles marshmallow fluff in all properties. Completely coats the glass with a spiderweb lacing throughout the duration of the session.

Smell: The aroma is riddled with complexities from citrus orange peels and coriander. There is some expected pepper, clove and hints of banana. What was unexpected was the tart pear that shows up throughout.

Taste: Don't let the first sip fool you, it really is off-putting but let it open and it goes through stages. The phenol alcohol is strong with this one and the abv makes itself known off the bat. It is very tangy and has a bite from the citrus. All these kicks are balanced out with some touches of honey and some more of the fruit rears it's head again from pear and apricot to mango. There is a touch of woodiness here but its a dry wood almost like a balsa or corkboard that levels the playing field with some earth and grass tones.

Mouthfeel: Very airy and light as well as quite prickly and effervescent. The body is light at suggested temp but fills out with warmth. The present alcohol really numbs your tongue towards the end of the session.

Drinkability: Even though it has a major league abv and isn't afraid to show it, the light bodied brew is easy to quaff. The perfect blend of carbonation and thin body while not sacrificing flavor to allow it to quite drinkable.

Overall: This was my gateway into Brooklyn's lineup and I feel like it might be too filtered and refined for it's own good. Also, while it has numerous complexities I feel like none of them are played out to their fullest extent and some calendar days would really allow this one to be brought to its ripe age.
Added Bonus: Goes great with homemade apple pie, it really subdues the citrus and brings out the yeast and tart sweetness.

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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a good head and some lacing.

Smells yeasty, somewhat sweet, and vaugely fruity and bready.

Yeasty in the taste, as well as vague bready and fruity notes. Sweet with a peppery zing. Flavors are muddled, it's hard for me to pin down exact tastes, par for the style I guess.

Very bubbly mouthfeel

Overall, this was not super amazing for me, but pleasant.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll preface this by saying that I usually only drink Belgians on rare occasions.

This one tastes like some kind of a combination of a saison (which may be my favorite Belgian style, whether it began in France or not) and a dubbel.
You can taste the extra sugar combined with the yeast immediately. It pours into the glass with a huge white head, in my case, and it perfectly clear and yellow. Smells like yeast, and has a deep smell of fruit, subtle pineapple and banana. When you taste it, I immediately get the saison/dubble combination, and I actually found this much easier to drink than the average dubble or tripel, although, I probably wouldn't buy more than one of these to drink. It goes down rather smooth, with the taste of candy (fermented caramel flavors if there were such a candy), and the hops are subtle, but you would know the difference if there were none.
More than a whole bottle would be difficult to consume, but I'd recommend it to Belgian fans and non-fans, just to experience it, especially since it's easier to find around the US than other Belgians (I guess because it's not an import).

I definitely think that this gives you the taste of Belgium with a much easier drink than some. A good stepping stone into the other import brews.

Photo of evanackerman
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ha, I have to admit that I chose this beer out of many due to the awesome bottle and label, not something I usually fall victim to but I have enjoyed other beers by Brooklyn so what the hell.

Beer pours a nice blond color with a huge billowing head that lasts so long I had to walk away for five minutes before i could finish filling my glass.

aroma is sugary sweet malt, alcohol, and lemon zest

taste is somewhat sweet due to the sugar, nice maltiness, citrus fruit character is evident in the finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodies with typical bottle-conditioned feel.

overall, this beer looks, smells and tastes like a Tripel, although it is not characterized as such on this website or by the brewery, it is a tasty beer although somewhat unremarkable, definitely worth a try.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Local 1 | 750 ml. | % ABV | Q4 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Glass: Duvel tulip

Pale, straw-gold with a bountiful, snowy cap, great lacing.

Grainy malt, amorphous citrus scent, Belgian candi sugar.

Lemon peal, pale malt, slightly oily and bitter hops. Bitter and dry finish pushes light spicing and an herbal character to the back of the throat.

Buttery and prickly simultaneously, medium-bodied/

I find it too dry and weighted toward the bitter end of the spectrum. The flavor development is subtle, and there could have been more complexity. However, I suspect the relative lack of balance would be offset by some spicy food.

Would I get it again?:
No, since I prefer AleSmith's Horny Devil.

Bottled: #2020
Served: February 6, 2011

Price = $9.49 at Witherspoon Wine

Photo of b_packer
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a corked bottle on 7/12/13. Opened on 2/13/14. Poured into a standard 12oz. Pint glass.

A- poured a straw, pale yellow color with a half inch white fluffy head. Not a whole lot of carbonation with this beer. Head disapated rather quickly and left a little web lacing down the glass

S- very fruity, sweet, and sour smelling

T - get the fruit and sour taste right away. The sour taste is very prevelent and persistent throughout the drink. Leaves a little bitter after taste but nothing to bad, no real alcohol burn either.

M-light and smooth. Get a lot of the carbonation.

O- very soir and fruity. I guess it is expected with this style. Has an almost artificial taste its that fruity. Way to sour for me. Wasn't really a big fan of this one just to sour and fruity for me. Worth the try but probably won't be drinking this one again.

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.