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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,837
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 133
Gots: 243 | FT: 6
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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Photo of scott
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


The initial pour is ready to sing a song of days past. Highly unstable carbonation explodes leaving a huge dollop of foam on top of a murky golden devil, and it's not ready to capitulate easily. A bomb consisting of spice & orange peel awaits, tantalizing the nose.
An earthy tongue consisting of banana ester and pear envelop the mouth, with highlights of juicy fruit rolling dice in the background. Big, refreshing and drinkable, this is obviously well crafted, coming from Mr. Oliver. True to form, but lacking slightly in compunction.
Anticipated. Recommended.

scott, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of elricorico
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange witha big fluffy off-white head. Sticky spots of lacing hold on as the head falls and the beer goes down.

There is a bit of musty yeast aroma over top of a very fruity bouquet. Manderin oranges and pears jump out, but any number of fruits make an impression. Sweet smelling but not overly so.

A funky farmhouse taste throughout. Fruit seems subdued in flavour compared to the aroma. Mix of slight citrus hops and alcohol heat at the end.

Quite light in body and highly carbonated. Refreshing mouthfeel.

Not bad, has a very nice smell, but the taste didn't live up to the aroma in my opinion.

elricorico, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of scooter231
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery orange, clear, with a big, white head and some lacing. Looks like a Belgian strong pale ale should. Smells malty, sweet, with some wheatyness and some banana scent. Black pepper spicyness lingers for a few moments.

Tastes sweet and wheaty, a little bit bitter. More fruity banananess, peach, and orange. Sweeter than it smells, definitely. The alcohol also makes a stronger presence here. It's not at all overwhelming though.

Mouthfeel is sudsy and chewy, a wee bit thin. Overall it's a tasty brew- though I'd rather spend $12 on two delerium tremens, or la fin, I think they've got more punch and flavor and are more drinkable in general. But it's pretty good.

scooter231, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of cpone
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy pale straw/gold into a Duvel tulip. Nice, thick foamy head but not much lacing.

S: A little funky with sweet, candied fruit - pear, banana. A little hop presence and alcohol laced with a nice spice.

T: Sweet malt and pepper. A very alcoholic exhale and finish.

M: Medium bodied with a great degree of carbonation.

D: Too strong on the alcohol to drink much by itself, but pair well with equally strong food. Followed the label and had with spicy seafood, a great marriage.

cpone, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light honey, slightly opaque

S - Apple, light citrus, yeast, mildly floral

T - Bite of booze with some spicy bitter hops. Quickly transitions to peppery breads and bitter clove. Has a mild, agave-like sweetness. Finishes dry.

M - Light body. Some boozy astringency through the middle and end of the profile.

D - OK drinkability. The alcohol is strong and the flavors are geared around that alcohol. Pair with some earthy cheeses and darker breads to balance the beer out.

vfgccp, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow color with loads of carbonation. Little head though. Smell is warm and fruity, rather like hay on a warm summer day. Taste is not as sweet as I would imagine, its actually rather bitter and slightly acidic. Fills out palate well, but is nothing special. Overall not a bad beer, not a great belgian but a decent example.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a hazy looking yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet and yeasty, has a bit of citrus in there too. The taste of the beer is floral and hoppy. There is an aftertaste of bread in there. The mouthfeel is light even for the strength of the brew, it leave a dry feel in the mouth after each sip. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

Knapp85, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of beer2day
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with orange hues. Fluffy two-finger head. Only faint, faint lacing.

Nose is very yeasty and fruity. Bananas, faint cloves, slight hop presence.

Taste is very clean. Bananas appear again, but not overpowering. Nice malt balance. Mild tartness, even sourness, in the finish with a taste of oranges. Little to no hops here, though.

Good example of style, but not one I would seek out again.

beer2day, Apr 16, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Pint!

A: Wit beer cloudiness and color - yellow/orange. 1 inch head.

S: Smells like a Belgian wit beer, all oranges and bread.

T: Belgian wit - oranges, little pine, lemongrass.

F: Bubbles, but smooth finish

D: Interesting, but tasted a lot like Tripel Ale's I've had before. I was hoping for an Allagash Tripel Reserve like taste, but was left feeling like I had an average Belgian wit - nothing wrong with that just saying it wasn't what I expected.

biophiliadude, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL. Light golden color, with a full head of lasting foam. Authentic Belgian smells, with some light fruits, yeast, farmhouse. Flavor has nice balance, with a delicate sweetness and finish. Fairly similar to Duvel. Impressed by it being bottle conditioned and its authenticity. An ale of high quality.

Crosling, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams perfect glass (1st time using one!)

Cork popped right out without me pulling.

A- Tons of fluffy white head over a pretty dull, cloudy pineapple juice.

S- First aroma layer smells like liquid malt extract and apple juice. Peppery and yeasty. Lots of honey. Alcohol is hot and strong the whole way.

T-Not enough flavor to warrant so much alcohol in the taste. Like the smell but a lot breadier. A bit of apple juice in the finish. Very light grassy hop taste.

M- High carbonation making for a slightly sharp but mostly fluffy mouthfeel. Pretty dry.

D- Very good if it wasn't for the strong alcohol taste. It's pretty light and almost crisp.

Definitely a good beer but I'd appreciate a little more subtlety in the yeast and alcohol.

Also, Brooklyn Brewery has some of the best looking bottles... just thought I'd say it.

Yoonisaykul, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of bashiba
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant cloudy orange with a huge thick and pillowy off white head that seemed to last forever and was super sticky with great lacing.

Smells very good with hints of oranges, apples, and sweet yeast.

Flavor is light and sublte, yet complex. Has a nice blend of orange, clove, mint, lemon, and wheat flavors. The base is a nice light citrusy maltyness with a blending of spices and light minty hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly warm and full of carbonation, but finishing very dry.

Overall its not to bad, easy enough to drink.

bashiba, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours light golden yellow with a huge white head that slowly descends to a lasting foamy cover. Some foamy lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of coriander, orange peel, sweet sugar and bubblegum.

The taste is of sharp black pepper upfront. This spiciness stays around throughout, but is soon backed by other flavors. The flavors that are in the aroma carry through on the flavor, but in a more subtle fashion. Yeast certainly plays a major role in the taste. Bubblegum sweetness balances out the huge amount of spiciness. As it progresses/warms, the spiciness, which was a bit much to begin with, mellows allowing a sweet graininess to come through, balancing it out. Spiciness, a bit over-the-top, comes through again in the peppery, dry finish.

Champagne-like airiness is the initial feel. Spices cling to palate. As it warms, however, it does gain more of a body.

This one does change character as it progresses, and I enjoyed it more as it went on. However, it still struggles to contend with other Belgians in this category, IMO. Still, it is certainly worth trying and it's certainly a decent American interpretation of a Belgian.

jwc215, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of cbros
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange color with little head. Smells of citrus are prevalent with the taste having the same qualities. It has a good mouthfeel, nothing too bitter or unpleasant. Overall a decent Strong Pale Ale.

It is a solid brew but lacks a little smoothness that I would find in a Duvel. A good American brew trying to imitate what they do in Belgium but not my favorite.

cbros, May 17, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely clear golden pour with a big frothy head and solid retention. Carbonation rises slowly to the top of the glass in a very steady stream and there are chunks of lacing down the glass. Smell is nice and inviting. Some honey glazed fruits, a little citrus. Pineapple, pear, peach, and grapefruit. A healthy dose of candy sugar and a definite yeast. Taste attempts to duplicate but is somewhat distracting. Peppery flavors are present along with the fruits. A moderate sweetness from the candy sugar. Alcohol is a tad dominant toward the finish, which takes away from this overall. A pretty solid beer that has some flaws. I managed to finish this bottle myself. While enjoyable at first, it became a little difficult in the end. I'd prefer to split this on the next occasion.

ncvbc, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a bottle at d.b.a. in Brooklyn while at a tasting. Gold and cloudy, with a very good foamy head and lace. Lots of sediment. Has a candy sugar, cotton candy scent to it.

Yeasty taste to it. Very sweet, belgian beer. Very strong alcohol taste to it, as well. Too sweet for my likes, but it's high quality.

Amalak, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark straw yellow, semi-transparent due to unfiltered, average white 2-finger head, tons of carbonation.

S - Fainter than I had expected but it has aromas of strong lemon, yeast esters, champagne, and hay.

T - Tons of sour fruit yeast esters up front with some hay and lemon zest towards the middle. Ends with a slight white grape flavor.

M/D - Has a medium to light body and finishes clean and dry. High carbonation make it a slow drinker because it is filling.

Overall it is a decent "strong saison" and I can see how it would be difficult to categorize this one.

VaTechHopHead, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of goatgoat
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy lemon gold. A creamy 2-finger eggshell head falls gradually. Beautiful sheets of foam hold to the glass and recede into a lovely lace.
Aroma is moderate, floral, honey, fruity, musty. A hint of banana. Slight alcohol.
Flavor is mostly musty. Must must must. Slight tart and fruit notes are under there somewhere. Some earthiness as well. Finish is musty again with a bit of alcoholic spice.
Medium body with lots of creamy carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

This beer hits some things really well, but misses the beat a couple of times. I think the mustiness overrides the other flavors. It's just not as complex as others. Like a really good beer just trying to struggle past the last few hurdles.

goatgoat, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle on 11/25/09

A - pours a hazy orange with an inch of foam that stuck around for a while

S - light saison aroma, citrus-orange and lemon

T - citrusy taste, light malt, honey appears as it warms

M - good carbonation and mouthfeel

D - very flavorful and easy to drink

mikereaser, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Zodijackyl
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with a thick, rich white head that lasts through the glass. Aroma of tart malt and apricot with some creamy yeast. Taste of crisp malt and yeast, a bit one-dimensional. A bit of fruity tartness mixed with the yeast, which is smooth. Taste is a pretty subdued for a strong ale, I expected much bolder flavors. Very smooth and clean mouthfeel and quite drinkable, but it really doesn't have powerful flavors. Quite impressive for a beer of this gravity to be this smooth and clean, but I would rather have it taste stronger in more ways.

Zodijackyl, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of chris19571978
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a snifter. Great light golden color. Lots of head and some nice lacing. Nice smell of apples (red delicious) Grapefruit and some sourness as well as some sweetness. No doubt from the sugar cane. I've heard a lot about this beer so i was excited to try it. I did like it but found it lacking in the complexity department .Maybe it was all that hype. Over all it was a good beer. Nothing like the real thing though. Sorry. I would definitely buy it again though. It was also a tad watery for my taste.

chris19571978, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of BrunEngr
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My 1st corked beer. :-)

A - Pours a big fluffy head but it doesn't stay except to leave laces down the side of the glass.

S - Lightly sweet sent

T - Light sour taste, faint spicy yet tart finish

M - A light carbonated bite

O - I like this beer would be better without the carbonated finish.

BrunEngr, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of rarbring
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is clouded light straw colored, a high white head that leaves good lacing.

This was very vinous with good cask qualities which often is hard to obtain. Good balance.

This bottle was sampled at Allt-Om-Öl-festivalen 2012, Eskilstuna, Sweden.

rarbring, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Hay color. Pours a giant, cascading, frothy, white head. Disintegrates slowly, but never fully dissipates. Not much in terms of lacing.

S: Floral and sweet with a little spice and pale baked bread malt.

T: Baked sourdough bread with a little honey sweetness and a floral finish.

M: Light body with honey sweet start and dry finish.

D: Sip for enjoyment, but doesn't put up much resistance.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Soft, light appearance, but with a great head. Not much lacing though. Nose is a floral and sweet malty combo. Flavor is subtly sweet on a baked bread base. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Avryle
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Hazy gold in color with a billowy white head. very attractive.

S- Citrus, & herbs... kinda like a bathroom spray but not artificially intense. :)

T- Malt & citrus. Flavors very similar to the nose.

M- Crisp and clean. The alcohol is hidden well. Leaves a lingering bitterness in the throat.

D- Unique to the style. Unfortunately this style is not my thing.

Avryle, Apr 09, 2008
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