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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 123
Gots: 215 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Jamato14, Today at 02:27 AM
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4.41/5  rDev +6.5%

sully22, Sunday at 04:30 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Bottled in 2011. I like this style, opening it filled the room with a banana aroma. Heavy on the banana taste as well. Super thick rich head that leaves a nice lacing. Not heavy on the carbonation, little flat. Seems like the age didn't help or hurt this beer much, although I did not have a fresh bottle for comparison. Enjoyable but not a rockstar

Jeffreychason, Friday at 03:20 AM
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%

kylebegelman, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

dwagner003, Sep 17, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

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

BethanyB, Sep 15, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.56/5  rDev +10.1%

Ngntjp, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

msquared36, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.96/5  rDev -4.3%

Citrus and butterscotch in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by a tone of alcohol with some herbs and citrus again. A well made belgian strong ale!

Alex-Alkis, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Outstanding Belgian brew

SpaltSpalter, Aug 30, 2014
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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,768 ratings.