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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,881
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 140
Gots: 266 | 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:
Beer added by: akorsak on 02-18-2007

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.
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Brewery - Local 1 from '07 was next. This was a rare treat especially since we don't get Brooklyn beers up here in Wisconsin. My friend, Jon, mentioned that the shape of the bottle was unique to the first run of Local 1 before New Belgium stepped up and cried copyright infringement (I haven't looked up the details). My notes start getting a little bit hard to read around this beer but I remember thinking it was an awesome. A big sweetness and an almost coffee-like roast to it made me feel that if I has tasted this blindfolded I would have describes a more dark-bodied beer. I wished there was more of this in that bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A healthy pop of the cork and into the Gulden Draak tulip it goes. Two-finger head is fed by zillions of bubbles within a sunny golden nectar. Absolutely beautiful.

Aroma alone is a saison lover's dream (and anyone into strong Beligian pale ales in general). Ample fruit (apple, white raisin/grape, lemon, orange) and seductive spices (ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, black pepper), with a musty yeast giving even more depth.

Flavor gives everything the aromas hint at, all of it superbly balanced (although the spiciness probably outweighs the sweet elements). An earthiness prevails with each sip, while the finish is crisp, bitter, warm and spicy on the palate. The body hits all parts of the mouth with carbonation zing and balancing oily slickness. A delicate beer despite its complexities.

Hugely impressive, bursting with amazing depth of flavor and aroma...it's so delicious, you don't even notice or care about the 9% alcohol. Easily the best I've ever had from this brewery.

Photo of scottg
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

25.4 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick white head that dissipates slowly with medium lacing, lots of bubbles. Aromas from the sweet malt and sugar are complimented by banana and very fresh smells of flowers and citrusy hops, it smells like the beers I drank in Brugge. There is a citrus fruit flavor that is dominant with vanilla tones, almost buttery like a good chardonay. Different flavors pop from all parts of your mouth and tongue. Initially it coats the mouth fully, then the high carbonation cleanses. Amazing drinkability for a 9% beer. This is an elite American produced Belgian style ale.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked wine bottle split with Beerwolf77. Poured into my Duvel tulip. 9% ABV, 0769 (date?).

Thanks to Onenote81 for this bottle! Awesome!

A - Very lightly hazy, the bright golden yellow color is fantastic and a plume of carbonation billows from the etching to a massive three-finger white head. Great retention and even better lace like webbing all over the glass.

S - Pale malts blend well with some yeast and tons of esters. Bubblegum and light banana with a ton of spice on the nose. A bit of wheat in the background. The aroma is incredibly inviting. A nice balanced citrus hint makes it crisp too.

T - The flavor is a big crisp pale malt and light wheat flavor with a subdued lemony citrus bang a load of spiciness. The yeast is less evident in the flavor than the aroma but still imparts a spice and light bubblegum flavor.

M - Very crisp and medium-light bodied with a sharp finish. A little alcohol warmth at the finish too.

D - As usual, for the style, it's a very drinkable beer. The warm alcohol hits you after a while but it goes down nicely. A real treat for all the senses that I wish I had another bottle of. Thanks again to Onenote81 for this bottle!

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay chalice, from corked bottle.

A: Golden straw color, slightly hazy. Big pillow of fluffy white head, thick webbing of lacing all around.

S: The aroma has a very German scent; bananas and spice (clove/coriander) with a yeasty funk to it. Grassy and citrus hops also play a role here. Although the nose is loaded with complex aromas, the variety of fruit is what stands out the most here: banana, orange, lemon, apple, and pineapple.

T: Very smooth and subtle on the palate. Banana and spice up front with the rest of the fruit bouquet following closely behind. Moderate alcohol sweetness (thanks to that raw cane sugar) is present with a little warmth, but only adds to how delicious this beer is. Definite yeast funk too (a welcome addition). There is just enough European hop character in here to keep everything perfectly balanced, not too bitter, malty, or sweet.

M: Champagne-like foamy carbonation, medium body. Easy to drink considering the 9% abv.

O: AWESOME beer. I wasn't expecting this to be that good. It was just perfectly balanced for being a belgian strong pale ale.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw-to golden

S: yeast, bananas, pineapple. Very distinct hop presence not often noticed in belgian style beers.

T: Sweet, warm from the alcohol, with a sharp noble hop regimen keeping it in check. I could be wrong, they might not use noble hops, but I got the impression that there were at least some Saaz hops in the mix from the spiciness of them.

M: effervescent. serve his to champagne lovers.

O: a little on the expensive side, but interesting. would definitely buy this again.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

honey-orange golden color with consistent bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. tight, sturdy white head with long retention. wonderfully creamy and long-lasting head with great lacing.

smells musty, estery, and rainy with lemons, apples, bubblegum, and banana.

on palate, fruity and tart, then a honeyish sweetness. prickly carbonation on the tongue, yet velvety smooth in the mouth. there's an alcohol hit at the back and zippy, citrusy finish.

perhaps a bit too effervescent and there is that alcohol hit, but overall a delicious 100% bottle-fermented belgian style ale made exceedingly well right here in america.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into goblet

A: Pours a pale, golden color. The head is thick (about an inch and a half) and there's tons of lacing.

S: It has a sweet citrusy aroma with hints of spice (I get coriander and possibly cloves).

T: Begins spicy mixed with malts and finishes with a flavor that reminds me of the rind of a citrus fruit.

M: Nice full-bodied/excellently carbonated.

O: Brooklyn Brewery provides an excellent introduction to a style which might not necessarily be appealing to the masses.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully unfiltered honey gold haze with lots of activity within the body of liquid. Creamy capping of slightly parched yellowed foam grows up to about a inch high and stays put for great length. Eventually fades to a compact, thick skim of substantial girth and weight. Lacing sticks across the glass with drippy, boney fingered lace.

Aroma is quite nice and sharp with a well-rounded array of mild grasses, dullish lemon candy, peach fuzz, pineapple husks, and musty breads. Nice little notes of Belgian yeasty spices adding that Saison kick.

Taste has a well developed undertone of malty sweetness and a smooth candied underscoring. Its quite complex, yet seemingly mild and somehow simple in tone. Very unique flavors meld together all throughout with a slightly bready chewyness tied together with active sugary smoothness, peppy carbonation at the edges of the palate and during the middle are favorable; big bubblegum esters underneath and grow from there - and fun little hints to citrusy/tropical fruits; pineapple, peach, orange and lemon. Fantastic chewy bubblegum stuff going on throughout. Yum!

Complex body and nearly full on the mouthfeel. It plays all sorts of fun, sweetened, smoothness and milding yeasty carbonation. Its smoothened creamyness is awesome as it rides, glides, and prepares the palate for a small bite in the middle of yeasty action, partially drying, then rounds off to be and stay fulfillingly rich and lasting in a bubblegummy residue of leftover tropical candy juices.

Wow, a solid Saison by Brooklyn Brewery! I can and will drink this big Ol' 750ml without a problem as the 9% can't be found anywhere. Oh, the bottle and label are quite classy too. Me likey this beery!

Hmmmm...JoeyBeerBelly did very well in our recent transaction of beery goods! Thanks Joe!

Photo of CPeterson
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A slightly hazed translucent golden brew that pours into a massive eggshell head and settles very slowly into a thick froth, leaving thick chunky lacing.

S -- Floral hops and tropical notes of pineapple and apricot from a very pungent yeast profile.

T -- Light, bready malts quickly give way to the fruity yeast flavors. A mellow pinesap, earthy, floral hop essence balances and cleanses the palate.

M -- Seemingly heavy yet fairly light in body, riding perfectly in carbonation for the style and fairly light on the palate while still having a great flavor profile.

D -- A must try. Everyone should experience this clinic of an American influenced Belgian Pale.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasting sample pours a cloudy yellow with a white head (that I'd imagine would be huge if completely poured) leaving nice wet, soapy lace. My most educated guess is that this brew has been aged at least a year, but certainly not two.

The nose is astounding- a solid cereal malt with a wide range of aroma tones including banana, lemon, a touch of bubblegum, light tobacco, powdered sugar, coriander, white clove, grassy flowers, dried pineapple and dried mango. The best thing is, this'll only improve with more cellaring.

The palate is med-full bodied and creamy with a rich frothy carbonation. That bottle re-fermentation is completely unforgettable. I mean, it's the same technique that Champagne producers use. There's less fruitiness here than on the nose, with lean apple skin and tart lemon flavors dominated by the solid dry malt, sizable yeasty spice and light brown sugar tones. The finish is long, creamy and dry with more lingering yeastiness.

Trying this back to back with the Local 2, it's hard to say which one was better. They both serve their own unique purpose and are completely world class.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden color into the glass with a big bubbly, almost champagne like head that turns into a sticky monster. Not sure for this type of beer if it can look any better.

S: Very yeasty at first whiff then a melange of tropical fruit. I dont know how else to describe it as the sweetness comes off very complex but not aggressive.

T: Starts off with light malt and almost a barley/wheat/grain character. The yeast is noticeable but then all of this gives way to the tropical fruit mid swig. The fruit lingers before falling off as a dry, chalky bitterness finishes things up. The end has a quick leafy herbal hop bite and almost a nutiness.

M: Feels light on the tongue but as you drink it comes across with more heft and a huge carbonation.

O: Amazingly enjoyable. It just seemed to have the right balance of light malt and complex fruitiness with a kick of hops. I am immediately seeking this one out to try again.

Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 for a 750ml bottle. Brewed with two row pilsner malt from Bamberg and Demerara Cane Sugar from Mauritius. Hopped with German Hallertaur, Perle, and Styrian Goldings. Og=18.5P, 9.0% ABV. Even the bottles were custom made for Brooklyn. 100% bottle conditioned. The original yeast is filtered out and a new yeast is added for bottle conditioning. Cool video on the website.

Pours out to a delicately cloudy light golden, forming a tall poofy meringue like head with superior retention and excellent lacing. This is a very gorgeous looking beer. Carbonation is moderate strong. The aroma is exceptional...the yeast strain they used here is perfect, throwing off a dusty, slightly funky mango, pear, and apple fruitiness. Very few American breweries can pull off something that seems so authentically Belgian. The mouthfeel is brisk with a piquant light acidity and a deceptively light fluffy body. The taste opens with tropical fruits, followed by spicy phenols, a well balanced moderate herbal and dusty bitterness which hangs strongly in the aftertaste. Bitter as far as BSPA's go. This reminds me ALOT of Duvel...the similarity is uncanny.

I think this is the first beer from Brooklyn BC that I've been impressed with. Their other beers were fermented too hot and I didn't like them at all, but this one was obviously handled with care and it shows. This can hold it's own next to other standout BSPA's. Recommended.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MrBURTON55 for the trade. I've had this one for a while now, and after a very hot day it seems like a nice one to have, on a hot night. Numbered 0667.

Poured this one into my tulip glass. The color is a nice light orange with an inch of head and great activity and head retention. A nice thick layer of white, fluffy, foam lasts throughout the whole drinking experience. The aroma is of citrus, malt, spices and nice earthy hops. Tastes very much like the aroma but also very peppery. It seems like the spices have a more central role in the taste. The mouthfeel and carbonation are excellent and make this beer very refreshing. There is a nice tangy aftertaste but this beer passes the palate very cleanly. I remember reading a review of this beer in the New York Times and I was determined to get a hold of a bottle--which also started my trading addiction. Will get some more in future trades, fortunately I have one more bottle to share with a friend or two. So far the best strong pale ale I have tried.

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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow an orange color with a two inch head that lasts for several minutes. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: yeast, orange, lemon zest, pepper spice, and a hint of earthiness.

Taste: grainy malts, yeast, lemon zest, honey, candy sugar, pepper, clove, and a nice bitterness are wrapped in a soft earthy blanket. Alcohol is mildly noticeable and there is a bit of dryness. This is a grand saison in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Aftertaste is surprisingly brief based on the bold flavors. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: superb. This beer was enjoyable from start to finish, and what planned to be a Brooklyn and one other bomber evening, turned into a two Brooklyn bomber-only session. I'll be picking more of this up. Love this beer.

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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shipped to me by Sulldaddy in a champagne-size bottle, it pours a pale yellow, chilled into a tulip glass with some haze. The head towers above, white, loose, but clingy and spongy. Aroma is slightly fruity (white grapes and lemon) with a nice amount of cloves or nutmeg as well that really spices it up. Just a twinge of alcohol also hits my nose along with possibly some slight yeast. Flavor sips at first quite sweet with reminders of pears along with some citrus fruit and some spice. Alcohol quickly coems in to dry out the body, which is medium at most with a slight bit of yeast flavors. The body again is medium, and the combined carbonation and alcohol phenols quikly make this a bit bitey on the tongue. However, this is scarily drinkable! Oh God, a whole bottle all by myself? I guess I'll take one for the team...

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