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Ratings: 1,860
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rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
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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 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.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
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.

Photo of legalpete19340
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.

Photo of seaoflament
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.

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of Fish113d
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...

Photo of DHarv
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle, tastes great and very true to style.

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

750 corked and caged bottle with no freshness date poured into a Duvel tulip.

2 fingers of really sticky, really white head sit atop a night faint, dim orange body. the head is really pretty sticky in the center, with a mound resisting breaking apart as a result of swirling. looks a little like dish water/bad cappuccino foam. pure white though. really nice beer.

smells of belgium at first, which given that its comprised of "yeast from Belgium" kind of explain the smell. but there is a noticeable hop-cleanliness that is also there. it's not so much an undertone of pine, just some smells of clarity and cleanliness, which are impossible to qualify. also some vanilla extract and some white chocolate which are fantastic.

a slight bit of pepper right off the bat which given the nose is a little off-putting. a little more pronounced, classic-hop taste is present as well, this time with a little bit of the pine/hop bitterness on the finish. but there is the sweetness there, don't get me wrong. some subtle orange peel characteristics are present along with some lime-sweet elements (think limeade- specifically, the ones from Dumars in Norfolk, VA if you have ever been there.)

it's a little carbonated in the mouthfeel. the midpalate has a little bit of uncomfortable carbonation and some residual hop bitterness. there is not a whole lot of body presence, it's a pretty smooth beer with a little bit of carbonation- it's a lot like a pilsner in that regard. there is not a whole lot of palate coating; it's a pretty thin body, but really smooth.

this beer is really good- for any alcohol percentage. this weighs in at 9% and you don't realize it when you're drinking it, at least in regards to the fact that there is not a lot about this beer that would lead you to believe it's as alcoholic as it is. but you eventually realize it's kind of boozy. which is perfect, since then you force yourself to slow down, and the beer warms a little bit, and it gets a little bit more complex.

this is a beer that's kind of interesting, given that's it's a lot dryer than a lot of saisons, and specifically, one saison. that garrett would make a beer like this is a little off-putting, until you remember that he loves hennepin (and uses it for a number of beer-cheese pairings) and hennepin is a sweet saison; so given his love of hennepin and the relative proximity of brooklyn and ommegang, it's easy to see how any saison he made would turn out like this; hennepin is a lot like other saisons only better, and garrett seems unable to make a bad beer. so we get local 1. i can't wait to drink this in the summer. something tells me this is a beer that will be an all-star come warmer weather. but even on nights that serve as a reminder of spring-yet-to-come its quality is not upon.

Photo of fields336
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL
Served in SN snifter

A: super hazy, 2.5 fingers creamy carbonated white eggshell head. Leaves a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: citrusy and very estery, smells spicy and yet extremely clean. Lovely smells

T: peppery, and citrusy, yeasty, im getting pears, apples, white grapes. A great amount of flavor, packed into a small taste. Not overly sweet, alcoholic or yeasty. Just perfectly balanced

M: medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, finish is somewhat dry. I live the carbonation on this beer.

O: unbelievably good, I'm so impressed.

Photo of Jagfa18
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Ngntjp
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of JedOber
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Wow. This looks great! The color is a hazy orange gold with a thick creamy off-white head of at least 1/2" or so. Retention is excellent, lasting the entire experience with fantastic lacing. I can't imagine a better looking brew!

S: Complex mix of sweet malts, spices and hints of light fruitiness. Smells a lot like a triple.

T&M: Sweeter maltiness with the classic Belgian flavors of candy sugar and spices. A pull on this brew washes over the tongue in a creamy wave of pure enjoyment. The flavors are light in texture but rather fulfilling in body. Carbonation is light and persistent adding to the creaminess. This wonderful experience finishes with malty and smooth with some light spicy bitterness and just the right amount of warming. Beautiful!

D: Absolutely fantastic. I'd drink it anytime offered and will definitely seek it out again. Highly recommended!

Photo of blackie
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: The pour into my oversized snifter give a persistent, pure white head that slowly falls to leave a complete layer on top. The beer is a clear, bright golden-straw in color.

s: The aroma is outstanding. Aromas of fresh, nectar laden orchids and lilies abound as papery aromatic hops blend into the juicy fruit pale malt backbone. Vodka soaked tangerines and candied underripe peaches linger. Delicate spice and a graceful note of coriander. Understated, chalky yeast aroma reminiscent of floury, unbaked dough.

m: High and lively carbonation that's smooth and prickly at once, with loads of dense, tiny bubbles. Great body here...deceptively lingering around the medium range, it's exceptionally clean and smooth on the tongue.

t: Straight delicious. For the most part, it lives up to the complexity of the aroma, a trait I often find lacking in many Belgians. Pale Belgian malts give a moderate, clean sweetness and open up flavors of sweet flowers and delicate citrus. A bit of chalky yeast in the medium sweet-dry finish. Gentle hop flavors of the papery variety.

d: exceptionally (dangerously) easy to consume at this cool temperature, the 9% barely peeks out in this unseasonably cool summer heat until it hits the stomach (this bottle is going to do me in)

from zrrbrrt on the final leg of No BS Beta...easily the best Brooklyn beer I've had, and I'll most certainly pick up another for the winter now that this is around town

bottle 1017 on 9/19/2013: About 7 years on at this point, picked this one up when I loved on Chester Ave at NCSU. Fairly heavily oxidized at this point with some brown fruit character- overripe banana and peach - spread over honey, stone fruit, and touches of citrus. Some interesting yeasty character, more banana, and an age-absence of hops. Not terrible, but I can't say age did it any favors - still interesting to take in and think about from when and where it came.

Photo of dickieb
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poors a slightly hazy gold, with a big head soda esque head. Smell is rather faint but plesent with hints of sweet fruit and some light malts. The taste is complex but well rounded, and perfect for the summer night. The mouthfeel is crisp and light for 9%. Very drinkable and enjoyable

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From American Beer Distributers in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Poured from bottle into white wine glass.

A: Thick white bubbly head made of small, tight bubbles, very pale gold
S: Pineapple, yeasty notes, citrus
T: Crisp and mouthwatering front, fruity malt rises to the forefront, leading into a gently lingering dryness with a touch of grassy hops
M: Moderate bodied, crisp but mellow
D: Alcohol content is understated, not too filling, complex but in a straightforward way thats very approachable. Has a generically "familiar" taste to it, in that these are some quintessential flavors in a style that's done as close to perfection as possible

Photo of cbl2
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

3/18/2007 $7.75 750 mL 9.00% No best by date. 100% bottle fermented. Bottle labeled 0327.


After battling with the cork, a small pop is emitted, and this pours a hazy color reminiscent of peaches, topped by a quarter inch of tight white head that has lasting power.


Fresh floral and citrus aroma, with touches of honey and banana. This one is all over the place, and all of those places smell delicious.


I must say I am very impressed. I didn't know that Brooklyn had it in them to make a beer of this sophistication. Very nuanced, subtle flavors that emerge layer upon layer as the beer warms in the mouth. The intense carbonation lets the various flavors of banana, honey, lemons, flowers and anise dance across the tongue. Finish has a nice herbal hop bitterness to it. This is on par with the best Saisons I've ever had (Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs springs to mind).

Kudos to Garrett Oliver for producing the best new beer, and perhaps best beer period to grace my lips yet this year.

Photo of Chaney
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If my face had been over the beer as I was popping it, I would now be in the emergency room... seriously!

A: Beautiful, mildly cloudy, apricot color, with a massive solid white, shaving cream-esque head that stayed foamy for a looong time!

S: Sweet citrus (apricots and oranges), and lemon. These aspects, combined with an Alka-Seltzer-like zing, add up to a beer that is nothing short of perfection. Yankee Candle needs to jump on this right away!

T: After waiting several minutes for the head to die down, I finally got a taste. The main thing I truly love (and notice first) about Brooklyn's beers is it's very refreshing, filtered-water, almost champagne-like quality. This one is no exception. Tempered citrus, fresh yeast, and exceptionally disciplined spice content (or lack thereof). How did they do it?

M: Sweet enough, but not too. The slight bit of pepperiness and high carbonation cut the Belgian funk down to size, making this one of the few Belgian PAs that I know of that might also appeal to non-beer drinkers (IMO anyway).

O: I am a big fan of Brooklyn brewery... and beers like this is the reason why.

Photo of Patrick999
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta review these while they are still fresh in my mind. Had several glasses at the Brooklyn dinner in North Miami, 4/11.

Served in a goblet, the head was as billowing and enticing as any Belgian. Well-laced down the sides of the glass.

Aroma - I noted a very appealing cinnamon and nutmeg over a base Duvel-like nose.

Taste - Well-spiced and alcohol well-hidden, it's a more-than-credible Belgian. As good as any you might find from one of the masters.

Feel - Perfect. Right amount of priming sugar makes this effervescent but not overbearing.

Drinkability - I very nearly drank too much of this during the reception. Very easy to put back, a real winner.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one sitting around for a little while, finally decided to pop it open. 750 mL bottle from Blue Dog in Lansdale, corked and caged. The label says it is 100% bottle refermented--im looking forward to lots of yeasties.

Beer pours a slightly cloudy and rich golden color that is just absolutely gorgeous. Head is there and very bubbly but doesn't last that long, leaves some lacing. Lots of bubbles in this one.

Smell is amazing--very powerful. Lots of spicy/herbal notes as well as sweet fruit without smelling 'sugary.' Taste follows the nose--i absolutely love this beer. It is light-bodied, dry, fruity, a little spicy, the medium-high carbonation tingles the tongue, a real delight.

Very drinkable, i probably could have downed this one myself but i shared it with a couple friends instead--a much better idea. We all liked it. For the money, a delicious belgian style beer.

Photo of bboven
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Grape/ white wine aroma, get a bit of alcohol in the nose.

Hazy golden body, huge carbonation initially that fades to nothing.

Very mildfruity flavor, like a carbonated white wine.

Mouthfeel is very undercarbonated, should be a lot crisper and drier.

Other than the mouthfeel, this is almost a perfect beer.

Photo of danielharper
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Note: This beer rushed out of the bottle a bit when I opened it, causing me to break one of my favorite New Holland pint glasses in the scramble to clean up.)

Translucent orange/yellow body with a very thick white foamy head that leaves significant lacing. I'm taking off a bit on the score for the beersplosion, but otherwise an excellent appearance. Smells very authentically Belgian, with a strong yeasty tartness and a strong biscuity maltiness underneath. Slight hints of earthy barnyardness, even though this isn't nearly as funky as a saison. Very inviting.

Taste is more bitter and drying than expected, but delicious. It's a slight effect, with the main characteristics being the expected Belgian yeast qualities. Some bitterness on the finish and a dry aftertaste. Doesn't cloy at all. The beer doesn't coat the palate as thickly as I'd expect from a Belgian Strong Pale, which is a welcome change from many Belgian-inspired beers. Moderate carbonation, with a crisp hoppy quality.

Overall? Another great beer from Brooklyn. It's frightening how good Garrett Oliver and his team are at making amazing ales and lagers. Goes down crisp and clean but with a classic Belgian character.

Photo of smurphy77
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding saison.

Poured a deep golden color (almost a light orange) with a moderately sized lacy head. The driving force behind this beer is the flavor. A complex character of fruitiness and hops, with distinctive notes of orange and lemons. The splash of spice at the beginning and the bite of tart at the end of each taste round out this very complete beer.

This beer could stand up against many of the belgian representations of this style. It's extremely drinkable and one of the very best I've had from Brooklyn.

Photo of puboflyons
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged bottle marked 1903. Sampled on June 24, 2014.

I suppose I could give this a one word review and say "Outstanding!" But no, let's go on.

Gorgeous light amber pour building up to a significant white foamy head with delicate carbonation bubbles moving their way slowly up the glass in unison.

Oh wow, I cannot get enough of that aroma of toasted pale malts, Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, pear, and light spice. Hops are not necessary to make this an enticing, inviting beer.

The body is medium to full. I would lean more toward mostly full, to borrow from Douglas Adams ("mostly harmless").

The taste is lovely with its toasted barley malt character, sugar and maybe brown sugar sweetness, chewy Belgian yeast, low hops, and overall complex character. Well worth the $8.65 I paid for it. I could drink this regularly.

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.