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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,797 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,797
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 128
Gots: 228 | 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 lifebeer
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a. very light and clear straw color with short-lived white head

s. smells like a witbier, or tripel, sweet, lemony and wheaty

t. topheavy, mainly wheat and a little shortbread, finished almost completely empty

m. watery and heavily carbonated, crisp

d. sorry to say but kinda boring, very little complexity here, will not buy again

lifebeer, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Phenom
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An appealing light yellow-orange color, nice white head made that lasts for a while. There is a constant stream of bubbles coming of the bottom of my glass which is pretty cool.

S: Smells like a Belgian, no surprises here. Yeasty, little bit of grass-like aroma.

T: Belgians are not my favorite style, but this is an excellent example. Can definitely taste the candy sugar, yeasty bready flavors, and a little fresh mowed grass or hay.

M: Nice balance of creaminess and carbonation.

D: No problem drinking a whole bottle by yourself if you do not have someone to share it with.

Phenom, May 04, 2008
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

ozzyCobblepot, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Dotterr1
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Dotterr1, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of SisuPride
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this corked bottle at whole foods in new York city. The bottle and presentation remind me of a fire station for some reason. This beer was very Belgian influenced. A lot like chi may in appearance and a stout 9% alcohol content this beer was made for slow playing. Not a whole lot of sediment but still full bodied. A great beer made here in the states is a must try for any lover of the Trappist Belgian style beers.

SisuPride, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of allhaildracula
4.75/5  rDev +15%

allhaildracula, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of GarrettBoots
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

GarrettBoots, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of zebco
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up following the suggestion of a friend.

Golden, light yellow, and crisp looking. Slightly hazy. A fluffy, white head. Actually, as I poured my 2nd glass there was foam barely peeking out the top of the bottle. A nice, heavy foam lacing through the entire brew.

I could almost smell and feel the dryness before taking my first sip. Lemons and white grapes. Minimal hop notes.

A very sharp, dry bite at first. Heavy carbonation that mellowed by the minute. The flavor also turned away from the dryness and allowed flavors to really come out. Sweet and tart. Grapes and green apples. Very flavorful. I couldn't really pick out any substantial alcohol strength.

A bubbly, champagne-like mouthfeel. This did seem to fade as the beer warmed.

A nice beer from Brooklyn. I'd like to share this with others next time. Also, I'm looking forward to trying Brooklyn Local 2.

zebco, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of valarking
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

valarking, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of mfrigon
4.5/5  rDev +9%

mfrigon, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of PhillyFan76
4.75/5  rDev +15%

PhillyFan76, Jun 27, 2014
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.

smurphy77, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of SpencerSauce
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

got a bottle from my total wine.

A- nice and bubbly. Golden. Nice head.

S- Spicy and a little banana or something.

T- Banana and clove. Unique taste in my opinion.

M- crisp! pretty light'

D- i thought it decent. didnt compare to some other belgian pale ales like the delirium tremens but deff worth a try.

SpencerSauce, May 02, 2009
Photo of cr0ckett
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter with think white head, which thinned out in about a minute. Nice lacing though. Hazy amber color with lots bubbles darting up from the bottom of the glass. Smells mostly of fruits and some grain, with some faint spices. The nose is good, but not as strong as others I've tried. Taste balanced and thin; nothing is overpowering. Fruity flavors up front; mango or apricot and apple I think, but the finish is a little more grainy. All of the fruit flavors are subtle and not overpowering. There is a definite bitter bite that stays with you for a while, but it's more subtle than others I've tried. The taste it leaves behind is like apple juice. This has a medium light mouthfeel, but the first thing I noticed about this beer when I took a sip was how carbonated it is. It's like drinking a fountain soda pop; fizzy on the tongue, then it thins out quickly. Overall a very enjoyable beer, and I recommend trying it.

cr0ckett, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Cambo04
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Cambo04, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Nay
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the first 100 rating I've seen (beer must have come with a happy ending). Frankly this is a very good beer, but 100? Nah. Maybe it's extra special on tap or something, but really it is just a good, extra strong saison. Nicely balanced pepper notes lend a drying astringency that helps dampen the maltiness. Very nice mouthfeel, flavor, and OK aroma. A little bit too much lingering sweetness in the finish for my taste. Not quite cloying, but close for a saison.

Intoxicatingly drinkable. But to get a 100 from me you'd need to have a bit more complexity: a tiny touch of sour, wood, earth, or unique phenol. But at the same time, this lack of magic helps create what is probably a consistently great beer.

Nice work from Brooklyn again.

Nay, May 09, 2012
Photo of rjochman
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a about an inch of white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a good amount of sticky head on the glass. Gives off floral scents and sweet fruity smell. Has the same sweet fruit taste and malts. Has a light body and has a lot of carbonation with a a lot of flavor for this style of beer. Very drinkable for the abv. Forgot that it was 9%.

rjochman, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of omokoro
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my free Stella Artois Chalice. Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a two finger head of tiny bubble. A lot of visible carbonation. Smells of stonefruit, banana, green apple, and pepper. The taste is great, nice and clean with a good Belgian funk. It is of medium medium and finishes nicely. This is a mighty fine example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, the best beer that I have had in a while.

omokoro, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of tosshin
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: slightly cloudy, light orange/peach color. thick, fluffy head with great retention.
s: honey, nutmeg, spring flowers, banana
t: a bit too much alcohol. honey, spices, malty backbone. slight bitterness
m: thinner than expected. nice carbonation. smooth finish.
d: pretty tough to drink not as crisp as I was expecting. the beer is good, but not something I can drink a lot of

tosshin, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Cuvie62
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a high ABV this beer has great taste and finish. I had it at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Miami with my salad and pizza pie. It was a great compliment to a good meal. Also, the price was excellent. Figure you get 3 glasses of beer versus ordering 3 beers. It is a great value.

Cuvie62, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of William85
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

William85, May 16, 2013
Photo of Nferretti89
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Nferretti89, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of mattjcrawford
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

mattjcrawford, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of RppIII
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Snifter (batch number on back)

Appearance- Pours pale golden with a flawless fluffy white head and phenomenal retention leaves white washed halos dotting the sides of the glass. Each swallow brings a white sheet fluff washing into my mouth.

Smell- immediately candied malts are present in the nose followed by coriander, alcohol phenols, and hops create an interesting sour note, very much reminds me of a bottle of bubbly.

Taste- While this is an American style Strong Belgian Pale Ale it lacks the customary complexity that the notorious Belgian yeast strains, and somewhat the American yeast strains for this style, impart. Candied Malt gives way to coriander and a slight bitter hop flavour. Hints of bananas and lots of sour fruit give this beer a brilliant contrast to the sweet candies present in the initial taste. The alcohol within gives me courage to walk outside in the bitter cold and enjoy a fresh snow laden landscape.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy with a good amount of carbonation to remind you this is a beer. For this style the carbonation isn't nearly crisp enough, it is too cluttered and un-organized. Aesthetically I enjoy the messy carbonation against the creaminess of this beer but maybe not in this style.

Drinkability- Drinkable, but overall not aesthetically pleasing. The complexity of this beer is lacking, the aesthetic quality of this beer is lacking, and most importantly the yeast is non-present. I enjoy what Brooklyn has done with this beer but I don't feel all the pieces of this style fit together as they could.

RppIII, Feb 01, 2010
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

benbking, Nov 14, 2011
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,797 ratings.