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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,705 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,705
Reviews: 881
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 114
Gots: 188 | FT: 3
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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mtsmith1


5/5  rDev +20.8%

07-15-2012 01:53:56 | More by mtsmith1
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johnnyb4

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-10-2013 22:21:21 | More by johnnyb4
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llamakinoodle

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

08-12-2013 00:24:26 | More by llamakinoodle
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jdrankin

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-10-2014 14:04:41 | More by jdrankin
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TehAnkh

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy straw-yellow with one finger of pure white foamy head. Fantastic head retention for as short of a head as it has. Lacing is non-existent.

S: This stuff smells like the proof box in a bakery, super yeasty. Sweet light fruits, nutty grain and biscuity aromas wrap around your nostrils. There were also some medicinal notes in there, leading up to a wallop of alcohol that makes you flinch a bit.

T: Woah dude, they made zero effort to hide the alcohol in this one. However the smell basically translates in to the taste. Yeasty, nutty, floral, just a touch of light fruits, a little bit of a medicinal quality... It tastes like a Belgian's American cousin, as it should I suppose.

M: Creamy, heavy, but not quite THICK. Really the mouthfeel couldn't be better. Silky smooth on the way down with just the slightest touch of bitter hop character in the finish. The carbonation was light, but it seems appropriate for the style.

D: One or two of these, max. This is something you might want to shelve for a year, and even if you don't I'd recommend sipping on it for a while... quite a while. There are many other beers similar to this one that hide the alcohol so well that it's scary, but Local 1 doesn't give a damn, and it flaunts it's brandy-like quality proudly.

Would I buy it again? Maybe just one more 750ml :-)

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 05:43:02 | More by TehAnkh
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lommym

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-13-2012 15:30:34 | More by lommym
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TheRealtor

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-16-2013 00:22:21 | More by TheRealtor
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GiannaG


4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-15-2012 03:50:06 | More by GiannaG
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Twobeards

Maine

5/5  rDev +20.8%

02-06-2014 02:39:01 | More by Twobeards
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stimy

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this at an "Art of Refermentation" beer tasting hosted by Garrett Oliver at the National Geographic. Now I buy it regularly. I love this beer.

This beer has a slightly tart smell. It had a nice hop finish. A very good ephemeral, light body. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 17:55:02 | More by stimy
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zerolux

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-31-2011 05:40:27 | More by zerolux
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Stratocat0

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-10-2012 14:31:36 | More by Stratocat0
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caribechill

Puerto Rico

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

10-31-2012 16:37:06 | More by caribechill
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vegassommelier

Nevada

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed about this beer was the pure sexiness of it in the glass. A bright 14k gold color with champagne like bubbles cascading to the top creating a fantastic froth.
Aromas of brioche, lemon curd, yellow flowers, candy corns, creamed corn and cream of wheat are most noticeable.
Candied citrus, orange blossoms, cream of wheat, macadamia nut and corn muffins are delivered with a fantastic mouthfeel. A really nice finish due to its good acidity and round texture on the palate.
Something about this beer makes me want to deep fry everything in my fridge and eat it while drinking this. French fries, corn dogs, fried calamari... you name it and if its fried, it will rock with this beer!
Yet another one of those beers best consued in the hot months oft he summer, as it is truly refreshing. An impressive offering to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 04:50:53 | More by vegassommelier
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soultrain19

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Without any effort, pouring this into a pint glass produces a luxurious thick white head. It's light golden color looks quite inviting. I smell banana, raisin, and other fruits in the nose. Down the hatch! A delicious smooth malt flavor up front but quickly followed but a hot alcohol bite. It's lightly carbonated, almost playful. A very pleasant and easy to drink beer. With the alcohol bite I think this could do better with a little aging but that will not stop me from buying it again and soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 04:26:35 | More by soultrain19
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Frosthazard

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a copita.

A - slightly hazy champagne color,carbonation rises beautifully from the bottom of the glass, seems very carbonated
nice head with dense bubbles that slowly decrease leaving no lacing.

S - "floral" citrusy melon, a little yeast, complex pepper and biscuits

T - a little bitter, not as sweet as I thought it would be, a little hops, a hint of warm alcohol. Apricot with almost a hint of lemon/citrus. Very delicious and well balanced.

M - not as carbonated as it looked after first pouring it but still a little tingly feel. aftertaste is very pleasant

D - Upon first trying this beer- I thought to myself "this is a well made beer" I echo that thought here.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 22:25:41 | More by Frosthazard
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LouieBreschi

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

05-09-2012 01:59:29 | More by LouieBreschi
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marybrooke

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

06-17-2013 06:26:49 | More by marybrooke
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bryangb


2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged bottle. Smell: I get yeast, orange, cream and lime maybe? Taste: I taste what I smell. It reminds me of... A Belgian ale. It's a smooth beer. Carbonation is a little bitey though. Not my style beer, but I wanted to try something new.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 19:22:10 | More by bryangb
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missginsu

New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FreshDirect accidentally sent us two bottles of this, but we were happy to drink 'em.

A gorgeous golden orange color, the bubbles are tiny, delicate and champagne-like, zipping up the glass in long strings.

It pours with a creamy, frothy head with bread-like aromas and dances around the mouth with a crisp, dry beginning, a round, citrus-and-yeast swallow and then a rich, spicy run around the sides and back of the tongue. The lingering flavor is like cinnamon, banana and molasses on a whole-grain loaf.

Even when it's gone flat, sitting at room temperature the next day after you've left the last few sips in the bottom of the bottle, this beer is still tasty.

Packaging is really nice, too. Curvy cork with a basket in the top, uber-slick label, hefty bottle. I'm a fan. This is an excellent beer, and I feel proud to live down the street from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 01:03:23 | More by missginsu
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BrandonWardlaw

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden yellow with lots of lacing.

Smells spicy, with the slightest bit of a citrus essence.

A bit fruity at first, but followed by a very malty-wheat flavor that's quite pleasing.

Light mouthfeel with excellent carbonation.

Looking forward to more of this - it's a stellar beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 22:11:47 | More by BrandonWardlaw
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tubdog13

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into large wine glass

a - 1" head with great retention, lacing, hung onto 1/8 head with peaks and valleys. beer is golden and cloudy with lots of carbonation

s - not getting to much here, little flowery aroma

t - light hop taste at first, let sit for alittle while to warm up, apples and citrus came through

m - very clean on the tongue, leaves a hoppy aftertaste, fairly light and clean with all the carbonation

d - very light beer for the high abv (9%), could probably have 1 or 2 of these on a hot summer day

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 02:36:48 | More by tubdog13
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AlexMunse

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a 21oz Pint Glass.

It pours a hazy golden color with a two finger, bone white head that has nice retention and good lacing.

A nice smell, not too hoppy. Bread and citrus with a slight sweetness in the background.

The taste is very bold. Nice and flavorful with a lot of citrus sourness to it. It's got a lot of tanginess to it. I like this beer, but I know I'd have to be in the right mood for it to REALLY enjoy it. The taste is slightly spicy very little complexity.

The mouth is VERY carbonated and thin, but not BAD as much as disappointing. If I were to judge by the smell and taste, I wouldn't guess the mouth would be as bad as it is, but it is just a small distraction from how much I enjoyed this beer.

It's not a beer I'll drink every day, but I'll get another bottle just to share it with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 06:22:07 | More by AlexMunse
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MaxH

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-06-2012 14:01:55 | More by MaxH
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StayWounded

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at the recommendation of an employee at a local shop when we were discussing Belgian styles.

Appearance: Nice and clean looking.

Smell: Not a ton of smell but there is spiciness and fruitiness from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Very clean and fruity with a dryness. The guy at the shop compared it to champagne, and I'd say that is an accurate assessment.

mouthfeel: Very crisp.

overall: not a ton of experience with this style, but definitely a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 00:58:53 | More by StayWounded
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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