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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,744
Reviews: 884
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 119
Gots: 204 | FT: 4
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 robnolan


4.75/5  rDev +15%

05-21-2012 15:09:37 | More by robnolan
Photo of producerchris82

4.75/5  rDev +15%

12-26-2012 22:05:14 | More by producerchris82
Photo of LoadedSchells


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into a tulip. Clear vibrant gold, champagne effervescence is apparent in the white bubbly head, it's not unlike anyhitng i've ever seen before. Smells of light tropical fruitiness and dry malt. Away we go. >pinch< first thing that comes to mind is that they must be full of b.s. that this is 9% or i'm dreaming. If you told me this was from an abbey in Belgium i'd never think twice. Dry apples, pears, and a wee bit of peach. The malt is dry too, almost like an unsalted cracker. The hops are playing hide-and-go-seek here but deliver a bit of spice here and there and it all melts together with finally a tiny hint of estery alcohol, but surely not hinting at 9%. This beer is easy, in a complex way. Cheers!

04-20-2011 01:42:33 | More by LoadedSchells
Photo of xmuerte

5/5  rDev +21.1%

03-16-2012 03:57:45 | More by xmuerte
Photo of Bitzy

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Picked up this fined brew after taking the Brooklyn brewery tour, which came in a package including two nice glasses and of course of the beer. Once pouring it into a hefeweizen glass I saw its great color. Nice a golden rich color with about a half an inch of off white head and some good lacing. At first the taste was typical of this Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but as it warmed a bit more malty, sugary, and hoppy characters made appearances in the taste profile. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth with some creaminess to it, definitely helped me dismiss the high alcohol content. Likewise, despite being 9% ABV it was quite drinkable. I would definately be able to drink a whole bottle on my own.

06-16-2008 10:20:58 | More by Bitzy
Photo of skinnybear

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-03-2012 22:17:01 | More by skinnybear
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

01-04-2013 01:22:07 | More by sdtardio
Photo of Ig0r


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

During the pour, the head effervesces rapidly from large bubbles, lingers a bit, and then disappears nearly completely. The color is an opaque straw with a small flowery smell.

The taste starts out with a thin feel and a little flavor; there's some honey-like sweetness with some maltiness. After a bit of time the high alcohol content is apparent. There's a slight hoppy finish that doesn't leave anything behind.

It's a thin drink with almost no aftertaste; overall light and refreshing. Nothing about the flavor is overpowering; it has a good balance.

04-12-2008 18:44:28 | More by Ig0r
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-18-2012 18:44:31 | More by Presticle
Photo of Fatheranderson


4.93/5  rDev +19.4%

Tried this tonight after a long day at the shooting range (not as fun as it should've been because there was about 8" of snow on the ground). I have to say that was probably the best $10 I've ever spent on a bottle of beer.

Appearance: cloudy, golden, about the same as any unfiltered Belgian Strong Pale.

Smell: Earthy, malty, with a little hint of spice. Maybe a little citrus?

Taste: Amazingly complex. This is another beer that evolves as it warms up and I recommend letting it warm slowly as you drink it, because various flavors are unlocked as it warms up. Some of the flavors I've noted are an earthy almost smokey taste, that evolves into almost like a spice cake, and then there's the faint vanilla and... clove? No... cinnamon... Nutmeg? It's very hard to pin it down but it's a spicy, almost somewhat sweet taste that just ties it all together.

Mouthfeel: Thick, juicy, full bodied.

Drinkability: I could drink this any and every day of the week without any complaint. The only thing stopping me from doing so is the fact that it's somewhat pricey at $10 a bottle.

Overall: I'm in love with this beer. Seriously. I only wish it was a little cheaper, so I could afford to drink it all the time. Also, for what it's worth, I tried adding a little twist of lemon (I know, heresy, but I had to try), and not only did it NOT improve the beer, it actually skunked that particular glass of it.

02-03-2011 05:30:52 | More by Fatheranderson
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

09-03-2012 20:07:21 | More by CornellAquired
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

08-02-2014 22:18:14 | More by Nversobr
Photo of lennerja


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

A- It pours golden and murky with a huge white head that lasts a long time.

S- Aroma is of yeast and some sweet malts with some citrusy notes and it is also very spicy.

T- Very spicy taste with some slight malty sweetness and a slight citrus tone.

M- This has a very good feel to it thanks to the immense amount of carbonation.

O- This is a great beer that has a great spiciness to it as well as some sweetness to balance it out. It looks great when poured and feels and smells great as well.

05-14-2011 20:29:06 | More by lennerja
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4.44/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured into a tulip glass from bottle at beer class held at local wine superstore.

Slightly hazy clear gold color with nice bubble action. Has a sift pleasing aroma - a little bit yeasty.

Nutty, fruity taste but spicy - hint of spiced peaches. Very fizzy mouthfeel with a dry finish like a champagne.

07-27-2013 23:40:48 | More by bluedognever
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-13-2013 00:04:01 | More by TimothyPH
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

07-25-2014 23:06:59 | More by djjozo
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4.93/5  rDev +19.4%

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick white head. Whipped cream density

S: bready malt and tropical fruit aromas - just a hint of the alch.

T: warm malty taste with yeasty spice and fruit flavors

M: Full mouthfeel with mild carbonation

D: I finished it and thought I still had 1/2 a bottle left. That drinkable.

06-27-2007 20:12:07 | More by chefdejour
Photo of Chapter40z


3.8/5  rDev -8%

A. Poured a pale yellowish orange with a small head.

S. A biscuit like yeast smell with light alcohol notes after a few sips.

T. A very distinctive Belgian taste from the start. Medicinal notes with a hearty alcohol aftertaste.

M. Light and bubbly, strong flavors blend well with the smoothness of this drink.

D. The only reason this is a 3.0 and not higher is that the strong alcohol aftertaste would likely keep me from drinking more then 2 of these in a row.

02-09-2009 05:09:46 | More by Chapter40z
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

11-06-2012 03:49:37 | More by crissy456
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

08-17-2014 19:53:18 | More by iwhoopedbatman
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Golden color, somewhat murky. white head, dissipates but keeps nice layer. Citrus smell, bit of hops. Has a full-bodied taste, smooth mouthfeel. Strong taste and smooth aftertaste. No alocol burn which is shocking for 9%. Very good taste but nothing too exciting.

08-16-2007 21:43:37 | More by Glazed144
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-06-2011 22:12:47 | More by almundane
Photo of GBalbin


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Another great beer from Brooklyn. Dense foam with high durability and nice lacing. Aroma: citrus, floral, malty and orange. The taste, lost points for be extremely sweet, but has great fruity notes, bitter and herbal. Bitter end (much hops) and spicy. I noticed a more pronounced flavor of yeast and sweet, while the temperature of beer increased, bringing greater complexity to the beer, both in aroma and in flavor. Beautiful beer.

08-20-2010 13:34:13 | More by GBalbin
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-18-2011 16:04:08 | More by tylmorelli
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-23-2012 20:58:43 | More by MJLatimer
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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