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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 145
Gots: 275 | 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:
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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Photo of nunzo
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of chrisgn
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional Belgian beer, period. It is golden in color with a nice thick head. Very complex in flavor. Hoppy, estery, fruity...it is amazing what the Belgian yeast can do. This beer was a joy to drink. I liked even more than Local 2 which I had first. Have this beer with dinner or just enjoy it with a friend. It is a pure treat.

Photo of AlbanyIPA
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Magbas
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of andersen8185
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of naturallight1
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of johnwarne
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A beer haiku for you:

"Brooklyn in the house!
Our local Belgian option,
Best in the US!"

A very solid Belgian option: from a brewery that really sets the tone among the US "micros" and [along with Dogfish] is the preeminent option in the Northeast. Even on a hot Florida afternoon, eminently drinkable and flows really well compared to many of the originals from the Holy [Beer] Land.


Photo of TMath524
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of OutFox
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A- Hazy sort of pale golden/yellow color. Looks like a classic Saison. Pure White head of at least 2.5 inches depending on what its poured into. Great retention and great lacing.

S- Musty and strong. Definate hints of orange and citrus upfront developing into a yeast smell and assorted spices.

T- Quite spicey and full flavored with a lot of depth. Was easy able to pick up dialed in orange notes and all around spiced citrus character. Great carbonation. I had traveled about an hour to share it with some friends in Jersey and it must have gotten a little shaken up in the ride and when I removed the metal part i went to get glasses and heard a loud explosion and the cork had shot off. Its truly a well balanced Storng sort of Saison. Garret is once again a The Man.

O- Overall just pretty outstanding. Good balance and great yeast/farmhouse complexity. Another fantastic offering from The Brooklyn Brewery.

Have had numerous times before I joined BA and acutally sat down to review it.

Photo of fatmusic14
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet

Appearance - golden haze topped with great head, really substantial but simple. Little lacing.

Smell - honey, rasberries, raisins

Taste - fits perfectly into the Belgian Strong Ale category. Explosions of honey and raisins are really emphasized, while there is a clear sharpness to the drink. Awakening.

Mouthfeel - smooth, a little bitter, great level of carbonation. flavors linger, induce thought.

Overall - was really looking forward to this drink, and it has absolutely met my expectations. Flavors play with each other in your mouth, carbonation is great. Makes you think that someone took a lot of time putting this together, like a good meal or argument.

Photo of _phil_d
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sully22
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jkanavel
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of LOCAL
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with big fluffy white head into my Duvel tulip.

Aroma: Sweet malts. Light, fruity esters, some faint spiciness.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. The sweet malt and yeast come through first followed by some sort of apple/plumb fruitiness. The spices in the nose are almost stronger there than they are in the taste. Perfect amount of spice for this saision.

Mouthfeel. Light to medium carbonation and body, yet seems to stick to the tounge.

Overall: A solid brew. Light and refreshing. The beer is very balanced with no one flavor overpowering the other. For 9%abv the alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of FreightTrain
2.58/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy light gold with a large but quickly dissipating head. A little bit of lacing.

S- Lemony citrus smell with a touch of nutty yeast.

T- Sugary, hot, some maltiness.

M- A bit thin, somewhat fizzy carbonation

There just wasn't a lot going on here, no complexity. Overall, I found this to be indistinct. The 9% ABV was also very apparent.

Photo of talkinghatrack
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Pours pale and cloudy with a two-finger frothy head.

s - Nice and yeasty with the slightest touch of alcohol beneath. Classic scent - no harm in keeping it straight and simple.

t - More classic belgian ale here. Slight sour finish with some alcohol. Only thing I could ask for is a slightly smoother aftertaste.

m - Thin body with a bit of syrupy coating. A little over-carbonated but you can probably move that range around depending on your pour style.

d - Solid drinkability. Just a smooth, classic Belgian. I'll be picking this one up again.

Update: Enjoyed my second bomber during the Superbowl and was glad I brought it. Ratings hold up.

Photo of jenbys2001
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I have to say I really love the Local 1 bottle. It's extremely appealing and bears resemblance to a Westmalle bottle. Generally I don't care much for Brooklyn Brewery beers, but I found this one to be quite exceptional. In the glass it had a golden straw color with a small head. As others have mentioned, the scent is very fruit, it reminded me distinctly of apple cider. The carbonation is fairly high and the taste is quite malty and sweet. The finish is very mild, which makes this beer very drinkable even with its 9% alcohol content. A real crowd pleaser as well, my friends really enjoyed cracking open a bottle at our favorite bar and my husband and I picked up another bottle at Total Wine the next day.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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