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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,696
Reviews: 880
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 116
Gots: 185 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 Twobeards


5/5  rDev +20.8%

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


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
Photo of zerolux


5/5  rDev +20.8%

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


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Puerto Rico

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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


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
Photo of soultrain19


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
Photo of Frosthazard


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
Photo of marybrooke

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

06-17-2013 06:26:49 | More by marybrooke
Photo of 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
Photo of 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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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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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
Photo of AlexMunse


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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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

05-09-2012 01:59:29 | More by LouieBreschi
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-06-2012 14:01:55 | More by MaxH
Photo of 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
Photo of bstrdo


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-14-2013 22:22:34 | More by bstrdo
Photo of dyingwrist

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter glass. About a centimeter of head from a gentle pour with little to no lacing while drinking. Pale orange color like those 25 cents plastic barrel artificial orange drink. Gentle nose of apples, pears, and spices. Cloves maybe? Light and easy body with a good amount of carbonation. Initially fruity and floral when it hits the palate. Even outs with some sweetness and ends with a nice bitter taste and feel. Pretty good drink, just doesn't make me go wow, this is good.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 02:25:52 | More by dyingwrist
Photo of Garzan72

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this over to my dads house to celebrate the birth of his new puppies. It poured creamy and left a real nice foamy head that really didnt go away. It had a dark rich golden color. Very complex taste with a soft smooth mouthfeel. Left a great after taste just begging you to drink more. Pretty easy to drink and an all around good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 09:41:36 | More by Garzan72
Photo of zero18360

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-12-2012 17:38:38 | More by zero18360
Photo of badbilly30

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

The aroma was sweet with a fruit aspect as it was being poured into the chalice. The aroma was estery and fruity through the white moussy head and contained a very well done earthy and lightly spicy character. Sweet candy with a nice peppery backbone. Floral and fruity rule the day. The golden elixir was lightly hazy in the chalice but the white moussy head lasted very well to lace the glass. The flavor was very, very nice with a prominence of pepper well balanced with a malty light candy/caramel. The flavors worked very well together with a moderate level of bittering and an earthy and lightly grassy hop presence which kept the complexity of the flavor from beginning to end. The body was medium full and with a moderate level of carbonation the mouthfeel was nice and creamy. The finish was just dry with lasting fruit and pepper spice long and pleasant into the aftertaste and beyond. The alcohol was well hidden with a slight presence in the nose and then a decent level of warming that occurred post consumption. This is indeed a beer to seek out, well done and very enjoyable. 1 pint, 9.4 ounce corked and bailed bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:28:57 | More by badbilly30
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-14-2013 22:23:11 | More by Danne_101
Photo of Socrates


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is white and forms nice lacey network of bubbles on the glass as it falls. A bit on the sticky-looking side, but then the perfect color of the beer itself overwhelms you with a sense of Belgian authenticity. The exact right orange-golden hue, with just the right amount of cloudiness to show off the yeast.

The smell offers alcohol and a great bouquet of citrus fruit.

The taste is very nice, with all sorts of complex fruit flavors playing at a given time. I even had baked apple flavor in that melange at one point in time.

I can tell, however, on the back end of the taste that there is a bit too much hops put in, just enough that one loses the balance of flavors eventually as the alcohol evaporates off the tongue. With all the alcohol still in fresh, the hops are still about to peak out around the edges. This is why a Belgian might consider this beer somewhat Yankee.

Nevertheless, this is superbly drinkable, and the carbonation is great in the mouth. Watch out, though, because it is 9% abv!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 05:04:58 | More by Socrates
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Armored Car of a bottle here. You could drop this thing from a ten-story building and not have it shatter. I read once that this bottle is a work of art and I agree. Poured into a smallish snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold, with a huge frothy white head that doesn't go anywhere. Bubbles rushing every which way. Excellent lacing. There aren't just lace rings, this thing is leaving CHUNKS of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Sour/sweet candy aroma right as you pop the cork, citrus, red grapes, malt, banana esters linger. It is begging me to drink it, but I don't want my lips to ruin this perfect head of foam just yet. One more whiff...So complex.

T: Sweet malt flavor up front, yeasty, fruity (tangerine), and a tad sour. Delicate finish reminds me of Hennepin, but not as bitter.

M: Medium bodied. For 9% it really doesn't show up. Just a slight tingle of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for 9% abv. I do not think the 750ml is going to be enough! I should have gotten more when I had the chance. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 03:32:03 | More by jmw141
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