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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,767
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 123
Gots: 214 | 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 cr0ckett
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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 drleomarvin
5/5  rDev +20.8%

drleomarvin, Jun 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

PhillyFan76, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of jsbrendle
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting looking 25oz'er pours clear golden with a white head that does leave some lacing behind on the glass. Aroma shows some sweetness/fruitiness, but mostly yeastiness. Flavor too is full of yeastiness with a bit of spice. 9% alcohol is clearly there, limiting drinkability & adding to an already somewhat dryish finish. Somewhat spritzy carbonation levels. Interesting beer for sure, but not really much like other Saisons I've had, perhaps more like the Strong Goldens? (or a "smaller" Tripel)

jsbrendle, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Tromba
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass goblet.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden color, with a slightly off white head. Head starts off big, filling up the glass and comes down to a nice 1/4" layer that sticks around and leaves some loose lacing.

S: First, I should say the "pop" when removing the cork was explosive! Along with that explosion, came some great smells - even before the beer was poured! Some clove and other spicy notes along with some sweet smelling hops. Cal me crazy, but I get a little bit of faint pineapple too.

T: All the complex sweetness, spices, and characteristic yeast qualities you could want in a belgian (or belgian-like) beer are here in force. Boo-yah. The sweet/spicy is balanced nicely by a bit of hop bitterness and just a whisp of alcohol presence at the very end.

M: Medium bodied - moderate to moderately high carbonation. For 9% ABV, the feel is crisp and clean.

D: Very drinkable. The high ABV doesn't discourage at all. The big bottle will be a pleasure to finish on my own!


Tromba, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of BeersCriteria
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden color haze with a white head.

S- Fruity (orange, grapefruit, pineapple) and spicy (coriander) aroma

T- Clean crisp taste of citrus hops and a hint of caramel malts. Well carbonated and light to medium body.

Food Pairing- Grilled fish or chicken with grilled vegetables.

BeersCriteria, Nov 21, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

YogiMN, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Ozone34
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a beautiful cork and caged 100% bottled conditioned. Hazy and cloudy with a nice thick head, that fades to a thin viel with a sticky lace along the glass.

Smell: of bananas, cloves, and spices similar to a wiess beer. Being from FLA I'm getting some citrus notes almost white grapefruit.

Carbonation hits perfect with a perfect blast of flavor with a dry finish. Sweetness of the malts adds a soda-y feel but is very pleasing.

Alcohol is present but never overpowering and blends into the balance of flavors. A very overall flavor of grapefruit with a spicy note and dry finish.

If I didn't know better I'd believe this was a belgium true saison. Very very good selection and recommend this to anyone.

Ozone34, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Brewnami
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Looks a lot like a hefeweizen. Very cloudy, light gold color with fluffy head. Leaves a thick, even lace around the glass.

S- Smells of malt, yeast, and hops. Very sweet scent.

T- Sweet, kind of fruity, hints of honey. 9% ABV so definitely taste the alcohol, but nice balance.

M- Great carbonation, clean, and refreshing.

D- Very drinkable. Could definitely have a couple bottles of this. Belgian Strong Ales are not usually my beer of choice, but this one is excellent. A much, much better version of Victory Golden Monkey in my opinion. Will absolutely buy again, and pretty soon.
If you like Belgian style ale, BUY THIS!

Brewnami, Jan 08, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- This beer pours a massively fizzy head with good retention. Could audibly hear the bubbles popping and crackling in the tulip glass. Light yellow color, hugely carbonated.

Smell- Another reviewer had mentioned cantaloupe and he was spot on, this smells just like it. Light honey and clove aroma also present.

Taste- Yeast dominates the palate. Slight bitterness and traces of funk. Lingering sweetness from the pale malts provides many similarities to Champagne or sparkling wine.

Mouthfeel- Extremely, EXTREMELY dry despite the sweetness. One of the driest beers I have tried recently. The carbonation in this beer is quite extreme, and it shows itself in the mouthfeel.

Overall this was a good beer but it probably won't ever make it into my rotation of Belgians to buy regularly.

spacebear09, Jul 28, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Whiteout blizzard like the one we just had in NYC crossed with a mellow golden hue. Interesting.

Smell: Belgian yeastiness, some spice (nutmeg), light yellow fruit notes.

Taste: Starts light with the yeast and the fruit, moves back on the palate to reveal some tartness and acidity. I like the balance but feel like it could pack more punch.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation paired with a smooth, complex profile that moves back along the tongue. I like.

Drinkability: Just right for the bomber size. Good pickup.

Time to get back to the Brewery.

alexwag, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of joeack
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to try this one as Saisons are my favorite style. Poured a straw color and fluffy white head. That funky smell was not present that i was expecting along the Saison Dupont style. The taste is a little weak but definite spiceness comes through in the end. I would try this one again but its a ways behind Saison Dupont and Hennepin.

joeack, Apr 17, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork popped off like it was champagne and it even came in an ice bucket. Poured into a chalice. Pours a hazy blond with plenty of off white head. Aromas of banana, bread, lemon and Cayenne pepper. Flavors match the aromas, with plenty of malt coming through to have a touch of sweetness. Finishes with hints of pepper and spice and very dry. A crisp, refreshing mouthfeel with plenty of body on it.

Overall another great beer from Brooklyn. I will buy many of these and will do my best to share the bottle, although it will be difficult not to drink it all.

sdsurfer217, Jun 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bstevens736, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

vishnyc, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jlkaufm, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of myost88
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a straw golden color with a fluffy white head. Head sticks around for a while. Leaves patchy white lacing.

Smell: Smell is very complex. The first thing I think of is banana. Followed by lemons and some spices. Prominent clove smell, and maybe cinnamon. Whatever hops are in this beer are masked in the smell

Taste: Lemon and spices are first. Hops are much more prominent in the taste than in the smell. Nice biscuity malt to go with the hops. Grainy flavor at the back of the tongue. I will say that the cloves and peppery spices are very very strong in this beer. Lot's of different flavors coming together here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but a bit on the heavy side for a Pale. Carbonation is very high. Dry, almost like white wine.

Drinkability: I think this is a spring beer if I ever saw one. A bit heavy for the summer, but too light for the fall. Not really a session beer, but you can kill the 750 with no problem.

Overall: I think this beer would be an excellent beer to serve to all your wine drinking friends. In fact I think it's very similar to a dry white wine. A good beer to serve with salad or a nice cheese plate.

myost88, Jul 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

andrew84, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

robnolan, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheRealtor, Sep 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

RockinRich, Jun 13, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

LoadedSchells, Apr 20, 2011
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