Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,943
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 161
Gots: 314 | FT: 8
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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 TH28
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. No production date available. Appearance: Light golden, slightly hazy, thick frothy white head. Aroma: Spicier than normal Belgian yeast, with the normal fruity esters of apple and pear. Bready, wheat malt aroma with a hint of lemon zest. Taste: bready malt sweetness with clove, apple, and pear. Mouthfeel: medium body with a high carbonation and soft but strong alcohol warmth. Finish: Bready malt lingers with pear esters. Overall: Nice BGS. Yeast a little spicier than normal but balances the rich malt. Strong fruity esters, and alcohol is smooth instead of biting.

Photo of chessiejackson
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious. About an inch and a half of head the snifter, nice vanilla tones, great mouth feel, and refreshing for its abv. A+

Photo of Lespaul
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been away from this for a few years. A good American example of this Belgian style. It seems consistent in nose and flavor, as well as the initial head which retreats to a fine lacing on the glass. To me, enjoyable. Especially on a bucolic Spring Sunday afternoon. Cheers indeed!

Photo of microbrewlover
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a caged cork bottle; ferments in bottle. This brew pours a hazy golden straw color with a three finger head and heavy lacing. There is also a lot of carbonation and some sediment at the bottom of the brew.

The smell is orange peel, lemon, corriander and possibly some grains of paradise. There is also a wet hay musty quality and fruity smell.

The taste does not follow the nose so well, I can't make out any one taste which is dissapointing after the smell was so promising but there is lemon and orange, straw and hay as well as some type of fruit. The alcohol bleeds through a bit and even though this beer is not heavily hopped there is a slightly piney and bitter hop finish.

Overall this is a good beer and worth trying; I just wish the taste more closely followed the nose.

Photo of CaptainHate
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was almost a perfect beer for me. The head was huge and the taste was almost what I was expecting with the alcohol not extremely evident but a nice warm taste. The feel was slightly less explosive than I was expecting but that's not a real criticism as much as kind of surprise. Just a very good experience which I plan on repeating.

Photo of Kiserian
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells good but is too bitter for my taste.

Photo of jfugeman
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a few fingers worth of fluffy white head. Aromas of apple and slight clove. Taste is complex, starts a bit sweet and fruity and finishes somewhat dry with a bit of pepper/spice along the way. Natural carbonation gives it a bubbly but still smooth and at times buttery mouthfeel. A fantastic beer that is well-balanced and fairly complex.

Photo of Seasmom
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable. Slight effervescence. Wonderful notes linger.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Brooklyn's Local 1 a couple months ago for $8.99 at The Lager Mill. I've only tried one of big corked and caged bottles from Brooklyn and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a pretty hazy yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of sticky lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts more of a spicy aroma with some cloves seeming to sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart some bready, a little doughy, pale malts and slightly grainy aromas and it's followed by a nice fruity aroma with some pears and apples coming through. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that was true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the belgian yeast being the first to show up, but it imparts a lighter spice aspect this time with no single spice sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with pale malts seeming to sticking out the most and it's followed by just a little bit of those fruity aspects that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's some earthy hops and a higher amount of low bitterness with a pale malt and fruity aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, the flavors were a little lighter than I expected.

M- Fairly smooth, very crisp, prickly, pretty dry on the finish, medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and i thought it was a nice example of the style, sometimes it can be hard for American brewers to do these Belgian styles justice, but this one seemed to have just about everything that the style should have. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, very crisp, prickly, pretty dry on the finish, not too filling and the taste just did an ok job at holding my attention, half the bottle is enough for me, anymore than that and the carbonation might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it's just what I expect from a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it wasn't bad, but I thought it was going to be a little brighter than it was. I might buy this beer again if I'm in the mood for the style and I would only recommend it if your a big fan of the style. All in all I liked this beer, but it was still just a little rough around the edges, but I think for an American example of the style it's better than most. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and while it's not a favorite of the style, it was one of the better american ones I've had. Nice job guys, this was a solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale, keep it up.

Photo of Shumania
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A: hazy golden color, large fluffy head, good carbonation

S: golden apple, pear, bubblegum, Belgian yeast

T: Apple, lemon, lots of pepper, more of the bubblegum

M: medium to full mouthfeel, it pushes the boundary of being cloying but does not. ABV comes through right at the end

This is a complex beer. Good American version of a Belgian Classic. Probably not fair to call it an American version as it could have easily come from Belgium if the bottle said otherwise

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden/orange coloured. Big head, good retention, rich lacing.
Smell/flavour: floral, herbal, honey, apricots, peaches.
Very intensive beer, bit on a sweet side, but easy drinking.
Reminiscent of St. Bernardus tripel. Bit overpriced, but very good.

Photo of badgustav
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a crisp, clean beer. The aroma has a slight fruitiness, a slight bite, and a light maltiness. The flavor light yet rich, with a silky mouthfeel. There is a slight undertone of banana, which I expect more in a Triple, but isn't unwelcome here. All in all, I'm very impressed

Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into nonic. Clear yellow-gold beer with two fingers of active fizzy white head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass. Tropical fruity esters, pears, apples, pepper, clove, and alcohol make up the aroma. Taste is candi sugar, orchard fruit, and honey sweetness up front, followed by a little earthy bitterness and alcohol heat. Medium-plus body, slick texture, champagne carbonation, crisp sweet finish.

Photo of BillyGam
1.11/5  rDev -73.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Horrible horrible horrible. Tastes like a bad bad champagne

Photo of Johnd8
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well aged bottle. (2nd of a 2009 to 2011 purchase) Still a reasonable head with nice nose, definitely a saison by nose. Flavors have all mellowed out in a very pleasant way. Just a touch of tartness mixed with muted floral notes.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me a lot of classic Duvel beer. Quite good.

Photo of gatorlove
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was a little disappointed by this one. Local 2 is so good, but this one was kind of meh. It dI'd nothing to distinguish itself from other Belgian strong pale ales.

Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not my type of beer

Photo of DHarv
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle, tastes great and very true to style.

Photo of carp3tshark
5/5  rDev +21.1%

A -- Hazy-golden-yellow. Four finger head that lasts.
S -- clover, honey, orange zest, coriander. Yeasty
T -- follows the smell, clover, honey and straw yielding to pear, coriander and finishing with a granny smith crispness.
M -- light bodied with champagne-like carbonation
O -- This is one of my favorites and by far the best I've tasted from that brewery. It is well balanced and really a refreshing beer with A LOT of flavor complexity.

Photo of Tbub18
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

A--Cloudy, golden yellow. Big head that sticks around for a while
S--honey, orange zest, coriander. Belgian yeast scent is lighter than expected, with some pear coming in nicely
T--sweet, fruity, yeast with a little saison funkiness
M--light body with a fairly low carbonation
O--This is one of my favorites. I find it to be very well balanced and really a refreshing beer with a lot of flavors going on. Whether you want to argue its a farmhouse/saison or a belgian strong ale it doesn't matter--this is a great beer that I will get again for sure

Photo of Webbey
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Extremely tasty beer. Not much to review on this one. I agree on all the other reviews as for as the AATMO system.

The reason I give this beer a 3.75 is because of the alcohol bite. I'm sure it is extremely hard to hide the 9% ABV in this style but it hits you pretty hard on the first few sips and sticks around for a little bit longer than I'd like. Other than that, an extremely good beer.

Photo of Filip_Mitev
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Aaaah, Brooklyn Local 1, where art thou? The body, color and aroma are impeccable... An Absolute Winner...

Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with a huge aired mushroom head with great retention and leaving laces. The bottle kept spilling foam like a volcano for a long time.
Light aroma of oranges, sugar, pears, some banana, mild booze and pineapples.
Sweet flavor with notes of overripe oranges, pineapples, herbal hops, apples, pears, white wine and Cointreau liquor. Dry aftertaste with a mild but long lasting bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriated carbonation. Slightly tart acidity. Alcohol of 9% abv is relatively well hidden.
Good beer representing well the style with nice complexity and improved considerably after it warmed up at room temperature. Nevertheless, I found this a bit overly sweet.
It should match perfectly with dessert or cheese after a nice dinner.

Photo of DonWeymouth
2.25/5  rDev -45.5%

Very champagne flavor saison ale ... very good but not my favorite ... too farmhouse for me.

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