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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 904
Hads: 1,952
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 162
Gots: 330 | 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 BucannonXC5
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.26 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 750ml (25.4-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $8.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 15, 2015
Misc.: Born on June 26, 2014; Wire hood

Poured a golden, pale, hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of off-white, frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Thick, layered, foamy, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.38)

Smelled pear, apple, kiwi, tropical, banana, faint Belgian peppery spices, green grapes and slightly spoiled fruits. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted similar to the nose with more booziness, almost reminding me of a Dubbel or a Tripel. Got pear, honey, apple, green grapes, Belgian peppery spices, Citra zest, some booziness and banana. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Longer finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was a really good beer. Seems a bit long to drink this, even though I only have had it for a month, but good nonetheless. (Overall - 4.25)

4.26 | 95 | A (1,279 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours golden-orange in color with a solid 4 inches of fluffy white head.

Aroma is more akin to a saison than Belgian strong. Big yeasty component, citrus, and uncooked sourdough bread,

Taste is a forceful punch of saison. Crisp carbonation up front, followed by the classic spicy yeast and lemony citrus notes. Moderately sweet with less dryness in the finish than expected.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. More like a saison than a Belgian strong pale ale. The only downside is the malt sweetness in the finish. I would prefer a more dry, crisp finish. This would pair nicely with a delicate white fish with a lemon risotto. It gets a 94/100. (656 characters)

Photo of TH28
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Lespaul
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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! (286 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of CaptainHate
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of jfugeman
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (3,319 characters)

Photo of Shumania
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (504 characters)

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of badgustav
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (281 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of Johnd8
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (229 characters)

Photo of gatorlove
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (165 characters)

Photo of carp3tshark
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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. (441 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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 (552 characters)

Photo of Webbey
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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. (396 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 10/7/2013, so about a year old:
Pours a cloudy straw yellow. The head was almost unstoppable on the pour, medium soapy bubbles that continued to collect, and lasts well into the drink. With a light behind the beer, the carbonation sustaining the head is visible and rolling; lacing is full, pretty close to a perfect look if not one.

The nose is mild, with fairly typical Belgian yeast notes, but really a light peach or pear sweet-tart nose, and perhaps just a touch of banana -tinged sweetness . A deep sniff does bring out a slightly different tart/sweet balance - granny smith apple and pineapple. Either way, there is a nice balance of sweet and tart.

The taste more or less follows the nose, actually starting with a nice smooth, fresh-baked bread sweetness, which is backed initially more-so by the carbonation adding a bite to the beer that is more feel-based than flavor-based. As the carbonation fades, there is a tartness that, given the bready tastes I get, is akin to the bite that a nice sourdough gets. I do get apple and pear as well in the back of the tongue as the carbonation fades. (I don't get an obvious transition to the hops, but if I search, something has to balance the malt, and what I get is fairly floral, but I am stretching to describe this.)

This is a very good beer, I had somewhat high expectations, and this is one of the few beers that probably exceeded them. A very well done, close to perfectly balanced beer (carbonation is just a bit stronger than I'd like). Nothing jumps out to grab you, and that, to me, is just fine. Well done! (1,597 characters)

Photo of Jeffreychason
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Bottled in 2011. I like this style, opening it filled the room with a banana aroma. Heavy on the banana taste as well. Super thick rich head that leaves a nice lacing. Not heavy on the carbonation, little flat. Seems like the age didn't help or hurt this beer much, although I did not have a fresh bottle for comparison. Enjoyable but not a rockstar (349 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Appearance: Clear and pale gold in color. There is a delicate swirl of bubbles and a large, fluffy, white head. 3/3

Aroma: Loads of sweet phenols hit the nose. Cloves, orange zest, coriander, and honey combine with an ester combination resembling that of a hefeweizen--bananas and bubblegum. Pale malt wafts in the background. 10/12

Taste: Fresh, biscuity malt can be tasted right away. It's a refreshing change-up--the majority of Belgian beers are so overrun with spices and fruit. But these are present as well, of course. The usual citrus flavors mix well with light tropical fruit flavors and a dab of banana pudding. A light bitterness that lasts from sip to swallow balanced things out and adds a nice zing. 17/20

Mouthfeel: A slightly watery element to the mouthfeel takes things back a step--good mouthfeel is important for complementing good flavor, and the bland, watery quality found in this beer washes out some of the tastiness. However, a dry finish and medium carbonation create a crispness which, while not so typical for the style, helps repair the mouthfeel's initial poor impression. 2/5

Overall: The light mouthfeel and very apparent citrus and banana flavors make this beer feel a bit more like a witbier/hefeweizen combination than a strong golden ale. On addition, there isn't one fascinating and/or unexpected element that makes this beer any sort of standout for me. It is a tasty, well made drink however, and will certainly be enjoyed to a nice extent. 6/10

TOTAL: 38/50 (1,504 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

A: poured into a Duvel tulip to a beautiful golden yellow topped by a three finger dense and rocky head with excellent staying power and nice lacing
S: smells of fruity esters, spicy yeast and dry malt
T: taste is sweet and fruity with some spicy yeast and a mice dry cracker maltyness. swallow is more fruitiness with some phenols, and warming alcohol
M: this beer sits at the lighted end of medium on the palate with soft but assertive carbonation from the bottle fermentation and a slightly drying finish
O: Either way as a 'strong saison' or a belgian strong pale this beer is fantastic. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer drinks very easily. (657 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Matt at Good Luck.

Pours a golden yellow, with a vigorous 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like citrus and apple, with a slight wiff of Belgian yeast, a lot weaker than I would've expected. Smells pretty sugary.

This doesn't have quite the typical Belgian bite I'd expect from a BSPA, or even a "strong saison," as Garrett Oliver apparently calls it. The yeast is incredibly muted, but under the typical yeast flavors you'd get in a beer like this is a fairly pedestrian brew. Citrusy, but just sort of...flat.

This one is light bodied, with a low amount of carbonation, which is different for a beer of this style. Fairly drinkable.

Overall, just boring. Blah. Not a whole lot to talk about here. (738 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Foggy golden with tons of fine carbonation, 3 fingers of light yellow tinged white head. Good retention.

S: Sweet and caramel like, light fruity and floral qualities. Daisies, and cantelope.

T: Belgian yeast, light lemon tartness, la fair amount of sweetness, sight bitterness on the finish. Really hides the alcohol, and is much like a white wine in dryness. Sharp cheddar like quality.

M: A lot of fine bubbled carbonation, a little thickness to the body, but it comes across as light, airy and dry. Really well done.


O: An excellent brew. Great mouth feel, very mellow in taste, definitely a Belgian style beer. Bought in Boca Raton, drank on Deerfield Beach, July 15, 2014. (686 characters)

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