Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,858 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 136
Gots: 253 | FT: 6
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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 alpinebryant
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell of light belgian yeast, belgian candy sugar, pilsner and other light malt

Pours a golden hued straw yellow with a healthy white head and very heavy lacing.

Taste of light belgian dough , light pear and belgian candy sugar mix nicely with light malts. This one goes down almost extremely too smooth for it to even resemble a 9.0% abv bspa. I was completely amazed after drinking most of the bottle to come to the awareness that it is rated that high. Cheers to Brooklyn Local 1. I believe this one had been a few months old, but perhaps that is where I went right as I have seen a few people think this is a slight bit boozy.

Light carbonation and a medium body.

Photo of darkbeeronly99
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have mixed feelings on this one - could be good, but it has a few faults holding it back.

The fruity taste is nice, but it has high carbonation - not a good point with me. Also has high alcohol content and you can smell and taste that - not a good combo in a fruity carbonated beer. Definitely do not let this beer warm or the alcohol will take over totally. Also, this didn't need to come in such a big bottle, you can't (shouldn't) drink all that yourself at 9%. If they could tone down the carbonation it would really help this beer.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the original "controversial" bottle.

A: pale golden color, cloudy, didn't expect as much cloudiness, very nice rocky white head
S: mild to medium nose, yeast, malt, spritziness from CO2
T: very nice, nice malt taste up front with nice hop bitter finish, yeast and slight astringency in middle which is characteristic for this type of Belgian ale, well made
M: nice mouthfeel, a bit too much yeast in finish but nothing wrong
D: very drinkable, astringency and yeast is a slight amount distracting but nothing bad

Photo of chrisgn
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
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 bigrzman
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy with a nice white head. Golden color and some carbonation. Smells yeasty and grainy with a hint of wheat malt sweetness. Bananas grains and a citrusy backblast of hops.fizzy mouthfeel and syrupy. Medium overall on mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good and it makes me cheery.

Photo of scottyshades
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked up one of these after eyeing them down for years

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a massive rocky fluffy head. Retention is excellent in the snifter

S: Defintely Belgian yeast right off the bat- banana, that bready yeast note, light spice, and a delicate but awesome hop note. Alcohol is completely hidden. Really nicely balanced. Also light tropical fruit

T: Oh my, just awesome. Really Belgian without overdoing it. Strong yeast component that almost gives a champagne flavor to it. Banana, light spices, and earthy hops. Also some grassy or citrus tartness that balances the light sweetness. The complexity of the yeast alone is staggering

MF/D: For the ABV, lighter in body than expected. Alcohol is hidden well. The finish is of tart grassy hops. Carbonation is nice for the style.

Notes: don't know why I overlooked the Local 1 & 2's for so long. Glad I bought both yesterday.

Photo of aepb1
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Fluffy white head, looks great! Pale yellow body.

S- Sweet fruity spices and hops

T- Warm alcohol, again sweet fruity spices, herbal fruity to the end

M- Creamy, good light carbonation

D- Great belgian, quite an incredible take and I'll be back for this one!

Photo of JWU
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow, beautiful fluffy head, that reduces a bit, but clings very nicely down the glass.

S: Smelly fruity, citrusy, and generally like a Belgian.

T: Very fruity, citrus and a bit of pineapple. The belgian yeast comes through nicely. A little alcohol head, but hides it very, very well.

M: Light, a bit bubbly, but creamy at the same time.

D: Among the best belgians I've had, right up there with Piraat.
It's a sipper, but makes a GREAT companion while watching the Patriots knock off the Ravens in OT. I really can't fault Local 1 in any way.

Photo of russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head, decent retention and lacing. Bubbles race to the top throughout drinking.

S: Warm, boozy, smell with more fruits than spices and herbal hoppiness.

T: Resembles the nose. Warm alcohol taste that is sweet up front and bitter to close. Very good for an American made Belgian.

MF: Light and crisp with a lot of carbonation.

D: This is a pretty complex drink with a higher ABV. One bottle sufficed.

Photo of NODAK
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a brilliant mix of fruitiness and cloves. A pungent one that is as sweet as any. Awesome.

Color is very pale....head is a thick, fluffy one...however, it dissipates fairly rapidly.

Taste isn't quite as sweet as the aroma led on, but it's certainly there upfront...a good candied fruit taste. There's also a mild appearance of some cloves. The body of the beer has a good deal of Belgian yeastiness to it....which leads into a finish where there's a bit of lemon and a decent citrus peel bitterness that gives a rather crisp finish to it.

This is a very tasty and balanced ale. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Plus, the bottle is as cool as any I've seen.

Photo of YouSkeete
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow, HUGE head. Head disappears after about 15 minutes

S: Herbal spices, herbal hops, notes of orange and lemon

T: Very herbal, relatively spicey. Lots of orange and lemony flavors. More on the malty side, as expected. Hops are strong, taste of yeast is on the stronger side as well. The taste of alcohol is not as prominent as i thought it would be. Most certainly a Belgian Ale, almost tastes like a IPA.

M: Highly carbonated. Very malty balanced with the heavy citrus feels great on the palate.

D: a great beer, i HAVE to be in the mood for it though. A heavy Pale Ale. Well done, Brooklyn.

Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very good - equal to some of the best Belgians. I took the cage off after letting the bottle sit outside the fridge to come to temperature. Then I got a little surprise as the cork gave a good pop and the bottle did a little gusher. Pours with a huge foamy, frothy, cream colored head that quickly settles to a small, but persistant cover and some lace. Color is a clear amber with some small bubble trails. Aroma is yeasty, malt, bread dough, grass, and a little fruit. Flavor is a little on the dry side at first and then yields to a mild sweetness; like the nose, and does go great with a variety of foods. Body is soft and carbonation is robust and a good match for the beer. Finish has duration, is like the flavor, and leaves a sense of satisfaction. Well done. Maybe not a session beer though.

Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle shared with buddy poured into wine tumblers 10.2.2010.

One finger pure white head small bubbles medium dissipation with minimal lacing. Golden orange body a bit cloudy (chill haze?) several streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose is fairly fruity, meyer lemons, coriander, more fruity than spicy. The taste mirrors nose, pretty sweet. Medium mouthfeel, a bit heavy for the style, fairly dry finish due to yeast strain, decent effervescence. Pretty drinkable though the sweetness effects drinkability, not a lot of alcohol heat, fairly well hidden ABV kick. This beer certainly straddles the line between BSPA and a Saison, doesn't fit neatly into either category. Given the relatively high price point, I think next time I'll seek out Pranqster or Damnation or a real BSPA. Fairly tasty, but IMO not that great.

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

I am not that big into Belgian style beer so take this review for what it is worth.

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Look: pours a cloudy yellow with a lot of head. I mean A LOT of head. I'm guessing this is because of the fact that it is bottle conditioned because I get the same thing with my homebrew. The head retains very well and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell: I get Belgian candi sugar smells, herbs and spices, a little yeast and hints of alcohol.

Taste: similar to the nose. Spices are forward with the candi sugar and malts being very dominant in the taste. There are also some tropical fruit tastes in there as well. There's some bitterness in the finish and it becomes more bitter and the alcohol becomes more obvious as it warms up.

Feel: its medium bodied. Despite the monstrous amount of head, it isn't overly carbonated and is just right.

Drink: relatively high. I'm usually not big on Belgian styles in part because I have a hard time drinking them but this was very drinkable. It couldn't be sessioned but my girlfriend and I both had no problem getting to the bottom of this one without sipping.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this beer. I am not a fan of Brooklyn Lager so for the longest time I haven't given Brooklyn a fair chance so I am glad to be checking out their other offerings. I definitely recommend this one.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Brooklyn went to great lengths for this beer: custom bottles and 100 percent re-fermentation in the bottle is definitely more cost than most brewers even want to think about.

Pours a beautiful glowing gold with scores of small bubbles racing to the top. The clarity is stunningly clear from a gentle pour into bulbous tulip glasses. The head is amazing; a dense plateau forms as the glass cradles the lace stickage. Yeasty nose, with a refined tropical fruit aroma of pineapple, mango and papaya. Clean yet estery, the aroma grasping for the best of both worlds. Huge rolling effervescence feigning a viscous mouthfeel, giving way to a moderate body with a very active but refined carbonation. Dry malt character kicks things off with a complex graininess; the yeast flavor settles in quick with fruity overtones and warming esters. Alcohol is mostly mellow, but more warmth comes through toward the end of the glass. Watery resin-y hop bitterness exposes a faintly herbal woody flavor. More fruitiness from middle to end, with more mild alcoholic esters coming forth.

Hands down the best Belgian Style Ale brewed in the US to date. All other American brewers that are thinking about brewing Belgian Style Ales need to take notice. A lobster roll on a gilled bun with a side of shoestring fries and mayo is the ultimate pairing.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a three finger high head that has very good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of candi sugar, fruit esters, herbal hops, spices and yeast fill the nose, along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and relatively complex, consisting of flavors of black pepper, candi sugar, cloves, pale malts and yeast. The finish has a moderate amount of lingering bitterness
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. Dryness is also present in the finish.
D: The amount of bitterness, dryness and spices makes this a beer that can only be slowly sipped.

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

Burnished yellow-gold.
Foamy head. 2 fingers. Fades to light patchy in 4-5 min.
Some lacing.

Rich, sweet Belgian yeast shotgun blast to start. Brown earthy & big grainy, with hops & malt in the background.
Big, complex & very Belgian nose.

On the palate: Huge, fresh wheat-y graininess & medium carbonation give a great combo of richness, body, smoothness & fresh grainy, slightly earthy hoppy, great beer-ness!

Bravo (again!) Garrett!

92 1/2 Points

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

I've had this one a number of times but have elected to review it while sipping a fresh bottle.

Opening the bottle is interesting. The cork reminds me of a champagne bottle and the first scents that hit the nose are reminiscent of a good bubbly with light apple notes. I haven't even poured this one yet and I'm really enjoying the scent of sweetness and something like white wine.

Poured into a tulip and the result is a brilliant hazy golden color with a good 1/3 of glass occupied by a nice thick column of foam which slowly disintegrates. Drinks like the finest of Belgian ales, with a notable and persistent champagne like quality both in the flavor and mouthfeel. The Belgian yest is definitely present and at times it's almost a bit sweet but I didn't find this a bad thing. Again light apple and candy flavors persist.

Drinkability is a bit so and so here. Personally I like the idea of sipping a nice beer much like champagne and this is a similar approach. That said champagne is typically delivered in small servings so I could see some getting tired of this one after 8-12oz but I enjoy this one immensely.

I really love this beer. It seems like more often than not I'm disappointed by American attempts on authentic Belgian tasting beers and I think this one matches up to the likes of Duvel and other types quite well. This is stuff I would buy by the case if I had the cash.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beer as oppulent and classy as New York City.

Poured with a massive head that just wouldn't lie down (not that I'm big on that, because it delays drinking your beer without making a mess, but it is a feat worth comment). Color is a lovely golden yellow and you can see the carbonation churning in the glass. Taste is a great balance of slightly sweet and slightly hop bitter along with creaminess and smoothness. This beer feels like a satisfying high end beer should feel. And there's a long pleasant finish.

Nice job Brooklyn. I'll ride the Local 1 any time.

Photo of berley31
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a very large, creamy, rocky white head that hung around for a very long time, and left nice clumps of lace on the glass. Body is a dark gold/light orange color, with good clarity.

S: Pleasant aroma that is nicely balanced by both fruitiness (orange, esp) and spiciness, neither overpowering the other.

T: The fruitiness and spiciness comes through again, with a light grain flavor in the background, and some spicy hop flavor, with a touch of bitterness in the dry finish. Overall, very nicely balanced b/w all the flavors.

M: Medium-light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Just the slightest hint of alcohol warmth.

D: An excellent saison, albeit a strong one. Wonderfully balanced.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked/caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy, bright golden tone with 2 fingers of fluffy white head; decent retention and lacing.

smell is a bouquet of belgian yeast, spices, zesty citrus - especially lemon - as well as clove and floral notes. standard for the style, but at that, well-represented.

taste follows and exceeds the nose. as a matter of personal (style) preference i prefer its BSDA counterpart, but this is very, very good, and i'm rating to style here... easily one of the best BSPAs i've had. great balance; very complex and tasty. well hidden ABV (9%).

creamy, light to medium bodied that is relatively highly carbonated. works for me.

edit: as with many craft brews, but particularly so here, it does the beer a great disservice to drink it cold. let it warm and open up.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark straw yellow, semi-transparent due to unfiltered, average white 2-finger head, tons of carbonation.

S - Fainter than I had expected but it has aromas of strong lemon, yeast esters, champagne, and hay.

T - Tons of sour fruit yeast esters up front with some hay and lemon zest towards the middle. Ends with a slight white grape flavor.

M/D - Has a medium to light body and finishes clean and dry. High carbonation make it a slow drinker because it is filling.

Overall it is a decent "strong saison" and I can see how it would be difficult to categorize this one.

Photo of StephenRich
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anytime the guys at the Brooklyn Brewery put their creative minds and palates to work they create something truly spectacular. Garret Oliver (Brew Master) and his team never cease to amaze me, and the Local 1 is no exception. It is a Belgian Inspired Strong Golden Ale at 9% abv, and comes in custom designed 750ml corked bottles. Luckily, the Local 1, as well as its sister beer the Local 2, are both available year round in most of the United Sates. From Ontario, unfortunately we don't really have easy access to either. Beer bars like the Beer Bistro will often have it, if not you can always mission over to Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, or Premier Gourmet in Buffalo to find them.

They really are worth the mission. The Local 1 is brewed with Brooklyn's special Belgian yeast strain, and is 100% bottle re-fermented making it strikingly unique. The The Local 1 pours a very hazy golden yellow lifting a vigorous pillowy and fluffy white head right from the start. It is very obviously alive; there are massive amounts of carbonation showing in the beer, and the head is persistent and powerful. As you hold it into the light, golden rays peer through the hazy beer showing its depth and complexity, and revealing what looks to be a very sparling texture. It is really a beautiful sight.

The nose is very floral right from the start with strong yeast esters, spice, lemon and orange peal, cloves, green apples, and pear. There is a lot in the nose here, it is a combination of light and sweet fruits, earthy an herb like flowers, crisp spices, and Belgian yeast. And after contemplating the sight of the beer, this really is exactly what you should expect from it.

All of this comes out directly in the flavor of the beer. The first thing that you notice is the effervescent and champagne like mouthfeel. Because it is bottle conditioned with Belgian yeasts the natural carbonation created is so powerful, but precise and the bubbles are so minuscule. This allows the beer to dance over your palate exciting your sences every step of the way, preparing them to absorb the flavors.

The sweet green apples, citrus, tropical fruits, and yeast esters come out first on the tongue. They are so light and lively that they make a strong impression but quickly make room for the crisp nutmeg and clove spice to tingle and refresh you palate. Smooth biscuit like malts flow in gently calming your palate and adding a much needed creaminess to the beer, which has so far been very alive, and very aggressive. The finish is slightly dry showing more citrus and spice. The total combination creates a well balanced and quenching strong Golden Ale. It is rich and satisfying, but also properly quenching. It is 9%, and the alcohol is apparent but balanced in the beer. I cant wait to have another Local 1 when its mid summer and the sun is bearing down on me. This will be a beautiful treat!

I had it just recently with a very warm and melted Brie, which was excellent. The Local 1 so perfectly cleanses your palate for each new taste. I would expect that this will work well with most all cheese dishes, spicy foods, seafood, or roasted ham.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: hazy golden, substantial head.
smell: Fruity with some subtle spice.
taste: Much more mellow than expected. Quite tasty.
mouthfeel: full with good carbonation.
drinkability: this one goes down easy.
A nice solid brew if not especially inspiring.

Photo of gosurfobx
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml corked bottle. The cork pops off easily. The beer was poured into a wine glass.

Beer pours a cloudy golden straw color with a large 3 finger head. The head settles down to a film after some time and easily clings to the side of the glass.

The noise is yeasty with some citrus, corriandor and hops. The beer starts out highly effervescent and surpisingly refined. The flavors are much more subtle than I expected. There is some wheat, zesty citrus and a good but not overpowering hops backbone. As the beer goes down the flavors become more bold. The yeast and the hops take a larger role.

The beer is very light in the mouth with a high level of carbination. Overall a very well balanced and enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,858 ratings.