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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,883
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
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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 mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL custom bottle with batch code. Brewed to 18.5 Plato with Bamberg (Weyermann?) pilsner malt, raw sugar, Perle and Styrian Goldings hops. Fermented with Belgian yeast and bottle-conditioned. Pours a chill-hazed orange, with loads of carbonation and an inch of frothy white head that reduces to a fine cap. Hugely fruity aroma contributes orange, mango, papaya and pineapple, spicy/floral hops and earthy yeast. Complex, fruity, delicious. The palate adds to (or perhaps detracts from) this notes of chalky yeast, a few phenols, an almost harsh hop flavor and a lingering sweetness. Light and crisp at the start, but as the carbonation mellows, the body fills out. This brew has a very flavorful yeast and it is very easy to drink despite the ABV. It tastes quite authentic, and despite my nitpicking on the flavor, this is definitely worthy of a revisit.

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

Brooklyn Brewery - Local 1 from '07 was next. This was a rare treat especially since we don't get Brooklyn beers up here in Wisconsin. My friend, Jon, mentioned that the shape of the bottle was unique to the first run of Local 1 before New Belgium stepped up and cried copyright infringement (I haven't looked up the details). My notes start getting a little bit hard to read around this beer but I remember thinking it was an awesome. A big sweetness and an almost coffee-like roast to it made me feel that if I has tasted this blindfolded I would have describes a more dark-bodied beer. I wished there was more of this in that bottle.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. This is a pale golden color; extra-fizzy with a couple inches of head. Smells very "Belgian" with candy-sugar, lemon, and grass. Taste is a sweet lemon upfront with some hoppiness, peppery spices, and more lemon at the back end. Alcohol is blended in very well, making this dangerously drinkable for 9% ABV. Mouthfeel is extremely fluffy and well-carbonated. All-around, this is very good.

Photo of CASK1
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750. Complex aroma featuring light fruit (pear and apple), sweet malt and low alcohol aroma. Low spiciness, more from yeast than hops. The beer is a medium gold, with fairly high cloudiness - much more than expected for this style. Features a thick, fluffy, long-lasting white head. Very complex flavor: the grainy pils malt sweetness, medium hop bitterness, complex yeast spiciness, and alcohol all fight to dominate but none of them overpowers the others. Yeast character features almonds, citrus, pear. This beer is a bit sweet up front, but dry in the finish. High carbonation helps dry it out, even with a medium body. Drinkability would be better if the alcohol was a bit smoother and subtler. I really enjoy this beer, but there are better examples of the style.

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

Reviewed From Notes

Poured into a wine glass

A: dark golden color, cloudy body with 1 inch head receded to 1/2 inch

N: fruity, citrus notes of pineapple, Belgian yeast notes give it a saison like nose

T: notes of lemon backed by spices and a touch of caramel maltiness, very in your face flavor backed by a subtle hop finish leaving a dry finish

M: full & inviting, plays across tongue

D: great for pre-dinner and with a meal, I prefer this to Local Two by a smidge

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - thanks are duly in order to, um, Santa! Demerara sugar - my 'Santa' has a certain predilection for that too - who knew that would be applicable to my particular beer appreciation?

This beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow hue, with a rather effusive amount of puffy, and finely foamy off-white head, which settles oh-so slowly, eventually leaving a rarely broken wall of lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, sugary pale grainy malt, edgy Belgian yeast, exotic orchard fruit - with a more than ample dose of its domestic equivalent - warm black pepper and other indistinct savoury spices, a touch of dry honey, and subtle grassy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet barley and toasted wheat malt, biscuity crackers, candi sugar, mildly fruity dry yeast, more aerosol black pepper, a rather slight boozy edge, and mildly bitter grassy, spicy, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, with a generally big-ass frothy 'bite', the body a trolling medium weight, aided by its simple sugar solution nature, and plainly smooth by the same sword. It finishes with a pretty simple semi-sweet malty, herbal, boozy flourish.

An American combination of various central European ale brewing tropes, and yet rendered without a heavy stateside hand - so kudos on that. Good stuff, and enjoyable, with no overwrought hop or booze wallop, which helps turn attention to a more (and intended, I'm sure) Belgian strong ale association, worthy of all the sturm und drang (there is a German component here) wafting about right now.

Photo of tburus
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Very pale gold transparent liquid. Steady stream of carbonation. Frothy multi-finger, off-white head. Dissipated down to a thick lace once I began drinking.

Smell: Faint apple and grapefruit aromas. Nice but not overpowering.

Taste: Strong apple/cider taste when it first hit the tongue, followed by a thick yeast taste on the palate. Flashes of apple reappear on the sides of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Yeast and slight hoppy bitterness. There is also a little tingle in the throat from the carbonation and a hint of booziness. Enjoyable. Refreshing. Conducive to drinking more!

Drinkability: Very smooth, flavorful brew. It definitely has more of a kick than something like Duvel which is quite enjoyable, particularly on a cold winter evening (about halfway in a felt a nice warming sensation in my stomach). For what it is the price is incredible and I would definitely be tempted to purchase this drink again. Great special offering by the Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From American Beer Distributers in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Poured from bottle into white wine glass.

A: Thick white bubbly head made of small, tight bubbles, very pale gold
S: Pineapple, yeasty notes, citrus
T: Crisp and mouthwatering front, fruity malt rises to the forefront, leading into a gently lingering dryness with a touch of grassy hops
M: Moderate bodied, crisp but mellow
D: Alcohol content is understated, not too filling, complex but in a straightforward way thats very approachable. Has a generically "familiar" taste to it, in that these are some quintessential flavors in a style that's done as close to perfection as possible

Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a white wine glass.

A: The cork exploded out of the bottle (take THAT Tomme) as soon as I touched it after removing the cage. Pours a pale and hazy pear nectar color. Lace was spotty and carbonation was lively.

S: Fragrant & fruity yeast, candi sugar, and a kiss of grassy hops.

T: See above but with a tiny suggestion of alcohol. Sweet with very nice yeasy flavors.

M: Bitter with a bunch of sparkling effervescence from the active carbonation. Long, sticky finish.

D: Really quite nice. One of the better Brooklyn beers I've tried.

Photo of FosterJM
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

152nd review on BA
C/C 750ML
Bottle to tulip

App- This beer pours like a liquid orb of color. The outside layer is a light yellow with the center being a perfect orange. The head is two fingers of whip cream like consistency.

Smell- A very clean smelling Belgian flair with lots of tropical fruits, hops and some sugar.

Taste- Very effervescent taste that has a pleasant belgian yeast and its a beer you can tell is different and that is special. Upfront is the fruit on the back is the hops and a little of those pilsner malts that Brooklyn uses.

Mouth- A medium body with a great carbonation level. It's a bit dry but not much. A very well done rep of the style. This is a damn fine beer.

Drink- A solid 5 really. My 1st offering from Brooklyn and thanks to my bro in law for bringing this from DC for his holiday trip. I have Local 2 in the fridge Ill pop that tonight.

Photo of purplepoo
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- musky golden with lots of head, took a couple of minutes to go down, lots of carbonation

s- not to strong, hops apparant

t- nice and smooth with strong alcohol finish

m- fluffy and smooth

d- overall pretty good beer, its not too strong on flavor but maybe a little too much ABV.

I paid nine dollars for the big bottle which is an ok price, would buy again.

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

Slow-poured from the bottle.

Carbonation streaming to form a three finger, soft white head. Color is a semi-cloudy, toasted orange. Amazing appearance considering bottle conditioning.

Smells well. Lots of bright fruits. Orange, pineapple, and light malts.

Taste is slightly tart with notes of darker fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Drinkability is good but not great. Alcohol is apparent and not as well hidden as the traditional Belgian this one aspires to be.

A well-made beer.

Photo of alexwag
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cork flew like a missile as soon I pried open the cage from the 750 ml bottle. I had aged this for the last 6 months and saved up to open with a beer enthusiast friend. Poured into Chimay goblets. The body had a nice and clear bronziness to it draped with a fluffy white head. Huge jets of micro bubbles danced their way up giving the beer a very lively appearance. The beer smelt of apples and grapes first up, giving way to some hops and mulled grass. The aroma dried into blunt haystack smell eventually.
The tatse was bang on !! No wonder why Brooklyn calls it a Saison - this one has a crisp and refreshing taste with a peppery dry finish. It has a nice lingering burnt sugar aftertsate alongside some apples and pears. As you swirl it around, you can feel the carbonation explode on your palate. You cant help but take notice of this beer. It is not the usual Belgian style - certaily not that heavy nor sweet - but a very light and funky rendition of a BSPA. Really was impressed with this version.
The alcohol is well masked, but wipes clean any lacing on the glass. This would make for a nice aperitif or an accompaniment to seafood. I am looking out for the Local 2 as of now.

Photo of NeutroMan
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, corked and caged, into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden straw color, very visibly carbonated. Dense, rocky white head left rings of lace down the glass.

Smell: Yeast dominates, but there is also a significant fruity aspect to it - pineapple, pear, apple.

Taste: Bready, yeasty malts again dominate. Fruity esters are a little more prominent, however. Very clean on the palate.

Mouthfeel: The high carbonation gives it a little bite, but not so much as to be unpleasant. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Drinkability: One of the better Belgian ales by a U.S. brewery; I really enjoyed this.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams perfect glass (1st time using one!)

Cork popped right out without me pulling.

A- Tons of fluffy white head over a pretty dull, cloudy pineapple juice.

S- First aroma layer smells like liquid malt extract and apple juice. Peppery and yeasty. Lots of honey. Alcohol is hot and strong the whole way.

T-Not enough flavor to warrant so much alcohol in the taste. Like the smell but a lot breadier. A bit of apple juice in the finish. Very light grassy hop taste.

M- High carbonation making for a slightly sharp but mostly fluffy mouthfeel. Pretty dry.

D- Very good if it wasn't for the strong alcohol taste. It's pretty light and almost crisp.

Definitely a good beer but I'd appreciate a little more subtlety in the yeast and alcohol.

Also, Brooklyn Brewery has some of the best looking bottles... just thought I'd say it.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

A - pours a cloudy golden straw color. Visible sediment. Dense bubbly white head. Good retention.

S - Belgian yeast aroma dominates the nose. Notes of Apple, pear, bubblegum, and white pepper.

T - fairly dry. Quite tart. Fruit enters come through along with the spicyness.

M - medium bodied. High in carb. Crisp. Light. Refreshing.

D - great summer time Saison type ale.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw color, with a white head, good retention and heavy lacing.

In the nose is orange, lemon, and sweet grain with a slight floral background.

This beer pops beautifully in the mouth - full on flavor all at once. The sting of carbonation hits hard and releases multiple flavors at once in perfect harmony. Nice full chewey grain taste backed by citrus and fresh floral and greens - finnishes dry, leaving your mouth craving more. An excellent brew!

Photo of mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Pours hazy golden with nice, long lasting white head and Champaign like carbonation. Brady, yeasty, fruity (banana and pear) aroma . Full, crisp body. Venous fruit, bready malt balanced by a good amount of spicy hops fill the mouth. Long dry finish. Another great, complex beer from Brooklyn.

Photo of LacquerHead
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Aria (Night Club) in CC TX
Poured this into a Collins glass and wide mouthed rocks. (These were the only glasses at my disposal. I should have asked for a red wine glass.)

It poured a hazy bronze-y straw color with a white foamy head that resembled the crust of a peach cobbler. Some sediment swirled around the glass.

The aroma was not very commanding. It had a dry floral smell. The taste however, didn't disappoint.

The taste was similar to many Belgian beers. It had a floral bread like flavor, as well as, dried fruits such as apricots. The taste of yeast kept it honest to the style. There was a bit of a sour/pale taste at times along with a touch of malty sweetness.

Drinkability: very good. The ABV level was not noticeable. The 9% was well masked. It had a very soft texture with a very slight carbonated bite.

Overall: I liked this one. I was impressed by its drinkability. It tastes very smooth and refreshing. A solid American take on the Belgian Style.

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, bright white, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of yeast, malt, fruit, and sugar.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, apples, sugar, malt, and spices. A nicely complex and vibrant flavor. A good example of an American version of a Belgian beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer.

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

Review #1,000 for me. Thanks to Johnmichaelsen for sending this to me. Split among a couple of friends so poured into 10oz glass instead of tulip. Poured a semi-cloudy yellow a tall, fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was a very nice blend of grain, yeast and spices. On the tongue the grain provided a nice base for the spice and yeast flavors.

The body was full, but not heavy, and coated the tongue nicely. Drinkability was excellent, I've had this brew before and enjoyed it every time.

Overall, a long time favorite that I wish I could get with more regularity. Certainly worth seeking out.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Local 1, Poured from a 25 oz bottle, corked and caged.

Appearance: Bright gold, slightly hazed, lots of bone white crackling head and had pretty good retention.

Smell: Belgian ale fruityness, and I get the impression that this beer is somewhat yeasty.

Taste: Like a belgian tripel, this one is heavy on the yeasty flavors, green apple, apricot and white grapes. A bit boozy but not too bad. In the finish, dry with a kiss of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a nice semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Even with its strength, this beer is relatively easy to drink. A good apertif, and finishing just about the whole bottle was not a problem.

Photo of vfgccp
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light honey, slightly opaque

S - Apple, light citrus, yeast, mildly floral

T - Bite of booze with some spicy bitter hops. Quickly transitions to peppery breads and bitter clove. Has a mild, agave-like sweetness. Finishes dry.

M - Light body. Some boozy astringency through the middle and end of the profile.

D - OK drinkability. The alcohol is strong and the flavors are geared around that alcohol. Pair with some earthy cheeses and darker breads to balance the beer out.

Photo of ism
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pale yellow, hazy, topped with a tall and thick white head with infinite retention and stubborn lacing that refuses to let go of the glass. Lemon peel, Belgian bread, just a touch of farmhouse funk to be interesting, and a mellow spice in the nose. Effervescent carbonation, active but gentle, greets your tongue. So smooth, simultaneously bright and earthy Belgian yeast flavors, just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Very easygoing for the ABV, as long as it's cold. Let it warm and the sweetness becomes cloying.

Had to pair it up with Brooklyn style margherita pizza. Would work with seafood as well.

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.