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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,687
Reviews: 879
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 112
Gots: 182 | FT: 3
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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.

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Photo of Buebie


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtasy of deleriumfest.

Poured from a 750ml brown corked and caged bottle. The bottle itself presents very nicely.
Poured into an oversized snifter. Producing a good 2'' head, slow to receed. At rest the head has now left a quarter inch of retention, that lasts until the liquid is gone.
Color is a light golden yellow, semi hazy.

Aroma of banana's, cloves, some fruity floral flower aroma, crisp biteing lemon twang, fresh cut hay like hops, pie crust and a lemon merange like aroma.

Taste is very crisp with a fermented honey kolsch like flavor and crisp biteing carbonation. There is a very mild fuller body like creamyness from carbonation. Bitter lemon bite throughout, cloves and maybe corriander?
Grassy hops, a bit of boozy warmth.

I'm not a fan of this style of beer, its safe to say I'm not enjoying it. although I can appreciate it for following the style well and rate it accordingly. If I never had this again, I would not be upset.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 19:07:09 | More by Buebie
Photo of CampusCrew


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh Ya!!! Lovely beer

appearance: golden, amber

smell: sweet bread aroma

taste: High sweet taste as belgians have and large alcholic presence. You can taste how big the berer is but not overwhelming.

mouthfeel: good carbonation

drinkability: very easy and smooth. I could drink a few of these a night

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 15:58:54 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of kevinglin


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden, straw-like color into a wide-mouth goblet. Somewhat hazy but not cloudy, thin head, but a layer of foam lingered and left some lacing on the glass.

Aroma of juicyfruit gum, sweet malt, bread, no hops.

Taste was fruity, bready, with a phenolic yeast component and to me a hint of spice/pepper.

Finished dry, mouthfeel was very lively, nearly effervescent. Spicy aftertaste with no alcohol warming, which belied the brew's 9% strength.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Not as clear as I thought it would be for this style, but the smell and taste were very full and wonderful. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 07:39:12 | More by kevinglin
Photo of CheckMate

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml brown bottle obtained at Hannaford's Supermarket. Hazy golden color with an inch of off white head that holds very well with a bit of lacing on the glass. smells spicy and orange peel. The spiciness, orange peel, and the pithy quality is very prominent. Light/moderate mouth feel. very drinkable goes down smoothly. very well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 22:10:11 | More by CheckMate
Photo of roblowther


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a honey-shaded cloudy gold with no head but a touch of lacing. Intriguing. The smell is sugar and flowers. I think those may be two of the ingredients for little girls. The taste is hops, sugar, apricots, pine nuts and a great balance. What's not to like? The mouthfeel is chewy and slick. It is quite drinkable, very balanced and doesn't affront you like some 9% beers can. All aboard, this Texas boy says!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 19:16:30 | More by roblowther
Photo of popery


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent if slightly boring Belgian from Brooklyn. Local 1 is a very good beer and I have few complaints about it. However, it was made in a Belgian style and must be reviewed against its style, which happens to include some of the best beers in the world. The flavor and aroma have a nice but fairly generic spice character of black pepper and clove. The yeast is earthy but not spectacularly so. There are some sweet fruits in the mix. The feel is smooth with fine, relatively gentle bubbles. The alcohol is well-hidden. I have heard (maybe from marketing materials) this beer compared to a saison, and I'm going to disagree with that characterization. It's just a generic BSPA that has neither big flaws nor big character.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 22:20:58 | More by popery
Photo of aeminter


4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw to honey gold, slight haze, thick white foamy head
S - Light fruit esters, spicy, and a hint of bubble gum
T - Slightly citrusy, hints of pear and melon with some hop bitterness in the finish.
M - Effervescent and refreshing, but there is definitely a solid alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 06:04:14 | More by aeminter
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel glass. Bottle gives the satisfying champagne pop, when the cork comes out. Pours a very cloudy yellow gold with a thick creamy long lasting white foam.

Smell is fruity and yeasty. Can tell immediately this will be a Belgian style.

Taste is all Belgian - there's a lot going on here, including the taste of the bottle fermentation, fruits, yeasts. theres a sweetness to each swig. The alcohol was evident to me, particularly as I worked my way thorugh the bottle. Was very fizzy and lively acrbonated in the mouth.

Drinkable? I finished the full bottle in one sitting, but not without some effort - this is a hearty brew meant to be taken seriously. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 02:09:53 | More by KTCamm
Photo of jwhawkins81


3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma - Aromatic hops and some spiciness, definite Belgian qualities.

Appearance - Big fluffy white head with tons of carbonation. Slightly cloudy yellow color makes up the actual beer.

Taste - Very light with a sweeteness on first taste but then a slightly clove like spice takes over. This beer is similar to Aventinus in the spiciness but without a malt backbone to support it.

Mouthfeel - Light and plenty of carbonation to carry along the flavors.

Drinkability - This level of spiciness may overwhelm some over the course of a few drinks but it worked well enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 18:03:02 | More by jwhawkins81
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Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz pours an apple juice color with cloudiness at the bottom - many fingered head that a little too quickly disappears.

Smell is apples, wheat, fruity esters.

Taste is friggin' delicious. Spicy on the entry like a saison, follows through with a full fruity Belgian yeast flavor. Wow. Grains fill it out, a slight hoppy finish. Dry finish and yet lively carbonation - alive.

This is such a well rounded, full, delicious beer. Pretty much as delicious as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 02:06:14 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of gciccarelli


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pours a hazy pale orange-gold with huge 3 finger white fluffy head.

S - Bready malt, yeast, candi sugar, clove spice.

T - Bready malt, slight hoppy bitterness, banana, spice. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Finishes a slight bit dry and bitter.

M - Light/medium body, medium carbonation.

D - Nicely balanced and very smooth.

A solid brew - worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 21:17:19 | More by gciccarelli
Photo of cvfish


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a golden orange color that produced a white head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were bready malts, clove, spice and some yeast

T - The taste of this beer had some breadiness at the beginning, followed by a mix banana and spice, and ended with yeast

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carboantion

D - This was a good beer in my opinion, something good to buy to pass along to the buddies

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:07:25 | More by cvfish
Photo of benmiliron


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I forget what I paid for this one. Got it at Jungle Jim's in Cincy.

Can't tell what the beer style is from the bottle, but clearly belgian. Once you open it the belgian yeast just smacks you in the face. Absolutely lovely sweet, peppery smell coming off of this gorgeous white cloud-like head. Taste is divine - sugary hard maple candy, belgian spice, yeast, alcohol comes through as it warms. Everything plays together very well. It's like La Chouffe crossed with St. Bernardus Dubbel and a a splash of Duvel. Mouthfeel is excellent - small bubble, very smooth drink.

This is the first US brew I've had that I can say - if I hadn't known beforehand I would've guessed it was from Belgium.

Absolutely spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 23:10:34 | More by benmiliron
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy grapefruit color, not ruby red, but
real grapefruit with a nice white head that
keeps pace as you drink and leaves a great
lace almost sticing to the sides of the glass
like glue.

S: Sweet and fruity but not camoflaging the 9%
ABV, this one packs a punch and lets you know
that it's about to.

T: Sweet and fruity with a bitter grapefruit
bite that hits you right in the back of the
tongue, very nice. The alcohol is present
but not as overbearingas the aroma may have

M: Great mouthfeel, good consistency and not too
syrupy as these strong Beligians can be.
Clean and an overall al pleasant texture on
the tongue.

D: Drinkability is A+ save the 9% ABV. For a
lover of beer I'm the consumate light weight
and one of these does the trick all by it-
self. Another great beer experience from
Garrett and the other guys at Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:21:39 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of lonestar4lunch


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a gift for my birthday back in March and decided it was time to crack it open. Pours a huge, white head that stays around for a while. The aroma is of sweet malts, yeast, bubble gum and just a bit of spice. Taste starts off with strong banana, honey, yeast and finishes with a nice spicy bitterness that is really good. It is a bit sweet but with the finish it doesn't really overwhelm. I really enjoyed this one. Can't wait to try the Local 2.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 03:32:46 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of infi

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass.

Pours a nice orange and golden pour with a large head that retains nicely, but does not hold lacing on perimeter of glass for long. Smells very banana-like with subtle notes of spice. The aroma gets more prevalent as the brew warms up. The taste is very light and malty. The spice and banana can be tasted immediately with some bitterness. The alcohol, however, cuts right through towards the end. There isn't a very significant aftertaste as it doesn't retain in the mouth very long. The mouth feel of Local 1 is good - very light-bodied with lots of carbonation. I would say that the drinkability is real easy as the brew is very smooth and tangy. I wouldn't rush to finish the bottle though, the alcohol is very much there.

Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 22:47:52 | More by infi
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3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy gold with a large white head that recedes to leave a nice cap. No sediment. Smells quite spicy with notes of pepper and coriander. Overall sweet, fruity character with quite a bit of orange. Tastes of mineral are surprisingly strong, though quickly overcome by peppery spice. Lightly sweet and tangy with a bit of an alcohol presence. Dry finish that's quite warming. Highly carbonated. A bit too intense to be very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 05:27:11 | More by philipquarles
Photo of Jablonski


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours a bright orange with a large lasting head

S: spices came first; I also notice a citrus aroma (oranges) and bananas

T: The citrus is the most noticeable with herbal undertones. A good balance, but there is also a bitter aftertaste that doesn't match well.

M: Carbonation is a bit strong

D: Has a high ABV, and the 750 mL bottle would be good for a night.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 04:58:48 | More by Jablonski
Photo of SpencerSauce


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

got a bottle from my total wine.

A- nice and bubbly. Golden. Nice head.

S- Spicy and a little banana or something.

T- Banana and clove. Unique taste in my opinion.

M- crisp! pretty light'

D- i thought it decent. didnt compare to some other belgian pale ales like the delirium tremens but deff worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 14:33:09 | More by SpencerSauce
Photo of jojox


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - slightly hazy golden/yellow. large white head that is thick, sticky, and lasting.

s - bananna/clove belgian yeastiness and phenolics. Nice, typical smell for a tripel or pale

t - right on with belgian yeasty flavors and pale malt with some wheat maybe. A bit phenolic at the end, but maybe its bittering hop dryness.

m - hugely carbonated and fun

d - surprised to see that it's 9% after drinking it. Very good for the style, which is not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:35:38 | More by jojox
Photo of Martin2D

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow with a huge white head that retains quite well

S - Spicy, zesty, citrusy

T - Strong zest on the forefront, citrusy spiciness on the aftertaste. Strong yeast taste acccompanied with a bitter note that isn't hops. Alcohol bitterness almost.

M - Heavy carbonation and medium in body, lasting not that pleasant finish

D - Pretty drinkable, a lot of flavors going on here. That lingering bitterness is not pleasant however. That is the only thing that would prevent me from drinking a ton of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 00:11:33 | More by Martin2D
Photo of Darkale


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle itself does not proclaim the style of this beer, and that is a failure that generally bothers me; however, there is so much creative deviation from style nowadays that any brewer who notes a style is probably in trouble with half of their beers. The notes for this beer state that Brooklyn's Garrett Oliver calls it "a strong saison," though BA calls it "a Belgian Strong Pale Ale." Apologies to the brothers, but I agree with Mr. Oliver: strong saison it is.

It's deeper and lower than the average saison, with a kind of round cherry chewy sweetness that would be cloying if it were not for the balance from the slightly sour, cheesy yeast. I like the mouthfeel of the beer, though it is denser than the average saison; I like how chewy and thick it is. The aftertaste is sour again, a bit of alcohol and some grittiness, with the sweetness remaining on the edges.

So, well, uh... is this a saison? A big, sweet, burning one, yes. I'd have preferred less alcohol, more delicacy. But, I'm glad to have had this beer. It would be great with a long, slow, fine meal; perhaps prime rib, or veal. This is a beer that could put the meal on its shoulders and walk with it for a while, whistling...

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:43:27 | More by Darkale
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured light golden color, with a lot of carbonation, and a high, creamy head. Quite hazy, but lots of light can get through.

S - Ripe pears, bubble gum, some spice and alcohol.

T - Starts with some spicy phenolics, then a little fruity ester and some bubblegum along with some floral hop flavors. Finishes with some alcohol, not harsh, but you taste and feel it.

M - As soon as it hits your mouth you feel the carbonation, this accentuates the alcohol warmth. Has a palate cleansing effect from the high level of carbonation, alcohol, and dry finish.

D - Crisp and dry makes it a pretty drinkable beer. The carbonation and alcohol make it more of a sipper than guzzler though.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 01:11:01 | More by steelerguy
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the lovely bottle into a tulip. A hazy golden color with a nice big belgian head. Heavy lacing leaves the entire glass a milky white. The foam sticks around for the duration of the beer. There is a wee bit of yeasty sediment floating around...mmm, pulp.
The smell is powerful, this is some odiferous shite. The initial floral notes are quickly replaced by a sweet fruity scent, almost a peach or nectarine. This is followed by an alcoholy finish.
The taste follows the nose, initial sweetness is quickly replaced by slightly sour and bitter notes. There is no alcohol present in the flavor, very nice.
The mouthfeel is good, a big body, high carbonation, it really is almost like a steroidal saison.
I could drink this by myself without problem, something I will definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 04:17:09 | More by grayburn
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with orange hues. Fluffy two-finger head. Only faint, faint lacing.

Nose is very yeasty and fruity. Bananas, faint cloves, slight hop presence.

Taste is very clean. Bananas appear again, but not overpowering. Nice malt balance. Mild tartness, even sourness, in the finish with a taste of oranges. Little to no hops here, though.

Good example of style, but not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 01:15:41 | More by beer2day
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,687 ratings.