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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,834 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 131
Gots: 239 | FT: 6
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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.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 02-18-2007)
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Photo of jonziefle
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy golden straw color. Four finger plus white foamy/pillowy head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Lacing/

Smell: Sweet apple fragrance, with a spicy kick to it. Some lemon and clove. Mild floral hops and yeast esters.

Taste: Roasted sweet malts, with spicy and peppery hops. Yeast esters are definitely present. Moderate sweetness. Sparkling wine characteristics in bite and alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Very spicy and prickly on the mouth. Sort of similar in feel to a sparkling wine, sort of.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, but definitely a sipper. The spicy flavor, high alcohol content, and carbonation all make this one a slow roller. But well worth it.

Buy Again? Yes

jonziefle, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle coutesy of an in-person trade with air. Thanks buddy.

A golden mostly clear slightly hazed body with a masssive rocky head that actually climbs it's way out of my Delerium Tremens snifter. Excellent retention!

The scent is spicy and full of medicinal clove, orchard fruits, apple skin, pepper and earthy/musty hops.

The flavor is very spicy(clove and pepper) with a healthy dose of hops. Some fruit in the middle but cleans up at the end and finishes dry as a bone. The alcohol is noticable but does not distract from the other elements.

Sharply carbonated and creamy. Medium body

750 ml? no problem. ABV/serving size is the only thing holding the drinkability score back a notch.

bonsreeb85, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy gold and has quite a bit of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a bit light and kind of fruity at first. Some plumb and a slight green apple come out a bit. The flavor is a bit sour with a bit of a co2, airiness with all the bubbles.

The taste is a bit yeasty with some sour fruit and some malty flavor. The was again some fruity flavor that seemed to have just a touch of hops in the distant background.

The feel of this beer is nice and crisp and has a good amount of carbonation. It is pretty easy drinking and goes down quite well.

Duhast500, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged this 750ml bottle the other day at Ayotte's, setting me back $8.49. Lot # 2548? No other freshness info found.

OK, into a Rapscallion chalice she goes. Color is a muted golden-apricot, with a more-than-healthy layer of fine, tight white bubbles sitting atop the liquid. There are plenty of carbo bubbles within contributing to the head, which has great staying power. Lacing is top-shelf, all the way. Nose has some fruity notes and yeastiness prsent, though it is restrained overall. Mouthfeel is middle of the pack, with a fairly smooth feel to the bier combining with a medium body.

There are pale, crackery malts present in the flavor, with some mild sweetness. Flavor, like the aroma, has some fruity traits, with pear and apple coming to mind. The yeast does contribute a bit of a spicy, peppery quality, though it is not overly strong. While this is a flavorful bier in general, it lacks the complexity typically present in a good Belgian-style bier. I am enjoying it, but it's not worth the price, so Local 1 is a one and done.... Prosit!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


Bierman9, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of garuda
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter gets a one inch white, thick, creamy head with decent lacing and good retention throughout the drink. Hazy golden in color. Along with the bottle itself, this makes for a great presentation.

S - First smell is yeast and spice, then citrus comes through, mostly lemon peel with some orange.

T - Spicey yeast, and some citrus/fruit

M - The high carbonation gives it a full body, nice and creamy over my tongue. A bit of hops give it a crisp, dry finish, with a little alcohol in the aftertaste. The abv is hidden very well.

D - Overall, the high carbonation makes it more a sipping beer for me, and with the 9% abv, one bomber is enough for me at one time. Pairs excellent with some dark chocolate covered strawberries. I will definitely be coming back for more of this one.

garuda, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Maudite snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a finger and a half of foam that is retained nicely and results in some interesting lacing.

Smell: Spices, clove, banana,slight sugar and yeast.

Taste: Candied fruit, banana, spices and a slight yeast taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and rather refreshing for a 9% Strong Ale. Very nice brew.

Drinkability: A beer that I often pass up, but for $7-8 at the local Whole Foods, this will be in regular rotation in the future.

Axic10, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy shot the cork off of this bottle and nearly put a hole in his girlfriend's foot and pours us our tasting glasses full of mostly Belgian head.
After the head settled down this beer poured a shiny pale golden color that is well topped with whitish head.
Smell is full of fruit esters and yeast and some good spiced notes.
Taste is complex in its profile-there is some good spice notes throughout the flavor and a taste I can only describe and cinnamon applesauce-a good note in the profile.
Finish is wet with booze and yeast-and fruit spices.
Drinks well at 9%-though definitely not a gulper.

ThaBobfather, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of degerbah
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy pale yellow with some sediment visible in the glass. Lots and lots of head, forcing me to wait untill it dies down before I can take a taste. As I wait, the head dies down, there is tremendous thick lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very fruity, almost smelling like cinnamon applesauce. The taste is very boozy with a slightly bitter yeasty taste. Too strong to be anything but a sipper, not really an exceptional beer, and I probably won't get it again.

degerbah, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of mwa423
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This is a golden hazy colored beer that was almost impossible to pour without insane amounts of head. The color and lacing are primo and this could easily be 4 or greater if not for the insane head.

S - Lots of alcohol, spice, some yeast. Dead on perfect for style.

T - Yeasty, fruity apple flavor which is similar to Unibroue Ephimere. There is a hint of spice on the end and a very dry note on the end.

M/D - Mouthfeel is quite tingly, which is typical to style but it is followed with a smooth and rich flavor. This is a sipper but a good drinker for the style.

mwa423, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Dotcubed
2.88/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Old bottle that I found in the old country... Toledo I think.
Sitting around for a couple of years.

Bottle has 1377 stamped on the back.

Dusty smell. Looks really hazy. Honey appearance. Fine foam. Not much lace.

Tastes peculiar. Warming, dry, bitter. On the watery side.

Might be past his peak. Not getting much fruit. Maybe some over ripe mango, pineapple.

not one that ages well or nicely.

Dotcubed, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.


Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger thick creamy white head, with some nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice spice note. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeasty, bitter, spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew.

Wasatch, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of RppIII
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Snifter (batch number on back)

Appearance- Pours pale golden with a flawless fluffy white head and phenomenal retention leaves white washed halos dotting the sides of the glass. Each swallow brings a white sheet fluff washing into my mouth.

Smell- immediately candied malts are present in the nose followed by coriander, alcohol phenols, and hops create an interesting sour note, very much reminds me of a bottle of bubbly.

Taste- While this is an American style Strong Belgian Pale Ale it lacks the customary complexity that the notorious Belgian yeast strains, and somewhat the American yeast strains for this style, impart. Candied Malt gives way to coriander and a slight bitter hop flavour. Hints of bananas and lots of sour fruit give this beer a brilliant contrast to the sweet candies present in the initial taste. The alcohol within gives me courage to walk outside in the bitter cold and enjoy a fresh snow laden landscape.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy with a good amount of carbonation to remind you this is a beer. For this style the carbonation isn't nearly crisp enough, it is too cluttered and un-organized. Aesthetically I enjoy the messy carbonation against the creaminess of this beer but maybe not in this style.

Drinkability- Drinkable, but overall not aesthetically pleasing. The complexity of this beer is lacking, the aesthetic quality of this beer is lacking, and most importantly the yeast is non-present. I enjoy what Brooklyn has done with this beer but I don't feel all the pieces of this style fit together as they could.

RppIII, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a big fluffy white head. Retention is good, with a nice cap staying until the end.
Smells like spice, yeast and clove.
Tastes a bit earthy and grassy. Some lemon zest and clove. Bitterness from the high ABV comes through a bit too much, but overall its pretty decent. Just a touch of sweetness there too.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little prickly from the carbonation.
It wasn't hard at all to finish, but not stellar.

Hoagie1973, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of BrandonWardlaw
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden yellow with lots of lacing.

Smells spicy, with the slightest bit of a citrus essence.

A bit fruity at first, but followed by a very malty-wheat flavor that's quite pleasing.

Light mouthfeel with excellent carbonation.

Looking forward to more of this - it's a stellar beer.

BrandonWardlaw, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize/golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, alcohol, tart malt, slight sweet malt, slight honey, hops, slight citrus, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, tart malt, yeast, citrus (lemon/pear?), slight alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, alcohol really well hidden, good aroma, great body, blend, and complexity.

Tone, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle stamped 0769. Possibly bottled on July 6, 2009?

Served chilled into a chalice, Local 1 has a very hazy appearance. The beer is a golden yellow color with poor clarity even though it has sat perfectly still for several months. The head is rocky and settles fairly quickly.

Aroma is spicy and funky in perfect unity. It doesn't shout anything but you get a variety of unusual and pleasant experiences in the nose.

Flavor is fruity with great Belgian yeast character. The tropical fruit combines with the unique sour flavor and funky yeast strain to create a beatifully complex, yet balanced, beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and high in carbonation, as many Belgian strong pales are. The abundance of bubbles is probably this beer's greatest hinderance but it's not out of character for the style.

Overall a wonderful beer and one certainly worth having if the opportunity arises.

GilGarp, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, gold in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: honey, hay, and lemon

Taste: honey, hay, lemon, orange, and some bittering hops. Kind of tastes like a dry white wine

Mouthfeel: bitter at firstgetting more sweet and funky.high carbonation, light bodied, thin

Drinkability: A very good beer that tastes like a dry white wine. I could have a couple of glasses. I was surprised by the funk. This will not be the first drink I look for but would have it again.

tigg924, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glass- Riedel 6416/07

A- Hazy yellow, persistent foam.

S- Citrus, yeasty bread dough.

T- Light maltiness. Notes of orange. There is a notable and regretable shortfall of structure and body here.

M, D- A disappointing lack of substance, this brew comes across as thin and light. It is not thoroughly unpleasant, but it is not inspiring, and I don't consider it to be successful enough to drink again given the many other fine options available.

WhiteOak, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse from the bottle.

A-spongy white head and a lemon like body

S-juicy, very fruity, lemon

T-cigarette??? lemon, fruit pit flavor, alcohol


D-Some of the flavors here were just weird. However, the beer is challenging in a very good way.

jneiswender, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, hazy golden color with an attractive ivory head that lingers.
Aroma is nice and bready. Taste is big, chunky, and somewhat sweet. Lots of yeast and malt, perhaps a hint of mango and a little spice. Mouthfeel is full and warm with alcohol. Overall, a very nice, classic-tasting Belgian ale. Quite good.

DoreenAndDave, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of speter
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color, huge head that fades to nice lacing
S: Upon pour, I was struck by a very yeasty Belgian scent: fruity, bready, with a hint of honey. As the foam settled, the scent took on a more pale ale-ish hop scent.
T: For me, this started citrus-like, became peppery over the top of the tongue, and finished clove-like. The pepper flavor persists.
M: Very nice body with a slight warming feel (nice this winter!). Very carbonated.
D: Although this can be (according to the bottle) either an aperitif or served with food, to my mind this really works better with food, especially something spicy or peppery, as the peppery quality of the beer is quite strong.

speter, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Evan1023 for this!

75cL bottle poured into a snifter

It pours a hazy golden yellow witha billowing 4 finger head. The head lasts for several minutes and keeps a nice trail of lace down the glass.

It smells very orangey with some spicy yeast. Quite pleasant.

The taste is just like Garret Oliver said in the description. A big boy saison, very similar to the New Glarus Imperial Saison. Very citrusy with an ending very strong yeast pepper spice bite to seal the deal. Light tasting but still full bodied. Very enjoyable; not a hint of the alcohol.

the mouthfeel is great and carbonation is perfect for the style. The bottle whole went down quickly and without a fight. A real solid beer.

weatherdog, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle on 11/25/09

A - pours a hazy orange with an inch of foam that stuck around for a while

S - light saison aroma, citrus-orange and lemon

T - citrusy taste, light malt, honey appears as it warms

M - good carbonation and mouthfeel

D - very flavorful and easy to drink

mikereaser, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Hazy golden pour with 1-2 fingers of head. Constant bubbles from the bottom.

S: Wonderful. Cloves, bananas, and a little peppery. Hint of sweet fruit.

T/M: This is a very good Belgian. Spicy, carbonated feel with a sweet finish. Bananas and cloves present in the taste, but not as strong as the nose. Very crisp. Great example of a belgian.

D: Can easily finish the whole bomber, but not much more.

kirkpjr, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

About three inches of whipped egg whites for a head sitting above a quite cloudy golden brew. All kinds of scents emanating. Clove, banana, bubblegum, pepper, and touches of citrus. You can really smell the Belgian yeast. Lots of spicy pepper in the taste. Yeasty citrus and some clove, but the taste seems a bit conservative when compared with the smell. The carbonation was a bit over the top and lent itself to the peppery sensation on the tongue. I agree with some other reviewers about the medicinal finish. You can really taste the alcohol. This wasn't up to the expectations I had for it, but it was still pretty good. I also found it better after it warmed a bit.

alkemy, Jan 01, 2010
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,834 ratings.