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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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1,764 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,764
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 123
Gots: 215 | FT: 5
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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 beer2day
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

beer2day, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Had a couple glasses of this with glazed ham and a light salad for Easter dinner.

Appearance- Hazy, pale gold with moderate white head and a little lace.

Smell- Light and fruity, with citrus, yeast and light bananna. Pale malt.

Taste- Spicy yeast dominates. light fruit. Bananna, citrus, and some faint hops. Light, crisp maltiness. Clean flavors.

Mouthfeel- light-medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability- Crisp and light flavors make for a well-balanced, easily drinkable beer.

endincolorado, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of Bugsey
4.43/5  rDev +7%

At the first sip, I thought this was a tripel, not a strong pale ale. Honey colored with a light foam, and a yeasty banana spice scent.

Alcohol is pretty high, but there is no burn. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, reminding me of pear juice. Taste is wonderful, creamy, clean, tangy.

Overall this is a wonderful bear, but at 9% ABV, boy I wish it came in smaller bottles.

Bugsey, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Appears a hazy, light gold with a large, fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Plenty of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary citrus, lemon, cracked coriander, honey, and a dose of spicy pepper.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a floral, sweet, honey flavor that leads to a semi-dry, sugary, bitey finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy along the palate, with that grassy, dryness at the end.
This is a good one to open at a byob.

weeare138, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

750ml bottle into Duvel tulips.

A- slightly cloudy, bright golden color, with a thick, thick white head.

S- distinctive Belgian yeast aromas, alongside sweet malt and candy, as well as strong cinnamon spice and hops.

T- sweet, dry, sharp flavor, punctuated with a strong spice, almost spicy-hot flavor as the cinnamon builds. Yeast profile is also clearly noticeable, but in a good way. Aftertaste is yeasty and hoppy. This is very spicy, in a caliente way, not the expected Belgian spice profile, and in fact very little sweetness is present. I wasn't expecting this at all, and I can see how it might get old if I drank the whole bottle by myself, but I can also see how I might have a very distinct craving for this, down the road. Some fruit is also present, especially as the beer warms a bit more. Apple and pear seem to be the dominant flavors.

M- very assertive carbonation, leading to a slightly foamy, bubbly mouthfeel; a little sticky going down, too, from the spice.

D- I'm enjoying it, and like I said, I can easily imagine having a distinct craving for this, because it is fairly unusual, but at the same time, I think one glass will be plenty for now.

WalrusJockey, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from a 750oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a very deep gold color with a very large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices and Belgian yeast, along with light malts, some fruit and a little bit of hops in the background.

T: The taste is spicy up front along with sweet flavors of apples, citrus and caramel. There's a strong Belgian yeast background and a touch of smokiness that peeks through periodically. There's a mild but complementary hops presence and overall the beer is very-well balanced with a good complexity to it. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and a little dry.

D: Tasty and flavorful, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to either pound for while or sip for long time.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

$9.99 for a 750ml bottle. Brewed with two row pilsner malt from Bamberg and Demerara Cane Sugar from Mauritius. Hopped with German Hallertaur, Perle, and Styrian Goldings. Og=18.5P, 9.0% ABV. Even the bottles were custom made for Brooklyn. 100% bottle conditioned. The original yeast is filtered out and a new yeast is added for bottle conditioning. Cool video on the website.

Pours out to a delicately cloudy light golden, forming a tall poofy meringue like head with superior retention and excellent lacing. This is a very gorgeous looking beer. Carbonation is moderate strong. The aroma is exceptional...the yeast strain they used here is perfect, throwing off a dusty, slightly funky mango, pear, and apple fruitiness. Very few American breweries can pull off something that seems so authentically Belgian. The mouthfeel is brisk with a piquant light acidity and a deceptively light fluffy body. The taste opens with tropical fruits, followed by spicy phenols, a well balanced moderate herbal and dusty bitterness which hangs strongly in the aftertaste. Bitter as far as BSPA's go. This reminds me ALOT of Duvel...the similarity is uncanny.

I think this is the first beer from Brooklyn BC that I've been impressed with. Their other beers were fermented too hot and I didn't like them at all, but this one was obviously handled with care and it shows. This can hold it's own next to other standout BSPA's. Recommended.

Mitchster, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of rodney45
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%

Loud pop from the cork, and I poured it into my standard tasting pint. Bad Move... Very hard to pour, im sorry if I sound naive, but its a difficult beer to control into a pint glass. As i let the head settle, I noticed pear, grains, and wheat wafting out out of the terribly poured head. The color is lighter and hazier than I expected, but at this point I am still hopeful that that this beer lived up to the ten dollars I spent at the brewery for it. I taste pear and plum very distinctly and im underwhelmed by anything else in this beer. A bit too watery by my standards to be considered great. In fact, i dont really like this beer... I was saving it for a special occasion, now i opened it, and I am left with a yellow plum beer that lacks depth. Try it for yourself.

rodney45, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

Pours a hazy lemon gold. A creamy 2-finger eggshell head falls gradually. Beautiful sheets of foam hold to the glass and recede into a lovely lace.
Aroma is moderate, floral, honey, fruity, musty. A hint of banana. Slight alcohol.
Flavor is mostly musty. Must must must. Slight tart and fruit notes are under there somewhere. Some earthiness as well. Finish is musty again with a bit of alcoholic spice.
Medium body with lots of creamy carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

This beer hits some things really well, but misses the beat a couple of times. I think the mustiness overrides the other flavors. It's just not as complex as others. Like a really good beer just trying to struggle past the last few hurdles.

goatgoat, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of LOCAL
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with big fluffy white head into my Duvel tulip.

Aroma: Sweet malts. Light, fruity esters, some faint spiciness.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. The sweet malt and yeast come through first followed by some sort of apple/plumb fruitiness. The spices in the nose are almost stronger there than they are in the taste. Perfect amount of spice for this saision.

Mouthfeel. Light to medium carbonation and body, yet seems to stick to the tounge.

Overall: A solid brew. Light and refreshing. The beer is very balanced with no one flavor overpowering the other. For 9%abv the alcohol is very well hidden.

LOCAL, Mar 23, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

750 ml bottle

A: Hazy, golden amber. darker than a saison, little lighter than the standard strong Belgian ale. Fluffy white head, good full lacing throughout

S: Good aroma here, yeast -earthy, biscuit & sweet notes, banana, green apple and some light spices.

T: Very well balanced, same notes from the nose follow through nicely in the taste, pleasantly surprised the hops come through in the taste, yeasty notes as well.

M - good coverage here, smooth and crisp

D - Good, no issues with the alcohol, nor do any of the flavors get in the way of each other or cause any issues with enjoying a few of these at a time.

bwd110, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of becktone
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

From notes 1-25-09

Eye: Color is a sparkling gold. Clarity is a bit hazy, yet not cloudy, carbonation is lively. Head retention and formation are perfect for the Duvel glass into which it is poured, almost looks like Duvel itself. Head is a billowy, fluffy, cloudy beast. The white creature spans from the top of the "L" to the top of the narrowest part of the glass, right before it flanges back out. Lacing isn't quite where I'd like it to be. Overall great looking brew.

Nose: Described by Garrett Oliver as being a strong saison style this one's aroma holds true to that statement. Notes of oaken wood, and faint farm smells-mulch primarily- and some spiciness all come through beautifully. It isn't quite as earthy and "farmhouse funkified" as others, but it still smells great. Behind all that there is a nice sweet malt aroma, and some of that "candi" aroma- the light toffee/caramel. Overall real nice aroma, great balance between malt sweetness and "farmhouse" aromas-woody, etc.

Tongue: Slight oakiness, some malt sweetness and some sour apple are all components of this brew's flavor. Alcohol is also noticeable, yet doesn't get in the way of the brew. Its not hot either, just a warming presence. Its flavor is masked pretty well, what you can taste of it adds to the beer, its expected. However, its more of the feel of the alcohol that lets one know that it is there. After a while a dominant flavor of oakiness enhanced by alcohol flavor and alcohol warmth takes the foreground....backed by a sweet malt body, and the other aforementioned flavors. Pretty nice brew, but in my book nothing to rave about. Definitely give it a try, this is a good beer, but nothing that wows me, and makes me want to go out and buy another one of these right away. I'm sure I'll be drinking it again, but not anytime in the near future.

Feel and Drinkability: On the palate this one is medium-light bodied with low-moderate levels of carbonation. Alcohol warmth adds to feel, giving the beer some overall heft. Finish is slightly dry, hop flavor and bitterness coming thorugh at the end to mingle with alcohol and creating an overall drying effect on the back of the tongue whilst sweetness still plays on the front and sides of the tongue until my watering mouth carries it away, around the center of dryness. This is one that I'll enjoy drinking the rest of, but as afore mentioned am not all that excited about....its a great beer, but for me it just doesn't make me rave.

becktone, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Live review. Poured from my 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby hills batch 3408 into my Brewery Ommegang Hennepin silver rimmed glass (in honor of Garrett Oliver classifying it as a strong Saison which I will review it as).

A Generous meringue like egg white head that lingers for several minutes over a minimally cloudy straw golden yellow body with carbonation rising from below. Lacing is present but not extreme. Very nice look.

S A pleasing Saison like spicy aspect with a nice sweetness (not from strong malt or sugar but almost a sweetness derived from the particular grains used in the beer. Very interesting and inviting smell.

T The nice light sweetness and grainy spicing carries right over into the taste. Very pleasing and the ABV is hidden very well IMO.

M Lighter than other saisons to the feel, wet like a thin beer but a tickle of spicing and some ABV feel comes through to beef up the feel. It overall has a light to moderate feel. I think that it lacks the classic smoothness of other saisons, a quality that I appreciate in a saison. For that reason I give it a 2.5 here.

D Good. I finished the entire bottle (about two of my Hennepin glasses) without trouble at all for this lightly sweet with spices beer. Watch out for this one whose ABV can sneek up on you without warning.

Notes: I can imagine having this alone or at the dinner table.

adamette, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

750ml purchased at the local package store.

The appearance is a nice golden tone with a two finger head upon pouring into a tulip glass, the head disappeared not too long after. The smell is alcohol foremost, faint fruit too.
The taste is better, similar to other good strong pale ales, is reminiscent of some of the belgians producers of this style in general. The mouthfeel is fairly light, some sweetness, with a tang of the strongness of this style thrown into the mix. Drinkability is good...I like this beer quite a bit, and for $9, I am quite happy.

mltobin, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of CpnYates
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Maybe it was the beautiful bottle, maybe it was the hype from this site, maybe it was because my NCAA brackets are falling apart. But I feel like I was let down by this offering from Brooklyn.

The pour was average, but the head 1 finger at best dissapated quickly. There was some impressive bubble dancing to the top after each poor though, and the golden wheat color was on par with others of this style. It was the smell and the taste that left something to be desired however. It seems as though there is little going on besides the alchol. The burn seems to linger inapropriately for a 9.00 abv beer and is way to present in the nose. None of the subtiltle fruit tones I get in a Duvel. I gave the drinkability a 2.5 due to the bordem induced after more than one poor and the lack of complexity. This beer was worth trying, but not something I'd seek again.

CpnYates, Mar 21, 2009
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2.6/5  rDev -37.2%

Belgian strong ale indeed... the heat in this one totally threw me for a loop and was all in all very unpleasant. Even let this one sit overnight in the fridge, and despite extra air time and cooled state, all I could get was alcohol in the finish. Not my cup of tea, which is a bummer as I was really looking forward to this.

jwjon1, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Received this in the 80's BIF from Jw347. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a golden, straw yellow. After a vigorous pour, produced a pillowy white head with wonderful lacing. Tons of carbonated bubbles shot up from the bottom of the glass. Quite a spectacle.

S- Subtle honey sweetness with coriander. Also had a distinct belgian yeast scent that carried as an undertone.

T- As the beer warmed, the subtleties really came out. Had a mellowed out honey taste with various spices. Also had a distinct yeast flavor that blended quite nicely with the rest of the beer. Finished with a nice, sweet tone.

M- Medium to light bodied with tons of carbonation. Leaves a semi-dry mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable. The 9% abv cannot even be detected after couple of glasses.

Overall, a very nice brew. Another quality brew from Brooklyn.

rhinos00, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
2.15/5  rDev -48.1%

Locate Juan? There he is! Pours a mostly cloudy amber color with a light brownish orange hue. A fizzy white head with some staying power. After some time did hide to the edge of the glass but was able to bring back with a swirl. Ok lacing through out the tasting.

The nose was a bit off. Some off malt notes up front but not very distinct. Some bready notes with a light nutty note that I associate with Victory malt. Some noticeable off notes. Some butyric and DMS. Some goaty and funk in there as well. I would call it more of an infection than anything else. Some yeasty aroma but nothing that really confirms being a Belgian beer.

The taste is a bit more distinct but still some off notes. To start there is a light bready note with more of a pale ale base. Some caramel/toffee notes but limited. A odd funk that I picked out from the nose. More of butyric aroma but has a definite metallic/coiny taste to it. Some yeast notes but again nothing particularly noticeable for a Belgian character. Some minor alcohol and esters but mostly clean. Some pineapples and cloves with some hints of figs. Some carbonic bite that off set the finish a bit. Very strange.

The body was moderate. Some warming from the alcohol. The carbonation was high even for style. Overall some really strange off notes and limited malt and Belgian character really leaves me wanting more. Not exactly a drain pour but close.

Oxymoron, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml corked & caged bottle served in my New Belgium Globe Glass. Batch 3028 indicated on the back label. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a torrent of tiny bubbles effervescing from the nucleation point in the well of the bowl. Three inch bright white head sizzled and popped as it slowly dissipated leaving behind cloud-like formations of lacing in its wake. Nose suggests coriander, belgian yeast, candi sugar and perhaps a hint of anise, some light fruity esters and a kiss of booze at the back. Taste follows nose on this one - great complexity. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied; tingly carbonation with no burn, a little bit of tartness at the finish. By far one of my favorite belgian strong pale ales - easy drinking, accessible and reasonable priced. Another top notch brew from Brooklyn.

Jwale73, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.18/5  rDev +1%

750ml bottle. back label has possible batch number of "3318". poured into tulip.

clear golden straw with honey amber tones. large 3- or 4-finger head slowly fades to thin layer. good lacing. hazy with yeast on later pours.

fruity and spicy aroma, with apple, pear, and hint of citrus, then pepper, hint of clove, and parsley. bready malts underneath. grassy, herbal hop note. faint alcohol and moderate phenols.

palate is a decent balance of toasted bready malt, ripe pears and champagne, quickly met by spicy phenols and herbal, grassy hops with a moderate, crisp bitterness. phenols get a little bold towards the finish, but never distract.

smooth, with faint resins in the finish. moderate yet slightly prickly carbonation is fluffy. later pours with yeast haze are actually creamy.

tai4ji2x, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Even laying its awesome bottle aside, this is an beautiful looking beer. I poured it as gently as possible into a white wine glass and had barely filled it one third of the way up with liquid before the foam shot up and filled and the other two thirds. It is a very clear gold with several jets of fine carbonation bubbles jetting up to join the foam. Smell is remiscent of a Saison. Strong notes of sour apple, freshy fruity ethers, and a bit of yeast. The warm alcohol vapors were strong enough on the palate to make my ears pop. What I said about the aromas applies doubly to the taste except that its sweeter than the nose suggested and is also slightly spicy. This is a good beer but not better than its main Belgian predecessors.

droomyster, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Golden colored with a slight haze. I imagine the haze will increase as I get down into the bottle more. A large 1 - 1 1/2 inch head forms with some decent retention. A thick cap remains. Some lace.

S - Huge hit of fruit on the nose. Bananas, apples, and perhaps a hint of something tropical (lychee or pineapple maybe?) are immediately noticable. There's also waves of honey, biscuits, and light phenols with notes of cinnamon, clove, and white pepper. One of the best descriptors I can put on the aroma is a cross between a hefeweizen and a saison.

T - Well, Local 1 is one of those beers that simply blows me away with it's amazing taste. Pretty much in line with the nose, although this has some time to develop on the palate and is much less fleeting than other Belgian brews. Sweet stone fruits roll over the tongue early on. Banana, apple, and tropical notes from the nose are noted a long with a few other flavors, namely peaches and nectarines. The sweetness subsides a little and delves into biscuit and honey mid palate. Unobtrusive pale malt leads into the phenolic properties of Local 1 with big notes of clove. Secondary similar flavors appear indistinctly somewhere between sweet spice and peppercorns. Late palate reveals a quick medicinal bitterness though a lingering sweetness remains. Fleeting and barely noticable alcohol presence. Overall the finish is quite clean.

M - Solid medium body with high carbonation. Although the taste was magnificient, I feel that a small reduction in carbonation would be an improvement as with most Belgian and Belgian-style beers.

D - Local 1 is practically chuggable. The alcohol is completely hidden amongst a myriad of flavors. I'm usually not a fan of the big bottles when it comes to styles like this but every sip of this has been a delight. Certainly the best I've had of the style and easily in the ranks with my top 10 favorite beers. Love it.

PatrickJR, Mar 13, 2009
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4.88/5  rDev +17.9%

A- Pours a massive billowy white head with ample lacing over a hazy golden yellow.

S- Nice apple, peach, hay, grassiness, fantastic yeast notes, bits of banana and glove, a tiny hint of alcohol.

T- Nice yeastiness, great banana/clove, green apple skins, soem grassiness, touch of earth (minerals), barnyard. Finishes with a bit of apple, clove and the tiniest hint of cherry on the super long finish.

M- Low carb, great finish.

D- Amazingly drinkable, especially given the ABV of 9%.

Greggy, Mar 12, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Poured from a caged/corked bottle into an oversized wine glass. Just normally oversized, not comically so. Nothing zany. Pours cloudy golden with a foamy white head with some staying power.

S - Fruity, wheat, yeast, faint spices.

T - Apricot, pear and sugary-citrus fruity, wheaty, yeast present, hops and a warm alcohol presence.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation.

HeyItsChili, Mar 11, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Serving Type - 1 Pint 9.4 Fluid Oz. brown bottle with cork.

Appearance - cloud golden/redish brown with off white, thick frothy head that slowly dissipates and leave decent lacing.

Smell - nice mixture of spice aromas and a delicate hint of hops

Taste - Complex blend of spices and hops, I personally think that Delirium Tremens has a nicer balance but this is still nice and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - nice medium body with a nice amount of carbonation

Drinkability - It was a nice complex beer that I felt fit the style nicely I would certainly drink it again.

KraegerB, Mar 11, 2009
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,764 ratings.