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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,746 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,746
Reviews: 885
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 119
Gots: 207 | FT: 4
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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 williamherbert

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

White gold. See through. Head dissipates like so much champagne. Pale dull and not all that impressive to look at.

Like a pilsner on steroids in the aroma. Spicy Belgian ale flavors. Incredibly flowery and fragrant. Perfume and hallertauerish hops.

Flowery and perfumey. Flowery, piney hops. Belgian spices and a wheaty base. The hops and spice are a symphony of flowery flavors. Crystally; malt-base non-existant.

Fizzy and medium bodied. Heavy, fizzy, perfumey and flowery. Bursting wild estery flavors; no malt base to speak of.

11-12-2008 03:08:10 | More by williamherbert
Photo of champ103


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange color. A large white head forms and leaves some sticky lace.
S: Sweet doughy malt. Funky yeast. Some sweet fruit flavors, honey. Not bad at all, but seems standard for the style.
T: A malty taste. Sweet honey like flavors. Some doughy yeast. Kind of like a Duvel clone.
M/D: Creamy and well carbonated for my tastes. Easy and smooth to drink. A sipping beer because of the ABV, but something to sip and savor.

Not a bad BSPA at all. Though I find it a bit typical. Though it is a very good beer from a good brewery.

11-11-2008 02:23:38 | More by champ103
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Nose is full of sweet, creamy malt with splashes of bright floral hops and some sort of soft funky/sourness that reminds me of a Belgian pale ale or a Wit. Minor orange, maybe raspberry. Very creamy. Slightly savory.

Pours a honey orange color, hazy, mild head. Nice yeast sediment on bottle bottom.

First sip displays more orange and deeper levels of the funk/sourness along with Tripel-strength carbonation (softly stinging). Very creamy flavor full of fruit and malt. Splashes of hop as in the nose, floral and citric. Nicely sweet - delicate honey sweetness on a nutty soft-bread malt bed. Slight bread crust notes, just slight. Hints of alcohol heat. More citric orange notes take on lemongrass and floral/herbalness. Pear and other like fruits.

Nice offering from Brooklyn. This is an incredibly creamy, orange, and tasty strong ale of the Belgian influence. Double Saison is a better assessment than Tripel. It is good, I like it more than many beers I've had.

11-10-2008 02:16:33 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of evanackerman


3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

Ha, I have to admit that I chose this beer out of many due to the awesome bottle and label, not something I usually fall victim to but I have enjoyed other beers by Brooklyn so what the hell.

Beer pours a nice blond color with a huge billowing head that lasts so long I had to walk away for five minutes before i could finish filling my glass.

aroma is sugary sweet malt, alcohol, and lemon zest

taste is somewhat sweet due to the sugar, nice maltiness, citrus fruit character is evident in the finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodies with typical bottle-conditioned feel.

overall, this beer looks, smells and tastes like a Tripel, although it is not characterized as such on this website or by the brewery, it is a tasty beer although somewhat unremarkable, definitely worth a try.

11-08-2008 23:29:57 | More by evanackerman
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

Lovely clear golden pour with a big frothy head and solid retention. Carbonation rises slowly to the top of the glass in a very steady stream and there are chunks of lacing down the glass. Smell is nice and inviting. Some honey glazed fruits, a little citrus. Pineapple, pear, peach, and grapefruit. A healthy dose of candy sugar and a definite yeast. Taste attempts to duplicate but is somewhat distracting. Peppery flavors are present along with the fruits. A moderate sweetness from the candy sugar. Alcohol is a tad dominant toward the finish, which takes away from this overall. A pretty solid beer that has some flaws. I managed to finish this bottle myself. While enjoyable at first, it became a little difficult in the end. I'd prefer to split this on the next occasion.

11-03-2008 15:26:37 | More by ncvbc
Photo of AltBock


3.38/5  rDev -18.4%

Slick looking cork finished 750ml bottle that almost looks like a baseball bat if you hold it upside down. This bottle has a small black and gold cigar band label at the top and a black, orange, and gold number "1" as the main label. Below the "1" is where they tell you the ABV% (9%) and that it's a "100% Bottle Refermented Ale." The back label has a decent sized paragraph that they call "The Brewmaster's Serving Suggestions." Only the last sentence of the paragraph has anything to do with serving the beer. The rest of the paragraph was about the beer itself. No best before date or vintage year, but there was a bottle number on the back. Mine was number #1717.

Appearance:I didn't have a Brooklyn Tulip glass, so I poured this Brooklyn beer into a Corsendonk Tulip. With a loud pop, out of the bottle came a beer that was very bubbly, very hazy, and a beautiful golden color with lemon highlights. The head on top of this golden brew was equally impressive as the color of the beer. This great looking creamy head of foam was at least 1 1/2 inches in height and solid pearl white in color. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a small creamy white film and a fair amount of small white streaks of lace. The beer looked just as good as the bottle itself. Great appearance on the outside and inside of the bottle.

Smell: What can I say about the aroma? It was very Belgian like aroma. This Belgian like aroma was all about the citrus aromas. This citrus aromas contained in this beer were the citrus hops, a tiny splash of tart grapefruit, a hint of lemon zest, and a small touch of coriander. There were 2 other aromas, but they weren't citrus. They were the sweet yeast and a pinch of candy sugar. Despite having the last 2 aromas sweet, it didn't have an overly sweet finish. I couldn't find any malts or wheat in the nose. It was probably due to all the citrus aromas.

Taste: The taste was Belgian like like the aroma, but the taste unlike the aroma was more dry, bitter, and yeasty. This Belgian like beer was dry and bitter with some lightly bitter citrus hops, a pinch of dried grapefruit, a splash of lemon zest, a dash of black pepper, and then finishes up with a ton of dried yeast and alcohol. It was good take on a Belgian style beer, but there wasn't enough citrus flavors and a little too much alcohol and yeast. It even tasted like it relied on the yeast and alcohol to push this beer through. And this taste was from the top of the bottle and not the bottom of the bottle where this style usually does get heavy on the alcohol and yeast. A few more citrus flavors and a lot less yeast and alcohol would do this beer justice.

Mouthfeel: This was another one of those beers that was on the line of being a medium bodied beer or a full bodied beer. If I had to choose, it was a tad bit more medium bodied than full bodied. This beer was also low on the carbonation and featured an aftertaste of lightly bitter citrus hops, a hint of lemon zest, and a big bite of alcohol and yeast. There was so much alcohol and yeast in this beer it was getting to a point where it was getting hard to drink. As you can tell, this beer didn't mask it's 9% ABV. It wanted you to taste and feel the high ABV%.

Drinakbility: It was a nice take on a Belgian style of beer from a great American brewery, but again, my bottle relied too much on the alcohol and yeast to get this beer through the taste. Hopefully not all of the bottles are like this one. After my experience with this bottle, I doubt I would shell out any more money to try this beer again.

10-26-2008 18:42:54 | More by AltBock
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1%

I poured a 750 ml bottle into a tupip glasss. It pours a hazy orange color with a big fluffy white head. The beer leaves a significant amount of lacing. The nose of this beer is of alcohol soaked bread, heavy on the alcohol. The taste is suprisingly fruity. There is a hint of pears, with a phenolic finish. The beer has medium body with moderate carbonation. Despite the 9% alcohol, this is an easy drinking beer. Brooklyn Local 1 is an enjoyable brew.

10-15-2008 23:40:15 | More by bonkers
Photo of NHGrafx


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle.

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Nice thick foamy head which dissipates into a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is wonderful. There is a nice pleasant citrus smell, very similar to mandarin oranges. There is also a nice floral aroma from the hops. There is also a nice malty aroma with some yeast notes coming through. There is some fruity smells as well, grapefruit and an apple like smell.

Taste is very good. Some nice fruit flavors, mainly a citrusy flavor, like grapefruit, also some apple and pear flavors coming out. The hops are present, but seem hidden to me. Can taste a bit of yeast too and some malts. A bit of spiciness on the finish with some moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is just right. Drinkability is very good too.

In my opinion this is the best offering from Brooklyn Brewery. Hats off to Garrett Oliver.

10-14-2008 01:05:38 | More by NHGrafx
Photo of aubuc1


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy light golden with a bright white head.

Smell is funky, yeasty and fruity with a little pepper.

Bold taste of pale malts, hops, pepper, yeast with some fruit sweetness in the back.

Nice bottle conditioned carbonation keeps it full.

The balance and complexity keeps the alcohol hidden. Great American beer.

10-12-2008 00:13:46 | More by aubuc1
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New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +8%

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty nose. Flavor is sweet and sour honey with sweet but clean finish. High ABV is hidden. $9.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

10-10-2008 22:26:52 | More by jdhilt
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a semi-cloudy gold with an amazing two-finger that slowly dies and leaves lots of lace. Fruits galore in the smell, both citric and maybe some dark or tropical. Also some spiciness. Crisp and carbonated, medium-bodied, very smooth. Citric fruits dominated the taste for me, but there is a good helping of spices on the edges and there are nice chunks of malt in there. Finishes a little slick but with a crisp, dry edge. ABV hidden well; a must-try for any beer drinker.

10-10-2008 02:34:17 | More by clayrock81
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Into my Duvel tulip

A - lovely hazy golden straw colored body with a nice frothy head. Tons of awesome bubbles shooting up the glass, which I assume the totally awesome Duvel tulip helps with. Over all this beer is a total looker

S - Belgian pale ale indeed! Lots of nice fruit aromas, peaches and apples and pears blend with some yeastiness. A bit of peppery spice

T - wow, an explosion on the palate. The fruitiness is certainly present in the taste. The peach and pair definitely make their showings, and the yeastiness and the spice are in the flavor as well. I detect a bit of grapefruit as well. Very interesting and totally enjoyable

M - medium bodied with great carbonation. After taste is a bit dry on the palate and pretty great

D - this is a great beer, which isn't a surprise seeing where it comes from. Definitely would recommend to others, and have no issue finish the bottle ;-) Check it out!

10-10-2008 01:50:06 | More by ruckzuck
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3.45/5  rDev -16.7%

Poured into a Duvel glass, this hazy straw-colored beer features a moderate initial head that quickly dissipates. Aroma has a light dusty yeastiness with a pleasant tartness. Sweet fruity flavor with little hop presence, with a touch of acidity. Body is a bit watery.

Disappointing beer, with little of interest.

10-05-2008 20:02:00 | More by allengarvin
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

750ml bottle pours into my glass a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a healthy two fingers of foam on top. Sticks to the side of the glass. Aromas start with big yeasty esters off the top bringing notes of spice and fruit. Slightly sweet with some herbal hops and a crisp grain malt accent.

First sip brings a crisp, sweet grain malt upfront that is quickly overtaken by bright Belgian yeast flavors. Lots of fruit tones and a bevy of spices flow across the palate with a kiss of honey as well. Herbal, grassy hop kicks in on the finish and brings in a good bit of bitterness. Finishes somewhat dry with just a touch of alcohol. Very flavorful brew.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with the perfect steady flow of carbonation. This one is really easy to drink and deceptively so for the 9% abv. Goes great with food as well, I had it along with a chipotle chicken sandwich. This one is well worth seeking out and I'll probably be picking up another bottle soon!

10-03-2008 17:51:19 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

This beer was cellared for about a year and served in a tulip glass.
Poured nicely with strong head, but head faded very quickly. I smelled cloves and honey but not much of the funk that I usually get with belgian style beers. Taste was very good. More of what I smell plus a little bit of taste from the yeast. The high alcohol content is not noticed in the taste, maybe because of the year stored in the cellar. The drinkability on this beer is quite nice. The 750 ml bottle was consumed by just myself nicely during a 2 hour session. Would definetly recommend this beer. My only complaint was the price, as it was a couple dollars more than most beers of this style.

09-25-2008 13:14:53 | More by ericlawton007
Photo of Durge


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

This brew pours a light golden yellow color with a thinish white head and good lace. It brings a sharp clove and light grapey alcohol aroma. The taste is crisp and clovey, melon and honey, good alcohol presence with lemony hops overtones. Finely carbonated and medium drinkable. Decent for the style.

09-24-2008 04:29:07 | More by Durge
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3.85/5  rDev -7%

Comes in a lovely bottle. Super carbonated so it gives you a fun pop when you bust it open.

A beautiful golden color with slight orange hues.

The aroma is certainly fruity. Similar to a Saison with spices and citrus and warm alcohol.

Taste is sweet but it finishes nice and dry. I get flavors ranging from pineapple to biscuits.

My only complaint is that it tastes strong. I prefer high alcohol beers that don't taste like it. This guy packs a punch and lets you know it.

Overall a brilliant Belgian variation that is worth the $.

09-18-2008 20:06:17 | More by TrevorGW
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%

Pours a cloudy straw/orange with a robust head and good lacing. Nose- spice (coriander, pepper) and honey. Taste- sweet malts and fruits initially, spritzy carbonation on the tongue, then quickly dries out to a peppery and earthy dry finish. Leaves a metallic yeast aftertaste and booze heat.

09-16-2008 00:51:58 | More by oakbluff
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured a hazy golden color with a creamy 1-2 finger head (got a 1 finger head on the first pour, a 2 finger on the second.) Good lacing all the way down.

Smells was of sweet light colored fruits, peaches and pairs mainly. A little bit of alcohol and a littler bit of citrus.

Taste was excellent, very well rounded beer that had a nice peach taste to it (but not like a lambic, just a nice smooth peach on the top) that finished very cleanly. No taste of alcohol whatsoever. The citrus that showed up in the nose did not make it to the mouth.

Mouthfeel was smooth do to the fairly high carbonation associated with the style. It was not high enough to effect drinkability at all.

09-15-2008 12:46:55 | More by mullenite
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a huge billowing ivory head. Smells spicy and lightly fruity. Peppery.

Peppery, fruity but dry. Bitter herbal hops offset with a lingering sweetness from the cane sugar. Dryish finish with a longering herbal hop aftertaste.

Good stuff.

09-15-2008 01:38:09 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a handsome brown 750ml what looks to be custom made bottle with the brewery logo etched into the glass along with "Brewed in Brooklyn"--the whole thing looks like a stood up baseball bat--into a Duvel tulip.

A--Cork gave an aggressive pop right off the bat, signaling that we're in for an adventure. The head didn't disappoint, with three fingers of fluffy cotton candy that lasted quite some time and left plenty of chunky lacing in the glass. The body is a cloudy lemon-golden, more yellow than caramel, I feel. Nice sunshine on straw glow to it and totally inviting.

S--A flood of fruit! Sweet Jesus there's a lot on the nose--peaches, pears, some stringent apple and faint banana and a bit of phenolic yeast. Makes me want to taste it.

T--Doesn't disappoint following the nose. Lots of sweet candied fruit--more fruity than floral, although there is some hops in the profile. Finishes clean and crisp after the initial rush and invites more tastes. Definitely more balanced between malt, yeast, and hops as it warms--if it's cold you just get the fruit without any breadiness. Almost no alcohol taste and a little metallic and mustiness on the back end.

M--Medium to high carbonation, reminiscent of Duvel in this respect, and full without being chewy in the mouth. More enticing than anything else.

D--Highly drinkable--almost too much so. Very fine Belgian hybrid that's almost a cross between Thiriez Blonde and Duvel, and at 9% I think Mr. Oliver should rename it Lucifer the Second, as this puppy starts more fires than it puts out.

09-12-2008 22:14:06 | More by TheycallmeTim
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

This beer pours a light cloudy amber with a 2 fingered head with no lacing. The smell is of alcohol and orange zest. The taste has hints or orange, caramel and some belgian spices. The mouthfeel is ok, the carbonation was a little high for my taste. Even with the high carbonation this is a very drinkable brew.

09-09-2008 23:15:31 | More by Biggness
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Neat looking 750 mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazed, light golden orange color with a dense white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film with little streaky lacing. Duvel "D" stimulates a lot of carbonation.
S: Belgian yeast, citrus sweet, light hop. Nice but not particularly strong. I didn't pick up as strong of a typical saison smell as others.
T: Very crisp, dry body, with a medium mouthfeel and strong carbonation and light hop bite. Body is malty and fruity sweet. Undertones like a saison, but much sweeter and spicier. Warming alcohol in the finish. Very good beer, easy drinking and refreshing.

09-08-2008 00:28:45 | More by yourefragile
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Distinctive 750 ml bottle opened with a hearty Poof! poured into a large tulip glass yields a lightly-hazy orange-golden body with an enormous soft white head. The foam retains stubbornly and leaves a huge roll and a few chunks of fluffy lacing stuck to the glass, and each successive pour executed while the drink warms threatens to leave the glass, volcano-style.

The smell is dry and lemony with peaches and sweet green grass. Mellow toasty malt comes on stronger as the drink warms.

The taste of the drink is fruity and sweet with flavors of succulent toasty pale malt. Fruity essences of grassy light brown sugar, peach and crisp apple vie with mellow grain for dominance of the drink's flavor profile, yielding to a piquant cocktail of banana-laced fresh plummy pineapple juice that grows as the drink warms. An alcohol note that fits into the drink just fine rears its head midway through the encounter. Citrusy hops take a back seat to fruity yeasty goodness and savory malt, but help bring a bit of balancing bitterness that is quite mild.

The feel of Local 1 is stunningly crisp and medium-bodied, and the brew boasts good drinkability considering the potent ABV.

09-05-2008 03:30:48 | More by cvstrickland
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South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

I'll preface this by saying that I usually only drink Belgians on rare occasions.

This one tastes like some kind of a combination of a saison (which may be my favorite Belgian style, whether it began in France or not) and a dubbel.
You can taste the extra sugar combined with the yeast immediately. It pours into the glass with a huge white head, in my case, and it perfectly clear and yellow. Smells like yeast, and has a deep smell of fruit, subtle pineapple and banana. When you taste it, I immediately get the saison/dubble combination, and I actually found this much easier to drink than the average dubble or tripel, although, I probably wouldn't buy more than one of these to drink. It goes down rather smooth, with the taste of candy (fermented caramel flavors if there were such a candy), and the hops are subtle, but you would know the difference if there were none.
More than a whole bottle would be difficult to consume, but I'd recommend it to Belgian fans and non-fans, just to experience it, especially since it's easier to find around the US than other Belgians (I guess because it's not an import).

I definitely think that this gives you the taste of Belgium with a much easier drink than some. A good stepping stone into the other import brews.

09-04-2008 02:10:04 | More by taylorhamrick
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