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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
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Gots: 258 | 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.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged into Duvel tulip. #2907 on back - batch #? What's weird is that I thought I reviewed this a few months ago - maybe I had it at a gathering instead and never put pen to paper. Whatever...

Luscious eggshell-colored 2-finger meringue head tops a slightly hazed lemon-honey body with moderate yet quick carbonation. Great lacing and staying power. This is a classic look for a Saison. Nothing wrong with this appearance at all.

Solid Germanic/Saaz-ish hop bite with a Pilsener/slight silage feel. Sugars have a honey tone and complement the yeast strain's coriander and bitter lemon/orange zest. Slight comforting alcohol burn.

This one needs warmth for the yeast electricity to take hold and show its doughiness and esters (a little orange zest, slight ginger). Very austere dry Germanic malt and Saaz (?) hops. This gets rolling after a bit of warmth with a nice, tight Belgian sweetness. Still a faint slate texture. Very enjoyable.

Solid austere palate presence yields a nice Saison tightness. Hop presence has a fair amount of pine, complementing this honey and very faint banana/ginger ester sweetness and the good ornage zest component. This is excellent.

The residual sweetness lends heft to this and makes it more of a sipper but it's by no means tough to enjoy. Awesomely crafted.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

wow, 408 reviews as of thsi writing. I've seen this bottle aroudn for quite some time, but never got around to trying this until now. It looked good, tasted decent, but fell short for me. Definite belgian character, yeast notes, honey, candi sugars. Taste was too light for my preferences. I was hoping for something a bit more.

on a side note, hell of a bottle. the cork has multiple printings and the glass is done up with the breweries name in the mold.

Photo of farrago
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasingly glowing cloudiness deepens the amber orange color, thick white foam across the surface, slow to break up, lots of visible carbonation and bubble beads. The nose is big on the citrus with sweet spices and softly fruity, some raw bread dough notes, digs in without ever seeming to. Medium-bodied, has enough weight upfront to cascade from thereafter, the citrus and sweet spices even more prevalent here, the baked character extends to the apple, pear, apricot fruit nuances. No heaviness as it finishes and the alcohol not discernible at all. Lots of flavor residue.

Photo of Strix
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a good head and some lacing.

Smells yeasty, somewhat sweet, and vaugely fruity and bready.

Yeasty in the taste, as well as vague bready and fruity notes. Sweet with a peppery zing. Flavors are muddled, it's hard for me to pin down exact tastes, par for the style I guess.

Very bubbly mouthfeel

Overall, this was not super amazing for me, but pleasant.

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

An aggressive pour leads to an absolutely massive head. Almost lost some of it out of the goblet. Pours a dark and hazy gold, almost like bee's honey. Mysterious and inviting. Head is foamy and looks kind of like a lava flow or something, with huge bubbly spots. Lacing just clings to the glass. Smells like musty barnyard and the outdoors, like an overly boozey saison. Under that are the belgian sugars and some citrus characteristics.

First impression: There is a lot going on here. It's slick on the tongue, but the flavor profile isn't quite what I expected. I know it is described as a "strong saison", but there alcohol profile is overly prevalent to me. That, and it seems ascetic, and a little metallic. I certainly taste the belgian sugars, but the sweetness serves as a background to everything else going on. As it warms, some spices come out, as well as some fruit (apple/pear, maybe.) The earthiness that I expected blends into the hop profile at the end, and the dryness never really manifests itself. I think I would like this more if it make it's alcohol content quite so well known. As it is, the mouthfeel is a little thin, not quite watery, but it feels like something is missing. Overall, the experience isn't quite what I expected. The sourness really doesn't agree with me, and the saison-like qualities are a little lacking. Disorganization is too strong a word, but it just doesn't want to grip me in the right places. The initial mouthful is better, but the lingering on the palate seems to feature what I didn't like about it. I want to chase it with a fresh glug, if that makes sense. Also, the booziness detracts from the overall quality for me, it just doesn't carry it too well, and that detracts from the drinkability. It's not a bad beer, and just might be to complex for my palate to appreciate all of what's going on. I think the fact that it is so different from what I was expecting through me for a loop. Thanks to my man-crush on Garrett Oliver, I when I read "saison" from him, my brain went into saison mode. As more of a generic strong pale ale, it might fare a little better.

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

I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. I warmed this beer up to around 45 or 50 degrees before pouring.

A= This ale poured a moderately hazy, deep golden color with a dense, 1.5" snow white head(very gentle and slow pour). The head dropped very slowly to around half that height and maintained all the way dow my glass. Lots of carbonation release and plentiful sticky lace present.

S= Aromas of sweet bready malts, candi sugar, and citrusy lemon/orange, as well as earthy notes of fresh mown grass, musty yeast, and just a hint of a saison-like barnyard character.

T= I found sweetness upfront in the form of honey, biscuit, and marmalade. The next burst of flavor came from an odd but wonderful estery mix of orchard fruit (pears and green apples) and citrus (mostly lemon with a hint of tangerine). The earthy hops and the musty yeast combined to bring a cidery dryness midway that carried through to the finish. Mild tartness in the finish too. There was actually more "funk" in the aftertaste of this one than during any swallow. Excellent.

MF= Just to the light side of medium bodied with a very spritzy and effervescent carbonation level. Feels great in the mouth and cleanses the palate well.

D= Wow this is a damn fine ale. I was blown away by the masterful combination of complexity and balance. As Mr. Oliver says, its more of a big saison than anything else. Easy to drink, but big enough to pack a wallop so watch out!

Photo of Riccymon
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orangey-golden straw color from the 750 mL bottle with more than two fingers of fluffy, white head--what a gorgeous pour it was. Smell was light and fruity (pear came to mind), much like champagne.

The taste also had similarities to champagne and cider, which even my non-BA wife appreciated. In addition to the fruity flavors of apple, banana, pear, and grape, a subtle but sweet sugariness (honey?) comes through. Hops are at a minimum, but I did notice just a bit.

This beer is pretty carbonated and finishes very cleanly, leaving the tongue tingling a bit. While the 9% ABV is mostly hidden in the taste, I could feel its effect after just a glass. Still, the delicate nature of the beer made it mostly drinkable, and I easily polished off the bottle. With a pricetag of $8.99, I'd buy this again the next time it comes around.

Photo of yeastsipper
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a nice honey yellow. A nice thick head forms, that dissipates slowly yet never goes completely away. There is some light sediment floating around and small bubbles working their way to the top.

The dominant smell is the yeast. There are honey and citrus (orange, lemon) notes. Spice and alcohol are also evident.

Local One is very dry. There is quite a bit of complexity, with yeast and bread dominating upfront, but with spice and fruit notes as well. Slight earthy, grassy flavor on the back of the palate that lingers for a while.

The alcohol is very upfront. There is no doubt you are drinking a beer on the stronger side. Nice carbonation, frothy head.

Very nice. Dry and complex. Not knowing what style this was, I was surprised to see it classified as a strong pale ale. It is very much a saison to me, exhibiting all the characteristics of the style for me.

This is a fantastic beer. Really good stuff.

Photo of Brewnami
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Looks a lot like a hefeweizen. Very cloudy, light gold color with fluffy head. Leaves a thick, even lace around the glass.

S- Smells of malt, yeast, and hops. Very sweet scent.

T- Sweet, kind of fruity, hints of honey. 9% ABV so definitely taste the alcohol, but nice balance.

M- Great carbonation, clean, and refreshing.

D- Very drinkable. Could definitely have a couple bottles of this. Belgian Strong Ales are not usually my beer of choice, but this one is excellent. A much, much better version of Victory Golden Monkey in my opinion. Will absolutely buy again, and pretty soon.
If you like Belgian style ale, BUY THIS!

Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. I've had this on tap a few times too, but the notes below are from the bottled version.

Poured a medium yellow color with a larger sized whtie head. Aromas of yeast, banana fruitiness, and spices. Tastes of bananas, spices, and some citrus. Body on the carbonated side.

Notes from: 5/17/08

Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this non spectacular expensive beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was cloudy and had an odd yellow brown color to it. The head was nice and the beer had good lacing. It smelled and tasted yeasty with a bit of a fruity aftertaste I did not care for. A complex brew and just not for my uncomplicated mouth. No.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a large corked and caged brown bottle. Local 1 pours a husky golden blond. Hazed but not totally opaque there is some serious carbonation. Heavy streams of bubbles rise from every inch of the glass. Those bubbles feed an off white head that is nice and billow with a little stickiness but no lacing.

Smell is a spicy mix of yeast and golden fruits. Chardonnay grapes mixed with apple cider. A nice strong nose that is a great hint on the good things to come.

Taste is on par with the nose. Golden apples and fresh green grapes. A peppery bitterness is present throughout but really rises in the finish. A sweet beer that is more herbal phenolic then bready and malty.

Despite the vigorous carbonation Local 1 is a smooth ass beer. It's like drinking a cold crisp cider that has some nice tart peppery bites. The only downside for me is the sweetness. It's a little much and paired with a 9% ABV it slightly kills the drinkability for me.

Photo of scootny
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A massive and impressive two to three finger head fills my gold rimed Brooklyn glass. It stays for five minutes and fades slowly after that, never going away completely. Large chunks of lace all over. A cloudy gold and with lots of gentle carbonation like fine champagne streaming up. Beautiful.

Smell has faint notes of weiss beer. Banana, cloves, and light wheat are here. Good sweet malt and yeasty fruit esters. Also has large amounts of Belgian yeast, funk, and spice notes. Sour apples and a whiff of alcohol. Light honey comes right after that and whisks it away. Me like much. More comes out as it warms.

Taste is excellent. Golden honey and malt. Sour apples and sweet rolls. Spicy white pepper and coriander. A light fusel alcohol. Finish is clean and dry with floral hops and light biscuits. Biscuits and banana linger in my mouth lusciously.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated in a gently effervescent way. Refreshing and restorative each swallow is a delight.

Drinkability is way to good for a beer of this potency. You can find yourself being greedy and going through the whole bottle.

A top notch strong pale ale, one to keep on hand for good times and special meals or occasions. The description as a "Strong Saisson" is most apropos. As good as it gets in this category and one of my favorites of all.

This bottle is from batch 2977. One of the old bottles with the controversial rings. This stuff ages like a purebred. Smooth and complex like the finest Belgian. A two year old bottle of this will give a Duvel a run for the money.

Photo of canucklehead
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in the cellar for a year and it seems to have dried the beer a little and tightened up the flavours. This is a spicy little number that opens up to some interesting flavours over time. I noticed fruit such as nectarines, pepper, yeast, citrus and hops. Not the most drinkable saison due to the alcohol and the spicy touches on the finish but still another example of Garret's brewing skill

Photo of ncbeermonger
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brooklyn brewery is one of my favorites since it uses 100% renewable energy!

Local one pours well into my trusty sam Adams glass!

The head abounds, and smells of almonds and sour dough

The hops are great and they smell amazing

the taste is good, like an abby ale should taste

the mouthfeel is good, light

this is a drinkable beer its big and delicious

Photo of JayNH
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a slightly hazy orangish straw color. Presents a large foamy head that dissapates rather quickly.

S- Sweet and fruity. Oranges, lemons, pears and apples.

T- mildly sweet and fruity, the alcohol taste makes the flavors somewhat bland. Mild hoppiness, just enough to balance out the brew.

M- smooth and creamy though it feels somewhat thin bodied.

D- Highly drinkable. Even at 9% ABV the alcohol is very easy on the palate.

Photo of umtox
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. Exceptional balance - more so than most true Belgiums in this category. Pours a dark amber/brown with a decent head for a high octane brew. A rich malty brew balance well with a slight bitterness from hops and not too sweet on the plate. Lingers long and the 9% ABV is barely noticeable.

Photo of GRPunk
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- A gentle pour left a 1-1/2 finger, fluffy, white head that had some staying power before falling to a nice lace. There were plenty of sticky rings left down the side of the glass. The body was a hazy, golden color with medium carbonation.

S- My nose met with a very yeasty aroma. It was nice and musty with hints of green apple and black pepper and a touch of sugary alcohol.

T- The taste was full of more yeasty, earthy, and fruity flavors. There was sour apple mixed with more grainy flavors than I'd expect from the style. Pepper flavors became more apparent with warmth.

M- It had a nice, full mouthfeel. I'd describe it as slightly grainy or chewy with tight carbonation that left the slightest of tingle.

D- It's an easy drinker considering the strength. While the beer is deceptively strong, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a fairly substantial head. Retention is pretty good and there is little lacing. Smell is of mild spice and yeast with a hint of tropical fruit. The taste is similar to that of the aroma with the fruits and spice mixing very well to blend inot a nice smooth finish. This is a nice light brew that drinks very easily and a very solid Belgian-style offering form Brooklyn and is now one of my favorite brews from this company.

Photo of blakesell
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the custom modeled caged and corked 750ml bottle into a Weizen style glass. Cork and cage are custom made bearing the Brooklyn logo and the cork bears the "one" logo. Bottle is roughly one year old, possibly a bit older.

Appearance- Beer pours clear and yellow golden with a pillowy bone creamy head that rises a goodly four fingers high and dies slowly. Lacing is thick and clings very well to the sides of the glass.

Smell- A sweet soapy lemon, brettanomyces (the pineapple variety), and some herbal banana and clove on the nose. This is one schnozzful of flavor right here. Herbs increase as the beer warms and really rounds out this beer. Hops are a little over present but this is still quite balanced for an American interpretation of a Belgian strong pale.

Taste- Sweet and herbal, almost like a good honey mustard. Very sweet yet herbal and fully attenuated. Banana is present but that Bretty pineapple is more prevalent. Hops are pretty active on the tongue but not out of place. Very yeasty without going overboard and a nice white pepper drying finish. A bit of the brettanomyces funk also on the finish but not near as much as the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel- Lightly warming, medium full bodied with a very light dryness that makes the beer much more deceptive than it should be, not that I'm complaining. Medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- Very nice and I would be happy to find one again (do I have another in the cellar?), I'll be searching it out again in a year or so.

Photo of 0110x011
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tayner for this!

A - Pale straw color. Huge, rocky 3-finger head lasts like crazy. Thick gobs of lacing all over. Very pretty.

S - Tropical fruits, lemon, and spice. A bit of saison must & earth.

T - Very fruity on the palate - orange, mango, sweet grape, passion fruit, etc. A bit of spice and herb. Some musty earth. A slight tartness.

M - Very light & crisp. Finishes dry.

D - I almost wish it wasn't 9%, so I could drink more of it in a sitting. The ABV is completely hidden.

A delicious & unique mishmash of styles. Very, very tasty.

Photo of Riggo
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

honey-orange golden color with consistent bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. tight, sturdy white head with long retention. wonderfully creamy and long-lasting head with great lacing.

smells musty, estery, and rainy with lemons, apples, bubblegum, and banana.

on palate, fruity and tart, then a honeyish sweetness. prickly carbonation on the tongue, yet velvety smooth in the mouth. there's an alcohol hit at the back and zippy, citrusy finish.

perhaps a bit too effervescent and there is that alcohol hit, but overall a delicious 100% bottle-fermented belgian style ale made exceedingly well right here in america.

Photo of marcpal
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle poured into a few tulip glasses.
Bottle Graphics: 9/10. Good appeal.

A: Light sparkling yellow with a look that did not come across as bottle conditioned. Creamy, rocky, milkshake head on the golden dustiness. It lasted long and the lacing was like soap suds.

S: Stone fruit balanced with pepper spices. Mothball scent brings me to think saison. The bubblegum accent was the highlight of the aroma. When cold, the bubbleyum is really nice with the lemon/banana.

T: Fruity sweetness combined with spices/peppers. There is minute bitterness butthat ends quickly and abruptly with some boozy flavor. The yeasty flavors come up with a nice texture but not mindblowingly sediment laden. The sweetness is middle of the road and where I like it to be. The only drawback is that the sweetness carries a characteristic of sawdust. Odd, but I can't get past that.

M: Doesn't really seem bottle conditioned, and I have to chalk that up as a positive. It has a bit of spice to it yet is silky smooth.

D: I thought it was worth the price and quite another one-off terrific brew coming out of Brooklyn.

Photo of davedahl
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a golden but slightly hazy - definitely not chill haze as I found out. Big head made of big poppy fizzy bubbles diminishes to a fine layer. They continue to pop during the whole session, but are replenished by the steady stream from below. Seems force-carbonated but their website states it's "bottle reconditioned" http://www.brooklynbrewery.com/beer/?id=local1. No lacing whatsoever.

The only thing I can pull out of the aroma is a ever-so-slight funk. Nothing more to sniff, nada.

The taste is nice but somewhat simple. The sweet malt comes through and is balanced nicely with a bit of alcohol in the back and a very slight hint of hops in the middle. No funk in the taste which is surprising. Seems like when there's snort-funk there's always tongue-funk.

Mouthfeel is medium-fullness, somewhat fluffy, with a small alcohol burn.

Pretty darn good Belgian golden ale, but it won't be back on my shopping list for awhile.

**Edit: actually as I finished the bottle I realized it grew on me a bit. Nice spice subtle spice and fruit notes in nose and palate that weren't immediately obvious. Also sediment in the bottom makes it clear it's bottle-conditioned...despite the big fluffy fizzy bubbles.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/28/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light golden color with a thick white head. Aroma predominantly of spices (clove in particular). Flavor of same spices, Belgian yeast, light spicy fruits (spicy apple, pear), some citrus notes. Interesting Belgian strong ale--it was like a fruity witbier to me. A nice, easy-drinking, extremely light (couldn't tell it was 9% at all) mixture of tart and spicy fruitiness.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.