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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,765 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,765
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 123
Gots: 214 | FT: 5
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 stimy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this at an "Art of Refermentation" beer tasting hosted by Garrett Oliver at the National Geographic. Now I buy it regularly. I love this beer.

This beer has a slightly tart smell. It had a nice hop finish. A very good ephemeral, light body. Very enjoyable.

stimy, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of cameraman
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color with a puffy white head slowly dissolves down to a half inch high and stays there. The fragrance has sweet spices of some ginger and corriander, then some cloves and banana scents that are more like a hefeweizen. This followed by sweet aroma of candied sugar. At first taste there is the light taste of wheat, folowed by the taste of spices coming through, ginger, coriander, and little bit of a dried fruit flavor. The kicker is there is a hop kick at the end, with a grass and piny flavor. A total surprise since none was in the aroma. A very smooth feel at first, a medium bodied feel, then it gradually thins itself out. There is the feint tingle of carbonation on the back of the palate. Now I am not partial to the saison style, but this is different. It started like alot of belgians, had some surprises in the aroma, plus the unique flavor brought on at the end, makes this a must try beer.

cameraman, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of CrescentLake
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's the deal with this brew... IT IS A VALIANT EFFORT IN CREATIVITY AND YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY TRY IT.... But try it twice? that, is the question. The 100% bottle refermention provides for a cork that fires like a Gettysburg musket. The color is more Bavarian Wheat than it is belgian trippel..and that's why it tastes like a dubel, BUT let's get back to the packaging. The custom craft bottles from germany are great, the label, bottle, cork, wire clamp, are all custom and that deserves a big brooklyn brewery pat on the back. Main pitfalls are; it's not so beligian in nose or taste... I mean it's totally fermented authentically and has the mouthfeel and partial drinkability and taste of your favorite belgian import, but its strong nose and taste are more heffewiezen (clove, banana, apple, and othe ester notes) BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN IT HITS YOU...and you say,
"where and the hell did these IBU's sneak in to my mouth?" Yeah, these hops hit you like a barrel of bitter monkeys. After the first taste, the tend to de-evolve to more of peat malt taste...wierd eh? AND yet, still a very drinkable beer. I applaude Brooklyn for trying something different with the increasing popular belgian brew... CHEERS!

CrescentLake, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.35/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of candy with some pears and apricot and some sweet malt is somewhat reminiscent of some of the Trappists. Taste is surprisingly not that well balance with a mix between the candy like sweetness and some dry fruits with sweetness just getting to be gross at the end. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation and alcohol was not apparent. I really wanted to like this and I am glad I had the opportunity to try this but I thought the flavour really clash and were not properly balanced.

Phyl21ca, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pt 9.4 fl oz. bottle (very nice presentation) into a Postel chalice glass.

golden-blonde color, ultra clear with big and quick carbonation that actually slows down after a few minutes which forms a thin but active all-white head that is a bit thinned out because of the size of the glass so it dissiptes to just about nothing. It leaves plenty od small clumps behind though.

THe balance of the aroma's is amazing, this is easily observed with an aromatic sweet-scented malt and it's counter-part spicey, herbal and meaty hop scent and belgian yeast. Way down, there's floral scents...i'm gonna say roses and a sour-grapes and as it warms up grapefruit. At the very end raspberry tarts. Pretty complex.

Youza! It's one part Saison and one part tripel. a bold and sweet malt with honey and an all-spice, herbal and even grassy balance to the malt. The yeast is mildly spicey and peppery with sour-fruits with wheat that is clasic for a Saison, the heat is pretty mild for 9 %. A sour-wheatie flavors lingers.

Full feel, but very crisp and impressivly Belgian-like clean feel. Lively and smooth.

This brew transcends a style really and is proof Amercians to do Belgian's and very well.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of lifebeer
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a. very light and clear straw color with short-lived white head

s. smells like a witbier, or tripel, sweet, lemony and wheaty

t. topheavy, mainly wheat and a little shortbread, finished almost completely empty

m. watery and heavily carbonated, crisp

d. sorry to say but kinda boring, very little complexity here, will not buy again

lifebeer, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Boto
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours an almost clear, golden color. There was a fairly large white head on it that drops off quickly and didn’t leave much lacing. The aroma is light and sweet. Some notes of spices, yeast, and some lighter fruits. A bit of effervescence of the tongue. The taste is a bit peppery, yeasty, some very mild fruits. Interesting mix. Not the usual dark fruits found in strong Belgians. This one grows on you.

Boto, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, the bottle itself is gorgeous.

Pale golden yellow body, good clarity, excellent carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of creamy pure white foam. Good lace.

Aroma is spicey, peppery, and features a strong dose of lemon.

Fruity sweet beginning, the sweet though quickly yields to a burst of spice, particularly pepper. Mild lemon undercurrent. Dry finish, but not arid. Light and airy - not a trace of the alcohol.

Bubbly, dancing mouthfeel. Tingles aross the tongue.

Easy drinkability, the lightness balancethe spiceiness perfectly.

Overall, an extremely well done Belgian style ale, regardless of country of origin.

RonfromJersey, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of sabrills70
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle with no freshness date. pours a hasy golden yellow with a two finger head, OK longevity and OK lace. Good tart aroma mixed with citrus - namely grapefruit. Slight honey and yeast smells as well. Good sweetness up front followed by a tart citrus flavor and a decent hop bitterness in the end. Richer and not as tart as the smell leads on to believe. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. A bit rough but should smooth out nicely with a bit of time. All in all a very good beer.

sabrills70, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome bottle! Served at 50 degrees F.

Partly hazy medium golden body with lemon edges. Frothy, rocky, off-white head. Excellent lacing along the walls of the tulip glass. Nose of fresh hay, shortbread cookies, estery fruits, and zesty, fresh hops. Slightly metallic, herbal hops up front. Tropical fruit, melon, and sweetish shortbread mid-palate. Herbal, minty, slightly funky hop bitterness picks up as the sweetness and alcohol crest. Yeasty, cobwebby, fresh hay and spicy hop finish. Medium-full body with a nearly syrupy feel, especially mid-palate. Very nice!

alexgash, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of PBoegel
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite new beer for 2007. I was fortunate to receive a full case of this back in March as my brother who works in the beer industry has a friend who works for Brooklyn.

The presentation of this beer from the beautiful cork and caged 750 ml bottles (made exclusively for the Brooklyn Brewery, quite nice and excellent for reuse as a homebrewer) to the special glassware which came with the case I got, is just great, the beer itself:

Poors a hazy golden yellow with light touches of coopery orange with a nice dense egg white almost mousse like head. Very effervescent.

Aromas are magnificent sweet but dry pilsner malt and dried pineapple, fresh baked sugar cookies and lightly peppery.

Flavor is just a wash of sweet clean peppery spice, more sugar cookies and lightly toasted breads. Hop bitterness and dryness smoothes out the evident but palate pleasing sweetness.

This beer is a major homerun from Brooklyn. I look forward to more of their unique offerings in the coming year.

PBoegel, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have enjoyed a couple of these already, a unique offering from the Brooklyn Brewery that made it up to these parts. This one is bottle number 1657.

Sweet and citrusy yeast aroma the moment the cork is popped. Pours out a cloudy marmalade hue, almost closer to apricot. Tall creamy/frothy with head with great retention, and settles to a dense sponge cake head.

Light effervescent aroma, predominantly citrusy esters of lemon zest and tangerine peel. Mild spicy phenols appear after it warms a bit, along with sweet wheat malt.

The flavour unrolls as pale and wheat malt fuses with citrus zest and floral notes, finishing with dry spices and leafy hops. It's kind of over and done just like that, but it's a fun ride every time, very user-friendly and drinkable flavour profile. The alcohol only really rears its head well into the aftertaste, very deceiving and mildly warming.

The mouthfeel is a creamy, velvety, cloud-like dream, decent body but light and highly quaffable considering the style and abv%.

Not an overly complex nor bombastic Belgian strong pale ale, and I think that's why I enjoyed this so much, as it can still hold its own in the quality dep't without having to overdo it. Nicely balanced and contained, I think refined would be the proper term. A great ale to share or to finish on one's own, whether you have a good reason or excuse to celebrate something or not. I'll definitely be buying more of these as my budget will allow.

IronDjinn, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of baby4rose
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. It has a light in color, cloudy look in the glass. The taste was smooth with a slight bitterness. I was really impressed with this beer. I have tried quite a few of the other Brooklyn beers and was thrilled to have tried Local 1 as my final 200th beer. Would definitely have it again!!

baby4rose, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of beerking1
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 1437. Pours cloudy pale gold, with a massive, pure white head that leaves big lace all the way down the glass. Aroma is sweet, floral and lightly spicy with some fruity notes. Flavor is fruity and peppery, with significant alcohol notes. Finish is spicy and slightly phenolic, with more peppery notes. Body is suitably light.

beerking1, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden brew with extremely intense carbonation large head fueled by the bubbling. A lot of lacing.

S - Strong hay, a very dry aroma, a slight hint of malt. A hint of apples.

T - A bit of alcohol, but this is subdominant. With a strong hay presence and a bit of a dry malt. Aftertaste is a slightly ascerbic bitterness.

M - Very dry, but also refreshing, thin, a bit of carbonation.

D - Pretty good. An enjoyable beer, I wouldn't mind having again. It isn't fantastic, but it is worth a try.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this from Shop-Rite Liquors in Livingston, NJ.

A: Pours a golden body with a thick, velvety white head with excellent retention. Head holds for the whole beer with good lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet, citrus smell with hints of banana esters. The smell was a bit pungent, but pleasantly so.

T: A pretty alcoholic taste with hints of banana esters. The alcohol was very evident in the aftertaste as well, which I felt took away from the taste a little bit. As i drank more of it, the alcohol taste mellowed a little bit, but not that much.

M: Nice, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. It was not silky smooth as it felt slightly overcarbonated, but still a good feel altogether.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. Good taste and nice mouthfeel, but as I noted above, the evidence of alcohol took away from the beer a little bit. The burn of the alcohol on the palette took away from the citrus taste and banana esters that were evident in the smell.

maddogruss, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded straw gold with a huge white head. Nose is strong with yeast and a sugar tone. Just smelling it brings back memories of all the great Belgian brews I have had to this point in my beer journey. Flavor is superb. Put this in a plain bottle and no one would know it was out of Brooklyn I am willing to wager. Smooth and even sweetness with a noticeable yeast influence. So well balanced and smooth. Unbelievable. Feel is as good as everything else has been to this point. Smooth and with a great level of bubble on the tongue. Drinkable to the worlds joy and detriment. I immediately just wanted to go back and get more.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle corked and caged. 1787. poured into my duvel tulip.

Pours a cloudy golden straw in color with about a finger of white head that leaves some nice lacing. Great aroma, fairly complex. Slightly sweet, fruity (apricots?), a bit citrusy (oranges), spicy, and, only at first, slightly musty. Taste is a bit sweet, somewhat yeasty, a touch spicy, and again quite fruity. At first it is sweet but then becomes fruity and just a bit sour. Then just before the finish the spices return (cloves). In the finish this brew gets yeasty and just a touchy funky. Since Garrett oliver described this as a strong saison I'll say that all the flavors I described are just what was intended. mouthfeel is good, lightish body that just barely leans toward medium and low-moderate carbonation. In terms of drinkability this is pretty good. I can't taste the alcohol at all but I get just a bit of a warming sensation to let me know its there. Overall this is a complex and interesting brew that I'd recommend.

mnj21655, Dec 29, 2007
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally acquired via trade with mymrnngjctk. A huge 3 finger off white head with rocky bubbles erupts with a vigorous pour. Body is a hazy rich straw colored. Nose is slightly sweet and very fresh with notes of wheat, mellon, wicker, and zesty spice. Spicey ripe fruits hit the mouth and dances nicely with the wheat sourness and slight malt backround. This is very clean drinking and refreshing. Very polished and comes without the rawness this style sometimes is known for. Well made American version, reminds me alot of La Fin da monde. Alchol warms the belly well. Mouthfeel is realatively thick due to the hoppy bite on the back of the tongue. Scary drinkable at 9% alc.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 28, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy beautiful gold color with a smattering of bubbles across the chalice. It smells fruity like fresh cut apples, and also yeasty. The taste is immediately delicious with sweetness and then an odd spiciness with a full creamy texture. This was my first taste of Brooklyn Brewing and it was very tasty.

ArrogantB, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml caged cork bottle with no date, cryptic “1437” stamped on bottle. Decants with a slight pop, poured into cervoise. Slightly hazed yellow gold with small amount of carbonation. One-finger whitish cap quickly fades leaving a scattered cap and some lacing. Nose of spicy citrus and coriander, a bit subdued. Tastes of sweet malt out front, slight spiciness. No hops in evidence. Sweetish finish. 9% ABV is well-masked. Mouth is semi-viscous with good carbonation. Wet and quenching. Drinkability is quite good; it’s smooth and tasty, and the bottle goes down no problem.

Overall: A very good strong pale ale, a bit oversweet for my tastes, but enjoyable. Recommended.

jettjon, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of joepais
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle poured hazy orange with a white head that turns to lace. Aromas of bubblegum and a light citrus candy fill the nose. The palate is medium with a light carbonation on the tongue. Flavors of sweet sugar and bubblegum with a big almost pepper bite in the finish. Not one of my favorites Belgium strong’s but one of the best Americans takes on the stile for sure

joepais, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another exceptional new beer from our friends in Brooklyn. This one pours a beautiful pale amber with a swirl of the bottle adding a bit of haze. A lasting white head leaves delicate trails of lace.

Aroma is golden fruits, banana, clove, coriander, caramelized sugars, and hints of bubblegum. Underneath there are layers of green apple and apricot with a faint hint of minerality.

Flavor is equally complex with a great mix of light fruit and pale malts. There is a pleasant mix of bubblegum and banana flavors from the yeast strain. It starts sweetish and full yet finishes with green apple and drying white pepper notes. The light mineral note fits well with the peppery spice and makes the beer's Saison influence known.

Medium bodied, very slick and supple. I could easily down a 750 myself as the drinkability is excellent. A very authentic example of this style and a job well done Mr. Oliver.

AlexJ, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of BabaJohn
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear, pale, only slightly hazy yellow with an astonishingly thick and tenacious head that persisted throughout the glass. Some yeasty, banana esters of the Belgian persuasion came forth. The most striking characteristic of this beer is the very dry and fully attenuated taste and mouthfeel. It is incredibly drinkable, or as the Belgians say, ‘digestible,’ with very little of it’s 9% ABV being perceivable to the drinker. I felt like I could just keep quaffing this one, thought my rational mind told me not to. Feels drinkable as a session beer. I liked the fact that it had so little residual sugar and cloying sweetness, yet retained a complexity and character worthy of the strong Belgian genre. Very well done brew by Brooklyn Brewery.

BabaJohn, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Saw this and just had to have a bottle. It's always nice to see higher alcohol beers turn up in local liquor stores.

Pours a very nice golden pale color with a thick foamy head that leaves lacing as it recedes. Aroma is nice and fruity upfront with the aroma of apple and citrus showing through and some spiciness as well. As it warms up, the smells become stronger and more pronounced. Taste is warm and spicy upfront with raisins and fades with a decent dryness and only a slight hint of apple/citrus in the aftertaste. Alcohol shows through slightly.

Overall, it's a balanced example of a Belgian strong pale ale. The aftertaste leaves something to be desired though. Regardless, this is an excellent beer that you shouldn't pass up. I probably should have aged this bottle but will do so with another bottle soon.

Brad007, Dec 18, 2007
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,765 ratings.