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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,911
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 146
Gots: 289 | FT: 7
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 02-18-2007

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 HoustonTX
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Local 1 pours out a hazy golden yellow, with an enormous billowing white head. Strong carbonation, and excellent retention.

Aroma is sweet, and spicy with yeasty tones, and underlays of pepper. Belgian sugars, hints of lemon, fusel alcohol, and grass.

Taste is sweet, and yeasty upfront. With sweet notes of ripened fruit - pineapple, banana, lemons, oranges, mango, papaya, and passion fruit. Complex depth, with notes of sweet, sour, tangy, bitter, and tart jumping all over the place. Balanced exceptionally with a nice floral/spicy hoppiness that creates a smooth drying mouthfeel and finish. Ends with lingering citrus sweet notes, and a crisp tongue numbing carbonation.

A very interesting and extremely complex beer. Highly enjoyable, and definitely worth checking out.
One of the better American Belgian renditions I've ever had, this is one damn good beer.
Well done Brooklyn!

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

Brooklyn Local 1 is a cloudy amber ale with a thick, frothy, foamy, splotchy, waxy, off-white head. It has great retention and lacing. The aroma is strong and complex: bread, hay, flowers, grass, earth, leaves, forest, peach-- yet none of these elements dominates. It's a touch sweet. I said "holy crap" to an empty room when I smelled this. It is medium-light bodied and pretty smooth. The finish is bitter and warm and prickly like whiskey. It is lightly sweet, well bittered and a bit sour. It's pretty well balanced. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but not as sweet. It's so complex that it seems almost disjointed. Age this. There are flavor notes of green and dried leaves, apricot, prune, sour cherry, orange marmalade and cigars. It's strong and bright, but rather smooth. Nice!
(rated Feb 20, 2008)

Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear golden color with a thick, frothy white head. Fruity aroma of apple, grape, pear as well as a nice spiciness. The strong abv is excellently masked by a refreshing, crisp taste of white fruit and citrus. Slight dry finish. A very nice belgian-inspired tripel.

Photo of thespaceman
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged & corked bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice golden in color, pretty big head that dissapates quickly, soapy.. good lacing.

Smell: A boquet of florals, apples, and other fruit, a tinge of banana shows up.. a peppery backdrop in the nose gives way to some raw-honey, citrus, and esters. Nice.

Taste: A good blend of maltiness and excellent fruit flavors, a hint of banana is here, citrus comnes through, nice and yeasty in the taste as well. You can really taste the hops in this one, a good alcohol/ester reminder on the finish.. perfect balance.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, nice bodied, not too wet for an Ale, the alcohol tinge makes this one keep its body while in the mouth.

Drinkability: This one was definetley a treat, awsome use of fruit, perfect maltiness, and good sessionability, I can easily top of a couple bombs of these a night. Well done.

Photo of FreightTrain
2.58/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy light gold with a large but quickly dissipating head. A little bit of lacing.

S- Lemony citrus smell with a touch of nutty yeast.

T- Sugary, hot, some maltiness.

M- A bit thin, somewhat fizzy carbonation

There just wasn't a lot going on here, no complexity. Overall, I found this to be indistinct. The 9% ABV was also very apparent.

Photo of mjaskula
3.29/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Large bottle, caged and corked. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale golden and cloudy. Thick soapy head thins, but lingers.

Smell: Like a macro with some yeast.

Taste: Sweet and yeasty with a tiny bit of hops and spice at the end. The high alcohol content is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Thin, though the sweetness lingers.

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/21/2008 (bottle):

Pours a clear golden color body with a big frothy white head, good lacing & lasting Flowery malty banana aroma. Light fruit and sweet spices. Not overpowering. Spicy banana taste. Light malts, watery palate, but carbonated. Some what warming. Nice Belgian-y taste. Super carbonated as it warms, harsh.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a thick white head. Tastes and smells like a slightly sweeter version of many of the good Balgian pales. A hint of green apple and more than a hint of Citrus (mainly tangerine or oranges). Its drinks very, very smooth with a light-to-moderate mouth. It hides the abv fairly well. Its fairly similar to other Belgian strong pales (Duvel, etc). It seems like many of the Belgian strongs (dark or pale) have really similar characteristics, but this one is particularly enjoyable and really "easy-going" too.

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temperature from a corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep golden beer with a large rocky head which eventually settles into half an inch of dense foam. The head is quite white. Heavy lacing follows the beer down the glass. Small, tight bubbles rise rapidly, evincing heavy carbonation.

S: Pear and apple skins on the nose, with a hint of bready yeast.

T: Green apple, pear and some tropical fruit form the first impression on the tongue. The beer yields to a tartness and spiciness I tend to associate with "devil beers." Some hops in the finish, but not very pronounced.

M: Light and prickly mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable; I could drink it all day, but for the substantial alcohol content.

Overall: It seems to me that the "strong pale ale" subcategory of Belgian-style ale could be further subdivided into a sub-sub-category of "devil beer." This falls squarely within that sub-sub-category, and is at least as good as the Belgian examplars of that style I have sampled. In fact, it lacks some of the cattiness I often detect in, say, Duvel when I buy it locally, but seems to have captured all of that beer's positive categories and then some. This is simply an outstanding brew.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scored a corked and caged 750 of this wonderful stuff for free tonight. Thanks, boss.

Pours a lovely hazy straw with a huge bubbly white head. Decent amount o' lacing to be enjoyed by the eyes.

It certainly smells like a Belgian. Yeasty, spicy and fruity. Good stuff.

I'll be damned. It tastes like a Belgian too! Again, it's got that nice banana-like fruitiness, clove/coriander spiciness and a nice big mouthful of bready yeast. It's also got some booziness too.

Mouthfeel is great, too. Nice and bubbly, but a nice full body on it. Wicked dry on the finish.

The abv makes this stuff a one 'n doner, but it's damn good stuff nonetheless. There are times when I'll actually take this over Duvel. Not always, just sometimes. And that's about as high a complement as I can pay this great beer.

Photo of deanhead
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a straw color with a dense rocky, voluminous head which reduced to a few bubbles and some lacing around the glass.

Aroma is sweet and candylike with slight hints of bubble gum.

Somewhat sweet tasting with a hint of astringency. Bit of a tangy taste as well, floral essence reminds me of lavender and hard candy.

Ligt bodied beer. Fairly bright beer with a remarkably crisp, dry finish.

This beer is awesome. It's a great examle of the style and done very well. Seek this beer out if Belgian are you bag.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz corked & caged bottle.

A: The beer poured a dark, hazy orange with a dense white 2 finger head. About half a finger lasted throughout the entire drink. When held up to light, some light carbonation could be seen streaming to the top.

S: The aroma was good. I would say that it was typical Belgian style, sweet and fruity, with subtle hints of the malt and hops.

T: Personally, to date, I think that this is one of the finest examples of a U.S. made Belgian-style beer. The taste followed the nose very well, but the malt and hops cut down the sweetness and fruitiness, but this is not a bad thing. It gave the beer excellent balance.

M/D: The beer had a medium body, it was smooth, creamy and very easy to drink. Next time I am at the store I will be picking up additional bottles so that I can keep it in stock in the beer fridge. This will be a staple in my fridge for some time.

Photo of Deus1138
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 750ml bottle today then allowed to chill for about 3 hours.

Poured in a Goblet. Doesn't just about everything taste better from a goblet? Color is golden yellow with a hint of brown. Looks similar to apple juice. Good amount of frothy head.

Smell is mostly light fruits, a little yeasty, and a little alcoholic.

Taste is very good. Alcohol is barely noticeable, but noticeable enough to be enjoyable. You get a small dose of sugary sweetness followed by clove, pepper, green apples, and finally pear.

Drinkability is good. I've been on a dark Belgian beer kick for a year or so. This might pull from the darkside for a while. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one chillin' in my cellar the past few months. Popped the cork last night for the Wotlk launch.

Poured a beautiful golden with a good finger of white frothy head. Minor lacing. Lacing and bubbles sort of stick to the bottle and glasses as it was poured, a rather cool effect.

Smells strongly of banana, Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and mild spices. Not as strong as other Belgians I've had, and I love this beer for that.

Taste is very balanced. A sweet banana to start, with a fruity yeast and light malt. Coriander and clove are present but very mild in the background. Alcohol is strong, but not as much as others beers in this category with the same ABV.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing and smooth. Medium to heavy bodied with a mild carbonation that suits it.

Drinkability is fantastic. The alcohol doesn't dominate, and barely makes its presence known. Easy to drink with a great taste, one of the best beers I've had this year.

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

Purchased this while in Connecticut a few months ago.
This beer pours a clear light gold with a thick, foamy head. Slight lacing is apparent. Aroma is sweet pilsner malts and a dry, chalky yeast flavor. The flavor is dominated by the yeast and spicy alcohol, with a sharp aftertaste. Its slightly dry, but there is a nice sweet malt flavor. The alcohol is definitely present. This is a good beer, but not one that I would sit down for a session.

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

This is a good tasting and very accessible Belgian. Most of the flavors of an import are here but not as pronounced. This would be a good first experience with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Pours a hefeweizwen-like hazy straw color with a bubbly white head. The head dies out faster than a hefe, probably due to the high abv. Smell is a bit more mild than I would like. The coriander, citrus (orange peel), Belgian yeast and pepper were there. Candi sugar was missing, but the smell was pretty subdued for a Belgian.

Taste was good. Same flavors as in the aroma, but stronger and more pronounced. The orange peel, Belgian yeast and spices were all present but not to the level that some of the original Belgian brews would take them. The alcohol was very well masked. Mouthfeel was good. Went down smooth, felt rich and no offsetting alcohol burn. A very drinkable beer for this octane level. Very nice!!!

Photo of williamherbert
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of champ103
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of evanackerman
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ncvbc
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AltBock
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of NHGrafx
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,911 ratings.