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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 124
Gots: 216 | 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.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 02-18-2007)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Good retention,and lacing. Lots of bubbles. Smell is of fruit,candy,and alchol. Body is medium,and carbonated. Taste is a nice balance,sweet,but a tart edge in the finish. Fruity,and boozie throughout. Nice alchol burn.

riversider76, Dec 16, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged/corked bottle, bottle has #1377 on it, not sure if it's the bottle number or some kind of date code. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy straw gold/orange color with a small white head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. It smells like candy sugar, apricots, citrus and spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of yeast and peppery spice. It seems with each drink I can taste a different fruit (pear, apricot, orange, lemon, grapefruit). Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, a bit creamy with moderate carbonation that has a zip to it. Drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink at all. The alcohol isn't noticable in the taste, but you know it's there because after drinking it a while the alcohol warmth hits you. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, I'd recommend it to anyone to try. I'd buy it again.

bluejacket74, Dec 16, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh from the distributor, who also obtained it fresh. Hmm. Sweet yellow, slick textured liquid. Aromas are estery and slightly canned corny. Decent flavors of red delicious apples and moist white bread and simple sweetness. This belongs to the Duvel/Pranqster tradition. It should have more complexity (or be drier). A vague detergent aroma and mild bitterness are the only hops effect.

putnam, Dec 11, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what it is, but I love listening to the carbonation on this beer. Alas, if only more beer were bottle conditioned. The nose if toasty and funky, reminding me of Westvleteren Blonde and Flat Earth Pale Ale. The flavor starts out a sweet bready malt with candi sugar but very quickly turns to citrus rind and herbal hops that slowly fade away down the back of your throat with a hint of bubblegum that's far more fun than annoying. This is on par with the great saisons of Belgium. And like another favorite of mine, Hennepin, it doesn't have the issues with overseas travel.

Yes, it's a touch pricey, but worth a try if you aren't a cheakskate.

tempest, Dec 10, 2007
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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one sitting around for a little while, finally decided to pop it open. 750 mL bottle from Blue Dog in Lansdale, corked and caged. The label says it is 100% bottle refermented--im looking forward to lots of yeasties.

Beer pours a slightly cloudy and rich golden color that is just absolutely gorgeous. Head is there and very bubbly but doesn't last that long, leaves some lacing. Lots of bubbles in this one.

Smell is amazing--very powerful. Lots of spicy/herbal notes as well as sweet fruit without smelling 'sugary.' Taste follows the nose--i absolutely love this beer. It is light-bodied, dry, fruity, a little spicy, the medium-high carbonation tingles the tongue, a real delight.

Very drinkable, i probably could have downed this one myself but i shared it with a couple friends instead--a much better idea. We all liked it. For the money, a delicious belgian style beer.

wheelinshirt, Dec 09, 2007
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4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml caged and corked bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half inch of off-white head that dissipates surprisingly quickly. Smells fruity (orange, lemon), somewhat pithy, spicey with hints of vanilla and wood. Tastes orangey/grapefruity, pithy, malty, with spice, piney hops, and vanilla hinted at as well. Medium to light in body with only moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely (dangerously) drinkable for its complexity and abv. Phenomenal. Extremely impressed with this one - can't wait to see how it ages.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 05, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy straw color. Decent frothy head , some lacing.

I can smell a slight fruity sweetness .

Slightly sharp fruitiness , some apple and citrus .Alcohol/bourbon are tasted on the finish. No hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium , decent carbonation.

I very nice farmhouse ale coming from Brooklyn.

shroompod, Dec 04, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a dense two finger head that fades slowly to a thin, spotty cap that leaves behind a nice lacing despite the rather thin cap.

Smell; initially the aroma comes off as mildly musty, but as this warms a nice fruitiness comes through with apricots and peaches, along with some cloves and mild spices.

Taste; a touch on the harsh side while stills cold, but becomes very soft and smooth once it warms up. The fruits really come out nicely as well with apricots, peaches and pineapples. Some earthly undertones come trhough, along with a slight honey covered nutty flavor. A little warmth from the alcohol is present in the finish along with a peppery spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very smooth, soft carbonation. The drinkability is good.

RedHaze, Dec 03, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased over the summer in Brooklyn, and shared at a big tasting. A really nice saison, with enough kick to be good drinking in November. Pours a pale gold with a big fluffy white head. Sweetish aroma, slightly spritzy. Flavour is somewhat yeasty with light fruit elements, very low carbonation (which I like), and a fantastic mouthfeel. Another one of the best of the night (if I do say so myself).

crwills, Dec 02, 2007
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 750 ml bottle aged 6 months. Caged and corked

A: Super hazy color. Lots of yeast floating around in this one. Minimal white head. Could not really raise one even with a rigurous pour.

S: Spicy with some sweetness after. Orange peel. Yeast as well

T: Citrus lemony taste. Slightly sour.

M: Nice light body with good carbonation. So good you hardly notice

D: Wonderfully drinkable. Never noticed the ABV. Really refreshing.

aerozeppl, Nov 30, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked bottle into tulip glass. A: Cloudy yellow, some puffy white head that goes down after a few minutes. Minimal lacing. S: Candied sugar, caramel, lots of malt--nice, but I can't get much behind the thick sugar. T: Really surprising; sweet, yes, but a lot of bread, citrus, apple, grains, and I swear there are some vegatable tastes in here. Broccoli? Asparagus? My stomach feels warm from the alcohol but it's nearly imperceptible on the palate. M: Very crisp and refreshing, medium body. D: I wasn't expecting much from the appearance and the smell, but this is a very solid brew. Hard to believe the 9% abv, it's very drinkable. The balance is really great, and I'm enjoying it more and more as I continue through the glass.

PlaywrightSam, Nov 28, 2007
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of foamy, white head with good retention and some lace. The body is a crystal clear, golden orange.

S - Sweet, fruity/ malty aroma balanced by grassy hops and a bit of clove like phenols.

T - Spicy with notes of clove, vanilla, pepper, and lemon. Grassy, herbal hops come in towards the finish and are followed by a mild, lingering funk and some alcohol warmth.

M - Medium body with high carbonation and an appropriate dryness.

D - Pretty drinkable beer. Quite a bit of spice, but a bit less fruit than I would personally like; might benefit from some additional acidity.

nickfl, Nov 26, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is white and forms nice lacey network of bubbles on the glass as it falls. A bit on the sticky-looking side, but then the perfect color of the beer itself overwhelms you with a sense of Belgian authenticity. The exact right orange-golden hue, with just the right amount of cloudiness to show off the yeast.

The smell offers alcohol and a great bouquet of citrus fruit.

The taste is very nice, with all sorts of complex fruit flavors playing at a given time. I even had baked apple flavor in that melange at one point in time.

I can tell, however, on the back end of the taste that there is a bit too much hops put in, just enough that one loses the balance of flavors eventually as the alcohol evaporates off the tongue. With all the alcohol still in fresh, the hops are still about to peak out around the edges. This is why a Belgian might consider this beer somewhat Yankee.

Nevertheless, this is superbly drinkable, and the carbonation is great in the mouth. Watch out, though, because it is 9% abv!

Socrates, Nov 20, 2007
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully unfiltered honey gold haze with lots of activity within the body of liquid. Creamy capping of slightly parched yellowed foam grows up to about a inch high and stays put for great length. Eventually fades to a compact, thick skim of substantial girth and weight. Lacing sticks across the glass with drippy, boney fingered lace.

Aroma is quite nice and sharp with a well-rounded array of mild grasses, dullish lemon candy, peach fuzz, pineapple husks, and musty breads. Nice little notes of Belgian yeasty spices adding that Saison kick.

Taste has a well developed undertone of malty sweetness and a smooth candied underscoring. Its quite complex, yet seemingly mild and somehow simple in tone. Very unique flavors meld together all throughout with a slightly bready chewyness tied together with active sugary smoothness, peppy carbonation at the edges of the palate and during the middle are favorable; big bubblegum esters underneath and grow from there - and fun little hints to citrusy/tropical fruits; pineapple, peach, orange and lemon. Fantastic chewy bubblegum stuff going on throughout. Yum!

Complex body and nearly full on the mouthfeel. It plays all sorts of fun, sweetened, smoothness and milding yeasty carbonation. Its smoothened creamyness is awesome as it rides, glides, and prepares the palate for a small bite in the middle of yeasty action, partially drying, then rounds off to be and stay fulfillingly rich and lasting in a bubblegummy residue of leftover tropical candy juices.

Wow, a solid Saison by Brooklyn Brewery! I can and will drink this big Ol' 750ml without a problem as the 9% can't be found anywhere. Oh, the bottle and label are quite classy too. Me likey this beery!

Hmmmm...JoeyBeerBelly did very well in our recent transaction of beery goods! Thanks Joe!

tavernjef, Nov 20, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When enjoying a beer from the Brooklyn Brewery, the key is balance; and the Brooklyn Local 1 is no exception.

Oliver defines this as a "strong Saison," and it delivers as such. I pickup traditional Belgian ingenuity with a distinct influence of the British Isles. Garrett was introduced to 'real beer' through the likes of Fuller's, Young's and other English breweries; and that becomes apparent as you continue to enjoy this beer. He balances the flavors so well, you could swear the Brooklyn Local 1 has been brewed for centuries, much like the famous styles it has evolved from.

A true farmhouse ale that I suggest to any beer advocate.

ajbogs, Nov 18, 2007
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4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian style is my favorite beer from the past six months and in my opinion shows that Garret has got it going on all fronts.

Poured from chilled 750ml (does not come in anything else) into Martini glass (hey, that's all they had beyond OJ glasses) with cloudy golden hue w/small but tight head and lots of legs to the last quaf.

Smell: Flowery bouqet of fruit on the acid side, grapefruit perhaps and orange peel. Yeast comes up into your nose within moments as well as the high ABV as any good Belgian should.

Taste: Strong and comlex character. Respectable hop levels of earthy tones. Tartness, hence a Saison, explodes as it goes from your tongue down your throat but lingering fruit blends all well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and cripsy.

Drinkability: First glass is a shock of sorts, but quite easy afteward. Strong beer and not recommended for see through lager types(not me)

Brianmerrilyn, Nov 16, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cost me three beer tokens at the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

A: Pours a cloudy, bright pale yellow. Resembles their Blanche, or other white ales, but more defined and clean.

S: Smells sweet, spicy and a bit like a tropical rainforest. The alcohol creeps into my nose, but doesn't turn me away.

T: Tastes very nice; sweet fruits and malts, sharp bitter hops to balance it out. Has a great saison feel and taste that lingers in my mouth and nose. Potent!

M: Mouthfeel is thin, but carbonation gives it more body. Spicy and estery, with lively carbonation.

D: A bottle of this would go down perfectly at a meal with another person, but watch out if you're drinking it all by it's lonesome, all by your lonesome. I wouldn't abuse it by downing a ton, but it's quite easy to quaff.

There's a brewery cat at Brooklyn that you should visit should you find yourself in Brooklyn. He may even start talking to you if you down a whole bottle of Local 1. Got to keep a great glass with the purchase, and the brew is a real triumph.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 16, 2007
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange witha big fluffy off-white head. Sticky spots of lacing hold on as the head falls and the beer goes down.

There is a bit of musty yeast aroma over top of a very fruity bouquet. Manderin oranges and pears jump out, but any number of fruits make an impression. Sweet smelling but not overly so.

A funky farmhouse taste throughout. Fruit seems subdued in flavour compared to the aroma. Mix of slight citrus hops and alcohol heat at the end.

Quite light in body and highly carbonated. Refreshing mouthfeel.

Not bad, has a very nice smell, but the taste didn't live up to the aroma in my opinion.

elricorico, Nov 14, 2007
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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