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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 144
Gots: 276 | FT: 6
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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 mullenite
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Biggness
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours pale yellow with a course off white head that falls away quite quickly.

Smelled fruity, malty with a specific smell of cotton candy

Taste was sweet, candy, bready a little spicy with a little alcohol on the finish.

It was very carbonated in the beginning and smoothed out over time and became much more enjoyable.

This is a nice brew an easy sipper though will probably pass in the future given the cost and the abundance of good Belgians.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Local 1 pours a lemon yellow with a white head from a brown 750 ml corked and caged bottle. The aroma is a bit fruity. The flavor is also fruity, at turns pear and lemon both come to mind. A bit of clove, and a bit peppery. Not really a traditional Belgian in flavor, but pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Beertracker
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Local 1 pours up very lively and effervescent with a mirage of bubbles that sits atop a bright yellow-sunset body. The aromatic bouquet shows some significant peppercorn spiciness along with some tropical fruitiness reminiscent of bruised bananas, mangos, & freshly cut pineapples. The underlying graininess is light, but becomes more evident as this one warms to room temperature. Good complexity from the Belgian born yeast. The alcohol is prominent, but doesn't overwhelm. The flavor starts-off very light and zesty with a nice underlying spiciness from the yeast and the Noble hop bitterness. The finish is quick, spritzy, and lightly alcoholic. This medium-bodied Belgian Strong Golden Ale is decidedly quaffable and warming by nature. Certainly recommended. Garret Oliver special brewmaster's pairing is fettuccine with spicy chorizo, lobster, and peas. Think global, drink Local 1!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Thanks to aerozeppl for the bottle.

Photo of changeup45
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was recommended to me based on my like for some others in the same sytle. While I was expecting a good beer I wasn't sure how great it would be coming from an American brewer. Well, I'm glad I got it because it was quite good. Sampled from a big 750ml bottle. Pours a somewhat murky peach color with a thick fluffy head. The head does settle just a little but there's still quite a bit of lace left on the glass. Aroma is nice and citrus fresh with the following characteristics in order of me noticing them; oranges, yeast, piney cloves, vanilla and faint banana. The flavor is light warm weather citrus fruits, most notably oranges or tangerine. Also yeasty and slightly spicy but not as spicy as I was expecting. This is medium to light-bodied, clean, very easy drinking with some carbonation and quite refreshing. The alcohol content is hardly noticed at all. Surely some will say it could use more of a bite to it. Overall this is a good beer, a solid Belgian Strong Ale and a great choice on a warm day.

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

Pull the cork, baby! A pale ale the color of a weizen, a hazy yellow/orange. Big head with big bubbles like one, too. Head dissipates fast to nothingness. No lace.
Smell is malt, citrus yeast pepper, clove, hops. Are you sure this isn't a weizen?
Taste is malt, lemon, orange, pepper, alcohol (noticeable but not strong), yeast, hops. Good balance.
Alcohol is quite liquer-like in its warming and mellow lingering aspects. Fairly full-bodied. A very good brew if a bit off style. The 9% ABV is noticeable but nice and nowhere near overpowering.

Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into my harpoon 100 barrel series glass.

A- huge foggy golden with giant fluffy head even when trying to pour as gentle as possible. lacing down the glass, very carbonated right from the pour. the head lasted forever.

S- pretty hoppy but also has that Belgian flair, a range of estery compounds, and quite a bit of spicyness, actually tastes like its from both the hops and the yeast. orange citrus and some lemony character.

T- very light for a 9 %. smooth yeasty, lemony, light maltiness, the spiceiness is still there, though seems stronger in the nose.

M- medium body, pretty light for the abv, but pretty on par, almost light, pretty crisp. smooth, clean.

D- very drinkable. definitely awesome

Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm almost ready to say this is the best beer I've ever had. Seriously. A month ago I split a 750 ml bottle with two friends and REALLY liked it. So I splurged for an $80 case and I raced through it all by my lonesome in a little less then two weeks. I think about how good this beer is at work and can't wait to come home and drink it.

It looks great. Solid, almost hefe looking, but slightly more clear and lighter. It looks beautiful.

There is a solid smell of hops when drinking, but there is not too much hoppy taste. Being that I'm not a hop-head this is a very good thing. If Chouffe's Houblon is half way to hoppy, then Local 1 is 1/4 hoppy or maybe 1/3 hoppy. Zero complaints about taste or smell other then the first sip is not as good as subsequent sips which just keep getting better and better.

Local 1 is unbelievably drinkable, I don't want to stop! I seek out good food to temper and enhance drinking it!

For those of you out there complaining that Local 1 does not fit into a specific beer genre perfectly - STOP COMPLAINING and just love it for what it is. What is wrong with breaking out of the mold? Nothing, otherwise we would not be reading and writing about good beer and drinking fizzy yellow stuff.

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

Decanted out of the 750 ML bottle into my pint glass producing a billowy head, three fingers thick of mostly medium sized bubbles with a slightly yellow tint. The brew itself is a natural, sunflower yellow tint with saffron hues. The head displays great retention and becomes rocky as the sampling continues and it laces in chunks. Aromas are pleasant but not overwhelming, fresh yeast. At first the flavors are slightly piqued by the lively carbonation but as the bottle oxidizes it settles. Fruit flavors of pear and green apple, grainy wheat, pale malt, slight nip in the ALC at the end. Sweeter than it smells but despite the fruit nuances it does not taste like a fruit beer. The higher % is well masked. Carbonation is high and yet not overwhelming; just vibrant all the way through. A good beer but not a God beer. Worth cellaring; if you haven't, try it.

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

Brooklyn Local 1

Pick up this bad boy at Fathead's in Pittsburgh today on a day long trip that took me all over the damn place....very excited to see it stocked. I came home and placed it lovingly in my fridge to chill...about three hours later I popped the top and poured into a Duvel glass. Right off I knew I was in for a treat; opening produced a loud pop, almost like a bottle of champagne. The color was a strong golden; with a thick opaque head that slowly dissolved over time. The aroma was absolutely incredible...a sweet musk with hues of hops in the background. Again the taste was incredible, smooth and hoppy, mellow and musky. Grab as many bottles of it as you can and lock them up for years to come. It's hard to believe that something that tastes this freaking good came out of New York and not Belgium, but the Brooklyn Brewery has done it again. Cheers!

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

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy and bubbly off-white head into a tulip glass. the head left a thin lace and light sheeting throughout. the body was bright and golden.
s - floral and yeasty with hints of sweetness and citrus.
t - floral and fruity with hints of apples.
m - thin and slick.
d - great sipper and very enjoyable.

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

A nice satisfying "pop" as I opened a 750 and poured a tulip glass full. Bottle breathing nicely and the pour reveals a bright white killer head atop a clear golden beautiful liquid. Many bubbles and the head quickly drops to a half inch but stays put for a while after that. Lacing is pretty nice.

Aroma of ripe pear, Christmas spice, some biscuity goodness, really it all comes together as some sort of cobbler or something. Some earthy yeast notes as well. Nice. Taste also reminds me of sweet and tart pears, with some interesting spicy hop notes. Not thick or bready at all. Alcohol burn at the end, but it mixes well with the slightly bitter finish, that includes hints of tobacco. This is complex and straight forward at the same time.

Medium body, not too heavy or thick. Nice feel overall, but a bit syrupy right at the finish. I'll enjoy the rest of this 750 as my evening progresses.

Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a cervoise, Local 1 is a clear gold with a small white head, supported by tons of active streamers, but no significant last or lace.

Smell is somewhat sweet and drier malt, with a crisp earthy hoppiness, very much my speed.

Taste is strait forward and good, a nice little BSPA, heavy on the pils grain, a touch of sweetness, but pretty clean, with nice hints of honey. This is a very tasty little Belgian blonde, but lacking the complexity I hoped for in a Saison.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and dry, a nice crispness.

Drinkability is pretty good, not as complex as I'd like, but cleanly done. Still, a bit of a disappointment, as I was expecting a bit more.

Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden / saffron pour, quite a rich body and a steady release of carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the snifter help to retain a nice lip of lacing.

S + T: Fruit aromas and flavours - apple, pear, peach - with a kick of alcohol spiciness. The sugary sweetness is apparent more in the flavour, but makes an appearance in the nose, as well. Some hints of banana are present.

M: A slight prickle of carbonation smooths out into a nice foaming feel and the body offers a little bit of chewiness. Finishes quite clean and dry, but does manage to leave the littlest bit of film behind.

D: WIth the alcohol being quite noticable, it's certainly a mellow sipper, as it is intended to be. A nice way to spend an afternoon indoors, but suitable for good conversation on the patio with friends, as well

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

Billowy white head is skimmed at the half inch level. It will persist, but appears to be barely hanging in there. Its mark was too weak to remain anywhere on the glass. Tiny specs of bubbles, just above microscopic size, are observed in the top portion of the glass. A light mist is the only thing humbling this radiant sunny shade of yellow.

The yeast is rather piquant. The considerably high level of alcohol serves only to heat the aroma even more so; all together it is a spicy bouquet. Notes of white pepper, coriander, clove, pear, and apple accompany the crisp spice addled wheat. Warming was good to it.

Flavours of apple and pear were present, but tasted about 2 weeks past their prime. The sugar seems to seep into your cheeks; it's in no way distracting but I personally would prefer a little less. Wheat and pale malt run the show but seem a touch incapacitated by the booze. Not to say that you can ever taste the alcohol, but the sense that this is more of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and *not* a Saison is clear.

And it becomes more and more clear as I work my way to milliliter 325 of 750. The yeast they've used doesn't quite have all the dynamics of a true saison yeast. In place of barnyard must and orchard funk we have phenol spice and barren dryness. The finish leaves your palate arid; it absolves all texture and exonerates most flavour.

Where they may have stumbled, I feel, is with regards to style. Perhaps it was a psychological confusion, the brewery listing it as Belgian Strong Pale Ale but the brewer advertising it as a Saison, but I wasn't entirely sold on it. It did seem to try and carry itself like a saison, which simply doesn't work for a 9% ale using this yeast. BSPA's are spicy, strong, and dry. Saisons are effervescent, light bodied, and refreshing. The two contradict.

That said, Brooklyn has succeeded in brewing a beer with Belgian essence and for this they deserve full credit. It is a rare feat for brewers on American shores to replicate the art of Belgian brewing, their attempts usually result as caricatures. While this was no Bruegel, it certainly was no caricature either.

Photo of scooter231
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery orange, clear, with a big, white head and some lacing. Looks like a Belgian strong pale ale should. Smells malty, sweet, with some wheatyness and some banana scent. Black pepper spicyness lingers for a few moments.

Tastes sweet and wheaty, a little bit bitter. More fruity banananess, peach, and orange. Sweeter than it smells, definitely. The alcohol also makes a stronger presence here. It's not at all overwhelming though.

Mouthfeel is sudsy and chewy, a wee bit thin. Overall it's a tasty brew- though I'd rather spend $12 on two delerium tremens, or la fin, I think they've got more punch and flavor and are more drinkable in general. But it's pretty good.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a yellowish amber, which is not impressive - but it does generate a nice, thick, fluffy, eggshell-white head. Aroma has about average strength and is malty with a strong fruity undertone. Flavor is crisp and pleasant, malty with a hint of apple or pear and a bit of an alcohol nip. Texture is smooth and crisp but has a little pizzazz.

Photo of xare
2.59/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally cracked a Local 1 during a beer tasting with my friends and it was the first beer opened and consumed.

Poured as a hazy orange-honey brew with very nice white fluffy foam. Nice appearance.

Odor was a bit strange with a mix between skunk and fruity. Some people might dig that combo but I don't.

Taste was a bit offputting as well - fruity, skunky, hoppy, with so many different flavor profiles combating, it's hard to truly apprecitate the flavor. Didn't seem to blend together in harmony but seemed to be more like fighting with each other for dominance.

Mouthfeel was decent thanks to the huge head providing some creaminess to it. Didn't really like how I got hit with alcohol right away though. I'd have liked to savor the flavors a bit if at all possible.

Drinkability is low due to the high ABV and the fact that it's made in a friggin' huge bottle. I couldn't finish this bottle off by myself if I wanted to. So it's limited to the occasions when I can get a few friends together to enjoy this beer. I'll give it another try someday but it wouldn't be joining my regular rotation anytime soon.

Photo of Garzan72
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this over to my dads house to celebrate the birth of his new puppies. It poured creamy and left a real nice foamy head that really didnt go away. It had a dark rich golden color. Very complex taste with a soft smooth mouthfeel. Left a great after taste just begging you to drink more. Pretty easy to drink and an all around good beer.

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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