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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
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Gots: 288 | 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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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.

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

Poured from a 750ml purchased at Chan's in Destin, Fl, into a Duvel glass on 6/30/08. This is the 3rd time I've had the privilege of tasting this beer, first time to review.
A- Golden, orange straw color that produced a nice white, fluffy head that hung around and produced a nice lace.
S- Not overly strong, but I did pickup light citrus. I smelled grapefruit, but did not taste grapefruit.
T- I really enjoy drinking this beer, especially with friends/family. Light citrus hops, apple, pear. Sweet, but not too sweet.
M-Light carbonation and very refreshing.
D-I could drink several glasses of Local One. The alcohol is hidden and it is a refreshing ale.

I kept tilting the bottle hoping more would come out. Great job Brooklyn Brewing. I plan to try one straight from the source.

Photo of WillieMoe
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly clouded, golden color, with just the slightest mix of orange. Has a fluffy white, lingering head.

S- There is a heavy fruit scent, with a nice spice in there as well. The yeast scent is also fairly strong.

T- The taste is similar to what you smell, although the yeasty alcoholness is a little more prominent on the palate than in the nose. Personally I did not care for the level of yeast in the tastemyself.

M-Somewhat thin,as it bites the top of the tongue a bit. Feels almost pulpy against the back of the mouth.

Not my favorite offering from Brooklyn, but definitely still top notch. I could see drinking a couple of these down the road if given the chance.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty pour, lots of carbonation and a frothy head. Drank from a Chimay chalice.

At first I was trippin' on the smells of this one. I got watermelon, a bit of apple and a loaf of white bread. Almost smelled like a cross between a flemmish and belgian golden ale.

First glass was a wave of fruitness with a nice alcohol presence, clove spiciness. Flavors had quite a bit of seperation, didn't melt together perfectly, but that is being picky. This is a good beer, got even better toward the bottom of the bottle when I got some yeast flowin' and the beer warmed up.

I found myself wishing there was more in the bottle at the end of this one. Props to Brooklyn on this one!

Went really well with an apricot stilton cheese.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a bubbly white head that's a full 3 fingers thick. Aroma is of spicy yeast, very fruity nose. Taste is spicy funky yeast, some more spices and fruit. Carbonation is high. I hardly notice the 9% alcohol. Nice spicy Belgian brew, another fine offering for Brooklyn

Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass. Slightly hazed mango colored with a fat white lumpy head that lingers long.

Strong aroma of bready yeast, some floral and lemon notes. Flavor of yeast funk, spicy notes, some tangerine and lemon, and a peppery finish. Some clove and phenolic notes.

Crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry, leaves the tongue puckery. Average drinkability, a bit one-dimensional for me.

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

A: Poured a tangerine-gold with a fluffy white head that retained nicely. Visible carbonation was pretty heavy.

S: citrusy, yeasty, and fruity with apples and pears.

T: The initial flavor was much the same with apple and pear juice which was sweet and fruity. A big citrusy hopping is complimented by some coriander and oranges. A nice maltiness and spicy finish of bright citrus.

M: medium-full, nice with a good creaminess.

D: Very drinkable and comes highly recommended. A great spicy finish makes you want more.

Photo of animal69
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy yellow-gold w/ a rocky white head which never really settles leaving a thick lacing in my snifter ; a strong bready/cracker malt aroma, a good note of earthy hops and a "hot" spice, more pepper than coriander or both, hints of butter(?) detected but very faint ; taste is equally complex but more malty here, a def. floral-type hop present with a decent bite, pepper flavor asserts itself in the crisp finish, a touch of minerals, alcohol and butter at the end also ; a dry,creamy, med-full mouthfeel with boundless co2 ; an excellent beer, though i found it to be a bit too cloying and sticky as it warmed, prob. better during the winter...

Photo of ShrLSU
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a brooklyn brewery local 1 glass

A: Pours a clear gold color with a slight orange tinge. Very nice foamy white head that leaves great lacing.

S: Smells of caramel spiced apples and some grape. A good wheat scent. Very complex

T: Nice fruity apple taste with some caramel malt and wheat. Cloves and spice on the finish. No real hop taste that I can tell.

M: This isn't as carbonated as I expected. However the flavors are very alive in your mouth. Some zestiness and spice to it as the taste disappates

D: Very tasty and flavorful beer. this is the best that brooklyn brewery has to offer and it impresses greatly. One of the most flavorful belgian pale ales you can find.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a brooklyn local 1 glass I picked up from the brewery in Brooklyn.

Appearance - A beautiful see through gold color, but the head is something to behold. After pouring it came to a full fist size, and took up half the glass. I even poured very gently. Head is ubber creamy and puffy. Almost looks like a whipped topping. Wondeful patch work of bubbles left all the way down the glass.

Smell - Wheat and floral smell hidden behind a whiff of apples. Very strong belgian yeast aroma as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - A malt sweetness as well as that yeasty apple taste. Citrus flavors add a nice touch but turn slightly bitter on the swallow. Yeast definitely punches the throat on the way down. Tastes very similar to a Unibroue with that familiar clove taste. Beer has a medium body, and some mild crispness before turning smooth the rest of the way through.

Drinkability - Seemed to enjoy this one more in Atlanta the first time I had it, then again at the brewery in NYC. Definitely a sessionable beer as Oliver describes it, very easy to drink.

Photo of everetends
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this 750ml bottle from Four Winds in P'cola, FL. Poured into snifters.

A: Came out the lightest shade of orange there is, might as well be golden but there is a hint of orange there. BIG booming, frothy cream head built off this sucker and lasted a good while. Good lacing and retention.

S: Best way I can put is caramel apples soaked in spiced rum. Smells great. You definitely have the Belgium yeasts there but that initial smell dominates this brew and it is quite appealing.

T: Taste is a bit thin in my opinion but still tasty. Carmel and apples are present. The yeast is really there and has a good full taste. Citrus hops are present but not crazy. Alcoholic heat is present, but not too bad.

M: A bit thin but still has a creaminess to it. I was expecting this to be a real creamy beer that coats the mouth, but there is still a great deal of lingering flavors here. A slight alcohol burn on the back of the throat. Not the greatest mouthfeel for this style but absolutely above average.

D: This a very smooth Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I was thinking I was going to have a tough time bringing a 750 down by myself so I enlisted help. Based on mouthfeel and taste alone, I could have easily drank it by myself. I would have been buzzing hard, but possible. Still a great beer, much better than I expected.

Photo of Bitzy
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this fined brew after taking the Brooklyn brewery tour, which came in a package including two nice glasses and of course of the beer. Once pouring it into a hefeweizen glass I saw its great color. Nice a golden rich color with about a half an inch of off white head and some good lacing. At first the taste was typical of this Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but as it warmed a bit more malty, sugary, and hoppy characters made appearances in the taste profile. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth with some creaminess to it, definitely helped me dismiss the high alcohol content. Likewise, despite being 9% ABV it was quite drinkable. I would definately be able to drink a whole bottle on my own.

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

Poured an attractive golden color with fluffy white head that dissipated fairly rapidly. Aroma is of yeast, spice, and fruit. Flavor was very similar to the aroma and I detected a fruity taste of pears. Beer is nicely balanced and mouthfeel is pleasant. Good stuff.

Photo of tdawgydog
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a Brooklyn Local 1 from a 22 oz. bomber in my Allagash glass. It was better than I had originally thought it would be.. A true to form blegian ale from the Brooklyn Brewery. Taste was very good, not too strong for a 9% abv. Went down smooth, mouth feel was good as well. My brother-in-law who is normally a bud light drinker also throughly enjoyed this beer. I would drink this again and recommend to others.

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

750 mL. Light golden color, with a full head of lasting foam. Authentic Belgian smells, with some light fruits, yeast, farmhouse. Flavor has nice balance, with a delicate sweetness and finish. Fairly similar to Duvel. Impressed by it being bottle conditioned and its authenticity. An ale of high quality.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours gold with a hint of orange, somewhat opaque/not clear; good head with lacing although head dissipates

S: Caramel, fruit (grape, apple), alcohol, spices

T: an alcoholic flavor in the beginning, dissipates into fruity apple-like flavors, some caramel sweetness, finishes with a clovy spicy taste. not much hop character of note, although sweetness is well-balanced.

M: light in body for this abv, carbonation about average but low for a belgian style, although this probably allows the flavors to come out more.

D: a very flavorful beer with good balance and feel, although alcohol character makes this a light drinker. Enjoy this like you would a tripel or golden strong ale.

Photo of rpardon7
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ml bottle

A - Poured a hazy orangey yellow with a creamy head that left nice lacing around the glass. There was good head retention, didn't stay full but did not disapate completely.

S - Could smell the malt and the belgian yeaste, and also a the hops that had a citrus smell. Very nice smell.

T - A complex taste that starts off like a typical belgian ale but you can taste the hops as well as a little bit of the alcohol. As this beer warms it becomes a little more mellow and the stronger taste becomes more sweeter. Overall great taste, that will keep you coming back for more.

M - Mouthfeel is good, very smooth and clean not too crisp. Nice creamy feel do to the bottle conditioning.

D - Very drinkable strong ale, would never turn this one down.

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

A - this beer looks great in a glass; hazy orange hues with a thick
white frothy head just waiting to be devoured.

S - lots of citrus and malts here with a familiar spice found in many
belgian ales

T - if this was a blind tasting this beer would easily be recognized
as a saison(in my opinion) and a very good one at that.

M - a very creamy beer that really dominates your mouth with all sorts of flavors.

D initially I wasn't impressed with the taste, not because it was
an inferior beer , but I just didn't think there was enough
there to justify the extra cost compared to similar ales.
However after a few sips and with some warming the
complexity of the beer really became more evident. There is a
depth to this beer I can't quit discern, but boy is it good.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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