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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 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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Wow. This looks great! The color is a hazy orange gold with a thick creamy off-white head of at least 1/2" or so. Retention is excellent, lasting the entire experience with fantastic lacing. I can't imagine a better looking brew!

S: Complex mix of sweet malts, spices and hints of light fruitiness. Smells a lot like a triple.

T&M: Sweeter maltiness with the classic Belgian flavors of candy sugar and spices. A pull on this brew washes over the tongue in a creamy wave of pure enjoyment. The flavors are light in texture but rather fulfilling in body. Carbonation is light and persistent adding to the creaminess. This wonderful experience finishes with malty and smooth with some light spicy bitterness and just the right amount of warming. Beautiful!

D: Absolutely fantastic. I'd drink it anytime offered and will definitely seek it out again. Highly recommended!

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy yellow with a decent sized head and a respectable lace.
The aroma is of yeast,malts,citric notes and spicy fruits.
The taste is malts,sweet hops,touch of spice with some citus tones. The overall feel is smooth,well masked alcohol and high carbonation. The balance is perfect.
I have had a lot of this beer and I never get tired.

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Brooklyn beer (Extra Brune is close) in a style I am usually just ok about.

It has an awesome balance between Belgian spiciness, malty sweetness and a nice hop background. Drinks smooth and easy with not a hint of alcohol.

Cool bottle too.


Photo of soupyman10
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is what you'd expect - nice white head on top of a yellowy orange brew that's slightly opaque. Nose is exactly where it's supposed to be. Tons of coriander and other spices, along with a good hit of lemon. Also some deep, dried fruit aromas mixed in with the malty sweetness. Excellent nose. Flavor is crazy citrusy up front. Spices start to show up in the middle, but especially as the brew warms. The spiciness works nicely into the surprisingly strong hops that come through on the back of the tongue. Some slightly chalky malt all over the mouth as well. Alcohol comes through a little bit as the beer warms up. An unique and interesting brew. Carbonation is really high, and kind of picks at your tongue as you drink (although I'm not meaning that in a bad way). Happy to try this one...one of the better Brooklyn brews I've gotten my hands on.

750ml/Washington DC/Whole Foods/$7.99

Photo of morebeergood
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped open one last night to celebrate a great weekend in NYC and Brooklyn. Bottle has been aging in my cellar for aprox. 6 months. Poured it into two Duvel glasses, and a gigantic head formed on each glass. The color was sunshine yellow, lots of tiny champagne-like bubbles, and tons of lacing on the glass. The smell had that hefe tingle to it, with spice and fruit hitting you. Taste was awesome. Perfect body to it, as I could feel it in the mouth but it was smooth enough to go right down. Stayed just as good at room temp. Didn't even notice the abv. Could this be even better than Duvel itself? One of the best limited releases from an American brewer that I have had in a while.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass sold to me by

appearance: Golden slightly hazy translucent yellow, big head that dissipates fairly quickly, and carbonation that makes me think of the sugar and champagne yeast used in the refermentation...cool
decided to dump the yeast on the last pour, increased the haziness substantially.

smell: a bit of banana, nutty yeast and a hint of lemon rind and citrus juice

taste: the biggest flavor I can draw out is nutty, the Belgian yeast is a big part of the flavor profile, there's citrus from the hops, and there is a malty (mauritus sugary) sweetness there. The thing is that it is just so fucking well balanced. It masks the alcohol well and there is just a bit of a metallic after taste and a slight warming otherwise you wouldn't percieve the alcohol. Oh yeah and there's 9% of that shit. It's almost undescribable! I really think this is a wonderful beer. It's hard for me to rate within style and perhaps I will re-review but I find no flaw in the taste of this beer.

mouthfeel: medium body, plenty of carbonation very very light astringence. It finishes excellently.

drinkability: very drinkable especially considering the alcohol content. The flavor, light astringence. Very good.

I might sound biased, but I abso-fucking-lutely love this beer. I need to re-review just to confirm this. I try to be critical but I can't say anything truly negative about this beer.

Photo of scottg
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

25.4 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick white head that dissipates slowly with medium lacing, lots of bubbles. Aromas from the sweet malt and sugar are complimented by banana and very fresh smells of flowers and citrusy hops, it smells like the beers I drank in Brugge. There is a citrus fruit flavor that is dominant with vanilla tones, almost buttery like a good chardonay. Different flavors pop from all parts of your mouth and tongue. Initially it coats the mouth fully, then the high carbonation cleanses. Amazing drinkability for a 9% beer. This is an elite American produced Belgian style ale.

Photo of cbros
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange color with little head. Smells of citrus are prevalent with the taste having the same qualities. It has a good mouthfeel, nothing too bitter or unpleasant. Overall a decent Strong Pale Ale.

It is a solid brew but lacks a little smoothness that I would find in a Duvel. A good American brew trying to imitate what they do in Belgium but not my favorite.

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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