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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,881
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rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
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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 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.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Local 1....

Appearance- Cloudy orange color, really fizzy head that keeps its thickness and stays intact, loads of carbonation.

Smell-yeasty, also hints of different sugars, alcohol is hidden well.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Oof, really malty off the bat, alcohol rises, sugars are kept well intact, some light citrus but really dark maltiness dominates, smooth and bubbly feel to the beer.

Drinkabilty- a strong flavored beer, for those who like the style and know how to handle it.

Overall- A fine beer, Brooklyn usually makes great stuff so I am not surprised. Maltiness is a little strong and I would've liked it a little more balanced so it isn't my favorite of the style, but it's fine.

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

Golden, a little bit orange in color. Nice white fluffy head. Smell is mostly like a toasted german malt. Not too much hops left to detect, if any, as this bottle is probably near a year old. The taste was a sharp toasty malt but the Belgian yeast did add a bit of fruity and earthy character to it, although much less than the typical Belgian pale ale.

I think I prefer the more mellow malt character of Belgian Pale Ale's that allow the yeast and fruitiness, and other sweetness to come out more. This one seemed like a toasted type malt was dominating a little too much. Still a solid beer.

Photo of YankChef
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours an aggressive fluffy white head that fades to a wisp that covers the top of the beer adequately. strong golden with ember orange

Smell: Mild spice aroma of almost fenugreek seed(fake maple) and a bit of orange and strong yeasty bread aroma

Taste: Strong sweetness on the front with high carbonation that really makes it pop across the palate. Fades into a mild bitterness that leaves a lemon zest bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is overly apparent as the beer warms

Overall: A decent stab at a belgian pale ale that is quite tasty, I think the appeal in this beer is more in the spectacle of it than its actual quality. For a north american belgian beer I will be spending my money on unibroue and ommegang thank you.

Photo of bobquick
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taking a stab at a new beer (to me) from a familiar brewery...I am quite impressed.

Quite tasty alone (very much like a Belgian) but even better with food (pasta). This beer does not disappoint.

Very good balance. Not too much yeast (I can be allergic). Color is light, but flavor and alcohol content are not. Nice crisp head.

Very good beer Garrett.

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

A: An appealing light yellow-orange color, nice white head made that lasts for a while. There is a constant stream of bubbles coming of the bottom of my glass which is pretty cool.

S: Smells like a Belgian, no surprises here. Yeasty, little bit of grass-like aroma.

T: Belgians are not my favorite style, but this is an excellent example. Can definitely taste the candy sugar, yeasty bready flavors, and a little fresh mowed grass or hay.

M: Nice balance of creaminess and carbonation.

D: No problem drinking a whole bottle by yourself if you do not have someone to share it with.

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

The colour is orange-yellow. The liquid is somewhat hazy. The head is very large, yellowish and airy. Lots of lacing.

The smell got notes of yeast, exotic fruits, dry hops, cream and alcohol.

The taste is fruity. Some yeast, sweet exotic fruits and fresh herbs. Pineapples. The aftertaste is fruity and sweet, too with a mild yeasty flavour.

The carbonation is fresh. Small bubbles. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

Ehhh... I don't know if I could tell this one from a bottle of Green Duvel (the unfiltered one).

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

750ml into a tulip.

Pours a golden tangerine color with a huge fluffy head. Leaves chunks of lace.

Smell is fantastic! Sweet oranges and pineapple over sweet candy.

Taste is very good too. But, not as great as the nose indicated. Sweet juicy oranges and a hint of earthiness. Good just not as bright as I had hoped.

Overall, this is a tremendous beer. It hints at being world class, but falls just short. Still, I would be happy to drink this any day of the week.

Photo of brushtachio
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden color with a thick creamy white head that held for a resonable time

S - Fruity nose with apple and citrus smells standing out. Faint floral fragrance. I find the smell very appealing although familar.

T- All the tastes hinted at in the nose are present with the apple flavors pushing forward to dominate the others. The finish brings some hops but it is slightly overpowered by the alcohol burn. As I got to the second half of the bottle, earthy, yeast hints crept in.

M - Dancing with carbonation, perhaps a little too much.

D - The 9% ABV is prominent, I'd probably look to pair this with food and stick to a single bottle.

Photo of rollbiz
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Tasted slightly cold (about 55 degrees) from corked bottle. Tasted from a small belgian style glass.

A: Beer is a strong golden color, it looks more like good maple syrup than lager. Thick white head stuck around for a few minutes before falling. Lacing evident.

S: Smells very sweet/floral, citrus and green apple too. Some wheat and and a tinge of alcohol in the nose as well.

T: Tastes sweet and sugary first, followed by a wheat-y and slightly tart finish. I get a slight bite of that green apple that I smelled before. Taste is complex enough that I'm probably missing something in my fairly novice ability to describe it.

M: Mouthfeel is somewhat thin compared to the taste. I guess after the complexity of the taste I expected the feel to have a bit more heft.

D: Overall, I thought this was very drinkable. It bridged a gap between the Belgians I drink and the tarter fruit brew or lambic styles I love so much. I'll definitely buy it again.

Photo of ROMER79
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is an awesome big boy. The feel and the flavor are excellent. The pour was a murky gold with a two finger white head. It wreaked of citrus, hops, and wheat. The taste was amazing. Almost a cross between a saison and wheat. I could really pull out grapefruit, orange, hops, with a wheat note mixed in. It was crisp and delicious. Very easy big beer to drink. Great for summer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling lemony gold with a generous amount of carbonation that settles down in short order. There are no visible yeast on the first pour, but they should make an appearance on the second or third. The high quality crown resembles whipped marshmallow, both in terms of color and texture. The bottle and the label look great, as does the beer itself.

I've seen Local 1 described as a BSPA (above), as a strong saison (by Garrett Oliver) and as a Belgian-inspired strong golden ale (on the Brooklyn website). Yeah, any one of those works according to the nose. Positives include golden orchard fruit and musky-herbal hops. Negatives include a lack of power, a lack of Belgian yeastiness and a little too much alcohol.

Local 1 tastes like a BSPA. I'm now into the middle of the bottle and am still waiting for the yeast to appear in the glass and on my tongue. A beer of this style without an appreciable bready yeastiness can only be so good. As in the nose, alcohol is slightly too prominent.

There are some excellent Belgian-style strong pale ales brewed by Americans. Too bad this isn't one of them. It's as if all of the requisite pieces are present, but they're only tasted as outlines, not filled in with something of substance and color. That's another way of saying that depth and complexity are lacking.

A Golden Delicious apple fruitiness combines with snappy pears, ground clove, zesty white pepper and alcohol. The sweetness is balanced by at least as much bitterness... and the whole thing is imbued with, again, a solvent-like alcoholicity that demands to be noticed each time beer hits buds. While it's tolerable, great beer never asks for concessions.

By this point, it isn't surprising that the mouthfeel is less than spectacular. It isn't bad, but it isn't even close to Belgianesque. More suppleness is needed, as is more creaminess and more volume. Oh well, bottle-conditioning is a crap shoot anyway.

Brooklyn Local 1 really isn't bad beer, it just isn't in the same area code as the world's best. Considering the price, I'd just as soon buy the Belgian BSPAs that make it to these shores. And the better American-brewed Belgian-style BSPAs. Thanks Sudsdog.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass. Couldn't find a BBD on the bottle.

A: Very cloudy light gold color. Not at all the looks of a Pale Ale. Creates a very white, bubbly, light yet tall head. It leaves no film on the glass and the head is not clingy.

S: Strong hops are detectable with a high pear scent in the background. Almost too fruity of a scent to be a Pale Ale.

T: Mild for a Pale Ale. The citrus taste of pears is very prevalent at first. Gives way to a hoppy alcohol flavor that is a little dry and bitter to finish it up.

M: Very carbonated, medium body beer. The carbonation dances on the tongue like it does in the head.

D: Heavily carbonated, but that is easily compensated for by the taste and feel of the beer. It's a drinkable beer. Couldn't drink more then a bottle of it.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review.

750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Batch 0747.

Pours an almost crystal clear light orange amber with tons of carbonation and a big, fluffy head that has some staying power.

Smells of sweet belgian malt, apples and pears, and a hint of alcohol. Smells a little too much like cider, and I am a little afraid mixed with the carbonation, it might be trouble.

Whew. Well done Brooklyn. A nice balance of sweet apples and belgian malt and a little bit of spice. Just a hint of alcohol hits you. A clean and crisp body with a dry finish.

Medium bodied and good carbonation.

Rather drinkable, no problem putting this guy down.

Photo of Pleepleus
2.76/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from corked bottle to pilsner glass. Had a cloudy golden orange pour with a nice half inch head that reduced to a minimal sheen. Mellow smell of malt and sweet fruitiness. Hops jump out front on the taste with a strong alcohol finish and apple hides in the booze burn. Had a dry finish with an alcohol aftertaste that reminded me of a spiced apple cider due to the heavy carbonation. Was ok for Brooklyn but I would not buy again.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - golden color with large airy white head. Looks very carbonated with tons of bubbles running up the glass.

s - sweet with pears and apples, also a good amount of spicy yeast

t - crisp citrus flavor with apples, spicy with alcohol presence, dry finish

m - medium body, very nicely carbonated

d - something about the taste just doesn't quite do it for me. This beer comes in 750ml bottle which is pretty rough to finish in one night on your own at 9% abv. I think I would rather have a duvel which comes in a smaller bottle and taste a little better. This is a good beer, but it's going to be hard to justify another purchase. Something worth trying once though.

Photo of dfillius
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter
A: Cloudy lemony-yellow-gold with a ring of pure white lace around the top - terrific retention. Gorgeous, but more head please.
S: Citrus, very bright! Spicy yeast, apple and pear cider smell, some nutmeg.
T: Yeasty, very respectable belgian golden. Terrific sweetness when warm. Tiny hop character (reminiscent of pilsner) would be great with a grilled lemony salmon steak.
M: Very fizzy - too much at first, but it mellows out and has a predominantly dry texture.
D: A really nice beer! Could hang out in a pack of belgians and be well disguised and in good company!

Photo of hyland24
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice corked bomber.

A- Poured a hazy orange gold with a white foam 1 inch head.

S- Malty fruity apricot banana smell with slight floral hints mixed with alcohol.

T- Hoppy bite with sweet fruit hints similar to the taste. Fairly strong alcohol taste.

MF&D- Crisp and dry. Leaves the mouth immediately after the swallow, leaving behind only the alcohol warmth. Not a session beer due to the big 9% ABV but definitely worth going out and picking one up.

Photo of yelterdow
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased around Thanksgiving last year, the bottle has a code of 1227. Served at cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip and paired with turkey kielbasa with melted German beer cheese on top.

Appearance- Bright gold and quite noisy, this beer supports a three finger, active head with many different size bubbles. The lacing isn't extraordinary... there are small patches and dots here and there. On the second pour, the head lasts far longer and is more pillowy.

Smell- Massive dose of the aromatic raw sugar... it's one of the heaviest smelling beers I've had. The huge ingredient concentration and resulting ABV combines for a blockbuster nose, in both sweetness and spiciness. On the second pour, the aroma mellows and the sugars are tamed... accentuating the spicy hops more.

Taste- A bit heavyhanded with its sweetness, the grassy hops and barley malt are there in nice balance... but they're buried behind sugars. Fresh upon its release, I remember this being "snappier" and "zingier" with the hop zap, so over the last few months the bottle conditioning has thickened and beefed up the beer's taste. Not at all bad, it's just different. After the third pour, and hour and a half since the initial one, this is delightful. All is integrated and scrumptious... what a trip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture in the mouth is smooth and silky. The exquisite creaminess, especially towards the end of this tasting where the beer is between cellar and room temperature, is near perfect. This didn't fare well with the food I paired it with,
I elected to swirl in the yeast at the bottom for the last pour, and it was definitely a plus.

Photo of charlzm
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 04/15/08.

Hazy, light yellow pour. Plenty of carbonation: a large, fluffy white head forms and hangs around until the beer is gone.

Candied sugar aroma with notes of.. coriander?

Flavor is a little floral, sweet and has a hint of banana. Effervescent and spicy at the end, until a lingering maltiness appears.

Very well balanced and drinkable. Among the best of this style I have had. Stacks up favorably alongside "real" Belgian beers such as Duvel and Delerium Tremens.

Photo of Ig0r
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

During the pour, the head effervesces rapidly from large bubbles, lingers a bit, and then disappears nearly completely. The color is an opaque straw with a small flowery smell.

The taste starts out with a thin feel and a little flavor; there's some honey-like sweetness with some maltiness. After a bit of time the high alcohol content is apparent. There's a slight hoppy finish that doesn't leave anything behind.

It's a thin drink with almost no aftertaste; overall light and refreshing. Nothing about the flavor is overpowering; it has a good balance.

Photo of Patrick999
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta review these while they are still fresh in my mind. Had several glasses at the Brooklyn dinner in North Miami, 4/11.

Served in a goblet, the head was as billowing and enticing as any Belgian. Well-laced down the sides of the glass.

Aroma - I noted a very appealing cinnamon and nutmeg over a base Duvel-like nose.

Taste - Well-spiced and alcohol well-hidden, it's a more-than-credible Belgian. As good as any you might find from one of the masters.

Feel - Perfect. Right amount of priming sugar makes this effervescent but not overbearing.

Drinkability - I very nearly drank too much of this during the reception. Very easy to put back, a real winner.

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