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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 884
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 118
Gots: 200 | FT: 4
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

I was very thankful to get this One. Had it ordered in and many thanks to the Andersons of Lima for they worked very hard, just for one case. They called and worked thru e-mail with Brooklyn directly.

It pours very nice! Golden, good carbonation, a nice maintaining white head and a good lace trace to follow.

The aroma just flowers around the glass. tropical fruit, citric of grapefruit and orange peel.

The taste is complex. Tropical fruit like sweet pineapple, citric orange and grapefruit. Grains hold this medium bodied brew at bay. Some hop and a surprise of mild but warming alcohol at the finish.

The mouth feels soft, rather yeasty, alittle dry.

Drinkability, yes, complex in taste but very smooth and a real taste of quality.
Brooklyn, knowing where and who this beer comes from, a sence of trust or knowing this is the way this beer should be. A standard has now been set.

09-09-2007 16:15:55 | More by chilidog
Photo of rudyarmand


2.05/5  rDev -50.5%

There are so many new beers to try. I read about this beer in several magazines and was eager to try some. I love Belgian Trippels and I have tried at least a dozen American brewed tributes to this Belgian style. I went to Green's package store on Buford Highway in Atlanta to buy a couple of bottles. I hate to say it, but Brooklyn One is by far the worst one that I have tried and I would never purchase it again.

The color and head were fine, although it seemed a bit pale.

The taste was not unpleasant, but wasn't anything special.

As far as drinkability, it is a strong beverage and definately delivered a nice buzz.

09-06-2007 13:59:03 | More by rudyarmand
Photo of seaoflament


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

Thanks to MrBURTON55 for the trade. I've had this one for a while now, and after a very hot day it seems like a nice one to have, on a hot night. Numbered 0667.

Poured this one into my tulip glass. The color is a nice light orange with an inch of head and great activity and head retention. A nice thick layer of white, fluffy, foam lasts throughout the whole drinking experience. The aroma is of citrus, malt, spices and nice earthy hops. Tastes very much like the aroma but also very peppery. It seems like the spices have a more central role in the taste. The mouthfeel and carbonation are excellent and make this beer very refreshing. There is a nice tangy aftertaste but this beer passes the palate very cleanly. I remember reading a review of this beer in the New York Times and I was determined to get a hold of a bottle--which also started my trading addiction. Will get some more in future trades, fortunately I have one more bottle to share with a friend or two. So far the best strong pale ale I have tried.

09-04-2007 06:51:05 | More by seaoflament
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New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%

750ml corked and caged. Bottled on 1/26/07. First beer to bottled in Brooklyn. Hopefully not the last. Pours a slightly cloudy, golden-orange color into my Brooklyn Brewery glass. An easy pour brings a foamy bright-white head with miniscule bubbles. Solid layer of foam lasts throughout the glass leaving some beautiful lacing. Yeasty smell backed by some white fruit - orange, peach and mango. Definitely fruity and sweet smelling. Complex taste of white fruit and yeasty spiciness with some tartness towards the end. That's the Saison part kicking in. Hallertauer Perle and Styrian Golding hops lend to a dry finish. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink for a 9% beer as the alcohol is well-hidden, but does leave a warmth in the belly. Very-well done. Cheers to Garrett for an exceptional beer.

08-31-2007 00:37:37 | More by BeerFan
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

A healthy pop of the cork and into the Gulden Draak tulip it goes. Two-finger head is fed by zillions of bubbles within a sunny golden nectar. Absolutely beautiful.

Aroma alone is a saison lover's dream (and anyone into strong Beligian pale ales in general). Ample fruit (apple, white raisin/grape, lemon, orange) and seductive spices (ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, black pepper), with a musty yeast giving even more depth.

Flavor gives everything the aromas hint at, all of it superbly balanced (although the spiciness probably outweighs the sweet elements). An earthiness prevails with each sip, while the finish is crisp, bitter, warm and spicy on the palate. The body hits all parts of the mouth with carbonation zing and balancing oily slickness. A delicate beer despite its complexities.

Hugely impressive, bursting with amazing depth of flavor and aroma...it's so delicious, you don't even notice or care about the 9% alcohol. Easily the best I've ever had from this brewery.

08-26-2007 19:10:39 | More by Metalmonk
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Brooklyn Local 1 poured a slightly hazy honey yellow into the challis. A flurry of small bubbles is seen floating up to the surface. On top a big, fluffy, white head forms. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the beer leaving clumps of lace behind on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is spicy with notes of orange peel, pepper and clove. Mixed in is a hint of yeast. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy with a crisp carbonated snap on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is a well balanced combination of spices, malt and yeast. It begins with some sweet malt and bubble gum. In the middle the spice moves in with flavors of orange peel, clove, and pepper. Some lemon citrus notes are also mixed present. It finishes dry with a touch of bready yeast and alcohol.

At first I thought this was going to be another typical Belgian style beer. It has all the characteristics of a Saison, but the well balanced flavor and sparkling appearance are terrific.

08-26-2007 18:32:11 | More by WanderingFool
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

I've been waiting a while to pop the cork on this one.

I got one bottle in Philadelphia, and another one in the Lower East Side, I don't know which one this is. I don't see any kind of date, but I'm not worried in the least.

I used my Brooklyn Brewery snifter, just because. It's very hazy, pure gold with constant streams of bubbles, frothy white head with nice lacing.

A bready Belgian yeast scent, always good. It's spicy and peppery with cloves and citrus.

Taste is very spicy at first but finishes with sweet and creamy hints, and orange rind.

It's bubbly all the way down, this one is medium bodied. It skirts the line between saison and tripel if you ask me. I'm already thinking of popping the cork on my other "cellar" bottle to enjoy with the salmon I'm currently baking. I'm not sure if Garrett would pair it like that, but I'll give it a shot.

Speaking of Garrett Oliver, he should make more of this. It's good to know that I can drink local and drink Belgian at the same time.

08-25-2007 21:50:12 | More by joeskirkie
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -7%

I have had this before, but picked up another bottle because it was so good the first time and I had not reviewed it.

Poured into a chalice...

A- A deep golden color- light frothy head.

S- Smelled of peppery spices

T- Wow, a TON of flavor here. Think pepper, corriander, some mint- slight hoppiness.

M- Mouthfeel was very light and enjoyable- lots of warming as it went down.

D- Because of the 9% ABV and the complexity of the spices, I could not see myself drinking more than 2 at a time.

I truly enjoyed this, Brooklyn has a winner.

08-25-2007 16:13:22 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Pours golden yellow color, good sized white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is a nice spicy aroma. Spicy hoppiness. Slightly sweet as well
T: Taste is peppery and spicy, very much the same as smell. Bitter hoppiness. A bit warming at the end
M: Medium bodied, goes down easily, finishes dry
D: Very good saison, this one is courtesy of limesmut. Thanks much for this one.

08-23-2007 07:55:01 | More by loren01
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Local 1 is a beautiful looking brew. I poured this into a little 0.2l glass and it still produces generous portions of head, of about two fingers thick. As the head dissipates, it sticks together forming in clumps. The body of this brew is quite hazy and is orangish gold in color.

This is very aromatic. Somewhat metallic and bubble gum at the same time. There are also hints of orange and grapefruit aromas too.

The taste is spice rich. Here, there are hints of cinnamon and orange rind. This is very flavorful.

Overall, I'm very impressed with Brooklyn's version of this Belgian beer. Local 1 is very refreshing and full of surprise. Very much worth dragging to Germany for.

08-20-2007 19:09:10 | More by TheSarge
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Good two-finger head with lasting power. Good sticky lace. Golden color and cloudy

Crisp, clean aroma; strong citrus (grapefruit?)

Grapefruit flavors upfront. Slightly tart. No notable hop. Warming alcohol in the swallow. Moderate body with high carbonation.

Refreshing offering that is very true to form of a Saison.

08-19-2007 17:32:07 | More by smcolw
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4.1/5  rDev -1%

Picked this one up on my Indiana vacation.

A: Pours a golden yellow orange color with a nice puffy lively head. There were lots of bubbles rising to the top and the lacing really hung around. The bottle was a real beauty.

S: Very nice spicy aroma. Peppers, Clove, and Brown Sugar. Has an aroma of honey buttered yeasty rolls. It really shined here.

T: The spiciness really came thru. It was a good combination of sugar and spice. A solid Belgian brew and a great example of the Saison style.

M: Medium bodied, Smooth, Creamy, and very drinkable.

D: I put down the whole 750 ML down myself. I could not believe the bottle was empty when I went to pour myself some more.

Overall: I am a big fan of Saison's and this is one of the best. I really love Rabid Rabbit, which is atypical for the class, but barring that one this is my favorite Saison to date.

08-19-2007 02:51:54 | More by tpd975
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml bottle received in the No BS BIF Beta from HimerMan.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades slowly, with sporadic white lacing. Aroma is strong pale malts coupled with lots of sparkly spices. Taste follows the nose, with the sweetness coming back in the end, fading into hearty alcohol character. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability a bit limited by the alcohol, maybe could blend in a bit better. Overall a very nicely constructed brew.

08-18-2007 01:05:04 | More by ppoitras
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4.76/5  rDev +15%

A- Very cloudy golden yellow body. Pours with a large foamy white head that has good retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Great unflitered appearance.

S- Big complex nose. Belgian yeast, citrus, clove, earthy hops, and a touch of sugar balance well and make a wonderful sweet yet spicy aroma.

T- Taste is very much the same as the smell. Great blend of citrus, bitter hops, spices, sugar, and yeast. The taste is very big and flavorful yet soft with bready belgian yeast coming through as the main character. The alcohol is there but is well hidden by everything else that is going on in this beer. The finish is the same as the initial taste with a nice consistency all the way through. Spicy/Sweet bready yeast lingers.

M- Soft carbonation and medium body. Smooth, creamy, and heavenly.

D- Job well done by Brooklyn brewery. The only reason why I am not giving this a "5" in drinkability is because I am hesitant to give anything with 9% a perfect drinkability score. This is a delicious Belgian interpretation that I will have again...and again.

Had this at Bocktown following a conversation about how hard it is to find a good American brewed Belgian interpretation. This was brought out after I told them how much I like Don de Dieu by Unibroue.

Thanks to Tony for splitting this with me!

08-17-2007 16:45:50 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

A - Straw-colored ale with a translucent cloudiness. Huge, foamy head that dissipates to 1/4" within 5 minutes, leaving dense, foamy lacing along the glass.. Appears to be well carbonated.

S - Wow! Where to begin. Spicy, peppery aroma with some citrus and a huge numbing effect on the senses. The volatiles wafting from the surface quite simply overwhelm the sinuses, but in such a good way. Of course, inhaling the aroma for about 5 minutes straight probably had something to do with it also. Perfect balance of aromas.

T - Why this is classified as a saison, I don't know. Its style reminds me more of a trippel. A bit tart, but not overly so with a numbing finish. Minor amount of bitterness.

M - Sticky, yet finishes dry. Very well carbonated with a kick of alcohol.

D - Overall, this is a very good beer. I've already gone out and picked up another bottle to age for a few months.

08-17-2007 11:24:12 | More by hammer09
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Massive cloud like head sits atop a pale-orange brew. Lacing blankets the sides of the tulip.

Orange zest, coriander, perfume, cantaloupe, and lots of spicy hops in the nose.

Starts sweet with lots of bitter orange peel. Followed by melon, coriander, a slight must, higher alcohol and lots of peppery flavors. Finishes dry, phenolic, and hoppy, this leaves the palate refreshed and ready for another. Quite a high level of perceived bitterness.

Silky mouthfeel yet at the same time it is very light and crisp. Very digestable would be more so if phenols were toned down. That said this is a very good beer and is highly recommended.

08-17-2007 00:52:21 | More by bosco7
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +8%

Golden color, somewhat murky. white head, dissipates but keeps nice layer. Citrus smell, bit of hops. Has a full-bodied taste, smooth mouthfeel. Strong taste and smooth aftertaste. No alocol burn which is shocking for 9%. Very good taste but nothing too exciting.

08-16-2007 21:43:37 | More by Glazed144
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

When I first looked this beer up on this site it was listed as a Belgian strong pale ale, now it's a saison. Anyway...

A: Poured from a kick-ass looking bottle. Medium gold hue with a white quarter inch head with good retention. Visible effervescence. Belgian lace develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Very strong and aromatic nose. Clean and crisp floral hop aroma. Fresh orange ester notes add character. Clove like phenols as well add character. Soft and limited alcohol aroma. Underlaying sweet malt character adds structure.

T: Hop flavor is noticeable throughout. Bitter finish at end leads to a dry clean finish. Alcohol flavor noticeable and sweet - from added sugar. Some peppery, clove like phenols. Pilsner malt flavor peeks through as beer warms. Fruity esters largely absent.

MF: Highly carbonated, which adds to very large mouthfeel. Dry finish.

D: Overall this beer is an impressive package. Quality ingredients. Well brewed and crafted. I could drink this all day but would get completely hammered in the process. I first tried this at the Beer Advocate American Beer Fest this past June - one of the best offerings at the festival.

08-15-2007 16:51:14 | More by Nipitato
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured into a Chimay tulip glass with a straw color and a very long lasting, dense head. Spicy, yeasty aroma. Spicy/herbal hops come through first, followed by candied tropical fruit, on a vaguely German pils malt profile. Condition/mouthfeel of this beer is really nice-- very full and supple. Pale malts come through more as it warms to room temperature, but the other flavors make them hard to detect. A little hot on the finish. Aftertaste of leafy hops and spices lingers. This gets better as it warms a bit and opens up, even from a cellar temp pour. A complex, interesting beer, and one of the best American-brewed Belgian styles I've tasted. Went really well with a snack of chipotle-goatcheese spread on crackers.
Received from my brother, srm71, and consumed on my 31st birthday.

08-15-2007 02:17:49 | More by bcm119
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

I was fortunate enough to be able to find this limited brew at Community Beverage in Elmhurst, Queens. 750ml corked bottle (interestingly enough, the bottle is labeled as a 1 pint, which I don't quite understand), very prestigious in appearance, possibly one of the fanciest bottles I’ve ever seen. Poured out a darker gold color into a regular pint glass. Wonderfully light and airy head, which retained for many minutes. Smells strongly of alcohol and hops. Tastes of strong bitter alcohol, malt, and spice. Goes down smooth, but is a bit harsh, in my opinion, as this brew does little to try to conceal its alcohol content. Quite smooth for 9.0% ABV, and in such a large bottle, could be a poor combination. Overall, very harsh but enjoyable beer and I would love uncorking it for a good gathering of friends over dinner.

EDIT: After a re-tasting several months later, this brew is quite overwhelming on the coriander and spices now. It tastes like a pungent version of Hoegaarden for whatever reason. I'm not a huge fan of the coriander flavor, so I must degrade a bit. Not sure if it was just based on a bad bottle or what, but if I ever try again, I'll re-re-review.

08-13-2007 23:12:54 | More by zerofear13
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4.36/5  rDev +5.3%

Brooklyn pushes, and pushes, and pushes into the culture of Belgium brewing with the "Local" series that is done in unique authenticity or not at all. This in one of the two that they have done masterfully well.

Upon the pour, the beer erupts with a cloudy haze of what's froth and what's beer. But after its canary yellow liquid situates just below the billowing ivory white foam, the beer settles in with a light yeasty appearance of gold and straw. And with authentic aesthetics, the foam proves long-lasting and the lace is intricate and persistent.

Very peppery and fruit at the onset, the strong pilsner malt influence delivers an earth-sweet scent that's candy-ish, bready and pleasantly grainy. Vibrant fruit, earthy hops and high peppery spice plays on the nose, edging ever so close to saison-status.

Its focus on flavor resides with the malts first and foremost. Bread, grain, and confectioner's sugar settles onto the palate just before the honey-like floral taste comes in with bee pollen, hop piney spice, and yeasty phenols- pepper, coriander, and clove all do part in the beer's balance against its sweetness for a strong finish of wine, cork-like wood, and damp hay. Light tropical fruit further seduces the palate with hints of mango and apricot.

Medium in body, the beer's sheer enormity might make you think heavier. But despite its large, biscuity hop bill, the dry taste leads to dry texture and the sweetness is short lived- all leaving the finish somewhat postponed and rewarding with even-keel alcohol warmth, honey sweetness, and spicy prickle.

The beer's sweet/warm interplay makes is best suited for the same interplay in food. I simply can't wait to pair this beer with Pad Thai or other sweet and spicy cuisine.

08-13-2007 12:34:56 | More by BEERchitect
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Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

Poors a slightly hazy gold, with a big head soda esque head. Smell is rather faint but plesent with hints of sweet fruit and some light malts. The taste is complex but well rounded, and perfect for the summer night. The mouthfeel is crisp and light for 9%. Very drinkable and enjoyable

08-13-2007 01:11:32 | More by dickieb
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Halftime Beverage

Been looking forward to sampling this since it came out. Brooklyn's Local 1 pours a mildly hazy deep golden. A 2 finger airy white head formed on the pour and slowly fell to a thick cap. Minimal large carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. Leaves patchy lacing after each sip.

Good smelling saison. Has that very pleasing smell of wildflowers but in small doses. Candi sugars and pale malts are the main component with some juicy ripe pair. Very mild spicing that, for some reason, I can't put my finger on. Grassy and herbal hop character with mild white pepper that only shows up occasionally.

This beer starts off with a burstof biscuity malts and honey. The honey falls to the background but the dry biscuity malts stay put. Another explosion of flavor comes through mid-palate over the top of the malts. Candi sugar, pear, and peach all come through strong. There's one or two more light stone fruits in there as well. Finishes with a mild, balancing grassy and floral hoppiness. Great flavor.

Body is medium as it hits the tongue but quickly becomes light and frothy. Carbonation awakens the tongue and there's a mild lingering bitterness. Smooth and creamy.

This beer goes down far to fast and with 9%abv it could possibly get dangerous. Of course that won't stop me. Easy drinking and refreshing.

My favorite so far from Brooklyn and and very good saison. It seems to me I read this was a unique style mix between a strong golden ale and saison. It definately has the saison qualities and as far as saisons are concerned a very good one.

08-12-2007 00:24:53 | More by joe1510
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Impressive presentation indeed. Pours into my Duvel chalice a hazy golden body with an immense white puffy head. Retention is quite good and lots of vanilla lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is crisply toasted barley, bubblegum, coriander, white pepper, lemony citrus, floral hops, earthy yeast, and kiwi skins.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Crisp and satiny carbonation supports a medium body.

Taste is very akin to the aroma. A floral and herbal hop bitterness dominates. Outdoorsy and earthy yeast presence is prominent. A hint of bubblegum from the Belgian sugars and a note of underripe strawberries add a luscious complexity. Finishes with an herbal bitterness not unlike a good Belgian saison.

Very well done. Somewhat of a surprise that Mr. Oliver's brewery has turned out such a fine pastoral Belgian style ale. Kudos!

08-09-2007 22:48:35 | More by merlin48
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Quite pale yellow... cloudy with a 1/4" smallish, white head which was gone quickly. Settles to a nice cap.

Aroma: Some fruity esters... a touch of apricot and spice... yeasty overtones and a malty and hoppy underlying note.

Mouthfeel is creamy and excellent.

Flavor: Sweet upfront with ripe fruit notes... bitter hop dominates the middle with a mild spice flavor... quite balanced finish.

08-09-2007 16:22:59 | More by Fugazme
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