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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,911
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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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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a murky pale golden orange color with a lot of tiny bubbles ascending to the top to support a creamy white head that possesses awesome retention and lacing qualities. The aroma features fruity malts, spices and floral hops. The taste is malt and fruity esters up front with some earthy hops and yeast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated. Overall, this is a solid attempt at a Belgian style brew from Brooklyn that is highly recommended. I have been disappointed with most of the Brooklyn lineup, but this is definitely my favorite beer from the Brooklyn Brewery lineup.

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

This bottle was numbered "1377", purchased about 4-5 months ago. I'm not an advocate of aging pale ales of any variety, but this was "gently" aged in my basement and now I'm finally trying it in Delirium Tremens glasses.

The appearance is crystal clear, golden straw colored, lots of wet white foam on top. The aroma is really good, sweet and malty, sort of similar to some actual Belgian pale ales like Barbar or Petrus Blonde. The taste is also good, sweet malts and a hint of hops bitterness, some yeasty spiciness but also a little phenol flavor. Overall very good, very drinkable for the ABV.

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

I poured a 750 ml caged and corked bottle into a large mug. I received this bottle in a great trade with bonezx86 (my virgin trade!).

A: It poured a perfect golden colored body that generated a steady stream of baby bubbles and a massive three finger bone white head. The head receded to a light cover and ring around the collar and a dense clingy lacing.

S: It had a pleasant aroma of bananas, cloves and yeasty white bread. Well balanced smells that were pleasant and refreshing.

T: This is a masterfull BSPA...it hits on all the important points. Its got a creamy, sweet white fruit profile complemented by white spices (cloves and white pepper), as well as a hints of citrusy flavors.

M: It was a creamy, medium body with sweet and refreshing start, a zesty carbonation and hop presence and a clean finish.

D: Very enjoyable. Almost a cross bread BSPA, BPA and heffeweizen. Refreshing and easy to drink. This stands up well with the top BSPAs.

Photo of markaberrant
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - bright orange, clear, gigantic white fluffy head, tons of carbonation, looks great. Big gobs of lacing stick to the glass. I could probably come back in an hour, and there would still be carbonation and a nice head on it.

S - lots of citrus, lemon and orange, a bit of corriander spice perhaps, has that great aroma that I find in many blonde belgians that I associate with "summer"

T - controlled malt sweetness through to the dry boozy finish, lovely pepper spice intermingles with the malt. Hop bitternes is earthy and mellow. Some grainy/bready malt comes through in the finish along with more earthiness. Wow.

M - mouth filling airiness works well with the fresh flavours. Alcohol is well hidden.

D - This is spectacular, it won't take long for me to finish the 750ml bottle by myself.

If you follow my reviews, I'm occassionally bored by so called "classics." It's not that these beers are bad, but they just don't knock my socks off. And while this is not yet a classic, I had recently been bored by a few Belgian Strong Ales, so I wasn't sure what my palette would think of this.

This beer is blowing me away!

It's just superb. I would probably classify it as a Tripel, even though others say it is a Saison or a Strong Golden. However, as I work my way through the glass, I get less sweetness, and more earthiness, so maybe the Saison label is more fitting. Regardless, the fresh and lively character is just so appealing that I'm having a hard time pacing myself. The aftertaste is out of this world.

I had a tough time convincing myself to buy this bottle at the liquor store. A single 750ml bottle for $13... when there are 6-packs of Black Chocolate Stout right beside it for the same price? I ended up buying both, and I'm glad I did, only I wish I'd bought another one of these. On this same day, I passed on another high priced beer in favour of this one - Thomas Hardy. I think I made the right decision.

Worth every penny.

Photo of McDiddyPop
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 25.4 oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass. It was a bright orange color with minimal haze and a nice, foamy white head that stayed throughout. No lacing on the glass, but the creamy appearance of the head was nice. It was a bit sweet to taste, with a lot of carbonation and very little in the aftertaste. It finished clean and left me wanting another sip. All in all, a very nice light brew good for sipping with a meal or on its own.

Photo of missginsu
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FreshDirect accidentally sent us two bottles of this, but we were happy to drink 'em.

A gorgeous golden orange color, the bubbles are tiny, delicate and champagne-like, zipping up the glass in long strings.

It pours with a creamy, frothy head with bread-like aromas and dances around the mouth with a crisp, dry beginning, a round, citrus-and-yeast swallow and then a rich, spicy run around the sides and back of the tongue. The lingering flavor is like cinnamon, banana and molasses on a whole-grain loaf.

Even when it's gone flat, sitting at room temperature the next day after you've left the last few sips in the bottom of the bottle, this beer is still tasty.

Packaging is really nice, too. Curvy cork with a basket in the top, uber-slick label, hefty bottle. I'm a fan. This is an excellent beer, and I feel proud to live down the street from the brewery.

Photo of bigeyedfish
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged bottle with no freshness date poured into a Duvel tulip.

2 fingers of really sticky, really white head sit atop a night faint, dim orange body. the head is really pretty sticky in the center, with a mound resisting breaking apart as a result of swirling. looks a little like dish water/bad cappuccino foam. pure white though. really nice beer.

smells of belgium at first, which given that its comprised of "yeast from Belgium" kind of explain the smell. but there is a noticeable hop-cleanliness that is also there. it's not so much an undertone of pine, just some smells of clarity and cleanliness, which are impossible to qualify. also some vanilla extract and some white chocolate which are fantastic.

a slight bit of pepper right off the bat which given the nose is a little off-putting. a little more pronounced, classic-hop taste is present as well, this time with a little bit of the pine/hop bitterness on the finish. but there is the sweetness there, don't get me wrong. some subtle orange peel characteristics are present along with some lime-sweet elements (think limeade- specifically, the ones from Dumars in Norfolk, VA if you have ever been there.)

it's a little carbonated in the mouthfeel. the midpalate has a little bit of uncomfortable carbonation and some residual hop bitterness. there is not a whole lot of body presence, it's a pretty smooth beer with a little bit of carbonation- it's a lot like a pilsner in that regard. there is not a whole lot of palate coating; it's a pretty thin body, but really smooth.

this beer is really good- for any alcohol percentage. this weighs in at 9% and you don't realize it when you're drinking it, at least in regards to the fact that there is not a lot about this beer that would lead you to believe it's as alcoholic as it is. but you eventually realize it's kind of boozy. which is perfect, since then you force yourself to slow down, and the beer warms a little bit, and it gets a little bit more complex.

this is a beer that's kind of interesting, given that's it's a lot dryer than a lot of saisons, and specifically, one saison. that garrett would make a beer like this is a little off-putting, until you remember that he loves hennepin (and uses it for a number of beer-cheese pairings) and hennepin is a sweet saison; so given his love of hennepin and the relative proximity of brooklyn and ommegang, it's easy to see how any saison he made would turn out like this; hennepin is a lot like other saisons only better, and garrett seems unable to make a bad beer. so we get local 1. i can't wait to drink this in the summer. something tells me this is a beer that will be an all-star come warmer weather. but even on nights that serve as a reminder of spring-yet-to-come its quality is not upon.

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4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 750 ml bottle. Back label stamped "1437"- for wahtever that means.

A- Impressive. Cloudy light gold with an enormous 3 finger creamy white head. The head fades back to a nice bubbly lacing.

S- Faint doughy aromas that evolve into clove and sweet fruitiness. A note of vanilla is present as well.

T- Vanilla and clove come to mind. Slight alcohol taste on the finish. Lingering doughy flavors.

M- Lively on the tongue and. Nice carbonation, yet it is still creamy and smooth.

D- This is an excellent American version of a Belgian SPA. The spicy/ fruity aromas and flavors are in nice balance with the doughy bread-like flavors. This is an excellent beer that holds it's own against the best SPA's that Belgium has to offer.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the NYC Whole Foods and shipped back to SD, 750ml poured into Duvel tulip glass

Appearance is a translucent golden hue, soapy suds-like white head has dollops of big sparkling cream, moderate lacing

Smell is dominated by mild lemons and bananas, yeast, cloves, spices, grapefruit and pine, great potpourri of scents

Taste follows close suit to the aroma and is overall quite fruity and spicey, bananas/cloves/lemons are reminiscent of a weisse, floral, spices, and slight sourness enter midway with a slight alcohol presence, finishes dry and sweet

Mouthfeel is medium/full-bodied, watery thin texture, mild carbonation

Drinkability is moderate and the alcohol is well-masked at 9%, flavorful and fragrant version of a Belgian Strong PA, lacking in complexity and boldness but solid for the style

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

Received in a trade from BA RustyDiamond damn near a year ago.

A - Pale neon yellow color with a good stream of bubbles flowing up from the nucleation site on my tulip. White head settles to a quarter inch. Lots of lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy lemony citrus smell. Some sweet flowery sugars with some peppery malts and a very faint alcohol detectable.

T - Starts out with a carbonation bite with some fruity hops. Hops actually last through the entire taste. Bubblegum yeasty flavors come in with some spicy malts again accompanied by the hops. Hops are surprisingly strong for a year old beer. The hops depart and leave a citrusy yeasty finish.

M - Some good biting carbonation compliments the taste at times, medium consistency.

D - A fine Saison with some interesting subtle and not so subtle flavors. Its very hoppy which is a nice twist for a Belgian style. Try if you can.

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

This beer poured a hazy golden color(almost the color of a mimosa) with a huge, foamy white head and had nice retention. The aroma was a burnt sugar(sugar refinery)smell and alcohol. The taste had a nice orange tanginess to it. The mouthfeel was heavy and creamy with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great, drinkable beer.

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

From a bottle (unmarked that I can find, at least a bomber, but I would guess 750ml), one drink poured into a snifter.

A = Gloden hazy liquid pouring off a nice high white head or foam and medium bubbles. Good head retention, dissipates very slowly and leaves light lacing on glass and good lacing on surface.

S = Sweet yeasty smells of risen but unbaked sourdough bread, floral notes of hops but not much presence of bitterness (at least in the smell), fresh cut grass and green tea, also light trace of pepper and coriander.

T = This has some distinctive tastes from a Belgian saison, but it seems fresher to me than a true Belgian. It is lighter somehow, but only in the refreshing nature of the taste, not in the body or the heavy alcohol which is felt but only in passing as the last factor noted. Up front there is a spicy, grainy yeast taste, at mid-palate this intensifies, but in the long finish it becomes a fruity dry taste with middle eastern spices hinted at but not quite strong enough to name.

M = Medium bodied, frothy carbonation, excellent mouthcoating. Perfect body for the taste.

D = NOt an everyday drink, but awesome if you are in the mood for a strong tasting, yet at the same time light refreshing Belgian.

Photo of Ozone34
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a beautiful cork and caged 100% bottled conditioned. Hazy and cloudy with a nice thick head, that fades to a thin viel with a sticky lace along the glass.

Smell: of bananas, cloves, and spices similar to a wiess beer. Being from FLA I'm getting some citrus notes almost white grapefruit.

Carbonation hits perfect with a perfect blast of flavor with a dry finish. Sweetness of the malts adds a soda-y feel but is very pleasing.

Alcohol is present but never overpowering and blends into the balance of flavors. A very overall flavor of grapefruit with a spicy note and dry finish.

If I didn't know better I'd believe this was a belgium true saison. Very very good selection and recommend this to anyone.

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

The appearance is golden and cloudy with a big fluffy white cap of foam. A beautiful bouquet enters the nose with lemon, yeast, some light bready notes, perhaps also some fresh fruit. Light carbonation makes the beer sally across the palate revealing flavors of citrus--lemon or orange, light malt breadiness, yeast and maybe apples. The beer finishes with a slight hint of spicy hops. This is a nicely balanced beer and very refreshing. The hefty alcohol content is not detectable at all and the beer is dangerously drinkable. Local 1 is definitely my favorite that I have tasted from Brooklyn thus far.

Photo of macster
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 750ml bottle a slightly hazy yellow-gold hue. An immense 2" tight white head forms with streams of CO2 bubbles buzzing to the surface. Superb head retention throughout the entire chalice is quite impressive. Thick sheets of lacing coat the sides of the glass.

Aroma profile is that of somewhat muted lemon cookies, fresh yeast, banana, cloves, coriander, wheat cereal and vanilla.

Palate is nicely balanced between a full, creamy texture and an ample amount of tingly carbonation as expected from a Belgian-style ale.

Flavors were a bit more assertive than the aromas. Pleasant notes of lemon cream, orange, clove, ripe banana, yeast, fresh bread and a touch of vanilla bean are enjoyed. The finish gives up just a hint of hoppy/herbal bitterness to nicely balance out the ale's sweetness.

The 9% alcohol is virtually imperceptible. A very easy to drink Belgian Strong. For $7.99 per bottle you can find the genuine Belgian brews, but this offering is not far behind.

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

This beer poured a clear dark yellow color and formed a nice big foamy off white head that latef latticed lace as it subsided. No carbonation was present. The aroma was of malt, hops, lemon and yeast. The flavor was of malt, citrus, mostly lighter end like lemon with bread elements. The body was medium light and actually slightly buttery with a sprite, peppery finish to it. This beer surprised me.

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

A- Totally clear golden yellow with 1/2" of bright white head from tap.

S- Sour fruits as in lemons, white grapes, green apples, and pears.

T- Sour and tangy and follows the nose to a T. A little more lemon in the taste than in the nose, and leaves the mouth dry.

M- Think and somewhat stingy carbonation. Nice!

D- High. Had it with a grilled grouper filet and it hit the spot perfectly.

Overall- Very nice. Would drink well with a grilled chicken dish or seafood. Light and tingly on the palate.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighting gold with lots of bubbles and a little lacing at first that is nice at first, but quickly recedes to nothing. The aroma is herbal, malty, and flowery. The taste is a pretty compex mix of herbs and a hint of lemon zest in the middle of the palate. Then maybe some dry malts of very faint toastiness. Very dry palate. Lots of sweet earth, ad some light hops, Belgian style. Great American version of a classic Belgian style.

Photo of dsa7783
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 Ml purchased caged and corked from Bottle King in Parsippany for $7.99... definitely the best beer that I've sampled from Brooklyn Brewery... in terms of a Belgian Strong, this is an excellent depiction of the style with an outstanding flavor that really hits home and is authentic in every sense of the word... nice golden, hazy, cloudy appearance with a minimial frothy head that soon dissipated, leaving a film of lace... smell was outstanding, complete with fresh fruit, florals, lemon, citrus, and slight coriander... taste strongly complemented the aroma with a superb, fresh, clear flavor full of grapefruit, pears, lemon-zest, esters, and citrus... very wholesome, refereshing, creamy, and thick taste that is certainly up there with some of the best... Brooklyn did very well with this one... very easily drinkable, which only took a slight hit due to the hefty 9% ABV... mouthfeel was also teriffic, as the beer felt like honey on the tongue... Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...

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

01/30/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker. Also sampled at a tasting a few days before.

Presentation- 750ml bottle both caged and corked. Forgot to look for any freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Mid-deep golden in color. Full one inch head upon pour. Leaves a solid 1/8th inch during consumption. Lacing is very light with some slight whisps and trails.

Smell- Nose of a hefe-saison. Banana and a bit of clove with a very light touch of funk and yeast nose.

Taste- The full ball of wax here. Banana, clove, corriander, lemon peel, orange rind, and a big douce of candied sugar. Hops are even in there somewhere as it seems a touch come out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Creamy as it warms with a mid to higher carbonation level. Light hops in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- What the hell is this beer? I don't know, but I really enjoyed it. Seems like a Witweizen Strong Golden Saison. Sign me up for another bottle. Good job Garrett and thanks for the bottle Ethan!

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

Pint+9 bottle. Pours a cloudy, golden yellow with a 2 to 3 cm foamy white head. Aroma of yeasty bread and banana. Initial flavor is very sweet with hints of citrus and yeast. Finish is clean and dry and very short lived. Nice lacing, no noticeable carbonation, and alcohol is noted from aroma as it warms through the aftertaste. Very drinkable and better than initially anticipated.

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

750 mL bottle (bottle is labeled "1787") with champagne cork top, served cold, poured into Bavarian-style tulip glass. When opened the cork hardly wants to seem to leave the bottle; it seems like either the carbonation is low or this is a bad bottle. The bottle itself is beautiful, more so than the beer. The guys at Brooklyn spare no expense in their marketing materials.

Beer pours deceptively light yellow pale, only just barely clouded, with a huge white head. Aroma is floral and wheaty, sweet, like really good hefeweizen on a hot day.

First sip is sharp and astringent and spicy. Carbonation is much higher than expected, although the body also has a buttery/creamy second appearance. This does NOT taste like an American saison. There's cloves, lemon, orange peel. Bright flavors.

Overall, this is a pretty great drink. The carbonation is a little strong, and the color is a little on the yellow side. Also, the alcohol hits hard (but not on the palate, fortunately). Another win for brooklyn.

Photo of stimy
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this at an "Art of Refermentation" beer tasting hosted by Garrett Oliver at the National Geographic. Now I buy it regularly. I love this beer.

This beer has a slightly tart smell. It had a nice hop finish. A very good ephemeral, light body. Very enjoyable.

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

Poured a pale golden color with a puffy white head slowly dissolves down to a half inch high and stays there. The fragrance has sweet spices of some ginger and corriander, then some cloves and banana scents that are more like a hefeweizen. This followed by sweet aroma of candied sugar. At first taste there is the light taste of wheat, folowed by the taste of spices coming through, ginger, coriander, and little bit of a dried fruit flavor. The kicker is there is a hop kick at the end, with a grass and piny flavor. A total surprise since none was in the aroma. A very smooth feel at first, a medium bodied feel, then it gradually thins itself out. There is the feint tingle of carbonation on the back of the palate. Now I am not partial to the saison style, but this is different. It started like alot of belgians, had some surprises in the aroma, plus the unique flavor brought on at the end, makes this a must try beer.

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

Here's the deal with this brew... IT IS A VALIANT EFFORT IN CREATIVITY AND YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY TRY IT.... But try it twice? that, is the question. The 100% bottle refermention provides for a cork that fires like a Gettysburg musket. The color is more Bavarian Wheat than it is belgian trippel..and that's why it tastes like a dubel, BUT let's get back to the packaging. The custom craft bottles from germany are great, the label, bottle, cork, wire clamp, are all custom and that deserves a big brooklyn brewery pat on the back. Main pitfalls are; it's not so beligian in nose or taste... I mean it's totally fermented authentically and has the mouthfeel and partial drinkability and taste of your favorite belgian import, but its strong nose and taste are more heffewiezen (clove, banana, apple, and othe ester notes) BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN IT HITS YOU...and you say,
"where and the hell did these IBU's sneak in to my mouth?" Yeah, these hops hit you like a barrel of bitter monkeys. After the first taste, the tend to de-evolve to more of peat malt taste...wierd eh? AND yet, still a very drinkable beer. I applaude Brooklyn for trying something different with the increasing popular belgian brew... CHEERS!

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