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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,793
Reviews: 891
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:
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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Photo of Nipitato
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Nipitato, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of bcm119
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

bcm119, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of zerofear13
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

zerofear13, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of dickieb
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

dickieb, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

joe1510, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

merlin48, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of Fugazme
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Fugazme, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a big two finger foamy white head that fades to a layer of surface skim, and there is not much lacing to speak of. Body is a hazy gold with orange highlights.

Smell - apricots, candi sugar, hint of figs.

Taste - exactly as the nose promises. Rather straightforward - flavor of stone-pit type fruits washed with a coating of candi sugar. Very well hidden alcohol. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good ale. Only its high abv limits sessionability. Also, I believe this to be a trippel, or a BSPA, and not a Saison as it is listed here.

ultralarry2006, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of scott
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


The initial pour is ready to sing a song of days past. Highly unstable carbonation explodes leaving a huge dollop of foam on top of a murky golden devil, and it's not ready to capitulate easily. A bomb consisting of spice & orange peel awaits, tantalizing the nose.
An earthy tongue consisting of banana ester and pear envelop the mouth, with highlights of juicy fruit rolling dice in the background. Big, refreshing and drinkable, this is obviously well crafted, coming from Mr. Oliver. True to form, but lacking slightly in compunction.
Anticipated. Recommended.

scott, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up a nice golden color with some peach highlights. Generous, pillowy off-white head lasts for a while and leaves good lacing. Snappy yet doughy malt aroma with hints of honeysuckle, pear blossom, white pepper, mentholated tobacco and lime zest. Lightly yeasty in aroma as well as a notable hop and alcohol presence. Upon first sip, I can't help but think tripel. Hefty alcohol warmth with some doughy pale malt sweetness that is cut with a healthy peppery carbonation and then moves towards a lightly drier finish. Some astringent grassy suggestions in the transition between the initial sweetness and lightly citrusy finish. A very nice medium to full bodied beer with a good carbonation level and hoppiness to keep the sweetness in check. Alcohol seems more prevalent in the nose than it is in the taste, which is a bonus. Very drinkable for how potent it is. Overall, not quite as dry nor refined as some Belgian counterparts, but a real nice beer worth seeking out and trying.

crookedhalo, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of baggio
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with my father.

A: Honey-yellow, thin lace that stays for the entire duration.

S: Sweet malts, yeast, fruit (papaya?)

T: Citric notes, weak hint of pineapple, muscovado-sugar.

M: Soft, smooth taste. Hops and malt are perfectly balanced. Low carbonation with small bubbles.

Another fine beer from Brooklyn! This is not a saison btw, don't let
the text on the top of this page fool you. This is a Belgian strong golden ale. Recommended!

baggio, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of JanM
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Local 1 gets high ratings but I'm not that enthusiastic about it. Compared to the excellent Saision Dupont, for example, Local 1 tastes more towards a Weissbier. I guess it's the sweetness and strong yeast flavour that does it. Then again, a true Saision should really change from batch to batch. The one I tasted poured in a good pale yellow colour and with two fingers of creamy foam. The smell was dominated by a sweetness, yeast, and citrus (much like a Weissbier is). Luckily the taste was not as sweet as the smell indicated but it was still a little syrupy. The taste was also framed by notes of crackers, yeast and quite a lot of alcohol. Some bitter herbs back there too. I guess it was alright but not quite up there.

JanM, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

In the glass I have a beautiful slightly chill hazed sunny yellow beer with a great looking billowy white head. Almost looks too good to drink but I am not going to let that stop me.

The smell is mildly sweet and of spring flowers and herbal hops. Not to perfume like and nicely spicy this is in the same quality class as Hennepin.

The taste begins mildly sweet and solidly crisp and bitter hop bite and a long lasting aftertaste of flowers. This seems to have a strong hop bite and is almost to the IPA level, it is actually a little oily on the tongue. Refreshingly crisp and spicy, if one word describes this beer the best it is spicy. Nice herbs and flowers flavors but it is elusive to name then, a little rose and coriander but beyond that it is difficult because no single flavor wipes out the others. Nicely warming in the mouth and the throat and belly. I would say this is about like Hennepin with a bit more hop bite.

The mouthfeel is light and has that wonderful Saison trait of being light in the mouth without being unsubstantial.

This beer pulls of a very difficult task; it is a little better than Hennepin one of my all time favorite beers. This is one of those beers for all seasons; it tastes like spring and warms like a favorite blanket. Needless to say this is one of those beers that is permanently on my wants list.

Zorro, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saison? Really? Seems a bit more Triple or Strong Pale like to me, but whatever. Damn good beer regardless. Beautiful pour, nice white head and golden body. Taste is subtle - nothing really extreme or offensive going on here. Friends who tried this with me immediately insisted that this was very much like Duvel. We had a bottle of that afterwqards, and though I did prefer the Local, I am inclined to agree. Great body and mouthfeel. I wish all beers drank like this. A bit of heat from the alcohol, but drinkability is much better than I would have thought. A very good beer.

Onibubba, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what "refermented" means but this beer is pretty enjoyable.

Pours a clear gold color with a thick and spongey white head. The nise is perhaps the only thing approaching a disspointment. Not a whole lot of the clover or spices I look for in the style. But still is was sweetly malty.

Flavor is really quite ripe. Not "fruity" but more liquidy like when biting into a rip peach. And that liquidy flavor is full of sweet sugars and malts. Little bit of clover and just a tad of spioces. Just some slight bits of pepper too. Mouthfeel is medium to light and actually slightly syrupy. Just a little bit of heat from the alcohol.

MuddyFeet, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Franchise
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden raisin dirty blonde leaving a thin white lacy frothy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is sweet raisins, plums, figs, honey, pitted fruit abound, a fantastic nose. The taste starts a bit boozy, but nothing crazy. The mouth feel is light, sweet, crisp, and delicious. The finish is slightly hoppy with a sweet fruit ripened ending this beer is great. Hopefully this doesn't go away.

Franchise, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright gold color, slightly cloudy, and with a nice big white bubbly head.

Aromas are yeasty, spicy, a bit of clove, and some bubble gum.

Beer has a very crisp and dry upfront character. Malts flavors are supple and creamy, and with a bit of green apple and clove flavor. The finish is bright, and a bit biting from the hops.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Supple, smooth, and full.

Drinkability is very good. This is an very enjoyable and easy to drink Belgian Style beer. Well done Brooklyn.

Bottle courtesy of BeerTruth, thanks again!

flexabull, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL pour opens with a *pop* pouring a hazy straw hue with carbonation bubbles rising to a gigantic mountain of ivory head cap densely packed, yet quckly deflating to a spotty cover.

Aroma is light pear and dusty hay with a touch of sweet syrup.

First swigs: Dry dusty ginger ale with light spices. Barnyard hay hints ease into a delicate pear and red apple nearly white wine vinous finish. Light dough aspects but the doughy flavor needs to be more pronounced.

Frothy feel with a light body. Instant dry quick finish with a linger of grape.

Last swigs: A lightly fruity saison without that signature doughy aspect.

blitheringidiot, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of dgallina
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown bottle dated April 2007.

Pours cloudy pale yellow with 1/4 inch of soapy white foam on top and lots of carbonation. Not very convincing looking for a Belgian-style golden ale. Smells fruity and honeyed, with plenty of dusty lemon and candy sugar on a minty background. The flavor begins with tart limes, developing into a husky grain and honey center. Finish and aftertaste and dominated by strong urea notes. Body is highly carbonated, relatively thin. Quite a disappointment coming from the folks at Brooklyn Brewery. The beer can't decide what it is, but it's certainly not a saison, tripel, or typical strong golden ale.

dgallina, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. The color of this beer is golden with an orange hueue. It smelled a bit yeast but that smell quickly passed. The tast was crisp and you could not even taste the alcohol. The carbonation was suble but was present in the mouthfeel.

All in all, I could drink this daily. It is crisp and refreshing for a 9% beer.

Good brew!

mymrnngjckt, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the corked bomber into an Augustijn chalice. The result -- a dark yellow/golden body with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. Lots of bubbles rise to refortify the head.

S: Yeasty stuff dominates -- clovey and fruity with a slight barnyard musty funkiness going on as well.

T: First thing I wrote was "sweeter than expected" -- reminds me of bubble gum or maybe cotton candy. Yeasty stuff is pretty obvious, as in the nose: ripe fruit (peaches maybe?) and some bananas. There's also grainy malt underneath it all and a slightly spicy bite from the alcohol.

M: Medium-to-heavy in weight, but with a fairly creamy, slightly spritzy feel to it. It does feel nice on the mouth.

D: Pretty good for a beer of this ABV; the mouthfeel allows it to go down pretty easy, though IMHO the sweetness holds it back a bit.

Kendo, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: The pour into my oversized snifter give a persistent, pure white head that slowly falls to leave a complete layer on top. The beer is a clear, bright golden-straw in color.

s: The aroma is outstanding. Aromas of fresh, nectar laden orchids and lilies abound as papery aromatic hops blend into the juicy fruit pale malt backbone. Vodka soaked tangerines and candied underripe peaches linger. Delicate spice and a graceful note of coriander. Understated, chalky yeast aroma reminiscent of floury, unbaked dough.

m: High and lively carbonation that's smooth and prickly at once, with loads of dense, tiny bubbles. Great body here...deceptively lingering around the medium range, it's exceptionally clean and smooth on the tongue.

t: Straight delicious. For the most part, it lives up to the complexity of the aroma, a trait I often find lacking in many Belgians. Pale Belgian malts give a moderate, clean sweetness and open up flavors of sweet flowers and delicate citrus. A bit of chalky yeast in the medium sweet-dry finish. Gentle hop flavors of the papery variety.

d: exceptionally (dangerously) easy to consume at this cool temperature, the 9% barely peeks out in this unseasonably cool summer heat until it hits the stomach (this bottle is going to do me in)

from zrrbrrt on the final leg of No BS Beta...easily the best Brooklyn beer I've had, and I'll most certainly pick up another for the winter now that this is around town

bottle 1017 on 9/19/2013: About 7 years on at this point, picked this one up when I loved on Chester Ave at NCSU. Fairly heavily oxidized at this point with some brown fruit character- overripe banana and peach - spread over honey, stone fruit, and touches of citrus. Some interesting yeasty character, more banana, and an age-absence of hops. Not terrible, but I can't say age did it any favors - still interesting to take in and think about from when and where it came.

blackie, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazed, shimmering golden honey hue, topped by a half-finger of head.

S: Has the smell of honey, actually, a very Belgian sugar sweetness and noticeable hops and malt in the nose also. Smells very similar to Belgians I've had in the past, with yeast being prominent.

T: Nice malt complexity comes first, followed by a spike of hoppiness that masks the alcohol, or rather intertwines with it so well it's not too detectable. The finish is not as drying as expected, but provides a nice bit of tartness and lingering aftertaste.

M: Well-carbonated, not as much as its European ancestors, but this seems to suit this particular beer well. Still, it has quite a silky texture to it, and a bit of syrupy feel from the hops toward the end.

D: For all its complexity, nothing gets too out of whack, making for a masterfully balanced ale. Also, the alcohol doesn't out-do the flavors, and I can definitely see drinking another one of these this summer if I tire of all the miscellaneous wheats and lagers.

CharlieMopps, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip. This Belgian strong pale poured a beautiful clear dark gold. Tons of fast moving champagne like bubbles are spawned from the etching in the bottom of the glass. It was topped with a massive cloud like off white head of super dense bubbles. With each sip it left a blanket of lace which pulled back into ringlets and small islands on the sides of the glass.

A lot of yeast on the nose. Spices and tropical fruits, pineapple and banana in particular. Some alcohol showing through as well.

Yeast with tropical fruit undertones and grains up front. Definite herbal and spicy hop flavors. Slightly sweet with some alcohol flavors on the back end.

Medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Velvety smooth, nearly perfect mouthfeel. Needless to say this was outstandingly drinkable. I had no trouble polishing off the bottle in one sitting.

All in all a great beer, I really enjoyed it. This is one of those brews that comes along and reminds you why you love craft beer so much. By far my favorite beer of 07 so far.

Ieatlambfries, Jul 13, 2007
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,793 ratings.