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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,881
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 140
Gots: 266 | FT: 6
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 02-18-2007

Brewed with German malts and hops, first-pressing Demerara cane sugar from Mauritius, and a Belgian yeast strain. 100% bottle re-fermentation; OG=18.5; AE=1.7. Classified as a "strong saison" by Garrett Oliver.
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Photo of sabrills70
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle with no freshness date. pours a hasy golden yellow with a two finger head, OK longevity and OK lace. Good tart aroma mixed with citrus - namely grapefruit. Slight honey and yeast smells as well. Good sweetness up front followed by a tart citrus flavor and a decent hop bitterness in the end. Richer and not as tart as the smell leads on to believe. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. A bit rough but should smooth out nicely with a bit of time. All in all a very good beer.

Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome bottle! Served at 50 degrees F.

Partly hazy medium golden body with lemon edges. Frothy, rocky, off-white head. Excellent lacing along the walls of the tulip glass. Nose of fresh hay, shortbread cookies, estery fruits, and zesty, fresh hops. Slightly metallic, herbal hops up front. Tropical fruit, melon, and sweetish shortbread mid-palate. Herbal, minty, slightly funky hop bitterness picks up as the sweetness and alcohol crest. Yeasty, cobwebby, fresh hay and spicy hop finish. Medium-full body with a nearly syrupy feel, especially mid-palate. Very nice!

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

My favorite new beer for 2007. I was fortunate to receive a full case of this back in March as my brother who works in the beer industry has a friend who works for Brooklyn.

The presentation of this beer from the beautiful cork and caged 750 ml bottles (made exclusively for the Brooklyn Brewery, quite nice and excellent for reuse as a homebrewer) to the special glassware which came with the case I got, is just great, the beer itself:

Poors a hazy golden yellow with light touches of coopery orange with a nice dense egg white almost mousse like head. Very effervescent.

Aromas are magnificent sweet but dry pilsner malt and dried pineapple, fresh baked sugar cookies and lightly peppery.

Flavor is just a wash of sweet clean peppery spice, more sugar cookies and lightly toasted breads. Hop bitterness and dryness smoothes out the evident but palate pleasing sweetness.

This beer is a major homerun from Brooklyn. I look forward to more of their unique offerings in the coming year.

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

Have enjoyed a couple of these already, a unique offering from the Brooklyn Brewery that made it up to these parts. This one is bottle number 1657.

Sweet and citrusy yeast aroma the moment the cork is popped. Pours out a cloudy marmalade hue, almost closer to apricot. Tall creamy/frothy with head with great retention, and settles to a dense sponge cake head.

Light effervescent aroma, predominantly citrusy esters of lemon zest and tangerine peel. Mild spicy phenols appear after it warms a bit, along with sweet wheat malt.

The flavour unrolls as pale and wheat malt fuses with citrus zest and floral notes, finishing with dry spices and leafy hops. It's kind of over and done just like that, but it's a fun ride every time, very user-friendly and drinkable flavour profile. The alcohol only really rears its head well into the aftertaste, very deceiving and mildly warming.

The mouthfeel is a creamy, velvety, cloud-like dream, decent body but light and highly quaffable considering the style and abv%.

Not an overly complex nor bombastic Belgian strong pale ale, and I think that's why I enjoyed this so much, as it can still hold its own in the quality dep't without having to overdo it. Nicely balanced and contained, I think refined would be the proper term. A great ale to share or to finish on one's own, whether you have a good reason or excuse to celebrate something or not. I'll definitely be buying more of these as my budget will allow.

Photo of baby4rose
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. It has a light in color, cloudy look in the glass. The taste was smooth with a slight bitterness. I was really impressed with this beer. I have tried quite a few of the other Brooklyn beers and was thrilled to have tried Local 1 as my final 200th beer. Would definitely have it again!!

Photo of beerking1
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 1437. Pours cloudy pale gold, with a massive, pure white head that leaves big lace all the way down the glass. Aroma is sweet, floral and lightly spicy with some fruity notes. Flavor is fruity and peppery, with significant alcohol notes. Finish is spicy and slightly phenolic, with more peppery notes. Body is suitably light.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.83/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden brew with extremely intense carbonation large head fueled by the bubbling. A lot of lacing.

S - Strong hay, a very dry aroma, a slight hint of malt. A hint of apples.

T - A bit of alcohol, but this is subdominant. With a strong hay presence and a bit of a dry malt. Aftertaste is a slightly ascerbic bitterness.

M - Very dry, but also refreshing, thin, a bit of carbonation.

D - Pretty good. An enjoyable beer, I wouldn't mind having again. It isn't fantastic, but it is worth a try.

Photo of maddogruss
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this from Shop-Rite Liquors in Livingston, NJ.

A: Pours a golden body with a thick, velvety white head with excellent retention. Head holds for the whole beer with good lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet, citrus smell with hints of banana esters. The smell was a bit pungent, but pleasantly so.

T: A pretty alcoholic taste with hints of banana esters. The alcohol was very evident in the aftertaste as well, which I felt took away from the taste a little bit. As i drank more of it, the alcohol taste mellowed a little bit, but not that much.

M: Nice, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. It was not silky smooth as it felt slightly overcarbonated, but still a good feel altogether.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. Good taste and nice mouthfeel, but as I noted above, the evidence of alcohol took away from the beer a little bit. The burn of the alcohol on the palette took away from the citrus taste and banana esters that were evident in the smell.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded straw gold with a huge white head. Nose is strong with yeast and a sugar tone. Just smelling it brings back memories of all the great Belgian brews I have had to this point in my beer journey. Flavor is superb. Put this in a plain bottle and no one would know it was out of Brooklyn I am willing to wager. Smooth and even sweetness with a noticeable yeast influence. So well balanced and smooth. Unbelievable. Feel is as good as everything else has been to this point. Smooth and with a great level of bubble on the tongue. Drinkable to the worlds joy and detriment. I immediately just wanted to go back and get more.

Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle corked and caged. 1787. poured into my duvel tulip.

Pours a cloudy golden straw in color with about a finger of white head that leaves some nice lacing. Great aroma, fairly complex. Slightly sweet, fruity (apricots?), a bit citrusy (oranges), spicy, and, only at first, slightly musty. Taste is a bit sweet, somewhat yeasty, a touch spicy, and again quite fruity. At first it is sweet but then becomes fruity and just a bit sour. Then just before the finish the spices return (cloves). In the finish this brew gets yeasty and just a touchy funky. Since Garrett oliver described this as a strong saison I'll say that all the flavors I described are just what was intended. mouthfeel is good, lightish body that just barely leans toward medium and low-moderate carbonation. In terms of drinkability this is pretty good. I can't taste the alcohol at all but I get just a bit of a warming sensation to let me know its there. Overall this is a complex and interesting brew that I'd recommend.

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

Originally acquired via trade with mymrnngjctk. A huge 3 finger off white head with rocky bubbles erupts with a vigorous pour. Body is a hazy rich straw colored. Nose is slightly sweet and very fresh with notes of wheat, mellon, wicker, and zesty spice. Spicey ripe fruits hit the mouth and dances nicely with the wheat sourness and slight malt backround. This is very clean drinking and refreshing. Very polished and comes without the rawness this style sometimes is known for. Well made American version, reminds me alot of La Fin da monde. Alchol warms the belly well. Mouthfeel is realatively thick due to the hoppy bite on the back of the tongue. Scary drinkable at 9% alc.

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

Hazy beautiful gold color with a smattering of bubbles across the chalice. It smells fruity like fresh cut apples, and also yeasty. The taste is immediately delicious with sweetness and then an odd spiciness with a full creamy texture. This was my first taste of Brooklyn Brewing and it was very tasty.

Photo of jettjon
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml caged cork bottle with no date, cryptic “1437” stamped on bottle. Decants with a slight pop, poured into cervoise. Slightly hazed yellow gold with small amount of carbonation. One-finger whitish cap quickly fades leaving a scattered cap and some lacing. Nose of spicy citrus and coriander, a bit subdued. Tastes of sweet malt out front, slight spiciness. No hops in evidence. Sweetish finish. 9% ABV is well-masked. Mouth is semi-viscous with good carbonation. Wet and quenching. Drinkability is quite good; it’s smooth and tasty, and the bottle goes down no problem.

Overall: A very good strong pale ale, a bit oversweet for my tastes, but enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of joepais
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle poured hazy orange with a white head that turns to lace. Aromas of bubblegum and a light citrus candy fill the nose. The palate is medium with a light carbonation on the tongue. Flavors of sweet sugar and bubblegum with a big almost pepper bite in the finish. Not one of my favorites Belgium strong’s but one of the best Americans takes on the stile for sure

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

Another exceptional new beer from our friends in Brooklyn. This one pours a beautiful pale amber with a swirl of the bottle adding a bit of haze. A lasting white head leaves delicate trails of lace.

Aroma is golden fruits, banana, clove, coriander, caramelized sugars, and hints of bubblegum. Underneath there are layers of green apple and apricot with a faint hint of minerality.

Flavor is equally complex with a great mix of light fruit and pale malts. There is a pleasant mix of bubblegum and banana flavors from the yeast strain. It starts sweetish and full yet finishes with green apple and drying white pepper notes. The light mineral note fits well with the peppery spice and makes the beer's Saison influence known.

Medium bodied, very slick and supple. I could easily down a 750 myself as the drinkability is excellent. A very authentic example of this style and a job well done Mr. Oliver.

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

Poured a clear, pale, only slightly hazy yellow with an astonishingly thick and tenacious head that persisted throughout the glass. Some yeasty, banana esters of the Belgian persuasion came forth. The most striking characteristic of this beer is the very dry and fully attenuated taste and mouthfeel. It is incredibly drinkable, or as the Belgians say, ‘digestible,’ with very little of it’s 9% ABV being perceivable to the drinker. I felt like I could just keep quaffing this one, thought my rational mind told me not to. Feels drinkable as a session beer. I liked the fact that it had so little residual sugar and cloying sweetness, yet retained a complexity and character worthy of the strong Belgian genre. Very well done brew by Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Saw this and just had to have a bottle. It's always nice to see higher alcohol beers turn up in local liquor stores.

Pours a very nice golden pale color with a thick foamy head that leaves lacing as it recedes. Aroma is nice and fruity upfront with the aroma of apple and citrus showing through and some spiciness as well. As it warms up, the smells become stronger and more pronounced. Taste is warm and spicy upfront with raisins and fades with a decent dryness and only a slight hint of apple/citrus in the aftertaste. Alcohol shows through slightly.

Overall, it's a balanced example of a Belgian strong pale ale. The aftertaste leaves something to be desired though. Regardless, this is an excellent beer that you shouldn't pass up. I probably should have aged this bottle but will do so with another bottle soon.

Photo of riversider76
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Good retention,and lacing. Lots of bubbles. Smell is of fruit,candy,and alchol. Body is medium,and carbonated. Taste is a nice balance,sweet,but a tart edge in the finish. Fruity,and boozie throughout. Nice alchol burn.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged/corked bottle, bottle has #1377 on it, not sure if it's the bottle number or some kind of date code. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy straw gold/orange color with a small white head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. It smells like candy sugar, apricots, citrus and spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of yeast and peppery spice. It seems with each drink I can taste a different fruit (pear, apricot, orange, lemon, grapefruit). Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, a bit creamy with moderate carbonation that has a zip to it. Drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink at all. The alcohol isn't noticable in the taste, but you know it's there because after drinking it a while the alcohol warmth hits you. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, I'd recommend it to anyone to try. I'd buy it again.

Photo of putnam
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh from the distributor, who also obtained it fresh. Hmm. Sweet yellow, slick textured liquid. Aromas are estery and slightly canned corny. Decent flavors of red delicious apples and moist white bread and simple sweetness. This belongs to the Duvel/Pranqster tradition. It should have more complexity (or be drier). A vague detergent aroma and mild bitterness are the only hops effect.

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

I don't know what it is, but I love listening to the carbonation on this beer. Alas, if only more beer were bottle conditioned. The nose if toasty and funky, reminding me of Westvleteren Blonde and Flat Earth Pale Ale. The flavor starts out a sweet bready malt with candi sugar but very quickly turns to citrus rind and herbal hops that slowly fade away down the back of your throat with a hint of bubblegum that's far more fun than annoying. This is on par with the great saisons of Belgium. And like another favorite of mine, Hennepin, it doesn't have the issues with overseas travel.

Yes, it's a touch pricey, but worth a try if you aren't a cheakskate.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one sitting around for a little while, finally decided to pop it open. 750 mL bottle from Blue Dog in Lansdale, corked and caged. The label says it is 100% bottle refermented--im looking forward to lots of yeasties.

Beer pours a slightly cloudy and rich golden color that is just absolutely gorgeous. Head is there and very bubbly but doesn't last that long, leaves some lacing. Lots of bubbles in this one.

Smell is amazing--very powerful. Lots of spicy/herbal notes as well as sweet fruit without smelling 'sugary.' Taste follows the nose--i absolutely love this beer. It is light-bodied, dry, fruity, a little spicy, the medium-high carbonation tingles the tongue, a real delight.

Very drinkable, i probably could have downed this one myself but i shared it with a couple friends instead--a much better idea. We all liked it. For the money, a delicious belgian style beer.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml caged and corked bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half inch of off-white head that dissipates surprisingly quickly. Smells fruity (orange, lemon), somewhat pithy, spicey with hints of vanilla and wood. Tastes orangey/grapefruity, pithy, malty, with spice, piney hops, and vanilla hinted at as well. Medium to light in body with only moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely (dangerously) drinkable for its complexity and abv. Phenomenal. Extremely impressed with this one - can't wait to see how it ages.

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

Pours a nice hazy straw color. Decent frothy head , some lacing.

I can smell a slight fruity sweetness .

Slightly sharp fruitiness , some apple and citrus .Alcohol/bourbon are tasted on the finish. No hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium , decent carbonation.

I very nice farmhouse ale coming from Brooklyn.

Photo of RedHaze
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a dense two finger head that fades slowly to a thin, spotty cap that leaves behind a nice lacing despite the rather thin cap.

Smell; initially the aroma comes off as mildly musty, but as this warms a nice fruitiness comes through with apricots and peaches, along with some cloves and mild spices.

Taste; a touch on the harsh side while stills cold, but becomes very soft and smooth once it warms up. The fruits really come out nicely as well with apricots, peaches and pineapples. Some earthly undertones come trhough, along with a slight honey covered nutty flavor. A little warmth from the alcohol is present in the finish along with a peppery spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very smooth, soft carbonation. The drinkability is good.

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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