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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,793 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,793
Reviews: 891
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 128
Gots: 226 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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Photo of mjc410
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my La Moneuse glass raises a thin off-white head that clings stubbornly to the sides of the glass while the middle quickly recedes. The lacing is quite slick, and manages only to cling just slightly above the glass ring. Below, the body is hazy gold, touched by amber.

The nose is yeasty, a bit touched by grape, with hints of mint and pepper. I should emphasize that is VERY yeasty. Very nice, too.

The taste is quite well balanced and complex, beginning lemony and fruity, moving with some middle spiciness to a malty, honey-touched, bittersweet finish. I'm struck by just how good this beer tastes.

The mouth is medium-thick, with a carbonation level that may be just a tad too high.

Overall, this is a winner for a Belgian type beer.

mjc410, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant golden color with impressive white puffy head. Nice persistent lacing.
Smell is a nice combination of yeast, spices, and some summer fuitiness.
Taste is very pleasant mixture of candy sugar, yeast, cloves and other spices and more fruitiness.
Alcohol very well hidden leading to great drinkability (though it sure hits you a little later)
Went extremely well when paired with grilled shrimp and scallops

tgbljb, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of rayjay
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mymrngjckt hooked me up with this one. Big fluffy head and lots of lace, a great golden color, beautiful beer. Full of flavor, all very subtle and blended in perfect harmony. Finishes very dry. The flavor has the essence of chewing on pilsner malt. Very gently hopped. Lots of Belgian yeast aroma. Very subtle alcohol aroma, and it's well hidden, although it comes across as bitter rubbing alcohol when it does. Gentle fruits, like peaches and grapes, and white wine. Mouthfeel is perfect, full of champagne bubbles but never too carbonated. A great US take on Belgian beer, very true to style. This is a must try. Cheers!

rayjay, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The color is a hazy pale golden orange color with a fantastic rocky white head, big and pillow, left some nice chunk lacing. The smell is of tart apple, Belgian yeast and some candi sugar. The flavors are earthy, tart apple, spicy, slightly sweet, hint of lemon, a shot of hops in the end, well balanced. IMO this is a saison, good balance between sweet and tart/bitter, granny apple taste. The feel is fizzy and astringent, a bit watery for a saison or BSPA. This is a damn fine offering from Brooklyn, very impressed, and a must try. A very balanced brew.

Gmann, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked bottle at Max's Oyster Bar, West Hartford, CT

Poured a hazy, pale straw yellow with a three-finger, rocky, white head that quickly faded to a ring of lace.

The aroma was sweet, yeasty and quite fragrant. A Belgian yeast strain was immediately recognizable along with Belgian candi sugar, bubble gum, an herbal spiciness and a touch of citrus.

The taste was every bit as rich and pleasant as the aroma. Lemon came through strong up front along with some creamy maltiness. A powdery yeastiness was noticeable mid-palate along with spices (including coriander), a juicy fruitiness and a touch of herbal hops. The lemony sourness once again appeared on the back end, with the herbal hops and spices making their presence known on the finish. The aftertaste was a mix of sweet candi sugar and lemony sourness.

The mouthfeel was super light and fluffy with a lively carbonation. The beer was actually a bit too airy and frothy on the palate. This did however make for outstanding drinkability.

I cannot remember the last time I had a beer that was so light yet so full flavored. Additionally, the 9% ABV was remarkably well hidden.

Overall, this beer is a terrific example of Belgian strong pale ale (though many consider it a saison). I would highly recommend pairing it with a goat cheese salad or a lighter style fish dish.

Damian, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of dbatch
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, a vigorous pour, with a creamy yellow/gold color with about two fingers of thick foam that dissipates fairly quickly, and leaves no lacing at all..

Aromas of bubble gum and banana are strong but not overwhelming, with a wheaty hop smell which is quite nice.

Taste is sweet and fruity, with a bubble gum flavor follow up. A little alcohol flavor is in there as well, but not too strong. But its well noted on the way down, it does warm the chest a little bit. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, the carbonation warms the tongue. I'll be finishing mine tonight, since its open and all.

dbatch, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6/26/11
I bought two bottles back in 07, so here is my review of the second bottle. Served on June 26, 2011 in Boone, NC.

Poured from the caged and corked bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a straw color with a large, white and pourous head. Loads of lacing with retention that lasts for days.

Yeasty, citric aroma. Really smells wonderful. The Belgian aspects seem to have mellowed a bit and everything seems more rounded and balanced with no pointed, glaring notices. Yeast, alcohol, bubblegum, lemon rinds.

Really well flavored. I certainly get that Belgian yeast flavor but there is a nice balance of hops and malt and every other flavor. Seems sweeter, which I dont like. The hops have certainly faded and everything is more rounded and muted, though every flavor has distinct characteristics and are all worthy of aplomb.

I cant say this beer deserves any higher rating based on age, but this beer has high points and low points based on age. I think I prefer the younger version with its pronounced hoppiness and crispness. The elder version is more mellow and is like my great grandma that used to sit in front of her wood-burning stove and stuff snuff into her mouth and have her little spit can by her side. She was a sweet old lady but was very set in her ways and was quite reluctant to adhere to change of any sort: I am sort of the same way. I like my beers fresh and potent. But, there is nothing wrong with sitting in front of your wood-burning stove for all eternity while your teeth and gums rot until your only form of communication is slobber, drool, and hand motions.

6/14/07
Pours from a 25.4oz, capped and corked bottle into a St Bernardus tulip glass. Emerges a bright golden color with a little bit of haze. A decent sized white head forms but disappears rather quickly leaving a nice film on top.

Aroma is yeasty and bready. Sweet candi sugar, fruity and mildly hoppy.

Flavor is fruity and sweet. Nice clove flavor and typical yeast flavors. Mouthfeel and carbonation are nice. Nearly full bodied and chewy with a nice clean, refreshing finish. My ears tingle from the warming effect, which is nice on this unseasonable cool day. Alcohol feel seems perfect for 9%.

Overall a nice beer from Brooklyn. I bought two, was going to age one but I think I will drink both fresh.

SaCkErZ9, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy golden color with a nice large white head that leaves patchy lace here and there... phenols in the nose... banana and some tropical fruit... i also get some graham cracker... goes down smooth, light, crisp and bubbly... just the way i like... very drinkable, although i would only take this one alone, kind of like an appertif... just my opinion... good job mr oliver

timtim, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy, white head that retains well leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Predominantly fruity, primarily bananas. There's also a bit of clove, pepper and grain.

Taste: Light fruity sweetness upfront that intensifies as banana flavors hit the palate. This is followed by a mildly peppery finish with a lingering mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high carbonation, creamy.

Drinkability: Though high in alcohol this comes off as very light and refreshing.

Overall: An excellent take on the style. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

EPICAC, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a rich deep golden color with fluffy one finger head that slowly dissipates into a creamy mass leaving streaks of lace behind.Belgian yeast imparting some phenolic aromas as well as some herbal and floral hop notes with an underlying mineral quality to it,wow what a nice creamy mouthfeel full but it glides down with ease.A real central European hop profile in my mind on the palate quite herbal with some grassiness and hints of citrus the Belgian yeast shows itself with gentle phenolic and tropical fruit tones.I liked it much more than I thought I would its very well made and way to easy to drink,well done.

oberon, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of Toddv29424
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a special brew indeed. The first second it touched my lips all I could think was "BELGIAN." It pours a hazy golden color with a huge head that takes days to bubble down. The smell is mediocre, nice and sweet but requires a lot of teasing to fill the nose. But the taste... oh the taste reminds me of my favorite De Jolle brews for sure. The BA review says that basically all of the ingredients come from Belgium, so technically this beer is not from America it would seem (but all the credit goes to Yankee ingenuity). The same sweetness and slight bitterness that we get with all Belgian beers applies to this one. It goes down very easy, almost too easy. The aftertaste is slight but mostly the same sweetness that you taste in the main palate.

Toddv29424, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy light yellow color with a big fizzy white head that fades quickly. Some lacing observed.

The smell is light and a true Belgian yeasty aroma, a little of what i've come to describe (for myself) as smoky and some banana.

Medium bodied and because of the complexity going on...light and effervescent nature lends a smooth/creamy texture. The light fuzziness in combination with a complementary hop character is classic.

The flavor matches the aroma quite well. A really nice drinker; the 9.0% ABV is present but not distracting.

jjayjaye, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of ejquin
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden color with fluffy white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing.

S: Phenolic and sweet candy sugar. Touch of maple, and fruit.

T: Bold and pheolic fades quickly to hop bitterness and spice. Ends dry. Good dose of malt and sweetness as well.

M: Good carbonation and medium body.

D: Good for 9abv

Ovr: This and Black chocolate are by far my favorite BB beers. Very good example of a belgia strong. It's heavy and bod yet refreshing.

ejquin, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful, classy 750 mL bottle. The Local 1 logo reminds me of Art Deco, but there's still the label on the neck with the Brooklyn "B". Once uncorked, it poured cloudy gold with a dense head into a tulip Duvel glass -- looked picture perfect and left thin lines to form a delicate lace. Aromas were mostly sweet fruity phenols, floral hops, and yeast. A hint of what's to come. I thought the taste ranked among the best -- lighter and more subtle than Tremens, but with just as much flavor. Incredibly well balanced with sweet light malts up front, tender floral hops in the back with a slight bitterness, and yeasty spice. Full mouthfeel with a dry finish, and an incredibly well-hidden 9% ABV make this, in my opinion, Garrett Oliver's crowning achievement to date. Very pleased.

jbsteiny, May 31, 2007
Photo of bigjohn
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent new offering from Brooklyn Brewery, their first in larger format bottles. Beautiful golden colour with a frothy white head. Poured with about an inch and a half of head into a duvel goblet. Smell is crisp and yeasty, hints of spice and light fruit. Nice dry taste, very refreshing. The alcohol is virtually nonexistent in the palate. Spicy and lightly floral, very pleasant interpretation of the style. Mouthfeel is light with pronounced carbonation, very indicative of the style. As for drinkability, I had no trouble polishing off the bottle. A lovely warm weather beer with its bright and refreshing characteristics. Highly recommended.

bigjohn, May 29, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was golden, nice dense and thick white rocky head. Smelled sweet and phenolic. Tasted sweet yet clean with a little fruity/ phenolic tropical fruitiness. Mouthfeel was light to medium and creamy. Smooth and fine carbonation. Quite delicious. I would like to put one aside and see how it dries out after further bottle conditioning. Don't hate me, but I would much rather drink this than Duvel or Delerium Tremens. Way to go Garret!!

dedrinker, May 29, 2007
Photo of dlugo
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex, delicate, and delicious.
Not for the yeastphobes, the yeast is prominent throughout, with some hops.
I aspire to one day brew a beer as elegant as this! Another winner from the crew at the Brooklyn Brewery , I'm looking forward to Brooklyn Local 2.

dlugo, May 26, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful 24 karat gold color with a 1.5 finger head. Nice retention leaves behind a good amount of lace.

Aroma is slightly sweet and slightly spicy. Good malt and sugar presence, with a lot of good raw sugar/honey aromas popping through. Yeast is ful of spicy phenols and smells great.

Flavor is well balanced and delicious. Dominated by spicy yeast from front to back. Slightly sweet demerara sugar/ caramel malts up front. Slightly dry hoppy finish, with a lingering yeast spiciness. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, and agressively carbonated. Drinkability is quite good.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Somewhat of a hybrid of a belgian strong pale ale and a tripple. Very well made, and an excellent offering from Brooklyn. Well worth seeking out. I wish Mr. Oliver would make this all the time. Highly recommended. I also love the two bands of raised glass on the bottle, reminiscent of those from westvleteren, and other trappist beers in small bottles. Nice tribute...

phisig137, May 25, 2007
Photo of aquatonex
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always good to try a new Brooklyn brew...

Pours pale golden with a decidedly murky quality from the yeasts. Smells of light lemons and the yeast of course. Taste is VERY yeasty, especially the dredges at the bottom of the bottle. Slight citrus and alcohols are also prevalent. It's not completely Belgian but hey, it's not from Belgium. And, it's a pretty hefty drinker.

aquatonex, May 25, 2007
Photo of johnnydollar
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely yellow, almost clear hue. Much lighter in color than I had expected. The smell is what I am used to for a Belgium style ale. Nice yeasty, biscuity, kind of aroma. The taste has a pleasant bitterness to it. Nice hops flavor. Easy drinking for a 9%abv....TROUBLE.

Overall, I really like it. It's not a Belgium ale, but I don't think it's trying to be one either. More crisp. Smooth but with a hoppy snap.

johnnydollar, May 24, 2007
Photo of tommy78
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it out of a tall bottle and it immediately had a golden yellow hue. Lots of head, which settled after a while. The smell was spicy with some yeast with a hint of fruit and hops mixed in. As I tasted the brew, it was a bit bland. However, after a couple of more sips, it became sweeter to the pallate. With the mouthfeel, it became easier to enjoy the brew. As for the drinkability, it is easy to finish off a bottle before you realize that you need more.

tommy78, May 22, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow crystal clear body with a huge swirl of micro bubbles coming off the etching in the glass. There is a thick creamy white head that last and last turning moussey after a bit.

S- The smell of perfumed yeast with a hint of bubble gum and some slight white sugar note in the background. There is a strong smell of club soda with a soft fresh mushroom quality but it is very light. The finish is a soft green hop hint.

T- There is a soft cotton candy taste to the pale malt with hints of bubble gum and yeast. The finish has a light noble hop flavor with a light woody pine note and a hint of lemon zest. There is very soft bitterness that hangs on for a second and when the beer warms a bit there is a peppery spice to the hops.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz finish.

D- This beer is light and crisp but a bit boring. The yeast characteristics were nice but it would be nice to have more depth is such a subtle beer. There was no notice of the alcohol which made this a very drinkable beer.

rhoadsrage, May 21, 2007
Photo of sacfly
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL., no date- 0467 stamped on back
Pours a very light, clear straw color. Looks lighter than Coors light (but that is where the similarities end). Thick head of large white bubbles. Head retention is superior. Aroma is of bitter orange peel and spicy yeast. Smell is wonderful. Upon sipping, the first thing that struck me was the medium to heavy body on this one. Nothing like I assumed from the appearance. Maybe a bit to heavy for the style. Creamy with more orange and coriander. Great yeast character. Wonder which one they used? As it warms, the yeast takes on a woody character. Spicy and light bitterness linger long in the aftertaste. Dry finish. Great beer.

sacfly, May 20, 2007
Photo of medic25
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip, this poured a big golden color, with a frothy white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but primarily yeast. Initial sip offered a little more hops than expected, but as it warmed the beer became sweeter, with much more yeast character, and matched the style well. Drinkability was incredible; very little hint of alcohol, with a smooth aftertaste.

medic25, May 16, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Hennepin glass from the 750 mL belgian-style corked and caged bottle. #0667 is printed on the back of the bottle under the bar code.
It pours a light golden color that is nearly clear with moderate to vigorous carbonation. The head billows up 1/3 of the glass and takes a few minutes to settle back to a rocky, thick retentive head. Definite smells of belgian yeast in here behind grass hops, citrus zest, and a mellow and full malt aroma. The taste was a bit of a surprise. Not like any belgian style I have had. Predominate bitterness from the hops and slight lack of flavor. This seems like more of a Belgian IPA. I'm not tasting the full, rich, sweet flavor I've grown to associate closely with BSPA's. Active carbonation takes away from the little flavor that is present. Maybe I should let it warm up and lose some fizz for a minute. After I stop drinking it the alcohol sneaks into the aftertaste.

10 minutes later: A little bit more flavor is present, mostly the yeast poking through. The citrus and malt still seem to be pushed aside by that subtle, yet overbearing bitterness. I know Brooklyn can make a mean malty beer (ie. winter lager). Maybe they should stick with their brown ales, lagers, and imperial stouts. This attempt at a Belgian just isn't totally selling me.

The mouthfeel is not bad other than the prickly carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer, but the 9% ABV doesn't make it a beer to pound.

Edit: When I first reviewed this beer is was classified as a BSPA. The characteristics showed nothing close to the style therefore I rated it a tad low. I will have to try it again and re-review.

Rudgers73, May 16, 2007
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,793 ratings.