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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,882
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
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Gots: 267 | 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 doubleipa
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of different aromas: moderate malt, hay, straw, light hops, grass, banana, clove, pepper. Smale, creamy head, excellent lacing, clear , yellow. Can't taste the alcohol, but can feel it. Since Garrett raves about this style of beer and Saison Dupont , in particular, I was very eager to try this beer.

Photo of BDTyre
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a big, white head.

Rich, yeast malty scent with spice hints. A little bit too much of a brown sugar/candi sugar smell and hence a bit on the sweet side.

Better balanced taste, with hints of apple and citrus. Caramel, bready tastes.

Decent carbonation, just enough to tingle the tongue. Despite the ABV, very drinkable.

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

750ml bottle, purchased at the liquor stop in indiana, consumed during giants-jets

appearance: poured into la chouffe tulip glass...straw-tangerine-golden body, wavy white cap, clear and rather light bodied

smell: fresh and big yeasty aroma, earthy, lemon zest, citrus and wheat, peach juice, sugary sweet, white pepper and other spice

taste: candy sweetness, tons of fresh yeast and grains, light toasted malt, orange-citrus, moderate booze presence...crisp and refreshing - a nice saison

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and fresh, crisp yeast

drinkability: good

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle Number 0747, Sampled October 2007
A bit of gun smoke and an aroma surprisingly like an austere champagne greets my nose as I pop the cork. The beer is quite well carbonated and pours with a fluffy, quite airy, almost perfectly white head. The head starts out four-fingers in height, despite a fairly careful pour; it leaves a rocky, varied surface and a layered pattern of lace on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a brilliantly clear, soft copper to full gold color. The aroma is quite spice driven, with notes of orange zest, earthy note reminiscent of coriander, pickled ginger and clove (especially as it warms, at which point it becomes the most notable note). While the bottle does not mention spicing, the aroma is clean & distinct enough, that I would definitely guessed some were used (even if I am dead wrong); it just seems a bit too clean to be purely yeast derived. Underneath the omnipresent spice notes, which I do like here, there are touches of banana, green apple esters, grassy / herbal hops, raw grain notes (almost grassy) and aromas of freshly crushed soda crackers. The aroma is actually quite malt driven towards the finish and can serve as a nice balance to the spicing if you really dig around in the nose.

A prickly carbonation, and a fairly light body leave the after effect of my first sip quite subtle. This finishes quite a bit cleaner than I was expecting, with only a subtle palate impact for such a big beer. This is also quite dry, with only a touch of sweetness that is a combination of both light malt and alcohol notes. The effect of this beer really makes me think of champagne. The beer is very clean, almost as if it has been well filtered (reminding me this time of Duvel). The spice flavors are still quite present in the flavor, though perhaps not as distinctly and in a slightly different way in the flavor. Spice note of orange zest, clove-like turpenes that numb the tongue a bit and some mace. The finish has a warming effect that is a combination of phenolics and alcohol, and which ultimately contributes to a palate cleansing quality. The flavor really has an amped up, phenolic note of clove to it especially as the beer moves through to the finish; this note really lingers on in the mouth for quite some time. This is definitely deceptively easy drinking and light for a beer of its strength.

Very interesting, I was not sure what to expect from this beer, but was certainly not expecting something so refined and austere. This is obviously a very well technically crafted beer, somehow it just comes off as a bit too squeaky clean to me (perhaps it was filtered a bit too much). Based on the initial aroma I would have definitely said there was spices added to this brew, but the flavor, while certainly spicy driven, is not so nearly convincing and even the clove dominated aromatic notes after the beer warmed a bit is purely fermentation derived. I really need to get another bottle of this, as I feel like some aging (a year or two) will add back some missing complexity. All in all a tasty beer, that seems a touch too phenolic to be really great, but one which I would be happy to have a case of in my cellar.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the gorgeous bottle a hazy yellow peach color with a thin foamy white head. Not much in the lacing department.

Aroma of bubblegum, banana, black pepper, cloves and a hint of alcohol.

Similar to aroma. Tastes of bubblegum, banana, black pepper and cloves.

Mouthfeel is medium with a warm buzz to the tongue and lips from the alcohol.

This is a really nice Saison from the Brooklyn folks. Enjoy!

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

Promising from the start as the cork is released a big pop from a lot of carbonation. Pours a hazy yellow golden with a big airy, fluffy white head that reduces quickly to thin frothy cap. Aromas of acidic lemon citrus, pear, lots of alcohol esters, and twangy yeast. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel with a sharp carbonation that is well behaved, very little frothy build up. Starts with a mellow fruity citrus and sweet rock candy, quickly followed by a nice sour, musty yeast character, peppery spice, florals, pungent herbals, and clove. The finish is dry grains, earthiness, musty, and fermented lemon rind. Nothing wrong with this one, finely crafted.

Photo of Admiraldinty
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge, foamy white head. Beer is hazy golden-amber.

S: Honey, grain, some clove, faint alcohol.

T: Again, honey, grain, clove. Also, banana and alcohol.

M: Smooth, yet crisp and prickly.

D: This one will knock you on your rear if you let it. Go easy.

Overall, not bad, but not worth the $8 I paid for it.

Photo of AndoBrew
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*did not mind would not buy*

app: hazy gold straw good bubbles, fluffy white head.

smell: wheat bannana pepper smell, kinda faint. not bad.

taste: some pepper spice nice warmth, then a normal blonde finish, nothing bad about this straight foward normal blegian type taste. lil to much candy i think but thats all. nothing special but NOTHING wrong. .. i think..

mf: fine, lill thick maybe

drinkable?: specially if you like the style.

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

A: Big, thick creamy head. Hazy pale golden in color. Good lacing. Haze fades with temperature giving way to a more appeasing appearence.

S: Big citrusy smell, lemon. Some bubble gum, spices, malty undertones. Great smell. As beer warms in glass nose shifts from a citrus tone to more general fruity/tropical fruit smell and alcohol comes out a little.

T: Sweet up front with bubblegum. Alcohol is apparent and is slightly warming in the finish. Slight solvent character. Alcohol character is bit surprising because it was hardly noticable in aroma. Slight bitterness in finish. Alcohol seems to throw balance off a bit.

M/D: Good creamy mouthfeel. Light-medium bodied. Carbonation not noticable which lends to nice smoothness. A sipper at cooler temps but much more drinkable as temp rises.

Bottle Number 1017. This brew seemed very effected by temperature and I would suggest drinking it on the warming side, as opposed to drinking cooler and letting warm with drinking time.

Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading the glowing review in Beer Advocate Magazine I couldn't resist buying a bottle when I saw it at my local Whole Foods. I hope it's good since it was $10 for 750 mL. Expensive, but not outrageous.

It pours a very light gold in color with plenty of carbonation and a nice white head that reduces to about a quarter-inch in my tulip glass.

It smells of sweet grain, honey and light spices. I think I can smell a faint alcohol aroma, but I could be wrong.

The taste is also good. It's lightly spicy and sweet, honey-like flavors balance the profile. There is just a hint of warming alcohol in the swallow.

The body is light and slick with just a hint of heft.

Overall this is a fine Saison, and like others in the style, unique. Is it the best Belgian ale brewed in the United States? I need to try more of its colleagues before I can answer that.

Photo of treehugger02010
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at Capone's in Norristown, Pa, and poured it into a pint glass 3 times. This is not a lunch beer.
Appearance: A straw cloured body, with a monsterous white head. Better than great retention and par for the course lacing. Very nice appearance, but a bit light on the body.
Smell: A strong banana smell, mixed in maybe with oranges, but very apparent.
Taste: An awsome banana and clove taste, but it was over powered by the alcohol. I thought that was a bit odd, but it made for a nice mix.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, but didn't finish very clean. However, that added to the beer.
Drinkability: I am not much of a Saison fan, they seem kind of cardboardy to me, but this one has very high drinkability for the first, but more than one is too much.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Backer2004
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, this has got to be the BEST Saison I have ever tried. Golden haze, lots of fruity esters, balanced amount of malts and hops, but wamring down the throat nonetheless. Would love to get my hands on a bomber of this sometime. Probably the best Brooklyn beer I've had, just a great version of this Belgium delight.

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

A fairly straightforward Belgian style by a US brewer. With some sugar. Yeast, quite secondary spice, a bit lemoney, cinammony and pineappley. Strong carbonation. Middle mouthfeel and some honey consistency. Drinkable although nothing extraordinary. Lacey. Aroma of yeast and grassy hop.
Same rating 6 weeks later.
Two and a third years later yeasty and tasty drinkable stuff, much better mouthfeel.

Photo of TripelJ
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Brooklyn Local 1

I received this sample from my local distributor well before the beer was officially available in my area. Not sure how much time this has had in the bottle. As a fan of the Brooklyn Brewery in general, I am eager to try anything new they have to offer. Add to that the fact that this beer undergoes 100% refermentation and carbonation in the bottle, and this one should not be missed. Pours a pale straw golden yellow with a tightly knit head. The head recedes quickly, but there is nice lacing. Aromas are subtle--light grains and a little banana. The taste is no less than exceptional. Esters, grains, hops, carbonation--everything works together here for a common cause. The mouthfeel is somewhat slick and creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation to give a little prickle on the palate. I can't get over how much this beer reminds me of a more refined DeRanke XX Bitter. Similar malt and hop profiles with less emphasis on being bitter and more focus on balance. While so many breweries miss when it comes to Belgian Style ales, this offering from Brooklyn is spot on.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 1 7 is the date code on the bottle, had this in late July, based on notes

Poured a slightly hazed & effervescent golden/straw color with 2.5+ fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lemon, pepper & apricots

T: Banana notes, some lemon & white pepper up front. Apricot fruittyness & a little boozey warmth once this warms, along with some yeastiness, bubblegum & clovey funkyness. Finishes grainy with more peppery notes

MF: A little slick with effervescence

Drinks okay, but didn't quite pull together for me. Saison fans will think more of this I'd bet

Photo of IPAcraig
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light straw gold. Hazy with a massive white head. Good lacing.

Awesome smell. Hugely yeasty and bready. It has a big malt presence for a Saison, but man is it good. A lot of fruit going on in this beer; pear and perhaps a bit of peach. Taste a lot like a tripel.

Despite the big malty smell, this beer is fairly dry; again not as dry as a typical saison though. Nice fruity flavor. Yeasty. The beer finishes with an alcohol hotness that is a little detracting. A very nice flavor, but more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, or a Tripel.

Despite the massive head this beer taste lightly carbonated. Fairly big bodied.

Excellent drinkability. Fairly big price tag, but I will come back to this one again.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden pour from a 750 ml bottle. White head with some lacing. Some spice and sweet fruit in the nose.
Fruity sweetness in the front(pears, apples?) followed by medium hop bitterness and some spice in the flavor. Almost too refined for a farm house ale.
Soft caressing, mouthfeel.
Drinkability is limited due to the high alcohol but I did make it through the whole bottle.
A really good beer, I'm not sure how much of a saison it is, it strikes me as more of a strong pale in the Duvel, La Fin du Monde category. Still another excellent offering from an excellent brewery.

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

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was orange in color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma was mostly sweet and fruity, with a little bit of spice. The spice was more apparent in the taste, but also fruit, yeast, and licorice. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol. Very pleasant beer, a good saison.

Photo of nadpolice9
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color. Great head. Enduring Head. Pillowy cloud-like head.

S: Spicy, corn, wheat, citrus.

T: Sharp, spicy up front with a balanced malty middle, and a dry finish. Alcohol warmth.

M: Highly carbonated. A touch viscous.

D: Could really only have one 750ml bottle in a sitting, but drinkable for the high alcohol and style.

Photo of snowranger05
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate chip cookies probably aren't the best food pairing for this beer, but coincidentally I popped this cork just as the cookies were cool enough to eat. Regardless, both the cookies and the beer were very good.

On pouring, we were pleased with the nice white head and golden amber coloring. My first sip I really wasn't paying attention to the beer...forgive me. I do remember my first thought about it was that it had a bit of an alcoholic finish. That was when I remember to tell my friend the ABV, since he had to drive home later. Anyhow, I soon regained my focus and began to taste the beer.

The aroma is what I would expect from a Saison...a little yeasty, a little spicy, a little fruity. Nothing overpowering the others, just a good aroma. The layers of flavor in this beer also hit a high note for me. All of what you get in the aroma you get on the taste buds, plus the mildly alcoholic finish. It's quite a drinkable beer. Certainly would recommend it to anyone interested in the style.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a huge white head on top. Head receedes but is still prominant the rest of the way down the glass. Earthy and sulfury aroma-somewhat spicy. Sweet and malty flavor dominates. Not as sweet as some reviews I had read when this first came out. Slightly spiced. Decent mouthfeel. A decent beer-definately drinkable and enjoyable. Another success for Brooklyn.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last time I tried this brew, I believe my taste buds might have already been a bit tired from a sampling of something else. Pours an excellent golden color, with a white head that holds up very well. Lively carbonation on this brew as well, with heaps of tiny bubbles rising to the top of my tulip glass. Aroma has elements of pear, grain, orange, and pineapple. Taste begins on the sweet side with juicy fruits and sugars, and then ends on a somewhat dry, champaign oriented note. Mouthfeel is medium, with the 9% alcohol extremely well hidden. Carbonation id moderate, and as it warms becomes even less noticeable. Easy to drink as well, it gets tastier with every sip. Lately Brooklyn has been my favorite brewery, and this is yet another good reason why. Very much worth a try, as this is a pretty complex beer. Cheers

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

Pours out a clear straw color with lots of white foam.Slight lacing.
Smell is typical saison with lots of clove . The yeast burns the nose slightly and no alcohol is present in the aroma.
taste is a bit of a dissapointment from the smell. No sweetness at all here, kinda bitter/sour. Watery but still no alcohol present.
Mouthfeel is very clean and not a lot of residue remains in the palate. This might not be a good thing.
If there were a bar that had this on draught I might consider drinking a few of these bad boys. The 9% isn't apparent at all here.

Photo of chilidog
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rudyarmand
2.06/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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