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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,904
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
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Gots: 276 | 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 PlaywrightSam
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked bottle into tulip glass. A: Cloudy yellow, some puffy white head that goes down after a few minutes. Minimal lacing. S: Candied sugar, caramel, lots of malt--nice, but I can't get much behind the thick sugar. T: Really surprising; sweet, yes, but a lot of bread, citrus, apple, grains, and I swear there are some vegatable tastes in here. Broccoli? Asparagus? My stomach feels warm from the alcohol but it's nearly imperceptible on the palate. M: Very crisp and refreshing, medium body. D: I wasn't expecting much from the appearance and the smell, but this is a very solid brew. Hard to believe the 9% abv, it's very drinkable. The balance is really great, and I'm enjoying it more and more as I continue through the glass.

Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of foamy, white head with good retention and some lace. The body is a crystal clear, golden orange.

S - Sweet, fruity/ malty aroma balanced by grassy hops and a bit of clove like phenols.

T - Spicy with notes of clove, vanilla, pepper, and lemon. Grassy, herbal hops come in towards the finish and are followed by a mild, lingering funk and some alcohol warmth.

M - Medium body with high carbonation and an appropriate dryness.

D - Pretty drinkable beer. Quite a bit of spice, but a bit less fruit than I would personally like; might benefit from some additional acidity.

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

The head is white and forms nice lacey network of bubbles on the glass as it falls. A bit on the sticky-looking side, but then the perfect color of the beer itself overwhelms you with a sense of Belgian authenticity. The exact right orange-golden hue, with just the right amount of cloudiness to show off the yeast.

The smell offers alcohol and a great bouquet of citrus fruit.

The taste is very nice, with all sorts of complex fruit flavors playing at a given time. I even had baked apple flavor in that melange at one point in time.

I can tell, however, on the back end of the taste that there is a bit too much hops put in, just enough that one loses the balance of flavors eventually as the alcohol evaporates off the tongue. With all the alcohol still in fresh, the hops are still about to peak out around the edges. This is why a Belgian might consider this beer somewhat Yankee.

Nevertheless, this is superbly drinkable, and the carbonation is great in the mouth. Watch out, though, because it is 9% abv!

Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully unfiltered honey gold haze with lots of activity within the body of liquid. Creamy capping of slightly parched yellowed foam grows up to about a inch high and stays put for great length. Eventually fades to a compact, thick skim of substantial girth and weight. Lacing sticks across the glass with drippy, boney fingered lace.

Aroma is quite nice and sharp with a well-rounded array of mild grasses, dullish lemon candy, peach fuzz, pineapple husks, and musty breads. Nice little notes of Belgian yeasty spices adding that Saison kick.

Taste has a well developed undertone of malty sweetness and a smooth candied underscoring. Its quite complex, yet seemingly mild and somehow simple in tone. Very unique flavors meld together all throughout with a slightly bready chewyness tied together with active sugary smoothness, peppy carbonation at the edges of the palate and during the middle are favorable; big bubblegum esters underneath and grow from there - and fun little hints to citrusy/tropical fruits; pineapple, peach, orange and lemon. Fantastic chewy bubblegum stuff going on throughout. Yum!

Complex body and nearly full on the mouthfeel. It plays all sorts of fun, sweetened, smoothness and milding yeasty carbonation. Its smoothened creamyness is awesome as it rides, glides, and prepares the palate for a small bite in the middle of yeasty action, partially drying, then rounds off to be and stay fulfillingly rich and lasting in a bubblegummy residue of leftover tropical candy juices.

Wow, a solid Saison by Brooklyn Brewery! I can and will drink this big Ol' 750ml without a problem as the 9% can't be found anywhere. Oh, the bottle and label are quite classy too. Me likey this beery!

Hmmmm...JoeyBeerBelly did very well in our recent transaction of beery goods! Thanks Joe!

Photo of ajbogs
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When enjoying a beer from the Brooklyn Brewery, the key is balance; and the Brooklyn Local 1 is no exception.

Oliver defines this as a "strong Saison," and it delivers as such. I pickup traditional Belgian ingenuity with a distinct influence of the British Isles. Garrett was introduced to 'real beer' through the likes of Fuller's, Young's and other English breweries; and that becomes apparent as you continue to enjoy this beer. He balances the flavors so well, you could swear the Brooklyn Local 1 has been brewed for centuries, much like the famous styles it has evolved from.

A true farmhouse ale that I suggest to any beer advocate.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian style is my favorite beer from the past six months and in my opinion shows that Garret has got it going on all fronts.

Poured from chilled 750ml (does not come in anything else) into Martini glass (hey, that's all they had beyond OJ glasses) with cloudy golden hue w/small but tight head and lots of legs to the last quaf.

Smell: Flowery bouqet of fruit on the acid side, grapefruit perhaps and orange peel. Yeast comes up into your nose within moments as well as the high ABV as any good Belgian should.

Taste: Strong and comlex character. Respectable hop levels of earthy tones. Tartness, hence a Saison, explodes as it goes from your tongue down your throat but lingering fruit blends all well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and cripsy.

Drinkability: First glass is a shock of sorts, but quite easy afteward. Strong beer and not recommended for see through lager types(not me)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cost me three beer tokens at the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

A: Pours a cloudy, bright pale yellow. Resembles their Blanche, or other white ales, but more defined and clean.

S: Smells sweet, spicy and a bit like a tropical rainforest. The alcohol creeps into my nose, but doesn't turn me away.

T: Tastes very nice; sweet fruits and malts, sharp bitter hops to balance it out. Has a great saison feel and taste that lingers in my mouth and nose. Potent!

M: Mouthfeel is thin, but carbonation gives it more body. Spicy and estery, with lively carbonation.

D: A bottle of this would go down perfectly at a meal with another person, but watch out if you're drinking it all by it's lonesome, all by your lonesome. I wouldn't abuse it by downing a ton, but it's quite easy to quaff.

There's a brewery cat at Brooklyn that you should visit should you find yourself in Brooklyn. He may even start talking to you if you down a whole bottle of Local 1. Got to keep a great glass with the purchase, and the brew is a real triumph.

Photo of elricorico
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange witha big fluffy off-white head. Sticky spots of lacing hold on as the head falls and the beer goes down.

There is a bit of musty yeast aroma over top of a very fruity bouquet. Manderin oranges and pears jump out, but any number of fruits make an impression. Sweet smelling but not overly so.

A funky farmhouse taste throughout. Fruit seems subdued in flavour compared to the aroma. Mix of slight citrus hops and alcohol heat at the end.

Quite light in body and highly carbonated. Refreshing mouthfeel.

Not bad, has a very nice smell, but the taste didn't live up to the aroma in my opinion.

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

A: Clear blonde, off-white bubbly head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Yeasty spice, earthy, light fruityness.

T: Spicy cloves, light tropical fruit, earthy/metallic-mineral, slight alcohol warmth. Not very funky for a saison.

M: Light to moderate body, well-attenuated & dry, silky, slight acidity.

D: Great for it's strength!

Photo of CHADMC3
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

·Appearance: Pours a hazy gold to light orange color. Light, cloudy head with constant carbonation.
·Aroma: Very lively aroma, including a lemon/citrus scent as well as grassy yeast.
·Taste: Citrus lemon taste, slightly sour. Also includes a grassy aftertaste, almost a light woody/straw flavor
·Mouthfeel: Very lively carbonation, medium in body.
·Drinkability: Not quite as strong in taste or mouthfeel as others of its style, but enjoyable regardless.

Photo of srrn
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orangish amber with a fluffy white head that reduced to a layer. Smell of grass, Belgian yeast, citrus and some sort of spice, a combination of earthy and very clean. Taste is the same with a touch of sourness. Mouthfeel is really nice, chewy with the right amount of carbonation.

A quite enjoyable brew that is more a nice change of pace for me than something I'd regularly stock.

Photo of BucBasil
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. Brew is a hazy orange with visible carbonation. Head is two and a half fingers thick and slightly off-white.

Smell: Lovely aroma of apples, pears, and light citrus - notably grapefruit. Slightly sour smell comes in at the end. Refreshing and light.

Taste: Disappointing. Same pleasnat light and sweet fruits show up up front, but then the beer goes slightly downhill. A very sour character shows up that is a bit cloying, then the beer finishes strong and unpleasantly bitter. Admittedly, it gets better as you drink a bit more and get used to it. But getting over that hump was pretty hard for me.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing.

Drinkability: I enjoyed the 750mL bottle of this, but I don't think I'll be picking this one up again. It was a nice experience though.

Photo of dogboy
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like the previous reviewer - I had high hopes for this beer and was glad to see it turn up in Alberta. A hefty price tag of $14.99 increased my hopes somewhat too... It poured a cloudy yellow and had an excellent white head. The first sip was good, but nothing amazing, the second had me thinking that I've had better. Taste of cloves and floral hops. Was a little over carbonated. I drank the bottle and though it went down ok, I was was underwhelmed.

La Fin Du Monde blows this out of the water and is half the price.

Photo of breyton490
2.88/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer after reading the Beer Advocate magazine which gave it an A. I had high hopes for this beer, but in the end, I dont think I would come back to this brew again.

A: Nice golden, semi-clear appearance
S: Fresh, floral
M: Medium mouth feel. Very carbonated.
D: The bottle I tasted had a very pronounced phenolic taste and clove taste. The phenolic was very evident and really detracted from my experience with this beer.

Photo of ccm414
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I heard this beer was supposed to be the best belgian-style pale ale made to date and I was doubtful... but what I hear was more than correct. This beer is amazing, period.

Appearance- A foggy, golden, light yellow. Head retention is great with a very thick frothed look. It seems to hold up extremely well.

Smell- Sweet, light piny smell with hints of citrus.

Taste- BALANCED. simply amazing. Wheat characteristics, with citrus, and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel- Creamy feel with a sweet beginning that ends in a dry finish that lingers for a long time. delicious. Carbonation excites the tastebuds but is not overpowering. ABV is a bit high but does not effect the drinkability.

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

Poured a hazy yellow-orange color, with carbonation bubbles rapidly running up the side, even after sitting for a few minutes. There was a strong, frothy, white head, that started 1 finger as I pour, but quickly sprouted to 3 fingers. The smell and the taste were rich and complex. The aroma was sweet and floral, with a yeast presence and some spice and bubblegum in there too. The taste was wonderful: a golden-style body, with yeast undertones, hints of citrus, and potentially even the faintest, pleasant taste of alcohol. It went down smooth and warm, thanks to the medium carbonation and lighter mouthfeel, with a hoppy, tangy, lingering aftertaste. I need to get more of this! I could have sipped on it all night.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a prodigious head that literally sheets the chalice with lacing

Smell: Spicy, with herbal coriander and clove aromatics dominating; white pepper and green apple underneath

Taste: Starts out with a peppery, yeasty flavor that builds in the spicy aromatic dimension of coriander and clove by mid-palate; candi sugar, banana and green apple tones also forge their way into the mix; after the swallow, there is a balsa wood element that dominates but does not overwhelm the other flavors; grassy and bitter Germanic finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I respect it but I don't love it; for a Belgian, it is just a bit too grassy and spicy for me

Photo of Ch1mpy
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Local 1's appearance is unclear and golden in colour. It has a sweet aroma with lots of citrus.

The taste is dominated by massive amounts of sweetness with rather pleasant yeast tones lurking in the shadows. The finish is above all else dry. Surprisingly mild.

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

Brooklyn- Local 1

Bottles available just about everywhere in the Mercer (NJ) Bucks (PA) County region.

A- Hazy yellow with a thick whipped cream-like ehead. Thick lacing on the glass.
S- Spicey with a lemon tart aroma. Very light hay/ straw funk.
T- Sweet and sugary. Lemon tartness with spice and yeast flavors. Hints of clove and straw.
M- Again sweet and sugary up front with a touch of fruit. Tart and dry in the end. A warm chewy finish. Alc subdues for a 9% beer.

Overall- A good, mellow, saison. Easy drinking here, find this on tap and have a couple.

Photo of atigerlife
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery. Poured in the a BB glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is musty with some sweetness, malt and yeast.

Taste has hops up front with some sweetness following. Spices coming through. Tart and dry at the end. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodies, very spritzy and cleansing.

Overall, very drinkable. Very refreshing. Quite impressive.

Photo of phishgator
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine chalice. Not a big foamy head as I expected. The color was a cloudy straw with mild carbonation, slight white head. The aroma was a mix of candi sugar, earthy hops, and twelve grain bread. The taste had hints of the sweet pale malt, but also had a strong bite to it much more like a tripel than a strong pale ale. The peppery bite was present throughout the flavor profile. The body was probably just right for this type. It is one brew that I would love to try again and maybe with 6 months or so of aging.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. The brew pours very heady. After settling, it is about a finger high and steady as a rock. The beer is a deep hazy straw yellow with a few random bubbles climbing the sides. This is a nice looker. The aroma is lightly banana estery, sucrose-sweet, with orange and lemon zestyness. There is a mild yeasty spice running through it. As it warms a little, there is a solid puff of alcohol in there that plays nicely with the spice character. The flavor brins a good bit of yeasty spice, creamyness, and light mustyness. Orangepeel sweetness comes through along with a light sucrose sweetness. The finish is a light alcohol and mild spicy hop bitterness and a touch of raw hop leaf taste. The spicing and mustyness really come through on the finish. The alcohol is a little solventy, but not offensive at all. Warmth brings out some more fruity esters in the aroma as well. Mouthfeel is fairly thick with a moderate carbonation. It foams a little after taking a sip, which adds a bit of body to it without being too airy. Overall, this is a good brew. I like the musty and earthy yeast character and I think that a little more time will make this pop a little more. I think the alcohol will mellow and meld more with time as well.

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

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