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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,766
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 123
Gots: 214 | FT: 5
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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 Newsman
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at my favorite outlet while shopping for a beer dinner, and thought this might be fun. Turned out to be the first one we opened, and I'm glad we did.

Poured into wine glasses (I need to get some proper goblets for Belgian-style beers). Very nice thick white head, pillowy, with a light caramel, clear body. Smell was very tempting...some spice, a little lemon zest, a bit of alcohol standing out.

Tasted very good...an earthy, malty sweetness with just a hint of hops and some nice coriander. The alcohol is there, but doesn't overpower like some I've tried. Mouthfeel is light, a little carbonation.

Ultimately, VERY drinkable. Frightingly so given the ABV. It was a great way to start the evening. I think it would've paired well with the crabcake appetizers, but we drank it all down before the food hit the table!

Newsman, May 11, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a fizzy two finger white head atop it. Nice retention and lacing. Smell was a pleasant blend of spices, corriander, and a slightly earthy note. It had that distinct Belgian aroma.

The taste started off slightly spicy, peppery, with hints of some banana and very subtle lemon. A musty earth flavor followed, giving it a little more pop than you might expect. The warming alcohol on the back end dried out the beer, rounding out the subtle yet complex flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin and fizzy side, but nothing distracting. And while this beer goes down smooth, I don't know how much of this I could handle. I felt it after half a bomber.

Overall though, this is a very good beer and quite a difference from the Brooklyn beers you're used to. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

BBM, May 10, 2007
Photo of Fish113d
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shipped to me by Sulldaddy in a champagne-size bottle, it pours a pale yellow, chilled into a tulip glass with some haze. The head towers above, white, loose, but clingy and spongy. Aroma is slightly fruity (white grapes and lemon) with a nice amount of cloves or nutmeg as well that really spices it up. Just a twinge of alcohol also hits my nose along with possibly some slight yeast. Flavor sips at first quite sweet with reminders of pears along with some citrus fruit and some spice. Alcohol quickly coems in to dry out the body, which is medium at most with a slight bit of yeast flavors. The body again is medium, and the combined carbonation and alcohol phenols quikly make this a bit bitey on the tongue. However, this is scarily drinkable! Oh God, a whole bottle all by myself? I guess I'll take one for the team...

Fish113d, May 10, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Looks impressive in the custom corked and caged brown 750ml with the gold logo on red & black.

A - A bright golden color with bone white head that produces many bubbles + leaves sheets of swiss cheese like lace.

S - A musty belgian aroma with scents of sugar and fragrant floral and herbal hops.

M - Prickly, salty and modestly carbonated with mild vinous quality. A tad dry overall with a sweet finish.

T - a snap of evervescent sweet malt is followed by a gentle but enticing spiciness. A light nuttiness and sugary sweetness dominate leaving the sides of my cheeks slightly dry in the wake of this golden behemoth.

D - A good Belgian, but overall not a great one imo. It may have been that my expectations were out of porportion, but the depth was less than extraordinary. It has the kick of generous alcholic presence, pleasant odors, but the taste left me wanting more. overall a good representation of the style, though.

Slatetank, May 05, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy peachish color. Lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass from the bottom. Huge two finger frothy white head. Lots of larger bubbles in the head. Lacing is so puffy and thick that it leaves clouds on the glass. Light and fruity. Nice champagne like aromas. Saison aromas. Coriander, orange peel, and belgian yeast esters. Candied sugar also present as it warms a bit. Spicy and slightly boozy, though soft. A nice smelling brew.

Sweet, but not overly sweet. It's a dry sweetness that isn't thick on the palate. Spices, orange peel, lemon zest, with some pepper flavors. Yeasty with slight bready notes, though they don't leave that usual chalky mouthfeel. Dry mouthfeel with a lemony finish that doesn't pucker the lips. Spritzy bubbles remind me of champagne a bit and tend to take over the later half of the mouthfeel I'm not sure this is a belgian strong ale. I think I'd stick it under the saison or a strong saison. A nice one from Brooklyn.

bjohnson, May 04, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the .750ml into my DFH snifter. A pretty pale golden straw color with a fat and frothy thick white head. Lots of carbonation. Nice foam retention and some lace. Smells malty sweet with spices and some citrus. Maybe cloves? A pleasant aroma; not overwhelming. Subtle hints of peppery pineapple. Very nice. The taste here is delicious. A musky malt flavor throughout, with notes of pepper and clove. Slight lemon character in there. Has a dry white wine quality to it as well. Leaves a pungent but unoffensive bitterness in the back of the mouth upon the finish. Definitely more complex and more enjoyable after it warms up a bit. True to the style, for sure, but this definitely maintains an American craft brew signature. Garrett Oliver and company have done well with this one. The alcohol is masked well, although you know you're drinking something above par when you first taste this. Smooth mouthfeel. An all-around solid and drinkable beer.

Atlas1, May 02, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RedChrome and the Florida Gators for the beer.
I'm not one to collect bottles, but I think I'll hold on to this one. Awsome bottle.
Pours a clear golden color with a massive white head that recedes and holds at 1/2". Wet lacing lines the sides of the glass.
Cloves and other spices in the nose. Smells sweet. Floral hops.
Very sweet but it works with this beer. Fruity in the middle. Pineapple, bannana, sweet apple (Golden Delicious). Hint of honey. Also a hint of diadactyl but it doesn't really detract from the beer.
Lot's of carbonation in the mouthfeel.
This would be an excellent beer for summer bbq's or for brats over the grill.
Nice job Brooklyn! Very solid offering.

wcudwight, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden with a nice white head that stays with sticky lacing.

Aromas of Belguim yeasts, sweet candy sugar and light tropical fruits...mostly bittersweet like pineapple.

Taste is definitely Belguim up front with candied sugars and tropical fruitiness but sours and bitters on the end with nice citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is sparkling with lots of tiny carbonation.

Aftertaste is a combination of pineapple and alcohol warmths.

IntriqKen, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light color is pale yellow with a cloudy appearance. Tiny stream of carbonation rising to the surface. Pure white head dissipated to a slick on top quickly. Lacing is spotty.

Huge changes in the nose. Hops, sugar, and malt all conflict to be dominant. Pineapple is the main citrus, but there is also a light grape aroma. Sweetness is tempered by a nice hops finish.

Taste is very much a picture of the style. Sugar and hops combine for a fruity balance in the mouth. Alcohol makes a brief cameo on the tongue. Very decent finish of crisp apple on the end.

light feel on the tongue without a huge carbonation push. Taste lingers on the sides of the mouth.

Superb offering from a solid brewery. This one would go great by itself as a preview to a pork dinner. Definitely pick up at least on to try. This should become a regular in Brooklyn's line-up.

RedChrome, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of PSUDREW
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

kinnda excited to try this one. Had it at the Philly beer fest, and now a bottle all to myself. also, 1st brew reviewed since everything happened, so here we go!
pours a very nice golden color. has a rather foamy head, and boy does it last.
you can smell the sugar cane in the nose. it just eminates sweetness
Sweetnes doninates this brew. very sweet taste, dominated by malt. There is a definate hop presence,. but it indeed plays second fiddle. sometimes it had a chalky feel, but it doesn't tale away from the total package. Had the clove spiceyness to it, but all in all, you got alot of the sugar flavor in this brew

Interesting brew. despite the cloying sweetness, it really is a nice product. pick up a bottle or 2 if you get the chance!

PSUDREW, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of joeack
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to try this one as Saisons are my favorite style. Poured a straw color and fluffy white head. That funky smell was not present that i was expecting along the Saison Dupont style. The taste is a little weak but definite spiceness comes through in the end. I would try this one again but its a ways behind Saison Dupont and Hennepin.

joeack, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of Umbra
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, beautiful, unique bottle from the brewery, caged cork.
Appearance: Poured sunshine bright yellow with limited carbonation within the body of the brew. Still had a white head with decent retention and lacing for the style.
Smell: Lemons and yeast on the nose
Taste: Really liked this one. Was a bit grainy/chalky at times, but still had the yeast and other saison moments. Clove and candy sugar were noticeable once it warmed a bit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, initially sharp and crisp, leaves the mouth dry and wanting afterward.

Drinkability: Very, the big bottle didn't last long.

Umbra, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance – Cloudy yellow straw color. nice head when pouring and some lace left on the glass.

smell – Yest, grains, and hop smell here.

taste – Has a floral taste to it, you can taste the grain and hops too.

mouthfeel – Low carbination with a light-medium body..

drinkability – Was glad and surprised to find this. I like looking for limited or seasonal brews. Would buy this one again. Enjoyed it with some meatloaf today.

auxiliary, Apr 16, 2007
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4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding saison.

Poured a deep golden color (almost a light orange) with a moderately sized lacy head. The driving force behind this beer is the flavor. A complex character of fruitiness and hops, with distinctive notes of orange and lemons. The splash of spice at the beginning and the bite of tart at the end of each taste round out this very complete beer.

This beer could stand up against many of the belgian representations of this style. It's extremely drinkable and one of the very best I've had from Brooklyn.

smurphy77, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow an orange color with a two inch head that lasts for several minutes. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: yeast, orange, lemon zest, pepper spice, and a hint of earthiness.

Taste: grainy malts, yeast, lemon zest, honey, candy sugar, pepper, clove, and a nice bitterness are wrapped in a soft earthy blanket. Alcohol is mildly noticeable and there is a bit of dryness. This is a grand saison in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Aftertaste is surprisingly brief based on the bold flavors. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: superb. This beer was enjoyable from start to finish, and what planned to be a Brooklyn and one other bomber evening, turned into a two Brooklyn bomber-only session. I'll be picking more of this up. Love this beer.

Gavage, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight as a part of a Belgian-style tasting...which also included Matilda, and N'ice Chouffe.

Pours a fine golden tone, into a Duvel tulip glass. Foam creeps up to the lip of the glass, true to style. Smells of Belgian yeast and candi sugar, slight fruit component.

Taste is dry, slight tangerine, and bubblegum. A bit more fruity and "wet" than Saison Dupont. Noticeably less herbal as well.

Easy to drink, good carbonation. Among the best domestic Saisons available here, right next to Hennepin, but with it's own distinguished character.

emerge077, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Ego
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

let's see oliver's twist on a saison (couldn't resist).

attractive packaging (not that it counts but it doesn't hurt), the bottle looks like old new york... er, hard to explain but it smacks of what you think of new york of the 30s etc.
3 fingers rise very active and soapy, the white tepid foam gurgles and crackles it's way down fighting the upward surge of the ample carbonation streaming up like the dickens from the bottom of the chalice. lacing is spotty but the retention is quite good. kind of a pale-ish gold color , a bit clear on the careful pour (I will take another look with the yeast on yonder down the bottle), at this point it looks good, but not great.

big sweet dough and spice, with some barnyard funk teasing the olfactory to delight, grainy and biscuity with the right amount of "dryness". the smell of raw sugar without the sweetness (if there is such a thing), put this along a slew of good belgians and brooklyn (the brewery and the town) is done proud.

taste etc...
spicy carbonation attack... a hair too sweet honey flavor, then into pepper, then back into a grassy hops/sweet flavor subsiding in a subtle dry bannana flavor, aside from the initial sweetness this is blended smooth, as smooth as ex-lax (that's smooth baby). the alcohol is well hidden but not impossible to find, it is layered in right before the aftertaste kicks in. the mouthfeel is nice and full, almost to a slight detriment, maybe a bit more spice would balance this out?

the king of american saisons is still Southamption imo, but this is a very good american saison. It matches well up against some of the better belgians out there. Definitely give it a try. If slightly sweeter saisons are your thing, this may be your bag (really, it may be your bag baby)

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Ego, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very nice pale gold color, with active carbonnation and decent head retention and lacing. On the nose the beer smells of honey and butter, with a touch of spice. The beer has a surprisingly soft, light mouthfeel, but with plenty of honey and fruit on the palate. Although fairly sweet, it's not the least bit cloying or tiresome to drink. I figured the abv. was probably up there a bit, but it's not particularly noticeable and tastes ALL too drinkable. The beer has a long, lingering finish, with just a trace of bitterness at the end. Very nice indeed.

Yet another excellent showing from the folks at Brooklyn Brewing.

John_M, Apr 09, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz. bottle. Corked and caged.

Mostly clear, golden color. Large, creamy, white colored head.

Aroma was honey & citrus. Lots of spice, coriander and clove, I believe. Grassy and herbal, with just a bit of earthiness thrown in there. Not a typical saison nose, but nothing wrong with it.

First impression of taste was spicy - back to the coriander and clove. Second thought was it tasted like flowers smell. After that, I discovered a very well balanced beer, with sweet coming in just a bit in front of the bitter. Candi sugar balanced by grass, with bitterness mainly in the finish/aftertaste. Alcohol was there, and came on stronger as temperature increased.

Light to medium in body. Medium + in carbonation. Dry.

Overall, one of the better American Belgian styles (I thought). Very drinkable, very potent. Well balanced. Only complaint would be that the spices could be toned down a notch.

, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged & corked.
Served in a goblet.

Faint golden with a dull-white cloudiness. Dense, finger's length head; bright white in color, very solid retention. Sticky, cascading lace with good strength.

Bright, fresh citrus fruit aromas: lemon, green apple, and melon. Mild, candied malt sweetness that is careful not to overpower the fruity-esters and touches of corriander. Ripe, without a trace of alcohol.

Sweet, Belgian-candied sugar that precedes tropical fruit and solvent-like flavors; lemon, green apple, honeydew. The malt sweetness becomes stronger, as the slick, waxy solvent flavor deteriorates. The finish is crisp with lemon and coconut in the aftertaste.

Light in body; airy, waxy, and dry all at once. Rather crisp for such a high octane Saison.

Very impressive in hiding the 9% abv. Not a great tasting Saison, but unique enough to grab a bottle for a try.

NEhophead, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of taez555
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dig the bottle. A 750ml bottle that's made to look like a belgian Westmalle styles 333oz. Very cool. # 0467

This beer pours a very light and clear pale yellowish/orange body with a bright white pillowy head.

Nose has a ripe fruit sugary sweetness with waves of classic Belgian esters. A mild chalkly and earthy, spice hop smell. Mangos, bananas and yeast. Basically it smells like a sweet Beglain Golden ale with hints of Saison. Very inviting.

Taste is medium to full bodied with a big course carbonation. A big mixture of grass, yeast and fresh german malt grains dominate the taste at first. There a pungent alcohol taste and warmth from the first sip on. Bitterness is rather large with a mild funky earth hop flavor. Very much a saison.

This is a beer that really defies styles. Part German lager, part Belgian golden and a big part saison. This is really the kind of beer I've been waiting on from Brooklyn. Daring and pushing the envelope of what beer can be. Could use a little bit of aging to bring the bitterness down, but other that... nice beer.

taez555, Apr 08, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Garrett, you've outdone yourself. Please consider making this at least a yearly offering. All the best things about Belgian-style ales in one bottle. Seriously.

Appearance: Pale, straw golden color. Quite clear, with a fluffy, white head that is pretty slow to recede. Ample lacing.

Smell: Yeast, banana notes, some other sort of fruit as well, and I even get - bear with me - some sort of smoked meat aroma. I swear it's not bad, though! Definitely some alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: Fantastic. Lots of good pilsener-like malt with a distinct Euro hop flavor, all dressed lovingly with Belgian yeast. Some spiciness as she warms in my tulip glass.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy texture with just enough carbonation to accentuate all the different flavors going on here and not overtake them - I get true spiciness here, not an implied sort that some hypercarbonated Belgians can give you.

Drinkability: At 9% ABV, I wouldn't normally give this a good score, but this thing is just so damn tasty that I could seriously sip it all night.

kpantz, Apr 07, 2007
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4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer rocks!!! It's a saison all the way. It's closest to DuPont Avec... However it doesn't have the cognac taste. It is beguiling.It's actually a changeling...the flavor goes from sweet to citric...I'd prefer you to drink it in lieu of telling you about it. Somethings are better left unsaid. Garrett...your love of the style shines through. Thank you...Case up...and make this a regular offering particularly in Chicago please.

faernt, Apr 06, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting looking 25oz'er pours clear golden with a white head that does leave some lacing behind on the glass. Aroma shows some sweetness/fruitiness, but mostly yeastiness. Flavor too is full of yeastiness with a bit of spice. 9% alcohol is clearly there, limiting drinkability & adding to an already somewhat dryish finish. Somewhat spritzy carbonation levels. Interesting beer for sure, but not really much like other Saisons I've had, perhaps more like the Strong Goldens? (or a "smaller" Tripel)

jsbrendle, Apr 03, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found Brooklyn's Local 1 to be a great offering, it was very refreshing and crisp. The higher alcohol didn't overpower the flavor. The aroma was amazing, it just kept pulling me back for one more sniff. I will be looking forward to Brooklyn's next big bottle beer.

nuttyviking, Apr 02, 2007
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,766 ratings.