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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,802
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 129
Gots: 230 | FT: 6
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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 Georgiabeer
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a slight chill haze. Fairly short head and no real lacing are the only slight dissapointments in this brew. The aroma has light cloves, a touch of banana, and a faint whiff of spice. Pleasant if a little lighter than I would like. The flavor and mouthfeel, however, are home runs. Beautifully balanced and subtle, with the same flavors found in the nose, but some delicious fruitiness as well, perhaps cherrry. The banana and clove are also slightly more pronounced. The finish has a long sustained hit of candi sugar, that almost tastes like palm sugar. Sweet and creamy. The mouthfeel is relatively light and refreshing, but luxuriously creamy and smooth. Each sip I take causes this beer to grow on me more and more. Beautifully drinkable, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Georgiabeer, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this when it was brand new at the Philly Craft Beer Festival. Now I have a few bottles from NEPA BC split #5.

Poured into a tulip glass, it's a light golden color with a pillowy white head. It's crystal clear and it looks a little thin. The head too seems thin but it maintains a nice film to the bottom, but not much in the way of stick.

Smell is of doughy yeast, spicy alcohol and lemon zest. Taste is of citrus, bread and yeast, with a peppery and zesty spiciness to it. Some of the spiciness is probably hops. This is velvety smooth, a bit more than medium-bodied with a little spritzy carbonation; fantastic mouthfeel overall. It's weird to describe a 9%er as crisp and refreshing but this one is. Very drinkable. Recommended.

number1bum, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Local 1 pours a clear light gold with a thick, foamy head. Aroma is sweet pilsner malts and a a dry, chalky yeast flavor. The flavor is dominated by the yeast and spicy alcohol, with a sharp aftertaste. Its a little dry for my taste, but there is a nice sweet malt flavor. The alcohol is definitely present but not really in a negative way.

ericj551, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of bashiba
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant cloudy orange with a huge thick and pillowy off white head that seemed to last forever and was super sticky with great lacing.

Smells very good with hints of oranges, apples, and sweet yeast.

Flavor is light and sublte, yet complex. Has a nice blend of orange, clove, mint, lemon, and wheat flavors. The base is a nice light citrusy maltyness with a blending of spices and light minty hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly warm and full of carbonation, but finishing very dry.

Overall its not to bad, easy enough to drink.

bashiba, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy lemon yellow with a huge merangue like head that lasts forever. Nice sheets of lacing.

Aroma is very yeasty with strong spices - notably corriander and clove.

Taste is honey, candy sweetness and lemon zest up front. Yeasty spices are as strong as the nose led me to beleive. Quite grainy, with banana and nut.Finish has a strong lingering dry mustiness that is not out of place.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very crisp.

Not a bad version of a Belgian. The flavors of this American version are more subtle. Easy to drink and high ABV is well concealed.

Blakaeris, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of klewis
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a bright gold color with a bellowing white frothy head. Great sustain and lacing.

S: Aromas of tropical fruit with a yeasty Belgian character

T: Big taste with fruity and floral flavors. Smooth and delicious.

M: Full-bodied and smooth with fine carbonation.

D: Hands down one of the best Belgian style beers by a non-Belgian brewer. I'm kicking myself for only buying one bottle.

klewis, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of mmcave
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

“100% bottle refermented ale ” also the back of the bottle states the use of German hops and barley in the beverage. Corked and caged 750 ml bottle from 2007, chilled and poured into tulip glass. Head rose fast, good effervescence, with three fingers of fluffy white foam; retention seems good and lacing apparent. The body is a golden, glowing straw color, with peachy highlights. The nose is quite good, very aromatic with tons of light citrus, minor hints of yeast, definitely pilsner malt in here, with notes of citrus maybe apple, light pear and just a touch pepper. I’d like to make a guess on the choice of hops: saaz and maybe styring golden, but that’s just a guess. Taste is pleasant and very quaffable. Its very soft on the palate all tough rather complex. Carbonation tickles the tongue just enough, with out being too much, keeps it light and gives it a sense of brevity. The same esters are present in the flavor as in the nose. At the start its rather full and juicy (almost wine like) then finishes rather dry, very good. The bitterness is subtle and doesn’t really express it’s self until the finish, which is prefect for the style. Not quite a sessional beer, but great as suggested. This beer is a pleasure to drink I will definitely buy again for food pairing. Congrats Brooklyn.

mmcave, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of Neehan
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This lovely creation poured a beautiful, light gold with a moderate head and a small amount of retention. Active carbonation from start to finish, but not overpowering. A rich, clean smell with a strong presence of estery oils. Incredibly complex taste that has a unique blend of boldness and mild character that can be as sweet and mild as honey but answers back with a kick of bitterness. Incredibly light and balanced in the mouth with a smooth finish and as drinkable as a big Belgian can get. Great stuff from a great brewery.

Neehan, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just starting to get the high-grav's from Brooklyn here. Very anxious to taste this after the review I saw in BA. Pour is clear gold with a nice lace around the glass. Aroma is pears and passion fruit and the taste is dry with strawberries and a tad bit of hop bitterness. Great taste and drinkability hide the alcohol on this beer. Damn tasty and I plan to age another bottle a little to see if it gets any better. Another solid brew from the boys in the borough.

saintwarrick, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with an earthy Belgian yeast aroma. It's fruity with some clove esters. The taste is excellent. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy. It's crisp and refreshing with a hint of warmth in the finish. The yeast esters are in the forefront and continue throughout the drinking experience. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinker. It's refreshing, but with bold flavor and warmth.

WesWes, Jun 21, 2007
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

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.

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
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,802 ratings.