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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,802 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,802
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 129
Gots: 229 | 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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Ratings: 1,802 | Reviews: 892 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Jetfan247, Oct 05, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -16.7%

kkazemi, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

williamjbauer, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

xJMFCx, Oct 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Tikiri, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

greencovesteve, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%

Bottle dated 10/7/2013, so about a year old:
Pours a cloudy straw yellow. The head was almost unstoppable on the pour, medium soapy bubbles that continued to collect, and lasts well into the drink. With a light behind the beer, the carbonation sustaining the head is visible and rolling; lacing is full, pretty close to a perfect look if not one.

The nose is mild, with fairly typical Belgian yeast notes, but really a light peach or pear sweet-tart nose, and perhaps just a touch of banana -tinged sweetness . A deep sniff does bring out a slightly different tart/sweet balance - granny smith apple and pineapple. Either way, there is a nice balance of sweet and tart.

The taste more or less follows the nose, actually starting with a nice smooth, fresh-baked bread sweetness, which is backed initially more-so by the carbonation adding a bite to the beer that is more feel-based than flavor-based. As the carbonation fades, there is a tartness that, given the bready tastes I get, is akin to the bite that a nice sourdough gets. I do get apple and pear as well in the back of the tongue as the carbonation fades. (I don't get an obvious transition to the hops, but if I search, something has to balance the malt, and what I get is fairly floral, but I am stretching to describe this.)

This is a very good beer, I had somewhat high expectations, and this is one of the few beers that probably exceeded them. A very well done, close to perfectly balanced beer (carbonation is just a bit stronger than I'd like). Nothing jumps out to grab you, and that, to me, is just fine. Well done!

cjgiant, Sep 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

EdwardK77, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

StephRai, Sep 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Jamato14, Sep 23, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +6.8%

sully22, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

LooseMoose1978, Sep 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Bottled in 2011. I like this style, opening it filled the room with a banana aroma. Heavy on the banana taste as well. Super thick rich head that leaves a nice lacing. Not heavy on the carbonation, little flat. Seems like the age didn't help or hurt this beer much, although I did not have a fresh bottle for comparison. Enjoyable but not a rockstar

Jeffreychason, Sep 19, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%

kylebegelman, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

dwagner003, Sep 17, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -8%

Appearance: Clear and pale gold in color. There is a delicate swirl of bubbles and a large, fluffy, white head. 3/3

Aroma: Loads of sweet phenols hit the nose. Cloves, orange zest, coriander, and honey combine with an ester combination resembling that of a hefeweizen--bananas and bubblegum. Pale malt wafts in the background. 10/12

Taste: Fresh, biscuity malt can be tasted right away. It's a refreshing change-up--the majority of Belgian beers are so overrun with spices and fruit. But these are present as well, of course. The usual citrus flavors mix well with light tropical fruit flavors and a dab of banana pudding. A light bitterness that lasts from sip to swallow balanced things out and adds a nice zing. 17/20

Mouthfeel: A slightly watery element to the mouthfeel takes things back a step--good mouthfeel is important for complementing good flavor, and the bland, watery quality found in this beer washes out some of the tastiness. However, a dry finish and medium carbonation create a crispness which, while not so typical for the style, helps repair the mouthfeel's initial poor impression. 2/5

Overall: The light mouthfeel and very apparent citrus and banana flavors make this beer feel a bit more like a witbier/hefeweizen combination than a strong golden ale. On addition, there isn't one fascinating and/or unexpected element that makes this beer any sort of standout for me. It is a tasty, well made drink however, and will certainly be enjoyed to a nice extent. 6/10

TOTAL: 38/50

BethanyB, Sep 15, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +19.1%

sharemybeer, Sep 15, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +10.4%

Ngntjp, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

msquared36, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

RyanByorick, Sep 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

st9647v3, Sep 13, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

Citrus and butterscotch in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by a tone of alcohol with some herbs and citrus again. A well made belgian strong ale!

Alex-Alkis, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

tranquilocigars, Sep 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Therealpfan, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

cgrunin, Sep 06, 2014
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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