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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,910 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 146
Gots: 287 | 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:
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to goryshkewych for this extra in a trade this spring. 750 ML bomber split with my wife.

Only about 2/3 of the bottle poured to keep any goo out of the initial swigs. 73% unclear, the beer is a darker yellow that might have had a touch of Red #4 added. Smell is hard to find. Bit of sugary sweetness. Spice? Huh.

Local 1 certainly had a lot of sugar added. Insulin emergency! Waves of sweetness sweep the palate clean of my good steak dinner, which is a shame. Lemony, with an unidentified spiciness that I can't put my finger on, at all. Coriander? Light fruits. But the wall of raw sugar subdue any subtleties without mercy. Lucky I have a sweet tooth, which makes it easy to sip.

Did I mention it's sweet? One of the sugariest beers I've done heard of, but it keeps banging that note until my fingers turn blue. What? Pretty good beer.

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750ml bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance - dark golden color with thick white head

Smell - yeast, coriander, cloves

Taste - yeast, lemon merangue, cloves, coriander

Mouthfeel - astringent up front and in the finish, full bodied, full carbonation, dry, slightly sweet

Overall - good example of the style, my only complaint is that the mouthfeel on this seems less than totally balanced

Price Point - $8.99/750ML bottle

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky lighter golden color. Big, frothy head that sits around forever. Leaves semi-solid, chunky lacing that solidifies along the glass. Quite attractive, but looks are overblown.

S-Belgian to the core. Yeasty and sweet. Only moderately spiced. Quite sweet. The nose is actually mildly bland. Could use more of those Noble hops. Smells a bit syrupy sweet. Also the intensity is underwhelming.

T-The flavor brings no surprises. Yeast and subtle spice. Sweeter than I would like it to be. A bunch of honey. Lacks hoppiness. Seems dulled down. Pale fruits and light crackers. Intensity is lacking.

M-Surprisingly low in carbonation. Quite syrupy on the tongue. Plenty of body; I am not sure if I enjoy the curves though. Sticky.

O/D-A unique BPA. Not my favorite interpretation of the style. Tried it without needing to buy a bottle, but I would not shell out over $10 for a bottle of this. Not really for me, but I respect the liquid craftsmanship.

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Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a robust effervescence. Head poured 3+ fingers of frothy white foam and is inconveniently persistent. Quite dramatic!

Smell: nice malt aroma with a little bit of farmhouse funk complemented by a light sweetness. Within this is a nice pear character, which I always love in a big Belgian-inspired beer. The smoothness and balance here is wonderful; I love it.

Taste: big, sweet malt with more of that pear and funk. The flavor seems less complex and a bit sweeter than the aroma; still quite good but not as subtle and enticing as the smell.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and mammoth, mouth-filling creaminess. Delightful.

Overall: I like this beer a lot and would definitely have it again, but I must say it is a bit on the sweet side, even for the style. Big and tasty, yes; a refreshing quaffer, decidedly not.

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This beer is a longtime favorite of mine that I just haven't gotten around to reviewing, for whatever reason. This is a fresh bottle, poured into a brandy snifter.

It pours like the most delicate beer... a very pale glowing straw gold with a soft two fingers of starch white head that settles back to a thin cap. Perfect, distinct lacing.

Tasty yeasty bits on the nose, bunches of clove notes, wheat, faint booze comes with a hard snort, toasted bread, sweet cereal, yum.

One of the smoother drinking big beers you'll find - tons of wheaty cereal notes, a rich clove character, whole grain, balanced yeast profile, not too spicy and not too sweet, I could drink this all day (at least until I passed out drunk).

A must try for most any beer drinker. So smooth.

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Slow pour into a standard pint glass.
The cork came about half way out of the bottle as soon as I removed the wire keeper.

A: It poured to a complete glass of foam. Soon the foam disapated to about one finger of light tan head that was robust and foamy. The brew is on the darker side of golden and just a little cloudy.

S: The aroma has plenty of funky Belgian yeast with some lighter caramel and sugary malt notes; and, there is just a little hint of earthy hops, too.

T: The taste plenty of funky Belgian yeast and sweet caramely malt up front. There is just a bit of earthy hops that keeps it from being too sweet. And, a touch of alcohol heat also tones down the sweetness.

M: It has a light to medium body a large amount of carbonation. Together with the alcohol it has an almost stinging sensation, but not in a bad way.

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