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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,687
Reviews: 879
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 112
Gots: 182 | FT: 3
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-03-2011 16:16:48 | More by bigred89
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-03-2011 02:26:45 | More by PhatAtUT
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-03-2011 02:07:50 | More by ONN8
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-02-2011 15:28:07 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-01-2011 19:49:26 | More by Bmoyer0301
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Thanks for sharing this one, Nathan!

Clear, golden yellow with a moderately-sized white foaming head that lasts and lasts that eventually leaves ribbons and dots of lacing down the glass.

Belgian, somewhat musty, yeast plays the largest role in this beer's aroma along with a good amount of citrus hops and bready malt. A full and simple aroma, though done exceptionally well. Appropriate and pleasant for the style.

The flavor follows the nose nearly identically: the Belgian yeast and mild citrus and floral hops are the dominant flavors, along with bready malts. Incredibly well balanced; this beer is not overly bitter, overly hoppy, or overly yeasty--just a terrific, simple, balanced, effortlessly enjoyable beer.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A flawless American version of the style and probably my favorite beer so far from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:46:15 | More by ehammond1
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-29-2011 20:18:51 | More by codon2004
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-28-2011 22:34:36 | More by brandoman63
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Jason

Deep orange, massive white rocky head, good retention and lacing. Yeasty with notes of spice, lots of tropical fruit, sweet candy notes, nice hop bill adding some citrus fruit, faint alcohol scents. Taste is of spicy yeast, lots of fruit, apple, mild banana, more of the tropical fruits from the nose, light sweetness that ends in a drying finish. High prickly carbonation, full body with good weight, Incredibly solid stuff, very drinkable and quite flavourful, better than most Belgian pales from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 16:23:29 | More by peensteen
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-28-2011 15:49:10 | More by akinsja
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Head is extremely rocky with a ton of retention.

Smell - Bananas. Clearly some belgian yeast in here.

Taste - Dry Banana. Delicious. Slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Light. Foamy.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty legit. No off characters whatsoever. A little more complexity would have been nice, but the beer is still great as is.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 03:26:22 | More by ZenAgnostic
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-28-2011 02:24:13 | More by Joshgonzales79
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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from bottle into goblet glass at refrigerator. From the first pour it is obvious that this is world class beer. It pours with a huge, slowly-dissipating head which is about as thick as a beer can have. The aroma is faintly of the trademark 'raw sugar' with a subtle noble hop presence. For such a flavorful beer, the aroma is surprisingly subtle. The flavor is similarly subtle with malt and raw sugar presiding over noble hops. This would be an uneventful beer were it not for the fact that it is, well, about as perfect as you can expect to find. The closest competition is Duvel and they are evenly matched. This is highly recommended. The 5-star rating was long pondered; it is not given lightly. The truth is that, after finishing the whole bottle, I cannot find fault.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:32:54 | More by matt20102
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-27-2011 19:54:17 | More by JSkone09
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass
Pale gold in color and rather cloudy. A gentle pour of roughly ten ounces into a tulip leaves about an inch of foam that doesn't appear to be going anywhere. The majority of the smell seems to come as a result of the yeast as in the nose I get a great deal of ester ranging from fruity citrus to spicy cloves. That is backed by a solid pale malt with a touch of spicy hop and some slight alcohol. The good score is because I expected a bit more strength. The taste follows the nose. Things start out quite spicy with pepper like flavors on top of a touch of sweetness that wraps up slightly bitter. As the beer warms and I get deeper into the bottle more of the yeast esters and flavor come out creating a dynamic experience. The mouthfeel is wonderfully light and almost effervescent as the fine carbonation makes it feel as though this beer floats in the mouth. The alcohol does become apparent though it is mainly through a great warming sensation and never cloying or overly oppressive. Overall this is a very solid beer, this is a tough style to separate oneself from the crowd as there are many world class offerings but this beer does manage to hold its own within that crowd.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:40:02 | More by fank2788
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-27-2011 01:35:15 | More by Number3red
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-26-2011 23:56:52 | More by LostHighway
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-26-2011 22:10:11 | More by leansean88
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-26-2011 14:04:43 | More by GRG1313
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3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Hay color. Pours a giant, cascading, frothy, white head. Disintegrates slowly, but never fully dissipates. Not much in terms of lacing.

S: Floral and sweet with a little spice and pale baked bread malt.

T: Baked sourdough bread with a little honey sweetness and a floral finish.

M: Light body with honey sweet start and dry finish.

D: Sip for enjoyment, but doesn't put up much resistance.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Soft, light appearance, but with a great head. Not much lacing though. Nose is a floral and sweet malty combo. Flavor is subtly sweet on a baked bread base. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 06:44:17 | More by bmwats
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-25-2011 20:31:27 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-25-2011 16:48:50 | More by mdillon86
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-25-2011 15:35:16 | More by thedoer
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-25-2011 04:53:41 | More by rab53
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-24-2011 21:31:31 | More by Caterwaul
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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