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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,904 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,904
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 144
Gots: 276 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy pale straw. I'd almost call it a pastel light amber? Big pillowy white head lingers, but there's not much lacing as I drink.

The nose is mostly dominated by the belgian spices with a little bready/white grape sweetness underneath.

Taste is more of the same with a somewhat earthy/musty aspect to it. I actually kind of like that. Mellows it so it's not overwhelmingly sweet or spicy/fruity.

Smoothe and drinkable. That 9% is hidden extremely well.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is in a 25 oz bottle purchased for $10 bucks. Poured into an 18oz. schooner, it has a thick white head, with nice retention and lacing. Nothing special about the smell, it's sweet and a bit of alcohol. The taste is well balanced, hops dominate, sweet malt finish. Mouthfeel is where the beer is something special. It's medium body with wonderful small bubble carbonation, the carbonation is so good, it's notable. Overall, this beer is true to the style and something I will purchase again.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold color with bleached white tightly packed head of 2 cm.
Aroma is sweet and fruity with white grapes and a bit of candi sugar, rich yet light and springy scents. Some light floral hops and a bit of grassy notes mixed in make a fairly complex and inviting nose.
First sip is an average to light body with fine tingly carbonation. The physical traits of this beer make for an easy drinking experience.
Flavor is sweet caramel malt and candi sugar with some light fruit notes as well. I do get a bit of grassy hops on the finish but no sign of any ABV which is a nice accomplishment for a 9% brew. The finish is also fairly dry makes me think of white wine.
Overall this is a very drinkable brew and is also complex enough to keep me happy throughout the sampling.
I would buy this again and share it as it seems to be a very good beer for hot summer months.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how old the bottle is, but I think I've had it for at least a year.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with two fingers of off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly leaving very little lacing.

S - Belgian yeast and candi sugar are prominent initially. A bit of spice, maybe clove, white grape and some earthy funk.

T - Similar to smell, a bit sweet with candi sugar. After the initial sweetness, a nice spice presence takes over, with clove and some faint pepper. Also earthy and dry. Does seem to be somewhat a hybrid of a BSPA and a saison. Very nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts off sweet before turning dry and earthy.

O - Really enjoyable. A bit of age certainly hasn't hurt this one.

Photo of spinrsx
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from CJ's in Potsdam NY for 10.99$

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemon, grape, mustiness, wood

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with grapes and lemons. There is also a bit of a woodiness to it and some spicy yeasty notes and a touch of funk. It ends with a fruity and lightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - The booze was well hidden and the beer had a complex flavour. This bottle was a few years old and it's held up well. It had a lot of white wine qualities to it. Worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a little light in the color category, but it is a pale ale. More resembles a wit, but a nice milky straw color. Nice and cloudy. The head is white and huge. Eventually the middle simply implodes.

The smell is a bit limited, but I might have had it too cold. Regardless, there's a yeasty, biscuit-like scent with some candied sugar in the background. Almost a sourness from the yeast as well.

There's some complexity in the taste with a mixture of the sugar, yeast, hops, pepper. While not overpowering, the pepper is the dominant taste.

Very much medium-bodied for a pale ale. There's an instant of sweet, but it goes away immediately and the spicy, hoppy bitter takes over leaving a very dry finish.

It's a good beer, but not great. The mouthfeel is what held it back for me. Again, it's good, just not great. A little spicy for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked/caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy, bright golden tone with 2 fingers of fluffy white head; decent retention and lacing.

smell is a bouquet of belgian yeast, spices, zesty citrus - especially lemon - as well as clove and floral notes. standard for the style, but at that, well-represented.

taste follows and exceeds the nose. as a matter of personal (style) preference i tend to prefer BSDAs, but this is very, very good, regardless of style... easily one of the best BSPAs i've had. great balance; very complex and tasty. well hidden ABV (9%). creamy, light to medium bodied that is relatively highly carbonated. works for me.

as with most craft brews, but particularly so here, it does the beer a great disservice to drink it cold. let it warm and open up. IMO local 1 is a rare example of a widely available beer that is just stellar.

origginal review on: 09-03-2010

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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