Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,943 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,943
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 162
Gots: 315 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip. This Belgian strong pale poured a beautiful clear dark gold. Tons of fast moving champagne like bubbles are spawned from the etching in the bottom of the glass. It was topped with a massive cloud like off white head of super dense bubbles. With each sip it left a blanket of lace which pulled back into ringlets and small islands on the sides of the glass.

A lot of yeast on the nose. Spices and tropical fruits, pineapple and banana in particular. Some alcohol showing through as well.

Yeast with tropical fruit undertones and grains up front. Definite herbal and spicy hop flavors. Slightly sweet with some alcohol flavors on the back end.

Medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Velvety smooth, nearly perfect mouthfeel. Needless to say this was outstandingly drinkable. I had no trouble polishing off the bottle in one sitting.

All in all a great beer, I really enjoyed it. This is one of those brews that comes along and reminds you why you love craft beer so much. By far my favorite beer of 07 so far.

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served fresh on 3/04/2011

A - Very light golden in color and completely opaque. Enormous head filling the pint glass entirely and dying down to about 3 inches. Head has a frothy whipped-cream appearance with amazing retention throughout entire experience. Lacing completely covers the pint glass. This unique bottle is perfect for this unique beer!

S - Very light wheaty smell with hints of citrusy orange peel. Sweet malty and honey-like notes with earthy and woody esters.

T - Unreal...many spices mix together for a unique and complex taste. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but the orange peel, hoppy bitterness, and belgian yeast dominate. There are also some spicey notes...perhaps cinnamon.

M - Bitter feel with slightly numbing sensations...9%. Lighter bodied beer with a definite citrus aftertaste and the yeast lives on...

D - This beer is dangerously drinkable despite its size and high abv. One of the attractions of this beer is that it is still fermenting in your glass as you drink it...mmm double fermentation...

Well done Brooklyn!

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy blonde not too bubbly but, definite thick white 1/2" head.

Smell: Just keep keeps ticking of brown sugar, I smell it and even after laying the glass down just sticks to you.

Taste: You are really experiencing one of the finest beers PERIOD. I am not trying to hype it up but it comes of age and truly a turning point in fine ales. Comes off sweet and extremely tasty, like drinking life itself. Tastes of malty wine and slight bitterness with delicious after taste. You get grapes and alcohol with a flavor which says "I love you".

Mouth: Medium carbonation, incredible blend which makes this your favorite premium.

Overall: Overall you just got everything....one of the specimens ever brewed. I always have numbers in mind when judging a beer, and this is Brooklyn Brewery's finest (NO LIE). Take it for what it is, it is not soda or your really good flavored beer....it is for what it is, REAL BEER!

Photo of PatrickJR
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Golden colored with a slight haze. I imagine the haze will increase as I get down into the bottle more. A large 1 - 1 1/2 inch head forms with some decent retention. A thick cap remains. Some lace.

S - Huge hit of fruit on the nose. Bananas, apples, and perhaps a hint of something tropical (lychee or pineapple maybe?) are immediately noticable. There's also waves of honey, biscuits, and light phenols with notes of cinnamon, clove, and white pepper. One of the best descriptors I can put on the aroma is a cross between a hefeweizen and a saison.

T - Well, Local 1 is one of those beers that simply blows me away with it's amazing taste. Pretty much in line with the nose, although this has some time to develop on the palate and is much less fleeting than other Belgian brews. Sweet stone fruits roll over the tongue early on. Banana, apple, and tropical notes from the nose are noted a long with a few other flavors, namely peaches and nectarines. The sweetness subsides a little and delves into biscuit and honey mid palate. Unobtrusive pale malt leads into the phenolic properties of Local 1 with big notes of clove. Secondary similar flavors appear indistinctly somewhere between sweet spice and peppercorns. Late palate reveals a quick medicinal bitterness though a lingering sweetness remains. Fleeting and barely noticable alcohol presence. Overall the finish is quite clean.

M - Solid medium body with high carbonation. Although the taste was magnificient, I feel that a small reduction in carbonation would be an improvement as with most Belgian and Belgian-style beers.

D - Local 1 is practically chuggable. The alcohol is completely hidden amongst a myriad of flavors. I'm usually not a fan of the big bottles when it comes to styles like this but every sip of this has been a delight. Certainly the best I've had of the style and easily in the ranks with my top 10 favorite beers. Love it.

Photo of malcontent
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, honey-hued brew with a perfect two fingers of ultra-stable head. Lacing is thick and even, perfectly coating the glass' walls.

Grassy, hay-like malt, peppery spice and some powdery esters...honeysuckle finish. Smells awfully close to perfection.

Soft clove and bubblegum like a hefe but with and unmistakable Belgian malt body framed by candied orange peel, honey and apricots. There's even a noble hop kick right before the semisweet, clean finish. Yeah, I'm a big fan of this one.

Effervescent yet controlled with a perfect body. The alcohol is only slightly detectable and it's dastardly drinkable for a Belgian strong. Worth the wait.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml caged and corked bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half inch of off-white head that dissipates surprisingly quickly. Smells fruity (orange, lemon), somewhat pithy, spicey with hints of vanilla and wood. Tastes orangey/grapefruity, pithy, malty, with spice, piney hops, and vanilla hinted at as well. Medium to light in body with only moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely (dangerously) drinkable for its complexity and abv. Phenomenal. Extremely impressed with this one - can't wait to see how it ages.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beer as oppulent and classy as New York City.

Poured with a massive head that just wouldn't lie down (not that I'm big on that, because it delays drinking your beer without making a mess, but it is a feat worth comment). Color is a lovely golden yellow and you can see the carbonation churning in the glass. Taste is a great balance of slightly sweet and slightly hop bitter along with creaminess and smoothness. This beer feels like a satisfying high end beer should feel. And there's a long pleasant finish.

Nice job Brooklyn. I'll ride the Local 1 any time.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Co-reviewed with my army buddy Johnny Clearwater, "ladies man." <rolleyes> My score listed first, his second formatted X/X

Tannish yellow and cloudy, with a nice, lasting head and excellent sheets of lacing. 4/5

Smelled deeply of fruitiness, lots of great light fruits like mangoes, tangerines, bananas and pears. A bit spicy and noticeable yeast. Bready and sweet. 4/4

Taste is out of this world. Peachy and bold with wonderful fruitiness, lovely yeast flavors, plenty of spices. 5/5

Mouthfeel is AMAZING. So thick and rich, full bodied, and incredibly smooth. Carbonation is so creamy and inviting. Aftertaste is lightly sweet with a light yeastiness. 5/5

Overall it's a 5 no matter how you slice it. Out of the ballpark with this one! 5/5

Photo of chrisgn
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional Belgian beer, period. It is golden in color with a nice thick head. Very complex in flavor. Hoppy, estery, fruity...it is amazing what the Belgian yeast can do. This beer was a joy to drink. I liked even more than Local 2 which I had first. Have this beer with dinner or just enjoy it with a friend. It is a pure treat.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian style is my favorite beer from the past six months and in my opinion shows that Garret has got it going on all fronts.

Poured from chilled 750ml (does not come in anything else) into Martini glass (hey, that's all they had beyond OJ glasses) with cloudy golden hue w/small but tight head and lots of legs to the last quaf.

Smell: Flowery bouqet of fruit on the acid side, grapefruit perhaps and orange peel. Yeast comes up into your nose within moments as well as the high ABV as any good Belgian should.

Taste: Strong and comlex character. Respectable hop levels of earthy tones. Tartness, hence a Saison, explodes as it goes from your tongue down your throat but lingering fruit blends all well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and cripsy.

Drinkability: First glass is a shock of sorts, but quite easy afteward. Strong beer and not recommended for see through lager types(not me)

Photo of baby4rose
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. It has a light in color, cloudy look in the glass. The taste was smooth with a slight bitterness. I was really impressed with this beer. I have tried quite a few of the other Brooklyn beers and was thrilled to have tried Local 1 as my final 200th beer. Would definitely have it again!!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn in da house!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Beautiful bottle and even a nice looking cork!

Poured slightly below room temperature into my Duvel tulip glass creating a huge white fluffy head.
Color is a pale gold, with a lot of clarity, and visible carbonation (I guess if the "D" at the bottom of my glass was a "B" it would have been more?).

Aroma is nice estery banana bubblegum with candy, yeasty sweetness.

Taste is a bit more mellow compared to the aroma, the sweetness is diminished. More sharp/light lemon, with lots of mineral flavor. A very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice, a perfect medium body with just enough carbonation felt on the cheeks and tongue, but low enough to create a soft pillowy effect. Extremely low bitterness.

9% abv will prevent you from drinking too much of this beer, but over quite a few hours and a bunch of spicy seafood (calamari with hot sauce and shrimp fra diablo in my case) you can put down a fair amount of this fine beer I like to call, 'Belgium in Brooklyn'!

Photo of dlugo
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex, delicate, and delicious.
Not for the yeastphobes, the yeast is prominent throughout, with some hops.
I aspire to one day brew a beer as elegant as this! Another winner from the crew at the Brooklyn Brewery , I'm looking forward to Brooklyn Local 2.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, bubbly white head that lingers a half inch thick in the glass after a big pile on the pour sitting on top of an old gold ale that brightens to a dull yellow with a bright back light. Banana, clovers, fruity esters and a hint of pepper in the nose. Very clean but a very pretty yeasty smell. Peppery and spice notes strengthen in the taste and build on the nose--almost like a preview. Significant carbonation intensifies the flavors--especially the spice. Extremely well balanced and bouncy. Fun beer that I will savor through the night.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz corked & caged bottle.

A: The beer poured a dark, hazy orange with a dense white 2 finger head. About half a finger lasted throughout the entire drink. When held up to light, some light carbonation could be seen streaming to the top.

S: The aroma was good. I would say that it was typical Belgian style, sweet and fruity, with subtle hints of the malt and hops.

T: Personally, to date, I think that this is one of the finest examples of a U.S. made Belgian-style beer. The taste followed the nose very well, but the malt and hops cut down the sweetness and fruitiness, but this is not a bad thing. It gave the beer excellent balance.

M/D: The beer had a medium body, it was smooth, creamy and very easy to drink. Next time I am at the store I will be picking up additional bottles so that I can keep it in stock in the beer fridge. This will be a staple in my fridge for some time.

Photo of FosterJM
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

152nd review on BA
C/C 750ML
Bottle to tulip

App- This beer pours like a liquid orb of color. The outside layer is a light yellow with the center being a perfect orange. The head is two fingers of whip cream like consistency.

Smell- A very clean smelling Belgian flair with lots of tropical fruits, hops and some sugar.

Taste- Very effervescent taste that has a pleasant belgian yeast and its a beer you can tell is different and that is special. Upfront is the fruit on the back is the hops and a little of those pilsner malts that Brooklyn uses.

Mouth- A medium body with a great carbonation level. It's a bit dry but not much. A very well done rep of the style. This is a damn fine beer.

Drink- A solid 5 really. My 1st offering from Brooklyn and thanks to my bro in law for bringing this from DC for his holiday trip. I have Local 2 in the fridge Ill pop that tonight.

Photo of israel
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - this beer looks great in a glass; hazy orange hues with a thick
white frothy head just waiting to be devoured.

S - lots of citrus and malts here with a familiar spice found in many
belgian ales

T - if this was a blind tasting this beer would easily be recognized
as a saison(in my opinion) and a very good one at that.

M - a very creamy beer that really dominates your mouth with all sorts of flavors.

D initially I wasn't impressed with the taste, not because it was
an inferior beer , but I just didn't think there was enough
there to justify the extra cost compared to similar ales.
However after a few sips and with some warming the
complexity of the beer really became more evident. There is a
depth to this beer I can't quit discern, but boy is it good.

Photo of rpardon7
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ml bottle

A - Poured a hazy orangey yellow with a creamy head that left nice lacing around the glass. There was good head retention, didn't stay full but did not disapate completely.

S - Could smell the malt and the belgian yeaste, and also a the hops that had a citrus smell. Very nice smell.

T - A complex taste that starts off like a typical belgian ale but you can taste the hops as well as a little bit of the alcohol. As this beer warms it becomes a little more mellow and the stronger taste becomes more sweeter. Overall great taste, that will keep you coming back for more.

M - Mouthfeel is good, very smooth and clean not too crisp. Nice creamy feel do to the bottle conditioning.

D - Very drinkable strong ale, would never turn this one down.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass sold to me by

appearance: Golden slightly hazy translucent yellow, big head that dissipates fairly quickly, and carbonation that makes me think of the sugar and champagne yeast used in the refermentation...cool
decided to dump the yeast on the last pour, increased the haziness substantially.

smell: a bit of banana, nutty yeast and a hint of lemon rind and citrus juice

taste: the biggest flavor I can draw out is nutty, the Belgian yeast is a big part of the flavor profile, there's citrus from the hops, and there is a malty (mauritus sugary) sweetness there. The thing is that it is just so fucking well balanced. It masks the alcohol well and there is just a bit of a metallic after taste and a slight warming otherwise you wouldn't percieve the alcohol. Oh yeah and there's 9% of that shit. It's almost undescribable! I really think this is a wonderful beer. It's hard for me to rate within style and perhaps I will re-review but I find no flaw in the taste of this beer.

mouthfeel: medium body, plenty of carbonation very very light astringence. It finishes excellently.

drinkability: very drinkable especially considering the alcohol content. The flavor, light astringence. Very good.

I might sound biased, but I abso-fucking-lutely love this beer. I need to re-review just to confirm this. I try to be critical but I can't say anything truly negative about this beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded straw gold with a huge white head. Nose is strong with yeast and a sugar tone. Just smelling it brings back memories of all the great Belgian brews I have had to this point in my beer journey. Flavor is superb. Put this in a plain bottle and no one would know it was out of Brooklyn I am willing to wager. Smooth and even sweetness with a noticeable yeast influence. So well balanced and smooth. Unbelievable. Feel is as good as everything else has been to this point. Smooth and with a great level of bubble on the tongue. Drinkable to the worlds joy and detriment. I immediately just wanted to go back and get more.

Photo of johnnydollar
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely yellow, almost clear hue. Much lighter in color than I had expected. The smell is what I am used to for a Belgium style ale. Nice yeasty, biscuity, kind of aroma. The taste has a pleasant bitterness to it. Nice hops flavor. Easy drinking for a 9%abv....TROUBLE.

Overall, I really like it. It's not a Belgium ale, but I don't think it's trying to be one either. More crisp. Smooth but with a hoppy snap.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz pours an apple juice color with cloudiness at the bottom - many fingered head that a little too quickly disappears.

Smell is apples, wheat, fruity esters.

Taste is friggin' delicious. Spicy on the entry like a saison, follows through with a full fruity Belgian yeast flavor. Wow. Grains fill it out, a slight hoppy finish. Dry finish and yet lively carbonation - alive.

This is such a well rounded, full, delicious beer. Pretty much as delicious as it gets.

Photo of faernt
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer rocks!!! It's a saison all the way. It's closest to DuPont Avec... However it doesn't have the cognac taste. It is beguiling.It's actually a changeling...the flavor goes from sweet to citric...I'd prefer you to drink it in lieu of telling you about it. Somethings are better left unsaid. Garrett...your love of the style shines through. Thank you...Case up...and make this a regular offering particularly in Chicago please.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw color, with a white head, good retention and heavy lacing.

In the nose is orange, lemon, and sweet grain with a slight floral background.

This beer pops beautifully in the mouth - full on flavor all at once. The sting of carbonation hits hard and releases multiple flavors at once in perfect harmony. Nice full chewey grain taste backed by citrus and fresh floral and greens - finnishes dry, leaving your mouth craving more. An excellent brew!

Photo of cjgiant
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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!

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