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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,911
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
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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 jeffthecheff
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. The color is anywhere from light gold to a deep hazy orange depending on the amount of yeast in the pour. It's got a perfect white head that lasts forever.

The aroma is vibrant and fruity with notes of banana, peaches, and an orange creamsicle. The yeast adds a nice level of spiciness. Everything is strong and vibrant.

Local 1 is sweet and fruity, with orange peel, white grapes, mango, and a slight leafy flavor that reminded me of tobacco. The finish has some lemon and orange flavor with a bit of spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is full but bubbly, with a smooth sweetness up front and a tingling bubbly feel on the back.

This is a great beer. The buzz factor sneaks up on you doing it's best to justify the price. I will get this again.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-cloudy gold co;or with a large white head that lingers for a while and leaves a lace
S-spice and malt mixture with a banana fruit aroma that has many aromas coming out
T-The spice is not strong and the banana is very faint yet steady and the aftertaste has a bitter or tart like taste that you can taste the spices start to kick in, but just as they do it fades to a pleasant taste.
M-high carbonation and medium carbonation
O- Very complex beer that gives you many aromas and taste. Enjoyed it.

Photo of lazjuarez
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Poured a very hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of bright white champagne-like head. Frothy, good retention, nice lacing, and some carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose has an earthy quality, some fruity notes of citrus and sweet bananas. Small powdery yeast, very delicate and elegant nose.

T: Taste is spicy, balanced well with malt sweetness, but just a hint. Belgium yeast is the main star. I can appeal to Garrett Oliver's classification as a "Strong Saison", as I too can decipher some saison qualities as well only amplified.

M: Medium-bodied, some carbonation along with some alcohol warmth is great for cleansing the palate. Some biscuity qualities as well as it lightly coats the tongue and mouth. Solid drink even a newbie can appreciate.

Photo of zebco
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up following the suggestion of a friend.

Golden, light yellow, and crisp looking. Slightly hazy. A fluffy, white head. Actually, as I poured my 2nd glass there was foam barely peeking out the top of the bottle. A nice, heavy foam lacing through the entire brew.

I could almost smell and feel the dryness before taking my first sip. Lemons and white grapes. Minimal hop notes.

A very sharp, dry bite at first. Heavy carbonation that mellowed by the minute. The flavor also turned away from the dryness and allowed flavors to really come out. Sweet and tart. Grapes and green apples. Very flavorful. I couldn't really pick out any substantial alcohol strength.

A bubbly, champagne-like mouthfeel. This did seem to fade as the beer warmed.

A nice beer from Brooklyn. I'd like to share this with others next time. Also, I'm looking forward to trying Brooklyn Local 2.

Photo of ism
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pale yellow, hazy, topped with a tall and thick white head with infinite retention and stubborn lacing that refuses to let go of the glass. Lemon peel, Belgian bread, just a touch of farmhouse funk to be interesting, and a mellow spice in the nose. Effervescent carbonation, active but gentle, greets your tongue. So smooth, simultaneously bright and earthy Belgian yeast flavors, just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Very easygoing for the ABV, as long as it's cold. Let it warm and the sweetness becomes cloying.

Had to pair it up with Brooklyn style margherita pizza. Would work with seafood as well.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this one tonight, March 15, 2011.

Bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours impenetrably cloudy straw, with a huge, rocky, fluffy white head and ridiculous lacing. Good to very good retention, as there's a nice thick cap for pretty much the duration of the beer.

Aroma is fantastic - massively floral, white pepper, spiced honey, fresh cut grass. Just a bit soapy, which cuts the score a bit, but still quite pleasant.

Flavor is quite complex. Ridiculously dry, tangy, peppery and floral, the yeast is certainly prominent on this one, but adds loads of complexity. Light underlying honey sweetness is vapor-light, almost ethereal, wrapping itself around that floral quality and evaporating with the soft scrub of the bubbles as they melt on your tongue. Finish has a bit of a soft white pepper quality to complement the tangy yeast notes, almost bready, with a soft grassy quality. Floral, white pepper, and yeast notes are the three primary components though, each quite bold. Alcohol is light, but there - no heat, but it adds a heady quality.

Moderately dry, champagne-like level of carbonation, though softer, smaller bubbled, and a bit less sharp. Medium bodied with a very dry finish.

Drinkability is nice, certainly a beer I would welcome another bottle of down the road, but not one I'm pining for right this instant. Glad I gave this one a second shot.

Photo of jjboesen
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pop! Goes the cork and out pours a billious head of froth, one that slowly sinks to reveal a cloudy amber body. Take a whiff. There is an intense miasma of apple and raisin. Sweetness in the form of Belgian ale. Take a sniff. You are treated to the aroma of malt that is backed with a few drops of lemon.

Take a sip. Your palate is greeted with an acute balance of German hops, malt, sugar and Mauritius yeast, all of it retained in a surprisingly light body.

Take a seat. Relax and enjoy this fine quaff; a warm and inviting beer for any brisk fall afternoon.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a huge billowing ivory head. Smells spicy and lightly fruity. Peppery.

Peppery, fruity but dry. Bitter herbal hops offset with a lingering sweetness from the cane sugar. Dryish finish with a longering herbal hop aftertaste.

Good stuff.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours into my glass a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a healthy two fingers of foam on top. Sticks to the side of the glass. Aromas start with big yeasty esters off the top bringing notes of spice and fruit. Slightly sweet with some herbal hops and a crisp grain malt accent.

First sip brings a crisp, sweet grain malt upfront that is quickly overtaken by bright Belgian yeast flavors. Lots of fruit tones and a bevy of spices flow across the palate with a kiss of honey as well. Herbal, grassy hop kicks in on the finish and brings in a good bit of bitterness. Finishes somewhat dry with just a touch of alcohol. Very flavorful brew.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with the perfect steady flow of carbonation. This one is really easy to drink and deceptively so for the 9% abv. Goes great with food as well, I had it along with a chipotle chicken sandwich. This one is well worth seeking out and I'll probably be picking up another bottle soon!

Photo of caddybuyer
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the classic caged and corked 750 into the Chimay glass at cellar temperature.

A-Beautiful...golden clarity, creamy bountiful head...absolutely lovely for the style.

S-Gamey, yeasty, saddle, citrus, clove, malt, musky....A whiff alcohol in the background...enticing....

T-while the nose entices, the taste, while very nice, does not quite live up to the promise, but it is very solid indeed.... The lack of complexity is overshadowed by the sheer drinkability of this brew...Pepper and ginger toy with candied dry fruits as they play the palate with astringent hops providing the finale.

M-Excellent balance on the mouth, both on carbonation and the palate for the style.

D-Remarkably drinkable...bring this on again and again. 9% AVB....Really now...

Photo of Etan
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


A: Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a sticky white head.

S: Pale candi sugar, white cake, nectarine, sweet grain, a bit of alcohol.

T: Lots of fruity esters. White grape, apple, pineapple, vanilla, cakey pale malt, light clove, a little bit of pleasant bready yeastiness, floral bitterness on the end.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with ample carbonation.

O: Definitely one of my favorite American BSPAs.

Photo of Andreji
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I finally came round to buy the locals 1 and 2 which i had been eyeballing for the past few weeks.

And i tell ya they're not half disappointing. Decided to watch some footie while tasting them (why not?) in a comfy living room.

at first glance this could go anywhere and i had no idea this was a belgian PA. cloudy straw toned, maybe not so clear looking but the head was very white. is it a wit? a weizen? a PA? carbonation is strong but i'm thinking maybe my glass was a tiny bit dirty.

So the smell still doesn't get me clear....very limey and grassy-wheaty sort of clinging to a lighter, drier style like a wit....great intriguing nose but still hard to decipher where this is headed.

Taste...now it's clear...not quite. of course this is a belgian ale, it's fruity and spicy but...it's not sweet. at all. its a dry pale ale of sorts, strong alcohol presence throughout. very unusual inclination for the style, reminded me of some belgians i've tried along these lines but would have to look at my reviews to remember which these are...but this is definetly out of the mainstream. nice body, refreshing but for the 75cl bottles they sell it in, you might be in for a tipsy time after one.

Edit: reading the notes on this it says "it was classified as a Strong Saison by G.Oliver". I can only say i completely agree.

Photo of dfillius
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter
A: Cloudy lemony-yellow-gold with a ring of pure white lace around the top - terrific retention. Gorgeous, but more head please.
S: Citrus, very bright! Spicy yeast, apple and pear cider smell, some nutmeg.
T: Yeasty, very respectable belgian golden. Terrific sweetness when warm. Tiny hop character (reminiscent of pilsner) would be great with a grilled lemony salmon steak.
M: Very fizzy - too much at first, but it mellows out and has a predominantly dry texture.
D: A really nice beer! Could hang out in a pack of belgians and be well disguised and in good company!

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slight murky orange with a two finger fluffy white head. The smell is of sweet apples, pears with a slight funk and some peppery spice. The taste is the same as the smell. There are slightly sweet fruits with a funkyness spice at the finish. The carbonation blends well with the flavors which makes this a smooth yet somewhat dry beverage with amazing drinkability. The weather is getting warmer and the light belgian style beers fit in so well.

Photo of NEhophead
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged & corked.
Served in a goblet.

Faint golden with a dull-white cloudiness. Dense, finger's length head; bright white in color, very solid retention. Sticky, cascading lace with good strength.

Bright, fresh citrus fruit aromas: lemon, green apple, and melon. Mild, candied malt sweetness that is careful not to overpower the fruity-esters and touches of corriander. Ripe, without a trace of alcohol.

Sweet, Belgian-candied sugar that precedes tropical fruit and solvent-like flavors; lemon, green apple, honeydew. The malt sweetness becomes stronger, as the slick, waxy solvent flavor deteriorates. The finish is crisp with lemon and coconut in the aftertaste.

Light in body; airy, waxy, and dry all at once. Rather crisp for such a high octane Saison.

Very impressive in hiding the 9% abv. Not a great tasting Saison, but unique enough to grab a bottle for a try.

Photo of talkinghatrack
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Pours pale and cloudy with a two-finger frothy head.

s - Nice and yeasty with the slightest touch of alcohol beneath. Classic scent - no harm in keeping it straight and simple.

t - More classic belgian ale here. Slight sour finish with some alcohol. Only thing I could ask for is a slightly smoother aftertaste.

m - Thin body with a bit of syrupy coating. A little over-carbonated but you can probably move that range around depending on your pour style.

d - Solid drinkability. Just a smooth, classic Belgian. I'll be picking this one up again.

Update: Enjoyed my second bomber during the Superbowl and was glad I brought it. Ratings hold up.

Photo of phisig137
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful 24 karat gold color with a 1.5 finger head. Nice retention leaves behind a good amount of lace.

Aroma is slightly sweet and slightly spicy. Good malt and sugar presence, with a lot of good raw sugar/honey aromas popping through. Yeast is ful of spicy phenols and smells great.

Flavor is well balanced and delicious. Dominated by spicy yeast from front to back. Slightly sweet demerara sugar/ caramel malts up front. Slightly dry hoppy finish, with a lingering yeast spiciness. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, and agressively carbonated. Drinkability is quite good.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Somewhat of a hybrid of a belgian strong pale ale and a tripple. Very well made, and an excellent offering from Brooklyn. Well worth seeking out. I wish Mr. Oliver would make this all the time. Highly recommended. I also love the two bands of raised glass on the bottle, reminiscent of those from westvleteren, and other trappist beers in small bottles. Nice tribute...

Photo of TheMistler
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale, cloudy yellow gold. Pours bubbly, like champagne, with a lot of white head. It becomes creamy, latte like as it settles. Good retention and nice lacing.

Orange, some light pepper and yeast to the nose from the bottle, before the pour. Dough and sparkling citrus drink. Dark wheat and multi-fruit tang. A sharp whiff tucked away within the aroma at the end, a very slight bit of capsaicin spice.

Light biscuit malt start - with the yeast quality, white bread as the taste develops. Fruity - orange and more. White bread, dusty yeast. A slight dash of white pepper. As it warms you detect more and more spice - all of them complimentary, none of them overwhelming. I was also happy to notice a nice hop presence. Finishes clean, if maybe a slight bit dry due to alcohol.

Medium bodied, creamy. The CO2 - of which there is a bevy - is not very prickly at all. Also a hint of bread to the feel.

A very nice spin on a strong Belgian pale, with a few saison characteristics, as Mr. Oliver noted. I must say, having previously met Oliver at a festival that featured this beer, it is better in larger than sample quantities and warmer than an iced bottle. I was not a huge fan of it when I had it at that festival, but felt an urge to review it ahead of the release of Local #2.

Photo of russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head, decent retention and lacing. Bubbles race to the top throughout drinking.

S: Warm, boozy, smell with more fruits than spices and herbal hoppiness.

T: Resembles the nose. Warm alcohol taste that is sweet up front and bitter to close. Very good for an American made Belgian.

MF: Light and crisp with a lot of carbonation.

D: This is a pretty complex drink with a higher ABV. One bottle sufficed.

Photo of AlexJ
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another exceptional new beer from our friends in Brooklyn. This one pours a beautiful pale amber with a swirl of the bottle adding a bit of haze. A lasting white head leaves delicate trails of lace.

Aroma is golden fruits, banana, clove, coriander, caramelized sugars, and hints of bubblegum. Underneath there are layers of green apple and apricot with a faint hint of minerality.

Flavor is equally complex with a great mix of light fruit and pale malts. There is a pleasant mix of bubblegum and banana flavors from the yeast strain. It starts sweetish and full yet finishes with green apple and drying white pepper notes. The light mineral note fits well with the peppery spice and makes the beer's Saison influence known.

Medium bodied, very slick and supple. I could easily down a 750 myself as the drinkability is excellent. A very authentic example of this style and a job well done Mr. Oliver.

Photo of dfernandez77
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 20, 2011. cellared as appropriate.

appearance: Deep gold color. Big billowy white head that lasts and laces very nicely. Bit of chill haze that fades quickly.

smell: Lemony floral aromatics, and bright alluvial and slightly peppery hop characters. Clean malty sweetness.

taste: Everything the aroma promises. Horsey peppery funk (late Brett B?). Well balanced clean malt backbone.

mouthfeel: Medium or just under medium. Full carbonation supports a nice fluffy feel. Slightly astringent in the finish. Long an pleasant finish with all the characters of the taste and aroma represented.

overall: Very well done Belgian Golden Strong (or Strong Pale as BA classes it). Straddles the old world characters of a Golden Strong, Tripel, with the bit of Brett funk. 18 months put som dryness and funk into it that I really like, and can imagine a couple more years would just bring out more complexity.

Damn fine!

Photo of KajII
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a cloudy medium yellowish orange with a very large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that had great longevity and excellent lacing.

The aroma was moderately heavy of grain malts, an earthy yeast and flowery hops with nice notes of citrus, banana and a bit of spice (coriander I believe).

It tasted kind of sweet with a hint of citrus at first and then became a bit bitter and quite yeasty with a mild alcohol finish leaving a nice bold flavor lingering on the taste buds for a long while.

Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body and had a dry texture with a nice prickly carbonation.

Overall a great Strong Ale with a medley of components coming together for one really fantastic tasting brew which does a nice job of concealing the high alcohol content.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL custom bottle with batch code. Brewed to 18.5 Plato with Bamberg (Weyermann?) pilsner malt, raw sugar, Perle and Styrian Goldings hops. Fermented with Belgian yeast and bottle-conditioned. Pours a chill-hazed orange, with loads of carbonation and an inch of frothy white head that reduces to a fine cap. Hugely fruity aroma contributes orange, mango, papaya and pineapple, spicy/floral hops and earthy yeast. Complex, fruity, delicious. The palate adds to (or perhaps detracts from) this notes of chalky yeast, a few phenols, an almost harsh hop flavor and a lingering sweetness. Light and crisp at the start, but as the carbonation mellows, the body fills out. This brew has a very flavorful yeast and it is very easy to drink despite the ABV. It tastes quite authentic, and despite my nitpicking on the flavor, this is definitely worthy of a revisit.

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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Local 1 is a cloudy amber ale with a thick, frothy, foamy, splotchy, waxy, off-white head. It has great retention and lacing. The aroma is strong and complex: bread, hay, flowers, grass, earth, leaves, forest, peach-- yet none of these elements dominates. It's a touch sweet. I said "holy crap" to an empty room when I smelled this. It is medium-light bodied and pretty smooth. The finish is bitter and warm and prickly like whiskey. It is lightly sweet, well bittered and a bit sour. It's pretty well balanced. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but not as sweet. It's so complex that it seems almost disjointed. Age this. There are flavor notes of green and dried leaves, apricot, prune, sour cherry, orange marmalade and cigars. It's strong and bright, but rather smooth. Nice!
(rated Feb 20, 2008)

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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,911 ratings.