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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,834 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 131
Gots: 239 | 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:
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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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

jeffthecheff, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

CrazyMacHarris99, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

NEhophead, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of talkinghatrack
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

talkinghatrack, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of rollbiz
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Tasted slightly cold (about 55 degrees) from corked bottle. Tasted from a small belgian style glass.

A: Beer is a strong golden color, it looks more like good maple syrup than lager. Thick white head stuck around for a few minutes before falling. Lacing evident.

S: Smells very sweet/floral, citrus and green apple too. Some wheat and and a tinge of alcohol in the nose as well.

T: Tastes sweet and sugary first, followed by a wheat-y and slightly tart finish. I get a slight bite of that green apple that I smelled before. Taste is complex enough that I'm probably missing something in my fairly novice ability to describe it.

M: Mouthfeel is somewhat thin compared to the taste. I guess after the complexity of the taste I expected the feel to have a bit more heft.

D: Overall, I thought this was very drinkable. It bridged a gap between the Belgians I drink and the tarter fruit brew or lambic styles I love so much. I'll definitely buy it again.

rollbiz, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of wonwoong
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

wonwoong, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of keanex
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear orange gold with a lot of carbonation bubbles and a thick white head foamy head which dissipates slowly.

S: Yeasty and fruity, not very strong, but smells good. I can't pin point one fruit but it's got a tropical smell.

T: Very clean taste, hints of alcohol, but then a nice fruity mellow taste.

M: Nice medium body with lots of carbonation, very good.

O: I like this beer a lot, even my girlfriend and her friends love it and they hate beer. Very nice clean fruity taste, I will be buying one of these to age.

keanex, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle from Utobeer, London (£12):
Golden with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that holds great, sitting as a thick, 0.5cm, white lacing that still looks foamy & leaves a little lacing on the sides.

Sweet with pear & apples, a fruity aroma & some light base malts. Faint citrus, plenty of spice & some touches of floral on the nose as well with a slightly tart like aroma & some faint yeast.

Spicy with various fruits that includes the apple & pear from the nose along with some banana & further sweetness from some pineapple plus yeast & citrus. Finally there is some light malts and a hint of pepper.

Light & fluffy on the palate but definitely not thin. Dry with plenty of spice plus the alcohol went almost unnoticed with it completely hidden by the taste for the most part. This one was frighteningly easy to drink for a 9% abv. beer & it went down a treat with and amazing balance that complimented the smooth mouthfeel and fine carbonation.

An amazing beer and one that definitely lived up to the hype and the price tag for once. Ridiculously easy to drink given the strength of it & was up there with some of the best Belgian beers of the style that I have tried in the past. This one is a must try and I look forward to sourcing a bottle of their Brooklyn Local 2 sometime soon.

flyingpig, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light vibrant hazy orange with 2 fingers of white head. Crazy retention and lacing.

Clove, banana, lemony citrus in nose, distinct spice notes, chalky, estery ripe fruit, mildly sweet grains

Equal amounts of ripe banana and cloves, yeasty esters, a bit of sweetness, alcohol is completely hidden, clean slightly dry finish.

Incredibly smooth, clean, and flavorful.

Strong Saison? Strong Belgian Pale? Whatever it may be, this beer is awesome.

TheMultiYeast, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of snarkout
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

snarkout, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of AlexJ
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

AlexJ, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of dfernandez77
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

dfernandez77, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of baggio
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with my father.

A: Honey-yellow, thin lace that stays for the entire duration.

S: Sweet malts, yeast, fruit (papaya?)

T: Citric notes, weak hint of pineapple, muscovado-sugar.

M: Soft, smooth taste. Hops and malt are perfectly balanced. Low carbonation with small bubbles.

Another fine beer from Brooklyn! This is not a saison btw, don't let
the text on the top of this page fool you. This is a Belgian strong golden ale. Recommended!

baggio, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of KajII
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

KajII, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

mmmbeer, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Foggy golden with tons of fine carbonation, 3 fingers of light yellow tinged white head. Good retention.

S: Sweet and caramel like, light fruity and floral qualities. Daisies, and cantelope.

T: Belgian yeast, light lemon tartness, la fair amount of sweetness, sight bitterness on the finish. Really hides the alcohol, and is much like a white wine in dryness. Sharp cheddar like quality.

M: A lot of fine bubbled carbonation, a little thickness to the body, but it comes across as light, airy and dry. Really well done.

O: An excellent brew. Great mouth feel, very mellow in taste, definitely a Belgian style beer. Bought in Boca Raton, drank on Deerfield Beach, July 15, 2014.

patre_tim, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint, 9.4oc brown corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The number 0719 is printed on the back label. I am not sure if that is a bottle number, batch number or a date.

Appearance: The pour produced an average sized (two finger thick) head with a creamy off white color. The head slowly fades down to small ring of slick lace. Underneath the head is a light golden honey colored liquid with a hazy appearance and streams of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface.

Smell: The aroma is full of fruity, estery yeast, sweet malts and some light, funky phenolic notes.

Taste/Mouth: Up front it has candy like sweetness with light tropical fruit notes, some pear, apple, and light malt as well as some funky phenolic notes. In the middle it starts to dry a little and we add some mild warming alcohol and mild spicy/leafy hops to its malty character. It finishes much dryer than it started but still with some residual sweetness mixed into mild hop notes. The palate is full and lively with plenty of carbonation.

Notes: Overall good appearance, flavor and a fun lively palate make this an enjoyable beverage.

generallee, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of LacquerHead
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Aria (Night Club) in CC TX
Poured this into a Collins glass and wide mouthed rocks. (These were the only glasses at my disposal. I should have asked for a red wine glass.)

It poured a hazy bronze-y straw color with a white foamy head that resembled the crust of a peach cobbler. Some sediment swirled around the glass.

The aroma was not very commanding. It had a dry floral smell. The taste however, didn't disappoint.

The taste was similar to many Belgian beers. It had a floral bread like flavor, as well as, dried fruits such as apricots. The taste of yeast kept it honest to the style. There was a bit of a sour/pale taste at times along with a touch of malty sweetness.

Drinkability: very good. The ABV level was not noticeable. The 9% was well masked. It had a very soft texture with a very slight carbonated bite.

Overall: I liked this one. I was impressed by its drinkability. It tastes very smooth and refreshing. A solid American take on the Belgian Style.

LacquerHead, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Traquairlover
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle (unmarked that I can find, at least a bomber, but I would guess 750ml), one drink poured into a snifter.

A = Gloden hazy liquid pouring off a nice high white head or foam and medium bubbles. Good head retention, dissipates very slowly and leaves light lacing on glass and good lacing on surface.

S = Sweet yeasty smells of risen but unbaked sourdough bread, floral notes of hops but not much presence of bitterness (at least in the smell), fresh cut grass and green tea, also light trace of pepper and coriander.

T = This has some distinctive tastes from a Belgian saison, but it seems fresher to me than a true Belgian. It is lighter somehow, but only in the refreshing nature of the taste, not in the body or the heavy alcohol which is felt but only in passing as the last factor noted. Up front there is a spicy, grainy yeast taste, at mid-palate this intensifies, but in the long finish it becomes a fruity dry taste with middle eastern spices hinted at but not quite strong enough to name.

M = Medium bodied, frothy carbonation, excellent mouthcoating. Perfect body for the taste.

D = NOt an everyday drink, but awesome if you are in the mood for a strong tasting, yet at the same time light refreshing Belgian.

Traquairlover, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of grahambo
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass the beer is bright gold with a think white head that sticks around until the very end.

S: The beer has a definite yeast character in the scent, Belgian for sure but also with some element of a Hefe yeast. Notes of bananas, cloves, citrus fruit, a faint malt smell and a note of alcohol.

T: This beer is much more balanced than I would have expected from the smell. There is a nice malt (pilsner) flavor that offsets the yeast and the citrusy hops. Starts a little harsh with the yeast but finishes very smooth like a pils.

M: Thick for the style with a very high level of carbonation that contributes to the clean finish.

D: At 9% ABV this is a beer to be shared for sure. Mostly because a person could certainly drink the whole bottle on their own. I've had this beer a few times now and it pairs incredibly well with roast chicken and curry dishes. Truly a great beer and I can't wait for Local 2.

grahambo, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of zoso493
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Brooklyn Local 1 pours a very pale yellow that lights up to a bright golden when held up to the light. A closer inspection reveals loads of carbonation inside the glass, as well as a welcomed haze of (presumably) Belgian yeast. Atop the beer is a massive four-finger head that takes an eternity to subside, leaving a few strands of thick lacing as it goes.

Smell: Instantly, Garrett Olivers description of this beer a "strong saison" rings true, although it does share some similarities with a BSPA. Barnyard smells and wet hay are discernible right away. Behind that, there is a remarkably authentic scent of Belgian yeast, as well a few bright orchard fruits rounding out the smell.

Taste: Just as the smell indicated, this tastes a lot like a BSPA-saison hybrid - and a pretty good one at that. There is a big barnyard taste, that refrains from being too funky, as well as a spot-on strain of Belgian yeast that provides a good amount of tartness. There is also a noted presence of some orchard fruit, with pear and green apple being the most prominent.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just about right in this one. It's very light but still retains a welcomed creaminess. As a result of the high carbonated, Local 1 bounces off your palate and is thus appropriately crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Local 1 masks the alcohol as well as any beer with 9% ABV. Despite being a little more alcoholic than what is typical for the style, the beer is pretty drinkable. For some reason, though, I am taking my sweet time with this bottle.

Overall, Brooklyn Local 1 is a fine beer, whether you want to call it a BSPA or a saison. I'll go with the latter because that's what the brewer prefers. In that light, it's a very tasty brew and an extremely authentic reproduction of a delicious Belgian style. I would definitely drink this again and would gladly recommend it.

zoso493, May 13, 2010
Photo of jozols
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn meets Belgium -- two of my favorite beer sources -- in the latest offering from the Brooklyn Brewery. The Local 1 comes in an unusual 750-ml bottle (the cursive, trademark "B" is etched subtly into the neck of the bottle and absent entirely from the large label). This batch is brewed using 100 percent refermentation--a rare method in which the beer is conditioned within the bottles, not before--giving it a natural effervescence. The resulting ale has a rich, golden color with a cloudy head that never entirely disappears and leaves a bubbly lace residue when swirled in the glass (I used a wine glass). Aromatic and sweetly scented. It's light on the tongue but has a complex flavor, with a hint of honey that masks the high alcohol content (9% ABV), and no bitter aftertaste.

jozols, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright gold color, slightly cloudy, and with a nice big white bubbly head.

Aromas are yeasty, spicy, a bit of clove, and some bubble gum.

Beer has a very crisp and dry upfront character. Malts flavors are supple and creamy, and with a bit of green apple and clove flavor. The finish is bright, and a bit biting from the hops.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Supple, smooth, and full.

Drinkability is very good. This is an very enjoyable and easy to drink Belgian Style beer. Well done Brooklyn.

Bottle courtesy of BeerTruth, thanks again!

flexabull, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize/golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, alcohol, tart malt, slight sweet malt, slight honey, hops, slight citrus, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, tart malt, yeast, citrus (lemon/pear?), slight alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, alcohol really well hidden, good aroma, great body, blend, and complexity.

Tone, Jan 26, 2010
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,834 ratings.