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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 136
Gots: 247 | FT: 6
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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 Generalataris
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slow-poured from the bottle.

Carbonation streaming to form a three finger, soft white head. Color is a semi-cloudy, toasted orange. Amazing appearance considering bottle conditioning.

Smells well. Lots of bright fruits. Orange, pineapple, and light malts.

Taste is slightly tart with notes of darker fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Drinkability is good but not great. Alcohol is apparent and not as well hidden as the traditional Belgian this one aspires to be.

A well-made beer.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cost me three beer tokens at the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

A: Pours a cloudy, bright pale yellow. Resembles their Blanche, or other white ales, but more defined and clean.

S: Smells sweet, spicy and a bit like a tropical rainforest. The alcohol creeps into my nose, but doesn't turn me away.

T: Tastes very nice; sweet fruits and malts, sharp bitter hops to balance it out. Has a great saison feel and taste that lingers in my mouth and nose. Potent!

M: Mouthfeel is thin, but carbonation gives it more body. Spicy and estery, with lively carbonation.

D: A bottle of this would go down perfectly at a meal with another person, but watch out if you're drinking it all by it's lonesome, all by your lonesome. I wouldn't abuse it by downing a ton, but it's quite easy to quaff.

There's a brewery cat at Brooklyn that you should visit should you find yourself in Brooklyn. He may even start talking to you if you down a whole bottle of Local 1. Got to keep a great glass with the purchase, and the brew is a real triumph.

Photo of CASK1
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750. Complex aroma featuring light fruit (pear and apple), sweet malt and low alcohol aroma. Low spiciness, more from yeast than hops. The beer is a medium gold, with fairly high cloudiness - much more than expected for this style. Features a thick, fluffy, long-lasting white head. Very complex flavor: the grainy pils malt sweetness, medium hop bitterness, complex yeast spiciness, and alcohol all fight to dominate but none of them overpowers the others. Yeast character features almonds, citrus, pear. This beer is a bit sweet up front, but dry in the finish. High carbonation helps dry it out, even with a medium body. Drinkability would be better if the alcohol was a bit smoother and subtler. I really enjoy this beer, but there are better examples of the style.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a fairly substantial head. Retention is pretty good and there is little lacing. Smell is of mild spice and yeast with a hint of tropical fruit. The taste is similar to that of the aroma with the fruits and spice mixing very well to blend inot a nice smooth finish. This is a nice light brew that drinks very easily and a very solid Belgian-style offering form Brooklyn and is now one of my favorite brews from this company.

Photo of jjboesen
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin puffy layer. Nice lacing on the glass from the reduced head. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the center of the glass. More lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Belgian candy, pale malts, apple, pear, alcohol, and yeasty esters.

Taste: Vanilla, spicy yeast, warm booze, bready, apple pear, Belgian candy, pale malts

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warm alcohol, a little chewy, medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, and delicious.

Overall: Man, I love this beer. Draft or bottle, you can't go wrong. It got better as it warmed up too.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 caddybuyer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 sjohansen
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The presentation of Local 1 is fantastic. Even pre-pour. The bottles are especially distinctive. Get a nice 2 finger fluffy white head from a slow pour. The brew has a color of golden straw, cloudy almost to the point of completely opaque. Shows good lacing throughout the session.

Nose contains some yeast, but is mostly sweet fruit and brown sugar. Peppery alcohol and a slight astringency as it warms.

Fruity; apple and apricot on the front. Carbonation clears the palate with a dry finish leaving you looking for the next sip. As it warms, the alcohol jumps out a little peppery, but overall the 9% blends nicely with the complex tastes and full mouthfeel of the brew.

This is one is a twist on Belgian that I'll definitely search out again.

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

A: A mystical cloudy pale yellow. Great head with nice legs. I want to drink this.

S: Citrusy, nice Belgian yeast notes of some spices and even more citrus, typical farmhouse funk. Also has a nice grassy raw honey smell.

T: Tons of great yeast flavor that is again spicy and zesty. Nice earthy flavors gives way to a subtle sweet fruity surprise. This seems like Duvel's cousin; rather than an apple peel taste this ones got straight fruit. White pepper and cracker-like finish with pleasant alcohol warmth.

M: Great medium body with some nice refreshing carbonation. I really like how the alcohol lends a warmth throughout your entire palette without actually feelings like you are drinking alcohol.

D: This is a great beer to sip on before dinner, and goes just as well with so many different foods. Drinkability is the same as a champagne; if you can drink that all night you could do the same with this. There's enough complexity to urge you to take another sip, but its very smooth and subtle.

Photo of dougbassett
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #19 of the ones I've reviewed here.

A remarkable beer, one of the better American attempts at doing a Belgian strong golden ale. Pour looks just about right to me, golden with a fluffy head that puts up the good fight before it finally succumbs. I can never describe the nose of a Belgian strong ale just right, they always smell to me more or less like "themselves", but maybe you might call it a combination of hops, a certain kind of fruity yeast, and a mild "winey" scent -- supercharge and enrich the nose of Pabst Blue Ribbon and you're starting to get there. Mouthfeel is light, like I think this style should be, and effervescent. Flavors of a musty kind of hops which slowly finishes to a longer, more intense version of the same thing.

I really liked this. I think this is the kind of style that's hard to do well, and even when it's done well is only ever going to hit a certain level (I described above the basics of every Belgian Strong Ale I've ever tried, some of them do the job better, of course, but it never really departs too much from that blueprint). That said, this is a very persuasive attempt.

Photo of OdinMcHaggis
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of wonwoong
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of snarkout
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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!

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,854 ratings.