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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,764 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,764
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 123
Gots: 214 | FT: 5
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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 flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +1%

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%

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
Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +1%

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!

dfillius, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Freethyhops
4.18/5  rDev +1%

a friend split a bottle with me last night. review from notes

A- pours a near opaque pale gold. a huge fluffy white head. little to no lacing but Belgians rarely leave any. very nice head retention.

S- strong Belgian yeast esters and candy sweetness is evident. a hint of spiciness and some tropical banana like aroma.

T- almost a mirror of the aroma, strong fruity Belgian yeast esters. the most recognizable fruit being banana. a tiny bit of spice reveals itself as it warms. the beer stays on the sweet side throughout

M- light/medium in body. the carbonation level is a bit excessive and detracts a little from the beer. finishes slightly dry

D- very smooth drinking 9% very little alcohol is detectable and doesn't show it's face until near room temp. I'd pick this up again and would likely pick it up over any imported Belgian Strong Pale

Freethyhops, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev +1%

Pours up a nice golden color with some peach highlights. Generous, pillowy off-white head lasts for a while and leaves good lacing. Snappy yet doughy malt aroma with hints of honeysuckle, pear blossom, white pepper, mentholated tobacco and lime zest. Lightly yeasty in aroma as well as a notable hop and alcohol presence. Upon first sip, I can't help but think tripel. Hefty alcohol warmth with some doughy pale malt sweetness that is cut with a healthy peppery carbonation and then moves towards a lightly drier finish. Some astringent grassy suggestions in the transition between the initial sweetness and lightly citrusy finish. A very nice medium to full bodied beer with a good carbonation level and hoppiness to keep the sweetness in check. Alcohol seems more prevalent in the nose than it is in the taste, which is a bonus. Very drinkable for how potent it is. Overall, not quite as dry nor refined as some Belgian counterparts, but a real nice beer worth seeking out and trying.

crookedhalo, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +1%

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a robust effervescence. Head poured 3+ fingers of frothy white foam and is inconveniently persistent. Quite dramatic!

Smell: nice malt aroma with a little bit of farmhouse funk complemented by a light sweetness. Within this is a nice pear character, which I always love in a big Belgian-inspired beer. The smoothness and balance here is wonderful; I love it.

Taste: big, sweet malt with more of that pear and funk. The flavor seems less complex and a bit sweeter than the aroma; still quite good but not as subtle and enticing as the smell.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and mammoth, mouth-filling creaminess. Delightful.

Overall: I like this beer a lot and would definitely have it again, but I must say it is a bit on the sweet side, even for the style. Big and tasty, yes; a refreshing quaffer, decidedly not.

flagmantho, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of webmanspidey
4.18/5  rDev +1%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. This is a pale golden color; extra-fizzy with a couple inches of head. Smells very "Belgian" with candy-sugar, lemon, and grass. Taste is a sweet lemon upfront with some hoppiness, peppery spices, and more lemon at the back end. Alcohol is blended in very well, making this dangerously drinkable for 9% ABV. Mouthfeel is extremely fluffy and well-carbonated. All-around, this is very good.

webmanspidey, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of BabaJohn
4.18/5  rDev +1%

Poured a clear, pale, only slightly hazy yellow with an astonishingly thick and tenacious head that persisted throughout the glass. Some yeasty, banana esters of the Belgian persuasion came forth. The most striking characteristic of this beer is the very dry and fully attenuated taste and mouthfeel. It is incredibly drinkable, or as the Belgians say, ‘digestible,’ with very little of it’s 9% ABV being perceivable to the drinker. I felt like I could just keep quaffing this one, thought my rational mind told me not to. Feels drinkable as a session beer. I liked the fact that it had so little residual sugar and cloying sweetness, yet retained a complexity and character worthy of the strong Belgian genre. Very well done brew by Brooklyn Brewery.

BabaJohn, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of mjurney
4.18/5  rDev +1%

Bright pale golden color, pretty hazy. Lots of fine carbonation. Head looks very thick and spongy.

I get lots of tropical fruit aroma, along some Belgian spices and bready malts.

Crisp and refreshing, yet very complex in flavor. There's tropical fruits and spices up front, I get mixture of pineapples and banana with some cloves. Sweet bready malt in the middle, but very clean tasting. I notice there some yeasty and peppery notes in the taste. Finish off pretty dry, yet it's very smooth. Alchohol is well hidden.

mjurney, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of onewetpaw
4.18/5  rDev +1%

A- Molasses and rich burnt sugar. Minimal spice and vague clove.

A- Medium golden with a mild haze. Thick two to three finger head in the tulip glass that persists. Mild lacing along the glass as well.

F- There's lots of things going on here. I taste rich molasses and almost Trickle type flavors initially. After that I get some interesting esters reminding me of raisins. Minimal alcohol warming is there, but incredibly well hidden given the ABV.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Its almost puckering with the level of dryness.

O- A beautiful beer with rich flavors and lots going on. Less fruity than the local 2 and a really, really nice beer. The best thing I've tasted from Brooklyn, by far.

onewetpaw, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Onibubba
4.18/5  rDev +1%

Saison? Really? Seems a bit more Triple or Strong Pale like to me, but whatever. Damn good beer regardless. Beautiful pour, nice white head and golden body. Taste is subtle - nothing really extreme or offensive going on here. Friends who tried this with me immediately insisted that this was very much like Duvel. We had a bottle of that afterwqards, and though I did prefer the Local, I am inclined to agree. Great body and mouthfeel. I wish all beers drank like this. A bit of heat from the alcohol, but drinkability is much better than I would have thought. A very good beer.

Onibubba, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +1%

I picked this up last week at a local place where I get a lot of my beer from. After seeing lots of articles and hearing the publicity over this, I was excited to try it and see how good Brooklyn's first "big bottle" was. Most of their other offerings were enjoyable and well-crafted, and I figured that Garrett would not let me down with this highly anticipated brew. After working my way down it over a nice, long period the other night, I have to say that beer met my expectations of it!


This had a very nice pour to it - golden, with a beautiful head and the lacing to match. My first sips of this were strong - with a very crisp, sharp taste to it and a strong alcohol kick to it. As it warmed up and I worked my way down, it resembled it's listed style of saison more and more. It was more doughy, and the sediment on the bottom enlivened the taste as I got closer and closer to it. It was champagne-like in it's texture, but never light enough to where I could ignore what I was tasting. It just grew on me very quietly, and it's rare that I've had a beer that changed this much from start to finish.

Sure, it took a lot of getting used to, and the alcohol can be felt here, but this is to be savored and enjoyed at a comfortable clip. There's no hop bitterness here, and the quality of the ingredients really stands out since this is solid from start to finish. It's hard to picture this as a saison, since the bottle fermentation leads me to believe this is a more Belgian-type style than that. No matter - Brooklyn's to be commended for going out on a limb, coming up with another Milton Glaser-packaged gem, and for brewing in the Borough that it calls home. Here's hoping that the Express 2 is on it's way down the track!

JerzDevl2000, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of irishking1977
4.18/5  rDev +1%

A: Bright, golden hue with a massive, white creamy head that lasts quite awhile and leaves a good amount of lacing. Very nice; not what I was expecting.

S: Quite yeasty and peppery. Citrus aroma is detectable as well. Alcohol is fairly prominent as well.

T: Bold statement coming: This one reminds me of Westmalle's Trappist Tripel. Initial taste is somewhat dominated with Belgian yeastiness, bread-like quality, with a citrus twang and mild peppery spiciness at the finish. The one thing that detracts slightly from this brew is that there is also a mild metallic aftertaste at the end. Regardless, I'm very impressed with this beer.

M: Carbonation is excellent. Not as creamy as it appears, since the head is massive and creamy, and maintains this appearance for quite some time. The metallic finish lingers on the palate slightly, but not as much as the first sip. Once, that initial unexpected feel/taste is crossed, it seems to be diminished a bit.

D: Alcohol is fairly prominent, but that is to be expected for a beer twice the ABV of an average beer. Good drinkability simply based on the style. Not a session beer, obviously, but an excellent interpretation of a Belgian strong ale, by an American brewery. Kudos to Brooklyn brewery.

irishking1977, May 08, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev +1%

From 750 ml bottle aged 6 months. Caged and corked

A: Super hazy color. Lots of yeast floating around in this one. Minimal white head. Could not really raise one even with a rigurous pour.

S: Spicy with some sweetness after. Orange peel. Yeast as well

T: Citrus lemony taste. Slightly sour.

M: Nice light body with good carbonation. So good you hardly notice

D: Wonderfully drinkable. Never noticed the ABV. Really refreshing.

aerozeppl, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.18/5  rDev +1%

750ml bottle. back label has possible batch number of "3318". poured into tulip.

clear golden straw with honey amber tones. large 3- or 4-finger head slowly fades to thin layer. good lacing. hazy with yeast on later pours.

fruity and spicy aroma, with apple, pear, and hint of citrus, then pepper, hint of clove, and parsley. bready malts underneath. grassy, herbal hop note. faint alcohol and moderate phenols.

palate is a decent balance of toasted bready malt, ripe pears and champagne, quickly met by spicy phenols and herbal, grassy hops with a moderate, crisp bitterness. phenols get a little bold towards the finish, but never distract.

smooth, with faint resins in the finish. moderate yet slightly prickly carbonation is fluffy. later pours with yeast haze are actually creamy.

tai4ji2x, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of garuda
4.18/5  rDev +1%

A - Poured into a snifter gets a one inch white, thick, creamy head with decent lacing and good retention throughout the drink. Hazy golden in color. Along with the bottle itself, this makes for a great presentation.

S - First smell is yeast and spice, then citrus comes through, mostly lemon peel with some orange.

T - Spicey yeast, and some citrus/fruit

M - The high carbonation gives it a full body, nice and creamy over my tongue. A bit of hops give it a crisp, dry finish, with a little alcohol in the aftertaste. The abv is hidden very well.

D - Overall, the high carbonation makes it more a sipping beer for me, and with the 9% abv, one bomber is enough for me at one time. Pairs excellent with some dark chocolate covered strawberries. I will definitely be coming back for more of this one.

garuda, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of WunderLlama
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle poured into a tumbler

Hazy, orange yellow, steady stream of carbonation that creates a cottony two finger cap which settles to a bubbly layer of white foam.

Aroma of tart apples and caramel

First sip, wow, complex, sweet and tart, apples, wine. Bubbles on the first sip. Slight tartness on the aftertatse. Taste of alcohol.

Interesting, complex, very good.

WunderLlama, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of steelerguy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Poured light golden color, with a lot of carbonation, and a high, creamy head. Quite hazy, but lots of light can get through.

S - Ripe pears, bubble gum, some spice and alcohol.

T - Starts with some spicy phenolics, then a little fruity ester and some bubblegum along with some floral hop flavors. Finishes with some alcohol, not harsh, but you taste and feel it.

M - As soon as it hits your mouth you feel the carbonation, this accentuates the alcohol warmth. Has a palate cleansing effect from the high level of carbonation, alcohol, and dry finish.

D - Crisp and dry makes it a pretty drinkable beer. The carbonation and alcohol make it more of a sipper than guzzler though.

steelerguy, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a handsome brown 750ml what looks to be custom made bottle with the brewery logo etched into the glass along with "Brewed in Brooklyn"--the whole thing looks like a stood up baseball bat--into a Duvel tulip.

A--Cork gave an aggressive pop right off the bat, signaling that we're in for an adventure. The head didn't disappoint, with three fingers of fluffy cotton candy that lasted quite some time and left plenty of chunky lacing in the glass. The body is a cloudy lemon-golden, more yellow than caramel, I feel. Nice sunshine on straw glow to it and totally inviting.

S--A flood of fruit! Sweet Jesus there's a lot on the nose--peaches, pears, some stringent apple and faint banana and a bit of phenolic yeast. Makes me want to taste it.

T--Doesn't disappoint following the nose. Lots of sweet candied fruit--more fruity than floral, although there is some hops in the profile. Finishes clean and crisp after the initial rush and invites more tastes. Definitely more balanced between malt, yeast, and hops as it warms--if it's cold you just get the fruit without any breadiness. Almost no alcohol taste and a little metallic and mustiness on the back end.

M--Medium to high carbonation, reminiscent of Duvel in this respect, and full without being chewy in the mouth. More enticing than anything else.

D--Highly drinkable--almost too much so. Very fine Belgian hybrid that's almost a cross between Thiriez Blonde and Duvel, and at 9% I think Mr. Oliver should rename it Lucifer the Second, as this puppy starts more fires than it puts out.

TheycallmeTim, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

1 Pt 9.4 fl oz. bottle (very nice presentation) into a Postel chalice glass.

golden-blonde color, ultra clear with big and quick carbonation that actually slows down after a few minutes which forms a thin but active all-white head that is a bit thinned out because of the size of the glass so it dissiptes to just about nothing. It leaves plenty od small clumps behind though.

THe balance of the aroma's is amazing, this is easily observed with an aromatic sweet-scented malt and it's counter-part spicey, herbal and meaty hop scent and belgian yeast. Way down, there's floral scents...i'm gonna say roses and a sour-grapes and as it warms up grapefruit. At the very end raspberry tarts. Pretty complex.

Youza! It's one part Saison and one part tripel. a bold and sweet malt with honey and an all-spice, herbal and even grassy balance to the malt. The yeast is mildly spicey and peppery with sour-fruits with wheat that is clasic for a Saison, the heat is pretty mild for 9 %. A sour-wheatie flavors lingers.

Full feel, but very crisp and impressivly Belgian-like clean feel. Lively and smooth.

This brew transcends a style really and is proof Amercians to do Belgian's and very well.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 16, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Cloudy apricot hue with a bit foamy head that loses its retention rather quickly and decent lacing

S: Fruit and grains mingle nicely; apple cider, pears, pepper with bready undertones--really balanced and delicious smelling

T: Lots of fruits like the aromas indicated and dry with subtle spice

F: Creamy, medium texture and body

O: A really delicious, fruity, and bready dry Belgian beer

dbossman, Dec 27, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass
Pale gold in color and rather cloudy. A gentle pour of roughly ten ounces into a tulip leaves about an inch of foam that doesn't appear to be going anywhere. The majority of the smell seems to come as a result of the yeast as in the nose I get a great deal of ester ranging from fruity citrus to spicy cloves. That is backed by a solid pale malt with a touch of spicy hop and some slight alcohol. The good score is because I expected a bit more strength. The taste follows the nose. Things start out quite spicy with pepper like flavors on top of a touch of sweetness that wraps up slightly bitter. As the beer warms and I get deeper into the bottle more of the yeast esters and flavor come out creating a dynamic experience. The mouthfeel is wonderfully light and almost effervescent as the fine carbonation makes it feel as though this beer floats in the mouth. The alcohol does become apparent though it is mainly through a great warming sensation and never cloying or overly oppressive. Overall this is a very solid beer, this is a tough style to separate oneself from the crowd as there are many world class offerings but this beer does manage to hold its own within that crowd.

fank2788, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of ChipChaight
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

ChipChaight, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of TheCondor
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

On a recent trip to Memphis, I was able to swing into a local liquor store real quick and grab some beers that we are not able to get in KC. We cannot get anything by Brooklyn Brewery, although it would have been great to be able to see a full selection of beers. Just FYI, in Tennessee, for a beer to be sold in a liquor store it has to be 6.2% ABV or higher, and I never got a chance to go by a grocery store. But I digress.

Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a tulip glass, which was all I had available at the Embassy Suites Germantown.

Appearance - Pours an excellently hazy, golden straw color with a tremendous two plus finger head on it that towers over the brew. Nice carbonation action can be observed. Head retention is minimal, as is lacing, but the presentation is magnificent.

Smell - A solid fruitiness. Coriander, Belgian yeasts, and a spicy sweetness that is excellent. Very good nose on the brew, certainly makes you want to drink it.

Taste - An excellent sweetness coupled with the brews fruitiness makes for an outstanding, memorable drink without a doubt. The yeasts make an appearance, and there is but the slightest hint of hops.

Mouthfeel - Finishes clean, smooth, and dry, almost to the point of being like champagne. Wicked dry. Almost no alcohol presence. The definition of a great finish.

Overall - So this is what everyone is ranting about when they talk about Brooklyn Brewery products. I have heard so much, yet have never experienced it for myself. I am glad to see the beer has lived up to the hype. I may send my copy of the Oxford Beer Encyclopedia to Garrett Oliver to have him sign it. This is one excellent beer, strongly recommended, Condor approved.

TheCondor, Jul 20, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Served in a Duvel tulip, this poured a big golden color, with a frothy white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but primarily yeast. Initial sip offered a little more hops than expected, but as it warmed the beer became sweeter, with much more yeast character, and matched the style well. Drinkability was incredible; very little hint of alcohol, with a smooth aftertaste.

medic25, May 16, 2007
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,764 ratings.