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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 884
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 118
Gots: 200 | FT: 4
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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 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.

03-14-2009 09:14:20 | More by tai4ji2x
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.

02-20-2010 18:43:11 | More by garuda
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.

04-24-2014 01:15:56 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of steelerguy

New York

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.

04-20-2009 01:11:01 | More by steelerguy
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

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.

09-12-2008 22:14:06 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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.

01-16-2008 16:51:59 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of dbossman


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

12-27-2012 03:56:58 | More by dbossman
Photo of fank2788


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.

11-27-2011 01:40:02 | More by fank2788
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.

07-20-2013 01:32:56 | More by TheCondor
Photo of medic25


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.

05-16-2007 01:20:19 | More by medic25
Photo of bosco7


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Massive cloud like head sits atop a pale-orange brew. Lacing blankets the sides of the tulip.

Orange zest, coriander, perfume, cantaloupe, and lots of spicy hops in the nose.

Starts sweet with lots of bitter orange peel. Followed by melon, coriander, a slight must, higher alcohol and lots of peppery flavors. Finishes dry, phenolic, and hoppy, this leaves the palate refreshed and ready for another. Quite a high level of perceived bitterness.

Silky mouthfeel yet at the same time it is very light and crisp. Very digestable would be more so if phenols were toned down. That said this is a very good beer and is highly recommended.

08-17-2007 00:52:21 | More by bosco7
Photo of animal69


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

pours a cloudy yellow-gold w/ a rocky white head which never really settles leaving a thick lacing in my snifter ; a strong bready/cracker malt aroma, a good note of earthy hops and a "hot" spice, more pepper than coriander or both, hints of butter(?) detected but very faint ; taste is equally complex but more malty here, a def. floral-type hop present with a decent bite, pepper flavor asserts itself in the crisp finish, a touch of minerals, alcohol and butter at the end also ; a dry,creamy, med-full mouthfeel with boundless co2 ; an excellent beer, though i found it to be a bit too cloying and sticky as it warmed, prob. better during the winter...

06-18-2008 01:09:41 | More by animal69
Photo of NeutroMan


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

22 oz bomber, corked and caged, into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden straw color, very visibly carbonated. Dense, rocky white head left rings of lace down the glass.

Smell: Yeast dominates, but there is also a significant fruity aspect to it - pineapple, pear, apple.

Taste: Bready, yeasty malts again dominate. Fruity esters are a little more prominent, however. Very clean on the palate.

Mouthfeel: The high carbonation gives it a little bite, but not so much as to be unpleasant. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Drinkability: One of the better Belgian ales by a U.S. brewery; I really enjoyed this.

12-24-2010 23:41:08 | More by NeutroMan
Photo of DoreenAndDave


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

A nice, hazy golden color with an attractive ivory head that lingers.
Aroma is nice and bready. Taste is big, chunky, and somewhat sweet. Lots of yeast and malt, perhaps a hint of mango and a little spice. Mouthfeel is full and warm with alcohol. Overall, a very nice, classic-tasting Belgian ale. Quite good.

01-10-2010 05:18:58 | More by DoreenAndDave
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with an earthy Belgian yeast aroma. It's fruity with some clove esters. The taste is excellent. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy. It's crisp and refreshing with a hint of warmth in the finish. The yeast esters are in the forefront and continue throughout the drinking experience. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinker. It's refreshing, but with bold flavor and warmth.

06-21-2007 00:18:37 | More by WesWes
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy gold and has quite a bit of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a bit light and kind of fruity at first. Some plumb and a slight green apple come out a bit. The flavor is a bit sour with a bit of a co2, airiness with all the bubbles.

The taste is a bit yeasty with some sour fruit and some malty flavor. The was again some fruity flavor that seemed to have just a touch of hops in the distant background.

The feel of this beer is nice and crisp and has a good amount of carbonation. It is pretty easy drinking and goes down quite well.

02-22-2010 18:32:12 | More by Duhast500
Photo of ericlawton007


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

This beer was cellared for about a year and served in a tulip glass.
Poured nicely with strong head, but head faded very quickly. I smelled cloves and honey but not much of the funk that I usually get with belgian style beers. Taste was very good. More of what I smell plus a little bit of taste from the yeast. The high alcohol content is not noticed in the taste, maybe because of the year stored in the cellar. The drinkability on this beer is quite nice. The 750 ml bottle was consumed by just myself nicely during a 2 hour session. Would definetly recommend this beer. My only complaint was the price, as it was a couple dollars more than most beers of this style.

09-25-2008 13:14:53 | More by ericlawton007
Photo of Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Lovely corked bottle here, prominently displaying the number 1. Tulip glass. Pours a wonderful amber haze, with a sustained off-white head, plenty of full lace down the side. Aroma is strong on the fruits: pear, apple, citrus, green grapes. Appetising, and slightly salty, with hints of caramel malting. Little alcohol detectable. Even better is the taste, which is opposite of how I normally experience these styles. Lovely burst of fruit, but never oversweet or sugary. Balance is the buzzword here: exceptional. Comes close to the complexity of some Belgians. Light but significant mouthfeel, just as it should be. Drinkability is almost flawless. This goes down beautifully. A fantastic beer from Brooklyn. Don't pass it up.

04-06-2008 04:16:02 | More by Cwrw
Photo of Kraftastic


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

I picked this up after ACBF because of the love it recieved by most of the BA people around the booth and I had not gotten a chance to try it. I was not dissapointed in the least. The Beer had a good body to it. Very Fruity smell and taste. the after taste was excellent as well. This is a great beer for sitting on a porch on a warm summer eavning. I will definitly be picking it up again.

06-30-2009 03:53:02 | More by Kraftastic
Photo of Boto


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

750ml bottle: This one pours an almost clear, golden color. There was a fairly large white head on it that drops off quickly and didn’t leave much lacing. The aroma is light and sweet. Some notes of spices, yeast, and some lighter fruits. A bit of effervescence of the tongue. The taste is a bit peppery, yeasty, some very mild fruits. Interesting mix. Not the usual dark fruits found in strong Belgians. This one grows on you.

01-13-2008 22:17:55 | More by Boto
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

I bought two bottles back in 07, so here is my review of the second bottle. Served on June 26, 2011 in Boone, NC.

Poured from the caged and corked bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a straw color with a large, white and pourous head. Loads of lacing with retention that lasts for days.

Yeasty, citric aroma. Really smells wonderful. The Belgian aspects seem to have mellowed a bit and everything seems more rounded and balanced with no pointed, glaring notices. Yeast, alcohol, bubblegum, lemon rinds.

Really well flavored. I certainly get that Belgian yeast flavor but there is a nice balance of hops and malt and every other flavor. Seems sweeter, which I dont like. The hops have certainly faded and everything is more rounded and muted, though every flavor has distinct characteristics and are all worthy of aplomb.

I cant say this beer deserves any higher rating based on age, but this beer has high points and low points based on age. I think I prefer the younger version with its pronounced hoppiness and crispness. The elder version is more mellow and is like my great grandma that used to sit in front of her wood-burning stove and stuff snuff into her mouth and have her little spit can by her side. She was a sweet old lady but was very set in her ways and was quite reluctant to adhere to change of any sort: I am sort of the same way. I like my beers fresh and potent. But, there is nothing wrong with sitting in front of your wood-burning stove for all eternity while your teeth and gums rot until your only form of communication is slobber, drool, and hand motions.

Pours from a 25.4oz, capped and corked bottle into a St Bernardus tulip glass. Emerges a bright golden color with a little bit of haze. A decent sized white head forms but disappears rather quickly leaving a nice film on top.

Aroma is yeasty and bready. Sweet candi sugar, fruity and mildly hoppy.

Flavor is fruity and sweet. Nice clove flavor and typical yeast flavors. Mouthfeel and carbonation are nice. Nearly full bodied and chewy with a nice clean, refreshing finish. My ears tingle from the warming effect, which is nice on this unseasonable cool day. Alcohol feel seems perfect for 9%.

Overall a nice beer from Brooklyn. I bought two, was going to age one but I think I will drink both fresh.

06-14-2007 20:59:40 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of EPICAC


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy, white head that retains well leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Predominantly fruity, primarily bananas. There's also a bit of clove, pepper and grain.

Taste: Light fruity sweetness upfront that intensifies as banana flavors hit the palate. This is followed by a mildly peppery finish with a lingering mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high carbonation, creamy.

Drinkability: Though high in alcohol this comes off as very light and refreshing.

Overall: An excellent take on the style. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

06-11-2007 04:02:02 | More by EPICAC
Photo of clegolfski


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

A = Poured from a bomber into a nice big Dogfish Head snifter. Big, flufffy slightly off white head. Opaque golden color. They head settles down to a good finger thick layer. Very clingy. Awesome.

M = Big yeasty aroma. Lots of fruit, banana etc. Some clove. Some hot alcohol smell. Deep

T = Mellower than I had anticipated. Have to let this guy warm up a bit. Get a lot of banana up front. Warms up on the back end. Some metallic taste

M = Warm but not quite as filling as i anticipated

D = Drink it slow

07-26-2010 01:12:05 | More by clegolfski
Photo of nickfl


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Three fingers of foamy, white head with good retention and some lace. The body is a crystal clear, golden orange.

S - Sweet, fruity/ malty aroma balanced by grassy hops and a bit of clove like phenols.

T - Spicy with notes of clove, vanilla, pepper, and lemon. Grassy, herbal hops come in towards the finish and are followed by a mild, lingering funk and some alcohol warmth.

M - Medium body with high carbonation and an appropriate dryness.

D - Pretty drinkable beer. Quite a bit of spice, but a bit less fruit than I would personally like; might benefit from some additional acidity.

11-26-2007 02:26:18 | More by nickfl
Photo of philbe311


4.14/5  rDev 0%

This year's Easter day beer...

A - A mammoth four plus fingers worth of air fluffy crisp off white head with a slight lemony colored tinge and comprised of oodles of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to full veil of mostly thick lacing... Stellar carbonation... Loaded with micro-bubbled moderated paced carbonation rising throughout... The color is a lively golden amber... Really a beautiful beer...

S - Bright citrus notes in the form of lemon zest and sweet oranges... Belgian yeast... Sweet golden raisins... A very light spiciness... Wonderful balance and complexity... Each whiff reveals a new and enticing dimension...

T - Lots of grassy notes to start... Lemon zest... Belgian yeast... Sweet golden raisins and white grapes... A light kiss of sweet citrus... A bright mix of lemon zest and Belgian yeast dominate the finish and linger for quite a while in a very appealing manner...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited prickly carbonation... Mostly dry throughout... Perhaps even a bit thin... Not bad by any means, but a bit of a let down when compared to the other facets of this fine brew...

D - An exceptional Belgian Strong Pale Ale... Other then a mouthfeel that only rises to the level of very good, everything else about this brew is excellent... One of the best American Interruptions of the style I've encountered... I can highly recommend and attest that I'll be indulging in this fine Brooklyn offering in the future...

03-31-2013 16:38:34 | More by philbe311
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