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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,883 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,883
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 139
Gots: 267 | FT: 6
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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 Etan
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml.

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.

Photo of yesyouam
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)

Photo of ehammond1
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

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.

Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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 mellocello2003
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I started drinking this and all I could think was "oooh! lemon!" There's not much more to this beer. It's simple, balanced, nice, refreshing.

A - pours a hazy yellowish orange with thick thoamy head and lacing.

S - just slight hints of yeast and lemon.

T - starts off with a refreshing whallop of lemon and hints of something creamy. Nice balanced finish that diminishes quickly.

M - creamy and delicious.

D - hits you without you realizing it. Well done.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 bbeane
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had this one in the cellar for sometime, but lacked no carbonation... the cork blasted out of the bottle as soon as I twisted the wire caging loose.

A- Poured into an oversized DFH snifter... starts with a huge white fluffy head with nice retention and lacing. Beer is a hazy golden orange color with minimal activity

S- Smells a little sweet with earthy grassy notes

T- Starts with a very mild bitterness before finishing with a spicey yeasty sweetness

M- Light bodied with light medium carbonation

D- If I had known this was gonna be as good as it was, it wouldn't have sat in the cellar for so long

CHEERS

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

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was orange in color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma was mostly sweet and fruity, with a little bit of spice. The spice was more apparent in the taste, but also fruit, yeast, and licorice. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol. Very pleasant beer, a good saison.

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

I found this to be a particularly interesting beer. It poured somewhat orange and smelled strong of yeast with some fruit notes there too. Taste was began spice with some malt notes following. The alcohol began becoming apparant after a few swigs but it wasn't overwhelming. It was a very smooth beer given the alcohol. I found it to be very drinkable. In some ways it reminded me of Saison Dupont's flavors.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a nice honey yellow. A nice thick head forms, that dissipates slowly yet never goes completely away. There is some light sediment floating around and small bubbles working their way to the top.

The dominant smell is the yeast. There are honey and citrus (orange, lemon) notes. Spice and alcohol are also evident.

Local One is very dry. There is quite a bit of complexity, with yeast and bread dominating upfront, but with spice and fruit notes as well. Slight earthy, grassy flavor on the back of the palate that lingers for a while.

The alcohol is very upfront. There is no doubt you are drinking a beer on the stronger side. Nice carbonation, frothy head.

Very nice. Dry and complex. Not knowing what style this was, I was surprised to see it classified as a strong pale ale. It is very much a saison to me, exhibiting all the characteristics of the style for me.

This is a fantastic beer. Really good stuff.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty pour, lots of carbonation and a frothy head. Drank from a Chimay chalice.

At first I was trippin' on the smells of this one. I got watermelon, a bit of apple and a loaf of white bread. Almost smelled like a cross between a flemmish and belgian golden ale.

First glass was a wave of fruitness with a nice alcohol presence, clove spiciness. Flavors had quite a bit of seperation, didn't melt together perfectly, but that is being picky. This is a good beer, got even better toward the bottom of the bottle when I got some yeast flowin' and the beer warmed up.

I found myself wishing there was more in the bottle at the end of this one. Props to Brooklyn on this one!

Went really well with an apricot stilton cheese.

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.