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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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91
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Reviews: 905
Hads: 1,955
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 162
Gots: 331 | FT: 8
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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 badgustav
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a crisp, clean beer. The aroma has a slight fruitiness, a slight bite, and a light maltiness. The flavor light yet rich, with a silky mouthfeel. There is a slight undertone of banana, which I expect more in a Triple, but isn't unwelcome here. All in all, I'm very impressed (281 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into nonic. Clear yellow-gold beer with two fingers of active fizzy white head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass. Tropical fruity esters, pears, apples, pepper, clove, and alcohol make up the aroma. Taste is candi sugar, orchard fruit, and honey sweetness up front, followed by a little earthy bitterness and alcohol heat. Medium-plus body, slick texture, champagne carbonation, crisp sweet finish. (423 characters)

Photo of Johnd8
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well aged bottle. (2nd of a 2009 to 2011 purchase) Still a reasonable head with nice nose, definitely a saison by nose. Flavors have all mellowed out in a very pleasant way. Just a touch of tartness mixed with muted floral notes. (229 characters)

Photo of gatorlove
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was a little disappointed by this one. Local 2 is so good, but this one was kind of meh. It dI'd nothing to distinguish itself from other Belgian strong pale ales. (165 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a massive bubbly head. Yeasty, fruity and floral aromas. Sweet fruity taste, yeasty, and alcoholic. Unique mouthfeel; the carbonation and light body make it feel like a champagne. Very dry finish. A unique and unusual beer. (249 characters)

Photo of carp3tshark
5/5  rDev +22.5%

A -- Hazy-golden-yellow. Four finger head that lasts.
S -- clover, honey, orange zest, coriander. Yeasty
T -- follows the smell, clover, honey and straw yielding to pear, coriander and finishing with a granny smith crispness.
M -- light bodied with champagne-like carbonation
O -- This is one of my favorites and by far the best I've tasted from that brewery. It is well balanced and really a refreshing beer with A LOT of flavor complexity. (441 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

A--Cloudy, golden yellow. Big head that sticks around for a while
S--honey, orange zest, coriander. Belgian yeast scent is lighter than expected, with some pear coming in nicely
T--sweet, fruity, yeast with a little saison funkiness
M--light body with a fairly low carbonation
O--This is one of my favorites. I find it to be very well balanced and really a refreshing beer with a lot of flavors going on. Whether you want to argue its a farmhouse/saison or a belgian strong ale it doesn't matter--this is a great beer that I will get again for sure (552 characters)

Photo of Webbey
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Extremely tasty beer. Not much to review on this one. I agree on all the other reviews as for as the AATMO system.

The reason I give this beer a 3.75 is because of the alcohol bite. I'm sure it is extremely hard to hide the 9% ABV in this style but it hits you pretty hard on the first few sips and sticks around for a little bit longer than I'd like. Other than that, an extremely good beer. (396 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with a huge aired mushroom head with great retention and leaving laces. The bottle kept spilling foam like a volcano for a long time.
Light aroma of oranges, sugar, pears, some banana, mild booze and pineapples.
Sweet flavor with notes of overripe oranges, pineapples, herbal hops, apples, pears, white wine and Cointreau liquor. Dry aftertaste with a mild but long lasting bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriated carbonation. Slightly tart acidity. Alcohol of 9% abv is relatively well hidden.
Good beer representing well the style with nice complexity and improved considerably after it warmed up at room temperature. Nevertheless, I found this a bit overly sweet.
It should match perfectly with dessert or cheese after a nice dinner. (772 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 10/7/2013, so about a year old:
Pours a cloudy straw yellow. The head was almost unstoppable on the pour, medium soapy bubbles that continued to collect, and lasts well into the drink. With a light behind the beer, the carbonation sustaining the head is visible and rolling; lacing is full, pretty close to a perfect look if not one.

The nose is mild, with fairly typical Belgian yeast notes, but really a light peach or pear sweet-tart nose, and perhaps just a touch of banana -tinged sweetness . A deep sniff does bring out a slightly different tart/sweet balance - granny smith apple and pineapple. Either way, there is a nice balance of sweet and tart.

The taste more or less follows the nose, actually starting with a nice smooth, fresh-baked bread sweetness, which is backed initially more-so by the carbonation adding a bite to the beer that is more feel-based than flavor-based. As the carbonation fades, there is a tartness that, given the bready tastes I get, is akin to the bite that a nice sourdough gets. I do get apple and pear as well in the back of the tongue as the carbonation fades. (I don't get an obvious transition to the hops, but if I search, something has to balance the malt, and what I get is fairly floral, but I am stretching to describe this.)

This is a very good beer, I had somewhat high expectations, and this is one of the few beers that probably exceeded them. A very well done, close to perfectly balanced beer (carbonation is just a bit stronger than I'd like). Nothing jumps out to grab you, and that, to me, is just fine. Well done! (1,597 characters)

Photo of Jeffreychason
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Bottled in 2011. I like this style, opening it filled the room with a banana aroma. Heavy on the banana taste as well. Super thick rich head that leaves a nice lacing. Not heavy on the carbonation, little flat. Seems like the age didn't help or hurt this beer much, although I did not have a fresh bottle for comparison. Enjoyable but not a rockstar (349 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Appearance: Clear and pale gold in color. There is a delicate swirl of bubbles and a large, fluffy, white head. 3/3

Aroma: Loads of sweet phenols hit the nose. Cloves, orange zest, coriander, and honey combine with an ester combination resembling that of a hefeweizen--bananas and bubblegum. Pale malt wafts in the background. 10/12

Taste: Fresh, biscuity malt can be tasted right away. It's a refreshing change-up--the majority of Belgian beers are so overrun with spices and fruit. But these are present as well, of course. The usual citrus flavors mix well with light tropical fruit flavors and a dab of banana pudding. A light bitterness that lasts from sip to swallow balanced things out and adds a nice zing. 17/20

Mouthfeel: A slightly watery element to the mouthfeel takes things back a step--good mouthfeel is important for complementing good flavor, and the bland, watery quality found in this beer washes out some of the tastiness. However, a dry finish and medium carbonation create a crispness which, while not so typical for the style, helps repair the mouthfeel's initial poor impression. 2/5

Overall: The light mouthfeel and very apparent citrus and banana flavors make this beer feel a bit more like a witbier/hefeweizen combination than a strong golden ale. On addition, there isn't one fascinating and/or unexpected element that makes this beer any sort of standout for me. It is a tasty, well made drink however, and will certainly be enjoyed to a nice extent. 6/10

TOTAL: 38/50 (1,504 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

A: poured into a Duvel tulip to a beautiful golden yellow topped by a three finger dense and rocky head with excellent staying power and nice lacing
S: smells of fruity esters, spicy yeast and dry malt
T: taste is sweet and fruity with some spicy yeast and a mice dry cracker maltyness. swallow is more fruitiness with some phenols, and warming alcohol
M: this beer sits at the lighted end of medium on the palate with soft but assertive carbonation from the bottle fermentation and a slightly drying finish
O: Either way as a 'strong saison' or a belgian strong pale this beer is fantastic. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer drinks very easily. (657 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Matt at Good Luck.

Pours a golden yellow, with a vigorous 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like citrus and apple, with a slight wiff of Belgian yeast, a lot weaker than I would've expected. Smells pretty sugary.

This doesn't have quite the typical Belgian bite I'd expect from a BSPA, or even a "strong saison," as Garrett Oliver apparently calls it. The yeast is incredibly muted, but under the typical yeast flavors you'd get in a beer like this is a fairly pedestrian brew. Citrusy, but just sort of...flat.

This one is light bodied, with a low amount of carbonation, which is different for a beer of this style. Fairly drinkable.

Overall, just boring. Blah. Not a whole lot to talk about here. (738 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- This beer pours a massively fizzy head with good retention. Could audibly hear the bubbles popping and crackling in the tulip glass. Light yellow color, hugely carbonated.

Smell- Another reviewer had mentioned cantaloupe and he was spot on, this smells just like it. Light honey and clove aroma also present.

Taste- Yeast dominates the palate. Slight bitterness and traces of funk. Lingering sweetness from the pale malts provides many similarities to Champagne or sparkling wine.

Mouthfeel- Extremely, EXTREMELY dry despite the sweetness. One of the driest beers I have tried recently. The carbonation in this beer is quite extreme, and it shows itself in the mouthfeel.

Overall this was a good beer but it probably won't ever make it into my rotation of Belgians to buy regularly. (799 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged bottle marked 1903. Sampled on June 24, 2014.

I suppose I could give this a one word review and say "Outstanding!" But no, let's go on.

Gorgeous light amber pour building up to a significant white foamy head with delicate carbonation bubbles moving their way slowly up the glass in unison.

Oh wow, I cannot get enough of that aroma of toasted pale malts, Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, pear, and light spice. Hops are not necessary to make this an enticing, inviting beer.

The body is medium to full. I would lean more toward mostly full, to borrow from Douglas Adams ("mostly harmless").

The taste is lovely with its toasted barley malt character, sugar and maybe brown sugar sweetness, chewy Belgian yeast, low hops, and overall complex character. Well worth the $8.65 I paid for it. I could drink this regularly. (842 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden color. Constant bubbles with a huge creamy head. Good lacing. 4

S- Light lemon, cracker, pepper, apple, grapefruit and yeast.

T- Apple, pear, a little lemon, earthy hop, and banana. Big bready and grassy notes. As it warms, orange and grapefruit becomes more pronounced.

M- Medium body with crisp, almost sharp, carbonation. Lightly drying,

O- The more I drank, the more I approved. Letting this one warm a bit is a good idea. Nice complexity. Each sip is a little different, offering different combinations of many different flavors and characteristics. The most dominant flavors are bread based, but it is accented wonderfully by everything else. (671 characters)

Photo of vegassommelier
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed about this beer was the pure sexiness of it in the glass. A bright 14k gold color with champagne like bubbles cascading to the top creating a fantastic froth.
Aromas of brioche, lemon curd, yellow flowers, candy corns, creamed corn and cream of wheat are most noticeable.
Candied citrus, orange blossoms, cream of wheat, macadamia nut and corn muffins are delivered with a fantastic mouthfeel. A really nice finish due to its good acidity and round texture on the palate.
Something about this beer makes me want to deep fry everything in my fridge and eat it while drinking this. French fries, corn dogs, fried calamari... you name it and if its fried, it will rock with this beer!
Yet another one of those beers best consued in the hot months oft he summer, as it is truly refreshing. An impressive offering to say the least. (853 characters)

Photo of Labeorphile
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass. This beer had a fizzy head that quickly become a foamy head, but stuck around for a long time, leaving lacing all the way down the glass. Beer was a hazy, not sure if from the cold or the yeast, but a light copper color.

Nose was amazing. Very yeast, but with fruit esters that made it very Belgian. The taste was great as well, same esters in the taste with a hint of pepperiness. A truly great tasting and refreshing beer. The bottle design made me expect a darker style beer when I picked it up, but I really liked this and would be glad to split it with friends during the summer. The large size and 9% ABV makes it a bit tough to try and tackle the whole thing alone.

Mouthfeel was good for style. I highly recommend this beer. Listed as a Belgian strong ale, but had elements of a saison, which is a style I am really starting to enjoy. (895 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see a date, it's just stamped 2883 on the label.

A: Upon removal of the cage the cork immediately and violently shoots off, nearly maiming several small children. Bottle slowly and continuously overflows with foam even after pouring half a Duvel tulip's worth out. Pours a clear but extremely effervescent gold. Enormous frothy and fluffy white head. Effervescence cannot be overstated, one of the frothiest and bubbly beers I've ever had. Head finally settles down, leaving thin and fluffy lacework behind. Good head retention.

S: Light and crisp citrus. Lots of black pepper and cloves. Very sweet grainy malt backing it all up. A hint of grass finally?

T: Very saison-ish. Like a really heavy saison. Light citrus with grass up front. Heavy cloves. Super heavy cloves in the middle. Heavy grainy, bready malt with a little black pepper and grass in the finish.

M: Very high carbonation. Heavy body that is barely hidden by the high carbonation.

O: Not a bad BSPA. As I already mentioned, it tastes like a really heavy saison. Imperial saison maybe? Has that typical grassy, citrus, cloves combination. Just a touch of funk but barely. Loses a bit of the crispness of a lighter saison at the same time. Good but not earth shattering. (1,249 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze. Very thick white head that lingered with heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cloves, hops, wheat

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops with cloves and some citrus maybe. Wheat and earthy notes as well.

Overall: Great beer! (325 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember where I got this one but I have tended to enjoy Brooklyn beers and Belgians so I am guessing that I will enjoy this one. Good looking beer, golden and cloudy with good head that stuck around. Good nose but not overwhelming, crisp but not much of a hint of the alcohol. Taste is very good, and smooth considering the alcohol content. Has a light taste and feel despite being at 9% which gives it good bonus points. Not great, but very good and I enjoyed it very much. Would certainly buy this one again depending upon the cost which I cannot remember. Would like to try it again with the 2 on the same night to compare and contrast which would help me narrow down my top styles. (692 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy gold with lots of bubble clinging to the sides of the glass. Thick, rich eggshell head with excellent retention, but it seems to be lacking in lacing.

S- clove, sweet apple, yeast, herbal and floral hops. Alcohol comes through as it warms up a bit.

T- tart apple, caramel, spice, light grassy bittermess from the hops,

M- feels really thin due to a large amount of carbonation. Nice and refreshing.

O- It's the best beer I've had in a while (455 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (369 characters)

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.