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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,625 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1625
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%


Brewed by:
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.

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TheCondor

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:32:56 | More by TheCondor
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter

A - hazy gold color with monstrous white 3 finger head reminiscient of champagne. Unfiltered cloudiness definitely apparent. Glass had lots of lacing

S - belgian yeast, a bit lemony, coriander

T - real earthy taste, breadiness, Belgian yeast taste, also a champagne-like taste to it

M - very high carbonation with low to medium mouthfeel. Alcohol (9%) almost non-existant.

O - not a bad beer, but I was hoping for something more. Almost mundane for the style which is why I tend to prefer the Strong Dark Ales. Again, not bad because I would drink again but would not be at the top of my list forthis style.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 20:37:11 | More by JamesStreet
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JetEngine47

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer, but I have to say that I think it's a lower quality beer than Aureus by Draai Laag Brewing. Now, admittedly, I am a Pittsburgher that likes local crafts, but I bought Local #1, Pranqster, and La Fin De Mondes a Total Wine while visiting a friend just outside of Delaware because they are very highly rated on Beer Advocate. None of these three beers is as good and complex as Aureus. So, yes, this is an outstanding beer that deserves a high score, but I prefer Unibrouwe and Draai Laag despite the 100 ranking from the Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 03:39:26 | More by JetEngine47
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Roman5150

Spain

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

* was in a social setting so I couldn't be as thorough as my other reviews, this is from notes I took on my phone

bottle into pint glass

appearance: cloudy golden yellow, 2 finger bubbly white head

smell: clove, coriander, lemon zest, belgian yeast, orange peels, other spices

taste: apple, bready, corn, subtle earthy bitterness, but not dominant. some dark fruit and typical sweet belgian yeast notes.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied

overall: A great Belgian, this is a great American take on the style. Superbly balanced and drinkable, price a little high, otherwise a solid overall beer. Drank with a lot of non craft beer drinkers and they loved it if that says anything.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:09:11 | More by Roman5150
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a snifter
No born on/best before date

A: Pours a clear dark straw color with 3 fingers width of white head. Great retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Vinous, sweet, spicy. Belgian yeast esters, clove and white pepper spice, sweet fruits. There is a chalky, almost medicinal character that I can only describe as fruit flavored Tums. Some herbaceous/floral notes, like a country meadow. Really nice aroma here.

T: The initial flavor that hits my palate is a big vinous, white grape character, champagne-esque. This is followed by spice notes. I also get bakers chocolate, faint hop notes, citrusy orange.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side which is appropriate, ABV is well masked and drinkability is very good.

O: Good beer, well above average, but not great. I would definitely drink this again though.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 02:53:16 | More by zac16125
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goochpunch

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with very active carbonation and a resilient head. Smells malty/grainy with a subdued Belgian yeast character. Tastes very malty: bread and honey. Mild noble hop finish. Yeast character is pretty restrained. A bit sweet but dries up in the finish. Kind of reminds me of a blonde biere de garde. Alcohol strength is well-hidden. Mouthfeel is very fluffy and frothy. Prickly carbonation goes well to keep this refreshing in spite of the high alcohol. I found this at half-price as my grocery store was trying to get rid of them. Good buy for the money, but I don't know if I'd pay $10 for this at regular price.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 22:11:59 | More by goochpunch
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date code of 3551, so bottled late December 2011. Sampled 5/8/13

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a massive head that lasts for a while. Eventually settles down to a decently thick collar of foam

S: Lightly fruity and spicy Belgian yeast along with a hint of barnyard and alcohol

T: Starts off quite fruity with a hint of spiciness. Goes into some barnyard, estery alcohol, and earthy hops. Finishes lightly bitter and phenolic

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lightly dry

O: A very nice BSPA with quite the kick. Very complex, with many layers. A great bottle to split at dinner in lieu of wine, and probably one that suits most people including wine fanatics. Definitely recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:02:14 | More by BEERMILER12
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, bottled in January 2012.

Slightly hazy golden color, two finger head after a careful pour. The creamy foam shows good persistence and leaves sheets of lacing behind. Not very effusive on the nose, but there are aromas of yeast, champagne, pear. These are all well-integrated into a lightly yeasty, fruity character.

Somewhat dry with a champagne-like taste overall, some character from the yeast as well. Finishes dry as well, but I pick up maybe a little bit of sweetness from that Mauritius sugar midpalate. Alcohol character is well restrained, showing up only right before the finish. Fruity esters impart notes of white grape and pear. Carbonation is very fine and contributes to a slick, almost silky mouthfeel. Impressive for a highly carbonated, bottle-refermented beer.

Overall, I think this is right up there with the top strong Belgian pales. At under $10 a bottle, it's a good buy, too. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:43:10 | More by gr0g
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a moderately hazy dark yellow with a very frothy two finger head. The bottle conditioning produces tons of carbonation that keeps that head intact most of the way through the glass. Quite impressive.

The aroma is a wonderful bouquet of citrus and Belgian yeast. A very musty smell with grapes and peaches along with some subtle hints of clove and allspice. There are some floral notes as well and it is all very nice.

The flavor is even nicer than the aroma. Lots of grape and more mustiness along with the same pear that was present in the aroma. A little bit of metal although it really doesn't detract from the overall experience. Some spice reminiscent of cinnamon combined with clove and even a quick shot of chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky smooth thanks to the carbonation with an extremely dry finish. Alcohol is completely hidden providing just a subtle warming in the chest.

Overall, a fine example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and one of the best American ones out there. This, IMO, could stand toe to toe with anything coming out of Belgium and is quite a bit better than many that do. A great beer at a really good price.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:01:51 | More by rangerred
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle date code of 1782b.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge five finger white head that settles into a creamy patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging around the glass.

Smell: A spicy, yeasty driven Belgian aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Belgian yeast upfront with big hints of barnyard funk, clove, and white pepper spicing. Hints of banana, pear, and green apples. Big hints of citrus orange, lemon zest, tangerine, apricot, and mango. Also some wine like hints of white grape. Sweet Belgian candied sugars. Soft bready malts with hints of wheat grains, biscuit, and cracker. Also some herbal and floral hop hints in the mix as well. A nicely complex and zesty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, yeasty and spicy with lots of zesty fruit esters. Big profile of Belgian yeast with notes of barnyard funk, cloves, and white peppers. Sweet candied Belgian sugar. Fruit notes of banana, green apples, and pear along with some white grapes. Big citrus fruit taste with notes of oranges, lemon zest, apricot, tangerine, and mango. Bready malt backing with notes of biscuit, wheat grains, hay, and cracker. Earthy hops with floral and herbal notes towards the finish. A very good Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, juicy, and somewhat prickly. Very drying finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good Belgian style ale. Good zesty fruit flavors with a good amount of funk and grainy malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 07:11:53 | More by MattyG85
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vmdominguez

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of two souvenirs brought back from a recent trip to New York. I bought it from Good Beer NYC.

Pours bright gold with thick, foamy white head three fingers thick that lasted quite a while. The aroma consists of the familiar Belgian yeastiness, along with fruit and a hint of sweetness. Upon tasting I was surprised to find it light and crisp - more so than most Belgians I'm used to, but fitting the appearance and aroma. I found it to also have a lightly sweet character with no real hop character. The beer had a light body matching the aroma and taste. Finishes dry but not too dry with noticeable alcohol.

Overall this is a very refreshing Belgian that is surprisingly strong. Not overly complex, but very solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 21:01:01 | More by vmdominguez
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 23:32:08 | More by dougbassett
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harrymel

Washington

3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

On the label: 2122B

It's gold, it carries a solid finger of whites and a brilliant clarity. Smells of carbonation, belgian yeast, some sweet grain, some earthy hops, and a touch of household dust. Flavor is grain, sweetness, some hints of flowers and a bit of corn alongside a dose of belgian pale yeast. Body is thin on medium with hi carb and a bone dry finish. I have to drink water every time I taste the beer - that's just too much. Another beer from Brooklyn, another strikeout - particulary because the mouthfeel is just soo much to overcome.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 07:01:47 | More by harrymel
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Cuvie62

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a high ABV this beer has great taste and finish. I had it at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Miami with my salad and pizza pie. It was a great compliment to a good meal. Also, the price was excellent. Figure you get 3 glasses of beer versus ordering 3 beers. It is a great value.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:01:19 | More by Cuvie62
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Altrurian

New York

4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A high, fluffy head floats atop a pale, yellow-amber, clear elixir. The nose is more floral than fruity. The beer's physical character is an accomplished balance of thirst-quenching prickliness and foamy smoothness. Taste? Apricots. It has to be classed as sweet, but completely free of cloyingness. The beer is refreshing but substantial. It's lighter, I suppose, than the estimable Maredsous Tripel, with which it shares stature, but in a good way. Put me down as a fan. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 00:04:07 | More by Altrurian
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance (3.75)- Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color. Nice sized fizzy white head that dissipates quite quickly while leaving some spotty lacing behind.

Smell (3.75)- Very yeasty. Sweet. Slight alcohol presence... almost smells like some sort of an adult apple juice.

Taste (4)- Again, belgian yeast is prominent. Sweet with a fairly strong tart finish. "Classified as a strong Saison by Garrett Oliver" but I think it tastes more along the lines of a Tripel. Abv is more noticeable in the taste than in the nose too.

Mouthfeel (3.5)- High level of carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Slight alcohol sting.

Overall (3.5)- Not a bad beer but not one of my favorite interpretations of the style. I cant say I didnt enjoy it but if Im gonna be spending that kind of money on a beer I probably won't be revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 02:18:07 | More by RyanLigeia
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.
Plenty of pressure is apparent when removing the cork, but the bottle was well behaved (no faoming), as was the clearly effervescent pour which raised a well proportioned head. The head had good retention and left excellent lacing. The beer is a hazy,light honey hue. An exceptionally appealing looking brew.

Aroma: fine fruity and floral layers with spicy yeast notes in the background. Nicely complex smell that has less banana and clove than the stereotypical Belgian pale ale. Hints of pear and other fruits mix with bready notes from the malts.

Flavor: Excellent sweet/bitter balance with a light tartness in the finish. Some yeast spiciness and herbal hops in the background. Hints of citrus peels, tropical fruits, banana, white pepper and biscuits in an exceptionally well-crafted mix.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with ample soft effervescent carbonation. ABV partly hidden, although there is a very light burn on my sensitive tongue, and some warming after swallowing. Perfect dryness in the finish.

O: All aspectws of this beer come together to create a really superb ale. Drinkability is exceptional, and I was happy to have this 750ml bottle to myself. ... and happy to have bought a few more at the same time to share with others at a later date.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 00:44:42 | More by chinchill
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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

Poured from bottle into snifter glass

Appearance- The beer pours a lightly hazed orange golden color with a one finger just off white head. The head fades slowly leaving a nice level of lacing

Smell-The aroma is heaviest of some citrus smells of lemon and orange mixed with clove and a light banana smell. With these aromas are also some moderate lighter fruit smells of pear and apple as well as some hints of a yeasty aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and citrus flavor. The citrus is mainly orange in taste but there are hints of lemon mixed with it. Other fruit flavors of a more tropical nature (banana, mango, papaya) are upfront as well. The yeast and spice flavors come more toward the middle of the taste. The sweet dwindles a bit as this occurs with the some light, more funk like flavors coming to the tongue. These tastes take the taste to its end where they mix with an increase in the clove and more breadiness to leave a decently fruity and spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer was rather average to above average in its creaminess and thickness with the carbonation level being a little on the higher side. The thickness was rather nice for the more bready nature of the brew, while the higher carbonation suited the fruit and spice nicely. A good blend for the flavors.

Overall- A rather nice drinking Belgian style strong ale. It had a good flavor profile and transitions with it even at 9% abv being very easy to drink. A quite nice beer to sit back and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:36:58 | More by Darkmagus82
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I opened this bottle and poured it into a tulip style glass. There was plentiful foam from the initial pour. Unfortunately, the foam was not sticky enough to leave any lacing on the glass. I gave extra credit for the pretty, golden coloring of this beer.

Off the top this smells like a very good belgian. You get the bubblegum and a little bit of sour smell. I also like the grainy presence.

The flavor clicks very well. I like the way it resides in the mouth. You can definitely get very enjoyable, clean flavor.

I recommend this belgian for a warm summer evening. Props go out to Brooklyn Brewery on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 19:11:19 | More by ummswimmin
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy dark yellow with a very thick white head that could last for days.

S-Spicy, slightly herbal, with some Belgian yeast

T-Belgian yeast and sugar, slight hint of spice and a hint of hops. Very delicious and lots of flavor for the style.

M-Thick and crisp with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-Very drinkable even though its got a high abv.

Overall, this is a very good beer, but what else would you expect from Brooklyn. A great version of the style and I hope to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:36:29 | More by thegodfather2701
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StayWounded

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at the recommendation of an employee at a local shop when we were discussing Belgian styles.

Appearance: Nice and clean looking.

Smell: Not a ton of smell but there is spiciness and fruitiness from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Very clean and fruity with a dryness. The guy at the shop compared it to champagne, and I'd say that is an accurate assessment.

mouthfeel: Very crisp.

overall: not a ton of experience with this style, but definitely a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 00:58:53 | More by StayWounded
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dfernandez77

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 05:29:34 | More by dfernandez77
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is unreal, and a steal for under 9 bucks. the pour is a little hazy, sunny yellow, with over an inch of thick white head that lasts the whole glass and leaves a fine lacing. the nose is a little saisony, lots of belgian yeast, and not as sweet as i would have thought with the sugar listed. theres something grassy and outdoorsy about this, lovely. the flavor reminds me a lot of the sorachi ace, but with some different hops. its got the same champaigney yeast vibe and belgian essence. balanced as anything, not too sugary, not too hoppy, just a near perfect golden ale with a little summer thrown in. this brings me somewhere far away from my upstate new york kitchen in december. effervescent carbonation and a light but not watery body. creamy feel in the mouth, invisible alcohol. this blew my mind, and is up there with sorachi ace as some of brooklyns best work. i cant wait to get this again, the culinary matchings are endless as well. what a quality brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 18:53:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:56:58 | More by dbossman
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.