Brooklyn Local 1 | Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.12/5
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2,090 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by akorsak on 02-18-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,955
Reviews:
923
Ratings:
2,090
pDev:
11.65%
Bros Score:
4.8
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
406
Trade:
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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stooven
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to #1 having first tried (and liked) #2 probably a decade ago. Sampled in two sessions, a day apart, from a bomber into a tulip glass. (I do this often with beers whose carbonation levels are intense) My overall impression is that 'Belgian Strong Ale' is a misnomer, and the BA note that it's a 'strong saison' is far more accurate. Beyond some light fruit notes (banana, citrus), there isn't much going on here. Little aftertaste, faint sourness, it's routine. Alcohol is well hidden. Complexity is what brings me to Belgian styles, and this just doesn't do it for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopjo
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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1.95/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a light hazy orange colored body with a nice foamy slightly lumpy white one finger head, some nice foamy lacing graces the sides of the glass. The smell had the Belgian yeast up front combined nicely with clove, banana and lemon. The taste was sweet with the previously mentioned flavors combining nicely. On the palate, it sat about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It leaves a dry finish and a crisp sweet aftertaste. Though the ABV is fairly high, the drinkability is pretty good. I have no problem being able to finish off the rest of this bomber within a session. Overall, I would say this is a pretty good beer that I’d probably come back to.
 

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4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not bad from NY

LOOK: Nice golden color it pours heavy on the head. I call it a foam surfer
SMELL: amazing smell has some sweet tones from the sugar cane hops are strong and airy
TASTE: smooth on the pallet definitely a throat hitter nice lingering hoppy aftertaste that stays with you.
FEEL: It's not super light beer don't let the color fool you. it's a strong body but light going down.
OVERALL: I guess the one thing I dislike was how heavy the head pours and the throat bite at the end.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 5.81 (Half price, including tax)/750 mL cage and cork bottle ($ 0.229/oz) at Riverside Liquors, Grand Rapids, MI.
Undated bottle at 42 degrees. Served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The bottle opens with a resounding “POP” and does not overflow.
Aroma – sugar, weak yeast phenolics.
Head – large (Maximum five cm, controlled pour), white, frothy bordering on fizzy. Average retention time leading to an irregular two to five mm frothy ring and thin partial layer.
Lacing – poor. A few tiny islands of tinier bubbles.
Body – light golden yellow, clear, effervescent. Subsequent pours are slightly hazy (Bottle conditioned).
Flavor – begins sweet and sugary with some weak phenolic spiciness. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. As it warms in my mouth and the carbonation dies, a distinct plastic flavor arises and my tongue numbs.
Palate – medium, syrupy, fizzy.

A decent strong pale ale at even twice the price. Keep it cold so the plastic doesn’t come through.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4.

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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,090 ratings