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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Brilliantly clear golden body topped by a massive foamy white head. The head settles quickly to a few mm that persist. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Belgian yeast aromas dominate grainy malt and peppery esters. Light citrus without a hint of the high abv.
Taste: Clean, crisp maltiness is delicately balanced by yeast, some alcohol and mild herbal hop flavors.
MF: Medium light body with moderate carbonation makes this an easy drinker.
Overall: I really like this take on the Belgian Strong Pale style. Not boozy like some of the traditional Belgian strong pales. Very easy drinking with a deceptive kick.

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Photo of safaricook
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden, crystal clear, white very fine bubbled foam
not much smell to speak of. hint of banana esters and pepper
dry with a peppery finish
smooth, evervescent
great example of the style

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle to a tulip glass. Clear gold with slight haze.
Smells of citrus and green apples at first, then turns to more grassy, hay, barnyard. I really love this taste.
Feel is like chanpagne. Bubbly and fizzy.
This is a great beer. Recommend and will buy this again.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An ale that pours a nice golden color with a decent head that dies off quickly. A little bit of lacing. If I wasn't told this was a pale ale, I'd probably say it is closer to a less carbonated La Fin Du Monde, with less bubble-gummy and banana notes. So, it comes off a little like a Tripel or a kicking Saison. There is some malty sweetness in this one as it starts, and then rolls nicely into a bitter little German hops finish. There isn't a lot of fruitiness in this one. This is about the bready yeast, the malts, caramel sugars and the German-esque hoppy finish. This almost if you mixed a Duvel with a hoppy German Pilsner with a dash of La Fin Du Monde..... And its all quite different and pleasurable at 9ABV. Not noticing the alcohol at all. This would be better with a little dryer finish (ie. a little more sizzle), but this still works and allows the ale to come off more creamy. Overall, this is quite pleasing.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: bright yellow, with a good amount of head that lasted for quite sometimes. Lacing around the glass. Very lively, with a lot of bubbling.
Smell: Fruitiness and spicyness all around. A strong smell of alcohol too.
Taste: Very spicy upfront, with a lot of coriander, peppery taste. Then the fruitiness hit, with a some orangy taste. The last is the hoppiness, but just some bitterness, no real floral or earthy hop taste.
Feel: Full body. Very waming from the high alcohol

An excellent BSPA, a true follower of the style but even with some improvement. Beers like these always remind me why I am alive and why I should love BSPA more.

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Photo of MFMB
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden fizzy yellow with a huge white head. Smells of sweet malts, estery with a bit of Belgian spices. Taste of sweet grains apples and citrus and a bit of sweet candied sugar. Big Belgian yeast character on this one. Finishes extra dry and clean.

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Photo of Riff
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thick white head. Smells of grains and fruits with a little bread. Flavor is primarily bread with banana and a hint of pepper to it. Mouthfeel is light and very effervescent. Dry like a decent red wine. Overall a fine Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look (4.75): Pours a golden yellow/orange hazy color. This brew is definitely unfiltered, and leaves a beautiful white sticky lacing behind as you sip in it. One of the best looking brews I've had in.

Smell (4): Classic banana smells that shine through due to the belgium yeast. Sweet sugary and bready biscuits arise from the aroma as well as some vanilla perhaps?

Taste (4): The build up to the first sip was nice, and it definitely gets the saliva glands flowing. Again, big yeasty and bready flavors that are very banana like due to the belgium yeast. A spicy pepper and estery esk kind of ending (like one you get from tripels).

Mouthfeel (3.25): Dry, dry and drier. This is obviously from the secondary fermentation that goes on in the bottle. Pretty course and the bottles seem to love popping in your mouth, sort of scrubbing your palate as you sip.

Overall (3.75): I'd love to try this guy again after adding a year or two on it. I also wish I tried it when I was back on the East Coast so I could see if it's changed since they've expanded there production. Not bad for a 9 dollar bottle that can be aged.

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Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped the cork and it pours hazy to cloudy gold color with tons of bubbles and active carbonation racing up the middle of the brew to a massive foamy 3+ finger bright white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, making a crackling sound as it dissipated very slowly leaving good foamy spotty lacing. The second half of the bottle also had a spectacular head that consumed most of the tulip glass, with the beer being a lot more cloudy looking as the yeast kicked up from the bottom half of the bomber. A pleasure to look at.

Smells of grains, chalky yeast, pepper, barnyard funk, mint, lemon zest, dry wheat, hap, a bunch of mild spices and estery notes that release mild fruity aromas but let you know this beer was bottle fermented. Grainy and not as sweet as I expected.

Tastes grainy with sweet malt combined with spices like pepper, coriander and rye up front, followed by dry yeast, light funk, lemon zest, faint caramel, bready accents like wet wheat bread or complex grains like a cereal bar. Seems like dry floral hops and some citrus hops come out with the second wave, looping in toasted grains, light alcohol and woody/earthy flavors. The earthy notes are not exactly peat moss, but more like the mash had extra grains and hard mineral water added to the boil. Somehow it works and resembles a Duvel with less alcohol bite and a softer citrus fruit presence.

Mouthfeel is zesty, pickly and champagne-like with light, fizzy carbonation, a medium body that's grainy and has some chewy aspects to it, followed by a grainy finish that let's the citrus sweetness balance the spices and mask the ABV. Some funk, some sweetness and a little citrus bitterness make this quite dynamic as it fades off on the dry side with a grainy/yeast finish.

A great American version of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, this is a local beer for me which I've enjoyed for almost a decade. It's one of those beers you could have every year (at least once a year...) and always enjoy it while discovering a different perspective since the yeast and bottle refermentation changes it from bottle to bottle. A flagship American craft beer that pays homage to the Belgian masters while adding US flair. Classified as a "strong saison" by Garrett Oliver, that may be the best way to sum up this brew.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light gold to straw yellow in color with a heavy amount of fine carbonation bubbles churning from within. There's a fingernail of eggshell white on top. Light lacing. Aroma is of sweet and fruity Belgian yeast esters and light Belgian candy sugar. The taste is packed with sweet Belgian candy sugar and light malt. Think holiday sugar cookies sans sprinkles. The mouth is highly carbonated and bone dry.

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Photo of KowalaBear
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has a very nice light golden colour, close to orange, with a decent light cream coloured foam collar. It had a fruity smell to it with the taste following the smell with a bit more of an alcohol taste added, with a very light feel. Overall this was a very tasty beer that I enjoyed very much.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours hazy gold under a clingy off white foam collar that takes 4 minutes to descend to 1/3 its original height. Dense, with very fine bubbles. S: Fruity aromas with melon and stone fruits, light malts. T: Very creamy, moussey palate with stone fruits, melon, and tropical fruit notes. The malt is moderate in this yeast driven beer. F: A very creamy beer with an exquisite texture. O: One of the finer representations of Belgian Strong Pale Ale out there.

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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know what to expect. .i was pleased with the nice pour. Big fluffy head . Golden orange clear . Tasted fantastic. Can't wait to try this again.
Great feel great smell .very balanced .. not a heavy beer
.god stuff an ipa but different. .

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750ml (25.4-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $8.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 15, 2015
Misc.: Born on June 26, 2014; Wire hood

Poured a golden, pale, hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of off-white, frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Thick, layered, foamy, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled pear, apple, kiwi, tropical, banana, faint Belgian peppery spices, green grapes and slightly spoiled fruits. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted similar to the nose with more booziness, almost reminding me of a Dubbel or a Tripel. Got pear, honey, apple, green grapes, Belgian peppery spices, Citra zest, some booziness and banana. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Longer finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was a really good beer. Seems a bit long to drink this, even though I only have had it for a month, but good nonetheless. (Overall - 4.25)

4.25 | 95 | A

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Photo of DaverCS
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours golden-orange in color with a solid 4 inches of fluffy white head.

Aroma is more akin to a saison than Belgian strong. Big yeasty component, citrus, and uncooked sourdough bread,

Taste is a forceful punch of saison. Crisp carbonation up front, followed by the classic spicy yeast and lemony citrus notes. Moderately sweet with less dryness in the finish than expected.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. More like a saison than a Belgian strong pale ale. The only downside is the malt sweetness in the finish. I would prefer a more dry, crisp finish. This would pair nicely with a delicate white fish with a lemon risotto. It gets a 94/100.

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Photo of TH28
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. No production date available. Appearance: Light golden, slightly hazy, thick frothy white head. Aroma: Spicier than normal Belgian yeast, with the normal fruity esters of apple and pear. Bready, wheat malt aroma with a hint of lemon zest. Taste: bready malt sweetness with clove, apple, and pear. Mouthfeel: medium body with a high carbonation and soft but strong alcohol warmth. Finish: Bready malt lingers with pear esters. Overall: Nice BGS. Yeast a little spicier than normal but balances the rich malt. Strong fruity esters, and alcohol is smooth instead of biting.

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Photo of Lespaul
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been away from this for a few years. A good American example of this Belgian style. It seems consistent in nose and flavor, as well as the initial head which retreats to a fine lacing on the glass. To me, enjoyable. Especially on a bucolic Spring Sunday afternoon. Cheers indeed!

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a caged cork bottle; ferments in bottle. This brew pours a hazy golden straw color with a three finger head and heavy lacing. There is also a lot of carbonation and some sediment at the bottom of the brew.

The smell is orange peel, lemon, corriander and possibly some grains of paradise. There is also a wet hay musty quality and fruity smell.

The taste does not follow the nose so well, I can't make out any one taste which is dissapointing after the smell was so promising but there is lemon and orange, straw and hay as well as some type of fruit. The alcohol bleeds through a bit and even though this beer is not heavily hopped there is a slightly piney and bitter hop finish.

Overall this is a good beer and worth trying; I just wish the taste more closely followed the nose.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was almost a perfect beer for me. The head was huge and the taste was almost what I was expecting with the alcohol not extremely evident but a nice warm taste. The feel was slightly less explosive than I was expecting but that's not a real criticism as much as kind of surprise. Just a very good experience which I plan on repeating.

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Photo of jfugeman
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a few fingers worth of fluffy white head. Aromas of apple and slight clove. Taste is complex, starts a bit sweet and fruity and finishes somewhat dry with a bit of pepper/spice along the way. Natural carbonation gives it a bubbly but still smooth and at times buttery mouthfeel. A fantastic beer that is well-balanced and fairly complex.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Brooklyn's Local 1 a couple months ago for $8.99 at The Lager Mill. I've only tried one of big corked and caged bottles from Brooklyn and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a pretty hazy yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of sticky lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts more of a spicy aroma with some cloves seeming to sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart some bready, a little doughy, pale malts and slightly grainy aromas and it's followed by a nice fruity aroma with some pears and apples coming through. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that was true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the belgian yeast being the first to show up, but it imparts a lighter spice aspect this time with no single spice sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with pale malts seeming to sticking out the most and it's followed by just a little bit of those fruity aspects that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's some earthy hops and a higher amount of low bitterness with a pale malt and fruity aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, the flavors were a little lighter than I expected.

M- Fairly smooth, very crisp, prickly, pretty dry on the finish, medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and i thought it was a nice example of the style, sometimes it can be hard for American brewers to do these Belgian styles justice, but this one seemed to have just about everything that the style should have. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, very crisp, prickly, pretty dry on the finish, not too filling and the taste just did an ok job at holding my attention, half the bottle is enough for me, anymore than that and the carbonation might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it's just what I expect from a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it wasn't bad, but I thought it was going to be a little brighter than it was. I might buy this beer again if I'm in the mood for the style and I would only recommend it if your a big fan of the style. All in all I liked this beer, but it was still just a little rough around the edges, but I think for an American example of the style it's better than most. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and while it's not a favorite of the style, it was one of the better american ones I've had. Nice job guys, this was a solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale, keep it up.

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Photo of Shumania
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A: hazy golden color, large fluffy head, good carbonation

S: golden apple, pear, bubblegum, Belgian yeast

T: Apple, lemon, lots of pepper, more of the bubblegum

M: medium to full mouthfeel, it pushes the boundary of being cloying but does not. ABV comes through right at the end

This is a complex beer. Good American version of a Belgian Classic. Probably not fair to call it an American version as it could have easily come from Belgium if the bottle said otherwise

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden/orange coloured. Big head, good retention, rich lacing.
Smell/flavour: floral, herbal, honey, apricots, peaches.
Very intensive beer, bit on a sweet side, but easy drinking.
Reminiscent of St. Bernardus tripel. Bit overpriced, but very good.

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Photo of badgustav
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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.

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