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Brooklyn Local 1Brooklyn Local 1

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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 Cuvie62
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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

Appears a slightly hazed honey golden hue with a bright white head forming thick and rising well above the rim of my glass. Lacing is fine belgian styled laced that is intricate and detailed between sips, beautiful looking brew.

Aromatics bring out fruity and floral layers with spicy yeast notes in the background, complex smelling brew. Citrus peels and spicy black pepper accents, herbal grassy fields of floral notes with honey coated biscuit malts, goes great together.

Flavors although quite sweet remain balanced by yeast spiciness and herbal hops in the background. Fruity mango, banana, and pineapple tropical fruit esters, mild citrus pith. Honey drizzled biscuits, black pepper and other spiced features from the Belgian yeast strain used here. It all blends well with herbal spice with a mild hop backing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied soft effervescent carbonation aged perfectly before releasing in warm rooms, I love Garret's brewmaster series. I can't wait until they bottle the Sorachi Ace Ale. Nothing cloying a bit of warming alcohol as the brew warms up and opens up, some dry chalky yeast notes and herbal hops left on the palate between sips.

Drinkability is pretty incredible, a long time brew that I've touted as one of the best beers in the last couple years. Only 9 bucks at the local Giant Eagle Market District, you can't beat that grab a bottle and split it with some friends.

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Photo of carp3tshark
5/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

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

New to the bottle fermented style of this white ale. Exceptional taste, refreshing and layered taste notes, complex feel and quality offering. The beer is harrder to find but worth the hunt. My favorite new beer this year. I will look forward to the Sarachi Ace and Local 2 but feel that this is their best offering.

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

My first perfect score. Simply one of the best beers I've ever had. Pours a golden yellow, small bubble head. Smells yeasty, fruity. Tastes of slightly sour peaches, has some sweetness, yeast is balanced, just a crazy good beer. Has some floral notes on the end, mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Overall, awesome!

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Photo of matt20102
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from bottle into goblet glass at refrigerator. From the first pour it is obvious that this is world class beer. It pours with a huge, slowly-dissipating head which is about as thick as a beer can have. The aroma is faintly of the trademark 'raw sugar' with a subtle noble hop presence. For such a flavorful beer, the aroma is surprisingly subtle. The flavor is similarly subtle with malt and raw sugar presiding over noble hops. This would be an uneventful beer were it not for the fact that it is, well, about as perfect as you can expect to find. The closest competition is Duvel and they are evenly matched. This is highly recommended. The 5-star rating was long pondered; it is not given lightly. The truth is that, after finishing the whole bottle, I cannot find fault.

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

I'm almost ready to say this is the best beer I've ever had. Seriously. A month ago I split a 750 ml bottle with two friends and REALLY liked it. So I splurged for an $80 case and I raced through it all by my lonesome in a little less then two weeks. I think about how good this beer is at work and can't wait to come home and drink it.

It looks great. Solid, almost hefe looking, but slightly more clear and lighter. It looks beautiful.

There is a solid smell of hops when drinking, but there is not too much hoppy taste. Being that I'm not a hop-head this is a very good thing. If Chouffe's Houblon is half way to hoppy, then Local 1 is 1/4 hoppy or maybe 1/3 hoppy. Zero complaints about taste or smell other then the first sip is not as good as subsequent sips which just keep getting better and better.

Local 1 is unbelievably drinkable, I don't want to stop! I seek out good food to temper and enhance drinking it!

For those of you out there complaining that Local 1 does not fit into a specific beer genre perfectly - STOP COMPLAINING and just love it for what it is. What is wrong with breaking out of the mold? Nothing, otherwise we would not be reading and writing about good beer and drinking fizzy yellow stuff.

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Photo of chefdejour
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick white head. Whipped cream density

S: bready malt and tropical fruit aromas - just a hint of the alch.

T: warm malty taste with yeasty spice and fruit flavors

M: Full mouthfeel with mild carbonation

D: I finished it and thought I still had 1/2 a bottle left. That drinkable.

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Photo of Fatheranderson
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this tonight after a long day at the shooting range (not as fun as it should've been because there was about 8" of snow on the ground). I have to say that was probably the best $10 I've ever spent on a bottle of beer.

Appearance: cloudy, golden, about the same as any unfiltered Belgian Strong Pale.

Smell: Earthy, malty, with a little hint of spice. Maybe a little citrus?

Taste: Amazingly complex. This is another beer that evolves as it warms up and I recommend letting it warm slowly as you drink it, because various flavors are unlocked as it warms up. Some of the flavors I've noted are an earthy almost smokey taste, that evolves into almost like a spice cake, and then there's the faint vanilla and... clove? No... cinnamon... Nutmeg? It's very hard to pin it down but it's a spicy, almost somewhat sweet taste that just ties it all together.

Mouthfeel: Thick, juicy, full bodied.

Drinkability: I could drink this any and every day of the week without any complaint. The only thing stopping me from doing so is the fact that it's somewhat pricey at $10 a bottle.

Overall: I'm in love with this beer. Seriously. I only wish it was a little cheaper, so I could afford to drink it all the time. Also, for what it's worth, I tried adding a little twist of lemon (I know, heresy, but I had to try), and not only did it NOT improve the beer, it actually skunked that particular glass of it.

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Photo of obywan59
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow into the botom of my Duvel tulip. 1/3 of the 750 is in my glass, and I have a 5 finger pure white head. As it recedes, huge pockets of bubbles form. Topping off results in a 5 1/2 finger head the consistency of whipped cream reaching 1 1/2 fingers over the top of my glass. A second topping off is required before half the beer is in the glass. Islands of 1/8" to 3/16" thick lace are soon scatterd around the glass.

Fresh, lightly fruity, and lemoy spice. Light Belgian aroma.

Sweetness, nearly lasting the duration, but finithing with a bitter/herbal/spicy taste of hops. No funkiness here.

Rich creaminess on the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue, with the bite of pepper on the tip. Warmth of alcohol in the throat.

Way too drinkable at the stsart for the 9% ABV. Result: it slows you down to a (very enjoyable) crawl.

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Photo of ccm414
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I heard this beer was supposed to be the best belgian-style pale ale made to date and I was doubtful... but what I hear was more than correct. This beer is amazing, period.

Appearance- A foggy, golden, light yellow. Head retention is great with a very thick frothed look. It seems to hold up extremely well.

Smell- Sweet, light piny smell with hints of citrus.

Taste- BALANCED. simply amazing. Wheat characteristics, with citrus, and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel- Creamy feel with a sweet beginning that ends in a dry finish that lingers for a long time. delicious. Carbonation excites the tastebuds but is not overpowering. ABV is a bit high but does not effect the drinkability.

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Photo of Greggy
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a massive billowy white head with ample lacing over a hazy golden yellow.

S- Nice apple, peach, hay, grassiness, fantastic yeast notes, bits of banana and glove, a tiny hint of alcohol.

T- Nice yeastiness, great banana/clove, green apple skins, soem grassiness, touch of earth (minerals), barnyard. Finishes with a bit of apple, clove and the tiniest hint of cherry on the super long finish.

M- Low carb, great finish.

D- Amazingly drinkable, especially given the ABV of 9%.

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Photo of umtox
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. Exceptional balance - more so than most true Belgiums in this category. Pours a dark amber/brown with a decent head for a high octane brew. A rich malty brew balance well with a slight bitterness from hops and not too sweet on the plate. Lingers long and the 9% ABV is barely noticeable.

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Photo of techdiver
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a substantial head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid cap and moderate lacing.

Nose is complex with hops and lemon predominant first impression.

Taste shows malt with lemon and hops in a most pleasant and enjoyable fashion. Very crisp and well done.

Very good carbonation, feels lighter due to that. Slight coating of the palate, but the carbonation eases much of that.

Very drinkable, must get more. One of the finest Belgians I've had from an American source.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear golden color with a thick, frothy white head. Fruity aroma of apple, grape, pear as well as a nice spiciness. The strong abv is excellently masked by a refreshing, crisp taste of white fruit and citrus. Slight dry finish. A very nice belgian-inspired tripel.

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Photo of klewis
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a bright gold color with a bellowing white frothy head. Great sustain and lacing.

S: Aromas of tropical fruit with a yeasty Belgian character

T: Big taste with fruity and floral flavors. Smooth and delicious.

M: Full-bodied and smooth with fine carbonation.

D: Hands down one of the best Belgian style beers by a non-Belgian brewer. I'm kicking myself for only buying one bottle.

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Photo of scootny
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A massive and impressive two to three finger head fills my gold rimed Brooklyn glass. It stays for five minutes and fades slowly after that, never going away completely. Large chunks of lace all over. A cloudy gold and with lots of gentle carbonation like fine champagne streaming up. Beautiful.

Smell has faint notes of weiss beer. Banana, cloves, and light wheat are here. Good sweet malt and yeasty fruit esters. Also has large amounts of Belgian yeast, funk, and spice notes. Sour apples and a whiff of alcohol. Light honey comes right after that and whisks it away. Me like much. More comes out as it warms.

Taste is excellent. Golden honey and malt. Sour apples and sweet rolls. Spicy white pepper and coriander. A light fusel alcohol. Finish is clean and dry with floral hops and light biscuits. Biscuits and banana linger in my mouth lusciously.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated in a gently effervescent way. Refreshing and restorative each swallow is a delight.

Drinkability is way to good for a beer of this potency. You can find yourself being greedy and going through the whole bottle.

A top notch strong pale ale, one to keep on hand for good times and special meals or occasions. The description as a "Strong Saisson" is most apropos. As good as it gets in this category and one of my favorites of all.

This bottle is from batch 2977. One of the old bottles with the controversial rings. This stuff ages like a purebred. Smooth and complex like the finest Belgian. A two year old bottle of this will give a Duvel a run for the money.

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Photo of Neehan
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This lovely creation poured a beautiful, light gold with a moderate head and a small amount of retention. Active carbonation from start to finish, but not overpowering. A rich, clean smell with a strong presence of estery oils. Incredibly complex taste that has a unique blend of boldness and mild character that can be as sweet and mild as honey but answers back with a kick of bitterness. Incredibly light and balanced in the mouth with a smooth finish and as drinkable as a big Belgian can get. Great stuff from a great brewery.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Very cloudy golden yellow body. Pours with a large foamy white head that has good retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Great unflitered appearance.

S- Big complex nose. Belgian yeast, citrus, clove, earthy hops, and a touch of sugar balance well and make a wonderful sweet yet spicy aroma.

T- Taste is very much the same as the smell. Great blend of citrus, bitter hops, spices, sugar, and yeast. The taste is very big and flavorful yet soft with bready belgian yeast coming through as the main character. The alcohol is there but is well hidden by everything else that is going on in this beer. The finish is the same as the initial taste with a nice consistency all the way through. Spicy/Sweet bready yeast lingers.

M- Soft carbonation and medium body. Smooth, creamy, and heavenly.

D- Job well done by Brooklyn brewery. The only reason why I am not giving this a "5" in drinkability is because I am hesitant to give anything with 9% a perfect drinkability score. This is a delicious Belgian interpretation that I will have again...and again.

Had this at Bocktown following a conversation about how hard it is to find a good American brewed Belgian interpretation. This was brought out after I told them how much I like Don de Dieu by Unibroue.

Thanks to Tony for splitting this with me!

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Photo of usmittymc
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 750 ml bottle. Back label stamped "1437"- for wahtever that means.

A- Impressive. Cloudy light gold with an enormous 3 finger creamy white head. The head fades back to a nice bubbly lacing.

S- Faint doughy aromas that evolve into clove and sweet fruitiness. A note of vanilla is present as well.

T- Vanilla and clove come to mind. Slight alcohol taste on the finish. Lingering doughy flavors.

M- Lively on the tongue and. Nice carbonation, yet it is still creamy and smooth.

D- This is an excellent American version of a Belgian SPA. The spicy/ fruity aromas and flavors are in nice balance with the doughy bread-like flavors. This is an excellent beer that holds it's own against the best SPA's that Belgium has to offer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Brooklyn went to great lengths for this beer: custom bottles and 100 percent re-fermentation in the bottle is definitely more cost than most brewers even want to think about.

Pours a beautiful glowing gold with scores of small bubbles racing to the top. The clarity is stunningly clear from a gentle pour into bulbous tulip glasses. The head is amazing; a dense plateau forms as the glass cradles the lace stickage. Yeasty nose, with a refined tropical fruit aroma of pineapple, mango and papaya. Clean yet estery, the aroma grasping for the best of both worlds. Huge rolling effervescence feigning a viscous mouthfeel, giving way to a moderate body with a very active but refined carbonation. Dry malt character kicks things off with a complex graininess; the yeast flavor settles in quick with fruity overtones and warming esters. Alcohol is mostly mellow, but more warmth comes through toward the end of the glass. Watery resin-y hop bitterness exposes a faintly herbal woody flavor. More fruitiness from middle to end, with more mild alcoholic esters coming forth.

Hands down the best Belgian Style Ale brewed in the US to date. All other American brewers that are thinking about brewing Belgian Style Ales need to take notice. A lobster roll on a gilled bun with a side of shoestring fries and mayo is the ultimate pairing.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I forget what I paid for this one. Got it at Jungle Jim's in Cincy.

Can't tell what the beer style is from the bottle, but clearly belgian. Once you open it the belgian yeast just smacks you in the face. Absolutely lovely sweet, peppery smell coming off of this gorgeous white cloud-like head. Taste is divine - sugary hard maple candy, belgian spice, yeast, alcohol comes through as it warms. Everything plays together very well. It's like La Chouffe crossed with St. Bernardus Dubbel and a a splash of Duvel. Mouthfeel is excellent - small bubble, very smooth drink.

This is the first US brew I've had that I can say - if I hadn't known beforehand I would've guessed it was from Belgium.

Absolutely spectacular.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip. This Belgian strong pale poured a beautiful clear dark gold. Tons of fast moving champagne like bubbles are spawned from the etching in the bottom of the glass. It was topped with a massive cloud like off white head of super dense bubbles. With each sip it left a blanket of lace which pulled back into ringlets and small islands on the sides of the glass.

A lot of yeast on the nose. Spices and tropical fruits, pineapple and banana in particular. Some alcohol showing through as well.

Yeast with tropical fruit undertones and grains up front. Definite herbal and spicy hop flavors. Slightly sweet with some alcohol flavors on the back end.

Medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Velvety smooth, nearly perfect mouthfeel. Needless to say this was outstandingly drinkable. I had no trouble polishing off the bottle in one sitting.

All in all a great beer, I really enjoyed it. This is one of those brews that comes along and reminds you why you love craft beer so much. By far my favorite beer of 07 so far.

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