Brooklyn Local 1 | Brooklyn Brewery

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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.

Added by akorsak on 02-18-2007

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Photo of spacebear09
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of marcpal
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle poured into a few tulip glasses.
Bottle Graphics: 9/10. Good appeal.

A: Light sparkling yellow with a look that did not come across as bottle conditioned. Creamy, rocky, milkshake head on the golden dustiness. It lasted long and the lacing was like soap suds.

S: Stone fruit balanced with pepper spices. Mothball scent brings me to think saison. The bubblegum accent was the highlight of the aroma. When cold, the bubbleyum is really nice with the lemon/banana.

T: Fruity sweetness combined with spices/peppers. There is minute bitterness butthat ends quickly and abruptly with some boozy flavor. The yeasty flavors come up with a nice texture but not mindblowingly sediment laden. The sweetness is middle of the road and where I like it to be. The only drawback is that the sweetness carries a characteristic of sawdust. Odd, but I can't get past that.

M: Doesn't really seem bottle conditioned, and I have to chalk that up as a positive. It has a bit of spice to it yet is silky smooth.

D: I thought it was worth the price and quite another one-off terrific brew coming out of Brooklyn.

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Photo of roblowther
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a honey-shaded cloudy gold with no head but a touch of lacing. Intriguing. The smell is sugar and flowers. I think those may be two of the ingredients for little girls. The taste is hops, sugar, apricots, pine nuts and a great balance. What's not to like? The mouthfeel is chewy and slick. It is quite drinkable, very balanced and doesn't affront you like some 9% beers can. All aboard, this Texas boy says!

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Distinctive 750 ml bottle opened with a hearty Poof! poured into a large tulip glass yields a lightly-hazy orange-golden body with an enormous soft white head. The foam retains stubbornly and leaves a huge roll and a few chunks of fluffy lacing stuck to the glass, and each successive pour executed while the drink warms threatens to leave the glass, volcano-style.

The smell is dry and lemony with peaches and sweet green grass. Mellow toasty malt comes on stronger as the drink warms.

The taste of the drink is fruity and sweet with flavors of succulent toasty pale malt. Fruity essences of grassy light brown sugar, peach and crisp apple vie with mellow grain for dominance of the drink's flavor profile, yielding to a piquant cocktail of banana-laced fresh plummy pineapple juice that grows as the drink warms. An alcohol note that fits into the drink just fine rears its head midway through the encounter. Citrusy hops take a back seat to fruity yeasty goodness and savory malt, but help bring a bit of balancing bitterness that is quite mild.

The feel of Local 1 is stunningly crisp and medium-bodied, and the brew boasts good drinkability considering the potent ABV.

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Photo of jsbrendle
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting looking 25oz'er pours clear golden with a white head that does leave some lacing behind on the glass. Aroma shows some sweetness/fruitiness, but mostly yeastiness. Flavor too is full of yeastiness with a bit of spice. 9% alcohol is clearly there, limiting drinkability & adding to an already somewhat dryish finish. Somewhat spritzy carbonation levels. Interesting beer for sure, but not really much like other Saisons I've had, perhaps more like the Strong Goldens? (or a "smaller" Tripel)

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Photo of Martin2D
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow with a huge white head that retains quite well

S - Spicy, zesty, citrusy

T - Strong zest on the forefront, citrusy spiciness on the aftertaste. Strong yeast taste acccompanied with a bitter note that isn't hops. Alcohol bitterness almost.

M - Heavy carbonation and medium in body, lasting not that pleasant finish

D - Pretty drinkable, a lot of flavors going on here. That lingering bitterness is not pleasant however. That is the only thing that would prevent me from drinking a ton of this.

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Photo of JetEngine47
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL pour opens with a *pop* pouring a hazy straw hue with carbonation bubbles rising to a gigantic mountain of ivory head cap densely packed, yet quckly deflating to a spotty cover.

Aroma is light pear and dusty hay with a touch of sweet syrup.

First swigs: Dry dusty ginger ale with light spices. Barnyard hay hints ease into a delicate pear and red apple nearly white wine vinous finish. Light dough aspects but the doughy flavor needs to be more pronounced.

Frothy feel with a light body. Instant dry quick finish with a linger of grape.

Last swigs: A lightly fruity saison without that signature doughy aspect.

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Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very good - equal to some of the best Belgians. I took the cage off after letting the bottle sit outside the fridge to come to temperature. Then I got a little surprise as the cork gave a good pop and the bottle did a little gusher. Pours with a huge foamy, frothy, cream colored head that quickly settles to a small, but persistant cover and some lace. Color is a clear amber with some small bubble trails. Aroma is yeasty, malt, bread dough, grass, and a little fruit. Flavor is a little on the dry side at first and then yields to a mild sweetness; like the nose, and does go great with a variety of foods. Body is soft and carbonation is robust and a good match for the beer. Finish has duration, is like the flavor, and leaves a sense of satisfaction. Well done. Maybe not a session beer though.

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Photo of pkalix
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

stupid site jammed up again, so I have to do the review all over again, screw it. how many times has this happened now?
Belgian replica by an American brewer. fruity. rich. very Belgian, but not the real stuff, but still very rich. overall, foamy, yellow, rich, decent abv, nice lacing, blah blah blah... thanks BA for killing me again. delete the review if you want, but I urge you to fix the site first, guys....

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GBalbin
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Brooklyn. Dense foam with high durability and nice lacing. Aroma: citrus, floral, malty and orange. The taste, lost points for be extremely sweet, but has great fruity notes, bitter and herbal. Bitter end (much hops) and spicy. I noticed a more pronounced flavor of yeast and sweet, while the temperature of beer increased, bringing greater complexity to the beer, both in aroma and in flavor. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of srrn
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orangish amber with a fluffy white head that reduced to a layer. Smell of grass, Belgian yeast, citrus and some sort of spice, a combination of earthy and very clean. Taste is the same with a touch of sourness. Mouthfeel is really nice, chewy with the right amount of carbonation.

A quite enjoyable brew that is more a nice change of pace for me than something I'd regularly stock.

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Photo of bark
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is orange-yellow. The liquid is somewhat hazy. The head is very large, yellowish and airy. Lots of lacing.

The smell got notes of yeast, exotic fruits, dry hops, cream and alcohol.

The taste is fruity. Some yeast, sweet exotic fruits and fresh herbs. Pineapples. The aftertaste is fruity and sweet, too with a mild yeasty flavour.

The carbonation is fresh. Small bubbles. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

Ehhh... I don't know if I could tell this one from a bottle of Green Duvel (the unfiltered one).

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Photo of Anthony1
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow , cloudy, supporting a long lasting fluffy looking near white head. Leaves nice looking splotchy/spotty and ringed lacing. Nice looking beer. Bright, fresh smelling. Notes of more lime, pepper, yeast, grassy, smells so good, time to dive in for a swig. More lime, Belgiany yeast, peppery spice, gin, honey, melon, soap, yum, sucker for the style and this one has got it going on. Fine creation from Brooklyn.

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Photo of harryhops
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours pale yellow with a course off white head that falls away quite quickly.

Smelled fruity, malty with a specific smell of cotton candy

Taste was sweet, candy, bready a little spicy with a little alcohol on the finish.

It was very carbonated in the beginning and smoothed out over time and became much more enjoyable.

This is a nice brew an easy sipper though will probably pass in the future given the cost and the abundance of good Belgians.

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Photo of johnh7
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 rand
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in a trade with Manoftyr. Thanks!

From bottle to tulip glass

A: Pours a light golden tan in color, somewhat opaque. Forms a large, fluffy, 2-inch head that leaves ample lacing.

S: Sweet, ripened tropical fruit meets peppery spice up-front. Yeasty... freshly baked bread lingers. Alcohol volatiles warm

T: Fruity esters meet the palate first...I'm picking up more banana and raisin than in the nose. Plenty of pepper-spice to balance and dry. A touch of horseblanket funk is noted - this isn't quite as sweet as others in its style. The alcohol is well masked and the finish is spicy and dry.

M: Medium to full-bodied, quite oily and viscous. There's a great combination of oily-slick feel and effervescent carbonation.

The beer is really tasty, but it was slightly drier and spicier than others I've had from this category. My palate adjusted mid-bottle and I noticed I was throwing this back pretty easily. Not sure if Brooklyn plans on expanding to the West Coast, but I'll be sure to look for this on my next trip to NY.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morebeergood
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped open one last night to celebrate a great weekend in NYC and Brooklyn. Bottle has been aging in my cellar for aprox. 6 months. Poured it into two Duvel glasses, and a gigantic head formed on each glass. The color was sunshine yellow, lots of tiny champagne-like bubbles, and tons of lacing on the glass. The smell had that hefe tingle to it, with spice and fruit hitting you. Taste was awesome. Perfect body to it, as I could feel it in the mouth but it was smooth enough to go right down. Stayed just as good at room temp. Didn't even notice the abv. Could this be even better than Duvel itself? One of the best limited releases from an American brewer that I have had in a while.

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Photo of Phenom
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An appealing light yellow-orange color, nice white head made that lasts for a while. There is a constant stream of bubbles coming of the bottom of my glass which is pretty cool.

S: Smells like a Belgian, no surprises here. Yeasty, little bit of grass-like aroma.

T: Belgians are not my favorite style, but this is an excellent example. Can definitely taste the candy sugar, yeasty bready flavors, and a little fresh mowed grass or hay.

M: Nice balance of creaminess and carbonation.

D: No problem drinking a whole bottle by yourself if you do not have someone to share it with.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a large corked and caged brown bottle. Local 1 pours a husky golden blond. Hazed but not totally opaque there is some serious carbonation. Heavy streams of bubbles rise from every inch of the glass. Those bubbles feed an off white head that is nice and billow with a little stickiness but no lacing.

Smell is a spicy mix of yeast and golden fruits. Chardonnay grapes mixed with apple cider. A nice strong nose that is a great hint on the good things to come.

Taste is on par with the nose. Golden apples and fresh green grapes. A peppery bitterness is present throughout but really rises in the finish. A sweet beer that is more herbal phenolic then bready and malty.

Despite the vigorous carbonation Local 1 is a smooth ass beer. It's like drinking a cold crisp cider that has some nice tart peppery bites. The only downside for me is the sweetness. It's a little much and paired with a 9% ABV it slightly kills the drinkability for me.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,078 ratings.
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