Brooklyn Local 1 | Brooklyn Brewery

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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
Ratings:
2,071
Reviews:
920
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.74%
 
 
Wants:
183
Gots:
395
For Trade:
10
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Photo of SQWEAK
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mitch3114
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beaulabauve
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jstarr2517
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tzinto
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 kbrown
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Bill235
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 TroyE219
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of h4ger
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ned57
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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