Brooklyn Local 1 | Brooklyn Brewery

2,078 Ratings
Brooklyn Local 1Brooklyn Local 1

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Head is extremely rocky with a ton of retention.

Smell - Bananas. Clearly some belgian yeast in here.

Taste - Dry Banana. Delicious. Slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Light. Foamy.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty legit. No off characters whatsoever. A little more complexity would have been nice, but the beer is still great as is.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of fank2788
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass
Pale gold in color and rather cloudy. A gentle pour of roughly ten ounces into a tulip leaves about an inch of foam that doesn't appear to be going anywhere. The majority of the smell seems to come as a result of the yeast as in the nose I get a great deal of ester ranging from fruity citrus to spicy cloves. That is backed by a solid pale malt with a touch of spicy hop and some slight alcohol. The good score is because I expected a bit more strength. The taste follows the nose. Things start out quite spicy with pepper like flavors on top of a touch of sweetness that wraps up slightly bitter. As the beer warms and I get deeper into the bottle more of the yeast esters and flavor come out creating a dynamic experience. The mouthfeel is wonderfully light and almost effervescent as the fine carbonation makes it feel as though this beer floats in the mouth. The alcohol does become apparent though it is mainly through a great warming sensation and never cloying or overly oppressive. Overall this is a very solid beer, this is a tough style to separate oneself from the crowd as there are many world class offerings but this beer does manage to hold its own within that crowd.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bmwats
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Hay color. Pours a giant, cascading, frothy, white head. Disintegrates slowly, but never fully dissipates. Not much in terms of lacing.

S: Floral and sweet with a little spice and pale baked bread malt.

T: Baked sourdough bread with a little honey sweetness and a floral finish.

M: Light body with honey sweet start and dry finish.

D: Sip for enjoyment, but doesn't put up much resistance.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Soft, light appearance, but with a great head. Not much lacing though. Nose is a floral and sweet malty combo. Flavor is subtly sweet on a baked bread base. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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