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.

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

750ml bottle corked and caged. Had to go and get this following the Local #2. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy orange with a bit of a gold tint. 2 1/2 fingers of white head with adequate lacing.

S- Citrus and fruit. Orange peel initially with a note of lemon. Perhaps a bit of honey.

T- Very smooth with full fruit flavor. A little bit of tangy mixed with citrus which blended well. Hides the 9% very well with minimal hops afterbite.

M- A good blend of carbonation and body. A hint of creamy fruit which sounds like it would be bad, but surprisingly it's smooth.

O- Disclaimer: I'm not a big Pale Ale fan, but have to hand it to Brooklyn on this effort. Found it very hard to set down. Smooth and flavorful with just enough carbonation and citrus to hide the 9%. Creamy and full, I will be having another one of these shortly-

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Photo of HotHands
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 in to a nice Leffe chalice.

Appearance - a gorgeous translucent orange with a large frothy white head.

Smell - a melange of grains, bubble gum, lots of different fruit esters - maybe banana, orange peel, and honey.

Taste - sort of follows the nose with some diversions along the way. It's quite dry with decent bitterness that is "belgian" in style. It gets a bit vegetal, then finishes with citrus. I think that maybe some sweetness would balance this out a bit more. (This is a common opinion of mine with Belgian pales - I like a bit of sweetness. Examples - Don de Dieu, Little Sumpin' Wild.)

Feel - creamy and carbonated. The creaminess makes it stand out from other Belgians; the high carbonation is standard.

Overall - Like other Belgian style ales, it hides its alcohol very well. It's a solid example of a strong BPA.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasting sample pours a cloudy yellow with a white head (that I'd imagine would be huge if completely poured) leaving nice wet, soapy lace. My most educated guess is that this brew has been aged at least a year, but certainly not two.

The nose is astounding- a solid cereal malt with a wide range of aroma tones including banana, lemon, a touch of bubblegum, light tobacco, powdered sugar, coriander, white clove, grassy flowers, dried pineapple and dried mango. The best thing is, this'll only improve with more cellaring.

The palate is med-full bodied and creamy with a rich frothy carbonation. That bottle re-fermentation is completely unforgettable. I mean, it's the same technique that Champagne producers use. There's less fruitiness here than on the nose, with lean apple skin and tart lemon flavors dominated by the solid dry malt, sizable yeasty spice and light brown sugar tones. The finish is long, creamy and dry with more lingering yeastiness.

Trying this back to back with the Local 2, it's hard to say which one was better. They both serve their own unique purpose and are completely world class.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

Huge fluffy white head takes over the glass. What appears after the head takeover is a light golden brew. Head remains dense and leaves lacing on the glass.

Fruit esters hit the nose first. Orange, pineapple, lemon, mingle with various spices. Yeast and caramel are also present.

This is very well balanced. Spicy yeast and fruit start off and remain until the middle. Then, plenty of caramel and malt come in to balance this off. Alcohol is well masked for 9%, but provides some warmth.

Medium body with a high level of carbonation.

This is one of my favorite Belgian style US beers. The balance and carbonation are done extremely well.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

been a while since I've had this one... 750ml into .5l ceramic mug.

A- Big fluffy white head on a pale golden body.

S- Sweet, spicy yeast.

T- Spicy bubblegum yeast and fresh fruit- crisp apples. Very bright and clean flavors. A little bit of floral perfumey notes and some orange peel. Very nice profile, strong and bold yeast.

M- Lively carbonation, light enough on the tongue, no real sign of alcohol. Fun to drink.

O- Really a top-tier beer. Worth the price of admission, for sure.

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Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Golden-yellow with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that slowly fades into a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Peach, Pineapple, and other tropical fruits dominate the aroma with subtle Belgian yeast aroma and spices.

Taste: Fruity and complex with bready notes.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish that is very easy to drink. There is no noticeable alcohol.

Overall: I can't believe I waited to long to finally try this beer, I was very impressed with it.

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Photo of DrewV
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pt. 9 oz. bottle into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass.

A: Brilliant orangy-gold color with a massive 3-finger white fluffy head after a careful pour.

S: Yeasty aroma up front with some light fruit. No sign of the 9% ABV. Typical BSPA style and very accurate aroma.

T: Wow. Crisp, clear, more yeast and light fruits. A solid quality ale to be sure. Right up there with Duvel, unbelievably, but quite a bit sweeter overall.

M: Highly carbonated, more so than Duvel. Crisp, dry, clean. High quality stuff.

O: Among the BSPAs I've tried, this ranks right up there behind Duvel at the top. It's got everything you want in a high-quality strong ale. It's just a shame that it's not available in 4- or 6-packs, just the large wine bottle size. Good for sharing, though. Highly recommended. A solid A/A+ in my book.

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Photo of OutFox
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A- Hazy sort of pale golden/yellow color. Looks like a classic Saison. Pure White head of at least 2.5 inches depending on what its poured into. Great retention and great lacing.

S- Musty and strong. Definate hints of orange and citrus upfront developing into a yeast smell and assorted spices.

T- Quite spicey and full flavored with a lot of depth. Was easy able to pick up dialed in orange notes and all around spiced citrus character. Great carbonation. I had traveled about an hour to share it with some friends in Jersey and it must have gotten a little shaken up in the ride and when I removed the metal part i went to get glasses and heard a loud explosion and the cork had shot off. Its truly a well balanced Storng sort of Saison. Garret is once again a The Man.

O- Overall just pretty outstanding. Good balance and great yeast/farmhouse complexity. Another fantastic offering from The Brooklyn Brewery.

Have had numerous times before I joined BA and acutally sat down to review it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - A very spicy aroma with yeastiness and some caramel & toffee notes.

T - It had a spicy bite at first sip. Nice caramel sweetness to balance the spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a good Belgian-style ale. Another fine ale from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome lacing, great head retention. Purdy effervescence. Straw yellow colored beer.

Fruits, cloves.

Bananers, more fruits. Bordering on saison. Good hop balance.

Full carbonation and mouthfeel.

Enjoyed it a lot. Thought it as more of a saison though. Have wanted to try this for awhile so thanks TATURBO. On the fence if id ever buy it.

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear pale gold colour with a big, fluffy, rocky off-white head. Amazing head retention with good lacing.

Bright and spicy aroma with lots of coriander and clove. Slightly tart citrussy notes as well. Really good.

Crisp and sharp light malt with some residual sweetness. Bright citrus teams with some good spiciness. Really well handled yeast and just as good as any of the Belgian ales I've had.

Medium-light body with high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing with the carbonation helping to support the yeast character.

This is really good. Garrett Oliver seriously knows how to manage yeast and produce a stunning Belgian ale. The dried out malt is great without it becoming bland and the yeast is really nice.

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Photo of fields336
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL
Served in SN snifter

A: super hazy, 2.5 fingers creamy carbonated white eggshell head. Leaves a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: citrusy and very estery, smells spicy and yet extremely clean. Lovely smells

T: peppery, and citrusy, yeasty, im getting pears, apples, white grapes. A great amount of flavor, packed into a small taste. Not overly sweet, alcoholic or yeasty. Just perfectly balanced

M: medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, finish is somewhat dry. I live the carbonation on this beer.

O: unbelievably good, I'm so impressed.

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Photo of brugge2004
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

third time thru on this one apearance is outstanding great rocky head that disapates slowly mouth feel is rich and just enough bitters to keep me into this beer, not that I'm regionally biased but this guy has me buzzing or maybe it's watching Adam Scott destoy the field in Akron at any rate damn good beer .

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Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow with a huge foamy white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has lemon, yeast, pears, pepper, and phenols. Not a very strong aroma.

The taste is much like the aroma. It is lightly sweet, with lemon, pears, pepper, and phenols. Do not taste much of the yeast. It was a bit stronger in the aroma.

High carbonation, light bodied, and the alcohol flavor is front and center. I wish it could have been better disguised. A good beer, but does not measure up to the best BSPAs.

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Photo of roodie
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip

A: pours a golden hue with 3 fingers of frothy white head( moderate retention. Leaves trails of lacing down the glass

S: banana and cloves and citrus and pepper blend with the bready yeast to form a wonderful combination

T: follows the nose. More citrus and yeast than the other components but ends with a spicy finish. Very nice

M: very smooth, spiciness lingers probably due to the ample carbonation.

O: great brew, very refreshing. Nice example of a style I usually enjoy. Brooklyn hit it out of the park

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, bubbly white head that lingers a half inch thick in the glass after a big pile on the pour sitting on top of an old gold ale that brightens to a dull yellow with a bright back light. Banana, clovers, fruity esters and a hint of pepper in the nose. Very clean but a very pretty yeasty smell. Peppery and spice notes strengthen in the taste and build on the nose--almost like a preview. Significant carbonation intensifies the flavors--especially the spice. Extremely well balanced and bouncy. Fun beer that I will savor through the night.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As soon as i opened this the cork wanted to fly off like a champagne cork but all under control and it pours a cloudy golden hue with a two finger rocky sudsy head and sporadic lacing,the smell is very Belgian with aromas of fruity floral hops,doughy bread,sweet candy and candied pears,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and quite creamy with tastes of candied pears,boiled candy,white grapes,doughy bread and finished with a floral bouquet hoppy sweetness and overall its a tasty drop that would be beautifully suited to seafood.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged big bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A massive rocky white foamy head topped a hazy golden brew. The head held up a long time and the brew put off copious bubbles from the center of the tulip.

The fragrance was of bread, sweet cream butter, hints of spice and coriander.

Flavors of grain, bread, spice and hops kicking in. The yeast was great. This really gives true Belgians competition. Complex and well balanced. Very crisp and refreshing and a clean finish. A bit of astringency from the hops as the ample carbonation cleans things up.

Very nice.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. Slightly hazy golden colored body, bordering on yellow. Two-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Not sure where this aroma is headed but it does not remind me of a typical BSPA. Some light fruit aroma, but no real yeast notes, as I would have expected. Also, a higher level of sweet malt aroma than expected.

A little better in the taste. Just a bit of Belgian spiciness, but still a substantial amount of malt flavor which seems to cover the light fruit flavor. A slight hint of hops in the finish.

Medium to light mouthfeel that is reasonably pleasant on the palate. Less than I expected overall.

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

from corked caged 750ml bottled on 12/10

A- hugh pop upon taking cork out it poured a hazed sunshine yelllow color with a 3 finger head that was slow to dissipate..a bit of lacing and a fresh collar thru out

S- was floral and fruity with yeast and bready malts a touch of spice and honey

M- was sweet sugar and lemon first was bready malts and pepper spice with some hops

M- was nicely carbonated with a touch of alcohol heat,tart and crisp with fruit,funk and hops

O- a good offering but sort of 1 sided not complex..still good

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Photo of brendan13
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge pop of the cork upon opening, lucky I had my hand covering it! I guess thats bottle refermentation for you. Luckily it didn't gush as I may have expected given the pop, anywho...

A - Pours a slightly hazy mid golden colour with a huge foamy head that settles down to a few centimetres.
S - Pears, peaches and slight mango aromas initially with nice spicy peppery phenols as well.
T - Pear and peach character carries over to the taste as well as an abundance of spicy phenolic character. Also present is a nice slightly sweet baked bread and light honey malt quality.
M - High carbonated, dry finished, lighter side of medium bodied.
O - I thought this was a Saison. Oh well, still an extremely tasty beer that I'd probably buy again.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I searched the forum for suggestions to pair with steamed lobster and decided to try this one.

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter this beer is a cloudy gold with a great billowing white head. Plenty of fluffy sticky lace on the glass.

Scent is fruity - pears, golden apples and a hint of pineapple. Mild alcoholic esters are noticeable.

Taste is tart apples and pears as well as sweeter tropical fruits. White pepper and cloves. Pineapple. Mildly nutty; reminds me a little of a saison. Light herbal and spicy hop presence. Alcohol is noticeable and there is a noticeable warming in the throat.

Mouth is a soft, medium - light with very fine carbonation.

Perhaps not on the level of a Duvel but certainly an excellent ale. Paired swimmingly with the lobster!

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and a light golden color. A snow white head that's big & rocky. Great retention. It looks damn good.

Bready, tart and yeasty aroma. White pepper, lemongrass, pear, papaya and floral hops.

Light malt and light sweet fruits. Pear, papaya upfront. Sweet, phenolic and peppery. Medium bodied and refreshingly crisp from the carbonation.

A very good beer. Not at the top of the list but it will not disappoint.

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Photo of renegadeburger
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

paid a lot for this at a restaurant in brooklyn i think it set me back $15 that seems too high oh well lets give it a shot

nice great golden color it was hazy in the pour but the head was super super white i admit this sure looks enticing to start

aroma was good nice honey bread and biscuit and maybe even some spicy notes in there like cloves

taste was pretty good but not as what i hoped, it was definitely a good beer but lacking in depth and complexity

good mouthfeel though real real bright and highly carbonated and the bubbles were real tight and fine

overall a solid beer not worth the big price in my opinion but definitely something worth going for

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at my Local beer Nutz. After the card discount must have only been $5.00 for the bottle.

A - Wow what great carbonation on the first pour. Produced almost half the glass full of head that takes minutes to settle. Head doesn't look very sticky but does have a pretty sweet pillow effect and the beer itself is a bright orange tint yellow with a haze.

S - Slight yeast but fruity esters take main stage with smell of fresh apple, tart lemon and orange peal with a bit of pear smells to boot. Smells crisp and effervescent.

T - Starts off with cane sugar then the fruity apples and pear with a prickly feeling from the carbonation. Finish is kind of yeasty with a mild bit of hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue kind of heavily.

M - Carbonation may be high but the yeast/hop bitterness really brings the drink ability down. Sipper for sure.

Overall I seem to prefer the local 2 over this since it has more spice and orange tones rather than heavy yeasts but it was still worth the try if only to uncork. May not have again.

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