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 tewaris
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with no date poured into Duvel tulip.

Hay colored rather than golden, and quite hazy, Local 1 poured with a huge white colored head. The head took forever to fall to chunks of foam floating on the surface, and left very good lacing.

The aroma has notes that could be either from Pilsner malt or from Belgian yeast... tough to place for my novice senses. There is sweetness, but I doubt if it's the raw sugar. Some phenols and esters come by with warmth. A minty freshness, that I believe to be from alcohol. Different, but just beer.

I am not digging the taste too much either --- very generic to the class of beers this would belong to, if there's such a thing. I have only Duvel for comparison so I am calling this one average. It's not bad by any means, and not bland either, but doesn't have much to offer except the characteristic "Belgique" character (fruit, soft alcohol etc.)

Mouthfeel is almost as good as any other -- dry and effervescent without being thin, and very very refreshing, with some bitterness at the back to balance the sweetness that high gravity beers invariably have. Warming.

Overall, this is not a bad beer. Very classy looking and well crafted, but the soul is missing in my opinion. Suffice it to say that I will not drop $10+tax again on something that didn't impress me and hurt my liver. And yet it will be unfair to give it any less than 4/5. Maybe it's not the beer, but me. Probably me.

Scores: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4/5

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Photo of rjochman
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a about an inch of white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a good amount of sticky head on the glass. Gives off floral scents and sweet fruity smell. Has the same sweet fruit taste and malts. Has a light body and has a lot of carbonation with a a lot of flavor for this style of beer. Very drinkable for the abv. Forgot that it was 9%.

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Photo of Snow81
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy with lots of sediment and dark yellow body

Head: Super big white head

Smell: Coriander up front with heavy malt

Taste: coriander with a lemon zest and heavy malt and a small bitterness in the back

Weight: Light body that’s over carbonated

Finish: Malty sweet, biscuit, and a little sticky

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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 jerehall
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Beautiful hazy gold as I would expect from this style. Very nice creamy head on the pour as well.

Smells like a real Belgian ale and taste like one too. Absolutely delicious. I've never had a beer from this brewery before but if this is representative of what they produce, I'm a fan.

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Photo of LoadedSchells
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Clear vibrant gold, champagne effervescence is apparent in the white bubbly head, it's not unlike anyhitng i've ever seen before. Smells of light tropical fruitiness and dry malt. Away we go. >pinch< first thing that comes to mind is that they must be full of b.s. that this is 9% or i'm dreaming. If you told me this was from an abbey in Belgium i'd never think twice. Dry apples, pears, and a wee bit of peach. The malt is dry too, almost like an unsalted cracker. The hops are playing hide-and-go-seek here but deliver a bit of spice here and there and it all melts together with finally a tiny hint of estery alcohol, but surely not hinting at 9%. This beer is easy, in a complex way. Cheers!

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

Pours a translucent dark yellow color with a massive head that lasts for a long time finally receding to a small white foam cap. Little above average lacing.
Aroma is very yeasty with orange and citrus notes and also honey, marmalade and floral notes.
Taste is grainy malts and honey followed by fruity and citrus flavors like orange and apricots. It ends in a floral and spicy note.
Body is moderate with high carbonation and a crisp dry finish. Light spicy bitterness, probably yeast-originated, appears in the aftertaste.
Light alcohol warmth follows.
Overall a very pleasant, tasty and refreshing Belgian style brew from Garret Oliver. Another homerun from the Brooklyn Brewery.

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

Giant, white, bubble bath foam head atop a slightly hazy body that is a between pumpkin and butternut squash/ orange and yellow. Carbonation is huge, causing frenetic schools of bubbles to twist and swirl from the bottom of the glass, reinforcing the staying power of the head, which has now closed in around the sides to create a a gleaming tower of awsomeness.

Large phenolics, a spicy yeast aroma, honey and some pale grain make the nose.

Ooph, that a big taste! The phenolic character of the yeast hits you right off with a medicinal character that quickly softens into licorice and gin/wildflowers. Flavor really mellows as the pale malt come through with a light sweetness that helps to resolve the yeast flavors. I say, this is a daring brew to use the yeast so up front.

Sharp, dry, biting and a little ticklish from the large carbonation.

I never thought I would like a beer that favored the phenolic side of Belgian yeast, but this one is all right.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A slightly hazed translucent golden brew that pours into a massive eggshell head and settles very slowly into a thick froth, leaving thick chunky lacing.

S -- Floral hops and tropical notes of pineapple and apricot from a very pungent yeast profile.

T -- Light, bready malts quickly give way to the fruity yeast flavors. A mellow pinesap, earthy, floral hop essence balances and cleanses the palate.

M -- Seemingly heavy yet fairly light in body, riding perfectly in carbonation for the style and fairly light on the palate while still having a great flavor profile.

D -- A must try. Everyone should experience this clinic of an American influenced Belgian Pale.

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Photo of bbeane
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had this one in the cellar for sometime, but lacked no carbonation... the cork blasted out of the bottle as soon as I twisted the wire caging loose.

A- Poured into an oversized DFH snifter... starts with a huge white fluffy head with nice retention and lacing. Beer is a hazy golden orange color with minimal activity

S- Smells a little sweet with earthy grassy notes

T- Starts with a very mild bitterness before finishing with a spicey yeasty sweetness

M- Light bodied with light medium carbonation

D- If I had known this was gonna be as good as it was, it wouldn't have sat in the cellar for so long


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

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a straw-hued golden colour, with a TON of frothy white head. Similar to an Orval, but perhaps even more head. The head sticks around a long while.

Smell is lovely. Sweet and light fruity scents, including banana and apricot, with some spice and floral notes.

The taste is bitterer than I would have thought from the smell, but otherwise tracks the scent quite closely. The bitterness occurs simultaneously with the sweetness of the malt (and Mauritian sugar?) and the fruity flavours which must accompany the yeast. A really nice beer.

Mouthfeel is good. A little thinner than I would like, but it holds nicely together and feels very nice. Fairly carbonated, a little more than I would normally like, but I feel that it works well for this beer.

Overall, a great beer. This is definitely an example of a Belgian beer being done well outside of Belgium. I would be very happy if it was regularly available here in Ontario.

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Photo of cmannes
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Goblet

Appearance: Very light straw color, big fluffy white head. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma: Sweet lemon, banana, bread.

Taste: Lemon, maybe a hint of honey. The belgian yeast is very slight in the background. Clean finish, not a lot of after taste. not quite as flavorful as I thought the smell would indicate.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, a little thin. It's just enough to convay a little flavor, and then it bubbles away.

Overall: Not bad. The flavor's are nice, but they're not very strong. It might be a little too subtle.

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Photo of SisuPride
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this corked bottle at whole foods in new York city. The bottle and presentation remind me of a fire station for some reason. This beer was very Belgian influenced. A lot like chi may in appearance and a stout 9% alcohol content this beer was made for slow playing. Not a whole lot of sediment but still full bodied. A great beer made here in the states is a must try for any lover of the Trappist Belgian style beers.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with a thick, rich white head that lasts through the glass. Aroma of tart malt and apricot with some creamy yeast. Taste of crisp malt and yeast, a bit one-dimensional. A bit of fruity tartness mixed with the yeast, which is smooth. Taste is a pretty subdued for a strong ale, I expected much bolder flavors. Very smooth and clean mouthfeel and quite drinkable, but it really doesn't have powerful flavors. Quite impressive for a beer of this gravity to be this smooth and clean, but I would rather have it taste stronger in more ways.

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

Poured from the very attractive Brooklyn 750 into a Brooklyn tulip. Lots of foamy white head sits atop a cloudy golden yellow beer. Lacing is thin but present.

Smell is quite fruity. Lots of banana with some coriander spice. A second sip reveals some pale malt. Some lemon as well is making me think saison based on smell alone. On to the flavor....

Taste follows smell, but with some of the classic belgian yeast flavor coming through as well. Plenty of fruit, with a nice light bready maltiness as well. Overall flavor is a little weak compared to smell, but still very good. The lemon in the nose comes through on the tongue as well confirming this as more saison than any other style. Alcohol is present and treads the edge of being overpowering perfectly.

This beer is highly carbonated leading to a very effervescent mouthfeel. Finish is dry but some residual sweetness is left on the palate making for a nice sipping beer on a warm summer day. Overall a beer that walks the line of being a strong pale or a saison quite well. I'll have to agree with Mr. oliver though, strong saison is a perfect descriptor.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, and thank you to drabmuh via Secret Santa 2010.

A billowing champagne-like pour finally yields up a ever so slightly hazed gorgeous golden liquid. Atop there remains a white mass, like clouds with a meringue texture. Lovely, just lovely.

The aroma is overall fresh. It's slightly floral on a base of chalky, round Belgian yeast. There is a sneaky sharp jab of solvent and pale malts.

The flavors pickup up from a pleasant but not exceptional nose. That base of fruity pale Belgian yeast with pear, banana, and green grapes is built on by clove and pepper spice. Add some floral hops and a Belgian pale malt base. I'm curious whether the hops were more pronounced nearer bottling. This seems like an embodiment of the style.

As the massive amount of head suggested, this beer is highly carbonated and that is a good thing. It lifts a precariously moderate body off the tongue and makes it dance right on down your throat.

I'm digging Belgian Pales. I'd say Brooklyn 1 lived up to my expectations. It is a gorgeous beer. I wish for more hopping and perhaps a stronger nose, but very well done.

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

Pale golden color with a bit of haziness to it. Large white head looks very dense and fluffy. A very welcoming appearance.

Aroma has a bit of a pale malt aroma with some bready hints but stronger fruitier aromas take over. A bit of a yeasty spiceness mixes in too.

Lots of flavors going on around the mouth, sweet fruity flavors up front before a strong yeast flavor comes in, much stronger than the aroma suggested. A bit of clove and white pepper and some slightly funky yeast flavors that I can't quite pinpoint. Finishes with a bit of a lingering kiss from the hops.

Mouthfeel if fairly light and quite dry. Overall a very refreshing ale, not quite Belgian in style but with a nice yeast presence. Not bad at less than $10 for a 750ml bottle either.

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Photo of KajII
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a cloudy medium yellowish orange with a very large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that had great longevity and excellent lacing.

The aroma was moderately heavy of grain malts, an earthy yeast and flowery hops with nice notes of citrus, banana and a bit of spice (coriander I believe).

It tasted kind of sweet with a hint of citrus at first and then became a bit bitter and quite yeasty with a mild alcohol finish leaving a nice bold flavor lingering on the taste buds for a long while.

Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body and had a dry texture with a nice prickly carbonation.

Overall a great Strong Ale with a medley of components coming together for one really fantastic tasting brew which does a nice job of concealing the high alcohol content.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy, golden straw color body crowned with a large frothy white head that's long lasting and leaves nice lacing.

S: A perfect nose of grains, lemon, Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, and hint of banana.

T: Upfront malt sweetness with notes of banana, clove, and grains. Middle flavor has notes of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, and a slight hoppy bitterness. Finishes dry and spicy.

M: Mediumd body with medium-high carbonation. Texture is dry & crisp.

D: I really enjoyed this one.Great flavor that makes this one very easy to drink. I could definitely drink quite of few of these before I land on my bum from the high ABV.

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Photo of codsmith
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very cloudy golden color with a thick foam head that sticks to the sides of the glass. HUGE head when you pour it into the glass that slowly dissipates to a 1 finger head after about a minute

Smell - You can really smell the banana like flavor coming from the yeast with a mix of sweetness from the grain

Taste - The sweetness from the malt, the strong Belgian yeast and the bitterness of hops can all be picked out during different parts of the tasting. Very well balanced beer

Mouthfeel - Light, thin and smooth like a typical Belgian style beer

Drinkability - A really good representation of a Belgian, but very sweet. Not sure if I would have more than 2 glasses or a 750.

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

Served fresh on 3/04/2011

A - Very light golden in color and completely opaque. Enormous head filling the pint glass entirely and dying down to about 3 inches. Head has a frothy whipped-cream appearance with amazing retention throughout entire experience. Lacing completely covers the pint glass. This unique bottle is perfect for this unique beer!

S - Very light wheaty smell with hints of citrusy orange peel. Sweet malty and honey-like notes with earthy and woody esters.

T - Unreal...many spices mix together for a unique and complex taste. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but the orange peel, hoppy bitterness, and belgian yeast dominate. There are also some spicey notes...perhaps cinnamon.

M - Bitter feel with slightly numbing sensations...9%. Lighter bodied beer with a definite citrus aftertaste and the yeast lives on...

D - This beer is dangerously drinkable despite its size and high abv. One of the attractions of this beer is that it is still fermenting in your glass as you drink it...mmm double fermentation...

Well done Brooklyn!

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden colored and very cloudy. Pours with a giant head.

S - Grainy, grassy malts. Slightly sweet with a touch of hops.

T - Powerful grains that are sweeter than expected. Definite hit of apple with a touch of hops. Also a decent hit of booze.

M - Medium in body and pretty highly carbonated.

D - Pretty decent, especially for the abv. Might go for again in the summer...

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

Poured form a corked champagne style bottle.

Bottle popped like a champagne bottle. I poured it into a tulip glass which produced a substantial amount of white/cream colored head (about three inches). The head dissipates slowly and leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing.

The beer itself is a hazy yellow with pink and orange tones.

S: Light citrus scent. Light malts.

T: Flat in the front. Little or no flavor. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

M: Carbonation is a little high. The beer has good body and texture.

D: Not bad, but I'm having trouble finishing the first bottle. Could be more enjoyable if it had a little more flavor and less carbonation.

Overall: B-

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip style glass. Good solid pop off the cork, came right out without much force needed.

Off the pour a very big but soap white head of large size. Body of the beers is a cloudy dark yellow lemon/orange appearance. Middle carbonation comes from the bottom like light chasing up a street lamp from the ground. Very impressive looking beer, love this dance of carbonation on the bottom. Not much lacing but always leaves a good sized ring and top.

Simple sweet yeast expected for this style, some faint floral notes. Small hints of lemon peel/zest but no musty or barnyard like notes though.

Taste is champagne crispy with fizzy qualities of sparkling wine. Front forward palate, "brut" style finish sense but just a hint of bread dough on tasting when swallowing. There's even a faint hint of ginger taste. This is truly a wine drinker and specifically a sparkling wine/champagne persons beer. Some small hints of aluminum like metals on the swallow.

This is a great food pairing beer, and has lots of applications for that. Even on its own to drink it's very refreshing. However, this isn't an anytime beer for me of this style but is still a real well done product.

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

Hazy but bright yellow wit ha big frothy white head.

Mixed spices, lemon, and sugar.

Blend of black and citrus peel. Strong doses of lemons. Undertones of apples, banana, bread with light hints of cake and honey.

Very smooth and crisp. Good carbonation and matches the style well.

Good take on the style and an enjoyable brew. Easier to drink than some.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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