Brooklyn Local 1 | Brooklyn Brewery

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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 clegolfski
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Poured from a bomber into a nice big Dogfish Head snifter. Big, flufffy slightly off white head. Opaque golden color. They head settles down to a good finger thick layer. Very clingy. Awesome.

M = Big yeasty aroma. Lots of fruit, banana etc. Some clove. Some hot alcohol smell. Deep

T = Mellower than I had anticipated. Have to let this guy warm up a bit. Get a lot of banana up front. Warms up on the back end. Some metallic taste

M = Warm but not quite as filling as i anticipated

D = Drink it slow

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pour a very pale light wheat color with a small light white head. Nose is yeasty and wheaty dry.

Taste is sharp and dry with tons of carbonation an a huge mouthfeel. Very rich and spicy. Excellent with spicy food.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a stemmed Brooklyn glass, poured a cloudy golden hue, with nearly three fingers of bright white, with fantastic head retention and great lacing. Banana, clove, lime, lemon, bubble gum, coriander, vanilla, caramel, and modest orange peel were all detected in the nose. Impressive mix. The taste began with a lean towards citrus and bubblegum, followed by a more fruity/malt/caramel balance, and finished on a dry bitter orange peel note. Spritzy, yet medium-bodied mouthfeel. Only the feintest hint of the alcohol content makes this a very nicely drinkable Belgian-style specimen.

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Photo of zebco
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up following the suggestion of a friend.

Golden, light yellow, and crisp looking. Slightly hazy. A fluffy, white head. Actually, as I poured my 2nd glass there was foam barely peeking out the top of the bottle. A nice, heavy foam lacing through the entire brew.

I could almost smell and feel the dryness before taking my first sip. Lemons and white grapes. Minimal hop notes.

A very sharp, dry bite at first. Heavy carbonation that mellowed by the minute. The flavor also turned away from the dryness and allowed flavors to really come out. Sweet and tart. Grapes and green apples. Very flavorful. I couldn't really pick out any substantial alcohol strength.

A bubbly, champagne-like mouthfeel. This did seem to fade as the beer warmed.

A nice beer from Brooklyn. I'd like to share this with others next time. Also, I'm looking forward to trying Brooklyn Local 2.

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Photo of Natural510
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch "1717"

Pours a color somewhere between light orange & dark gold, with a fizzy champagne-like carbonation.
Scent of green apples, yeast and essence of phenols. Slightly floral.
Sweet & tart flavor. Notes of apple & pear, sweet malt, puckering yeast and a bitter finish from the hops. Honey-like finish. Yeast is pronounced to the flavor but not overpowering as in many Belgian/Belgian-style offerings. It more combines with the hops to offer balance to the sweetness, though the two can be slightly harsh after a spell.
Excellent carbonation, typical of the style (i.e. Duvel)

Solid offering from Brooklyn. A bit sweeter than what you'll find with Duvel (one can't help but compare the two), but that only adds to its uniqueness. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of johnwarne
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A beer haiku for you:

"Brooklyn in the house!
Our local Belgian option,
Best in the US!"

A very solid Belgian option: from a brewery that really sets the tone among the US "micros" and [along with Dogfish] is the preeminent option in the Northeast. Even on a hot Florida afternoon, eminently drinkable and flows really well compared to many of the originals from the Holy [Beer] Land.


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Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer some time ago at the GABF and only recently tracked down a bottle.
Pours an expected foamy golden color. A tiny bit hazy from the yeast, but it's still mostly clear. Carbonation fades a bit over time, but it does a fine job of lacing.
Pretty bold flavors leap out with a decent amount of malty grains coming out right away, spicy (peppery) yeast coming on in the middle, and a slightly herbal hop finish. It's somewhere between a golden ale and a Saison, with the right touches of both.
Easy drinking, the beer doesn't seem as strong as it's 9% ABV might have you think. It's definitely got some punch, but not too much.
The bottle I split disappeared in no time.
A solid brew that probably isn't quite as complex as it's darker bother, but is a bit tastier to me.
I like this and imagine it would work well as a food pairing brew.

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Photo of ThePortlander
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Local 1 pours a strong gold with a large, lingering, whipped cream-like head, and some noticeable carbonation that goes away after time.

In the nose I get a pleasant earthy fruitiness followed by spicy, herbal hops and a slight alcohol warmth. The nose doesn't seem exceptionally complex for either a Belgian strong or a "strong saison," but it's not bad.

The taste gives way to more complexity, with distinct fruits (pears, apples, green grapes?), more spices (cloves for sure, pepper, etc.), and a much needed and well done bitterness. My bottle is slightly older than some reviews on here, I think, because there's not as much alcohol on the tongue in this one, just a little warmth. The mouthfeel could stand to be slightly bigger, or smoother.

Overall, Brooklyn Local 1 is a good beer, but doesn't reach the higher level Belgian styles.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent, slightly hazy gold. Head is wonderful and copious. Lacing is textbook, and there's even clumps of foam clinging to the interior of the bottle.

Aroma is nice, but not pungent or inspiring: some banana and fruitiness, with hints of spice.

Flavor is very good. At first this beer is on the sweet side, but the finish is actually quite dry, with rubbery yeastiness and solid hop bitterness. Malty sweetness reminiscent of butter cookies and caramel combines with a fruity, estery flavor a la orange, banana, and tart apples. There is a tiny bit of funk that hints at the Saison style, but I would say this beer is correctly classified in the Belgian strong ale category. The alcohol content makes the drink pretty warming, as does the peppery, spicy character of this beer. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and effervescent, though the body is not too overwhelmingly heavy for a high octane beer. I appreciate how this lighter feel contributes to drinkability. Still tastes like an American attempt at a Belgian, but nevertheless very good.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally cracking this one open for my Father's Day treat for myself.

Pours golden lemon yellow color - with billowing white head. Leaves minimal lace.

Aroma - Belgian yeast smell, slight lemon, a bit grassy and musky.

Taste - Same Belgian yeast smell is in the flavor as well, taste is also a bit musky- grassy - and a bit of some slightly tart apple skin as well. no real dominate hop presence. Not detecting any of the 9% abv this one is packing.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a touch on the thinner side of medium.

Overall - I thought this was a really great beer! - This beer has been aged for just a little over a year now though - so I will have to try to find a fresher version to see how it compares.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with an ebullient head that stays around for a while. Smell is a tad spicy and very full. Grains are up front with the spices and fruit in the background. A bit of a zesty character hidden in the mix as well. Mouthfeel and taste are full and bready. Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of JRed
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark gold in body with thick, foamy marshmallow head. Lemon, pineapple, citrus rind, booze, spicy aroma. Citrus, citrus rind, lemon, sour apple, hop bitterness toward the finish and some booze. Thick, medium-heavy body with low carbonation in the mouthfeel. A good spiced pale ale that feels as if it were brewed abroad but was done nicely in BK. Cheers

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Photo of drtth
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a ½" white fluffy head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice lacing. Sipping creates interesting patterns of lacing and the ring of foam persists for quite a long while.

Smell: The aromas are fresh with orchard fruits (apples and pears), some Belgian yeast aroma and there are traces of some spices (coriander seems a likely nominee).

Taste: The flavors are clean, crisp and refreshing. They are much as expected from the nose (some apple and pear, a bit of spiciness). Some trace of alcohol shows up here but it is neither hot nor unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and crisp with good carbonation. The finish is medium in length and tapers off from light fruitiness into a pleasant dryness that invites the next sip.

Drinkability: I thought this was a reasonably well made beer. It went down easily and I would have no problem with purchasing another. That said I think that Duvel has nothing to fear from this or any of its competitors.

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Photo of OskarL
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow/golden color with a one finger head that has good retention and leaves sticky lacing.

Smells apples, yeast, bread, spices and lemon.

Taste is pretty much like the nose which is nice with some tart green apples, peppery spicyness, some root vegetables and some warming alcohol.

Medium body with quite a lot of carbonation and a dryness that leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light straw yellow with a huge fluffy white head that retains well leaving thick strings of lace behind.

Aromas of grass, light fruits, flowers and slight alcohol esters blend well.

The taste is subtle and balanced with light malts, green apple, pear and tangerine, a hint of mustiness and spice. A moderately dry finish that is crisp and smooth due to the very active carbonation. ABV% is so well hidden that it's more in the nose than in the taste.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet...

This pours a cloudy dull cloudy yellow with a huge fluffy head that sits atop this brew the whole way thru...very murky and cloudy... The head and carbonation are amazing...

Barnyard funk mixed with that candy sugar and yeast found in all good examples of the style... Not overwhelming but nice nonetheless...

Barnyard yeast and sugars with a healthy dose of yeast... Some green apple as well... This is funkier than most BSPAs I've had... Very earthy and funky...

Overall, a nice rep of the style. Not my favorite perhaps but a good beer

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Photo of scottyb88
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark yellow/gold color with great lacing and a really creamy head

S-lemon citrus and some sweet fruits of peach and tangerine; some yeasty breadiness; some alcohol esters

T-yeasty citrus with a subtle sweetness in the background; some grainy flavors; the alcohol was very well hidden but slightly noticeable

M-really creamy mouthfeel with a sharp bite from the carbonation; leaves a fairly dry finish in your mouth

D-it's a pretty good representation of the style; the creamy head remained for the whole beer and it was just an easy beer to drink

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Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crazy carbonation. Easy pour, please! Straw color, huge head, huge lace.

S - Sharp, bubble gum, tart, straw.

T - Flavors subdued compared to smell, but in the same ball park.

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance, good finish.

D - Tasty beer.

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Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good interpretation of the style with enough Belgianesque qualities that it could be considered a BSPA, although the alcohol is hidden enough that it could pass for just a straight Belgian Pale. The beer pours a cloudy yellowy amber color with a bit of haze from the bottle conditioning. I'm not seeing any yeasty bits floating about. The nose is floral, candied sugar common for the style, a bit of banana and maybe coriander, but just a hint. The nose is not particularly assertive, which is too bad.

The taste has a yeasty efforvescence and a slight pricklish mouthfeel, but not overly so. There is plenty of carbonation as the cork is ready to shoot across the room. The candied sugars, the Belgian florals, and the slight coriander and orange peel, star anise flavors are present. There is a nice pineappley flavor and enough spice and ABV to keep things honest. The beer is relatively complex, although not extensively so, with plenty of candied flavors throughout. Not much lacing going on and the aftertaste is fairly slight. The beer hides its 9% ABV quite well.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. The cork came out surprisingly easy, which made more sense when I heard the massive POP! No gushing though, but the pour verified an aggressive carbonation.

4.0 A: Hazy golden color. Three plus fingers of hybrid creamy/frothy white head. Great retention and loads of irregular lacing.

3.5 S: Unfermented wort, loads of peppery spiciness along with clove and corriander. Grassy with a peachy fruitiness. Hops are grassy with a touch of flowery.

2.5 T: Again, unfermented wort. I not a big fan of drinking it when I brew my own beer and I certainly don't want to taste it in a finished beer. This isn't the only brew I've experienced it in, but it is the first that I've noticed it on the first sip. Corriander is the main spice in charge now with pepper and clove following behind. Malts can only be described as "worty" and any other description is inaccurate. Low bitterness, but it does its job to balance.

4.0 M: Medium body. Big healthy spritzy carbonation. No problems here.

2.5 D: This beer wasn't executed well, but maybe Local 2 will be better.

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Photo of danielharper
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Note: This beer rushed out of the bottle a bit when I opened it, causing me to break one of my favorite New Holland pint glasses in the scramble to clean up.)

Translucent orange/yellow body with a very thick white foamy head that leaves significant lacing. I'm taking off a bit on the score for the beersplosion, but otherwise an excellent appearance. Smells very authentically Belgian, with a strong yeasty tartness and a strong biscuity maltiness underneath. Slight hints of earthy barnyardness, even though this isn't nearly as funky as a saison. Very inviting.

Taste is more bitter and drying than expected, but delicious. It's a slight effect, with the main characteristics being the expected Belgian yeast qualities. Some bitterness on the finish and a dry aftertaste. Doesn't cloy at all. The beer doesn't coat the palate as thickly as I'd expect from a Belgian Strong Pale, which is a welcome change from many Belgian-inspired beers. Moderate carbonation, with a crisp hoppy quality.

Overall? Another great beer from Brooklyn. It's frightening how good Garrett Oliver and his team are at making amazing ales and lagers. Goes down crisp and clean but with a classic Belgian character.

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Photo of zoso493
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Brooklyn Local 1 pours a very pale yellow that lights up to a bright golden when held up to the light. A closer inspection reveals loads of carbonation inside the glass, as well as a welcomed haze of (presumably) Belgian yeast. Atop the beer is a massive four-finger head that takes an eternity to subside, leaving a few strands of thick lacing as it goes.

Smell: Instantly, Garrett Olivers description of this beer a "strong saison" rings true, although it does share some similarities with a BSPA. Barnyard smells and wet hay are discernible right away. Behind that, there is a remarkably authentic scent of Belgian yeast, as well a few bright orchard fruits rounding out the smell.

Taste: Just as the smell indicated, this tastes a lot like a BSPA-saison hybrid - and a pretty good one at that. There is a big barnyard taste, that refrains from being too funky, as well as a spot-on strain of Belgian yeast that provides a good amount of tartness. There is also a noted presence of some orchard fruit, with pear and green apple being the most prominent.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just about right in this one. It's very light but still retains a welcomed creaminess. As a result of the high carbonated, Local 1 bounces off your palate and is thus appropriately crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Local 1 masks the alcohol as well as any beer with 9% ABV. Despite being a little more alcoholic than what is typical for the style, the beer is pretty drinkable. For some reason, though, I am taking my sweet time with this bottle.

Overall, Brooklyn Local 1 is a fine beer, whether you want to call it a BSPA or a saison. I'll go with the latter because that's what the brewer prefers. In that light, it's a very tasty brew and an extremely authentic reproduction of a delicious Belgian style. I would definitely drink this again and would gladly recommend it.

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Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shockingly in-stock at the Rhino, who have at two strokes the most expansive and most hollow bottle menu in the city. On later did I recall that Garrett Oliver was here the other month, which explains the actual existence of this inventory.

First off - great bottle design. Pours a cloudy lemon yellow, with a fluffy meringue of a head. Epic retention and lovely lace. Malty pils aroma with a dash of lemon and pepper. Sweet and honey-like, and quite pleasing for a BSPA.

Taste is sweeter than I expected and not quite what I thought Oliver would call a 'strong saison'. Still a top-notch beer though. Pils malt is really present, and gives a honey sweetness, while there's certainly a lot of phenols in there to compliment this. Banana and pear spring to mind. A bit earthy with some floral / herbal hopping, but no significant bite. Alcohol is well-hidden. Medium bodied with a pillowy carb, which bulks thing up nicely, but doesn't detract from the drinkability.

I was hoping for something closer to saison in style, but there's no denying the quality on show here!

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice take on a Belgium golden ale with a rich central Europe feel in the bitterness.

Presentation: 750 ml corked bottle. Black, red and golden label driven by a stylish highlight of number 1. Notes main ingredients and bottle conditioning in the front as part of the general description, while the back offers a slightly longer description of ingredients, intent, and serving suggestions. Notes batch number (3509) but lacks any clear "best by" o "bottling" date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (9.0%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy to pale gold pour, with a rich frothy head, medium retention and lacing.

S - Nice malty, lager-pilsner scent with a yeasty and spicy undercurrent. Lightly fruity.

T - Spicy notes, pepper-clove, over a yeasty and fruity range over a bitter-sweet malty profile. Pilsner-lager feel in the backbone but not in any demeaning way, quite the contrary... Boozy notes emerge towards the end woven with the fruity esters.

M - Medium-full body with moderate carbonation and a smooth ranged topped by a crisp touch.

D - Hmmm, this works rather well, good drink, nice and deceiving quaffer given the Abv.

Notes: Not exactly what one would expect for the style, but it is a rather well crafted concoction. The central European feel to the backbone with the Belgium yeast is unusual but is equally stimulating. Not a fav but also makes for a good quality social brew with great presentation.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, golden hue with a massive, white creamy head that lasts quite awhile and leaves a good amount of lacing. Very nice; not what I was expecting.

S: Quite yeasty and peppery. Citrus aroma is detectable as well. Alcohol is fairly prominent as well.

T: Bold statement coming: This one reminds me of Westmalle's Trappist Tripel. Initial taste is somewhat dominated with Belgian yeastiness, bread-like quality, with a citrus twang and mild peppery spiciness at the finish. The one thing that detracts slightly from this brew is that there is also a mild metallic aftertaste at the end. Regardless, I'm very impressed with this beer.

M: Carbonation is excellent. Not as creamy as it appears, since the head is massive and creamy, and maintains this appearance for quite some time. The metallic finish lingers on the palate slightly, but not as much as the first sip. Once, that initial unexpected feel/taste is crossed, it seems to be diminished a bit.

D: Alcohol is fairly prominent, but that is to be expected for a beer twice the ABV of an average beer. Good drinkability simply based on the style. Not a session beer, obviously, but an excellent interpretation of a Belgian strong ale, by an American brewery. Kudos to Brooklyn brewery.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 86.6% out of 100 with 2,080 ratings
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