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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 LarryV
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a faded opaque orange color with a thin head. Despite the thin head, viscous lacing shows its legs. Subtle aroma of citrus, malt and coriander. The citrus and coriander follow through in the taste, but not to the point that they overpower. Not too sweet and a kiss of hops on the palate. This is an excellent American Belgian style ale, the best I've had, Brooklyn got it right. Despite the high alcohol content, it's hidden quite well making this dangerously drinkable. Delicious.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wiseman Zach picked this up on a recent trip to NYC.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: A gentle pour yielded at least one finger's worth of sparkling, white, fluffy foam. Head shows incredible retention and coats the glass walls in bubble bath-like lacing. Body is gold, lightly hazed, and filled with tumultuous carbonation. Looks fantastic!

Smell: Banana, clove, vanilla, and hay made up the aroma profile early on. As the beer warmed, earth and strong herbal notes took over. At this juncture I'm having trouble smelling anything besides herbs/herbal esters.

Taste: Light banana, honey, lemon zest, hay, and herbs. Tart and earthy with a dry, floral finish. Alcohol is apparent, but mixes in well with the other flavors. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated - foamy, medium-bodied, chewy, spicy, and dry. Really excites the palate. Aftertaste is floral and earthy and, though mild, lingers for a long time.

Drinkability: Other than the smell, which I just didn't get, this was an awesome beer. Zach and I split the bottle, but I think I could've easily polished one off on my own. Would love to try this again!

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Photo of albertjr21
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into an oversized white wine glass, this poured a foggy golden yellow color with a much appreciated thick white head that remains at least a 1/4 inch throughout and provides great lacing.

S: An outstanding yeast aroma and floral undertone. Maybe also a light nutty hint.

T/M: An acidic, well carbonated and pleasant balance on the tongue that has the bread-like aftertaste of a strong sour dough .
Spicy herbal note on the middle of the tongue alongside a light citrus undertone.

D: A great sipping brew that impressively masks a sneaky 9.0 abv very well...

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

A - Golden yellow with orange tinge. A little bit hazy. This beer's bright white head is an absolute monstrosity and its retention is very good. It is sticky inward toward itself, though does not lace real well. Kind of interesting.

S - Huge aroma. Pineapple, banana, a dash of lemon, yeast, hops, with some spice...Perhaps coriander, white pepper.

T - Even better than the aroma. Follows the nose but has that wonderful belgian dry hoppiness and the crisp alcoholic finish. The yeastiness is in perfect equilibrium.

M - Very good. Light to medium bodied. Carbonated just right. Dry finish. Couldn't be much better.

D - Good drinkability. the high abv is always a detractor but this beer's body and hop-yeast balance make it very drinkable. The best belgian pale I've come across after Duvel.

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Photo of jampics2
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the Winking Lizard, poured into a stemmed open mouth glass. Split with Dan-O as he said "order me something good".

Looks great, a hazy golden color with a touch of orange. Nice head retention and lace.

Smell is nice. I get a bunch of fruity esters including orange, apple, and banana. Some candy sugar and mild alcohol.

Taste is VERY nice but a touch hot! Spicey yeast gives hints of coriander and clove. Some fruit from the hops gives apple and pear flavors, and there's some pepper in there too. Noticeable alcohol in the flavor, and I've had beers that just have a bit more oomph!

Mouthfeel was good, nice and lively. But finish was a touch hot. Overall, this was nice but not a premier example of the style.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a deep golden honey/copper that was darker in the center than the outsides. Had a generaous yeasty head with lacing that clung to the glass like that was its job.

S - Orange, lemon, sugar, clove, banana. Delicious.

T - Nice balance of flavors. Sweet and fruity, but in a subtle way. The smell is much stronger than the flavor.

M - Very vibrant. Jumps to life in my mouth. Alcohol is hidden really well. Has a bit of a dry aftertaste.

D - Extremely drinkable. One of my favorite SBPAs.

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a bubbly active white head that calms down to a nice lacing that seems to just stay forever. Looks wonderful. As the beer warms the cloudiness seems to wear off and a nice clarity comes through.

S - Smells of very sweet light fruits and belgian yeast. Really smells enticing.

T - Taste is much more reserved than expected from the smell. Light and dry. The sweetness is surprisingly not really pronounced. Hints of fruit here and there, but mostly crisp citrus hops and a bit of powdery yeast. Very nice and clean.

M - Clean, crisp, dry. Bubbly but not overdone.

D - Very nice. abv is high up there, so this isn't exactly a session beer, but it is light-bodied overall and would go well with a good meal.

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Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a bottle at d.b.a. in Brooklyn while at a tasting. Gold and cloudy, with a very good foamy head and lace. Lots of sediment. Has a candy sugar, cotton candy scent to it.

Yeasty taste to it. Very sweet, belgian beer. Very strong alcohol taste to it, as well. Too sweet for my likes, but it's high quality.

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

Poured into a wine glass. The color is anywhere from light gold to a deep hazy orange depending on the amount of yeast in the pour. It's got a perfect white head that lasts forever.

The aroma is vibrant and fruity with notes of banana, peaches, and an orange creamsicle. The yeast adds a nice level of spiciness. Everything is strong and vibrant.

Local 1 is sweet and fruity, with orange peel, white grapes, mango, and a slight leafy flavor that reminded me of tobacco. The finish has some lemon and orange flavor with a bit of spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is full but bubbly, with a smooth sweetness up front and a tingling bubbly feel on the back.

This is a great beer. The buzz factor sneaks up on you doing it's best to justify the price. I will get this again.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow orange color that is moderately hazy with a big fluffy white pillow head that has fantastic retention. excellent lacing for the style and sitting beautifully.

Smel: Vibrant green apple mixed with some nice honey coated wheat, almost cereal like in its initial approach. Falls a bit flat with its spiciness that i would expect but nice esters of corriander.

Taste: Tastes very fresh and clean and focused. Belgian yeasty, with german malt profiles. Light cereal like malt with crisp hops that leave a citurs not on the back end. Dry finish but fruity approach.

Mouthfeel: Excellent coating of the palate. Finish is off dry with a nice musty fresh green grape acidity that balances well with the fruity approach.

Drinkability: truely perfect in this sense. An all season style beer for me, and able to be paired with both light and dark meats and dishes. Exactly what I am looking for in a belgian golden ale.

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Photo of cpone
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy pale straw/gold into a Duvel tulip. Nice, thick foamy head but not much lacing.

S: A little funky with sweet, candied fruit - pear, banana. A little hop presence and alcohol laced with a nice spice.

T: Sweet malt and pepper. A very alcoholic exhale and finish.

M: Medium bodied with a great degree of carbonation.

D: Too strong on the alcohol to drink much by itself, but pair well with equally strong food. Followed the label and had with spicy seafood, a great marriage.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a hazed apricot color with an amazing soft bright white head that initially contains a lot of carbonation you can hear. Retention is awesome, doesn't want to die down. Soft, tight thin cap remains. Small spaced webed lacing coating the glass.

S- Belgian yeast, banana, lemon/orange peel, and spice. There's a fair bit of alcohol present, but it works with the other aromas.

T- There's a lot of alcohol/medicinal qualities in the flavor that I'm not a huge fan of. Underneath that it's got some good things going on. Nice wheat flavor, spice, and a touch of fruit. Not really digging the bitterness in the finish, it's more of a medicinal kind of bitterness as opposed to a hop bitterness.

M- The body is to thin for my liking, carbonation is above average and stings the tongue a bit. It's finish is extremly dry, feels like it's from the alcohol.

D- I just don't understand this one, it drinks like the abv is way higher than 9%. I just can't get passed the medicinal booziness qualities, they just don't work well with everything else. I expected more out of this one.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden-amber body with a steady column of carbonation leading up to a perfectly lofty head of frothy bright-white foam. It presents the perfect image in the Duvel tulip, with the initial beer/head line falling right in the middle of the logo. Awesome.

S: Pure Belgian yeast on the nose, with light spice taking slight precedence over apple and pear esters. Straightforward, but quite good.

T: Much more complex than the aroma, with those yeast flavors mixing with a generous helping of sweet bready malts; this sweetness combines with fruity alcohol to deliver a really interesting (and really sweet) finish. I love the complexity, but I'd actually prefer this to be a little more dry and yeasty than sweet and boozy.

M: Faintly sticky medium body with plenteous fine carbonation.

D: Not all that bad for a 9% BSPA, but nowhere near the realm of a Duvel. The overly sweet finish doesn't do it any favors in this regard; I wish it were a 12oz instead of a 750.

Notes: Be warned, this one blew the cork off of the ceiling the second I unscrewed the cage - I've never seen a cork get so forcefully ejected, especially in a beer. It's a worthy beer (and one that I'm glad to have tried finally), but I probably won't be shelling out for it again. There are just too many great Belgians to sample, and Duvel solidly remains my go-to for the style.


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Photo of Freethyhops
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a friend split a bottle with me last night. review from notes

A- pours a near opaque pale gold. a huge fluffy white head. little to no lacing but Belgians rarely leave any. very nice head retention.

S- strong Belgian yeast esters and candy sweetness is evident. a hint of spiciness and some tropical banana like aroma.

T- almost a mirror of the aroma, strong fruity Belgian yeast esters. the most recognizable fruit being banana. a tiny bit of spice reveals itself as it warms. the beer stays on the sweet side throughout

M- light/medium in body. the carbonation level is a bit excessive and detracts a little from the beer. finishes slightly dry

D- very smooth drinking 9% very little alcohol is detectable and doesn't show it's face until near room temp. I'd pick this up again and would likely pick it up over any imported Belgian Strong Pale

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

Very nice beer, although it did not necessarily live up to the pomp I gave it. Reminded me alot of a Farm Ale, the alcohol was hidden nicely in the hops and malts. Somewhat cloudy pour, we drank it at the Navy Club in Seoul in some wine glasses which seemed to suit the packaging. It did lace to the glasses and did seem to satisfy the beer snob in us as a hale beer well met. Will try again but maybe not with such anticipation.

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Photo of diamondc
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled day 62 of 2009.

'Typical' Belgian Pale Ale appearance. Golden, hazy, head that just won't quit. Sticky, spider web lacing is left with every sip on my Coors goblet. Excellent.

Smells intriguing .. cloves, cinnamon, marzipan, white grapes, bright citrus fruit, with some lingering earthiness in the background.

There's a lot of orange, honey, bubblegum, & clove mixed with a decent amount of dry bitterness.
Taste is a bit of a letdown from the aroma, actually. Nothing extraordinary, but still tasty.

A very drinkable ale. Very effervescent and quaffable with hardly any alcohol burn.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy straw yellow color with amber notes and a deep orange center. The head is thin and bubbly, fluffy on top. The head has decent retention, it lingers quite some time not wanted to leave. A spider web lacing is left on the side of the glass and gets thicker as the head very slowly goes away

S-the nose is very big and quite nice. Spicy clove tingles the nose with a hint of pepper lending a hand. Corriander and lemon rind are quite strong with notes of banana and a hint of apple.

T-the taste follows the nose, it is spicy up front, clove and a touch of pepper. Lemon and corriander hit hard, notes of golden fruits and banana. More spicy pepper at the finish tingles the throat

M-this is smooth on the front of the palate but rough towards the back. The carbonation is really beating up my throat. It is quite dry throughout with a lighter to possible medium body

D-this is quite tasty and easy to drink. The alcohol is hardly noticeable and the beer is pretty big in terms of flavor. Pretty straight forward offering but quite tasty.

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

Appearance: Pours a very active yellow golden color with a ton of white fluffy bubbles that sit on top and look like they have no intention of falling down. There is a whole lot of bubbles rising to maintain the head. When it starts to fall it leaves a good bit of lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma: There is fresh lemongrass aroma when it was first poured and as the beer sits for a little bit, it is taking on a much toastier malt profile with some floral accents from the yeast. the alcohol is coming out more as the beer warms up some, and is adding a spicy note to the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is really clean with a lemonesque a lot of ways. It has the clean lemon flavor and the lemon actually has a lemon peel bitterness to it that is not unpleasant. The beer overall is medium bodied with lots of carbonation so that it skates across your palate quickly and just leaves you with some lemon and alcohol sitting on the palate for a while after the sip. The finish is definitely balanced toward the sweetness, but there is some hops in there for sure...but they provide balance instead of running the finish. The alcohol gives some warming on the back of the throat.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer. I would say that it rivals any of the best Belgian Pale Ales and it is nice coming from an American brewery. I am not sure how much I will be picking this beer up as this is not one of my favorite styles...but regardless this is one of the best examples of this style that I have had. Give it a shot regardless, but especially if you like Belgian Pales.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice yellow with an insane white head and a lively crabonation
S-fruity apple,pear,and citrus with a nice spicyness with a bit of yeast
T-more of the fruit mentioned above with a bit more pronounced alcohol presence very smooth and very refeshing for such a huge beer
M-very full and an unreal smoothness with a carbonation that supports the beers spicy character
D-this is a huge beer that is certanly meant to be enjoyed so while its delicious it isnt really a session beer

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears a slightly hazed honey golden hue with a bright white head forming thick and rising well above the rim of my glass. Lacing is fine belgian styled laced that is intricate and detailed between sips, beautiful looking brew.

Aromatics bring out fruity and floral layers with spicy yeast notes in the background, complex smelling brew. Citrus peels and spicy black pepper accents, herbal grassy fields of floral notes with honey coated biscuit malts, goes great together.

Flavors although quite sweet remain balanced by yeast spiciness and herbal hops in the background. Fruity mango, banana, and pineapple tropical fruit esters, mild citrus pith. Honey drizzled biscuits, black pepper and other spiced features from the Belgian yeast strain used here. It all blends well with herbal spice with a mild hop backing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied soft effervescent carbonation aged perfectly before releasing in warm rooms, I love Garret's brewmaster series. I can't wait until they bottle the Sorachi Ace Ale. Nothing cloying a bit of warming alcohol as the brew warms up and opens up, some dry chalky yeast notes and herbal hops left on the palate between sips.

Drinkability is pretty incredible, a long time brew that I've touted as one of the best beers in the last couple years. Only 9 bucks at the local Giant Eagle Market District, you can't beat that grab a bottle and split it with some friends.

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Photo of Andreji
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I finally came round to buy the locals 1 and 2 which i had been eyeballing for the past few weeks.

And i tell ya they're not half disappointing. Decided to watch some footie while tasting them (why not?) in a comfy living room.

at first glance this could go anywhere and i had no idea this was a belgian PA. cloudy straw toned, maybe not so clear looking but the head was very white. is it a wit? a weizen? a PA? carbonation is strong but i'm thinking maybe my glass was a tiny bit dirty.

So the smell still doesn't get me clear....very limey and grassy-wheaty sort of clinging to a lighter, drier style like a wit....great intriguing nose but still hard to decipher where this is headed. it's clear...not quite. of course this is a belgian ale, it's fruity and spicy's not sweet. at all. its a dry pale ale of sorts, strong alcohol presence throughout. very unusual inclination for the style, reminded me of some belgians i've tried along these lines but would have to look at my reviews to remember which these are...but this is definetly out of the mainstream. nice body, refreshing but for the 75cl bottles they sell it in, you might be in for a tipsy time after one.

Edit: reading the notes on this it says "it was classified as a Strong Saison by G.Oliver". I can only say i completely agree.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy golden straw color. Four finger plus white foamy/pillowy head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Lacing/

Smell: Sweet apple fragrance, with a spicy kick to it. Some lemon and clove. Mild floral hops and yeast esters.

Taste: Roasted sweet malts, with spicy and peppery hops. Yeast esters are definitely present. Moderate sweetness. Sparkling wine characteristics in bite and alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Very spicy and prickly on the mouth. Sort of similar in feel to a sparkling wine, sort of.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, but definitely a sipper. The spicy flavor, high alcohol content, and carbonation all make this one a slow roller. But well worth it.

Buy Again? Yes

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle coutesy of an in-person trade with air. Thanks buddy.

A golden mostly clear slightly hazed body with a masssive rocky head that actually climbs it's way out of my Delerium Tremens snifter. Excellent retention!

The scent is spicy and full of medicinal clove, orchard fruits, apple skin, pepper and earthy/musty hops.

The flavor is very spicy(clove and pepper) with a healthy dose of hops. Some fruit in the middle but cleans up at the end and finishes dry as a bone. The alcohol is noticable but does not distract from the other elements.

Sharply carbonated and creamy. Medium body

750 ml? no problem. ABV/serving size is the only thing holding the drinkability score back a notch.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy gold and has quite a bit of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a bit light and kind of fruity at first. Some plumb and a slight green apple come out a bit. The flavor is a bit sour with a bit of a co2, airiness with all the bubbles.

The taste is a bit yeasty with some sour fruit and some malty flavor. The was again some fruity flavor that seemed to have just a touch of hops in the distant background.

The feel of this beer is nice and crisp and has a good amount of carbonation. It is pretty easy drinking and goes down quite well.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged this 750ml bottle the other day at Ayotte's, setting me back $8.49. Lot # 2548? No other freshness info found.

OK, into a Rapscallion chalice she goes. Color is a muted golden-apricot, with a more-than-healthy layer of fine, tight white bubbles sitting atop the liquid. There are plenty of carbo bubbles within contributing to the head, which has great staying power. Lacing is top-shelf, all the way. Nose has some fruity notes and yeastiness prsent, though it is restrained overall. Mouthfeel is middle of the pack, with a fairly smooth feel to the bier combining with a medium body.

There are pale, crackery malts present in the flavor, with some mild sweetness. Flavor, like the aroma, has some fruity traits, with pear and apple coming to mind. The yeast does contribute a bit of a spicy, peppery quality, though it is not overly strong. While this is a flavorful bier in general, it lacks the complexity typically present in a good Belgian-style bier. I am enjoying it, but it's not worth the price, so Local 1 is a one and done.... Prosit!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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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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