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

My buddy shot the cork off of this bottle and nearly put a hole in his girlfriend's foot and pours us our tasting glasses full of mostly Belgian head.
After the head settled down this beer poured a shiny pale golden color that is well topped with whitish head.
Smell is full of fruit esters and yeast and some good spiced notes.
Taste is complex in its profile-there is some good spice notes throughout the flavor and a taste I can only describe and cinnamon applesauce-a good note in the profile.
Finish is wet with booze and yeast-and fruit spices.
Drinks well at 9%-though definitely not a gulper.

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Photo of degerbah
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy pale yellow with some sediment visible in the glass. Lots and lots of head, forcing me to wait untill it dies down before I can take a taste. As I wait, the head dies down, there is tremendous thick lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very fruity, almost smelling like cinnamon applesauce. The taste is very boozy with a slightly bitter yeasty taste. Too strong to be anything but a sipper, not really an exceptional beer, and I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of mwa423
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This is a golden hazy colored beer that was almost impossible to pour without insane amounts of head. The color and lacing are primo and this could easily be 4 or greater if not for the insane head.

S - Lots of alcohol, spice, some yeast. Dead on perfect for style.

T - Yeasty, fruity apple flavor which is similar to Unibroue Ephimere. There is a hint of spice on the end and a very dry note on the end.

M/D - Mouthfeel is quite tingly, which is typical to style but it is followed with a smooth and rich flavor. This is a sipper but a good drinker for the style.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Old bottle that I found in the old country... Toledo I think.
Sitting around for a couple of years.

Bottle has 1377 stamped on the back.

Dusty smell. Looks really hazy. Honey appearance. Fine foam. Not much lace.

Tastes peculiar. Warming, dry, bitter. On the watery side.

Might be past his peak. Not getting much fruit. Maybe some over ripe mango, pineapple.

not one that ages well or nicely.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.


Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger thick creamy white head, with some nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice spice note. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeasty, bitter, spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew.

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Photo of RppIII
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Snifter (batch number on back)

Appearance- Pours pale golden with a flawless fluffy white head and phenomenal retention leaves white washed halos dotting the sides of the glass. Each swallow brings a white sheet fluff washing into my mouth.

Smell- immediately candied malts are present in the nose followed by coriander, alcohol phenols, and hops create an interesting sour note, very much reminds me of a bottle of bubbly.

Taste- While this is an American style Strong Belgian Pale Ale it lacks the customary complexity that the notorious Belgian yeast strains, and somewhat the American yeast strains for this style, impart. Candied Malt gives way to coriander and a slight bitter hop flavour. Hints of bananas and lots of sour fruit give this beer a brilliant contrast to the sweet candies present in the initial taste. The alcohol within gives me courage to walk outside in the bitter cold and enjoy a fresh snow laden landscape.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy with a good amount of carbonation to remind you this is a beer. For this style the carbonation isn't nearly crisp enough, it is too cluttered and un-organized. Aesthetically I enjoy the messy carbonation against the creaminess of this beer but maybe not in this style.

Drinkability- Drinkable, but overall not aesthetically pleasing. The complexity of this beer is lacking, the aesthetic quality of this beer is lacking, and most importantly the yeast is non-present. I enjoy what Brooklyn has done with this beer but I don't feel all the pieces of this style fit together as they could.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a big fluffy white head. Retention is good, with a nice cap staying until the end.
Smells like spice, yeast and clove.
Tastes a bit earthy and grassy. Some lemon zest and clove. Bitterness from the high ABV comes through a bit too much, but overall its pretty decent. Just a touch of sweetness there too.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little prickly from the carbonation.
It wasn't hard at all to finish, but not stellar.

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

Pours a hazy, golden yellow with lots of lacing.

Smells spicy, with the slightest bit of a citrus essence.

A bit fruity at first, but followed by a very malty-wheat flavor that's quite pleasing.

Light mouthfeel with excellent carbonation.

Looking forward to more of this - it's a stellar beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize/golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, alcohol, tart malt, slight sweet malt, slight honey, hops, slight citrus, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, tart malt, yeast, citrus (lemon/pear?), slight alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, alcohol really well hidden, good aroma, great body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle stamped 0769. Possibly bottled on July 6, 2009?

Served chilled into a chalice, Local 1 has a very hazy appearance. The beer is a golden yellow color with poor clarity even though it has sat perfectly still for several months. The head is rocky and settles fairly quickly.

Aroma is spicy and funky in perfect unity. It doesn't shout anything but you get a variety of unusual and pleasant experiences in the nose.

Flavor is fruity with great Belgian yeast character. The tropical fruit combines with the unique sour flavor and funky yeast strain to create a beatifully complex, yet balanced, beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and high in carbonation, as many Belgian strong pales are. The abundance of bubbles is probably this beer's greatest hinderance but it's not out of character for the style.

Overall a wonderful beer and one certainly worth having if the opportunity arises.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, gold in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: honey, hay, and lemon

Taste: honey, hay, lemon, orange, and some bittering hops. Kind of tastes like a dry white wine

Mouthfeel: bitter at firstgetting more sweet and funky.high carbonation, light bodied, thin

Drinkability: A very good beer that tastes like a dry white wine. I could have a couple of glasses. I was surprised by the funk. This will not be the first drink I look for but would have it again.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glass- Riedel 6416/07

A- Hazy yellow, persistent foam.

S- Citrus, yeasty bread dough.

T- Light maltiness. Notes of orange. There is a notable and regretable shortfall of structure and body here.

M, D- A disappointing lack of substance, this brew comes across as thin and light. It is not thoroughly unpleasant, but it is not inspiring, and I don't consider it to be successful enough to drink again given the many other fine options available.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse from the bottle.

A-spongy white head and a lemon like body

S-juicy, very fruity, lemon

T-cigarette??? lemon, fruit pit flavor, alcohol


D-Some of the flavors here were just weird. However, the beer is challenging in a very good way.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, hazy golden color with an attractive ivory head that lingers.
Aroma is nice and bready. Taste is big, chunky, and somewhat sweet. Lots of yeast and malt, perhaps a hint of mango and a little spice. Mouthfeel is full and warm with alcohol. Overall, a very nice, classic-tasting Belgian ale. Quite good.

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Photo of speter
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color, huge head that fades to nice lacing
S: Upon pour, I was struck by a very yeasty Belgian scent: fruity, bready, with a hint of honey. As the foam settled, the scent took on a more pale ale-ish hop scent.
T: For me, this started citrus-like, became peppery over the top of the tongue, and finished clove-like. The pepper flavor persists.
M: Very nice body with a slight warming feel (nice this winter!). Very carbonated.
D: Although this can be (according to the bottle) either an aperitif or served with food, to my mind this really works better with food, especially something spicy or peppery, as the peppery quality of the beer is quite strong.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Evan1023 for this!

75cL bottle poured into a snifter

It pours a hazy golden yellow witha billowing 4 finger head. The head lasts for several minutes and keeps a nice trail of lace down the glass.

It smells very orangey with some spicy yeast. Quite pleasant.

The taste is just like Garret Oliver said in the description. A big boy saison, very similar to the New Glarus Imperial Saison. Very citrusy with an ending very strong yeast pepper spice bite to seal the deal. Light tasting but still full bodied. Very enjoyable; not a hint of the alcohol.

the mouthfeel is great and carbonation is perfect for the style. The bottle whole went down quickly and without a fight. A real solid beer.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle on 11/25/09

A - pours a hazy orange with an inch of foam that stuck around for a while

S - light saison aroma, citrus-orange and lemon

T - citrusy taste, light malt, honey appears as it warms

M - good carbonation and mouthfeel

D - very flavorful and easy to drink

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

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Hazy golden pour with 1-2 fingers of head. Constant bubbles from the bottom.

S: Wonderful. Cloves, bananas, and a little peppery. Hint of sweet fruit.

T/M: This is a very good Belgian. Spicy, carbonated feel with a sweet finish. Bananas and cloves present in the taste, but not as strong as the nose. Very crisp. Great example of a belgian.

D: Can easily finish the whole bomber, but not much more.

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Photo of alkemy
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

About three inches of whipped egg whites for a head sitting above a quite cloudy golden brew. All kinds of scents emanating. Clove, banana, bubblegum, pepper, and touches of citrus. You can really smell the Belgian yeast. Lots of spicy pepper in the taste. Yeasty citrus and some clove, but the taste seems a bit conservative when compared with the smell. The carbonation was a bit over the top and lent itself to the peppery sensation on the tongue. I agree with some other reviewers about the medicinal finish. You can really taste the alcohol. This wasn't up to the expectations I had for it, but it was still pretty good. I also found it better after it warmed a bit.

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Photo of AlexMunse
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a 21oz Pint Glass.

It pours a hazy golden color with a two finger, bone white head that has nice retention and good lacing.

A nice smell, not too hoppy. Bread and citrus with a slight sweetness in the background.

The taste is very bold. Nice and flavorful with a lot of citrus sourness to it. It's got a lot of tanginess to it. I like this beer, but I know I'd have to be in the right mood for it to REALLY enjoy it. The taste is slightly spicy very little complexity.

The mouth is VERY carbonated and thin, but not BAD as much as disappointing. If I were to judge by the smell and taste, I wouldn't guess the mouth would be as bad as it is, but it is just a small distraction from how much I enjoyed this beer.

It's not a beer I'll drink every day, but I'll get another bottle just to share it with friends.

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Photo of cavedave
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours golden and cloudy, topped by four fingers of well wrought, snow white foam. The head subsides slowly to a one finger topping, and coriolis ejections of lace cling firmly to the snifter.

It has a full aroma of belgiany yeast, candy sugar, neutral grain, light fruits, with just a hint of citrus, even lighter hint of earth. I'm thinking this is one of those beers that feature a bouquet that is different from the taste when consumed. We'll see.

Taste-wise not a lot delicious going on here, I am not a fan of this beer. It starts with a tangy yeast flavor which leads into alcohol, a sort of mild grain character, limited fruity notes (really fails here), and ends with an herbal bitterness that is "mediciny", and leaves a cloying flavor in the finish. It lacks clean flavor, lacks complexity, lacks a balanced and interesting flavor profile, and is just...forgettable. Price should never be a reason for a rating, objectivity is king here on BA, but if this were a two dollar beer I probably would think it tastes o'kay. It's not. It doesn't.

Mouthfeel is not good. The carb. is too high, doesn't match the flavors, what there are of them. Ironically, the thickness is too thin, even for the style, but if it were thicker this beer would taste even worse. The finish is full of cloying artificiality. Can't believe this beer has gotten as good ratings as it has.

Drinkability? Not too bad, all things considered, but, compared to other easily available/equally priced Belgian Strong Pales, not so great either.

Impression: I keep trying Brooklyn because of the high ratings of many beers, perhaps no longer. I do not recommend this beer.

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Photo of argock
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date but bottle code on back label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.79.

A: A beautiful beer with golden very clear hue topped by massive 3-4 finger white head with pyramid of bubbles -- large at the bottom, small at the top -- with a whipped cream, frothy top with good retention and spots of lace.

S: Very phenolic, peppery, and estery with pale maltiness, herbal hops, and spiciness. No real yeast aromas are present until the very bottom of the bottle.

T: The phenol and pepper aspects are way too strong, and the nutty aspect of the yeast would have countered that well, but it's way too filtered, which hurts the smoothness of the flavor. It leaves a great-looking beer, but the flavor and aroma suffer unfairly for it. Pale fruit crispness is there, but the alcohol is pretty prominent and lends a lot of the peppery, estery aspect to the brew.

M: Slightly astringent as the sharpness is a bit overplayed. Aftertaste is malty and peppery with pretty hefty alcoholic character.

D: I like this beer, but a bigger yeast component in both the aroma (to make it more inviting) and in the flavor (to give a more nutty smoothness rather than all the sharp phenolic, peppery qualities) would enhance this beer a lot. Maybe filtering changes to allow more yeast character are what's needed, but this beer, while beautiful, is just too sharp and and incohesive.

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

As I remove the cage from the bottle, the cork immediately flys off and scared the shit outta me. Bottle starts gushing and I grab a tulip and start pouring. Huge 3 finger white head forms, body is a hazy pale orange. Head retention and lacing were good.

Smell is of peppery yeast and pale malt. There is also some tangerines and very faint alcohol. No hops are detected

Taste is similar to smell, peppery and astringent. Straw malt mixes with sour apples. No hops are present and alcohol is there but not overpowering.

Mouth feel is good. Carbonation is lively but not too much. Body is light but not watery. Head receded halfway through which was only downside

Drink ability was good. Semi session able, especially for the high abv. Not my favorite in this style but still pretty good

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

My first Brooklyn beer! I've been looking forward to this for awhile. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a La Trappe glass. From notes 12/21/09.

Fairly hazy golden body. Forms a wispy small white head that isn't retained for long.

Aromas are of bread yeast, a good shot of spice, mild herbal hops, and fruity esters; bananas and citrus primarily. Nice, but I couldn't call it intensely aromatic.

Flavor profile continues with fruity notes which push the yeast flavors into the background a bit. The orange and tropical fruit are joined by a small dose of candy sugar which is in turn balanced out by the spice and a nice herbal hop character. As it warms, the yeast comes back to the forefront and spice becomes more clear. Here's where I can start to see how this could be considered a 'Strong Saison' but it's better as an example of a BSPA in my opinion.

The great even carbonation one would expect from a bottle refermented Belgian style ale along with the slight alcohol tingle compliment the medium body for a very nice feel. Drinkability is excellent, tempting bigger sips than I'd normally take of a 9% beer.

Overall pleasant, but not perfect. It's difficult to review American beers in this style because it forces direct comparison to some of the best beers on the planet. It doesn't exactly match up against those but it's still enjoyable enough that I'll be in search of more Brooklyn offerings shortly.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Extremely active, enormous head (3 inches in goblet) overflows and last and lasts....slightly hazy and golden.

SMELL Fruity and spicy Belgian yeast character blend with malty sweetness up front. Floral hoppy notes following and adding complexity. Long legs.

TASTE Malty sweet, spicy and fruity yeasty notes, faint hoppy bitterness an flavors with fairly bold boozyness toward the finish. Rich, smooth, balanced and clean.

FEEL plenty of, if not too much, carbonation. Full bodies, medium dry, with blatant alcoholic heat.

OVERALL a sipper for sure. But this a very well made and deliciously drinkable beer. Grateful to have had the chance.

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