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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.

Added by akorsak on 02-18-2007

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Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +4.4%
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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Photo of biophiliadude
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Pint!

A: Wit beer cloudiness and color - yellow/orange. 1 inch head.

S: Smells like a Belgian wit beer, all oranges and bread.

T: Belgian wit - oranges, little pine, lemongrass.

F: Bubbles, but smooth finish

D: Interesting, but tasted a lot like Tripel Ale's I've had before. I was hoping for an Allagash Tripel Reserve like taste, but was left feeling like I had an average Belgian wit - nothing wrong with that just saying it wasn't what I expected.

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Photo of tubdog13
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into large wine glass

a - 1" head with great retention, lacing, hung onto 1/8 head with peaks and valleys. beer is golden and cloudy with lots of carbonation

s - not getting to much here, little flowery aroma

t - light hop taste at first, let sit for alittle while to warm up, apples and citrus came through

m - very clean on the tongue, leaves a hoppy aftertaste, fairly light and clean with all the carbonation

d - very light beer for the high abv (9%), could probably have 1 or 2 of these on a hot summer day

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked wine bottle split with Beerwolf77. Poured into my Duvel tulip. 9% ABV, 0769 (date?).

Thanks to Onenote81 for this bottle! Awesome!

A - Very lightly hazy, the bright golden yellow color is fantastic and a plume of carbonation billows from the etching to a massive three-finger white head. Great retention and even better lace like webbing all over the glass.

S - Pale malts blend well with some yeast and tons of esters. Bubblegum and light banana with a ton of spice on the nose. A bit of wheat in the background. The aroma is incredibly inviting. A nice balanced citrus hint makes it crisp too.

T - The flavor is a big crisp pale malt and light wheat flavor with a subdued lemony citrus bang a load of spiciness. The yeast is less evident in the flavor than the aroma but still imparts a spice and light bubblegum flavor.

M - Very crisp and medium-light bodied with a sharp finish. A little alcohol warmth at the finish too.

D - As usual, for the style, it's a very drinkable beer. The warm alcohol hits you after a while but it goes down nicely. A real treat for all the senses that I wish I had another bottle of. Thanks again to Onenote81 for this bottle!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for busting this bad boy out on one of our mid-week tastings.

The beer pours a lightly hazed golden yellow. The stark white head reaches a full three inches and forms a huge pillowy cloud that rests gently on top of the beer. After an excruciating wait the head begrudgingly settles and leaves nice thick rings of lace Saturn would be proud of.

The aroma is sweet candied fruit right off the bat. This fades into an array of yeast, spices, white grapes, pears, apples and a just a hint of tart hops.

The flavor is not as sweet or pronounced as the nose but very good still. Lightly sweetened fruits like white grapes, apples and pears. Yeasty breadiness is found along with a mild booze kick to finish. A touch dry.

Medium creamy body that finishes dry with just he right amount of carbonation.

Overall I could drink this beer anytime anyday. Great example of the style. I love when an american brewer makes me forget where the beer came from. Thanks again Andy.

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

Pours out with a huge, fluffy white head. The color is a slightly hazy, golden/orange that shows lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.
The smell is quite crisp and of the Belgian yeast, a bit of citrus aroma and some malt. The aroma is kind of mild and could benefit from a bit more oomph.
The taste does seem to ride the middle road between a BSPA & a Saison leaning toward the BSPA sometimes and a Saison at others. It's a bit spicy with candied ginger and there is a mild tartness, I don't find it particularly complex but still it's pretty tasty. Rating strictly to style doesn't do this beer any favors.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation sticks around throughout the bottle. It's not particularly sweet and is on the dryer side.
Drinkability is pretty good if you want to get a bit buzzed like I did from a whole bottle. This would be a very nice bottle for 3 people to drink with some fish and a piece of fruit pie.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice dec11 2009

A a cloudy golden orange with loads of carbonation that gives it two fingers worth of head that just sits there minding its business leaving lace well down the glass

S funky yeast with a heavy blast of citrus fruit and some spicy hops

T not far off the smell with a little booze but not the 9%alc printed in the bottle. well rounded beer with some mild malt helping the hops out for a nice balance, and the more I drink I can't help thinking pina colada, am I crazy serving this one with a tiny paper umbrella

M a little heaver then expected but heavy carbonation keeps it light if that makes any sense

D sexy all around, I dug this beer and only hope to drink it again

yet another beer that leaves me confused. listed as a BSPA yet defined as a strong saison by the brewer, and I can't help think triple, a world class triple for that matter. oh well I can stay confused with glee as long as I have one of these bad boys in front of me

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Photo of naw2154
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer does a great job of both presenting an alluring package and delivering a high quality beer. The head of this corked beer is almost over the top. However, once it settles the foam is exceptional. It clings to the glass and allows the smells to be appreciated. The beer itself is very drinkable. Usually these high alcohol beers offer more sweetness than I like. That is not the case with this beer. I highly recommend the Local No 1.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge bottle of beer to sit down and review this evening. Local 1 is a Belgian Pale Ale with a 9% ABV. The cork exploded when I released the wiring around it.

The fully carbonated beer had a huge head on it that slowly disapated leaving a slight amount of lace along the side and foam on the top.

The beer has a fruity smell with a little bit of malt showing through. The straw yellow color is a good canvas for a steady amount of carbonation bubbles.

While the description of the beer is pretty high, the taste seems to be lacking a bit. The beer while good is slightly missing a solid Belgian flavor. Not saying that it doesn't taste good, just not a great reflection of a Belgain.

The beer is of a light body and the carbonation really flows through as the beer is consumed.

Overall- not bad, but I have had better Belgians.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 into a beer flute.

Pours a honey-orange color with a nice three quarters of an inch of head. Off white approaching bone white. Nice tiny little bubbles, some lacing.

Nice yeasty smell with a nice fruitiness. Banana, pineapple, and orange. A little bit of the "sweet candy" smell in Belgian brewed ales, but this is nice. A little bit of pine from the hops, but generally yeast and malt heavy.

Nice warm flavors of orange, a touch of lemon zest, and a variety of malts. I'm also getting a bit of grapefruit. Mostly sweet yeast flavors, and not as strong as the smell would imply. Very delicious.

This has a very interesting mouthfeel. It's relatively heavy bodied, but the carbonation cuts through (and I attribute some to the high quality of the glass - a rough bottom). Great beer to drink.

I'll finish the entire 750 tonight myself. I think it could be easily done by most, but this is also a great beer to share with a couple people. Worth the try.

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Photo of TLove
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

The Belgian Strong Pale is an awkward fit for this beer, as is the Saison style. This would fit somewhere in the middle and isn't particularly representative of either. No matter. This is a solid effort, though not quite on par with the quality of ingredients and masterful coaxing of flavors that I got from the Brooklyn Local 2.

A decent, grapefruit skin color with a 2 finger head and moderate retention. Scents of red pear, cane sugar, and spices. A little touch of banana, but the citrus and spices take over, with some solid carbonation throughout and very nice, semi-complex flavors in the mouth. Balance is this beer's strong suit, but it does it by thinning out the beer more than is necessary. Delivers less in the mouth than on the nose.

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle stored in fridge to pint glass.

A: Golden color, significant head, cloudy.

S: Really not getting much on the nose - some citrus and malt.

T: ehhh...not bad. This appears to be a nice representation of a Belgian pale ale, but it is not too complex. I can taste the alcohol, but it is certainly not overpowering.

M: very nice thick weightiness to the mouthfeel. Good carbonation too.

D: Again, for the amount of alcohol, this is very drinkable. I took this down a little too easily, and definitely was feeling a bit buzzed afterwards.

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Photo of BierFan
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Big off-white head. Bit of haze to the deep golden body. Lacing adheres nicely to the glass.

Smell: Kind of reminds me of Stone 08.08.08. except with much lower bitterness. The aroma definitely gives it away as being a Belgian pale ale. Yeasty and wonderful.

Taste: Doughy yeast. A little bit of spicy hop bitterness. Herbal aftertaste. The German hops really go well with the Belgian yeast flavor.

Simply superb.

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Photo of prototypic
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Local 1 is a pale golden color. It's moderately hazy, but isn't anywhere near opaque. It's topped with an impressive foamy, white head that reaches nearly three fingers deep. It's very slow to dissipate and left a sticky web of lace trailing down the glass. Good lookin' stuff.

The nose is a little weak and would really benefit from more strength. Fruit and earthy notes are the highlights. There are sweet apple and pear scents throughout. An overall grainy and herbal scent seems to take up the bulk of it. There's a hint of some spices, but there's not much. Unfortunately, I'm picking up very little Belgian yeast. Its presence is sorely missed. Alcohol smells somewhat prominent. It's not bad, but for the style its averageness is overwhelming. Disappointing.

The flavor is better than the nose. It's easily above average. Spices are stronger in flavor. Pepper and clove are noted. It's a little sweet from the apple and pear presence. It is somewhat grainy and earthy throughout. It's a little musky, but far from funky. It's alright. Not bad. The biggest problem is that there's very little Belgian yeast flavor. There's some, but not enough to drive this into the upper echelon of BSPAs. It falls woefully short of that. Alcohol is very noticeable in flavor and is a tad warm. It finishes a little sweet and dry. It's above average. A little work would go a long way.

Local 1 has a light-medium body initially that definitely graduates to medium with some warmth. Carbonation is active and a little distracting. It's smooth, but not quite creamy. Drinkability is above average. The flavor here's alright, but not great. It goes down somewhat easy, but it is warm and a little strong at 9%. The 750 won't be a problem, but there are many BSPAs I enjoy more.

Local 1 is a somewhat disappointing effort from Brooklyn Brewing. It's okay, but isn't a great example of a BSPA. The nose is weak and uninspired, there's not enough Belgian yeast, and the alcohol presence is a little too strong. I don't know if Brooklyn ever intends to release this again, but it needs work in the event that they do. It's definitely worth a try. But, for the price, there are many better BSPA choices out there.

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

A corked 750ml bottle from the first batch. Poured into my Selin's Grove wine glass. 1 appears a cloudy pale golden color with about an inch of lingering, tightly packed bone white foam. The head leaves a nice lacing in its wake. A very nice looking pour indeed. Nose and flavors consist of green grapes, pears, spicy Belgian yeast, rather sweet and fruity, tropical fruits, a bit earthy and grassy. Lively carbonation at first, but that tones down quite a bit as the beer sits. The body is fulfilling and a bit slick with very little alcohol burn. This ale just keeps getting better as it breathes and warms up. Take your time with this one.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a large white head that retains nicely and leaves a lot of lacing.

Strong aroma of pear and citrus upfront. From start to finish, lots of spices are also detected.

Taste is both fruity and spicy with notes of orange, pear, light banana, cloves and pepper. Some alcohol is noticeable as well. A lot of flavors are present but the whole taste seems very subdued compared to the lively aroma.

Medium body and good carbonation. OVerall, good but not great. The initial aroma was amazing and had me excited but the taste just didn't deliver after my expectations had gone up. This still made a good sipper and I'm glad I tried it, but not something I'll be likely to buy again.

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

Poured from the classic caged and corked 750 into the Chimay glass at cellar temperature.

A-Beautiful...golden clarity, creamy bountiful head...absolutely lovely for the style.

S-Gamey, yeasty, saddle, citrus, clove, malt, musky....A whiff alcohol in the background...enticing....

T-while the nose entices, the taste, while very nice, does not quite live up to the promise, but it is very solid indeed.... The lack of complexity is overshadowed by the sheer drinkability of this brew...Pepper and ginger toy with candied dry fruits as they play the palate with astringent hops providing the finale.

M-Excellent balance on the mouth, both on carbonation and the palate for the style.

D-Remarkably drinkable...bring this on again and again. 9% AVB....Really now...

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Photo of craftaholic
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter as a sparkling turbulent honey straw hue with a perfect amount of carbonation. Nothing floating in this one which is good to see; clean and clear. The head is a nice whipped billowing cloud of a froth that resembles marshmallow fluff in all properties. Completely coats the glass with a spiderweb lacing throughout the duration of the session.

Smell: The aroma is riddled with complexities from citrus orange peels and coriander. There is some expected pepper, clove and hints of banana. What was unexpected was the tart pear that shows up throughout.

Taste: Don't let the first sip fool you, it really is off-putting but let it open and it goes through stages. The phenol alcohol is strong with this one and the abv makes itself known off the bat. It is very tangy and has a bite from the citrus. All these kicks are balanced out with some touches of honey and some more of the fruit rears it's head again from pear and apricot to mango. There is a touch of woodiness here but its a dry wood almost like a balsa or corkboard that levels the playing field with some earth and grass tones.

Mouthfeel: Very airy and light as well as quite prickly and effervescent. The body is light at suggested temp but fills out with warmth. The present alcohol really numbs your tongue towards the end of the session.

Drinkability: Even though it has a major league abv and isn't afraid to show it, the light bodied brew is easy to quaff. The perfect blend of carbonation and thin body while not sacrificing flavor to allow it to quite drinkable.

Overall: This was my gateway into Brooklyn's lineup and I feel like it might be too filtered and refined for it's own good. Also, while it has numerous complexities I feel like none of them are played out to their fullest extent and some calendar days would really allow this one to be brought to its ripe age.
Added Bonus: Goes great with homemade apple pie, it really subdues the citrus and brings out the yeast and tart sweetness.

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

a: hazy orange with a thick white head
s: spicy with notes of sweet fruit (wine like)
t: spicy with a distinct sour note. the alcohol is present, but not overwhelming.
m. crisp with a decent carbonation bite
d: for me this was a slow sipper. the bottle (3 snifter glasses worth) took most of the evening, but was a pleasant change from the session beers I have been consuming as of late.

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

750 mL corked and caged bottle from Market Street Wine, downtown location, Charlottesville, VA. Poured in to a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange, very bright, robust, and lively-hued. The head - rocky, slightly offwhite, clingy - is absolutely immobile, two-fingers of marshmallow fluff that leaves a nice amount of sticky, three-dimensional lacing, never sheet-like, but always erratic, avant-garde, streaky. It's obviously slightly alcohol-retarded - that is, it's glittery, runny in spots, thinning out as it warms. Still, very nice.

Aroma: Tons of bright, soft floral aromas - that is, nothing's sharp, too "high" in the nose - accompanied by a few citrusy notes, some tropical fruit aromas, a nice soft, honey overtone, and a few stray bready notes.

Taste: Varied but subtle. Strong fruity notes - guava, orange, pineapple, and fairly prominent bananas - with a lot of medicinal phenolic overtones. Spicy cloves, sticky kiwi, coriander, honey, and a very "mineralistic" quality to the water. It's not quite sweet - though it does come across as a little more sweet as it warms - with a lot of notes that emphasize its attenuation.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and lively at first, but in a uneven way ... until it events out. Ultimately, this one turns into a slightly sticky, largely even, smooth, mildly crisp (as the carbonation dies) brew. Pleasant.

Drinkability: Yes please. A great first stab at a Belgian-style brew by Brooklyn, always a brewery towing the traditional line, and this one doesn't stray far from what I'd expect or hope. A little more "malty" than I would perhaps like my Belgian strong pales to be - or expect them to be, w/ my frame of reference being the quintessential Duvel - this was nonetheless a remarkably crafted brew, subtle, delicate, well-balanced, and enjoyable in all its aspects. At 9%, you have to be wary of drinkability, especially w/ a 750 mL bottle - what, this isn't supposed to be a one-person show? I nonetheless made short work of it, which is in and of itself a testament to the quality of this brew. Fine work, Mr. Oliver - please keep it up.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow , cloudy, supporting a long lasting fluffy looking near white head. Leaves nice looking splotchy/spotty and ringed lacing. Nice looking beer. Bright, fresh smelling. Notes of more lime, pepper, yeast, grassy, smells so good, time to dive in for a swig. More lime, Belgiany yeast, peppery spice, gin, honey, melon, soap, yum, sucker for the style and this one has got it going on. Fine creation from Brooklyn.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden-wheat in color with a massive foamy white head. Poured this into a fluted glass, which promotes head retention, so it's definitely staying there.

The smell of belgian yeast and some citrus fruits float up from the glass. Specifically smelling oranges and apples. A little bit of spice as well. Overall, the smell is sweet.

The first taste is filled with fruity esters, some malt and then a wave of alcohol. The 9% ABV is a little more noticeable than what I would like, but it's not too bad. Very warming. I'm also getting a little bit of sourness and bitterness after the fruity opening. Malts are present as well, but almost take a back seat to the rest of the flavor.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Not too thick or watery. Lots of warming alcohol and prickly carbonation. Both could be toned down a bit.

Drinkability is about average for me. The flavor starts out good, but the beer is a bit of an alcohol bomb and finishes a little sour. I like plenty of beers with high ABV's (WWS, many RIS's and barleywines), but this one just doesn't fit very well. The ABV isn't hidden, nor does it compliment the beer very well. Overall, I think it's still a pretty good brew, but not one I would probably pick up again.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass to reveal clear golden champagne-like body and a large head. Smells sweet and alcoholic, with fruity-floral notes blanketing subtle maltiness.

Tastes sweet and very carbonated. Wow, very carbonated. It has a super light mouthfeel with the beer itself being very thin, but the carbonation easily adds volume to it as you drink. It tastes and smells very much like a Belgian ale. Very estery. If I tried to expand on that, I'd be making up flavors. All I can say is it tastes like what it is! Also fairly warming. All the carbonation adds a solid bite to it, but despite that it's pretty easy to drink.

Kudos to Brooklyn Brewery for this offering. I'd have liked a little less carbonation, otherwise it's up there with my standards.

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

Poured from a caged and corked bottle into a Duvel glass

Pours a light orange, hazy beauty with a medium white head that quickly dissipates into a thin white line

The yeast and apple leap out from the nose. A bit of malt, and spices as well.

Almost a saison like flavor, but bigger. The fruit is bigger,as is the yeast than I expected, and it is great. The spicy notes come through in the finish.

Medium bodied, sharp carbonation, well-balanced. Really good.

All-day. I would happily drink this all day.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,080 ratings
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