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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 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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Photo of Tromba
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass goblet.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden color, with a slightly off white head. Head starts off big, filling up the glass and comes down to a nice 1/4" layer that sticks around and leaves some loose lacing.

S: First, I should say the "pop" when removing the cork was explosive! Along with that explosion, came some great smells - even before the beer was poured! Some clove and other spicy notes along with some sweet smelling hops. Cal me crazy, but I get a little bit of faint pineapple too.

T: All the complex sweetness, spices, and characteristic yeast qualities you could want in a belgian (or belgian-like) beer are here in force. Boo-yah. The sweet/spicy is balanced nicely by a bit of hop bitterness and just a whisp of alcohol presence at the very end.

M: Medium bodied - moderate to moderately high carbonation. For 9% ABV, the feel is crisp and clean.

D: Very drinkable. The high ABV doesn't discourage at all. The big bottle will be a pleasure to finish on my own!


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Photo of dstc
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, slightly cloudy, golden color. Huge, foamy, off-white head. Head falls very slow with big sticky lace.

Nice herbal nose. Mild sweetness.

Nice and sweet on the tongue. Big 'Belgian' flavor. Nice spice.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth.

Very nice Belgian style ale. Delicious.

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Photo of bump8628
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a chalice. Gold/pale orange in color with 3 fingers of soapy, white head that lasts for the duration.

Aroma is predominately spicy and fruity Belgian yeast with a little candy-like sweet malt and spicy noble hops.

Taste follows the aroma with a strong hit of pear, peppery spice, and tart acidity. Some spicy noble hops and a smooth pilsener malt character provide a backdrop for the myriad of flavors provided by the Belgian yeast.

Finishes dry and crisp for an immensely drinkable Belgian-style strong ale. I would describe this as a hybrid between a saison and Belgian golden ale. Whatever category it falls into, it's pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of cbaird2
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork finished 750 poured into a pint glass

A: Hazy, orange/golden color, fluffy white head that lasted.

S: A little wine smell, with the alcohol hit, banana, floral scents and slight hops.

T: Alcohol, malt, bitterness from the hops, some sweetness too.

M: Pretty dry, nicely carbonated

D: A nice beer, one bottle is enough per evening, well balanced and tasted great.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a chalice, this beer presented a crisp looking, foamy white, one-finger head. The brew itself was an opaque orangy gold, and showed nice bubbling action.

I smelled yeast, spices, and citrus (faint mix of pear and apple). It smelled a little boozy...which was expected.

I tasted more malts than I expected to get given its aroma. The faint fruit notes come through, as well do some bready yeasts. It actually has a salty aftertaste, and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. But it has a slightly thick body for the style, and finishes smooth. It actually left my mouth feeling a little filmy.

I wanted to like this more. But I can't quite tell what it was missing, or what about it I that I didn't love. I can't tell if it's meant to be a typical Belgian strong ale or is just influenced by the style. Maybe the confusion lead to my slight disappointment. But it's all relative, this is still a finely crafted beer in the grand scheme of beers.

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Photo of bboven
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Grape/ white wine aroma, get a bit of alcohol in the nose.

Hazy golden body, huge carbonation initially that fades to nothing.

Very mildfruity flavor, like a carbonated white wine.

Mouthfeel is very undercarbonated, should be a lot crisper and drier.

Other than the mouthfeel, this is almost a perfect beer.

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Photo of tosshin
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: slightly cloudy, light orange/peach color. thick, fluffy head with great retention.
s: honey, nutmeg, spring flowers, banana
t: a bit too much alcohol. honey, spices, malty backbone. slight bitterness
m: thinner than expected. nice carbonation. smooth finish.
d: pretty tough to drink not as crisp as I was expecting. the beer is good, but not something I can drink a lot of

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Photo of womencantsail
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to haningj2 for sending me this bottle in a trade recently.

For those that haven't this one before: watch out when you open it. Luckily I had it pointed away from me, but I loosened the cage and removed it. About one second after doing so, the cork flew out of the bottle and smashed into the wall.

A: A cloudy pale golden color with a very fluffy white head.

S: Banana, clove, yeast, mild hops.

T: A honey like sweetness, ester fruitiness, cloves, a nice hoppy finish that is mildly bitter. The yeast flavor is not as present as is typical for Belgian yeast strains.

M: Nice dry mouthfeel, quite solid in terms of body.

D: A very different beer, good flavors and mouthfeel. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of bminor7
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz from Hoosick St. Beverage in Troy NY.

Brooklyn calls it a 'belgian-inspired strong golden ale'...accurate description. This beer is more like a harsher version of La Chouffe Houblon.

I wish I took a step outside when I took this cork off...I can't remember the last time I heard a pop like this. Serious carbonation with a liberal pour, which settles down nicely, leaving patches of lacing. Smells of spice, banana, orange. Once the beer settles down it clears up to a lightly murky yellow like a pilsner. Tastes like a tripel with a boost of hops. The 9% appears in the aftertaste along with a sort of Strega-like bitterness.

Plenty of carbonation, which is somewhat convenient considering how long these bottles typically take to finish. The last glass will still have a nice level of carbonation, and the taste actually improves with time and warming - the carbonation on the tongue doesn't take away from it anymore.

I recommend. Not my first BSPA but certainly demonstrates the diversity of this style.

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Photo of Lambstrong
3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very pale, sandy color. Lots of carbonation bubble rising to the top. Thick white foamy head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: Subtle spiciness. Banana esters, cloves are present.

Taste: Spices are very upfront. I detected cinnamon, cloves and menthol. Really, menthol. Slight liquorish aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Highly highly carbonated. Just too much. The beer does settle down after a while. I would recommend letting the beer sit for about 20 minutes before you pick it up.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay glass. The beer is light yellow and cloudy. Nice white head, thick at first but falls back, remains as a thin head that nearly covers the top of the glass. Carbonation is steady and small. Aroma is good, yeasty and sweet. A very attractive beer. Taste is a little bitter, surprisingly. It is sweet and a little dry as well. There is yeast character in the beer but it is very drinkable. Overall a good beer. highly recommend it.

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

Appearance: Wow, what a gusher! Despite a week of sitting still in the fridge, after carefully removing the cork from the bottle the beer starting flowing out of the bottle like champagne within seconds. In fact, a few minutes after pouring the first portion, a two inch tower of dense foam snaked out of the bottle and softly floated down to the table. It's alive! Once you finally corral the beer into a glass, a beautifully hazy apricot-orange body is revealed. Up top, a massive cap of off-white head fades slowly and leaves great lacing. Local 1 puts on quite the show, even before you've raised the glass to your nose.

Aroma: Clearly a Belgian-style beer, the nose is a mix of golden fruit, a bouquet of spices, bubblegum-like yeast, earthy hops, and some nice alcohol.

Taste: Much the same as the aroma: leafy and earthy hops, mild bubblegum, golden fruit, cloves, coriander, peppery phenols, and bready yeast all over a pale malt backbone. The alcohol is masked beautifully. Fruity and yeasty in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with great carbonation and a drying finish. Just a hint of burn from the alcohol.

Drinkability: This is certainly a beer to be savored, but it's hardly a task to polish off a glass or two.

Verdict: To be perfectly frank, after sampling a few of Brooklyn's more mainstream beers, I was starting to wonder what all the fuss was about. But after a bottle of Local 1, I wonder no more. This is, without a doubt, one of the very best Belgian-style American beers I've tried yet.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I unwound the wire mesh, the bottle nearly popped the cork by itself.

Pours a partially clowdy straw yellow, slightly orange color. Straight out the bottle has a huge white head that dissolves back into a thin film across the top of the beverage. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Nose has a bit of yeast and slight citrus aroma, picking up some other spices on the backend as well. Taste has a pleasant malty sweetness and citrus followed by the yeast and minimal bitterness. Has a warming finish as expected with the 9 abv along with some slight hop bitterness. Very easy drinking and the high carbination makes this one have quite a lighter mouthfeel.

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

This beer pours a great initial head and glorious lacing with a cloudy golden color.

The smell is ridiculously high in cloves. Some fruity esters come through with a little bit of hay, but golly the cloves are strong in this one.

The taste is very clovey, some minimal banana comes out as the beer warms. Some spiciness begins to emerge as well.

This beer is highly carbonated to make up for the dryness and alcohol bite.

I think that this beer is good for what the brewer intended, but the yeast strain used is much to clovey for my liking.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After passing this on the shelf about 1000 times, finally picked one up last week...

Poured a surprisingly clear gold color, with 3F worth of soapy bubbles, and some visible carbonation.

Nose full of green apple, burly-strong yeast, and somne whole wheat bread as it warms.

Well rounded/smooth hoppy bitterness, atypical Belgian yeast and spices in the flavor, with a fair amount of grassy funk - taste is more reminiscent of a Saison than a BSPA, but it's a darn fine balance of flavors, nonetheless.

Terrific carbonation, yet smooth MF - much more so than expected.

Quite drinkable - whether you consider it a BSPA or Saison, it's just a really nice beer, that I would gladly drop some coin on a case of.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy light golden color with a white creamy medium head that has great retention and leaves pretty good lacing.

S-The aroma has a lot of fruity, clovy esthers. Very spicy. Very yeasty.

T-Lots of sweet spicy cloves up front, and some esthery fruity yeast in the finish.

M-This beer has a big body and finishes dry and leaves a nice bitter note that lasts forever.

D-I felt like drinking a whole bottle of this, but I knew that would not go well so I didn't.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a solid straw color with some very strong peachy highlights; comes with a huge 3 finger fluffy white head with crazy retention that is a bit dry and sticky and leaves a very full and thick curtain of lacing down the sides of the glass; body is cloudy and shows strong carbonation bubbling up throughout in straight lines of very tiny bubbles that come non-stop.

Smell: Wonderful -- yeasty and sweet smooth fruity esters coming out (a bit of apple); just a little grainy and there is a slight presence of alcohol in the far back of the nose.

Taste: Taste is a little more subdued that I would have suspected and has a bit of a hoppy bitterness to it that I definitely wasn't thinking would be there; the yeast is very potent in the flavor and the bitterness from the hops slightly overpowers the tart fruitiness; alcohol is pretty well masked; as the drink warms there is a mild spicy aspect of corriander that makes an appearance.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation that is just about right - not sharp, but definitely potent; mouth is left tingly, slightly sticky and dry; mouth and belly are left warm from the presence of alcohol.

Drinkability: I'm really enjoying it, but I do wish the hops were a bit more subdued and the fruitiness had more of a presence. Beyond that, it's a very solid offering from Brooklyn and I'm glad I finally drank this one. I'm sure there will be more of this purchased in the future.

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

Appearance- Hazy golden color with a voluminous white head.

Smell- Dry apple and pear with a trace of a citrus note.

Taste- A consistent malty flavor lurking in the background with a nice blend of fruity flavors (apple, pears, and maybe some orange peel) opening followed by a spiciness that opens up on the palate with cloves and maybe some nutmeg. Ends with a nice clipped hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light and bubbly, almost champagne-like, but not the most carbonated beer ever. Truly refreshing at any rate.

Drinkability- This is a beautiful beer, delicate and beautifully balanced that goes down with ease. I drank the first glass by itself and the second pour I had with a seasoned, roasted chicken. It was nice on its own but absolutely sensational with the chicken. Definitely one to have with a nice meal particularly lighter fare.

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark gold color with a rocky two-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a medium-sized layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of pears, dried apricots, Belgian candi sugar, and light spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A sweet malt backbone is enhanced with sugar-coated pears with hints of green apples. Midway through the sip a light spiciness pervades the flavor profile, with hints of clove and lighter hints of pepper. The ending is crisp and leaves light fruit flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quite easily and could have another.

Overall I was again very impressed with a Belgian offering from Brooklyn. I don't think this neatly falls into any category but it remains well worth a shot.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint, 9.4oc brown corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The number 0719 is printed on the back label. I am not sure if that is a bottle number, batch number or a date.

Appearance: The pour produced an average sized (two finger thick) head with a creamy off white color. The head slowly fades down to small ring of slick lace. Underneath the head is a light golden honey colored liquid with a hazy appearance and streams of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface.

Smell: The aroma is full of fruity, estery yeast, sweet malts and some light, funky phenolic notes.

Taste/Mouth: Up front it has candy like sweetness with light tropical fruit notes, some pear, apple, and light malt as well as some funky phenolic notes. In the middle it starts to dry a little and we add some mild warming alcohol and mild spicy/leafy hops to its malty character. It finishes much dryer than it started but still with some residual sweetness mixed into mild hop notes. The palate is full and lively with plenty of carbonation.

Notes: Overall good appearance, flavor and a fun lively palate make this an enjoyable beverage.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,085 ratings
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