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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 stephens101
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, grapefruit color, with a deep and dense off-white head that slowly fades and leaves a thin lace all around. The aroma is a bit more subdued than expected, but some light fruits (pomegranate and pineapple), yeast, a bit of brettanomyces, and some slight phenols exist. The taste is a bit more bold and complex, with some more light fruits (including sour apples), yeast, spice, sugar and butterscotch. It goes down fairly silky and a bit dry, with a medium to heavy mouth-feel. The alcohol is well hidden, and it's quite drinkable despite it's 11.0%.

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Photo of grahambo
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass the beer is bright gold with a think white head that sticks around until the very end.

S: The beer has a definite yeast character in the scent, Belgian for sure but also with some element of a Hefe yeast. Notes of bananas, cloves, citrus fruit, a faint malt smell and a note of alcohol.

T: This beer is much more balanced than I would have expected from the smell. There is a nice malt (pilsner) flavor that offsets the yeast and the citrusy hops. Starts a little harsh with the yeast but finishes very smooth like a pils.

M: Thick for the style with a very high level of carbonation that contributes to the clean finish.

D: At 9% ABV this is a beer to be shared for sure. Mostly because a person could certainly drink the whole bottle on their own. I've had this beer a few times now and it pairs incredibly well with roast chicken and curry dishes. Truly a great beer and I can't wait for Local 2.

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Their is a huge massive white head with a tremendous lace on the glass. The color is orange and gold and deeply hazy.

The aroma is filled with the Belgian yeast, sugar, fruit, esters and spices. Very nice just not that much in the way of hops.

Very spicy with strong sugar notes and some light fruit flavors of banana and some cloves too. Their is a strong alcohol presence as the beer warms. The taste gets better as the beer warms as the sugars make more of a presence and the hops lend a dryness at the end.

Not my favorite style but this is a good example of bspa.

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

500 ml corked & caged bottle (2628) into a pilsener glass. Brooklyn sure makes some classy-looking bottles--this thing could stand alone as a piece of art!

Pours a vibrant golden hue, crystal clear with torrents of carbonation streaming upward to supply a well-retained pillow of white head. Excellent retention and above-average lacing. The aroma is subtle, yet intricate, with spicy yeast esters, some floral hops, and a clean malt profile. Hints of green apple and mango fruits linger in the background.

Brooklyn Brewery rarely disappoints with respect to flavor, and Local 1 is no exception. Crisp, never-astringent hop bitterness dances across the palate, balancing perfectly with a sweet crystal malt and white sugar note. Could stand to have a bit more complexity in the yeast department, but still a fantastic-tasting brew. The body is well-carbonated and lively on the tongue, while the hops kick in to add a nice bitter bite to the finish. Somewhat slick, smooth body with a medium consistency. Looking forward to the rest of my bottle, but at $8.99 for 500 ml, I might opt for a cheaper Belgian Pale if given the choice.

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Photo of kenito799
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20 oz bomber poured into a Duvel glass.

Dark golden brew with highly active carbonation raises a massive, rocky head, gorgeous lacing, perfect Belgian ale looks.

Aroma instantly evokes the best Belgian yeasty fruitiness, spices, citrus. Wonderful nose, I am expecting a great Belgian-style beer.

The flavor is where this beer falters...fizzy mouthfeel is good, some bubble gum Belgian fruity notes but then a dry lingering bitterness and alcohol heat that are disruptive and ultimately overwhelming. As I drink I detect some tea-like flavors, looking for complexity and interest, but any complexity is overtaken by ashy dry bitterness. It isn't even a pleasant hoppy bitterness. The nose of this brew is so promising that the failures of its flavors are all the more disappointing. Not bad, but doesn't get anywhere near its potential.

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

Pours a light yellow color with loads of carbonation. Little head though. Smell is warm and fruity, rather like hay on a warm summer day. Taste is not as sweet as I would imagine, its actually rather bitter and slightly acidic. Fills out palate well, but is nothing special. Overall not a bad beer, not a great belgian but a decent example.

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Photo of TehAnkh
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy straw-yellow with one finger of pure white foamy head. Fantastic head retention for as short of a head as it has. Lacing is non-existent.

S: This stuff smells like the proof box in a bakery, super yeasty. Sweet light fruits, nutty grain and biscuity aromas wrap around your nostrils. There were also some medicinal notes in there, leading up to a wallop of alcohol that makes you flinch a bit.

T: Woah dude, they made zero effort to hide the alcohol in this one. However the smell basically translates in to the taste. Yeasty, nutty, floral, just a touch of light fruits, a little bit of a medicinal quality... It tastes like a Belgian's American cousin, as it should I suppose.

M: Creamy, heavy, but not quite THICK. Really the mouthfeel couldn't be better. Silky smooth on the way down with just the slightest touch of bitter hop character in the finish. The carbonation was light, but it seems appropriate for the style.

D: One or two of these, max. This is something you might want to shelve for a year, and even if you don't I'd recommend sipping on it for a while... quite a while. There are many other beers similar to this one that hide the alcohol so well that it's scary, but Local 1 doesn't give a damn, and it flaunts it's brandy-like quality proudly.

Would I buy it again? Maybe just one more 750ml :-)

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Photo of Chapter40z
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Poured a pale yellowish orange with a small head.

S. A biscuit like yeast smell with light alcohol notes after a few sips.

T. A very distinctive Belgian taste from the start. Medicinal notes with a hearty alcohol aftertaste.

M. Light and bubbly, strong flavors blend well with the smoothness of this drink.

D. The only reason this is a 3.0 and not higher is that the strong alcohol aftertaste would likely keep me from drinking more then 2 of these in a row.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 2-3-09
"2277" on the bottle.

Pours a very light and fizzy yellow color, completely cloudy and very nice to look at.

Smell is very fruity and Belgian, tons of yeast and good alcohol. Light and complex, outstanding.

Taste isn't as fruity as I expected, very bready with an alcohol bite and lots of hops. A little bit of lemon peel, with a yeasty and bitter finish. Booze on the aftertaste dries the sides on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good, fizzy and light, suits this beer well.

Drinkability is not bad, but the alcohol is quite prevalent.

Overall, I had big hopes after the smell, but it didn't pan out.

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Photo of unitas3
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a delicious and vibrant peach color with a good bit of carbonation (expected) and a tremendous unfiltered cloudiness. It had a yeast forward scent yet mellowed out quite a bit after breathing. The taste was clean, crisp and smooth with a great lingering finish hitting all the flavors. The most reminiscing flavor was a bit of Apricot and good deep cane sugar. Much enjoyed.

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

Re-reviewing this one tonight, March 15, 2011.

Bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours impenetrably cloudy straw, with a huge, rocky, fluffy white head and ridiculous lacing. Good to very good retention, as there's a nice thick cap for pretty much the duration of the beer.

Aroma is fantastic - massively floral, white pepper, spiced honey, fresh cut grass. Just a bit soapy, which cuts the score a bit, but still quite pleasant.

Flavor is quite complex. Ridiculously dry, tangy, peppery and floral, the yeast is certainly prominent on this one, but adds loads of complexity. Light underlying honey sweetness is vapor-light, almost ethereal, wrapping itself around that floral quality and evaporating with the soft scrub of the bubbles as they melt on your tongue. Finish has a bit of a soft white pepper quality to complement the tangy yeast notes, almost bready, with a soft grassy quality. Floral, white pepper, and yeast notes are the three primary components though, each quite bold. Alcohol is light, but there - no heat, but it adds a heady quality.

Moderately dry, champagne-like level of carbonation, though softer, smaller bubbled, and a bit less sharp. Medium bodied with a very dry finish.

Drinkability is nice, certainly a beer I would welcome another bottle of down the road, but not one I'm pining for right this instant. Glad I gave this one a second shot.

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

a - Pours pale and cloudy with a two-finger frothy head.

s - Nice and yeasty with the slightest touch of alcohol beneath. Classic scent - no harm in keeping it straight and simple.

t - More classic belgian ale here. Slight sour finish with some alcohol. Only thing I could ask for is a slightly smoother aftertaste.

m - Thin body with a bit of syrupy coating. A little over-carbonated but you can probably move that range around depending on your pour style.

d - Solid drinkability. Just a smooth, classic Belgian. I'll be picking this one up again.

Update: Enjoyed my second bomber during the Superbowl and was glad I brought it. Ratings hold up.

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

A - Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of fruity yeasty notes in my nose

T - Follows the smell of a fruity flavor with yeast and spice

M - This beer has a medium body whit high carbonation to it

D - This is a standout beer from Brooklyn for me after drinking their average regular line up it has a good taste thats easy to drink worth trying

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

Pop! Goes the cork and out pours a billious head of froth, one that slowly sinks to reveal a cloudy amber body. Take a whiff. There is an intense miasma of apple and raisin. Sweetness in the form of Belgian ale. Take a sniff. You are treated to the aroma of malt that is backed with a few drops of lemon.

Take a sip. Your palate is greeted with an acute balance of German hops, malt, sugar and Mauritius yeast, all of it retained in a surprisingly light body.

Take a seat. Relax and enjoy this fine quaff; a warm and inviting beer for any brisk fall afternoon.

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Photo of spithrash
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dull copper color from a 750ml bottle into a chimay glass with a one finger amount of head that fades some, but stays the whole way down.

Smell of alcohol, peppery spice. Interesting...

Alcohol is present in the taste, but not over powering. As with the smell, pepper and spice predominate.

Fairly light on the palate. Flavors bounce around with the carbonation.

This is a quite drinkable beer. Especially given the high abv it could sneak up on you. Enjoyable, but not remarkable for me.

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Photo of soultrain19
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Without any effort, pouring this into a pint glass produces a luxurious thick white head. It's light golden color looks quite inviting. I smell banana, raisin, and other fruits in the nose. Down the hatch! A delicious smooth malt flavor up front but quickly followed but a hot alcohol bite. It's lightly carbonated, almost playful. A very pleasant and easy to drink beer. With the alcohol bite I think this could do better with a little aging but that will not stop me from buying it again and soon.

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

A: Nice light honey lemon color with a billowing two-finger head that calms down and settles into a half finger ring. Commendable lacing.

S: Musty apple, lemon, pear, sugary twang at the back.

T: Rich apple, lemon tartness, and then some butter cookie sweetness comes through for the malts. Grassy in the middle and a light hop tartness to finish it off.

M: Medium bodies with a washing dry finish.

D: Smooth drinking for the ABV.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- Knickerbocker in Altoona, PA

from notes:

A- 750 ml poured into two pints and split with a buddy. A lemon meringue gold type of color with a somewhat nice head. Very frothy like whipped cream.

S- a champagne tart type of smell. quite yeasty and a pepper and spice aroma.

T- Fruity and champagne. A nice complement. pepper spices and strong alcohol. some prominent malt flavors as well.

M- carbonated and alcohol.

D- With the abv it will knock you on your ass but it didnt go down as smoothly for me because i t had too much of a champagne type of taste. Not bad but a lil over the top.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a massive head into my New Belgium globe.
Color is dark straw, kind of cloudy.
Aroma: sweet, fruity, some hops. strawberries,
Taste: sweet, fruity. belgian yeast not detected.
M&D: Pretty drinkable. Alcohol not apparent until it warms the gullet.

Seems kind of a dumbed-down tripel. Not as good as the belgian examples.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged into Duvel tulip. #2907 on back - batch #? What's weird is that I thought I reviewed this a few months ago - maybe I had it at a gathering instead and never put pen to paper. Whatever...

Luscious eggshell-colored 2-finger meringue head tops a slightly hazed lemon-honey body with moderate yet quick carbonation. Great lacing and staying power. This is a classic look for a Saison. Nothing wrong with this appearance at all.

Solid Germanic/Saaz-ish hop bite with a Pilsener/slight silage feel. Sugars have a honey tone and complement the yeast strain's coriander and bitter lemon/orange zest. Slight comforting alcohol burn.

This one needs warmth for the yeast electricity to take hold and show its doughiness and esters (a little orange zest, slight ginger). Very austere dry Germanic malt and Saaz (?) hops. This gets rolling after a bit of warmth with a nice, tight Belgian sweetness. Still a faint slate texture. Very enjoyable.

Solid austere palate presence yields a nice Saison tightness. Hop presence has a fair amount of pine, complementing this honey and very faint banana/ginger ester sweetness and the good ornage zest component. This is excellent.

The residual sweetness lends heft to this and makes it more of a sipper but it's by no means tough to enjoy. Awesomely crafted.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

wow, 408 reviews as of thsi writing. I've seen this bottle aroudn for quite some time, but never got around to trying this until now. It looked good, tasted decent, but fell short for me. Definite belgian character, yeast notes, honey, candi sugars. Taste was too light for my preferences. I was hoping for something a bit more.

on a side note, hell of a bottle. the cork has multiple printings and the glass is done up with the breweries name in the mold.

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

Pleasingly glowing cloudiness deepens the amber orange color, thick white foam across the surface, slow to break up, lots of visible carbonation and bubble beads. The nose is big on the citrus with sweet spices and softly fruity, some raw bread dough notes, digs in without ever seeming to. Medium-bodied, has enough weight upfront to cascade from thereafter, the citrus and sweet spices even more prevalent here, the baked character extends to the apple, pear, apricot fruit nuances. No heaviness as it finishes and the alcohol not discernible at all. Lots of flavor residue.

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Photo of Strix
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a good head and some lacing.

Smells yeasty, somewhat sweet, and vaugely fruity and bready.

Yeasty in the taste, as well as vague bready and fruity notes. Sweet with a peppery zing. Flavors are muddled, it's hard for me to pin down exact tastes, par for the style I guess.

Very bubbly mouthfeel

Overall, this was not super amazing for me, but pleasant.

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

An aggressive pour leads to an absolutely massive head. Almost lost some of it out of the goblet. Pours a dark and hazy gold, almost like bee's honey. Mysterious and inviting. Head is foamy and looks kind of like a lava flow or something, with huge bubbly spots. Lacing just clings to the glass. Smells like musty barnyard and the outdoors, like an overly boozey saison. Under that are the belgian sugars and some citrus characteristics.

First impression: There is a lot going on here. It's slick on the tongue, but the flavor profile isn't quite what I expected. I know it is described as a "strong saison", but there alcohol profile is overly prevalent to me. That, and it seems ascetic, and a little metallic. I certainly taste the belgian sugars, but the sweetness serves as a background to everything else going on. As it warms, some spices come out, as well as some fruit (apple/pear, maybe.) The earthiness that I expected blends into the hop profile at the end, and the dryness never really manifests itself. I think I would like this more if it make it's alcohol content quite so well known. As it is, the mouthfeel is a little thin, not quite watery, but it feels like something is missing. Overall, the experience isn't quite what I expected. The sourness really doesn't agree with me, and the saison-like qualities are a little lacking. Disorganization is too strong a word, but it just doesn't want to grip me in the right places. The initial mouthful is better, but the lingering on the palate seems to feature what I didn't like about it. I want to chase it with a fresh glug, if that makes sense. Also, the booziness detracts from the overall quality for me, it just doesn't carry it too well, and that detracts from the drinkability. It's not a bad beer, and just might be to complex for my palate to appreciate all of what's going on. I think the fact that it is so different from what I was expecting through me for a loop. Thanks to my man-crush on Garrett Oliver, I when I read "saison" from him, my brain went into saison mode. As more of a generic strong pale ale, it might fare a little better.

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

I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. I warmed this beer up to around 45 or 50 degrees before pouring.

A= This ale poured a moderately hazy, deep golden color with a dense, 1.5" snow white head(very gentle and slow pour). The head dropped very slowly to around half that height and maintained all the way dow my glass. Lots of carbonation release and plentiful sticky lace present.

S= Aromas of sweet bready malts, candi sugar, and citrusy lemon/orange, as well as earthy notes of fresh mown grass, musty yeast, and just a hint of a saison-like barnyard character.

T= I found sweetness upfront in the form of honey, biscuit, and marmalade. The next burst of flavor came from an odd but wonderful estery mix of orchard fruit (pears and green apples) and citrus (mostly lemon with a hint of tangerine). The earthy hops and the musty yeast combined to bring a cidery dryness midway that carried through to the finish. Mild tartness in the finish too. There was actually more "funk" in the aftertaste of this one than during any swallow. Excellent.

MF= Just to the light side of medium bodied with a very spritzy and effervescent carbonation level. Feels great in the mouth and cleanses the palate well.

D= Wow this is a damn fine ale. I was blown away by the masterful combination of complexity and balance. As Mr. Oliver says, its more of a big saison than anything else. Easy to drink, but big enough to pack a wallop so watch out!

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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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