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

Even laying its awesome bottle aside, this is an beautiful looking beer. I poured it as gently as possible into a white wine glass and had barely filled it one third of the way up with liquid before the foam shot up and filled and the other two thirds. It is a very clear gold with several jets of fine carbonation bubbles jetting up to join the foam. Smell is remiscent of a Saison. Strong notes of sour apple, freshy fruity ethers, and a bit of yeast. The warm alcohol vapors were strong enough on the palate to make my ears pop. What I said about the aromas applies doubly to the taste except that its sweeter than the nose suggested and is also slightly spicy. This is a good beer but not better than its main Belgian predecessors.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Golden colored with a slight haze. I imagine the haze will increase as I get down into the bottle more. A large 1 - 1 1/2 inch head forms with some decent retention. A thick cap remains. Some lace.

S - Huge hit of fruit on the nose. Bananas, apples, and perhaps a hint of something tropical (lychee or pineapple maybe?) are immediately noticable. There's also waves of honey, biscuits, and light phenols with notes of cinnamon, clove, and white pepper. One of the best descriptors I can put on the aroma is a cross between a hefeweizen and a saison.

T - Well, Local 1 is one of those beers that simply blows me away with it's amazing taste. Pretty much in line with the nose, although this has some time to develop on the palate and is much less fleeting than other Belgian brews. Sweet stone fruits roll over the tongue early on. Banana, apple, and tropical notes from the nose are noted a long with a few other flavors, namely peaches and nectarines. The sweetness subsides a little and delves into biscuit and honey mid palate. Unobtrusive pale malt leads into the phenolic properties of Local 1 with big notes of clove. Secondary similar flavors appear indistinctly somewhere between sweet spice and peppercorns. Late palate reveals a quick medicinal bitterness though a lingering sweetness remains. Fleeting and barely noticable alcohol presence. Overall the finish is quite clean.

M - Solid medium body with high carbonation. Although the taste was magnificient, I feel that a small reduction in carbonation would be an improvement as with most Belgian and Belgian-style beers.

D - Local 1 is practically chuggable. The alcohol is completely hidden amongst a myriad of flavors. I'm usually not a fan of the big bottles when it comes to styles like this but every sip of this has been a delight. Certainly the best I've had of the style and easily in the ranks with my top 10 favorite beers. Love it.

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Photo of Greggy
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a massive billowy white head with ample lacing over a hazy golden yellow.

S- Nice apple, peach, hay, grassiness, fantastic yeast notes, bits of banana and glove, a tiny hint of alcohol.

T- Nice yeastiness, great banana/clove, green apple skins, soem grassiness, touch of earth (minerals), barnyard. Finishes with a bit of apple, clove and the tiniest hint of cherry on the super long finish.

M- Low carb, great finish.

D- Amazingly drinkable, especially given the ABV of 9%.

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

A - Poured from a caged/corked bottle into an oversized wine glass. Just normally oversized, not comically so. Nothing zany. Pours cloudy golden with a foamy white head with some staying power.

S - Fruity, wheat, yeast, faint spices.

T - Apricot, pear and sugary-citrus fruity, wheaty, yeast present, hops and a warm alcohol presence.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation.

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Photo of KraegerB
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 1 Pint 9.4 Fluid Oz. brown bottle with cork.

Appearance - cloud golden/redish brown with off white, thick frothy head that slowly dissipates and leave decent lacing.

Smell - nice mixture of spice aromas and a delicate hint of hops

Taste - Complex blend of spices and hops, I personally think that Delirium Tremens has a nicer balance but this is still nice and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - nice medium body with a nice amount of carbonation

Drinkability - It was a nice complex beer that I felt fit the style nicely I would certainly drink it again.

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Photo of Keith238
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Honey colored and slightly hazy poured into a wine glass. Head dissipates quickly into tight lacing. Hints of honey and apricots in both the smell and taste. Slightly biscuity and yet enough astringency from the alcohol to clean and not strip the palate. Very well balanced and well described by the brewer as a strong saison.

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Photo of cleeze
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful golden hue. Little haze to it. Nice frothy white head that disappeared to show some decent lacing.

Smells very fruity. Deffinatly appricots. Smells light, crisp with a little yeast.

The smell was a great pre view of what this brew is all about. Again appricot fruitiness meshing well with the yeast back bone. Might be a little to complex for my sick palate. I'm so glad I'm still sitting on one for a rainy day.

mouthfeel was crisp and the drinkability is no suprise that it's high. This brew is damn tasty. I might have to go stock up on a few more

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

poured from a 750 ml bottle into pilsner glasses. Served chilled, let come to room temp over time.

Appearance: pale yellow with hint of orange. Mostly clear, slight cloudiness. Light foamy head that laced nicely over time and helped retain the nose/smell. Looked effervescent, not as many bubbles as sparkling wine, but plenty of bubbles. Typical for a Belgian style.

Smell: made my mouth water. Been drinking heavier beers lately, this smelled light, fruity with a hint of citrus, some yeastiness like bread dough but not as pungent as brewer's yeast can be, some hops rounded it out.

Taste: very light but lots of flavor. Tasted very much like it smelled. Initial flavor was fruity, but not too much so. Was mellowed out by the yeast flavor. Hops on the back end kept it from being too sweet and rounded it out nicely. I really like this beer. I could easiliy have drank too much of it. I think I had a hint of pepper in there somewhere as well. The alcohol was 'hot', but not too much so. Just enough to remind you it's there.

Mouthfeel: Was smoother than expected. An initial 'sting' from the carbonation, but quickly dissipated.

Drinkability: very, very drinkable. This would go very well chilled on a hot day or slightly warmer in the winter. As it warmed up, some characteristics started coming out: spices and such, but not over the top. Also, the alcohol became more apparent.

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

750ml corked and caged

Pours a transparent golden yellow/orange color with a medium sized white head that dies down to a sturdy 1/4 in net across the top of the brew. Sweet nose, apricot, peach, biscuit-like yeast and quality pale malt. Fruity more than anything, i remember this beer being much more like a Belgian style Golden Ale or Tripel, more like a Corsendonk Abbey Pale, this definitely reminds me more of a Belgian style pale ale, sweeter, fruity and definitely more "American" in nature. Great drinkability all the same, would go excellent with food.

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

poured into a copita.

A - slightly hazy champagne color,carbonation rises beautifully from the bottom of the glass, seems very carbonated
nice head with dense bubbles that slowly decrease leaving no lacing.

S - "floral" citrusy melon, a little yeast, complex pepper and biscuits

T - a little bitter, not as sweet as I thought it would be, a little hops, a hint of warm alcohol. Apricot with almost a hint of lemon/citrus. Very delicious and well balanced.

M - not as carbonated as it looked after first pouring it but still a little tingly feel. aftertaste is very pleasant

D - Upon first trying this beer- I thought to myself "this is a well made beer" I echo that thought here.

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

Very pale, cloudy yellow gold. Pours bubbly, like champagne, with a lot of white head. It becomes creamy, latte like as it settles. Good retention and nice lacing.

Orange, some light pepper and yeast to the nose from the bottle, before the pour. Dough and sparkling citrus drink. Dark wheat and multi-fruit tang. A sharp whiff tucked away within the aroma at the end, a very slight bit of capsaicin spice.

Light biscuit malt start - with the yeast quality, white bread as the taste develops. Fruity - orange and more. White bread, dusty yeast. A slight dash of white pepper. As it warms you detect more and more spice - all of them complimentary, none of them overwhelming. I was also happy to notice a nice hop presence. Finishes clean, if maybe a slight bit dry due to alcohol.

Medium bodied, creamy. The CO2 - of which there is a bevy - is not very prickly at all. Also a hint of bread to the feel.

A very nice spin on a strong Belgian pale, with a few saison characteristics, as Mr. Oliver noted. I must say, having previously met Oliver at a festival that featured this beer, it is better in larger than sample quantities and warmer than an iced bottle. I was not a huge fan of it when I had it at that festival, but felt an urge to review it ahead of the release of Local #2.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into snifter

A: nice golden color, nice foamy head with good retention

S: sweet biscuity malt, belgian yeast

T: nice buiscut malt flavor. Alcohol is noticable as it warms, also warming

M&d: chewy syruoy mouth, slightly drying. Over all very nice.

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Photo of jmw141
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Armored Car of a bottle here. You could drop this thing from a ten-story building and not have it shatter. I read once that this bottle is a work of art and I agree. Poured into a smallish snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold, with a huge frothy white head that doesn't go anywhere. Bubbles rushing every which way. Excellent lacing. There aren't just lace rings, this thing is leaving CHUNKS of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Sour/sweet candy aroma right as you pop the cork, citrus, red grapes, malt, banana esters linger. It is begging me to drink it, but I don't want my lips to ruin this perfect head of foam just yet. One more whiff...So complex.

T: Sweet malt flavor up front, yeasty, fruity (tangerine), and a tad sour. Delicate finish reminds me of Hennepin, but not as bitter.

M: Medium bodied. For 9% it really doesn't show up. Just a slight tingle of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for 9% abv. I do not think the 750ml is going to be enough! I should have gotten more when I had the chance. Refreshing.

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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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