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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 penguinjive7
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a fairly substantial head. Retention is pretty good and there is little lacing. Smell is of mild spice and yeast with a hint of tropical fruit. The taste is similar to that of the aroma with the fruits and spice mixing very well to blend inot a nice smooth finish. This is a nice light brew that drinks very easily and a very solid Belgian-style offering form Brooklyn and is now one of my favorite brews from this company.

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Photo of blakesell
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the custom modeled caged and corked 750ml bottle into a Weizen style glass. Cork and cage are custom made bearing the Brooklyn logo and the cork bears the "one" logo. Bottle is roughly one year old, possibly a bit older.

Appearance- Beer pours clear and yellow golden with a pillowy bone creamy head that rises a goodly four fingers high and dies slowly. Lacing is thick and clings very well to the sides of the glass.

Smell- A sweet soapy lemon, brettanomyces (the pineapple variety), and some herbal banana and clove on the nose. This is one schnozzful of flavor right here. Herbs increase as the beer warms and really rounds out this beer. Hops are a little over present but this is still quite balanced for an American interpretation of a Belgian strong pale.

Taste- Sweet and herbal, almost like a good honey mustard. Very sweet yet herbal and fully attenuated. Banana is present but that Bretty pineapple is more prevalent. Hops are pretty active on the tongue but not out of place. Very yeasty without going overboard and a nice white pepper drying finish. A bit of the brettanomyces funk also on the finish but not near as much as the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel- Lightly warming, medium full bodied with a very light dryness that makes the beer much more deceptive than it should be, not that I'm complaining. Medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- Very nice and I would be happy to find one again (do I have another in the cellar?), I'll be searching it out again in a year or so.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tayner for this!

A - Pale straw color. Huge, rocky 3-finger head lasts like crazy. Thick gobs of lacing all over. Very pretty.

S - Tropical fruits, lemon, and spice. A bit of saison must & earth.

T - Very fruity on the palate - orange, mango, sweet grape, passion fruit, etc. A bit of spice and herb. Some musty earth. A slight tartness.

M - Very light & crisp. Finishes dry.

D - I almost wish it wasn't 9%, so I could drink more of it in a sitting. The ABV is completely hidden.

A delicious & unique mishmash of styles. Very, very tasty.

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

honey-orange golden color with consistent bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. tight, sturdy white head with long retention. wonderfully creamy and long-lasting head with great lacing.

smells musty, estery, and rainy with lemons, apples, bubblegum, and banana.

on palate, fruity and tart, then a honeyish sweetness. prickly carbonation on the tongue, yet velvety smooth in the mouth. there's an alcohol hit at the back and zippy, citrusy finish.

perhaps a bit too effervescent and there is that alcohol hit, but overall a delicious 100% bottle-fermented belgian style ale made exceedingly well right here in america.

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Photo of marcpal
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle poured into a few tulip glasses.
Bottle Graphics: 9/10. Good appeal.

A: Light sparkling yellow with a look that did not come across as bottle conditioned. Creamy, rocky, milkshake head on the golden dustiness. It lasted long and the lacing was like soap suds.

S: Stone fruit balanced with pepper spices. Mothball scent brings me to think saison. The bubblegum accent was the highlight of the aroma. When cold, the bubbleyum is really nice with the lemon/banana.

T: Fruity sweetness combined with spices/peppers. There is minute bitterness butthat ends quickly and abruptly with some boozy flavor. The yeasty flavors come up with a nice texture but not mindblowingly sediment laden. The sweetness is middle of the road and where I like it to be. The only drawback is that the sweetness carries a characteristic of sawdust. Odd, but I can't get past that.

M: Doesn't really seem bottle conditioned, and I have to chalk that up as a positive. It has a bit of spice to it yet is silky smooth.

D: I thought it was worth the price and quite another one-off terrific brew coming out of Brooklyn.

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

Appearance is a golden but slightly hazy - definitely not chill haze as I found out. Big head made of big poppy fizzy bubbles diminishes to a fine layer. They continue to pop during the whole session, but are replenished by the steady stream from below. Seems force-carbonated but their website states it's "bottle reconditioned" No lacing whatsoever.

The only thing I can pull out of the aroma is a ever-so-slight funk. Nothing more to sniff, nada.

The taste is nice but somewhat simple. The sweet malt comes through and is balanced nicely with a bit of alcohol in the back and a very slight hint of hops in the middle. No funk in the taste which is surprising. Seems like when there's snort-funk there's always tongue-funk.

Mouthfeel is medium-fullness, somewhat fluffy, with a small alcohol burn.

Pretty darn good Belgian golden ale, but it won't be back on my shopping list for awhile.

**Edit: actually as I finished the bottle I realized it grew on me a bit. Nice spice subtle spice and fruit notes in nose and palate that weren't immediately obvious. Also sediment in the bottom makes it clear it's bottle-conditioned...despite the big fluffy fizzy bubbles.

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

Reviewed on 6/28/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light golden color with a thick white head. Aroma predominantly of spices (clove in particular). Flavor of same spices, Belgian yeast, light spicy fruits (spicy apple, pear), some citrus notes. Interesting Belgian strong ale--it was like a fruity witbier to me. A nice, easy-drinking, extremely light (couldn't tell it was 9% at all) mixture of tart and spicy fruitiness.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Local 1 pours out a hazy golden yellow, with an enormous billowing white head. Strong carbonation, and excellent retention.

Aroma is sweet, and spicy with yeasty tones, and underlays of pepper. Belgian sugars, hints of lemon, fusel alcohol, and grass.

Taste is sweet, and yeasty upfront. With sweet notes of ripened fruit - pineapple, banana, lemons, oranges, mango, papaya, and passion fruit. Complex depth, with notes of sweet, sour, tangy, bitter, and tart jumping all over the place. Balanced exceptionally with a nice floral/spicy hoppiness that creates a smooth drying mouthfeel and finish. Ends with lingering citrus sweet notes, and a crisp tongue numbing carbonation.

A very interesting and extremely complex beer. Highly enjoyable, and definitely worth checking out.
One of the better American Belgian renditions I've ever had, this is one damn good beer.
Well done Brooklyn!

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

Brooklyn Local 1 is a cloudy amber ale with a thick, frothy, foamy, splotchy, waxy, off-white head. It has great retention and lacing. The aroma is strong and complex: bread, hay, flowers, grass, earth, leaves, forest, peach-- yet none of these elements dominates. It's a touch sweet. I said "holy crap" to an empty room when I smelled this. It is medium-light bodied and pretty smooth. The finish is bitter and warm and prickly like whiskey. It is lightly sweet, well bittered and a bit sour. It's pretty well balanced. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but not as sweet. It's so complex that it seems almost disjointed. Age this. There are flavor notes of green and dried leaves, apricot, prune, sour cherry, orange marmalade and cigars. It's strong and bright, but rather smooth. Nice!
(rated Feb 20, 2008)

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Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear golden color with a thick, frothy white head. Fruity aroma of apple, grape, pear as well as a nice spiciness. The strong abv is excellently masked by a refreshing, crisp taste of white fruit and citrus. Slight dry finish. A very nice belgian-inspired tripel.

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

Poured from a caged & corked bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice golden in color, pretty big head that dissapates quickly, soapy.. good lacing.

Smell: A boquet of florals, apples, and other fruit, a tinge of banana shows up.. a peppery backdrop in the nose gives way to some raw-honey, citrus, and esters. Nice.

Taste: A good blend of maltiness and excellent fruit flavors, a hint of banana is here, citrus comnes through, nice and yeasty in the taste as well. You can really taste the hops in this one, a good alcohol/ester reminder on the finish.. perfect balance.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, nice bodied, not too wet for an Ale, the alcohol tinge makes this one keep its body while in the mouth.

Drinkability: This one was definetley a treat, awsome use of fruit, perfect maltiness, and good sessionability, I can easily top of a couple bombs of these a night. Well done.

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Photo of FreightTrain
2.58/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy light gold with a large but quickly dissipating head. A little bit of lacing.

S- Lemony citrus smell with a touch of nutty yeast.

T- Sugary, hot, some maltiness.

M- A bit thin, somewhat fizzy carbonation

There just wasn't a lot going on here, no complexity. Overall, I found this to be indistinct. The 9% ABV was also very apparent.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Large bottle, caged and corked. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale golden and cloudy. Thick soapy head thins, but lingers.

Smell: Like a macro with some yeast.

Taste: Sweet and yeasty with a tiny bit of hops and spice at the end. The high alcohol content is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Thin, though the sweetness lingers.

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/21/2008 (bottle):

Pours a clear golden color body with a big frothy white head, good lacing & lasting Flowery malty banana aroma. Light fruit and sweet spices. Not overpowering. Spicy banana taste. Light malts, watery palate, but carbonated. Some what warming. Nice Belgian-y taste. Super carbonated as it warms, harsh.

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

Pours gold with a thick white head. Tastes and smells like a slightly sweeter version of many of the good Balgian pales. A hint of green apple and more than a hint of Citrus (mainly tangerine or oranges). Its drinks very, very smooth with a light-to-moderate mouth. It hides the abv fairly well. Its fairly similar to other Belgian strong pales (Duvel, etc). It seems like many of the Belgian strongs (dark or pale) have really similar characteristics, but this one is particularly enjoyable and really "easy-going" too.

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

Poured at cellar temperature from a corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep golden beer with a large rocky head which eventually settles into half an inch of dense foam. The head is quite white. Heavy lacing follows the beer down the glass. Small, tight bubbles rise rapidly, evincing heavy carbonation.

S: Pear and apple skins on the nose, with a hint of bready yeast.

T: Green apple, pear and some tropical fruit form the first impression on the tongue. The beer yields to a tartness and spiciness I tend to associate with "devil beers." Some hops in the finish, but not very pronounced.

M: Light and prickly mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable; I could drink it all day, but for the substantial alcohol content.

Overall: It seems to me that the "strong pale ale" subcategory of Belgian-style ale could be further subdivided into a sub-sub-category of "devil beer." This falls squarely within that sub-sub-category, and is at least as good as the Belgian examplars of that style I have sampled. In fact, it lacks some of the cattiness I often detect in, say, Duvel when I buy it locally, but seems to have captured all of that beer's positive categories and then some. This is simply an outstanding brew.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scored a corked and caged 750 of this wonderful stuff for free tonight. Thanks, boss.

Pours a lovely hazy straw with a huge bubbly white head. Decent amount o' lacing to be enjoyed by the eyes.

It certainly smells like a Belgian. Yeasty, spicy and fruity. Good stuff.

I'll be damned. It tastes like a Belgian too! Again, it's got that nice banana-like fruitiness, clove/coriander spiciness and a nice big mouthful of bready yeast. It's also got some booziness too.

Mouthfeel is great, too. Nice and bubbly, but a nice full body on it. Wicked dry on the finish.

The abv makes this stuff a one 'n doner, but it's damn good stuff nonetheless. There are times when I'll actually take this over Duvel. Not always, just sometimes. And that's about as high a complement as I can pay this great beer.

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Photo of deanhead
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a straw color with a dense rocky, voluminous head which reduced to a few bubbles and some lacing around the glass.

Aroma is sweet and candylike with slight hints of bubble gum.

Somewhat sweet tasting with a hint of astringency. Bit of a tangy taste as well, floral essence reminds me of lavender and hard candy.

Ligt bodied beer. Fairly bright beer with a remarkably crisp, dry finish.

This beer is awesome. It's a great examle of the style and done very well. Seek this beer out if Belgian are you bag.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz corked & caged bottle.

A: The beer poured a dark, hazy orange with a dense white 2 finger head. About half a finger lasted throughout the entire drink. When held up to light, some light carbonation could be seen streaming to the top.

S: The aroma was good. I would say that it was typical Belgian style, sweet and fruity, with subtle hints of the malt and hops.

T: Personally, to date, I think that this is one of the finest examples of a U.S. made Belgian-style beer. The taste followed the nose very well, but the malt and hops cut down the sweetness and fruitiness, but this is not a bad thing. It gave the beer excellent balance.

M/D: The beer had a medium body, it was smooth, creamy and very easy to drink. Next time I am at the store I will be picking up additional bottles so that I can keep it in stock in the beer fridge. This will be a staple in my fridge for some time.

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Photo of Deus1138
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 750ml bottle today then allowed to chill for about 3 hours.

Poured in a Goblet. Doesn't just about everything taste better from a goblet? Color is golden yellow with a hint of brown. Looks similar to apple juice. Good amount of frothy head.

Smell is mostly light fruits, a little yeasty, and a little alcoholic.

Taste is very good. Alcohol is barely noticeable, but noticeable enough to be enjoyable. You get a small dose of sugary sweetness followed by clove, pepper, green apples, and finally pear.

Drinkability is good. I've been on a dark Belgian beer kick for a year or so. This might pull from the darkside for a while. Definitely worth trying.

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

Had this one chillin' in my cellar the past few months. Popped the cork last night for the Wotlk launch.

Poured a beautiful golden with a good finger of white frothy head. Minor lacing. Lacing and bubbles sort of stick to the bottle and glasses as it was poured, a rather cool effect.

Smells strongly of banana, Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and mild spices. Not as strong as other Belgians I've had, and I love this beer for that.

Taste is very balanced. A sweet banana to start, with a fruity yeast and light malt. Coriander and clove are present but very mild in the background. Alcohol is strong, but not as much as others beers in this category with the same ABV.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing and smooth. Medium to heavy bodied with a mild carbonation that suits it.

Drinkability is fantastic. The alcohol doesn't dominate, and barely makes its presence known. Easy to drink with a great taste, one of the best beers I've had this year.

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

Purchased this while in Connecticut a few months ago.
This beer pours a clear light gold with a thick, foamy head. Slight lacing is apparent. Aroma is sweet pilsner malts and a dry, chalky yeast flavor. The flavor is dominated by the yeast and spicy alcohol, with a sharp aftertaste. Its slightly dry, but there is a nice sweet malt flavor. The alcohol is definitely present. This is a good beer, but not one that I would sit down for a session.

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

This is a good tasting and very accessible Belgian. Most of the flavors of an import are here but not as pronounced. This would be a good first experience with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Pours a hefeweizwen-like hazy straw color with a bubbly white head. The head dies out faster than a hefe, probably due to the high abv. Smell is a bit more mild than I would like. The coriander, citrus (orange peel), Belgian yeast and pepper were there. Candi sugar was missing, but the smell was pretty subdued for a Belgian.

Taste was good. Same flavors as in the aroma, but stronger and more pronounced. The orange peel, Belgian yeast and spices were all present but not to the level that some of the original Belgian brews would take them. The alcohol was very well masked. Mouthfeel was good. Went down smooth, felt rich and no offsetting alcohol burn. A very drinkable beer for this octane level. Very nice!!!

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Photo of williamherbert
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White gold. See through. Head dissipates like so much champagne. Pale dull and not all that impressive to look at.

Like a pilsner on steroids in the aroma. Spicy Belgian ale flavors. Incredibly flowery and fragrant. Perfume and hallertauerish hops.

Flowery and perfumey. Flowery, piney hops. Belgian spices and a wheaty base. The hops and spice are a symphony of flowery flavors. Crystally; malt-base non-existant.

Fizzy and medium bodied. Heavy, fizzy, perfumey and flowery. Bursting wild estery flavors; no malt base to speak of.

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Photo of champ103
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange color. A large white head forms and leaves some sticky lace.
S: Sweet doughy malt. Funky yeast. Some sweet fruit flavors, honey. Not bad at all, but seems standard for the style.
T: A malty taste. Sweet honey like flavors. Some doughy yeast. Kind of like a Duvel clone.
M/D: Creamy and well carbonated for my tastes. Easy and smooth to drink. A sipping beer because of the ABV, but something to sip and savor.

Not a bad BSPA at all. Though I find it a bit typical. Though it is a very good beer from a good brewery.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,093 ratings