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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.

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Photo of Foxman
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy and bubblicious neon lemon yellow with flashy gold highlights. Three fingers of creamy off-white head ice cream cone the top of the tulip and sustain seemingly eternally. Lumpy lacing lay deeply textured in the inside of the glass.

The aroma is thick and grainy with malted barley and wheat along with berry, melon, vanilla, and a hint of mint. Coriander and green apple drift crisply about a soft-edged swath of alcohol.

Upon sipping, a brief flash of grassy grain sweetness comes to the immediate fore, mildly fruity and tart, and that slides into a spicy clove and coriander duet. Yeasty, crisp cider apple and a gust of alcohol dry the middle. A considerably more toasted grain character reasserts toward the close, like crusty bread. The finish is airy, crisp, clean, and lingering. The flavor is virtually indiscernible from much of Belgium's finest.

Between medium and full bodied, the elements are peppery and memorable, and an underlying creaminess impresses like satin on the tongue.

I'll admit I've been lukewarm about Brooklyn, but this creation rewards an open mind. Simply, this is one of the better, if not the best, high-octane Belgian style ales coming from America. The ABV is big but not especially bold, and the warmth is coy and sneaky. Still, no reasonable level of alcohol could dampen the fine drinkability. Here's to hoping for more greatness to come out of Williamsburg.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale golden with a finger of white head that settles to a layer and leaves minimal lacing.

S- Sweet malt with banana, clove, rose, citrus, alcohol, yeast. Not as complex as Duvel, but sweeter and less spicy, and I daresay more enjoyable.

T- Sweet up front, tons of fruit and maltiness, followed by alcohol, hop bitterness, and even a hint of sharp white cheddar.

M- Smooth and velvety, but a bit thin, and the alcohol is very warming... too warming.

D- A bit too alcoholic and a bit too bitter in the finish to merit a very high score here. However, it's probably the best belgian made in America that I've had so far.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smooth and nicely clovey palate features a pleasantly sweet graininess, a rich clove character and some firm, delicious grassy, herbal notes as well. Creamy mouthfeel and a fairly moderate carbonation tang.

Outstanding. Probably the best Brooklyn brew I’ve had so far (perhaps second only to Black Chocolate Stout). The flavors are tasty, well rounded and very drinkable. The alcohol spice is there but very well hidden considering the 9% ABV. An absolute treat.

Highly recommended…

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Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for hookin me up with this beer. Shared with Idesofmarch89.

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dull lemon/gold color with a frothy 2 finger head that stands firm with good retention. patches of lace.

Smell: It has a nice Belgian yeast aroma with suggestions of lemon grass and spices with a bit of sweet fruit and a dab of alcohol shows through.

Taste: The flavor is very friendly and does not show a 9% ABV. It has a light alcohol warmth at the end but the flavors start with the Belgian yeast, bread, candy sugar, topical fruit and some citrus earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a very soft light medium feel with active carbonation but not over the top. Yeasty dry finish.

Drinkability: Magnificently drinkable. My wife liked it too. Guess I I need to buy... =)

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The corked, and caged bomber looked authentic Belgian, except for the brown color of the glass. The beer was poured into a Duvel tulip, and it looked quite a bit like the original BSPA. The color was pale yellow (i. e., Pilsner like), and the body was extremely clear. The head was easily formed as a result of active and vigorous carbonation, but proportionally it seemed smaller than the great examples of the style. Aroma was oaky, Brettanomyces funky, and also had a tinge of orange peel to it. I liked the smell, but it was a bit busy in my opinion. Taste was spicy, quite noticeably Belgian with a confluence of bitter, sweet, tangy, and earthy flavors, but suffered from the one flaw that most American imitations of the style seem to be affected by. It just wasn't dry enough. The alcohol presence was also bigger than it should have been, making this probably a lot closer to a Tripel than a BSPA. Medium full bodied as a result of all the sweetness. Quite a big beer, but an interestingly easy one to drink due to the spicy and effervescent taste.

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Photo of ski271
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Interesting bottle. Beer is hazy, medium-gold with a very large, white, meringue-like head.
S- Mostly yeast spice with some light, grainy malt and a touch of candi sugar in there? Odd.
T- Juicy herbs and citrus most notable here. Yeast is a bit off and distracting.
M- Medium body, lightly dry texture, lively carbonation
D- In my opinion this one is a dud. No it’s not that bad, but Brooklyn has made so many fantastic beers that I expect more from them. This beer was just not worth the ridiculous price I paid for a bottle.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle after hearing some good things about it from several friends.

Love the special bottle it comes in and the cork with the number 1 on it is a very nice touch. The pour was very cloudy and hazy with a golden yellow color. Small white head with average retention. The aroma is awesome. Very complex with a lot going on. Lots of clove and banana from the Belgian yeast, a little bit of alcohol and some very spicy hops. The taste brings out the yeast a lot, but somehow remains fairly light-bodied (a tough task due to the high ABV). A perfect amount of sweetness to it, just enough so that you don't tire of it. Mouthfeel is top notch, so smooth and light yet complex at the same time.

A great beer no doubt. This seems very close to the Belgian Tripel style, but who cares about styles and genre...this is just a great beer! Worth seeking out.

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

Clear light gold, just a hair darker than straw yellow, topped by a bright white head of soapy bubbles. Good retention with some clumpy, transient lacing. Spicy nose with a hint of clove, a little yeasty with notes of lemon, alcohol, and bread. The flavour's on the clean side as far as yeast is concerned, some spiciness is present, along with floral/herbal hops. Malt sweetness up front, tropical fruit and peppery spice linger in the finish. Nice texture, some alcohol warmth that's well controlled, medium body with plentiful carbonation. This came in a classy looking bottle and the beer is no slouch either.

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Photo of rodrot
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden, orange color with a massive rocky head. Lots of sticky lacing on the side of my Duvel tulip glass. Aroma was very fruity and spicy, with a good dose of perfumy hops mixed in. Definately smells Belgian. Taste was good, damn good in fact. Good maltiness along with lots of spice(coriander?), fruit(pear mainly and orange) and some peppery notes. Mouthfeel was light-medium and the finish was a perfectly balanced dry-sweet combination. This is an incredible beer that goes down very easily. This is without a doubt one of the top five Tripels/Belgian Strong Golden Ales that I've had. I'm amazed that such a tasty Belgian style beer can come out of the good old USA. Garrett, you've got another winner!

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Photo of rdickey
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source: 705 ml corked bottle that I have kept in my fridge for weeks because I haven’t had time to give this beer the time it deserves; 0597 stamp on label – brewed in May 2007? 597th bottle/cask? Who knows.

Appearance: Generates a 1 ½ finger fine white head when poured gently into a Duvel goblet; dissipates fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of. Pale gold with some cloudiness to it; I’m tasting this next to a Fin du Monde in the spirit of comparing Belgian styles brewed by non-Belgians (and as an excuse to drink two great beers) and it is slightly lighter in color than the Fin.

Smell: Floral notes come through front and center, actually stronger than the Fin in that regard, along with fruit. Yeastiness all the way through.

Taste: Excellent. What you anticipate in the nose comes through in the mouth, and there’s a lot going on here. The surprise for me, though, is the sharp hop backbone. I love the Fin, but it’s hard to imagine drinking it while mowing the lawn; the dry crispness of the 1, though, makes that seem pretty appealing (but note the warning below).

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp due to the hops, and the carbonation, which has a champagne feel to it, is spot on.

Drinkability: Very much so, even on a hot day here in NYC. If you actually do imbibe while mowing the lawn, of course, beware the 9% ABV, which is well concealed but could result in your mowing your neighbor’s lawn instead of (or in addition to) your own. Another very impressive brew from Garrett Oliver.

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Photo of chefdejour
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick white head. Whipped cream density

S: bready malt and tropical fruit aromas - just a hint of the alch.

T: warm malty taste with yeasty spice and fruit flavors

M: Full mouthfeel with mild carbonation

D: I finished it and thought I still had 1/2 a bottle left. That drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a slight chill haze. Fairly short head and no real lacing are the only slight dissapointments in this brew. The aroma has light cloves, a touch of banana, and a faint whiff of spice. Pleasant if a little lighter than I would like. The flavor and mouthfeel, however, are home runs. Beautifully balanced and subtle, with the same flavors found in the nose, but some delicious fruitiness as well, perhaps cherrry. The banana and clove are also slightly more pronounced. The finish has a long sustained hit of candi sugar, that almost tastes like palm sugar. Sweet and creamy. The mouthfeel is relatively light and refreshing, but luxuriously creamy and smooth. Each sip I take causes this beer to grow on me more and more. Beautifully drinkable, and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of number1bum
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this when it was brand new at the Philly Craft Beer Festival. Now I have a few bottles from NEPA BC split #5.

Poured into a tulip glass, it's a light golden color with a pillowy white head. It's crystal clear and it looks a little thin. The head too seems thin but it maintains a nice film to the bottom, but not much in the way of stick.

Smell is of doughy yeast, spicy alcohol and lemon zest. Taste is of citrus, bread and yeast, with a peppery and zesty spiciness to it. Some of the spiciness is probably hops. This is velvety smooth, a bit more than medium-bodied with a little spritzy carbonation; fantastic mouthfeel overall. It's weird to describe a 9%er as crisp and refreshing but this one is. Very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of ericj551
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Local 1 pours a clear light gold with a thick, foamy head. Aroma is sweet pilsner malts and a a dry, chalky yeast flavor. The flavor is dominated by the yeast and spicy alcohol, with a sharp aftertaste. Its a little dry for my taste, but there is a nice sweet malt flavor. The alcohol is definitely present but not really in a negative way.

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Photo of bashiba
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant cloudy orange with a huge thick and pillowy off white head that seemed to last forever and was super sticky with great lacing.

Smells very good with hints of oranges, apples, and sweet yeast.

Flavor is light and sublte, yet complex. Has a nice blend of orange, clove, mint, lemon, and wheat flavors. The base is a nice light citrusy maltyness with a blending of spices and light minty hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly warm and full of carbonation, but finishing very dry.

Overall its not to bad, easy enough to drink.

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

Pours hazy lemon yellow with a huge merangue like head that lasts forever. Nice sheets of lacing.

Aroma is very yeasty with strong spices - notably corriander and clove.

Taste is honey, candy sweetness and lemon zest up front. Yeasty spices are as strong as the nose led me to beleive. Quite grainy, with banana and nut.Finish has a strong lingering dry mustiness that is not out of place.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very crisp.

Not a bad version of a Belgian. The flavors of this American version are more subtle. Easy to drink and high ABV is well concealed.

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Photo of klewis
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a bright gold color with a bellowing white frothy head. Great sustain and lacing.

S: Aromas of tropical fruit with a yeasty Belgian character

T: Big taste with fruity and floral flavors. Smooth and delicious.

M: Full-bodied and smooth with fine carbonation.

D: Hands down one of the best Belgian style beers by a non-Belgian brewer. I'm kicking myself for only buying one bottle.

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Photo of mmcave
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

“100% bottle refermented ale ” also the back of the bottle states the use of German hops and barley in the beverage. Corked and caged 750 ml bottle from 2007, chilled and poured into tulip glass. Head rose fast, good effervescence, with three fingers of fluffy white foam; retention seems good and lacing apparent. The body is a golden, glowing straw color, with peachy highlights. The nose is quite good, very aromatic with tons of light citrus, minor hints of yeast, definitely pilsner malt in here, with notes of citrus maybe apple, light pear and just a touch pepper. I’d like to make a guess on the choice of hops: saaz and maybe styring golden, but that’s just a guess. Taste is pleasant and very quaffable. Its very soft on the palate all tough rather complex. Carbonation tickles the tongue just enough, with out being too much, keeps it light and gives it a sense of brevity. The same esters are present in the flavor as in the nose. At the start its rather full and juicy (almost wine like) then finishes rather dry, very good. The bitterness is subtle and doesn’t really express it’s self until the finish, which is prefect for the style. Not quite a sessional beer, but great as suggested. This beer is a pleasure to drink I will definitely buy again for food pairing. Congrats Brooklyn.

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Photo of Neehan
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This lovely creation poured a beautiful, light gold with a moderate head and a small amount of retention. Active carbonation from start to finish, but not overpowering. A rich, clean smell with a strong presence of estery oils. Incredibly complex taste that has a unique blend of boldness and mild character that can be as sweet and mild as honey but answers back with a kick of bitterness. Incredibly light and balanced in the mouth with a smooth finish and as drinkable as a big Belgian can get. Great stuff from a great brewery.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just starting to get the high-grav's from Brooklyn here. Very anxious to taste this after the review I saw in BA. Pour is clear gold with a nice lace around the glass. Aroma is pears and passion fruit and the taste is dry with strawberries and a tad bit of hop bitterness. Great taste and drinkability hide the alcohol on this beer. Damn tasty and I plan to age another bottle a little to see if it gets any better. Another solid brew from the boys in the borough.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with an earthy Belgian yeast aroma. It's fruity with some clove esters. The taste is excellent. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy. It's crisp and refreshing with a hint of warmth in the finish. The yeast esters are in the forefront and continue throughout the drinking experience. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinker. It's refreshing, but with bold flavor and warmth.

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Photo of mjc410
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my La Moneuse glass raises a thin off-white head that clings stubbornly to the sides of the glass while the middle quickly recedes. The lacing is quite slick, and manages only to cling just slightly above the glass ring. Below, the body is hazy gold, touched by amber.

The nose is yeasty, a bit touched by grape, with hints of mint and pepper. I should emphasize that is VERY yeasty. Very nice, too.

The taste is quite well balanced and complex, beginning lemony and fruity, moving with some middle spiciness to a malty, honey-touched, bittersweet finish. I'm struck by just how good this beer tastes.

The mouth is medium-thick, with a carbonation level that may be just a tad too high.

Overall, this is a winner for a Belgian type beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant golden color with impressive white puffy head. Nice persistent lacing.
Smell is a nice combination of yeast, spices, and some summer fuitiness.
Taste is very pleasant mixture of candy sugar, yeast, cloves and other spices and more fruitiness.
Alcohol very well hidden leading to great drinkability (though it sure hits you a little later)
Went extremely well when paired with grilled shrimp and scallops

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Photo of rayjay
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mymrngjckt hooked me up with this one. Big fluffy head and lots of lace, a great golden color, beautiful beer. Full of flavor, all very subtle and blended in perfect harmony. Finishes very dry. The flavor has the essence of chewing on pilsner malt. Very gently hopped. Lots of Belgian yeast aroma. Very subtle alcohol aroma, and it's well hidden, although it comes across as bitter rubbing alcohol when it does. Gentle fruits, like peaches and grapes, and white wine. Mouthfeel is perfect, full of champagne bubbles but never too carbonated. A great US take on Belgian beer, very true to style. This is a must try. Cheers!

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Photo of Gmann
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The color is a hazy pale golden orange color with a fantastic rocky white head, big and pillow, left some nice chunk lacing. The smell is of tart apple, Belgian yeast and some candi sugar. The flavors are earthy, tart apple, spicy, slightly sweet, hint of lemon, a shot of hops in the end, well balanced. IMO this is a saison, good balance between sweet and tart/bitter, granny apple taste. The feel is fizzy and astringent, a bit watery for a saison or BSPA. This is a damn fine offering from Brooklyn, very impressed, and a must try. A very balanced brew.

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