Brooklyn Local 1 | Brooklyn Brewery

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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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at the recommendation of an employee at a local shop when we were discussing Belgian styles.

Appearance: Nice and clean looking.

Smell: Not a ton of smell but there is spiciness and fruitiness from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Very clean and fruity with a dryness. The guy at the shop compared it to champagne, and I'd say that is an accurate assessment.

mouthfeel: Very crisp.

overall: not a ton of experience with this style, but definitely a solid beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 20, 2011. cellared as appropriate.

appearance: Deep gold color. Big billowy white head that lasts and laces very nicely. Bit of chill haze that fades quickly.

smell: Lemony floral aromatics, and bright alluvial and slightly peppery hop characters. Clean malty sweetness.

taste: Everything the aroma promises. Horsey peppery funk (late Brett B?). Well balanced clean malt backbone.

mouthfeel: Medium or just under medium. Full carbonation supports a nice fluffy feel. Slightly astringent in the finish. Long an pleasant finish with all the characters of the taste and aroma represented.

overall: Very well done Belgian Golden Strong (or Strong Pale as BA classes it). Straddles the old world characters of a Golden Strong, Tripel, with the bit of Brett funk. 18 months put som dryness and funk into it that I really like, and can imagine a couple more years would just bring out more complexity.

Damn fine!

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

this beer is unreal, and a steal for under 9 bucks. the pour is a little hazy, sunny yellow, with over an inch of thick white head that lasts the whole glass and leaves a fine lacing. the nose is a little saisony, lots of belgian yeast, and not as sweet as i would have thought with the sugar listed. theres something grassy and outdoorsy about this, lovely. the flavor reminds me a lot of the sorachi ace, but with some different hops. its got the same champaigney yeast vibe and belgian essence. balanced as anything, not too sugary, not too hoppy, just a near perfect golden ale with a little summer thrown in. this brings me somewhere far away from my upstate new york kitchen in december. effervescent carbonation and a light but not watery body. creamy feel in the mouth, invisible alcohol. this blew my mind, and is up there with sorachi ace as some of brooklyns best work. i cant wait to get this again, the culinary matchings are endless as well. what a quality brew!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy apricot hue with a bit foamy head that loses its retention rather quickly and decent lacing

S: Fruit and grains mingle nicely; apple cider, pears, pepper with bready undertones--really balanced and delicious smelling

T: Lots of fruits like the aromas indicated and dry with subtle spice

F: Creamy, medium texture and body

O: A really delicious, fruity, and bready dry Belgian beer

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a faintly hazy orange-yellow color with some big bubbles of carbonation initially visible. The head is very tall, foamy, and white. Retention is solid, leaving a rocky cap on the beer after a few minutes and some irregular patches of lacing on the glass.

S: Fragrant yeast character. Fruity notes of orchard and more exotic varieties, including some mild banana and lemony citrus. Some spiciness of clove. A bit of grainy maltiness and lurking alcohol is present as well.

T: Thoroughly yeasty. Some mild grainy and doughy sweetness up front is quickly swallowed by yeasty funk and tartness. Fruit flavors are prominent, with golden apple, pear, banana, lemon, and some faint candied pineapple available. Yeasty spice adds a nice background of cloves and phenols without becoming a focal point. Hop bitterness is low but does pop up a little in the finish, along with a mostly hidden alcoholic bite.

M: Moderate body for the style. Carbonation is lively and assertive. Finishing mouthfeel is dry, which isn't unexpected. Alcohol is concealed well but at 9% still mildly noticeable.

O: This is a nice take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It has a very complex, vaguely German yeast character - almost like a weizenbock in many respects - coupled with a big, dry, fruity Belgian backbone. Drinkable and enjoyable.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,078 ratings.
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