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Brooklyn Local 1 | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Local 1Brooklyn Local 1

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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 dbatch
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, a vigorous pour, with a creamy yellow/gold color with about two fingers of thick foam that dissipates fairly quickly, and leaves no lacing at all..

Aromas of bubble gum and banana are strong but not overwhelming, with a wheaty hop smell which is quite nice.

Taste is sweet and fruity, with a bubble gum flavor follow up. A little alcohol flavor is in there as well, but not too strong. But its well noted on the way down, it does warm the chest a little bit. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, the carbonation warms the tongue. I'll be finishing mine tonight, since its open and all.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought two bottles back in 07, so here is my review of the second bottle. Served on June 26, 2011 in Boone, NC.

Poured from the caged and corked bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a straw color with a large, white and pourous head. Loads of lacing with retention that lasts for days.

Yeasty, citric aroma. Really smells wonderful. The Belgian aspects seem to have mellowed a bit and everything seems more rounded and balanced with no pointed, glaring notices. Yeast, alcohol, bubblegum, lemon rinds.

Really well flavored. I certainly get that Belgian yeast flavor but there is a nice balance of hops and malt and every other flavor. Seems sweeter, which I dont like. The hops have certainly faded and everything is more rounded and muted, though every flavor has distinct characteristics and are all worthy of aplomb.

I cant say this beer deserves any higher rating based on age, but this beer has high points and low points based on age. I think I prefer the younger version with its pronounced hoppiness and crispness. The elder version is more mellow and is like my great grandma that used to sit in front of her wood-burning stove and stuff snuff into her mouth and have her little spit can by her side. She was a sweet old lady but was very set in her ways and was quite reluctant to adhere to change of any sort: I am sort of the same way. I like my beers fresh and potent. But, there is nothing wrong with sitting in front of your wood-burning stove for all eternity while your teeth and gums rot until your only form of communication is slobber, drool, and hand motions.

Pours from a 25.4oz, capped and corked bottle into a St Bernardus tulip glass. Emerges a bright golden color with a little bit of haze. A decent sized white head forms but disappears rather quickly leaving a nice film on top.

Aroma is yeasty and bready. Sweet candi sugar, fruity and mildly hoppy.

Flavor is fruity and sweet. Nice clove flavor and typical yeast flavors. Mouthfeel and carbonation are nice. Nearly full bodied and chewy with a nice clean, refreshing finish. My ears tingle from the warming effect, which is nice on this unseasonable cool day. Alcohol feel seems perfect for 9%.

Overall a nice beer from Brooklyn. I bought two, was going to age one but I think I will drink both fresh.

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Photo of timtim
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy golden color with a nice large white head that leaves patchy lace here and there... phenols in the nose... banana and some tropical fruit... i also get some graham cracker... goes down smooth, light, crisp and bubbly... just the way i like... very drinkable, although i would only take this one alone, kind of like an appertif... just my opinion... good job mr oliver

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Photo of EPICAC
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy, white head that retains well leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Predominantly fruity, primarily bananas. There's also a bit of clove, pepper and grain.

Taste: Light fruity sweetness upfront that intensifies as banana flavors hit the palate. This is followed by a mildly peppery finish with a lingering mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high carbonation, creamy.

Drinkability: Though high in alcohol this comes off as very light and refreshing.

Overall: An excellent take on the style. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a rich deep golden color with fluffy one finger head that slowly dissipates into a creamy mass leaving streaks of lace behind.Belgian yeast imparting some phenolic aromas as well as some herbal and floral hop notes with an underlying mineral quality to it,wow what a nice creamy mouthfeel full but it glides down with ease.A real central European hop profile in my mind on the palate quite herbal with some grassiness and hints of citrus the Belgian yeast shows itself with gentle phenolic and tropical fruit tones.I liked it much more than I thought I would its very well made and way to easy to drink,well done.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a special brew indeed. The first second it touched my lips all I could think was "BELGIAN." It pours a hazy golden color with a huge head that takes days to bubble down. The smell is mediocre, nice and sweet but requires a lot of teasing to fill the nose. But the taste... oh the taste reminds me of my favorite De Jolle brews for sure. The BA review says that basically all of the ingredients come from Belgium, so technically this beer is not from America it would seem (but all the credit goes to Yankee ingenuity). The same sweetness and slight bitterness that we get with all Belgian beers applies to this one. It goes down very easy, almost too easy. The aftertaste is slight but mostly the same sweetness that you taste in the main palate.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy light yellow color with a big fizzy white head that fades quickly. Some lacing observed.

The smell is light and a true Belgian yeasty aroma, a little of what i've come to describe (for myself) as smoky and some banana.

Medium bodied and because of the complexity going on...light and effervescent nature lends a smooth/creamy texture. The light fuzziness in combination with a complementary hop character is classic.

The flavor matches the aroma quite well. A really nice drinker; the 9.0% ABV is present but not distracting.

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

A: Nice golden color with fluffy white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing.

S: Phenolic and sweet candy sugar. Touch of maple, and fruit.

T: Bold and pheolic fades quickly to hop bitterness and spice. Ends dry. Good dose of malt and sweetness as well.

M: Good carbonation and medium body.

D: Good for 9abv

Ovr: This and Black chocolate are by far my favorite BB beers. Very good example of a belgia strong. It's heavy and bod yet refreshing.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful, classy 750 mL bottle. The Local 1 logo reminds me of Art Deco, but there's still the label on the neck with the Brooklyn "B". Once uncorked, it poured cloudy gold with a dense head into a tulip Duvel glass -- looked picture perfect and left thin lines to form a delicate lace. Aromas were mostly sweet fruity phenols, floral hops, and yeast. A hint of what's to come. I thought the taste ranked among the best -- lighter and more subtle than Tremens, but with just as much flavor. Incredibly well balanced with sweet light malts up front, tender floral hops in the back with a slight bitterness, and yeasty spice. Full mouthfeel with a dry finish, and an incredibly well-hidden 9% ABV make this, in my opinion, Garrett Oliver's crowning achievement to date. Very pleased.

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Photo of bigjohn
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent new offering from Brooklyn Brewery, their first in larger format bottles. Beautiful golden colour with a frothy white head. Poured with about an inch and a half of head into a duvel goblet. Smell is crisp and yeasty, hints of spice and light fruit. Nice dry taste, very refreshing. The alcohol is virtually nonexistent in the palate. Spicy and lightly floral, very pleasant interpretation of the style. Mouthfeel is light with pronounced carbonation, very indicative of the style. As for drinkability, I had no trouble polishing off the bottle. A lovely warm weather beer with its bright and refreshing characteristics. Highly recommended.

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

It was golden, nice dense and thick white rocky head. Smelled sweet and phenolic. Tasted sweet yet clean with a little fruity/ phenolic tropical fruitiness. Mouthfeel was light to medium and creamy. Smooth and fine carbonation. Quite delicious. I would like to put one aside and see how it dries out after further bottle conditioning. Don't hate me, but I would much rather drink this than Duvel or Delerium Tremens. Way to go Garret!!

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Photo of dlugo
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex, delicate, and delicious.
Not for the yeastphobes, the yeast is prominent throughout, with some hops.
I aspire to one day brew a beer as elegant as this! Another winner from the crew at the Brooklyn Brewery , I'm looking forward to Brooklyn Local 2.

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Photo of phisig137
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful 24 karat gold color with a 1.5 finger head. Nice retention leaves behind a good amount of lace.

Aroma is slightly sweet and slightly spicy. Good malt and sugar presence, with a lot of good raw sugar/honey aromas popping through. Yeast is ful of spicy phenols and smells great.

Flavor is well balanced and delicious. Dominated by spicy yeast from front to back. Slightly sweet demerara sugar/ caramel malts up front. Slightly dry hoppy finish, with a lingering yeast spiciness. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, and agressively carbonated. Drinkability is quite good.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Somewhat of a hybrid of a belgian strong pale ale and a tripple. Very well made, and an excellent offering from Brooklyn. Well worth seeking out. I wish Mr. Oliver would make this all the time. Highly recommended. I also love the two bands of raised glass on the bottle, reminiscent of those from westvleteren, and other trappist beers in small bottles. Nice tribute...

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Photo of aquatonex
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always good to try a new Brooklyn brew...

Pours pale golden with a decidedly murky quality from the yeasts. Smells of light lemons and the yeast of course. Taste is VERY yeasty, especially the dredges at the bottom of the bottle. Slight citrus and alcohols are also prevalent. It's not completely Belgian but hey, it's not from Belgium. And, it's a pretty hefty drinker.

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Photo of johnnydollar
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely yellow, almost clear hue. Much lighter in color than I had expected. The smell is what I am used to for a Belgium style ale. Nice yeasty, biscuity, kind of aroma. The taste has a pleasant bitterness to it. Nice hops flavor. Easy drinking for a 9%abv....TROUBLE.

Overall, I really like it. It's not a Belgium ale, but I don't think it's trying to be one either. More crisp. Smooth but with a hoppy snap.

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Photo of tommy78
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it out of a tall bottle and it immediately had a golden yellow hue. Lots of head, which settled after a while. The smell was spicy with some yeast with a hint of fruit and hops mixed in. As I tasted the brew, it was a bit bland. However, after a couple of more sips, it became sweeter to the pallate. With the mouthfeel, it became easier to enjoy the brew. As for the drinkability, it is easy to finish off a bottle before you realize that you need more.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow crystal clear body with a huge swirl of micro bubbles coming off the etching in the glass. There is a thick creamy white head that last and last turning moussey after a bit.

S- The smell of perfumed yeast with a hint of bubble gum and some slight white sugar note in the background. There is a strong smell of club soda with a soft fresh mushroom quality but it is very light. The finish is a soft green hop hint.

T- There is a soft cotton candy taste to the pale malt with hints of bubble gum and yeast. The finish has a light noble hop flavor with a light woody pine note and a hint of lemon zest. There is very soft bitterness that hangs on for a second and when the beer warms a bit there is a peppery spice to the hops.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz finish.

D- This beer is light and crisp but a bit boring. The yeast characteristics were nice but it would be nice to have more depth is such a subtle beer. There was no notice of the alcohol which made this a very drinkable beer.

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

750mL., no date- 0467 stamped on back
Pours a very light, clear straw color. Looks lighter than Coors light (but that is where the similarities end). Thick head of large white bubbles. Head retention is superior. Aroma is of bitter orange peel and spicy yeast. Smell is wonderful. Upon sipping, the first thing that struck me was the medium to heavy body on this one. Nothing like I assumed from the appearance. Maybe a bit to heavy for the style. Creamy with more orange and coriander. Great yeast character. Wonder which one they used? As it warms, the yeast takes on a woody character. Spicy and light bitterness linger long in the aftertaste. Dry finish. Great beer.

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Photo of medic25
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip, this poured a big golden color, with a frothy white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but primarily yeast. Initial sip offered a little more hops than expected, but as it warmed the beer became sweeter, with much more yeast character, and matched the style well. Drinkability was incredible; very little hint of alcohol, with a smooth aftertaste.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Hennepin glass from the 750 mL belgian-style corked and caged bottle. #0667 is printed on the back of the bottle under the bar code.
It pours a light golden color that is nearly clear with moderate to vigorous carbonation. The head billows up 1/3 of the glass and takes a few minutes to settle back to a rocky, thick retentive head. Definite smells of belgian yeast in here behind grass hops, citrus zest, and a mellow and full malt aroma. The taste was a bit of a surprise. Not like any belgian style I have had. Predominate bitterness from the hops and slight lack of flavor. This seems like more of a Belgian IPA. I'm not tasting the full, rich, sweet flavor I've grown to associate closely with BSPA's. Active carbonation takes away from the little flavor that is present. Maybe I should let it warm up and lose some fizz for a minute. After I stop drinking it the alcohol sneaks into the aftertaste.

10 minutes later: A little bit more flavor is present, mostly the yeast poking through. The citrus and malt still seem to be pushed aside by that subtle, yet overbearing bitterness. I know Brooklyn can make a mean malty beer (ie. winter lager). Maybe they should stick with their brown ales, lagers, and imperial stouts. This attempt at a Belgian just isn't totally selling me.

The mouthfeel is not bad other than the prickly carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer, but the 9% ABV doesn't make it a beer to pound.

Edit: When I first reviewed this beer is was classified as a BSPA. The characteristics showed nothing close to the style therefore I rated it a tad low. I will have to try it again and re-review.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking, very crisp golden colour with a hefty white head that quickly dissolves and leaves a smattering of itself here and there on the glass.

The aroma is very nice: yeast, candy, grass, floral notes and a bit of earth and grain as well.

Flavour is a nice blend of grass and floral notes, a lot of dirty earth with burnt grain as well to give a bit of a bread-like feel. The sweetness of the candy and the yeast notes take a back seat here, although both are still quite noticeable. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated and crisp: very champagne like. Regal almost.

This is a nice brew. It boasts a lot of flavour and blends everything together quite nicely. Not my favourite style in the world, but this one is good enough that I'd be more than happy to go back to it again, and certainly plan to do so...

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Photo of drseamus
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Firstly, what is 100% bottle re-conditioned. How could you have any other percentage besides 0 or 100? Anyway, I was excited to try this beer but it kind of let me down. It pours a straw/light amber color with a thick off white head. The aroma is the classic fruity yeasty belgian funky aroma that I expected. The flavor is not as good as I had hoped though. The alcohol is very evident in the flavor and gives a pronounced warming in my mouth throat, and stomach. It has a malty fruity taste with a very strong spiciness. It is a bit sweeter than I would have liked.

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

Saw this at my favorite outlet while shopping for a beer dinner, and thought this might be fun. Turned out to be the first one we opened, and I'm glad we did.

Poured into wine glasses (I need to get some proper goblets for Belgian-style beers). Very nice thick white head, pillowy, with a light caramel, clear body. Smell was very tempting...some spice, a little lemon zest, a bit of alcohol standing out.

Tasted very good...an earthy, malty sweetness with just a hint of hops and some nice coriander. The alcohol is there, but doesn't overpower like some I've tried. Mouthfeel is light, a little carbonation.

Ultimately, VERY drinkable. Frightingly so given the ABV. It was a great way to start the evening. I think it would've paired well with the crabcake appetizers, but we drank it all down before the food hit the table!

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Photo of BBM
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a fizzy two finger white head atop it. Nice retention and lacing. Smell was a pleasant blend of spices, corriander, and a slightly earthy note. It had that distinct Belgian aroma.

The taste started off slightly spicy, peppery, with hints of some banana and very subtle lemon. A musty earth flavor followed, giving it a little more pop than you might expect. The warming alcohol on the back end dried out the beer, rounding out the subtle yet complex flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin and fizzy side, but nothing distracting. And while this beer goes down smooth, I don't know how much of this I could handle. I felt it after half a bomber.

Overall though, this is a very good beer and quite a difference from the Brooklyn beers you're used to. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shipped to me by Sulldaddy in a champagne-size bottle, it pours a pale yellow, chilled into a tulip glass with some haze. The head towers above, white, loose, but clingy and spongy. Aroma is slightly fruity (white grapes and lemon) with a nice amount of cloves or nutmeg as well that really spices it up. Just a twinge of alcohol also hits my nose along with possibly some slight yeast. Flavor sips at first quite sweet with reminders of pears along with some citrus fruit and some spice. Alcohol quickly coems in to dry out the body, which is medium at most with a slight bit of yeast flavors. The body again is medium, and the combined carbonation and alcohol phenols quikly make this a bit bitey on the tongue. However, this is scarily drinkable! Oh God, a whole bottle all by myself? I guess I'll take one for the team...

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