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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 Ieatlambfries
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip. This Belgian strong pale poured a beautiful clear dark gold. Tons of fast moving champagne like bubbles are spawned from the etching in the bottom of the glass. It was topped with a massive cloud like off white head of super dense bubbles. With each sip it left a blanket of lace which pulled back into ringlets and small islands on the sides of the glass.

A lot of yeast on the nose. Spices and tropical fruits, pineapple and banana in particular. Some alcohol showing through as well.

Yeast with tropical fruit undertones and grains up front. Definite herbal and spicy hop flavors. Slightly sweet with some alcohol flavors on the back end.

Medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Velvety smooth, nearly perfect mouthfeel. Needless to say this was outstandingly drinkable. I had no trouble polishing off the bottle in one sitting.

All in all a great beer, I really enjoyed it. This is one of those brews that comes along and reminds you why you love craft beer so much. By far my favorite beer of 07 so far.

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

So, I finally decided to pick up a bottle of Local 1. Now it was not like I was boycotting or anything, far from it. It was just that I had only seen in up in Ashville for like 12-15 a bottle which I thought was a tad bit much for it. Come to see now that it has come down to 10.00, but that is neither here nor there, as we have finally arrived and it is on the shelves pretty much everywhere in South Carolina, or at least the upstate for 7-9 bucks, that I will take. So in my travels today I had gone and stocked up on numerous items at Greens, and this being one of them. The bottle gave me the impression of a firehouse or a firefighter theme, don't know if it was intentional, but very classy and well done for sure. Big freakin bottle by the way. I have my fridge sheleves set for a 750, and this wouldnt fit, just by about a half inch. Anyway, onto the beer.

Poured a pale golden yellow, very clear and lighter then what I would have thought and that suprised me a bit. I figured that the big black bottle would hold something a little darker, but it was cool. Lots of carbonation, bubbles rippling up from the bottom of the tulip glass formed a nice two inch white frothy, sudsy like head. This quickly faded and left behind a a quarter inch layer of fizzy lace that lasted all the way until the end of the glass. No real lace on the sides though, as I would not expect it from this. Had a very light quality about it. Overall it looked pretty decent, not very thick, but pretty decent looking.

So for the smell, first impression was very fruity. Lots of notes of bananas mixed in with a bit of peach or pear. Nice strong aroma, you did not have to go searching around for this one like you do on soem others. A good bit of spice was also playing around in there, maybe some clove or nutmeg, correander. Very yeasty on the nose as well, bread aromas were easily evident from the beginning. Overall great smel. Very lively and easy to enjoy. Very light feeling, seemed like a summerish or at least warm weather type of blend of aromas, nothing that would be soo heavy as to not really be able to enjoy. No real pickup of alcohol on the aroma, which again is nice, seems to be blended out very well.

So now for the taste, first impression was rtemarkably smooth. Great carbonation gave it that silky, lighter then air, just gliding over the tongue type of feel. The fizz could still be felt on your tongue for a good few minutes after word. Not heavy at all. A slight warming from the alcohol, but hardly noticeable, and very well blended out. Lots of flavors here. Peaches, pears, banana, plum or verry well blended. Good use of lots of different flavors to give this a different feel then some others I have tried. A light fruity yeast flavor was dominant, not a earthy heavy flavor at all. This was very nice. Long lingering taste, this stayed with me for a good long while after I had taken my last sip. Overall great flavor profile and I really enjoyed what they have done. A very light tasting belgian. If I didnt know better I would say t was in the class with a complex tasting single ale. Very well done as for flavors and feel. Easily drinkable all night, and not even put into the class of having to be a sipper, very well crafter, flavor profile shows.

Overall I would have to say this was very well done. Definatly worth a try and you can tell much time was spent on the production of it. Not too heavy and the alcohol really is well hidden. A more then decent offering and a good one to grab a bottle of for sure.

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Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours light golden yellow with a huge white head that slowly descends to a lasting foamy cover. Some foamy lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of coriander, orange peel, sweet sugar and bubblegum.

The taste is of sharp black pepper upfront. This spiciness stays around throughout, but is soon backed by other flavors. The flavors that are in the aroma carry through on the flavor, but in a more subtle fashion. Yeast certainly plays a major role in the taste. Bubblegum sweetness balances out the huge amount of spiciness. As it progresses/warms, the spiciness, which was a bit much to begin with, mellows allowing a sweet graininess to come through, balancing it out. Spiciness, a bit over-the-top, comes through again in the peppery, dry finish.

Champagne-like airiness is the initial feel. Spices cling to palate. As it warms, however, it does gain more of a body.

This one does change character as it progresses, and I enjoyed it more as it went on. However, it still struggles to contend with other Belgians in this category, IMO. Still, it is certainly worth trying and it's certainly a decent American interpretation of a Belgian.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw gold in color, mainly clear with a decent size white fluffy head that slowly recedes. Aroma is some nice apple and lemon tartness balanced by a soft honey sweetness. These somewhat tart aromas are stronger on agitation, there is a fairly light spiced clove aroma as it settles, some background grassiness as well. Soft honey sweetness up front gives way to a somewhat grassy bitterness followed by a pepperiness. All the while the tartness is there in the background and lingering in the aftertaste, some light bready and belgian yeastiness as well that mix with the light maltiness. Light to medium body, fairly high level of carbonation tingles on the tongue along with the good sized peppery and drying bitterness. I am surprised by the abv here, it doesn't come across at all as 9%, in the taste, aroma, or how I feel after drinking it. Very enjoyable and the nice dry and crisp finish keeps me coming back for more.

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

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a substantial head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid cap and moderate lacing.

Nose is complex with hops and lemon predominant first impression.

Taste shows malt with lemon and hops in a most pleasant and enjoyable fashion. Very crisp and well done.

Very good carbonation, feels lighter due to that. Slight coating of the palate, but the carbonation eases much of that.

Very drinkable, must get more. One of the finest Belgians I've had from an American source.

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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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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,044 ratings.
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