Brooklyn Local 1 (USA)


  • My Rating: B

Brooklyn Local 1 – Brooklyn Brewery, 9% ABV – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

On the back label:

“In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we forge barley malt and hops from Germany, aromatic raw sugar from Mauritius and yeast from Belgium into our latest beer, Brooklyn Local 1. Behind the full golden color you’ll find an alluring aroma, a dynamic complex of flavors. Belgian flair, Brooklyn fortitude and a dusting of yeast after 100% bottle re-fermentation. Enjoy it locally or globally, as an aperitif or with your favorite dishes.”

  • Style: (Belgian-style) Strong Ale
  • Taste Profile:  bitter-sour malts -> grapefruit/banana/coriander/bready -> burpy/alcoholic finish. (creeper)
  • Where I got it : W.16th (West Vancouver)
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off), July 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: only shared with friends ’cause of the wow factor of popping the cork
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: I love the label – simple yet eye-catchingly unforgettable. Pours translucent golden orange with a superb large creamed-foamy head, very sticky lacing, good thick layer of retention, lots of active streams hugging the glass. Beautiful inviting orange/tangerine citrus aromas along with mild sour malts on the nose. Drinks with a rounded crispness up front, tingly mouthfeel, bitter-sour malts, 6/10-balanced sweetness, mid-palate consists of grapefruit, banana, coriander, mild bready malts, finishing burpy, off-dry with hints of alcohol and vanilla. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. Creeper effect of the 9% ABV fo sho.