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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 our special yeast. To create this beer, we use the old technique of 100% bottle re-fermentation, a practice now rare even in Europe. It gives this beer a palate of unusual depth. Enjoy it locally or globally, as an aperitif or with your favorite dishes. It is particularly nice with spicy seafood and with fine cheeses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle. Golden amber beer with a nice off-white head. Grass, hay, grain, light citrus aroma with fruity esters. Nice rich malty flavor with big citrus/summer esters and some backing yeasty piciness. Medium-plus body. Lingering hops and yeast. Well balanced and put together nicely. This is one of those beers I wouldn’t expect everyone to like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Pours a light yellow color with a white head. Aroma is lemon with lots of bitter astringency. Flavor is malty, lemon, and an astringent bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glazed9884 (207) - USA - AUG 16, 2007
Golden color, somewhat murky. white head, dissipates but keeps nice layer. Citrus smell, bit of hops. Has a full-bodied taste, smooth mouthfeel. Strong taste and smooth aftertaste. No alocol burn which is shocking for 9%. Very good taste but nothing too exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
theviolet (173) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Strong fruity aroma, lots of yeast. Light golden color, decent fluffy head. Dark fruits in the taste, alcohol warming. I don’t like it. A little too bitter with not enough balance. I just don’t like the taste. Bubbly mouthfeel. Wouldn’t drink it again, not a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1939) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Cloudy pale yellow with big foamy head / Nose of sour malt and banana / Light body with decent, although hot, finish / Forward flavors of sour malt, spice, banana and orange. Just a little out of balance - needs either more body or a little less alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 The dictionary defines fortitude as “strength and endurance under adversity.” I can only imagine that starting a brewery in the mid 1980s in Brooklyn of all places must have been a challenge financially, at the least. Well almost twenty years later we are still drinking their beer and enjoying its craftsmanship. Recently the company finally addressed the growing Belgian style beer market, which seems to be sweeping across the craft brewing industry, with their Belgian strong ale – Local 1. The beer advertisement states it is “brewed with Belgian flair and Brooklyn fortitude.” It pours a hazy, soft golden with a creamy white head that slowly lightens away. The beer, true to the style has lively carbonation; additionally the nose on this beer is excellent - zesty hops, fruity aromas of apple and citrus. The finish is also outstanding - pale malt and some hop bitterness. This is extremely drinkable, but be warned it is very strong (9% a bottle). Very impressive Belgian from Brooklyn, the description of “Belgian flair and Brooklyn fortitude” is indisputable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2007
Blond color. Nothing special about the aroma. The flavor, even if dry, is quite malty, with very strong spicy character; rounder at the end. Too much alcoholic. Not bad, but it has been pushed too much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RolandTower (26) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Though it has no impact on the beer, I love the bottle design on this one. Pours a hazy gold with an enduring white head. Sweet smell of aromatic hop and Belgian-yeast-induced spiciness. Crisp flavor; lightly sweet with a citrusy hop presence that is nicely complimented by corriander and strong spice notes. Clean finish that begs to be chased with another sip. Definitely a fan of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2007
750ml Halftime Beverage Been looking forward to sampling this since it came out. Brooklyn’s Local 1 pours a mildly hazy deep golden. A 2 finger airy white head formed on the pour and slowly fell to a thick cap. Minimal large carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. Leaves patchy lacing after each sip. Good smelling saison. Has that very pleasing smell of wildflowers but in small doses. Candi sugars and pale malts are the main component with some juicy ripe pair. Very mild spicing that, for some reason, I can’t put my finger on. Grassy and herbal hop character with mild white pepper that only shows up occasionally. This beer starts off with a burstof biscuity malts and honey. The honey falls to the background but the dry biscuity malts stay put. Another explosion of flavor comes through mid-palate over the top of the malts. Candi sugar, pear, and peach all come through strong. There’s one or two more light stone fruits in there as well. Finishes with a mild, balancing grassy and floral hoppiness. Great flavor. Body is medium as it hits the tongue but quickly becomes light and frothy. Carbonation awakens the tongue and there’s a mild lingering bitterness. Smooth and creamy. This beer goes down far to fast and with 9%abv it could possibly get dangerous. Of course that won’t stop me. Easy drinking and refreshing. My favorite so far from Brooklyn and and very good saison. It seems to me I read this was a unique style mix between a strong golden ale and saison. It definately has the saison qualities and as far as saisons are concerned a very good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Smells of alcohol with hints of banana and citrus. Pours light blonde with a white head. There’s a little warmth from the alcohol, fruity, bubblegum-like but not over powering, somewhat of a dry finish too. Pretty good beer.

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