This is a brilliant bottle of beer.
Brewed with Belgian yeast and raw cane sugar, Local 1 really reminds me of something but I couldn’t put my finger on it right away.
Pouring a bright gold with a big foaming head, the smell is honey sandwiches in haylofts full of straw.
The malting is light and creamy, all fudge and croissants, rice paper and honeycomb, with the cane sugar adding a sticky juiciness that reminds me of chewing fresh sugar cane when I lived in Jamaica as a boy.
The yeast wanders all over the beer, meaty and fungal, musky and spiced, and the hops are lemon rind sharp and packed with fresh green herbs.
The finish is sticky and crisp and leaves you with a good alcohol warmth, and about two thirds of the way down this 750ml bottle I realised what this beer reminds me of.
Local 1 is very like Duvel.
Source: Beers Of Europe