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Levud's - The Bruery

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 82
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 42
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 06-20-2008

Batch 1: 100% ABV
Batch 2: 9.6% ABV
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Bottle # 1835/2157.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a sparse dots of foam on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and while it seems to be a bit over the hill at this point, I am glad to be able to try the first beer The Bruery ever made. (721 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 Levud's 1898/2157. Hand-signed and all that jazz. 750ml dark green glass (come on!) bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; cost was over $40.00. The Bruery's non-sour/non-stout offerings always disappoint me. 11% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with potato crisps.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of fair cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Decent lacing. Body colour is a pleasant burnt orange/tangerine. Hazy and nontransparent, but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: No oxidation is notable. Bright fragrant fruits - blood orange, orange, heavy oak, pale malts, and fruity hops. A fairly strong, surprisingly fresh aroma. Lots of sweetness and caramel. Nectary, even somewhat citrusy. I'm surprised at how fresh and fragrant it is for its age. No alcohol is detectable, nor is any yeast.

T: Nectary and oaky, with some lovely lactic notes and pleasant citrusy blood orange. The alcohol is well disguised. No oxidation or age related off flavours. Some fresh luscious grapefruit and other citrus fruit skin. Alcohol is masterfully wondrously disguised; 11%? No way. Age has done this one real well; I'm having it. Real well balanced. Masterfully built. The fruity character is incredibly well executed. I'm shocked at how well balanced it is considering it's from The Bruery, but then I remember that it isn't even their recipe - and it all makes sense. A fantastic build for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale; perhaps even unrivaled in my book as of yet. Tasty. Love the fruit skin.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and luscious. Perfect carbonation. Excellent palate presence. A bit too thin.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for its high ABV. I really like this one; that's rare for The Bruery. The nectary fruity character really works for it. This is my new benchmark for the style. I can't believe how well the ABV is concealed; it tastes like it's about 6% tops. That said, it is a bit simple to warrant a higher rating.

High B+ (2,263 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pt 9.4 fl oz green glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a burnt orange color with lively carbonation and a thin, white, one finger head. Retention is good.

S - Oaky yeast, sweet fruits, orange, sweet candi sugar, and pear. The yeast is dominant on the nose. Not overpowering in any way and well balanced. No alcohol on the nose. Smells delicious.

T - Heavy fruit notes throughout, specifically apple. Light citric hops make a presence. Belgian yeast are the dominant note. Oak notes are well placed and welcome. No alcohol comes through at all. It's unbelievable that the ABV is 11%. Tasty.

M - Thick, smooth and wet. Medium bodied.

D - This is damn good stuff. Obscenely drinkable for the ABV. It's about hit its peak. (750 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden/Amber color, slightly hazy, pours 1 inch of thick white head that fades slowly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Apple, pear, estery, cidery, oak, boozy as it warms.

Taste: Malty, apple, pear, boozy, oak, candi sugar.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, light carbonation, somewhat viscous/boozy as it warms.

Overall: A decent belgian. The booziness overpowers the other elements. Not very complex. (437 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super stoked to check this out at Toronado SD. $27. Some dude autographed the bottle and wrote the number on it, 1000something out of 2000something.

Pours a vibrant yellow and orange with bubbly white head and great retention, she's a looker boys! Aroma of lemon and ginger, good belgian yeast character that has no clove to it.

Taste is zesty, pear flavor is mild, good hopping still for a bottle this old, relative alcohol heat to it. This is a beer that can do some damage, I was noticeably different after drinking it. Seems like a great summertime beer, but damn, it will knock your dick in the dirt because it is so high abv, yet so easy and light on the palate because of the light fruit (lemon, pear, apple) contingent it uses. Maybe some honey and apricot. Sweetness is never sugary in it. Extremely dry and tangy.

Price point hurts the overall score for sure, but this about my favorite Belgian pale on the market. (928 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured at Belgique tasting, Hugo, MN Thankggiving 2010.

Dark golden brew, murky, not much head. Czech and Slovenian hops. Apple and tutti frutti Belgian yeast aromas. Crisp, pleasing bitterness on the palate. Tart and tangy, a long finish that recalls Duvel.Smooth. A bit hot in the finish, you taste alcohol--this is 11% after all. (340 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Azurelimits. Served in a snifter.

Beer pours a light peach color with a good white head and just a bit of lacing. The nose is a bit peachy along with some other stone fruits. A bit of orange there as well. Mild sweetness and a bit of oxidation in the background. Light orange rind as it warms up. The taste offers a bit of stone fruits plus some mild citrus character and a bit of yeast. The body is medium and the beer has a lightly-bitter, dry finish. A bit of honey on the follow through. This is okay. I'm thinking it's not really getting better at this point. (582 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to finally crack this open- Levuds batch 1- signed and numbered.

A- Body is a nearly transparent golden yellow hue. Pours with a minimal white head that eventually fades to a very thin collar- no lacing is left behind in the glass-but bubbles can be seen stradily rising to the top. Although there is no head on this brew I find the color fantastic with bubbles steadily rising to the top.

S- Nose is quite astringent- with a nail polish like ethanol scent. Behind this is a soft apple and soft pear scent.

T- Flavor is much more soft and well balanced than the nose. Tart apple and a hint of pear come through initially. A very mild yeast backbone is behind this. The overtones are boozy initially and the finish has the lightest touch of floral hops, belgian sugar, a moderate alcohol astringency, and a very large alcohol heat.

M-Soft medium carbonation and a lightweight body with minimal alchol consistency.

D- The flavor is soft-slightly sweet, slightly tart and well put together-but the alcohol is very persistent in this brew. This is a decent beer overall-but would be absolutely fantastic if the booze was kept in check. (1,149 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for bringing this out. Reviewed from notes. Poured into tulip, golden liquid with almost no head that sits as a white collar at the edge of the glass. Shouldnt a belgian strong pale have a slightly more active carbonation? Smell is strong and unexpected - plums, mission figs, very sweet, pears, apricots, honey, some alcohol. Taste is somewhat like a light port. Honey, dark fruits, pear, slightly warm in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy with a minimal carbonation. Not bad, but this beer seems a little odd for the style. A bit on the sweet side to drink very much of this, but overall a decent beer. (617 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for popping this one open. From notes.

A - Pours a light golden color, white head, some lacing along the sides and a thin film on tap as the cap.

S - Sweet honey, fruits, candies, sugars. A lot of sweetness which pretty much overwhelms the rest of the beer. There might be a touch of oak in there as well, but overall, too much sweetness.

T - Sugars, candy, fruits, etc. As Jason said, it's pretty much similar to a Port. Very sweet, just something to sip on. Pretty one-dimensional and too much sweetness.

M - Light to medium, very light carbonation, syrupy finish.

D - One small tasting glass was enough for me. This one is a sipper, no doubt. If you have some time to chill out and relax, a small glass of this with some cheese is a good mix. Slightly above average. (790 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to spycow for generously hosting and opening up this rarity.

A - A somewhat opaque, yellowish orange colored beer. A bit of foamy head that dissipated to a cap.

S - Huge honey smell on this, along with something that reminds me of apricots.

T - Pretty sweet, a lot of honey, as well as a little bit of fruit. Surpringly I like this one, even though I do not usually go for the sweet stuff. Definately a sipper though.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

D - It's very sweet, would definately sip this one, but was a very mild 11%. Not bad, worth trying. (571 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Chris for hosting and for sharing this one. Seems to be autographed by someone from The Bruery. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with a dime of white foam that settles to some hazy film, leaving behind spotty lace. Milky peach body.

S - Surprising wood and fusel alcohol notes (even though this wasn't the bourbon version). Intense honey mixed with stone fruits make this somewhat cloying.

T - Taste has less overt sweetness. Still lots of honey, but some lightly toasted grains, fruity esters, and toffee round things out.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, low carbonation, and a little alcohol warmth. Seems about right for an 11% brew, but could perhaps use a touch more spritz to keep things from getting heavy and cloying.

D - Too sweet to consume more than a few ounces. It's not a terrible first beer, but it still has more in common with homebrew than The Bruery's latest offerings. For compulsive tickers only. (937 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch no1 bottle provided by Chris at our latest tasting...a light honey gold pour with NO carbonation at all...Sweet aroma of mostly honey accented by apricots, with a light tart note on the back. Smells good at first, just too strongly sweet without anything breaking it up...The taste is sweet honey with oak, reminds me of a port, as its a total sipper. No way in hell you could finish this bomber without at least five people helping out. Like the aroma the sweetness is fine at first, but then it just gets boring.

A sipper that is not worth trading for, if you get a offered a sip worth a try but that's about it. (621 characters)

Photo of tjfinkle
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle number 1426 poured into tulip at Toronado in San Diego

Appearance- Golden amber with some light lacing

Smell - Sweet, similar to a barleywine with some fruity notes

Taste - The initial flavor is sweet however this sweetness dissipates quickly to more fruity flavors. There is also some considerable burn from the alcohol, but not too much considering the 11% ABV

Mouth- Feels very thick for this style, and could be slightly more carbonated

Drink- I was unsure ordering this beer because it is a couple of years old and as it is the first batch of beer released by the Bruery I was not sure how well it would have aged, however I was very pleasantly surprised how good of a beer this was and I have to admit that it could still easily be aged for several more years. (787 characters)

Photo of bartle
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to one of the Eric's who brought this along. A fantastic night indeed.

Pours a golden orange, slightly rusted, great glowing orange around the sides of the glass, and a cream head that quickly settles out.

The aroma is a little less intense than the barrel aged. I really dig the spicy character on top. Lots of zest and a tingle of ginger blended with a smooth, yet faint caramel tone from the malts. A touch of yeasty character. Not much alcohol showing on the nose.

Lots of pear, some berries, a little biscuit backing to the heavier malt sweetness that gains presence. I love the ginger notes that come through on this with the earthy character on top of apricots and maybe even a subtle peach character blended smoothly with a little caramel.

I found this to be crisp, moderate carbonation, very clean. I thought this was a great beer. just a pleasure to drink. It was slightly more drinkable than the bourbon barrel aged beer. Loved it.

Again, thanks to all, and to all... a great night! (1,013 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last two big boys at our Bruery tasting were brought by viggo, so a big thanks for the Levuds and Barrel Aged Levuds!

Pours a rich orange with a creamy off-white head that has great retention and leaves behind some nice lace. Fruity and spicy nose, with pear, apple, summer berries and pepper. Big pear flavours mixing in with other pit fruit, and there lighter flavours suit the pale malt well. A good dose of caramel in the middle and a tingling spice in the finish. the high alcohol is well-masked and this seems to be a feature of the Bruery's offerings. Medium-full body with a restrained carbonation.

Certainly a very good Belgian Strong, which almost makes the top tier. The Bruery keeps up its impressive run! (723 characters)

Photo of corby112
1.95/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark, hazy golden orange color with some golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy yellowish beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Sweet and spicy aroma with hints of earthy grassy hops. Slightly medicinal and syrupy smelling with some floral notes in the nose as well. Hints of orange peel, and crisp light apple along with some zesty peppery spice.

Thick syrupy mouthfeel that is very medicinal tasting and cloyingly sweet. Lots of citrus and crisp light fruit, mostly apple and pear with some possible tangerine and subtle peppery spice. There's also a strong sweet alcohol presence that produces a lot of heat and warmth in the finish. This beer is kind of a mess and actually tastes like a weak homebrew, not like a poor product from a commercial brewery. Very disappointing. (863 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Bruery's anniversary. Gold with a lasting head. Sweet honeyish malt, pear, apple and yeasty aroma. The flavor is moderately sweet with a good fruity, yeasty balance and very light alcohol. One of the employees told me they thought the keg had oxidized slightly in a year, but it didn't seem to hurt it at all. A bit heavy for golden, but smooth on the tongue. I never had this fresh, but it is pretty nice right now. I might have to see if I can track down a bottle. (481 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle #1909/2157. Sun-splashed tangerine with crystal clarity on the initial pour... and every pour thereafter. The crown is on the small side and is a gorgeous shade of pastel orange-accented ivory. It looks fantastic as it melts, frosting the chalice with delicate sheets of lace in the process. This might be my first properly bubbled The Bruery beer.

The label reads Belgian Style Golden Ale, but Levud's smells more like a BSPA (a fine point perhaps). It's golden fruity and peppery spicy. We're not talking world-class, though the brewers are definitely doing everything right so far. More esteriness would have been great.

First impression: there's a ton of juicy pear and the alcohol is masked very well. Mouthfeel (see below) is the only thing holding this big ale back from potential greatness. Of course that's been the case with most of what I've had from this brewery so far. Maybe bottle conditioning isn't the answer.

The malt tastes like mostly pale with a wee hint of caramel, making it lightly amberish in the end. I'm guessing that the fantastic fruitiness is due to yeast... and probably hops. I hate to simply repeat the label's tasting notes, but apricots and pears (especially) are present. Perhaps a bit of sugared lemon peel as well.

In fact, pears are so prevalent that this beer probably tastes more like Partridge In A Pear Tree than Partridge In A Pear Tree. I'll see for sure when it comes time to crack the crown on that one. Spiciness is subdued, which is unfortunate. Warming brings nothing new to the party. Then again, the party didn't need any help.

For whatever reason, these guys have trouble properly dialing in carbonation. To be fair, Batch 1 means that this offering is their first ever batch, so I'll cut them a little slack. The beer feels okay at first, but quickly loses its gumption and becomes too quiescent by the bottom of the first glass. Thankfully, the candi sugar keeps it from feeling too thin.

For those wondering where the name came from, Levud is Duvel spelled backwards. I'm pretty sure that the original brewers (who won the homebrew competition to be Batch 1) didn't intend this beer to be a Duvel clone, because it's nowhere close. It is, however, a wonderful Belgian golden ale whose only failing is a shortage of bubbles. (2,293 characters)

Photo of damienblack
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to papollo for sending me this from Cali!

Pours almost like a brown ale, very dark for a Belgian Pale. Tons of little floaties inside, makes for an interesting look. Looks a bit undercarbonated, but the floaties make up for it. Smells wholely unremarkable. Sweet sweet candi sugar, yeasti bomb, and some boozeyness. Taste... well, it's thick. Plenty sweet, but no real depth of flavor. Has a booze like warming to it that spreads the longer you drink. After a bit, I just really couldn't drink any more. Thick and boozey, maybe a bit yeasty. Definitely needs more carbonation, it just feels lifeless. No real other sensations to it. I don't know if this was what exactly Pat was going for, but as much of a clunker as I've had from them thus far. Oh wells. (768 characters)

Photo of csmiley
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 1, Bottle 289/2157

A - Starts out a medium gold at the bottom of the glass and works its way to a amber orange by the top. The white head is barely a finger tall and recedes quickly to a thin ring. Lacing is very minimal. This is a good looking brew but more lacing and retention would have been nice.

S - This one has a nice herbal quality at first. It's a little spicy with pepper backed by pine and alcohol. Lightly metallic toward the front end as well. There is a nice thick fruity aroma smack in the middle that really makes this brew pop in the aroma. Notes of lemon and melon stand out the most. The end gets a little sugary with a little more alcohol heat to cap it off.

T - This beer is very fruity up front. It's a nice full fruitiness that you just want to sink your teeth into. Lemon, peach, and cantaloupe shine bright. Warm alcohol comes in quickly behind the fruit and hangs out til the end. It's a little vegetal in the middle but it kind of works. Honey and an overall sweet flavor on the end. The balance and complexity of flavors is actually quite nice.

M - It's medium bodied for a brew this strong. Carbonation is way too low. Finish is full and sweet, coating the palate nicely. Again, carbonation is too low.

D - Drinkability is really good for an 11% brew. I could see a couple pints disappearing pretty quick. There is a great complexity in the flavor and the aroma is satisfying as well. I can see this beer having a love / hate relationship with the craft beer community. The only real flaw is the carbonation but it is so off that it really brings the beer down as a whole. This could really be something special with a little more foam. Still good as is though. (1,702 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to csmiley for splitting this 750.

Bottle # 789 of 2157

Levud's pours a moderately hazed golden color. It features a modest white head that never quite reaches a finger in depth. It was quick to recede and left little lacing behind. I suspect that the 11% abv was just too much for it. It's alright, but the apparent bubble deficiency hurts it.

The nose is sweet and very fruity up front. Lots of apple and pear to go around. It has a sugary sweet aspect to it that's not bad at all. The more I smell it, the more fruity it smells. There's even a little citrus orange and mango coming through. Alcohol is rather prominent and gives it a bit of a boozy scent. After all, it is 11%, but it doesn't quite reach an offensive level. At the secondary level, there's some earthy notes and yeast. It doesn't quite smell like Belgian yeast, which is a slight disappointment.

The flavor profile is overall very consistent with the nose. It is very fruity and sweet throughout. Sweet apple and pear flavors permeate each sip. Citrus orange and mango are noted, but are a little more reserved. It's a little sugary for my taste, but it's not too imposing. Earthy notes and a slight musky flavor creep in toward the end. That may be the effect of some mild, earthy hops. It is yeasty, but once again, it doesn't feature a dominant Belgian yeast flavor. I think its presence would improve this beer quite a bit. It's good, but could be better.

It features a medium body that's relatively nice and smooth. Carbonation is low. Frankly, it seems a little too tame for the style. I'd like a few more bubbles. Drinkability is above average, knocking on the door of the next highest score. It goes down easy and has a nice flavor. But, at 11%, it's damn strong and doesn't hide it extremely well. I'm glad to be sharing the 750.

Levud's is my first go with a Bruery release. Overall, it's a nice, solid beer, but I was hoping for a little more. It's not a bad Belgian Strong Pale by any means, but it's not a wonderful take on the style. It seems just a little too sweet and fruity and there's not enough of a Belgian yeast presence. Ignoring that for the moment, it is more than solid beer for what it is. It's enjoyable, but don't expect it to compete with the world's finest BSPAs. It's just not quite there. (2,311 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sac Brew for Bruery night. Batch 1

A - Pours golden with a 1-fingered white head. Dissipates moderately fast and leaves no lacing.

S - Honey, peach, caramel, with light alcohol.

T - Honey, peach, caramel, bittering hops, with light alcohol.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and sweet.

D - Great overall. Great for a strong belgian. (345 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Caged and Corked 750ml bottle... # 1394 of 2157

Appearance: Copper orange body with almost no head. Some swirls of lace but they are few and far in btw.

Smell: Belgian candied sugar, belgian yeast, pale malt, a touch of sweetness and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Not my cup of tea which is dissappointing. Sweet malt dominates and isn't very enjoyable. The sweetness and citrus come forward for a second towards the end. Pear and white grape notes are nice.

Mouthfeel: Simply not enough carbonation....I don't care if its 11.00% this brew needs more carbonation.

Drinkability: Bad mouthfeel and bad flavor = poor drinkability.

A big miss in its present state. Perhaps putting some age on this bottle would help as the excessive amount of sugar might get used up and the brew might get a touch dryer / sharper. It actually does taste like it has the potential to be pretty nice in a few years. I regret opening it now but I wanted a fresh baseline. (951 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this bottle. #56/2157.

Pours a very bright and clear coppery/orange with a one finger head that fades to a thin cap. The lacing is a littles sparse, but present, with a thin webbing.

Smell; I'm a little surprised (not sure why given the abv) that the initial aroma from this is all acohol. Maybe I thought the, almost year this has had would have hidden it better. Some nice tropical fruits are present, with mangoes, cantaloupe, pears and grapes are present. And then a touch of some sweet malts come through to offset the alcohol.

Taste; the fruits come through right away (mangoes, pears, cantaloupe and passion fruit) followed by the alcohol. Fortunately the mildly sweet malts help to counter this, and then it becomes very drying in the finish. The more it warms (or maybe it's just the more I drink), the more the alcohol recedes to the background.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; medium bodied and very drying, and the alcohol presence makes this a bit tougher to drink than I would have liked, especially at first. (1,046 characters)

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