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Levud's - The Bruery

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very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 43
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 06-20-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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+

kojevergas, Dec 31, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

phichifiji00, Oct 29, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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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.

kenito799, Apr 19, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2011
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Levud's from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.