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Levud's - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

78 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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Reviews by kojevergas:
Photo of kojevergas
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#74. Pours cloudy gold with a short-lived off-white head. Sweet bready and apple/banana aroma. Fruity and honey taste, with the sweetness of the Belgian yeast showing through. Definitely taste the pear and apricot as you make it through the bottle. I found the alcohol well-maksed, but this was also my 3rd beer of the night. I'd love to try this in a few years, but better grab one now.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 17, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
thanks to puggy211 for this one
bottle 229/257
A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a big bubbled creamy head that fades pretty quickly. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface of the beer.

S- The smell of light tannin fruity note that is otherwise pretty clean with lots of rousing notes of cream and a fusel hint come through with a spun sugar note finish the beer as it warms.

T- The soft sweet iced tea flavor has perfumed pear flavors that turn more peach like as the beer warms. There is a hint of pine hops in the background that finish with a light tart tang.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture and no real alcohol heat noticed. The fizzy finish really cleans up the already soft flavor at the finish.

D- This beer is a bit awkward with the flavors clashing but it is almost intriguing the more I sip. The light perfumy flavors are soft and I don't think age would help this at all. The alcohol is already well hidden and aroma is almost gone.

rhoadsrage, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel spelled backwards - cheeky and awesome

This is something I realize after drinking this fine Belgian style pale - beer makes you smarter, you know. This is the 2nd Duvel "clone" I've crossed paths with recently (Brooklyn Local One being the first).

To make this review short and sweet: this is very akin to Duvel - what separated it for me aside from the obvious ABV difference (a difference you CAN tell - esp in the warmth) was the slight tartness in the finish.

Another fine offering from the Bruery.

sloejams, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of nkersten
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

nkersten, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Bottle #1453/2157

This is my 800th review on BA, I figured this was a great beer to help celebrate the milestone.

A- This is an awesome bottle, very classy. Poured into a tulip. Pours a golden orange color with a small off-white head that quickly turns into a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is exceptional! There is a lot of fruit and spices with some yeast and alcohol as well. The aroma smells great and is very complex, I can't wait to get to the taste.

T- The taste like the aroma is very complex with a lot of different flavors dancing around the tongue. There is a nice mixture of fruit and spices along with Belgian sugars and yeast. There is a good amount of warmth in the finish. but the alcohol does not feel out of place and seems to enhance the flavor instead of being overly boozy.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I feel it is a tad bit undercarbonated.

D- This one is dangerously drinkable despite the high ABV. This is my second beer from this brewery and both have been fantastic. I wish I could get more of this in my neck of the woods. Highly Recommended!

cjgator3, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

prototypic, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of kenito799
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

kenito799, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of MiScusi
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep golden, slight orangish tint, bright white bubbly head that fades really fast into a sea-like foam with big bubbles. This was poured under 40F, so there was a haze, but clears up as it gets warmer.

S- The fruit hits from a mile away. Grape, melon, only very faint Belgian yeast.

T- The yeast earthiness comes though along with the taste of alcohol (pleasantly) all beside the big fruitiness. Overall it's a really sweet beer.

M- Fine. Carbonated nicely here, no complaints.

D- At 11% it's a sipper. Being so sweet it's a sipper. But it's good anyway. I wouldn't want to have back-to-back glasses of this but it's not a beer I would only try once.

MiScusi, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color ale with a small bubbly head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some dry European hops and floral notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by sweet malt which borderlines on being gross with not much else in terms of characteristics. Body is somewhat oily with some low carbonation but no alcohol flavor. This is a sweet mess with no carbonation and must admit if also my first disappointment from a usually fine brewery.

Phyl21ca, Apr 11, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bombadil, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of charlesw
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 1944 of 2157. Signed by Tyler and Pat. Nice and classy looking. Pale orangy amber. Very clear until you get to the end (and yeast). Smells Belgian. Tastes Belgian. Nice description, huh?

There's something so not Belgian in the taste, however. Like... Like they used Willamette hops in their Belgian, too, you know? A little bit of orange and bitter there, at the end. A bit strange. Nice of them to go so lightly on the spices - it was greatly appreciated! But that orange and bitter business... It's not very Belgian. A bit heavy on the mouth and, well... Yeah. I'm not the first to say that it's weird. But, somehow, it is...

A decent beer. I'm glad to have tried it.

charlesw, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review in honor of Patrick's "Last Call" in the latest BeerAdvocate magazine. Cheers!

Hand signed bottle number 336 of 2157. Green glass 750 ml bottle capped; purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA in November 2008 for $14.99. If I hadn't tried it before and known how good it was, I would have passed it by at this price, but anyway...

Pours a pretty, slightly chill-hazed golden amber, minimal to no carbonation in my Westmalle goblet (one of my favorites).

Aroma is simply wonderful. Honey, carmelized sugar, offset by a funky brett-like yeastiness that screams for me to dive in. But it's still a little too cold; I must be patient.

No, never mind- I'm thirsty! When cold, it a wonder, and it gets better from there. Honey. More honey, and then more honey as it rolls across the tongue. Solid malt back. Then hold on- this is getting interesting. Light flowery notes. A hop bite, a funk that makes me think of DeProef (one of my favorite brewers from Belgium), and a light alcohol burn at the end that is minor compared to the 11% ABV. The burn reduces as the beer warms, as does the sweetness. A bit on the sweet side overall, but that is a minor quibble.

It is really scary how drinkable this one is for the size of the beer- knocked it out of the park.

An exceptional beer, from an interesting and very good up and coming brewery- oops, bruery.

Dukeofearl, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, # out of . Chilled in the fridge for a couple of days and the served into a goblet. Consumed on 07/27/2008.

The pour was brilliant, a nice and very hazy gold color emerged from the bottle and settled down effortlessly with a touch of sedimentation. A rich three finger high head of white foam then came up from the depths and stayed around for a good few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top. Very good carbonation wrapped up in here as well left no doubt that this was a good and lively brew.

The aroma was loaded down with fruity Belgian yeast. Lots of hints of fruit and pears, peach, and apple esters dominating here for sure. Light wheat and even a touch of citrus working its way through, and a little bit of a boozy touch to it. The flavor was more of the same, rich, thick, medium bodied feel, was much bigger then I thought it would be to be quite honest. Nice carbonation as well./ the flavor started out with a nice touch of grain, and some light sweet notes. Touches of grapes mixed in now and a n nice bit of pear. As it warmed it became much more complex, offering me a taste of grapefruit almost, but semi sweet in nature. Nice strong finish, with a drawn out flavor of light grain, grass, and a touch of peach. A definite sipper through as this one was clocking in at well over 11%, but still for what it was it was damn good.

Overall I am extremely impressed with not only this, but everything I have tried coming out of there so far. They really seem to have their act together and this only goes to further that thought. If this gets the barrel aged goodness dropped into it, watch out, as its going to hurt!

mikesgroove, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of rallison
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #889.

Much better carbonation than when originally released..now at pleasant levels.

Hazy orange pour with a nice white head.

Caramel, papaya, white grapes and other pleasant notes in the smell. Subtle, but nice.

Tropical fruits and a fair bit of sweetness are present in the flavor. Pear. Very light hop character.

Medium to low carbonation..but enough to keep this from being overly syrupy (and this definitely wasn't the case when it first came out)...however, this still does verge on the sweet/syrupy side. Some creaminess in the body as well.

Overall, this is starting to shine. Is it the best of the Bruery beers? No. Has this improved? Yes. Is this a nice, pleasant beer right now? Yes, most definitely.

Recommended.

rallison, May 08, 2009
Photo of scottoale
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 695/2157

Green 750ml. crown capped champagne bottle, hand signed and numbered in gold. Poured into a Duvel tulip is amber-gold with clarity and 1/2" light beige foam head that leaves spotted lace as it dwindles to a ring with surface patches.

Sweet, fruity nose comprised of green apple, pear, green grape, white pepper and spice of corriander/clove linger in the end.

Very sweet and fruity as it smells with a spicy, somewhat dry balancing finish. Pretty tasty overall, the alcohol doesn't come through in the nose or flavor, which is suprising for an ale of 11% ABV...nicely done.

Medium body with ample carbonation leads to an easy drinking big ale, if you don't mind the uber sweetness.

scottoale, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of vacax
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle #637/2157, kindly autographed by Mr. Patrick Rue and Mr. Tyler King.

A: Looks not unlike a cloudy apple cider with a fine white head that recedes quickly.

S: Apples, tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, mildly spicy.

T: A spectrum of sweet apples and tropical fruits with a mild tart and hop bite. Fresh and crisp, but also a big 11% Belgian Ale. Quite intriguing.

M: Medium bodied and slick with low carbonation.

D: For a Belgian Strong Pale Ale this is initially very easy drinking, as it doesn't even taste close to 11% alcohol. Quite amazing when that is taken into consideration. Belgian, but in a good way. The beer is a little sweet for me to finish much of it, I split this bottle and still wasn't able to drink my portion.

An interesting spin on a strong Belgian Pale. By all the statistics this is an extreme beer, but the taste is so tempered and easy going. Not something I crave all the time, but it gives you an idea of all the fantastic things the Bruery will (or has) done since they brewed this first batch. The bourbon barrel aged version is incredible, but I'll have to save that review for another time.

vacax, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle purchased at Vendome in Fullerton.

A- Poured into a snifter, this beer pours a slightly opaque golden-orange color with a white head that settles quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass.

S- The smell of this beer is very peculiar. There are sweet malts, pears, green apples, and a strong vegetal aroma of beets, all of which are accompanied by Belgian sugar (as the bottle describes) and some crisp, spicy hops in the background. The alcohol is very noticeable, even before the beer hits room temperature. It possesses a slight chemical quality that practically stings the nostrils, much like ammonia.

T- The initial taste is very sweet and lightly spicy with a hoppy bitterness kicking mid palate. There's a substantial alcohol warmth on the finish as well, and I can feel the burn long after each sip.

M- The mouthfeel is full-bodied and heavy with mild carbonation, slightly coating the inside of the mouth.

D- The 11% ABV is very pronounced in both the smell and the taste of this beer, both of which also possess rather astringent characteristics. I had trouble finishing my glass.

So far, this is my least favorite of the four offerings from the Bruery that I have had the pleasure of trying.

Tdizzle, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of blakelive784
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.

blakelive784, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, review #700 already. Thanks to mikesgroove for this batch 1 brew. bottle 1811 of 2157, an arbitrary number and batch bottling goal if ever I saw one...

A - brilliantly clear golden colored brew with a nice off white head.
S - spices, clove, belgian yeasts, a warming apple and abv note.
T - spicy ripe fruites, clove, belgian yeasts, golden silky belgian candi sugar and a citric undertone.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth drinking with a nice lingering citric mouthfeel
D - one minor part of me says dry it out, that minor part is thumped and trumped by a damn that is a tasty beer that belies it's strenth.

hell of an intro to a bruery I never heard of till Mike mentioned it. Of note, they were profiled in this month's BA mag. the stars are aligned tonight. Cheers!

barleywinebrewer, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of MJsGhost
4/5  rDev +4.2%

MJsGhost, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
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
Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 2: Stouts and Belgians. i threw this one in, purchased at hollingshead deli.

750ml bottle, #1956/2157. sampled nov 28/08.

pours orangey ambre with just a touch of haze, likely from the pour. a small off-white head rises up, dropping fast and leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. definitely a belgian pale ale. orange peel. light yeasty spice. white bread. cracker. alcohol. orangey citrus. bit of caramel sweetness.

taste is great. light alcohol. low bitterness level. cracker and white bread. light yeasty spice again. orange peel. bit of other orange and citrus. nice depth. easily distinguishable as a belgian strong pale ale.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium carbonation. slightly under medium body.

drinkability is great. really nicely balanced and good overall. a solid example of the style, and definitely one of the better american attempts.

grub, Dec 11, 2008
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Levud's from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.