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Levud's (Bourbon Barrel) - The Bruery

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Levud's (Bourbon Barrel)Levud's (Bourbon Barrel)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

40 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 30
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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: t0rin0 on 08-17-2008)
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 194 of 456. Hazy orange and amber color with a fleeting white head. Big vanilla and bourbon aroma with bready pale malt and spices. Medium body and barely carbonated. Sweet, strong whiskey vanilla flavors dominate, with light pit fruit flavors in the background. Very different from the non barrel aged Levuds. More American strong ale than Belgian SA.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 02:04:29 | More by beerceller99
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Pours a murky light brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drop into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and some cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with raisin, fruit, bourbon, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but noticeably oxidized at this point.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Gil for sharing this beer at t0rin0cantsail.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with minimal carbonation and a fleeting white head.

S: A wonderful and well integrated bourbon aroma to this beer with sweet vanilla and oak notes that blend in quite nicely with the sweet honey and caramel aromas of the beer. Some sweet fruits such as pears and golden apples, too.

T: The bourbon flavor is nowhere nears pronounced as I would have expected given the flavor. Sweet caramel and toffee malts along with hints of spice, pears, and apples. Subtle vanilla notes and a touch of booze.

M: The body is medium with a carbonation on the low end of the spectrum--a bit slick.

D: I was actually quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. The nose was quite pleasant but the flavor (unfortunately) didn't fully match up. Still a nice beer, though.

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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for this one.

I'm a little late on some of these reviews.

Pours a vibrent, glowing orange, with a thick cream head that does fade eventually. The colour is awesome.

Lots of spices, vanilla, some wood character, boozy bourbon, some pepper, pear, and apricot seeing to be on the yeast character. A little malt, caramel sweetness, and a clean and subtle alcohol in the nose that seems to come across as fruity red berries.

I figured the alcohol would be more present, but it does just create a nice warmth and fruity characters. The spices are present, I have to say I feel like I'm getting a little caramel and vanilla from this. There is a nice present earthy character, and the barrel aging produces a nice bourbon sweetness that also seems to translate into a syrupy tartness on the back on the tongue. It's very balanced considering.

For the alcohol it is very clean. Lots of residual sugars, just lingering nicely on the palate. A great full bodied beer, and I think it is something worth seeking.

I think I may prefer the non-barrel aged, it just seemed more drinkable in the long run.

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04-13-2010 17:49:53 | More by bartle
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bobsy

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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!

Like regular Levuds this pours a rich orange with a creamy off-white head, but unlike its brother there's limited lacing, and the head soon drops to a patchy film. Differences continue in the nose, where unlike the regular Levuds, which had a huge pear character to it, this one is pretty much dominated by the barrel. Caramel, vanilla and wood in the nose beat out tree fruit and pale malt. While they also turn up strong in the flavour, which certainly feels bot sweeter than the regular, and more alcoholic. It's a rich full beer, and quite different because of the aging. I think a bigger pour wouldn't be as good, but splitting this between some friends keeps the flavours fresh and brief enough to avoid becoming cloying or too boozy. The weight is satisfyingly full with just enough carbonation to keep things balanced.

So that's the last review of an epic day of Bruery tasting. 14 bottles and 5 guys. Big thanks to Eric (viggo) and Eric (ritzkiss) for sharing all of these fine bottles. High praise to Russ (grub) and Andrew (bartle) for some stunning snacks. Hope you guys enjoyed the dinner I cooked and getting your asses handed to you at eucher.

Overall, you've got to like what the Bruery is doing. There's a lot of hype surrounding them and while I hate hype there`s no denying that they make mighty damn fine beers. I also tend to hate barrel aging, but loved the 5 or so we had today that incorporated some king of barrel character. Two things I hate, but the Bruery cuts through it, so that's a true sign of quality to me!

Serving type: bottle

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tpd975

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Thanks to JCB for the share at pre-sex.

A: Pours a nice shade of orange with a rather thin white head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Aromas of sweet candy malt. Caramel and toffee mostly. The barrel is there in a big way. Lots of oak and vanilla.

T: Sweet malts, sweet dark fruit, Tons of wood, vanilla, and a bit of booze. Pretty good.

M: Rather full in body. Bold rich and sweet from start to finish.

D: Not the most drinkable, but I did like this one.

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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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Bottle at the RBSG09 grand tasting. Honey-orange color with a small head. The aroma is pretty interesting with a mix of bourbon, wood, fruit, and caramel. the flavor is sweet and malty with rich bourbon and wood. The fruitier notes of the base beer are a little overpowered by the barrel, but the combo is still pretty nice. Definitely cool to try this version.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber color with a dabbling of head and a meager ring of microbubbles. Slight cloudiness and a few strands of bubbles rising. Interesting to start with a golden beer in a barrel, so to end up with a darker orangey color shows just what comes out of that barrel in three short months.

The nose has butter, apples, sherry, shrubbery and earth. Flavor is loaded with buttery caramel balanced with a touch of bitter earth and nuanced by a subtle reminder of calvados and vanilla. It is quite full bodied, seems to have very low carbonation at first, but as it opens up I sense the bubbles more and more. While a BSPA tends to have heavier carbonation, the flavors here contrast greatly from most examples, so it tends to work. An interesting brew, which was quite experimental as well being the first batch ever produced at The Bruery. It gives a hint of creativity that would soon be revealed to the world. Split this with some friends and cheers to The Bruery for bringing some much needed respect in the beer world to the OC.

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10-15-2009 02:18:09 | More by vacax
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California

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours dark gold with a diminishing white head. Nose is sweet and inviting, lots of oaky vanilla and caramel, tropical fruits, wood. Flavor is loaded with vanilla, brown sugar, fruit salad, toasty malt, honey, bourbon. Very sweet but completely delicious in sample size. I love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 19:35:22 | More by illidurit
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Levud's (Bourbon Barrel) from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.