Levud's (Bourbon Barrel) - The Bruery
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4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 2: Stouts and Belgians. i contributed this one, purchased at the brewery. they actually didn't have any labeled bottles on hand, but patrick was nice enough to grab 4 bottles, label and mark them as the barrel-aged version, then sign and number them (and i ended up with #3 of the 4). he and tyler signed all our bottles and gave similar numbers to the others too.
750ml bottle, #3/4. sampled nov 28/08.
pours crystal clear deep orange with no head. the last glass i poured ended up with a few chunks, but the other glasses had at most a slight haze from the pour.
aroma is great. bourbon. vanilla. raw oak. cracker. white bread. bit of butterscotch. bit of toffee. the fruity character still comes through, complimenting the base beer.
taste is great, excellent even. light alcohol. great bourbon and vanilla character. caramel. toffee. butterscotch. cracker and white bread. light belgian spice accented by great barrel character. nice light citrus character.
mouthfeel is great. silky smooth with just over medium carbonation. medium body.
drinkability is great. the base beer was quite good, but the barrel has made it even better. great stuff!
12-11-2008 01:15:18 | More by grub
4.45/5 rDev +12.9%
2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 2. grub supplied this one.
Bright amber orange with just the slightest haze. No head whatsoever. The barrel aging really dominated the aroma. Lots of bourbon and oak, buttery, vanilla, slight cheese. The base beer was still there with its fruity, bready character, but was muted somewhat. Smelled amazing. Great balance in the flavour with the bourbon character complementing the base beer's profile. Caramel sweetness was more pronounced. Vanilla and oak mingled nicely with citrus and bread crust. Light alcohol. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, quite smooth. Good stuff. Thanks grub!
12-20-2008 02:11:44 | More by DrJay
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
I first had this beer at the Stone 12th anniversary fest a few weeks back. This review is based on a bottle purchased from O'brien's on a Friday afternoon at the beginning of labor day weekend, 2008.
The beer pours a dark orange with no head to speak of. The aroma is of pear and lots of bourbon. I read another review that mentions no bourbon aroma and all I can think is that our bottles were much, much different. The bourbon was very apparent in this beer and was the primary aroma I perceived. Other aromas were of oak and spiced apple cider.
The taste is very, very bourbony and malty sweet. It tastes like pear and oak, and there is little to no bitterness in this beer. There is a long, mellow, bourbon alcohol finish that is very pleasant.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a low level of cabonation. The 11% abv is not well hidden, but that is in no way a negative for this beer.
08-29-2008 21:28:23 | More by HopHead84
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
750 ml bottle, grub purchased this one at the Bruery, Pat and Tyler were great hosts and pulled out a couple of these for us to take. Day 2 of epic DrJay visit tasting, grub provided this one.
Pours a mostly clear orange/copper, maybe a touch of haziness, no head forms, a few bubbles and no lace. Smell is great, bourbon, caramel, alcohol, lots of fruit, pineapple and mango, some oak and vanilla, strawberries and melon, very nice. Taste is similar, some nice butterscotch/toffee up front, bourbon hit, vanilla and oak, mangoes, orange, melons, alcohol, more fruit, more bourbon and a nice oaky finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice stuff, the bourbon barrel complements the beer very well, real smooth and drinkable. Thanks Russ!
01-04-2009 23:41:50 | More by Viggo
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
I should have kept the bottle for a pic but I left it at the restaurant. It looks exactly like the regular Levud's Batch 1 but instead of autographing it they just wrote "bourbon barrel" on it.
This was my favorite beer of the trip. Its amazing what a bourbon barrel can do to a beer.
It pours a bit hazier than the regular batch one. It also seemed a half a shade darker yellow. Overall it was orange/yellow. Not much head retention but its a belgian beer so we'll forgive it.
Smell was fairly intense and of oak (not a whole lot of bourbon surprisingly), belgian pale ale, and a little spice. All the smells were very soft and pleasant and blended well. Some of the vanilla from the oak came out in the nose.
Taste was very oaky but again it was soft. It was definitely overdone but very enjoyable. The vanilla came out more in the taste. Nice sweetness from the pale malt. Not sure how long it was in the barrel but the pale ale part of it seemed like it was aging already. Age-able for sure.
Mouthfeel was a bit oily but otherwise right where it should be; that being a nice medium body.
Too drinkable at 11% abv. I'm assuming that its the same abv as the regular, if anyone knows otherwise please submit the change.
08-17-2008 20:31:38 | More by t0rin0
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
07-13-2009 19:35:22 | More by illidurit
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Light orange beer with ample foam. Very nice nose with perfume, Belgian yeast and fruit, with some wood as well. Very complex beer, with a variety of notes of from the original beer and the barrel. Ripe young fruits, very sweet, almost mead-like. Complex wood hints of bourbon, vanilla and some incredibly lingering coconut notes towards the finish.
10-26-2008 14:43:07 | More by Crosling
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
Big thanks to Joey for helping get a bottle of this one. I was thrilled to get it when it arrived and figured it would be the perfect nightcap for a special night, well that night was Thanksgiving, so I chose to go forward with this one. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 11/26/2008.
The pour was pretty nice, rich brown color with a decent amount of haziness to it. Smooth, velvet like tan head crept up on the top of the glass and settled down nicely into a cushion that hung around on the top for what seemed like forever. Nice coating of side glass lacing in it as well.
The aroma was charged with vanilla and bourbon smells. Rich notes of bourbon and a light spiciness were all dancing around a nice grain base and loads of light bready notes. Interesting mixture here as well, the bourbon was much harsher at first, then it ended up being as it warmed. It got much deeper as the palate expanded. Up next was a nice sipper if I ever had one. Rich tones of bourbon and vanilla wash over the tongue on the first sip. Nice and sweet with a wonderful texture to it. This was very solid here. Nice light spice notes to it now as well coming through. Huge flavor here, though the original grain flavor of the batch one is still apparent. Smooth, nicely carbonated body with rich notes abounding in it.
Overall a very solid barrel aged beer, not the best but a definite contender as far as I am concerned. I would have no issues at all with trying this one again any day of the week.
12-02-2008 00:09:33 | More by mikesgroove
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
Appearance: Pours out a hazy, burnished golden body with, well, no head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, sugary aroma of caramel and butterscotch candy with a few choice drops of vanilla extract. Random fruits notes come and go amongst the candy scents.
Taste: Mixture of caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla with a full, resounding sweetness. Touch of alcohol heat. There's a definite fruitiness present, but it's softer, more delicate in this version, allowing for the drinker to really savor the rich dessert-like flavors present. Middling bitterness. Light touch of oak. More butterscotch on the toothsome finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Rather low carbonation.
Drinkability: Very enjoyable and all kinds of yummy, though it's marred by the ultra low amount of carbonation.
01-07-2009 04:10:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
12-04-2008 02:04:29 | More by beerceller99
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
09-06-2010 22:29:45 | More by womencantsail
3.98/5 rDev +1%
750 mL bottle, bottle 104/456,
A: Pours a murky brown, with a very small off-white head, but it's barrel-aged so I'll give it a break. The high alcohol content gives it some spiritous legs.
S: Smell is oustanding. Strong, sweet smell of bourbon, caramel candies, and vanilla.
T: The taste is quite good as well. Straightforward tasty bourbon, with notes of vanilla, green apple at the ending. Not as complex as I would have liked, but it sure is tasty.
M: Low carbonation gives it a thinness, but has a nice spiritous quality from the alcohol, giving it a soothing finish.
D: Not a bad brew from The Bruery, I liked the regular Levud's more due to the great complexities in its flavours, but this is still quite good, though it could use a bit more body.
09-13-2008 04:23:13 | More by Halcyondays
3.98/5 rDev +1%
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!
04-12-2010 14:43:24 | More by bobsy
Levud's (Bourbon Barrel) from The Bruery
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