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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

44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 30
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 08-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of OlieIPA
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle #100 out of 456....

A: Very murky orange color beer with absolutely no head.

S: A champagne/wine type smell with lots of fruity flavors.

T: You can definitely tell its been aged in bourben barrels...and its almost like I'm drinking an okay wine. Not bad...but not great.

M: Light with almost no carbonation.

D: Not very easy to drink...one glass is sufficient.

Overall: I wouldn't say its a bad beer, but its not a great beer. About an average beer. My suggestion would be to order this beer if you want a hybrid between a beer and wine. Its just not my thing....and I think you have to be in the mood for this type of beer.

Photo of drummermattie02
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

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.

Photo of Overlord
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this at the Stone 12th, but, shockingly, it was the only beer I didn't take notes for.

Thankfully, was able to grab several bottles at Hollingsheads a week later.

Pours an unbelievably cloudy orange/amber. I would have no idea this was the same beer if put side by side with the non BA version. Zero head. None. Smells like apples/pears with maybe a bit of vanilla, and some oak. Almost zero bourbon in the smell. Unacceptable carbonation level, might have improved the beer.

In the flavor, also almost no bourbon. Was this aged in bourbon barrels? Interesting. It's the most "mild" bourbon barrel aging of all time. There's oak, again apple, pear, and other exotic fruits in the flavor, and some malty sweetness. Very little sour/bitter component; basically, nonexistent. Almost cidery.

At 21.99, pricey, and really, not that great.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a green 750ml bottle 167 of 456- Pours a slightly cloudy orange/yellow with a small thin white head. Smells mostly of strong bourbon notes with just a tad of alcohol coming through the nose. First sip is sweet and bourbony that turns rather bitter. The mouthfeel is poor and way under carbonated. A bitter finish adds to the experience. Some hops come through. The malt backbone is slightly weak. The 11% ABV is well hidden.

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3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What I got from this is bourbon taste, understated carbonation, a light brown flavour. Kind of didn't work but not horrible. The bourbon was not overpowering, but the bomber was not finishable. Sweet bourbon in the nose. I would have liked more of the golden ale to have come out, with its yeastiness , and some complexity.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of pdmoore714
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Number 141 / 456, 2nd RB Tucson Tasting, Sampled September 2008
This has a low level of visual carbonation, that produces no head. The beer is a light amber hue, that is noticeably darker than the non-barrel aged version. Aromas of Bourbon dominate the nose, but it still is pretty smooth; notes of vanillin, toasted coconut, nose-warming alcohol and a light fruitiness that injects itself at times are all noticeable, but somehow the aroma seems almost too subtle for a beer of this strength.

This is sweeter tasting than I expected, but the alcohol really boosts the perceived sweetness. This has lots of fruit flavors that form a mix of apple and substantial brandy-like notes that are also accented by oak notes of vanillin and lightly spicy oak. This has a hot alcohol finish to it as well as a bit of sharpness. A bit of oxidation seems to play a role here and there are some definite nutty flavors with an accentuating, light sherry note and something a bit like Amaretto. This has a very light carbonation, but it still has a soft prickle to it as it flows across the tongue. This is quite light for a beer of this strength and is in fact quite quaffable.

This is a very soft beer (in both flavor, body and aroma). It is actually amazingly subtle for a beer of this strength. It is almost not beer like; the Bourbon barrel and fruity Belgian notes combine to make this something else. It is sort of a fruity, Belgian-esque something-or-other. Definitely worth the experience and interesting.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of charlzm
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/12/08.

Pours a cloudy medium yellow. Minimal carbonation leads to a little white head and some lacing.

Aroma is strong, sweet malt mingled with bourbon.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, and lacking in carbonation.

Flavor is overwhlemingly bourbon. Slight sweetness with a citric character struggled for palate attention. As compared to the standard batch of Levud's, this is lacking in complexity and is not as satisfying to drink.

I'm a fan of the Bruery, but this one isn't one of my favorites.

Photo of bartle
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of vacax
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bobsy
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Levud's (Bourbon Barrel) from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.