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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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40 Ratings
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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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle #167.

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Viggo, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.35/5  rDev -15%
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.

ATLbeerDog, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

DrJay, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

grub, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of beerceller99
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.

beerceller99, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mikesgroove, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Crosling, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

charlzm, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Gueuzedude, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Halcyondays, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of OlieIPA
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

OlieIPA, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

HopHead84, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.23/5  rDev -18%
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.

Overlord, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

t0rin0, Aug 17, 2008
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Levud's (Bourbon Barrel) from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.