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The Libertine - Fulton Beer

The LibertineThe Libertine

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very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%

Brewed by:
Fulton Beer visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 11-22-2010)
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Photo of bsp77


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, burnt reddish-orange. Not much head at all, but that may be due to the bartender pour so I will not ding it.

Smell: Caramel and very ripe fruits. Not getting much depth out of the aroma.

Taste: Very malty and sweet, with caramel, overripe fruits, and toffee. Some light grapefruit and orange notes from the hops, as well as a light spiciness. Not bitter at all.

Feel: Full body with moderately low carbonation. The alcohol is completely hidden, but I could have used a drier finish.

Overall: A very malty Imperial Red, which was somewhat of a shock as I am used to these being very hoppy. However, once I tempered my expectations, this is a tasty brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 19:12:50 | More by bsp77
Photo of gatornation


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ northbound smokehouse 10 oz pour

A- pours a dark crimson color with a light tan head that settles to a fresh cap/collar

S-toffee,molasses and malt with some hops and earth notes just a touch of fruit

T- malts and caramel first but a nice dose of hops are present dark fruits linger with a sweet finish

M- nice balance of smell and taste fruits and hops are good with sweet malts

O- great on tap 10 oz was a nice dose i liked the hops that were in this which made it more enjoyable for the style

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 19:36:09 | More by gatornation
Photo of FightingEntropy


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By coincidence, my stop at Fulton Beer for the tour just happen to be the tapping of their seasonal brew The Libertine. Besides having it on draft, there were three firkins of spiked Libertine: added cherry or hard maple, and one aged in red oak.

Pretty beer in the glass that's maroon at the center and blood red with light. 8.5% alcohol is apparent, leaving a peppery note that blends with light hops, cherry, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Rich, oily mouthfeel that's surprisingly light with dark cherry and a trace hop bitterness. I drank my draft at the tap room too fast and warming balances the beer for my home pour.

Not a new top ten brew for me, but I like sipping it at home on a fall evening while watching a movie. Smooth and relaxing warmth on a chilly night.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 01:49:15 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of oline73


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Rather sweet and malt forward. I'm getting notes that remind me of brown sugar and dark fruit along with the grain.

Taste: Sweet malt with a rye spice in the background. I'm getting some dark fruit and hop bitterness in the finish. This is really smooth beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with aggressively tingly carbonation and a finish that isn't very dry.

Overall: I thought this was a really smooth beer given the abv. I liked it and thought it had a nice balance. I'd have more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 21:30:40 | More by oline73
Photo of PurrMonster


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another worthy entry from Fulton. As a big fan of worthy adversary(is it back out yet?...no?...*SIGH) and s.c.o.v. I've had high hope for what will be the 4th beer of there's i've tried. Been E-stalking their w-site for a few months wondering when this beer will hit taps around mpls. Luckily the crew at acadia aren't slacking about putting this beer quickly into their always tasteful tapline.
Had some ideas about what this beer would taste like just by viewing the color on fulton's page, but wait, this beer is quite the curveball, imo, for the better...I expected a rich toasty malt bomb by the standard of red ale characteristics, and no doubt there's the malt...As expected, however this beer does what others seem to fail to do...repeatedly. Most malt centered beers(especially of this abv) have a heavy sugar content that can overwhelm the taste of this much loved grain and tend to "paint the tongue" in a syrupy finish. This beer scales back the sugar accordingly and much like the s.c.o.v. FINISHES CLEAN. The flavor and body are all there, but the finish makes it highly sessionable and makes my tuna melt on pumpernickel EVEN better. The rye rounds out the grain flavor nicely without getting heavily bitter. 2bros rra and summit unchained iira seem to be slightly(altho good) guilty of this to some extent and i think it took this beer to bring that to light for me. My only question: When will this be in bottles?

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 01:18:36 | More by PurrMonster
Photo of tempest


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Happy Gnome. Huh, their tap menu called this 4.4%. I guess that explains a couple things...

Still, for the strength, it was relatively drinkable and a tasty beer. At first I had more bready spice and caramel malt notes up front. As the beer warmed, the a more peppery citrus spice took over with the bitter hops. The rye wasn't terribly distinct, but I think it was a nice addition to the beer. I appreciate the for the strength, this beer wasn't too filling or chewy like some imperial reds will be. Check this out if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 19:35:04 | More by tempest
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Acadia. In the brewery's words: "A libertine is someone living free of society's restraints. Similarly, The Libertine doesn't constrain itself with preconceived notions of what a beer style should be. Loaded with malts that include the UK's premium Maris Otter and Caramel 60, and topped off with Rye to impart a distinct reddish hue, the Libertine is a malt-dominated red ale like none you've ever had before. It boasts a rich, indulgent body without being overly sweet. Conventional classifications fail The Libertine, but who really wants to play by the rules anyway?"

45 IBU 20.2 Plato 24 SRM

In my words...

Hazed, rich, reddish hue, ruddy auburn, under a tight, lasting creamy toned beige head of foam, leaving lace.

Aroma: Sweetness, spice, and fusel alcohol. Rich and boozy, apples and cherries, brandy and leather.

Taste: medium bodied, and fully flavored. Lush and indulgent, waves of hops, spice, with rich malt holding tight below.

(Disclaimer: I wrote the above without having read the copy I pasted up on top. I say this having realized I repeated some of their words, i.e." indulgent")

But that's what it is, tight and tasty, but deep, lush and delicious. Spreads it's splendor far and wide and urges further imbibings. Warming alcohol hits the spot as winter hits us harder. Expert balance.

My second serving sits on a Surly coaster, in a Chimay chalice. Fine company, for my favorite brew from the local boys doing us prouder.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 01:23:00 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of mwilbur


3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a murky golden caramel brown (hint of orange with backlighting). Just a wisp of white head.
S: Sweet caramel malt, nutty, and toasted grains.
T: Sweet caramel malt, fruity esters, toasted grains, and a hint of citrus.
M: Silky smooth and sweet. Medium body.
D: A very drinkable and fairly straight-forward imperial red ale. The fruit note in this one is very interesting...at times berry-like, other times more candi sugar, and even melon-like.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 04:57:38 | More by mwilbur
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle a dark orange-amber with no head.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, tea, and booze.

The taste had a watered down booze thing going on with a really sweet tea finish.

Medium bodied and wet with a flat carbonation.

I didn't really enjoy this beer. Too sweet and too flat.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 21:25:05 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of MattyG85


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very deep and dark amber ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that quickly fades away. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet and very malt forward aroma. Toasted malts with big hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. A nice whiff of rye spices. A little molasses and hints of dark fruits including dates and cherry. Light hint of apple. Hop presence is very subtle with some light hints of grapefruit and grass. The caramel malts stand out the most here.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a very malt forward taste with subtle hints of fruits and hops. Toasted malts with a big taste of sweet caramel, toffee, and bready biscuit. A solid kick of rye spice. Some burnt sugar and hints of fruits including apple, dark cherry, and dates. Hops are laid back but do provide some balancing bitterness with some notes of grapefruit and earthy grass. A bready taste that is very double bock like.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, sweet, and somewhat chewy. Finish is somewhat drying.

Overall: A good malt forward brew. Not what you might expect from a typical hopped up red. This is very malt forward and bready. Its good at that.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 06:32:37 | More by MattyG85
Photo of herman77


3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber with a light khaki head. Fades to a cap and collar. No lacing.

S: Semi sweet toasted carmel malts with a bit of grapefruit hops peaking through. Some earthy notes. A bit of molasses and dark cherries as well.

T: A mix of carmel malt, toasted malt and some citrus/grapefruit hops. Sweeter than I expected. More dark cherries and other dark fruits with a touch of molasses. The hops are not that strong, though they might be overtaken by the sweet maltiness. A bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body. Average to lower carbonation. Feels pretty smooth.

O: Pretty good drinkability. I remember having this awhile ago at the taproom and it was hoppier, not like this is an old bottle since this just came out. Not bad, not great. If this was hoppier and a bit drier, it would be real tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:16:18 | More by herman77
Photo of jjanega08


3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating on the bottle.
This is the first of the new Fulton 750 mL release.

A= Pours a thick syrupy looking deep amber color with a thin skin of head on it that holds nice retention for being a thin skin and leaves a sprising amount of lacing.

S= The smell is a nice balanced sweet malty aroma with a little bit of a hop bite to it.

T= The taste is again a nice blend of malt and hops. It almost has a nice sort of roasty malt flavor if that makes sense. The hop bite is just enough to be noticable but it doesn't play an overpowering role. Most reds are on either end of the spectrum but this one falls neatly in the middle. A solid sweet malty base with whisps of hop presence. It actually tastes like a the individual ingredients in beer. It's strange in a way.

M= The mouth is a little more carbonated than I would have liked.

O= At first I was a bit turned off by Fulton's beers. This somehow falls into the same realm as the other beers I've had from them but it is somehow sort of warming and nice. They aren't making beers that are going to blow your mind or over the top envelope pushing beers but they do make solid well balanced examples of the styles they brew. The beers they make I think are extremely drinkable making it great for someone whom is just starting into craft beer while staying subtle enough to let a craft beer enthusiast stay interested. This beer is no exception. The geek in me is underwhelmed but the beer lover is excited for how "to style" this beer is and the balance is amazing. It's super drinkable and a lovely beer. Try this out and don't be as close minded with Fulton as I have been previously. Maybe I'm just now "getting it" when it comes to Fulton but this is a beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 23:06:37 | More by jjanega08
Photo of TCMike


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Produced a 1 finger, off white head, which faded quickly, no lacing.
The smell was strong, of malt, and a hint of dark fruit, and alcohol.
The taste was same as smell. It has a little sticky sweetness, and slight hop bitterness.
Very good beer....somewhere between a sipper, and a session beer.

Serving type: growler

09-23-2012 00:04:16 | More by TCMike
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