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The Libertine - Fulton Beer

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89
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fulton Beer visit their website
Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 11-22-2010)
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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?"

8.5%
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
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oline73

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-12-2014 08:46:54 | More by zestar
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-06-2014 21:49:29 | More by KarlHungus
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

06-01-2013 00:32:36 | More by brez8791
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
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
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-01-2013 03:21:31 | More by jsprain1
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-10-2013 23:12:47 | More by fredmugs
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -2%
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
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6%

10-28-2012 17:01:47 | More by bigbeers84
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-18-2013 05:29:29 | More by zeledonia
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-08-2013 19:09:03 | More by josephwa
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-20-2012 18:15:37 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6%

01-14-2014 07:12:07 | More by Localdrinklax
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-06-2013 15:10:12 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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herman77

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

07-04-2014 05:45:12 | More by Beerlover
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

10-28-2012 01:44:05 | More by HoistinBrews
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-11-2012 04:57:38 | More by MN_Beerticker
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-07-2014 01:24:27 | More by wisrarebeer
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

09-27-2013 01:03:59 | More by MNBeerGeek
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The Libertine from Fulton Beer
89 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.