Levud's | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch 1: 10.0% ABV
Batch 2: 9.6% ABV

Added by DoubleJ on 06-20-2008

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Reviews by Dukeofearl:
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4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review in honor of Patrick's "Last Call" in the latest BeerAdvocate magazine. Cheers!

Hand signed bottle number 336 of 2157. Green glass 750 ml bottle capped; purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA in November 2008 for $14.99. If I hadn't tried it before and known how good it was, I would have passed it by at this price, but anyway...

Pours a pretty, slightly chill-hazed golden amber, minimal to no carbonation in my Westmalle goblet (one of my favorites).

Aroma is simply wonderful. Honey, carmelized sugar, offset by a funky brett-like yeastiness that screams for me to dive in. But it's still a little too cold; I must be patient.

No, never mind- I'm thirsty! When cold, it a wonder, and it gets better from there. Honey. More honey, and then more honey as it rolls across the tongue. Solid malt back. Then hold on- this is getting interesting. Light flowery notes. A hop bite, a funk that makes me think of DeProef (one of my favorite brewers from Belgium), and a light alcohol burn at the end that is minor compared to the 11% ABV. The burn reduces as the beer warms, as does the sweetness. A bit on the sweet side overall, but that is a minor quibble.

It is really scary how drinkable this one is for the size of the beer- knocked it out of the park.

An exceptional beer, from an interesting and very good up and coming brewery- oops, bruery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freshflesh
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#74. Pours cloudy gold with a short-lived off-white head. Sweet bready and apple/banana aroma. Fruity and honey taste, with the sweetness of the Belgian yeast showing through. Definitely taste the pear and apricot as you make it through the bottle. I found the alcohol well-maksed, but this was also my 3rd beer of the night. I'd love to try this in a few years, but better grab one now.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super stoked to check this out at Toronado SD. $27. Some dude autographed the bottle and wrote the number on it, 1000something out of 2000something.

Pours a vibrant yellow and orange with bubbly white head and great retention, she's a looker boys! Aroma of lemon and ginger, good belgian yeast character that has no clove to it.

Taste is zesty, pear flavor is mild, good hopping still for a bottle this old, relative alcohol heat to it. This is a beer that can do some damage, I was noticeably different after drinking it. Seems like a great summertime beer, but damn, it will knock your dick in the dirt because it is so high abv, yet so easy and light on the palate because of the light fruit (lemon, pear, apple) contingent it uses. Maybe some honey and apricot. Sweetness is never sugary in it. Extremely dry and tangy.

Price point hurts the overall score for sure, but this about my favorite Belgian pale on the market.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
thanks to puggy211 for this one
bottle 229/257
A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a big bubbled creamy head that fades pretty quickly. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface of the beer.

S- The smell of light tannin fruity note that is otherwise pretty clean with lots of rousing notes of cream and a fusel hint come through with a spun sugar note finish the beer as it warms.

T- The soft sweet iced tea flavor has perfumed pear flavors that turn more peach like as the beer warms. There is a hint of pine hops in the background that finish with a light tart tang.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture and no real alcohol heat noticed. The fizzy finish really cleans up the already soft flavor at the finish.

D- This beer is a bit awkward with the flavors clashing but it is almost intriguing the more I sip. The light perfumy flavors are soft and I don't think age would help this at all. The alcohol is already well hidden and aroma is almost gone.

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Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel spelled backwards - cheeky and awesome

This is something I realize after drinking this fine Belgian style pale - beer makes you smarter, you know. This is the 2nd Duvel "clone" I've crossed paths with recently (Brooklyn Local One being the first).

To make this review short and sweet: this is very akin to Duvel - what separated it for me aside from the obvious ABV difference (a difference you CAN tell - esp in the warmth) was the slight tartness in the finish.

Another fine offering from the Bruery.

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Photo of nkersten
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for bringing this out. Reviewed from notes. Poured into tulip, golden liquid with almost no head that sits as a white collar at the edge of the glass. Shouldnt a belgian strong pale have a slightly more active carbonation? Smell is strong and unexpected - plums, mission figs, very sweet, pears, apricots, honey, some alcohol. Taste is somewhat like a light port. Honey, dark fruits, pear, slightly warm in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy with a minimal carbonation. Not bad, but this beer seems a little odd for the style. A bit on the sweet side to drink very much of this, but overall a decent beer.

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Photo of mhenson42
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Bottle #1453/2157

This is my 800th review on BA, I figured this was a great beer to help celebrate the milestone.

A- This is an awesome bottle, very classy. Poured into a tulip. Pours a golden orange color with a small off-white head that quickly turns into a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is exceptional! There is a lot of fruit and spices with some yeast and alcohol as well. The aroma smells great and is very complex, I can't wait to get to the taste.

T- The taste like the aroma is very complex with a lot of different flavors dancing around the tongue. There is a nice mixture of fruit and spices along with Belgian sugars and yeast. There is a good amount of warmth in the finish. but the alcohol does not feel out of place and seems to enhance the flavor instead of being overly boozy.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I feel it is a tad bit undercarbonated.

D- This one is dangerously drinkable despite the high ABV. This is my second beer from this brewery and both have been fantastic. I wish I could get more of this in my neck of the woods. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of prototypic
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to csmiley for splitting this 750.

Bottle # 789 of 2157

Levud's pours a moderately hazed golden color. It features a modest white head that never quite reaches a finger in depth. It was quick to recede and left little lacing behind. I suspect that the 11% abv was just too much for it. It's alright, but the apparent bubble deficiency hurts it.

The nose is sweet and very fruity up front. Lots of apple and pear to go around. It has a sugary sweet aspect to it that's not bad at all. The more I smell it, the more fruity it smells. There's even a little citrus orange and mango coming through. Alcohol is rather prominent and gives it a bit of a boozy scent. After all, it is 11%, but it doesn't quite reach an offensive level. At the secondary level, there's some earthy notes and yeast. It doesn't quite smell like Belgian yeast, which is a slight disappointment.

The flavor profile is overall very consistent with the nose. It is very fruity and sweet throughout. Sweet apple and pear flavors permeate each sip. Citrus orange and mango are noted, but are a little more reserved. It's a little sugary for my taste, but it's not too imposing. Earthy notes and a slight musky flavor creep in toward the end. That may be the effect of some mild, earthy hops. It is yeasty, but once again, it doesn't feature a dominant Belgian yeast flavor. I think its presence would improve this beer quite a bit. It's good, but could be better.

It features a medium body that's relatively nice and smooth. Carbonation is low. Frankly, it seems a little too tame for the style. I'd like a few more bubbles. Drinkability is above average, knocking on the door of the next highest score. It goes down easy and has a nice flavor. But, at 11%, it's damn strong and doesn't hide it extremely well. I'm glad to be sharing the 750.

Levud's is my first go with a Bruery release. Overall, it's a nice, solid beer, but I was hoping for a little more. It's not a bad Belgian Strong Pale by any means, but it's not a wonderful take on the style. It seems just a little too sweet and fruity and there's not enough of a Belgian yeast presence. Ignoring that for the moment, it is more than solid beer for what it is. It's enjoyable, but don't expect it to compete with the world's finest BSPAs. It's just not quite there.

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Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured at Belgique tasting, Hugo, MN Thankggiving 2010.

Dark golden brew, murky, not much head. Czech and Slovenian hops. Apple and tutti frutti Belgian yeast aromas. Crisp, pleasing bitterness on the palate. Tart and tangy, a long finish that recalls Duvel.Smooth. A bit hot in the finish, you taste alcohol--this is 11% after all.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep golden, slight orangish tint, bright white bubbly head that fades really fast into a sea-like foam with big bubbles. This was poured under 40F, so there was a haze, but clears up as it gets warmer.

S- The fruit hits from a mile away. Grape, melon, only very faint Belgian yeast.

T- The yeast earthiness comes though along with the taste of alcohol (pleasantly) all beside the big fruitiness. Overall it's a really sweet beer.

M- Fine. Carbonated nicely here, no complaints.

D- At 11% it's a sipper. Being so sweet it's a sipper. But it's good anyway. I wouldn't want to have back-to-back glasses of this but it's not a beer I would only try once.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a large wine glass. 2015 version. Pours a hazed lemon golden in color with a half inch cap of white foam. Aroma of yeast and light ethanol notes, clean and not overly sweet in nature for the ABV. More intriguing with warming.

Taste is full and offers some citrus notes across the palate. Light lemony sweetness with a firm carbonation on the tongue. Offers a full mouthfeel with a good balance of spice and texture vs. a yeast sweetness. Less sweet than Duvel for example, with a bit more body in a texture sense, yet runs out of steam in a sense as well in balance. Sweet is a two way sword I guess.

In the end a nicely aromatic brew, yet without the body, but perhaps in a good way..

Batch 2015 9.6%

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle reads Batch No. 1 Levud's 9.6% ABV, B # 1608, 7/14/15

A: Pours a honey orange color with bright white fluffy head, lots of carbonation, cloudy, not much head retention.

A: Belgian yeast, coriander, spice, cloves, banana, pretty straight forward aromas.

T: Belgian yeast, coriander, cloves, bananas, getting lots of bitterness, I'm guessing the bitterness is from the hops, but it's spicy not citrus forward, big dry finish with more spice and coriander like notes coming through, alcohol is well hidden, this is really good.

M: Medium bodied, heavily carbonated, fluffy, dry finish

O: I think this is a great example of a Belgian strong pale ale, not sure if my bottle is matching some of the other batches, but I think this is outstanding, complex, has depth, lots of different notes and alcohol is barely noticeable for 9.6%.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.67/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color ale with a small bubbly head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some dry European hops and floral notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by sweet malt which borderlines on being gross with not much else in terms of characteristics. Body is somewhat oily with some low carbonation but no alcohol flavor. This is a sweet mess with no carbonation and must admit if also my first disappointment from a usually fine brewery.

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Photo of bombadil
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of charlesw
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 1944 of 2157. Signed by Tyler and Pat. Nice and classy looking. Pale orangy amber. Very clear until you get to the end (and yeast). Smells Belgian. Tastes Belgian. Nice description, huh?

There's something so not Belgian in the taste, however. Like... Like they used Willamette hops in their Belgian, too, you know? A little bit of orange and bitter there, at the end. A bit strange. Nice of them to go so lightly on the spices - it was greatly appreciated! But that orange and bitter business... It's not very Belgian. A bit heavy on the mouth and, well... Yeah. I'm not the first to say that it's weird. But, somehow, it is...

A decent beer. I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, # out of . Chilled in the fridge for a couple of days and the served into a goblet. Consumed on 07/27/2008.

The pour was brilliant, a nice and very hazy gold color emerged from the bottle and settled down effortlessly with a touch of sedimentation. A rich three finger high head of white foam then came up from the depths and stayed around for a good few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top. Very good carbonation wrapped up in here as well left no doubt that this was a good and lively brew.

The aroma was loaded down with fruity Belgian yeast. Lots of hints of fruit and pears, peach, and apple esters dominating here for sure. Light wheat and even a touch of citrus working its way through, and a little bit of a boozy touch to it. The flavor was more of the same, rich, thick, medium bodied feel, was much bigger then I thought it would be to be quite honest. Nice carbonation as well./ the flavor started out with a nice touch of grain, and some light sweet notes. Touches of grapes mixed in now and a n nice bit of pear. As it warmed it became much more complex, offering me a taste of grapefruit almost, but semi sweet in nature. Nice strong finish, with a drawn out flavor of light grain, grass, and a touch of peach. A definite sipper through as this one was clocking in at well over 11%, but still for what it was it was damn good.

Overall I am extremely impressed with not only this, but everything I have tried coming out of there so far. They really seem to have their act together and this only goes to further that thought. If this gets the barrel aged goodness dropped into it, watch out, as its going to hurt!

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