Levud's (Bourbon Barrel) | The Bruery

Levud's (Bourbon Barrel)Levud's (Bourbon Barrel)
BA SCORE
3.9/5
47 Ratings
Levud's (Bourbon Barrel)Levud's (Bourbon Barrel)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by t0rin0 on 08-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
47
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.94/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of drewone
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Gil for sharing this beer at t0rin0cantsail.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with minimal carbonation and a fleeting white head.

S: A wonderful and well integrated bourbon aroma to this beer with sweet vanilla and oak notes that blend in quite nicely with the sweet honey and caramel aromas of the beer. Some sweet fruits such as pears and golden apples, too.

T: The bourbon flavor is nowhere nears pronounced as I would have expected given the flavor. Sweet caramel and toffee malts along with hints of spice, pears, and apples. Subtle vanilla notes and a touch of booze.

M: The body is medium with a carbonation on the low end of the spectrum--a bit slick.

D: I was actually quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. The nose was quite pleasant but the flavor (unfortunately) didn't fully match up. Still a nice beer, though.

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Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

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Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viggo
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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!

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours dark gold with a diminishing white head. Nose is sweet and inviting, lots of oaky vanilla and caramel, tropical fruits, wood. Flavor is loaded with vanilla, brown sugar, fruit salad, toasty malt, honey, bourbon. Very sweet but completely delicious in sample size. I love this stuff.

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Photo of tpd975
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of koopa
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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