The Libertine | Fulton Beer

The LibertineThe Libertine
181 Ratings
The LibertineThe Libertine

Brewed by:
Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 11-22-2010

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

for me, this is the new benchmark of american red ale. this is all its been dreamed of being, and all it can really be, everyone who ever made one has probably strived for this, and those seeking to make one next would do well to have a long deep drink of this bad boy. on tap at the public kitchen in minneapolis, in the downstairs area, which is worth checking out. beautiful beer in the globe, brick red with some density, and a nice khaki head slowly accumulating from the lazy bubbles. not sure if the bottles people drank in the reviews below were flat, but no issues at all from the tap. it smells and tastes a little more like a red than like an ipa, but there is a whole lot of hops in this. the hops are moderately bitter, with a pungent orange, almost floor cleaner aromatic. the malts are big and chewy, a little english in their toffee complexion, but sturdy earthy and sweet at the right time. tons of body, but broken up sufficiently by the carbonation, this drinks a lot easier than it should at this abv, you cant taste the booze hardly at all. this is a style where, a lot of times, i think they all taste the same. finally the mold is broken, and balance is achieved in a new way. its really quite a profound beverage, one of my favorites from my trip. highly serviceable as an after dinner sipper, but i would wake up with this too...

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden red color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled malty with pine and hints of orange. Big toasted/roasted malt taste with a piney/resiny bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours reddish amber with a thin head that becomes a wisp. Minimal lacing.

The smell is of lightly roasted caramel with a touch of pine.

The taste is of caramel and alcohol. Some red apple mixes in. A touch of pine and a hint of roast balances some of the sweetness, though it remains mainly sweet (and boozy). Sweet finish.

It is medium-to-full bodied. A bit sticky. Could use an extra bubble or so...

A sweet malty brew. I liked the second half less than the first. It becomes rather flat a bit too quickly, and it is sweet without much complexity in my opinion. Overall, it's decent enough for a malty, boozy brew. But, to me, it lacks much in the way of character. It's okay, but not really a fan.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of pat61
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this from a growler, on tap at several palces and from a bomber.
A: Pours brilliant ruby brown with a thin white foam collar that clings to the glass leaving thin sheets of lace.
S: grassy hops, malt, grain, rich malts, fruit, fruity floral.
T: Slight port qualities, some toffee notes, some anise or coriander, starts slightly sweet and then dries out with a touch of alcohol and a little pepper in the finish.
F: Thick, chewy, luscious, medium low carbonation.
O: A big bold beer with a perfect balance between the bitter, alcohol and malt sweetness.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.9/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of atone315
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.31/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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