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The Bruery Batch No.1 - Levuds (2008)



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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
The first ever batch brewed by The Bruery, Batch No. 1 is the result of a homebrew contest we held in order to determine our first batch. Loren Miraglia and Mark Graham entered a fantastic Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale that captured the judges attention. Batch No. 1 has a pepper-like spiciness and fruit forward flavors of pear and apricot. It is deceptively potent and will continue improving with age. (ABV: 11%, IBU: 20, SRM: 6, Release: One Time Only, Format: 750 mL bottles)

Editor Note: This entry is for the original 2008 release only. Ratings for the 2015 Levuds should go under that entry. You can identify the 2008 bottling by the ABV of 11% on the label (2015 Edition is 9.7% ABV), green bottle (the 2015 Edition is brown glass) and signatures of Tyler King and Patrick Rue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7309) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Pours a medium yellow, slight haze, good white foam that dies down to sticky lacing .. . reminds me of an imperial saison, pepper, honey .. . light muddled mouth, a nice brew but not worthy of its rareness, still honored to have tried it with friends though.. .. Me fail English? Thatís unpossible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at a private tasting. Pours a clear orange with a nice, white head. Nose is of stinky feet or funk and straw. Taste was sweet with hay and spice. Mouthfeel is medium and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Tasted from a 750 ml. bottle at the Bruery. Golden copper in color with a small head. Aromas of yeast and bread. Good solid straight ahead flavors of a belgian golden ale. Some fruit flavors in the background. Full bodied beer and finishes rich on the finish. Stoked to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2011
Usuall when our US bredren do Belgian I like it. This hit high marks for me. Bottle thanks to mesandsimís tasting again. Damn that was some tasting. Clear gold with a decent white head. Sweet malt aroma, alcohol is quite noticeable, cardboard. Flavour is sweet and yeasty, marmalade, oats. Palate was quite rich. First beer Iíve had from this brewer I think, good work fellas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle shared by Azurelimits. Served in a snifter. Beer pours a light peach color with a good white head and just a bit of lacing. The nose is a bit peachy along with some other stone fruits. A bit of orange there as well. Mild sweetness and a bit of oxidation in the background. Light orange rind as it warms up. The taste offers a bit of stone fruits plus some mild citrus character and a bit of yeast. The body is medium and the beer has a lightly-bitter, dry finish. A bit of honey on the follow through. This is okay. Iím thinking itís not really getting better at this point. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-17-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34 (3500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Batch no1 bottle provided by Chris at our latest tasting...a light honey gold pour with NO carbonation at all...Sweet aroma of mostly honey accented by apricots, with a light tart note on the back. Smells good at first, just too strongly sweet without anything breaking it up...The taste is sweet honey with oak, reminds me of a port, as its a total sipper. No way in hell you could finish this bomber without at least five people helping out. Like the aroma the sweetness is fine at first, but then it just gets boring. A sipper that is not worth trading for, if you get a offered a sip worth a try but thatís about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
(Sample Date: 3/19/2011 Source: Missing ) Bottle 105. Thanks to "Nasty" Nate. Caramel sweetness with candi sugar and hints of plum. Very slightly cloudy with fine white head. Spicy with fruity peach pear plum fruitiness. Warming with some peppery notes. Medium to full body and mouth feel. Finish is medium sweet with peppery warming lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 23, 2011
750 ml bottle. Big thank you to Eric. This beer poured golden with a slight dusting of bubbles for the head. A very delicate nose with lemon, citrus, some light malts. The taste followed, and finished sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle 64 of 2157:   Vibrant amber, fairly clear, light carbonation, small white frothy head, spotty lacing.   Malt sticky nose. &Nbsp Alcohol infused pear/apple skin as well.   Seems a little peppery too.   Very sticky on the tongue.   This one is heavy, sticky, malt forward.   Has a biscuity aspect as well.   Not as bright or intense as most other Belgian Goldens, but this one seems heavier.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Finish is warming, very warming.   Seems bright on the finish.   Certainly comes across as a Golden, a VERY big Golden.   Big thanks to Tim for this treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Multiple times from bottle & draft @ brewvival. Pours a clear orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of green raisins, citrus, orange, and pepper. Flavor of candi sugar, green raisins, apricot, orange, and light spices. On the verge of being cloying

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