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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle shared at Natifest 10. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus hop and malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Pours a hazy golden color with a white head aroma is pepper spices coriander pears yeast candi sugar. Flavor is spaces grass belgian yeasts hops oxidation is apparent but the beer itself is mellowed and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (18513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2010
Bottle at Grand tasting RBESG 10 ... amber ... sweet toffeee malt nose ... juicy sweet hone hop ... little pine ... little orange ... big whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14915) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle 76/451 @ RBESG, Rome. Pours unclear golden with a small off white head. Nose is oak, coconut and barrel. Very vinous. Flat carbonation. Flavor is caramel, oak and fruit and some slight oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. The aroma and flavor have some honey and fruits with yeast tagging along. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. It’s an interesting beer, but after tasting this brewery’s Saison de Lente and Saison Rue, my expectations were sky high!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7177) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle. Hazy orange with a medium off white head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark ripe fruit, light nutty. The flavour is alcohol, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits. Long bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Caged and Corked 750ml bottle... # 1394 of 2157 Appearance: Copper orange body with almost no head. Some swirls of lace but they are few and far in btw. Smell: Belgian candied sugar, belgian yeast, pale malt, a touch of sweetness and a touch of citrus. Taste: Not my cup of tea which is dissappointing. Sweet malt dominates and isn’t very enjoyable. The sweetness and citrus come forward for a second towards the end. Pear and white grape notes are nice. Mouthfeel: Simply not enough carbonation....I don’t care if its 11.00% this brew needs more carbonation. Drinkability: Bad mouthfeel and bad flavor = poor drinkability. A big miss in its present state. Perhaps putting some age on this bottle would help as the excessive amount of sugar might get used up and the brew might get a touch dryer / sharper. It actually does taste like it has the potential to be pretty nice in a few years. I regret opening it now but I wanted a fresh baseline. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-08-2009

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at home thanks to Mr & Mrs Fonefan.
Clean gold with a good white head, looks inviting. Alcohol, yeast and malt aroma. Sweet and faintly tart. Hints of marmalade, plenty of rest sugar, big yeasty finish. Some grain in the aftertaste. Interesting but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle shared by hellbilly. Deep gold color with little head. Sweet fruit, spice, yeast and a bit of alcohol. Not bad. Thanks Josh!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
obguthr (4900) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Draft at Brewvival: Apple nose. Clear amber, medium white head. Apple flavor. Little complexity and rather boring. I found no spiciness at all.

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