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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Signed bottle courtesy of Vac and Zug4abby. Pours a hazy orange with a small diminishing white head. Aroma of phenols and apple/ pear esters. Medium bodied with a slight sticky texture. Solid backdrop of Belgian pale malts, with a moderate amount of sweetness and flavors of pear and spice. Detectable but not distracting alcohol on the finish, with some yeast and clove phenols. Not bad, and much better than the Orchard White.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8206) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2009
Pours slightly hazy deep gold with nice white head. The aroma has musty apricots and pears to go along with sugar sweetness, honey, spices and herbs. The taste starts with a pulse of vague sugar sweetness and then moves into pear and apricot fruity sweetness. It becomes mildly honey like with a thin layer of tartness just underneath. Nice full flavors blending together creating a pleasing experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy caramel/yellow color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of ripe fresh fruit, honey, caramel, floral hops, some light spice. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of honey, caramel, fresh ripe fruit, candy sugar, some light spice notes. Generally medium body with a pleasing finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 03/19/2011 courtesy of Nate. Bottle 105/2157. Hazy orange body with a small creamy off-white head. Somewhat tart fruit and spice aroma. Sweet fruit, caramel and citrus with a slight tart background. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 8/3/8/4/16 - 3.9 After the Charleston Brewvival on 02/27/2010. Clear golden copper body with a medium creamy tan head. Slightly tart caramel and floral aroma. Sweet caramel and floral hop flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/4/16 - 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
750 ml bottle (1361/2157) shared by FlacoAlto - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Very light lacing. Aroma is light yeast, esters, and a hint of spice. Flavor is fruity esters, light yeast and a touch of pepper. Light to medium body. Soft, smooth mouthfeel. A very nice beer. Thanks Sebastian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
750 ml bottle purchased mail order from Joey at South Bay in Imperial Beach, CA. Bottle is numbered 1311/2157, and was signed by the brewers. Pour is hazy orange golden with a one inch white head. Aroma of sharp hoppiness, and Belgian yeastiness. Plenty of rich apricot and floral goodness present as well. Taste is bright and harsh initially, quite a bit of bright Saaz hops, and decent shot of booze. Not as clean as I imagined it would be from the nose. Apricot and some black pepper spiciness feature in the aftertaste. This was nice, but from the nose I imagined it would be super nice. I am realy impressed with this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
(bottle #416 out of 2157)dark yellow with a nice white head.aroma is a mix of cinnamon,brewers yeast,apples,and alcohol heat.flavor is a mix of cream,fruits,yeast,caramel malts,and alcohol.pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3557) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Hopscotch. Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a soft off white head. Aromas of malt and dough. Big sweet malty flavor with some peppery spices, earthiness and doughy Belgian yeast. Slight alcohol presence. Medium body with average carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. A decent Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2008
#592 of 2157. Pours an orange amber with a thin white head. Smells of Belgian sugar, spice, oranges, some dry hints. Tastes lightly spicy and peppery with some nice malty touches. Dry peppery finish. I could see this beer really shining in about 1-2 years. Right now, the flavors don’t quite mesh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
DTM scored this bottle on the DL trip. I’ve never seem a bottle signed before... it turns out for good reason. The genre of Belgian Strong just doesn’t do this brew justice. The smell wasn’t great, considering it smelled on spicy lager. However, the taste was amazing. Brewed with Belgian sugar, this one wasn’t over- sweet, and it had a strong flavor without an alcohol burn. Superior palate control and definitely worth the money. I noticed the pear and apple hints mostly, although it seemed like I was drinking a bouquet.

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