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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7587) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2011
750 ml bottle thanks to Eric, what a tasting. Pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head. The aroma is massive sweet fruit and candies. The flavor was nice; very warm but just huge apricot and tropical fruit, warm and spicy. Unique. Massive fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JStax (4117) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad. Thanks! The beer is a clear gold with no head. The aroma has boozy paper and is a little fruity. Big boozy sweetness. Big body and medium carbonation. A little past it’s prime, but still alright. It was good to try this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2015
@ phaleslu’s cinci tasting. 750ml bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Clear orange color. Some fine particles in the body. Virtually no head. Some orchard fruit in the nose, apricot in the flavor, bit of belgian type yeast, mild burnt sugar. Some nice toastiness. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, very mild hint of acidity. Medium to bigger body. Kind of slick, lighter carbonation. Oxidization is very mild for me here, doesn’t bother me at all. Brad must take great care of his cellar... Hides alcohol very well. Some nice mild alcohol warmth creeps up on the finish. Overall, flavor / aroma is a bit mild. But very fun to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (1741) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 at Cincinnati tasting pour avg gold with no head. Nose light sour, some vegetal, then sweeter malt. Taste mix of sweet and light spice, slight oxidation, some raisin. Sweet continues through the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
750ml bottle - thanks to OldMrCrow for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting. Pours clear gold with no head. Aroma: caramel, tomato juice, spice; age (garbage and old hops). Odd combination; I don’t know if it’s due to age, or just inherent oddness. Taste brings in more caramel; pretty sweet (expected), but not full on diabetes of later Bruery beers I’ve had. Medium body, oily texture. Some hint of candied orange at the end. Hard to shake the tomato, but definitely a cool piece of history.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle @ Every Bruery Beer Tasting. The beer is a mostly clear orange pour with a small white head. Smells like honey and sweet brown sugar. A bit of candied orange peel. Light booze and canned pear. Sort of cardboardy on the flavor. A bunch of sweet fruit cocktail and orange preserves. Honey and bread dough are also prominent. Meh. Typical old, rotten beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle from my cellar shared at a tasting.

Golden pour, no head but the carbonation is fine. It comes off as a sweet alcohol-forward Belgian ale. Lots of candi sugar, a little bit of spice. Plenty of oxidation. Tolerable but no better. On the positive side, I now know that the Bruery has been brewing beers too big and too sweet since the very first batch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
750ml bottle at a Seattle tasting. Caramel orange, tiny head. Apple juice, or tomato juice as the rest of the crew is saying. Some spice, soft fruity. Brown sugar, sweet tart dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (10568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a hazy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is really odd, with medicinal notes, loads of tomato juice, and candied sugar. Flavour tastes like tomato juice too, like a Bloody Mary mix, with candied sugar and some medicinal notes. Crazy how much like tomato juice this tastes like. Not a disaster, but certainly not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (8949) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle - Vintage old - Bloody Mary mix. Cloudy gold with no head. Very sweet and syrupy stone fruit. Old juice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (673) - Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2014
750-mL bottle. Oxidized cardboard, sweet caramel corn, and a bit of red grape on the aroma. Pours a slightly cloudy orangish color; no head. Sweet, mellow caramel is the dominant flavor with light graham cracker, light lemon juice and a more prominent vinous tone than the nose with the slightest hint of tropical esters. It definitely shows signs of age, but it has held up decently and still drinks well.

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