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%
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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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3.5
FROTHINGSLOSH (7901) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Sampled from a750 ml green bottle this beer poured a hazy vivid golden color with a small head and some chunky bits suspended. The aroma was tangy, sweet and had touches of caramel and ripe fruits. The flavor was tangy and fruity with a sugary and yeasty undertone and touches of cherry, caramel and nut. The finish was long, sour and tangy. Thick body but a bit too much alcohol shows through. Interesting.

3.3
TaktikMTL (7823) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2009
Bouteille verte de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Légère odeur de poires et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-dorée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et de pommes avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût sucré. (Rating #2345)

3.6
Sledutah (7727) - Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2011
750ml bottle (1494/2157) shared by footbalm
Appearance: Cloudy orange with a small white head and some lacing
Aroma: Tart apples and sweet malts
Taste: Tart fruits, oak and caramel malts
Nice, alcohols are hidden well.

3.5
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2008
750mL bottle thanks to Derek! Poured crystal-clear lighter golden with lots of rising carbonation and a creamy, off-white head. The aroma picked up deep toasted paler malts and a very warm follow-up of lighter fruits and bubblegum.. hot and young, but intriguing. The flavor had pale malts and peppery spicage at the core accented by lemon zest and floral notes.. finished with a hefty dose of peppery alcohol that will hopefully mellow out. Heavier-bodied with high carbonation on the palate.. again a bit green, and I’d like to try it again with some age on it.

4
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle #1335/2157, sampled 8/7/08: Pours a clear deep golden with a thin-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty biscuity Belgian malts and authentic yeastiness. Starts fairly full and sweet with good doughy maltiness and light fruity esters toward a drier, slightly warming finish. A nice Belgian strong ale.

3.6
MesandSim (7117) - 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.

3
JStax (6919) - 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.

3.8
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Murky orange/yellow with a tight white head. Nice fruity, yeasty pale malt aromas. Medium body with light carbonation. Big spiced fruit flavors of apricot, pears, peaches, with a mild bready yeastiness. The 11% abv is well cloaked. Nice now, probably better later.

3.6
5000 (6862) - 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!


3.4
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
25 oz bottle. Pours a clear gold body with virtually zero head despite a rather vigorous pour. Very miniscule visible carbonation. The nose is heavily fruity and somewhat bready malt with some light yeast character and noticable alcohol. Not much complexity of flavor, this is just tons of heavy pale malts with some tropical fruit notes. A lot of alcohol flavor on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full and heavy with very relaxed light pinpoint carbonation. Very warming finish all the way down the chest. I just don’t get a whole lot out of this one, it seems like it’s one of those big beers whose only goal is to be big.


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