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Ithaca Excelsior! Brute

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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brewed with vintage local Hops, American Barley, Wheat and Corn, Brute is fermented on Oak for many months with Brettanomyces, then finished with a blend of three Champagne yeasts. Enjoy the turbid citron hue, mature aroma, brash tartness and dry, quenching sparkle.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle served in a trappist glass. Hazy pale gold with a humongous head. The nose exhibits a strong, clean sourness with notes of wood, stone fruit, white wine, The taste includes all of the same notes as the smell along with a touch of cheese and lemon. Strong stinging carbonation and an intense sour finish that seems to last forever. One hell of a tasty beer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (823) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Hazy orange golden hue with fizzy champagne-like white head. Aroma is lactic, oak, lemons, wheat. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a medium light body and sharp carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness followed by s nice tart sourness and an oaky finish. Overall this is a really good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"Dry and somewhat aggressively sour and stinky. Love the feel, champagne like and showing no alcohol. Funkier towards the bottom. Stinky cheese, green olives and honeysuckle. Odd combo, totally works."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3201) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Old Ebay 2008 bottle, batch E!010. Glad we finally got around to drinking this. Overall this is a very easy drinking sour. Nice tartness but nothing too over-the-top. Very pleasant.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfroms (287) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Draft at One Mile House, 2010 vintage. Really special to try this. Pours a glowing cantaloupe color with small white head that quickly subsides. Aroma is lovely, bright, soft fruit and acidity: melon, lychee, lemon zest, white wine, light Brett, oak barrel. Taste is softly sour apricot, sour cherry, melon, and white grape sweetness fading into oaky tannins. Slightly musty finish. Creamy palate. Incredible balance and a great example of what an American wild can be.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luk_ (191) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
2009 vintage thanks to Bearsonacid. Sunshine pour with decent white head. Aroma is bretty and barnyard with a so nice candied lemon. Nice yeast. The blend of brett, lemon and champagne yeast flavors are great. The palate is out of this world. Rich yet light at the same time. It really succeed at being a complex tasting brew while being perfectly sessionnable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5540) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2014
75cl, Batch E!037, at 7%Vol, recently retired exclusive American brew, with Brettanomyces, thx alot to Mike for bringing this over!, complex sour brew, fruity/woody and slightly vinous/floral, balanced, cloudy, rocky head, very good brew

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Batch E!037 A: pours a turbid apricot ale with three fingers of bone whIte foam. This falls in a few mOments to a solid sheet of the same. Ringed and spotty lacing. S: lots of lemon and Brett tones. Some sour peach. Pretty and simple. T: not nearly as tart as the nose lets on. Sweet and grainy. Some subtle appearances of hay, grass and mineral flavors. M: medium on heavy for the style. Slightly lo carb. Semi dry finish. O: good stuff. Not too tart and offers up a refreshing profile. Good stuff. Serving type: bottle 08-20-2011

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1663) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Lucky to be having a 2010 vintage bottle at Eulogy. Tremendous sour! Cloudy orange amber with a long lasting tiny bubble white head. Just fantastic! Great that the brew is unfiltered. Dry and perfectly balanced!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1208) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
A - pours hazy orange marmalade with low white tight bubble head. S - fu-unky! Very overripe citrus fruits, bitters, musty oak, canned pineapple juice. Honey and floral notes. M - lighter than expected and so rounded. Fluffy carb. Tart up front to sweeter end. T - nice tart citrus and pineapple and mineral water up front. Sweet corn, funky egg notes, honey and floral notes follow. Notes of tannic Chardonnay. O - very nice. Rounded citrus sweet tart and lightly funky. 4.1

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (985) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle thanks to Adam! Pours hazy yellow with a tart funky aroma, taste is sharp acidity with a funky hop finish, very cool beer


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