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Ithaca Excelsior! Brute

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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillKismet (3464) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Hazy, summer bronze with big bubbly head. Intensely tart, candi-tart aroma with barnyard notes. Effervescent body with prominent candi-tartness and slight barnyard notes. Crisp, titillating, and mildly enjoyable, but overall, not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
750, capped and foiled. Thanks, Scrizzz! Pours cloudy apricot with a frothy white head. Sour and bretty lemon aroma. Light body and strong carbonation. Refreshing lemony taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6632) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
750, capped and foiled. Thanks, Scrizzz! Pours murky medium gold. Thin fizzy white head. Nice big lemony nose. Watery fizzy body. Nice tart lemony mid-palate with a mild, slightly tart finish. Very clean, organized, and drinkable, even if it doesn’t inspire a heap of desriptors. Delicious and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (7415) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Courtesy of MCLK. Pours hazy deep gold with lasting white head. The aroma is fruity, sweet/tart candi then moving toward crushed aspirin tartness. The taste is tart puckering tartness then moving into additional tartness just for good measure. It ends dry and less tart than it started, thankfully. Overall this is too tart for my tastes but finishes up very nice and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (1905) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Big lemon and green apple aromas. Something light and sweet about it. Very tight, maybe a little to much. Hugely lemony, sour and full on. Very grapefruity, full on, good but a little over the top. Great little champagne carbonation with a saliva inducing sourness. Pretty nice but not as delicate as one would hope.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1333) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Had some of this (from the bottle) at a recent sours tasting. Colour... golden and highly effervescent with a frothy off-white head. Nose... delicately sour with a hint of yeast and apple. Palate... a burst of carbonation on the front of the palate, some brett, yeast, wood, citrus, pippin apple, and a very short, crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Thanks MCLK for the share. Pours translucent yellow with thick white pillowy head. Nose is lemon, citrus, tart vinegar, brett, and lemon pucker. Flavor is lemon, pepper, vinegar, brett, and sour pucker. Medium-bodied and very tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
courtesy of MCLK. Golden pour. Sugar, acidic nose. Tart apples, berries, yeast and brett funk. Flavor is tart and funky. Sugary malt sweetness. Very nice mild sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle, courtesy someone. Clear golden yellow pour, big cloudy white head and very thick lacing. Very bright aroma, yeast, grain, slight tart notes, lemon and lime. Flavor has sharp tartness, some brett, citrus, some sticky elements in the finish. Medium-bodied, complex and very drinkable. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2010 Sampled at DLD ’09. Poured a hazy straw gold with a substantial and lasting white head. Aroma of yeast, grass, and fruit (peach and citrus.) Taste has just the amount of sourness built on a cereal base. Bubbly and dry. Great way to start the day. (Re-Rate after another taste at RBSG ’10.) I love this beer.

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