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Ithaca Excelsior! Brute

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (2774) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2009
The aroma is atrt, fruity, lemony, and somewhat like a lambic in funkyness. The color was a lemonade color, hazy, thin head. The flavor is sour, but has a lemon/citrus qulaity to it, and a atrt qulaity to it. The brett seems to ontribute the underlying funky quality of this beer. The finish is dry, tart. Very nicely done. I am not big on this style in general, but this beer definitely rates.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2009
From a 750mL Bottle. Generously shared by CharlesDarwin. Mostly hazy, pale nectarine flesh colored pour with a tall head of fizzy brilliant white. Perfumey, fruity noise with a moderate tartness. Aromas of lemon, pineapple, and a deep lambic-like funk. Soft orange scented alcohol notes warm gently. Light bodied, heavily carbonated mouthfeel with a moderate acidity and exceptionally dry finish. The flavors are satisfying, but less intense than the aroma and fade a little quickly in the finish, accentuated by the exceptional dryness. A little more sourness in the finish would be nice. The flavors up front are bright and fruity, complimented by an initial burst of acidity. Notes of peach and under-ripe red apple. Mid-palate, the beer opens up with some of the brett-derived vinous notes, delivering some refreshing pinot grigio flavors. Delightfully drinkable. Thanks, Tom!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 21, 2009
750mL Bottle. Bright, selzter-heavy tangy tropical fruit sugars, chewy tanginess and vaporous alcohols. Nice and soft. Pours a well-clouded, glowing peach, with a long, lacy white foam. Flavor bursts onto the scene with pineapple, over really soft, supple foamy, creamy rich gueze-like characters. Foamy and explosive. Lots of fresh juicy pineapple, over a delightful curt citric acid that comes across not harsh, but soft delicate and delightful. This is tremendous. I love how delicate and perfumed it is, but at the same time fresh, juicy and fruit-filled. Ends with a classic Brett snap and some cold, cottony dryness. Not nearly acidic as most in the style, but in a really dry, clean way approaching lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6070) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Draft. Pours unclear gold with a white head. Bretty aroma, with floral and citric notes. The flavor has tart fruit, bretty funk, must, and a hint of citrus, followed by a dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Special thanks to Beerlando for sharing. Great beer. Pours a hazy golden color. Aroma is brett and lemon. Flavor is sweet and has a nice tartness with some citrus and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle shared by Beerlando. Pours cloudy straw color with white head. Funky, yeasty sour aroma. Lightly sour flavor with some citrus and tart fruit. Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation and a dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
EBF Session 1. Hazy blonde/yellow in color with a lasting white head- looks alot like cuvee de castleton. Aroma is bretty with some tropical fruit, pineapple, tart lemon- smells like they used clauseni as one of the brett strains. Also get some oak, mild white wine. Taste has lemon rind, light pineapple- tart fruit. A bit lighter, not as sour as some examples of the style- very drinkable. Get some mild sourdough yeast- finishes tart. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
750ml bottle. thanks to kan for sharing. pours hazy gold with foamy white head. nose is nice, sour, funky, vinegar, and cheese. flavor has some acidity to it but that fades quickly into a watery vinegar and mildly sour mess. thin body. a promising aroma that doesn’t live up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
750ml big thanks to pantanap for sharing this rare beer. Pours a hazed orange yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma is sour, acidic yeasty, cheezy notes. Great nose on this. Acidic lemon earthy and tart flavors with oranges and tangerines. This bright pop of flavors fades to water pretty quick. Spritzy carbonation. A good beer that could use a little more flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
750ml bottle from a trade awhile back...pours a golden orange with a medium but quickly dissipating off-white head...sour and vinegar....falvors start off on the sweet and sour note with vinegar accents, slightly funky. however, quickly dissipates with dryness and a thin watery note. lively carbonation and a decent brew overall.

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