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Ithaca Excelsior! Brute

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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39085) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
From bottle, Papsoes blindtasting #26. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Vanilla and powdery aroma, light yeasty, citric and wheaty too. Citric and orange fruity flavoured. High carbonation mouthfeel. Light citric and dry finish. A bit too simplistic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10799) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2010 My second favorite sour of the day at DL!! Man this is good stuff. Hazy gold pour with a light head. Tart aroma with lemon zest, oak, wheat, tropical fruit, hay and earthy tones. Flavor is sour, but not enough to overshadow the fruitiness, yeast, and great funk. damn fine beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2009
Thanks to whoever brought this to DLD! Poured pale milky golden with a fizzy cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up sour pineapple and oaky notes with a fine twinge on the back of the nose.. soft supporting maltage and great balance. The flavor was somehow better.. sour and engaging throughout with some light fruit (including pineapple and a touch of green apple skin).. warm drive through to the belly.. the malts played a silent supporting role that gave sufficient heft to the mouthfeel. Medium-bodied with just a little too much carbonation on the palate.. overall an excellent brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2009

Date: April 25, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, DLD
Appearance: cloudy yellow, wispy white head
Aroma: tart lemony aroma
Flavor: big tart lemon flavor, nice spicyness, touch of oak, light balancing sweetness creates a candy character
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of white grape, champagne yeast, bretty pineapple, lightly barnyardy, soured up oak. Flavor much more acidic, citric, than aroma indicated and has very tart, very young grapes along with some orange and lemon, again tart, as well as cherry and raspberry pie-like notes. Quite dry, and quite champagne like, except with a lot of bugs. Pretty interesting and complex beer, grew on me from a low-mid 3 into the 3.9 I currently give it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3663) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle, batch E!010. Pours a hazy light yellow with a thick, bubbly white head. Aroma of light tartness, wheat malt, sour grapes, grapefruit, bitter hops, and a hint of barnyard funk. Most reminiscent of JP Bam Biere to me. Flavor is initially quite tart and sweet with lots of sugar candy notes and wheaty malt. Not very acidic, but certainly sour and tart. Very champagne-like too. This one grew on me a bit--very nice. 8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - APR 13, 2009
750 ml- carbonation beyond lively- it was a full tornedo of bubbles in my duvel glass- and this beer was sour all right- really tart- and a wonderfully dry finish- the only thing I found lacking here was (and I hate to say this, due to the recent bud light commercials)- drinkability- in sours I have tried in the past, they have a balancing sweetness that keeps you coming back for more- see rodenbach gc- with the cherry flavors that demand a second sip- the balance with brute was lacking, with sourness dominating, and not much else- it was tasty, but not as complex as I would like. Still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
Pours a beautiful slighly hazy golden color with a huge pillowy white head. Bubbles swirl around the glass randomly. I’ve never seen carbonation in a finished beer act like this, but maybe I’m just easily amused. Aroma is intensely sour - I can smell this beer as the glass sits on my desk a couple of feet away. Aroma of lemon, oak, dusty yeast, mild funk, a bit of vanilla. There is a mild floral element to the aroma as well. Lots of lemon in the flavor, some pineapple, sour grapes, and a musty yeastiness. Complex, yet mild-mannered. Subdued oakiness comes through in the dry finish. Pretty smooth body, considering the amount of carbonation visible. Awesome. IBC has been just kicking ass lately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6919) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
Bouteille de 750ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Rastacouere. Arôme: Odeur de pommes vertes et de foin. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et de pomme sûrette. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #2312)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2449) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 5, 2009
750ml botle in Duvel glass. Hazy golden with lastng flat white head and a little lace. Sweet candy sugar marshmallow with clean horse blanket funk aroma. Mildly sweet lemon meringue and melon with strong funky sweaty horseballs flavor. Everythign is very clean for such an unclean beer. Very excellent and refreshing and drinkable yet assertively funky. Effervescent carbonation blends everything beautifully.

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