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Ithaca Excelsior! Brute

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RATINGS: 375   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4996) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2008
On tap, BCTC 08. Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a small fizzy bright white head. The nose seemed pretty light at first, but gained more intensity the more I smelled it. Some hay and wheat, doughy malt, fruits, citrus, oak. Very dry and rather tart flavor with a really nice crispness to the finish, kinda like that last lingering smack you get with grapefruit juice. Light to medium bodied with nice fizzy pinpoint carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer, among my favorites from the fest. I’d like to have a bottle to really get to know this guy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2009 Golden color. I like this more and more every time I have it. Aroma is fruity, citrus, lemony sourness. Flavors are so great. Nice peachy lemony sourness with acidic tartness. Still so smooth and drinkable even though it is so sour. On tap, soo delicious. Nice fruity sourness, clean and crisp and quenchingly dry. Really good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle shared by seaoflament at the Sinner’s dinner party hosted by Lost Abbey. Sour, funk, and tart fruity flavors. I thought Gueze when I first tasted it but could have been the homegrown hops I had just sampled in the Hop 15.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (7068) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Draught. High lasting off-white head. Light green body. Mild lemon grape aroma and flavor without any sharp acidity. Low carbonation. Long bitter aftertaste. Pleasant surprise.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2005) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Shared by seaoflament at the Sinner’s party at Lost Abbey. Very nice sour aromas and flavors. There was motley fruity tartness, and a nice smooth finish. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle pours cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is wonderful brette with some tart smells and woody notes. Body is medium to almost thin. This is highly carbonated. Flavor is funky wood, lemon, with a nice tart flavor that is smooth on the finish. Very crisp. Overall this was a nice brew. I enjoyed it very much.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2008
Many thanks to Stine for sharing. Hazy yellow color with brett funk in the aroma and flavor. Faintly sour but the corn really cut through the flavor and didn’t work so well for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 G.A.B.F. 2008: Hazy light golden with a creamy white head. Very citric nose- smells very grapefruity with rind character. Fluffy feel with a bright citrusy flavor. Solid tart funk; crisp with a ton of grapefruit, lemon juice, mild oak and dried wood earthiness. Very complex, refreshing and tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Soft hazed gold, white creamy head. Super funked sour lemon aromas rest on waves of citrus and oak. Acidic juicy sour citrus flavors balance very well on funky wood-like tones. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sour finish. Awesome…

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4441) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Cloudy gold color. Brett aroma and more in the flavor. Just a little sour, more like a saison. This is good; the corn is perceivable and works in this beer. Medium palate.


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