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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 18/20
emacgee (4139) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Thanks a ton to turdferguson for sharing. Pours a very pretty soft hazy gold with a two finger creamy white head. The nose is very pungent and forward. Jumps out of the glass. Very fruity, lemony, yeasty, bretty, mild spicy oak, vinous. The flavor has a level of acidity and tartness that I was not expecting and showed notes of lemon, spicy oak and vanillins, yeasty, some citrus peel waxyness, some tannic character and a mild vinous quality. Very very impressive sour. Very nice crisp and lively on the mouthfeel with a nice acidic bite and some tannic character. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2009
New Years Bottle. Pours a hazy orange golden body with a massive white head. Dry brett leather honestly almost one dimensional, how disappointing. Light spice and a note of lemon zest and coriander in the finish. Dry sour with a brett dry finish. Uneventful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Thanks to Baker. Happy new years! This is an absolutely ridiculous brew. It reminds me so much of the rare biere de champagnes of Belgium. Cloudy orange body with a bubbly white head. Lemon, orange, apple, ginger, and spice in the nose. Amazingly sour, funky, dry taste. Loads of fruitiness, and the longest, driest finish a man could ask for. Dangerously drinkable. This is one of those brews that could turn a wine drinker on to the world of craft beer. This is a monster of a beer that could be a force to be reckoned with. These beers are what is next in American brewing, and not just the craft world. A step above.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks! Pours a hazy rich orange with a dull whitish head. Smell is funky, gueuze like and citrusy grapefruit. Taste is much milder than the smell and is very bubbly, and lightly citrusy with a champagne like dryness. Moderately tart, but not as much as the smell leads on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Sampled during Minnesota first annual Sourfest and shared by Stine. Pours a semi-hazy golden pale brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film. Aroma of barnyard funk, tart citrus and a touch of vanilla. Taste is mildly sour with some vegetable/corn character and tart pineapple. Finish is slightly tart, metallic, with a lingering bitterness that slowly disappears.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5095) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (7231) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2010) - 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.

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