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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2088) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2009
In the interest of full disclosure, I rated this beer shortly after downing a world class counterpart in Veritas 004, so it had alot to live up to. The pour yields a hazy golden body with glints of orange. A foamy, off-white head is small but excellently retained, leaving skinny, jagged lines of lacing on the glass. The nose is all over the place, yet supremely integrated. Notes of tart apricot and nectarine work beautifully with candied citrus, while light grains and dry, dusty brett bring the best out of the sour fruit. A surprising but welcomed edition of aged floral hops puts a unique and lightly bitter twist rarely found in the genre. Flavors again prominently feature nectarine, apricot, and grapefruit sourness, with perhaps a smattering of lemon. The subtle, grainy malts again do their job of not getting in the way of the beautifully tart fruit, and that esoteric, brettanomyces funkiness just works perfectly in this brew. More substantial in body than I expected, but still very easy going and delicately carbonated, the dry, tart mouthfeel just begs for sip after sip. This is an underrated gem of a beer, and I would buy a limitless supply if I could.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10010) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Bottle… GSRARO ThrowdownThis beer rocks!… Cloudy, pear-colored ale with a large, frothy, white head. Fantastic retention. Tart, funky aroma. Light to medium-bodied and quite dry with champagne-like carbonation. The flavor is both acidic and acetic. Mid-length, raspy, arid finish. Kudos to Beerlando for providing this wonderful bottle of beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Poured a hazy light yellow with an off-white head. The aroma was mildly tart with nice lemon and leather aroma. Some woody notes as well. The flavor was tart but far from being crazy sour. Lemon, white wine, bretty, and mild wood. Light bodied with a dry finish. Nice beer. If you are looking to start somebody on sours I think this would be a good choice. If starting them on beer as I found out today...bad choice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Hazy yellowish orange pour with a large white head. Great aroma of tart brett with a touch of oak and yeast. The flavor is great as well. This beer has gotten better over the past several months. There are some light dried fruit along with a sour barnyard flavor. Yeast is present as well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4308) - 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.

3.7
   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.

4.7
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2572) - 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.


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