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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Appearance: Pours a golden color with lots of visible carbonation flowing to the surface. The head rises 1.5" tall with lots of foaminess and shows great retention. Spotty lace clings to the glass. Smell: Tart and funky. Acrid apples, brettanomyces, horseblanket, some dormant lemon citrus. Slight hop aroma as well. Perfect for me. Taste: Funky, sour and tart. This beer screams Belgian at the top of its lungs. Oak, apple, brett, lemon, horseblanket are all flavors. There are so many more complexities. Mouthfeel: Effervescent, lightly bodied, tart, funky and oaky. Some tannins soaks through. Lingering tartness and sourness. Alcohol is there, but not in a big way. Drinkability: Incredible. I had high hopes for this brew and I got my socks knocked off. Everything that you could want in a beer. Plenty of complexity and thirst quenching properties. One of my new favorites for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2013
750mL bottle during RBWG thanks so some kind soul! Golden pour with a fizzy, bubbly off-white head. Light funk, and light sour, lots of complex fruit esters and light oak, light malts. The flavor is lightly tart, plenty of carbonation, a bit of funk, more fruitiness and pale malts. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Hazy yellow beer with a big offwhite not lasting head. Sourish, woody, citrus. rubber, hay, floral aroma with barnyard hints. Sourish, floral, malty, hay, raisins and funky flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iworkatinitech (24) - New York, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Batch E!010 - opened last night I’ve been waiting a long time to open this one. Purchased during a tasting event at the old Spuyten Duyvil shop in Brooklyn. The appearance is perfectly clear with substantial carbonation. I have to say the nose, and the taste were both much more champagne forward than sour, and while this was an amazing beer it didn’t hit me to the level that the Cantillon’s were that we were drinking, but without a doubt if I could ever get another bottle I’d be all over it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1914) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours yellow with white head. Funky aroma. Taste. Is barn yard lemon juice and slight hop

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Batch E!018. Pours clear golden orange with a thick white head. The nose is big lemony lactic sour, some really funky barnyard notes and leather. The taste is high medium sweet and high sour with low bitter. Nice sour finish. The texture is crisp and super clean, the body is light with a long finish. Got better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Dave. Huge thanks for this one! Pour is hazy peach in appearance with a big white head and decent lacing. Big bretty aroma - pineapple, mango, peach skin, flower petals - lemon peel, straw, a touch of funk, and horse blanket in the aroma. Taste is big tangerine, sour fruits, peachy, brett, light urine, somewhat funky, and woody. Medium body with high carbonation. Seriously tasty sour and this one has aged beautifully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shadow4yankee (1) - Mansfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2013 does not count
This is by far one of my favorite beers out there. refreshing, tart & great for the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2811) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2013
750ml bottle shared by madvike at the local tasting a little while back, was so excited to open this one up. Pours a clear light golden with a nice white bubbly head, the aroma has a nice almost sweetness of fruit with an awesome kick of funk and wine as well, the flavor is very soft on the front end with a subtle amount of sourness and fruit, a little bit of yeast flavors came through as well, but this was awesome. The subtle sourness is what blew me away with the soft mouthfeel, very nice, would really like to try this one again sometime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1228) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle batch E037!, 03/21/2013. Pours golden orange, slight haze, huge foamy head, settles to cover half the surface, soapy lacing and active carbonation. Aroma is ripe funky cheese and barnyard notes, apricot, orange, mango, other white fruit, slightly tart, yeast and wood- smells very Fantome-like. Taste is fruity and tart- melange of apples, orange, lemon, white grapes, vinous oaky notes. Dry, crisp body. This beer, at least this bottle, has changed from what I remember, and now is a pretty good Fantome.

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