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Ithaca Excelsior! Brute

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RATINGS: 374   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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2010
750 ml corked and capped bottle poured a hazy golden yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of barnyard, lemon, horseblanket, grapefruit and straw. Palate was light bodied and crisp woth a dry tart finish. Flavors of grapefruit, barnyard, lemon, horseblanket and straw with a crisp dry lingering tart finish.

4.9
   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.

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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2011
750 ml Bottle shared with Clyx. September 3, 2011. Big thanks to Steve (fbm115) for sending us this amazing beer.

Where do I start? This is hands down one of the most amazing beers Iíve had the opportunity to taste. Already when pouring it into our Cantillon glasses I knew it would be special...

The colour of this sour is golden tangerine orange with a sparkling crisp white head. When dipping my nose into the glass Iím flabbergasted at the fantastic aromas of the beer. Sour notes of lemons, cedar tree, ginger, flowers and rose-hips come forth in a stunning way. Thereís a nice subtle funkiness to it, itís not at all overtaking.

The taste is fresh, light and vividly alive with a nice crisp sweetness. Itís sour but still very balanced. The taste features flavours of cedar tree, apples, citrus fruits, minerals, grass and ginger. Interesting flavours that works unbelievably well together. Itís nice and smooth with a great drinkability. It finishes with a long dry flavourful aftertaste. Damn this is good!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2011
750ml at turkeyday. One of my all time favorites, poured into my Portsmouth tulip. Nice hazy golden color with great lacing, reminds me of liquid gold. Aromas are sour and earthy with plenty of funk, it literally made my mouth water. First sip is crazy not crazy sour but enough to put it over the edge. Citrus acidity and mindblowing sour makes the finish dry. More please!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (784) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2008
750ml bottle. I actually tried at BCTC and had to buy a case of this gem. Poured hazy/ murky gold in color with a medium sized fizzy white head that quickly diminished. Aroma of brett funk with lots of citrus fruit. Tastes of grapefruit and lemon citrus, with a brett funkiness. A little acidic, but champagne yeast leaves a wonderful mouth feel and nice dry finish. Many characteristics of a very dry white wine. Outstanding.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle: Poured a gold color with a nice head. The aroma was funky citrus barnyard. The flavor was orange, lemon, funky yeast, sour and spice. This is a very drinkable sour, one my wife actually enjoyed as well. Wish I had more of this one!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2010
0.75l - Every now and then you pick up something that is truly extraordinary, and you manage to save it for the day when itís exactly what you want to drink. Thatís what happened here. A wonderful interpretation of a Belgian sour ale, on par with anything in the style Iíve had. From start to finish a perfect match to the steak frites dinner I made. The sour nose and palate, the wild yeast nose, even the strange glowing gold color all fed into a wonderful meal.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2010
A: pours a nice opaque bright yellow. huge white head. outstanding retention and lacing. S: huge aroma of brett. massive sour notes. tons of citrus. T: like sex in a glass for me. great sours and brett flavors. an amazing wild ale. great pale malt flavors with a ton of sour citrus. lemons. M: mild body. huge carbonation level. nice tart mouthfeel. very clean and crisp.


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