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Ithaca Excelsior! Le Bleu

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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed with New York Blueberries and Brettanomyces, LeBleu is a blend of barrels filled in 2007, 2008, and 2009. It’s finished in the bottle with Champagne yeast. Enjoy the dusty rose appearance, mouthwatering aroma of ripe berries, piquant flavor and quick finish.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (440) - - JUL 11, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a bright orange with a champagne-bubble white head that fizzes away quickly to a thin wispy edge head. Aroma is wild yeast upfront with sour blueberries muted in the background. Flavor is blueberries upfront this time, and is overall deliciously sour. World class balance of so many flavors here. Carbonation is high, almost distracting from the flavor. Crackling finish as the bubbles die away. Delicious. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord Tasting).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1715) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Ed. Batch E!032. Moderately clear, golden-amber body with a white head that crackles down to a chunky collar in moments. Aroma is filled with lots of lacto, lemony sourness, vinous white grapes, mild oak, & a touch of acetic acid. Not much blueberry left at this point, but still a very sour, fruity,& poignent aroma. Taste is very, very sour. Once again, blueberry is very faint; there’s much more lemon & yogurty sourness, lactic acid, mild white grape, & touch of damp hay, likely from the Brett. Lemon Warhead puckering quality, insanely dry finish... Basically like a more sour & slightly more fruity version of Brute at this point (a.k.a., still damn awesome). Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3138) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Traded 2010 bottle, batch E!021, enjoyed on our last night at 910 after dealing with Dr Sam. Cloudy blood orange color with an active, bubbly white head. Light aroma of tart fruit. Good sour flavor but I’d be hard pressed to tell you it was blueberries except maybe a faint hint in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2592) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Dave. Thanks man!! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Big funky, urine, lactic, lemony, floral, honey, vanilla, and lactic aroma. Taste is big sour raspberries, blueberries, sweet vanilla, lactose, bright fruit peel, semi-salty, and horse blanket with a big sour finish. Slick mouthfeel with high carbonation. Really nice fruited sour. Thanks again Dave!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (994) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
At Stephens House with Stephen, Aaron, and Dave. Pours cool looking neon orange with very small head. Aroma is tart apricote, orange gummy candy. Mouthfeel is fizzy and bright Taste is tangy orange, apricot, tangerine, clueberry. Very Tart.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2531) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Another one that has been on the list for years. Thank you HMOG 2014. Fruity nice aroma with the blueberries in there well. Dry extra sour texture. Tart and fruity flavors again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (1732) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
HMOG 2014. Awesome nose on this one. Big blueberries, a bit of funk. Taste was quite tart blueberries galore, brett, barely sweet. Super.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (950) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Pours murky amber with low was and lively carb, aroma is light dusty sour, taste is bright sour blueberry with angry bubbles, great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1499) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Batch E!032 A: Pours a strawberry pink ale. Excellent clarity. Light pink foam cap of a single finger falls to a sheet of the same. No lacing. very pretty beer. S: Initially, there wasn’t much in the nose here. Took a few minutes before the farm, funk, vinegar, blueberries all came through. T: Tart! Wowza! Very nice. Lots of blueberry. Oh yeah, and oak, tart, brett, blah blah. The sour blueberries hooked this up! M: Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Dries the palate. O: Fuck yeah! Delicious beer. I wish I hadn’t traded three of the six I had this year. Serving type: bottle 04-25-2011

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (2051) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
A: Mildly Hazy Golden Straw/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing S: Brett Funk, Wine, Bitter Blueberry T: Brett, Bitter Blueberry, Wine M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Bitter, Funky Overall, Brett Blueberry Sour Ale...done.


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