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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8914) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Thanks Anthony!! Pours a reddish pink with a light pinkish head. Sour aroma, with some cheese, wood, and some stone fruit. Flavor is sour and fruity and delicioius as fuck. Berries, light oak. Nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Foggy pink orange with some coating white foam. Nose is blueberry, lemon sugar cookies and mild funk. Medium body with a mild sparkle. Taste is lemon pith, yoghurt and lightly tart blueberry. Not much sweet or sour, more residual chewed skins, slightly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (2591) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Bottle, graciously opened by Eric, who dodged most of the spray while popping the cork. He even managed to saved any loss via gusher with a couple quick pours. Heroic, indeed. Kind of a fuzzy peach colored liquid with a large off-white head. Simple aroma of fruits and tart. Couldn’t really name blueberries if I didn’t already know. The taste is very dry, puckering, and lightly fruity. Faint oak. Bubbly. Really dry, but light bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours a pinkish/purple, very large head, slightly pink, the absolute loudest carbonation I have ever heard in a beer ! Aromas of subdued blueberry, yeast and citrus in the background, very slight touch of funk. Sour and slightly sweet notes, yeast, nicely subdued blueberry that doesn’t get cloying, champagne dry like finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
A: The pour is a mixture of light red, pink, and light purple with a very fluffy white head which quickly died down. S: There are quite a bit of citrus, lactic, and floral notes to the nose, but nothing which necessarily says "blueberry". There is some mild funkiness, but a decent amount of oak. T: The flavor was somewhat disappointing. While there was some berry flavor, it wasn’t necessarily something which I would pinpoint as blueberries. Like the nose, there is a slight Brett funk, but that and the sourness are not all that intense. M: There is a very high level of carbonation which some might say is too much. The beer is crisp and dry, which I very much enjoy. D: Certainly a drinkable beer, especially with the crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, but the flavors appear to fall short. It could be because we had Blabaer right before, but I was very underwhelmed by this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2010
2oz tasting at EBF
Aroma : Tart and a bit acidic. Blueberries. A bit barnyard
Taste : Acidic, tart, a bit mouth puckering. A bit barnyard and slightly lactic. Awesome fruity and tart finish.
Overall : This is some pretty awesome stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1499) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle shared by notch at SL. Cap and corked. Poured a nice pink color with a big head. Aroma of a tartness and fresh blueberries. Taste is fresh blueberries, strong tartness/sour but not over powering. Blended together very well. Texture was a little to much carbonation, lots of lively bubbles bouncing around. Overall a very enjoyable sour. Thanks notch

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3856) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. The smell is fruit juice, tart, fruits, funk, and slight acidic. The look is red pink in color with a fizzy white head. The taste is blueberry, tart, funk, and fruits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Poured a pinkish gold with a large white head. Very nice metallic and Bretty aroma. Dusty with a light tart fruit nose. Leather notes grew as the beer warmed up. The flavor was mildly tart and fruity with some citrus acidity. Short dry finish with a light body and very lively mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
2010-02-19. Pink gold body with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is modestly funky with subtle blueberry and fruit character. The funk grows as you delve deeper. 7+ Flavour is sour, very mild fruit, touch of blueberries that I might not have identified if I did not know what fruit it was. Light funk, interesting fruit character re-emerges in the aftertaste as the sourness subsides a bit. 7+ Average palate is pleasantly carbonated. Subtle and nuanced, it is pleasantly sour without being over the top. Very nice. Bottle shared by GregClow.


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