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Ithaca Excelsior! Le Bleu

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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Hopper's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2011
750 ml brown bottle. A burnt orange beer with an almost pink hue and a fluffy head. The aroma is intensely sour and tart, fruity, berries( I can’t say I actually smell blueberries), and sweat. The taste is very sour, tangy, tart, and a lot of citrus. Almost like fresh squeeezed lemon juice which seems to make it very tangy. i thought I would taste blueberries but I cannot say I do. The hue of this beer is magnificient and really is a great sour.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steebo on February 13. The pour is a really cloudy and murky orange-ish pink color with a thin white head that fades quickly. The aroma is huge on the blueberries and a good funk. There is a lot of Brett here, and a hint of some floral aspects. The flavor is great. Nice sharp tart blueberries and a resounding sourness. It’s just great. The mouth feel is great as well. Light on the tongue, great carbonation dancing around, and a lingering sour blueberry aftertaste for days. Damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1183) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 24, 2015
750ml bottle pours hazy pale orange with violet tint and medium small head. Nose and palate have some subtle soft interwoven tart blueberry and plum, hints of fruit spice with subtle straw grain and touch of crust. Finishes medium tartness with good acidity level and some soft funky grain. Holding up pretty well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4530) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2015
750 ml bottle Batch number E!041, Bought this in a charity auction this past fall, finally opening it with friends. Spilt during Willrunforbeer’s blueberry sour comparison tasting. Sort of a dirty pink Amber color without much head in the snifter. Aroma is white wine, oak, full Bretty notes and very weak berry.

Flavor is spot on the aroma, the flavors are subtle and very integrated extremely well. The berries are here but an afterthought and complements the Brett. Nice level of carbonation that gives a tingle across the tongue. Very light lactic notes but no pucker in the taste buddies. Very nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1432) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2015
750mL shared by AirForceHops. Thanks, Chris! Bottled E41. Pours murky orange brown with an off white head. Aroma is floral, green apple, blueberries. Flavor is nice tart and lemony. A hint of blueberry skin in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6058) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle thanks to Hector. Pours a cloudy orange pink hue with small white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is blueberries,funk, lemon zest. Thin mouth with nice sour blueberry, lacto, nice puckering sour finish, really enjoyed this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1849) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle. Color is murky rose. Thin head. Aroma of funky berry. Taste is crisp bubbly tart blueberry

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"Man - takes the stinky cheese to a whole new level. Wonderful funky aroma, musty cheese and fresh berry, similar flavor that just lasts forever. Excellent brew."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4377) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Cloudy murky pour with reddish tint. Crackling off white head. Lots of berry in the nose and acidity with a light sweetness. Lots of acidity in the flavor, leaning acetic. Lots of berry flavor. Very acidic and dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (979) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Thanks to whoever brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours ruby red with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of tart funk up front with hints of light blueberry, citric fruits, dry yeast, and some earthy oak. The tartness is a bit overpowering and doesn’t allow all the other flavors to come thru as much as I would like.

T - Huge blast of tart funk up front giving way slowly to a mix of light blueberry, dry oak, and some strong acidic fruit. Plenty of pucker in the finish, lingering for quite awhile. I was really expecting the blueberry’s to be more prominent but they were a bit muted. Still a very enjoyable American wild.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp tart feel with plenty of pucker in the finish. Not too over the top but still quite tart.

D - Pretty good. I could definitely drink this one no problem but it really was very tart. It really didn’t tire the pallet like some of the others I have had, quite refreshing even.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (574) - - 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).


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