Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Co.
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Ithaca, New York USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 389   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Shared with friends, Hazy gold hue shines in the glass capped by a silkey white foam head with good retention. Nice funky aroma, lemon zest, perhaps apple too. Mild and enjoyable tartiness balance slight biscuit. All sorts of fruit enhance the taste. Smooth and bubbling mouth. Quite an enjoyable concoction. Rated via BeerBuddy

Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jul 2009.

I received 2 bottles in trade thanks to NutBrown and joe1510. Thanks Alan and Joe!

Served near room temp, maybe I should have chilled it down a bit as I lost an ounce or 2 when I popped the cork.

A hazy straw colour with a huge head of foam, it does settle down fairly quickly leaving some nice lacing.

One whiff and the influence of the Brett is right there with plenty of notes of wheat and some lemon citrus sourness to back it up. A very nice and inviting nose.

The taste starts off wonderfully sour and that has my complete attention. Smack. Yum. On to the light wheat and light lemon zest bitterness to go with the sour and a light dash of an oaky flavour. If you really want to taste how sour this is, try swishing the beer in your mouth. Oh my!

Medium mouthfeel, this is one highly carbonated brew but it works perfectly for me. And....head retention is superb.

Drinkability? I'll have to say....I could drink this all day long! Incredible drinkability because it tastes so damn good and the alcohol is just a number(label says it is 7%abv) and doesn't come into play at all.

Bottom line: I loves me a good American Wild Ale or Sour Ale. Brute is *crazy* good and anyone who appreciates the style must seek this one out. 'nuff said.

Thanks again, Alan and Joe for the opportunity!
Btw, I still have one of the bottles.

Palme (4832) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2017
Shared 0.75l corked bottle from 2009 #E018 @ NYC flat. This one has a surprisingly near clear looking soft blurry golden colored body with a huge white head. Smells lovely with a acidic nose. Loaded with citrus and sour gooseberries. It’s average on the carbonation and nice and oily in the mouth. Tastes really acidic and lemonic. Lots of tartness. Woody and oaky. Amazingly flavorful! A gem! Wish I had more time enjoying this. 19.06.2015

bytemesis (9349) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle - E027. Pours cloudy orange, small off-white head, a bit fizzy, some lacing. Aroma is oaky, very oaky, lemon, light Brett and basement funk. Flavor has some sweetness at the start, then light plus tart, medium funk with a rich Brett character, basement and musty leaves, very oaky, hints of lemon. Light plus body with a really fine champagnelike carbonation. Very good.

barn0216 (551) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Hazy golden yellow, nice head. Fruity yeast aroma. Similar flavor, bit of bread, but mostly fruity. Alright.

koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steebo on February 13. Not sure what batch it is from my notes. The pour is a golden copper with a nice big white head that leaves some awesome lace down the glass. The aroma is heavy on citrus, with a little surprise hoppiness before the funkiness takes it to the end. The Brett is real strong on the back end. There is a little wine-yness on the back also. The flavor is definitely sour. Lots of lemon. There is a hint of Belgian yeast and a wine and Brett funky sour ending. It’s pretty awkward, to me anyway. The mouth feel is really thin and extremely carbonated. There is a lot of fizziness that I’m not feeling here. The aftertaste is lingeringly sour with a combination of bready-ness and light wine. It’s not awful, but there are a lot more sours I’d rather enjoy.

djd07 (15704) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle during RBWG Lobby Share. Pours a cloudy orange with small white head. The aroma is floral, brett, and oak. Medium mouth with nice funk, tart, lingering dryness, very nice.

alexsdad06 (10983) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
750 ml bottle sampled many times from backlog notes. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have tart/sour lemon and grapefruit citrus, acidic, Brett, some vinegar notes, apples, some tropical fruit, funk, oak, provides enough sour character while still being very drinkable.

jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2015
750ml bottle (E!027) in a tulip. Pours hazy golden / amber with a big, lacy, white head. Aroma of citrus and light tartness and fruits from the yeast, some light malts, hints of grains, some wine and oak, light Brett funkiness, and some light hop notes. Flavor the same with a great blend of the light tartness and the citrus and fruit notes from the yeast/bacteria. Smooth, lighter texture that a lot of good sours have. A really great beer.

Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 year vertical, thanks to Dice for bringing these to a recent tasting.
E010: Murky gold, white head, tons of carb but only a ring of bubbles. Aroma brings apricot. Musty. Funk, blanket. Medium body: slick texture. Tart, champagne-like. This is great. 8/3/8/4/16.

E018: same color, no head. Less tart, a little more fruit, some cereal. 8/3/8/4/15.

E027: 8/3/8/4/15.

E037: slightly darker. More head. Lots of bubbles. Aroma: less appealing. Fruitier, maybe even some vegetal notes? Still tart. When I go back to the older version, I get some more aged Gouda/cheese (maybe because I’m also eating cheese?). 7/3/7/4/14.

tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle: Had batches E!018, E!027, & E!037. Rating based on first sample of E!037. Thanks to Jeff. Gold, orange, & copper all huddled around a cloudy pour; fussy, thick-bubbled & volatile white head. Quick to recede, not leaving much behind. Aroma of musty lemon, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, cherry skin tartness, sour lacto, dry oak staves, damp hay-like Brett, & very faint, white wine twinge. Flavor is full of sourness; tart lemon flesh, tart pears, & other sour stone fruits; under-ripe & lightly acidic in nature. Puckering lactic acid near the back-end with hints of vinegar, dry & vinous wood, white grapes, & a kiss of tannin. Hints of Belgian yeast here & there, a touch of breadiness. Great American wild ale.

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