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

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Brown, spiked with Brettanomyces Lambicus and aged 1 year in a 3rd use Tennessee Whiskey Barrel. Finished with hand-crushed wild grapes from the woods next to Ithaca’s loading dock

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3.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2008
(BCTC, draft) Small beige head atop dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, Brett/cherry, some wood. Taste is medium sweey, wood/cherry/Brett, wood in finish. Light-medium body, some effervescence.

3.3
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2008
(Draught) Pours a hazy dark red body with a small beige head. Aroma of leather, sour fruit, light whiskey, and some roasted malt. Flavor of sour cherry, citrus, grapes, and light funkiness with a dry finish.

3.6
3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Dark brown and clear, with an off-white/tan head. Nose contains some light smoke, more prominent tart bready crackers, some acidic medicinal notes… flavor has a medium sourness, some light to moderate acidity, somewhat puckery, very vibrant, with licorice, bran and cereal grains playing around with some dark fruit.

3.7
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Labeled as "Ithaca Vitus," draft @ BCTC. Pours dark brown with crimson red edges and some tan lace. Nose of dark and red fruits with a bit of tartness from the brett. Flavor is heavily oaked, more dark and red fruits, some mild tartness. A bit too woody for my liking, but still a very nice sour ale.

3.8
beastiefan2k (4007) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2008
BCTC’08 as Vitus. Pours a murky brown color with absolutely no clarity. Aroma is sweet, strong brown ale with plummy malts. And then a very nice subdued fruit sourness. Taste has light acidity with a nice sourness and Welcher’s grape juice (in a good way). I really liked this, I though the malts of the brown ale gave a nice back drop to a decent sourness. Then the earthy dark grapes added a very nice dimension to the beer.

3.3
LilBeerDoctor (3959) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Tap sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty brown with a bubbly head. Aroma of whiskey, predominantly, and slight roast and chocolate. Flavor is tart initially (a surprised based on the aroma) with a whiskey finish. The whiskey notes are still too dominant in this beer for a lot of the sour and grapey notes to come out. An ok beer, but I really don’t know why this was aged in whiskey-- it just ruins the beer.

3.8
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2008
BCTC. The Supplication to Brute’s Temptation, I say. This has an intense oak aroma with some nice underlying cherry. Grapey flavor with a calm sour is backed by a metric ton of oak. Mellow and lovely. This isn’t a smack you in the face sour, but it still works rather well. When these barrels have been used a few more times and lose most of their oak flavor this should really come together.

3.5
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Labeled as "Ithaca Vitus," draft @ BCTC. Pours a dark, pitty red-raspberry color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of dried dark fruits, cherries, and dust in the aroma; some fresh stemmy fruits and grassiness. Medium mouthfeel: light carbonation; dried cherries, light tartness; some dust and citrus notes; a touch stemmy and flabby in the mouth, though generous. Lengthy finish: tannic red fruits, ashy, and toasty malts; slight tartness.

4.1
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Dark brown pour. Distinct balsamic aroma. Lightly sour. Rich, yet the light acidity make it quite refreshing. Well balanced.

3.3
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Pros: Very nice dark ruby color. Aroma shows a lot of depth, chocolate, wood (bourbon, wine.)

Cons: Very mild flavor, not a lot of complexity or depth. Not a lot of fruit character. Really thin body.

A high quality beer, but it wouldn’t be one I’d collect.


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