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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

768 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with vintage (aged) local hops, barley, wheat, corn, aged in oak with Brett and finished with three types of champagne yeast.

(Beer added by: albern on 06-22-2008)
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the Central PA crew for sending this in the Gang Bang BIF. This was one of the highlights of our tasting.

A: pours a hazy yellow, good lacing, decent retention of a thin dense white head

S: white grapes, dashes of vinegar, lactobacillus, and oak. Nose hints at a wonderfully sour experience on the palate...

T: very tart up front, slightly puckering, notes of fruit come through at the end, dry finish, very refreshing

MF: high carbonation, very refreshing mouthfeel, fits the beer well

O: this is a great Wild Ale. It features a acidic sour profile and a nice balance. This is a must try for any fan of sours/Wild Ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 06:16:47 | More by homebrew311
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Overlord

California

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JCB!

Pours a golden yellow, with maybe the faintest hint of orange. Huge white foam head that fills the glass and basically looks like a champagne head. Ridiculous foam on every pour. Nice to see some brewers still carbonate their beer!

Smell is a clean, tight horseblanket aroma with hints of lemon, vinegar, and a surprising wheat/citrus/tropical fruit (cantaloupe?) overtone.

The beer is as dry as the Sahara. You'll feel like having some water between your sips. No sweetness whatsoever to be found. Somewhat disappointingly, the complex nose doesn't carry through. This is a razor sharp, one-note flavor on display. Sour apple, pungent lemon, and a vinous note merge into a very harmonious, but also very focused, taste. Typically with a beer of this quality, I'll discover a different nuance throughout the tasting. Not this time. The beer basically "is what it is."

Love the mouthfeel. At first I thought "too many bubbles," but this brew needs it. It really has the feel and taste of a dry white wine gone musty-sour, in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 08:49:24 | More by Overlord
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale straw color with full, large bubbled white head. Decent retention and no lacing. Smell is a light blend of straw, white grape, sour apple and a tart sourness. Taste mimics smell but is a little more agressive and brings hints of oak. Body is medium but very spritzy due to the champage yeasts. Fantastic brew, while the flavors are not the most complex, this is one of the best overall blends of simple ingredients in a wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 16:24:18 | More by rfgetz
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes 2/25/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing this bottle! Very excited to try it.

A: Poured a pale amber with a slight cloudiness. Nice white head that grew up to two fingers in height but dissipated to a 1/2 finger layer of foam bubbles that lasted throughout.

S: Lots of tart fruit, extremely strong. There is some sour apple and a little bit of grapefruit, apricot, and peaches. Very inviting.

T: A very nice sour/tart flavor. Lots of fruit flavors - apples, grapefruit, apricots, and some peaches. There is a very nice grassy/earthy hop component that has a bit of lemony flavor as well.

M/D: Has a nice mouth puckering quality. Light to medium bodied with spot on carbonation. Extremely drinkable with an amazing flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 04:31:26 | More by mdaschaf
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prototypic

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle. You're generous dood and I appreciate it.

Batch E!OIO

Brute pours a light gold color. It's very clearly and is a very bright shade of gold with light behind it. Active carbonation yields a huge, fluffy white head. It's easily over three fingers tall. It was very slow to recede. Thick chunks of lace line the glass as it descends.

The nose kicks off with a very musky, earthy scent. It's a little barnyardish and funky, but not to an offensive degree. Frankly, it's probably moderate on the Brett intensity scale. That suits my preference nicely. It features some nice, light fruit notes. Lemon, apple, and pear are the most notable. There may be others present to a lesser extent. Yeast is subtle and light smelling. Alcohol is as good as absent. I'm not picking up any. This is a very nice smelling beer. The musky, earthy scents tend to overshadow some of its other fine notes. But, it's still very good. Just an observation.

The flavor really delivers in a special way. Everything comes together much better and creates an explosively delicious beer. Fruit flavors appear earlier. Lemon, apple, and pear are noted. They're a little sweet. They blend well with a distinct earthy, musky, and funky flavor. Again, the Brett impact is moderate and not overdone at all. Brute is exceptionally balanced in that respect. It's anchored down nicely with pale malts. Alcohol never really seems to be a factor. It's buried. I'm not getting any here either. It finishes musky, a little funky, and dry. I'm really impressed with the flavor. Ithaca did an excellent job.

Brute has a light body that graduates to light-medium with a little warming. It's nice and smooth. Active carbonation is slightly buzzy, but doesn't throw things too far off track. It has a good feel that's close to the next highest score. Drinkability is very high. It has an excellent flavor that keeps drawing you back. This 750 is going disappearing far too fast. At 7%, it's not too intimidating. I wish I had more.

Ithaca certainly deserves outstanding marks for Brute. It's a very nice addition to the Excelsior Series. It may well be the best of the bunch. The flavor is nothing short of delicious. Its balance is its strongest asset. The nose doesn't display quite how good it really is, but that's nitpicking. Brute is an excellent beer that should be sought out. Highly recommended. Thanks a ton, Chris.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 03:36:11 | More by prototypic
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nickd717

California

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to Ineedabeerhere. Shared at a BA tasting.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a lasting white head and nice lacing.

S - Funky lemony aroma with a hint of other sour light fruits.

T - Flavor is mouth-puckering lemony, bretty tartness - not too sour though - with barnyard, green apple, and mild floral hops. A tiny bit of malty/grainy sweetness pokes through.

M - Sharp and acidic on the palate with medium body.

D - Well, it's sour. But it's almost like RR Temptation in that the tartness is not overwhelming and it's pretty damn light and refreshing. This is a nice sour overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 18:30:59 | More by nickd717
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to Beerwolf77 yet again! Been wanting to try this for some time now.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color that produced a great white head with solid retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Just beautiful. A lightly tart and sour profile with some mild sweet grapes. Lightly woody with a nice brett aspect that does not overpower the rest of the aroma. A beautiful harmonious sour fruit and funk. A nice crispness too.

(T)- Again, just beautiful. Pretty much spot on with the smell. A great brett profile that meshes well with the sour grape flavors. I swear this almost has a grape bubblegum (thanks Todd :p ) thing going on in this at the end; like a creamy yet sweet grape flavor that I really like.

(M)- A really high carbonation level; almost too high actually. Very champagne like for sure. A great balance though. Not overly sour or funky; just a great feel to it that is easy to enjoy each nuance as it comes. In no way overpowering; maybe just tone down the carbonation level just a bit.

(D)- A very engaging wild. A joy to drink and enjoy. Bright, fresh, and a good crispness. This really would be just about perfect for the style; just with a tad less carbonation in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 17:46:49 | More by sweemzander
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Patrick (Jctribe25) for providing this in trade earlier this year.

The beer is a beautiful bright gold/brass color with excellent clarity and some sparse carbonation. The light fluffy white head form and then vanishes immediately. No signs of lacing anywhere.

Aroma is bright, tart and of white grapes and green apples. Lots of earthy notes and a whiff of dirt.

Flavor is very nice. Light tartness initially greets you, then gives way to some fresh fruits.. Green Apples and some white wine notes. The earthy aroma make their presence known in the finish. You pick up some minerals here along with the earth flavors. Lots to contemplate here.

Body is very light and is certainly reminiscent of champagne. Carbonation is just a prickle on your tongue.

Really a nice beer and one I am glad to have had the chance to try.

Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 22:09:00 | More by Reagan1984
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared generously by Chico, been pretty excited to try this for a long time. Batch E!027, 2010?

A- Hazy golden yellow with a beastly white head. Brutally foamy with huge retention. Some suds but not a lot of lace.

S- Sour grape notes blast into my nostrils with a big vinegar/acetic presence. General apple, light fruit, wine Flanders feel.

T- Sour light fruit is up front (grape, lemon). Oak and vinegar round it out with just a bit of sweetness. Straw, funky barnyard and grape vine stand out as well.

MF- Creamy light body with cheek-puckering sour. Love the oily vinegar feel.

DB- Pretty sour and it reminds me sort of a mix of RR Temptation and Monk's Cafe somehow. Interesting and certainly worth trying if you have a chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 15:50:29 | More by cbutova
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Huzuhbendah for having this one at his house for a really cool tasting. Matt for President!

A: Clear, and sort of an orange-brown (in that order) color, and with a few bubbles collecting in the corner posing as a head.

S: Sort of a sour, brown sugar-esque quality, that was quite organic and gourmet in nature. Nothing fake about this one!

T: On the taste, the sourness overpowers the brown sugar a bit, but not by much. This was not a sour bomb in any way, shape, or form and I did not sense my jaw starting to lock even once.

M: The carbonation was low, which I quite expected, and the lacing was virtually nill. I didn't get anything that remotely resemble a vinegary linger and my palate stayed quite please throughout the siphoning of my share. I highly recommend this one! ISO:???

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 00:19:59 | More by Chaney
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harrymel

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch E!037

A: pours a turbid apricot ale with three fingers of bone whIte foam. This falls in a few mOments to a solid sheet of the same. Ringed and spotty lacing.

S: lots of lemon and Brett tones. Some sour peach. Pretty and simple.

T: not nearly as tart as the nose lets on. Sweet and grainy. Some subtle appearances of hay, grass and mineral flavors.

M: medium on heavy for the style. Slightly lo carb. Semi dry finish.

O: good stuff. Not too tart and offers up a refreshing profile. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 06:48:33 | More by harrymel
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by Sammy, 2011 vintage - batch E!037. Into a tulip.

Hazy gold with a brilliant bubbly white head. Good retention and light lacing. Nose of tart apple, champagne yeast, a bit of sourness, lemon, a bit of funk and general fruitiness. Tastes quite tart, some lemon, a bit funky and yeast notes again. Effervescent mouthfeel, champagne yeast stands out. Tart, medium body, and no alcohol. A very drinkable brut, but not the best I've had in the style. Still very well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 01:39:03 | More by liamt07
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Foil + cap + cork ensures no one will open this beer accidentally. Runaway, bulbous white head. Hazy golden straw color. Great retention.

Smells slap your grandma sour: Lemon Heads candy, sweaty penny, and tortilla chip aroma. Doesn't taste as sour as it smells. Lemon meringue (suggestive?) and corn notes.

A lot of times when I sample beers on the top 100 it's evident why it's there even if I don't like said beer. I'm at a loss with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 19:14:55 | More by donkeyrunner
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claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of fastpass17.

Pours a light golden yellow with crazy amounts of foam and carbonation here. Would have thought is was champagne if I didn't know any better.

Aromas are quite vinous as well. White grapes, tart green apples. In the background there is a little mustiness and light citrus fruits.

Tastes begin with a lot of tart green apples and apple skin. Slightly earthy and musty from the Brett and also maybe the wheat malt. I also get some more white wine vinous notes and lemon rind in the sweet yet dry finish.

The mouthfeel is light and dry and crisp on the palate, just like a champagne. Plenty of carbonation in this brew, makes it kind of hard to drink which is my only major issue with this beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. While it is not my favorite style it was still quite enjoyable. It's one of those beers that drinks so dry/tart that it makes you sip more and the process is repeated, which I find dangerous because the glass is empty before you know it, such is life.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 11:35:46 | More by claspada
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a lovely, gold-labeled bottle, (batch E!018) this beer was a murky, golden hue with a thin white head. The collar was quite thin and the lacing in spots. The aroma was what I will describe as "fun", candy-like sweetness, fruity yeast, lemon and green apples similar to a jolly rancher candy. The flavors were tart and appropriate for the style with out being puckering. Though dominated by citrus notes, grapefruit and orange zest, there were hints of crystal malt in the background along with some wood. Tart, tart, tart but refreshing. The acidity was very high which made sense given the flavors but definitely took away from its drinkability. The mouthfeel was ok but slick no doubt due to the varieties of citrus-inducing hops, the body medium and the carbonation the same.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 23:18:48 | More by thekevlarkid
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A – It pours a peachy-orange-gold with a good bit of foam and some spotty lace. It is clear for the first glass you pour. Cloudy thereafter. The more cloudy, the better it tastes, in my opinion.

S – By smell alone, this beer is certainly all its cracked up to be. The aroma presents a perfectly executed tartness, with tons of Champagne character, a gang of funk, fruity impressions including pear, apricot, peach, apple, lemon and cherry, as well as a distinct white oak character.

T – The flavor of this brew is outstanding and the balance is sublime; it is so perfectly potent and funky. Sour pear and white peach impressions are immediately apparent, but the fruitiness is myriad. The acidic-vinegar element is perfectly balanced and punctuated by the Champagne yeast. Everything about these flavors is big, bold, tart, and exceptionally potent, and then suddenly there is an amazing totally clean finish.

M – The mouthfeel is the best ever, it is so fully flavorful and brilliantly effervescent and then it just finishes totally and completely, leaving nothing but a clean mouth-watering sensation. Like magic.

D – Far beyond superlatives…

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 13:34:16 | More by ktrillionaire
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rye726

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with rhinos00 and ratman197.

Pours a hazy straw with a fizzy white head. Settles to a thin cover with subtle lacing.

Fantastic nose of horse blanket, damp soil, manure, oak, tart citrus, candy malts, subtle floral hops and white wine.

Taste is also quite complex and maintains perfect balance. Funky barnyard yeast presence over lemon, grapefruit, fruity malts, oak and quiet hops.

Crisp body is delicately carbonated. Could enjoy this beauty anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 23:27:05 | More by rye726
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mcallister

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pissy golden elixir with an exploding hand head of white light and fluffy with moderate retetntion leaving slight lacing in its wake.

Sensational nose. Tart fruits, peach, apricot, berry, funky woodsy tones, very yeasty and effervescent. Apple, pear, and other goodness. Complex nice and exciting.

Richly complex with great balance of brett. Leaving a stringy tart fruit filled endeavor traveling over the length of the pallate. Nice acidity and carbonation. Oak shows nicely on the lengthy finish. Very refreshing with layer upons layer of succulent fruit slightly sweet. So tasty and delicious. Peach, pear, apple, berry, apricot and more.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 22:11:48 | More by mcallister
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Stone Tulip.
Batch E!010

A - Pours gold with lots of bubbles rising to the top. A huge frothy white head that I almost pour out of the glass. Not a whole lot of lacing, but the head continue to stick around for quite some time. The looks of this wild ale are all very champagne-esk.

S - Sour/tart notes right from the start followed by some sweet fruity notes such pineapple, kiwi, and mango. A little more sweet on the nose then sour, which I like for something different. This one doesn't punch you in the face with the sour/tart, but instead, invites you in with the sweet fruity notes.

T - Here's where the sour/tart notes take over and the fruit takes a back seat. I would say a medium amount of lip-puckering on this one. This one doesn't turn my lips inside out like some wilds.

M - Light bodied, clean and refreshing, smooth/dry finish. The bubbles continue to fizz inside my mouth upon every sip, good carbonation.

D - Not super sour, so it's easier to drink then other wilds. A very good wild by Ithaca, gotta get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 03:46:56 | More by Sean9689
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Arbitrator

California

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Batch #E!018 on the bottle. Received in a trade from JayOh. Thanks Tim!

A: Pours an extremely murky straw color (with the milky look of an unfiltered hefeweizen) that thickens to golden in the center of the glass. Active effervescence up the sides signals that this beer is lively, but I already picked up on that from the huge, fluffy off-white head that filled most of the glass in a short pour. It subsided in a minute or so into a film on top of the brew. No lacing that sticks, but it does coat the glass nicely in bubbles whenever I sip.

S: Tart, with white wine grapes, green apples, lemon, leather, and earth. Very tantalizing.

T: Tart white grapes and lemon set the tone up front. They gradually give way to oak and green apple, with a noticeable undercurrent of leather and sweat. I'm guessing this is the brett contribution; not as much barnyard funk as I was expecting. Interesting development. Lactic sourness throughout, but it plays second fiddle to the tartness -- I'd love to see this stepped up. It's not very acetic, either. Oak and spice in the finish. It's nicely balanced; no flaws, very tasty.

M: Tart, lighly sour, with a semi-dry finish. Despite the fine bubbles, it rolls pleasantly across the palate without stinging. The overall effect is of a light white wine.

D: Not as much sourness as I had hoped, but it captures the right level of tartness and dryness that I enjoy. I don't plan to seek this out actively in the future, given that I can find some local sours that fit my preferences better. Nonetheless, I wouldn't turn it down in a future trade if I heard they made some tweaks while going along.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 01:51:49 | More by Arbitrator
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL Bottled 2010, batch E!027
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a ridiculous three finger of foamy, rocky white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving chunky sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is s-o-u-r. Nice sour notes, apricot, funky, and lemon zest.

T: Taste starts rather a bit more mellow than the nose would indicate. Light sour fruit notes - apricot and peach come through. A bit of light hay comes in and mild corn. Finish is lemon, grapefruit zest funk that hit the top of your mouth and hang a bit. Peach notes hit in the aftertaste too.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, very dry body but then has a bit sticky finish.

O: Goes down easily, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick and a great representation of style. This isn't the blow your hair back sour Wile ale. It's a well crafted, complex beer that is rather fruity with a nice sour funk that really balances the beer and enhances the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 23:53:02 | More by Jayli
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to bankhead for this longtime want, particularly from a style I'm still warming up to.

Appearance: Proteus93's pour is clear, crisp, and golden, while mine is of course hazy, orangey-yellow, capped by a good two fingers of slightly dull white head that fizzes and fades relatively quickly but nonetheless leaves a good ring of bubbly spongy lacing and a few smatterings of surface dusting. There may very well be carbonation in this brew, but the haziness does a fair job of denying me that.

Aroma: Faint, quenching, tart vinegar qualities, but a slew of complexities as well. Only a faint amount of cheesy funk, really, that comes across as faintly sweaty, faintly cheesy, farmhouse-y, and largely tart. The remainder of this brew is citrusy - orangey, largely lemony - slightly malty - in a golden, malty, sweet, soft sort of way - with none of those unpleasant medicinal smells and tons of those pleasant fruity, slightly spicy ones.

Taste: Ohhh damn. Quenching tartness, dry malts, tons of citrus, a fair amount of funk ... just an amazingly complex and balanced brew. Ohhh my god I just cleansed my palette and it just hit me all over again. This one's hugely tart, wonderfully complex, sweet, simple, and well-rounded. Lemon notes add a palette-quenching aspect to this one that augments the orange notes and faintly topical notes. Oy.

Mouthfeel: Hugely effervescent carbonation, with smooth, crisp, and terribly soft effervescence filling up a moderately smooth body that I would imagine would be sticky, thick, and syrupy if it weren't so dry and quenching.

Drinkability: Flavorful, complex, enjoyable, yet ... approachable. This reminds me a lot of Isabelle Proximus, actually - tart, complex, soft, smooth, flavorful. It's truly an amazingly well-made beer, not overly tart or overly funky or overly sour. It's just terribly balanced and terribly drinkable, and - at 6.5% - was a sober up beer for me at this period of the tasting. Not anything wrong with this one, actually, and I'm truly looking forward to batch 2 of this fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 02:56:32 | More by CrellMoset
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared by beandip with starrdogg. Batch !018

Beer 4 in our tasting, following DDG, Blabaer and Flaming Fury sets a high bar for this beer and provided some nice perspective on it. Tasting this after a break with a clean palate, Brute stand out as an exceptional American Wild. While not comparing apples to apples, side by side with the others Brute was clearly a level or two beneath them, though still enjoyable.

Pours a hazy golden honey color with a dense, fluffy white head. Moderate retention with abundant rings of lacing. Aroma is a dominated by champagne yeast, bread, lemon, grass, apple; pleasantly sour and tart. Sour and effervescent up front and throughout the beer. Nowhere near as complex or nuanced as DDG; almost balanced and smooth to a fault. Not as much funk as expected either. Extremely high, prickly carbonation as expected producing a light, fluffy full bodied mouthfeel. Better than most, but lacking the complexity to make this exceptional

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 17:48:52 | More by yourefragile
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

250TH REVIEW

750mL bottle poured into wine glass - batch E!027

Pours a slightly hazed apricot yellow with some darker orange tones. A frothy white head bubbles up quickly, then slowly retreats into some well retained film creating a collar around the glass.

Plenty of tart sourness in the nose with lemon, citrus zest, green apple peel and a touch of grain.

A blast of fruit tartness up front with pears and green apples. Citric qualities add to the overall sour profile, which is actually less puckering than the nose suggests. The beer avoids becoming lactic or acidic with some soft sweetness driven by apricot and pear. Dry sourness rides through towards the finish with bubbly warmth.

Medium body, full bubbly carbonation. Very dry around the edges and lingers on the palate similar. I've had sours before that reminded me of champagne, but Brute really put the yeast to work with some amazing results. The alcohol is smoothed out, and the slightly milder sourness makes this incredibly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:04:22 | More by xnicknj
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popery

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 1/31/11. Good sour. Pours golden and cloudy. Very little head. Just a few stray bubbles. Very lemony and vinous. Peaches, apricots and berries show up as well. Quite tart. A complex fruity sour flavor. Very enjoyable. Feel is lively and the beer is light on the palate. Some brett and funk, but it’s background to the tart fruit flavors. Quite dry. Should age well.

Serving type: bottle

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