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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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768 Ratings
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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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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Corey. Pours cloudy gold with a large, but fizzy white head. Smell of huge Brett character, with lots of must and horseblanket. Definite lactic tartness, with heavy oak. Fruity sweetness in the back. Tastes quite sour, with heavy lactic acid over Brett character, followed by plenty of wood and earthiness. Slight mineral notes. Lots of citrus and some other fruit. Very dry finish. The light body with high carbonation works well here. Very impressive sour from Ithaca that surpassed my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 00:31:12 | More by philipquarles
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DaggerEyes

New York

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours beautifuly. Super fine champagne like carbonation a fizzy head that doesn't stick around too long. Hazy golden straw color with a thin white collar.

Funky vineous nose. Vinegar. Grapefruit, cideresque, a bit of lemon

crisp refreshing taste very much in line with what one would expect from the nose. Also some sour green apple and perhaps a bit of melon?

Medium thin mouthfeel. Fine bubbled carbonation. Dry finish.

Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 02:45:26 | More by DaggerEyes
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khiasmus

South Carolina

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

Chose after the fact to review this for my 400th, as it is worthy of any milestone out there. Reviewed from notes.

The trees are all still on one of those hazy mornings as the sun shines through the thick cloud cover. Everything washed in a dim yellow haze, a massive puff of white cloud blocks out the sun and lingers around all morning, breaking off small pieces to leave behind as it drifts away.
The aroma of rich and complex sour, perhaps as a farm in spring-time, some fresh lemons, a bit of funk wafting up from the barn, freshly tilled earth with grass tilled under, a pasture, white grapes weighing down the trees. It may not be possible for a sour to have a better nose, at least on the fresh and inviting side of things, rather than the cavey-dank that some may have.
The flavours are also reminiscent of a fresh breeze coming up from a pasture, sunshine on a hilltop as the trees and tall grass dance upwards toward the sky. A light lemon-sour-citrus, faint honey-sweet in the back with white-bread malt. Lemon-sour, brett-sour, apple-sour, all perfectly blended.
Massive fluffy carbonation dances on the tongue and fills the mouth, as it were, with prickly cotton. A tart finish leaves a lingering dryness and astringency, makes one want more.
I am blessed to have time to look at the weather and ponder, and blessed to have such an exquisite creation to have enjoyed. Seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 14:30:08 | More by khiasmus
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes:

E!010 on the bottle.

Golden, lemonade-like pour. Pretty nice head, with good retention and some great lacing.

Tart, sour aroma and flavor. Lemon zest and white grape. The flavor is outstanding. It's pretty tart, but not overwhelming at any point. No sharpness, not vinegar-y. Fantastic.

Good lively carbonation, airy and light, as you'd expect from the blend of Champagne yeasts. Super easy drinker for a sour.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 04:26:42 | More by Gyle41386
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vrazionale

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy straw-colored body with a fluffy, thick head with very good retention.

S - Wow. An absolutely wonderful nose. Apples, basement funk, lemon, wet wood, floral notes, orange, horse blanket. A practically perfect integration of bright fruit and dark funk flavors.

T - Deliciously tart. Has a flavor profile vaguely similar to a funky apple cider, only with much more lemon and floral flavors. The finish is long - I'm still tasting the subtle fruity, funky finish for minutes after each sip.

M - Crisp, with a very well-crafted body. The use of barley, wheat, and corn sounds daunting, but the brewers did a spot-on job of blending the malts to create the perfect background for the brett yeast to do it's thing. The Champagne yeasts certainly give this brew it's fair share of effervescence.

D - It's hard to put a beer this good into words. Certainly one of the best sours I've yet come across, and I think that it will be difficult to do much better than this. I'd drink this with cheese (a citrusy fresh goat's milk cheese, a young Comte, or the always-delicious Tomme Crayeuse) or a big plate of fresh oysters. I could have easily given this brew a "5" in any of the above categories - but I couldn't choose. You owe it to yourself to get your hands on this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 02:43:27 | More by vrazionale
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Naugled

New York

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in chalis

Great looker! hazy straw color, nice light white head that dies to a thin layer but is persistent. Visually carbonated.

Strong tart sour smell in a good way, makes your mouth water

More tart and sour than expected, makes you pucker at first taste, but then your mouth relaxes. Citrus and spice notes come through the complexity

It is a very dry spritzy beer but the spritz is a soft feeling with some slipperiness. And the low bitter and sour tend to linger.

Over all a very good beer. I plan to purchase another bottle for saving.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 18:13:04 | More by Naugled
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csmiley

Ohio

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

Batch E!010

A - Pours a light golden color. The white head tops out at just over one inch. It's slow to recede given the excessive amount of active carbonation present after the pour. Hefty amounts of lace stay on the glass. Overall, it has a nice refreshing look to it.

S - Aroma is lighter than expected. Good but definitely on the light side. Some sour fruit notes jump out of the glass first - lemon really stands out. Wood shows up quickly behind the fruit. The wood acts as a very nice compliment to the initial tartness. Alcohol is barely noticeable in the smell. Sweeter toward the end with some honey.

T - Sour fruit just dominates this brew right from the start. Let's see...lemon, pineapple, and lime. The "wild" is very prominent in the flavor. The wood starts to take on a musty character midway. Some white grape comes and goes throughout the brew. Very champagne like in the flavor. Alcohol just can't overcome the other flavors and stays completely masked. The very end has a light sweet note. Flavor is surprisingly good.

M - Medium bodied with a very active carbonation. Finish is tart and extremely dry. It hangs around the palate for a while.

D - Drinkability is very good for the Brute. Initially the champagne qualities are tough to get past but after a few sips it starts to come together nicely. This is a very flavorful brew with some nice complex layers. It really seems to have it all - sweet, sour, and tart, all wrapped up in a nice earthy / oak package. I would happily have this beer again if given the chance. Congratulations to Ithaca Beer Company for a well put together brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 01:54:27 | More by csmiley
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!010. Poured into two tulips and shared with the lady.

A: Bright, rich golden colored body with fantastic hazing. Large fluffy white head which slowly recedes to a nice coating with no patches. Good spotty, fluffy lacing.

S: Soft green apples, lemon, orange, funk. Overall slightly tart and sour.

T: Amped up explosion of sour green apples and tart citric fruits. Light funk in the background. Absolutely divine flavor profile. Everything is silky smooth and loaded with delicate complexity.

M: Tart and sour with a nice light-medium body. Clean, crisp and refreshing finish. Somewhat sweet in the middle.

D: A super sour. Not sure what I could have done with the whole bottle to my self, but this is a nice light sour. Reminds me very much of temptation crossed with fantome saison. Get one.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:08:51 | More by callmemickey
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infestaxion

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch E!010

A - Very hazy golden blonde with a fluffy white head that hangs around forever.

S - Very sour and funky. Lightly fruity. Kiwi maybe? Very nice. I wish they made candles that smelled like this.

T - Nice and tart. Very good sourness to it. That fruit smell is there in the background but very subdued. The funk is also not as noticeable in the taste as the smell. Very, very good.

M - It is very tingly. I love it.

D - I'm going to try very hard not to take down this whole 750 in the next 15 minutes.

In my opinion, this is easily one of the best American Wild Ales around. Happy birthday to me indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 05:46:32 | More by infestaxion
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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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Proteus93

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Bankhead.... this is an Ithaca beer in particular that I have wanted to check out for some time, and I'm glad to have finally had a chance to look into it.

A: Blonde, yet nothing but shadows appear through... it is so murky, the light works to make it through. Totally unfiltered, there is just no clarity here.

S: There's a tart fruitiness, but nothing that stands out in particular - mostly the peels of fairly fresh fruit - pear, apple, and even a little dash of peach. Wood aging doesn't appear to really add a whole lot of aroma

T: It's not often that I come across a sour that is quite so savoury. Mostly a sour apple, without being such a simplistic flavour. There is a soft taste of 'funk' in there, but not a whole lot of farmhouse flavours. Lemon, without being hugely citrus. It's a soft, complex beer. It is mouth watering and wonderful.

M + D: I am astounded by how well this beer has held up with age, how well it has been brewed, how pleasant it feels in general. There's s wonderfully pleasing dryness that takes a moment to make itself noticed - slightly delayed, yet appropriate. It's a highly accessible sour that I feel could be appealing to those who struggle with the style... even a potentially appropriate 'gateway,' yet it is brewed in such a way that the fans of 'more assertive' beers would be pleased. This is an excellent beer, one that I am pleased to have had the opportunity to have tried... I regret missing out on getting it earlier!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 02:35:59 | More by Proteus93
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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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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Thanks to Solmon420 for sharing this with the wife and I.

Poured a nice golden color with a nice white head. Nose is sour with lots of fruit and tartness going on. I picked up on lemon, wood, green apples. Taste is very smooth and the ABV was well hidden on this. Big tartness up front with highlights of orange, lemon, wood, apples. Very tasty and very drinkabke. The wife loved it too. Winner all the way and its so smooth I could finish the damn thing myself.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 01:16:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch E!010

Opens with a subtle pop.

Poured into thin stemmed wine glass.

Pours a huge fizzy white head that settles very quick. No lace. Color is an appealing orange mango. I can't see through this one.

Aroma: This is a sour one. Very tart. Brett and oak chips are fairly present. The brett creates a nice farmhouse funk to it. It also has some very sour fruits in the background and a citrus aroma.

Taste: Big oak flavor, brett funk, citrus. Very, very tart almost too tart. I like it, but it puckers the much so much. A nice wild, but there are better.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly sour and tart. Kind of funky. Light bodied with a very high amount of carbonation. Ends with a sour oak clean aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is just a little too sour for me. It is drinking very slow for me. I couldn't drink an entire bottle, but one glass is a nice sipper. However, it is decently tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 20:49:58 | More by mothman
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is outstanding. It has a very beautiful golden color and very cloudy. A small white head forms but quickly fizzes away and diminishes completely, leaving a white ring around the glass.

It smells like champagne with a hint of lemon, hops, and oak in the background. When tasting there is a burst of carbonation followed by a strong tartness that quickly lifts off the palate. A slight bitter hops and a funk taste is left as it goes down. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth.

This beer is good because it has so many layers to it when you taste it and they all come in one at a time. It's an amazing feeling.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 23:12:30 | More by BearsOnAcid
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got a crazy-good beer on my hands here. If you love Duvel but wish it had more artisinal Belgain character, then here it is.

The pour brings a very lively decant. Efforvescent foam billows from the liquid with a cotton-white color, great formation, very good retention, and a ton of lacing. Canary yellow and medium haze round out the appearance.

Strong vineous aromas of lemons, limes, under-rippenend berries and fruits, peaches, white grapes, pears, appricots, and granny smith apples leap out and attack the nose. Champagne-y wine notes combined with sharp citric acids, lactic notes, and oak for a well rounded, melded scent that steers away from vinegar. Peppery throughout.

Flavors are a direct transfer from the nose, with emphasis on the acidic fruits, grapefruits, and pepppery phenols that burst with juiciness. Hop flavor offers up dried grasses, lemon-grass, and sharp herbal tones. Very nice.

Astringent and sharp sensations hit the jawls and promote mouthwatering. After the initial shock, the maltiness is found with a softer pilsner malt base that remains crisp and dry. Dryness is the name of the game. Not much sweetness beyond the cracker-like malts. Instead, the acidic pang of lemons and grapefruit take the foreground while hop bitterness and light saltiness follow up in the finish.

This is a beer with a lot going on, yet is pretty simple and put together very well. It has the dryness and crispness of Duvel, but that Brett character helps to add the sour fruit notes to the dryness. Hop flavor and bitterness compound the effect of the Brett and other yeast blends to make the beer as arid, sharp, and acidic as possible without offending.

Thanks jampics2

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 04:30:19 | More by BEERchitect
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portia99

Massachusetts

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

750ml bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Batch E!010. Received in trade with Mikeyv35. Thanks!!

A - Pours a bright, cloudy yellow...just a hint of orange. Three finger white head. Mix of medium and small bubbles. Dissipates after a couple of minutes. Some thin, uneven lacing on the sides of the glaas. Very good looking beer.

S - Lots of aroma...very strong..and good. Can detect the sourness easily, but get a lot of fruity, citrusy, bubblegum aromas. Great combination of aromas...really makes you want to take that first sip.

T - Very tart and sour. Lots of citrus - orange, lemon...almost like sucking on an orange Vitamin C tablet. A tiny, little bit of breadiness...finishes very dry. No discernable hop presence.

M - Medium bodied, highly carbonated...prickly, but very fine carbonation. Quite puckering. Very nice.

D - I'd say drinkability is medium on this one. Very good sour...shared the bottle...this was very good, but 1 is perfect for a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 21:04:19 | More by portia99
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treyrab

California

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BeerTruth for this one. This has been sitting in the cellar for a few months and decided to bring it out after taking the first part of the CPA exam yesterday.

A: Pours a hazy vibrant yellow with a large white head on the first pour. The champagne yeast has really yielded a large head that lasts a while, but recedes to a skim of head atop the beer.

S: Nice, very vibrant and tart lemon coupled with other tart fruits of peaches and apple blended magnificently with some dry oak, white grapes and hints of vanilla.

T: Very sharp, and very acidic. Mouth puckering indeed. Tart lemon, dry oak, tart, sour apples, and hints of vanilla. This is great, but not much depth here. A nice easy, sour but not too complex.

M/D: The mouthfeel is very high thanks to the champagne yeast. It is nice, light and refreshing.

Overall, this was a great beer. Very easily drinkable sour that I would like to have to lay down for a few years.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 13:43:20 | More by treyrab
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle generously shared by Treyrab with Ashherb17 and myself. Poured into a tulip, pours a spritz golden orange with some pink tones that run through the body. Really nice soft white head that rests to a half-finger layer.

Incredibly tart lemon. The yeast shows through perfectly, and brings such an incredible sour component. Some lighter tart cherry lingers in with some nice soft vanilla creme. The fruits flourish out of the glass and smell unbelievably fresh. Some tart grapefruit adds a nice touch as well.

The taste is really good. Nice and easy drink. Very acetic, with some great tart lemons and orange. A light bit of grapefruit sourness. Really light, kind of falls off at the end and lacks complexity, but still a very nice sour by all means. It tastes like a sour patch kid.

Reminiscent of The Bruery's Cuvee Jeune with a little bit more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 00:44:10 | More by CoolJosh
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

There's not much more to be said about this beer that hasn't already been said.

It's clearly pretty effervescent, but still delicate on the tongue.

And it looks great in the glass - nice golden color and big, bright white head (although the retention and lacing could be a bit better).

It smells like peaches and apples and lemon; and soft grass with just a soft bit of leather, wet straw, and earth.

The flavor is tart and fruity, and lightly funky but it's not puckeringly sour. It's dry and a hint mineralish, or maybe I should say slightly chalky - as with Champagne, it makes me think of citrus rind, but that's not really there; and it suggests some astringency, but that's not really there either. Interesting.

What makes it stand out, however, is how far they were actually willing to take this - it really is sharp! It's not just a lightly done Brett beer - no, there's more to it than just wild yeast. Perhaps it's the aging on oak, and perhaps it's the Champagne yeast. And with that said, it's pretty damned clean for being "funky". On the other hand, a little more mustiness and barnyard would give it more depth; but I don't think that's what they were going for. In my mind it's more like a "Biere du Champagne", or at least a kind of cross-over hybrid. But whatever it is, it's really drinkable, and I can live with that. Interesting, charming, and drinkable!

P.S. - I paid a high price for this at $22 a bottle, but that's still less than Deus; and although it hasn't been shipped to France and treated as "Champagne", I still enjoyed it just as much, and possibly more.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 01:50:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a quite large bubbly head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of sour notes with distinctive notes of oak with light green apple notes. Taste is also a very well balance notes between some oak with some sour notes and some light barnyard notes with a distinctive Brett dry finish. I must admit that this is one of the best American sour I have tasted to date and very close to some of the Belgian lambic. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done and something I would buy again even considering the hefty price tag.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 03:02:08 | More by Phyl21ca
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schroederm

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a chalice:

Tons of fine-bubbled white head over cloudy yellow/brown body. Excellent lacing. A huge sour presence in the nose with green apple all over the place. Grape soda present as well. Wonderful malt start followed by green apple bitter. Notes of currant and raisin. Tons of sour. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and very thick. Carbonation is a little too high. Overall, delicious and the flavor is not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 18:16:45 | More by schroederm
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and slightly hazy with a compact white head (and lots of it!). Some lace, and a steady stream of bubbles renewing the head. Great retention!

Smells of sour lemon and apple. Sparkling white wine. A touch of vinegar.

Tart lemon hits the palate right away. Apple is there too. Tart and bone dry. Dry sparkling wine. This beer is very wine-like.

Light and effervescent mouthfeel. I found this surprisingly refreshing, especially after approaching it with some trepidation.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 17:50:50 | More by mintjellie
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koopa

New Jersey

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

750ml bottle received in a trade with jjayjaye. Thanks for the opportunity!

Appearance: Slightly cloudy urine yellow body with a bright white 2 finger crown that exhibits some retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Very acidic notes of lemon zest, some muscat grapes, and a touch of horse blanket.

Taste: Very nice dry puckering sourness! Green apple, lemon zest, oak, muscat grapes, etc.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, enjoyably thin and effervescent.

Drinkability: If it wasn't so sour it would of rated higher. Addictive for a sour lover though :)

Serving type: bottle

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Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
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