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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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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, batch E!010. Pours a hazy light yellow with a thick, bubbly white head. Aroma of light tartness, wheat malt, sour grapes, grapefruit, bitter hops, and a hint of barnyard funk. Most reminiscent of JP Bam Biere to me. Flavor is initially quite tart and sweet with lots of sugar candy notes and wheaty malt. Not very acidic, but certainly sour and tart. Very champagne-like too. This one grew on me a bit--very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 16:42:38 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

From notes - served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a dense, bright white, half-inch head. Nose suggests grapefruit and screams tart. Taste follows nose - tart without being overly sour. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively, palate-cleansing carbonation and an acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. This is a top notch American Wild. Tart and refreshing; I've been wanting to try this beer for quite some time and was not at all disappointed. I definitely need to track a bottle of this down.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 01:16:56 | More by Jwale73
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AgentZero

Illinois

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

A - Looks like champaign. Golden yellow with a large foam head. Nice bubbles twisting up to the top. Very pretty looking.

S - Tart lemons, little funk, some nice oak and vanilla. Nicely sour with some obvious barrel influence, smells a little like wine.

T - Very tart. Lemons, apple, a bit like champaign. A nice amount of grape, but mainly you notice the tartness.

M - Light, bubbly, crisp, finishes nicely dry.

D - So good, so easy, would drink this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 21:55:02 | More by AgentZero
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GClarkage

California

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/07/09- Received in a trade with Younger35 and shared at a tasting.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Not sure of a release date. Poured into my Orval chalice.

Appearance- Champagne-like looking pour with a smaller head and effervescent bubbles. Light yellow in color and ultra light lace spotting left behind.

Smell- A very nice brett aroma with sourness, some light urine and horse blanket notes. Tart fresh lemon rind as well.

Taste- All the flavors you would like in a wild ale (buckets of brett, tart lemon juice) but needs something to hold it totally together. Something was missing, but I'm not quite sure what it was.

Mouthfeel- Seems a touch watery with a sparkling wine carbonation mouthfeel. Good tart aftertaste.

Drinkability- A nice wild ale, but as stated above, missing something to make it to the top tier of wild ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 16:33:13 | More by GClarkage
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

This one looks like champagne. Light chardonnay looking body, bubbles kind of all over the place. The head indicates that, yes, this is a beer. A semi-dense head, tight bubbles, not a whole lot of staying power.
Sharp aroma, a bit sour. White grape, lemon, green fruit. Effervescent in the nose.

Tangy and tannin in the taste. The white grape becomes a bit sour and the lemon is juicy. Lime and golden apples. Thin body, but it does a number on the palate. The carbonation combines with the sour to cut through anything before it. Quite a nice aperitif if you're starting out on a meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 20:45:30 | More by Mebuzzard
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjayjaye for sending me this bottle in a trade...quite a while ago (last summer?). All of the other great Ithaca brews he sent are long gone, but this one survived. Split three ways on our first night of vacation on the shores of Clamshell Lake with my mother & wife.

Pours a fizzy, woodish yellow, matching the cedar furniture nicely. Smells like tart lemon & bright sunshine, without dust motes.

The taste follows the nose closely. The brett is on top here, of course, lending a quick zing of lemon that brings on a light pucker. Very dry. No water for two days in the Sahara dry, no doubt the influence of the oak, which is prominent. Almost like a sparkling cider in the mouth. I don't get much subtlety out of this one, but I don't need it. And really like it. Not so much anyone else. I end up with half the bomber. Fine by me!

A very good, light, sipping beer with a book in one hand. Doesn't fill me up, light, but terribly tasty. It doesn't hit the high notes everyone else seems to find, but I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:01:10 | More by maximum12
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

750ml bottle thanks to RblWthACoz, thank you so much for the chance to try this beer! Hazy yellow with a tenacious white head and spritzy bubbles. The smell was like lemons and sour goodness but not quite pungently sour. The flavor was smooth citrus with a hint of sour. The mouthfeel was nice and soft and made this really enjoyable to drink. This was a standout amongst other sours that I expected to easily best it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 00:02:16 | More by ArrogantB
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Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml corked, capped, and foiled bottle. Pours a bright golden straw color with a soapy pure white head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of dry champagne grapes and tart lemon concentrate. The taste is of lemon, unripe green apples, champagne, perhaps an unripen cherry as well. I don't pick up much in the way of malt or hops. The sour and tart characteristics hit me right in the back of the jaw. The feel is light and ultra fizzy; sour and tart all over the place. I don't have much experience with the style and its not one of my favorite styles. However, Ithaca seems to nail down the style. Very champagne like with a good punch of tartness. Clean and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 02:41:29 | More by Gmann
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Enjoyed at BBF, and numerous times since then.

A - Pours a nice clear golden yellow hue with a thin white head that faded to leave a nice halo. Theres like the glow of the sun radiating from the glass.

S - Very nice aromas of a wild ale here. Very nice brett notes, with good sweet apples, funk, big citrus notes (lemon/oranges).

T - Great sourness/tartness here. It is more sour citrus than the barnyard funk in the nose. Almost puckeringly sour, delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit harsher than I had expected. Higher carbonation here combined with the puckering tartness almost makes this a chore to drink, however, its so damn tasty one cant stop.

O - This is a very excellent wild ale. Great aromas, flavors, and mouthfeel here. A superb example of the wild ale style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 15:30:41 | More by rudzud
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mynie

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saison yellow, hazy and effervescent. Decent head, pretty and gold.

Smells like beer yeast and sour candy. That's almost too simple an explanation for something that seems so alive. Like, if your son took his first steps and all you said in response was "Timmy is taking his first steps." It's technically accurate, yes, but doesn't capture it. Well--hrm... pretend I used a bunch of exclamation marks in this paragraph.

Tastes like yeast, real lemon juice, candy lemon flavoring, and the aftertaste of moderately sweet champagne. Again, add exclamations.

I'd say this is well balanced, but there's nothing really there that counteracts the sweetness. This is simply sweet at the exactly perfect intensity, backed up by just enough yeasty berriness to make it interesting from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 02:58:37 | More by mynie
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Poured from 750ml bottle on 10/5/09, courtesy of BA Tanger.

A - Cloudy, unfiltered and cider-esque appearance with half a finger's width of bubbly white head and fizzy carbonation.

S - Sour green apples (think Granny Smith) with some citrus notes. Lots of fruity esters and some spicy notes from the Champagne yeast. Funky and earthy notes are very subtle in the aroma.

T - Initial flavor is very cider-like with a dominant sour apple character. Citrus notes are also apparent, but take a back seat to the tartness of the apples. Sour grapes, perhaps? Some faint earthy hops appear in the backend, but overall this is not bitter at all. A tart, champagne-esque quality and oaky dryness dominates the flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and a syrupy texture. Fairly astringent on the palate. Finish is crisp and dry, and extremely tart on the palate.

D - Very nice Wild Ale with a pleasant tartness. Brute is quite complex, yet it maintains its drinkability quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 19:33:05 | More by ffejherb
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # E!037

750ml bottle poured into a Deschutes Tulip glass.

A - Pours a golden, straw color with a huge off-white head. Great retention.

S - Belgian yeast, spice, green apples.

T - Champagne like, apples, slight funk.

D - Belgian tartness, tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Delicious, light and airy.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 02:34:19 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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

Poured into a flute. Big thanks to nyrangerfan for including this as an EXTRA!

4.0 A: Murky light yellow straw color. Three fingers of frothy white head. Most of it falls quickly, but the last 1/4 inch sticks around for a good while. Minimal lacing.

4.5 S: Pleasant lemony tartness hits first. Overripe peachy esters and some straw. Lots of brett funkiness. Hints of some phenols.

4.0 T: The first sip really hits you with how tart it is. The tartness is amplified by the fact that it is super dry. Lemon and peach fruitiness again. Not as much brett funk as I would have expected, but like I already said, there is plenty of sourness. Oak comes through on finish. Peppery phenols.

4.5 M: Light-medium body. Healthy dose of spritzy carbonation that rolls over the tongue. Surprisingly creamy. Very nice.

4.5 D: Really nice beer. Would like to get some more of these and age them for a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 04:47:45 | More by DavoleBomb
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

A-pours a hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy, bubbly white head that leaves thick spots of lace on the glass

S-the nose is sweet up front with lots of sparkling grapes, a light tartness lies behind with hints of earthy malts. Peaches and pear, soft golden fruits, in the back

T-the beer is quite tart up front, the bret takes hold right behind the tartness. A soft golden fruit sweetness sets in at the middle accompanied by a touch of tart cherry. Sour grapes, almost chapaigne like take over in the back.

M-medium body and soft on the palate with a prickly high carbonation throughout. Dry in the back and coats the mouth

D-this is extremely easy drinking with a great flavor, nice level of tartness that is quite inviting. The soft feel with all the carbonation is quite awesome.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 00:39:24 | More by cpetrone84
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked bottle into a large wine glass. Batch 10 in the excelsior series. Thanks goes out to Goryskhewych for the bottle in a trade. I tried a sample of this in a bottle before and had it on tap, I just cant get enough of this stuff.

A- Taking out the cork. Brute pours a bright golden color with some spots of yellow. Brute has a cloudy appearance from all that was put into making it. A nice streamed pour yielded little to no head but what was there was white and fizzy. A nice golden color in sight. This is very gueze like in presense and looks great in the wine glass.

S- Sweet sour heaven. Not sweet in that sense but scents of barnyard and funk mixed with various types of yeast(champagne variety) making for a wonderful nose. Getting a lot of brett aroma's telling me this was expertly innoculated. Getting some citrus notes as brute opens up and does its thing. A great smelling beer to sum up.

T- I first had a 2oz sample of this a while ago and i've been searching for this since since it wowed me, and brute did it again. I simply am in awe over this and need more. A nice innoculated golden ale with funky brett and champagne yeast, what's not to love? The champagne yeast used really gives brute a face of it's own in an ever increasing sour market. Brute is funky with barnyard written all over it. Some earthy and floral qualitys with some sour green apple thrown in as well. Simple but elegant.

M- Crisp and very nicely carbonated. Brute has it all. A nice mouth puckering sourness that's not overkill, well at least not for me. This is very light bodied and has a good nice dry finish. This almost reminded me of wine sometimes and has a similar profile to temptation IMO. A great beer to pair with cheese, meat, lamb, whatever.

D- A low abv and a great taste make this an exceptional sour in my book. The mouthfeel is also to die for. I would drink a bottle of this to myself no problem and now that Brute is getting some distribution I very well may do that. I cant wait for the next batch. I will say this, Brute is my favorite east coast sour by far. Congratz Ithaca!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 18:10:46 | More by BARFLYB
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ngeunit1

California

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

A - Pours a cloudy super bright golden-yellow color with a big two-fingers of frothy white head. The head hangs around forever afterwards and eventually fades down to a still sizeable layer.

S - Aroma is a fine balance of tart and sour grape aromas. There is also some other fruity sweet background flavors, some malt and wheat, and just a touch of hops mixed in.

T - Starts off with a great mix of tart and sour grape flavor. There is a bit of malt in the background to provide just a hint of balance. Through the middle, the sour and tart flavors mingle back and forth with a bit of wheat flavor and other fruit esters. The finish is a mix of sour and tart grape flavors that mingle nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The tart flavors really create a nice dry mouthfeel that also feels really crisp and refreshing. The sour and tart also linger nicely.

D - Very drinkable. It is amazing how rich the flavors are and how the beer avoids to feel overly heavy. The sour and tart flavors are very nicely balanced and keep that balance throughout.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:11:50 | More by ngeunit1
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

Poured from a capped and corked 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Batch # E!010

A: Pours a hazy, bright, and glowing pale golden color that's capped with an incredibly creamy, bright-white, 1/2 finger head that leaves some thick ropes of lace behind. Carbonation is very active.

S: Tart and/or sour green apple and berry that's backed by a mildly funky aroma and snatches of vinegar. Tangy citrus also makes its' presence known. As it warmed I noticed aromas of pear and wildflowers.

T: Sour apple, lemon, berry, and vinegar in the forefront. Also in there are mildly funky Brett flavors as well faint flavors of grapes, and a slight woodyness.

M: Bracingly sour with an incredible dry tartness that plays on the tongue. Acidic and puckery without being at all obnoxious.

D: Excellent! I wasn't exactly sure what this beer was about, but I was sure it was going to be interesting, at the very least. A first class Wild Ale from the east coast...I'm really liking this!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 00:57:51 | More by GbVDave
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oline73

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass. The smell is slightly funky with strong tart lemon and vinegar notes. I would describe the taste as very clean and extremely sour. I'm getting lemon, vinegar, and just a light funk. The finish is light and quite sour. The carbonation is creamy and foamy. There is a slight dryness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 20:13:08 | More by oline73
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billab914

Virginia

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

Batch # E!010 poured from a 750ml bottle into my brand new Lost Abbey sinner stemware. It poured a bright, golden amber color with a huge bubbly and active head to it. The head faded but kept a nice white covering over the beer well into drinking it. Decent lacing as well.

The aroma has a relatively sharp, acidic, sourness to it. Some sour fruit flavors come through with some apple and grape like qualities. A good amount of tartness is present along with some lemony and orange citrus flavors coming through as well. Some great sour and tart flavors to it overall.

The taste is sharp with an acidicness at first. More of the tart and sour fruits start to come through pretty quickly though. The soured grape and tart apple flavors are there and add some nice flavors. Just a hint of the woody oak shows in it. It finishes with more of a dry, tart and sour flavor. Excellent flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is pretty light with carbonation being very high. Pretty good mouthfeel for the style. Drinkability is very good, it had some great sour and tart flavors to it. It was complex and flavorful and a great version of the style. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:44:21 | More by billab914
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Floydster

California

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by Dr. Bill, thanks for joining us and supplying this wild ale, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Golden yellow color with some orange tint, 3/4 inch bubbly white head, fizzes away pretty quickly but does leave a white ring, good legs
S-Lots of citrus including lemon, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine, also mild hops, sweet yeast, apricot, tart, and oak
T-Starts off with a big citric acid flavor, tons of fruit in the middle, very dry finish with oak and sour apples, this has a big yeast presence and a nice tarty profile, fruit tastes more tropical as it warms, nice balance and continued changes in taste
M-Dry, tarty, fruity, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, lots and lots of carbonation, taste lingered a long time because the dryness in the aftertaste
D-Could drink this big bottle myself, fairly light in alcohol and not overly sour or sweet, can be refreshing and prefer this colder and more crisp

First beer from Ithaca and glad this was it, nice introduction to their brewery, this beer is a lot like champagne in ways, wish I had some to put down in the cellar and see how it evolves, recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 02:39:10 | More by Floydster
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cosmicevan

New York

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

surprised not to have a review for this one...must be in the backlog of notes? none-the-less opened E!037 and filled a russian river tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent yellow orange with visible champagne like carbonation. a massive bubbly head filled half the glass and slowly fizzled away leaving spotty but chunky lacing on the side of the glass. fairly frothy for all those bubbles.

s - wonderful tart. acidy citric peach and tropical fruit with a glaze of sour candy sweetness. you can almost smell the fizziness.

t - really well balanced and complex sour flavors. the perfect meld of fruitiness and sourness. the taste is really spot on. oaky. extremely refreshing. fruitiness is orange peel mixed with citrus with a hint of peaches and a tropical almost kiwi like splash to finish it off.

m - prickly carbonation. finishes a bit dry and bitter...just a BIT. easy drinker, light and thirst quenching...ideal for the current heat wave.

o - overall, i've always dug brute, but i forgot how great it is. this is truly one of the better sours out there. the balance is mind blowing. if you don't like over the top sours, but still enjoy sours, this is your beer. wonderful tropical fruit flavorings with a nice burst of sour. non offensive...really well crafted sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 00:45:15 | More by cosmicevan
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flexabull

California

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

Bottle courtesy of charlesw, thanks again!

I'm been curious about this one for a while now. I feel that the best American Sours are made in Northern California by Vinnie at Russian Russian, let's see how a sour from upstate New York compares. This one certainly has some great scores on here.

Pours a bright and cloudy gold color. With a very big white head. It has some floaters, but it really has a nice glow to it.

Bright sour aromas. Lots of lemon, grasses, apples, pears, and really light vinegar. This one has some funk, but also has some pleasant sour fruit notes too.

Taste is very clean and crisp. Light green apple flavors, puckering lemon, and a dry mineral like bite on the finish. Sourness and brett is present, but subdued much more than I thought it would be. It adds a nice funky light vinegar backdrop, it's there, but certainly not up in your face. In a strange sort of way, this kind of reminds me of a wit beer that is brewed with brett.

Mouthfeel is good, could use a little more depth on the finish, but it's not bad at all.

Wow, I am impressed. This is a very drinkable sour. Nice sour flavors, but not over the top. Kind of reminds me of Sanctification Jr. Good stuff, and kudos Ithaca, this is a very nice interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 03:37:10 | More by flexabull
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illidurit

California

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

Bottle courtesy kmurray. Pours a hazy light gold color with a creamy white head, displaying good retention for a sour. Aroma is sweet and pastry-like, lemon meringue, white wine grapes, a touch of bretty chlorine. Flavor is lemons, chardonnay, lacto, vanilla. Moderately acidic and sour. Not a super harsh sour, pretty drinkable. Comparable to Duck Duck Gooze.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:04:40 | More by illidurit
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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

A light orangey color that is very hazy. Big creamy head comes without even a very vigorous pour. Retention is good and some sheets of lacing are left to hang around.

Smell is nice. A ton of light fruits like apricots and even peaches are noticeable, along with a bite of sourness and some oak notes.

Taste is surprisingly more sour than sweet. The fruit from the nose is almost non existant and is instead replaced by a good dose of sourness. An ok, woody flavor comes through in the finish. A pretty solid beer, not overly complex but certainly tasty.

Mouthfeel is rather good. Extremely dry and somewhat creamy in thickness. That is until it slides across your tongue and the ramped up carbonation turns Brute into fizz.

This one is really drinkable and a good beer overall. I'd sampled this a few times and was happy to jump on buying the bottle when I ran into it.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 15:28:41 | More by Hojaminbag
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scottfrie

California

4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. 2010 vintage. Split with friends.

A: Pours a bright, hazy lemony orange with a thick, fluffy, bright white head that slowly faded to lace. Great head retention.
S: Super clean notes of brett, lemon zest, peaches, apricots, nectarines, straw and pepper. This smells amazing.
T: Lightly tart notes of citrus and lemon zest. Fruit follows the nose, especially the peach. The finish is full of golden fruits and maybe raspberries, and the aftertaste is lightly dry with flavors of straw.
M: Very soft carbonation, velvety soft actually, with a light, dry mouth.
O: Amazingly subtle beer. The flavors are very complex but don’t overwhelm the senses. I really enjoyed the flavor and the mouthfeel especially. Definitely underhyped.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 02:31:28 | More by scottfrie
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.