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LeBleu - Ithaca Beer Company

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427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 724
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: almychristopher on 01-01-2010)
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
Photo of Ryan011235
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Fantome tulip on 5/29/12

Batch E0!21

Split with spider889 and MbpBugeye

A) Medium hued burnt and browned orange. What an effervescent critter - it filled up about 80% of the glass. As Seth put it, it looked like cotton candy melting in water. It is a furious dissipation and leaves speckled lace. The second pour holds about 1/3rd inch of retention (and hold it does for a long time). Light pink foam.

S) The aroma is on the floral side in the sense it has a soft blueberry note. Earthy blueberry skin and semi-sweet blueberry flesh tones. The barrel is modest too with mild, musty oak. Faint husk notions. It smells clean at first but turns funky as it warms.

T) Tart ghosts haunt the palate with a semblance of Sour Patch candy, just not quite as sweet. Upfront, it is sour enough. The midsection and finish turn toward raw brett funk; musty, dank and dirty. The oak imparts a dry, vapidly wooden finish. More brett and barrel than berry at this point. There is faint blueberry when cold but it falls away entirely once warm.

M) The feel is tilted toward the lighter side. Carbonation is vigorous and fizzy, accenting the sour flavors. Damp oak residuals.

D) LeBleu is a decent-drinking, brett-heavy tart and sour sipper. Pretty much any blueberry has fallen off by now. I like it pretty well as is, but I should have drank a bottle fresh.

Ryan011235, Sep 26, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed lighter shade of amber with light pinkish/purple colored head that was gone pretty quickly.Alot of sourness and funk in the nose, a little of that tartness comes from fresh blueberries,not quite puckering on the palate but close,there is just enough fruity sweetness to counter balance the almost lactic sour punch.Its a little sharp in the feel but its quenching on a great spring-like day like yesterday.Not a huge fan of sours but this is well made and again its thirst quenching.

oberon, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

tectactoe, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

E!032 Thanks Jeff.

A: It pours with a two fingers of thick rocky foam that starts of with a pink blush but fades to off-white as the foam drains. The beer is a pale amber with a red hue and a bit of orange. Despite the haze and the floaters this is a great looking beer.

S: There is a light berry aroma with under a moderate amount of sharp, acidic sourness. The sourness has a some of hay and a faint horsiness like a nice Lambic there isn't any of the Brett character so I'm think this might be just Pediococcus and Belgian Yeast. Nothing else is coming through, so no hops, no malt and no diacetyl.

T: It's got a nice sharp sourness to it but not as much as I seem to remember from the one had a couple of years ago. The fruit flavors are of light blueberry skins and have faded as is to be expected when you age a the fruit will fade and the lambic character will dominate. A light vanilla flavor probably from oak. There is a light complimentary sweetness mid-palate but this ends up being vary dry on the finish. The after taste is a sweet tart sort of a flavor with a faint bit of fruitiness.

M: Moderately-light bodied with a strong, fine carbonation that dances across the palate. The high carbonation brings a light dryness to tongue.

O: An elegant sour fruit beer, this one being a couple years old has more of the Lambic qualities coming through. The sweet tart balance help up the impression of the fruitiness. It worth the headache of release day to get bottle if I can otherwise I'll have to hunt down Cantillon to satiate my need for awesome, dry sours.

MadScientist, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev -6.5%

gregmoscetti, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of heddar33
5/5  rDev +16.8%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Callmecoon
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Callmecoon, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$19 at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY...batch E!024, blue foil, cap and synthetic cork. Was a frother at first, but calmed down after the initial spew. Pours clouded medium reddish plum, under a pinkish, loose and delicate head, that quickly goes to peaked merainge, then a 1/2 coating and all kinds of wild and elegent lace and more froth, nice looking brew. Also one of the loudest heads I can recall, active bubbles! Champagne feel all over this one.Fairly tame nose with some barnyard, fresh fruit and horsey notes. Crisp, moderatly sour, but not biting. Fruity and fresh tasting. More barnyard picked up, lasting sour, tart fruit, complex and tasty, sour beer lovers/wild ale lovers will be all over this quality offering. Another impressive brew from NY state's Ithaca. Well done!

Billolick, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this great American sour.

The beer pours an orange-pink color with a huge white head. Not sure why, but I was expecting the beer to be blue colored so it was a little disappointing to have it be the color it was. It is very strange but the beer is popping like Rice Krispies after it pours. The aroma is pretty strong blueberries once the beer settles down, but at first the aroma is a strong funk. The flavor is tart blueberries with some light funk, oak and medium tartness. Very high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. The beer is very good, but the carbonation could be toned down a little bit. With this much carbonation, I can see why people have had bottles explode on them.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of Skye1024
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Skye1024, Jan 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

standardcherry, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pulled this out of the cellar and poured into a snifter. this is from the newest batch. batch # E! 032.

pours out a really nice looking reddish pink color with a big fizzy white head that fizzed up to nothing real quick. no lace or retention. just some fizz from a swirl of the glass. the first pour wasnt that cloudy. the last one definatly was a lot more pink and more cloudy.

the brett and acidity is definatly there, but i expected a little more to it. when you dig deeper you find funk, just slightly musty, citrus, and some of the blueberries.

lots and lots of acidity, very tart, very sour. the funky brett yeast is at the forefront with a nice dose of tart lemon citrus. earthy. finishes out with the blueberry which is definatly not overdone and maybe a little bit of some grape.

really tart and mouth puckering and it really leaves this lingering sugary acidic feel on the palate. from what ive read, some of this acidity comes from the yeast, and some from acidulated malt. big bubbly, fizzy carbonation which really adds to this beer. nicely done ithaca!

overall: it took a lot and cost a lot to get this bottle, im not sure if i would do it again, but it was definatly worth it. a solid wild.

-dregs from this went into my saison.

dogfishandi, May 20, 2011
Photo of boatshoes
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer via a recent trade and have been excited to try it. I'm a big fan of Brute and missed out on this when it hit distribution in Manhattan.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful hazy pinkish-red out of the bottle with a massive three fingers of pink head as well. Lots of carbonation but not quite the gushing I expected after seeing a few threads about corks popping while in cellars. Surprising amount of sticky lacing left and great head retention, with it finally dying back to a sheet across the top of the beer.

Smell- Hmm, initially some mild notes of funk, followed by a whiff of tartness and blueberry skins. Some other fruit flavors mixed in as well, of a black raspberry nature. A nice smell, but I didn't quite know what to expect as this is my first blueberry lambic.

Taste- Berries are more up front in this department and it starts off with blueberry skins and other assorted mixed berry flavors. Followed by some very mild but present funk. Finishes with a mild tartness that is well balanced and no-where near as biting as I was expecting. Solid flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel reminds me a bit of Juliet where I was expecting it to deliver because of the massive head but ultimately found it overly thin even for the style. I don't know what it was about it, but I perceived it as a touch watery in the mouth. Drinkability was decent as well, but I found the flavors to become progressively muted as the beer warmed and by the time I finished my glass they had gotten a bit dull.

Overall, a solid sour and a nice introduction for me into blueberry wilds. I prefer Brute, but I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

boatshoes, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chad for sharing this great beer!

Had Ithaca LeBleu back-to-back with Upland Blueberry, which made for an interesting comparison because they are completely different beers.

LeBleu is surprisingly pale in color for a blueberry beer, a hazy tan colored with a twinge of rosy purple. There is ample effervescence but not a lot of head retention. The beer smells sour with a lot of damp straw, lightly blueberry-y and an assertive brett wildness. The LeBleu tastes sharply sour with nice funk and crisp carbonation. The fruit is really subdued compared the acuity of the base beer, but there are hints of blueberry after the first punch of sourness. The blueberry provides a nice counter-point and accent but is not the focal point of this beer. The clean dry finish is delicate and leaves your mouth puckered wanting more. Delicious beer that I can't wait to have again!

Next time, it'll be LeBleu vs. Upland Blueberry, vs. Blabaer...

Soonami, Apr 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RoyMunson for sharing.

750ml brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky grapefruit juice amber. Decent head on the pour with some retention. Some lacing.

S: Good sourness and some nice funk. Funk isn't quite at the cheesy level but pretty good. Some berry aroma but doesn't really scream blueberry. Light tartness from some citric light fruits.

T/M: Plenty of sourness with a little bit of the green fruit tartness. Good funkiness. Musty and dank. Some more of the berry flavor but again, doesn't scream blueberries. Medium to medium light body with higher carbonation.

D: Low ABV and refreshing.

pwoods, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.5%

acurtis, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of roostor07
4.75/5  rDev +11%

roostor07, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of akukucka
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

akukucka, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of mutterfudder
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled thanks to the generosity of HopStoopid120. Thanks for the trade!

A - Pours an odd off-pinkish purple with a pinkish head. One of the oddest looking beers I've seen, but given the ingredients, not unexpected. The beer is incredibly fizzy and settles to a pencil-thin head.

S - Some mild blueberries and funk. Some other reviews note that it smells a bit like berliner weiss, and I'd agree with that. Some mild funk but was hoping for more.

T - Tart blueberries followed with a sour tinge. The sourness is not out of control, and is well balanced with the fruit. As expected, these are the predominant flavors here, not much else.

M / D - The mouthfeel is very nice: Exceptionally carbonated, almost as much as a seltzer. It serves the beer well. I only had about a 7 oz pour, but wish I had more.

LeBleu is an above average beer. I believe after my first taste I said "I could drink this all day, any day". Not mindblowing but a very solid offering.

mutterfudder, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to the one and only Lum for sending some of these badboys my way.

Pours very very fizzy (it will try to climb out of the neck if you're not careful, but certainly no gusher. Awesome light ruby color and a giant super fizzy head that retains for a long time.

Nose is alot of wild funk, slight ice cream like blueberry, and a bit of wood.

Taste is alot of awesome sour funk, the blueberry is slight, but if you mix up the sediment a bit it comes out much more. Very soft, dry finish, perfect amount of tartness, but could stand a bit more maybe, either way close.

Mouthfeel is actually not overcarbonated despite the beers intent to foam up easily. viscosity is perfect.

Drinkability is yet again ithacas strongsuit when it comes to sours, will easily put this away.

Another sure winner from ithaca, but between this and twelve im nervous about their carbonation issues these days. This beer will be AMAZING with some significant cellar time but im afraid it might blow up. I guess we'll find out. Either way, great beer, and yet another great sour from Ithaca.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of beerfan99
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch E!032
750 ml bottle consumed on 5/13/2011

A: Light reddish-orange in color, resembles grapefruit juice in color alone. Carbonated enough to create a small head, but dissipates quickly.

S: Strong smell of brett and pleasant fruit aroma. Definitely one of the more powerful sour beer smells.

T: Sour and tart, but not completely over the top. The fruit flavors and sourness was well-balanced and easy to drink. Unable to determine the flavor imparted by the barrel-aging.

M: Definitely acidic, as you would expect. As I mentioned earlier, the carbonation seemed to be on the light side.

O: An above average wild ale, but I would not recommend trading for it.

beerfan99, May 13, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Pizza Plant with Dan the owner and others. The smell is great, you know its a sour and the yeast adds further delight. Medium mouthfeel with a somewhat tart sourness, its a sipper and comes across like a wine or good fruit wine. A very good sour beer. Complex in the mouth, with the yeast and residual sugar offsetting some of the sourness, not a palate shredder as I feared. However my palate still records it many hours later.Peachy colour with good head.

Sammy, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +16.8%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
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LeBleu from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.