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LeBleu - Ithaca Beer Company

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425 Ratings
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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 728
Gots: 92 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: almychristopher on 01-01-2010)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-20-2011 22:29:15 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-15-2012 02:33:27 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.15/5  rDev -3%

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch E!041.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain, fruity, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but I really don’t get any distinct blueberry aromas or flavors from this one.

08-28-2012 01:12:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-22-2011 23:19:18 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a light color with a nice reddish tint. Very large white head that recedes into a good amount of lacing. Smell is quite funky. The berry notes are nearly as strong as I expected, but blend well with some barnyard funk and acidity. Taste is milder in the sour department with a bit of an acetic character. Blueberries and lemons. Mouthfeel is nice; quite carbonated. Good drinkability and another solid sour offering from Ithaca.

09-17-2010 18:25:40 | More by Thorpe429
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-22-2014 06:21:43 | More by zestar
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

I got to try Le Bleu. Another notch in the belt for me as I try to keep up with all these great releases anymore. Seems to me to be a never ending parade of releases but I was lucky enough to run into this one at a tasting over the weekend. Served chilled and poured into a small, six ounce snifter glass, this one was consumed on 02/07/2010.
 
The pour was rather interesting, very nice, light color. A medium golden amber with loads of haze and a slight color to it rushes into the glass with tremendous force pushing up a head of white foam that reaches a height of near three inches before it finally drops down and leaves literally tons of foam and sticky lacing all up and down the sides of the glass. A tremendous aroma of sour fruit coming off of this now. Berries, dark barnyard aromas. Acidic with hints of vinegar and sour fruits just rippling through the air. Even letting it settle out for a few moments does nothing to cut the complexity of this one. As I take the first sip, the light, airy and nearly perfectly carbonated body just prickles at the tongue leaving no doubt as to the wave after of wave of flavor that I was about to experience. Nothing subtle here as wine like flavors start to tug at the taste buds. Ripe fruit, grape skins, tannic acid like flavors all merging in a light, airy and well constructed ale that leaves me dry, puckered faced, and yearning for another sip. The long lasting and wonderful notes of fruit just sitting perfectly right up on the tongue for all to see.
 
Overall just a wonderful, wonderful American wild ale. I like Brute a touch more only because well its just damn complex, but this would hold its own against a myriad of offerings any day of the week. Thrilled to death to be able to try this one.

02-09-2010 00:59:08 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-30-2012 01:33:07 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Bottle: Poured a light pinkish color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas of sour and tart notes are dominant with some light blueberry also perceptible. Taste is a nice refreshing mix between some sour and tart notes with a light acidic edge with some blueberries note though very limited amount of sweetness comes through. Body is about average for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex beer while retaining some great drinkability factor and some good complexity.

09-02-2011 19:20:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%

A big thanks to Richard for sharing this one yesterday at our tasting.

A: The pour is a mixture of light red, pink, and light purple with a very fluffy white head which quickly died down.

S: There are quite a bit of citrus, lactic, and floral notes to the nose, but nothing which necessarily says "blueberry". There is some mild funkiness, but a decent amount of oak.

T: The flavor was somewhat disappointing. While there was some berry flavor, it wasn't necessarily something which I would pinpoint as blueberries. Like the nose, there is a slight Brett funk, but that and the sourness are not all that intense.

M: There is a very high level of carbonation which some might say is too much. The beer is crisp and dry, which I very much enjoy.

D: Certainly a drinkable beer, especially with the crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, but the flavors appear to fall short. It could be because we had Blabaer right before, but I was very underwhelmed by this one.

02-01-2010 18:05:28 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-29-2012 18:19:12 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-01-2012 07:45:16 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-26-2012 06:53:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-13-2013 22:29:09 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

08-08-2012 06:05:09 | More by GRG1313
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, pink rose-coloured body with a fine-textured, whitish head.

Smell: A solid scent of funkiness lightened and brightened up with citric notes and a small-sized spoonful of wild Maine blueberry jam.

Taste: Faintly sweet, initially, with a bit of sugar cookie-like maltiness and the small burst of tartish berries cut with a sip of brine water. Moderately acidic. Mild, good-natured phenolic qualities. Squirt of lemon. There's just a nice evenness about all the flavors presented. The barrel aging imparts a touch of oak on the pleasantly puckering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated, very active on the tongue.

Drinkability: I've had a few Ithaca beers, some I liked, some, well, I wasn't impressed with at all. This one I found to be rather likeable. I could see myself endlessly drinking it until I fell dead of the spot of a heart attack and/or liver failure.

11-17-2011 18:03:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

This poured out as a hazy looking golden color with a white head on top. The retention fades quickly, not leaving any lacing either. The smell of the beer is acidic and funky with a subtle blueberry note way in the distance. The taste follows the nose also, subtle blueberry notes in there but was hoping for a little more I guess. The mouthfeel is sharp, it's tart and has a crisp carbonation. Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer.

02-16-2013 20:29:33 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

02-28-2011 12:46:31 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%

Served in a wedding snifter.

There needs to be a Warner Brothers tribute blend: "Lou Pepe LeBleu". ...Sorry. Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a half-finger of cream foam. The nose comprises tart dank blueberries, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The taste opts for the sour route with the berries and ditches the spices in favor of some extra lemon-y tartness. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a damn fine blueberry sour, better than the vaunted Blåbær. This was worth the wait.

09-02-2013 18:39:28 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

11-14-2011 23:37:32 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-08-2013 02:52:38 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-14-2011 22:42:38 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.48/5  rDev -18.7%

Thanks, Barry.

Hazy purple-pink, nearly opaque. Champagne-like carbonation feeds a large and lasting white head. Mild barnyard and mineral aroma, a hint of tart berry, faintly lactic, decent but mild. There's no distinct blueberry character. Tart on the tongue with a bit of lactic acidity and light blueberry flavor. A bit vinous, lightly drying, not terribly sour or flavorful. Flavor drops off quickly in the finish. Highly effervescent with a spritzy, somewhat thin body. One dimensional but not bad.

04-21-2010 19:20:53 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

08-17-2014 15:17:03 | More by SocalKicks
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

Thanks to the amazing Beerloco for this one. Batch E!021 served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with a billowing pink-tinged foam that dissipates to a thick creamy cap and leaves a few chunks of lace. Orange-pink colored body that lightly hazed and reveals a massive stream of bubbles.

S - Lots of oak, hay and barnyard, white wine, and blueberry skins. There's also a fair bit of lactic sourness over a graham crackery malt backbone. This smells more like a blueberry Berliner Weiss than like a blueberry lambic. While I normally like all these smells there's something that doesn't mesh/integrate perfectly here - there's some sort of peppery spice that seems out of place.

T - The taste is again very vinous and oaky, with only a mild blueberry character. The taste is lightly sour and funky, but not overly tart.The finish is lightly buttered graham cracker - guessing from the oak, but it seems to be a somewhat persistent flavor from Northeastern wild ales (Allagash, Ithaca, etc.) so perhaps it's from the brett strain present up there. I had this on-tap at Night of the Funk, and I liked the blueberry character better then - maybe this was aged at the brewery a little too long.

M - The body is actually quite smooth for an American wild - the carbonation seems to all go into the massive foam. The body is on the lighter side of medium, and finish is lightly dry with some residual candy sensations. The residual feel is a nice tannic oakiness.

D - I attempted to share this with a few friends, but they weren't in a big drinking mood so I ended up having most of it on my own. Alcohol isn't really present, it's not bracingly sour or tart, and it's quite a nice beer, so it's a pretty excellent brew for sessions - other than the limited distribution of course. My stomach is starting to feel a touch unsettled about 500ml in, so it's not perfect but it's close.

03-08-2010 04:30:40 | More by MasterSki
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LeBleu from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.