LeBleu - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 712
Gots: 92 | FT: 2
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: almychristopher on 01-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of largadeer
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of oline73
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was opened at a tasting this weekend. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a hint of purple in there as well. There is a layer of white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Natural blueberries are the star here. Very tart and a bit funky. I'm excited to try this one.

Taste: This beer is extremely tart and a bit harsh, especially in the finish. The blueberry flavor builds towards the finish. Really nice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really tart beer, but the fruit works so well with the sour flavors. I just love the finish. I'll have more given the chance.

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Cambridge Common thanks to leftovers from Ithaca's dinner earlier.

A: Hazy bright pink reddish almost blue-purple hue with a very light fizzy head.

N: Lots of sour fruit, blueberry and more berry like fruit, a little juicy smelling, lots of funk, yeast, and bready malts as well.

T: Spicy at first with lots of sour tangy fruit. A nice sour berry fruit flavor that somewhat reminisces of blueberries. Quite a bit of acidity give it a slight bite to it. More bready malts and some funk with wild yeast flavors. Barnyard funk, more than I expected. As it warms and later on the sip more fresh blueberries come out, which reminds me of picking blueberries on the Cape with my grandmother when I was like 5. A little more yeastiness too. The nice sour fruit really starts to get tasty as it both warms and my palate gets into it.

M: Lighter with tons of carbonation.

F: The finish is actually somewhat lighter than I expected. It has a slight residual sweetness but gets pretty dry otherwise. A long lingering tangy sour fruit flavor with hints of fresh blueberry on the sides of the tongue. A slight bitter barnyard funk sticks around a little bit too.

I tried this at EBF and was very disappointed, but who knows what crazy beers I had before it. On top of that, with a full sample and time to enjoy it and really scrutinize it, I really started to like it. After letting it warm a bit, and enjoying the subtle flavors I really liked it. Glad I was able to snag a bottle.

M:

Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been looking forward to trying this - thanks Stakem for sharing at my wild ale tasting yesterday. Poured chilled from the bottle into a tulip.

A rosy/reddish tinged color w/ mild haze and tight bead with white cap adorning the liquid -spots of lace collect in a random fashion. The smell is instense! strong sour notes of fruit and yeast with a lemony berry combo. Some funk odors are present with earthy light aspects adding a mild sweet herb note to the fruit and sour aroma fromthe wild yeast w/ an almost lactic quality. The tart texture hits the tongue and spreads quickly giving a puckering effect of strong sour w/ light acidic quality and high carbonation adds to the drying astringency w/ some sweetness from the fruit as an afterthought.

The funky strong lactic essence carries over from smell to taste with more tart and strong juiciness w/ blueberry skin acidic flavor -juicy but in the way a pie is juicy, not sweet really with dry malt accenting the hints of berry and lactic culture -sour all the way into the finish w/ tart acidity and a bit like blueberry lemonade which to me means it has the pucker factor but is balanced by some berry qualities -after the first initial jolt of sourness it seems to mellow a bit and the acidic flavor becomes more mild. A pretty awesome beer IMO, just great with its intense and sour aspects in the raw form with an enamel stripping delivery. It doesn't come off as truly blueberry which is the only thing I can knock it for -a really excellent beer all in all.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!032.
Blind tasting, and had this one next to a E!027 Brute. I hadn't been a huge fan of the Brutes I've had before, but I liked 27 a LOT, and it definitely was my favorite between that and this beer in our tasting.

Cloudy pour, ruby-amber in color, with a thin, wispy, white head that dissipated, leaving a few stray bubbles on top. Well, even in a blind tasting, it was apparent there was either fruit or flower petals in this one. Funky aroma, brett, horseblanket, leather, light berries just barely peeking through. Twinge of tartness up front in the taste, floral notes, light berry notes that probably didn't come out as much as when the beer was fresh, funky yeast, leather, fresh cut grass. Light-medium body, prickly and somewhat acidic mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Very nice overall, even if Brute overshadowed it, IMO.

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/05/10 notes. Brought a 750ml bottle to a small tasting.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head with great retention and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of blueberries, sour fruit, some funk and brett. Really nice and funky, I enjoyed it a lot.

t - Tastes of blueberry, slightly sour fruits, some of that barnyard funk, and brett. Very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp and dry with a champagne style carbonation. A little too carbonated for me.

d - I thought this was a great sour, especially if you like blueberries. I thought it smelled great, and both the smell and taste are funk and sour blueberries. The carbonation hurts this one a little bit for me, but still a great beer I would love to try again. I like Brute better, but another great sour from Ithaca.

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really interesting beer. First, the blue rubber cork is impossible to get out of the bottle but for good reason, this beer is a gusher.

Poured into a becher, this beer is all head. Huge white head. Beer is pinkish and hazy. The giant head is foamy and falls away quickly completely coating the glass with lacing. Carbonation (d'uh) is really high. Looks interesting and great.

The aroma of the beer is funky with a strong hit of sour. I don't smell the blueberries.

I also don't really taste the blueberries unfortunately. Don't get me wrong, there is an overall tartness to this beer that I assume is coming from the blueberries, I was just expecting a more forward role. The beer is a great sour, mostly citric but some lactic as well. There is a slight funk at the end after several tastes, overall well balanced. Drinkability is high and so is mouthfeel.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours ruby red with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of tart funk up front with hints of light blueberry, citric fruits, dry yeast, and some earthy oak. The tartness is a bit overpowering and doesn't allow all the other flavors to come thru as much as I would like.

T - Huge blast of tart funk up front giving way slowly to a mix of light blueberry, dry oak, and some strong acidic fruit. Plenty of pucker in the finish, lingering for quite awhile. I was really expecting the blueberry's to be more prominent but they were a bit muted. Still a very enjoyable American wild.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp tart feel with plenty of pucker in the finish. Not too over the top but still quite tart.

D - Pretty good. I could definitely drink this one no problem but it really was very tart. It really didn't tire the pallet like some of the others I have had, quite refreshing even.

Photo of WesWes
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a reddish/pink color with a thick frothy white head with pink tints that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a damn sour aroma with some light blueberry accents. It's light and dry and ohh so sour. The taste is perfect. It's light and fruity with a killer sourness right up there with some of Cantillion's best offerings. Wow, what a beer! The chief has really delivered with this one. The blueberry character is present, but really only adds color and a bit of complexity. The rest is unadulterated Brett, horse hair sourness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a beautiful beer. It's more than I could have imagined. Great job, everyone at Ithaca Beer Company! Hail to the Chief!

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.

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mistofminn for sharing this at a tasting.

Batch E!021

Pours a big fizzy head head that fades down fast to a thinner layer. Color is a grapefruit pink.

Aroma: Wet horse blanket, sour blueberries, touch of cherries, and oak. Reminds me a little of brute, but better.

Taste: Again, reminds me of brute with blueberries. The champagne yeast is crazy in this beer The brett doesn't show too much, but I get nice oak flavors. Very nice, sour beer.

Very crisp and refreshing. Tons of carbonation from the champagne yeast. Medium to lighter bodied. Ends dry and sour.

Overall, very drinkable with some nice sour flavors. The oak and brett are subtle but the blueberries show a lot. The carbonation is very high, so I couldn't drink a ton of this but it is good. Thanks Brad for busting out some sweet beers.

Photo of stakem
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle Batch E!032 (second batch) that is corked, capped and wrapped. You need a trifecta of tools including a bottle opener, jigsaw blade and a turkey bastor to get this bottle open... or a Swiss army knife. Once open, this bottle reveals a matching blue synthetic cork, that's cute.

Poured into a couple of snifters, this brew appears a ruby color, almost red but not quite. It appears as though (who would have guessed) it has been stained by blueberries. Hazy through the body with a thin whisp of white head that dissolves fast and holds thin and tight around the edges of the glass.

The aroma is lightly sweet with an indication of berries. Brett is evident with some subtle wet leather notes coupled with cheese and an all inclusive funkiness. The back of the nose finishes off with a sweetness of berries that isn't readily identifiable as blueberry but is sweet and fresh smelling.

The taste is tart with a combination of berries and Brett. Just like the aroma led on, Brett is evident imparting a flavor of wet leather, cheese and funk. Unfortunately the brightness of the berry aspect does not follow through as much as the aroma would lead you to believe. Regardless it is very enjoyable with a light grainy flavor before finishing with a puckering quality. A lasting taste of grains, berries and light acidity stays inside the mouth.

This is a light bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. It is acidic and has quite a salivation factor to it. Yet it is easy drinking and very enjoyable. A solid example of the American wild style, this is a brew that I wish was more readily available because I would like to drink this regularly.

Photo of ShanePB
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, Batch # E!032
Served in a miniature goblet

A: Clear, bright ruby/rose colored body with a fizzy soft pink head that dissipated almost immediately. Tons of carbonation is visible throughout the glass, evidence of the champagne yeast used. Only a thin weak ring of tiny bubbles laced the edges.

S: Lots of berry fruits - blueberry, raspberry, strawberry. A nice tartness, sourness and funk from the brettanomyces. Minor hints of grain and pale malt towards the back but the fruits take over this beer aggressively.

T: Wow, that is tart and instantly puckering. Nice amounts of sour, tart qualities last throughout. Blueberry, raspberry, strawberry all blend into a bouquet of delicately balanced sweet and tart flavors. Easily one of the most tart beers I've sampled, and it's wonderfully delicious.

M: Highly bubbly and effervescent, somewhat dry but very clean and crisp. Ends with a nice cut of flavors and bubbles - really a remarkable drink.

This was simply delicious. It had an enamel-ripping tartness that both my girlfriend and I really enjoyed. The berry flavors elevated this one from being a simple, straight up sour beer into something that does go a bit overboard while still remaining grounded.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled January 2010
Extremely fizzy, the beer pours with a purple / pink tinged off white colored head. Even a careful pour sees my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip filling up with foam and even overflowing the sides of my glass. The beer is a murky, honey / pale-amber color that shows a red-tinged, light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of earthy, musky Brettanomyces backed by a subtle, floral fruitiness. Somewhat cheesy smelling (in a funky farmhouse cheese way), musty (like damp, slightly molded earth), . The fruitiness here is quite noticeable, even if not dominant, and for some reason I want to describe the aroma as pink; I can't really figure out why, but this is what the blueberry notes make me think of, perhaps it is because the beer smells very floral like too. The smell of pink (definitely a fruity smell), I am not sure what it is, but this describes it perfectly for me. There is a light tartness to this beer, almost more urea than lactic smelling. Yep this is definitely heavily influenced by Brettanomyces.

Fairly dry tasting as it hits my tongue, there is perhaps a hint of sweetness let that accentuates a fruitiness to the finish. The fruit in the finish really lingers and it morphs into various flavor phases; berry like at first, it then has a lightly chalky children's aspirin flavor (fake grape I think) and finally it has a blueberry skin tannic edge that tastes of fleshy ripe blueberries but causes a touch of puckering from the light astringency. There is a nice, light tartness to this beer; mostly lactic, with just a wisp of urea towards the finish, and there is probably both an influence from the blueberries and perhaps even the wine barrels. Speaking of which, the oak here is nicely soft, it is noticeable, but doesn't dominate the other flavors; there is a definite textural tannic structure to the body in the finish, there are some softly spicy oak notes as well as a lightly toasty wood character in the middle and finish. My wife tastes banana in this beer, and now that she mentioned it, there is a soft note of this here that I pick up on.

After a fresh pour I have some opportunity to eat foam lest my glass over-flows again. The foam is light and fruity tasting with a soft acidity. The beer underneath this voluminous head is quite fizzy, which seems to work for this light, tannic supported, beer. While the fruitiness here doesn't seem to be distinctly blueberry based, it is at a really nice level; there is a definite influence in the profile of this beer, but it only adds to the complexity and doesn't drown out the funky and barrel derived notes. This is one of those beers where a 750 of it disappears way faster than you would prefer. The funkiness isn't quite as pronounced as it is in the aroma, but it is still quite noticeable with a definite muskiness, some woody mushroom flavors and a finish that has a light, chalky, slightly medicinal phenolic character to it.

This is actually quite nice, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this is damn good. I did really love Brute batch 1, but I still haven't gotten it into my head that Ithaca brews some tasty sours; and they do. With the blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old barrells this might evoke some comparisons with Lambics, but this is definitely not that, even if it does have many of the flavor components from a Lambic. This isn't nearly as sour (which is really the main difference), but I still am enjoying this with out the bracing acidity I so often crave. This beer does show the great finesse that I like to see in a fine Gueuze; it is a balance between earthy notes, a strong muskiness, light oak, noticeable fruit and, in this case, light acidity that makes this beer such a joy to drink.

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LeBleu from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.