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LeBleu - Ithaca Beer Company

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436 Ratings
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 721
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of lovindahops
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

200th review!!! Had to bang this one out with a rare find from my favorite brewery! One to have tonight and one to cellar. E! 032

A- pours a pink grapefruit look with nice head of ghost white foam that slowly resides to mere bubbles on the surface. Literally a color I have never seen before

S- amazing berry scent that is draped in both tart and sour themes. Very sweet and funky at the same time. Very dry and crisp at the same time with the scent. Not only is Lebleu's scent mouth watering, but it's complex too

T- I love wild ales like this! A perfect slap our sour blueberries peaking with the brett to make an unbelievable combination of flavor. The barnyard funk is around to make it completely worthwhile. The end is a rocket launch of sour and dry components. This is great!

M- good carbonation on the tongue. While it doesn't rip away at your mouth, some aging with this bottle will help

D- another Ithaca brew that states, "believe the hype." Lebleu is a fantastic tasting wild ale that packs fantastic attributes of sour flavor and solid fruit. The blueberries are not overwhelming and I think that is a good thing. This will be a brew I go back to every single year. Another great job Ithaca

Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml split with bobsy at Blue Monk in Buffalo. Pours a nice kriek red with hints of purple, thought it would be purpler but it looks inviting nonetheless. Light haze and a finger of head that has some staying power to leave some rings of lace.

Nose reveals tart berries, gobs of oak from the barrels and a light funk. Not overly acidic.

Tart berries in the flavor, a hint of a light bitterness that reminds me of blueberry skin, loads of oak, a hint of vanilla, balanced malt body, tart but not overly so, light brett funk. Just really drinkable. Champagne carb, light refreshing drink. Would love to see the fruit come up a bit more and look forward to seeing what the brett will do to this with some age. Ithaca has a winner with this one.

Photo of bobsy
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a blood grapefruit colour, with a blend of pink and purple in the glass. A slight haze forms, along with a small white head that drops to a film post haste. Big sour nose has blueberry skins, lemon, candy and sweet berries. So clean and deep that I could sniff it for a long time. The first few sips reveal this to be an intensely sour brew, but as the palate becomes acclimatised, a wonderful balance becomes apparent, and the full range of flavours assert themselves. Again, blueberries doiminate, with a tart mix of ripe and green. Beyond that an almost cookie base provides a solid backbone, and the funk of the brett is already doing its working, lending light musty flavours to this brew. All of this is capped off by a refreshingly light body that makes it an easy drinker.

Phenomenal beer - glad I have a bottle for the cellar!

Photo of bbb099
3.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Much thanks to scottfrie as he felt generous enough to share this one with me.

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Hazy pinkish, caramel color. Reminds me of guava juice. White colored head that thinned out within seconds, leaving almost no head. Looks very unique.

S - Funky, tart, sour smell. I did not smell much berries in mine.

T - Puckering sourness that cover up a lot of the berry flavor. Cheesy and sweaty finish. To me, it was a little too tart as it goes down, but then again this is only about my fourth wild ale, so it's possible that I'm just not used to it.

M - Pretty low carbonation. Full bodied.

D - Not quite my favorite sour beer. Drinkability was not great mostly because I felt more relieved as the stinky aftertaste goes away.

Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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 scottfrie
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into AVBC snifter. Thanks a ton for this one SneezyAchew!! Batch 32.

A: Pours a light pink hue that got cloudy half way through the bottle. Head is thin and a light pinkish tinged white and disappeared quickly into a bubbly film.
S: Sweet notes of fruit including apricots, blueberries, blackberries, and hints of tart lemon zest, unrippened berries, funky hay-like brett, and sugar cookies.
T: Mouth is full of berries and grapes with crackery, doughy yeast. Tartness is moderate but quick and under control . Finish is really dry but sweet and fruity. Aftertaste has a light cheesiness to it from the brett which I really enjoy. Slightly salty and sweaty as well.
M: Medium body that falls off in the finish. Finish is very dry however, which makes this beer clean and refreshing. Carbonation is light and easy, but could maybe use a little more.
D: Not as potent as some, but easier to drink than others. Fruit flavors are light and integrated with the cheesy brett. I really like the aftertaste in this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't thank SneezyAchew enough for dropping me a bottle.

Photo of domtronzero
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy pinkish red colored with a big, fizzy, short lived whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Big sweet berry fruitiness, funky with a nice amount of lacto tartness. Sweet bready malts.

F/M - Tart lacto sourness with bready sweet malts following and a big brett funk. Sweet pils malts mix with a subtle fresh blueberry flavor. Dry, clean finish with a lingering tart blueberry flavor. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation and a light prickly feeling.

D - Good, dry, tart, funky and flavorful. This is one I'll definitely be revisiting.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DSC brought batch 21 and I brought batch 32. We shared these at our EPIC sour tasting...

Batch 21 is overcarbonated, batch 32 is just right... The review will be geared at batch 32, but comparisons may be made...

This reminds me of blueberry Clearly Canadian... Of course, no one at the tasting remembers ...

Looks a light hazy pink. White head is minimal, but present. Some small spots of lacing.

Smells like the brute-- oaky, champagne, and dry. Some blueberries come in, but not as much as I expected.

Taste is just as expected-- oaky, dry, champagne finish, with some blueberries. Tasty and pleasant, but not as good as brute. The tartness is muted and dulll-- I was hoping for more.

Body is good: carbonation is high and bright. Light body.

Easy drinking. Very tasty. I like this and enjoy it, but I can take it or leave it.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 15 January 2011
Glass: Bourdeaux glass
Type: 750ml bottle, corked and capped, Batch E!032 (31 Dec 2010 release)

Uncapped, had a little leakage. Uncorked the blue cork, opened with a small pop, poured into several wine glasses and shared with family. No head and no lacing, but the color is like that of unfiltered grapefruit juice and tons of sediment. Aroma heavy with brett and fresh grapefruit, only light in blueberries. Taste is moderately tart with flavors of strawberry and grapefruit, no so much blueberry. Sour bretts mingle with the palate. I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time, especially with my girlfriend since she loves sour ales. Excited to age some more bottles =)

Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LIVEFAST for sharing this one.

Pours a cloudy dark pink color that looks like grapefruit juice when held to a light source with a one finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Vinous aroma with lots of dark fruit and tart funk. The champagne yeast used is very faint and there is a nice earhty oak character. Lots of blueberry, grape and dark berries in the nose.

Very puckering medium body with a lot if vinous dark fruit notes, earthy oak and vanilla. Plenty of blueberry(much more than last year) along with currant and other dark berries. Slight lactic cream adding some complexity with a boat load of oaky tannis. Puckering and intense at first but when the palate adjust it's pretty drinkable. A vast improvement from last year.

Photo of codewarrior
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL capped and corked bomber, poured into a champagne flute Batch# E!032 (2010 release).

Was lucky enough to have my flight canceled, and to have been stuck in upstate NY for this release. Want to thank Benz and the IBC crew for putting on a laid-back release, really well done.

L: Looks like grapefruit juice in every way, pinkish with lots and lots and lots of particulate in suspension, slightest hint at head, nothing more. Looks like a grapefruit Rochefort 10.

S: Sweet, puckering-ly so with lots of brett-induced sour blended in, fades in layers to a lingering and welcome sour.

T: Sweet beats sour to the starting line, then the brett characteristic dials up a notch and overtakes the sweet as the blueberry pucker begins to become defined. Nice big blueberry tart puckers up before the whole thing tones down and lingers for the length of the bible. Awesome.

F: Thick and low on carbonation. Pretty good, but a touch under-carbonated to my palate. As this is an in-bottle fermentation, I would imagine this is going to improve over time.

D: A bit of a sipper, but damn good.

Photo of parktravis
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted the new Dec 31 2010 release. Recommend one year bottle aging. We opened the first bottle and the flavor was somewhat limited. After recorking, sitting overnight, the flavor was enhanced already. Again, thank goodness we purchased enough to let bottle age for some time.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 2/7/2010. Bottle. Pours a light pink/orange with a thick, foamy light pink head and lively carbonation. Aroma of tart fruit, brett, light funk. Flavor of tart blueberry, sweet tart candies. Pretty easy drinking for a sour ale and quite tasty! I would have liked a touch more blueberry, although the blueberry flavors did come out nicely in the beer. Well done!

Photo of Duhast500
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am very glad I decided not to trade this beer and have it for myself.

Batch E!021

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Allagash tulip glass.

The color is a very cloudy peach color with some red and orange highlights.The head is white but left pretty quickly in a poppy effervescent.

The smell is blueberry with a slight strawberry flavor that leans toward champagne and has slight sourness that is very engaging.

The taste is sour with a nice fruity flavor that is a bit strawberry and a bit blueberry with touch of melon as well. The taste is every bit a fruit salad with a bubbly, poppy sour flavor that hits the taste buds just right at the beginning. Some small bitterness comes out for a moment, like it is pushed behind a soundproof wall, the bitterness is muted by a loud 18 wheeler of sour tanginess at the end. It's leading the parade and makes you forget any bitterness.

The feel of this beer is light but gives the impression of a bigger beer. There is a zing that pops in my mouth and reminds me why I love well crafted beers. This is one of those beers.

Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Jmoore50
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BatchE!021
Acquired through WW4 BIF
Thanks Hophead101

The appearance on this one is so beautiful, it has a great color. It has a ruby colored heart that gradients to a caramel colored edge. It pours at first with a nice white fluffy head, but that eventually leaves.

The smell is of sweet berry, some candy sugars, blueberries and some dry funky must.

What an amazing taste for a beer that, I believe, didn't get as much hype as is deserved. It has a high carbonation that pushes a great blueberry and wild yeast forward. A bit of lactic sourness paired with some dry Brett balances this out perfectly. The blueberry in this is beautiful, a bit astringent from the yeast and blueberry skin, sweet from the natural juices. It really pops with flavor, delicious.

The mouthfeel is overly carbonated at first, but with a few swirls and a hard pour it comes out perfect. The entire palate is involved in this, the sweetness coming from the fruit with the sourness from the yeast. I could drink a few bottles of this in one sitting but it is fairly acidic and a stomach killer. Overall a delicious beer that I am very excited to try.

J

Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this on Ebay. Yeah, yeah, I know. But....the seller threw in an extra. Russian River Redemption. You don't see that every day! Batch E! 021

Capped and then corked....man, that blue cork does NOT want to come out of the bottle! My hand's a hurting! There, got it out, lost an ounce or 2 in the process as I couldn't have a glass ready for it; all my effort went into removing the cork. It's the number one most difficult ever!

It pours a cloudy one of the pitted fruits colours, peach or apricot. Starts off with a big head of foam that shrinks very quickly to a ring around the glass and a couple of small islands near the middle. The lacing is equally short lived.

The smell was obvious from the get go. Huge Brett like aroma and wine like tartness from aging in wine barrels. I had to literally dig to get any blueberry presence out of this puppy but I did.

The taste is super tart/sour...blueberries are doing the trick, some funky tones, vinegar like tart is there, more sour from the blueberries but I'd like to have a touch of *some* blueberry sweetness. Not there but I can't complain too much as the flavours are all enthralling. Very very dry, especially in the finish. Yum, I say.

Fairly light bodied with heaps of Champagne like carbonation. I'm surprised that I didn't lose more of the beer when the cork came out.

Drinkability? I'm a fan of American Wild Ales that bring the sour. This one doesn't disappoint flavourwise so it's a good drinker.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Reddish-orange, pinkish even, with a very big head like you see on unintentionally infected beers.

S - Blueberry bushes and band-aid are the prominent aromas. There is a slight alcohol presence, which is surprising due to the relatively low ABV. And it seems to have a specifically lactic quality in the nose. Very dry, aromatically.

T - At first it is very very dry and pleasantly astringent, but the blueberry comes through after a while. It takes a few minutes for the unusually dry profile to reveal its complexities beyond simply 'dry', 'tart', and 'medicinal'. As it opens up, wood, Band-Aid, cut hay, and bruised blueberry fruit impressions become available. The tartness never relents, nor does the dryness, making this a brew to savor with a glass of water riding shotgun.

M - As oft-stated, very very dry. Also quite effervescent and Champagne-like in body.

D - I prefer Brute to LeBleu, but not by much. This is just a bit too dry.

Photo of kbeals
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JohnGalt1 for this brew, epic!

A- Light purple-orange in color with plenty of fizzy, off white head. Head dissipates down to a thin layer rather quickly but hangs around for the session. Not much lacing, but that may have been to due to the glass.

S- Funky, very tart and sour. Blueberries definitely show up in this one, the aromas seem to blend to form an overall fruitiness with the likes of cherries and other berries. Funk isn't overwhelming, but it's there.

T- Very sour and funky. Not mouth puckering sour, but it's damn close. Wonderful tastes of blueberries come through nicely. A very solid and well done beer. I'm still rather new to sours, but this one isn't definitely above average.

M- Very prickly mouthfeel, tartness leads to a cotton mouth feeling. Light body.

D- Very drinkable. Sourness isn't overwhelming by any means. The carbonation sort of gets to me after a while, but still a very good brew.

Toby, I always thought you were a class act, but after meeting you, I now KNOW you are a class act. Cheers!

Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for picking up this 750 mL bottle for me earlier this year.

A: The blueberry addition has given the ale an unusial color, amber with just a bit of a darker tint. I'm hesitant to say blue, just darker. Four fingers of white foam disappeared as quickly as they were conjured up. No lacing around my glass.

S: The nose is a beguiling blend of sweetly tart blueberry juice, oak and just a little bit of funky citric aromas. The oak, always comforting, is no exception here.

T: The ale is amply carbonated. My first sip was the prickly tingle of bubbles over everything else. There is little in the way of blueberry, lost to the critters still hard at work in the ale. Oaken flavors are more apparent after each sip passes through. After sitting for a half an hour, during which time the ale bubbled like an active volcano, more funkiness came through. The citric flavors are strong, lemony with a nice pucker factor. Oak is there but it does struggle to get through the citric bite. The blueberry presence is very mild, a footnote to the impressive bite of this ale, until the finish. There is adds a tart natural bite to the drink.

M: Very citric. The tartness is all-encompassing, devouring most all other flavors. The lemon feel is powerful.

D: Drinkable but very tart. As wild as an American ale can come.

Photo of KAP1356
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to sirpsycho for giving me the chance to try this one (IP trade). After carefully opeining the 750 ml. bottle from Batch E!021 hoping that this would not be a gusher, this one was pored into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a gorgeous light rose and purple color with a huge fluffy, red tinted, white head. VERY inticing color. The head is very loose and dissapears quite quickly (which surprised me for how carbonated this one was.

S - Funky and tart with a faint blueberry aroma; much less than I anticipated. There is a nice lemony scent to it as well. Despite the smaller blueberry presence in the nose, it is still a great aroma with some yeast and Brett making a solid appearance.

T - Quite tart and funky with a nice blueberry tinge to the palate. The Brett funkiness is very nicely mixed into the flavor profile and makes this one nice and sour. It has a nice lemony flavor assoxiated with it to and the finish really reminded me of champagne.

M - Quite carbonated and a little too much for my liking. Light bodied with a nice finish of blueberry and lemon mixture. A slight astringency comes with this feel as well.

D - Very flavorful and light which made it quite refreshing to drink. Really wish I had some more.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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 kkipple
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanx to Crittervision for this bottle, shared with friends in Buford at the massive Meat Meet!

A. Pours a fat, foamy head (think Brute) atop a purple-gold brew. Head dies fast. Eventually dies altogether.

S. Y;know... this smells like Brute (dry champangey malt, semi-sweet, white grape, light lemon funk) but with a dose of berry. Blueberry, blackberry? maybe... has that wild 'field' character, the kind your hands take on after picking berries. Which is to say, quite nice, and more characterful than Brute. This is very nice.

T. Overcarbonated. That's about where the cons end... this is basically Brute with a shot of berry juice, which I REALLY LOVE. Champagne-like, fine funk-sour with the aforementioned berries coming in to add flavor and character. A fine, fizzy, celebratory berry sour brew. I want more.

M / D. Highly carbonated, explodes in the mouth (like most Ithaca big beers...) which makes you sip it slowly. Is this by design or just how these things turn out? Finish is blueberry and lemon - lactic.

LeBleu is a very good beer, and not only should Ithaca make more, but they should send me some, because I am cool. Big props to Critter from NC for this fine berry gift!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I split a bottle of this with my wife tonight while watching Le Tour de France.

A: Bright orange with a fizzy white head that fads rapidly to a thin wispy layer of white.

S: Wonderful sour, wild yeast aroma. The berries are there, but subtle. I could (and will) smell this all night.

T: Again, fantastic. Berries emerge more in the taste than in the aroma. Awesome sourness. A truly superb beer, and an excellent representation of the style. This is basically a blueberry lambic. Why are my two favorite blueberry lambics so difficult to obtain?

M: Lip smacking, puckering goodness. A slight hint of vinegar burn in the back. Unfortunately, the beer is too highly carbonated. This adversely affects not only the feel on the palate, but the overall taste profile as well. It's still a tasty beverage, nonetheless.

D: One bottle left. I'll be waiting for Ithaca Beer Co. to release this one again. Highly recommended.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a couple bottles via trade, this perticular one is from jjayjaye...thanks JJ!! Really looking forward to this one, especially since it didn't fall victim to the "bottle-bomb" scare! Poured from a 750ml bottle with blue cork(!!) into my Delirium Tremens large tulip/snifter glass. Pours a pink'ish red color with gigantic white frothy head with decent retention, and leaves medium covered laces of froth. The appearance is pretty clear once filled, very fizzy...and resembles cranberry gingerale.

Aroma is funky, tart, with yeast notes...and very faint blueberry. A great smelling beer! The only thing that could make this better would be if it was just a tad stronger.

As soon as it hits your tongue, it's obvious that the carbonation is high(not a bad thing). Light and crisp body. Booze doesn't stand out at all...which isn't surprising considering it's not a high ABV beer. Drinkability doesn't lack with the flavors...just lacks due to the high carbonation. Flavors are full of tart and funk! I read some reviews previous, and to my understanding, a lot of people don't think this beer was very tart. It definitely has a graet tart bite. The blueberry tartness brings a nice pucker, and the brett funkiness compliments the overall flavor wonderfully! A great sour, and not a let down in the least!

LeBleu from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.