LeBleu | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by almychristopher on 01-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
453
Reviews:
207
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
Wants:
681
Gots:
92
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 453 |  Reviews: 207
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of oline73
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.46/5  rDev -18%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to open something special tonight for review #200. For some reason Le Bleu just sounded right for the occasion. Thanks to Budgie for trading me this to try. I had read some people having gushing problems with these bottles so I was extra careful taking that long cork out over the sink, but it wasn't necessary.

It opened with a nice pop and I poured it into a set of New Glarus flute glasses. It poured an amber pinkish color, almost the color of a rosé wine. The head rose quickly and almost overflowed the glass. It took several pours to get enough beer in the glass to drink. The head was very full and bubbly and it left pretty nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty strong acidic tartness to it with a good berry quality also. I'd like to say I'm picking up blueberry out of the berries but I could be tricking myself into believing it's there, since I know it's in the beer. If it's there it's lighter then the overall fruitiness to it.

The taste has a fairly strong acidic, tart and sour flavor to it. it has a slight sweet fruitiness to it that really gives it a slight candy like sweet-tartness to it. The fruitiness it has really helps make this a complex tasting and delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and the carbonation is high. The carbonation is very sharp and tangy on the tongue, almost champagne like. Drinkability is good, it was very good tasting which definitely helps the drinkability a lot.

Overall it was a very good sour beer, my only real criticism is I felt carbonation was a little too high. The carbonation made it fizz up like crazy making it hard to pour, but more importantly it was very sharp on the tongue which seemed to mask a little of the flavor. The flavor was very good though and the blueberries added a nice complexity in both the taste and the nose. It's too bad this was a one time release, with a little tweaking this could probably go from a very good beer to a exceptional beer.

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LeBleu from Ithaca Beer Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 453 ratings.
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