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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.

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pDev:
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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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and capped bottle. Batch #E!012. Thanks to Jon for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy pale reddish hue. Produced a nice effervescent white head that dissipated down to bubbles.

(S)- A nice big dryness with a good funk. Bits of lovely berry fruits and a twist of lemon/lime and white grape. Nice.

(T)- A really nice ripe sour tartness. A combo of tangy berries and dry earth. Bits of tart lemon too. Deliciously sour and acidic without being over-the-top.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Wonderfully sour and acidic. Great fruits. Not overly funky, but its there.

(D)- Yet another winner from Ithaca! I have a personal love affair with Brute, but this sure tempts the heartstrings in a new direction. A great balance of sour and fruit.

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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.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Pretty orange color. Line of bubbles races upwards. Head dissipates fast.

Nice smell, lots of subtlety. Grape, cherry, blueberry, oak.

I want to say cherries, but the fruit taste has a darker edge to it: definitely blueberry. Very well done as the blueberry is in the background, I was worried it would be a syrupy blueberry bomb which it's not at all. Yum.

The carbonation on this is wicked out of control. Champagne anyone? Interesting but totally takes over, too much.

Finish is very pleasing, clean and spritzy carbonation refreshes the palate. Enjoyed this one a lot. Well balanced, nuanced and tasty.

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

Pours a murky rose, which makes it appear almost like a glass of grapefruit juice, just not as bright. A large pile of fizzy, hissing head sits on top of this beer. The head doesn't hang around too long as it fizzles away. Color aside this brew pours like a glass of champagne. A musty funk aroma rises from my glass, there is a slight touch of blueberry on the finish. Funky flavor of brett, some mustiness, slightly tart/acidic blueberry flavor on the finish. The mouth has lots of carbonation due to the champagne yeast. Slick body, with tingly carbonation, and a tart finish. A very drinkable sour, the beer was funky then nice and tart, while the blueberry flavor is not overpowering and melds in perfectly with the finish.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Ithaca for creating such a mythical beer.
I want blueberries all the time. I want them to be sour, I want them to be in a beer. I want them to be this beer. The dignified purple reign comes down upon me. It is ready for me. Am I ready? Hard to say, but the beverage nonetheless is in my glass. Giant blueberry aroma without the diaceteyl that I'm accustomed to from my own and other blueberry creations. It is a sour mofo, quick to cast names and spit on handicapped children. I barely approve. Not an unpleasant sourness at all, just something magnificent in a glass I'm lucky enough to be drinking from..Mr Wells..You are an sshole and a scholar.

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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.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a blueberry whore. I just love them. I also love soured ales, so why did it take this long for me to get my grubby farmer hands onto a blueberry aged sour?

This years batch, fresh and bubbly.

A slight hiss as purple the cork slips out, the pours fires off with a hissy bubble, carbonated like soda, popping. blueberries fill the room, a childish giggle comes from, where? dear god am I the one giggling?

Pure blueberry awesome, puckering sour with bold and brassy yeasties. Divinity in a purplish hue.

What more is there? why am I crying?

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Photo of baconsausage
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle from koopa. thanks man!

poured into a wine glass. small white bubbles fade quickly, ala champagne bubbles. pours an orangey-pink with no residual bubbles or lacing. aroma is honey-floral sour blueberry. taste is tart and sour with a little sweetness, and i mean a little. dry like champagne, but wet like cider vinegar. well balanced with just a touch of bretty funk. tastes a little like a blueberry cider vinegar, but not as tart. mouth feel is good for the style; crisp, not cloying, dry finish. I would drink this again, but liked last years more than this.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and capped bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Batch 32.

Appearance: Pours a light pink rose hue with a nice one and a half to two finger white fizzy head. Cloudy, with a good deal of yeast sediment toward the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Tart blueberries and lemons bring nice fruit and sour aromas. I definitely get some brett funk and a touch of pinot noir in the background as well.

Taste: Mouth puckering sour blueberries upfront. Lots of lemon and lemon zest notes here too. The sour is a lot more forceful than I thought, but definitely not in a bad way. After the big sour and fruit notes, there is a nice backing of some of the wine barrels and the funk. It takes a while to get past those initial sour notes, but the balance is really spot on after you get past.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with ample carbonation. They definitely come close to the champagne texture they are looking for.

Drinkability: The sour can be a little overwhelming at times, but this is very refreshing after you get past that. Still, 750 mL is a lot.

Overall, a really nice, tart, complex and enjoyable wild ale. At times the sour was a little much and I wanted more blueberry, but the wine barrel backing was a nice compliment to balance it out from being too big a sour bomb. Definitely one I would like to have again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml capped + corked bottle, batch 32, into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to Chris for sharing this major want of mine.

A: Clear ruby-red grapefruit body with a fleeting head of coarse white bubbles. I'd like some residual head, but the color is phenomenal.

S: Super sour, with in-your-face lemony, lactic acidity. Light Bretty funk and lovely fruit (more strawberry than blueberry, actually - reminiscent of Frute!) add complexity, but the focus is always on the serious sourness. Balance, intensity, complexity: this aroma has it all. Amazing.

T: Follows the nose precisely, with shudder-inducing tartness providing the platform for light fruit (more of the strawberry) sweetness that balances perfectly with the dominant sourness. So, so good.

M: Light, lively body. Great vivacity without taking too much away from the substance.

D: Amazing. I could drink multiple bottles with ease.

Notes: I heard last year's LeBleu was a bit of an overcarbonated mess, but boy did Ithaca nail it with this batch. I've been trying to give out fewer 5s lately, but this one forced my hand. There's just something so beautiful about a great sour. I may have to try to trade for a bottle or two of my own...

Cheers!

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Photo of mbusster88
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light red color with a great amount of white head. Good carbonation on the glass and a ton of sizzle. Very clean looking beer.

S: Wow, this is really nice and tart in the nose. Good amount of fruitiness and a full nose of funk.

T/M: The biggest thing here is the tartness. It is like a very nice lemon type of tart, not bad just strong. Great berry flavors in the mouth, which is rather decent on the palate. Love the amount or carbonation very cleansing.

D: I would get this one again, as I will each year when it is released. Great beer to get, trade for it if you have to.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light orange/red/pinkish color with a small white foam head. Provides minimal spotty lacing.

S: A tart yeasty smell. A decent amount of citrus and dark cherries along with that barnyard yeast smell.

T: The yeast/funk hits the palate first and lasts throughout the tasting. In the middle and back end, the citrus and dark berry flavors provide an underlying acidty that rounds out the yeast.

M: Very clean, crisp and quite dry.

D: A nice low ABV, easy to drink. Definitely would drink this Ale again.

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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.

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Photo of tprokop7
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 32 (Jan 1, 2011 release).

Popped the cap to find beer leaking past the blue synthetic wine cork, which pulled out easily, and it started to foam up (likely because it'd only been chilled for an hour).

Beer was deep purpley-pink, very cloudy. Slight off-white head, but not too much.

Aroma is tart and has a generally fruitiness, but discerning blueberries specifically is tough. Flavor is very tart at first, but fades quickly. Very underwhelming. Not as much fruit flavor as I expected. Slight sweetness.

Hoping this one gets better with time, the 2010 was nicer but I didn't get to try it this fresh. Three of us barely finished the 750.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to shrek806 for this one! 750mL capped and plastic blue wine corked champagne bottle. Batch #E!032.

Pours an orange-pink hue with some faint bone-white suds.

Nose smells super tart with brett! Barnyard-y and wet leather, lemon juice, grapefruit zest, cherry juice, and and and something...

Palate is super tart and fun-kay. Preserved lemon on the front, followed by juicy thin blueberry flavors and then wrenched in all sorts of different directions by brett-infected wood. Going to let this breathe a little and warm up a touch before continuing this review...

...palate has smoothed out a bit and more blueberry flavors have come out. Carbonation level is wonderful and keeps the mouthfeel interesting. But there's something seriously odd on the finish that doesn't sit well with me - something from the yeast or maybe the wine barrel. Finish is strange.

Notes: A solid AWA, with great appearance and mouthfeel. Flavors are a little off in my book and prevent this from being epic.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, thanks Chris! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a grapefruit pinkish color, pink head, thick ring around the glass and no retention.

S - Funk, tart/sour, berries, barnyard.

T - Similar to the nose, funk, sour/tart, berries.

M - Light, crisp, dry finish.

D - Very good but not quite at good as Brute. That said, I'd drink glass after glass of this stuff.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
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

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of bbb099
3.08/5  rDev -28%
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.

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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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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LeBleu from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 453 ratings
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