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LeBleu | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by almychristopher on 01-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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 =)

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Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of parktravis
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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!

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Photo of Duhast500
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of Bitterbill
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of kbeals
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of kkipple
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.39/5  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.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big ups to brandoneast for this!

pours a rose and copper with a hint of haze. massive white and lightly red tinged head. quickly dissipates leaving light retention

light blueberry with a light sour and malty smell. light hints of lemon and grape.

light in the flavor with a nice smooth sourness up front that quickly fades. nice light biscuit like malt body. has a bit of a wheat flavor.
nice light but profound blueberry flavor, if that makes sense.

the carbonation is off the wall, way too carbonated. i found myself swirling the glass over and over to rid of it.

loved this... i would love some more!

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Photo of sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andy for the gift of a bottle. This was a tough one to find around here.

A-Pours a slightly misty pink with apricot undertones with a foamy white head, creamy, with good sticky lacing. We were prepared for a gusher here based on other reports but I guess this has settled down a bit.

S-Sweet blueberry with hints of peach and other sweet stone fruits and a hint of sourness.

T-Tangy and moderately sour with a nice fruity sweetness to balance. Closes with a nice bretty bite, balanced by a nice wine character.

M-Prickly carbonation and light bodied.

D-Really lived up to expectations. Flavorful, light and delicious.


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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kevin for sharing this one!

A- Body is a translucent dirty rose hue. Pours with a 1/2 finger thin white foamy head.

S- Nose has a slight tart character, a bit of vinegar, and blueberry. Nose is soft and pretty well balanced-with blueberry being the highlight.

T- The entire flavor profile is mild to moderate in strength. Its slightly sour, slightly acidic, with a blueberry character than is neither tart or sweet. Decent balance with nothing overpowering.

M- High tingly carbonation, slight yeasty consistency-but somewhat thin.

D- This is a good blueberry ale overall with a nice yeasty presence. Not as wild or sour as most wilds and sours-but this makes a great fruit beer. Probably my favorite by this brewing company so far.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a very hazy light pinkish red color with lots of bubbly white head that has a hue of pink to it.

S-the nose is lighter with nice ripe blueberries and some hints of raspberries. there is a hint of funk to it but very faint and notes of vinegar behind.

T-the taste is solid, nice blueberries up front with a light hint of funk to it, good acidity and touch of vinegar and some more bleuberry and tartness in the back.

M-prickly on the palate, medium to light body with strong carbonation and prickly on the back of the throat.

D-pretty straight forward but the carbonation is a little strong and brings some strong prickly burn in the back of the throat. not a lot of complexity but not bad.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sitting on this for a while, decided to pop the cork for my fiances 2nd year anniversery as a teacher. Pours a really lovely rose red to pink color with a slightly off pink head. Really tight carbonation that leaves an initial fine lacing, which changes to a spotty lacing. Smells of must, some barny notes, followed by a nice vinuous aroma from barrel aging and a faint fruit note. The fruit note is kinda hard to detect under the other more assertive flavors. The fruity flavors show more in the taste as this beer breathes. Other flavors include nice winey barrel aged taste, lambic like sour / tartness. This one is real bubbly in the mouth and down the hatch. Kinda like scrubbing bubbles, but in a good way. Having split this bottle I'd say I wish I had a whole bottle, but I also know I would probably get palate exhaustion on this one. It was very refreshing on a hot humid new england evening though!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to my brother Andy for cracking this bad Larry. Poured this into a White Birch goblet. Pulled off the cap and discovered a funky blue cork sealing in this funky blue beer. Popped the corked and LeBleu came gushing! Quickly poured and ended up with almost a fist full of fluffy cotton candy pink colored head. The beer sitting beneath this behemoth head is a gorgeous ruby red. Just like Ocean Spray grapefruit juice. This smells tart. The smell reminds me of tart blueberries. I smell some funk. This taste like if you had four blueberries in your hand and one was tart and three were sweet. Tart in the beginning and a sweet blueberry finish. Not as sour as I expected, but still a bit of a pucker. I think the carbonation is a little much and combining that with the tartness of the beer, the mouth feel could be better, but all in all this beer drinks great.

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

Huge thanks go out Knifestyles for this one. Cheers, man! This has been sitting in a dark corner of the basement for a few months now and finally decided to open this a few nights ago as a celebratory ending to my teaching internship. Review is from notes:

Pop the cap and there's a funky smelling liquid on top of the cork. This cork is friggin impossible to get out. How long does this thing need to be? Took 5 minutes, but finally got it opened.

Orange-red color, like a dark pink grapefruit, huge white head at first but the big bubbles burst rapidly, which makes it fall to a thin cap with no lacing. Like the color but not the lack of head.

Aroma is musty, some funky cheese, not much in the way of fruit/blueberries, but it does has a nice sourness, grassiness, some lemon and tart citrus. Mmm, mmm, love these acidic sours!

Nice sourness in this beer, but not crazy sour. Acid is well controlled. Tart for sure, but a good sweetness to back it up. Brett funk is minimal, still missing the blueberry. Lemon, earthiness comes out as it warms as well a hint of blueberry which is a welcome edition.

Mouthfeel is way to bubbly at first. It took A LOT of swirling to get this beer where I wanted it. Once mellowed, body is light and fruit starts to add more dimension.

Easy drinker when the carb subsides. Could do for a touch more funk and fruit qualities from the blueberries.

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Photo of McDiddyPop
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade from koopa. 750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

LeBleu pours a bright hazy orange/ pink color with a massive fizzy off-white (bordering on pinkish) head that diminishes to a thin ring.

Smell is very sour and oaky up front, with some underlying funky earthy notes. The blueberry is there, but barely. I wish the berries shined more in the aroma, because that is the aspect which I was looking forward to the most.

Taste is sour. Well, not quite so sour as tart. Not any really harsh acidity, just a pleasing berry sweetness followed quickly by a brisk tartness and a bone dry finish. The oak does well for this one.

Decent carbonation and an extremely drying finish made this amazingly drinkable. I quickly blew through my snifter and swiped a friend's to finish theirs off as well.

Not my favorite sour thus far (ahem Cuvee de Castleton) but surely a winner. I hope to land another in the future.

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