LeBleu | Ithaca Beer Company

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4.28 w/ 453 ratings

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 Gmann
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked, capped and foiled bottle and into my Duvel tulip. Pours a clear rose color with a geyser of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top due to the etching at the bottom of the glass. The head is the lightest of pinks, big and sudsy, left some thick clingy lacing. The aroma is woody and sour from the oak. I don't pick much else up as the oak is quite strong. The taste has a lemony oak sourness though not as strong as the aroma. Hints of blueberry flavor pop through towards the end. Not really all that sour, which is good, and the hints of blueberries fit in nicely. The feel is light and awfully fizzy but it was intended this way; finishes dry. The sour is kept in check but is the showcase. A very refreshing ale. Not overly sour so the drinkability is quite high. And as a plus the bottle didn't even come close to gushing on me.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Interesting color, it's definately an orangish/yellow color, but it has a kind of purplish tint to it, almost as if it's been stained by blueberries. Decent sized somewhat off-white head.

S - Nice funk on it, some tartness mingling with sweet notes. Smells lke a good wild ale/sour. The blueberry scent is buried deep, had to do a big inhale, but it comes through quite solid on the back end. It's not overkill, and smells very real.

T - Nicely tart with a little bit of the brett funk, tastes a lot like sour grapes and crabapples, but not in a bad way. There is this underlying blueberry taste that is somewhat unnoticeable at first but gets more noticable as the beer warms up. It is actually quite fantastic, it compliments without dominating, and does not taste fake.

M - Loads of carbonationa, but I think it works well for this beer, making it quite light and effervecent. Lighter side of medium bodied, with a dry finish.

D - Nicely drinkable, but as with most wilds, the sour becomes a bit much at some point.

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

Wrote out this review on paper months ago, and only recently decided to submit it.

A: Pours off-pink with a heaping mound of foam. The brew is somewhere between straw and purple in color.

S: Brett is upfront and bold. Smells like a good lambic is about to hit my tongue.

T: Fairly dry, with distict notes of Brett. and Lacto. in the form of farmhouse funk and puckering acidity. After the sour rush fades, the brew exhibits a subtle hint of blueberries. Very enjoyable.

M: Light, clean body with heavy carbonation and a touch of astringency.

D: One of the best American Lambics out there. I was worried that this was going to be along the lines of the notoriously aweful Cranberry Lambic, but this one is legit. Ithaca definitely had their notebooks out when they were tasting Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen's offerings. This is an authentic version of the style, and is truly enjoyable.

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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.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwale73 for sharing!!!
Pours yellow orange with a pinkish hue. Head is huge in a tan color with that same pinkish hue - it falls slowly with mild lacing. The smell is fairly mild - light blueberry, tart/sour, yeast. Taste is tart fruit..grapes with some sweetness. Blueberry flavor is very mild. Mouthfeel is active with the body being light. Easily drinkable though not super sour.

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Photo of jedwards
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jwale73 for opening this up at a recent tasting.

Pretty tough bottle to open -- pour is light pink/golden with a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly into a half-finger of very fine bubbles with a pinkish hue. Smell is tart with some brett funk and fruit notes, though nothing that screams "blueberry". Taste has more fruit flavor, definitely getting some blueberry along with citrus, characteristic brett flavors, woody notes, and a hint of grape/apple flavors. Mouthfeel is very light and effervescent, and quite refreshing.

Definitely a solid beer, sour and funky but eminently drinkable. I did not find it to be overcarbonated on the palate as some have, but definitely not at an ideal carbonation level.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at NOTF and had to try it again. Thanks to hoppymcgee for the trade. Poured with a two inch, bright white head with a pink tinge that sizzled and popped as it dissipated into a quarter inch cap. Body was translucent in clarity and pinkish-orange in color. Nose was mild - some citric acid with light fruity esters; difficult to tease out the blueberries - also a hint of cork in the mix. Taste consistent with nose with more fruit coming out in the mouth and a slightly tangy character at the finish. Mouthfeel was light with an assertive carbonation that falls just short of prickly. Finish is crisp and semi-dry. This is not an overly sour beer by any means, but definitely a solid brew that I wish would be added to the regular Ithaca rotation.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a light pink magenta with a big frothy white head, big bubbles, fizzy.

S: Intriguing mix of blue cheese, Brett funk and blueberries. Complex and elegant.

T: Very nice blueberry base though they're not as prominent as I was expecting. Complex Brett flavours come out. Goat and blue cheese. Quite enjoyable.

M: Effervescent, very fizzy. Way too carbonated initially making it impossible to taste. Definitely needs massive swirling to lower the carbonation.

D: I've been wanting to try this for the longest time, I've never had a blueberry sour before. A nice beer once the carbonation problems are dealt with.

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Photo of Jayli
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle Batch E!021 - a bit of liquid was in between the cork and cap once I popped the cap off. Hardest gawddamn cork to get out!
Poured in to my Portsmouth Brewery tulip..

A: This beer pours an odd, pinkish but orangey color with a crazy four finger of white fizzy, sudsy, rocky head. Head recedes faster than any beer that I have seen. The slightest spots of wispy lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is full of sour tartness and funk - reminiscent of the one and only berliner weiss that I've had. Some lemony tartness and hints of soured blueberry.

T: Taste starts very sour - at first, tasted more of soured apple skins, soured grapes and grapefruit but as the beer warms, a nice (albeit light) blueberry flavoring come in. Middle has quite a bit of funk. Not a lot - but enough to let you know this is a wild. Finish has some oaked notes mingled with a light breadiness.

M: Light body, high carbonation, light, crisp, and ... soft (I've never described a beer like that before).

D: Goes down nicely, nice taste, goes down easily, fairly sour but flavors really come out as the beers warms. This is another nice offering from the Excelsior series.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First I want to thank huey782 for offering up this great beer in a recent LIF. This was one I was pondering what it might take to snag after having it at a tasting.

A: Huge off white cloud on top of this lovely ruby red grapefruit liquid. Got hazier and hazier each pour, which was great.

S: Lots of sour with a bit of funk. Lemon zest, slight lactic, defined blueberry. Funk is grassy and somewhat medicinal. Really getting a nice woody oak aroma in the back.

T: This is hard to do, this beer really evolves not only as it warms up but as you get closer to the bottom. It's sourness is puckering while it is chilled but as it warms up more funk starts to come out. It goes from tangy to almost a metallic mineral rich soil. As you get to the bottom of the bottle and take in more yeast the blueberry flavor is a lot more noticeable. Being from Maine, we have a lot of blueberries, and this beer definitely has the fresh picked still green-to-purple tart tang. This beers a real temptress, there's so much complexity but the tartness dries your palate removing the flavor sooner than you'd probably like.

M: At first it was too carbonated. I guess that's part of being a wild ale, could be nearly flat or could be bubbling over. Champagne yeast probably also has a lot to do with this. While the body is somewhat thin, the tartness and carbonation makes it feel like there's definitely something in your mouth.

D: I opened this and poured a glass for my mother and girlfriend. After that I didn't offer them anymore. While the carbonation seemed much at first causing a lot of burping that was easily fixed with swirling or allowing it to rest. I want more.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this this afternoon to celebrate my first homebrew adventure. LeBleu pours a lovely strawberry red, though it was mostly head at first (no doubt in part due to my struggles with the cork). The excessive white head quickly dissipated, leaving behind a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The nose is pretty much a perfect marriage of blueberry fruitiness and barnyard funk. The taste doesn't quite live up, as the sourness overpowers almost any trace of blueberry. It's still quite good though, as the sour flavor remains pleasant without being over the top Lebleu is a little too carbonated, though not enough where it significantly detracts from the beer. The mouthfeel is probably the aspect holding it back from a 5 for drinkability though, as it's otherwise remarkable quaffable. A great beer, and I look forward to cracking my bottle of Brute sometime in the future.

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

So I have been super lucky this week and was able to snag three of these delicious beers. One was a surprise held for me by my local beer shop, Cappones in norristown (THANKS!). The other two were acquired over dinner with some of my good friends at the belgian cafe in Philly.
This beer pours in a wine glass, it has a purplish blueberry color and it was extremelly carbonated with a huge white head. A distinct blueberry smell and really tart. It sort of reminded of a cantillon rose di gambrinus. I loved it, thanks Ithaca!

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rusty burgungy with an active, pinkish white head. Settles to a silky cover, nice lace and retention.

Nose has sour blueberries, oak wine barrels, horseblanket, musty hay and damp farmyard soil.

Taste is a lovely blend of fresh blueberries, barnyard funk, white wine grapes, oak and a lactic tartness.

Crisp refreshing body is very well carbonated. Nice dry, acidic finish.

Another great sour from Ithaca. Right up there wuth the best sours in the world.

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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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newtonty was kind enough to bring a bottle of this over while doing some work this Sunday, thanks for sharing! Corked and caged bottle with an attractive blue label.

Pours a cloudy cherry with a high amount of active suds, about 3 inches high into my LA tulip.

Very similar nose to Brute with lots of sourness and funk. I definitely get the fruit and berry in the nose, but it's not very predominant.

The taste reflects the nose with a super light, airy and highly carbonated mouthfeel. Moderately high pucker value when sipping on this one - it's not afraid to show it's a sour! The funk is far more subdued then I was expecting.

All in all, this was a fine beer. We enjoyed the hell out of it!

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Brad (mistofminn) for opening this at a tasting.

Big thick head that dissipates quickly. The color is almost like bloody water, for lack of a better term. Looks very nice though.

Sour acidic nose, blueberries and champagne.

Sour and delicious. Lots of yeasty flavors with a ton of carbonation from the champagne yeast. The sour blueberries are very interesting, this beer gets better as it warms.

Thin and bubbly in the mouth.

Good drinkablility, it does down very well.

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Photo of hawks10
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (Batch E!021) poured into my Ithaca Beer Co. tulip...both courtesy of ba "israel", thanks a ton!

This is truly a beautiful beer, glowing blood orange color with tons of super soft and fluffy off-white head with a tint of pink...tons of little bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass throughout the drink...

Very tart in the nose, reminds me of Cantillon Classic Gueuze...a bit of super sour blueberries and an overall lemony acidic smell, a bit of funk in there on first whiff, very nice...

Tart, funky and really smooth. Sour berries stand out with a citric acidity. Somewhat puckering but easily drinkable if you've ever encountered a sour before...with more and more sips the sourness fades into a slightly tart fruity sweetness with a touch of funk and wood...

Tingly on the palette, a bit over-carbonated in my opinion albeit still smooth and strangely a bit creamy...

Definitely liking this beer, only drawback however is the high carbonation, getting very full and burby from all the bubbles...

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

$8 pour from bottle to a 6 oz champagne flute.

A: Infinitely effervescent. An otherwise bone white head has pale peachy/pink highlights. Foamy and mousse-like, the head erupts at first, then settles well below the rim of the glass and finally becomes manageable with a series of short 1 oz pours. Nice head retention with each small addition. The LeBleu demands to be poured slowly or the fury of the bubbles will mock the boundaries of the glass. The body has a drop dead gorgeous rosé hue. This is one of the most exquisite looking glasses of liquid I ever had in front of me.

S & T: Proudly funky and semi earthy. Brettanomyces and blueberries are in the aroma although the blueberry is subtle. Distinct aromas of lavender and other floral/fragrant qualities. Creamy. I know this brew is a combination of 3 different years of barrel aging (2007-09) but the website doesn't indicate the type of wood. Cedar plank is the stand out woody note for me but I sense a soft, well-incorporated oakiness as well. Very good, but could have benefited slightly from more intensity and greater depth of flavor.

M: Pretty damn stimulating. Altogether a tamer mouthfeel than expected compared to other wild ales I've had recently (does not provide nearly the mouth puckering experience as the Ithaca Brute). Champagne yeast or similar. Very dry, especially on the finish, this brew is seemingly incapable of actually touching the tongue, feeling like it hovers above instead. A bolder mouthfeel would not have hurt this beer at all, in fact, would have even increased my rating here.

D: It's pricey and it's not easy to get a hold of, but if you are willing and able, this beer will prove to be worth the money and effort. Well done Ithaca.

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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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one at a recent beer tasting between a couple BA’s. Thanks Brad for busting it out! Pours a beautiful tinted rose/blue color that is exceptionally clear of any sediment. The head is a big fluffy pillow of white foam with a blue-purple tinge to it. The smell is sour sweetnes that reminds me of berries. Tart and sour at the same time. The initial taste is a little overwhelmed by the high carbonation stemming from the champagne yeast but as that subsides you get flavors of sourness/tart, along with the blueberries. Slight taste of barrel. Mouthfeel as I said is extremely light stemming from the champagne yeast but really goes well with this beer. An extremely drinkable beer! Light and airy with a nice sour/tart flavor. I wish I had another bottle!

Re-rate: Bottle, Batch E!021. Just as I remember from my first rate but the rates is slightly more funky and sour as I recall. The carbonation is still quite high. Still very enjoyable but now having other sours, this just isn’t as good as I first rated.

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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.


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Photo of kfsv034
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to djrn2 for this brew

A - Color is Pinkish or peachy, its cloudy and the head bubbled up to a 2 finger foam champagne like and dissipated quickly and left a think film or foam on top all the way down with slight lacing.

S - I dont really pick up a lot of blueberry maybe a slight fruit smell but not much. I smell some funk and vinegar.

T - Taste follows the nose, not a whole lot going on here. Maybe a bit more fruit some bretty funk and vinegar. very carbonated almost to much.

M - Thin but not in a bad way. too much carbonation.

D - very drinkable

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Photo of mbudner
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LeBleu, Batch 1, 750mL bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet and done side by side with Blabaer.

A-Orange with a pink hue. Huge frothy head. Leaves spotty lacing.

S-A bit sour, some funk, I'm not really getting any of the blueberries.

T-Slightly fruity, but not distinguishably blueberry. Some funk. A little bit of sourness. Finish isn't great. Much less complex than I expected or than the Blabaer that I drank side by side with it.

MF- Solid carbonation, a bit thin, but nothing that negatively affects the beer.

D-Very easy drinking, no problem finishing 12 ounces of this.

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Photo of boothbeer
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Split 4 ways. Thanks to pecorasc. Batch E!021

A: Pink Grapefruit. Super active bright white foamy head. Good retention.

S: Nice acidity with some funk. Pick up a lot of sour grapes and berries.

T: Good amount of sourness. Not very complex. Lots of berry fruit flavor. Kind of two dimensional (sour and fruit), but I liked the flavor. A little more sourness would have been nice.

M: Very light mouthfeel. But overly carbonated. Tingles in my tongue and throughout my mouth. Almost too much.

D: Light and good drinkability.

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

Another one enjoyed at the tasting, this one pulled out by yours truly. Batch E!021. Big thanks to Kmurray8621 for sending me this one.

The pour is beautiful. It starts out a clear reddish-pink, but as the yeast is added it gets extremely cloudy and looks like grapefruit juice. The carbonation coming from kbutler1's etched glass is insane, but otherwise appears normal. The head has a pink tint to it, with great retention and leaves some intense sheets of lacing.

The nose starts out strong with sour fruit and funk. Berries and barnyard aromas are the strongest coming out of this, with a tart and sour character that I've come to know and love.

The near perfect carbonation, light and bubbly from the champagne yeast, intensifies the sourness and tartness of this one. Fruity characters, as well as a light woodyness. Incredibly complex and tasty. Vinous. Finishes dry and mouthpuckeringly sour.

Like I said before, this one has a near perfect carbonation. Light in body, and incredibly drinkable.

Overall, this is exponentially better than Brute, and I don't care what anyone says. This stuff is really good and I would love to see what time would do to this. Thanks Kevin!

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LeBleu from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 453 ratings
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