Celia Saison - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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4.3/5 rDev +34.4%
sampled on tap at the brewpub may 31/2010. a gluten-free saison made with sorghum. 5.4% and 30 IBU.
pours crystal clear deep yellow with a big fluffy white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of chunky lace as it falls.
aroma is good. honey and a bit of caramel. a nice blend of spice with no one element really jumping out. nice floral edge that never gets perfumey. hint of alcohol. white bread and cracker. touch of light orangey citrus.
taste is great. much like the aroma with a touch of caramel sweetness. you'd never pick it out as being gluten-free.
mouthfeel is great. medium body with a fairly dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.
drinkability is good. nice balance, leaning just a bit toward sweetness. nice depth and complexity. a win even if you like gluten, and a huge win if not.
06-14-2010 18:37:12 | More by grub
4.23/5 rDev +32.2%
I have celiac disease and non-barley, non-wheat, non-rye based beers are very rare and generally taste like crap. This one, although it does exhibit the odd (unmalt-like) sorghum aftertaste, is formulated so that the Saison-style tastes dominate, rewarding the drinker with the tasty by-products of fermentation by Belgian yeast and hops and masking, to a large degree, its sorghum-ness. Of course, one needs to be a fan of the Saison style to truly appreciate this "beer", but it is certainly a remarkable brewing accomplishment. It has a beautiful, orangey, head-retentive appearance as well. My only complaints are the price tag, which can reach $66 a case, and its limited availability.
06-27-2012 01:14:56 | More by jermar
4.2/5 rDev +31.3%
Pours a light copper body beneath he vanilla colored head packed loosely with foamy bubbles of carbonation which patiently froth away to faint traces of lacing.
Pleasant aromas of pepper, coriander and fruity zest float from the glass.
The flavor also offers hints of pepper but is more focused on yeast and lightly tart fruit like green apples in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium in body with generous carbonation and Drying champagne like finish.
Certainly not a mirror of some of the style staples like Hennepin but certainly an excellent example and the shift towards a drying tart finish is nice.
08-24-2012 01:18:06 | More by CHADMC3
4.08/5 rDev +27.5%
New bottles, picked up a week or so ago. Sorghum beer brewed with orange peels according to the label.
A- Poured into a snifter with a hazy orange body. Small white head forms but doesn't have great retention. Creamy cloud atop the beer and a bubbly ring. A few spots of lace.
S- A mix of Saison/Belgian yeast hints, sorghum and some fruit. Clove, banana, orange zest and some yeast spice.
T- I get more complexity and overall strength in the flavor. Sort of a mix of floral, fruity, spicy and perfumey. Clove and yeast spice notes are big. Notes of apple juice, oranges, raisin, coriander, sorghum, coriander, tart grapes and bread.
MF- Very bubbly carbonation stings the tongue in a light but silky body. Somewhat bitter and a slight tartness.
Probably the best gluten free sorghum beer I have had thus far. I can tell there is something different about it compared to barley beers but it is quite tasty, refreshing and enjoyable.
04-23-2012 02:55:30 | More by cbutova
4/5 rDev +25%
Pale yellowish and a bit hazy, with a good head to start, and a ring of foam right at the end.
Yeast, rind bitterness, and a little spice at the end in the nose. perfect for saison.
Dry bitter brew, and I like it a lot. You get the orange rind note to a T. Hops, malt, yeast, and dried musty notes. Bitterness is long and has a touch of acidic bite. Bitter, dry, malt and earth (dust?) in the end.
Medium light bodied.
Terrific version of the style. Had 2 very different saisons back to back. Liked this the best. Very worthy.
05-04-2012 23:45:31 | More by OtherShoe2
4/5 rDev +25%
Had on tap at the Alchemist in Waterbury, VT. Served in a pint.
Look: hazy amber body with a thin, off white layer of foam at the top. Good retention and excellent lacing. A bit darker than I am used to from Saisons but still looks good.
Smell: some sweetness, maybe that's from the sorghum. Lightly hopped with floral hops and bits of Belgian yeast inspired aromas. Smells pretty good.
Taste: follows the nose nicely. Floral hops, Belgian yeast, and bits of apple. Good.
Feel: a bit thick for a saison but still on the thin side. Crisply carbonated and easy drinking.
Drink: could easily be sessioned.
So this is what a gluten free beer tastes like. Interesting. I liked this one but I don't think it was the best offering by the Alchemist. Still, beats the pants off of most other beers in the world. I would certainly recommend it... once you've had everything else on the menu! Cheers!
02-13-2011 23:54:56 | More by SkunkWorks
4/5 rDev +25%
Off the tap at the brewery this gluten free beer made from Sorghum was a dark, golden color with one-finger of off-white head. The retention was good and the lacing in sliding patches. The aroma was a pleasant blend of caramel malt, bready malt, grassy hops and floral notes. The flavors were quite tasty for a gluten free beer. Clearly it was not traditional malt but it wasn't overly tart or sour as many Sorghum beers can be. The alcohol was well concealed and the Sorghum came off as citrus and floral hops. The mouthfeel was good, the body light and the carbonation good.
06-28-2010 13:25:57 | More by thekevlarkid
Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.