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Celia Saison - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Gluten-free Saison-style beer made with sorghum and brewed with orange peel.

Previously brewed by The Alchemist, Ipswich now owns the brand and production.

(Beer added by: cbutova on 04-23-2012)
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New York

3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 03/10/13 notes. Picked this up last week at City Swiggers in NYC for $2.89 based soley off the fact that it was from the Alchemist...didn't realize until I got home it was a gluten free beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy deep auburn orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, spice, coriander, spice, floral hops, and some light fruity malts. Nose is decent; lot of orange and lot of spice to it.

t - Tastes of spice, pepper, coriander, oranges, citrus, earthy notes, light vegetable, and light fruity malts. Not a big fan of the taste here; I can't put my finger on it but it is kind of weird. Not offensive, but not great. Big step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. A bit overcarbonated.

o - Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer. Haven't had a lot of gluten-free beers that I've enjoyed, and this wasn't an exception, though I'd imagien it would be exciting to see a saison style that is gluten-free if you had a gluten allergy. Nose is decent but I didn't really like the taste and it was overcarbonated; while I love the Alchemist I'd skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 14:23:10 | More by mdfb79
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3/5  rDev -6%

03-10-2013 20:54:10 | More by Shankopotamus
Photo of DanH83

New York

2.6/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Gluten free beers are something I've sought only because my GF is gluten intolerant. Once in a while it's nice to cheers beers!

Anyway, this was okay, a little thin and uninteresting. So far, nothing that's Gluten Free can match Tweason'ale. I'll keep searching, but this Saison won't be the go-to for her.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 22:11:06 | More by DanH83
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Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -37.3%

02-12-2013 05:29:40 | More by Snarf103
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

02-10-2013 20:10:29 | More by ksimons
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3/5  rDev -6%

02-08-2013 10:31:39 | More by beernads
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3/5  rDev -6%

02-06-2013 04:42:32 | More by BugTownPub
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4/5  rDev +25.4%

01-30-2013 18:44:52 | More by zadams1
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

01-29-2013 03:31:11 | More by mmmaaattt
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3/5  rDev -6%

01-29-2013 01:48:45 | More by yossarian14
Photo of C-Dog

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-25-2013 22:09:00 | More by C-Dog
Photo of ejeffer11

New York

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

01-24-2013 23:41:03 | More by ejeffer11
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New York

4/5  rDev +25.4%

01-23-2013 16:21:07 | More by Tschnab
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New York

3/5  rDev -6%

01-23-2013 02:54:21 | More by lKnoXl
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-18-2013 02:23:05 | More by yourefragile
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3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear bright orange, not much carbonation or head.

S-Lots of sorghum, or at least what I assume to be sorghum. The orange peel is there as well.

T-Starts with sorghum? Also has a good deal of citrus fruit flavors, like orange and lemon. No bitterness.

M- Light, not much carbonation.

O-The best of two gluten free beers I've had. Shared with someone who is gluten free and he said it was the best he's had.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 16:41:40 | More by rlee1390
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3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: A slight haze on a dull gold. Head is fizzy, bright-white, and drops to a small cap in short order. Solid carbonation with minimal lacing.

Smell: Loaded with orange peel. Backing spiciness from the sorghum pushes something distinct. Vaguely herbal with some lemon and mild backing grassiness. Citrus. Malts are light and bright. Vague notes of peppery spiciness. Almost Belgian in its approach. Hugely floral. So very odd, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Taste: Typical saison yeast hits on barnyard funk with a big push toward damp hay. A solid punch of earthiness and oily orange zest. Pale malts add a touch of sweetness. Some underlying peppery notes. So very floral. Almost like pineapple at times. Apple, pear, and some raw honey. Belgian yeast hits big notes of bubblegum and clove with seriously ripe banana. A bit aggressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a solid, yet not intense, carbonation. Relatively smooth. A touch of lingering dry bitterness.

Overall: A Vermont-made saison named after a woman? Perhaps we should leave that to Hill Farmstead.

Overall it's not terrible, but it's oddly fruity and floral. The Belgian yeast compliments the unique flavor of sorghum, but it doesn't quite work in the long run. Spice levels are nice but a bit confused.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 20:44:13 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -45.1%

01-09-2013 02:08:11 | More by jk3
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

01-08-2013 14:16:47 | More by baybum
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3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the brewery poured into dogfish tulip glass

A-pours light copper with a bubbly white head
S- big Belgian yeast, banana, a little orange
T/M- slightly dry from start to finish, I get Belgian yeast, licorice, a little orange zest, ironically tastes a little bready, finishes little sour. After a few sips I get a little tomato flavor. Mouthfeel is as expected for the style.
O- yeah this isn't a greatest beer but it beats drinking cider all the time for those who can't drink gluten. It could use more orange flavor to balance out the bitterness. I'm glad to see a gluten free offering and I'm glad I got to try it. I don't think it's fair to compare this to HT and if I couldn't drink gluten I'd be even more excited to see this.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:41:56 | More by brewtus
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3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz, Winter 2012
Heady Topper stemless

A: Slightly hazy, but mostly clear pale orange color. Didn't get tons of head. Thin layer of bright white bubbles. Seems like there is some carbonation.

S: Strange chalk like smell on nose, sourgum maybe. Then I get the Belgian yeast and orange peel there.

T: Sourgum is strange. Doesn't really taste like a Saison to me at all. Get some off flavor right away. Then some spice from the Belgian yeast. There is some orange there. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 14:23:06 | More by inlimbo77
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

01-05-2013 04:02:31 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6%

01-04-2013 15:59:33 | More by Squidly
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3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from dope (thanks man!) split into tasting glasses with the wife.

A: Hazed gold with some minimal creamy head that recedes quickly.

S: Dry estery Belgian yeast. Floral, herbal, earthy, spice...black pepper? Orange peel, hint of banana. Soapy character turns phenolic...definite medicinal bite.

T: Follows the nose; crisp bready malt and yeasty tones. Herbal spices, black pepper. Unique floral spice...lavender? Sage? Its almost soapy in a way.

MF: Lighter medium body with a dry finish.

O: Not that great IMO. Compared to other GF offerings this seems to be a decent stab. That floral/soapy component is a bit off-putting to me, but whatever it is seems to fit in the Farmhouse Ale-style of brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 16:35:40 | More by Scotchboy
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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

01-02-2013 19:06:35 | More by nafredet1
Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.