Cornucopia - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co. visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FreshHawk on 08-12-2010

Late summer brings some of the best in local produce and Joe has made the best of it with Cornucopia, his farmhouse style ale brewed with Iowa Sweet Corn. This was one of the first brews he made last year to appeal to the locals around Knoxville and it was met lots of enthusiasm. Originally, it was informally called Iowa Corn Beer. Over a couple of pints last spring as we were planning our fall, the name Cornucopia was thrown out, probably by Joe, and it stuck. It’s catchy, fun and a little silly. But don’t let the name fool you, this is a beer that serious beer people love!
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Photo of Mora2000
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. A saison brewed with corn? Interesting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of corn and Belgian yeast character. The yeast gives the beer a little bit of spiciness in the aroma.

The flavor is corn and yeast, with a nice amount of lemons and orange mixed in. The citrus notes go very well with the corn and yeast. There is also a nice black pepper or coriander component to the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of msjacilynn
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden yellow with a foamy-white head. Lacing ok.

S: CORN. I know the beer is CORNucopia but where's the balance?

T: Ok, this is a bit better. Yes corn still very present but also picking up on citrus and grains. Something happens at the end though and leaves a sour-acidy aftertaste. I wasn't too fond of that but after the initial one-dimensial smell, I was glad to see more depth.

M: Thin and well carbonated.

D: Not something I would pick up again. I love farmhouse ales and this was just off for me. Perhaps the corn stalks?

Photo of dbossman
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow and bubbly with a small but consistent head; lacing is okay but this ends up looking more like a BMC and not like a traditional saison

S:Really grainy with plenty of corn; just a subtle spicy earthy funk that I like in my saisons; lots of wet hay and grass but fairly tame

T: Great funky earthy taste up front: grass, corn, pepper, and fruit--apples and pears--but on the back end there is an off taste--like corn husk/waste

F: The beer sits nicely on the tongue but it's too thin and not creamy enough

D: A decent beer that sometimes seems great but tends to fade to an odd/off-putting funk

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the barrel aged version of this beer over the summer, but this is the first time trying the original version.

Poured into a tulip glass it has some trouble generating much head, though there's a tight cap of white foam on the initial pour. Hazy bright orange.

Grainy sweetness, pleasant yeast aroma with some sweet dusty fruit elements.

White grape, fruity sweetness, husky grains. Smooth and medium bodied with a slight heft to it. Dried apricots and pear with a light straw graininess. Subtle feel, easy to drink, though its more of a sipper here towards the end of the night.

Thanks Eric for this one!

Photo of EgadBananas
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nice little stubby to my saison glass.

Pours a medium sunny yellow/orange color, slight bit of haze, with a minimal finger of fast dissipating white head. Aroma was big on the fruity yeast esters, slight peppery notes, bready sweetness and plenty earthiness. Tastes of big bready, fruity Belgian yeast notes, some spiciness, black pepper, slight citrus notes and a grassy, bitter finish. It's got a slight creaminess to it, it's not quite as carbonated as I'd like, but it's got a nice clean lighter body.

A bit more fruity not as dry as I like my Saisons, but this is a nice drinkable example and an overall decent brew.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich golden in color with a good bit of cloudiness to it. Nice head of three inches or more caps off the top of the glass and falls down effortlessly into a broken and rocky cushion of foam. Light aroma of bananas and pears, hints of light peach and a floral, albeit light hop note to it. Warming brings out a touch of grain that serves to balance it quite nicely. Smooth, elegant flavor. Light notes of fruit, touches of grass and a slight floral flavor all combine quite nicely. Smooth, great carbonation and light enough that it goes down quite well.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby bottle pours a mostly clear yellow color with a small-bubbled white head. Not a whole lot of lacing, and retention is about average. Thanks to the folks at John's Grocery for the recommendation on this one.

Nose has a classic saison yeast nose, plenty farmhouse with no additional spicing (thats a good thing) and some sweet grains.

Taste is light and fluffy with the additions of corn lightening the body and adding a certain sweetness. Still more light malt than anything. Hops provide more than enough bitterness and clean up the finish nicely. Yeast presence is one of the better American attempts and throws a good amount of esters out. Alcohol feels pretty high, I would guess 7% or so. Pretty light bodied and I like the crispness the beer carries all the way through the finish. This is a winner and one of the better American made saisons I have had. Definitely worth seeking out in 'Husker-Land.

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Extremely hazy and cloudy gold with just a bit of an apricot hue with a lot of swirling bubbles. A bit above average sized, tight, very creamy and slightly sticky, pearl white head. Pretty good retention with a nice foamy layer of lace settling.

S - Interesting smell. Definitely can get the corn/grain aroma. Has plenty of spicy aroma. Some sweet malt and a bit of musty aroma as well.

T - Corn, pale malt and bready flavors mix about to make a nice backbone with the corn being strongest of the 3. A good amount and mix of spiciness with some clove, coriander, and pepper along with others. Hint of lemon rind citrus bitterness. Some floral hoppiness as well. Touch of funky and musty flavors. Slight lingering bitterness.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

D - Nice balance of sweet flavors and spiciness with just a touch of bitterness as well. Very refreshing beer to drink.

Notes: Really nice saison and a very refreshing beer. Interesting use of corn and grain flavors that I think work pretty well. Nice mix of sweet and spicy with just enough bitterness on the finish. Enjoyable beer to drink, and another solid beer from these guys worth trying.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a finger of head. Aroma is very earthy, almost mud-like. Perhaps even some pig barn. A bit of lemon zest and spice. The flavor is similarly earthy...there is just this dirty, grassy quality that screams IOWA. Faint citrus and spices...would have liked to have seen these elements at the forefront a bit more. The body is light to medium. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I probably wouldn't seek it again, but I would certainly drink it again if presented a (free) opportunity.

Photo of SamT
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

A- Slightly fruity esters from the belgian yeast. Finishes very similarly to Blonde Fatale. Lacks a little on the aroma.

A- Hazy, straw-golden in color, head disappeared right away as is also prone to do with Blonde Fatale.

F- Can taste the grain flavor from the corn. Kind of a sweet bready flavor. Not very much hop bitterness. Finishes sweet and leaves that Iowa sweet corn flavor.

M- Medium body, slightly creamy because of the corn I would assume. Medium carbonation that gives a slight bite.

O- Sweet, bready, grainy flavor is definitely nice. It really is a pretty filling beer.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a light gold. Two fingers of foamy white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: I could smell it from over an arm's length away, but could not place the aroma. Up close, though, my first impression is the yeast and lemon zest of witbier. That's the Belgian yeast at play, no doubt. It has a bready quality much like witbier, too; it smells like it has tons of body. It also has the pungent/ripe odor of a peeled corn husk. After warming, it unfortunately begins to smell like a sweet scented sty. It certainly has farm flare.

Taste: Very different. Since this is my first saison, I have nothing to compare it to. The first sip is strong with a sharp but not overpowering sweetness. The flavors that come through mirror the nose: witbier-like yeast and lemon zest. It also features the overly ripe taste of a corn husk (at least that's how I assume it tastes), and a lot of pepper spice. Frankly, it kind of tastes like how a musty, unkempt, old farmhouse smells.

Drinkability: This is not to my liking, but it is drinkable. It is far from offensive, but it is very funky. I almost wonder if there is a corn borer at the bottom of the bottle.

Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Gil for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a fizzy white head.

S: Perhaps living up to the name of the beer, I get a lot of corn on the aroma. A bit of spice to liven up what is a rather light aroma. Just a bit of yeast and bread, maybe some lemon zest.

T: The flavor has some light lemon and lemon zest. A bit of bread and yeast, with a mild spice. There is still quite a bit of corn on the palate as well.

M: The body is light and the carbonation is medium to high.

O: Wasn't a huge fan of this, unfortunately. Too much corn and the random tartness was out of place.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I carefully poured this one into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The pour is probably the palest of the pale golden-yellows I have ever seen for a beer. Despite my best efforts, some sediment made its way from the bottle into the glass, instantly making the body cloudy and opaque.

No head to speak of here. Just a little white film-ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell- Definitely some earthy Belgian yeast is noticeable, more clove than anything. There is also a very tiny sour note in here. I may be wanting to imagine I smell sweet corn stalks, but really it is more of just a general sweet quality to the nose than anything else. Still, it is pretty enjoyable.

Taste- Okay, there is the corn. It starts out with an earthy and slightly sweet Belgian quality. The sweet corn stalks become very noticeable in mid-drink and the finish, where it lingers quite well.

There is also a slightly zesty citrus note imparted from the mixing of the flavors, very akin to lemon juice, although not as sour as that.

Mouth feel- Really not bad at all. It goes down very easy, although it is not the smoothest beer I have ever had. I also am happy that the feel is relatively medium bodied. Any lighter or any fizziness would have ruined this for me.

Overall- I am much happier than I thought I would be going into this beer. I was not sure what to expect, but this turned out to be a very easy drinker with good flavors. I would certainly get this again if I was in the mood for something lighter.

Photo of rundocrun
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-oz bottle into a chalice.

A - A rough pour yields a 1/2-finger of coarse white head that dissipates quickly. The beer is a brilliant, almost glowing golden yellow--makes me think of those endless rows of Iowa corn...

S - Has a crisp, bready, slightly fruity aroma up front. Very faint hints of sweet, honey-soaked cornbread. Some floral hops make their way up from the glass too.

T - Hits the tongue delicate and sweet. Not overly dry or bitter as I have noticed about some saisons. Believe it or not, I can truly taste the sweet corn in here! I may have an unfair advantage being a life-long Iowa resident, but it reminds me of days spent sitting at a picnic table, working my way through countless ears of sweet, golden perfection. Mild honey-like sweetness in the middle accompanied by some balanced hop bitterness. Finishes slightly tangy, peppery and crisp.

M - I am truly impressed at how smooth this ale is. Medium-to-thin body with only a hint of residual sugars afterwards. Otherwise a very clean, drinkable summer/early fall beer.

Photo of nas5755
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with an overtone of orange. The head was decent, no lacing on the glass. The nose was comprised of a sweet white pepper and some lighter malts(what I assume is the corn). A very sweet nose that was reminiscent of honey minus the nectar. The taste was faintly saison like in a very delicate kinda of way, it was spicy but not in any one way, it was slightly fruity and very sweet. The mouth-feel was very smooth and finished sweet. The beer was a conundrum, as I wished the finish was drier so the spices from the yeast would show up; yet I really enjoyed the sweet finish. A nice beer with interesting flavor notes, looking forward to drinking the other bottle I received in a trade from drhinehart.

Photo of birchstick
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a very clear, faint yellow color with a small head on it.

S - smells of funk, some lemons, spice, and buttered popcorn

T - starts off with sweet, cereal grains. I get corn on the outside of the tongue as it goes down. Sweet corn and more malt is on the finish with a little bit of citrus flavor lingering. Pretty tasty.

M - a little slimy and coats the tongue, medium bodied, smooth carbonation

D - this is my first corn beer I have tried (aside from chicha). I really like the added complexity it brought to this style. I would love to try this one again the next time I make my way through the Hawk eye state.

Photo of mothman
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Corn syrup saison. Spicy, citrusy, earthy.

Photo of thetomG
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear yellow color with a dense layer of small white foamy bubbles. Minimal lacing left around the glass.

Aroma is citrus & lemon zest with some slight sour/funky notes.

Flavor is a bit overly sweet but not terribly so... The funky/sour aspect comes through a bit more here with the lemon presence being quite strong as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and lively - well carbonated & bubbly. While the sweetness doesn't bother me too much in limited amounts, I think it does slightly take away from the overall drinkability. Other than that aspect I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy gold color capped by white foam. It has a bunch of carbonation but not a lot of foam. The nose is full of sweetness, with floral and wheat. The taste has that Belgian essence with honey and flowers very noticeable, almost like drinking candy. It downs easier than you'd expect with a good body. It's great to see Iowa company using their ingenuity to make a great product.

Photo of jzlyo
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Spices and slightly musty in aroma. The flavor is of spice and yeast with a sweet edge, likely from the corn. Sweeter than most saisons, this was pretty good, unique.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz stubby bottle into Chalice.

A. 1/2 finger pretty fine head. Not much lacing. Head is gone very fast. Pale golden color.

S. Strong musty sour aroma. Pale malt, pears, white grape. Some spices come out. Has a bit of the earthy Saison smells, pretty sweet smell overall though.

T. Funk, bit of sourness. Finishes sweet. Some spices come out on the tongue as it warms. A little pepper. Has somewhat of a Tripel sweetness to it.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes sweet.

D. Drinkable. Maybe hard to put in a clearly defined style. This has elements of different Belgian beer styles. Overal not a bad Iowa take on a Belgian beer.

Photo of jera1350
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear gold color with a thin eggshell white head. Small ring of foam around the glass leaves a little lace.

Sweet smelling from the corn. Notes of honey, sweet corn, some farmhouse funk and some lovely floral notes as well. Really quite complex.

Moderately sour throughout, with some wet hay funk. Not as sweet as the nose suggested and really can't pick up on the sweet corn. Maybe the corn stalks cover it up? Earthy and a little spicy. Ends quite bitterly.

Light medium body, some soft carbonation and drier finishing.

A nice shot at a saison. Drinks above averagely. I'm not a huge saison fan, so it's worth a shot if you are, but to me, I wouldn't need to have this one again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet corn yellow with lighter corn silk edges and an appealing crown of eggnog colored cream. A yeasty haziness would improve the appearance. Small ribbons of sudsy lace are beginning to be laid down and look as if they'll stick.

The nose is reminiscent of a slightly sweet Belgian pale ale. It does smell like earthy corn, but not in a bad way at all. The spice esters from the yeast tie things up in a tidy Belgian-style ale bow. This should be good beer.

Cornucopia tastes like it smells... which is wonderful. Don't expect a light, dry, crisp brew, because this one is on the sweeter side (which exactly what was intended). The brewers not only used sweet corn in the mash, they use the corn stalks as well, which is proudly proclaimed on the well done label.

The malt tastes strictly sugared pale, with just a hint of corn that really isn't as bad as it sounds. Corn has a bad reputation when it comes to brewing. I've had a handful of ales that used this particular grain and were delicious. It's just that Miller products almost universally suck, so a lot of people extrapolate from there.

The yeast seizes the lion's share of the flavor profile, which is why this offering tastes as good as it does. Earthy, herbal and spicy swirl around in beautiful and complementary fashion within each mouthful. Here's hoping this is a year-round release and not a seasonal, because it's mighty tasty stuff.

The ABV is hard to determine (which is a good thing). Let's go with 6.5%. The mouthfeel isn't as tremendous as the Belgian farmhouse originals, but it's more than fine in terms of size, overall feel and carbonation.

With all due respect to Millstream's history, longevity, and consistency, it looks like Peace Tree is now my favorite Iowa brewery. Hop Wrangler Belgian IPA is wonderful and DIPA is outstanding. Love the brewery's name, love their use of Belgian yeast, love their stubbies, love their labels, and most of all... love their location.

Photo of Icehouse57
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Too clear for a true Saison. If they filter it, I'd say stop! Bright, clear. Golden straw.

S- Corn, a whiff of hops.... did I say corn?

T- Not what I expected from a Saison. Its typically my favorite style, but I guess not all beers can live up to Saison DuPont.

M- Pretty nice. Lighter than most Saisons. Could use more carbonation.

O- I LOVE your Hop Wrangler guys but this was truly just "meh" for me.

Photo of daledeee
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Amana Brewfest. Purchased a six pack after.

Pours a slightly cloudy gold. Head is moderate that leaves a ring around the glass afterwords.

Nose is grain, citrus, funky, farmy. I would not call this appealing.

Taste is citrus blend and grainy.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and a nice medium mouth feel.
Alcohol is not listed but this is drinkable, but as I said the flavor is rather difficult to categorize.

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Cornucopia from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.