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Cornucopia - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: FreshHawk on 08-12-2010)
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Reviews by msjacilynn:
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msjacilynn

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%

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?

03-02-2011 15:54:12 | More by msjacilynn
More User Reviews:
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

01-21-2011 06:53:56 | More by Mora2000
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schoon

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-24-2013 03:50:28 | More by schoon
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

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

01-24-2011 00:26:52 | More by dbossman
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zoolou

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

10-06-2013 23:36:49 | More by zoolou
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-10-2011 18:18:46 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%

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!

10-24-2012 02:52:25 | More by emerge077
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langfot99

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

12-29-2011 14:16:34 | More by langfot99
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jadenmiller

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

06-16-2014 20:42:08 | More by jadenmiller
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev +4%

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.

01-29-2012 22:53:43 | More by EgadBananas
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14%

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.

07-30-2011 01:54:53 | More by mikesgroove
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

06-05-2014 03:47:29 | More by bismarksays
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

11-03-2010 02:28:46 | More by twiggamortis420
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%

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.

09-04-2010 21:44:32 | More by FreshHawk
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Rosquin

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-12-2013 03:01:45 | More by Rosquin
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

01-20-2011 01:07:26 | More by alcstradamus
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

10-09-2010 05:36:09 | More by TheQuietMan22
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womencantsail

California

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

07-12-2011 04:15:03 | More by womencantsail
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-25-2013 03:28:57 | More by Hellpop65
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +14%

08-15-2013 20:05:34 | More by Gotti311
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bpkrippner

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

06-29-2014 20:02:30 | More by bpkrippner
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

11-23-2011 23:46:12 | More by Pintofbrown
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dlello2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-29-2012 03:50:08 | More by dlello2
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

10-02-2011 04:05:19 | More by rundocrun
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

10-22-2013 01:45:41 | More by JMBSH
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Cornucopia from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.