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Cornucopia - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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80
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51 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 rundocrun:
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 04:05:19 | More by rundocrun
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Peacetree's Cornucopia is an interesting idea for a saison, using ingredients that are available near the brewery to flavor the beer. While I generally think I'm fine with the corn influence here, I didn't find the yeast usage to be conducive to the flavors I'd want out of this beer. The Brettanomyces produced a plastic-resin flavor that was too sharp for the sweetness of this beer; a better "cut" for the sugars may have been local herbs or aged hops. Regardless, I don't see myself revisiting this one.

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Cornucopia from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.