Laissez Faire - Ithaca Beer Company

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Laissez FaireLaissez Faire

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: justintcoons on 02-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by Slatetank:
Photo of Slatetank
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this from Brass Rail Deli, poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a tulip.

The color is a golden hue with thick haze and sunny look when place under light with visible carbonation and white capwith average sized bead with light lace. The smell is sort of nutty with lots of yeast esters which are spicy and there is a candy sugar odor with alcohol in the aroma. The feel is decent with sweet entry and medium high carbonation with a slightly thick body with more alcohol in the feel than I prefer with spicy dry finish.

The flavor has an almost creamy yeast w/ slight pear and caramel accent with mix of light floral hop with mild malt and moderately high alcohol which adds to the yeast complexity and light floral essence with sugary element in the finish. Overall this is a very good beer, not bad example of the style even though it does have a pretty noticeable amount of alcohol.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle from the brewery.

Lacking in carbonation a bit which did not create much of a head, perfect clarity in the bright golden hue. Big wafts of taffy, fresh baked bread, spice, and floral water in the nose and on the palate. Slightly warming, moderate body yet a little creamy, spicy alcohol finish.

Damn tasty, just wished the carbonation was up a little bit more to make this beer pop.

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, has an area on the label for best before dating, but nothing is notched....

Pours quite clear, golden, minimal near white head.

A hint of solvents on the nose.

On the palate its some citric fruit, more light solvent, gin, lime, pepper and some Belgian yeast. I do pick up some ripe fruit (melon) on the tail end. All in all however this one is a bit harsh and brash and just moderately enjoyable. Good try but this one falls quite short of the mark.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into fluted snifter/fat tulip; golden, clear, with a fluffy white head that fades after a bit into nothing but a ring of foam.
Smell is clear malt, sweet candied fruit, slightly vinous, yeasty bitterness.
Taste follows nose to the nose...heh. Clean malt, candy sweetness, light fruit, belgian yeast esters. Spot-on tripel, nothing amazing, but then again belgian beers are about being perfect to-style, not mold-breaking and mind-blowing.
Mouthfeel is smooth, fluffy, and relatively light-bodied.
Overall, a tasty beer that is a great example of the style. My favorite Ithaca beers will always be their IPAs, but this is a good addition to their lineup.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Almost completely filtered Belgian style tripel, bright white head. with a honey golden body just slightly hazed. Intricate Belgian style lacing, the first sniff has cereal grains and hints of malt liquor, this doesn't even have a Belgian yeast presence. A bit of grass/cut hay and earthy qualities, but that's virtually it. The 10% abv reminds me of some very harsh 40 oz high gravity malt liquors out there, a bit of grainy husk character on the palate, cooked veggies, and fusel alcohol harshness. Mouthfeel is almost impossible to get past, each sip is more unpleasant with perfume like qualities that are left on the palate along with the high alcohol making it's presence known. Overall very hard to even compare this to high quality Belgian style tripels, it's in another category way below baseline average of other Belgian tripels.

Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Quick notes:

First off, this is definitely an Americanized Tripel; it doesn't match up with the better Abbey Tripels, nor the best American versions.

However, it's very tasty, and it hits most of the right notes. Bright and slightly fruity (slightly citric) notes accent a thick malt body, with an excellent yeast presence. Plenty of banana and pear. The 10% ABV is exceptionally well hidden.

This is a beer I wouldn't mind having again. It by no means would be my go-to Tripel, but I really enjoyed it.

Note: beer was aged almost 1 year when I had it, which certainly smoothed it out overall, and allowed the yeast to establish quite a presence.

Photo of Gmann
2.49/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden straw color with a light orange hue. The white head is small and settles into a solid ring. Very light for a tripel.

The aroma is very grainy. I am picking up a big corn and sulfur presence. Very much reminds me of an American macro lager. Nothing from the yeast. Eeeks.

The taste is light and sweet. Slightly grainy and lots sugary. Almost nothing from the yeast and no hop presence. A touch of pepper. Quite bland, which is bad for the style.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate and quite crisp. A hint of a hop bitterness in the finish and subtle ABV presence.

A big dud for Ithaca. The rest of the Belgian pack was very solid but this just missed its mark. Its too light for a tripel and there is almost nothing from the yeast. For a 10% ABV I expect much much more.

Photo of KTCamm
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill as part of Ithaca top takeover. Late spring 2014.

Pours very light yellowish. Light white foam on top, straw and malty nose. Chalky bitter taste. :Lemony with the rind. Belgian yeast. Good flavors, but never really popped for me.

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp golden color leaving a slight lacing in the glass. I'm guessing its filtered as there's no yeast sediment at the bottom. Smell is faint, but of apples and pears. Taste is of dry grains, pears, and a solid malt sweetness. Finishes with a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is buttery and rich. Has a carbonation bite at the end and little alcohol heat.

Overall--the site states it's at 10% which I can't detect, so that's hidden well. I wouldn't go back to the beer, as none of its characteristics stand out which renders it a bit too simple for me. Perhaps it would be nice as an introduction to the style, but those looking for a good example of a tripel should look elsewhere.

Photo of logicalparadox
2/5  rDev -42.9%

I want to like this. But... the alcohol is in my face and the rest of the flavors just don't round it out. I'm not a fan.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden yellow into the glass, with a very short lived one inch fizzy head. A few small spots of lacing, but nothing significant. Nice visible carbonation.

Smells include Belgian yeast esters, green apple, and sweet grain.

Lots of green apple in the taste. Some cloves, maybe a bit of orange. Not a whole lot of typical Belgian yeast flavor in this one. Finishes quite sweet.

Light bodied, crisp, and well carbonated. No alcohol presence, really.

An easy drinking simple triple. Nothing crazy, but still tasty.

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear bright yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation along with fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of candi sugars and fruity esters are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of apples and candi sugars along with light bits of associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable considering its strength as it manages to hide any traces of alcohol very well from the taste. I felt that the aroma could have been stronger and that the taste could have had some more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paid $2.69 for the bottle at Vintage Estate.

A -Just a 1/4 inch of head but it does stick around as a lace ring for a bit. Slight sediment floaties, bubbles throughout and a bright hazy yellow.
S - Fruity esters. some dry yeasts, and a touch of lemon zest. No alcohol smells. I sip.
T - Fruity taste some mango and sugary esters. Has a real smooth taste with no ethanol burn or dry yeasts. Quite good fruity taste with little hop bitterness I dig this!
M - Light to medium in body. Very easy to drink.

Overall I really like this triple super drinkable and at 10% it really packs a punch. Will seek out a six pack!

Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/30/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light golden with a slight haze; small eggshell white head that fades and leaves solid retention and okay lacing. Right off the bat, this reminds me alot of an amped up pilsener. Subtle sweet yeast. Flower pedals. Some bread. Lots of pear with hints of green apple. Some white grapes in the mix. The flavors are bold and dry. Lots of black pepper. Some spices. Slightly spicy. Earthy hops are there, giving it a crisp bitterness. Not syrupy. More pear and green apple. More grapes. Pretty refreshing. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied, but light with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking for a big beer. It's a crisp and sharp brew making it refreshing. It becomes less quenching as it warmed.

I'm torn. This really isn't a great example of a Tripel, but it's still a beer I enjoyed and would drink again with the hot weather. Reminded me more of an Imperial Pilsener. If you're looking for a solid example of the style, then this is kind of a miss. If you are open minded and just looking to try something different, then this isn't bad at all.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/12/2014 at Doherty’s Ale East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light cloudy orange/gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, Belgian yeast, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, spices and caramel. Then a significant alcohol bite comes in along with breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is and provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and but not very smooth, medium body, low-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better choices within the style.

Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon bulb glass.

The color is a hazy yellow with a thin layer of white head and slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit boozy with a banana or plantain like aroma. There is also a slight cream aroma in the nose that has a slight fig aroma behind it.

The taste is fruity at first with a slight strawberry sweetness. The boozy flavor comes as in the aroma and imparts some of dry malt flavor. There is a slight white grape flavor followed by a tease of a dry banana before some slight bitterness appears at the end.

The feel of the beer is medium bodied with a slight drinkable feel. There seems to be plenty to this beer and is weights it down slightly. Each sip seems to push you a little further then a typical beer does and makes for a slow sipper.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden color with big carbo bubbles. The head formed on the pour was very small and faded very quickly.
Aroma had a spicy phenol smell, some alcohol and dry malts.
Tastes sweet, thin and spicy dry. A good dose of alcohol in the aftertaste.
Some of the better tripels have a more complex taste. Here , it's more like a spicy high abv pils.

Photo of utopiajane
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out gold and shiny with some yeast floating in it. It has a fat white head of foam that fell too fast and did not leave great lace. Nose is a delight. A traditional tripel. Fruity, floral and aromatic. A bit of light banana, some bubblegum but not too much and a faint clove. Peppery and a bit of spice with a sweet little hint at bread from the malt. JUicy orange underneath all that.

Drinks like a dream. This is an exemplary and textbook tripel. Has a softly woody yeast, a deep fruitiness, a honey like malt sweetness that stays relatively light and does not show a lot of bread. It has a light banana, a sweetness from alcohol and a peppery alcohol finish. The esters from the alcohol are sweet, and peppery both but the alcohol never reaches the palate. Soft spice. Dry and a bit bitter from hops in the finish. DELIGHTFUL!

Ithaca beer is 3 for 3 so far in the box of belgians. This is classic and drinks like it should.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a glass, it has a golden color body with a thin head. The aroma has a banana and yeast aroma. The taste has a banana and citrus flavor. The flavor is well balanced and crisp. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall a really good tripel.

Photo of scotorum
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear gold with a finger thick white head which receded quickly to thin surface foam and dense lacing. Lots of tiny suspended "floaties."

s: Very mild light fuiit.

t: Mild light fruit over a strong alcohol and hop bite which mellows out a lot later. Mainly dry finish.

m: Medium to full, very good body, moderate carbonation tingle.

o; A rather unusual tripel with muted flavor. Floaties suggest something may be amiss, or could be (doesn't say) bottled conditioning yeast remnants. Powerful yet drinkable.

Photo of thecheapies
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Blonde color, indicative of most tripels, with showing effervescence through the light. Only slightly hazy. Head formation is atypical, however, as not much wanted to collect on top. A ring of foam is all that remains after a couple of minutes.

Sweet dough, candi sugar, white grape juice, kettle corn, and slight green apple with a kiss of tartness. Fairly simple nose with a juicy character. Light on dryness.

Leaning toward sweet, again, but with a substantial amount of mid-palate bitterness. Finishes with fusel spice and afterward tang. White grape, unripe green apple, and white bread. Again, rather simple approach. The maltiness is nice, and there seems to be a floral nuance that gets tagged on the hops.

A devious spiciness derived from late-action carbonation. The body is almost medium. Nothing, not even some evident alcohol, poses a real threat to general drinkability.

It's hard to fall in love with this one. It's really the 'stinker' of the Box of Belgians case, but still a good beer.

Photo of Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden straw yellow It with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready pilsner malts, vanilla, a little apple, a little warm booze, and powdery yeast.

Taste: Our of all the aromas, the grainy malts stand out over everything else. More pale malts would be good to sweeten and balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Warm booze, a little dry, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: This beer did get better as it warmed up, but the pilsner grain malts are still noticeable. Still an enjoyable beer though.

Photo of ksimons
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a clear light golden color with visible carbonation bubbles and a thin layer of white head that disappears pretty quickly to leave a layer of lace on top

S-pale malt, fruity sweetness of apples and peaches, and a bit of spice

T-taste is pretty good, very smooth. Pale malt backbone with fruity, particularly apples, some bubblegum sweetness, and good yeast notes. Has a light peppery finish.

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall an enjoyable beer, but I can't really put it in the same category of actual Belgian Tripels. But not bad for what you are getting.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow with a minimal head, not much lacing. Looks rather bland.

Smell - Sour funky notes, some yeasts, a little apple and grapefruit note. Smell is underwhelming.

Taste - Starts off with sweet floral fruity notes, yeasts and lots of lemon. Added spices give it a little more flavor. Some citric fruits like mango, peach and tangerine are noticeable. The Belgian yeasts are present but not overwhelming at all. Apples, bubblegum sweetness show up at the finish.

Motuhfeel - FLoral hops and Belgian yeasts coat the tongue. Palate gets more hops, yeasts with some spices and a little malt. Aftertaste is light, fruity and yeasty.

Overall - Pretty good, another safe and not so much Belgian heavy brew. Easy to drink for such high alcohol, and the floral fruity flavors are quite nice. A little boring and nothing too special, but worth atleast one drink.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 140122 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of overripe fruit
Head small (1 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to partial 1 mm ring and partial 1 mm layer
No lacing
Body gold, slight chill haze which dissipates asit warms
Flavor light with yeast phenolics and a taste of alcohol. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

A mediocre tripel, probably an innocuous entry beer for someone building up a taste for tripels.

Laissez Faire from Ithaca Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.