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Laissez Faire - Ithaca Beer Company

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80
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: justintcoons on 02-25-2014)
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Reviews by thecheapies:
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.

thecheapies, Apr 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev 0%

MadScientist, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Billolick, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -14.3%

alienlifeforcecube, May 03, 2014
Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev 0%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.3%

acurtis, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

whatname, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

tdm168, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Gmann
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Gmann, Apr 20, 2014
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.

KTCamm, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of dakeynr
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

dakeynr, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of mikeburd1128
4/5  rDev +14.3%

mikeburd1128, May 11, 2014
Photo of spokeydonkey
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

spokeydonkey, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

hoppymcgee, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Mineo
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Mineo, Mar 10, 2014
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.

logicalparadox, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

ALLISON01, Thursday at 12:44 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

BeerandBikes, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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

metter98, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

120minuteman, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +14.3%

weeare138, May 03, 2014
Photo of tviz33
3.5/5  rDev 0%

tviz33, Mar 13, 2014
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Laissez Faire from Ithaca Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.