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Laissez Faire - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.65%
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:
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3.51/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

04-03-2014 02:04:01 | More by thecheapies
More User Reviews:
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-02-2014 23:16:16 | More by MadScientist
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

03-25-2014 00:50:54 | More by Billolick
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-03-2014 03:46:29 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-06-2014 04:22:13 | More by mjtiernan
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3.8/5  rDev +8%

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.

03-21-2014 03:15:00 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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West Virginia

2.96/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

03-09-2014 03:07:40 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-01-2014 21:42:02 | More by acurtis
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-03-2014 01:12:28 | More by whatname
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-10-2014 01:00:29 | More by tdm168
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -29%

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.

04-20-2014 02:08:09 | More by Gmann
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New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

07-20-2014 13:37:30 | More by KTCamm
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

07-02-2014 22:55:18 | More by dakeynr
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-11-2014 20:13:44 | More by mikeburd1128
Photo of spokeydonkey

New York

3.38/5  rDev -4%

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.

03-01-2014 01:03:17 | More by spokeydonkey
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-26-2014 02:34:46 | More by hoppymcgee
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

03-10-2014 20:06:52 | More by Mineo
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-19-2014 00:59:09 | More by logicalparadox
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New York

3.89/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

04-03-2014 23:53:07 | More by GreesyFizeek
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-17-2014 21:31:47 | More by BeerandBikes
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New York

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-21-2014 01:02:50 | More by 120minuteman
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-03-2014 20:58:39 | More by weeare138
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-13-2014 20:14:18 | More by tviz33
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4.18/5  rDev +18.8%

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!

06-02-2014 02:52:35 | More by DrDemento456
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

05-13-2014 23:08:11 | More by BB1313
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Laissez Faire from Ithaca Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.