Cornucopia | Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Iowa, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

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!

Added by FreshHawk on 08-12-2010

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by msjacilynn:
Photo of msjacilynn
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of schoon
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbossman
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of zoolou
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bunuelian
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jadenmiller
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of AKA1979
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Rosquin
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of IronTom
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SamT
3.5/5  rDev 0%

A- Slightly fruity esters from the belgian yeast. Finishes very similarly to Blonde Fatale. Lacks a little on the aroma.

A- Hazy, straw-golden in color, head disappeared right away as is also prone to do with Blonde Fatale.

F- Can taste the grain flavor from the corn. Kind of a sweet bready flavor. Not very much hop bitterness. Finishes sweet and leaves that Iowa sweet corn flavor.

M- Medium body, slightly creamy because of the corn I would assume. Medium carbonation that gives a slight bite.

O- Sweet, bready, grainy flavor is definitely nice. It really is a pretty filling beer.

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Photo of dradair
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Cornucopia from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 71 ratings