Ardent Core
LIC Beer Project

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #585
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,156
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 8.27%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
58
From:
LIC Beer Project
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  7
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: This Belgian inspired ale pays reverence to old world Franco-Belgian farmhouse brewing traditions. Brewed with the finest malts from Belgium and France and generously hopped with a blend of fresh aromatic noble hops.

This ale is fermented with our house saison yeast that takes a back seat to no other yeast when it comes to overall complexity. The final result is softly contoured pale golden ale with a billowing rocky head and slight haze in appearance. The aroma is rife with floral, spice and earth, an artifact of the yeast and hops in a delicate brushstroke. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, displaying some of the best attributes of American craft brewing. The finish is crisp and dry. The bracing, but not overwhelming hop bitterness ties things together and heightens the finish.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 58 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it was cool to see a couple of clean saison types in here when we visited, i know them more for hoppy beers and sours, so i was surprised and also stoked to see a few like this on the menu. this is somewhat simple as they go, classically styled for sure, not funky at all, a very well made and tidy take on the style, where there isnt a ton of urgency from the grain or the hops, fresh and balanced as they are, its really all about the yeast here, which is lightly estery, a little more interesting than french saison yeast alone, but in that vein, with a white wine character through it, hints of peach and white pepper, absolutely bone dry in the finish, expressive carbonation, and a very complete overall feel. the yeast is earthy and raw too, giving this a rustic appeal despite its cleanness, and its not estery enough to be belgiany and lingering, its faster than that. traces of floral honey, dried herbs, and light bitterness from the noble hops all come up on the finish. very drinkable beer, maybe not as distinctive and memorable as some of the others on their menu, but its hard not to be impressed with the quality here. these guys really are killing it across a wider range of styles than i had previously thought. this one is a year round drinker in my book.

Jan 02, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a modest head. Nice pattern of saucer shaped ring lacing.
Fruity aroma that includes pear, melon, peach and citrus.
Bright fruity flavors that include citrus, hints of lemon, and peach. A cracker malt sweetness pervades throughout, balanced by yeasty flavors in the form of light peppery spice and fruity esters.
Medium bodied, smooth and a soft mouthfeel aided by a very gentle carbonation. The overall sweetness of this beer is contrasted by a dry finish.
Very tasty Saison.

Nov 02, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft into a 13 oz (384 ml), stemmed snifter glass at Alamo Draft House in Yonkers, NY.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a less than quarter inch, white head, low retention, and modest lacing.
S: Aromas of lemon citrus, pepper, cloves, and mint predominate.
T: Palate follows the nose, but a bit spicier. Tart. Minty bitterness notable and interesting.
M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Neat, crisp finish.
O: Despite the ABV, a light, refreshing saison. Interesting and different.

Nov 11, 2017
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descobar from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

on tap at the brewery tasting room - aroma is mostly coming from Belgian yeast in form of fruity esters. there's also traces of cookie dough and peppery spice. looks pale gold with a 1/2" white head that disappears a little too quickly. it is perfectly clear and shows proper lacing.
on the palate, medium body, crisp carbonation, creamy texture and expected effervescent astringency.
the taste is a combination of soft malts, caramelly sweetness and flavors derived from the yeast. bitterness is significant. the finish is unexpectedly sweet with lingering bitterness.

Jan 07, 2017
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FBGordon from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft into a shaker pint at The Barcade, Brooklyn.

A: Pours a hazy gold with a frothy white head that maintains well and laces throughout.

S: Lemon zest, white pepper and fruit dominate.

T: Lemon candy, white sugar, a touch of pepper and some coriander. A tiny bit of tartness on the end that builds as you drink.

M: Crisp carbonation, a little pucker from the tartness.

O: An enjoyable Saison that looks, tastes and drinks a lot like a Wit. Bright and refreshing, I'd drink a sixpack no matter what time of year it was.

Dec 06, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer offers bright spice, fruity esters, lemon, orange, bready malts.

The flavor follows with orange, wheat, biscuity malts, bittering hops, and a dry and clean finish. A light drinking saison that offers decent complexity with a lighter malt sweetness.

Nov 17, 2015
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TomMorris from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 32 oz. crawler from Decicco's Brewster taproom with my girlfriend.

Poured somewhat aggressively and yielded a sizable two-finger head. The body of the beer is a hazy golden yellow with visible carbonation aplenty. Some, but not a lot of lacing remained upon consumption which is what I was expecting after the quick dissipation of the head.

The nose is interestingly. I'm getting some spicy floral aromas and some light citrus and peachy aromas but it's all permeated by smokiness…almost a sour smokiness if that makes any sense. Makes me think of really sweet smoked sausage in a sense. Odd, but not particularly bad.

The taste is milder than the nose, but I'm definitely getting some smokiness amidst the expected floral and lighter fruit tastes. The finish is pretty dry and a little wheaty to my tastebuds. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very creamy, though it ends up dissipating somewhat quickly. Tons of carbonation here as well; almost too much but the other facets make up for it.

Ardent Core is an interesting and overall pretty solid saison. It's not something I would seek out again but it's worth drinking.

Nov 04, 2015
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metter98 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose. Some notes of yeast become noticeable once the beer begins to warm up.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has much stronger flavors of floral hops—it's like smelling a bouquet of flowers and has a lot of complexities with different flavors—among these marigolds and Gerbera dasies seem to stand out. There are also some notes of fresh herbs, including rosemary. Slight hints of spices are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison is really packed with lots of floral aromas and flavors. If I take a smell or sip and close my eyes, I can almost picture myself at a flower store standing next to fresh bouquets of flowers.

Serving type: growler

Oct 03, 2015
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PVMT from New York

4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at LIC Beer Project 8/22/15. Their flagship offering, and an excellent one to say the least. A perfect saison; crisp, clean and refreshing with just a hint of spice and funk. One of only two beers on tap today, but if this is indicative of what is to come, I see a lot more empty kegs in LICBP's future.

Aug 22, 2015
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dmb987 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall great saison. If this is the plan to keep this the flagship beerI can see bigger and better things coming from LICBP in the near future. Walked in only wanting to try a pint and walked out with a growler.

Jul 26, 2015
Ardent Core from LIC Beer Project
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 58 ratings