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Peace Tree Oak Barrel Aged Cornucopia
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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To put a local foot print on this Iowa farmhouse ale, a local ingredient is used-sweet corn. Not only is the finest quality malted barley used but, the corn stalk, full of sugar and flavor, is incorporated as well. This beer has a golden corn yellow glow and is balanced with the addition of hops. Belgian yeast is added to bring out some fruity aromas and earthy flavors which complement the flavors introduced by the corn stalks. Then, we tucked it in an oak barrel with Brettanomyces for a year, resulting in a strong horsey or earthy tone and plenty of oak.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 27, 2011
On-tap. A - Slightly hazed straw gold color. Minimal creamy white head. Little lace left behind. S - Funky barnyard aroma is quite strong. Tart and sour apple are the strongest aroma but there is also a strong hay aroma. Minimal sweet malty/corn aroma. Hints of oaky aroma. T - Similar to the nose. Tart and very slightly sour green apple are strongest. A definite funky barnyard flavor comes out. Touches of citrus and lemon rind along with some grassiness. Faintest hints of oak/woody flavors and sweet corn flavors. Not really like the base Cornicopia at all. M - Lighter body with good carbonation. Very dry and crisp finish. D - Fairly drinkable as a balanced sour beer. Dry and crisp that is somewhat like a cider. Could drink another but probably not more. Notes: A little heavy on the tart/sour fruitiness. Nice hints of oak. A good introduction to sours. Nothing really like the base beer but there are a few times that those flavors peek out subtly. Overall a decent beer but nothing overly special.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Pours very hazy with a very pale yellow color. The aroma is nicely funky with a little bit of chlorine and a good bit of earthiness. There is some pleasant fresh cut hay and fruitiness in the bouquet as well. The flavor of the beer is enjoyable all together with a fair amount of tartness, earthiness, and mild leather. The odd-ish flavor that the sweet corn stalks add to Cornucopia is by all means not lost at all in this version and add a nice layer to the beer. The fruitiness is very pronounced but well balanced by an overall dry character of the beer so much so that the finish reminds me a bit of brut. Very nice beer, I look forward to more offerings like this one from Peace Tree.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Draft at Shorts. Poured a clear gold color with a thin white head. Plenty of distinct oak in the nose which imparted a white wine character. There were also whiffs of white wine vinegar and unripe fleshy fruit. Light to medium bodied and dry with ample acidity. Lots of oak flavor which complemented the barn yard-ish, fruity Brett effect. Lemon/lime zest, white wine vinegar, tart apple, and lemon Pez candy notes. Pretty good.


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