Sea Bass - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Cheesemoose:
4/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle split with friends.
A murky raisin brown. A bit of light shines through, giving a nice depth to the color. Off-white head with a great bit of head. 3 fingers linger for a bit, but resede's into a nice film with a smattering of lacing throughout.
Wonderful funk. Seems to be well balance with the malt base. This is most definitely not your typical saison, with a very strong and rich malt backbone. Granny smith apples, candied lemon zest and unripe grape. The tart essence is rather forward, but is brought back to Earth and mellowed with the nutty malt base. Earthy notes begin to resonate in the later stages.
Similar to nose, the taste is rather similar. Nutty base of the malt adds a complex nature to funk. Tart cherries strike at first, though leading into sour grape and granny smith. The funk and the malt are rather non-complimenting, creating a void of flavor where the contrasting notes present a two sided beer where the middle ground is never reached. A grassy hop finish is hidden and never quite reaches it's potential.
Fine carbonation, mellow mouthfeel and crisp finish. Oh so nice. A bit on the creamy side, something not typical to the style.
The ABV is higher than I was expecting but was very well hidden. Definitely one to share.
This is an amazing and promising beer, but the balance was never reached, and though I enjoyed it greatly, the heavy malt base never quite mellows to a point of complimenting instead of fighting the funk. I love the funk, but with the heavy malt base, it is like a Coliseum of flavors with none becoming the dominating force.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2011 02:53:26 | More by Cheesemoose
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