Sea Bass - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by ibbjamin:
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Received this 750ml bottle in a trade and I pour it into my Lost Abbey tulip to review.
Not quite what I'd call a gusher, but I'd certainly recommend opening it over the sink nonetheless. Huge tan colored pillowey head rests atop this dark brown beer that has carbonation bubbles rising constantly keeping the retention at an inch or greater. It takes some time for the retention to fall below this marker, but the next pour of this big beer puts it right back above that level. Thick, lasting lace lines the inside of the tulip.
Quite fizzy and citrusy on the nose with tons of lemon and some vinous qualities a la white and red grape. Citrusy and grassy hops in addition to hints of sour and oak help balance the fruity tones out.
Taste is even more vinous than my nose suggested with red grape dominating. The citrusy hops and lemon are still there, but they take a backseat to the sour red grape taste. I am even getting hints of chocolate malt in there.
Mouth is on the dry side with a medium body and massive prickly carbonation. Pretty smooth medium length finish of dry sour grape.
Certainly they get bonus points for this being quite a unique beer to me. Actually one of the better saisons I've had to date and I like the heavier body and sour grape notes that I usually do not find in the style. Wish I lived within their distribution limits so I could try some of their other beers.
Serving type: bottle
08-24-2011 04:35:06 | More by ibbjamin
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3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Lost Abbey tulip
A: Pours a murky reddish hued brown color. Tons of carbonation, over carbo. Four fingers off white slightly tan head. Tiny bubbles streaming up sides of glass. The cap had dark brown funky goop on it.
S: Smells like a full on sour beer, more than a Saison. As I have heard, this one has gotten funky over the years. Balsamic vinegar. Tart cherry. Tanic woodiness. Smells of Flanders red.
T: Tip of the tongue is that tart acidic sour tinge. Then in the middle of the palate you get this strange OFF funkiness. Like rancid woodiness. Infection maybe? Not pleasant. There is an almost cocoa like flavor in there. Finish is dry, but some of that funk lingers with you.
M: Medium bodied. Thank god carbonation sort of clears the palate.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2012 17:18:01 | More by inlimbo77
Sea Bass from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.