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Sea Bass - Cigar City Brewing

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 20.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

According to the head brewer, this a "dark farmhouse ale".

(Beer added by: aepb1 on 09-29-2010)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I bought at Rattle 'N' Hum. This is a wild ale, and is more reedish flemish than saison. I smell yeast and cuvee. Dark reddish colour, lacey. A smooth creamy head and mouthfeel.Vinegary sour and citrus hoppiness that makes it more of a sipper but addictive.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 20:16:29 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-15-2012 21:52:14 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some sour and tart fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:52:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-20-2011 06:11:44 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours near black with a tan head. Three fingers of head to start out with some nice and sticky lacing. The nose brings a slight lactic character with a bit of cherry. Some nice roast notes there as well. The taste brings a slight sourness and just a tad bit of funk. There is some light roast there as well. Sourness in the feel and I really like the body. A bit of acetic cherry character in the taste and feel. Medium body and low carbonation. This is quite interesting and I'm glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 00:49:41 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown color with a massive, creamy head that sticks and laces

Smell: Acetic blend of cherry and apple with undertones of fig

Taste: Opens with a tart apple/cherry flavor with subtle sweet undertones that, by mid-palate, becomes overwhelmingly sour, in a vinegary, acetic sense; after the swallow, the sourness continues to dominate, leaving a dry, woody sense on the palate in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; a real puckering sensation

Drinkability: I just don't know about this one as I wish it were labeled differently; definitely not a Saison and I don't think the wild elements are well harmonized into the profile; the label says it is pugilistic and it is that

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 23:28:56 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-15-2011 22:27:16 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of haze and cloudiness here with a large two finger high head of white foam that just would not receded. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce it.

The aroma was loaded with spices. Hints of lemon and cinnamon where abound here, with a rich earthy mix to it. Lots of almost a nutmeg I am picking up here. The flavor took off right where that left off. A rich mixture of lemon, fresh grass, light fruit flavors and a ton of spice. Nice hints of allspice, cinnamon and pepper here. Nice light to medium body feel capped it off very well and the overall drinkability was very nice,

Overall not half bad. Not the best in the style I had ever had, but definitely worth seeking out to try again

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:27:29 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark color ale with a huge dirty beige foamy head with excellent retention and some great lacing. Aroma of tart notes is more powerful then I had expected with some funky yeast and some light spices. Taste is a weird mix between light balsamic notes with some wood and a subtle vinous feel with strong tart notes and some funky yeast. Body is slightly above average with great carbonation. Very interesting beer with a mix between lightly roasted malt and balsamic vinegar.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 20:22:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-15-2012 01:19:16 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a slightly murky dark brown color with an enormous tan colored head.

S: The nose starts off with tart dark fruits and a mild spiciness. Sour black cherries start to take over and there's a bit of an acidity to go along with the roasted malts. Probably infected, but it works.

T: The "fears" of infection are almost certainly corroborated. Lots of tart fruit notes, particularly cherries and blackberries, and just sour overall. Still, it's quite complex with some earthy and mildly chalky qualities.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and quite dry.

D: I don't normally give very favorable reviews to beers that are infected (or give off the appearance of being so), but this was certainly an exception. Nice flavors and aromas, and I don't think a saison getting infected is really all that big of a deal...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:54:15 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2/5  rDev -44.8%

11-22-2011 18:46:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-20-2012 23:39:35 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

10-21-2012 20:58:42 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-07-2011 04:40:20 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-30-2011 23:33:35 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.25/5  rDev -65.5%

11-14-2011 22:15:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Allan.

Dark brown with amber highlights. Clear for the first pour with a lasting white head.

Straberries coated in balsamic vinegar and sugar. Both sweet and acetic, lot of juicy fruitiness from the acid and a touch of acetone. Smells like a Flemish red to me, not sure why this is labeled as a saison.

Palate is similar: brown sugar, strawberries, cherries. Fairly light bodied and fizzy, but somewhat syrupy with the balsamic sweetness. Finishes fruity, lot of strawberry and tannins. Pretty good for a Flemish red, which is what I'm rating it as. As a saison it's an epic failure.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 22:00:40 | More by largadeer
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nickfl

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The cap pops off with a loud hiss and the beer ends up topped with a huge, three and a half finger head of enthusiastic, light tan foam. The body is dark brown with clear, amber highlights and the head settles slowly, leaving thick, lacy patterns on the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - Funky wild yeast with lots of rich, brown malt. Caramel and toasted notes blend with moderate acidic notes in a way that is quite reminiscent of a Flemish red.

T - Sweet caramel malt and pungent acidity up front with a light, dry black cherry note. Some molasses and more caramel in the middle that fades to a sweet, malty finish. The sweet/sour interplay of the malt and acidity lingers in the aftertaste with subtle fruity notes of sweet orange and black cherry.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Wow, I am not sure that this is really a saison, but whatever it is, it's phenomenal! The aroma is truly spectacular and the flavor is not far behind. The acidity is at the perfect level to balance and highlight the richness of the malt. There is a bit of fruit in the background that adds complexity without compromising the harmony of the beer's other ingredients. This yeast seems to yield spectacular results every time they use it (I am believe it is the same St. Somewhere strain that they use for Guava Grove) and I hope to see Cigar City brewing more saisons in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 06:35:39 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for sharing this one. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of light tan foam that features good retention and some splotchy lace. Dark brown murky body.

S - Some very unexpected funky and spiciness to this one. Sour grapes, spicy esters, a whiff of alcohol, light acetic acid, and some implied oak. I'm pretty sure this isn't barrel-aged but the vinous and acetic quality reminds me of some Flanders beers that are. Quite unique, and my favorite smelling brew of the evening.

T - The taste is quite a bit different, and while it's still pretty good it's fair more traditional farmhouse ale. Grassy hops, dandelion, some other spices and zestiness. Finish is not so much sour as it is bitter.

M - A little over-carbonated, but not as much as some of the other beers of the evening. Medium in body, with a dry finish. No obvious alcohol warmth.

D - The beer smells great, but the aftertaste gets a bit fatiguing after a while. I'd like to try this to see how it ages over time, and perhaps with a bit more time (and a larger sample) to give it the contemplation it deserves. It feels far more like a Saint Somewhere beer than a Cigar City one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 23:09:03 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-21-2014 23:02:28 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with Thorpe, thanks Mike. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is black with a tan head. Head is big but falls away quickly.

The aroma is sweet and sour with cherries and mild lactic notes. Smells a little yeasty but really good.

There is a brett character to this beer that is accented by the presence of the lactic acid. The beer is creamy and medium bodied, the finish is bitter with the roasted grains. There is a mild tartness in the corners of the mouth. Its a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 19:53:37 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blut59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a large light tan head. A lot darker than a lot of saisons I have tried. The aroma is a mix of toffee and tart cherries. It doesn't smell as sour as I expected it to.

The flavor is where the sourness comes in. I get a lot of tart cherries, some vinegar notes, caramel and toffee malt and some red wine notes. The sour/tart aspects of the beer are very well done and blend very well with the other flavors.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice sour beer from an amazing brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 04:20:59 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-29-2013 04:33:17 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 01/02/11 notes. Had at a local tasting thanks to nimbleprop; thanks Mac.

a - Pours a murky amber-mahogany color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, dark fruit, citrus, and spices.

t - Tastes of sour apples, sour fruit, dark fruit, and lightly metallic.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An average saison. Someone at the tasting said they had this a month ago and their bottle was much mroe tart and had a lot more cherries; I didn't get any cherries in this one. Glad I got to try it but wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 01:48:04 | More by mdfb79
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Sea Bass from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.