Sea Bass - Cigar City Brewing

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 20.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | 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:
Beer added by: aepb1 on 09-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

According to the head brewer, this a "dark farmhouse ale".
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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 109
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, capped, w/o freshness/bottling date info, $12.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours dark mahogany, under an initially huge medium tan head slowly fading, then a thicker film and thick strands of lace.

Pungent nose highlighted by lactic sourness, fruity funkiness and a hint vinegar as well as earthy goodness.

Solidly sour for a saison, more fresh fruit, earthy, jammy, complex and flavorful. More interesting, out of the box, but still approachable creation from CC. Keep em coming to NY, enjoying each one...

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

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a very deep brown color with a puffy tan head the slowly settles into a solid cap. The aroma is tart and funky; lemon with tart apples, some floral sweetness, and medicial notes. Definitely on the sour end of the saison aroma spectrum. The flavor is quite unique. Tart, sour saison meet some roasted malt. Starts off tart with lemon, green apple, and unripe peach. A bit o funk. This is transformed into a bitter roasted malt however the sour notes continue to linger. I can't say the flavor profile melts into each other, seems more of a stark contrast to each other, but it still tastes fine. The feel is moderate with airy carbonation; sweet, sour, and slightly bitter on the palate. Overall, not sure how I feel about this beer. No off flavors, good sour and nice roasted malt but not sure if they really go super well together. Almost seems like 2 different beers in one.

Photo of cjgator3
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Pours a very dark brownish black color with a light tan head with awesome retention and lacing all over the glass. 

S- The aroma is sweet, tart, fruity and yeasty. Smells very similar to Guava Grove. Very nice!

T- The taste is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. The taste starts out sweet and tart with some dark fruits and a smooth yeasty finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied and exceptionally smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed Sea Bass. Yet another fantastic offering from Cigar City. Well done! 

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip this Saison pours a very very very dark ruby brown, with an impressive dark tan head that fills the rest of the glass.

S: The aroma is dominate tart fruit, grapes, and cider. (I don't want to say vinegar....vinegar is harsh this is not). The nose lacks complexity that a great sour should have.

T: The flavor is a very earthy, less extreme tartness. Again, fruit and cider. The flavor is a little harsh on the back end of the pallet, but overall this would be a great introductory beer for someone not used to the extreme end that we're taking sour beer.

MF: The mouthfeel thins out greatly, as a matter of fact, I wasn't paying attention to it until I came to the review point. This is not characteristic of a Belgium here.

D: Drinkability is good, I'd put the ABV at around 6.5 or 7....but that is just a guess.

Overall, I am somewhat impressed. It seems like CCB only improves on what they put out. I'm not sure of the brewing process of this one (Do they age it in Sea Bass tanks?), but this is a little too sour to be a Saison, and would be an excellent base to a very promising American Wild Ale.

Photo of mondegreen
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Allagash Tulip.

Pours dark brown with a giant tan head. Great retention and lacing. Very dark for a Saison (I'm used to pale Saisons).

Smell is tart with hints of ripe fruit and vinegar. Taste is very clean. By that I mean there is a distinct funk/tartness, but it does not linger where it's not wanted. Reminds me of an Oud Bruin in some ways, but much more crisp on the tounge than most Oud Bruins I've had.

This is a unique take on the Saison style, and CCB pulled it off well. This one is worth seeking out for fans of funky beer. It won't blow your socks off with sourness, but the balance of flavors is praise worthy.

Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black sea bass on the label, a dark saison inside... pours a cloudy dark brown-orange, towering cream colored head fades slowly to a quarter inch leaving a ring of thick lace. Smell: caramel sweetness, soft banana, big tropical fruit, musty, acidic. Taste: guava, papaya, really tart but softened by caramel and banana, spicy. Apparently this is Guava Grove with just a touch of something extra. Really tasty.

Late Aug/Sept 2010 bottling.

On second thought, the tart components of this are pretty similar to a Flanders red ala Rodenbach grand cru...

Photo of CampusCrew
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark and stout like, low head retention.

smell: wow, I could tell it was a sour as I opened. I had no idea. lots of tart cherry aromas.

taste: not very balanced, the sourness takes over the beer. very tart citrus up front some dark malt present, but strong unpleasant vinegar flavors and I like sour beers.

mouthfeel: pretty thin bodied

drinkability: probably my least favorite CC to date, but if this is their worst beer, that's amazing. I'll age one and check later.

Photo of afksports
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two review prefaces: I'm a total amateur, and I don't much like the saison/farmhouse style.

That said, when I heard they were celebrating the release of this during NYC Beer Week at Rattle N' Hum, I pretty much ran from class. Huge fan of CCB.

I got a pour from a bomber bottle into a 8oz-ish snifter. It's dark brown with a reddish hue around the edges at the bottom and has a little bit of graininess to it. There's a sour aroma that's pretty inviting, and the first sip echoes that. There's a lemon lime tartness going on in the middle, and that meets a sweetness. It has a solid medium to light body, but it's not too heavy. By the end of the sip it finishes clean but with "some funk" (thanks aepb1, I didn't know how to describe it). That funk ultimately turned me off to it and lowered its drinkability for me, but there's no question it's a complex and complete brew. Props to Cigar City!

Photo of aepb1
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, opaque brown with a foamy brownish head and wonderful lacing

S- Spicey fruits, sour but something earthy/sweet in the nose too

T- Tart fruit up front and a nice crisp finish. In the middle you get a whole bunch of sweetness and in the aftertaste as well. It's got some funk like a wild ale

M- Medium bodied, creamy feel from the carbonation... interesting for the style but the feel works real well with the sourness

D- I love the warming from this as well. Overall, the take on the Farmhouse Ale is an interesting one being tart and that touch of sweetness too. I enjoy it quite a bit.

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Sea Bass from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.