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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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Photo of JamnesCameron


2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a blind from Cuzco in Blind BIF #3, thanks Nate!

Pours a deep, deep ruby with a thick head of yeasty, tan foam.

Aromas of sour cherries and cherry pits. Musty, and ropy. And wood. There is absolutely nothing saison about this smell. It's killer, but not saison-like.

First sip is tannic, and very sour. Cigar City's interpretation of a belgian red, but they labeled it as a saison. Hints of cherry pits, and the occassional whiff of acetone. Lots of wild bugs in this one.

Mouthfeel is puckering, medium bodied, and tannic.

Very drinkable sour beer. This would be great in the summer time as a thirst quencher. I'd give it better marks if presented as a belgian red, but this is nowhere near a saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:12:35 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of bamadog


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra special thanks to sorellenator for hooking me up with this one in a recent trade. Review is from notes taken on 11/29/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark mahogany color with slightly lighter highlights near the edges; starts with a massive 3 finger fluffy light tan head with crazy retention; body is dark and fairly murky, nearly opaque; as the head dwindles, it leaves behind tons of lacing; head fades to a full and thick skim that lasts for most of the glass; really quite a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: Tons of sour and dark tart cherries -- bit of a funky barnyard/Brett aspect, but it really mostly the cherries; as it continues to warm, a bit of spiciness and sweeter maltiness starts to fight its way through; while it's not especially complex for a beer of this style, it is pretty robust and just smells good.

Taste: Well played, Cigar City. Well played. Plenty of the dark and sour cherry flavors, but there is a solid and strong malt backing with strong Belgian candi-like sugary sweetness to it along with a well-balanced infusion of Brett; bit of a warm caramel/chocolate aspect to the malts as it continues to warm; bit of a medicinal flavor sneaks in with those sour and tart flavors; aftertaste is bitter and sour.

Mouthfeel: Thicker and heavier than any sour I've had to this point; body is of a firm, medium weight; carbonation is plentiful, but it's very soft and smooth in the body; a very thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth; belly is left warm from the acidity and ABV and the gums are left a little tingly for the same reasons.

Drinkability: Actually, this is really something that I could sip on all night as the sour/tart aspects don't become overwhelming or overly acidic after a while as is sometimes the case with beers of this caliber (not that I'm knocking them, as most of them are still quite awesome); I feel it would also start to sit a little heavy and the ABV would likely start to catch up, but I figure it's made for sipping, so if one were to take his/her time with it, they could easily enjoy it for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:26:37 | More by bamadog
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of nickfl


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
Photo of dstc


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown color with a thick, foamy tan head. Excellent head retention and nice lace.

Nice aroma. Plenty of spice and plenty of that nice farmhouse funk. Tart fruits and spice.

Wow, great taste. Super funky and very tart and sour. Bit different in bottle than on tap but still good.

Medium bodied with a nice bite and plenty puckering.

Watched plenty of people trying this at the CCB taproom, scrunching up their faces pushing the glass away and order something different. THIS is something different, something wonderfully different. I just love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 14:04:42 | More by dstc
Photo of socon67

New York

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

Poured into my Ommegang snifter glass.

A - Brown with slight lacing along the glass.

S - Smells like sour cherries. Not like too many saisons I've come across. Also a bit of an earthy smell.

T - This tastes similar to a whiskey sour. A little brun at the end but the initial taste is quite sour. I could see this going with asian food for contrast.

M - Bubbly carbonation. Fairly light.

D - I think the sourness makes this one a little tough to have more than one. I do like this better than Guava Grove.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 19:40:12 | More by socon67
Photo of gunnerman


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

Had this on tap at the Icehouse In Punta Gorda. Poured into a snifter, pour a hazy brown with a foamy head that left a bit of lace on the glass. Smell has a tart like character to it, sour apples with figs. Taste is spot on with the smell very sour up front but grows on you, this beer towards the end was going down very nicely. This beer was possibly to sour upfront but overall enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 15:01:04 | More by gunnerman
Photo of glid02


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a dark purplish-brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of medium malts with solid amounts of tart cherry and lighter amounts of darker fruits - figs with hints of plums.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the fruit flavors aren't quite as robust. Neutral dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of moderately tart cherry flavors. Midway through the sip the flavors thicken up a bit with hints of earthy yeast flavors. Finally, dark fruit flavors make a brief appearance near the end of the sip before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, kind of a darker, less sweet Flanders Red in that wasn't too overdone on the tartness. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 12:39:01 | More by glid02
Photo of BearsOnAcid


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Turbid brown body with a khaki head. Smell is almost gueuze-y which is really interesting and I liked that the most about this beer. Some vinegar and roasted malt. I can see influences from both breweries. Taste has an acetic acid-like sourness with bitter roasted malt. Some tobacco and cocoa is found. I think this beer could be more bold and robust. The sourness should be lighter and secondary in flavor. You could mistake this for a contaminated stout rather than being soured on purpose.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 19:33:11 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of cpanossian

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tall clear glass - 2-3 finger beige foam head. Color is a dark hazy amber.

Aroma is sour/tart similar to but not quite a tripel or Flanders sour.

Taste is very tart/sour. Not for everyday drinking - more of a special occasion beer with some nice mild cow milk cheeses.

Mouthfeel is ok - medium bodied ale. Severe tartness disqualifies it from being a refreshing, quaffable drink, and no way I can drink this whole 25oz bottle by myself - it's too complicated and demanding for a quantity or session beer. Sadly I don't know too many people who would enjoy something this curious.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 00:46:10 | More by cpanossian
Photo of 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
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of nkersten


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, thanks to Mike for sharing this one at Halloween tasting. Poured into tulip, dark brown with a thick brown head that fades to a small cap, good retention and lacing. Smell is a bit of funk, lots of hops, slightly sour, candi sugar. Taste is a bit sour, some funk, lots of bitter floral hops, a hint of alcohol and sweet apples in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with a high carbonation. A decent beer and interesting for the style, but not the most drinkable saison (is it really a saison?) i can think of.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 13:55:29 | More by nkersten
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Very dark, cloudy brown on the pour, huge tan head with great retention and lacing. Smells a lot like a Jolly Pumpkin beer, musty funk and brett mixed with some dark malt sweetness. Sweet and tart cherries and lightly sweet roasted malt on the palette. A little harsh and bitter finish with some heat. Very unique taste. Medium-bodied with higher carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:26:40 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of AgentZero


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Consumed at our pre-Halloween tasting (blame Canada).

A - Startlingly brown beer poured out of this, tan foam, some spots left on the side of the glass.

S - Smells like a wild, no other way to really put it, or perhaps some sort of Flander's Red (okay, I guess that is another way to put it). Some sweet and tartness that I was not expecting, as well as a light caramel sweetness suggested in the background.

T - How strange, doesn't taste like it smells, not a wild, but I think the only reason this is labled as a saison is because it's called a farmhouse ale on the bottle. Interesting fruit, maybe some grapes or apples, tastes a bit "brown" somehow. Not bad, but unfortunately not nearly as good as it smelled.

M - This beer was way too overcarbonated and it distracted from the taste.

D - Fairly easy to drink, but the harsh carbonation took it down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:57:36 | More by AgentZero
Photo of MasterSki


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
Photo of jrallen34


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Mike at our tasting...I'm surprised instantly by this beer as its a dark brown pour with a light brown head that has good retention and lacing...The aroma is not a typical saison either, more like a oud bruin with notes of tart apples, vinegar, and dark fruits...The taste is an extension of the aroma tartness mixed with dark fruits, a little alcohol undermines the flavor.

This is an interesting and decently tastey beer, but I wouldn't call this is a saison as that is immediate distraction.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 21:13:14 | More by jrallen34
Photo of fear025


4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:Very similar to a sour beer like Supplication.

Appearance:Black and opaque. Very nice, off-white head. Great lacing, great retention.

Taste:Extremely tart right at the beginning, fading off in the aftertaste. Lemon, apple, persimmon flavors on the foretaste.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, good carbonation, some harsh astringency.

Drinkability:I was not expecting this beer to be nearly as sour as it is. This beer would do Jolly Pumpkin proud. It was quite a surprise, and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 18:45:42 | More by fear025
Photo of beersensei305


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Beer pours a red brown (burgundy) that is barely transulcent. Creamy, thick head that lingers a long time. Tart smell yet sweet you can smell cider right off it. Sour grapes taste at the front, mild fruity flavor in the middle and a little dry at the end- still tart. Tart from the cider. Drinkablity is good, its not a strong brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 21:39:36 | More by beersensei305
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a deep yet translucent brown hue with tannic red edges where the light passes through. A healthy cap of sandstone-colored froth deposits small flecks of lace, and sticks around for the duration of the glass.

S - Huge tartness and solvent booze are immediately apparent, and the suggestion of tart golden and tropical fruit is heavy on the nose. As it airs out, it mellows considerably while still retaining notes of guava, sour grapes, tamarind, tart apple and solvent.

T - This brew is quite strongly flavored, and the taste is very much comprised of the same elements as the aroma, though the flavor never mellows and likely intensifies with warming. There is a lot of dynamic to the flavor; the interplay between the booziness and the tart fruit impressions adds a readily discernible complexity. Lastly, I must note that the brew is generally quite robust; far more tart and alcoholic than a traditional Saison. It is a good thing in my book.

M - Less than medium-bodied, perhaps a bit too sticky.

D - Though I like this brew, I cannot see myself drinking this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 20:58:12 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of awalk1227


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/9/10 The bottle refers to this beer as "Pugilistic." Punchy!

A: Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter. Dark brown, almost a deep, deep crimson/purple/mahogany. Maybe that's just my light. Big froghty off white-yellowish head.

S: I like this a lot! Slight funk of a saison, mmm can't wait to see what this tastes like. Sour grapes, apples, pears, dried fruit. The "dark" comes through a little bit in letting the slightest chocolate cake smell through the funk.

T: Ooh, okay, so the malt is there. Finishes like a darker, malty ale on the back end. However, Grapes and plums are right out front, with caramel in the middle. It doesn't taste as sour as it smelled. A lot of people are saying this is super tart, and "could tell it was a sour from the scent." I disagree. Maybe I've ravaged my taste buds with binge drinking and spicy food, but I don't think this beer is that sour.

F: Light, mild carbonation. For a refermented beer (yeast sediment poured into my glass, whoops!) I was hoping for more pop on the tongue. I reckon' that's the darker aspect of the beer balancing it though.

D: Went down easily. I finished almost the entire 750 by myself. No ABV on bottle, but I'd place it at around 6%-7%. There's a lot of flavor in this though, so it could be higher.

I'm curious what some age would do to this, and I may pick up another bottle. I also agree with what another review said in that this may be a great base for a sour beer. Some Brett and a red wine barrel would do crazy things to this!

I like what the guys at CCB are putting out, and this just shows their creativity.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 16:15:23 | More by awalk1227
Photo of Bmoyer0301


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Tonight I decided to break out one of my old favorite glasses, my Kasteel Belgian goblet with a ornate cutout of the brewery on the base of the glass. As I proceeded to pop the cap off I was greeted with a healthy hissing sound and the carbonation gasses slowly lingered around the mouth of the bottle. During the pour I decided to slightly tilt the glass and pour slowly because saisons tend to be carbonated higher than normal and as the dark ruby reddish brown colored ale came out it brought on a healthy crackling head two fingers thick. As I let it sit for a few minutes the head dissipated and was barley there and only came back when I gave a vigorous swirl that showed no real amount of lacing.


Right off the start I am getting loads of dry wine and lemon zest combined with some acidic undertones. I almost can pull out some apple vinegar and cherries with yeasty funk that reminds me of a typical grassy hay bail. I am a little confused though, from my understanding I thought that this was going to be just a saison I had no idea there was any brett or sour yeast added so I hope that this is not a flaw.


Wow! this is a nice surprise, I really did not expect any form of sour beer. There is loads of sour cherries, tart apples, and raspberries all mixed around in a crisp bubbly mouth feel. I have to admit I have a small ulcer on my tongue that is not really enjoying the acidity but I am more than happy to push through and keep going on this amazing ale. In the finish I can get some vinegar and funky barnyard stuff that I just can't put my finger on but its complex and amazing! The only thing I wish I knew was the strength of this beer, and I am willing to take a guess and say it's somewhere in the ballpark of 7% ABV even though the alcohol heat is almost nonexistent.


This was not what I was thinking at all but I am really glad it caught me off guard because it was amazing! I would love to have another bottle of this stuff hanging around to see what it would be like in a year or so because I'm willing to bet that it will dry out and get more tart. Overall this was a great addition to the Cigar City profile, and I am going to say that this one of their best and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to try it. If you get a chance to trade for it or buy it go for it because this is a no brainier if you love craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 16:20:45 | More by Bmoyer0301
Photo of aubuc1


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at world of beer.

Pours very drak brown with a thin head.

Smell is a nice sour with ripe fruit and some light wood.

Taste is a good sour up front with a dry cedary finish.

The dryness makes me thirsty and wanting to keep drinking.

Another very good beer from tampa.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 00:10:28 | More by aubuc1
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 23:07:57 | More by Billolick
Photo of Gmann

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 04:28:10 | More by Gmann
Sea Bass from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.