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Table Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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Table Saison
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87
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This saison pours hazy to clear straw in color with notes of honey and tropical fruit. Flavor has tropical fruit with a lemony bitterness and hints of clove in the finish. Sorachi Ace and Citra hops add lots of flavor to this small, sessionable beer.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: babaracas on 11-27-2010)
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hopking311

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden haze, half finger frothy white head, Very Nice lacing

Smells fruity, banana crisp, clean, slight hefeweizen appeal.

well carbonated, light bodied

Light, fruity, slight souring towards the very back of the tongue as the last flavor

Very nice, favorite saison Ive had thus far.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 17:46:54 | More by hopking311
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mocktm

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer at World of Beer, Fort Myers, FL - 9/28/2011.

Into a tulip, this appears cloudy and golden with two fingers of billowing white head that retains adequately while also displaying some clinging abilities.

Nose is yeasty, full of lemon peel and spice with some breadiness to it as well. Not as robust as other Saisons, but this is called a "table saison", so the mild nature is to be expected.

Lemon and tropical pineapple dominate out of the gate, giving way to clove and some herbal presence, finishing with a moderate hop bitterness. Grain and malt permeates throughout the beer, contributing balance to the ever so light sour tang from the citrus.

Light bodied, this is obviously easy drinking and quite sessionable at 4.5%.

Not a bad Saison; I get what they were trying to do and I think it works. This is a crisp, refreshing and affordable beer for those who really enjoy the style, but don't want to break the bank on bolder options. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 15:18:16 | More by mocktm
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adam42381

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/17/11.

Poured on draft into a tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy medium gold with a 3 finger foamy snow why head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Wine grape hulls with a touch of vinegar.

Taste: Light grains up front followed by a touch of sourness ending with a decent hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. The low ABV% means you could drink several of these.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. It's below the very high standards of Cigar City, in my opinion, but it's still a solid beer. Not my favorite saison by any means, but it's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 15:49:51 | More by adam42381
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy and golden. Minimal head.

S: lots of lemon. Some spice.

T: lots of lemon throughout. Sweet start and sour finish. Little of the spicey saison yeast with bread and light malt notes.

M: light body mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: reminds me of a lemonade beer like I had in vienna but much better. Different from other saisons. A little off from the typical saison but very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 01:28:55 | More by kylehay2004
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a treat i got to try in tampa, and i have to say their lighter beers impress the hell out of me.

Nice head of three inches or more caps off the top of the glass and falls down effortlessly into a broken and rocky cushion of foam. Light aroma of bananas and pears, hints of light peach and a floral, albeit light hop note to it. Warming brings out a touch of grain that serves to balance it quite nicely. Smooth, elegant flavor. Light notes of fruit, touches of grass and a slight floral flavor all combine quite nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 02:06:44 | More by mikesgroove
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of enjoying a snifter of this at Capone's during their recent saison event. As other's have stated, this did strike more as a hefeweizen than a saison. It was straw colored, yet cloudy to the point of being both blonde and opaque. Crown was a creamy, two-finger thick bluff. The nose was fairly muted. Tastes of vanilla, lemon, and wheat permeated throughout, with a grapefruit type finish. Perfect summer beer, and the kind you can drink all day without tiring from its premise. I wish this stuff was bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 14:41:27 | More by Retail1LO
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A frothy pale white head forms atop the hazy amber liquid; clumps of lace stick to the side of the glass on the way down

Smell: Pear and floral perfume, with an herbal spice aspect

Taste: After a toffee sweetened start, the floral and pear elements add additional sweetness that is balanced out, by mid-palate, with bitter, herbal undertones; the finish has both the pear fruit and herbal bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low carbonation; a bit watery

Overall: A bit sweeter than I prefer but still a nice saison, overall; like the low abv but the body does suffer, as a result

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 14:08:35 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's.

Pours a clear yellow with a moderate white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light saison yeast and a bit of light straw. Mildly earthy. The flavor kicks it up a notch with a good dosing of slightly-spicy and earthy saison yeast along with some straw and grain. Light all around, though the yeast takes the front seat. Good flavor. Light and crisp with high carbonation. Nothing too eventful, but really drinkable and a nice all-around brew on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 14:08:33 | More by Thorpe429
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear pale gold body with a finger of coarse white foam that settles into a ring. Nice.

S: Light and fresh. Biscuity malt, lively esters, spicy phenols. Dry minerality. Good.

T: Spice up front, followed by some lightly bready malt. Very clean, but this is where the low ABV hurts it - it's pretty watery.

M: Light and lively, full of creamy carbonation. Great.

O: I'm scoring this a bit higher for overall than the average of the other categories, just because I'm so pleased to see a great brewery producing a beer that combines classic Belgian flavors with session-strength ABV. This beer, while clearly lacking the intensity of practically all normal Saisons, nevertheless provides a classic and refreshing twist on the style. I'd gladly quaff a pint of this after mowing the lawn.

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

06-12-2011 13:10:38 | More by woosterbill
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it poured a very light, bright copper coloring with no head to speak of. Wine-like aromas of grape and date, with slight souring, but overly sweet. Flavors are tart citrus/grapefruit initially, with a smooth and slightly smokey transition. The aftertaste is slightly grapefruit, which dries and puckers on the finish. Good, rich flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 18:46:11 | More by GarthDanielson
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and a bright golden with a nice white head 2" high. Dissipates to a thin film leaving no lace.
Smell is wheat, citrus and hops.
Taste is all hefewiesen. Hops, citrus, wheat and a hint of vinegar.
Medium body, medium effervescence. A good brew but really seems less a saison than weisen. Good, but off style in my opinion.

Serving type: growler

05-29-2011 22:10:46 | More by PorterLambic
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great saison on a hot day. Rated 5% abv. Wild yeast aromas are yummy. Cloudy yellow with tons of lace, only a little head. Carbonation right there. White pepper and a tad of cayene. Great drinkability, refreshes in the early summer weather.
On tap at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 18:48:32 | More by Sammy
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Gtreid

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Poured into a tasting glass.

A: Clear straw yellow color. I would have thought this would be a bit cloudy, but I digress. Small pure white head, nice retention and lace.

A: Belgian yeast, light malts, and small citrus. Absolutly no hint of alcohol.

T: Again, much of the same. Yeasty malts, with a small earthy hop profile. The yeast is distinct and welcomed. Finishes dry.

M: Light body, good carbonation. Pretty crisp and clean.

O: Nice, light session strength saison. One that I would love to have a few of by the pool or the ocean. Skal.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 17:52:56 | More by Gtreid
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the tasting room presented with a hazy straw colored snifter with a small ring of shuts bubbles around the walls
Smell is all saison yeast
Taste is tart saison yeast with a hidden sweetness getting beat back anytime it shows its face
Mouthfeel is light and drying very crisp
Overall this right after guava grove makes it seem like the little brother but he holds his own and quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 20:03:47 | More by sliverX
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basscram

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the better saisons I've tried. I ordered it at cigar city in my quart to take home, didn't even try a sample before I did.

poured into a very nice cigar city snifter glass from the growler. poured a very heavenly golden light straw color with BIG bubbles floating up. tiny thin head, not foamy. went away quickly to nothing.

I will tell you exactly what I taste but it will not be specific cause I am not sure what I'm tasting. It tastes like a popular ESB to me. It has a funky bitterness to it but easy to drink! Almost has a nuttiness to it like an octoberfest too. These are the things I taste. mouthfeel is outstanding. alcohol of course is 4% so no hit from there. Not a beer you would gulp down but one you could really enjoy slowly. that bitter aftertaste you get from it, does go away very nicely so you can enjoy your next sip.

Overall, great beer. recommended! try it!

Serving type: growler

05-01-2011 04:06:00 | More by basscram
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Pours a slightly hazed yellow color wih a snow white head. Nice lace left on the glass as the head settles. Aroma is banana and clove and slightly sweet. The taste has a nice citrus lemon quality along with the Belgian notes of banana and clove. Some minimal hop bite to it. Light/medium mouthfeel. This is a really nice drinking beer being well balanced and not too high abv where you can enjoy it all day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 13:41:20 | More by kbutler1
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babaracas

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A table strength saison in the CCB tasting room brewed on their pilot system. Served in a pint glass, a hazy light amber with small foamy white head that left a few spots of lace on the way down. Smell: decorative soaps, light spicy hops, apricot, a little hay, pils malt, and a hint of banana. Taste: base of light pils malt, relaxed spicy hopping, clove and lemon. Not-unpleasant steely note towards the end of the sip is more a function of feel than taste. Not the most involved saison in their lineup but a tasty session option.

Had this on-tap and from a growler. Given the opportunity to warm up from tap temp it opens up nicely...more hay/grain, less soap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 22:00:13 | More by babaracas
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Table Saison from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.