Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 106
Gots: 129 | FT: 9
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Brittmb29 on 09-12-2011

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Ratings: 891 | Reviews: 142
Photo of beercheeselover
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has a lot of pickle like cucumber. Taste is has an okay amount of cucumber taste for me, but I do agree with the reviewers that said it does not really taste that much like a saison. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Decent beer, bought two bombers this year, will buy two more again if I happen to be somewhere and see them, but I will not be seeking them out. Great idea for a flavor profile and a summer release in Florida. I only wish it were a little more like the saisons I am more accustomed too.

Photo of Mixologist93
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taste like a salad. Kind of strange

Photo of parris
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They definitely nailed with the "cucumber" part of this, but that's really it. The flavor to me was more like a light ale with pickles.

Photo of barfootbandit
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer from a bomber recently and back in 2012 so I will try to bridge the two tastings. Then it had overwhelming tastes and smells of cucumber. Also rather creamy, perhaps too much and not much crispness or hop. Now in 2015 this beer definitely mellowed out. However that could be because I drank it over six months after its bottling date, not intentionally fyi. Cucumber flavor and smell was still there but not as much as before and still quite a good beer. Also seemed more hoppy and carbonated to the point where there was a massive head even after a slow pour. I think this style and flavor of beer is a fantastic idea but needs some tweaking. Like some sort of twisted beer Stockholm syndrome I want my over the top cucumber flavor back.

Photo of MrMonotone69
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too much cucumber taste for me, but it's a nice beer for sure.

Photo of pkalix
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wanted to hate this, but wow! like a pickle, but blends into a 'beer' nicely..... probably not really a saison, but very interesting and well-put-together.....

Photo of Kraj30
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

all their beers are so well made. its not my style but makes an amazing Bloody Mary Back

Photo of Jobin_24
1.29/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Saisons are alright however this one is terrible.

Photo of GregJ
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light golden with thin white head. The cucumber smell and taste are very potent. Also tastes of wheat and light yeast flavor. The cucumber with alcohol almost gives a light dry pickle flavor on the back of the tongue. Nice and refreshing. Excellent summer beer.

Photo of Johnny_Danger
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Gross drain pour times five.

Photo of wulfie85
4/5  rDev +9%

Didn't think I was going to be a fan, but this was a lot of fun. The cucumber was not overpowering, but had just the right balance to make it goo.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.12/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear deep golden color. The aroma is like that of dill pickles. The taste is also very cucumber forward with pickle like flavor and a small dry yeast in the finish. Hard to get much grains in the taste over the pickle. Light bodied ale that would drink easy if it tasted better. Overall, this is not good.

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

large bottle poured cloudy with a durable off-white head.
Both the aroma and the flavor feature cucumber flavor, although it unfortunately comes across as past its prime. Nice mix of sweet, tart and bitter components until the aftertaste which is a tad overly bitter.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a ccb humidor glass.

A brew pours a crisp transparent orange with lively visible carbonation. Big giant and frothy head and chunky lacing.

S nose is all about cucumber. Some dill and grassiness, but not too saison like.

T/M/O taste is also all about cucumber. I am not a crazy cucumber person bit this is really well done and actually quite tasty. Good balance with sweetness. Easy drinking with a crisp feel. Very refreshing.

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Not terribly saison-y, but tons and tons of cucumber for sure.

Photo of KornWallace
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Date: 8/31/14
Location: DeCicco's Pelham
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Lightly golden to orange in color. Slightly beige off white head. Pours with a large white head with fantastic retention. Little cling.
Aroma: Well, it's not often that I get to describe a beer as a "cucumber bomb" but that's exactly what it is. Straight, unadulterated, cucumber. No other smells or aromas.
Taste: The taste is not quite as cucumber flavored as the aroma lets on but it's not far off either. Cucumber is the flavor, working hard to find something else I get some slightly sugared pale malts. I was looking for some of the yeast elements considering its a saison but just didn't get any hits. The finish is... cucumber.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied medium high carbonation. It feels heavier because I think my tongue is expecting to be chewing cucumber. I don't know what else to say.

Photo of Resuin
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into an enlarged snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber and leaves a full, multi-fingered head which fades quickly to a finger and then lingers for a while.

Smell: Cucumbers right upfront, slight hay funk, must, light floral notes, light cloves and banana. The big, refreshing cucumber takes the lead and is quite notable.

Taste: Cucumber, slight hay/grassy funk, malts, green peppers, cloves, banana. Quite smooth, balanced flavor.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a spritzy, carbonated, medium feel to it. Finishes smooth and crisp.

Overall: I was impressed with this one, besides the cucumber this is a nice, refreshing, light saison. The cucumber makes it interesting for me, and I enjoy cucumber, so I like that aspect to it. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of brianmandell
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle dated 6/12/14

A straightforward saison base with an aroma and flavor of light cucumber. The base beer itself is light and simple with some light peppery saison yeast character. Foamy carbonation with good head retention lends a creamy texture. No obvious flaws. The cucumber is unique, refreshing and easy drinking. I think it pairs well with spicy dishes but overall the beer isn't very interesting.

Photo of zookerman182
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is hazy golden color with a two finger fluffy white head.
Aroma is spices, banana, yeast, and cucumber.
Flavor is banana, cucumber, bitterness throughout. Not complex but good.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin, carbonation is big and crisp.
Extremely refreshing beer but the flavors aren't big or complex.
Not a bad summer beer but I wouldn't seek it out.
I'm thankful I got to try this.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange body. Big white head. Lots of lacing. Thick collar and great retention.

Smell - Lots of cucumber. Almost pickly. A bit of esters and some grain.

Taste - Still lots of cucumber. Much more grainy and some slightly sweet pale malt. Light cucumber is the lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Very drinkable. Medium light body.

Overall - It's refreshing and the cucumber flavor is pretty much all there is here. If that's your thing, it's good. I rather enjoy it.

Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden cloudy with a greenish tinge, huge torrent of upward fine bubbles rise in the middle of the glass, 2 fingers of yellowish fine bubbled head.

S: Belgian yeasts, light sweetness, light cucumber, dough, phenols, light blue cheese quality.

T: Cucumber, light tartness, lemon water quality, light dough, light phenols, light blue cheese quality.

M: Light body, lots of fine bubbled carbonation, dry crisp light feel.

O: Great light beer to have on a hot day. Definite cucumber but it's light and still present. Unlike Wicked Weed’s imperial cucumber in that there's has a strong and in the face melon quality. Bought in West Palm Beach Whole Foods, drank on Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton the first day of my vacation, July 12, 2014.

Photo of SuzieQD
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Not for everyone. You definitely get the cucumber. The smell reminds me of my mother's kitchen when she was making homemade pickles - a pleasant smell but not something I'm looking for in a beer. Got this on a sampler. Don't think I could do an entire glass.

Photo of timjr2500
1.56/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ohhhh God.smells like hippy feet and a salad from a cheap hotel buffet. Looks like Miller lite. Tastes like cucumber, but in a way that makes me hope I never encounter them again. I don't know what they were thinking when they brewed this but I won't hold it against them.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy beige color ale with a super large off-white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of cucumber is actually quiet dominant with some peppery yeast notes also easily identifiable. Taste is dominated by cucumber notes with loads of peppery yeast and some rustic malt notes. This beer is really dry with loads of attenuation. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. A really interesting experience but cucumber notes are a bit too strong to withstand large quantities of this beer – this is a beer I would share gain with multiple friends.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Head starts off massive and clumpy white. Thick sheets of lacing stick to and coat the glass. Decent head retention leaves a small clumpy cap with a dense bubble structure.

Smell: Straight up cucumber. Vegetal and fresh. Hops are lightly tropical with some mango, tangerine, and some vague stone fruit. A touch of spicy hop and lemon zest care of the Sorachi Ace. Cucumber skin. A touch of leafy vegetable. A vague hint of yeast with a mildly damp element. So much cucumber with some solidblemon flesh and zest undertones.

Taste: A touch raw honey wirhna solid punch of lemongrass and lemon zest. Vague hop spiciness coupled with some mild tropical notes. Some mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Cucumber for days. Flesh and fresh peeled cucumber skin. A ton of leafy vegetable. Fresh juicy cumber. Malts are nice and light with a slight bready element. Some pale malt sweetness. So much vegetable. Some yeasty esters and a slight damp element.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to light body with a moderate carbonation. Clean finish with a slightly creamy initial sip.

Overall: As promised.

One of the more unique things I've encountered. Has more cucumber flavor than an actual cucumber. Works well and really is refreshing.

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Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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