Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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Cucumber SaisonCucumber Saison

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 902
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 106
Gots: 135 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque pale gold (SRM 4) pour with bright white head; little to no lace and no cap. Cucumber and over ripe watermelon aromas with a hint of spicy yeast. Cucumber and a little lemon flavor; very little funk - mostly over ripe fruit. Lite dry and crisp mouthfeel. The Sorachi Ace hops leave a dry bitter aftertaste that I don't like - not a fan of this hop; otherwise, if you like cucumbers, this beer is for you. (411 characters)

Photo of FBGordon
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from cold bottle into a room temperature pub glass.

A: Pours Pours a golden orange with a thin head that quickly dissipates into no head.

S: Smell is fresh cucumber with a pungent touch, almost like kimchee.

T: Taste begins with a cool, sweet cucumber flavor that quickly waters down to a weak finish.

M: Feels like a saison, but with no head the light carbonation makes it watery and and unfinished.

O: A light, refreshing experiment that is a little wonky and hard to finish. While I'm glad to say I've had a cucumber beer, I probably won't have another. (570 characters)

Photo of iTunesUpdates
2.54/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this for my gf in hopes she liked it. We both couldn't stand it. Just not a good beer. Way too much Cucumber on the taste. Smell followed suit. Glad I tried it for I have never had anything like it, but will never seek it out again. (236 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/01/15, bought a bomber of this at the brewpub in Tampa.

Nose is a bit odd, lots of earthy malts and vegetables. Taste is better, little bit sweeter, though still a lot of vegetables. Easy to drink. Overall not my favorite, wouldn't seek it out again. (259 characters)

Photo of beercheeselover
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of barfootbandit
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
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..... (162 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

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. (271 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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. (468 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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. (884 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of SuzieQD
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of timjr2500
1.56/5  rDev -58.9%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 5/20/14

Appearance: Hazy golden orange/tangerine - pours with a giant, fluffy white head keeps a solid cap, leaves some serious webs of lacing

Smell: Massive cucumber aroma - more of a potent cucumber aroma than sniffing an actual cucumber (which definitely makes no sense) - concentrated cucumber juice - some yeasty aromas and some light saison funk - some light citrus and some pale malts in the back - some light bread - the aroma is really dominated by the hyper cucumber

Taste: Cucumbers with some dill and some grain - cucumber skin, cucumber flesh - some saison funk, with some earthy and yeasty flavors - some pale grains and light bread - yup, cucumber sandwiches - light spiciness from the yeast, finishes clean and refreshing

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, dry, refreshing finish

Overall: Cucumber sandwiches! Tea and crumpets! Quite!

The sheer quantity of cucumber in this beer deserves some kind of award, as it barely makes sense. If you don't like cucumber, you are going to hate this beer. Fortunately, I do. The saison base is either very mild or just completely dominated by the cucumbers. Regardless, it's worth a try. (1,189 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

The aroma is cucumber, pickles without the vinegar, and fresh green dill.

The flavor follows of cucumber water with fresh dill inside. It also tastes briney of pickles, but again without the tart vinegar qualities.

I appreciate the interesting qualities of this brew, but there are just elements missing that get this past drinking "cucumber water beer." (356 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle dated 5/23/2013, given to me as an extra by Brandon- thanks! Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 1/20/2014.

App- Clear pale yellow-straw body, lots and lots and lots of white head with great retention and lacing. Looks like a well-carbonated saison, appealing.

Smell- cucumber, cucumber, cucumber. Really, more of pickles than anything as it is cucumber with spicy pepperiness and a dash of salt. Interesting to smell over and over again.

Flavour- pickled cucumbers, faint pepperiness, not vegetal at all. No yeast flavours.

Mouthfeel- solid and appropriately thin body, good carbonation that does not fill up the palate too much. Aftertaste is a bit of lemon (?) zestiness that doesn't hang around for long.

Overall- cool beer, cool concept. However follows more of the pickled route than the fresh cucumber route. Most likely due to the age on this one as it was given to me. Will have to try this one again fresh, but regardless this is definitely a vegetable beer without much in way of saison qualities. (1,040 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time...I poured it into a balloon glass. Hazy yellow gold body that shows off some very active carbonation. There is a thick white head that holds for a while and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is of Cucumber! Go figure...No, but there is a pleasant cucumber aroma with a little hint of lemon citrus fruit. I find it quite appetizing and well-executed.

The taste is reminiscent of a raw cucumber, like and unpeeled cucumber. There is a light acidity that flows with the light body of the beer, no doubt because of the strong amount of carbonation. There is not much sweetness here, but a good true cuke flavor mixed with wheat-like qualities. Very refreshing!

I am glad that I got the chance to try this, because I think it's a nice take on the saison style, and it reflects Florida well. The lemony hope qualities go hand in hand with the cucumber flavor and aroma, and the base saison is strong and achieves the right properties to differentiate this beer. (1,005 characters)

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Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.