Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.
Cucumber Saison pours a golden yellow color with light straw hued edges. There is visible carbonation rising up through the beer into the large, fluffy white head.
The aroma is muted by the large head, and it seems relatively modest even once the cap is cleared and it is allowed to warm a little bit. The smell is full of cucumber skin, light grains, and a bit of peppery saison yeast.
The flavor is over the top cucumber. Even though the flavor is nice, it is simple and really destroys any chance of complexity there could be to this beer. Light grains and notes of pepper add a little bit of depth. A slight vaguely vegetable note comes in at the end. The finish is still more cucumber.
The body is a bit fuller than I usually expect from a saison, but it is still on the light side overall. The carbonation has a light creaminess to it, but overall is crisp and smooth.
What surprised me was how this beer was actually pretty drinkable, given that I am not usually a big fans of saisons or vegetable presence in beer. With that said, this beer could be substantially improved by not trying to bash the drinker over the head with the cucumber flavor. Succeeding as a mindlessly drinkable beer does not translate well into a high rating.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2013 02:31:36 | More by KickInTheChalice
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3.25/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2014 12:26:21 | More by Stevedore
Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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