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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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of cucumbers, water and a little bit of biscuit malt. This smells like I think it would if you ran cucumbers through a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of cucumber, as well as some biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, pepper and a hint of lemon and orange. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. My only complaint is that I wish the beer was green.

Photo of ehammond1
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Clear golden with a small near-white cap. Leaves the glass dotted with moderately-sized bubbles. Very little retnention. Appropriate enough.

Distinct aroma of cucumber and little else. There's perhaps an earthy quality to the aroma that actual cucumbers don't have, but the dominant aroma overall is very clearly cucumber.

The flavor, too, is, not surprisingly, very cucumber forward, along with a bit of earth and some bitterness. Very simple and straightforward, while obviously very unique as well. Very drinkable. I enjoy it, but it's simply not a very complex saison.

Thin bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

A wonderful cucumber drink, but an uninteresting saison.

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 beatenbyjacks
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this bottle in a beer trade and was very excited to try it finally. The beer poured a beautiful light see through yellow with hints of green in it. It smelled like a fresh vegetable garden. I don't care if I was about to drink a beer, the smell is crazy fun. However, upon tasting it you are literally drinking water from a fancy restaurant with cucumber in it. There is a lot of complexities to this beer, but the cucumber is quite powerful. If you are not a fan of cucumber beware, as if the name didn't give it away! The beer is however, very light, crisp, and extremely easy to drink! Just how a sasion should be. Glad I was able to try this guy. Not for me, but a fun unique beer for sure.

Photo of weonfire
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Acquired in a trade from Rynosf23, thanks Ryan!

A - Golden Brown, Big white - lots of small bubble- light carbonation head, lots of streams of carbonation rising, lacing to high beer mark, lot goin on, not translucent but light does pass thru

S - Overly Ripe cucumber, melon, earth, small lemon

T - Ripe cucumber, pepper, some earth and lemon on the finish, lots of sorachi ace hops!

M - High high carbonation, light, fizzy, champaign like

O - Wow there is plenty of cucumber. Unfortunately its seems far to ripe. When I slice a cucumber for a salad or sandwich - it isn't this pungent. Carbonation level is very high - makes it somewhat difficult to taste the beer while cold. After some warmth it is refreshing. Reminds me of Goose Island's - Sofie. Doesn't have enough lemon. And I constantly keep thinking of my lotion.

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Photo of hoptualBrew
2.31/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Everyone has opinions, like everyone has an asshole - here is mine. Appearance is what a saison should be, nothing exceptional. Smell is muted but just like the label says - cucumber salad. I bought this with hopes that it would be a funky &/or spicy traditional saison with a crispness of cucumber green. Other way around, mostly cucumber while neglecting the fact that it's a saison.

If your looking for a quality saison, look elsewhere. This is outside of the box thinking and experimental brewing, which I do applaud at times. But I don't think this one should have ever left the tasting room. I'd take their Guava Grove or Table Saison over this any day of the week. If your looking for liquid salad, have fun but making a cucumber/lettuce/vodka blend will give you the same effect without spending $12 for 750ml. Hyped up, yes. Worth investing in, no.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a ring of head. Smells like sushi, actually. Cucumber and that sweet cold rice aroma. The taste is fairly similar to the nose. Sweet, light and refreshing. Light feel bordering on watery. Overall, pretty good. I'd have it again.

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 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 Infamous7100
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an unfiltered, hazy gold with a billowing head. Tremendous appearance. Inviting.
S: cucumber jumps out immediately. I also pick up on some zesty lemon, pepper and some light biscuity notes. Some other citric fruit aromas are present as well. Very complex and unique.
T: at front, the cucumber jumps right out and blends with notes of honey and spice/pepper. The cucumber fades into some lemon/citrus flavors, but the peppery notes remain. Again, very complex and tasty.
M: very creamy with a nice cabonation. This finishes with smooth, pleasing hang. Outstanding.
O: very unique, refreshing and complex brew. Perfect for the hot weather and highly sessionable. Nice job Cigar City.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by caSSino during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cucumber, spices, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, cucumber, spice, earth, and earthy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. If I am honest here, I really like cucumber, however the cucumber in this brew was SO intense that it was almost unnatural. My guess is that they used an extract on this brew as the cucumber isn’t know for being too strong on taste for the most part. While I’m glad Cigar City wanted to try something new I just don’t think the cucumber addition was the right choice on this one. Still drinkable and enjoyable, but there are definitely better options out there to experiment with.

Photo of TheChef18
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Have had on tap as well, but this review is for the bottle.

A- Golden color darker than what I would expect for a cucumber flavored saison.

S- My favorite part of this beer. Such strong cucumber smell that even before tasting it is refreshing

T- Not what I was expecting. Cold the cucumber was a little subdued, warmed a little it was fantastic with just a hint of herbs, warmer it was too strong and not refreshing.

M- too carbonated to appreciate the subtleness of a cucumber which is why I think they pump so much into it.

O- great on a hot summer day, but needs to be at the perfect temp to enjoy otherwise it can get to taste almost medicinal

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

Bright golden color gave way to a glowing bright white head that stood tall and strong.

The scent was obviously cucumber but it had a real and natural aroma. Hidden beneath was some Tripel scents like banana, clove and a bit of breadiness.

The taste was obviously cucumber but there was a sweet vegetable flavor. The sweetness resembled watermelons and there was a real earthy flavor.

The feel is immensely crisp and satisfying and makes a good summer beer.

In what may be the biggest surprise I've experienced lately I found this beer to be quite good despite my aversion to cucumbers.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I brought a bottle to share at Max's during Rare and Obscure

A: Cloudy blonde.

S: Cucumbers and brine.

T: Lots of cucumber. Different, like a brine.

M: Smooth, even carbonation.

O: Interesting, but still clean and refreshing. A nice take on a saison.

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 BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
5% ABV, 04 AUG 2012 on label

Thanks for the brew Paul!

A - The crack from cap unleashed a spray like a can of compressed air. I moved quickly to pour this beer, afraid of possible gushing, though it didn't seem an immediate threat afterwards. A monstrous white head rises above the golden beer, lowering slowly while leaving minimal lace on the glass.

S - Cigar City Cucumber Saison has a nose completely full of freshly sliced cucumber, quietly trailed by Belgian yeast nuances of faint white pepper and clay with notes of dry straw and soft wheat.

T - Cucumber is completely authentic in flavor, not ever broaching that artificial line, and more subdued in flavor than aroma, just like the real thing, allowing more saison notes to emerge. A touch of lemon citrus sneaks in around the dry earthy notes of white pepper and clay while the finish incorporates a sensible level of malt.

M - High carbonation dances on the tongue throughout this crisp and light-bodied beer while a dry and spicy finish trails off. Crisp and clean like a cucumber.

O - I'll be upfront (at the end, how ironic) with the fact I don't like cucumbers. They're best served as pickles, in my opinion, but I went into the review open minded. I won't lie, the aroma scared me into thinking my wife, a cucumber lover, would be drinking the vast majority of this bottle, but Cigar City did a fantastic job with this beer. Like a cucumber, this saison has a heavy nose that's lighter in flavor, letting more saison through. It's incredibly authentic and the comparison of the cucumber's crispness with the saison is a wonderful pairing. I still may not like cucumbers but I can get behind this unique saison and say it's one well-crafted beer!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle! Bottle dated June 2012.

A - Medium yellow; slightly cloudy yellow. Lots of bubbly white head.

S - A big burst of fresh cucumber at first, which settles down after the initial nose. Belgian yeast, peppery spice and a light lemon aroma are also present.

T - A good overall integratoin of the flavours with the cucumber not dominating, which I was afraid of. Cucumber is still the prediminant flaovur but is well balanced by, pepper, spice, Belgian yeast and a lighter lemon zest flavour in the background.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of jegross2
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.

Score: 86

2012 vintage bottle served in a plastic wine goblet and enjoyed on 07/29/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Pours three fingers of white, soapy head atop a cloudy, dull golden-wheat colored body. Good lacing and retention. Looks a lot like you’d expect a saison to look. 4/5

Smell: Totally cucumber forward. Cucumber water, light wheat and yeast. 3.75/5

Taste: Cucumber waiter with a light funk and straw/grain flavor. Simple and straightforward. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, somewhat dry on the finish. 3.5/5

Overall: Light, summery and refreshing. It should be pointed out that I am not a fan of saisons. However, this one was pretty solid and “inoffensive” (and I mean that in a good way). No horse blanket, barnyard, etc. This beer essentially smells and tastes like lightly fermented cucumber water. This is not one I would go out of my way to seek out, but it is certainly a beer that made a good palate cleanser at the tasting. While no one loved the beer, no one disliked it either.

Pairings: A very basic salad.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of jsanford
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at BA Hunahpu's release. Poured into a CCB Pint Glass.

Poured a glowing gold with a thin white head that settles to a slight haze. Huge aromas of cucumber and Saison yeast, with a slight pickle brine character. Taste follows the nose nicely, just slightly briny, yet so crisp and drinkable. Just a perfect melding between a cucumber and a Saison, if you can imagine such a thin. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium body and good, sharp carbonation. Tied with Final Push for my favorite beer of the day, this was an amazing offering!

Photo of Vec2267
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - cloudy pale yellow, pure white foam, nice retention

S - cucumber and lemon

T - again cucumber foremost, some grain, fairly tart

M - very carbonated, lots of little bubbles, makes it very light and crisp

O - I like beer, and I like cucumbers, however, I'm not a big fan of this combination

A nice crisp summer beer that is very different. This is about as well executed as is possible for this idea. Their skill is certainly on display. But why?

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 buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is a light amber color with pale yellow highlights. It is topped with several inches of white head.

S - The smell is cucumber, lemon, and yeast. The cucumber opens up as it warms.

T - The taste is a combination of cucumber, lemon, and honey. It has a somewhat dry finish. The cucumber takes the forefront as this beer warms up.

M - Moderate with a champagne-like feel.

O - My girlfriend picked this up for me in Florida. I was eager to try it. I expected overwhelming cucumber. It was prominent but not overwhelming. I liked the lemon and honey flavors. They complimented the cucumber giving this beer a refreshing quality. I probably would not drink this all the time, but it made for a nice change of pace. It also was a great post mowing beer.

Photo of Immortale25
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says 23MAY2013

A- Pours a light golden color with a full inch of off-white head that retains quite well before slowly relinquishing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Incredibly refreshing cucumber aroma that's more natural and effective with the saison yeast than expected.

T- The cucumber comes through just as strong in the flavor and now the intense cucumber rind flavor is more present. A bit tangy with barely any alcohol detected.

M- Slightly dry and tart with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Certainly unique and very enjoyable in the aroma, but the beer as a whole is not exactly what I look for in a Saison, vegetable beer or any other style.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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