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Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing

Cucumber SaisonCucumber Saison

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.44%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brittmb29 on 09-12-2011)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a clear light golden color with maybe a touch of cucumber. That’s unfortunately there’s the only place with just a touch of cucumber. The nose smells like cucumber juice. It tastes like cucumber water. Light body; no real beer character. It says saison, but I don’t get any sort of pilsner or bready malt, nor is there anything indicating saison yeast. Just cucumber. It doesn’t taste bad, but it’s not beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 19:12:19 | More by Thorpe429
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hoptualBrew

Florida

2.3/5  rDev -38%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:56:26 | More by hoptualBrew
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BMMillsy

Florida

2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured to tall tulip. Cloudy light golden pour with a big fluffy head. Aroma of cucumbers, gym shoe, spice, yeast, more funk, light fruit. Most funk I have ever smelled. Very interesting. Flavor is sweet up front with a following wave of cucumber, then a really dirty dusty finish. This thing is nice until that staleness. Light mouthfeel and big carbo. I just cannot deal with this aftertaste. So refreshing to start and them just nasty. Unfortunate as I really enjoyed the cucumber lager. Blah. Can’t finish this and hope it is just a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:40:27 | More by BMMillsy
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To say this is an interesting beer is an understatement- very, very unusual, and cucumber plays a starring role here- very strongly present. Now, that's a good thing if you really, really, really like cucumber, otherwise... I like it well enough in the aroma, it lends a crisp, almost floral note, with a residual creamy vegetal nose. The taste is just too much cucumber, though. I have palate fatigue after 1/2 of a glass, and I'm craving something more- a blast of white pepper, some sourness, a heavy herbalness, anything to break the unrelenting cucumber assault. A bit too slick on the palate as well. This one is a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 19:47:43 | More by Georgiabeer
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a hazy yellow with a faint hint of green. Nice 2 inch bubbly white head.
S: Mild sweet citrus, subdued farmhouse funk, and crisp cucumber.
T: Wow, this is different. Lots of crisp watery cucumber up front...hits a bit hard. Hints of peppery spice and melon. Faint citrus and funk in the distant background.
M: Crisp, bright, and a tad watery. I suppose it's what you'd imagine a cucumber beer to be.
D: For a saison, this is quite different. This is more vegetable beer than saison. If you want a low ABV, watery cucumber beer you've found it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 04:42:30 | More by mwilbur
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MighHighBrewer

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light straw yellow that is somewhat hazy without being cloudy. A HUGE 2-inch pillowy head appears upon pouring that hangs on quite well throughout the drinking session.

S: Cucumber is immediately apparent on the nose - it dominates. Lingering in the background is honey malt sweetness combined with a tinge of belgian yeast funkiness.

T & M: Whoa - the cucumber absolutely dominates the palate. In the background is a mildly spicy Belgian brew that emphasizes spices over fruits. Coriander, pepper, etc are noticeable. What is missing is the lemon/citrus fruit flavors typical of most Saisons.

O: As a vegetable beer, this hits the mark. The cucumber dominates both the nose and the flavor profile. However, as a Saison, this beer fails. Instead of the cucumber complementing the Saison characteristics, it instead dominates. I'd dial down the cucumber addition by at least 20% in order to get a more balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:17:42 | More by MighHighBrewer
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 12:26:21 | More by Stevedore
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very odd aroma on this. I don't get cucumbers, but it is very vegetal in nature. Apples make a guest appearance, bell pepper, and a bit of funk in the background. Very odd indeed, not bad.. just odd.

Cucumber Saison is slightly hazy straw color with bunches of streaming of carbonation to support the big bubbly white head. No lacing, which is kind of sad.

I found the cucumber! Its in the flavor! I get a nice (which I hardly describe this as nice) grainy flavor followed by that cucumber freshness. It actually tastes pretty unique and it's kind of amazing. Well balanced, moderately high carbonation, and a medium body with a little slickness to it. Not too bad, I may not try it again, but I'm glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 04:46:40 | More by tlazaroff
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely thick apricot color with a large bubbly head. Head does fade fairly quick though.

Damn, smells like salted cucumbers. Some faint spice and yeast and somehing vaguely metallic here too but the nose is dominated by cucumber to a frightening extent. Preparing for the worst...

Taste is way better than I expected. Some yeasty saison flavor, mild spice, good amount of cucumber but not nearly as much as in the nose. Some fruitiness in the finish. This is actually a subtle and fairly balanced beer.

Very drinkable, good mouthfeel. Very refreshing beer.

This is a kindof odd beer but I really like it. Very refreshing.

7.0/10

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 00:29:32 | More by AlexFields
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JohnG190

New York

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours (almost gushes) a pale gold with a monstrous white head that fades slowly. No lacing to speak of. The smell lives up to the name, like a freshly sliced cucumber. Some spice notes waft through with a slight whiff of honey. Taste more subdued than aroma, but cucumber and pepper are the first notes followed by a nice malt backbone. Finishes dry and spicy. Light bodied and highly carbonated, it has a crisp mouthfeel that make this a good summer beer. Overall, a well crafted and refreshing quaff. Good job Cigar City!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 22:59:19 | More by JohnG190
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber in to a couple of pints to share

A - pours a straw copper look; exceptionally heady...some soap foam qualities

S - it smells like a traditional saison, although the cucumber essence really brings out a pickled aroma

T - well, this is pretty much a perfect cucumber saison...all the flavor you'd expect from this combination: cucumber, a lil salty, organic/earthy; and again, that element of pickle juice; some real light melon flavors

M - it's really heady/carbonated; the gherkin flavor lingers

O - this is a really unique, albeit totally 'accurate' saison infused with cucumbers; I'm not a huge fan of farmhouse ales or cucumbers for that matter, but if you like either, it's def worth a try

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 19:49:58 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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Hex92

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well... that certainly is a different beer.
A-nice big fluffy head that takes a while to disapate. Murky yellowish color for the beer.
S- CUCUMBER.
T- clean taste. You can definitely taste the cucumber. And its bitter too, but not a hop bitter, its the bitterness of cucumber peel. And you can taste dill too.
M-not at all syrupy. Very clean. High carbonation.
O- an odd beer. Worth trying if you want something different, but I won't be buying any more.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 00:55:20 | More by Hex92
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 11:43:42 | More by thagr81us
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 16:53:09 | More by beatenbyjacks
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Vec2267

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 22:48:31 | More by Vec2267
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to vacax for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and lots of cucumber aromas. Taste is of grain, cucumber, herbs, and spices. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a really spot on cucumber aroma and taste that is quite interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 01:43:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft back in July. Served in a snifter. The brew appears a pale yellow cokor hazed with a white head. The cap fades leaving some spotty lace on the glass. A couple swirls release a few bubbles back to the surface.

The smell is mildly fruity with wheat and typical saison spice. The fruited quality gets zesty and light across the nose that transcends into an unmistakeable scent of cucumber. Once the cucumber wrangles your nose, its hard to shake it and it almost dominates all other aspects of the aromatics.

Taking a sip, the initial flavor of cucumber is readily evident. It gets mildlybfruity and herbal with hops and some spice like clove. Some herbal bitterness and wheat grain flavors persist into the aftertaste and increase in perception as the brew warms up. There is nothing bad going on in the flavor, it just seems strange and a but clashing.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated here and the cucumber is surprisingly bold. I think this was an interesting idea and they executed it fairly well. Its worth a try but in the end it just didnt work for me to warrent wanting to have it again. To give you an idea of how bold the cucumber scent is, my wife had no idea what was going on and stated outloud while I was drinking this that she smelled cucumber salad.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 19:14:17 | More by stakem
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy tan/dirty yellow, finger bubbly/white head,
ok lacing

S: yeast, grain, light cucumber, grassy, mild floral

T: lemon zest, grain/belgian yeast,
cucumber/grassy semi-dry finish

M: med body, bubbly, semi-dry mouth

O: Interesting beer to create, love the brewery,
but don't know if I would seek it out again.
Another fine brew from Rare Beer of the Month Club,
really enjoying this Father's Day gift from my wife.

GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 16:21:51 | More by BeerLover99
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer except the cuke goes a long way. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, billowy, foamy, off-white head that settles after a bit and a smidgen of lace. Color is a a hazy amber. Flavor's like nose, cuke really dominates and offsets all the other qualities. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, with the cuke wasn't so assertive, not a repeater.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 02:59:33 | More by drpimento
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky yellow/amber color yellow on the outside more orange core showing through. Nice fluffy two finger white head that falls oh so slow with some descent lace.

Aroma is definite cucumber but also tart lemon grass, some light pilsner malts maybe some light wheat hints also. Some light spice from the yeast also.

Taste is bam a big burst of carbonation light malt then big cucumber notes. Other flavors appear as the cucumber dies down lemon grass, some earthy yeast notes and spice hints.

Mouthfeel is light medium the carbonation level is too much for me to find it good. But many saisons do tend to be peppy.

Overall was looking forward to trying this one smells good the carbonation just kind of kills it for me. Probably the only Cigar City brew I have not loved.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:49:07 | More by mntlover
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Patandnik

Florida

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Confusing and interesting... At first sip the cucumber hits you much harder than anything else. After a few sips, however, those saison spices and dryness begin to blend in a little bit better... At first sip I wasn't sure that I wanted to drink 22 oz of it alone, but by the time I got to the bottom of that bomber, I admittedly wanted a little bit more. Overall, I wish it was a little more "saison-y", and a bit less "cucumber-y", but c'est la vie. I wouldn't run out to stockpile this beer (especially if you can get CCB's Guava Grove Saison), but I certainly wouldn't turn down another glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 14:10:13 | More by Patandnik
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nick76

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very cucumbery with a touch of pickles, citrus, and honey. The appearance is light honey with a small head. The taste is exactly like the aroma. The palate is thin and refreshing. Overall it's a very unique beer with a lot of character but I'm still trying to figure it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 00:20:49 | More by nick76
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Well, it's an impressive pour, all right, with a massive head sitting atop the cloudy straw-colored liquid

Smell: Fresh dill and cucumbers - we are on our way to the pickle factory

Taste: Cucumber and dill, with an underlying grainy character that tastes more like a Lager than a Saison; grainy, in the finish, as well, with cucumber and dill flavors holding their own

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Overall: Well, I am glad I tried it and, while I like cucumbers and I like pickles, I didn't much care for them in a beer; my scores are higher than otherwise out of respect for the creativity

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 23:50:02 | More by brentk56
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ehammond1


3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:18:14 | More by ehammond1
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -3%
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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Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.