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Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing

Cucumber SaisonCucumber Saison

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612 Ratings
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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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Spider889

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just thought I'd write a little on this guy because it's so different that many ought to know what to expect and how to interpret this beer imo...

Perhaps it ought to be listed here as a fruit/vegetable beer; in fact CCB won a medal for this beer in competition at GABF as a field beer - meaning that it had to have vegetables used as an adjunct somewhere in the brewing process.

The nose and flavor are both very heavy on cold sliced cucumber. This is strong and might be off-putting if you don't like cucumber - but that doesn't mean it isn't done well!

The spice of the saison is clean and moderate, somewhat blocked by the cucumber. There is a nice black peppercorn flavor that permeates though, and in small quantities I really enjoy this.

Frankly, this is a beer meant to be paired with food. In the right context this beer would simply wow many people.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 18:05:52 | More by Spider889
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Arrives a bright, clear yellow with a small white head. Scottered lace remains.
Smell is well balanced with malt, cucumber and a light wood note.
Taste is exactly the same. A well balanced blend of cucumber, malt, light wood and maybe a touch of citrus.
Fairly smooth, well, but not overly, carbonated. Lightly drying and really refreshing.
I was leery of this one, I mean cucumber? Really? Figured it would be too light or overwhelming. Wrong.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 20:25:27 | More by PorterLambic
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into saison dupont pils glass at gnarly barley Orlando. Nice copper golden color with little head...
Cucumber is dominant in the aroma with a bit of spicy saison notes..slightly peppery. Taste is identical. Peppery saison with lots of cucumber. It works really well.
Its not as dry as I like a saison but its deff a thirst quencher. Nice brew for this ungodly hot day in Florida.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 21:39:25 | More by DrinkSlurm
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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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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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Do you like cucumbers? Do you like water? Then this is the beer for you...do you like saisons? Skip this beer, this is not a saison in any sense of the world. On draft at Churchkey served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and clear with a white head of medium and large bubbles, low retention, moderate carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is cucumbers, about what I expected and it smells good.

Beer is thin like water and wet like water and tastes like cucumbers. Is this beer? Next.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 00:58:45 | More by drabmuh
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Cigar City during Hunahpu Day 2012.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

I was expecting this beer to look and smell like a ridiculous vegetable novelty but it has mostly saison characteristics with subtle cucumber melon notes. Aroma has some earthy farmhouse yeast along with subtle spice and bread followed by a strong but not overpowering cucumber salad presence.

Medium bodied with some zesty pepper and coriander spice up front that lingers over the funky farmhouse and bready yeast notes before finishing with a refreshing cucumber melon flavor in the finish. The cucumber is more prominent than the nose suggests but ts not over the top or unpleasant at all. Really light and refreshing, making this beer extremely drinkable. I was skeptical going in but this beer was a surprise sleeper for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 02:09:23 | More by corby112
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oline73

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the beers I was most excited to try and the EBF. I went to have this in order to cool down after trying Punishment, so I had to have a few to get to actually taste the beer.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the cup.

Smell: Very herbal and a bit sweet. Definitely picking up the cucumbers. There is almost a hint of uncooked squash.

Taste: Better than the smell. Very smooth, cool and herbal from the yeast. There is a nice sweetness from the malt in the finish. I'm loving the blend of herbal flavors and cucumber.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is genius. Really enjoyed the mix of flavors. I would have more given the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 22:14:16 | More by oline73
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keg at EBF.

Mostly clear pale pilsner color, pretty much no head.

Nose fresh and light pickled cucumber, light golden malts, hint floral hops, light farmhouse saison underneath.

Taste cucumber, light pepper, light dill pickle, then toasty bready farmhouse saison, hint spices, hint floral hops with touch bitterness, juicy golden malts. Dry finish with more saison flavors, and lingering light slightly pickled cucumber. Not sure if they put dill in it but I get the impression of pickles.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall fairly impressed. Wasn't expecting much but it has a good essences of cucumber and pickle, none of the bitter skin either, and a nice refreshing taste. I could drink lots of this too.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 18:04:02 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really something, I felt like I needed to try this one at the EBF just because of the Cucumber. The beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a thin white head on top of the beer. The smell of this is straight Cucumber, I really don't get much else on the nose here. The taste is Cucumber also, I like that it really stands out and isn't masked in any way. The beer is surprisingly refreshing in my opinion. The mouthfeel is clean and carbonated with a light finish. Overall this was just something that really sparked my interest and I was very glad I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 07:29:14 | More by Knapp85
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biggsbowler

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Funky Buddha. Saisons are one of my least favorite style, but I will try everyone in hopes of finding a great one. This beer is one of them. This beer is well balanced with the right amount of cucumber in the nose and taste. It doesn’t over power the beer but enhances the flavor. If it wasn’t for the fact, FB had a CCB tap takeover with Virgin Oak Hunahpu on tap, I would have drank this beer til the tap blew. From start to end, this is a great saison.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 13:42:10 | More by biggsbowler
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jsanford

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 02:47:13 | More by jsanford
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 15:24:02 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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Brittmb29

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky to taste this! only 10 gallons were produced and some made it to The Funky Buddha in Boca Raton for a CCB tap takeover. This is reviewed from notes:

A- golden yellow with no head retention or lacing, poured into a shaker pint

S- pure cucumber, saison yeasts , and a faint pickly brine background.

T- medium malty with yeast that supports the incredible fresh cucumber flavor. Hop bitterness translates to sour rather than bitter to mimic a cucumber salad taste.

M- good carbonation to give some softness to the thin body.

O- great for a one time release for fruit in the room! however i couldn't have had another one and almost had problems drinking down the entire pint, the taste becomes VERY cucumber salady after the first few sips. But, to try out such a unique flavor it was a great single beer.

[as of 6/17/12 i have had the newer batch on draft and in bottle fresh. this version was very refreshing light and much more cucumber in flavor without any accompanying brine. May re review when i open a bottle because it was substantially more enjoyable for my palate]

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 16:21:06 | More by Brittmb29
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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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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 18:12:55 | More by MusicaleMike
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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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buschbeer

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 20:45:17 | More by buschbeer
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/29/2013. Pours lightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big fresh cucumber, lemon, pear, pepper, clove, coriander, floral, herbal, grass, cracker, and yeast earthiness. Nice and unique aromas with good complexity of yeast esters with big cucumber presence; with decent balance and good strength. Taste of cucumber, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, coriander, herbal, grass, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, cucumber, pear, pepper, clove, coriander, herbal, grass, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast ester, cucumber, and malt flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and unique saison style. Well balanced yeast ester, cucumber, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:10:05 | More by superspak
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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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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 20:39:01 | More by gillagorilla
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow/orange some carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S- Cucumbers, lemon, grass tad bit of spice.

T-Starts with a present, but not over bearing, cucumber. then grassy notes with a tad bit of spice and lemon.

M-Light, slight carbonation tad crisp.

O-Easily better than the Flat 12 cucumber beer. Still not sure if cucumbers belong in beer, but this one at least is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 14:30:29 | More by rlee1390
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to my cousin down in Tampa. Reviewed from notes.

A- Golden bodied ale into a tulip with a nice foamy white head. Head forms to about two fingers high and has decent retention. Small ring and spotty lace.

S- Upon opening the bottle a huge blast of cucumber aroma, like when I am chopping up fresh cukes for a salad. It fades just a bit with time and allows some lemon, spice and farmhouse yeast hints through.

T- Cucumber flavor dominates this one. I figured it might be a bit abrasive with the rest of the beer but blends in quite well actually. Spice, lemon, grassy and yeast flavors beneath that. Has a melon feel too, maybe relation to cucumbers somehow.

MF- Foamy dried out body with high amounts of puffy carbonation. Very slight bitterness and some slight tart feel after some time.

Super cucumber flavor and aroma that blends in nicely with the base farmhouse yeast.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:25:19 | More by cbutova
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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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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 23:47:17 | More by KYGunner
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