Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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very good

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 907
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 5.26%
Wants: 107
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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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 907
Photo of axeman9182
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle thank to notjustgc. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Cigar City's Cucumber Saison pours a slightly hazy goldenrod, with plenty of lemon highlights. There's just about four fingers of frothy white foam capping the beer. Head retention is very good, and while there's a little bit of lacing, there could definitely stand to be a little bit more. Amazingly enough, cucumber is indeed the first the to jump out as I take in the aroma. There's a little bit of tropical fruit and citrus present as well, but that's all *very* much in the background. Again, cucumber is the centerpiece of the flavor profile, but the fruity, lemony accents from the Citra and Sorachi Ace hops are a little more present here. In fact, they actually are a little too loud, and clash a bit with the delicate, refreshing flavor of the cucumber. The body is just a little too full for being a low ABV saison, though the carbonation attempts to sparkle through it admirably. Cucumber is definitely on the list of ingredients I never thought I'd see in a beer, but Cigar City has definitely done an admirable job of infusing a beer with cucumber flavor. It's just the rest of the recipe that's a little lacking. (1,197 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Oh god. So much cucumber. Delicious! Lemony-vegetal freshly sliced cucumber aroma and flavor with tiny amounts of diacetyl butter that makes me think about those buttered white bread cucumber sandwiches from a British Tea lineup. The beer also does a great job of showcasing the way that melon flavors exist within cucumber. Everything is framed with a wheat-like tartness and plenty of lemon peel, a light and sparkly body makes it drink like a wine spritzer. Very refreshing and unique. I have a hard time believing how well this brew works! But it does! (586 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with astronomical head as us the case with most beers of this style (in my experience anyway..get a paper towel or 2). Settled to a lovely light creamy-looking head and slightly hazy but golden brew, tons of little bubbles make their way to the top. 
Smells of cucumber for sure. 
Tastes of, you guessed it, cucumber. That flavor is in the lead here. So far living up to its name! Now it's just a matter of, do I like this vegetable's flavor in a beer. So far it's a yay. When I wait this first few sips out I'm tasting peas. A grassy bite with an abrupt dry finish. Interesting. Cool. This is my first Cigar City beer tried, picked this up while in Florida. The shop had a few selections from this brewery and I chose this one (of course i was seeking their heralded imperial stout to no avail). But anyway, good timing as this was July when bought, early August when consumed.  I think Cigar City must be in the same spirit as DFH is up in Delaware.. that is, unique effort here!! The flavor is biting, (pickly!) and ever-present, and if you like veggies and want a refreshing adult beverage, this is for you. The label and name matched the taste.  (1,160 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Chad! Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head that diminishes at a steady pace. Scent is straight up CUCUMBER! A ton of fresh-cut cucumber with a light, salty aroma. Some black pepper and a hint of mint and lemon. Lacks that saison funk I love in this style. Taste is not nearly as cucumber-forward as the aroma is. Taste is more saison-style. A hint of cucumber with some peppery spice and light butter flavor. Mellow hops with some earthy flavors. VERY refreshing. Great summer beer. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and refreshing Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very refreshing beer. Disclaimer: I HATE cucumbers, but I enjoyed this beer much more than I thought I would. (705 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden yellow with little white cap, some bubbles and light lacing

S:Subtle and refreshing cucumber on the nose with a little bit of spice and hay

T: Very refreshing upfront. A very nice, subtle cucumber throughout with light hints of hay, some lemon and yeast. Finish is nice, crisp and clean with a light grassy and lighter floral hop note. Perfect for thr hot summer day.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated very tasty and easy on the palate with light cucumber notes persisting

O: Absolutely fantastic with the only flaw I saw being the appearance (565 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw, full cap of prickly white bubbles. Scent brings notes of cucumber water along with lightly earthy and musty dried grain. Cucumber more pronounced in the taste with it having the full effect on the tail end of the sip, light spicing along with mustyness of sasion base adds a light pickling note. Lighter side of medium bodied, dry. Unique beer with a decent cucumber note... while i like beverages made with cucumber and celery, the saison added a touch too much spice throwing off the cleanness of the cucumber. (548 characters)

Photo of Hex92
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow. Nose is loaded with cucumber and pickle, wow! The essence of cucumber is amazing, very prominent and works well with mild Saison base. Taste is cucumber forward (feels weird saying this about a beer) and very refreshing. Spicy dill comes through next and a bit of bready yeast at the finish. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall. This is a very cool brew... As cool as a... Nevermind. (434 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.79/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy orange - yellow pour with lots of soapy looking white head.
smells of fresh herbs, that pickle quirky smell comes through nicely, grassy hops, citrus notes.
oh my god - the pickle is so subtle at first but then it's all you taste! a nice hoppy bitterness.. lemon zest.. this tastes like a summer salad. seriously sooo tasty!
light body, high in carbonation, slight creaminess on lips. highly refreshing.

overall? best fucking summer beer ever. deliciously refreshing. really want to have more of this stuff on hand, it is too damn good. hopefully they make this a yearly seasonal and not just a one off. (611 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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! (448 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear pale golden yellow color with a small frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with freshly sliced cucumber and a lot of it. Once it warms a little and you get past the green cucumber flesh there is a light sweet pilsner maltiness and a light farmhouse saison yeast underneath.

The tastes begin no surpirsingly with a lot of cucumber and light pepperiness from the Saison yeast. As it warms you get a little more doughy, bready farmhouse yeast, but the cucumber tastes still dominate mostly.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation; a bit low for the style to be honest. Finish is dry and lightly peppery almost like a pickled cucumber.

Overall I was quite impressed by this offering. If you are not a fan of cucumber, obviously avoid this beer but this was quite a fun, interesting flavor profile to enjoy in a Saison. I don't know if I could drink the whole 750ml by myself but shared with a friend with a nice light summer meal, why not. (1,045 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks @SuwaneeRefugee!

Dull straw cloudy body with a huge white head. Almost too much, but oh well.

They werent kidding when they said Cucumber. Good lord, Cucumber rind just emanates from the glass and bottle. Even more notes of sweet, fresh cucumber dominates. Eathy as well.

The taste is pretty much what it smells like. Prickly bite, and even more prickly carbonation. Very earthy. that cucumber rind and flesh taste somehow work. Theres not a ton of backing flavors (which is my biggest knock). Underlying sweetness helps, and the cucumber taste dominates through the finish.

Its like drinking a cucumber. I like the concept, and how they pulled it off. (665 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of ediaz
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in wine glass. Bottle date June '12.

A: opaque golden orange with white thick 2 finger head that dissipates after a few minutes.

S: I get you can guess the first one. Other than cucumber, kind of a candied sweet note.

T: more sweet cucumber, not much more.

M: somewhat light with high carbonation. Comfortable.

O: not sure what I was expecting but this leaves nothing to the imagination. Pure cucumber in a farmhouse ale. It's definitely a summer beer. Light and refreshing, but don't think I could have it all the time. I would recommend this, especially if you have an affinity towards interesting, different beers. (631 characters)

Photo of adam42381
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Edition

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium gold with a 3 finger frothy eggshell white head. Nice head retention with the head finally leaving a small layer of foam which sort of pools in the middle. Decent lacing.

Smell: Earthy saison notes with freshly cut cucumbers dominating. I detect a touch of melon as well. It's a nice, refreshing aroma that doesn't overpower.

Taste: Sweet, fresh cucumber mixed with bitter cucumber rind up front with a touch of mango followed by mild traditional saison notes and a touch of honey in the middle before ending with melon and more cucumber. Aftertaste is bitter cucumber rind, black pepper and a touch of sweet melon. Very complex flavor that is fairly refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, but you will want to share the bottle with a friend. I couldn't finish my second glass.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. I like that Cigar City pushes the envelope. Cucumber is not something I typically associate with beer and there may be a good reason for that. That said, it's a solid beer that is worth a try. (1,181 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles from Tryst in Delray Beach, FL, Coffee District in Delray Beach, and Milam's in Coral Gables

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small tight head. Retention is decent.

S: Less cucumber than I expected, which turns out to be the optimal amount. Freshly sliced cucumber, light earthy yeast, and spices are kept to a minimum. Well balanced and certainly inviting

T: Again, less cucumber than I anticipated, especially in the flavor. This beer is actually a classic saison (think Saison Dupont) with a refreshing touch of cucumber.

MF: Smooth velvety feel to it, decent carbonation, and a slightly spicy/cucumber finish. Full in body and flavor for a 5% Saison

O: I am not really a huge cucumber fan, but this one is awesome. On top of that, this beer is actually made to the style. Seek out. (802 characters)

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a sweltering Friday night, decided to crack this beer open. Received recently in trade, thanks.

A - Poured from the bomber into two CCB snifters. Pours a hazy yellow with a large pillowy head that eventually settles down with some lacing left behind. As the beer settles, looks more orange in color.

S - Well it certainly delivers on he cucumber. Aroma of fresh cucumbers, the green skin part. Some herbal aromas but largely cucumbers front and center.

T - Again cucumbers and a pinch of pepper and yeast. Not really sure what to think of this to be truthful. It lacks some of the Saison quality that you would hope to get and is really about cucumbers only. Not sure I can drink much more of a glass of this. Interesting but not something that I can see drinking regularly.

M - Crisp, carbonated, and refreshing for the summer.

O - Very interesting effort from CCB. Props for doing something a bit out of the box. Nice, not something that I will search out more of though. (981 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange hue with a big, thick almost 3 finger white head that fades to leave a nice dense blanket and light side lacing.

S - Yep, thats cucumbers. Fresh cucumbers picked from the garden explode on the nose. Very, very light saison yeast on the end, but this is mostly just like smelling cucumber juice.

T - Taste starts with that bright, delicious cucumber and then moves to some slight malt and saison yeast with super light funk. The end is almost slightly metallic, or that could just be me. There is a lingering cucumber (mind you cucumber not pickle) flavour throughout the sip.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and super refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day. Could use a hair more carbonation but otherwise this is great. So crisp and clean.

O - Overall, while this is a gimmicky beer it is a damn delicious one. Well worth the 4 pack of HT it took to get to try this. Delicious unique brew that is a shock to the pallet. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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? (453 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of jzauder
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, poured into a pint glass in June 2012.

First off, I don't like cucumbers. Being Jewish, that's kind of sacrilegious, but their taste just always hung around, and not in a pleasant way. I don't even like when restaurants put a cucumber slice in your water glass. However, I do love Cigar City, and try everything of theirs I can find.

It has the nice haze of a hefeweizen, with a light orange to yellow color. It definitely smells like cucumber, but with a hint of sweetness. It also delivers what it promises, as it tastes like cucumber, but not overwhelmingly so. I also taste a bit of dill as well as the spicy yeast. It's very refreshing. However, there's not much mouthfeel to it, as it ends up being very thin.

I'm not sure this belongs in the Saison family, as it didn't have the complexity or strength I would normally expect. Perhaps this belongs in the Vegetable/Fruit Ale category.

I really enjoyed this beer, as it focused on cucumber as an unusual ingredient but didn't overwhelm you with cucumber-ness. Very refreshing; another triumph for Cigar City. (1,085 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
2.31/5  rDev -39.2%
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. (859 characters)

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85 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.