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Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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Cucumber SaisonCucumber Saison

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144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 932
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 109
Gots: 141 | FT: 10
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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: 144 | Hads: 932
Photo of zookerman182
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is hazy golden color with a two finger fluffy white head.
Aroma is spices, banana, yeast, and cucumber.
Flavor is banana, cucumber, bitterness throughout. Not complex but good.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin, carbonation is big and crisp.
Extremely refreshing beer but the flavors aren't big or complex.
Not a bad summer beer but I wouldn't seek it out.
I'm thankful I got to try this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden cloudy with a greenish tinge, huge torrent of upward fine bubbles rise in the middle of the glass, 2 fingers of yellowish fine bubbled head.

S: Belgian yeasts, light sweetness, light cucumber, dough, phenols, light blue cheese quality.

T: Cucumber, light tartness, lemon water quality, light dough, light phenols, light blue cheese quality.

M: Light body, lots of fine bubbled carbonation, dry crisp light feel.

O: Great light beer to have on a hot day. Definite cucumber but it's light and still present. Unlike Wicked Weed’s imperial cucumber in that there's has a strong and in the face melon quality. Bought in West Palm Beach Whole Foods, drank on Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton the first day of my vacation, July 12, 2014.

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Photo of SuzieQD
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Not for everyone. You definitely get the cucumber. The smell reminds me of my mother's kitchen when she was making homemade pickles - a pleasant smell but not something I'm looking for in a beer. Got this on a sampler. Don't think I could do an entire glass.

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Photo of timjr2500
1.56/5  rDev -58.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Head starts off massive and clumpy white. Thick sheets of lacing stick to and coat the glass. Decent head retention leaves a small clumpy cap with a dense bubble structure.

Smell: Straight up cucumber. Vegetal and fresh. Hops are lightly tropical with some mango, tangerine, and some vague stone fruit. A touch of spicy hop and lemon zest care of the Sorachi Ace. Cucumber skin. A touch of leafy vegetable. A vague hint of yeast with a mildly damp element. So much cucumber with some solidblemon flesh and zest undertones.

Taste: A touch raw honey wirhna solid punch of lemongrass and lemon zest. Vague hop spiciness coupled with some mild tropical notes. Some mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Cucumber for days. Flesh and fresh peeled cucumber skin. A ton of leafy vegetable. Fresh juicy cumber. Malts are nice and light with a slight bready element. Some pale malt sweetness. So much vegetable. Some yeasty esters and a slight damp element.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to light body with a moderate carbonation. Clean finish with a slightly creamy initial sip.

Overall: As promised.

One of the more unique things I've encountered. Has more cucumber flavor than an actual cucumber. Works well and really is refreshing.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of dar482
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

The aroma is cucumber, pickles without the vinegar, and fresh green dill.

The flavor follows of cucumber water with fresh dill inside. It also tastes briney of pickles, but again without the tart vinegar qualities.

I appreciate the interesting qualities of this brew, but there are just elements missing that get this past drinking "cucumber water beer."

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Photo of Stevedore
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnG190
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of TheChef18
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of thezach
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's tough to review this beer. I like cucumbers. And this brew does the cucumber justice. It's intensely earthy with strong cucumber flavor and aroma (you know, that light refreshing watery cucumber jawn). However, I'm not certain how much I enjoy cucumbers in my beer, the jury's still out on this one.

A: Hazed tawny gold, frothy white head.
S: Cucumbers and earth. Like working on the cuke farm after a summer shower.
T: CUCUMBERS AND EARTH! Seriously, it's all there. Got summa dat saison spicing going on.
M: MC Fizz fizzle
O: See above. I'm glad I had this, and I might be able to slam this on a hot day, it's so cucumbery and refreshing, but it's also a cucumber beer, so again, the jury remains out. I will say I'd like to have another to further feel it out.

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Photo of mjohnson17
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter
Bottled May 23, 2013
Consumed August 20, 2013

A: Clear amber color, nice fluffy white head with small dense bubbles. Head settles to a dense creamy foam. Carbonation bubbles continue to rise in a playful dance against a translucent orange backdrop.

S: Earthy, fresh cucumber from the garden, Ripe cucumbers boardering on a tinge of sour, almost lemon-like. Spices, a bit of honey, possibly currants, a bit of tropical fruit and lemons.

T: Smooth, clean cucumber and lemon taste with a some nice herbal-ness to it. A very refreshing taste. The cucumber is very apparent and plays center stage in this beer with the supporting actors of lemon, citrus, spices, and honey sweetness.

M: Smooth, clean, creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O: This is a very interesting beer. It's not your typical saison, there's lots of earthiness but in more of a cucumber/fresh vegetable/garden way. A very refreshing beer, much like cucumber water at a spa is very refreshing

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Photo of zeledonia
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cubanbeerguy for the bottle. Tasted 16 August 2013.

Pours a slightly hazy medium straw yellow. Huge frothy fuzzy white head, 3+ fingers. Great retention, and really the only complaint is that the lacing isn't as impressive as it could be.

Smell is a saison with cucumber slices on top. Exactly what I was hoping for, but it comes out really clean, with the cucumbers adding a greenness and brightness. I wish there were more saison coming through; what's there is rather earthy and yeasty. But the cucumber is potent, and it works well with the base.

Taste is okay, but a bit dull. Tastes like mildly bitter cucumber skin, without a whole lot of saison character. Grainy and mildly bitter, but not a whole lot more to it.

Feel is quite good. Medium-bodied, smooth, with buoyant frothy carbonation that flares up and slowly fades. Really nice.

Well, it's a cucumber beer, but I'm not as convinced that it's a saison. I like it, mostly based on how it present the cucumber. I want more saison, though.

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Photo of weonfire
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.