Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing
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3.14/5 rDev -14.9%
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
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
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
Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.