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Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing

Cucumber SaisonCucumber Saison

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Ratings: 614
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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Photo of chanokokoro


4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 750 ml bottle into Cigar City Brewing branded snifters

Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with a fizzy one and a half finger fizzy head. The head recedes fairly quickly to a thin foam cap with minimal lacing. The nose is a fairly delicate aroma of farmhouse yeast, grass, light citrus, spice, and not surprisingly accents of cucumber. Lemongrass, light citrus accents, a bit of peppery spice, farmhouse yeast joined midpalate by refreshing cucumber. Finishes dry with slight cucumber skin-like bitterness. Light bodied, fizzy but subtle carbonation. Very impressive beer. Although enjoyed on an unseasonably warm 80 degree fall day in Chicago, this certainly is an exceptional summer "lawnmower" beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 19:40:56 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of 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
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Okay, cucumber? Really? All right... This stuff pours a hazy golden straw topped by a little over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, cucumber, and mild clove. Wow, the cucumber's really prevalent, but it doesn't really overpower you. Right on. The taste brings in more of the same, as though a beer was somehow made to taste like a more complex, flavorful glass of cucumber water. The cuke comes through a tad sweeter than usual. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly refreshing finish. Overall, I was skeptical about the potential success of this stuff, but it turned out to be highly enjoyable. Go figure.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 14:32:12 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of HuskyinPDX


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

Bottle opened on 10.10.12.

A - Pours a medium cloudy orange with an explosive, fizzy four inch cream-colored head that fades slowly.

S - Cucumber and melons.

T - Cucumber and funk, make it almost pickle like with some dill and spices.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light body with a crisp finish.

O - Cucumber is there for sure, interesting. I hate cucumbers, but this one was ok.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 06:58:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of cvm4


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

A - Pours a deep straw or golden in color. High & bubbly white head.

S - Cucumber wafts off the beer along with some spices & yeast.

T - Just a lovely cucumber flavor hits you first off. It starts to tamper down & then nice saison qualities appear.

M - About what you'd expect from a saison. On par, light mouth & high carbonation.

O - This reminds me of cucumber water you might have at a southern wedding. It's light, crisp & refreshing. Definitely delivers.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 18:09:29 | More by cvm4
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle! Bottle dated June 2012.

A - Medium yellow; slightly cloudy yellow. Lots of bubbly white head.

S - A big burst of fresh cucumber at first, which settles down after the initial nose. Belgian yeast, peppery spice and a light lemon aroma are also present.

T - A good overall integratoin of the flavours with the cucumber not dominating, which I was afraid of. Cucumber is still the prediminant flaovur but is well balanced by, pepper, spice, Belgian yeast and a lighter lemon zest flavour in the background.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 14:11:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a tulip glass
no born on date

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with just under 3 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Retention is good, as it takes a long while to dissipate down to a thick film that remains throughout the drink. Leaves effectively no lacing.

S: It smells like something....that I can't quite put my finger on....a vegetable maybe....just kidding this smells exactly like fresh cucumbers. Its actually pretty remarkable. I also get some dill, honey, pale malt. I love the aroma.

T: Cucumber both flesh and peel, sweet malts, wheat, some spice. I dont really get any saison flavors, funk/ tart/ sour/ etc. It kind of tastes like a Belgium pale with cucumber, not really a cucumber saison, so in that sense its a little disappointing. Overall pretty tasty though.

M/D: Very heavy carbonation, maybe a touch too much, in fact I cant remember drinking a beer with higher carbonation, ever. Body is surprisingly heavy. It has a real distinct drying characteristic, which is nice. I dont think the drinkability is particularly high, and the combination of heavier mouthfeel with huge carbonation doesnt really work particularly well for me.

O: Being someone who loves cucumbers, and enjoys saisons, this was a must try for me. Great aroma, and pretty tasty, but I would have liked a more traditional saison flavor base. Im glad I got to try it though, and Id certainly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 22:44:42 | More by zac16125
Photo of maximum12


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

Thanks over the airwaves to moose3285 for pulling every Cigar City bottle ever made & ferrying them via sled dog to Minnesota. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is yellow, with Cyc Typhoon-level carbonation tearing at the glass. Nose is, well, like sombody tossed cucumber puree' in a saison. You'd think they could warn a potential drinker about something like that.

Cucumber Saison could be the new V-8, or C-8. Damn. Unwashed cucumbers pulled out of the ground are wrapped around a nice peppery, lemon-tang. The yeast & high carbonation gives this a zesty feeling in the oral cavity. 5%? Easy. Nice.

Simple, quick, direct. I've disliked cucumbers since I was a thirty-two week embryo - & now my wife is going to force me to try them again. Maybe I'll like them...another instance of beer changing a man's life. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 03:36:38 | More by maximum12
Photo of billnet


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

Amber colored with lots of white foam. Aromas of light pickle and very light citrus . Flavors same as the aromas. This is one tasty beer that screams hot dogs or hamburgers to go with it. A great summer beer that is refreshing and a great cookout beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 19:22:36 | More by billnet
Photo of cfrances33


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to johnyb. Poured into a HF tulip.

PourL Completely hazy light orange with a huge three finger head. I didn't even pour slightly heavily. Very soapy, puffy white head. No lacing, and hangs around as a film.

Smell: Normal saison breadyness, with an undeniable cucumber note. I'm amazed. Maybe a light lemon in the back, but that's about it,

Taste: This is a cucumber saison through and through. My best description would be Hennepin with a shot of cucumber water added. Nice breadyness mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Easily the best part of this beer. Really refreshing and light through the sip, and yet incredibly dry. One of the most dry beers I've had in a while.

Overall: This beer lived up to its name. I really enjoyed it, but don't think I'd want it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:05:10 | More by cfrances33
Photo of Shaw


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

A beautiful hazy golden color with a short off-white head.

Wow, it really smells like cucumber.

A nice wheat-like snap with lots of cucumber flavor. I would never have thought of putting cucumber in a beer, but it works.

Solid body isn't watery despite the lower alcohol.

Overall a fine beer and certainly one to try. Avoid if you don't like cucumber, because this beer is all about it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 20:39:27 | More by Shaw
Photo of drpimento


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
Photo of TullyBlanchard


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Last week finished up a Jim Crockett promotions show in Macon, Ga. Lost by disqualification when Baby Doll hit Magnum T.A. with a high heel. Then the boys came out and we beat him down to prove who's top gun.

The beer:
Very light, golden sunray color. Nice frothy white head. This has a strong smell of cucumber with some kind of flower undertone. The taste is a subdued cucumber and a light straw undertone. A very refreshing beer. No farmhouse funk from this saison. Great on a hot day.

80s/90s wrestler most likely to drink this beer:
Mr. Wonderful, Paul Orndorff.

Diamonds are forever.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 17:18:42 | More by TullyBlanchard
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy medium straw yellow with some hints of golden yellow in color. The beer has a three finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very strong aromas of cucumber with a lighter hint of rice wine vinegar giving the beer a refreshing aroma that is not dissimilar to fresh homemade pickles.

T: Very light in flavor and refreshing with lots of cucumber flavor (reminds of the refreshing beverages that one would get at a spa but as a beer). Light hints of vinegar and possibly dill. Very tasty.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Interesting and unique beer, I think of it as the refreshing spa beer... Very enjoyable and refreshing due to the presence and flavor of the cucumber - sessionable and a beer I would be glad to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 16:16:11 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a two finger high white head.
S: From the second you put your nostrils near the glass, you are blasted with strong aromas of cucumbers. There are some faint hints of vinegar.
T: Like the smell, this beer is dominated by flavors of cucumbers—not an artificial flavor, but something similar to those in a cucumber and dill salad.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is noticeable.
O: I really found this to be an interesting and unique beer because the cucumbers are well incorporated into the taste (unlike gimmicky beers).

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 22:32:56 | More by metter98
Photo of draheim


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (bottled June 2012) into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange w/ a fluffy whipped-cream head, vigorous carb, good sticky lacing.

Aroma is, well, cucumber. Don't know if I could have ID'd it if I didn't know, but it has that distinctive watery cucumbery essence. Some pale malt and farmhouse yeast too, but mostly it's cucumber.

Taste is light, cool, refreshing. Like a cucumber. Can taste the green, slightly bitter skin and the watery white flesh. Also some nice spicy notes.

Mouthfeel is a tad prickly (or should I say pickly) from the abundant carb. Refreshing, drinkable, semi-dry.

Overall, a surprising, successful twist on a saison. This one works.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 00:43:12 | More by draheim
Photo of Gobzilla


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a nice finger worth of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: WOW.. crazy cucumber aroma that was really unique and on point with the real vegetable. I did manage to sniff out spice, a little funkiness. citrus, some coriander and hints of pear with apples notes as well.

T: the cucumber character was also very much there on the palate alongside mild bretty funkiness, slight citrus, spice, apple pear accents and a touch of coriander.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a semi sweet, mild fruity, slight bretty, cucumberish, spice and prickly finish.

O: solid saison and interesting beer that had a few beer geeks wanting some more.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 09:39:32 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal place leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grainy malts, citrus, tropical, and lemon hops, cucumber, Belgian yeast, and coriander.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and grapefruit hops with some bitterness and some grainy malts and coriander. Through the middle the cucumber comes through with some honey and Belgian yeast. The finish is a mix of lemon and citrus hops with some bitterness, honey, cucumber, grains, and Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a vegetative, dry, and yeasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced with the cucumber adding a really nice element to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 04:49:39 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of BDIMike


4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light golden, almost white color. There is a ton of fizzy carbonation that creates a huge frothy white head. The head continues to grow throughout the drink, a first for me.
Aroma has a nice light, summer smell to it. The dominant smell is very good clean, real cucumber smell, also unlike any beer I have smelled before. A bit of spicy pepper smells too.
Taste is unlike any beer I have ever tried. The cucumber taste is very prevalent, but there is a nice sweet taste of melon as well. A bit of spiciness too adds a bit of funk.
Mouthfeel is very nice. It seems odd to say, but a great balance of crispness and smoothness as well.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. Completely unlike any beer I have ever had and very unique. A great beer any time, but especially one that would be awesome in the summertime. It has been said this is "a salad in a beer bottle" and I completely agree. If you have the chance to get this beer, don't pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:59:09 | More by BDIMike
Photo of stakem


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
Photo of StaveHooks


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle split with the wife.
Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with 3 fingers of moundy head. Average retention and zero lacing.

S - Unmistakable cucumber aroma, raw earthy yeast, some white pepper, old iceberg lettuce.

T - Sweet kissed cucumber wrapped in a peppery bitterness, some tangy yeast and mild lemon notes pop up. Pepper and spice grow as it warms. Pilsener malt provides a nice base but stays in the background. Finishes semi dry with some mild pickle aftertaste.

M - Heavier body for the style, prickly carbonation at first but turns creamy and very smooth after it sits for a bit.

I like seeing low ABV Saisons and it's nice to see some different experimentation going on. Sometimes it doesn't always work but this works. Clean flavors with enough peppery spice to keep it interesting. Nothing overpowers and I feel like it stood up to what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 00:11:45 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of 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
Photo of BrownNut


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to nonic

A - Pale gold. Pretty white head, thick and rich and puffy and textured.

S - Super fresh cucumber.

T - Super fresh cucumber with some of that familiar saison spice-ish thing peeking out from underneath to give it just a bit of complexity - not too much but a little. The cucumber even seems to have a bit of a bitter edge from the peel, which adds a nice element.

O - This beer delivered exactly like I hoped and expected. Cucumber! That pretty much sums it up. I love cucumber and I love saisons and this is the perfect marriage. It's so well balanced and well crafted. It's so refreshing. I thought it might be gimmicky and that there was a chance it would be weird and bad, but it's really well done. I'd need for there to be more complexity to score it higher, but as a summertime refresher, it does a great job being very pleasant in its simplicity.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 17:33:11 | More by BrownNut
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

huge thanks to duf27 for bringing this beer back from florida and sharing with the tasting group! Thanks duff!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: cloudy yellow bodied beer with over 3 fingers of massive frothy head. Lacing sticks everywhere.

Smell: Big cucumber notes. A touch of hop that are overwhelmed by more cucumber. Smells really cool and refreshing.

Taste: No surprise here it tastes like cucumbers; picked right from the garden! There is a nice wheat and straw note from the malt that adds a touch of sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high carbonation. This beer is so light, crisp, clean, and drinkable! It s has got to be the most refreshing beer that I have ever drank thanks to the cucumber flavors.

Overall: CCB made an awesome cucumber beer! Probably the most memorable beer that I have drank from them. The humble cucumber really makes a crazy awesome saison! Probably the best saison that I have ever drank! Perfect for a hot day. I could drink a whole 750 myself. I not much of a cuccumber fan, but when you put it in beer magic happens!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 17:54:23 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Duff27


4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge 3 inch frothy head in a murky orange golden body. Clumpy lacing with above average head retention.

Wow, can actually smell cucumbers. I envision cucumber seeds.

Super fresh cucumber. Well balanced with the hop presence. Wow. Very easy drinking at 5%.

Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Cigar city nailed it here. Exactly what I envisioned when I first heard about this beer. Cucumbers, who would've thought of it in beer, would love to know their methods. If you like cucumber in your beer, yes!!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 23:12:41 | More by Duff27
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