Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 750 | Reviews: 124 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
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).
09-22-2012 22:32:56 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
09-11-2012 00:43:12 | More by draheim
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
09-09-2012 09:39:32 | More by Gobzilla
4.43/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
09-09-2012 04:49:39 | More by ngeunit1
4.35/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
09-07-2012 00:59:09 | More by BDIMike
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
09-06-2012 19:14:17 | More by stakem
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
09-06-2012 00:11:45 | More by StaveHooks
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
09-04-2012 11:43:42 | More by thagr81us
Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.