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Cucumber Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
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863 Ratings
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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 105
Gots: 118 | FT: 9
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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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3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exotic and grassroots ingredients are exploding in our era of "mixology". This is evident and even succeeding in the martini world and likely throughout the breadth of mixed drinks. Cucumber is thus being celebrated because of its lively and refreshing character. The 4th of July celebrations with reunions and picnics have seen this for years. But does it translate as well with beer? Cigar City thinks so---

Like many (un-cucumber-ed) and more traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ales, the beer explodes upon impact with the bottom of the glass. Even a prerequisite rinse did nothing to control the eruptive froth. The billowing head is airy with large bubbles and gives the impression of dryness. What settles underneath is the classic straw-hued beer with mild haze. As you would think, the beer laces intricately and randomly with very decorative patterns.

Surprisingly strong aromas of cucumber strike the olfactories with an oddly compelling scent. It evokes a sense of refreshment, but also hinges on notes of pickle juice, sweet relish, mustard seed, and soft near-fennel notes. After the shock of initial scents, the common spicy tone of yeast character shows up- propped up by dry bread and cracker-like maltiness.

In reverse fashion, its the light sweetness of pilsner malt, showing up in the form of dry bread, crackers, and whole wheat. The usual hop spice is earthy, mildly woody, and honey-like floral. But for the bulk of the session those tastes are lost on the distraction of cucumber. It's that garden variety gourde that diverts the attention toward tart pickles, light sweetness, cider notes, and pungent earthiness that decries ballpark pickle relish. It's very first sip signals the seventh inning stretch even though I'm drinking in February.

Trying hard to ignore the taste, its texture is actually pretty spot on for the style. Dry malts won't allow much sweetness to linger very long- allowing the early effervescence and short-lived creaminess to transcend quickly to a dry peppery bite with medium acidity and alcohol warmth to close the session. (Boy, it's hard to ignore that "pickle" taste when assessing mouthfeel.)

But in the end, I rather enjoyed the beer. I wanted the clean, crisp, and refreshing taste of cucumber to show up in its most vibrant and perfumy scent. But what I got was pickle relish. Though I like it on those ballpark hot dogs, its presence in my beer glass is slightly misplaced even though the base saison has much to celebrate.

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3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.

Score: 86

2012 vintage bottle served in a plastic wine goblet and enjoyed on 07/29/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Pours three fingers of white, soapy head atop a cloudy, dull golden-wheat colored body. Good lacing and retention. Looks a lot like you’d expect a saison to look. 4/5

Smell: Totally cucumber forward. Cucumber water, light wheat and yeast. 3.75/5

Taste: Cucumber waiter with a light funk and straw/grain flavor. Simple and straightforward. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, somewhat dry on the finish. 3.5/5

Overall: Light, summery and refreshing. It should be pointed out that I am not a fan of saisons. However, this one was pretty solid and “inoffensive” (and I mean that in a good way). No horse blanket, barnyard, etc. This beer essentially smells and tastes like lightly fermented cucumber water. This is not one I would go out of my way to seek out, but it is certainly a beer that made a good palate cleanser at the tasting. While no one loved the beer, no one disliked it either.

Pairings: A very basic salad.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml bottle.

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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cucumber saison is certainly one of the more novel beers I have every had. As one sampler stated, it is like vegetable juice and beer. Poured from the glass, the beer was a golden color with a fizzy white head. Cucumber is the most noticeable element in the aroma. In the initial taste was cucumber, cucumber peal, a little straw and salt. If you have ever been to a restaurant that serves cucumber slices in their glasses of water, this should give you some perspective. The aftertaste is dry, which is the most saison-like element of this beer. The funkiness of a saison seems to have been cancelled out by the cucumber. It was an interesting beer, but probably not one I need to have again.

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4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-wow this comes out with some gusto. Had to wait awhile to let the foam settle before pouring this, then even longer after pouring. Very hazy golden yellow with a really thick foamy white head

S- wow this really smells like a cucumber! Like a fresh cucumber along with somewhat Belgian spices. Strong scent. Smells quite refreshing

T-comes in tasting like....cucumber! It's actually quite refreshing. It's a bit sweet too, along with a slight hint of saison rawness. Has a matching after-taste though somewhat faint. Not much else to mention here though does have some pale Belgian sugars to it.

M-high carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-it's a solid brew. I've never had anything like this before. Who even comes up with something like this? I could definitely see this being something wonderful to drink on a hot summer afternoon. I suggest you find a bottle of this, unless you have a thing against the vegetable.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Bottle opens with an audible pop. Beer itself is mostly clear light amber in color. Unsurprisingly, this one forms a large, very carbonated, white head. Good retention, moderate lacing.

S: aroma is primarily Saison-like. I mention this because I was expecting the cucumber to dominate. It's there, but I certain,y get a lot more of the yeasty phenols and spice with a "green" cucumber aroma more in the background.

T: Taste is similar. Lightly sweet blend of lemon-lime and cucumber. The some yeast, a slight tartness, and a bit of spice. Finish is a touch astringent with a cucumber skin bitterness. Again, the cucumber is noticeable. Unmistakable even, but it doesn't (thankfully) overpower the beer itself.

M: on the lighter side of medium. Very aggressive carbonation. Light sweetness. Fairly crisp. Mild astringency.

O: I found this to be a fairly nice beer. I was rather curious about it when I learned of it and sought on out, especially for my wife whom likes both Samson's and cucumbers, but ended up hating this beer. I on the other hand, enjoyed the combination of the cucumber along with the lemon tartness and yeasty spice giving this one a "salad in a glass" feel to it while still retaining its beeriness.

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4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
5% ABV, 04 AUG 2012 on label

Thanks for the brew Paul!

A - The crack from cap unleashed a spray like a can of compressed air. I moved quickly to pour this beer, afraid of possible gushing, though it didn't seem an immediate threat afterwards. A monstrous white head rises above the golden beer, lowering slowly while leaving minimal lace on the glass.

S - Cigar City Cucumber Saison has a nose completely full of freshly sliced cucumber, quietly trailed by Belgian yeast nuances of faint white pepper and clay with notes of dry straw and soft wheat.

T - Cucumber is completely authentic in flavor, not ever broaching that artificial line, and more subdued in flavor than aroma, just like the real thing, allowing more saison notes to emerge. A touch of lemon citrus sneaks in around the dry earthy notes of white pepper and clay while the finish incorporates a sensible level of malt.

M - High carbonation dances on the tongue throughout this crisp and light-bodied beer while a dry and spicy finish trails off. Crisp and clean like a cucumber.

O - I'll be upfront (at the end, how ironic) with the fact I don't like cucumbers. They're best served as pickles, in my opinion, but I went into the review open minded. I won't lie, the aroma scared me into thinking my wife, a cucumber lover, would be drinking the vast majority of this bottle, but Cigar City did a fantastic job with this beer. Like a cucumber, this saison has a heavy nose that's lighter in flavor, letting more saison through. It's incredibly authentic and the comparison of the cucumber's crispness with the saison is a wonderful pairing. I still may not like cucumbers but I can get behind this unique saison and say it's one well-crafted beer!

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3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely thick apricot color with a large bubbly head. Head does fade fairly quick though.

Damn, smells like salted cucumbers. Some faint spice and yeast and somehing vaguely metallic here too but the nose is dominated by cucumber to a frightening extent. Preparing for the worst...

Taste is way better than I expected. Some yeasty saison flavor, mild spice, good amount of cucumber but not nearly as much as in the nose. Some fruitiness in the finish. This is actually a subtle and fairly balanced beer.

Very drinkable, good mouthfeel. Very refreshing beer.

This is a kindof odd beer but I really like it. Very refreshing.

7.0/10

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Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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