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Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse AleIsland Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison Farmhouse was fun to brew and is fun to drink. Buckwheat, oats, and rye fermented with Brettanomyces and a Saison yeast in a 50 hectoliter french oak cask. Herbs and spices grown here at the brewery replaced most of the hops. On it's way into package it was treated to a host of microflora to create additional character over time.

(Beer added by: nas5755 on 10-30-2011)
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Gaucho

Massachusetts

1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

First, I must preface that I'm not sure if I had this specific brew. Consumed on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worceter as "Cisco Saison".

In any event, it was very disappointing. Always an interesting tap list at the Abbey, and since I really enjoy saisons, I inquired about the Cisco. He indicated "tart" (in hindsight, rather sheepishly).
Nice amber color and head, but the positives stop there. Overwhelming lemon flavor - more shandy that saison. So much lemon that it masked any other characteristics.
Wondering if it was a keg gone bad since most of other reviews are favorable. In the meantime, I'll stick with Hennepin or Tank 7.

08-30-2014 01:17:50 | More by Gaucho
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malfunxion

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-27-2014 05:39:06 | More by malfunxion
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-24-2014 16:02:22 | More by alex_hart
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superspak

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon peel, ginger, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, green apple, pear, thyme, herbal, grass, pepper, light caramel, bread, light oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and light oak notes; with good strength. A bit too strong on the spices. Taste of tart lemon peel, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, green apple, pear, ginger, thyme, herbal, grass, light caramel, bread, light pepper, light oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon peel, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, green apple, ginger, thyme, herbal, grass, light pepper, light caramel, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice brett saison. Good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

08-06-2014 23:20:34 | More by superspak
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-26-2014 17:04:52 | More by mltobin
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

07-07-2014 23:56:34 | More by Nichols33
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justme

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-05-2014 23:06:00 | More by justme
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-03-2014 21:44:40 | More by Boone757
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-01-2014 02:04:33 | More by DrBier
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Jmbbabson

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-28-2014 01:01:26 | More by Jmbbabson
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

Tap

Pours a clear amber gold with no head

Smells of lemon and fresh ginger with a light candy sweetness.

Tastes of tart lemon, ginger, light oak, and grassy malts.

Body is medium with tingles on the tongue.

Excellent saison, top notch quality and unique flavor. Worth seeking out.

05-30-2014 01:49:05 | More by Cylinsier
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cjgator3

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-20-2014 01:12:47 | More by cjgator3
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

this is one of the best saisons i have ever tasted, maybe the best period. it has a little age on it, i have overlooked this thing a million times on the shelf, and now that cisco isnt in colorado anymore, i have a new favorite beer. figures. a grain base of buckwheat, rye, and oats gives this beer a radiant brass color, with a few little yeast pieces but rather good clarity. the head is large, bone white, and comprised of pretty big bubbles. the cap launches off this bottle, age has let the brett really go crazy, and this has a ton of carbonation as a result. the aroma is unique and mouth watering. its loaded with tropical fruit, mangoes, passion fruit, tart white grapes, its awesome. i also get a majorly herbaceous thing, basil, jasmine, lavender, hibiscus, tons of botanical lushness and freshness. the brett is subtle here, i get more saison yeast than brett, but the tandem is great, just enough funk and fruitiness. a little sweet, but interesting from the grain at the same time. the flavor is one of the best ive ever had. the yeasts are kicking butt here, and have dried out the fruitiness quite a lot i imagine. huge tropical fruit though, passion fruit mostly, not unlike their island reserve lager in that respect. the oats give body and sweetness, the rye a touch of earthy spice, and yeasts are so interesting. my mouth waters for it while its in my mouth, just that good. the herbs are robust as they are in the nose, basil for sure, maybe lemon balm or something similar, and a definite floral thing, cherry blossom maybe, so cool. as fizzy as they come, huge bubbles and high carb levels make it really snap. its super dry too, almost hard to hold in the mouth, finishes clean but again leaves me wanting more. one of the most overlooked and i would add underrated beers, a real diamond in the rough, a hidden gem, the crown jewel if you will. so dynamic and layered, so artfully made, a nice mix of yeasts and brett, and just a touch of oak. if you see it, buy it. world class all the way.

05-14-2014 01:04:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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sarahfrancesca

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-27-2014 05:07:22 | More by sarahfrancesca
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Chris00710

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-27-2014 13:59:51 | More by Chris00710
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rudabegga9

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-26-2014 14:52:13 | More by rudabegga9
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-23-2014 22:24:27 | More by jbaker67
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WarEagleJeep

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Rich hazy orange color and aggressive white head and yeast debris even from gentle pour. Head stays the entire glass with lacing.

S: Funky yeast, pear, apple, lemon grass, aromatic earthy spice, and wet grains

T: Tart funky yeast, sharp bite from carbonation that fades after time, tart pear and apple, subtle spice. Acidic and subtle dry finish.

M: Strong carbonation, light feel, and clean dry finish

O: A lot of yeast flavor in this one. Similar to other Brett saisons I've had. Enjoyable tart fruit flavors and crisp carbonation but the yeast debris did creep me out some. Interesting saison if you are looking for a real funky sour saison.

03-19-2014 00:55:01 | More by WarEagleJeep
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RBorsato

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.6%

03-12-2014 17:17:17 | More by RBorsato
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-09-2014 20:53:46 | More by Griffith
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gmartin235

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-07-2013 05:27:54 | More by gmartin235
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budsandsuds8

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-09-2013 15:22:33 | More by budsandsuds8
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GETTNCRUNKED

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-26-2013 01:04:09 | More by GETTNCRUNKED
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HalfFull

California

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%

Capped 750 ml bottle poured into a globe glass. Pours an orange honey in color with a fair amount of haze. Off white cap is meringue like and offers robust, in fact a bit too much, retention and lace.

I tend to buy these American Saisons with a bit of trepidation, particularly from brewers who don't specialize in Belgian style ales. And the aroma here is no different than many an experience as the added spice appears to be firmly overdone for my tastes. Lots of pepper/grains of paradise and lemon oil initially through the dense foam. As the cap settles the spices balance a bit but still come across as a highly spiced witbier. Warming yields a light Brett fruitiness that tries, albeit in vain, to balance the added spice.

Taste starts off fairly well but by mid palate it's all lemongrass then a lingering finish of spice. A bit puckering in a sense though not at all sour. No bitterness and no funkiness though there is a bit of fruitiness from the Brett I would gather. Bit more balance with warming.

Feel is a bit creamy and a bit thick for the style but not unexpected given the citric notes and high level of carbonation. Overall a decent beerand quite enjoyable but one that lacks any true Saison character. Brett 1/Saison 0 on Yeast pay per view.

09-23-2013 01:45:44 | More by HalfFull
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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

08-11-2013 04:39:14 | More by DaveAnderson
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Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.