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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85
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cylinsier
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of joel66
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of justme
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked bomber into an oversized wine glass- pours a bright orange color with,a finger and a half of frothy white head, good retention, nice streaks and splotches of lacing.

Smells REALLY funky; lovin it. Definitely got that brett weirdness to it; not as tart as it is just plain funky. Maybe a little bit abrasive.

Taste is more complex and balanced; moderate tartness up front, followed by the funk, smoothes out into a nice pale malt sweetness, but the funk is always lurking. Definitely taste some garden herbs in the mid-palate as well; hard to say what.

Mouthfeel is great; light body, well carbonated, tartness not overwhelming the quaffability. This is a very interesting and nice beer; maybe the smell is overdone. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Brett.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.52/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cool to see Cisco pop up in the local market.
Shared this at Thanksmas recently. Review from written notes.

Poured into a tulip glass it glows a murky opaque orange, saturated in color. A thin layer of fine white foam stretches across the surface, leafing spotty lacing around the edges of the glass.

Sweet, almost dusty herbal aroma, something unique... tarragon?

Light bodied and tart, quenching with an earthy aftertaste and a slippery waxy character to it. Tart citrus, lemon, light herbal sweetness on the back end. Clean and crisp. Overall it's pretty good, though a little one note. Seems to emulate Fantome but doesn't quite nail it. Wondering if some cellar time would bring out more funk...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a cloudy hazy dirty orange color ale with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of light Brett notes with some rustic malt and light acidic notes. Taste is a mix between some Brett notes with acidic undertones and lightly sweet malt with light rustic notes. Body is full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one is a weird one one with Brett notes that off and the malt backbone isn’t well balanced. Peppery yeast notes or prominence of ester are also hard to detect.

Photo of lalaloveyou
2/5  rDev -47.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy very dark yellow in color and has a bit of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that quickly died down, consistently leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of butter (of the movie theater popcorn variety) in the nose along with hints of oak. As the beer warms up, the smell becomes stronger and some sourness becomes noticeable.
T: Oak flavors from the barrel aging seem to dominate the overall taste, which also has some complexities with notes of sourness and hints of yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the initial taste (but not in the finish).
O: This is a nice and interesting saison to drink due to the addition of the oak and sour flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit chewier compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of SHODriver
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a cloudy golden orange with a two finger slightly off white head that maintains pretty well
S: smells yeasty, a bit musty, a bit of lemon zest
T: slightly tart lemon flavor, spicy yeast, a bit musty, hints of oakiness, a little wine like flavor and a little grassy. a bit more citric lemon flavor on the swallow along with some slightly chalky yeast
M: fairly light on the palate with active and soft carbonation
O: a very tasty brew, I love the brett and the sourness. Got this one in a trade and couldn't be happier

Photo of mwilbur
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a very murky light caramel color (more yellow and orange hues with backlighting) with 1/2 inch white head. Good retention and lacing. Interesting looking brew...if it's possible to look complex, this one does.
S: Tough to pin this one down. Alternatingly sharp citrus hops, softer caramel malt, toasted grains, and sweet melon. Hints of brett funk and mustiness. Again...complex.
T: Like the aroma, this takes a bit to sort out. Dry citrus hops seem to hit first followed quickly by sweet fruit notes (apricot, peach, melon) and a burst of peppery spice. This gives way to brett funk and earthy grains in the finish. Hint of nutty caramel malt and herbal notes in there too. I'm not going to say it...oh what the hell...yeah, it's complex.
M: Bright and spicy up front, turning more smooth and calm in the middle, and finishes dry and tart with an almost wine-like acidity. Light body.
D: Low ABV lends this to easy drinking. Definitely a different take on the saison (which I'm usually not a fan of), but a very enjoyable one. This one definitely falls into the "interestingly complex" category. The brew's enjoyment is enhanced by peeling apart the layers and thinking about how it was constructed. Seek it out if you can!

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Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.