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Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse AleIsland Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale

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85
very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 17.94%


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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Reviews by twiggamortis420:
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle courtesy of cosmo4u pours a very hazed gold color with a massive, foamy white head…glistens like soap bubbles. Poured gently, but even so was super-foamy and took forever to recede.

Nose is very spice-oriented surprisingly. Grains of paradise and nutmeg come to mind as well as orange and/or lemon peel. Grains seem pretty neutral and hops don’t seem to be much of a factor.

Taste is better than I thought it would after the smell, I am not really a fan of grains of paradise. The spices are more subtle (though still pretty notable) and the biscuity malt plays a more prominent role. Smoothes out almost to the point of watery though and the over carbonation is annoying to say the least. I really don’t get much of the brett or other 'microflora' noted in the description, perhaps the spices are too overpowering to notice? I must admit, I like my saisons without any spices added...why fuck with an already exceptional style of beer? It’s not bad as far as spiced saisons go, but overall I’m not a big fan of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:28:50 | More by twiggamortis420
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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.

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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.

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Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.