Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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4.78/5 rDev +25.8%
A-This beer pours a golden yellow with ruby hues and it is slightly cloudly. A nice head that fades quickly. Good retention with little lacing.
S- This is very awesome. Grapefruit aroma is huge, very floral, some lactic acid and brett notes are present. Very interesting and very unique.
T- An amazing beer. Grapefruit, floral flavors, no bitterness, so many unique and interesting floral notes, incredibly complex, lactic acid, some muted funk.
M- Awesome carbonation, very spritzy, slick mouthfeel, medium body.
Overall- This is amazing. It reminds me of Fantome meeting west coast dry hopping minus the hops and bitterness. A wonderful take on the style and I feel like this is gonna age with the absolute best. The best beer I have had in a long time. The floral grapefruit notes are amazing and once the brett starts to show its face this is gonna be even more complex.
10-30-2011 23:56:42 | More by nas5755
4.75/5 rDev +25%
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
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
An aggressive pour yields a bubbly fizzy head of almost 1 finger that fades at a med pace and then stops to leave a long nice head covering, with a light lacing. The beer is a hazy honey lemon yellow colored beer.
Nose brings some interesting saison aromas, plenty of rustic farmhouse dry malt aromas, a bit of sweet golden malts and almost straw, an almost funky hay like aroma, hint of barnyard like saison yeast funk but no wild funk, hint of citrus, some mango and tropical fruit.
Taste starts with a tart lemon citrus, with an interested fruity taste. Then more straw and hay, farmhouse rustic dry saison slight bready golden sweet malts. There's more of that slight barnyard yeast funk, again not a wild funk just an interesting funky saison yeast addition. Also brings hints of spices and some acidity. The light sweetness molds well with the light tart lemon, straw and hay malts, and nice light funk. Lots of mango, some grapefruit, tangerine, blood orange, etc. All the interesting flavors are blended well and very tasty. The finish is softer malts drying to a nice light tart lemon and straw malts again, light spices as well, and some grassy hops.
Mouth is lighter bodied, nice carbonation.
Overall this is delicious. I have to say this reminds me a lot of Fantome saisons, nice straw and hay like malts, bit of sweetness but dry finish, the light barnyard saison yeast funk, and most of all the tart lemony flavor. I'm really digging this beer. Great job Cisco!
11-27-2011 01:38:39 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip.
A - Kind of looks like straw color with a deep orange tint. Foamy white head lingers and clings for quite a while.
S - Brett with some farmhouse funk. Citrus aroma comes through quite a bit on this, smells very crisp and vibrant. Perhaps a little oak in there as well. Complex and makes this beer very inviting.
T - First swig is quite a sour bomb, that brett really comes through. But as the palate gets accustomed to it, the other flavors start to come through. I believe this is oak aged as it does have a little wood quality on the low end, giving a darker taste, darker at least in contrast to the bright flavors in this. Grapefruit, persimmon, and sour flavors are the most predominant to me. Small little funk in the taste as well. Complex and delicious.
M - Quite carbonated, and gives a bubbly feel in the mouth. Otherwise quite silky and balanced. Carbonation might be a slight distraction, but the taste makes up for it.
O - Very nice beer here by Cisco. My first beer by them that wasn't their Lady in the Woods series, and it was very good. Love the mixture of sour notes into the bright saison farmhouse flavors. And with the brett in here, would be interesting to see how this develops.
03-03-2012 04:35:30 | More by Scrumtralecent
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
07-02-2012 23:55:10 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
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!
09-11-2012 04:58:15 | More by mwilbur
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
Bought at Julio's and shared this with bpk59 at his house. Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - Poured a hazy golden straw colour with a one finger head that leaves light side lacing and a nice creamy white blanket.
S - Lght funk and barnyard notes with good lemon grass and citrus (orange, tangerine) as well.
T - Starts off with nice lemongrass followed by light malty sweetness and lemons. Strong citrus takes over (oranges and tangerines) only to finish with nice lemons and honey.
M - Nice and crisp, with a solid dry finish.
O - Overall, this was a very nice saison. Very nice aroma and flavour for a saison. Really enjoyed it.
11-16-2011 22:30:39 | More by rudzud
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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
11-02-2012 04:14:57 | More by SHODriver
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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
Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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