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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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85
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 13
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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1/5  rDev -73.6%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Gaucho
1.25/5  rDev -67%

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.

Gaucho, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of monsterzero
1.25/5  rDev -67%

monsterzero, Apr 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Gonzoillini, May 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

lalaloveyou, Jun 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

DaBubs, Dec 06, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

beernads, May 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Nichols33, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

RBorsato, Mar 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Brunobstyle, Jun 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

ant880, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

HalfFull, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%

Chris (spycow) got this at Lush - didn't even know Cisco distributed here. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker bubbly patches and collar, and minimal lacing. Hazy orange body.

S - Lots of lemongrass and lemon thyme, perhaps a bit of saffron, and peppery yeast. Too much lemon - reminds me of Goose Island Marisa (i.e. Pledge in beer format).

T - Taste has some suntan lotion mingling with lemon, pale malts, and peppery yeast. It's not as kitchen cleaner-esque as the aroma, which I appreciated greatly. Finishes a bit like a lemon lozenge.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, and a lightly sticky finish.

D - Just too much lemon and not enough Saison here. If this were called "Lemon Tart" or "Lemon Sorbet" then I'd probably rave about how wonderfully they captured those flavors. Unfortunately, as a farmhouse ale it's not very satisfying.

MasterSki, Nov 08, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -18.7%

750ml bottle courtesy of chrispoint. Thanks!

A: Hazy light amber body under an inch of creamy off-white head. Ok retention and lacing. Solid.

S: Pickled ginger, pure and simple. I like it, but it's quite disappointing in terms of complexity.

T: Ginger, mint, malt, and more ginger. Sweet, spicy, and unique - but not necessarily in a good way. Dry finish. Really underwhelming.

M: Lively medium body. Smooth, soft, and very nice.

O: What a let-down. I'm a huge fan of Cisco's Woods series, and this Saison sounded like another winner based on the description. Unfortunately it was nothing but a boring spice-bomb. Maybe with some time its flavors might mellow and meld, but this bottle was just boring at best.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Nov 29, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

TequilaTom, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with an herbal flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

joel66, Mar 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

valkyre65, Sep 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

acurtis, Sep 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

justme, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GratefulEdd, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

raythealeman, Apr 06, 2012
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Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.