Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
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
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. A vigorous pour yields a healthy finger and a half of white foam. The head recedes as quick as it rises and settles in as a thin cap that sticks around. Not much lacing, some wispy foam sticks but nothing substantial.
Excellent citrus notes up front in the nose. Big grapefruit and lighter lemon aromas come across first. Some yeasty and a bit of funk are present as well. Maybe a touch of peppery spice but the grapefruit notes are the dominant aroma.
The taste has some of the same characteristics of the nose but takes on a bit more complexity. The grapefruit and lemony citrus characteristics are here, still strong, but not dominant like in the nose. Yeasty notes are here, along with some funk, more than in the nose. There is a pleasant, mellow tartness that leads into a finish that comes with a touch of spice.
Low carbonation with a body on the lighter side of medium. The beer really has a lighter mouthfeel all the way through.
Overall, this is a good beer now but it has the potential to be excellent. Nice citrus flavors and aromas with a touch of funk. There is a mild tartness now but it seems like it could get better with a little bit of age.
12-08-2011 03:45:45 | More by ms11781
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
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...
12-07-2011 02:32:18 | More by emerge077
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured a 3" white head with long life. Hazy sunlight yellow color. Great smell as soon as the top was popped. Tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus, lotion. Taste has a much milder version of all the smells as well as a mild pickle juice sourness which is fine though I wished for more of the tropical fruits. There's a fairly long sour finish.
11-30-2011 09:44:07 | More by MoreThanWine
3.08/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
11-29-2011 21:09:29 | More by woosterbill
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
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
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
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
3.05/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
11-08-2011 05:06:18 | More by MasterSki
3.78/5 rDev 0%
From 10/28/11 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip.
a - Pours a hazy dark yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of lemongrass, spices, yeast, citrus hops, floral notes, and grapefruit. Lots of lemon and very nice.
t - Tastes heavily of lemon again, some floral hops and earthy notes, yeast, spices, and citrus hops.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.
o - Overall a nice saison. There is a ton of lemon in the nose and taste, as it dominates both, but it's pretty good overall. Some nice floral and citrus hops to it as well, would have it again.
11-02-2011 19:54:04 | More by mdfb79
4.78/5 rDev +26.5%
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
Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.