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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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BA SCORE
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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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

metter98, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with a finger tall off-white head. The head on this beer reduces to a thin layer covering the majority of the surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is very enticing to me, what a great smelling beer that makes me really want to get into tasting it. I get some definite presence of the yeast and some brett as well. There are definitely some hints of the spices that have been added and the oak barrel. Some definite hints of butter in the aroma which I am attributing to the french oak barrels.

T: There are some definite hints of funkiness and then some sourness in the finish. There is a great flavor, almost popcorn buttery, contributed from the oak barrels along with the spices that have been added as well as spicy flavors from the yeast.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry upfront rather than in the finish.

O: This is a very good saison and I am a fan of saisons, I really enjoyed how the dryness is not in the finish but earlier in the taste/feel. I find this beer really enjoyable to drink and something I could easily have another and another of these. It is refreshing.

dbrauneis, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Cloudy pale orange with a slight head and no lacing, this one glows from a tulip glass.

Big, funky orange aromas mix well with cardimum and a faint sweetness.

Lightly fruity with some acidity and spicy notes. There is a long finish.

A medium body and soft texture.

A comforting beer to be consumed after a long day of hard work.

SLeffler27, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

Scrumtralecent, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -34%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

hoppymcgee, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +5.5%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of newenglandontap
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

newenglandontap, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of CP20
5/5  rDev +31.9%

CP20, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of ms11781
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

ms11781, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

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...

emerge077, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of DaBubs
2/5  rDev -47.2%

DaBubs, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of beertooth
4/5  rDev +5.5%

beertooth, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

MoreThanWine, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
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
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

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!

jlindros, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev +5.5%

yeahnatenelson, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4/5  rDev +5.5%

DrinkingDrake, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of rmalinowski4
5/5  rDev +31.9%

rmalinowski4, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

rudzud, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +5.5%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of LynnHomeBrewer
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

LynnHomeBrewer, Nov 15, 2011
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
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

mdfb79, Nov 02, 2011
Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.