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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

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 WarEagleJeep
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

WarEagleJeep, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -20.6%

RBorsato, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of gmartin235
4.5/5  rDev +19%

gmartin235, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of budsandsuds8
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

budsandsuds8, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of GETTNCRUNKED
4/5  rDev +5.8%

GETTNCRUNKED, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 DaveAnderson
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

DaveAnderson, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of AJ01923
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

AJ01923, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.5/5  rDev +19%

dt_gbpackersfan, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of bootdown21
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bootdown21, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of guytyping
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

guytyping, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of JxExM
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

JxExM, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of GratefulEdd
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

GratefulEdd, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage
750ml to Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark burnt orange color. Even with a gentle pour, a massive 3 fingers of head grows on top. Bubbles stacked up to the top of the glass and takes a solid 10 minutes to sink to half. Fat chunky lacing all over the glass.

S - Funky and earthy wheat, pepper, lots of fruit esters coated in funk, bananas, peaches, lemons, apricots, cantaloupe, some dusty basement, old antique wood finish, medicinal phenolics, lavender, very earthy and peppery.

T/M - Earthy wheat grain, aggressive carbonation attacks the tongue with stinging bite pretty quick. Vinous acidity provides more tartness than I was expecting, white grapes, lemons, apple, peaches, apricots, earthy grassiness. Malt is sweet but the tartness levels it out. Plenty of old basement wood. Moderate foamy carbonation mellows out a bit when left to sit but is still over the top.

The yeast seems to be really coming around on this beer dominating most of the flavors. (In a good way) Lots of tart fruit and a very distinct basement wood furniture character. Carbonation gets better as it sits. Glad I waited to crack this.

StaveHooks, May 03, 2013
Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light amber with two fingers thick white foam that settles to a quarter inch. Rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: lemon, wheaty, mild barnyard brett, lactic, herbal and medicinal notes. Taste: sourdough, lemon, herbal thyme-ish. Carbonation is a little high. Good, a little one dimensional... acidity + a little brett.

babaracas, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

jucifer1818, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

joel66, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Reaper16, Feb 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

chippo33, Feb 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

ant880, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Jeannette
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Jeannette, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

sendbeer, Jan 23, 2013
Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.