Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
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
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
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
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
A: cloudy orange/light brown, trace head, fine lacing
S: floral, yeast, lemon peel + zest
T: lemon peel, big floral, yeast, earthy grassy finish
M: med body, smooth, solid carbonation mouth
O: Very nice offering from a good brewery. Enjoyed this special brew.
QUITE GOOD, WORTHY!
09-05-2012 20:07:55 | More by BeerLover99
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Poured from the bomber (which I purchased at the brewery) into a glass. Body is cloudy dark golden with a 1-finger whitish head. Some clingy lace.
S: Slight funkiness and florally, perfumey. Good for the style.
T: Slight earthy funkiness and spice over sweet malt (think honey, or caramel malt). Like the nose, there's a floral-like flavor. Lemony at the finish.
M: I wrote, "Slightly off." Carbonation is lacking. Heft is light-to-medium (closer to medium).
O: OK; a decent Saison.
08-31-2012 18:41:38 | More by Kendo
Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.