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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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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

muskiesman, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange, huge plume of bone white head which grew even after sitting. Scent filled with strong notes of funk, tart citrus and a big dose of floral and herbal notes. taste expands a bit on the nose, funk is strong up front, followed by tartness... as the palate adjusts, lots of lemon blending with the floral and herbal notes, lightly sweet malt, notes of wood and earth appear on the tail end. Medium bodied, bubbly and active. Decent all around, but slightly unfocused.

rfgetz, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of BDIMike
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking beer. A light brown to orange color. A great hazy look with a serious amount of carbonation creating a thick white fluffy head that sits on top of the beer throughout the drink.
Smell has some fresh wheat characteristics to it. A good sour sweetness to it. A good spiciness and some fruity apricot like smells.
Taste has some very nice complex things going on. A strong clean, wheat backbone. Some strong rich fruit tastes of apricot and other sour fruits. A bit of nuttiness too.
Mouthfeel is awesome. A good silk smoothness to it. Also a nice crisp refreshing carbonation to the drink too.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. A lot of nice tastes, but this beer has such a great balance to it. Tastes go through a roller coaster of different flavors. Great beer, glad I could get my hands on one of these.

BDIMike, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

SHODriver, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of abrodsky
4/5  rDev +5.5%

abrodsky, Oct 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

LambicKing, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

animal69, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Beeradelphia
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Beeradelphia, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of ComRock12
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ComRock12, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Bluestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Bluestar, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

GRG1313, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of TequilaTom
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

TequilaTom, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev +5.5%

cfh64, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

mwilbur, Sep 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

roblund, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

smithj4, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

djrn2, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

BeerLover99, Sep 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

valkyre65, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Archemedies, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kendo, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of jurbanik
4/5  rDev +5.5%

jurbanik, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

AdamP, Aug 25, 2012
Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.