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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

119 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 12
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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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked bomber into an oversized wine glass- pours a bright orange color with,a finger and a half of frothy white head, good retention, nice streaks and splotches of lacing.

Smells REALLY funky; lovin it. Definitely got that brett weirdness to it; not as tart as it is just plain funky. Maybe a little bit abrasive.

Taste is more complex and balanced; moderate tartness up front, followed by the funk, smoothes out into a nice pale malt sweetness, but the funk is always lurking. Definitely taste some garden herbs in the mid-palate as well; hard to say what.

Mouthfeel is great; light body, well carbonated, tartness not overwhelming the quaffability. This is a very interesting and nice beer; maybe the smell is overdone. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Brett.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 23:55:10 | More by Hopdaemon39
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-02-2012 14:39:30 | More by JAHMUR
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-08-2012 05:35:44 | More by RoryOMoore
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Brunobstyle

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-06-2012 19:57:20 | More by Brunobstyle
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lalaloveyou


2/5  rDev -47.4%

06-04-2012 20:12:50 | More by lalaloveyou
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GrindFatherBob

New York

1/5  rDev -73.7%

06-04-2012 12:19:09 | More by GrindFatherBob
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazey amber, copper, unmalted wheat grain color with an awesome head, head retention, and bubbling. This beer is almost perfect looking.

Tart green apple and grape fruity aroma with a little yeast dryness in teh nose. Smell some light toasted bread and maybe some lemongrass as well.

Definetly on teh tarter side of the saison spectrum. Tart fruity and yeasty flavor and palate thats heavy on the front end. But does lighten up on the finish. Chalky lemongrass, tart apples and grapes with some mildly toasted barley and wheat. Complex and interesting. I'm not a tart beer guy, but this was well received and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 00:19:02 | More by scruffwhor
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

2/5  rDev -47.4%

05-22-2012 01:01:31 | More by Gonzoillini
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a ton of bubbles. Decent white head with a little lace.

Some musty yeast and funky aromas, but not quite enough.

Flavor makes up for aroma. Great yeast and grain husk funk and bitterness. Some spice and soda water with a little tart edge. Nice carbonated bitter and tart finish.

Medium to medium-light body. Nice carbonation.

Great domestic Saison. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 00:42:51 | More by OtherShoe2
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-07-2012 17:21:02 | More by polishkaz
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-05-2012 03:51:58 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a hazy straw color with a 2 finger white head. Leaves small bubbles and some clumps of lacing on the glass.

S- definitely some lemon, slight pine sol smell, also some barnyard tart smell from the Brett I would asume.

T- very tart lemon, some vinegar and nice funky flavors.

M- light body with high carbonation. Slightly acidic mixed with the tartness of this beer makes it a little difficult to drink.

O- really nice beer. Has nice citrus you look for in a saison mixed with the Brett gives this beer some nice sourness as well

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 02:41:23 | More by kawilliams81
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illini4x4


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-02-2012 03:18:19 | More by illini4x4
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Wizzman

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

04-29-2012 23:49:11 | More by Wizzman
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monsterzero

Massachusetts

1.25/5  rDev -67.1%

04-06-2012 01:52:59 | More by monsterzero
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raythealeman

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-06-2012 01:46:35 | More by raythealeman
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EZE123

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-31-2012 04:02:31 | More by EZE123
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-29-2012 03:44:13 | More by mbs11
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 01:06:12 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 18:24:11 | More by dbrauneis
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SLeffler27

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 20:34:41 | More by SLeffler27
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Scrumtralecent

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:35:30 | More by Scrumtralecent
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

02-18-2012 17:07:06 | More by chrispoint
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-28-2011 14:57:27 | More by hoppymcgee
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-27-2011 01:01:38 | More by OBIrish24
Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.