Sea Bass | Cigar City Brewing

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Sea BassSea Bass

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to the head brewer, this a "dark farmhouse ale".

Added by aepb1 on 09-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 107
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of nickfl
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The cap pops off with a loud hiss and the beer ends up topped with a huge, three and a half finger head of enthusiastic, light tan foam. The body is dark brown with clear, amber highlights and the head settles slowly, leaving thick, lacy patterns on the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - Funky wild yeast with lots of rich, brown malt. Caramel and toasted notes blend with moderate acidic notes in a way that is quite reminiscent of a Flemish red.

T - Sweet caramel malt and pungent acidity up front with a light, dry black cherry note. Some molasses and more caramel in the middle that fades to a sweet, malty finish. The sweet/sour interplay of the malt and acidity lingers in the aftertaste with subtle fruity notes of sweet orange and black cherry.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Wow, I am not sure that this is really a saison, but whatever it is, it's phenomenal! The aroma is truly spectacular and the flavor is not far behind. The acidity is at the perfect level to balance and highlight the richness of the malt. There is a bit of fruit in the background that adds complexity without compromising the harmony of the beer's other ingredients. This yeast seems to yield spectacular results every time they use it (I am believe it is the same St. Somewhere strain that they use for Guava Grove) and I hope to see Cigar City brewing more saisons in the future.

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Photo of aepb1
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, opaque brown with a foamy brownish head and wonderful lacing

S- Spicey fruits, sour but something earthy/sweet in the nose too

T- Tart fruit up front and a nice crisp finish. In the middle you get a whole bunch of sweetness and in the aftertaste as well. It's got some funk like a wild ale

M- Medium bodied, creamy feel from the carbonation... interesting for the style but the feel works real well with the sourness

D- I love the warming from this as well. Overall, the take on the Farmhouse Ale is an interesting one being tart and that touch of sweetness too. I enjoy it quite a bit.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of ottovon
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shared with whiterascal.

A: pours out a very dark, hazy amber color with a tan head. lots of head on this one.

S: i get a lot of tartness and vinegar in the nose. some fruit as well like strawberries and raspberries. i also get some roasted malt and toffee aromas. a little bit of earthiness as well.

T: it is sort of tart/vingary in the front and finished out dry and a little bitter. i get some strawberry and raspberry. there is also roasted malt and some chocolate. also some earthiness in the finish.

M: it has a thin mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

D: this is a great beer. wish we had more than just this bottle. no problem drinking this regularly.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an extremely dark reddish brown, hazy. Small head drops to thin film that leaves no lace.
Smell is cherry, malt, sour and tart, hops.
Taste is tart, malt, cherry, sour.
Very reminiscent of a personal favorite, Duchess du Borgogne. A little rougher around the edges perhaps but very good. Tart, with a light effervescence and a smooth, somewhat dry finish. Pour me another one, please.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Allagash Tulip.

Pours dark brown with a giant tan head. Great retention and lacing. Very dark for a Saison (I'm used to pale Saisons).

Smell is tart with hints of ripe fruit and vinegar. Taste is very clean. By that I mean there is a distinct funk/tartness, but it does not linger where it's not wanted. Reminds me of an Oud Bruin in some ways, but much more crisp on the tounge than most Oud Bruins I've had.

This is a unique take on the Saison style, and CCB pulled it off well. This one is worth seeking out for fans of funky beer. It won't blow your socks off with sourness, but the balance of flavors is praise worthy.

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Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black sea bass on the label, a dark saison inside... pours a cloudy dark brown-orange, towering cream colored head fades slowly to a quarter inch leaving a ring of thick lace. Smell: caramel sweetness, soft banana, big tropical fruit, musty, acidic. Taste: guava, papaya, really tart but softened by caramel and banana, spicy.

Late Aug/Sept 2010 bottling.

On second thought, the tart components of this are pretty similar to a Flanders red ala Rodenbach grand cru...

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Photo of aubuc1
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at world of beer.

Pours very drak brown with a thin head.

Smell is a nice sour with ripe fruit and some light wood.

Taste is a good sour up front with a dry cedary finish.

The dryness makes me thirsty and wanting to keep drinking.

Another very good beer from tampa.

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Photo of danedelman
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml bottle into my tulip glass

A-dark mahogany with a tan 4 finger head that stuck around for the whole glass.

S-lots of sour cherry smell. Smells tart like this style should hoping there is real lactobacillus in it. smells are positive.

T-dark cherry flavor with a tartness in the finish. very nice balance between the sweet and sour. Lacto was used in this one and it rates high on my list.

M-very light and crisp. very carbonated and bright.

Overall-I really enjoyed and will search out more.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Pours a very dark brownish black color with a light tan head with awesome retention and lacing all over the glass. 

S- The aroma is sweet, tart, fruity and yeasty. Smells very similar to Guava Grove. Very nice!

T- The taste is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. The taste starts out sweet and tart with some dark fruits and a smooth yeasty finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied and exceptionally smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed Sea Bass. Yet another fantastic offering from Cigar City. Well done! 

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Photo of bamadog
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra special thanks to sorellenator for hooking me up with this one in a recent trade. Review is from notes taken on 11/29/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark mahogany color with slightly lighter highlights near the edges; starts with a massive 3 finger fluffy light tan head with crazy retention; body is dark and fairly murky, nearly opaque; as the head dwindles, it leaves behind tons of lacing; head fades to a full and thick skim that lasts for most of the glass; really quite a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: Tons of sour and dark tart cherries -- bit of a funky barnyard/Brett aspect, but it really mostly the cherries; as it continues to warm, a bit of spiciness and sweeter maltiness starts to fight its way through; while it's not especially complex for a beer of this style, it is pretty robust and just smells good.

Taste: Well played, Cigar City. Well played. Plenty of the dark and sour cherry flavors, but there is a solid and strong malt backing with strong Belgian candi-like sugary sweetness to it along with a well-balanced infusion of Brett; bit of a warm caramel/chocolate aspect to the malts as it continues to warm; bit of a medicinal flavor sneaks in with those sour and tart flavors; aftertaste is bitter and sour.

Mouthfeel: Thicker and heavier than any sour I've had to this point; body is of a firm, medium weight; carbonation is plentiful, but it's very soft and smooth in the body; a very thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth; belly is left warm from the acidity and ABV and the gums are left a little tingly for the same reasons.

Drinkability: Actually, this is really something that I could sip on all night as the sour/tart aspects don't become overwhelming or overly acidic after a while as is sometimes the case with beers of this caliber (not that I'm knocking them, as most of them are still quite awesome); I feel it would also start to sit a little heavy and the ABV would likely start to catch up, but I figure it's made for sipping, so if one were to take his/her time with it, they could easily enjoy it for an evening.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into my CCB snifter. This is not very saison-like, so I'm reviewing this as what it seems like -- a flemish red.

A - Pours a ruby-brown, with reddish edges when held to the light. Huge three-finger head, and it has staying power. Great retention, solid lacing that sticks to the glass; overall an outstanding looking beer.

S - Sour cherries, apples, and balsamic vinegar. It's not overwhelming, but very pleasant. Lots of acidic fruit around the edges.

T - Wow. Lots of cherry, crossed with dark fruit -- raisins, plums, cranberries -- plus some peach, pear, and apple. A bit of blackberry on the back end. A vinegary sourness, then more sour, and did I mention sour? This is great.

M - Carbonation is just right, right on the edge of being too much but then backing off and feeling like silk. It's much improved as it warms.

D - Like most in this genre, I had no problem finishing this bottle by myself, and I could go for more, but I know that I'd probably have to share to get through another bottle.

O - This one was a nice surprise. I expected a standard saison and instead got a nice cross between Supplication and Consecration with some added vinegar -- and it's even made here locally in Tampa. I want to go pick up a case of this before it's gone.

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Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of dstc
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown color with a thick, foamy tan head. Excellent head retention and nice lace.

Nice aroma. Plenty of spice and plenty of that nice farmhouse funk. Tart fruits and spice.

Wow, great taste. Super funky and very tart and sour. Bit different in bottle than on tap but still good.

Medium bodied with a nice bite and plenty puckering.

Watched plenty of people trying this at the CCB taproom, scrunching up their faces pushing the glass away and order something different. THIS is something different, something wonderfully different. I just love it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, capped, w/o freshness/bottling date info, $12.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours dark mahogany, under an initially huge medium tan head slowly fading, then a thicker film and thick strands of lace.

Pungent nose highlighted by lactic sourness, fruity funkiness and a hint vinegar as well as earthy goodness.

Solidly sour for a saison, more fresh fruit, earthy, jammy, complex and flavorful. More interesting, out of the box, but still approachable creation from CC. Keep em coming to NY, enjoying each one...

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Sea Bass from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 58.8% out of 100 with 194 ratings
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