Cucumber Saison
Cigar City Brewing

Cucumber SaisonCucumber Saison
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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #152
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3.73 | pDev: 16.09%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Cucumber SaisonCucumber Saison
Notes: We employ the humble cucumber in a low gravity Saison to create a vibrant ale with notes of melon, tropical fruit, lemongrass and, of course, cucumber. Put some cucumber wheels on your eyes, relax, and enjoy. Ahhhh.
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big cucumber, melon, and wheat. Light bodied, crisp, refreshing sweet with high carbonation. Really enjoy this one. Could have several. Excellent use of the cucumber.

Jan 20, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 7/12/18

Pours a clear, bright gold with 2 fingers of thick, frothy white head; decent head retention and some plentiful and persistent soapy lacing; pretty effervescent, too.

Aroma is build on smooth notes of fresh cucumber, melon husk, and cut a bit by lemon zest and fresh grass, which adds a further vegetal quality; the slightest bit of grain evens out the finish, as well; bright, and incredibly refreshing.

Taste brings a really nice balance of fresh cucumber, light cantaloupe, and a grainy malt profile that is never aggressive; pretty straightforward and vegetal, but never falling out of balance.

Mouthfeel has medium carbonation that dissipates quickly, making way for a crispness on the palate that carries a nice bit of the flavor profile; pretty dry on the finish, as well; decent body, if not slightly thin at times.

Straightforward, easy-drinking, and very refreshing; the cucumber is used nicely, and doesn’t stick around the profile any longer than it needs to; a good balance for an overall sessionable (if not somewhat niche) beer.

Sep 17, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a thumb sized frothy white had. The head displays good retention and yields a lathery ring of lacing.
As expected, the aroma of cucumber hits the nose first. Later into the session, fruity esters emit aromas of pear and melon.
The palate is very dry, while the prominent cucumber flavor provides a clean watery taste. Light peppery spices complement things. There isn’t any hint of the fruity esters from the aroma, although there is light lemon and tartness in the middle palate. The finish is clean, dry and with a hint of spice.
Light, crisp, clean and dry. Feels Lager like at times.
Although the cucumber adds an interesting touch, I would have liked to have seen a greater depth of flavors.

Sep 06, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brewskival 2018.

Pours an unclear orange, with little foam.

Smell is slightly yeasty with some banana, but really... this smells like a cucumber.

Taste is, once again, a cucumber, dipped in some funk and yeast. Very refreshing, but not very deep.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very refreshing palate cleanser.

Aug 28, 2018
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maxarvo from England

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells unbelievably like cucumber, and tastes like it too. But it is weak and just a bit too much like a slightly alcoholic cucumber juice to be that appealing, unless that’s what you’re super super into.

Aug 28, 2018
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Gmann from New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a fluffy white head that settled into an uneven cap. A shade darker than a typical saison.

The aroma is straight up cucumber. Perhaps a touch of hay and other saison yeast aromas but hard to tell.

The taste is of a juiced cucumber. Quite strong in the cucumber. I don’t really get much else though I can see the cucumber masking the hay and other phenols from the yeast.

The feel is moderate with a soft fizzy carbonation. Drinks quite light and dry. A good change of pace beer or palate cleanser.

Basically a cucumber beer. Don’t get much if any saison notes.

Aug 12, 2018
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy bright golden body. Not much soapy white head sticks around.

There is definitely cucumber here on the aroma. Was wondering how much was going to come through. This lives up to its name.

Cucumber dominates the flavor as well. Light malts and yeast peek in and it ends dry. Not really getting much saison here. Just a lot of cucumber. Slight fruitiness from the hops. Ample carbonation despite the lack of head.

Mar 29, 2016
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rcamp28 from Florida

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cigar City is one of my favorite brewery's, saison's are one of my favorite styles and cucumber is one of my favorite flavors; somehow I still didn't love this beer. The flavor and smell of this beer fell short of my expectations. The look is consistent with a traditional saison. The only thing I can pinpoint that might change my opinion is if they added something to balance out the flavor. I think it's too heavy on the cucumber.

Dec 30, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold in color with vibrant carbonation bubbles within. There's a quarter inch of sudsy white on top. I take a whiff and-Holy Crap that is very cucumber forward! I take a taste and I would describe this as more of a sweet pickle saison. I'm wishing they would have dialed down the cucumber flavor slightly because you really don't get anything else in terms of aroma or flavor. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry. Not my thing at all.

Dec 12, 2015
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thepenguin from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/26/12

L: HUGE frothy head. Pours a hazy straw color.

S: I think someone switched my beer glass with a jar of dill pickles ‘cause this smells like straight-up cucumbers…and little else. Some spice, but not like that of a typical saison.

T: The saison character comes out a bit more in the taste. Semi-dry upfront, finishing quite dry with only a slight bitterness as a residual flavor. The lemony and citrusy nature of the Sorachi Ace and Citra hops shine through a bit. Refreshing, to say the least.

F: Prickly and very light bodied. It’s got that refreshing, drinkable quality I think the brewers were shooting for, though the carbonation can be a bit overbearing.

O: Though I'm not entirely sure how to classify it, this is very unique and pretty darn good beer. With a really pronounced cucumber character, it's a thirstquencher for sure. If it were feasible here in NY, I could see this being a go-to for me in the summer months.

Nov 11, 2015
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Alequine from Delaware

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cucumis sativus, is the fruit off the vine in the family Cucurbitaceae, a botanical category that includes watermelons and squashes. The cucumber is usually underappreciated in a salad and definitely not thought of much in beer. It elicits strong pent up childhood emotions of being forced fed your vegetables. Cucumber definitely is more noticeable in aroma than in its subtle flavor notes. It has a watery melony taste so think of it as a fruit which is its correct classification and when you think of it that way it is easier to envision cucumber in beer. This Cucumber Saison has elicited strong diametrically opposing emotions of hating it or loving it. Of course there are those in the middle ground in their evaluation of this beer. Draft magazine rated this beer in 2012 as of its top 25. I am not willing to go that far but I will say this – this beer has a melony and lemon citrus aroma with a yellow- gold clarity to it - nice to look at, pleasant on the nose. The beer has more of a cucumber flavor than an actual cucumber and is nicely balanced with the hops and citrus. Moderately carbonated – it has a clean refreshing finish leaving you want for more.

Oct 17, 2015
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

August 28, 2015

22 oz. bomber, tulip

A – Light to medium gold with very high clarity. Continues to bubble and effervesce for a while. An inch of white to slightly off-white foam, which leaves quickly.

S – The clear first impression is the cucumber, which comes across more as a pickle relish aroma, sweet with some tangy sourness. This sounds gross, but it isn’t, instead contributing a garden-like freshness. Very fresh cut impression of the vegetable. Some light crackery malt, along with a touch of black pepper. Hop aroma, if any, is covered up by the cuke aroma.

T – The first flavor is crackery malt, pale or possible Pils, and the cucumber follows, much more moderate in taste than in the aroma. Again, the freshly cut, slightly pickly raw cucumber, the essence really captured here. Only a low peppery note, along with some mild herbal hopping.

M – High carbonation and a medium body, moderately dry throughout. A very, very minor puckering sour quality from the cucumber. Goes down very easy.

O – If you like cucumbers, or better yet pickles, this is an ultimate lawnmower beer, very unique and refreshing. It could have easily turned out like your college buddy’s awful experimental homebrew, but I think there’s a lot to offer here. A fresh salad in a bottle, for whatever that’s worth.

Sep 15, 2015
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razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Do you like cucumber? If not, then keep moving. Why people who don't like cucumber try this beer and are then dissapointed eludes me. A bit more complexity would make this perfect.

Aug 14, 2015
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really like this one. Received as an extra in the trade and admittedly I was not too excited about it as I was thinking, "oh great, a vegetable beer." But I was wrong as it is excellent. The cucumber flavor walks a fine line between subtle and moderate but regardless, it adds a real interesting twist to the beer and a very nice balance. The end result is a somewhat dry, but highly drinkable beer.

Aug 12, 2015
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TH28 from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. Appearance: Cloudy light golden with a moderate but quickly dissipating white head. Aroma: Grass and cucumber dominate. Slight spicy yeast phenols. Taste: Light, crackery malt upfront, quickly turning to phenol spices, and countered by fresh grass an cool cucumber to counter. Moderately strong bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a high carbonation. Finish: Dry finish with some lingering bitterness and fresh cucumber. Overall: An interesting beer for sure, but well thought out and executed with the spicy phenols of the farmhouse yeast being countered by the cool cucumber. Well balanced to keep the cucumber from overpowering.

Aug 02, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque pale gold (SRM 4) pour with bright white head; little to no lace and no cap. Cucumber and over ripe watermelon aromas with a hint of spicy yeast. Cucumber and a little lemon flavor; very little funk - mostly over ripe fruit. Lite dry and crisp mouthfeel. The Sorachi Ace hops leave a dry bitter aftertaste that I don't like - not a fan of this hop; otherwise, if you like cucumbers, this beer is for you.

Jul 27, 2015
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FBGordon from Florida

2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from cold bottle into a room temperature pub glass.

A: Pours Pours a golden orange with a thin head that quickly dissipates into no head.

S: Smell is fresh cucumber with a pungent touch, almost like kimchee.

T: Taste begins with a cool, sweet cucumber flavor that quickly waters down to a weak finish.

M: Feels like a saison, but with no head the light carbonation makes it watery and and unfinished.

O: A light, refreshing experiment that is a little wonky and hard to finish. While I'm glad to say I've had a cucumber beer, I probably won't have another.

Jul 25, 2015
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iTunesUpdates from Florida

2.54/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this for my gf in hopes she liked it. We both couldn't stand it. Just not a good beer. Way too much Cucumber on the taste. Smell followed suit. Glad I tried it for I have never had anything like it, but will never seek it out again.

Jul 23, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/01/15, bought a bomber of this at the brewpub in Tampa.

Nose is a bit odd, lots of earthy malts and vegetables. Taste is better, little bit sweeter, though still a lot of vegetables. Easy to drink. Overall not my favorite, wouldn't seek it out again.

Jul 08, 2015
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beercheeselover from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has a lot of pickle like cucumber. Taste is has an okay amount of cucumber taste for me, but I do agree with the reviewers that said it does not really taste that much like a saison. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Decent beer, bought two bombers this year, will buy two more again if I happen to be somewhere and see them, but I will not be seeking them out. Great idea for a flavor profile and a summer release in Florida. I only wish it were a little more like the saisons I am more accustomed too.

Jul 04, 2015
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barfootbandit from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer from a bomber recently and back in 2012 so I will try to bridge the two tastings. Then it had overwhelming tastes and smells of cucumber. Also rather creamy, perhaps too much and not much crispness or hop. Now in 2015 this beer definitely mellowed out. However that could be because I drank it over six months after its bottling date, not intentionally fyi. Cucumber flavor and smell was still there but not as much as before and still quite a good beer. Also seemed more hoppy and carbonated to the point where there was a massive head even after a slow pour. Overall I'd opt for the over the top cucumber flavor back.

Feb 09, 2015
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pkalix from California

4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wanted to hate this, but wow! like a pickle, but blends into a 'beer' nicely..... probably not really a saison, but very interesting and well-put-together.....

Jan 25, 2015
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GregJ from Louisiana

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light golden with thin white head. The cucumber smell and taste are very potent. Also tastes of wheat and light yeast flavor. The cucumber with alcohol almost gives a light dry pickle flavor on the back of the tongue. Nice and refreshing. Excellent summer beer.

Jan 01, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.12/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear deep golden color. The aroma is like that of dill pickles. The taste is also very cucumber forward with pickle like flavor and a small dry yeast in the finish. Hard to get much grains in the taste over the pickle. Light bodied ale that would drink easy if it tasted better. Overall, this is not good.

Sep 21, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

large bottle poured cloudy with a durable off-white head.
Both the aroma and the flavor feature cucumber flavor, although it unfortunately comes across as past its prime. Nice mix of sweet, tart and bitter components until the aftertaste which is a tad overly bitter.

Sep 07, 2014
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