Cucumber Saison | Cigar City Brewing

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Cucumber SaisonCucumber Saison

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Brittmb29 on 09-12-2011

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of rcamp28
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Alequine
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of TH28
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of FBGordon
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
2.54/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of beercheeselover
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
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.....

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Photo of GregJ
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a ccb humidor glass.

A brew pours a crisp transparent orange with lively visible carbonation. Big giant and frothy head and chunky lacing.

S nose is all about cucumber. Some dill and grassiness, but not too saison like.

T/M/O taste is also all about cucumber. I am not a crazy cucumber person bit this is really well done and actually quite tasty. Good balance with sweetness. Easy drinking with a crisp feel. Very refreshing.

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Photo of KornWallace
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Date: 8/31/14
Location: DeCicco's Pelham
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Lightly golden to orange in color. Slightly beige off white head. Pours with a large white head with fantastic retention. Little cling.
Aroma: Well, it's not often that I get to describe a beer as a "cucumber bomb" but that's exactly what it is. Straight, unadulterated, cucumber. No other smells or aromas.
Taste: The taste is not quite as cucumber flavored as the aroma lets on but it's not far off either. Cucumber is the flavor, working hard to find something else I get some slightly sugared pale malts. I was looking for some of the yeast elements considering its a saison but just didn't get any hits. The finish is... cucumber.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied medium high carbonation. It feels heavier because I think my tongue is expecting to be chewing cucumber. I don't know what else to say.

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Photo of Resuin
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into an enlarged snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber and leaves a full, multi-fingered head which fades quickly to a finger and then lingers for a while.

Smell: Cucumbers right upfront, slight hay funk, must, light floral notes, light cloves and banana. The big, refreshing cucumber takes the lead and is quite notable.

Taste: Cucumber, slight hay/grassy funk, malts, green peppers, cloves, banana. Quite smooth, balanced flavor.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a spritzy, carbonated, medium feel to it. Finishes smooth and crisp.

Overall: I was impressed with this one, besides the cucumber this is a nice, refreshing, light saison. The cucumber makes it interesting for me, and I enjoy cucumber, so I like that aspect to it. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle dated 6/12/14

A straightforward saison base with an aroma and flavor of light cucumber. The base beer itself is light and simple with some light peppery saison yeast character. Foamy carbonation with good head retention lends a creamy texture. No obvious flaws. The cucumber is unique, refreshing and easy drinking. I think it pairs well with spicy dishes but overall the beer isn't very interesting.

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Photo of zookerman182
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is hazy golden color with a two finger fluffy white head.
Aroma is spices, banana, yeast, and cucumber.
Flavor is banana, cucumber, bitterness throughout. Not complex but good.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin, carbonation is big and crisp.
Extremely refreshing beer but the flavors aren't big or complex.
Not a bad summer beer but I wouldn't seek it out.
I'm thankful I got to try this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange body. Big white head. Lots of lacing. Thick collar and great retention.

Smell - Lots of cucumber. Almost pickly. A bit of esters and some grain.

Taste - Still lots of cucumber. Much more grainy and some slightly sweet pale malt. Light cucumber is the lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Very drinkable. Medium light body.

Overall - It's refreshing and the cucumber flavor is pretty much all there is here. If that's your thing, it's good. I rather enjoy it.

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