Cucumber Saison | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Brittmb29 on 09-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
949
Reviews:
147
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
16.05%
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
136
For Trade:
9
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large foamy head with nice lacing on a cloudy orange and gold body. Cucumber dominates the aroma but it doesn't overwhelm with tropical fruit and bealgian yeast undertones. The cucumber flavor isn't too strong but also dominates but has a musty Belgian yeast, breads, cream and hint of tropical fruit. Medium creamy body and moderate carbonation. Much better tha I was expecting. Wouldn't necessarily have again but a must try at least once.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to vacax for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and lots of cucumber aromas. Taste is of grain, cucumber, herbs, and spices. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a really spot on cucumber aroma and taste that is quite interesting.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really something, I felt like I needed to try this one at the EBF just because of the Cucumber. The beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a thin white head on top of the beer. The smell of this is straight Cucumber, I really don't get much else on the nose here. The taste is Cucumber also, I like that it really stands out and isn't masked in any way. The beer is surprisingly refreshing in my opinion. The mouthfeel is clean and carbonated with a light finish. Overall this was just something that really sparked my interest and I was very glad I tried it.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a two finger high white head.
S: From the second you put your nostrils near the glass, you are blasted with strong aromas of cucumbers. There are some faint hints of vinegar.
T: Like the smell, this beer is dominated by flavors of cucumbers—not an artificial flavor, but something similar to those in a cucumber and dill salad.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is noticeable.
O: I really found this to be an interesting and unique beer because the cucumbers are well incorporated into the taste (unlike gimmicky beers).

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3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exotic and grassroots ingredients are exploding in our era of "mixology". This is evident and even succeeding in the martini world and likely throughout the breadth of mixed drinks. Cucumber is thus being celebrated because of its lively and refreshing character. The 4th of July celebrations with reunions and picnics have seen this for years. But does it translate as well with beer? Cigar City thinks so---

Like many (un-cucumber-ed) and more traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ales, the beer explodes upon impact with the bottom of the glass. Even a prerequisite rinse did nothing to control the eruptive froth. The billowing head is airy with large bubbles and gives the impression of dryness. What settles underneath is the classic straw-hued beer with mild haze. As you would think, the beer laces intricately and randomly with very decorative patterns.

Surprisingly strong aromas of cucumber strike the olfactories with an oddly compelling scent. It evokes a sense of refreshment, but also hinges on notes of pickle juice, sweet relish, mustard seed, and soft near-fennel notes. After the shock of initial scents, the common spicy tone of yeast character shows up- propped up by dry bread and cracker-like maltiness.

In reverse fashion, its the light sweetness of pilsner malt, showing up in the form of dry bread, crackers, and whole wheat. The usual hop spice is earthy, mildly woody, and honey-like floral. But for the bulk of the session those tastes are lost on the distraction of cucumber. It's that garden variety gourde that diverts the attention toward tart pickles, light sweetness, cider notes, and pungent earthiness that decries ballpark pickle relish. It's very first sip signals the seventh inning stretch even though I'm drinking in February.

Trying hard to ignore the taste, its texture is actually pretty spot on for the style. Dry malts won't allow much sweetness to linger very long- allowing the early effervescence and short-lived creaminess to transcend quickly to a dry peppery bite with medium acidity and alcohol warmth to close the session. (Boy, it's hard to ignore that "pickle" taste when assessing mouthfeel.)

But in the end, I rather enjoyed the beer. I wanted the clean, crisp, and refreshing taste of cucumber to show up in its most vibrant and perfumy scent. But what I got was pickle relish. Though I like it on those ballpark hot dogs, its presence in my beer glass is slightly misplaced even though the base saison has much to celebrate.

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3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Well, it's an impressive pour, all right, with a massive head sitting atop the cloudy straw-colored liquid

Smell: Fresh dill and cucumbers - we are on our way to the pickle factory

Taste: Cucumber and dill, with an underlying grainy character that tastes more like a Lager than a Saison; grainy, in the finish, as well, with cucumber and dill flavors holding their own

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Overall: Well, I am glad I tried it and, while I like cucumbers and I like pickles, I didn't much care for them in a beer; my scores are higher than otherwise out of respect for the creativity

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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the beers I was most excited to try and the EBF. I went to have this in order to cool down after trying Punishment, so I had to have a few to get to actually taste the beer.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the cup.

Smell: Very herbal and a bit sweet. Definitely picking up the cucumbers. There is almost a hint of uncooked squash.

Taste: Better than the smell. Very smooth, cool and herbal from the yeast. There is a nice sweetness from the malt in the finish. I'm loving the blend of herbal flavors and cucumber.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is genius. Really enjoyed the mix of flavors. I would have more given the chance.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy beige color ale with a super large off-white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of cucumber is actually quiet dominant with some peppery yeast notes also easily identifiable. Taste is dominated by cucumber notes with loads of peppery yeast and some rustic malt notes. This beer is really dry with loads of attenuation. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. A really interesting experience but cucumber notes are a bit too strong to withstand large quantities of this beer – this is a beer I would share gain with multiple friends.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/29/2013. Pours lightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big fresh cucumber, lemon, pear, pepper, clove, coriander, floral, herbal, grass, cracker, and yeast earthiness. Nice and unique aromas with good complexity of yeast esters with big cucumber presence; with decent balance and good strength. Taste of cucumber, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, coriander, herbal, grass, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, cucumber, pear, pepper, clove, coriander, herbal, grass, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast ester, cucumber, and malt flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and unique saison style. Well balanced yeast ester, cucumber, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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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2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a clear light golden color with maybe a touch of cucumber. That’s unfortunately there’s the only place with just a touch of cucumber. The nose smells like cucumber juice. It tastes like cucumber water. Light body; no real beer character. It says saison, but I don’t get any sort of pilsner or bready malt, nor is there anything indicating saison yeast. Just cucumber. It doesn’t taste bad, but it’s not beer.

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Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 949 ratings.
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