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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal place leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grainy malts, citrus, tropical, and lemon hops, cucumber, Belgian yeast, and coriander.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and grapefruit hops with some bitterness and some grainy malts and coriander. Through the middle the cucumber comes through with some honey and Belgian yeast. The finish is a mix of lemon and citrus hops with some bitterness, honey, cucumber, grains, and Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a vegetative, dry, and yeasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced with the cucumber adding a really nice element to the beer.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light golden, almost white color. There is a ton of fizzy carbonation that creates a huge frothy white head. The head continues to grow throughout the drink, a first for me.
Aroma has a nice light, summer smell to it. The dominant smell is very good clean, real cucumber smell, also unlike any beer I have smelled before. A bit of spicy pepper smells too.
Taste is unlike any beer I have ever tried. The cucumber taste is very prevalent, but there is a nice sweet taste of melon as well. A bit of spiciness too adds a bit of funk.
Mouthfeel is very nice. It seems odd to say, but a great balance of crispness and smoothness as well.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. Completely unlike any beer I have ever had and very unique. A great beer any time, but especially one that would be awesome in the summertime. It has been said this is "a salad in a beer bottle" and I completely agree. If you have the chance to get this beer, don't pass on it.

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Photo of stakem
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft back in July. Served in a snifter. The brew appears a pale yellow cokor hazed with a white head. The cap fades leaving some spotty lace on the glass. A couple swirls release a few bubbles back to the surface.

The smell is mildly fruity with wheat and typical saison spice. The fruited quality gets zesty and light across the nose that transcends into an unmistakeable scent of cucumber. Once the cucumber wrangles your nose, its hard to shake it and it almost dominates all other aspects of the aromatics.

Taking a sip, the initial flavor of cucumber is readily evident. It gets mildlybfruity and herbal with hops and some spice like clove. Some herbal bitterness and wheat grain flavors persist into the aftertaste and increase in perception as the brew warms up. There is nothing bad going on in the flavor, it just seems strange and a but clashing.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated here and the cucumber is surprisingly bold. I think this was an interesting idea and they executed it fairly well. Its worth a try but in the end it just didnt work for me to warrent wanting to have it again. To give you an idea of how bold the cucumber scent is, my wife had no idea what was going on and stated outloud while I was drinking this that she smelled cucumber salad.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle split with the wife.
Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with 3 fingers of moundy head. Average retention and zero lacing.

S - Unmistakable cucumber aroma, raw earthy yeast, some white pepper, old iceberg lettuce.

T - Sweet kissed cucumber wrapped in a peppery bitterness, some tangy yeast and mild lemon notes pop up. Pepper and spice grow as it warms. Pilsener malt provides a nice base but stays in the background. Finishes semi dry with some mild pickle aftertaste.

M - Heavier body for the style, prickly carbonation at first but turns creamy and very smooth after it sits for a bit.

I like seeing low ABV Saisons and it's nice to see some different experimentation going on. Sometimes it doesn't always work but this works. Clean flavors with enough peppery spice to keep it interesting. Nothing overpowers and I feel like it stood up to what I was expecting.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by caSSino during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cucumber, spices, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, cucumber, spice, earth, and earthy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. If I am honest here, I really like cucumber, however the cucumber in this brew was SO intense that it was almost unnatural. My guess is that they used an extract on this brew as the cucumber isn’t know for being too strong on taste for the most part. While I’m glad Cigar City wanted to try something new I just don’t think the cucumber addition was the right choice on this one. Still drinkable and enjoyable, but there are definitely better options out there to experiment with.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to nonic

A - Pale gold. Pretty white head, thick and rich and puffy and textured.

S - Super fresh cucumber.

T - Super fresh cucumber with some of that familiar saison spice-ish thing peeking out from underneath to give it just a bit of complexity - not too much but a little. The cucumber even seems to have a bit of a bitter edge from the peel, which adds a nice element.

O - This beer delivered exactly like I hoped and expected. Cucumber! That pretty much sums it up. I love cucumber and I love saisons and this is the perfect marriage. It's so well balanced and well crafted. It's so refreshing. I thought it might be gimmicky and that there was a chance it would be weird and bad, but it's really well done. I'd need for there to be more complexity to score it higher, but as a summertime refresher, it does a great job being very pleasant in its simplicity.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

huge thanks to duf27 for bringing this beer back from florida and sharing with the tasting group! Thanks duff!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: cloudy yellow bodied beer with over 3 fingers of massive frothy head. Lacing sticks everywhere.

Smell: Big cucumber notes. A touch of hop that are overwhelmed by more cucumber. Smells really cool and refreshing.

Taste: No surprise here it tastes like cucumbers; picked right from the garden! There is a nice wheat and straw note from the malt that adds a touch of sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high carbonation. This beer is so light, crisp, clean, and drinkable! It s has got to be the most refreshing beer that I have ever drank thanks to the cucumber flavors.

Overall: CCB made an awesome cucumber beer! Probably the most memorable beer that I have drank from them. The humble cucumber really makes a crazy awesome saison! Probably the best saison that I have ever drank! Perfect for a hot day. I could drink a whole 750 myself. I not much of a cuccumber fan, but when you put it in beer magic happens!!!

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Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge 3 inch frothy head in a murky orange golden body. Clumpy lacing with above average head retention.

Wow, can actually smell cucumbers. I envision cucumber seeds.

Super fresh cucumber. Well balanced with the hop presence. Wow. Very easy drinking at 5%.

Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Cigar city nailed it here. Exactly what I envisioned when I first heard about this beer. Cucumbers, who would've thought of it in beer, would love to know their methods. If you like cucumber in your beer, yes!!

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Photo of axeman9182
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle thank to notjustgc. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Cigar City's Cucumber Saison pours a slightly hazy goldenrod, with plenty of lemon highlights. There's just about four fingers of frothy white foam capping the beer. Head retention is very good, and while there's a little bit of lacing, there could definitely stand to be a little bit more. Amazingly enough, cucumber is indeed the first the to jump out as I take in the aroma. There's a little bit of tropical fruit and citrus present as well, but that's all *very* much in the background. Again, cucumber is the centerpiece of the flavor profile, but the fruity, lemony accents from the Citra and Sorachi Ace hops are a little more present here. In fact, they actually are a little too loud, and clash a bit with the delicate, refreshing flavor of the cucumber. The body is just a little too full for being a low ABV saison, though the carbonation attempts to sparkle through it admirably. Cucumber is definitely on the list of ingredients I never thought I'd see in a beer, but Cigar City has definitely done an admirable job of infusing a beer with cucumber flavor. It's just the rest of the recipe that's a little lacking.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Oh god. So much cucumber. Delicious! Lemony-vegetal freshly sliced cucumber aroma and flavor with tiny amounts of diacetyl butter that makes me think about those buttered white bread cucumber sandwiches from a British Tea lineup. The beer also does a great job of showcasing the way that melon flavors exist within cucumber. Everything is framed with a wheat-like tartness and plenty of lemon peel, a light and sparkly body makes it drink like a wine spritzer. Very refreshing and unique. I have a hard time believing how well this brew works! But it does!

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with astronomical head as us the case with most beers of this style (in my experience anyway..get a paper towel or 2). Settled to a lovely light creamy-looking head and slightly hazy but golden brew, tons of little bubbles make their way to the top. 
Smells of cucumber for sure. 
Tastes of, you guessed it, cucumber. That flavor is in the lead here. So far living up to its name! Now it's just a matter of, do I like this vegetable's flavor in a beer. So far it's a yay. When I wait this first few sips out I'm tasting peas. A grassy bite with an abrupt dry finish. Interesting. Cool. This is my first Cigar City beer tried, picked this up while in Florida. The shop had a few selections from this brewery and I chose this one (of course i was seeking their heralded imperial stout to no avail). But anyway, good timing as this was July when bought, early August when consumed.  I think Cigar City must be in the same spirit as DFH is up in Delaware.. that is, unique effort here!! The flavor is biting, (pickly!) and ever-present, and if you like veggies and want a refreshing adult beverage, this is for you. The label and name matched the taste. 

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Chad! Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head that diminishes at a steady pace. Scent is straight up CUCUMBER! A ton of fresh-cut cucumber with a light, salty aroma. Some black pepper and a hint of mint and lemon. Lacks that saison funk I love in this style. Taste is not nearly as cucumber-forward as the aroma is. Taste is more saison-style. A hint of cucumber with some peppery spice and light butter flavor. Mellow hops with some earthy flavors. VERY refreshing. Great summer beer. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and refreshing Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very refreshing beer. Disclaimer: I HATE cucumbers, but I enjoyed this beer much more than I thought I would.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden yellow with little white cap, some bubbles and light lacing

S:Subtle and refreshing cucumber on the nose with a little bit of spice and hay

T: Very refreshing upfront. A very nice, subtle cucumber throughout with light hints of hay, some lemon and yeast. Finish is nice, crisp and clean with a light grassy and lighter floral hop note. Perfect for thr hot summer day.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated very tasty and easy on the palate with light cucumber notes persisting

O: Absolutely fantastic with the only flaw I saw being the appearance

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

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw, full cap of prickly white bubbles. Scent brings notes of cucumber water along with lightly earthy and musty dried grain. Cucumber more pronounced in the taste with it having the full effect on the tail end of the sip, light spicing along with mustyness of sasion base adds a light pickling note. Lighter side of medium bodied, dry. Unique beer with a decent cucumber note... while i like beverages made with cucumber and celery, the saison added a touch too much spice throwing off the cleanness of the cucumber.

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Photo of Hex92
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well... that certainly is a different beer.
A-nice big fluffy head that takes a while to disapate. Murky yellowish color for the beer.
T- clean taste. You can definitely taste the cucumber. And its bitter too, but not a hop bitter, its the bitterness of cucumber peel. And you can taste dill too.
M-not at all syrupy. Very clean. High carbonation.
O- an odd beer. Worth trying if you want something different, but I won't be buying any more.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow. Nose is loaded with cucumber and pickle, wow! The essence of cucumber is amazing, very prominent and works well with mild Saison base. Taste is cucumber forward (feels weird saying this about a beer) and very refreshing. Spicy dill comes through next and a bit of bready yeast at the finish. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall. This is a very cool brew... As cool as a... Nevermind.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a hazy yellow with a faint hint of green. Nice 2 inch bubbly white head.
S: Mild sweet citrus, subdued farmhouse funk, and crisp cucumber.
T: Wow, this is different. Lots of crisp watery cucumber up front...hits a bit hard. Hints of peppery spice and melon. Faint citrus and funk in the distant background.
M: Crisp, bright, and a tad watery. I suppose it's what you'd imagine a cucumber beer to be.
D: For a saison, this is quite different. This is more vegetable beer than saison. If you want a low ABV, watery cucumber beer you've found it.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.79/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy orange - yellow pour with lots of soapy looking white head.
smells of fresh herbs, that pickle quirky smell comes through nicely, grassy hops, citrus notes.
oh my god - the pickle is so subtle at first but then it's all you taste! a nice hoppy bitterness.. lemon zest.. this tastes like a summer salad. seriously sooo tasty!
light body, high in carbonation, slight creaminess on lips. highly refreshing.

overall? best fucking summer beer ever. deliciously refreshing. really want to have more of this stuff on hand, it is too damn good. hopefully they make this a yearly seasonal and not just a one off.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy tan/dirty yellow, finger bubbly/white head,
ok lacing

S: yeast, grain, light cucumber, grassy, mild floral

T: lemon zest, grain/belgian yeast,
cucumber/grassy semi-dry finish

M: med body, bubbly, semi-dry mouth

O: Interesting beer to create, love the brewery,
but don't know if I would seek it out again.
Another fine brew from Rare Beer of the Month Club,
really enjoying this Father's Day gift from my wife.


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Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear pale golden yellow color with a small frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with freshly sliced cucumber and a lot of it. Once it warms a little and you get past the green cucumber flesh there is a light sweet pilsner maltiness and a light farmhouse saison yeast underneath.

The tastes begin no surpirsingly with a lot of cucumber and light pepperiness from the Saison yeast. As it warms you get a little more doughy, bready farmhouse yeast, but the cucumber tastes still dominate mostly.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation; a bit low for the style to be honest. Finish is dry and lightly peppery almost like a pickled cucumber.

Overall I was quite impressed by this offering. If you are not a fan of cucumber, obviously avoid this beer but this was quite a fun, interesting flavor profile to enjoy in a Saison. I don't know if I could drink the whole 750ml by myself but shared with a friend with a nice light summer meal, why not.

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Photo of nick76
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very cucumbery with a touch of pickles, citrus, and honey. The appearance is light honey with a small head. The taste is exactly like the aroma. The palate is thin and refreshing. Overall it's a very unique beer with a lot of character but I'm still trying to figure it out.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks @SuwaneeRefugee!

Dull straw cloudy body with a huge white head. Almost too much, but oh well.

They werent kidding when they said Cucumber. Good lord, Cucumber rind just emanates from the glass and bottle. Even more notes of sweet, fresh cucumber dominates. Eathy as well.

The taste is pretty much what it smells like. Prickly bite, and even more prickly carbonation. Very earthy. that cucumber rind and flesh taste somehow work. Theres not a ton of backing flavors (which is my biggest knock). Underlying sweetness helps, and the cucumber taste dominates through the finish.

Its like drinking a cucumber. I like the concept, and how they pulled it off.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an unfiltered, hazy gold with a billowing head. Tremendous appearance. Inviting.
S: cucumber jumps out immediately. I also pick up on some zesty lemon, pepper and some light biscuity notes. Some other citric fruit aromas are present as well. Very complex and unique.
T: at front, the cucumber jumps right out and blends with notes of honey and spice/pepper. The cucumber fades into some lemon/citrus flavors, but the peppery notes remain. Again, very complex and tasty.
M: very creamy with a nice cabonation. This finishes with smooth, pleasing hang. Outstanding.
O: very unique, refreshing and complex brew. Perfect for the hot weather and highly sessionable. Nice job Cigar City.

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Photo of ediaz
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in wine glass. Bottle date June '12.

A: opaque golden orange with white thick 2 finger head that dissipates after a few minutes.

S: I get you can guess the first one. Other than cucumber, kind of a candied sweet note.

T: more sweet cucumber, not much more.

M: somewhat light with high carbonation. Comfortable.

O: not sure what I was expecting but this leaves nothing to the imagination. Pure cucumber in a farmhouse ale. It's definitely a summer beer. Light and refreshing, but don't think I could have it all the time. I would recommend this, especially if you have an affinity towards interesting, different beers.

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Photo of adam42381
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Edition

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium gold with a 3 finger frothy eggshell white head. Nice head retention with the head finally leaving a small layer of foam which sort of pools in the middle. Decent lacing.

Smell: Earthy saison notes with freshly cut cucumbers dominating. I detect a touch of melon as well. It's a nice, refreshing aroma that doesn't overpower.

Taste: Sweet, fresh cucumber mixed with bitter cucumber rind up front with a touch of mango followed by mild traditional saison notes and a touch of honey in the middle before ending with melon and more cucumber. Aftertaste is bitter cucumber rind, black pepper and a touch of sweet melon. Very complex flavor that is fairly refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, but you will want to share the bottle with a friend. I couldn't finish my second glass.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. I like that Cigar City pushes the envelope. Cucumber is not something I typically associate with beer and there may be a good reason for that. That said, it's a solid beer that is worth a try.

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Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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