Cucumber Saison
Cigar City Brewing

Cucumber SaisonCucumber Saison
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #116
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,505
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 16.09%
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
963
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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.
Reviews: 153 | Ratings: 963
Photo of thezach
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's tough to review this beer. I like cucumbers. And this brew does the cucumber justice. It's intensely earthy with strong cucumber flavor and aroma (you know, that light refreshing watery cucumber jawn). However, I'm not certain how much I enjoy cucumbers in my beer, the jury's still out on this one.

A: Hazed tawny gold, frothy white head.
S: Cucumbers and earth. Like working on the cuke farm after a summer shower.
T: CUCUMBERS AND EARTH! Seriously, it's all there. Got summa dat saison spicing going on.
M: MC Fizz fizzle
O: See above. I'm glad I had this, and I might be able to slam this on a hot day, it's so cucumbery and refreshing, but it's also a cucumber beer, so again, the jury remains out. I will say I'd like to have another to further feel it out.

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Photo of mjohnson17
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter
Bottled May 23, 2013
Consumed August 20, 2013

A: Clear amber color, nice fluffy white head with small dense bubbles. Head settles to a dense creamy foam. Carbonation bubbles continue to rise in a playful dance against a translucent orange backdrop.

S: Earthy, fresh cucumber from the garden, Ripe cucumbers boardering on a tinge of sour, almost lemon-like. Spices, a bit of honey, possibly currants, a bit of tropical fruit and lemons.

T: Smooth, clean cucumber and lemon taste with a some nice herbal-ness to it. A very refreshing taste. The cucumber is very apparent and plays center stage in this beer with the supporting actors of lemon, citrus, spices, and honey sweetness.

M: Smooth, clean, creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O: This is a very interesting beer. It's not your typical saison, there's lots of earthiness but in more of a cucumber/fresh vegetable/garden way. A very refreshing beer, much like cucumber water at a spa is very refreshing

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Photo of zeledonia
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cubanbeerguy for the bottle. Tasted 16 August 2013.

Pours a slightly hazy medium straw yellow. Huge frothy fuzzy white head, 3+ fingers. Great retention, and really the only complaint is that the lacing isn't as impressive as it could be.

Smell is a saison with cucumber slices on top. Exactly what I was hoping for, but it comes out really clean, with the cucumbers adding a greenness and brightness. I wish there were more saison coming through; what's there is rather earthy and yeasty. But the cucumber is potent, and it works well with the base.

Taste is okay, but a bit dull. Tastes like mildly bitter cucumber skin, without a whole lot of saison character. Grainy and mildly bitter, but not a whole lot more to it.

Feel is quite good. Medium-bodied, smooth, with buoyant frothy carbonation that flares up and slowly fades. Really nice.

Well, it's a cucumber beer, but I'm not as convinced that it's a saison. I like it, mostly based on how it present the cucumber. I want more saison, though.

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Photo of weonfire
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Acquired in a trade from Rynosf23, thanks Ryan!

A - Golden Brown, Big white - lots of small bubble- light carbonation head, lots of streams of carbonation rising, lacing to high beer mark, lot goin on, not translucent but light does pass thru

S - Overly Ripe cucumber, melon, earth, small lemon

T - Ripe cucumber, pepper, some earth and lemon on the finish, lots of sorachi ace hops!

M - High high carbonation, light, fizzy, champaign like

O - Wow there is plenty of cucumber. Unfortunately its seems far to ripe. When I slice a cucumber for a salad or sandwich - it isn't this pungent. Carbonation level is very high - makes it somewhat difficult to taste the beer while cold. After some warmth it is refreshing. Reminds me of Goose Island's - Sofie. Doesn't have enough lemon. And I constantly keep thinking of my lotion.

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Photo of alk3kenny
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Do I really really like cucumbers???!!! Nope but do I really like this beer???!!! Yes, it is light, refreshing and crisp. It appears golden and hazy. Smells of citrus and cucumber. Taste is of a nice saison, some light fruit and the crisp and refreshing taste of cucumber. Really will clean the palate and could an amazing in between beer if it was available in 6packs (I only found it in a 750ml) Would drink this on a hot day out by the pool any and every hot day of the year.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this bottle in a beer trade and was very excited to try it finally. The beer poured a beautiful light see through yellow with hints of green in it. It smelled like a fresh vegetable garden. I don't care if I was about to drink a beer, the smell is crazy fun. However, upon tasting it you are literally drinking water from a fancy restaurant with cucumber in it. There is a lot of complexities to this beer, but the cucumber is quite powerful. If you are not a fan of cucumber beware, as if the name didn't give it away! The beer is however, very light, crisp, and extremely easy to drink! Just how a sasion should be. Glad I was able to try this guy. Not for me, but a fun unique beer for sure.

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Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just arrived in Orlando today in order to check out Disney and Universal over the next few days or so. I didn't waste any time.

Served in a hard plastic cup in my hotel suite.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy, yellow color, with a whopping white head that stuck around and tons of visible carbonation

S: Straight up cucumbers... more like cucumber soaked in water. Not much if any farmhouse funk.

T: Well done. Some have complained that this in not a saison but I beg to differ. I got the bitterness from the cucumber skin as well as the refreshing taste and even quality from the meat and seeds.

M: Fresh, prickly, filtered water flair in spades. A pleasure to drink on so many levels.

O: Drink this one as fresh as possible since my feeling is that the fresh (refreshing) quality is what sets this one apart from so many other saisons on the market.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from ABC Liquors in Oviedo. Pours a golden color with a very slight haze and a medium foamy white head. The aroma is medium with cucumbers, peanuts and more cucumbers, papaya, honey and pepper. The taste, like the aroma, features lots of cucumbers, a tangy lemon bitterness that settles quickly into a grassy finish. Just enough malt to keep the beer actually tasting like a beer. The palate was light and fizzy. A very dry finish invites you back more more swallows. The taste of this beer exceeded my expectations. I found it very refreshing and unique. I have come to expect nothing less from this very creative brewery.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy golden color with a one finger bone white head. Lots of carbonation visible in the glass.

S: Lots and lots of cucumber in here. Some wet wood, dill and honeydew as well, but there's absolutely no doubt who the star of the show is here.

T: Again, tons and tons of cucumber. The taste hits right away and carries through every single part of this beer. A bit of sour pickle flavor in the middle before a finish that's all cucumber. Slight hints of grain and wheat, but again, this is definitely a cucumber beer. Mouthfeel is slick, a little oily and may be just a touch heavy for this. In small amounts this is awesome. There's really no saison here, but as a cucumber beer, this is really cool to try.

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Photo of Spider889
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just thought I'd write a little on this guy because it's so different that many ought to know what to expect and how to interpret this beer imo...

Perhaps it ought to be listed here as a fruit/vegetable beer; in fact CCB won a medal for this beer in competition at GABF as a field beer - meaning that it had to have vegetables used as an adjunct somewhere in the brewing process.

The nose and flavor are both very heavy on cold sliced cucumber. This is strong and might be off-putting if you don't like cucumber - but that doesn't mean it isn't done well!

The spice of the saison is clean and moderate, somewhat blocked by the cucumber. There is a nice black peppercorn flavor that permeates though, and in small quantities I really enjoy this.

Frankly, this is a beer meant to be paired with food. In the right context this beer would simply wow many people.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cucumber Saison pours a golden yellow color with light straw hued edges. There is visible carbonation rising up through the beer into the large, fluffy white head. The aroma is muted by the large head, and it seems relatively modest even once the cap is cleared and it is allowed to warm a little bit. The smell is full of cucumber skin, light grains, and a bit of peppery saison yeast. The flavor is over the top cucumber. Even though the flavor is nice, it is simple and really destroys any chance of complexity there could be to this beer. Light grains and notes of pepper add a little bit of depth. A slight vaguely vegetable note comes in at the end. The finish is still more cucumber. The body is a bit fuller than I usually expect from a saison, but it is still on the light side overall. The carbonation has a light creaminess to it, but overall is crisp and smooth.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To say this is an interesting beer is an understatement- very, very unusual, and cucumber plays a starring role here- very strongly present. Now, that's a good thing if you really, really, really like cucumber, otherwise... I like it well enough in the aroma, it lends a crisp, almost floral note, with a residual creamy vegetal nose. The taste is just too much cucumber, though. I have palate fatigue after 1/2 of a glass, and I'm craving something more- a blast of white pepper, some sourness, a heavy herbalness, anything to break the unrelenting cucumber assault. A bit too slick on the palate as well. This one is a miss for me.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Cucumber Saison pours a golden yellow color with light straw hued edges. There is visible carbonation rising up through the beer into the large, fluffy white head.

The aroma is muted by the large head, and it seems relatively modest even once the cap is cleared and it is allowed to warm a little bit. The smell is full of cucumber skin, light grains, and a bit of peppery saison yeast.

The flavor is over the top cucumber. Even though the flavor is nice, it is simple and really destroys any chance of complexity there could be to this beer. Light grains and notes of pepper add a little bit of depth. A slight vaguely vegetable note comes in at the end. The finish is still more cucumber.

The body is a bit fuller than I usually expect from a saison, but it is still on the light side overall. The carbonation has a light creaminess to it, but overall is crisp and smooth.

What surprised me was how this beer was actually pretty drinkable, given that I am not usually a big fans of saisons or vegetable presence in beer. With that said, this beer could be substantially improved by not trying to bash the drinker over the head with the cucumber flavor. Succeeding as a mindlessly drinkable beer does not translate well into a high rating.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Arrives a bright, clear yellow with a small white head. Scottered lace remains.
Smell is well balanced with malt, cucumber and a light wood note.
Taste is exactly the same. A well balanced blend of cucumber, malt, light wood and maybe a touch of citrus.
Fairly smooth, well, but not overly, carbonated. Lightly drying and really refreshing.
I was leery of this one, I mean cucumber? Really? Figured it would be too light or overwhelming. Wrong.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +24.1%

A - Brilliant. Towering, creamy foam explodes out of the glass. Chunky lace and nice retention. Lively carbonation in the glass.

S - Sweet fresh cucumber, mint, touch of lime, dill, fresh jalapeno, and soft lavender.

T - Absolutely awesome. Bright and crisp as it hits your lips. Fresh cucumber, melon sorbet, touch of mint, and lemon zest. Softly floral and herbal through the center with squash blossoms, dill, and just a hint of cilantro. Soft biscuity malt through the finish.

M - Great combination of prickly carbonation and a smooth, medium-full frame.

O - A fantastic saison. A brilliant flavor pairing for the style and extremely well executed.


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4.63 Cucumber Saison
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.75 5.00 4.75 4.75 4.81 10%
S - 4.75 5.00 4.75 5.00 4.88 20%
T - 4.25 4.25 4.50 4.75 4.44 40%
M - 4.50 4.00 4.50 5.00 4.50 10%
O - 4.90 4.50 4.50 5.00 4.73 20%

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into saison dupont pils glass at gnarly barley Orlando. Nice copper golden color with little head...
Cucumber is dominant in the aroma with a bit of spicy saison notes..slightly peppery. Taste is identical. Peppery saison with lots of cucumber. It works really well.
Its not as dry as I like a saison but its deff a thirst quencher. Nice brew for this ungodly hot day in Florida.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: silvery-golden hue with plenty of haze and two fingers of creamy white foam atop. Quite attractive!

Smell: fresh, crisp and strong cucumber aroma atop a mild maltiness. Just weird enough to be good.

Taste: cucumber flavor is right up front, although it's not quite as crisp as in the aroma. A little bit of funk then develops, and it finishes a bit on the dry side. I love the adventurousness of this beer, but really, I don't think cucumber has a big future as a classic beer fruit.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation that puffs out to a large, mouth-filling creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: a weird beer all-around. Definitely an experience worth having, but I certainly won't be going out of my way to drink another of these anytime soon. Also, like any novelty, a dab will do you -- this would be a good splitting beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured to tall tulip. Cloudy light golden pour with a big fluffy head. Aroma of cucumbers, gym shoe, spice, yeast, more funk, light fruit. Most funk I have ever smelled. Very interesting. Flavor is sweet up front with a following wave of cucumber, then a really dirty dusty finish. This thing is nice until that staleness. Light mouthfeel and big carbo. I just cannot deal with this aftertaste. So refreshing to start and them just nasty. Unfortunate as I really enjoyed the cucumber lager. Blah. Can’t finish this and hope it is just a bad bottle.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says 23MAY2013

A- Pours a light golden color with a full inch of off-white head that retains quite well before slowly relinquishing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Incredibly refreshing cucumber aroma that's more natural and effective with the saison yeast than expected.

T- The cucumber comes through just as strong in the flavor and now the intense cucumber rind flavor is more present. A bit tangy with barely any alcohol detected.

M- Slightly dry and tart with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Certainly unique and very enjoyable in the aroma, but the beer as a whole is not exactly what I look for in a Saison, vegetable beer or any other style.

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Photo of Patandnik
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Confusing and interesting... At first sip the cucumber hits you much harder than anything else. After a few sips, however, those saison spices and dryness begin to blend in a little bit better... At first sip I wasn't sure that I wanted to drink 22 oz of it alone, but by the time I got to the bottom of that bomber, I admittedly wanted a little bit more. Overall, I wish it was a little more "saison-y", and a bit less "cucumber-y", but c'est la vie. I wouldn't run out to stockpile this beer (especially if you can get CCB's Guava Grove Saison), but I certainly wouldn't turn down another glass.

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Photo of shand
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely fresh bottle. Cucumber Saison is a beer that completely delivers on half of it's name. Saison? Not so much. But if you're in the market for cucumber, this is the beer for you. Unlike Magic Hat's new HiCu, this is not a complete cucumber bomb. Instead, it offers a nice, mellow cucumber aroma and flavor, with just a touch of citrus and a pilsner-esque malt backbone. There's a very slight touch of yeast spiciness, but it's kept in check very well. Cucumber Saison is an excellent vegetable beer. Realistic flavor without being overpowering, this is a winner. Just don't expect much in the way of saison flavors, at least when as fresh as this bottle is (bottled last Friday). Perhaps more time brings out more saison aspects.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of jegross2
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.

Score: 86

2012 vintage bottle served in a plastic wine goblet and enjoyed on 07/29/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Pours three fingers of white, soapy head atop a cloudy, dull golden-wheat colored body. Good lacing and retention. Looks a lot like you’d expect a saison to look. 4/5

Smell: Totally cucumber forward. Cucumber water, light wheat and yeast. 3.75/5

Taste: Cucumber waiter with a light funk and straw/grain flavor. Simple and straightforward. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, somewhat dry on the finish. 3.5/5

Overall: Light, summery and refreshing. It should be pointed out that I am not a fan of saisons. However, this one was pretty solid and “inoffensive” (and I mean that in a good way). No horse blanket, barnyard, etc. This beer essentially smells and tastes like lightly fermented cucumber water. This is not one I would go out of my way to seek out, but it is certainly a beer that made a good palate cleanser at the tasting. While no one loved the beer, no one disliked it either.

Pairings: A very basic salad.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cucumber saison is certainly one of the more novel beers I have every had. As one sampler stated, it is like vegetable juice and beer. Poured from the glass, the beer was a golden color with a fizzy white head. Cucumber is the most noticeable element in the aroma. In the initial taste was cucumber, cucumber peal, a little straw and salt. If you have ever been to a restaurant that serves cucumber slices in their glasses of water, this should give you some perspective. The aftertaste is dry, which is the most saison-like element of this beer. The funkiness of a saison seems to have been cancelled out by the cucumber. It was an interesting beer, but probably not one I need to have again.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-wow this comes out with some gusto. Had to wait awhile to let the foam settle before pouring this, then even longer after pouring. Very hazy golden yellow with a really thick foamy white head

S- wow this really smells like a cucumber! Like a fresh cucumber along with somewhat Belgian spices. Strong scent. Smells quite refreshing

T-comes in tasting like....cucumber! It's actually quite refreshing. It's a bit sweet too, along with a slight hint of saison rawness. Has a matching after-taste though somewhat faint. Not much else to mention here though does have some pale Belgian sugars to it.

M-high carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-it's a solid brew. I've never had anything like this before. Who even comes up with something like this? I could definitely see this being something wonderful to drink on a hot summer afternoon. I suggest you find a bottle of this, unless you have a thing against the vegetable.

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Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 963 ratings