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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle sharing! Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Hunahpu's snifter. Notes from last night's Skins/Cowboys game.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is a one finger white shade with great texturing.

S: A lot of cucumber on the nose - like whoa. Best part is how it combines with a touch of acetic, vinegary tartness to create a vibe of pickles. Pickles in beer - and I'm enjoying it.

T: The flavor profile loses the faint hint of tartness in the nose, so there are less 'pickle' qualities and more 'cucumber' ones. Rather simple, unfortunately - the only other significant note I can detect are some midpalate tropical fruits and a vague hint of bready malts. Having said that, the singular flavors this provides are balanced and melded superbly.

M: At first sip, it seems heavy, thick, and almost yeasty...and then it leaves the palate in a rapid fashion. The finish is pure crisp, dry, light goodness. Well carbonated and so damn refreshing.

O: Shockingly good! This could make me enjoy cucumber a lot more...well played, Cigar City. This would be fantastic in the summer time.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Clear golden with a small near-white cap. Leaves the glass dotted with moderately-sized bubbles. Very little retnention. Appropriate enough.

Distinct aroma of cucumber and little else. There's perhaps an earthy quality to the aroma that actual cucumbers don't have, but the dominant aroma overall is very clearly cucumber.

The flavor, too, is, not surprisingly, very cucumber forward, along with a bit of earth and some bitterness. Very simple and straightforward, while obviously very unique as well. Very drinkable. I enjoy it, but it's simply not a very complex saison.

Thin bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

A wonderful cucumber drink, but an uninteresting saison.

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Photo of Thorpe429
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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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber in to a couple of pints to share

A - pours a straw copper look; exceptionally heady...some soap foam qualities

S - it smells like a traditional saison, although the cucumber essence really brings out a pickled aroma

T - well, this is pretty much a perfect cucumber saison...all the flavor you'd expect from this combination: cucumber, a lil salty, organic/earthy; and again, that element of pickle juice; some real light melon flavors

M - it's really heady/carbonated; the gherkin flavor lingers

O - this is a really unique, albeit totally 'accurate' saison infused with cucumbers; I'm not a huge fan of farmhouse ales or cucumbers for that matter, but if you like either, it's def worth a try

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dig this beer.

I mean, I like cucumbers as much as the next guy, but this beer elevates the cucumber to something magnificent. It pours out nice and foamy, and smells like...a saison. Then it crosses the lips, and I'm drinking a cucumber. It is simply delicious and refreshing.

Now, I don't like to compare other beers in my reviews, but in this case, I feel like I should CONTRAST this beer with Epic's Utah Sage Saison. Epic's beer smells like sage, but tastes like saison. This beer smells like saison, but tastes like cucumbers. It's a remarkable feat.

I would never turn one of these down. It is not just distinctive and unique. It is a flat-out delicious beer, and testament to the creativity of American craft brewing.

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Photo of SalMineo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting beer. Unfortunately to me the cucumber was extremely overpowering. But hey I liked the idea.

Pour-Golden fizzy with a very light head. Can't really judge it too much as it was all shook up from flying from Miami back to boston.

Smell-The first smell that hits you right off the bat is that intense overwhelming smell of Cucumbers. It's overpowering but it smells like somebody like cut 100 cucumbers fresh right in front of you. Getting past the cucumber smell you detect hints of that kinda funky smell you get from a fine saison as well some fresh fruit and some honeydew.

Taste-Overwhelming taste of cucumber water mixed with a little bit of salt some fruits and some oak. Kinda felt like I was drinking a juiced salad.

Mouthfeel-Is very light and crispy medium bodied. Pretty fizzy as well.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very odd aroma on this. I don't get cucumbers, but it is very vegetal in nature. Apples make a guest appearance, bell pepper, and a bit of funk in the background. Very odd indeed, not bad.. just odd.

Cucumber Saison is slightly hazy straw color with bunches of streaming of carbonation to support the big bubbly white head. No lacing, which is kind of sad.

I found the cucumber! Its in the flavor! I get a nice (which I hardly describe this as nice) grainy flavor followed by that cucumber freshness. It actually tastes pretty unique and it's kind of amazing. Well balanced, moderately high carbonation, and a medium body with a little slickness to it. Not too bad, I may not try it again, but I'm glad I did.

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Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with BAstoutsANDsours thanks!

Appearance: Pours a murky and dull pale straw to light golden with a massive 3 finger dull white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Pleasant notes of cucumber, faint hints of citrus, a bit of a grassy element, and a small amount of urine tinged hay.

Taste: Nice cucumber note up front, a small amount of saison-ness from the yeast, and the faintest hint of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not effervescent by any means.

Overall: An interesting beer that I wouldn't buy often. A bit more novelty than anything else but thumbs up to Cigar City for featuring a non-traditional ingredient and getting it to come across clearly in the final product.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 750 ml bottle into Cigar City Brewing branded snifters

Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with a fizzy one and a half finger fizzy head. The head recedes fairly quickly to a thin foam cap with minimal lacing. The nose is a fairly delicate aroma of farmhouse yeast, grass, light citrus, spice, and not surprisingly accents of cucumber. Lemongrass, light citrus accents, a bit of peppery spice, farmhouse yeast joined midpalate by refreshing cucumber. Finishes dry with slight cucumber skin-like bitterness. Light bodied, fizzy but subtle carbonation. Very impressive beer. Although enjoyed on an unseasonably warm 80 degree fall day in Chicago, this certainly is an exceptional summer "lawnmower" beer. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Okay, cucumber? Really? All right... This stuff pours a hazy golden straw topped by a little over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, cucumber, and mild clove. Wow, the cucumber's really prevalent, but it doesn't really overpower you. Right on. The taste brings in more of the same, as though a beer was somehow made to taste like a more complex, flavorful glass of cucumber water. The cuke comes through a tad sweeter than usual. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly refreshing finish. Overall, I was skeptical about the potential success of this stuff, but it turned out to be highly enjoyable. Go figure.

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

Bottle opened on 10.10.12.

A - Pours a medium cloudy orange with an explosive, fizzy four inch cream-colored head that fades slowly.

S - Cucumber and melons.

T - Cucumber and funk, make it almost pickle like with some dill and spices.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light body with a crisp finish.

O - Cucumber is there for sure, interesting. I hate cucumbers, but this one was ok.

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Photo of cvm4
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep straw or golden in color. High & bubbly white head.

S - Cucumber wafts off the beer along with some spices & yeast.

T - Just a lovely cucumber flavor hits you first off. It starts to tamper down & then nice saison qualities appear.

M - About what you'd expect from a saison. On par, light mouth & high carbonation.

O - This reminds me of cucumber water you might have at a southern wedding. It's light, crisp & refreshing. Definitely delivers.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle! Bottle dated June 2012.

A - Medium yellow; slightly cloudy yellow. Lots of bubbly white head.

S - A big burst of fresh cucumber at first, which settles down after the initial nose. Belgian yeast, peppery spice and a light lemon aroma are also present.

T - A good overall integratoin of the flavours with the cucumber not dominating, which I was afraid of. Cucumber is still the prediminant flaovur but is well balanced by, pepper, spice, Belgian yeast and a lighter lemon zest flavour in the background.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of zac16125
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a tulip glass
no born on date

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with just under 3 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Retention is good, as it takes a long while to dissipate down to a thick film that remains throughout the drink. Leaves effectively no lacing.

S: It smells like something....that I can't quite put my finger on....a vegetable maybe....just kidding this smells exactly like fresh cucumbers. Its actually pretty remarkable. I also get some dill, honey, pale malt. I love the aroma.

T: Cucumber both flesh and peel, sweet malts, wheat, some spice. I dont really get any saison flavors, funk/ tart/ sour/ etc. It kind of tastes like a Belgium pale with cucumber, not really a cucumber saison, so in that sense its a little disappointing. Overall pretty tasty though.

M/D: Very heavy carbonation, maybe a touch too much, in fact I cant remember drinking a beer with higher carbonation, ever. Body is surprisingly heavy. It has a real distinct drying characteristic, which is nice. I dont think the drinkability is particularly high, and the combination of heavier mouthfeel with huge carbonation doesnt really work particularly well for me.

O: Being someone who loves cucumbers, and enjoys saisons, this was a must try for me. Great aroma, and pretty tasty, but I would have liked a more traditional saison flavor base. Im glad I got to try it though, and Id certainly recommend.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks over the airwaves to moose3285 for pulling every Cigar City bottle ever made & ferrying them via sled dog to Minnesota. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is yellow, with Cyc Typhoon-level carbonation tearing at the glass. Nose is, well, like sombody tossed cucumber puree' in a saison. You'd think they could warn a potential drinker about something like that.

Cucumber Saison could be the new V-8, or C-8. Damn. Unwashed cucumbers pulled out of the ground are wrapped around a nice peppery, lemon-tang. The yeast & high carbonation gives this a zesty feeling in the oral cavity. 5%? Easy. Nice.

Simple, quick, direct. I've disliked cucumbers since I was a thirty-two week embryo - & now my wife is going to force me to try them again. Maybe I'll like them...another instance of beer changing a man's life. Very good beer.

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

Amber colored with lots of white foam. Aromas of light pickle and very light citrus . Flavors same as the aromas. This is one tasty beer that screams hot dogs or hamburgers to go with it. A great summer beer that is refreshing and a great cookout beer.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to johnyb. Poured into a HF tulip.

PourL Completely hazy light orange with a huge three finger head. I didn't even pour slightly heavily. Very soapy, puffy white head. No lacing, and hangs around as a film.

Smell: Normal saison breadyness, with an undeniable cucumber note. I'm amazed. Maybe a light lemon in the back, but that's about it,

Taste: This is a cucumber saison through and through. My best description would be Hennepin with a shot of cucumber water added. Nice breadyness mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Easily the best part of this beer. Really refreshing and light through the sip, and yet incredibly dry. One of the most dry beers I've had in a while.

Overall: This beer lived up to its name. I really enjoyed it, but don't think I'd want it again.

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

A beautiful hazy golden color with a short off-white head.

Wow, it really smells like cucumber.

A nice wheat-like snap with lots of cucumber flavor. I would never have thought of putting cucumber in a beer, but it works.

Solid body isn't watery despite the lower alcohol.

Overall a fine beer and certainly one to try. Avoid if you don't like cucumber, because this beer is all about it.

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

Pretty good beer except the cuke goes a long way. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, billowy, foamy, off-white head that settles after a bit and a smidgen of lace. Color is a a hazy amber. Flavor's like nose, cuke really dominates and offsets all the other qualities. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, with the cuke wasn't so assertive, not a repeater.

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Photo of TullyBlanchard
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Last week finished up a Jim Crockett promotions show in Macon, Ga. Lost by disqualification when Baby Doll hit Magnum T.A. with a high heel. Then the boys came out and we beat him down to prove who's top gun.

The beer:
Very light, golden sunray color. Nice frothy white head. This has a strong smell of cucumber with some kind of flower undertone. The taste is a subdued cucumber and a light straw undertone. A very refreshing beer. No farmhouse funk from this saison. Great on a hot day.

80s/90s wrestler most likely to drink this beer:
Mr. Wonderful, Paul Orndorff.

Diamonds are forever.

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

A: Pours a hazy medium straw yellow with some hints of golden yellow in color. The beer has a three finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very strong aromas of cucumber with a lighter hint of rice wine vinegar giving the beer a refreshing aroma that is not dissimilar to fresh homemade pickles.

T: Very light in flavor and refreshing with lots of cucumber flavor (reminds of the refreshing beverages that one would get at a spa but as a beer). Light hints of vinegar and possibly dill. Very tasty.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Interesting and unique beer, I think of it as the refreshing spa beer... Very enjoyable and refreshing due to the presence and flavor of the cucumber - sessionable and a beer I would be glad to try again.

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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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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (bottled June 2012) into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange w/ a fluffy whipped-cream head, vigorous carb, good sticky lacing.

Aroma is, well, cucumber. Don't know if I could have ID'd it if I didn't know, but it has that distinctive watery cucumbery essence. Some pale malt and farmhouse yeast too, but mostly it's cucumber.

Taste is light, cool, refreshing. Like a cucumber. Can taste the green, slightly bitter skin and the watery white flesh. Also some nice spicy notes.

Mouthfeel is a tad prickly (or should I say pickly) from the abundant carb. Refreshing, drinkable, semi-dry.

Overall, a surprising, successful twist on a saison. This one works.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a nice finger worth of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: WOW.. crazy cucumber aroma that was really unique and on point with the real vegetable. I did manage to sniff out spice, a little funkiness. citrus, some coriander and hints of pear with apples notes as well.

T: the cucumber character was also very much there on the palate alongside mild bretty funkiness, slight citrus, spice, apple pear accents and a touch of coriander.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a semi sweet, mild fruity, slight bretty, cucumberish, spice and prickly finish.

O: solid saison and interesting beer that had a few beer geeks wanting some more.

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Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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