Elektrick Cukumbahh | Trinity Brewing Company

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Elektrick CukumbahhElektrick Cukumbahh

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Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
It's officially summer and cucumbers are coming into harvest. Cooling cukes are such a nice treat that we decided to make a Saison d'été with them. Adding a large amount of English cucumbers per barrel, and just enough lemon zest to lend an overall brightness to the beer, this recipe is quickly becoming legendary.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 107
Photo of chrishiker1409
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very light yellow, a white wine color. Almost no head, left no lacing.

S: Faint cucumber, earthy hops.

T: Follows nose. Very refreshing.

F: Light body, moderate to highly carbonated.

O: Very nice. I'm finding cucumber to be a great ingredient in beer.

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Photo of ivantheiceman
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: About 1 inch of head and it has good head retention. It is a cloudy golden color.

Smell: Strong cucumber smell and a bit of funky earthy tones.

Taste: You get a strong cucumber flavor and a fairly healthy degree of tartness. The cucumber flavor stays with you in the aftertaste. It fits the saison style well. They set out to make a cucumber saison and they nailed the flavor profile they were looking for.

Mouth Feel: Very light and crisp on your tongue. It dries a bit after a bit somewhat like a dry champagne.

Overall: The flavor profile was somewhat surprising, in the sense that the cucumber really packs a punch. I expected a more subtle cucumber but it is definitely the dominating flavor. Also, the cucumber comes off less sweet than I expected and more of a thick skin cucumber flavor.
I would rate it a 3.25/5. It is worth the experience of trying the beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow body, mildly hazy, quarter inch of white head. Huge cucumber aroma. Freshly sliced garden aromas, salad. Meghan Trainor is all about that bass. Trinity is all about that cucumber. Tasty and well done. A fun beer well worth trying.

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Photo of rye726
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible beer. Pours a light green color with a nice head. Nose has cucumber and tart funk. Delicate palate. Tart but quite complex as well. Super crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Overall fantastic, reminds me of fantome.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pale light golden in color with a huge fluffy white head. Tons of peppery and spivey saison aromas blend nicely with juicy cucumber light grainy malt and earthy hops in the nose. Taste follows nose with plenty of fresh cucumber, more peppery and spivey sasion yeast and an earthy semi sweet quality. Nicely balanced, dry saison yeast is countered with juicy cucumber. On te lighter side with plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of markgugs
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Waxed 12.7oz bottle poured into a white wine glass. Golden straw yellow in color, clingy white head that never disappears. And as far as aroma goes...it's a saison with a LOT of cucumber. The taste however, is almost artificial. The base saison is decent enough, along the lines of traditional Belgian farmhouse beers, so spicy, esthery, etc. The cucumber is almost out of place, or jarring in a way (if that makes sense). Still, it's a fairly enjoyable beer as you get though it, provided of course you really like cucumbers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: The head spumes out of the bottle a bit and then the beer pours a cloudy goldenstraw with a modest head that fades rapidly; some strands of lacing linger

Smell: Bready, with peppery yeast tones, a vegetal aspect and hints of cucumber and funk

Taste: Bready, up front, with vegetal tones that verge into cucumber ; funky Brett flavors in the finish with the cucumber lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and overly fizzy

Overall: A bit of a disappointment, actually; I just don't care for the flavor profile here

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of cucumbers are present in the nose along with some hints of funk.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, having slightly stronger flavors of cucumbers with some hints of funkiness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This is an interesting saison. The cucumbers aren't as dominant as the Cigar City cucumber beer, but it is easy to drink and rather unique.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 303beer
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale cloudy yellow. Not much head. Can smell the Belgian yeast. Different, kinda refreshing. I can taste the cucumber in it lightly. This is the order of the three tastes I get. First is the cucumber then sweetness then Belgian yeast. This went down fast and easy.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy pale gold with a gushing white head. Aroma of cucumber and floral. Taste is cucumber, floral, spice, and lemon. I don't care for vegetables in beer.

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Photo of oldsailor
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle could've just gone bad, but this was rough. Smelled like asparagus and soil, tasted slightly tart with moderate carbonation. The earthiness was the hardest to get through. Had to toss some of it out.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Kump. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - A voluminous white foam settles to a collar, a few wisps on top, and minimal lacing. Hazy pale golden straw body.

S - Big cucumber aroma, with vegetal skin being the dominant contributor. Spicy farmhouse yeast and light grain presence.

T - The taste has more malt sweetness and some nebulous spices as well. Not sure if that's from the yeast or if there are grains of paradise or peppercorns or something. The combination of spices and cucumber gives this a vaguely Indian note. Vegetal cucumber skin finish.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, dry finish, with perhaps a touch of residual sugar. No perceptible alcohol. Not as tannic as expected for a cucumber beer.

D - Quite enjoyable. Reminds me of thetomG's cucumber saison, and that's a good thing. I crushed the 375ml bottle. Would order this again; might be the best beer I've had from Trinity actually.

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Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed at Freshcraft in Denver, CO. Full notes taken at time of consumption.

A- Pours about as pale as it gets with a very light yellow, somewhat hazy body from the tap to a tulip. The white cap reaches one finger with a foamy texture and it falls to a small ring. Lacing is rare.

S- Mostly tart and funky Saison yeast in the aroma with a hint of cucumbers toward the back end. Lemon zest, pepper, musty funk, herbs and cherry barnyard.

T- Compared to the aroma, the cucumbers are massively strong taking over the focus of the beer. These cukes are layered on tart lemon zest, dry musty hay and barnyard funk, peppercorns, cherry pit and light fruits.

MF- Body is on the very light end of things with a crisp dry feel. Carbonation fairly high adding some fizz. Finishes lightly bitter and tart.

Its not just my love of cucumbers that makes me a fan of this but the underlying yeast character and funk is key to my enjoyment. The lemon zest adds just a hint but it really pushes the beer further complimenting the main flavors.

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Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light yellow in the De Proef slim tulip. Really interesting aroma of alfalfa and a whiff of Thai basil. Lovely sudsy mouthfeel and a hint of citrusy bitterness.

Nobody could guess what the flavor was, but as soon as you say "cucumber," the light goes on. It's really quite tasty, just an unexpected flavor. The Brett is quite a nice accompaniment. It has just the right funky weirdness to go with the aromatic vegetable. There is also the typical Saison fruitiness, but less sweet.

Overall this is a delicious, textbook example of a Saison. The flavoring is intriguing and not overdone. From the 375 ml bottle, with a metal cap, thank you, purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

well, this is indeed what it claims to be. holy cow, cucumber? what a weirdo this is. a saison at its heart, it pours a pale blonde color with a very excited head, bone white, and lasting pretty well. the nose on this indicates saison yeast, i don't get the brett the label says is there, but its dry enough i guess, so theres that. the cucumber nose is insane, not fully appetizing i can't say, the english cucumbers that are always wrapped up in saran wrap, odd smelling, vegetal, not like american pickle cukes. pale malt base is uneventful, but thats fine because all i taste is cucumber, its fresh and strong, and the star of the show. if cucumber ale is a good idea, this is a good one. if its a poor idea, this is irrelevant, but effective. well carbonated and easy drinking enough, but maybe just a tad funny in the belly. quality and interesting stuff from trinity at a fair price for once.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky yellow-orange color with LARGE flowing white soapy head. Decent lacing too.

Awesome aroma. Very unique. Peppery, true cucumber aroma.

Earthy, dirty, nice bright sweetness with even field flavors. Unique dryness shines though in a great way. Cucumber flavors are weird and true.

A recommended brew if you're looking for unique. If you're not into funky brews tread lightly. Well done Trinity! Keep em' coming!!!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and cucumber aromas. Taste is much the same with cucumber and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting set of aromas and flavors.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 7.29.13

A - Pours a almost clear orange with a fizzy tan head that fades to a thin film.

S - Pickle juice. Yup, that's it.

T - Cucumber and more pickle juice.

D - Good carbonation and a very light body.

O - Pickles are good right? Why not a beer with pickles.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy gold with a huge bubbly white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is cucumbers with some funky yeast.

The flavor is old tropical fruit with some cucumber and some sweet bready malts. A little too vegetal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, it's OK for a cucumber beer. I was excited about the brett, but it didn't help. For cucumber beer, I actually liked Twisted Pine's better surprisingly.

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Photo of SkiBeerRepeat
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden straw color with 1 finger cotton color head, visible carbonation bubbles

S- Sweet traditional farmhouse at first then fresh cucumber, lemon grass, fresh mowed grass, hay

T- Fresh cucumber right off the bat followed by fresh melon and slight lemon

M- Light and effervescent, evaporates off the palate.

O- very unique saison. two unique flavors of cucumber and fresh melon with a quality farmhouse. The bretta yeast makes this beer

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a bit hazy, but still more on the clear golden side. Not much of a head here. Hard swirl cannot bring it back once it's gone.

Aroma is fairly weak. Some off Belgian spice and just a faint hint of cucumber. I've had cucumber drinks before living in India and those were quite a bit more pleasant smelling. Of course, they weren't beer

Flavor is like a light saison or tripel. Can't quite distinguish this as the cucumber comes through. Yet it's more of the skin of the cuke it seems. I dunno, just has a little "green" in it. Not as light. Beyond that, and a little bit of breadiness, there's not much to it.

Went well with a Southwest Club Sammich at Hops/Pie

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Photo of angelmonster
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, copper/orange color. Head was one finger and white. Bubbles from carbonation lasted through out. Head retention and lacing were disappointing, fading way too fast.

Smell is of fresh cucumber and a cucumber flavored mexican candy that I love. The beer also has the aromas of a classic saison, straw malts/peppery farmhouse yeast. Hops aren't present and neither is alcohol.

Taste is of pickled sweet cucumber, Belgium peppery yeast, and light crisp pale malts. Sweetness and light spice dominate flavors, hops are undetectable. At 6.5% abv, alcohol was nicely hidden, making this beer highly drinkable

Mouthfeel is light on the palate and effervescent, . Body is that of a lager or kolsch. Yeast leaves an astringent aftertaste. Wish head retention was there longer to add more depth to the beer.

Overall this was a very unique, exceptionally flavorful ale. Great for a hot summer day out on the patio. Head retention was only drawback to the beer. Also at 15 bucks per bomber, it is on the pricier side. That being said I would gladly fork over that much again and hoping that Trinity will make this one a permanent seasonal.

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this at a beer show in Highlands Ranch Colorado. Amongst the many beers I tried, I really liked this one. Not perhaps because of the overall goodness but because of it's uniqueness. Very crisp and aromatic. If you're hesitant about a beer with cucumber, do not fear. It's worth a try. It's actually rather light feeling. It also is brewed with Grains of Paradise, which I've started seeing in a lot of summer brewed beers which gives it kind of a peppery taste and aroma along side the crisp and almost mild fruitiness of the beer (Let's not forget that cucumber is technically a savory fruit, a berry in fact) I'd serve it with salad or light fleshed meat like chicken or perhaps grilled pork or white fleshed fish especially if it's spiced with pepper, coriander or grains of paradise. It's pretty good so if you have an opportunity, at least get a sample. It's a unique beer that is definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Besides, it's craft beer, it's going to catch your attention anyway!

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Elektrick Cukumbahh from Trinity Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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