Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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141 Ratings
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Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse AleIsland Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
ciscobrewers.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison Farmhouse was fun to brew and is fun to drink. Buckwheat, oats, and rye fermented with Brettanomyces and a Saison yeast in a 50 hectoliter french oak cask. Herbs and spices grown here at the brewery replaced most of the hops. On it's way into package it was treated to a host of microflora to create additional character over time.

Added by nas5755 on 10-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
17.62%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of StaveHooks
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage
750ml to Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark burnt orange color. Even with a gentle pour, a massive 3 fingers of head grows on top. Bubbles stacked up to the top of the glass and takes a solid 10 minutes to sink to half. Fat chunky lacing all over the glass.

S - Funky and earthy wheat, pepper, lots of fruit esters coated in funk, bananas, peaches, lemons, apricots, cantaloupe, some dusty basement, old antique wood finish, medicinal phenolics, lavender, very earthy and peppery.

T/M - Earthy wheat grain, aggressive carbonation attacks the tongue with stinging bite pretty quick. Vinous acidity provides more tartness than I was expecting, white grapes, lemons, apple, peaches, apricots, earthy grassiness. Malt is sweet but the tartness levels it out. Plenty of old basement wood. Moderate foamy carbonation mellows out a bit when left to sit but is still over the top.

The yeast seems to be really coming around on this beer dominating most of the flavors. (In a good way) Lots of tart fruit and a very distinct basement wood furniture character. Carbonation gets better as it sits. Glad I waited to crack this.

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Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light amber with two fingers thick white foam that settles to a quarter inch. Rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: lemon, wheaty, mild barnyard brett, lactic, herbal and medicinal notes. Taste: sourdough, lemon, herbal thyme-ish. Carbonation is a little high. Good, a little one dimensional... acidity + a little brett.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with an herbal flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle courtesy of cosmo4u pours a very hazed gold color with a massive, foamy white head…glistens like soap bubbles. Poured gently, but even so was super-foamy and took forever to recede.

Nose is very spice-oriented surprisingly. Grains of paradise and nutmeg come to mind as well as orange and/or lemon peel. Grains seem pretty neutral and hops don’t seem to be much of a factor.

Taste is better than I thought it would after the smell, I am not really a fan of grains of paradise. The spices are more subtle (though still pretty notable) and the biscuity malt plays a more prominent role. Smoothes out almost to the point of watery though and the over carbonation is annoying to say the least. I really don’t get much of the brett or other 'microflora' noted in the description, perhaps the spices are too overpowering to notice? I must admit, I like my saisons without any spices added...why fuck with an already exceptional style of beer? It’s not bad as far as spiced saisons go, but overall I’m not a big fan of this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rfgetz
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange, huge plume of bone white head which grew even after sitting. Scent filled with strong notes of funk, tart citrus and a big dose of floral and herbal notes. taste expands a bit on the nose, funk is strong up front, followed by tartness... as the palate adjusts, lots of lemon blending with the floral and herbal notes, lightly sweet malt, notes of wood and earth appear on the tail end. Medium bodied, bubbly and active. Decent all around, but slightly unfocused.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking beer. A light brown to orange color. A great hazy look with a serious amount of carbonation creating a thick white fluffy head that sits on top of the beer throughout the drink.
Smell has some fresh wheat characteristics to it. A good sour sweetness to it. A good spiciness and some fruity apricot like smells.
Taste has some very nice complex things going on. A strong clean, wheat backbone. Some strong rich fruit tastes of apricot and other sour fruits. A bit of nuttiness too.
Mouthfeel is awesome. A good silk smoothness to it. Also a nice crisp refreshing carbonation to the drink too.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. A lot of nice tastes, but this beer has such a great balance to it. Tastes go through a roller coaster of different flavors. Great beer, glad I could get my hands on one of these.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a cloudy golden orange with a two finger slightly off white head that maintains pretty well
S: smells yeasty, a bit musty, a bit of lemon zest
T: slightly tart lemon flavor, spicy yeast, a bit musty, hints of oakiness, a little wine like flavor and a little grassy. a bit more citric lemon flavor on the swallow along with some slightly chalky yeast
M: fairly light on the palate with active and soft carbonation
O: a very tasty brew, I love the brett and the sourness. Got this one in a trade and couldn't be happier

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.86 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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