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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mwilbur
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a very murky light caramel color (more yellow and orange hues with backlighting) with 1/2 inch white head. Good retention and lacing. Interesting looking brew...if it's possible to look complex, this one does.
S: Tough to pin this one down. Alternatingly sharp citrus hops, softer caramel malt, toasted grains, and sweet melon. Hints of brett funk and mustiness. Again...complex.
T: Like the aroma, this takes a bit to sort out. Dry citrus hops seem to hit first followed quickly by sweet fruit notes (apricot, peach, melon) and a burst of peppery spice. This gives way to brett funk and earthy grains in the finish. Hint of nutty caramel malt and herbal notes in there too. I'm not going to say it...oh what the hell...yeah, it's complex.
M: Bright and spicy up front, turning more smooth and calm in the middle, and finishes dry and tart with an almost wine-like acidity. Light body.
D: Low ABV lends this to easy drinking. Definitely a different take on the saison (which I'm usually not a fan of), but a very enjoyable one. This one definitely falls into the "interestingly complex" category. The brew's enjoyment is enhanced by peeling apart the layers and thinking about how it was constructed. Seek it out if you can!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange/light brown, trace head, fine lacing

S: floral, yeast, lemon peel + zest

T: lemon peel, big floral, yeast, earthy grassy finish

M: med body, smooth, solid carbonation mouth

O: Very nice offering from a good brewery. Enjoyed this special brew.

QUITE GOOD, WORTHY!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber (which I purchased at the brewery) into a glass. Body is cloudy dark golden with a 1-finger whitish head. Some clingy lace.

S: Slight funkiness and florally, perfumey. Good for the style.

T: Slight earthy funkiness and spice over sweet malt (think honey, or caramel malt). Like the nose, there's a floral-like flavor. Lemony at the finish.

M: I wrote, "Slightly off." Carbonation is lacking. Heft is light-to-medium (closer to medium).

O: OK; a decent Saison.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a cloudy hazy dirty orange color ale with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of light Brett notes with some rustic malt and light acidic notes. Taste is a mix between some Brett notes with acidic undertones and lightly sweet malt with light rustic notes. Body is full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one is a weird one one with Brett notes that off and the malt backbone isn’t well balanced. Peppery yeast notes or prominence of ester are also hard to detect.

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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a cloudy golden color with a large white head. A pretty nice aroma. Lemon is prominent, good citrus peel to it with a touch of yeast and some white pepper. Quite a bit of bready malt and a little bit of straw. The flavor is lightly tart with some big time lemon and green apple. There’s a really strong barnyard character to it as well. Heavy on the yeast, too.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked bomber into an oversized wine glass- pours a bright orange color with,a finger and a half of frothy white head, good retention, nice streaks and splotches of lacing.

Smells REALLY funky; lovin it. Definitely got that brett weirdness to it; not as tart as it is just plain funky. Maybe a little bit abrasive.

Taste is more complex and balanced; moderate tartness up front, followed by the funk, smoothes out into a nice pale malt sweetness, but the funk is always lurking. Definitely taste some garden herbs in the mid-palate as well; hard to say what.

Mouthfeel is great; light body, well carbonated, tartness not overwhelming the quaffability. This is a very interesting and nice beer; maybe the smell is overdone. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Brett.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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