Kumquat Saison
Smog City Brewing

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Smog City Brewing
California, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #285
Ranked #6,665
4.11 | pDev: 9.25%
Jun 11, 2020
Oct 28, 2013
Kumquat SaisonKumquat Saison
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4.25 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 11, 2020
4.02 by Stevenwoo from California on Mar 24, 2019
4.25 by scottiethebody from California on Oct 23, 2018
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4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Goneflying87 from California

Must admit this is one of my personal favorites; really great Saison taste to it! I had other saisons from local breweries and must admit none come close to this awesome beer!

Sep 24, 2018
4.21 by OregonGrown7 from Oregon on Mar 19, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BillRoth from Maryland

Had on tap at SC tap room. Nothing wrong but Kumquat just didn’t Wow me. Respectable saison... but SC has much better.

Mar 03, 2018
4.09 by maltznhopz from Nevada on Jul 15, 2017
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4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by FiveBen from California

The look is a hazy light amber, like watered down honey but infinitely more appetizing. The smell is delectable- obviously kumquat and traditional saison smell. The taste is amazing- a slightly earthy, tart and sweet taste is covered with kumquat goodness. I didn't know I would enjoy kumquats like that; lesson learned.

Jul 08, 2017
3.79 by Texasfan549 from Texas on May 18, 2017
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3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by nick_perry from North Carolina

A good saison. Not exactly sure what a kumquat tastes like to be honest, so I can’t really judge that aspect, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Apr 27, 2017
3.67 by Lucnifter from California on Jan 02, 2017
4.17 by SirBentham from California on Dec 18, 2016
3.5 by cryptichead from Illinois on Dec 02, 2016
4.07 by socon67 from New York on Dec 01, 2016
3.98 by Keananmichael5 from California on Oct 28, 2016
2.5 by suckaj from Florida on Oct 27, 2016
4.25 by JohnBender from Texas on Aug 25, 2016
3.5 by atrocity from Virginia on Aug 23, 2016
4.23 by BakaGaijin from Canada (ON) on Aug 20, 2016
3.63 by thatoneguymike from Georgia on Aug 03, 2016
4.32 by kmanjohnson from California on Jun 18, 2016
4.59 by Raziel313 from California on Apr 29, 2016
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Mar 20, 2016
4.29 by mltobin from Connecticut on Feb 25, 2016
4.5 by erjaq from California on Nov 22, 2015
3.98 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Nov 17, 2015
3.59 by jeff1973 from California on Nov 15, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Phil-Fresh from California


A: Zesty lemon essence, mixed with some grain. Lots of funky brett character, the beer finishes with a strong kumquat aroma.

A: Light yellow color with a touch of an orange hue and totally clear. There’s a foamy, slightly off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring. There is some lacing in the glass as well.

T: Crisp, zesty lemon, followed by some grain, and lots of big, juicy kumquat flavor. The beer finishes semi-dry with lingering brett funk.

M: Light bodied with moderately-low carbonation. There is a very mild acidity on the palate.

O: Quite solid. The added Kumquats accentuates the beer’s citrusy, rustic farmhouse character.

Nov 10, 2015
3.85 by Leftofthedial from California on Nov 01, 2015
3.9 by straightlambic from California on Oct 13, 2015
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Oct 08, 2015
3.69 by masterofsparks from Ohio on Sep 15, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

Kumquats sound so 2012, however that didn't stop Smog City from brewing one. Joepeter was kind enough to lend me a pour, so thanks! On to the beer:

Light orange colored and topped with a little head. Head retention are lacing are nothing worth noting, but the aroma is. It smells tart and spicy, distinct from any common citrus fruit that I have smelled in a beer. My tongue says that the taste is tart like citrus, but my head says it isn't. There's something different about this saison; it's modestly tart, but it doesn't have the straightforward tartness that I commonly find. However, this beer is favorable. Swimming in a light and relaxed body, this saison puts a spin on an already diverse style.

Sep 12, 2015
4.01 by BecauseWhalezbro from Colorado on Sep 06, 2015
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by M_chav from New Mexico

Love the fruit smell and taste that comes through in this beer. a fantastic saison that more people need to try! awesome carbonation, beautiful golden body and just a great kumquat/stone fruit taste. Definitely on of my favorite saisons

Aug 19, 2015
3.77 by Cynic-ale from Texas on Aug 16, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Bottled 4/2015 thanks to rudzud

Nice fluffy fizzy 1.5 finger sudsy head fades at a med pace, hazy murky golden tan color.

Nose brings a mild juicy kumquat stone fruit with a mix of Brett funk, little Brett B funk and C fruity notes, little tartness, mild phenols and spices, saison farmhouse notes, sour like but not much, nice juicy kumquat.

Taste brings more tart funk, lemony, tangy, slight sour, funky Brett, sour lacto and acidity, big tangy Brett that got a little phenolic, little chemically bad Brett, mild vanilla like and oak tannins perhaps, kumquats and stone fruit is very light, little tangy and touch of bitterness, flesh mostly, mild saison farmhouse funk saison with spices etc, decent funk. Finish dry gritty, lingering funk, light stone fruit kumquat, little bitterness and little tangy.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall ok, I think the Brett was good but added a little off characters, fruit was nice in the nose but disappeared on the taste mostly.

Aug 15, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rudzud from Massachusetts

Received as an extra in a trade. Shared with JLindros. Bottle #1156.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue when a super fizzy two finger white head that fades to leave thin blanket.

S - Aromas of bright citrus, loads of kumquat (flesh and rind), brett, nice saison notes, real pleasant funk. The fruit notes are nice and bright with good juicy kumquat and barnyard funk.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lemons, citrus, light malts, brett funk, good saison notes. The kumquat is much much more subtle than on the nose. Light vanilla, oak....was this barrel aged. The funk really pops with the citrus. Nice bitter finish from the citrus, though, perhaps the brett was exposed to too much oxygen.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, bitter finish, maybe slightly thin.

O - Overall this beer was pretty nice. Good kumquat notes and nice brett. The finish could stand to be a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 11, 2015
4.04 by MLDucky from Texas on Jul 14, 2015
4.25 by tarheels4life23 from North Carolina on Jul 08, 2015
Kumquat Saison from Smog City Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 79 ratings