Cultivateur Provision Saison
Deschutes Brewery

Cultivateur Provision SaisonCultivateur Provision Saison
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #429
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,715
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
120
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Cultivateur Provision SaisonCultivateur Provision Saison
Notes: Rustic brett notes of pear and apricot blend into this bright oak aged saison.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 120 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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akaizer from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle (4/17/17, so 3.75ish years old)

L - A quickly receeding head of white-ish foam that leaves a surprisingly dense 1/10" foam head (rather than fading to nothingness). Body is slightly obscured but not quite hazy with a rose gold to peach complexion. While pouring could hear the effervescence working around it.

S - Scent is surprisingly inviting for a Saison: a bit of tart fruit on the nose, but not quite sapid or sour as a bit of fruity sweetness pokes through.

T - Taste is a bit tart up front but quickly morphs into something...more subtle. Fruity (pear?) sweetness (or perhaps the 8% ABV) peeks throughout complementing the flavor while some of the other fruit and spice help to provide some nice background color. There is also something familiar that I cannot put my finger on, but that is quite enjoyable.

F - Feel is on the crisp, dry, and lighter side with a bit of effervescence dancing on the tongue. Aftertaste is a bit sour with some of the alcohols lingering around on the tongue and teeth.

O - For an 8% ABV Saison that is almost 4 years old, this is pretty good and surprisingly refreshing.

Dec 31, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4.17.17 - waited on this maybe too long. Don't care. 22 oz bomber.

L - Golden amber hue, good head, decent lacing at 8%
S - Pear-peach, some very light barnyard, not as much Brett as I expected here. Smells like a distinctly cidery saison.
T - Pear-peach double down, dry as F*** - get some distinct baker's spice and clove on this at the end. Really nice. Incredibly balanced, not boozy, dry dry dry. Worth it.
F - Great funk and carbonation in this tart saison. Really nicely done.
O - a pleasant surprise, and unexpectedly good saison from Deschutes.

May 20, 2020
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Taste: tart, notes of pear, apricot, oak, bright mouthfeel. Fruit and fermented nose. Golden hue, clear, with a white head and ringed lace. Light body. Slight odd notes. 22 IBUs

Jan 30, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found this on a store discount shelf, bottled in april of 2017 so this has been aged over two years.
Pours a beautiful bright golden color with lots of visible carbonation and a dense white head that sinks back to a thin film quickly.
Smell is pear and apricot with notes of vinous funk and oaky underbody. Really pleasant and much more enticing than I was expecting.
Taste has a much stronger tannic quality and some heavy white wine character. The same fruits are there put in a much thinner form. The brett funk is there on the tail end but not at all overpowering. Bright and spicy flavor overall but a little thin. improves in it's depth as it warms.
Mouthfeel is wonderfully light and effervescent. I am not a saison expert but this is what I expect from the style.
Overall I am surprised at how much I like this. I picked up two since they were marked over half off I figured I'd be salty if I liked it and didn't have another. Now I'm contemplating adding 45 minutes to my drive home on friday so I can pick up any bottles they have left. Lovely brew

Aug 22, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a wax-topped bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy medium golden pour with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Extra sediment at the finish.

S: Funk and oak... fruit, grass, and spice.

T.F: Tart (not sour) and fruity up front. Some light grains, white wine, oak, and pear. A little fruit sweetness comes through. More apple, grass, and pepper. Complex... definite barnyard and barrel flavor. Medium bodied and dry at the finish.

O: A well thought out complex saison. Very approachable... tart without being overly sour or harsh. Super drinkable.

Jul 20, 2019
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/17/17, on the clearance rack for 5 bucks.

A year and half collecting dust on the shelf aged this brett brew beautifully. There are still vibrant apricot and pear notes at the forefront, but I'm liking the heavier clove bite at the finish.

Dec 17, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you put the trendy brett innovations of the saison in the hands of a master, Cultivateur is what you get.

Cultivateur Looks like a champ, almost (she could have a more active yeast creating little protein swirls to add to the thrill.) Smells tell me this is special: a bit of wine (probably brought on by the judicious use of brett) complemented by well-blended malt that acts like it is fruit ( obviously, from grain.) Tastes are true: sweet, complex and, finally, dry... exquisitely dry like wine.

I had Cultivateur before, during and after a completely common meal (leftover pasta with a bottled marinara sauce.) This saison helped me enjoy the dinner by myself as a cheap night at home... 20 minutes of heaven offered by a slightly expensive ale.

OA: Get this enjoy this. Relish Cultivateur. It is worth the price.

Sep 01, 2018
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Nferry2 from Utah

4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours peachy pink in color topped with a white sudsy head that dissipated quickly. Aromatics are faintly green with notes of apricot, peach, and orange blossom. Mouthfeel is crisp, sweet, and light bodied. There is no apparent alcohol sensation as is expected for the saison style. However it warms the corners of your mouth as it finishes. Taste is sweet, very fruity. Very thirst quenching. Apricot and peach flavors are prominent. Finishes floral and lightly bitter. Overall a very drinkable artisan beer from one of my favorite breweries.

May 28, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours clear and golden colored with a very small head; webby lacing lingers, however

Smell: Vinous and leathery, with apricot and pear tones

Taste: The Brett is overpowering, with leathery funk dominating from start to finish; vinous white wine grape complemented by apricot and pear, through the middle, along with a bitter, apricot pit flavor that joins in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of those beers that just doesn't work for me; really funky and phenolic with the more interesting elements becoming overwhelmed

Feb 22, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 4/17/17, had 6/30/17.

Pours a clear golden orange, with a half inch foamy head and some foamy lacing. Active carbonation. Smells of wine, Belgian yeast, white grapes, black pepper, light spices, oak, a little malt, some brett. The flavor is wine, some brett, Belgian yeast, malt, white grapes, light spices, some apples. Smooth, slightly light bodied for the style, well carbonated.

Great aroma and very good flavor, but feels a touch thin. I really liked it overall, but considering the brewery and the price point, maybe oughta be better. Second bottle aging, we’ll see....

Feb 17, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice oaky and pretty funky saison from these guys, a pretty tasty brew. hazy from the tap but very lively, holding a tall white head and with spritzing carboation. aroma is new oak, sharp wine, bretty funk, and light pear and apple, autumnal and mature but also fresh and springy with the fruitiness from the yeast, nice layers, some tartness is smells like too, but not sour. light wheat earthiness in the flavor, some crackery graininess, notes of herbaceous lemongrass and white wine too, followed by tos of oak and a high tone belgian ester profile, the stone fruity brett, and just a little bit of acidity to it. sweet for a second and then try, funky and floral alike, some unique red and white wine aspects, heavy from the woodiness of it to me, but incredibly well carbonated. in the end, this is great beer, but its not as unique and different as i hoped it would be from these guys, just another brett saison to me, its not as special as the asking price for a bottle suggests, and thats always a little disappointing, but its well done and its an enjoyable drink...

Nov 12, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, gold in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is big white grape, apple, hay, and oak. Light bodied, high carbonation, and earthy. Makes for a really tasty, true to style, clean saison. I have other saisons I prefer, but this is good.

Nov 11, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Rather clear bright golden in color with a finger of loose white foam, it stands for a while with pretty good retention before sinking to some film and spotty lacing.

The aroma and taste is obviously infused with brett with its wild notes of funkiness, pear, and apricot. Also obviously woody barrel character with its dry-edge, wine, and tannin, it is more mellow when warm with more peppery spiciness and tartness bringing on. Ester of yeast plays along well too while its funky barnyard and winy barrel character run in parallel.

Medium body with some moderate to fizzy carbonation that is reminding of champagne-like, the feeling is very dry with some crisp and lively feeling. Interesting, not that complex but a Saison with some depth of character to discover and enjoy with.

Oct 28, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 16 oz Mason Jar yesterday from the Craft Beer Quick Stop for $7.00. I have seen bombers of this as well for $15.99.

Beer poured amber orange with a little bit of a head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is earthy and phenolic with a bit of barnyard.

Taste definitely had a funky front, peppery, almost on the verge of sour from the oak aging.

Mouthfeel was heavier than what the traditional style is but was smooth.

Overall the brewer achieved the objective of a funky saison. A little too funky for my palate.

Oct 22, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with little to no head. Taste is about as tart as the aroma. Can also taste the brett, oak, and apricot. Pear comes in at the end with a nice driness.Thin bodied with moderate carbonation compared to most saisons.

Sep 30, 2017
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scottfrie from California

3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle into tulip. Bottled 4/17/17.

A: Pours a clear light amber/golden with a finger of tan head that faded into a bubbly collar. A few wisps of lace were left down the glass.
S: Musty nose full of white grape, cheese, and peppery spice. Brett funk and tons of fruity esters.
T: Golden pear, white grape, earthy and musty oak, slight peppery, slight medicinal, slight leafy in the finish. Sweet fruit throughout. Musty flavor, spicy, Orval flavored brett, medicinal phenols.
M: Medium body, effervescent carbonation full of large bubbles, sweet and spicy mouthfeel with a mild herbal/aspirin bitterness in the finish. Sweet, could be drier.
O: Complex and spicy but flavors were a bit messy. Could probably age well though to let the Brett shine and sweetness fade.

Aug 28, 2017
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A new saison from Deschutes.

Pours golden and crystal clear with a pure white head and no lacing

Smells of orange , lime and some earthy Brett.

Flavor is starts a bit applely, but the Brett and Belgium yeast hits the center of the tongue providing pepper and earthyness.

Finished dry and light. The boozyness hits hard after the fact.

Aug 18, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour with a small white head. Big tart aroma with notes of sour fruit and oak. Taste isn’t as tart as the aroma suggests. Pear comes through really nice on the initial sip. Can also taste oak, brett and apricot. Thin bodied with moderate carbonation.

Aug 10, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the tap, Cultivateur pours a pretty clear and vibrant golden yellow with a lightly foamed white cap that recedes with minimal lacing. Aroma is a little acidic with a touch of funk farm and hay. Flavor follows really boasting some barnyard notes, a little pepper, oak, soap, and fruit. Feel is surprisingly light and almost watery, light carbonation, and very easy to drink. Overall, this beer was pretty enjoyable. The brett was unexpectedly more present, and the oak not as much. Being a saison, I would have loved to have seen this beer with a larger and softer feel over its thin and sharp one. Perhaps I can find a bottle to sit on for a while. Cheers!

Jul 27, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear yellow gold with a finger of white head. Smells of pears, oak, and wine. Tastes of lots of oak, pears, apricots, white wine, and some sourness. Medium light body, very dry, slightly tannic, and with medium carbonation. Overall this is an excellent Saison that really lets the barrel aging shine through. Didn't think it would be worth the price but I'm glad I bought it.

Jul 25, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled April 17th. Pours a clear gold with ample head of foam and great lacing. Smells funky, of pears and apricot, Saison spices, hint of tartness. Light tartness from the fruit, a bit of funk, spicy with pepper notes. Light bodied with the right level of carbonation. A bit strong and that’s noticeable but manageable. Very nice.

Jun 30, 2017
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle- Pours lightly hazy golden with a medium small white head. Aroma is all sorts of barnyard funk, bretty goodness, lemon, pear, medium level tartness, rustic notes. The taste is more on the oak side, strong cedar, dry, getting the brett, lemon, but the oak almost dominates it. Fairly thin in the mouthfeel, carbonation is bubbly. Good beer, I do wish the oak was dialed back a bit, if the aroma followed through to the taste, it would have been fantastic.

Jun 18, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/17/2017. Pours slightly hazy medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, melon, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, grass, and herbal; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, peach, pear, melon, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, grass, and herbal; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate yeast/oak spiciness, herbal bitterness, and light tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, peach, pear, melon, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, grass, herbal, light leathery funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast/oak spiciness and tartness, increasing though the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/grainy/sticky/tannic, and slightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that it great. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged Brett saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced tart/spicy/tannic finish. Well rounded Brett complexity for the young age, and nice wine barrel presence without being overwhelming. A really enjoyable offering.

May 20, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share, thanks to Jeremy. Not picking up the saison notes, coming off as more sour. Body seems right, but nose and flavor a bit off center. A boutique saison? Perhaps. I miss the cut and dried style definitions.

Nov 15, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a Deschutes teku glass. Enjoyed on 12.10.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a peachy orange color, hazy with a nice two fingers of white, thick, soapy head that very nice retention that is easily summoned with a quick twirl of the glass but yields little lace. The aroma is quite nice, soft, fleshy fruit, mild funk, fruity yeast, wine barrel, brett with a touch of must and some cereal grain, nicely balanced. The flavors are right in line with the nose, plenty of fruit, fleshy light stone fruits, wine barrel, chewy oak, musty funk, soft grain, lightly bitter with a peppery finish, nice array of flavors that balance themselves quite well. The mouthfeel is good, lively, coating, nice carbonation with a general softness and creaminess at the finish that also feels lightly dry.

Verdict: A very nice saison from Deschutes that showcases the barrel treatment quite well, very integrated without taking over and dominating the beer. Instead, it highlights the subtleties and adds to the complexity.

Dec 17, 2014
Cultivateur Provision Saison from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 120 ratings