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Cisco Island Reserve Saison Farm House Ale

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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First in Series: 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 itís way into package it was treated to a host of microflora to create additional character over time; look for it to gain acidity and dryness. Drinking now: A hazy tight laced golden-orange, herbal and spicy with tropical fruit in the nose. Light-Medium bodied yet somehow slick with very fine carbonation. Iíll be cellaring this and pulling a bottle every month to watch it change. Five year peak? Weíll see.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
AtronSeige (513) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 10, 2014
Aroma: floral, candy sugar, banana, leather Appearance: Hazy, dark straw body. Small off-white head. Long lasting. Flavour: High sweetness, licorice, slight solvent, acetone, diacetyl, tobacco, vegetyl Mouthfeel: full body. High carbonation, creamy. Alcoholic warming, slick. Overall: Flawed. Bottle, poured. Thanks Leon! 16C. Saison

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fritz123 (922) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2014
A Cisco rep shared a small tasters at the bar he was selling to recently. Small snifter pour was golden yellow with a clear body and some carb bubbles. Small white head. Aroma was kind of spicy with corriander, hibiscus, white pepper, and urinal cake perfume smells. The taste was mostly urinal cake (which Iíve never actually eaten but if I did I would most like think of this beer.) It was very oddly perfumed and it didnít seem to balance at all. Medium light body and carbonation. Kind of a bretty, funky, piss pellet finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottled. No carbonation. Obvious signs of infection. Slime on the bottom of the cork. A complete drain pour to be avoided like the plague. Undrinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (3934) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2014
Pours out a hazy gold with a lush and tall foamy white head. Lasts quite a while--not going away. Spicy and estery nose with lots of papaya and passion fruit, some guava and a light sourness aroma. Flavor is wonderfully complex and playful. Lots of guava and papaya estery goodness, some sticky juicy tropical notes, spicy white pepper, grassy notes, a lacto-ish sour yeast on some light oak, tartness, and a wheaty hay-ish light belgian malt finish on a light tart peppery tone. Wonderful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (6945) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
750ml. Cellared over 1.5 years. The brett has attacked this one, huge citrus zest, super citrusy and lemon acidic, relaly nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 Draught at EBF, 3/22/14
Large, frothy white head is well-retained atop a hazy, goldenrod colored body.
Oddly enough, the spices in the flavor donít come off quite as strong in the nose. Belgian yeast esters produce peach, orange, apricot and such, while a vanilla-like sweetness completes the aroma. Certainly some coriander and rosemary-like herbal notes adding dryness and pepper.
Lovely palate, with a medium body, some moderate sweetness but more than enough tart acidity to balance. Creamy, almost thick texture at times.
Perfumey hops from the nose combine with plentiful herbal notes to add quite a bit of complexity, but at this point, the spices are too dominant. Hopefully some of the critters continue to build up and help balance all of this spiciness. Didnít realize the spice character dosent fade like hoppiness, but upon opening my 1996 Saison de Pipaix, I was surprised to find just as much ginger, coriander and even orange peel as I remembered from younger bottles. Anyhow, well-brewed beer, maybe a touch sweet, just too much spice. Certainly not the biggest offender Iíve had but I have very little tolerance for overspiced saisons....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lectvay (109) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle from Rare Beer Club, been holding on to it for about a year and a half. Cloudy light orange, so carbonated it overflowed upon opening. Smells like apple and pepper. Effervescent, light but full of flavor, peppery, floral, some lavender, just a tad soapy. A fine and distinctive saison.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Helsdon (121) - Toronto, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
Funny how some beers, for me, just miss their mark. This was one. Poured a very clear golden with a persistent white head. Smells of pine and hibiscus. Tastes of salt, pine and a little soap. Not a good beer. If this was the Reserve what in the world did the regular taste like. Blah!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
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. Serving type: bottle 05-03-2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle and served in tulip: I dunno what beer Tom had but mine has a huge head and excellent lace from being over carbonated. Moderate to light lemony tartness and bretty horseblanket along with grassy and herbal hop notes. There is a fair biscuity and grainy background, sprite and drinkable despite a soapy undertone. Not exactly sure where the rye is however.

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