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Cisco Island Reserve Saison Farm House Ale

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (622) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 16, 2015
2013 bottle. Pours a murky orange with no head. Aroma of oranges, white grapes, spice, ginger. Taste is tart, soy sauce, citrus, lemon peel, apples. Oily sticky mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (2041) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle of 2013. Pours gold with a slight haze with a barely there white head. Aroma is citrus, earthy, floral and even some woodyness. Taste is tart like a lemon with acidic, almost lactic bite. Between light and medium bodied, seemingly square in the middle. Very soft carbonation and it drinks very very smooth. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4303) - Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon peel, ginger, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, green apple, pear, thyme, herbal, grass, pepper, light caramel, bread, light oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and light oak notes; with good strength. A bit too strong on the spices. Taste of tart lemon peel, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, green apple, pear, ginger, thyme, herbal, grass, light caramel, bread, light pepper, light oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon peel, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, green apple, ginger, thyme, herbal, grass, light pepper, light caramel, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice brett saison. Good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1642) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Tap at the Distillery. Pours amber with a thin layer of off white head. Taste and aroma of spice, malts, and some sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4815) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Tap. Pours somewhat hazy amber with fizzy white head. Aroma is pilsner malts, floral notes, light spice, and some citrus and sour fruit esters. Flavor is dry malts, spicy and floral hops, sour fruit esters, and faint toast. Light body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (4301) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Draft at the Distillery. Pours hazy orange gold with a bubbly white head. Tastes like sour, soapyness, herbs, light spice, floral, sugary. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like lavendar, herbs, and sour dough.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
AtronSeige (1143) - 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 (1535) - 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 (554) - 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 (6671) - 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!

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