Awktoberfest (347) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Powerfully overpowering... Anything "saison" about this beer is just completely overpowered by the veges...cucumber celery etc etc... Some peppercorn comes through but this beer is weird...vegetable Smoothie saison....I'd say avoid...
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kaser (4647) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz pour at Lakehouse. Cucumber is all it is. Fruit and spicy besides that. But all cucumber.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Hazy peach-colored pour with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Good retention. This stuff smells awesome and is easy to break down - celery seed, green peppercorns and cucumber. Medium to full-bodied with adequate carbonation. Great flavor. Well-balanced and offers loads of celery seed and cucumber essence. Crisp, peppery, lightly acidic finish. Vastly underrated. Thanks to the ever-generous BBB63 for shooting this beer my way!
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Pours clear gold with a nice firm white head. Guess Iím in the minority, but I loved this beer. Complex, with the peppercorn and cucumber lingering pleasantly. No off flavors or aromas, with a lot of cucumber and pleasant yeast esters.
JoePeesie (920) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is quite tasty and refreshing. Not as good as the original batch of CCBís cuc saison, but better than Flat 12ís cuc kolsh. Quite quaffable and worth the $10 if you are in the mood for something different.
Frank (3601) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I brought this to the grand tasting at RBSG because I thought it was hilarious. It turned out to be an OK beer even though it is dumb though. It smells like cucumbers and the mother earth herself. It is highly carbonated and light bodied. It is refreshing as cucumber drinks are wont to be. I donít think I am going to buy this on the regular but it was cool to try.
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared at RBSG 2014. Frank. Nose is floral and grass. I get no celery. Taste is very floral and a touch of citrus. No crisp lingering celery finish.
ryecatcher (1108) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, golden with big rocky white head, excellent retention and wicked lacing. Nose is definitely cucumber-forward, hints of celery seed, yeast funk, straw, sour apples, bread dough. Mouth is medium bodied, dry and mildly bitter, cucumbers evident, some peppercorn in the mid-range, slight tartness, bread dough hiding under all the vegetation. Gotta be honest, not really my cup of... well, cucumber beer. This one was bit too imaginative... I prefer my saison to be more traditional, or at least not taste so much like a salad than a beer... but the upside is that it looks nice in the glass -- perfect score there.
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle at Bad Apple, 4/17/14
Peachy-gold body is clear, leaving the sediment behind and covered by a small white head with moderate to low retention.
Cucumbers galore in the nose!! Yum. As a man who likes a good cucumber, I really like how much cucumber they were able to get in to this thing. Light vanilla and honeyed malts lurk on the edges, while some soft esters do assert that this is a Belgian ale. No alcohol, no flaws, despite, yes, the "veggies" everyone mentions. So ummm, this is a vegetable beer. Guess what there are going to be notes of? Vegetables. Kind of stupid that people are put-off by it. Itís not like thereís DMS or some other unwanted veggie character.
More cukes in the flavor, with a very comfortable body. Obviously bottle conditioned, unfiltered, etc...leading to tight and engaging carbonation. Hints of mildly spicy celery seed help add some complexity whille the malt is well-attenuated and leaves traces of vanilla and white bread. Soft Belgian yeast nuances keep things light and fluffy and the green peppercorns add just a bare layer of spiciness that could easily be black pepper phenolics from the yeast. I suppose the cucumber is a touch too dominant? It certainly isnt obnoxious, but it does seem to be the most dominant characteristic. I guess when that is more dominant than the beer character, they should consider dialing it back. Still, I fucking love cucumber so it dosent bother me at all.
Dogbrick (10014) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from batch #202 at Kurtkeller 004: Pipeworks-tastic 01 on 01/18/2014. The beer is an orange-gold color with a medium off-white head that diminishes gradually to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cucumbers and fruit. Medium body with flavors of cucumber, yeast and mild spice. The finish is fruity with a short cucumber aftertaste. Decent overall.
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer. Pours a nice golden color with a full off-white head on top. Thereís a lot of the cucumber showing in the aroma. Thatís joined by some yeast, flowers, and straw. More celery than cucumber in the flavor department but both are certainly noticeable. A bit sweet and tangy but this does have the peppercorn to contrast that a bit. A lot of vegetable character here. Light straw and yeast but not much funk. A touch heavy in the body but it never seems like a chore to drink. Itís a bit strange and a beer that definitely grew on me as I drank it. I think if it were a little lighter I would have really liked it.