Cigar City Cucumber Saison



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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The humble gherkin. Usually we encounter this unassuming green fruit pickled or sliced and flung atop a salad. But the cucumber has so much more to offer us. It is a remarkably refreshing gourd with the power to cool a dry tongue and when just two sliced wheels are placed atop the eyes of a lounging lass in a stock photo ad for a spa the mythical cucumber has the magical ability to justify obscene spa service fees. Truly an amazing botanical gift to the world. We chose to employ the cucumber in a low gravity Saison to create a refreshing seasonal ale redolent with notes of honey, tropical fruit, lemon bitterness, and of course cucumbers. Brewed as a survival tool for the Florida Summer this cucumber creation features Citra and Sorachi Ace hops. So put some cucumber wheels on your eyes, lean back, relax and enjoy. Ahhhhhhh.

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HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
Big bottle, probably 750 ml. Cloudy wheat yellow. Smells exactly like what cucumber bread would, if that is a thing. Some others sampling thought the was a pickle taste, but I thought is stayed true to cucumber and maybe some wild yeast funk. Smooth body. Unique. On a personal note, my first Confederate rating. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DocJitsu (2113) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Pours a mildly murky golden color with migrating carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. A large sudsy, bumpy, off-white head forms and retains well. Earthy notes, Belgian yeast, and cucumber are noted in the has a rather lively mouth feel. Cucumber flavor comes through prominently followed by a scorched flavor.

Brigadier (3830) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2014
650 ml bottle
A very strange concoction lives up to the description on the label. Having had a few cucumber based beers I knew roughly what to expect. Even so this particular release carves out a very unique niche in the beer ecosystem. As long as nobody tries to make a cucumber imperial stout or cucumber sour I am fine with the occasional oddity.

Aroma / Appearance - A strong clear golden base shimmers with a rich vanilla head as company. Smelling like a glass full of garden salad, the aroma wafts up like the smell of a garden just after the morning dew melts away.

Flavor / Palate - Cucumber, trampled grass, and garden salad tickle the tongue before a splash of alcohol emerges. Refreshing from start to finish, the flavor profile confuses the palate. It would be interesting to pair this with something earthy to see how it changes the experience.

elbernays (1763) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 20, 2014
Straight out this is a bizarre beer. Pint bottle from local liquor store orlando. Pours bubbly yellow with white foam head. Aroma is cucumber, yeast, spice, fucking cucumber. Flavour is yeast, sweet with massive cucumber finish. Light body as you’d expect for a saison but has a lot of flavour. Lots of carbonation which heightens the cucumber hit. I’m not sure I like it but it is what it says on the tin. Wow

ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle from unknown in trade. Pours a deep and slightly hazy, if luminous orange. Little bit of white head. Aroma cucumber, slight citrus bite, maybe a hint of barnyard funk as well. Body lively and slightly dry with a well-balanced effervescent finish. It is what it says it is, and has a pleasantly refreshing character. Probably wouldn’t seek this out, but nice enough to drink.

Salmoniform (1281) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Hazy straw hue with fizzy white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is vegetal, cucumber, straw, peppercorn. Mouthfeel is decent with a medium light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry eith a strong vegetal presence and sulphur finish. Overall this brew is horrible. I drain poured it.

cheap (6334) - CHINA - SEP 30, 2014
Had this at the 2014 RB Pittsburgh Summer Gathering at Horny Devel’s place. Actually it was after the equinox at the beginning of fall, but DILLIGAF. Big thanks to James & Michelle for hosting such a nice spread of quality beers and for this particular beer a GIANT thanks goes out to artmcd8. Some cucumber in the nose. And now its getting stronger my nose says. Look is typical pale ale. Good cutting co2. Taste is sooooo cucumber fer sure. Like a cuke salad with no vinegar. Not bad but probably could not handle more than a half bottle of this. But hey, lets drink some cucumber smoothy. Not overwhelming but make no mistake, if you hate cukes, don’t go after this one.

Drake (14492) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle shared at a private tasting. Pours a hazy lemon with a medium sized fizzy white head. Poor head retention. Aroma of dill pickles, fresh cucumber, pale buttery malt. The taste is spicy dill pickles, fresh cucumber, pale malt. Medium bodied, lingering spice. Interesting, but not terribly drinkable.

wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2014
From old notes, tasted with Curtis and some friends in Nashville, probably some time near the summer of 2012, from a 750mL bottle. Pours clear golden with a thick white head that leaves average lace. The nose is cucumber with just a touch of spicy saison yeast. The flavor has a sweeter malt than I would like with the cucumber dominating and then just a touch of yeast again. The body is medium with very lively carbonation and a long sweet cucumber finish.

tectactoe (3126) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Chris. Semi-clear golden body with streams of bubbles heading upwards. Chunky, lasting off-white head. Aroma dominated by cucumber. Smells like a cucumber salad. A touch of musty cotton buried beneath it. Tastes like cucumber water. All cucumber, vegetal with some faint graininess & musty yeast. But mostly just cucumber. I mean, I like cucumber, of course... But this is a little too much. Tastes like liquified cucumber. I’m not trying to drink my veggies, here. Decent if you dig the salad vibe.

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