otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Appearance: orange and peach with a light haze – like a mist covering an orchard of oranges and peaches. White bubbly haze fades into a collar, mostly full. Swirls smooth and creamy. Enticing.
ansjelaah (1748) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2012
Nose: orange peel, ginger, cumin. Leather and funk in the background. Pithy dried tangerine skins. Aloe and cactus. Candied caramelized ginger slivers with a hint of honey. Paprika. Raw cedar chips permeate and infuse and meld and harmonize. Orange candies and orange cedar. Cedar boxes.
Palate: cedar dryness in finish – long and parching and lingering atop the tongue. Orange skins. Ginger in the breath. Dry spiced tropical quality – skins of tropical fruits – cactus, aloe, and guava. Yeasty spicy cedary deliciousness. Cedar is yummy – if chewing on cedar chips could be delicious, this beer proves it. Ginger, paprika, and cumin are one with the cedar. More orange peel – tangerine and mandarin.
Final Thoughts: delicious! Another winner from Cigar City with some help from The Bruery out of Placentia, CA. I really like what Cigar City is doing with cedar. As an on-again, off-again cigar smoker, my affinity for cigars and cedar and old leather and oiled mahogany. Yum! I wouldn’t mind seeing this in my fridge and thus my glass, again.
Gedronken met joes, benzai en dutchdrebus, goudkleurig, sigaren kistje geur, houtsnipper, zo rook onze oude kast. Hij smaakt ook naar hout en een beetje verbrand. Veel koolzuur. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Bottle picked up at Cigar City. Orange-gold color with a short-lived white head on top. Cedar and sawdust aroma with notes of doughy yeast and tropical fruit cocktail. This is spicy and bitter with a lot of white pepper and fresh-cut cedar flavor. A bit medicinal too with a tangy orange cough drop flavor that is a tad distracting. A tropical fruit sweetness is noted for sure but ends up getting covered by the more aggressive cedar and peppery notes. I admit, I wasn’t much of a fan at first but this did grow on me. Much better as it warms when the sharp cedar really stands out and that medicinal orange thing takes a backseat. Looking forward to trying the other versions. rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Pours a unclear dark gold with a bubbly white head that dissipates quick. Bursting aroma of fresh pine, cedar, spice and yeast. Sweet entry that subdues into light vanilla and wood then quickly into strong cedar wood spice, lemon rind and yeast. Finishes very spicy and dry with a quick note of alcohol. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head. Smells like cedar with some yeast and spices. Taste also has a lot of cedar with some sweetness and a nice dry finish. An enjoyable beer with a lot going on.
beernbourbon (1593) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Bottle shared by Cory, thanks! Pour is hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma is initially a bit fruity but then overwhelmed by cedar. It’s hard to notice much else. Flavor also lightly fuity but then the cedar takes over and it’s all i taste. I do not have a great track record with cedar beers. I like them, but they usually hurt me. Also smoke in the finish. Not much that identifies this is as a saison. I was still intrigued by this and happy to try it. dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
Hazy golden with white head. Aroma of Meyer lemon, yeast and spice. Taste is huge lemons, some spicy peppery saison but not much. Astringent lemon taste and yeast witha ton of cedar plank smokiness. Really interesting but strange. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2012
A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and lightly bready malts with coriander, orange peel, ginger, Belgian yeast, and cedar.
T - Starts off with sweet grainy and bready malts with some coriander, ginger, and lemon zest. Through the middle, the cedar comes through with some Belgian yeast, and a bit of floral hops. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with coriander, orange peel, Belgian yeast, cedar, and a touch of ginger.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sweet, and estery finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice strong Saison with some good spices thrown in and the cedar adding some nice complexity. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours bright golden with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, some grapefruit and citrus, lemon and woodiness. Flavor starts with some citrus and spice, getting spicier, woodier, more floral. Kind of loses its mojo here, whereas the other variations become more complex in this finish, this one sort of fades into simple woodiness. Medium body and a crisp carbonation. Not bad, just not as good as some of the others. Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle; Pour is murky gold with a very modest white head that disappears pretty quick. The nose is heavy on the coriander and the cedar, really. Some citrus, I suppose, as well. The flavor profile is bitter initial, semi sweet, more cedar, earth, oranges, cereal grains, and pepper... Interesting brew - not bad.