Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cigar City Cucumber Saison

Type: Saison/Farmhouse Ale (with, you guessed it, cucumber)
Origin: Tampa, FL
Price: ?
ABV: 5.0%
NSP: ?

Another Cigar City treat, provided by John & Natalie as with all of the others.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this beer.  Cigar City makes a whole lot of world-class shit, so that gave me hope.  But cucumber?  What the fuck?

The cucumber smacks you in the schnoz the moment you pour it.  But after a few sniffs, it's more of a pickle scent than straight cucumber, because there's some sourness/acidity along with it.  There's also some light yeastiness, funk, and spice, reminding you that it is, after all, a saison.

Even though the smell's more pickly, I'd say the flavor's more cucumbery, or at least intermediate between the two because it doesn't have the brininess you'd look for in a pickle.  It's really light, both body and flavor-wise, while the carb's on the heavy side and is thus highly burp-inducing.  The acidity remains throughout the whole thing, which helps the drinkability.

This isn't my favorite Cigar City beer (I'm waiting for something to top Good Gourd), but it's still pretty tasty.  It'd definitely be a good summer beer.  It's nothing to session, due to the likely cost, plus the carbonation, and for those of us in California, the lack of availability.  Still, it's a worthwhile experiment that's not just good as an experiment, but as a tasty beer too.

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