Through work I met with a sales manager for a brewery I hadn’t heard of before called By The Horns, based out in South West London. One of the beers they gave me was ‘Cuki’ a Cucumber and Kiwi Saison. I was instantly drawn to it, as saisons are a style I want to try more of and become more familiar with. it comes in at 5.3% ABV.
The beer pours a cloudy, straw gold with a quickly dissipating head. ‘Cuki’ still retains that classic farmhouse ale-saison aroma but with hints of what also reminds me of aloe vera. The flavour is very interesting however. There is an almost cucumber water like quality to the front of the beer before getting the sharper kiwi towards the end. Refreshing, light and easy drinking.
A quick note on the can art: Firstly the colours work really well and aren’t a combination I see often. Secondly I like the clean and simple design. It compliments the short and sweet name.
As I always say when I review a saison; I don’t think I know the style well enough for an educated opinion. However, I can tell you whether I liked it or not. And I actually really enjoyed this beer. This brew is the ideal summer sinker. It so refreshing and light while still retaining good levels of flavour. I was particularly surprised by the cucumber aspect. Cucumber normally has very little taste but I could really feel what that aspect was bringing to the table here. I am rather rapidly warming up to this style of beer.
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- Hops: Saaz, Centennial
- Malt: Extra Pale
- IBU: Not Available
- ABV: 5.3%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: Yes!