cleos version client returns a foreign language to me.
Build version: 59626f1e
Is there a way I can ascertain what version I'm on from that? Is there another way of doing it besides that?
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cleos version client does returned the version. However, it is the build version.
To translate into human readable version, you can check https://github.com/EOSIO/eos/tags and search for the build version.
Then you can find the version as
59626f1e you got is the first 8 digit hash of the last git commit used to build cleos. Which can be considered as id of that commit. The code can be found at https://github.com/EOSIO/eos/tree/59626f1e .