Don Gavino's Big Guava - Cigar City Brewing
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4.14/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter glass.
A: Hazy deep copper with a finger's worth of off-white head and medium visible carbonation.
S: Guava fruitiness, vinous, wood, with some tartness and a touch of funk.
T: Quite reminiscent of white wine up front – plus a good bit of tartness, fleshy fruit and guava. There's an apple juice character, with a flavor rather similar to that I get from Belgian yeast esters, though I don't believe Belgian yeasts were used in this beer. There are some dry woody tannins, and a subtle grassy funk under the tartness. Dry and tart on the finish.
M: Fairly light-bodied – lighter than it appears - but far from watery. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract from the beer. Good carbonation sensation.
O: This was really enjoyable, but unmistakeable wine barrel character. Might be something to let your wine-loving friends try. I would gladly drink another bottle, but not enough that I would run to the brewery to buy them out of bottles.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 01:57:21 | More by macrosmatic
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to the members of El Catador Club for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.
Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, guava, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour guava and white wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a guava presence that is more pronounced in the aroma.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 20:46:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
When you've gotten a good thing going, then double it! That's the theory for the brewers of Cigar City as the higher version of Guava Grove retains its farmhouse roots but really kicks in with extra fruit and artistically aged in chardonnay barrels.
Pouring with a bright goldenrod appearance despite its haze, the ale is slightly amber and peach. Its frothy bone-white head races to the top, fueled by champagne-like streams of bubbles. Its long and arid froth looks like honeycomb as it easily retains the session and laces intricately on the sidewalls.
Its striking and surprising scent is tangy, bright and bordering on sour aromas. Sour patch kids come to mind as the beer's fruits become evident- lemons, green apples, limes and lemons compound elements of oak, sparkling white wine and somewhat sweaty, earhty notes. Inspirations from tequila seem almost obvious.
Its intensely dry malt flavors are wheaty, pleasantly grainy and wafer-like as it ignores much of its sweetness and prefers the intricacies of fruit and barrel. The middle rises with all those tangy, tart and sourish taste- agave, lemon, lime, crab apple, under-ripened berries, sour white grapes and the star of the show- guava. Then trailing into finish, the oaken and earthen taste is crisply acidic with white wine, fresh and spicy white oak and peppercorn.
Its malty-dryness continues on the palate as its sprite carbonation errupts off the palate, taking with it any malt sweetness and creaminess. As it ushers in a quick finish, its tangy warmth, plaster-like mineral, playful acidity and tannic wood spice keeps the palate intrigued and refreshed.
Even with all the fruit flavor, its spiciness is still the forerunner for balance. That, coupled with its premiere dryness keeps the beer's Saison intent front and center.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 18:36:19 | More by BEERchitect
Don Gavino's Big Guava from Cigar City Brewing
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