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Don Gavino's Big Guava - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 52 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with guava and aged in Chardonnay barrels.

(Beer added by: velcrogrip on 11-01-2013)
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

BEERchitect, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

The beer offers tart fruits in the front of citrus, green apple, then onto a hit of sweetness and Belgian strong pale qualities in the back end. The sweetness does not linger, but hints at the beer being possibly higher in ABV.

A wonderful medium to medium plus mouthfeel. A good balance between the guava, tart, oak, sweetness, and yeast expression.

dar482, Aug 30, 2014
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Don Gavino's Big Guava from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.