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Don Gavino's Big Guava - Cigar City Brewing

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Don Gavino's Big GuavaDon Gavino's Big Guava

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very good

268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 18
Gots: 49 | FT: 8
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Bottled 10/22/13.

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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

acurtis, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Texasfan549, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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

ygtbsm94, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kylehay2004, May 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Knapp85, Oct 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

largadeer, May 18, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

to the best my memory serves me, this is my first guava beer, a new one, and a soon to be rarity from cigar city. hazy look, somewhere between orange and gold in color, apple juicy, with a fizzy white head, lots of carbonation here. the nose just makes it. sour, makes me want to try their sour guava grove, not knowing anything about it. the chardonnay barrel and the fruit give it a tannic tartness and acidity, but the fruit is also sweet, and the yeast is awesome, somewhere between saison and wild, lovely. the flavor is all of the above, with the fruit and chardonnay notes being the most dominant flavors. the beer isn't so sour as it is tart, like passion fruit. ultra unique flavor and feel to this, it really is magic. not sweet at all, not sour, but right in the middle. brilliant carbonation and a medium body make it way too easy to drink quickly. one of the best cigar city beers ive had, one of the best fruited beers ive had, and one of the best beers aged in white wine barrels ive had. its superior in every way, expertly done. get your hands on it if you can, and if you have extras, contact me and send me a bottle. im addicted.

StonedTrippin, Dec 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

nickfl, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Kegatron, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

oline73, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mendvicdog, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

oriolesfan4, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

InspectorBob, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

drewone, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

yourefragile, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

orangesol, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a matching CCB snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a creamy marshmallow fluff that is yellowish stained.

The aroma opens up with vinegar and then blends to citrus fruits and tang like guava. There is plenty of mineral character present making the nose all muddled up and not that wonderful.

The taste is tart and funky with some minerals and fruit. A soft toasty caramel grain character with quite a citrus component. Guava comes out when warm along with alcohol and some barrel and vinous notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to lively amount of carbonation. It is interesting and worth trying but not something id go after again. The chard barrel really comes forward once warm, but so does the alcohol. A nice change of pace but not great either.

stakem, Apr 17, 2014
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Don Gavino's Big Guava from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.