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Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

Guava Grove SaisonGuava Grove Saison

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BA SCORE
89
very good

821 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.28%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
One of Tampa's nicknames in addition to the Cigar City is the Big Guava. It earned the moniker from local newspaper columnist Steve Otto in the 1970's. The nickname eventually gave rise to one of Ybor City's most popular annual events, Guavaween. We brew Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa's fruity nickname. Guava Grove is brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast and sees a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. Slightly tart with a dry finish this is a refined beer that is perfect for sharing.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008)
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Beerzebub

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4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks ktrillionaire!

Poured in a big wine glass at 54F.

Hazy golden-orange color. Very active carbonation, and a massive yellowish head that crackles audibly. The head slowly melts into a round sticky hill, leaving plenty of thick gloppy lace clinging to the glass.

Big aroma of tart tropical fruit, similar to fruit leather but fresher, with underlying earth and spice. The fruit is the star here, it smells delicious.

Tastes fruity, dry, with a burst of medium level tartness. Extremely refreshing. Reminds me of melon close to the rind, where it's not sweet - but in a very good way. The tartness fades. Moderately long finish of earthy and clove-y yeast, with only a ghost of the fruit in the background, and some earthy claylike astringency, extremely dry.

The texture is light, with crackling carbonation and crisp acidity. Extremely refreshing, and the very dry finish leaves me immediately thirsty for more.

Very enjoyable. This would be perfect for a hot day.

Cheese pairing note: I tried this with a Bucheron, and it wasn't very successful. The beer's acidity seemed to diminish in the presence of the acidic goat cheese. This cheese needs a beer with more acidity.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 07:25:41 | More by Beerzebub
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Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.