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Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

838 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 291
Gots: 151 | FT: 3
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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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

markwise was good enough to supply this via trade - many thanks to the dude from Florida. Into a Duvel tulip after a moderate pffft of the cap...

Well, there's a very nice head on this - about a finger and a half. Rustic light honey body with very active carbonation. This looks like a very good new world saison.

I may only catch a light essence of guava but this is an awesome-smelling Saison. A fair amount of funk tops off the huge yeast electricity here. With warmth the guava quickly emerges. Carbonation gives the whole package a spritely lift.

Just really a solid Saison, complete with all the sweaty funk of a prototypical yeast strain for this style. It's easy to pick up the pulpiness of the guava in here, too. Slight hop pine, lots of salty carbonation. Pretty complex. There's a distinct clean sour note in there as well.

Saisons are interesting to open cold and let relax for a while, because the change from front to back shows such a wide swing...yet if they're done right, the beer is enjoyable in a different way at each temperature level. Even after only a few minutes, this begins to expand the level of sweaty funk...all the while utilizing the tartness and mealiness of the guava to brighten it up. Minimal hop profile here, so it's very clean. Almost a couple of Berliner Weisse tendencies are on deep background, but the electricity and spriteliness of the yeast strain keep this on style.

This one's pretty damn contemplative. Opened it very cold, but it's getting its legs quickly. Guava or no guava, this is a solid new world Saison (not exceptionally hopped, but hops do emerge after a bit of warmth). Just a little brighter, deeper and spritelier than the average bear. I am savoring the living hell out of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:16:29 | More by IBUnit63
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A- Hazy honey, with 1/4 finger white cloud head. Very low retention.

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