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Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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Guava Grove SaisonGuava Grove Saison

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BA SCORE
89
very good

839 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 292
Gots: 152 | 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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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL shared among friends. While certainly quite good, I cannot imagine consuming 750mL's of this by one's self.

Poured up a lovely orange caramel colour a bit darker than any other saison I have seen. About an inch of loosely knit foam on top faded away in about 60 seconds or so, but only required moderate agitation to be revitalised.

The saison-type smell was very assertive, and the presence of guava was certainly aggressive, too. There was definitely no question as to the style. Fruity, sour, earthy, and a pungent, mouldy smell that immediately reminded me of penicillium mould in bleu cheeses.

All of the nuances in the smell translated over to the flavour, as well, along with a spicy heat in the back of the throat upon swallowing. This is a rather unusual saison, as it seems to introduce some complexities to the style that I've not seen in other American representations of this style; it's a rather unique beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasantly carbonated given the style.

As unique an experience as this was, and as much as I enjoyed this one, I must say, it was quite assertive and I'm glad there were two others with whom I could share this.

After having a few sips and taking notes for this review, we then
had brought out a plate of Maytag bleu, Midnight Moon goat cheese, some raspberry jam, and rum soaked dates with small dish of crackers. The earthy, mouldy nuances of the beer and the bleu cheese and raspberry jam went wonderfully together!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 01:22:21 | More by SilentSabre
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A- Hazy honey, with 1/4 finger white cloud head. Very low retention.

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Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.