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Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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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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julian

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Don't know how this could look any better. Beautiful mandarin orange in color. Hazy and cloudy just the way I like my saisons. Lots and lots of tiny bubblies escaping from the bottom of my Fantome glass. Initial pour yields a thick billowing (not creamy) off white almond colored head. Eventually this is reduced to a fairly noticeable ring around the edges that lasts.

S: Nose is earthy and sweet. Slight citrus and lemon zest noticeable. Not really familiar with guava but I'm assuming the sweet fruitiness is from this fruit.

T&M: Highly carbonated. Crisp, clean, super dry. Alcohol unnoticeable. Very nice and thirst quenching after a long night of crushing plastic in the climbing gym! Taste is initially fruity with a slight herbal spice. Some noticeable earthy undertones mixed with a light peppery bitterness.

O: Overall, this is an excellent Saison. Personally I like a little more tartness in my Saisons, and less earthiness, but the fruity, peppery quality was great. I couldn't really tell if there was guava in this or not, and not sure how much was actually used for secondary fermentation. Still there is a fruity quality that I am not familiar with that I will probably attribute to the guava. Nicely done. I would drink this again. Alcohol is unnoticeable and goes down too easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 06:51:54 | More by julian
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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.