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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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ktrillionaire

Florida

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is long, long overdue... I have guzzled so many bottles of Guava Grove, and it is perhaps my favorite beer.

This is a review of the first batch of Guava Grove bottles; they can be differentiated by the fact that they are in champagne bottles without a punt (kick-up) on the bottom. Newer CCB bottles have punts.

This initial iteration of Guava Grove, however, is likely never going to be reproduced. There are several reasons for that:

1. Subsequent batches have a tweaked recipe, changing the grain bill and the bittering hop.

2. It is fermented in a different type of vessel now.

3. The yeast culture used to brew it has 'evolved' over the past few years and imparts slightly different character.

So, old Guava Grove, here we go again...

A - Beautiful Champagne-like effervescence and sparkling clarity on the first pour, settling in to a nice eggshell head and spotty lace that crowns a peachy-goldenrod translucent body, replete with multiple bubble-streamers, continuing to feed the head.

S - The smell is so dry and tart; it is the definition of sublime. Although this is not a wild or sour beer, and is not infected with any bugs whatsoever, it tastes like a very sophisticated wild-sour brew. Not in-your-face, baby-vomit, cat-piss, horse-blanket, rancid-vinegar sour; it is just tart enough to add another real dimension of complexity. It seems that the fruit, as it has dried out with age, has begun to mimic much of the pleasurable fruity elements generally imparted by Brett and Co.

T - The mouthfeel is the first thing that I notice about the taste; the sharpness of the carbonation fully enhances the taste from the get-go by compounding the sensational aspects of the tartness imparted by the guava and the dryness and astringency of the base malt-hop fusion. Additionally, there are some pleasurable Champagne nuances as well as guava-peach-mango sour-sweet fruitiness expressed in a very reserved manner.

M - Perfect.

D - I have cracked so many of these at tastings over the past year, it has never once failed to impress. Indeed, on many occasions it stole the show. A phenomenal beer; a masterpiece. And this particular bottle I am finishing now is not only one of the very few that remain(ed) out there; it is also one of the best I've opened.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 19:10:24 | More by ktrillionaire
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Avagadro

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Guava Grove boasts a hazy, honey hue and is topped off with a delightful egg-white film.

S: Bouquet is assertive, delivering healthy doses of lemon, tropical fruit, orange, and barnyard funk. It is pretty obvious from the nose that this is going to be enjoyably tart.

T: Delightfully dry, and tastefully tart, Guava grove suggests notes of orange, honey, and lemon in an initial sweetness that quickly gives way to a medicinal dryness.

M: Crisp, dry, moderately carbonated, and refreshingly clean.

D: Cigar City has hit the mark with this one. It reminds me more of a guava lambic than a fruited saison. No matter what they deem it, it is a damn tasty brew that can hold its own against 3 Fonteinen and Cantillon, and at a third of the cost! I recommend serving this in a white wine glass along with apple slices topped with strong blue cheese drizzled with orange blossom honey.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 22:46:17 | More by Avagadro
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treehouse

California

4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wonderful saisoney lemony nose....nice stank

mouthd...sour stinky bright and shiny guavaed lemons...taffy and grapefruitish...wowowowowow..i could drink this all day...goes right to the cheeks...quite malty...up there in carbonation...bubble gummy...all things that are good...

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 21:25:40 | More by treehouse
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boralyl

Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a huge 3+ finger head when poured into my tulip. The head is off-white and has great retention. Additionally it leaves plenty of smudges of lace. The beer is a medium golden-orange and clear with visible carbonation bubbles.

S - The aroma is very powerful and can be smelled immediately. I get pear, apricot and pleasant sour notes. I've never head guava but the sour notes most likely are coming from the fruit. Wikipedia confirms my suspicions.

M - Light-medium in body with sharp, prickly carbonation.

T - The guava fruit pairs extremely well with the Belgian yeast. The first sip provides a little bit of tropical fruit followed by banana from the yeast character. Then some lemon flavors are introduced with a slightly sour taste that blends with the rest of the flavors.

An excellent Saison. The guava fruit complements the Belgian yeast perfectly. I can imagine a lot of my non-beer drinking friends and family thoroughly enjoying this. Very delicious and refreshing. I'd highly recommend picking this up if it's in your distribution.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:57:40 | More by boralyl
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl. Pours a super-hazed copper color with a fat cap of off-white head. Very fine-bubbled and the retention and lacing are both excellent.

Nose is an instantaneous classic...tart identifiably guava fruit, brettanomyces, sugary grains and acetic lacto. Wow....just wow. Perfect.

This beast shows a great mix of fruit, sourness and a light touch of woody brett. Peppery saison yeast is still noticeable and welcome. Great beer here, easily my favorite CCB beer to date. This is one that I want to stop reviewing and just drink it. Simply put...amazing.

<EDIT> This was the older, sour version. The new one is good, but not THIS good!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 03:07:34 | More by twiggamortis420
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- This beer poured a nice golden orange color with a nice white head which stuck around for a nice bit. Lacing was present throughout.

Smell- Wow. Nice sour aroma with hints of citrus and guava.

Taste- Once again. WOW! The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice sourness with hints of fruit and citrus. Very nice funkiness too it! Very Gueze like in its character.

Mouthfeel- Has a nice medium body with medium high carbonation.

Overall- Thank god for Cigar City. Now we have two awesome breweries in Florida. Saint Somewhere and these guys! This beer is a must try. Can't wait to have easier access here in the Panhandle.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 02:39:40 | More by Beerbuddha
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Head is pillowy and fluffy and slowly vanishes after hanging around just long enough to show off. Lacing is soapy and lovely. Aroma is pungent, funky sour, some citrus (guava I assume) and some spiciness. Taste is sour, a touch sweet, fruity and just delicious. No way this is 8%. NO way. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 00:48:46 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Fieldzy27

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into tulip glass

A-Pours a shade of apricot with a grainy bleached white head. A decent amount of bubbles rise to the top holding up the head that's leaving thin sheets of lace that look like spiderwebs.

S-smells like a plethora of fruits-over ripe apples mild banana and sweet guava. Also a mild belgianish scent as well. Hints of spice as well.

T-This is a great Saison. There is an instant fruit sweetness that reminds me of cider made from green apples. Next is immediate sour like tart sour apples. Guava is apparent throughout the beer but the sour overlaps it in the end. Guava Grove also has a sweet and clean finish that increases drinkability. As the bar warms it only becomes more balanced. The sour becomes more mild and the sweet fruit flavors of apples and guava shine through. All and all the balance is near perfect. Alcohol is completely non existent.

M- The mouhtfeel has a slick feeling too it. The mouthfeel seems to be the weakest part of this beer. By no means is it lacking or sub par. But I feel that for a beer this good it good be better. The carbonation is dead on I just feel that even after warming the mouthfeel is still a little too thin.

D-The drinkability is stellar. After a small amount of warming this beer is soo balanced and smooth as well as flavorful and intricate. By far my favorite saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:52:08 | More by Fieldzy27
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into snifter. Bottle date: May 22 11. Enjoying at home after a great steak dinner.

Pours an opaque light amber color with two finger bone colored head that dissipates slowly.

Nose: Lemon, barn funk, slight sweet candied fruit, metal, mango, peppercorn.

Taste: Guava juice on the very front, crisp pepper bite, classic Belgian yeast funk.

Highly carbonated, crisp, dry, bitter finish with lingering notes of pepper and guava. Very enjoyable, they nailed this one. Plenty of fruitiness with a very dry finish. Would definitely drink again!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 04:14:55 | More by syrupjoe
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MadScientist

New York

4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer just glows with an orange tinted, deep good with a slight haze and obvious effervescent. The cream off-white head just lasts and last; having about two finger from a slightly aggressive pour and leaving lacing on the glass.

S: A heady mix of sour, acidic tart notes and a mild melon type fruitiness and some orange and the guava making themself know as it warms. The soft pils malt is there at moderate a level and like most good saison but with a lighter peppery spiciness than average. I can't get much past the sour, slightly brett funk but I don't care, leave me here I'll be fine. Sort of a fruity, spicy Berliner Weisse.

T: Wow, that a sharp fruity attack at the first sip and I'm loving it. The fruit is again melony and orange with a high tart sourness backed by some tropic fruit. Not much hops flavor to speak of but a decent bitterness with the balance being sour. There is a touch of pils malt sweetness but over all dry from start to finish with a linger bitter and sour flavor. There is a bit of pepper in there reflecting the style but who cares this is sour, tart heaven.

M: Light bodied with a high carbonation. There is a light dryness almost CO2 astringency prickle.

O: An outstanding very sour beer with enough fruitiness and spiciness to call it a saison base. This is a must have beer for fans of sours I just wish it wasn't so hard to find in Upstate NY.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 00:49:20 | More by MadScientist
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks heatwave33!

Pour is cloudy. Dark for a saison. It looks like a cloudy Oktoberfest. Orange and not translucent.

Smell is loaded with Brett. The accenting flavors are citric, with hints of belgian saison yeast..

Taste is much the same, almost lambic or gueuze-like. Apple skin tannins are rampant. Nice notes of Belgian yeast. Slightly dry. One hell of a saison shared with winbassett and peetoteeto (fullsteam brewery)

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 00:05:36 | More by VncentLIFE
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Cheesemoose

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my tulip, sharing with the wife along side a cheese and almond-butter-stuffed-date platter.

Hazy orange with a plentiful amount of head. As you drink, the head slides down the glass, remaining throughout.

Nose has a good bit of tart and dry, followed behind with a bit of the fruit. Lovely smell, as with other saisons might come off too dry or tart, this one has a touch of sweetness.

Though aged with Guava's, it is not a fruit beer what so ever. The Saison style shines through, tart and dry upfront, followed by a citrus, fruity aftertaste that is only present after you swallow. The Guava pairs well with the style, coming off as a very pleasant beer, something to enjoyed by itself or with a light appetizer.

Mouthfeel has a touch of carbonation, smooth and mellow on the tongue, a bit of bite as you swallow.

Very drinkable, and at 8%, Cigar City has yet another beer where the alcohol is almost non-existant.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 23:32:59 | More by Cheesemoose
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badesign

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first exploding bomber! Oh joy! Not too bad a loss though.

Pretty heavily-clouded orange juice appearance with unstoppable fluffy head. Some floaties. Nose of sour fruit, especially guava and mandarin orange, slight cheesy funk and minimal breadiness and spice. Dominating sour fruits up front at cooler temps; have also had on tap and had more clean fruity flavors but less sourness. Explosion as I opened it may have stirred up some yeast in this bottle-conditioned brew and account for the different flavor. Becomes smoother as it warms and the bottle sits out- less intense sourness and a more creamy feel in the carbonation. Effervescent carbonation reminiscent of champagne- very tight bubbles attack the tastebuds. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

This is an awesome beer, one of my all-time favorites; would be perfect for celebrating New Year's on South Beach.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 02:28:24 | More by badesign
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cosmicevan

New York

4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a crisp orange-yellow with champagne like carbonation that steadily bubbled to the surface from the center of the glass' bottom. The head was thick and frothy (even more so than this kind of glass commands). The lacing was sticky and speckled in the light like a sidewalk with glass shards mixed into the concrete. Looks like a quality saison.

S - Extremely sweet, but without the tart that I sometimes pull from a Sofie (which I consider one of the sweeter smelling saisons). The usual suspects for a saison...grass, clove, banana, bubblegum and a touch of sweet-tart. The combination is actually somewhat Guava like, but I don't feel that I pick it out in any way special...makes me realize that Guava is actually a good way to describe the scent of most saisons.

T - Very citric and sweet with a nice mix of tropical fruit flavoring.

M - Alive. Leaves a soft tang in my mouth and a bit of an alcohol tingle.

D - Really good saison. A bit sweet to drink a lot of in an evening, but a quality saison. fans of sofie should definitely seek this one out. you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 01:42:29 | More by cosmicevan
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

100th review on BA ---big thanks to canjeeps for yet another amazing brew.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a very active bubbling off white head. Champagne like fizz for sure. Lightly sticky lacing that lingers about.

Smells tart and fruity. A little acidic and almost cactus like in a way.

Tastes are funky right off the bat. The promised bananas and green apple skins come out with the guava flavor lurking lightly in the background. The alcohol shows up in the medium bodied mouthfeel just a bit. Lots of carbonation fit this perfectly and lead you to nice lingering dry finish with a lasting lemon citrus flavor.

Overall is amazing! My first Cigar City beer and I'm really looking forward to seeking out more of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 21:34:54 | More by daveytheformer
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

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

What a blend of saison and fruit lambic! A dark gold color with a hefty white head. Smells of tropical fruit, especially guava, mixed in with banana and a soft belgian yeast. Taste has a light funk to it which only adds to the fruit taste. Very soft feel to it with a sweet finish. I'll definitely have to drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 20:03:01 | More by ryrust5301
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Beerzebub

California

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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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

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

I bought the last one at TRT. Poured into a tulip. Very hazy amber color.Thick off white colored heading that tiny bubbles all throughout. Tremendous lacing.

I am glad I didn't read to much into this one as I was very surprised. Extremely tart. Notes of sour apples,guava,peach just makes you think of tropical Florida fruits.

Taste starts off with a quick hit of juiciness.Then followed up with a somewhat grainy funkiness. Always dancing in the background is the sourness with a nice hot booziness just smacking the palate.Leaves a crisp sting on the palate and leaves a slight acidic and spicey note on the tongue.

Mouth is medium bodied,fantastic carbonation,crisp,clean and leaves a nice linger of spicey pepper.

Tremendous sour beer. I just hope they can produce more of this to make it a flagship beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 18:41:00 | More by TheFightfan1
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

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

Had this bottle on the suggestion of Greg at Pizzaria Paradiso in Dupont Circle (DC). Honestly I rated this as an American Wild with some Saison character instead of being a Saison/Farmhouse Ale as noted above, personally I think the beer is great either way.

A: Dark Orange with chunks of guava floating! This may turn some off but I think it's cool. Bubbly nice head and good lacing.

S: Farmhouse sour citrus and tropical fruits with peach, bright fruits, and a little bit of hay dry grain/malt. Very elegant and balanced, and a wood like overtone to it thats quite nice.

T: Wow, just as expected a guava tinged farmhouse wheat sour. Awesome taste a la Cantillon in it's complexity and balance, love the guava fruit bitter sweet end to the taste. Tropical fruit abounds again with a tinge of oak and vanilla overtone. Great.

M: Great carbonation and light spritzy feel that works great with this beer.

O: Awesome beer the exceeded my expectations. Really digging Cigar City.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:36:30 | More by Dreadnaught33
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ChadQuest

Illinois

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

Thanks to Ktrillionaire, good meeting him at DLD too.

Wow, really dig this.
Solid thick cap over a tangerine colored body that has some yeast cloudyness to it. Some styles i dont want cloudy, but Saisons are an exception. This makes me want to dive in...also because the aroma has already attacked.
The aroma has much more funk then i was expecting,unfortunantly the last few saisons i've had didn't have that character and i almost forget how great saisons with it are. There is light fruit on the nose, more like apples. The aroma, like the appearance, makes me anticipate this even more.
There it is, big juicy guava with an underlaying funky layer, what a unique saison. crisp carbination create a dry tart mouthfeel.

Man, I don't know if i have had a better Saison brewed in america, this is excellent. Even from all worldwide versions i think this demands a seat at the best of table.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:57:48 | More by ChadQuest
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shand

Florida

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

Wow! Now, I'm not the kind of person to review a brew twice when I've had it bottle and on-tap. But, the retooled Guava Grove with the new (or "original," if you will) yeast strain blew me away! Enjoyed on-tap at the CCB taproom.

This beer was just great. Instead of the extreme tartness and sourness the old Guava Grove presented, this one presented a great Saison funkiness that paired very well with the up-front guava notes to make a delicious smelling and tasting beer. The drinkability is probably the beer's finest hour, if this is still clocking in at around 8%, it's some sort of miracle, since it now drinks like it's a 4.5% beer! Seriously. Try the new Guava Grove. It's really, really good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 03:30:42 | More by shand
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DCon

Missouri

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

Received a 1 Pint 9.4 FL OZ bottle in a trade w/ mdvatab & has a $10.99+TX sticker on the side. Poured from the cool labeled bottle into my .47l New Belgium Tulip Glass and has a MAY0911 on the front of the bottle.

Aroma- Extreme fruitiness and spice from the beginning of the nose. Has a bit of herbs and a huge lemon aroma. A small amount of earthy hop is in the aroma too after a hint of sourness is hinted at. Goodness Gracious this thing has some serious aroma!

Appearance- Pours over a 6 finger head that is frothy and makes an ant hill in the glass! Has the best retention too! A nice pale orange color body is present with a nice hazy backdrop. Leaves tons of lacing behind.

Flavor- Great malty and fruit characters with nice spices and a smokey flavor that is very different in this style. I'm like every drink of this beer! Very complexed and has low peppery yeast component. The spiciness is almost the main taste here and the finish is full of it!

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, Effervescent, HIGH Carbonation, and has an awesome Punch of spice at the finish! Also a light sourness that is unreal. Can't get any better than this!

Overall Impression- For my first brew from Cigar City, I'm over impressed! Unbelievable Saison in almost every category, especially from the site of it being poured. Refreshing, spicy, strong fruits and has the good sourness I always look for in a Saison. I'm ready for another Cigar City brew now! Thanks Mark!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 04:30:19 | More by DCon
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

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

This is VERY unique.. Nice off white head that settles slowly in the tulip. Has the typical farmhouse smell with a clash of different sour fruits. Strong, sweet aroma of apples, guava, and other fruits I can't figure out and tastes just the same with an almost sharp vinegar like end. this beer makes the mouth water after each sip. It's very good and recommend trying it if possible.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 16:11:57 | More by JustinMatthew
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in a recent trade with my favorite trading buddy, fogdog. Thanks a ton Kevin! Can't wait to get my hands on some more Cigar City stuff!

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Huge, soft head piles up even after a gentle pour. Head is eggshell-colored, loose, and long-lasting. As it slowly decays it leaves layers of bubble bath-like lacing on the walls of the glass. Body is super cloudy and caramel-colored.

Smell: Odd vinegar/Brett-like aromas come through first - a very nice surprise. Guava hints emerge in the back and complement the sourness well. Very light hay-like maltiness. Smells more like a wild ale than a sour, and I like it!

Taste: Nice Brett sourness and red wine vinegar upfront with hints of guava in the back. Oddly though, the first sip finished very rusty. After that however, the rust disappeared and farmhouse funkiness and malt took took over. In the end, the beer would start with tropical fruit and mild sourness and finish kinda funky and malty. Pretty mellow overall. Mellow and lovely.

Mouthfeel: Soft and creamy with effervescent carbonation. Medium bodied with a mildly sour, mildly dry finish. Slight mouth-numbing.

Drinkability: Excellent twist on the style. I absolutely loved it!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 02:13:09 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a healthy, tight 3F of off-white (creamsickle) head over a cloudy orange body with plenty of carbonation flowing up the sides.

Aromas are outstanding. From a foot away, it's sweet guava fruits, and as you get closer it's more of your typical saison - plenty of yeasty and sour-funky qualities with a juicy sweetness in the finish.

Another "whoa" moment on the first sip. Thick guava vapors cut nicely by the tight carbonation. Light sour pucker, but overall this one is 50% sweet, 25% sour and 25% barnyard. Delicious fruity finish. Mouthfeel is clean, but a little thicker than some traditional Belgian saisons.

Overall, this is a real winner. Really hope they keep producing it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:49:59 | More by BeerImmediately
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Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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