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Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

Guava Grove SaisonGuava Grove Saison

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very good

821 Ratings

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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very unique. Guava,citrus, pear, pomegrant, passion fruit, with lots of hops to carry on drinkability. Strong bitterness than sweet. In fact, could have used more sweetness. Cloudy grapefruit colour, lacey. A full mouthfeel.Worth trying and I wonder how this will taste aged.Funky aroma.
Bottle from Whole Foods Tampa.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 22:21:07 | More by Sammy
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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Plenum for sending me this one!

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch fizzy orange-white head that settles to a foamy cap. Thick streaks of foamy lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is extremely funky and acidic with vinegar and sour fruit aromas. A very mouthwatering smell. Taste is of sour fruits, vinegar, and funk. A subtle guava taste comes through on the aftertaste after each sip. The carbonation level on this one is high with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is more like a sour than a saison. I have read that some of the earlier bottles were infected and I think this may be one of them. However, this is an extremely pleasant beer even with an infection in it. I am glad I got to try this "version".

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 03:53:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First release (Summer 2009). Bright and juicy tangerine with grapefruit colored highlights and Champagnesque bubbles. A gentle pour produced more than four fingers of lemony ivory foam that is stiff instead of creamy. This isn't the sort of head that sticks to the glass... which is proven by very little lace. Still, not a bad look.

The nose is primarily BSPA-like, with plenty of spicy clove and a fruitiness that is as much apple-pear as guava. Even if it doesn't have enough guava to live up to its name, this is still wonderful smelling beer and should taste pretty good too. Here's hoping.

Thankfully, Guava Grove does taste like guava, if only a little. A longer aging time on the fruit might have been beneficial, but then I'm not a brewer. Tangy (while not in-your-face) has a big lead over both bitter and sweet. Spicy is definitely in the mix as well.

The malt doesn't add much in terms of flavor, sweetness or mouthfeel lusciousness. This is primarily an estery Belgian yeast-driven brew with a side order of tangy tropical fruit. The label says banana notes are present. Sure, why not? No appreciable alcohol is a major positive.

The mouthfeel on this (now more than one year old) saison is a classic example of why bottle conditioning is not always the way to go. The yeast have had too much time to convert sugars into CO2 and the carbonation is borderline sharp and tongue-stinging. Since things settle down by the middle portion of the bottle, the above average score was granted.

Even though Guava Grove is not the guava-centric and guava-licious brew that was expected, it's still an enjoyable BSPA-saison hybrid from Florida's most acclaimed craft brewery. Thanks to ktrillionaire for this bottle and for another bottle from the Summer 2010 release. Hugely generous, he is.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 21:39:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh...Guava Grove! I have wanted to try you for a long time. Grabbed this one first thing in the afternoon to start the day off right! Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/03/2010.

Beautiful pour here. The look and consistency of pineapple juice with that thick, almost pulpy look to it. Small head of white initially is not terribly impressive but then builds into a nice two finger tower that survives for the better part of the session. Rich fruit notes overwhelm the senses with pulpy fruit, hints of peppery spices, nice notes of light grain and a lovely grassy, herbal like feel to it. Really very well done here. Clean, very smooth, and a bit slick of a feel going forward. Flavor does not come at me as big as I would have thought given the nose, but it is still quite impressive. Soft grains and bready notes build with hints of spice before being splashed with tropical fruits and notes of light grasses. Slightly dry and tart finish is whisked away quickly and I am left with a big smile.

Overall very, very good example of the style here and another winner from CCB. Would do this one again any day.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 23:12:15 | More by mikesgroove
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this particular bottle, Bobby. I've had this several times now and really enjoyed it each time.

A: The beer pours a very hazed golden orange color with a huge white head with sticky lacing.

S: Sweet mangoes are evident from the very beginning. A really nice fruitiness to the beer which goes quite nicely with the peppery and yeasty nature of the saison. A bit of sweet caramel malt as well as just a hint of tartness from the fruit.

T: Mangoes are again the star of the show--sweet with just a hint of tartness. The yeast presence is quite strong as well with plenty of pepper and earthy notes. Again, some mild malt character which adds to the sweetness a bit.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: One of my favorite Cigar City beers and one that is quite easy to drink, despite a rather high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 07:06:36 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This bottled had aged in my cellar for a little while and the bottle conditioning did its work on the CO2 levels, producing a huge head that squats on top of the guava colored liquid; plenty of lacing is left behind

Smell: Surprised by the Brett jumping out in the aroma as I hadn't realized this was a Brett beer; the guave is discernable, underneath, as is barnyard funk, coriander, white pepper and clove; bready malts make up the rest of the profile

Taste: Asin the aroma, the Brett takes over at the outset and, by mid-palate, there are a ton of things going on - barnyard funk, guava and spices along with other rotting tropical fruit flavors; a bit boozy in the back end, though the finish brings back the beginning, with a puckering tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: As with the Cucumber Saison I tried recently, I found that the concept was more interesting than the end product; just too much going on and it never comes together in an appealing way for me

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:35:52 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty orangey color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some super good lacing. Aroma of light Brett with some fruity ester and some spicy yeast is very interesting and quite complex. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some Brett with light sour notes and some fruity ester that are well mix with a spicy yeast finish. Body is full with limited filtration and perfect carbonation with no appearance of alcohol. Very well and I must say that I am very impressed by this new brewer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 02:28:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tangy and fruity, this Saison/Wild Ale blends hop bitterness, fruity esters, spicy pehnols, and a lot of yeast character to form a very drinkable and ultimately complex beer.

Pouring a hazy peach color with a dainty white head, the beer overtakes the foam and reduces it quickly with little evidence of lace.

Fruits ranging through apples, pears, peaches, mangos, papayas, appricots and banana all take turns delivering flavor upon flavor and aroma to the taste buds. Spicy with earthy hops, citrus peel, and a hint of cinnamon and clove all decorate the rich and tart fruitiness while delivering complexity in favor of balance.

The first pour delivers a brigter, sharper, crisper and more acidic flavor and feel while the later pour gives much more of a rusty haze and richer fruit flavors with mild astringency.

As the beer tries to represent flavors of Saisons, Wild Ales or Lambics, and fruit-forward beers, the flavors, aromas, and textures are fantastic but the sheer complexity seems to try too hard to do too much. A simpler beer would have impressed me a bit more.

Thanks Dei and Alex!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 23:05:43 | More by BEERchitect
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4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to ktrillionaire for this bottle.

Pours a light copper-orange color with a white head. Starts out fairly large but falls a bit and leaves only a moderate amount of lacing. The nose brings forward straight-up guava along with quite a few earthy notes. A bit musty. The saison character combines really well with the guava. The taste is similarly excellent and all I could ask for in addition is that this always be the Jolly Pumpkin barrel-aged version of the beer. Great feel with some nice yeast notes. Drinks quite well; a nice Florida saison.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 23:17:22 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

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

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and poured with a finger high dense white head that faded away but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of guava and other tropical fruits in the nose along with some hints of mustiness.
T: Like the smell, flavors of guava stand out in the overall taste. There is a moderate amount of sourness in the finish and some hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite refreshing; no traces of alcohol are perceptible in the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 22:47:53 | More by metter98
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out an orange-yellow body that's hazy within reason and capped with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Chiefly scented of guava, pits, fleshy pulp, skins and all. Also plenty of spicy phenolic action and peppery alcohol hints. Lesser, unobtrusive hints of pale malted barley.

Taste: Flash of juicy, sweet guava fruit with a light, underlying sourness. Curt spices and dried savory herbs. Thin vein of funkiness running through this one. As with the aroma, it's mainly the pureed guava fruit and the yeast character doing most of the work, with the perfunctory malts just strolling in and out and contributing very little whenever they please. Splash of spirits. Fruity, near-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair over medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It really started to grow on me by the final sips (perhaps it's just the alcohol taking advantage of me) and was an overall interesting experience. I guess, technically, you could say it IS one of the best guava beers on the market today, as I can only think of this and the others from CC.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 19:45:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

For some reason, Mike kept on calling this thing "Guava Groove". Honestly, like him, I think it's a slightly better name. It pours a cloudy earthy amber topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises tart blood orange (the smell set off some of my taste buds), lemon, grapefruit, and a mild helping of Brett. The taste holds notes of lemon, mandarin oranges, a vague tropical fruit that we all agree must be the guava (I've never had one, so I don't know what it necessarily tastes like); then a wave of brine and vinegar; and then nothing: The flavors just die away, leaving my tongue wondering what the hell just happened. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation and an incredibly dry finish. Overall, what could have been a really nice experimental brew turned out to be a slight miss. The saltiness near the end, the disappearance of any and all flavor at the end, and the overt carbonation all turned me off. I'm not a fan here.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 00:39:24 | More by TMoney2591
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 at Leuken's Big Town Liquors, Dunedin, Florida.

Wow! I wasn't expecting this! It's tart and fruity, almost like a geuze. And the Guava flavor is great! It's fresh and bright, and most importantly, unique!

It pours a hazy brass-orange body beneath a more than full-sized head of white foam that seems to hold forever, and leaves some very nice lacing as it goes. Obviously, the plumes of tiny bubbles rising from below are helping to bolster the head, and in fact, left alone for a moment, it seems to have started to rise out of the glass!

The aroma is fruity, and, shall we say, guava-like? It's a bit tart, but there's also that juicy sweet and lightly citrusy fruitiness - it's musky and pungent. I'm thinking of ripening citrus fruit in a damp cardboard box in a slightly musty basement. MMM!

The flavor follows suit, and it rocks back and forth between the sweet juiciness and the kind of tangy, earthy, and musty quality it has. The malt is just a springboard as all of the flavor is wrapped up in the fruitiness. (Now I get some papaya!). And the bitterness is appropriately low-level.

It's medium-bodied and effervescent in the mouth, initially leaving quite a bristle on the tongue. It warms and softens a bit, but it still holds a little bit of welcome bite that, in conjunction with the tartness, helps to soften the fruity sweetness.

Apart from its uniqueness (which I think alone makes it worth seeking out), it's also very well put-together and balanced, combining syrupy/juicy fruitiness with tartness, and a chalky and musty edge in just the right proportions. It's a little bit odd, a little bit sweet, and a little bit chalky and drying all at once - the perfect combination for late afternoon sipping as the sun goes down! It reminds me in many ways of a Belgian geuze, or an American Brettanomyces ale, or even a Berliner weisse. And I think it has many options - backyard BBQ beer in the summer, or a seasonal ale paired with certain foods; a dessert beer; a late night sipper; etc. If I can find any of this locally I'll bring a few bottles to my family's Thanksgiving dinner!!! Wonderfully done!!!

This is a beer that deserves more notice!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:10:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottling courtesy of ktrillionaire, so nearly two years old. Served in a Three Floyds pint glass. Shared with friends while watching the US-Panama football match.

A - Pours with a giant off-white foam that quickly settles to a thick collar, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Lightly hazed golden body with a few visible fast-moving streams of bubbles.

S - Initially very heavy in white grape, although I think that's part of the guava flavor profile. Spicy and peppery farmhouse yeast, light funk, some fruit acidity, and a bit of sweet fruit character - either from the guava, malt, or the estery yeast, I'm not certain. Gets significantly better as it warms up.

T - Taste is more yeast-heavy, some guava and stone fruit malt character moving into the periphery. Super dry, with a lightly sour and acetic finish. Alcohol is incredibly well-hidden.

M - Zesty pleasant carbonation, medium bodied, dry and slightly tannic finsh, and no alcohol. Very refreshing for an 8% beer.

D - Other than the color, this reminded me a little of certain batches of Fantôme (even though that beer doesn't contain guava). I'm told there's no wild yeast used in this beer, but perhaps some snuck in on the fruit skins, as this definitely had some of that character to it. We crushed the 750ml bottle no problem and it was one of the bigger hits of the evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 15:16:41 | More by MasterSki
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4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ktrillionaire for the opportunity to try this. Batch 2 growler, decanted into a champagne flute.

Peachy coloration, hazy, glowing with yellow orange sunshine rays. Slow trails of carbonation feed the patchy skim on top, while flecks of spotty lace form on the glass. It maintains a sticky collar at the edges for the duration.

Leafy stemmed fruit, with a heavy, earthy guava presence that dominates over everything else.

Massive fruit flavor in this, low carb too, approaching a nearly viscous nectar. Sweet and savory, not quite tart, succulent with a very soft feel and dominant fruit flavors from the guava. Earthy fruit pith, very pleasant. So quenching and perfect for summer or any weather. I could drink much more of this...

Serving type: growler

07-10-2010 00:08:24 | More by emerge077
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3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with some dudes at my place, poured into a Russian river wine glass. Beer is amber and hazy with a lazy thin head that evaporates in front of us. Carbonation is moderate to high, looks fine.

Aroma is sour, bright acetic, mild solvent, some fruit, mild sweetness, some stones. Smells good.

Beer is thinner than expected and brighter on the palate than I thought, more solvent, more acetic, finishes super dry, very acetic, very acidic. A little rougher and harsher than I thought it would be. I would like more fruits and less aggressive sourness. Overall it was OK, but I don't think I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 20:18:25 | More by drabmuh
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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is classic saison, with some strong biscuit malt notes. There is also quite a bit of tartness, lemon and light funk. The flavor is similar. The biscuit and toffee malt go very well with the wheat and a little bit of tartness. The light acidic notes work very well and add to the beer's drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 15:08:09 | More by Mora2000
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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bad Larry thanks to msulinski. Tough to find a time to have a 750ml, but had a long night tonight so here goes.

A: A loud thwop signals a nice carbonation as I pop the top. A super large very fizzy head rises even as I try to pour it slowly. it rises 3+ fingers in my oversized snifter. It fades semi slowly with Belgian head of lots of fluffy left around and parts collapse on itself. Its a semi clear golden orange nectar colored beer.

N: The nose has some funk, barnyard saison funk, a little dry brett like aromas. Some light Belgian malts, perhaps some wheat, malted spices like a saison. Some fruit, perhaps guava but tropical fruit like aromas. Somewhat sweet and juicy fruits.

T: Starts again with some light funky wild yeast, a little barnyard funk, Brett, spicy and toasty malts, some Belgian like malts with quite a bit of a saison flavor. Some juicy fruit with all that, light tropical fruits, not very heavy on the fruits, more wild Brett funky saison, but not too funky, dry, or barnyard. Pretty dry overall as well. Quite fizzy as well. Slightly sour and tangy fruit as well, which comes on more late on the taste and into the finish. A touch of sweet juicy fruit flavors.

M: Lighter body with ridiculous amounts of carbonation.

F: Still pretty dry, more lingering barnyard funk with malty saison flavors lingering, quite spicy with a touch of alcohol burn. A touch of the tropical fruit also sticks around with some flemmy feel and taste. A touch of tangy sour fruit lingers late too.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 01:21:22 | More by jlindros
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3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A solid, but not overly aggressive pour produces a three-finger thick, pale-amber, tan colored head. The beer is an amber color that shows a huge carbonation and an almost clear, light amber-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tropical fruit, strawberry-like acetic acid, tart kiwi, perhaps a touch of acetone, a doughy malt character (freshly rising sourdough) some cracker like malt towards the finish, some musty pale grain character, some spiciness that seems distinctly like green peppercorns as well as woody black pepper. The nose is quite a bit different than I expected, it has lots of tartness to it (including an atypical acetic character).

Somewhat tart up front and it has a prickly acetic sourness to it that lightly influences the middle and finish; the acetic accentuates a strawberry and kiwi like character that is likely also accentuated by the guava. The finish has some acetone notes to it that intermingles with the acetic character. The acetone really lingers on the palate along with a musty, sort of fungal like notes. There is just a touch of sweetness to this beer up front, but it is consumed by the light tartness found in this beer. The body of this is quite a bit more viscous than one would guess (given that this is fairly dry), it has a density to it that makes it seem medium bodied. This is only somewhat balanced by an aggressive, prickly carbonation that almost seems to struggle to escape from the beer as it rolls across the tongue. There seems to be an almost vegetal like note to this beer that is perhaps better described as watermelon rind; this might be the same as the acetone character and I wonder how much of both of these are being contributed by the guava. There seems to be a hint of caramelized malt towards the finish at times that has a touch of biscuit like grain character, but both of these are actually fairly fleeting.

This is definitely a strange beer; I get the feeling this is quite variable from batch to batch. The acetic acidity is a bit out of place, even though it is relatively soft; actually a lactic tartness would have worked really nice here (and would have been more in line with the other Saison notes). This beer is certainly enjoyable, but the acetic and the viscous body make this a bit of a departure from the type of Saisons that I usually prefer (dry, some times lactic tart); the viscous character must be coming from the Guava (or some wild bug). The label is certainly correct in that this beer has some unique flavors to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 21:56:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty brew indeed. This beer kind of reminded me of my great uncles homemade hard cider. The aroma was super tart smelling and acidic. The flavor was a little tart but mostly sweet, very surprising to say the least. The afterteaste is is fruity kinda like a soft peach flavor. The appearance is rather nice too, it's this orange color that looks appealing with a nice lacy head. An interesting brew without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 23:06:52 | More by Knapp85
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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Handsome amber with a beautiful sudsy cap in the tall Petrus tulip. The creamy and long lasting carbonation is a big plus. Yeasty aroma with biscuits.

The guava taste is subtle but distinctive, if you're clued in to expect it. Rich but bittered nicely with a long scratchy Belgian flavor. Buttered fruitcake with a raspberry nose. Spicy hints with a woody mouthfeel. Light and bright with all the suds, but dark fruit and bitter notes to finish. Tastes like it has a touch of crazy yeast, but no real bacterial hint. Slightly sweet and malty, but the tangy tartness provides the right balance.

A wild yet refined brew. So many great Saisons in this world, what a great style! From the big bottle purchased at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 01:50:04 | More by mactrail
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2.83/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy orange color with a one finger dirty white head with good retention.

S: Band aids. Yup.

T: Thank goodness the taste did not follow the nose on this one. Considering I have no freakin clue as to what guava tastes like I will touch on the tasting notes I do know. A bit Earthy, lightly funky, fresh fruits, a light booze sting. Finish is dry.

M: Medium bodied, higher carbonated. Fruits, Earth and and funkiness sit on the palate

O: Not exactly sure what the ho hum is about. It was a light gusher when it opened and I picked up the medicinal plastic then. The taste has yet to South as far as I know. I only tasted a little plastic behind the scenes.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 14:59:44 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Liberty St. Tavern. The saison gets a bit lost with the guava, but this was still a great beer. The fruit character shines through with a subtle, not too sweet guava over a mild tasting Belgian pale ale.

Really, this should be classified as a fruit beer. It's not like a saison, but I can understand how that was used as the base beer. This is missing the rich, funky spice, though it doesn't have a comparable bitterness - albeit a smoother, fruiter hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 03:09:22 | More by tempest
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a completely opaque, murky, burnt orange, with lots of carbonation visible, and a thin white head that receded to almost nothing. Earthy aroma, full of fresh fruit and spice, and a bit of funk. The taste follows the aroma more or less, yeasty, with obvious fruit in the foreground--guava mainly, with peach and apricot also noticeable. Very earthy with spicy tones of cloves and very light cinnamon, and a bit of barnyard funk. Full bodied, chewy, and pretty drinkable, though probably not something I'd go out of my way to get again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 02:53:45 | More by Rifugium
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, $11.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

A- Pours clouded brownish apricot amber, loose medium tan head, goes to a thick film and leaves thick rolls of lacing.

S- Bright notes of sweet fruit juice, hints of the sour that awaits the tongue.

T- Waves of sweet tropical fruit juice, juxtaposed with better then moderate shards of sour and super musty funk...toss in a stinky cheese chord. Complex, intense, bright and bracing funked up Saison. Thoroughly interesting and highly enjoyable stuff.

M- Biting, bracing on the tongue and mouth. Prickly- but I like it

D- I'm gonna by a few more bottles of this one and that the best endorsement I can give. Great creation in brewing by Cigar City.

Serving type: bottle

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Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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