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Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

856 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 300
Gots: 153 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, May 16, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.3%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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".

UCLABrewN84, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +0.3%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
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!

BEERchitect, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

kjkinsey, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Three finger slightly off white foam head on a crimson murky body. Great retention.

S: full yeast aroma with fruitiness, herbs, clove and phenols. Not overly sweet, a little dull.

T: very yeasty and musty with the guava well represented. Very herbal. Fruitiness is a little blunted.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: A very nice beer to try. The guava is stronger than I expected.

kylehay2004, May 11, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Apr 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of emerge077
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...

emerge077, Jul 10, 2010
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Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.