1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Guava Grove SaisonGuava Grove Saison

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

870 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 870
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 298
Gots: 149 | FT: 2
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Guava Grove Saison Alström Bros
Ratings: 870 | Reviews: 380 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brystmar
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky orangeish-gold with active white head; beady lace. First whiff of Guava Grove makes me wonder if this is really a lambic in disguise. Droves of fruity sourness; funky and earthy too, with more sourness right behind. Awesome!

Predictably tart and funky, though I feel odd using the word 'predictable' given the wildness of its flavors. Predominantly green apple (guava?) fruitiness. Never had a guava before so I can't pick out that taste.

Initial sharpness from the tart apple/guava smooths itself out quickly as the other juices trickle in. Funky yeast adds its own craziness to the party. Finishes dry and delicious.

Light-bodied, low carbonation. Could honestly use a touch more of each, though I'm not sure it would be appropriate for the style. Guava Grove is exceptionally easy to drink for its strength; I typically expect saisons to peak around 6.5 or 7% tops. No traces of the booze anywhere in this brew.

When introducing people to the saison style, I mention that there is considerably more variance in the spectrum of flavors present from one beer to the next than in almost any other style of beer. Saisons are meant to be funky and a little off-beat, and Guava Grove is a perfect example. Highly recommended -- I'll be buying another bottle soon!

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in NYC, along with two other Cigar City beers. Brought back to Oz to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Very cloudy and bright, a deep, shining orange hue that traps the light with its opacity and radiates it back gently. Head is full and foamy, and very vivacious, almost spilling out of the glass on the pour even when only pouring a third of a glass. Lacing is raucous and crazy. Looks bright and pleasant and very suitable.

Nose is very tart and acidic, almost hinting at a lambic level of sourness. Quite an organic funk to it as well, along with a hint of green, slightly grassy or haylike sharpness. It's not as incredibly robust as some, but it's pretty decent.

Taste is clean and sharp, with a very pronounced acidity, but not as teeth-clenching as a really raw gueuze, for example. Here, this is the rustic and laboured acidity of a truly biting saison, and it works to overlay this tartness over the sweeter body. Under is the hint of the fruit, although it's not nearly pronounced enough to make it seem like a fruit beer or anything as gimmicky as that. Feel is bright, and a little sharp.

Incredibly refreshing and quite astonishingly drinkable for an 8% ABV brew. I wasn't expecting anything quite as sophisticated as this, but this is a beer brewed with fruit done right.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this up with phineasgage on some random weeknight he decided to stop by my house.
Reviewed from notes dictated into voice notes on my iphone.

(review starts out with a bout 1 minute of explaining which beers I review vs. which I don't-- I'll leave out the dialogue for the sake of brevity. Any additional notes will be notated by use of parenthesis)
Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

I really like this beer. This is going right on my wants list.

(Chadquest gave me this bottle-- and I am serious when I say that after pouring this, sniffing it, and taking a sip, I stopped reviewing for a few seconds to pull up Ba and add this beer to my wants list.)

I like it.

Pours a glowing orange apricot color with some light pickish hues when backlit. Two finger fluffy white head with nice sparkly legs and shimmering lace. The bubbles sparkle like Edward in the sunshine. (deal with it.)
Nose has notes of hibiscus and floral with a sour fruity bite. a slight sour cherry-ish bite.
The flavor follows all that but adds a fake sugar/saccharine note on the finish which is otherwise pleasantly dry. Really sour and nice.
Medium body with good carbonation level-- it scrubs your palate with the bubbles whilst inflicting grievous harm with a sour greater than the force of a level 17 paladin.

Really enjoyable.

Photo of Gushue3
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ljkeats for the smooth in person trade and hooking me up with 2 top wants! Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- Nice generous 2 finger head that has some serious retention. Turns very foamy and thick. The body is an orange, amber tint thats slightly hazy. Lots of carbonation bubbles rush to the head that is still very much there. Lots of lacing is left around the glass and around the mouth from the sip I look. Looks fantastic.

S- crisp and tart with some sweeter fruits, maybe green apple.

T- Nice tartness upfront thats complimented by green apple and some sweet tropical fruits. Tartness dies down in the middle and turns light sweet fruits and slightly tart. Very nice flavor. As it warms i definately get more sweet fruits like the guava, very nice.

M- light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Mouth is left feeling wet ipposed to a dry finish.

O- I like this beer alot. I admittedly am new to saisons and dubky brews but this is great and would love to get this more regularly. I would also like to try the original batchto see how much they differ.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is orange and hazy. There is a very large head inhibiting my ability to pour in one shot.

The aroma has a nice dose of tropical fruit to go with some typical saison spice aroma. This is pretty much the aroma I look for in a saison.

The taste is slightly sweet and very juicy; full of guava flavor. The finish is a little drier and overall more mellow, but the juicy fruit flavor dominates the taste. If you are looking for guava flavor, you won't be disappointed.

The mouthfeel is medium and this drinks crisply.

I like this one; it's a little different for a saison, but good.

Photo of mntlover
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach color with a two finger off white head that falls slowly to a cap. Very nice looking brew leaves some nice lace behind.

Aroma is wow lots of tartness that slaps your nose a bit, underneath fruit notes, some malt sweetness and hints of spice and brett. Not sure if tartness dies of somewhat or you just get use to it, nice aroma.

Taste is like the nose man tartness right off the bat that lingers on for a while. Malt tries to stick his head out to add a dose of sweetness followed good fruitiness some brett flavors mingled in with tartness. Finish is tart fruits and some lingering spice. Think taste be better if it was a little less tart, can't believe I am saying that as I enjoy good tart brew but of well.

Mouthfeel is on the light side with light carbonation as well.

Overall very nice tartness on Flanders level more so then Saison but enjoyable non the less. Just wasn't expecting so much.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.93/5  rDev +23.9%
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!

Photo of wspscott
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip (no date, but in the fridge for a couple of months)

A: Pours with a 2-3 finger fluffy off-white head that eventually drops to a 1/2 finger. Lots of lace. The dark copper color looks like an APA/IPA.
S: Lots of fruitiness followed by a little bit of funk? A little earthy as it warms.
T: A slight fruit sweetness followed by some tartness, not quite a Sweet-Tart but there is some resemblance. As it warms, the tartness becomes more apparent/starts to dominate the feeling of sweetness. Regardless, it is never a sweet/cloying beer.
M: Lots of carbonation along with a high level of attenuation makes this a very crisp beer. Very dry as expected for the style.
D: This is almost a perfect summer beer. If I was in charge, I would ask for this in the 6% range vs. 8%, but very easy drinking given the alcohol level. A keg of this would be great for the summer. Highly recommended.

Photo of HaysAmerica
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle w/ a bottling date of 042011 into a Boulevard tulip glass. Thanks to HoptualBrew for this one in our trade. Pours w/ a muddy tan & orange color. Looks a lot like iced tea. Has lots of tight bubbles forming a huge head.

The nose is upfront & personal w/ guava! Some floral hops & light colored fruit make their way around. Apples come to mind when I take a whiff. The taste is more of an apricot mixed w/ some guava. It's sweet, candy sugar almost. Bready & yeasty. Decent balance. Has a bit of a Belgian funk to it as well which is always a plus. Also has a bit of a sweet lingering finish. This one has a complex berry combination & does not have a clove or pepper presence at all really. For some reason I keep thinking of passion fruit.

Overall, pretty light on the palate. Pretty easy to drink as well. Would go well w/ some other light foods or salad. Thanks again to HoptualBrew for this one. Prosit!

Photo of Cavery
2/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml shared with SundaySour, thanks to whoever sent me this bottle. (sorry, too many trades lately).

Poured carefully into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Rustic orange stained glass with a fair amount of cloudiness to it. The foam is slightly off white, looking like an orange was zested into the carbonation, and rose to about 2 1/2 fingers. The carbonation is incredibly lively, the bubbles that formed along the sides of the glass looked exactly like bees wax. I'd never seen that before, and it kind of intimidated me going in to the first sip. The look was strange, and I couldn't help but be suspicious.

S: The nose came off very bread and vinegar. Seriously, the first smell took me on an unwanted journey to the Olive Garden. A saison certainly shouldn't be this sour, let alone this vinegary. Trying to ignore that element: orange skins in old olive oil, salty sourdough breads, and perhaps a slight melon-like bitter sweetness. Not very pleasing, to be honest.

T: A vile and evil throat attacking red wine vinegar and oil concoction that is laden with skin melting acids. The sensation was so strong that it shot up to my nose and I was left with a saltwater sensation that led me to believe I might be drowning. Coarse salty plantains left to soak in lime rind extracts. This isn't very pleasant. An end finish of rotten key lime pie in a crust of barnyard paddies. This is actually nauseating.

M: The carbonation is very alive, but unfortunately this is so drying that it leaves no room for any flavors to escape in time. The sensations of acidic vinegars and rotten oils makes for an overall unpleasant in-mouth experience. You can't compliment a mouth-feel when the beer you are drinking only consists of sensations. The carbonation is holding up nothing, and letting nothing down. It just is, a purposeless mouth-feel.

O: It's always frustrating when you have a beer that you have always wanted to try, and it turns out being compromised in some way. Unfortunately when there is no bottle date on a beer, this can happen. I will seek to give this (among other cigar city offerings) a second chance with a trade directly from the source. I have had a mix of things I really liked, and a mix of things I was incredibly disappointed with. The latter usually being an infected or otherwise compromised bottle. I don't wish to post this review as a form of slander, but it helps me document a negative experience with the hopes of eventually redeeming it. I'll give you another chance Guava Grove, but I won't get my hopes up.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orange body with a beautiful 2-finger white head with great retention and some pretty nice lacing.

S- Tartness up front, sourness, and you can definately smell the guava. slight apple and pear.

T- Just like the smell, very tart, a little sour, with guava, aplle, and pear.

MF- Medium bodied, but crisp. A heathy amount of carbonation keeps it crisp and feeling lighter on the palate.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Orange and amber almost light pink colored beer. White head that starts out 3 fingers tall and recedes down into about half a fingers head. Not much lacing here.

Smell: Vinegar, hay, funk, and tropical fruits.

Taste: Mild sweetness that tastes like guava and mango. The taste of acidity is strong and takes away the sweetness of the fruits. It really tastes like vinegar. Funkiness is sour with grassy / citrus notes and helps to tame the acidity of the vinegar. The citrus starts out as grapefruit and as it warms become more lemony. This beer has many layers and I am impressed by the many layer of this beer. Vinegar flavor is just too much; even off putting and distracts from the subtle flavors of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer that is highly carbonated. Effervescent and crisp. Not at all boozy even though it clocks in at 8%.

Overall: Still trying to expand my palate with sours beers. Interesting beer, but I don't think that i want to have another bottle of this beer anytime soon.

Photo of shand
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of GradyS1
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour into a Russian River snifter glass, pours a hazy orange with a big two finger head that starts to subside after a minute or two, head never totally disappears. With the first smell, Belgian session sort of grassy but then, quickly overtaken by the smell of guava, the finish is almost like I'm standing in a citrus grove. I pick up other citrus fruits beside guava as well, oranges. The taste characteristics almost mirror the smell, farmhouse session up front with the guava coming through strong in the finish. Not like biting into the fruit itself but, the taste you would get from the juice, slightly sour with some grapefruit taste as well. Sour on the aftertaste. Citrus, orange, guava and grapefruit juices mixed together. Nice and crisp, light bodied with balanced amount of carbonation. Great beer to drink on a Summer day!

Photo of Mosley1212
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into two DFH Snifters. Shared with my girflriend, Meggie88.

A--Cloudy orange with an amber tint. There was also a foamy bright-white head, about 2" that didn't dissipate quickly. It lasted most of the drink.

S--Sweet citrus. Papaya, guava, and mango. Then comes a Belgian yeasty smell. This is followed by a slight hint of pepper.

T--Citrus is present on the front in. The sweet guava is very appealing. Then comes a wave of pepper and finishes with the yeast. The sourness of this wasn't overwhelming, but was present.

M--Light-bodied. This has a slight carbonation to it.

O--This is a good saison. Very representative of the style IMO. Not my favorite Cigar City brew, but for this time of the year in Miami, I enjoyed it tremendously.

Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a mahogony reddish brown color with very good clarity. A foamy finger of dirty brown foam sits on top and leaves some loose webs of lacing.

S - Fruity, guava, melons, cantaloupe and rather tart. A bit different than I thought it would be - interesting.

T - Quite tart, very surprising for a saison - fruity with the guava and melony aspects of the aroma coming thru quite solidly. Lactic and acetic tartness is quite high and a bit puckering.

M - Medium body with a fairly strong carbonation...acidity and tartness and tartness leave a lasting impression well beyond the swallow.

O - 2nd saison of the night and we are two for two with unexpected sours. Really not at all what I expected before opening the bottle. Sour/tartness really gives this a wildness and makes it hard to think of this as a saison. It isn't bad, but certainly isn't going to blow you away either - even looking at it as a sour. Good to have tried it, but I won't go out of my way to find this again.

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange tinted amber color with a finger and a half of off white head that leaves a layer throughout the pour. Nice head retention.

Smell: A bit funky and sour with sweet tropical fruit.

Taste: Quite acidic. Tart and a bit vinegary with the fruity flavor from the guava. Along with the acidity, there is some spice in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation. The finish is slick and a bit unremarkable.

Overall: When I was at the brewery, I had the less sour version of this beer. I'm not sure which one I prefer, but this was a nice sour fruit beer.

Photo of jmadrigal2
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with my wife

A - Amber colored beer with about a finger of head. Left nice lacing on glass.

S - Definitely smell the fruit in this one. Green apple guava with just a little funkiness.

T - Really liked the taste of this one. Sweet with a slight tartness. Taste reminds me of a wild ale but not sour enough. Nice clean finish. Perfect for summer.

M - Body was medium to light with good carbonation.

O - Liked this beer a lot and hope to get another bottle in the future.

Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for opening this one up. 750ml bottle served in a Bells tulip. Pours a hazy burnt orange with no head, just a thin, bubbly band around the edges. Some lacing, but weak legs. Nose is pretty fantastic - lots of tropical fruit character, a tartness, cork and medicinal phenols as the brew warms. It actually reminds me a bit of Duck Duck Gooze in some ways. Taste is tart, citrusy, salty and a bit medicinal. These qualities really overwhelm any suggestion of tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a prickly, overly assertive carbonation, acidic and astringent. Overall - if you're expecting a Saison, you aren't going to get any of the classic qualities here. In my opinion, it's closer to an American Wild. It's definitely an interesting brew, but not something I would seek out again. All and all, less sour and tart than medicinal.

Photo of KAP1356
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a DFH Signature glass...

A - A very hazy, intense orange color - almost a darker creamsicle color. Nice fluffy eggshell white head forms, about 1.5 fingers thick, retains very nicely.

S - Wow. Sour aromas with the guava being nice and prominent. Other fruits are present as well: tangerine, oranges and some apples and pear. There is some farmhouse funkiness that I was looking for as well. Nice nose for sure.

T - Followed the nose very closely. Funky sourness mixed with delicious, juciy fruits. Nice mix of flavors and I get some mango and slight pepperiness to it as well.

M - Light to medium bodied with pretty substantial carbonation which was nice on the tongue. Quite refreshing and a nice summer beer!

O - Really enjoyed this one and I have had it several times. Like the mix of flavors and really dig how tropical the fruits are. Nice work!

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me this seemed like one of those hit or miss beers.

A - Amber colored beer with a dense head that had great retention. Nice stick on the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of tropical fruit, the guava is pretty easy to pick out. Some citrus fruit, oranges in particular, as well as some mild green apples.

T - Saison is a nice style to try this with, as it won't overwhelm the fruit if and can make it more of a focus for the beer. The taste followed the nose, with nice guava, apples, and citrus in there. Pretty good stuff.

M - Light bodied with active carbonation.

O - Nice beer, something that would really hit the spot if I was in the mood for a guava beer. I've heard there was some batch variance in this, but the one I have is worth trying.

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To date, this was the single weirdest farmhouse brew I've ever taste. Seriously, nothing else even comes close.

I split this with my wife in our resort hotel room in Universal Studios Orlando before heading out for an amazing lunch at Emeril's on the City Walk.

A: Intensely compact, orange color, with absolutely no light passing through the thick vat of fruity goodness. Very frothy (nitro tap-like) solid white head, that retained itself and then some.

S: If I had smelled this thing sight unseen, and without knowing any better, I would have pegged it as an American Wild Ale. Sour, extremely fruity, but with a mild farmhouse-like funk once I truly searched for it.

T: First of all, what exactly does guava itself taste like? No matter I guess. As for this beer, it had a leather (think "Fruit Roll-up") quality. Personally, I got a tremendous amount of mango husk, along with banana on the back end. Additionally, the sour, or "Sweet Tart" personality of the thing gave it the old off Flanders Aud Bruin treatment.

M: Like I stated before, this sucker was leathery... and sour, full, complex, tropical, and somewhat tangy. There was minimal lacing and the sweetness wasn't cloying and didn't linger at all.

O: I certainly couldn't have this stuff every day, and would definitely need be in the mood for it beforehand. However, this was brew was pretty cool.

NOTE: I've heard that the recipe for this year has changed fro. Last year to this year. Supposedly last year's was sour and in this years version, the fruity was the driving force. I'll venture to guess that I just had last year's, so I picked up a couple more bottles for comparison.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet (first batch, I'm told). Thanks to sendsilk for the trade.

A crackling, intense tan head builds with a gentle pour, almost spilling out of the glass but eventually settling to a thin wisp of bubbles. Body is a hazed copper-orange hue with iced tea at the margins. Acetone & vinegar dominate the nose, but guava fruit is quick to follow suit. Sweet, floral, and fragrant with backings of honeysuckle and grapefruit peel.

The flavor is decidedly more tart than the aroma suggested, but the guava again saves the day with a fruity, juicy balance. Hints of acetone in the finish amplified by a spritzy carbonation level. Body is somewhat thin and, again, the bubbles are massive and numerous--a bit too soda-like for me. Still, a very tasty, very unique beer and a great summer beer despite the 8% ABV. Cigar City has a winner with Guava Grove.

Photo of Klym
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep brownish orange with a frothy head that dies down.

S: Medium tart apple cider, grapefruit with some cherry. Honestly I don't get any guava in the nose but what is there isn't off putting.

T: Theres the guava! Strong delicious wave of guava hits in the beginning and like a wave that passes over leaves behind a grape sodaish, grapefruit, and appealingly tart green apple taste. I was a little skeptical about this beer but this is nice.

M: Lighter bodied than it looks with a very pleasing mouthfeel. Effervescent and refreshing, making it a great summer drink.

O: I read another review here that, if I recall correctly, stated very strongly that this really disappointed the reviewer as a potential summer beer but I have to say I really disagree. This is just the sort of thing I would pop open on my lawn chair on a hot summer day (assuming it's served quite cold). Another nice thing about this beer is that I didn't see a big flavor transition as it warmed up so I feel like you can pretty guiltlessly drink this ice cold. Really, super drinkable and pretty delicious with a good mouthfeel. My first cigar city and it has me interested!

Photo of codynevels
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL Bottled poured into a The Bruery Tulip

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one.

Pours a muddled rust orange color with dark gold edges. The head is white and thin and leaves nice lacing. The smell on this beer is incredibly aromatic. It explodes with ripe tropical fruit, a slight funkiness and tart citric acid. Also has smell like orange pulp. The taste is also ripe tropical fruit. It is very juicy and has a fair amount of citric acid tartness without being overly sour. Has a medium body and a fair amount of carbonation and goes down very easily.

Overall, I found this beer to be fantastic. It seemed more like a Wild Ale than a Saison to me. This was the major surprise hit at our tasting that night. Tart, juicy, fruit forward and refreshing at the same time. I will definitely be looking to find more bottles of this.

Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.