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Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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848 Ratings

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 296
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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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

07-11-2011 00:31:15 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Klym


4.03/5  rDev +1%

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!

07-09-2011 22:45:50 | More by Klym
Photo of codynevels


4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

07-09-2011 19:37:02 | More by codynevels
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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Drank this one on a blistering south Florida afternoon and expected something fruity and refreshing but this one came very close to drain pour territory. Looks and smells fine, hazy orange with a good head and tangy aroma, but the flavor is a mess, unpleasantly sour and with a rotted fruit thing going on that was extremely unappetizing. Reminded me of my friend's very amateurish homebrewing experiments with fruit. just awful.

As another reviewer said, nobody thinks sour when they hear guava. It's a very sweet, rounded flavor that can almost be cloying and syrupy....none of that was present here. I like sour beers as a style but this one didn't have the appealing tartness you expect from a sour. Just rancid fruit.

EDIT: I will go back and try this one again. Got a feeling I got an infected bottle. I know about sour beers, this one had more of a rot thing going on.

07-05-2011 20:50:47 | More by tobelerone
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Purchased at the brewery by Purplecloud. Thanks, bro!

A: deep amber color with slight haze, nice creamy head
S: acetic acid nose, is this a saison or a sour?
T: funk, acetic, with good malt and underlying fruit, definitely different and a decent drink
M: tastebuds go through the whole gamut of sour, sweet, cloying
O: good beer but just don't know what it's supposed to be in the beer style world

06-26-2011 23:42:42 | More by wisrarebeer
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a really nice strong copper with some haze and some slight brown notes. There is a nice almost permanent 1.5 inch head. The head is very dense and lasts a very long time. REally nice appearance.

S - Aromas of citrus fruits, some lemon as well as some nice tart Granny Smith apples and some pear notes. There is some toasty malt and some slight peppery spice as well. There are some slight sweet notes and there is also some nice guava picked up in teh nose.

T & M - Starts off with some nice funk and tartness. Some slight balsamic vinegar and some white wine notes are present. There is also some nice fruity apple and some pear. The middle shows us some nice peppery spice with some nice slight clove notes. There is some nice dryness in the middle that then turns back into some nice tartness and slight guava sweetness. It is pretty delicious and the sweetness balances out the sour notes. There is some more lemon and also a nice funk. Light and refreshing mouthfeel that has some higher carbonation and good funky and chalky yeast notes. There is a good dryness that finishes out the beer.

O - This beer is pretty delicious and has some mild sour notes but they are still quite prevalent. The flavors are all very well crafted but work very well together. Good sour and funky Saison.

06-26-2011 23:31:49 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

Visited CCB yesterday and this is the beer I bought. Served in my hotel room in a small glass provided in the room. Not ideal, but the lacing is telling me that it's at least clean. Loved visiting CCB, but this isn't their best offering.

The appearance is pretty good. Hazy light copper with a seafoam consistency white head. Good staying power on it, too.

The nose is a dulled 3711 saison (they told me this is the strain and it's decently easy to see). Slightly spicy and belgiany, but also the word dirty keeps coming to my mind. Not quite sure why, but it's definitely there.

The flavor is also initially a standard 3711 (could I have homebrewed that?), but it has a nice, full guava flavor that comes in afterward. Interesting and unique, it redeems the flavor of the beer. I'l definitely keep going through the rest of the bottle. My friend splitting it with me says that it has some hefe type notes. Not sure that I agree (might be more Belgian Wit IMO), but it's a decent comment.

Overall, this was a mostly forgettable and just decent beer, but the guava undertones save it from complete mediocrity. I liked CCB, but this wasn't the best offering.

06-25-2011 18:20:55 | More by UTCengOwl
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

pours a light reddish/orange color. big white head that sticks to the walls. smell is brett-funkish, with some saison yeast and a light caramel aroma thrown in for good measure. Much more sour than I remember this being on tap. slightly fruity, but the sourness is what really comes through here. Less of a saison than it is a sour beer. Dry as well. Not so much reminiscent of wilds as it is flemish sours. Lively and very carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, this is a strange beer and I don't quite know how to rate it. On draft i remember this being refreshing and fruity and now it's very sour.

06-24-2011 00:37:47 | More by Blanco
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

06-23-2011 15:16:41 | More by MasterSki
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

750 ml bottle. No dates. Reviewed 5/22/11.

A giant, orange-tan head explodes out of the bottle, sitting atop a brilliant orange body. Head takes its time settling, leaving a dense cover.

Big sourness on the nose, brett-like. 'Scratch and Sniff' guava aromas, a little artificial smelling, but also exactly what guava smells like. Sour apple and pineapple. The sourness absolutely dominates the nose.

Initial punch of sourness. Wow! Flavors of sour apple, pineapple and to a lesser extent, guava and banana. The bitterness does subside a bit with a couple of sips, and a cracker malt base becomes evident. Some Belgian yeast and lemon sourness starts to come out. Finish has a persisting guava flavor, but again, it's enveloped by sourness.

I've had some sour saisons, but this destroys them all. I was expecting a slightly more sweet flavor profile based on the name, but hey, I'm not complaining. This is a great beer.

06-23-2011 04:44:17 | More by litheum94
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

This beer pours a sunset Orange in color with a one finger self destructive head. It smells of lightly sweet guava juice with a light tartness. It actually kind of smells like sweet tarts. The flavor is an in your face acidic fruit juice with a dry yeasty finish. I didn't expect it to be this tart after the initially sweet nose. It's solid but lost between a traditional saison and a true sour, which is fine. Overall its an interesting beer and an interesting drink. Mad props to the random customer who passed on the positive karma.

06-21-2011 23:28:17 | More by aasher
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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

A- Pours a mrky orange with an inch head that recedes to a thin layer. Good head retention and lacing.

S- Smells like a sour. Oranges.

T- Whoa, definitely fruits. Guava, oranges and other tropical fruit. Tart, semi-puckering. A cross between a saison and a tame sour.

M- Well carbonated as one might have guess. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Loved it, as did everyone else. Very different. Mmm mmm. Alcohol was well hidden so I poured myself another. Recommended.

06-21-2011 00:16:43 | More by Duff27
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

750ml bottle poured into my Cigar City snifter.

A - Hazy dark orange with a huge head of densely-packed off-white bubbles. Great retention!
S - Amazing aromas of tart tropical fruit, lemon juice, coriander, and Belgian funk. Kinda reminds me of a tropical Gueuze!
T - More tart tropical fruit with a definite Saison backbone. Notes of sweet bready malt, spicy coriander, banana, and Belgian yeast meld wonderfully with the guava. Finish is long and intense, and actually reminds me of the mouth-puckering sensation you get from an unripe papaya!
M - Very crisp, with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Finish is rather dry, and a bit astringent.
O - Easily the most unique Saison I've ever had! Very well done!

06-17-2011 04:27:20 | More by jsanford
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Picked up a bomber, and poured in a weisse vase. The beer pours with a ton of foam out of the bottle, but settles into a bright, slightly opaque orange-caramel coloring with a final settle of about an inch of frothy, foamy, big bubbled head. Aromas are astringent, and robust with pepper and coriander spices, a little booze, some citrus sweetness and tangy guava. Body is slick and slightly oily, but with a decent lacing. Flavor is straightforward and tangy fruit sweetness, with orange and peach, ending on the guava again, with a boozey balance. The aftertaste is floral and spicy, with dry and slightly puckering finish. Very tasty.

06-16-2011 21:54:47 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

06-15-2011 02:53:45 | More by Rifugium
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4.43/5  rDev +11%

A- Poured into a DFH chalice... starts with a soft white head with good retention and lacing. Beer is a cloudy amber color

S- Very strong with notes belgian yeast and fruit

T- Excellent. Starts with a tartness which is then accompanied by belgian yeast and spices. Tartness intensifies and is joined by some peppery notes in the finish

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

O- A great and unique beer... I wish I had had the chance to buy more of these ones. Definitely worth the $$$


06-13-2011 01:04:51 | More by bbeane
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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Got this one on tap at pinocchios in media.

When it poured, there was a huge billowy white head which quickly receded to q slight ring. This beer is orange and opaque. Nothing special. The aroma is very nice. Lots of tropical fruit and a background of saison spice. The flavor is the same, except instead of just thinking tropical, I can specifically pick out the guava. Very nice. Mouthfeel is nice and light, perhaps a mild astringency. Unortunately, this is a bit undercarbonated, despite the large head originally. Very nice tropical summery saison.

06-12-2011 19:23:01 | More by Agold
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

I bought a bottle of this at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Fl. I poured it into a snifter glass.
Appearance: The body is a murky tan color. The head is small, creamy, great retention, good lacing, and a brilliant white color. 4
Smell:qqddqdfedq The aromas are belgiany, tartness, and tropical notes. 4.5
Taste: The flavors are very tart, guava, and orange/banana. 4
Mouthfeel: The body is thin with a crisp lingering finish. 3.5
Drinkability: The beer is very tasty. 4
Don't drink and review.

06-11-2011 23:00:52 | More by treehugger02010
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3.95/5  rDev -1%

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.

06-10-2011 03:09:22 | More by tempest
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from 25.4 oz bottle, cold from fridge into pokal style pilsner glass:

A- Begins with a beautiful fluffy slightly off white head 2 fingers, dissipates to less than a finger of bubbly foam head. very hazy golden-orange body.

S- MMM one of the nicest and strongest smelling beers i've had lately. malty yeast sweetness, banana clovey scents move to citrus hop and then guava tartness.

T- full maltyness, interesting character from belgian yeast strain less banana and clove in taste. guava is not present in full mouth but comes out as the palate drys, definite guava in the aftertaste. this ale's sweetness is balanced by come hoppy bite mid sip, great belgian ale for me.

M- Medium as expected from hazy but a nicer feel. 8 % abv with good carbonation let it finish more dry.

D- After having finished a beer and a half i was surprised to read it was 8 %! For the alcohol it might be too drinkable but a bottle a person would be a nice small session. Taste is great and not too clingy so i sipped it down easily.

I will definitely get a few more bottles next time i see it!

06-09-2011 03:50:59 | More by Brittmb29
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with some darker gold hues. A layer of white head retains while drinking, leaving lacing and film littered around the glass.

A fragrant nose of fruit with a noticeable sweetness from the guava puree. Tropical touches with pear and faint tartness, some spicy notes as well.

Spice and fruit up front with some sweeter tones. Guava is pretty prevalent with some pear, apple, and juiciness. Some funky notes and suggestions of tartness which pepper the tongue. Finishes a bit sweet and juicy with almost no suggestion of alcohol.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a bit creamy and pleasant on the palate. Definitely a delicious saison, and I like the addition of guava - although I remember this being much tarter out of the bottle than it was on tap.

06-08-2011 03:32:29 | More by xnicknj
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from a 750 into a Unibroue snifter. $12 per bottle.

A- dark golden hazy color with a huge fluffy head that leaves some lacing

S- some fruity and guava aromas with a distinct bite

T- similar to the smell but there's a lot more fruits and a much sharper and heavy sour bite to it. It appears to be a bit sour too, is that normal?

M- medium body that lingers and lingers

Overall this is quite a different saison. It could be refreshing on a really hot day. I found this similar to the Duchesse de Bourgogne but more sour, fruity and tart. I wonder if there are other sour beers out there that are similar but I have not had many to try and compare. Not a bad beer but not sue how I feel about it yet. As the label states it is certainly unlike any other saison I have ever had. I probably won't be buying this one again but it was certainly a memorable experience.

06-06-2011 00:16:55 | More by whitehouse50
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4.43/5  rDev +11%

A ~ a glowing golden coppery color with a finger thick head, retaining quite nicely

S ~ Immediate fruit - upon opening, upon pouring... Fruit.. Sourness, tangy, fruit!

T ~ Guava right away. Sour-tarty quaility going on. Very likeable beer on a 80 degree night.

M ~ Creamy, carbonated feel going on.. Makes the mouth pucker a bit too.

O ~ I'm very glad I was able to get a bottle of this and would greatly snag more in the future. Definite beer to enjoy in the summer time or spring.

**Popped a bottle last night, 9/16....I don't think it was Guava Wild, but sure had a funk too. Way more so than the first bottle. Infected I think.... which made it more OK then Great as I was looking for what I had the first time....

06-04-2011 03:21:11 | More by vande
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Pours an orangy/copper/burnt gold/peach color. In typical Belgian fashion, you can almost see the spices in the liquid. The head is about as big as I've ever seen. Full of small white, craterous bubbles, it sticks around forever.

All you can smell is that crazy, fruity Belgian yeast. It's sort of sweet and sort of sour and sort of fruity.

The taste is strange, and I'm undecided on whether it's good or bad. It's so cleansing and carbonated that it masks some of the tastes because your mouth can't take it all in. Like the smell, the taste is that Belgian yeast, though the guava flavor does come through (I'm assuming that 'extra' it's got is guava). It has certain champagne-like characteristics.

I'm also undecided on the mouthfeel. It's extremely carbonated. There is a sweetness and a spiciness, but the carbonation takes over in the finish and it's both slightly bitter and extremely dry.

It's a good beer overall. It's possible some aging would mellow the beer and if that's the case, most of my scores will go up. Though it's got some nice flavors and is enjoyable, it's somewhat difficult to drink because of the tartness and dryness.

05-29-2011 03:36:19 | More by RickS95
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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

A - A fingers worth smooth silky creamy ecru colored head with a few larger chunky bubbles mixed in... Moderate retention gives way a slightly splotchy milky way like lacing and thin collar... Light small bubbled carbonation that seems sporadic in nature... A very slight haze... The color is that of an orangish amber...

S - There is a lot going on here... Sweet fruit which I assume is the guava mixed with other tropical fruits... A touch of vinegar... Some wheat notes... A good bit of funkiness... Wet dog...

T - A surprising tartness from the beginning... A mix of fruits... Passion fruit... Peach... Apricot... Pineapple juice... Lemon zest... I'm guessing there's some guava mixed in as well... Wheat... Lots of funk on the finish...

M - Strong carbonation from the get go... Chalky... medium bodied... Moderately chewy??? Rather aggressive and sharp all the way around...

D - An interesting concept with decent at best execution... Neither a hit nor a miss, but would only recommend if you think this may be of interest... Probably my list favorite Cigar City offering to date...

05-28-2011 02:26:50 | More by philbe311
Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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