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Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

860 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 297
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 GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GarthDanielson, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of bbeane
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 $$$

CHEERS

bbeane, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Agold
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Agold, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of treehugger02010
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

treehugger02010, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Brittmb29
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Brittmb29, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

xnicknj, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of whitehouse50
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

whitehouse50, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of vande
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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....

vande, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

RickS95, May 29, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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...

philbe311, May 28, 2011
Photo of jgagne
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice deep orange hue with small white head. Looks like a normal Saison but once you have a taste the word normal will
disappear quick.

S-The first whiff is a strong sense of guava and other tropical fruit. And as you pay even more attension you get a nice smell of bananas. Really a great smell.

T-The taste caught me off guard. Not like any other saison i have had, actually like any beer i have ever had. This beer is extremely fruity with spicy undertones, but its not your traditional citruis taste you get with a saison, the guava adds a complicated taste. There is also a strong tartness.

M-medium body with high carbonation. A littile to high of carbonation for my taste.

O-i feel torn on this beer. On one hand i love the way it looks smells and feels, i also admire the innovation in this beer. On the other hand i am just not in love with how it tastes. Maybe with less carbonation i would enjoy it more but i still think i prefer a traditional saison. I'm glad i tried it but just not my favorite

jgagne, May 26, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ktrillionaire, good meeting him at DLD too.

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

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

ChadQuest, May 24, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to kkipple for sharing this one while on the bus this weekend! Served from bottle into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, fruit, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonaton. Overall this was an excellent brew. I had this a long time back via a growler and absolutely loved it. Not a lot has changed since this... This is a great brew and the sour/tart aspect really shines through on this one with flying colors. I would never have guessed this was a Saison if I didn't already know. Really glad I to try this one again. Get this one on your palate, you won't regret it!

thagr81us, May 23, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Umm, guava? Light orange color, nice lacing. Off the sweet taps of Rattle N Hum. Yeah, so, I'm not the most familiar with the guava taste, but now I feel like I have a pretty good idea. Very interesting flavor combination. The guava and yeast play a great game, impossible to decide a winner. A little sour, a little sweet, guava fruity. There's a bit of funk in there as well and it finishes surprisingly dry for the initial flavor. Unique has been said before, and it will be said again. Digg it.

dragonWhale, May 22, 2011
Photo of Paulcom11
2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This tasted closer to a sparkling wine than a beer. A very fizzy mouthfeel. The guava comes through nicely. This was in a large pint bottle, but all I needed was half a glass. As suggested in other reviews it could be interesting how this beer ages, it might be smoother, more drinkable.

Paulcom11, May 20, 2011
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 drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, May 16, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful unfiltered deep copper with orange highlights. Large fluffy, thick, pillowy head of 4 inches erupts upon pouring and holds lengthy retention. Spotty lacing in its wake.

Clove, banana, tropical fruits, yeast, spicy esters, white pepper, gravel, and then the guava aromas come through. The bitterness of the rind as well as the sweet nectar in the middle.

Quite the tasty treat we have here. Great mouth feel, obviously big spritzy, tongue clearing carbonation considering it's a saison. Lovely acidity, light funk, earth, bready malts in the middle, Belgian spice, yeasty, effervescent, tropical, layers of guava, clove, and banana peel. Love the way the guava adds length and depth to the finish. Delicious.

mcallister, May 14, 2011
Photo of saintwarrick
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey brew with a big foamy white head, a lot like a Belgian gold, it lingers. You can smell the tartness in the next room, this brew comes out full force: A fruity funkiness. Taste is overwhelmingly tart, making this a sipping brew. Some sour notes mix in with the guava and the fruitiness of a saison. Definite alcohol presence at the end. Big and unique brew, closer to a true lambic than a saison. Getting some age on this one might do some good.

saintwarrick, May 10, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle courtesy of Amie straight from Florida - thanks for the opportunity to try this! Poured into two tulips.

A: Gusher! Huge, obnoxious amount of billowy slightly off-white head, even with the gentlest of pours. Dark orange, way darker than I was expecting for this beer. Not bad but the gusher-status of this beer is a detractor from it's appearance.

S: Sweet notes of passion fruit, grape and peach. Lactic tart notes come through as well, something I wasn't expecting but it's very nice and welcomed in this instance.

T: Tart lemon, funky and sour brett notes, oak, white grape juice. I don't really get any guava as it seems to be masked by the overall funk character this beer has. It's not done right, either - a rather flimsy example.

M: Bubbly, crisp and clean, this medium-bodied mouth feel is quite nice for the style.

This seems to be another "miss" in Cigar City's attempts to make a funky, brett-esque beer. Why on earth they are taking a would be nice, guava infused Saison and putting it through their rather awful wild fermenting process is beyond me. STOP doing this - and if you're going to - refine and master the process.

ShanePB, May 09, 2011
Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers dense eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the head billowed nicely as well. the body was a dark amber color.
s - sour fruits, mainly citrus, but some underlying sweetness started to poke through.
t - citrus, bananas, with some yeastiness. the finish is fruity and spicy.
m - slick and medium, very creamy.
o - intense and complex on the palate. a great beer and one meant to be shared.

GPHarris, May 09, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to beerwolf77 for sharing!

(A)- Gusher! Pours a cloudy golden orange color that produced a giant foamy tan to off-white colored head. Good retention with some lace left behind.

(S)- A big burst of sour oak and guava fruit. Even some lemon, lime, and a mild Brett funk in there too.

(T)- Sour! A big sour burst of guava and citrus notes with dry oak and white grape. A nice acidity on the backend with even more bursts of oak.

(M)- A huge carbonation level hence the gushing opening. Very crisp and very effervescent on the tongue with a good sour and fruity acidity level.

(D)- A Saison? More like a solid wild ale to me! A great burst of sour and acidic characters with a bigger carbonation level and a nice fruit profile. If the carbonation level was just toned down a bit, this would be very fantastic. The big surprise of our evening.

sweemzander, May 08, 2011
Photo of pburland23
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with about half a finger of white head which quickly receded to a thin, wispy layering. Nice looking pour.

Aroma. Wow. Incredibly strong, tropical fruit scents. As soon as you open the bottle, the guava jumps right out at you. Further inhales bring even more tropical fruit, some yeastiness and unfortunately a little astringency around the edges which effectively ruined much of the preceding aroma.

Taste. This is a complex brew. Each sip starts out incredibly tart. It reminds me of eating sweet tarts as a kid. Then tropical fruit becomes the main attraction. In addition to the guava, I'm get a hint of banana as well. Finally, there's touch of Belgian yeasty funk and some sweet malts. Many different layers of flavoring in this one. It's not my favorite tasting beer of all time, but I can certainly appreciate the sophistication of this beer.

Beer is medium bodied and fairly lightly carbonated.

Overall, as I said, the taste just isn't doing it for me. The idea is great and the execution in terms of layering and balance is top notch. Just not hitting it off with my palette.

pburland23, May 08, 2011
Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.