Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

870 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 299
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)
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Photo of MufflnMan
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a light, lacy head. Smells of tart fruit and tastes just the same... guava, bananas, little bit of flowery hops. Slightly tart but nicely balanced by a bit of malt in the background. Great example of a saison with some fruitiness to balance it out.

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Flat hazed out orange in color. Forms a small, fizzy head that reduces to just a whiff of white streaks across the top of the beer. No lacing.

S: Delicious and pungent. Tropical fruits and a blend of yeastiness and tartness.

T: Sweet blend of malt and tropical fruits: guava, apple, soursop, whatever. A bit spicy on the finish.

M: Light and crisp; quite refreshing and slightly spicy.

D: Maybe not an entirely traditional version of a Saison, but a interesting and thoroughly enjoyable take on the style.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sleepydave for bringing this bottle over! Turned into an excellent night of Cigar City brews.

Pours a cloudy, muted-orange. Nice, foamy white head with good lacing.

Sweet, fruity guava and earthiness on the nose. Seems like a little bit of sour lacto is coming through. I'm not sure if this is intentional, but it fits well with the rest of the nose. Light, grassy hops.

Sweet, rustic guava on the tongue. Earthy notes with a touch of lacto sourness. Fruit acidity. Sweet and fruity. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but somewhat grainy. Good carbonation with slight acidity throughout.

Overall, this is one tasty saison. The guava plays well with the base beer and it goes down easy. I would definitely recommend this if you like some sweetness or fruit presence in your saisons. Hopefully I can get a taste of the Jolly Guava sometime in the near future.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought the last one at TRT. Poured into a tulip. Very hazy amber color.Thick off white colored heading that tiny bubbles all throughout. Tremendous lacing.

I am glad I didn't read to much into this one as I was very surprised. Extremely tart. Notes of sour apples,guava,peach just makes you think of tropical Florida fruits.

Taste starts off with a quick hit of juiciness.Then followed up with a somewhat grainy funkiness. Always dancing in the background is the sourness with a nice hot booziness just smacking the palate.Leaves a crisp sting on the palate and leaves a slight acidic and spicey note on the tongue.

Mouth is medium bodied,fantastic carbonation,crisp,clean and leaves a nice linger of spicey pepper.

Tremendous sour beer. I just hope they can produce more of this to make it a flagship beer.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with quite a booming head. The beer resembles apple cider in color and opacity. Looking very unfiltered here. Almost a glowing copper color.

S: Aroma is very tart and resembles a Russian River sour. Huge smell of lemon, cherries, mango and of course the guava. Nice notes from the yeast as well, banana comes through with some funk. Nice pairing of must and citrus. Very unexpected.

T: Begins sweet and ends very tart. Definitely a mouthful of citrus. Pineapple and grapefruit. Sweet and sour fruits. Great notes from the yeast again of banana and some spice. Really was not expecting this level of astringency in this one. Definitely not a bad thing to say the least.

M: Feels full bodied and ends very dry and tart. Very interesting beer. Almost a curveball in a glass.

D: For how tart this beer is, the underlying sweetness makes it easily drinkable. The crisp and dry finish is quite enjoyable and the carbonation seems to be at an appropriate level. Very nice.

Photo of Brez07
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Traded with Jefe73 for this one. 750ml bottle split into two wine glasses

A: Peach colored, opaque. Lots of active carbonation. Leaves a 1 finger bubbly white head. Very minimal lacing

S: Inviting peach/guava/mango aroma greets me initially. Good amount of tartness coming through. Seems like this is lambic-lite

T: As noted in the smell, good amount of tartness is present, which I guess I wasn't expecting. Definitely a good thing though. Tropical fruit medley, grapefruit juice and strawberry yougart are all brought to mind. Some barnyard and I swear I tasted a subtle amount of vanilla too

M: Medium bodied. Crisp, refreshing. Good carbonation. Tart, dry finish

D: This one caught me off guard. Very delicious beer. Unexpected tartness combined with a good, but not overdone fruit flavor. Seek this out

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Lots of dense foam to it, so much that the glass is nearly all foam after the first pour. After waiting for it to settle some the beer was a murky orange color.

The aroma has kind of a sour tropical fruit flavor going on. I get a lot of sweeter, pineapple like flavors to it as well as a sour, tart, earthy flavor. Some yeasty, spice flavors came through more as it warmed. Very cool mix of flavors.

The taste starts out with some of the sharp, tart flavors. The fruity, pineapple, mango, sweetness comes in midway. In the finish I get some banana a clove like spice to it. The guava is really cool and good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Overall it was a pretty solid beer. The sour and tart flavors mixed very well together and helped balance each other. I really liked the fruity, guava flavors it had. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

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

Pours out a really cloudy brown with lots and lots of tan suds. Great head here for sure.
Smell is sour bretts. Like a sour apple cider with a cinnamon stick thrown in for good measure.
Taste is spicy and malty with a good hint of sour. Don't know what a guava taste like but this is more of a sour apple flavor. Very good. You can't tell the Alcohol % as it is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the bitterness cleanses the palate for the next anticipated sip.
This is my first rating with the new OVERALL rating system. Overall, this one obliterates!

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A friend brought this back from NYC what seems like forever ago. We finally go around to cracking it tonight. I've never had guava but I really like tropical fruits.

A- Really nice head, its very tightly packed, almost like a meringue. Its a dirty white color. Lots of lacing. The beer started out pretty clear, only a slight haze was present. The color blends from golden to rusted amber in my tapered glass.

S- Much more sour smelling that I expected. This is an honest to goodness sour. Plenty of funk, but the aroma is mostly a nice combination of sour and sweet. Tropical fruits, assuming guava, build the core sweetness and funky, sour secondary fermentation brings some old wood and lemon.

T- Sourness is kept in check by juicy tropical fruits. The sourness is more than enough to call this a sour beer but its polite enough to allow anyone to enjoy this. A little bit of lemon pucker, mango, guava?, and a little bit of farmhousey basement funk.

M- This stuff sparkles and cracks on the tongue. Very fizzy. It pushes the medium body towards the lighter end of the scale. The finish is bone dry, but very quenching.

D- I enjoyed this. I dont think it held many characteristics of a saison, but found this to be a good sour.

Photo of roodie
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

acquired via trade from paulydeets. thanks!

750 mL opened at blue palms brewhouse and shared amongst friends. ~ 5 ozs, poured into a tulip shaped taster glass.

A: poured a beautiful pinkish brown with 1 finger of pillowy, off white/light custard colored foam.

S: sour and funky! sweet, guava definitely present. very intoxicating. could not get enough of the scent.

T: starts off sour, but not enough to make me pucker my lips. just right. ends with a mellow, sweet guava flavor accented with the sourness. the group wasn't sure if this was a sour vs. wild ale vs. a saison, but I think it can represent more than one of these categories!

M: adequate carbonation, fizzy on the tongue, really accents the sourness/tartness. taste lingers, allowing me to savor it and take it slow with my pour.

D: high! I could drink several glasses of this and not get tired of it. no alcohol to be tasted or smelled in this one!

O: I love this beer. anyone want to trade for one? wish this was distributed in CA!

Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BPRESTON for this one! Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Brasseurs De Garde tulip.

Cloudy gamboge liquid with golden highlights, looks just like a block of guava paste. By the final pour, the fruit and lees at the bottom give the beer the opacity of a thick smoothie. Four fingers of rocky yet active ivory foam crests the top of the glass before slowly receding to a maze of insulation. Sticky crystalline lacing.

Subtle aromatics, suggestive of wild yeast (light farmhouse funk), honey, tropical fruit (pineapple?), and citrus.

Bracing tartness on the palate entry, totally unexpeted and surging. Pickled limes and champagne vinegar are painted with shades of fruit-derived sugar as the guava adds it's unique flavor along with a hint of tangerine. Very clean yet potent malt base adds a little more balance, and a mild bitterness with a touch of citrus and gooseberry rounds out the profile. Sweet-tart finish reminds me of artisinal candy with just the lightest dusting of turmeric.

Effervescent, spritzy, crisp, creamy (more so as you work your way towards the bottom of the bottle), and reviving mouthfeel with a bit of heat carrying the flavors throughout your body.

A very unique saison, which works far better than it should. I might expect something like this from Fantôme in fact...though the yeast is a bit more restrained/commercial by comparison in this beer. Very much worth tracking down for lovers of the style who want something original/different...

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A murky orange body with a massive white frothy head that last for some time leaving behind light lacing.

S: A strong sour nose of tropical & tart fruit, slight funk, vinegar, & grains. Very interesting nose.

T: Not what I expected, but by the end of the bottle, loved the flavor. Sour & tart fruit (almost like green apple) upfront followed by a bit of funky yeast, grains, and finishes a bit dry and again very tart. Reminded me of a sour more then anything.

M: Mouth puckering texture, light carbonation & body.

D: I really enjoyed this one. Not for the faint of heart and reminded me more of a sour then anything. Very good. Would definitely get another bottle to have in the summer.

Photo of treehouse
4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wonderful saisoney lemony nose....nice stank

mouthd...sour stinky bright and shiny guavaed lemons...taffy and grapefruitish...wowowowowow..i could drink this all day...goes right to the cheeks...quite malty...up there in carbonation...bubble gummy...all things that are good...

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 2/19/11. 750ml bottle shared by wishuwerebeer.

Poured into a pub glass, this brew produces 3 fingers worth of pillow-like yellowish stained fluff that stands tall and swells atop this brew and above the top of the glass. Very good powers of retention. The brew itself appears a deep copper color with a constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface. Yellow patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is tangy and funky with quite a wild character overtop the Belgian yeast characteristics. There is a bit of a clove scent mixed with some fruity sweet smell that turns more toward the contribution of guava. As it warms some bretty funk indications fill the back of the nose.

The taste is tangy with guava and otter fruited flavors mixed with funk. Lighter bitter tasting before the alcohol gets increasingly noticeable with a fusel flavor that really brings out more of a lacto funkiness as it warms. The guava contribution to a saison is a first for me but it really worked, the guava provides an interesting bitter earthy component that plays well with the funky aspect. That is, until it warms up, very pleasant. Once the brew gets warm the alcohol kick is a bit much and the funk turns more plastic-like in character.

This is a medium bodied brew that is excessively carbonated and very prickly on the tongue. The bubbly aspect of this brew is fitting for the style but kick it back dialed down a bit would be great. The 8% abv in this brew is honestly not hidden at all, it packs a punch like it is swinging at a level above 10%. Overall this brew is a winner, it's interesting and enjoyable and I would like to have it again. However, "naturalists" of the style might forsee the guavas contribution as unwelcomed or taboo.

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

750 mL poured into a pint glass

A - cloudy, opague, ambery yellow; solid head from the carbonation, great lacing, especially for a saison

S - sour, sour, funky guava with Belgian yeast saying hello

T - pucker up! this is one wild, sour saison; super fruity and funky, this is one super bright brew

M - this is much more fizzy than the draughts of this I've had; somewhat dry, but not extremely so

D - like this beer a lot -- it's easy to drink and could serve as a segue/gateway into the wonderful world of sours

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed orange gold color, big plume of prickly white bubbles, good retention and lacing. First whiff brings sweet, watery and puply guava, touches of other fruit souch as apricot and papaya, a bold sour and tart funkyness unexpected, hints of dried hay, light spicing and yeast. First quality noted in the sip is the somewhat strong tart, sour and funky acidic quality, the guava is still the star but the presentation here has me questioning saison as the label states. While not as strong as say a Cascade sour, still a balance of sweet, pulpy and watery fruit and a funky tart and sourness star and overshadow much of the rest of the beer - but i want to stress all this is said in a good way. Fuller side of medium bodied, coating and slightly lingering on the palate. Again, not as i expected (lightly fruited and delicately funky saison) but a pleasent suprise.

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

Pours a crystal clear golden color with the slightest of pink hue. The head is dense yet small, settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is of a sweet fruit, presumably from the guava, and tart fruit, granny apple skins and lemon. Some pepper notes round out the aroma.

The taste is of tart lemon and green apple skins. Some sweet fruit flavors from the guava. I don't pick much up from the yeast. According to the label I should be picking up banana and clove, but I don't. Perhaps the tart fruit flavors prevent this. Very much on the sour spectrum of the saison flavors. Almost tastes like a light sour.

The feel is light, spritzy, and crisp. Drinks very easy. Slightly sweet on the palate but is quite dry throughout.

I like the beer in general. Drinks way easy and has nice dry fruit flavors. I am a bit snobby with my saisons as I like to taste some yeasty goodness. This beer really doesn't display that. With that said, very crisp and clean beer, very enjoyable.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep burnt orange color. A little bit of yeast floating in suspension. The carbonation is quite visible and enjoyable in my Hennepin glass. A finger of white head with a touch of lacing.

S: The nose immediately has me wondering what yeast they used. The yeast itself by the nose falls in between a saison yeast and a sour blend. The fruitiness is right up front. I would never in a million years pick it out as guava but it comes across fairly light and tropical. A touch of acidity in the nose. Quite a lot going on.

T: It just lets the fruit and yeast shine. Starts off with a short tart note never really going full on sour. It almost gets to a point where you can discern some bret in there which IMO makes it more enjoyable. Tons of fruit. Almost like a funky tropical punch.

M: Light bodied. Well carbonated.

D: When I saw this at DeCiccos I was intrigued but was not going to buy it. When I talked to one of the guys there he recommended it and said it was like nothing else. He did not speak untruths. This really is a singular beer. The guava works so well with the saison to bring out all those fruity esters. I am still stuck on the yeast. One sip screams Fantome then the next something less obvious like a US saison yeast with a bret secondary. Really well balanced. A must try.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Have to get a thanks out to zimmerbloke for this one. Its not even local to him and he still got this for me!

A: Knowing what I do about this beer, I was expecting a huge head. I got just that. Even with a careful pour, 2/3 of my Duvel tulip was tightly formed milk white head. It got cloudier with subsequent pours but the color of the body remained... Guava in color? There really isn't any other descriptor needed at this point. Some spotty lacing wrap up the whole package and gives us a nice overall look. 4/5

S: There are the expected tart fruits on the nose. Lots of lacto, vinegar, and a touch of nail polish remover tell me that this is nice and sour. Some vanilla have me thinking wood but I don't think this ever touched a barrel. Interesting none the less. 3.5/5

T: Full disclosure, I just tried a piece of limburger cheese for the first time ever before tasting this beer. Cheese... BAD! Beer... GOOD! After I got the taint of that bacteria riddled dairy product out of my mouth, I was more able to formulate an opinion on the taste. Funk, some of that acetone from the nose, sour grapes, dirty papaya, green apples, and some less than fully ripened nectarines keep GG interesting enough. Hmmm. 3.5/5

M: Moderate body and highly scrubbing carbonation finishes kind of gummy. I wish this was a little more highly attenuated. 3/5

D: For 8% ABV, it drinks like a 4% beer. This would be an awesome food beer! 4/5

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

750ml bottle. Murky orange-tan, with a medium foamy head (served too cold). Sweet guava aroma...apricot, apple tones with some funky yeast tones as well. A complex beer. Sour and fruity. Tart wheaty dryness balances out some of the richness. Belgian-like effervescent mouthfeel. Soft and slightly oily texture. Big and rather brutal at times with its fruity pungency, this is completely original and uniqiue.

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

750ml bottle.

Pours orangy gold with a haze and an inch-plus head of crackling white foam. A thick skim coat remained for the duration of the glass along with plenty of roped lacing.

Aromatics lead off with soured tropical fruit and brett. A hint of vinegar riding atop wet hay, horse sweat, and fruit pith. Citric and sour.

Light to medium bodied with a spritzy, snappy mouthfeel.

Bright acid with a citric burn starts the palate. Vinegar, grapefruit, soured mango, and some lactic nails follow through.

Finishes extremely dry but very fruity, with a building acidic burn and quite sour.

A very interesting beer. As I got into the bottle, it became more challenging and jowel-watering. A sipper for sure. Don't know if the sourness was intentional, but it's a bit over the top. The fruit character is nice but not screaming "Guava!".

Photo of SilentSabre
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL shared among friends. While certainly quite good, I cannot imagine consuming 750mL's of this by one's self.

Poured up a lovely orange caramel colour a bit darker than any other saison I have seen. About an inch of loosely knit foam on top faded away in about 60 seconds or so, but only required moderate agitation to be revitalised.

The saison-type smell was very assertive, and the presence of guava was certainly aggressive, too. There was definitely no question as to the style. Fruity, sour, earthy, and a pungent, mouldy smell that immediately reminded me of penicillium mould in bleu cheeses.

All of the nuances in the smell translated over to the flavour, as well, along with a spicy heat in the back of the throat upon swallowing. This is a rather unusual saison, as it seems to introduce some complexities to the style that I've not seen in other American representations of this style; it's a rather unique beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasantly carbonated given the style.

As unique an experience as this was, and as much as I enjoyed this one, I must say, it was quite assertive and I'm glad there were two others with whom I could share this.

After having a few sips and taking notes for this review, we then
had brought out a plate of Maytag bleu, Midnight Moon goat cheese, some raspberry jam, and rum soaked dates with small dish of crackers. The earthy, mouldy nuances of the beer and the bleu cheese and raspberry jam went wonderfully together!

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

My first beer with guava. As a kid, I used to eat a lot of guava jelly on toast. I've enjoyed a lot of Cigar City brews on my trip to Tampa, and thought "Why not?"
In a snifter the beer was a hazy amber color with a huge tan head and a bit of lace.
One sniff and I was transported back to my youth. Guava predominated, some orange. Earthy, peppery spice.
Great taste, just not quite what the aroma promised. Guava, citrus, clove.
Nice and crisp, good finish.
Drinkable in the sense of wanting one again. Just not immediately.

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