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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 MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

MbpBugeye, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of roodie
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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!

roodie, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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...

augustgarage, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

BrewCrew2010, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of treehouse
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
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...

treehouse, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

stakem, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of vapodge
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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

vapodge, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

rfgetz, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Gmann, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

aerozeppl, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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

hopsbreath, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

chickenflea, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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!".

brewandbbq, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of SilentSabre
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

SilentSabre, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

lordofthewiens, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
2.28/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours a bone white, steep head that settles quickly into a loose rocky formation. Average lace. Apricot brown color.

S - Sweet apple aroma. The bitterness could come out as unripe guava, but also cider just as easily.

T - Flavors pop right off the bat. Blast of sour fruit, probably the guava, but not explicitly so. Apple cider. Incredibly tart, with an almost fermented / rotten-fruit character. Plasticy booze. Caught a surprising mushroom / parmesan savoryness in the finish.

M - Finishes remarkably dry for the tart sweetness. Well carbonated. Medium light body.

D - While extremely novel (think Flemish Sour / apple / saison), the profile carries a lot of flavors that just didn't sit well on my palate.

vfgccp, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to DmanGTR for this brew!!!

A: A hazy, but vibrant medium amber, white head on top, though iot quickly fades to a ring of white bubbles.

S: Immediately there is a bit of a sour pucker, and a touch of vinegar. Behind the sour is a nice sweetness with some tropical fruit aromas.

T: The tartness isn't nearly as present in the taste. Though there does seem to be quite a good bit of funk in here. There is a nice peachy thing (perhaps the guava?) going on in the finish. A slight peppery note. Nice.

M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation, and a dry finish.

D: Good overall, I was surprised by the tartness in this, I suppose I shouldn't have since it is a saison. The fruit is mellow but noticeable, and not artificial.

Beejay, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

wow...i really don't know what to say here...and i don't think i've ever had a beer that i can't figure out...its kinda like pee-wee herman....you just don't know what to make of it!!!

appearance is nice a dark dark orange or brown in color....with a nice little head....and ok lacing....

smell...now here is where it gets tricky....smells like vinegar...but if you really smell into it...tropical fruits...but not banana none at all!....maybe grapes too...

taste is almost way different than the smell....i get a lot of grape..cheap wine taste....and on the back end there is this dry....funky thing going on....really odd....

the mouth feel is very dry....this is the only thing thats true to style withe the saison....

not very drinkable....one glass will do you...but i gotta drink this whole bottle by myself....

i don't know what this beer is, or where it fits...but i don't really feel like it falls into the category of saison!!

nickthegun12, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of cosmo4u
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

was excited to try this beer when I first got my hands on a bottle. It poured an cloudy almost murky color with little head.

the bitter taste hit me right away with a hard carbination follow, which faded fast and left a silky guava taste. Its not as fruity as I thought it would be and am a little let down by that. If I could get over the initial bitter taste i'd like it so much more. I might be off in saying this, but I feel it borders on a sour.

cosmo4u, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: this beer pours a beautiful apricot amber color, it really is
almost enchanting. the head is composed of fairly fine bubbles, but barely reaches a half inch high or so.
S: damn it smells good. the fresh guava fruit emmenating from the glass is so inviting. i havent smelled anything this good in quite a while. there are some other fruit smells as well, perhaps fresh squeezed orange, mangos, just abundant with tropical fruits.
T: this is so much more intense flavorwise than the nose leads you to believe. theres tons of action here, guava, mango, citrus everywhere. theres a some kind of funky flavor on the backend that i dont really know how to explain, and im neither fond of it, nor like it that much, but ill deal.
M: its a little prickly with the carbonation level and certain distinct flavors meshing together. i also feel like its significantly heavier amd bolder than many other offerings of the style ive had. on the same note ive never had a saison thats supported by such a distinct fruit like this.
D: its delicious now, but i can see it gettin heavy towards the end. glad i have someone to share it with.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another one brought back from my recent trip to FL, courtesy of Jw347. thanks john!

750ml bottle. sampled oct 28/2010.

pours super hazy deep orange with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a bunch of lace as it falls.

aroma is wacky. lemony sourness and loads of funk paired with a huge fruity character. bit of cider vinegar. horse blanket and leather. lots of tropical fruit - mango, papaya, guava, pineapple. wheat bread and cracker. bit of grain. light alcohol. light caramel and honey sweetness.

taste is neat. lemon and a hint of cider vinegar. big funky horse blanket character. bit of leather. tropical fruit again, a bit more skin and pithy this time. grainy. whole wheat bread. cracker. lightly warming alcohol. hint of smoke. raw oak and wood. slightly tannic. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-light body with a nice dry finish. just under medium carbonation.

drinkability is pretty good. hides most of its alcohol. interesting fruity character. a cool funky and fruity saison.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just the slightest of haze in the bronze colored liquid. A very thin head forms and quickly goes away. Not much for lacing. Looks like it suffers from a lack of carbonation. Very interesting aroma. A combination of tart and spice. The guava is readily apparent along with hints of tropical fruit. The flavor was not as impressive. A little tartness upfront with plenty of fruit flavors. Finishes with some spice notes. The saison gets a bit lost under the fruit. The body suffers from very low carbonation. Feels thin as well. I like a little bit more life out of this style. Besides the carbonation issues, the flavor just did not click with me. That is something carbonation is not going to fix.

morimech, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Bright orange body with a loosely formed white head that retains quite well, but doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

Plenty of tart fruitiness in the nose. I suppose this can be attributed to the guava, but it's somewhat indistinct; it could just as easily be, say, freshly sliced tart apples. Some cloves and a touch of earthiness.

Pretty tasty stuff. Yeasty and tangy/fruity with a modest amount of clove-spiked sweetness. Midswallow an an earthy/woodsy/funky combo comes into play. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation with a dryish finish. Some piney hops are oddly out of place, which is really my only complaint with this beer. Some time in the cellar would probably smooth that out nicely.

Overall impression: I didn't really pick up a whole lot of guava, but this was pretty enjoyable.

PDXHops, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks go out to scottyshades for the hook up on this one. Review is from notes taken on 1/20/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery and orange color and it starts with a pretty scant head, which I find odd for the style, of about a 1/4 finger of slightly off-white foam that quickly fades to a thin and incomplete scum on the surface with a slightly thicker ring around the surface; body is very cloudy, but plenty of light plows through it and it shows plenty of carbonation bubbling up;

Smell: Hmmm... Interesting. Smell contains a lot of fruity esters that are definitely tart, citric and tropical, but there is definitely a strong resemblance to beers from Jolly Pumpkin and there's a bit of a brett essence to it; slight Belgian spiciness to it that is lightly peppery and some yeast round out the scents.

Taste: Much like the smell, it's quite interesting and there's a lot going on -- lots of bright fruitiness like in the nose, and they are certainly tart, citric and tropical all at the same time (I've never actually had mango, so I'm not exactly sure what flavors are being imparted to the drink by it, but it is definitely unique); the tartness and the way it comes across the palate still remind me of a JP offering makes me think there is some brett floating around in here; a slight spiciness, still peppery, is in there with the yeast; slight presence of alcohol rings through in the end.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium; the carbonation is present, but it's soft and it comes across pretty smoothly across the mouth; a relatively thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth, and the finish is anything but dry; the belly is left just a bit warm from the acidity of the fruit and the ABV.

Drinkability: This is pretty tasty and unique, and in a really good way. I could easily sip on this for an entire night, and think it would be great to enjoy in the summertime as I feel it would be very refreshing with all of these fruity flavors going on.

bamadog, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 31 Jul 2010. Served in the Steiner Pils 0.4 L snifter.

Small off white head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy orange brown, russet in color. Almost oily looking. Aroma is tart sour fruity, tropical, papaya, guava, yeast, a touch of grapes. Tart and yeasty. Lots of fruit but not sweet. Fairly dry, champagne like fizz and finish. Aftertaste is tropical fruit. Medium body. Moderate alcohol.

A bit more sour than a regular saison but still pretty tasty.

htomsirveaux, Jan 19, 2011
Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.