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Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

835 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 289
Gots: 151 | 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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STEG

New York

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber orange hue with a big fluffy fine bubbled white head.

Smell is huge, mango, sour apricots sour pineapple, lime is here as well.

Taste you are immediately hit with a barrage of mango passionfruit and lychee, followed soon after by other juicy fruit like pineapple and lime. There's a tannin like bitterness at the back as well

Mouthfeel has some mild prickly carbonation throughout. It is smooth and viscous as well. 

Drinkability the taste is intense albeit wonderful a bomber of this is easy to get through but two bombers might be too much of a good thing.

I might buy a case of this to have on and off.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 16:01:41 | More by STEG
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aubuc1

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 Bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a cloudy bright orange with a big white head.

Smell is of over ripe tropical fruit and very present sour.

Taste is a sour, warm fruit with a dry finish. Kind of blend between a saison, sour, and fruit beer.

Mouthfeel is very good and the dryness make sthis surprisingly good.

A really excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 23:42:11 | More by aubuc1
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cosmicevan

New York

4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a crisp orange-yellow with champagne like carbonation that steadily bubbled to the surface from the center of the glass' bottom. The head was thick and frothy (even more so than this kind of glass commands). The lacing was sticky and speckled in the light like a sidewalk with glass shards mixed into the concrete. Looks like a quality saison.

S - Extremely sweet, but without the tart that I sometimes pull from a Sofie (which I consider one of the sweeter smelling saisons). The usual suspects for a saison...grass, clove, banana, bubblegum and a touch of sweet-tart. The combination is actually somewhat Guava like, but I don't feel that I pick it out in any way special...makes me realize that Guava is actually a good way to describe the scent of most saisons.

T - Very citric and sweet with a nice mix of tropical fruit flavoring.

M - Alive. Leaves a soft tang in my mouth and a bit of an alcohol tingle.

D - Really good saison. A bit sweet to drink a lot of in an evening, but a quality saison. fans of sofie should definitely seek this one out. you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 01:42:29 | More by cosmicevan
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks go out to bobby8405 for sending me this beer. It pours out a glowing hazed orange with just a small lacing of white. The nose is screaming with guava and other tropical fruit such as orange, pineapple, mango and lemon. More guava from the taste, with slight funk and sourness, finishing on a dry champagne note. Having had this before out of the bottle, this one comes off more sour right from the tap into the swing top bottle I received. Mouthfeel is medium bodied on the palate, coming off sweet and juicy, yet sour in many places. The alcohol can barely be felt on this brew, but the flavors make it so appealing that it should be sipped for a while. If I had this one available to me around here, I would be partaking on a regular basis. This is one of the best creations from Cigar City in my opinion. It takes all the best elements of a Saison, and infuses it with complex, yet completely approachable fruit flavor. I imagine this brew will remain on my wants list for some time to come. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 00:25:28 | More by jamie2dope
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dstc

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, burnt orange that has an enormous head. Head falls incredibly slow. Decent lace.

Aroma is what you'd expect from a Belgian farmhouse ale. Heavily spiced with plenty of that farmhouse funk.

Wow, bold flavor. Again, typical Belgian farmhouse flavor but very bold. Full of funk, spice and plenty of fruit. Nice and sweet in the middle ending a bit tart. Wow, good stuff.

Thin to medium bodied and rather smooth in the mouth.

Awesome Saison. Loved it and will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 13:14:31 | More by dstc
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber with a slightly pinkish hue. slightly cloudy with a big fluffy head. it does leave some lacing

S: very fruity, and as other people have noted, a bit like a wild ale. citrus fruity notes with some peachiness. there is a chardonnay like quality to it as well

T: Slightly bretty and musty. candied sugar, citrus fruit. Very different from other saisons out there. A bit of a floral presence too

m: slightly rubbery with a touch of heat present. Also it seemed a little perfumy at times

d: this one does a nice job of quenching my thirst. I wouldnt consider this a true saison and think it belongs in the wild ale category but this is certainly a beer that i would like to have again

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:29:07 | More by mikey711
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CASK1

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a tulip glass. Poured a pale amber, with a thick, long-lasting off-white head. Slightly hazy, but cleared to brilliant on warming.

Aroma is a complex mix of tropical fruit and lemony citrus, with light grassy notes. Light alcohol aroma. Low spice. Very intense fruitiness. Light Earthy funk also comes through.

Flavor features a light grainy malt that is quickly overwhelmed by a blast of fruit - banana, pear, lemon, and yes, guava! Tart, almost bordering on sour. The tartness was unexpected, but very refreshing and pleasant. A medium hop bitterness balances the malt and fruity esters. Farmhouse "funk" is evident, but not overwhelming.

A high carbonation level leads to a mouth-filling effervescence. Finishes dry and clean.

Overall, an intensely fruity, interesting take on a Belgian Saison. The level of fruit and tartness was unexpected, but were balanced and made for an interesting beer-drinking experience. I wouldn't want a steady diet of this beer, but it was a unique, very drinkable take on a style I love.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 00:05:36 | More by CASK1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another shared by kbutler1

Poured into tulip

Pours a fizzy off-white head. Color is a glowing bright orange.

Aroma: Sweet fruit, it has to be the guava. Funk notes with barnyard hints. I also get some nice fruit flavors: oranges, lemons, and grapefruit.

Taste: Reminds me of a wild ale. It is almost sour. Nice fruit flavors. Grapefruit, sweet guava, mandarin oranges, pineapples, and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but clean.

Overall, this is a great saison with some amazing fruit flavors. Easy drinking and I want more of this one. A solid seasonal from ccb!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 21:09:28 | More by mothman
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younger35

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brewski from my main man out in Philly land, gibby. I'm pumped to try this beer as I loves me some fruit beers. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a small half finger bright white head. Not really much of a cap remains but a thin collar and plenty of lacing abounds.
Smell- Sort of tart smelling with a WAY more Wild Ale smell than a Saison. Sour with a sort of a red wine vinegar like thing that is surprisingly tart. I would guess that there was fruit in this brew but never would I ever guess Guava. I'd honestly say cherries or raspberries. A bit of funk does come through as the beer warms and that farmhouse comes through. Some white pepper spice and even a hint of clove as well.
Taste- Whoa night and day with the smell and taste. It's super funky and spicy and really tastes just like a regular ol' Saison with just a touch of tart. Some horsey funk and a touch of green apple are the majority of the major flavors. Sure, a touch of banana and clove are present but nothing over the top. Maybe a touch of fruit in the finish as it warms but nothing much.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice crisp zip of carbonation.
Drinkability- Really dug this one quite a bit. It's got this light tart thing behind all the funk that I'm really loving. The beer is super drinkable and would make a great beer to steam some clams in. Thanks much Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:21:24 | More by younger35
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blivingston1985

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was bought knowing it might be a little outside my comfort zone. Fruit beers are always iffy. Not that there are not many great ones out there, just more that there are a lot of bad ones out there, too. But, I trust the boys at CCB and they sure didn't let me down.

Great beer. Appearance is a hazy gold amber. Big fluffy creamy had. Very attractive looking beer. You can most def pick up on the guava in the nose.

Beer is surprisingly tart. Yet, there is still a fruitiness there and the yeasts and other fruits and spices(clove, banana) really help balance this beer. Great stuff!!! I could totally drink this with a smörgåsbord of cheeses.

Top notch saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 18:41:20 | More by blivingston1985
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Quick review at dinner tonight. Glad that this CCB stuff is starting to be sold up north.

A- Dark Amber in color, pretty cloudy. Pours with a healthy light tan head. No lacing, but good head retention.

S- Pretty much just smells like sour fun. Little bit of fruit, but overpowered by the yeasty funk.

T- Initially smooth, transitioning to a fruity guava flavor. The sour and funk come in late, but are nice and crisp Finishes with some aftertastes of banana and spice. A well balanced flavor, and good complexity for the style.

M- Nice a crisp, and very tasty. I really like the way the flavors meld together.

D- Good balance, but the high funk factor keeps it from being too drinkable. I had a glass, and probably could have had one more.

Very nice saison, in fact one of the better ones I've had. Normally I don't even purchase this style, but I figured I'd give it a try. Props to CCB for a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 02:15:03 | More by Gfunk720
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, picked up at Capones for $20. Gotta love their prices!

Pours a hazed golden grapefruit color with a quickly dissipating off white head that fades to a thin ring of bubbles with a few specks of lacing. Plenty of sediment left in the glass as well despite a careful pour. Aroma is fruity and mildy...wild? Also a slight solvent pinch in the finish. Not really picking out any particular fruit in the nose, other than sweet, juicy citrus in general. Flavor thankfully delivers on the guava right up front along with some tangy tangerine but has a fairly weak traditional saison presence (yeast, spice, mouthfeel, earthiness, etc). Mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth with light carbonation, almost syrupy. Finish is drying, with a lingering citrus rind and seed flavor. I enjoyed this beer much more than my scores reflect, but I found it very one dimensional and disappointing as a saison. Recommended, but with tempered expectations.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 00:29:01 | More by yourefragile
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, $11.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

A- Pours clouded brownish apricot amber, loose medium tan head, goes to a thick film and leaves thick rolls of lacing.

S- Bright notes of sweet fruit juice, hints of the sour that awaits the tongue.

T- Waves of sweet tropical fruit juice, juxtaposed with better then moderate shards of sour and super musty funk...toss in a stinky cheese chord. Complex, intense, bright and bracing funked up Saison. Thoroughly interesting and highly enjoyable stuff.

M- Biting, bracing on the tongue and mouth. Prickly- but I like it

D- I'm gonna by a few more bottles of this one and that the best endorsement I can give. Great creation in brewing by Cigar City.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 02:36:34 | More by Billolick
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First release (Summer 2009). Bright and juicy tangerine with grapefruit colored highlights and Champagnesque bubbles. A gentle pour produced more than four fingers of lemony ivory foam that is stiff instead of creamy. This isn't the sort of head that sticks to the glass... which is proven by very little lace. Still, not a bad look.

The nose is primarily BSPA-like, with plenty of spicy clove and a fruitiness that is as much apple-pear as guava. Even if it doesn't have enough guava to live up to its name, this is still wonderful smelling beer and should taste pretty good too. Here's hoping.

Thankfully, Guava Grove does taste like guava, if only a little. A longer aging time on the fruit might have been beneficial, but then I'm not a brewer. Tangy (while not in-your-face) has a big lead over both bitter and sweet. Spicy is definitely in the mix as well.

The malt doesn't add much in terms of flavor, sweetness or mouthfeel lusciousness. This is primarily an estery Belgian yeast-driven brew with a side order of tangy tropical fruit. The label says banana notes are present. Sure, why not? No appreciable alcohol is a major positive.

The mouthfeel on this (now more than one year old) saison is a classic example of why bottle conditioning is not always the way to go. The yeast have had too much time to convert sugars into CO2 and the carbonation is borderline sharp and tongue-stinging. Since things settle down by the middle portion of the bottle, the above average score was granted.

Even though Guava Grove is not the guava-centric and guava-licious brew that was expected, it's still an enjoyable BSPA-saison hybrid from Florida's most acclaimed craft brewery. Thanks to ktrillionaire for this bottle and for another bottle from the Summer 2010 release. Hugely generous, he is.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 21:39:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cyrusthepup on BA as an extra in a trade. Glorius copper amber color with a tight white head and collar. Smells almost like a wild ale to be honest with outstanding fruit characteristics. Fruity and matly. A very good taste in my opinion. Fruity, tart, wild, barnyard flavors with actually what seems to be a touch of acetone notes. This is one that I would suggest not missing out on and seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 12:24:28 | More by kbutler1
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st cigar city brew big thanks to dimenhetfield for this great trade. Pour is not so great for a saison, even with a hard pour. No real head, kinda murky looking and opaque dirty straw tan color. Smell is nice however, unique, a little sour smelling and fruity. I don't know if there is Brett in this beer but there should be (thats what it smells like at least). The flavor is also nice. Very fruity and yeasty, slightly funky flavored like a little hay and straw. Guava is surly there. Prolongued kinda fruity sour aftertaste but not bad. Good mouthfeel, its a dry and sour aftertaste, the beer itself is a little flat and stale in your mouth but somehow works for the flavors. The flavors in this beer don't really yield it to be that sessionable but I am so happy to have tasted it. I would have it again if I could. And oh yeah-reviewed as part of my summer saison saturday thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 02:33:30 | More by pmlondrigan
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bernardus1212

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this guy a few times in bottles but I wanted to wait to write the review when I had it on tap. Served in a 6 oz snifter it poured a bright yellow. Good white head on top. The smell hits with a pungent ripe fruit smell. The one that tilts your head back a little. I went straight in for the kill though. The taste is glorious. The guava and the saison style should get married. I really like this beer. nice ripe guava, and mango flavors, with a little bit of the bitterness really made for a fun start at the tasting room.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2010 18:42:04 | More by bernardus1212
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dimenhetfield for this one! My first Cigar City beer!

750mL crown capped brown-glass champagne bottle. No date.

Pours a murky amber orange color with some soapy white head that falls quickly. Not a super pretty beer.

Nose: Kinda stinky, really! Smells like a tripel mashed with a saison plus some tropical notes that make me think of "wild ales." Don't think it's infected, though. Just actually has tropical fruit in it! The guava is present on the nose and maybe dried apricot or dried mango. Some peppery spice notes from the yeast too.

Palate: Tart and tasty with tropical notes a-plenty! Apricot, guava, mango. Drier than I expected. White pepper spice and a little woodiness on the texture. Medium-bodied with a pleasantly sweet and tart finish.

Notes: Guava makes a great addition to a saison. I'm a believer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:49:41 | More by SFLpunk
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Fieldzy27

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into tulip glass

A-Pours a shade of apricot with a grainy bleached white head. A decent amount of bubbles rise to the top holding up the head that's leaving thin sheets of lace that look like spiderwebs.

S-smells like a plethora of fruits-over ripe apples mild banana and sweet guava. Also a mild belgianish scent as well. Hints of spice as well.

T-This is a great Saison. There is an instant fruit sweetness that reminds me of cider made from green apples. Next is immediate sour like tart sour apples. Guava is apparent throughout the beer but the sour overlaps it in the end. Guava Grove also has a sweet and clean finish that increases drinkability. As the bar warms it only becomes more balanced. The sour becomes more mild and the sweet fruit flavors of apples and guava shine through. All and all the balance is near perfect. Alcohol is completely non existent.

M- The mouhtfeel has a slick feeling too it. The mouthfeel seems to be the weakest part of this beer. By no means is it lacking or sub par. But I feel that for a beer this good it good be better. The carbonation is dead on I just feel that even after warming the mouthfeel is still a little too thin.

D-The drinkability is stellar. After a small amount of warming this beer is soo balanced and smooth as well as flavorful and intricate. By far my favorite saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:52:08 | More by Fieldzy27
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babaracas

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber with two finger creamy offwhite head. Smell: musty, sweet, earthy, my expectation of champagne soaked banana, nifty. Taste: yeah definitely get the guava, imo like an acidic papaya, tart almost vinegary but with a background sweetness. Very interesting, very fruity but one of the tartest saisons I've had. Pretty good, I'd definitely try it again... would actually be great for cooking but I'd rather drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:42:18 | More by babaracas
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big cheers goes out to ShadesOfGray for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours like an unfiltered apple cider you get at the store every fall into my Russian River sniffer. Slight fizzy head is achieved with a vigorous pour that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing.

Smell - A distinct funk is the first aroma I smell. Then some nice citrusy fruity smells come forth such as the obvious guava, then some pineapple, and other tropical fruits. The sniff ends with some cloves and other peppery spices.

Taste - Holy cow, citrus is most definitely the prominent taste here. The guava is immensely present followed by an almost pineapple juice flavor. The barnyard funk is less noticeable in the taste than it was in the nose, though is still noticeable present. The taste ends with a relatively heavy amount of spices ranging from clove to herbs/grass, to a hint of white pepper. This is my second beer from CC and the both have been so damn complex.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint dry and tart.

Drinkability - One of the better saisons I have had, and definitely right down my alley. Very glad ShadesOfGray suggested this beer in our trade. Alcohol is unnoticeable and this beer is immensely refreshing on this hot night. Can't wait to open the Warmer Winter I was sent - I'm going to try and wait until it gets cooler here but we'll see!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:28:45 | More by SpdKilz
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scottyshades

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an awesome cloudy light garnet color with an awesome head that retains very well. Lots of yeast chunks floating around.

S: Wow, lots of uncommon tropical fruits- guava (duh), star fruit, leche, and more. The yeast is awesome, giving a note of champagne but it's also earthy. The nose indicates that this will have some good tartness. This doesn't seem to have the spices that other Saisons do (a good thing in this case)

T: Actually this is right on the money for the style- solid tartness, earthy yeast, and other fruits mentioned above + some. LOTS of guava (but the flavor is mellow like the fruit itself). Very balanced, kind of dry. Slight funkiness to it (wild yeast?)

MF/D: Lighter for the style (and CC for that matter), crisp mellow guava finish with a good tartness for that kick in the pants

Notes: Awesome summer beer, and a real nice change of pace from CC. Amazingly drinkable, and alcohol is seamlessly hidden

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:47:51 | More by scottyshades
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ryanonline

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sweet and sour and slightly creamy. not to bad attal. not amazing but good. really i'm not the biggert fan of saisons but this one is kind of good. something i have never really tried before. i could probably have more than one of these but it really is just a touch too sweet. either way i am happy with it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 03:34:20 | More by ryanonline
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Xul

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to G311 for hooking this up in a trade!

A: Pours a hazy orange with some golden highlights, capped by one finger of fizzy off-white head. The head settles down to a thin layer of foam but holds steady there.

S: Very aromatic and the tropical fruits jump right out front with sweet guava being easily identifiable. Citrus is next in line with lemon zest and orange, followed by peppery spice and Belgian yeast character. Some toasted wheat swirls around in the background.

T: Mildly acidic fruit up front with guava, papaya, oranges and tangerines all being present. Peppery spice comes in strong on the mid palate and mingles with the fruit before giving way to a sweet blend of fruits and caramel. Finish is sweet, almost syrupy tropical fruit.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a bit heavy on the tongue compared to some other saisons.

D: Reasonably easy drinking, but the sweetness becomes a bit too heavy after a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 01:05:32 | More by Xul
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In one word. Unique.
In a few words. Fruity semi sour & tart Saison.

Appearance is a golden honey sun tea meets cloudy orange juice. Excellent fluffy head and retention.
Noticable sediment in bottle which I left behind on this one. It's got enough funk without the slurry.

Aromas of tart Sasion yeast with a dash of funk. Reminds me of Fantome meets St. Somewhere strains.
More tart funk than spicy.

Tastes complex and as it smells. Crisp citrus tart whispers in tune with a nice balance of flavors as listed in the aroma. Fruit citrus is unique for sure. Unlike any Saison I have ever had to date. Reminds me of some sour beers and lambics. Nice sweet grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is med+ carbonation and medium body. Drinkability is very enjoyable for a funky fruited Sasion. Well done Cigar City. Complex, unique, and interesting. This beer is excellent as is, I can also say I would love to try it in the IPA IBU range for a nice citrus hop vs fruit duel...

hint hint to the CC team ;)

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 22:38:08 | More by unclejimbay
Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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