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Guava Grove Saison - Cigar City Brewing

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Guava Grove SaisonGuava Grove Saison

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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 300
Gots: 148 | FT: 2
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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
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Photo of basscram
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Never had this style before. I was impressed!

Went to Cigar City Brewery on 10/16/10 and got this bottle since I couldn't get it on tap in a quart to take home. Which is just as cool. but anyways here is what I observed and tasted.

I served the beer in a goblet glass cause thats what I LOVE to pour my beer into. It was DARK yellow, almost red! Nice. No big head or anything. Slight bubbles around the permimeter of the glass. Very nice again.Lacing minimal if any as you drink it and the bubbles dissipate from the edge as it warms up a bit.

Smell, was Kind of funky, but in a good way! Could almost tell that it would be sour from the smell too. the smell could almost be lemon/blackberry or any dark berry for that matter. I'm trying to use my nose to describe a smell and thats kinda what I come up with. Still. nice again

Taste. Pretty sour, You know what I taste when I drink this beer?... You know the gerber banana flavored baby food? I tasted this immediately!!! That was in the middle of my tongue though. The rest, is sour and effervescent, which is why I gave this mouthfeel a 4 because it's quite refreshing. blackberry is a fruity taste that comes to mind when drinking this as well. The guava is there. Very slight cause Guava is a pretty dominant taste if you've ever had it by itself!

The higher alcohol content is masked as observed by another reviewer. Nice touch I must say!
Overall a very nice beer for this style and since its the first(full bottle) of this style that I have tried, I say awesome job Joey and Wayne! oh, speaking of this style, They make another farmhouse called seabass farmhouse. <<Had a small sample of it there at the brewery

Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange, and very cloudy. Very foamy as well. Ther is some lacing as the foam collects to the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet, with a pineapple/guava/berry sort of smell. Very sweet, you could almost mistake this for a riesling wine. This smell carries from the bottle and stays once poured.

T - Has a sour taste. Wasn't used to this, but its not that bad. Also very sweet and true to the style. Would be higher if the sourness wasn't quite so dominant.

M - Very mellow. The ABV is masked well and doesn't give you that potent alcohol finish. Pleasantly surprising.

D - Very much so. I polished off the 750ml bottle during the football games. I'm finding farmhouse saisons are becoming a favorite style. While this isn't quite Hennepin it is good, and even better if you happen to like sour beers.

Photo of hwwty4
2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to funkybuddha for this one.

Poured a 750ml into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a turbid burnt orange with a bit of suspend yeast. Really is a beautiful color for a beer. A bright white cap disappears into just a thin line on top of the beer. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Great looking beer. The aroma if fairly heavy on the guava. Light pear with just a hint of ripe berries. Quite a bit of spice including some fresh ground pepper and clove. Just a mild bitterness to the very end of the aroma. The flavor profile is a bit similar. Guava up front. Fresh ripe berries and just a bit of pear. Quite a bit of spice. There is a odd bitterness that lingers on the palate. It kind of inundates the the whole mouth. Also just a hint of sourness. I dont know if its intended or a by product of the brewing. Just not a huge fan of the flavor profile of this beer. The mouthfeel is spot on for a Saison. Nice and dry, fairly yeasty. Spot on. Really, this could be a spectacular beer is it wasn't for the sourness/bitterness that just dont seem to fit.

Photo of ArcaneXor
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There is just something special about beer being served out of a 750 ml bottle. Aesthetically pleasing and making that trademark, "gloop, gloop" sound when pouring, it creates a wonderful mood.

Appearance: A very hazy, earthy copper tone with minimal, fine white head that dissipates quickly, but a ring of foam remained at the glass/beer interface of my St. Bernardus goblet throughout the session. Unexceptional.

Aroma: Wow! Wonderfully sour pineapple-like aroma with some, but not overwhelming acetic character and lemons shining through. Clearly, this is a sour example of the style that was fermented with Brettanomyces in addition to your standard saison yeast.

Taste: Tastes refreshing and tart up front, and lingers deliciously fruity-sweet on the palate. Minimal alcohol warmth - you'd never think that this is an 8% ABV beer!

Mouthfeel: Dry and very carbonated. Lingers somewhat silky due to the salivation it induces.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, and dangerously so given the high ABV. Perfect for a warm fall evening in Florida.

Overall: Highly recommended. Excels as a sour beer and a fruit beer.

Photo of koopa
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Pours a hazy tangerine with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Brett, guava, and peaches.

Taste: Same as nose...brett definitely gives off some minor lemon notes. I really enjoy the integration of the lemon, guava, and hints of barnyard.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Quaffable.

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle to tulip. $20 at my bottleshop. (Yes...it hurt, but Doc expects a full recovery.) Sampled 9/15/10.

A: Pours with an unimpressive 1 finger head, foamy and fizzy, off-white in color, and it diminishes quickly. The body is almost opaque and earthy orange in color. Heavily particulate on the last pour. Spare lacing. Not a great start.

S: The aroma is fantastic. Light toasted malts of straw and soft bread. An average amount of hops produce citrus aromas of orange with a light lemon and white grapefruit not far behind. Slightly floral. There is a prominent mustiness from the yeast (which is St. Somewhere's yeast, and if you've had their Saison Athene, you will notice it right away). A light funkiness comes through despite a pungent tangy/sour quality that is immediately apparent even on the nose.

T: The flavor of the Guava Grove Saison continues to impress with big tropical fruit contributions of guava and fermented peach & pineapple. The guava flavor truly compliments the base flavors of the saison. Perfectly sour.

M: Far from substantial. The mouthfeel is weak, particularly for a saison with such bold flavor. Light body, thin texture. The carbonation is definitely adequate, but I suspect that it's mainly because of the 'buggy' bite that the yeast provides. Somewhat astringent with a super tangy finish.

D: Great nose, great flavor, good drinkability. All other ratable categories are below average. Still, I think the Guava Grove Saison deserves a better score than the 3.85 that I've given it. Seek out a bottle for yourself, but try to find a better price than I found.

Photo of Shaw
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light red/amber in color with a monster head that leaves sticky lace in my tulip glass.

Tart aroma with notes of guava. Nice.

Quite the complex taste. It's tart and earthy, with big guava flavors. Very dry.

Nice body.

Overall this is an interesting take on a Saison. Worth trying, especially for tart/funk fans.

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

Special thanks to BigBlacke for adding this bottle as part of my very first cross-country beer trade.

It's been three years since I had a saison, and now that I'm more keen to different beer styles, I was excited to try this. Pours a murky burnt sienna tone with a light beige head that left excellent lacing in my Stone IRS glass. Smelled a bit like vinegar with tropical fruits, clove, and allspice. The guava truly stands out, with bready malts, sour citrus, and clove/banana notes. Smooth body with low carbonation and a sour aftertaste. Due to my inexperience with this style, and the funk inherent in the style, it took awhile to finish the bottle, but it wasn't too hard to polish off. I'm glad I got another shot at a saison, now that I know not all Belgian-style beers taste the same.

Photo of Pentastar
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark orange color with no head.

Aroma: Somewhat sour smell. The smell here is of vineagar and sour apples.

Taste: Sour apple juice here and some good malty flavors in the background. Lemon juice and guava are the other dominant flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation in this brew, but the mouthfeel is still smooth and not that bad.

Drinkability: Drinks well.

Photo of adam42381
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (purchased at CCB on 8/28/10) into a stemless oversized red wine glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque caramel color with orange highlights and a 1 finger foamy white head which dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Fruity notes similar to a riesling wine. Aroma of guava juice, Concord grapes, spices, lemon zest and mountain apples.

Taste: Tart up front with a little hint of sweet guava followed by citrus and clove in the middle and a mildly bitter fruitiness at the finish. Aftertaste is dry and a little malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. The alcohol is well-hidden so you could have this one sneak up on you.

Overall: Very good representation of the style with a unique twist. I would recommend trying this if you see it.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Big bomber bottle poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer snifter in three parts. Served slightly chilled and allowed to warm.

Appearance: Deep orange in color with a massive three finger head and very good retention. The head on teh glass my friend poured was 90% head. Tons of carbonation here.

Aroma: Guava juice and a really assertive funk note. Some lemon zest in there as well. really good balance between the guava and the saison element, with neither taking over.

Taste: Follows the aroma quite nicely. Sweet guava juice or puree hits first with the funk from the yeast following. Some lemon and green apple also contribute nicely. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and extremely crisp. Almost too much carbonation.

Drinkability: The really strong flavors and the fact that the alcohol isn;t hidden great make hurt the drinkability. Still, I'm definitely good for one bottle.

Overall, a really unique and balanced saison. The guava is there without taking over the beer and everything matches really well. Definitely recommended. I can't wait to try more Cigar City beers.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my tulip, sharing with the wife along side a cheese and almond-butter-stuffed-date platter.

Hazy orange with a plentiful amount of head. As you drink, the head slides down the glass, remaining throughout.

Nose has a good bit of tart and dry, followed behind with a bit of the fruit. Lovely smell, as with other saisons might come off too dry or tart, this one has a touch of sweetness.

Though aged with Guava's, it is not a fruit beer what so ever. The Saison style shines through, tart and dry upfront, followed by a citrus, fruity aftertaste that is only present after you swallow. The Guava pairs well with the style, coming off as a very pleasant beer, something to enjoyed by itself or with a light appetizer.

Mouthfeel has a touch of carbonation, smooth and mellow on the tongue, a bit of bite as you swallow.

Very drinkable, and at 8%, Cigar City has yet another beer where the alcohol is almost non-existant.

Photo of sirdrinkwell
2.78/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: muddy, murky amber orange in color with a slight bit of cream colored head that fades to the faintest ring.

A: lemony tangerine/grapefruit and yep, guava...

T: tart, sour funk, carbonated acidic citrus....great combo :/

M: heavy carbonation and sour acidity make this one a rather unpleasant mouthfeel.

D: i scarcely have words for this brew. i have liked everything else i have tried from Cigar City but here i was not impressed and will not drink again. but hey, if sour citric acid and heavy carbonation is your thing...bottoms up!


Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a somewhat hazy orange with a touch of pink as well. Small white head forms and then falls to a ring above the brew with a few bubbles. Aromas of tropical fruit, guava and spice upfront. Fresh Belgian yeast tones with a touch of tart funk. Really nice and I like the bright guava aroma.

First sip brings a lot of fruitiness upfront with lemon, banana and plenty of bright guava. Spiciness weaves in with vibrant Belgian yeast along with a touch of tart, earthy funk. Creamy and smooth finish with lingering guava and spice aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a creaminess imparted from the carbonation. Really enjoyable and refreshing as well. Well, this is just a damn fine beer and I would gladly drink this again. Cigar City continues to impress me. Well worth seeking out!

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

Brown bomber poiured into a pint glass.

A glowing golden pour with white cap and not much carbonation action. Fairly opaque.
Nose is sour, saison-like, with a lot of guava mixed with hints of citrus in the form of broiled grapefruit.
Palate brings tons of guava, tart bitter grapefruit, and hints of belgian-ale spices. It is a moderate body that picks up carbonation in the back. Alcohol comes through in the end and warms the belly.

Not my favorite style, but this is a great take on the style. Perfect for South Florida.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out an orange-yellow body that's hazy within reason and capped with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Chiefly scented of guava, pits, fleshy pulp, skins and all. Also plenty of spicy phenolic action and peppery alcohol hints. Lesser, unobtrusive hints of pale malted barley.

Taste: Flash of juicy, sweet guava fruit with a light, underlying sourness. Curt spices and dried savory herbs. Thin vein of funkiness running through this one. As with the aroma, it's mainly the pureed guava fruit and the yeast character doing most of the work, with the perfunctory malts just strolling in and out and contributing very little whenever they please. Splash of spirits. Fruity, near-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair over medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It really started to grow on me by the final sips (perhaps it's just the alcohol taking advantage of me) and was an overall interesting experience. I guess, technically, you could say it IS one of the best guava beers on the market today, as I can only think of this and the others from CC.

Photo of STEG
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of aubuc1
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Photo of dstc
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of mikey711
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of CASK1
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of younger35
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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