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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 Beerbuddha
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- This beer poured a nice golden orange color with a nice white head which stuck around for a nice bit. Lacing was present throughout.

Smell- Wow. Nice sour aroma with hints of citrus and guava.

Taste- Once again. WOW! The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice sourness with hints of fruit and citrus. Very nice funkiness too it! Very Gueze like in its character.

Mouthfeel- Has a nice medium body with medium high carbonation.

Overall- Thank god for Cigar City. Now we have two awesome breweries in Florida. Saint Somewhere and these guys! This beer is a must try. Can't wait to have easier access here in the Panhandle.

Beerbuddha, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

acquired from mullenite in a trade , Thanks M

Poured a hazy straw to marigold orange tinge with a huge head. When I popped the cap, it had a funk smell, stronger than I had envisioned. Smelled extremely sweet, barnyard, fresh guava, slight booze aroma.

Tasted just as it smelled, strong barn funk, strong guava, sweet but not overpowering from the fruit essences. It was easy to figure out where the lines for Bolita Brown ended up contaminating the bottles during bottling. This funk was pretty powerful, although I have not had a ton, but the funky barnyard taste is really good with guava, have to admit.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, possibly better to let this one sit for a few minutes to settle down.

A very tasty brew, Definitely one of the favorite Saisons that I have had. Definitely the first Farmhouse Saison that I have had, which added to the complexity and my enjoyment

alpinebryant, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes - generously shared by Rciesla on HIS birthday, really good guy)

A - Pours with a half-finger of white foamy head; hazy light burnt orange color

S - Little bit of fruitiness and you do actually catch some guava; a little spicy; little tart and funky too

T - A little sour, a little hoppy; touch of funk; zesty citrus and fruits; interesting stuff

M - Thinner and very vibrant carbonation

D - Delicious and interesting drinking, could have taken down a whole 750 without any trouble

Interesting brew, and certainly one of the more unique in the style that I've had to-date.

Nickls, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in a recent trade with my favorite trading buddy, fogdog. Thanks a ton Kevin! Can't wait to get my hands on some more Cigar City stuff!

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Huge, soft head piles up even after a gentle pour. Head is eggshell-colored, loose, and long-lasting. As it slowly decays it leaves layers of bubble bath-like lacing on the walls of the glass. Body is super cloudy and caramel-colored.

Smell: Odd vinegar/Brett-like aromas come through first - a very nice surprise. Guava hints emerge in the back and complement the sourness well. Very light hay-like maltiness. Smells more like a wild ale than a sour, and I like it!

Taste: Nice Brett sourness and red wine vinegar upfront with hints of guava in the back. Oddly though, the first sip finished very rusty. After that however, the rust disappeared and farmhouse funkiness and malt took took over. In the end, the beer would start with tropical fruit and mild sourness and finish kinda funky and malty. Pretty mellow overall. Mellow and lovely.

Mouthfeel: Soft and creamy with effervescent carbonation. Medium bodied with a mildly sour, mildly dry finish. Slight mouth-numbing.

Drinkability: Excellent twist on the style. I absolutely loved it!

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Head is pillowy and fluffy and slowly vanishes after hanging around just long enough to show off. Lacing is soapy and lovely. Aroma is pungent, funky sour, some citrus (guava I assume) and some spiciness. Taste is sour, a touch sweet, fruity and just delicious. No way this is 8%. NO way. Wow.

KickbacksSteve, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of ryrust5301
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a blend of saison and fruit lambic! A dark gold color with a hefty white head. Smells of tropical fruit, especially guava, mixed in with banana and a soft belgian yeast. Taste has a light funk to it which only adds to the fruit taste. Very soft feel to it with a sweet finish. I'll definitely have to drink this one again.

ryrust5301, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

markwise was good enough to supply this via trade - many thanks to the dude from Florida. Into a Duvel tulip after a moderate pffft of the cap...

Well, there's a very nice head on this - about a finger and a half. Rustic light honey body with very active carbonation. This looks like a very good new world saison.

I may only catch a light essence of guava but this is an awesome-smelling Saison. A fair amount of funk tops off the huge yeast electricity here. With warmth the guava quickly emerges. Carbonation gives the whole package a spritely lift.

Just really a solid Saison, complete with all the sweaty funk of a prototypical yeast strain for this style. It's easy to pick up the pulpiness of the guava in here, too. Slight hop pine, lots of salty carbonation. Pretty complex. There's a distinct clean sour note in there as well.

Saisons are interesting to open cold and let relax for a while, because the change from front to back shows such a wide swing...yet if they're done right, the beer is enjoyable in a different way at each temperature level. Even after only a few minutes, this begins to expand the level of sweaty funk...all the while utilizing the tartness and mealiness of the guava to brighten it up. Minimal hop profile here, so it's very clean. Almost a couple of Berliner Weisse tendencies are on deep background, but the electricity and spriteliness of the yeast strain keep this on style.

This one's pretty damn contemplative. Opened it very cold, but it's getting its legs quickly. Guava or no guava, this is a solid new world Saison (not exceptionally hopped, but hops do emerge after a bit of warmth). Just a little brighter, deeper and spritelier than the average bear. I am savoring the living hell out of this.

IBUnit63, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 at Leuken's Big Town Liquors, Dunedin, Florida.

Wow! I wasn't expecting this! It's tart and fruity, almost like a geuze. And the Guava flavor is great! It's fresh and bright, and most importantly, unique!

It pours a hazy brass-orange body beneath a more than full-sized head of white foam that seems to hold forever, and leaves some very nice lacing as it goes. Obviously, the plumes of tiny bubbles rising from below are helping to bolster the head, and in fact, left alone for a moment, it seems to have started to rise out of the glass!

The aroma is fruity, and, shall we say, guava-like? It's a bit tart, but there's also that juicy sweet and lightly citrusy fruitiness - it's musky and pungent. I'm thinking of ripening citrus fruit in a damp cardboard box in a slightly musty basement. MMM!

The flavor follows suit, and it rocks back and forth between the sweet juiciness and the kind of tangy, earthy, and musty quality it has. The malt is just a springboard as all of the flavor is wrapped up in the fruitiness. (Now I get some papaya!). And the bitterness is appropriately low-level.

It's medium-bodied and effervescent in the mouth, initially leaving quite a bristle on the tongue. It warms and softens a bit, but it still holds a little bit of welcome bite that, in conjunction with the tartness, helps to soften the fruity sweetness.

Apart from its uniqueness (which I think alone makes it worth seeking out), it's also very well put-together and balanced, combining syrupy/juicy fruitiness with tartness, and a chalky and musty edge in just the right proportions. It's a little bit odd, a little bit sweet, and a little bit chalky and drying all at once - the perfect combination for late afternoon sipping as the sun goes down! It reminds me in many ways of a Belgian geuze, or an American Brettanomyces ale, or even a Berliner weisse. And I think it has many options - backyard BBQ beer in the summer, or a seasonal ale paired with certain foods; a dessert beer; a late night sipper; etc. If I can find any of this locally I'll bring a few bottles to my family's Thanksgiving dinner!!! Wonderfully done!!!

This is a beer that deserves more notice!!!

NeroFiddled, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to RomaniIteDomum for this one, the crux of my bounty from a good trade and by no means a disappointment.

What pours into my glass is a deep brew the color of burnished copper with a thick, dense, firm head that stays around for a long time, remains strong, and leaves moderate lacing behind.
Guava is most noticeable in the aroma, and it's neither too strong nor too sweet. It's simply pure guava, complimented by an earthy slight but unoffensive funk I hear from trustworthy sources is ( like) brett, which also contributes a palatable sourness. There's a subtly sweet tartness with a note of yeast as well.
There are lots of complexities on the tongue. Regardless, the guava is the prominent flavor. There's a great balance of flavors as a not unpleasant sourness gives way to something tart then something just lightly sweet and some yeast and malt, and all the way a grassy and earthy sort of flavor lingers.
The mouthfeel is great. Carbonation is moderate and adds a crisp bite, but there's a great balancing smoothness that makes for a rich feel in a medium body.
This is a tasty brew and an interesting foray into brewing. It's simply a very good saison with guava.

Brenden, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of badesign
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first exploding bomber! Oh joy! Not too bad a loss though.

Pretty heavily-clouded orange juice appearance with unstoppable fluffy head. Some floaties. Nose of sour fruit, especially guava and mandarin orange, slight cheesy funk and minimal breadiness and spice. Dominating sour fruits up front at cooler temps; have also had on tap and had more clean fruity flavors but less sourness. Explosion as I opened it may have stirred up some yeast in this bottle-conditioned brew and account for the different flavor. Becomes smoother as it warms and the bottle sits out- less intense sourness and a more creamy feel in the carbonation. Effervescent carbonation reminiscent of champagne- very tight bubbles attack the tastebuds. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

This is an awesome beer, one of my all-time favorites; would be perfect for celebrating New Year's on South Beach.

badesign, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty orangey color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some super good lacing. Aroma of light Brett with some fruity ester and some spicy yeast is very interesting and quite complex. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some Brett with light sour notes and some fruity ester that are well mix with a spicy yeast finish. Body is full with limited filtration and perfect carbonation with no appearance of alcohol. Very well and I must say that I am very impressed by this new brewer.

Phyl21ca, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Golden pale with quickly disapating head retention, nice cloudy mess

smell: whoa nice. fruit always score well here and this is no different. nice tropical fruit aroma

taste: Nice and sour, nit too much though. totally not overpwering with the guava at all. Nice touch and it enhaces this saison. Different but good. one of the best fruit added beers ever.

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied. very easy to put down. great summer feeling

drinkability: awesome beer, cigar city is blowing things up.

CampusCrew, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to both Jw347 and Beerlando for the bottles.

Pours a very attractive mury peachy orange haze with a huge and quite formidable white cualiflower head that lingers extaordinarily well and leaves great lacing. Aside from the color, this is a perfect appearance for a saison.

Nose is very complex. Horse blanket barn funk, grass, and belgian yeast is mixed with a subtle but noticeable guava hint. Very interesting.

Taste is quite nice. A very complex and excellent saison. The guava is nice and subtle, no additional sweetness whatsoever. I would say the guava is actually more prominent in the nose, but it is here in the taste, and gets a little more noticeable as it warms, but definitely still an accent and not a central part of the proifle, which i actually prefer in this particular case (at least i think i do, haha). The saison profile is full of belgian yeast and grassy funk. The finish is nice and dry with an ever so slight tartness, certainly not funky in a sour way, just a slept in the barn in a bail of dry grass kind of way. That being said i'd be willing do bet there is a small dose of bugs in this beer. The finish lingers with good funkiness, and some guava in the background.

Mouthfeel is great. Slightly overcarbonated as most fine saisons are, the viscosity is ideal as well, sessionable yet substantial. The dryness on the finish is perfect.

Drinkability is damn solid for the abv. No alcohol heat until a small little warmth in the belly.

Overall i am very impressed with this saison. I had it about three weeks ago for the first time and liked it, and this full bottle has not only confirmed my opinion, but improved it. This is a very complex and very interesting beer. The color is a little off, but who gives a shit? And this is not a clone of your dupont or fantome, but its a very nice and very unique take on the style. I am excited to have a bottle of this to cellar, as i think it will develop well for a little while. Excellent beer, and a great addition to cigar city's lineup. Highly reccomended.

AKBelgianBeast, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mfielden at a BA tasting - thanks, Mark! This was one of the best of the tasting.

A - Pours hazy golden with a large foamy white head.

S - Aroma is awesome, funky and bretty with a little tropical fruit.

T - Brett (really, there's none in here?), pale malt, grain, barnyard funk, and a great guava finish that leaves fruity flavors in your mouth.

M - Palate is medium-light with lively carbonation.

D - Pretty high despite the bretty tartness. Great saison and the guava is a nice twist.

nickd717, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another Cigar City beer kindly shared by mfielden. Thanks, sweety.

Ultra-cloudy turbid blond body, looks like homebrew after a couple days in primary. I don't think I've ever seen a murkier beer. The head is dense, white and long-lasting, its only real saving grace. The nose is tart, musty, yeasty and fruity. Spicy with a subtle but plainly noticeable guava presence. Subtle but nice, these Cigar City beers aren't exactly olfactory delights. Tart and fruity on the tongue, lots of guava flavor and lots of yeast. Very dry and sharp with a ton of carbonation. Sour fruit juice mid-palate leading to a lightly bitter, peppery finish. Simple but very enjoyable.

largadeer, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

inflatablechair brought this over Saturday night along with a few thick ribeyes... thanks Sam!!!! A new beer for sure and a big hunk of beef for later ... badass!!

Poured into my La Trappe Goblet.... Hazy orange with a big white head... dies down quick with some minor lace.

Nose is very "guava" centric... I say this, because I don't know that I know what "guava" smells or tastes like.. Honestly, (minus the beer elements) it reminds me of the "experimental" Kool Aid my mom bought when I was very young... I never cared for tastes of the tropics :-) ... and this beer may do well to get rid of that notion.

Flavor begins with a big punch of tropical fruits.. some apple skin and bit of yeasty funk sour.. Sam said this reminded him of a "Saison", I guess I can get that, but I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fruit.. There is just tooo much going on right now.... I can see certainly how the fruitiness could help and be done well with a Saison base beer, but.. this is too "tropical" right now.. It needs to dry out and leave the fruit essence... The body and carbonation seem about right... a bit bubbly with a nice medium body that seems to be dumbed down by the fruit in the beer... again... too much residual sweetness.

Overall, this is a pretty good/interesting beer... probably not for my palate, but I am not gonna harpoon it.. I think if we're actually gonna call it as "Saison", then I think it needs much more of a dry and even a slight sour push forward... Don't rely on the fruitiness and the ambiguity of the style to make it interesting.

Thanks again Sam... I never would have tried to trade for anything "guava".. that said, this was not a bad "guava" beer, yet a sorta only okay saison... again.... in IMHO, CCBC has too much going on... I would certainly buy this again as it stands if I had it available, but probably only a bottle or two..

JohnGalt1, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of capra12
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8/28/09 with the trifecta Speedwayjim and wheatman106. Special thanks to my main man Martin always coming through. Served out of a tall snifter glass.

Appearance: 3 fingers of white head, cloudy golden and orange.

Smell: Yeasty and fruity.

Taste: Opens fruity with hints of guava and lychee tang which is present from open to finish. From the middle to the end there is a champagne sourness which carries over into the aftertaste leaving my palate a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lots of carbonation in this.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again (if I could get my hands on more) and the alcohol in this is hidden pretty well.

capra12, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of mullenite
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this on tap and in bottle, review is for the bottled version.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a very tall white head that sticks to the glass extremely well.

Smell is tart, sour guava and funk. There really isn't a whole lot more to it than that.

On the tip of the tongue the beer is very funky, moving to sour and finishing with a nice guava sweetness. There is a little bit of breadiness to the taste as well that is not present in the nose.

With the yeast poured in the mouthfeel is chewy with nice sharp carbonation.

Very easy to drink and enjoy if you like sour fruit beers.

mullenite, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Justin for this 750mL bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy but bright golden orange with a massive rocky white head that refuses to recede for a few minutes and leaves thick sheets of lacing down the sides.

The aroma is dominated by a lightly tart sweetness with lots of guava, pears and green apples and some spicy Belgian yeast as well. There is also a hint of earthy funk in the nose, though it's pretty subtle.

The taste seems to be a bit more complex and earthier. It's got Belgian yeast, with some herbal notes and an overall earthy character. But there is plenty of sweet and sour fruits with, presumably, some guava and maybe some pineapple. The finish is slightly dry, though not exceedingly so, probably because of the fruity emphasis.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, very lively and ever-so-slightly acidic on the tongue.

This is another interesting mix of flavors from the guys at Cigar City and certainly an enjoyable saison. The fruity aspects of the beer are pretty strong and the finish isn't as dry as a traditional saison, but it's one I'd recommend.

gford217, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by pghlee - thanks!

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of guava with hints of pineapple and not quite ripe citrus fruits.

Tastes very good. Pale malt flavors serve as the backbone for loads of sweet and slightly sour fruits - guava, mango, pineapple, and orange. Light hop flavors contribute to a mildly bitter and crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall this was very interesting and I'll certainly be paying attention to what CCB brews up in the future. Recommended.

glid02, Aug 19, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with an enthusiastic, three finger head of white foam. The body is a hazy orange-copper color, the head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - Funky, sour wild yeast aromas with some herbal hops and fruity aromas of pineapple and, or course, guava. A very nice balance of all thinks funky and fruity.

T - Pungent sourness up front with spicy wheat notes. Herbal european hops are immediately present, followed by spicy yeast and tropical fruity notes. Finishes surprisingly clean with just some acidity and a hint of hops lingering on the palate.

M - Creamy, medium-thick body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is definitely on the acidic side for a Saison, and may not appeal to some, but it is refreshing and complex. The guava notes could just as easily come from the yeast as any fruit used in fermentation, but they are definitely there. A very good and drinkable beer, even considering the price and scarcity of this beer I would be inclined to seek it out again.

nickfl, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy yellow, with a nice big off white head.
The noses is banana cloves and something acidic, i am guessing that's the guava.
The tastes is fairly acidic when its cool but as it warms the banana and clove come out more.
This is an interesting beer, i like the acidity a lot. I think it might have some kind of bug, Brett, or otherwise, but that might just be the guava adding a bit of sour , either way its good. Its fairly simple though, nothing too complex, Its a nice beer, very refreshing, easy to drink but not worth the price i think. If it was in a 4 pack for about 9 to 10 bucks i would buy a lot of it, but a 12 buck 750, is a bit much.

redneckchugger, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazed, pinkish orange with a large white head that falls to a nice cover but leaves little lacing.
The smell is sour funk, lemon, guava (?)
The taste is sour, tart, funky and has a good "quality" saison character.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with decent carbonation.
Drinkability-Yeah, pretty good. It isn't the beer that I'd want to really have more than 1 or 2 pints at a time but it's interesting and nearly unique. Seems like one of those "like it a lot" or "it's not to my taste" type of beers but truely it's an adventurous beer.

meatyard, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel. It poured a thick straw-yellow with a slightly red tinge.

It smelled like guava. Not the almost over powering sickeningly sweet smell real guava has, but a more mellow version of guava.

The taste was like guava. It was a little stong at first, like biting into a very ripe guava, but not to the point of feeling like guava juice. It was definately a beer. Once my tastebuds rebounded and the beer settled it was very pleasant and even refreshing.

The feeling of the beer was fery juicy and even chewy at times. Thankfully it didn't have the sucrose film guava can give. It is still very much beer. Very pleasant.

This beer was very drinkable. I usually try to drink different beers, as there are almost 400 available any given night, but I was very tempted to order another one. The beer was very refreshing and even thirst quenching at times. It helped cool me on a warm night at an open-air bar.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass. Your typical saison gold, a substantive crown of bone-white head.

Couldn't really pick out much guava, but that's OK. Grassy hop, some leather - in a blind sniffing, I might have mistaken it for a Fantome.

Oh, is this ever right up my alley. Doesn't bowl me over with guava, but it's there. I can't really tell if it's a guava sourness or a Brett character, and I like that. Grassy hop evident, nice tart quality. Fruit beer, nah - this is effectively a saison.

Feels somewhat raspy, but not overcarbonated.

I can't wait until this becomes more available. i.R.I.S.? The hype-masters can keep that one, I'll take this one, thank you very much.

Patrick999, Aug 14, 2009
Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.