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Guava Groove - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 59
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jcartamdg on 08-27-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BastionShaw for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

Pours a murky honey brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some fruity and slight guava aromas. Taste is the same but the guava becomes more apparent in the flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with a nice guava presence in the flavor.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle last night. Served in a tulip.

Poured a light peach color with a thin head that receded somewhat quickly into a thin collar. The nose contained a moderate amount of guava, though nothing overpowering. The flavor really took the guava up to the next level, and also contained some light earthy character. Medium body with a dry, fruity finish. Light body. Tasty.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this one was almost a gusher. Second one poured with 2 fingers on a amber with crimson hues and cloudy body. Nice lacing. aroma is very nice saison belgian yeast and esters with fruity notes. Flavor is more on the caramel side with spicey and fruity notes. The guava can be appreciated better in comparison with a typical saison. This one is definitly more tart. I thought it was overhyped as far as being too sour or tart by some but I like it. Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Drinkable for sure. Looking forward to Guava grove.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

three and a half inches of pure white foam at first but it settles down after a few minutes and leaves a good bit of foam streaking down the sides of the glass. T

light aroma, I pick up some very light tart tones, maybe like a small touch of lemon, along with light grain and a very floral, herbal smell. Hints of heather like smell, fresh meadows come to mind. Seems this maybe just what I am looking for this evening, so I lean in and take a sip, fighting my way through the foam that is still capping the top to find the most mellow, smooth, and refreshing Saison I have had in quite a long time. Fresh herbal and floral notes, touches of light grass nice light biscuit or buttery flavor mid palate, so well balanced here. The whole time this light almost lavender like flavor is bouncing around my palate wit hints of light banana and almost clove. nice tart apple finishes it and wow.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is sort of orange in color with a tall white head. A really nice fruitiness to the nose. Lots of banana and guava to be found. Pretty decent amount of yeast to it as well. Sweet malt (mostly bread) can also be found. There is a mild but noticeable acidity throughout the flavor. A touch of lemon to go along with banana and guava fruit notes. Sweet bread along with yeast and a touch of sugar to it as well.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rudzud.

Huge fizzy head 2 fingers fades at a med pace, super hazy murky rosy plum flesh orange red colored beer.

Nose funky, yeasty saison farmhouse funk, light sweet malts, wheat, dry bready malts, lots of fruit, bit of it being guava, little juicy sweetness, lots of guava comes out as I swirl it. Then fresh tropical fruit hops and a bit citrus, little musty as well.

Taste brings guava right out, guava paste and fruit juice, nice tropical fruit hops, juicy. The guava fades fairly quickly then saison kicks in, farmhouse dry rustic saison yeast, sweet malts, Belgian golden malts, light candi sugar almost, spices from the saison yeast, sweet sticky, more fruits. Some fruity hops kick in, Effervescent and light dry bready malts. Finishes sticky and sweet, dry bready rustic feel, light lingering fruit, more light bitter tropical hops and guava.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of carb.

Overall nice, good flavors, drinkable, maybe a bit to sweet and sticky almost makes it like a cheap fruit beer. Fruit doesn't destroy, and the guava appearance is fleeting. I personally liked the original better, esp after it aged a bit and the funky sour really kicked in.

Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Colossus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of off white head. The head fades to a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: This is a fruity beer, as advertised. The malt is light and crisp. Lots of guava.

Taste: There is a ton of fruit but it's not a super sweet beer. The malt is crisp and bready, and there is hardly any alcohol showing up. The fruit is dominating anything else that might be going on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, but the fruit doesn't really allow for anything else to show up. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I need another.

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap, and thicker collar, and a small amount of lace. Murky peach-colored body.

S - Guava! Tropical juice, a bit of peppery spice, light acetone, a bit of funky sweat.

T - Tastes like guava juice, with a lightly tangy Saison finish. Not exactly the most complex beer, as the guava just overwhelms everything else.

M - Smooth texture, light stickiness, medium-bodied, with well-hidden alcohol. This is a bit overcarbonated, but letting it sit for a few minutes really helps it settle down.

D - This was a really easy-drinking beer with extremely well-hidden alcohol. If you like guavas you'll love this one. I'd definitely have it again if offered, and I may even prefer it to regular Guava Grove (although not the original batch).

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of sweet guava in it, as well as some wheat, yeast and orange citrus notes. The flavor is very similar. The beer is very fruity with a lot of guava and apple notes. I also get some nice biscuit malt and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange, very foamy head, great retention and lacing. This beer foamed up instantly upon pouring and stuck around for a most of the time it took to drink it.

S: Lots of guava. Drank side by side with Guava Grove, and the Groove had significantly more fruit on the aroma. It was rather pithy with some caramel and a little bit of citrus.

T: Lots of guava as expected, but there was not as drastic a difference between the flavor of the Groove vs. Grove than on the aroma. A little bit of spice and citrus comes through as well.

M: Medium bodied, a little thick for a saison. Slight alcohol presence right at the end. Finishes dry.

O: As the name implied, this beer was filled with Guava. I thought it was pretty good, and while not overly complex, was tasty and that’s what matters most.

Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a murky, dark orange color with a modest but fizzy head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of the fruity guava to it. I get a little bit of an herbal, slightly peppery flavor to it mixing with some juicy citrus flavors.

The taste mixes a bright citrus flavor with the guava fruit. I get a little bit of the herbal flavors coming out in the finish as well. The fruit was pretty nice in it, it definitely wasn't subtle though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high and fizzy. Overall it was a pretty good beer. The fruit was a little dominating at times, but also pretty tasty and interesting. decently drinkable as well.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/24/2012

Thanks to Tim for opening this at Kill the Cellar Day.

A: Hazy yellow orange with an enormous white head.

S: Huge guava nose with floral notes and pepper. Lemongrass meets a restrained bubblegum presence.

T: Big guava presence with a light candied quality. Lemongrass blends with earth and floral notes. Great fruit flavor. Light peppery finish.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: Not as phenolic as the regular version with a lot more fruit. Nice.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to tasting glass at a NoVA Beer Tasting on 10/23/11
*From notes

A: Pouring from the top of the bottle yields a pretty clean, slightly hazy amber golden. A standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head that sticks around for a while and minor lacing.

S: Somewhat vinous, quite like acidic and citrusy New Zealand Sauv Blanc.

T: A bit stodgy up front. As it opens, the fruit reveals itself and is extremely pleasant on the back end.

M: Compared to CCB's funky version of Guava Grove, this has a more viscous consistancy. But don't misunderstand: in no way is this thick and dense, it's merely not the refreshingly crisp beer that the Grove was.

O: CCB's Guava Groove is a solid beer. I'd drink it sooner rather then later, as I could see the guava falling off in short order. In terms of preference, I'd take one of these, sure. But if given a choice, pass me a funky Guava Grove.

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Guava Groove from Cigar City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.