Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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85
very good

193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PorterLambic on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 193 | Reviews: 53
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. Appearance: Smell: Perfumey fruit and spice – citrus and especially ginger over light malts, over ripe fruit. Taste: Apricots, citrus, orange, on the start with orange peel and ginger big on the finish. Dry thoughout but has light malts in the background. Mouthfeel: medium body and medium high carbonation.

Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BColton1 for breaking this out. Pours a dull orange hue with a loose, off-white head that fizzes and quickly dissipates. Nose is slightly medicinal and expresses tangerine notes. Taste consistent with nose - begins with sweet citrus (tangerines) and finishes with tart grapefruit. The medicinal character in the nose creates a nice transition between the sweet and sour. Mouthfeel is light-medium and mildly acidic with a lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty interesting beer, but not something I could drink a lot of in a sitting. A 4oz. pour was quite sufficient.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At CCB on Hunahpu Eve. Pours pinkish orange with one finger head. Smells like grapefruit juice and sugar with some yeast funk. Taste is sweet with sligght tartness. Grapefruit, mango, funky yeast finish. Light mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. Very nice and very flavorful saison.

Photo of ausonius
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

WARNING!

This bottle Absolutely Needs to be Very, Very Cold before opening!
&
serve in a frozen glass
&
stand by with enough glasses/containers to pour entire contents plus mucho foam.

I did warn you!

Think Mentos + Diet Coke (CO2 nucleation)

After clean-up, & the foam settles a bit, here's what ya got >>>

Variable head (depending on how long it settles). More foamy than creamy.

Big spicy, citrus-pith, earthy, creamy/grainy nose. Belgian yeast, grapefruit-zest, & ginger.

On the palate > Big, full, round, & long. Spicy citrus & citrus-pith, ginger, & anise.
Hint of lactic sour along with creamy/grainy/fruity, citrus with a touch of sweet-sour/lemon-drop.
Not much heat, but does show it's 9% ABV.

This complex of flavors play out on a long finish & aftertaste with each rising & falling as they play out rather impressively.

89 Points

A very interesting, complex, intense brew, if you're willing to deal with the mess.
(note: I graded this brew purely on its quality, not the mess-factor)

Photo of sandiego67
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I received this bottle as an extra in a trade. As others have reported, it was a huge gusher and most of it spilled over my kitchen countertop, I turned a 750 ml bottle into a 12 oz serving.

Interesting beer if you like citrusy belgian-style beers.

Not interested enough to give a full review.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white 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, citrus zest, grapefruit, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a citrus-forward flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has some interesting aromas and flavors.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Like others have reported, this beer was a gusher. I've never had one to this extent, losing close to half the bottle. I'm just glad I opened it next to the sink.

In a snifter the beer was a hazy orange color. There was a huge white head, but with little staying power.

A spicy aroma, some citrus. Sweet.

A lot more in the taste. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Coriander and pepper. Sweet biscuit.

A little too sweet and spicy for me.

Photo of macrosmatic
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

Or at least the remnants of the bottle. Wish I had read reviews first. This one was an immediate gusher, at least 8 inches of frothy funky volcano as soon as opened. Lost at least 2/3 of the bottle onto the counter & sink.

It looks like a nasty, opaque beer soup. Smells of funk, barnyard, horse blanket, with a touch of some citrus. Taste follows, but the infected funk overwhelms any other flavors that may or may not be in there.

I'm always torn about reviewing an obviously infected beer. But after reading the high number of reviews here that reflect bottles with issues, I doubt that I will be buying another.

Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml shared by Marco.

A: Bright tangerine orange with a good white head.

S: Juicy citrus and coriander dominate in the nose. Some light lemon and vanilla.

T: The coriander is pretty strong, along with some cakey pale malt and lemony esters. Some slight dryness from the wood. Very citrusy, with a very slight acidity to it.

M. Light-bodied with very light carbonation.

O: Somewhat interesting, but a little too heavy on the spices for me.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lateral tasting from bottles from Lueken Liquours. Grapefruit, a little sweet and subtle spicy. The real show was the greatest gusher in thousands of beer bttles opened.Lighter colour than the cedar

Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This one gushes out of the bottle on opening, even worse than the lemon wood one did. After losing about 1/3 of the bottle, it pours a hazy, golden color with one finger of white foam on top. The head settles at a moderate pace butq leaves little lace,

S - A spicy aroma of wheat, black pepper, turpentine, mango, and lemongrass.

T - Bready malt up front with a sweet and sour note that whets the palate. A distinct lime note in the middle with lemongrass and pepper. Finishes with funky tartness, pepper, mango, and key lime pie.

M - Medium thick body, high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Quite complex, and difficult to pin down. I can say for sure that is has a very differ character than the lemon wood aged version, which I had as part of the same tasting. What is unexpected is that it has a distinctly lime character rather than grapefruit, whereas the lemon wood version had identifiable lemon notes. Of the two, I slightly prefer this one, and while both were very impressive, this has and oddly satisfying balance of flavors that makes me wish that half the bottle hadn't jumped out onto the floor as soon as we popped the cap.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: another gusher. The lemon spiral version also gushed for me. Thin head on a murky orange/golden body.

S: orange and grapefruit citrus, more tart than sweet with hint of corriander and lemon and some belgian yeast.

T: fairly syrupy quality to the citrus with lemon, grapefruit and orange. Nice balance between tartness and sweetness. Nice Belgian presence with yeast and herbs rounding out the finish. Very similar finish to the cedar and lemon versions.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. not a very dry finish, definitely more moist than expected for the style.

Overall: I now have had all three of this series. For strong saisons these are very drinkable and very flavorful with excellent Belgian character.

Photo of maximum12
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schlepped back from Atlanta after a business trip, where I was delighted to find a bottle of Cigar City, among others. Cleared the luggage at 48 lbs, up 15 lbs. from when I left. Good deal. 750ML bomber split with my wife.

Pop the top, BAM! We have a bleeder! Beer splashes on my hands, all over the wood counter, & my wife is forced to use a blanket as a turniquet to stop the gushing. Dammit. Minus .4 points. Several ounces lost to out-of-control carbonation. After all that, the pour is just like the other version of Dos Costas Oeste, golden yellow with a curtain of haze...with almost no head. WTF? Aroma is huge on orange, citrus, grapefruit, & fruitiness in general.

Dos Costas Oeste, Grapefruit Wood Aged is worth the drama. Crazy fruit spills out of the glass into my yawning maw: grapefruit, lemon, orange, all cut by an umbrella of sweetness that keeps them all in check. Wood (grapefruit wood, I suppose). Zesty spiciness rains down & lights up the aftertaste. The combination is exquisite. The overcarbation that coated my home is...gone. Again, WTF? Again, dammit, somebody is drinking this fast.

This an excellent beer that I'm knocking to very good because of the rocky start.

Photo of ehammond1
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for sending me this one, DSho!

A gusher. I lost almost half of the bottle upon opening.

Hazy, cloudy dark orange with a large, persistent, thick and creamy head. Very high carbonation makes this one tough to pour, eventually leaving thick ribbons and chunks of lacing down the glass.

Sweet and complicated aroma, though nothing here is particularly pleasant. Lots of herbaceous notes, honey, artificial vanilla sweetness, and black pepper don't combine particularly well here.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with unfortunate amounts of artificial vanilla, honey, medicinal notes, and harsh booze.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

I didn't care for this one.

Photo of haazer
2.47/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Shame on me for not reading earlier reviews. Worst experience with a beer ever. 750 ml bottle and lucky if I saves 200 ml. Not to mention a pissed off gf as this got all over her laptop. Anyway, is this even worth a review?

A- Murky, turbid orange brew. Fairly well carbed, uh, yea. Head big but fizzes away quick. Whatever.

S- All kinda of stuff in the nose. Coriander, orange peels, a little lemon and you deff pick up the grapefruit. Has a saison yeast quality that is typical of the style. Maybe a little funk but not much.

T- Taste is like the nose. Coriander, ginger, but a nasty artificial taste. Almost like lemon pledge. There is some grapefruit taste partially behind the table cleaner spray. Also the booze isn't masked as well as it could be from CC and the Breury.

M- Mouth is light to medium bodied. Surprisingly it feels low carbed. Probably because it all left my bottle upon opening.

O- Obviously I'm pretty bitter about this beer because of the absurd gushing, the 6-7 ounces I was able to save, and the 17$ I paid for it. But it mostly wasn't enjoyable either. The nose was decent but that's all. Epic fail. Horrible, horrible FAIL.

Photo of mntlover
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on trip to Florida, want to thank other reviewers who mentioned it was a gusher, not as bad as some but did gush a little thank the Lord I opened it over the sink.

Pours a hazy peach like color, cloudy with a nice big off white head that falls slowly and leaves some good lace behind.

Aroma is good nice tart fruits on wheat malt base with some descent spice. Almost tart enough to believe brett was involved, nice grapefruit notes not hops like usual but I guess from the wood. Spice is nice almost whit meets saison combo going on.

Taste is like the nose which is good, wheat malt base good tart notes with grapefruit all over the place. Other fruits lemon pear and mango mingled around also. Good spice notes mingled through out the tart fruit notes also.

Mouthfeel is really good very solid medium with lightly zesty carbonation but still feels medium even with the zest.

Overall enjoyable and little different not sure but the grapefruit wood really added something to this one. Hard to believe its 9% never would of guessed that. Love this brewery almost wish I lived in Tampa.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and bready malts with some grapefruit, orange peel, ginger, coriander, Belgian yeast, honey, and some light other spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and bready malts with grapefruit, orange peel, coriander, and a touch of honey. Through the middle, some ginger, Belgian yeast, other spices, and light floral hops. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy and bready malts, grapefruit, ginger, coriander, Belgian yeast, and some other spices.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sweet, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. The grapefruit wood adds some nice complexity to a good base big Saison. Good overall balance.

Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml purchased at Cigar City.

This beer is a bit of a gusher but nowhere near as bad as some of the reviews here indicate. Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Heavily spiced aroma with a stronger citrus presence and less barrel character than the cedar version. Lots of pepper, ginger, coriander and clove followed by orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple. Subtle earthy wood presence but it's really overpowered by the spice a citrus.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a prominent zesty spice presence up front that lingers over the sweet citrus, bready yeast, pale malt and earthy wood notes into a dry finish. Lots of ginger, white pepper and coriander countered by orange peel, grapefruit and mango before the wood spirals come on strong in the finish. Very dry and earthy at the end of the palate with damp wood and toothpick flavor overtaking the citrus sweetness. Pretty good with some nice grapefruit character but not as well balanced as the other treatments with the heavy spice and wood notes overpowering the other flavors.

Photo of rudzud
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Shared this with JLindros and BPK59...pains me to review this and the other 2 Dos Costas as they clearly had an issue with them either in storage before being traded to me, or in the bottling line. Poured into a standard tulip.

A - Yeah, to hell with this beer. I'd barely touched the bottle opener to the cap when this thing launched a 4 foot geyser of beer ala coke and mentos. I lost 80% of the beer, wearing 40% of it and getting to see JLindros dodge the other 40%. What little was left did pour a hazy golden hue with a thin white blanket for a head.

S - Funk, grapefruit rind. Ehhh

T - Taste is funk, alot of it. Theres minimal grapefruit quality with a very weird, lingering aftertaste that I cant figure out.

M - Flat and ethanol.

O - Lost 80% of the beer, hooray. Seriously, to hell with this one. It appears this beer is erupting for EVERYONE, I'm baffled as to why people give this a good number when they lose atleast half their beer. Just insane.

Photo of Kromes
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated. This one gushes out of the bottle upon opening. Luckily I was near the sink. Pours a hazy orange color with a thick soda-like head. The aroma is of Belgian funk, wood and citrus. Has a crisp, tart flavor of citrus oil, resin, and Belgian funk. Malt is a little biscuity. Alcohol flavor and burn is present. Medium body, spicy carbonation and a bit acidic. Pretty good overall. Has a nice peppery spice and tart flavor with a little bit of a resiny aftertaste.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, too, Jake.

Probably the best of the three bottled variations, despite spewing beer everywhere. Cloudy orange in color with a white head. Good grapefruit aroma, plenty of wood, grass, and yeast. A little bit of biscuit malt in there, too. The flavor has a nice dryness to it. Biscuit malts, yeast, and plenty of wood and grapefruit. Not quite as peppery as the other versions. Just a bit of grass and bitterness on the finish.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge Gusher...I love when I lose half of my bottle to gushing...lame. Pours a very hazy golden orange with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is Scent is VERY spicy with some definite wood aroma. A ton of citrus...this beer smells really tasty. Taste is initially tart...definitely the most tart of the three version of this beer. Possibly the most spicy too...tingly ginger and allspice with a bit of cinnamon. Nice citrus flavors. Tangy orange and grapefruit with some spicy pepper and tart lemon in the finish. Lovely wood flavors throughout. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, crisp, and refreshing. ABV is well-hidden. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I've loved all the styles of this beer, but this one just may be my least favorite of the three. A little less balance than the other ones. Still an awesome beer!

Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Winter/Spring 2012. Poured into Philly Beer Scene chalice.

A: Huge hiss. It's a gusher. Pours out a hazy, cloudy, deep orange color. Initially about a finger of white head. Some alcohol feet. Not leaving a lot of lacing initially, but the second pour did.

S: Not getting a ton of Saison like smells. Some faint barnyard. Getting the coriander and orange peel. Smells like a fruit wit.

T: Up front I get that coriander spice note. Also, ginger. Like a wit without the Belgian yeast note. Then it blends into more fruitiness. I get the orange rind. Maybe some tartness, from the rind or grapefruit wood. Towards the back it's a crispness and dry finish like a Saison.

M: Medium bodied. It's a good mouthfeel.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tropical fruit, with a lot of grapefruit and a hint of orange. There is also some biscuit malt in the aroma. The flavor has some strong grapefruit notes, with some orange citrus, Belgian yeast, white pepper and biscuit malt thrown in. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color (with almost a glow to it) with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall dense off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of funky barnyard and cheese that I associate with a good saison. Moderate notes of citrus and citrus rind that are underneath the funkiness. Additionally there are some notes of wood from the aging.

T: Very pleasant strong funky flavor with some light amounts of sourness. The yeast contributes some spicy notes and the presence of wood can be noted.

M: Slightly fuller than medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Extremely dry.

O: Very well balanced and a beer that I really enjoyed... I enjoyed sipping on this one for quite a while and it has just enough of the funkiness to really hit my palate.

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Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.