Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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.

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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 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 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 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 mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle into a Bruery Tulip.

Pours a deep orange with a healthy white head. Cloudy, but inviting.

Nose is somewhat sweet. Classic Saison yeast presence with a hint of citrus and a touch of wood. Everything sits in proper balance.

Taste places the fruity yeast esters front and center. Hint of alcohol on the finish. I'd like to see the grapefruit wood more front and center. That said, this is one of the better tasting American Saisons I've had in awhile.

Mouth is slick, medium bodied. Maybe a touch heavy for the style, but it works with the flavor profile.

Overall, this is a really good American Saison. The problem with many American-brewed Saisons is that they could double as BSPAs. This one is squarely within it's style, with a really good twist from the wood treatment (even if I wish it were more pronounced).

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 cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours a golden yellow/orangish color.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, citrus, orange peel, spices, some woody notes from the grapefruit wood and finally some yeast.

T- The taste has a little bit of tartness and sweetness up front with some citrus and spices as well. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Great beer!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Bottle dated 12/8/2011.

Appearance - Loud fizz as I open the bottle and it gushes. I was quite startled and almost broke my glass. Pours a mostly clear orange body with a huge head that fades to a decent surface foam. Lacing clings to the glass, but it isn't heavy.

Smell - Biscuit malt all over. Sweet aroma with loads of esters and yeast. Citrus fruits dominate the aroma behind the malt. Grapefruit, but maybe just because of the label. A touch of funk from the yeast, but not much.

Taste - Sweet pale malt overload. So much malt that it overwhelms a lot of the fruit flavors. Tropical fruits persist in the taste, but it's less evident than in the aroma. The finish is where the wood dominates. Very woody and bitter in the finish that at least combats the sweetness, but is still too much.

Mouthfeel - After a while, the sweetness becomes too much. Sluggish to drink, especially for a saison. The bitter woody finish is tiring as well. Well carbonated, though!

Overall - Interesting concept, but it's just too big. Maybe just less malt and less wood would really make this a fascinating concept.

Photo of thagr81us
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one during a recent tasting! Gusher!!! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, wood, grapefruit, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapefruit, wood, fruit, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor on this one was fairly well balanced and really made it easy to drink. The grapefruit aspect in this one was definitely the dominate factor going on. A really well put together brew that I would love to have more of in the future.

Photo of bierguru
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-
POURS A DEEP ORANGE WITH A THICK FLUFFY HEAD.

S -
YEAST RIGHT OUT OF THE BOTTLE. FOLLOWED BY A REAL POTENT SWEET ORANGE SCENT. SCENT IS ROUNDED OUT BY A CORIANDER GINGER COMBO

T-
REALLY SWEET ORANGE UP FRONT AND I FIND THIS TASTES TAKES OVER MOST OF THE TASTE. SLIGHT SPICY TANGY NOTES TOWARDS THE END

M -
LIGHT BODY NOT VERY BUBBLY, AND THERE IS A TINGLY SENSATION ON THE TONGUE

O -
BEER HAS POTENTIAL IF AGED. HAD THE BOTTLE FOR 3 MONTHS BEFORE I POPPED IT PROABLY WOULD BE BETTER IN ANOTHER 5 MONTHS. IF THE SWEET ORANGE PEEL TASTE FADES.

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

750ml bottle

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring. Big aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast. Reminds me of a citrus-bomb Duvel. Taste is similarly citrusy, with lots of orange, wood, and spicy coriander. Crisp, slick mouthfeel with a medium body and good carbonation. Very smooth. Overall my favorite of the Dos Costas variants!

Photo of jmarsh123
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Heatwave33 for the bottle

Pours cloudy orange with a 2 finger white head that fades into a thin layer and good lacing.

Classic saison yeasty aromas but a nice punch of citrus and some wood cut through some of the pepper that I usually find unpleasant. Bright lemon rind throughout too.

Taste isn't quite as bright. The underlying typical saison funk and some pepper and floral flavors are present. There's a little bit of an edge from the wood with lemon. A little coriander on the finish which I don't find particular pleasant. Where's the grapefruit? Got considerably worse as it warmed as the pepper overtook any hints of fruit. Drink this one before it hits room temperature.

Light with medium carbonation levels.

This one has good things going, but it's not quite there. If it tasted as good and well balanced as it smells, this would be great. As it is, the citrus flavors are subdued and the profile gets just a touch muddy especially as it warmed.

Photo of Immortale25
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. No freshness date.

A- We've got a gusher! Foam almost immediately overflows out of the bottle once it's popped. Once poured, the beer has a dark amber color that's slightly hazy with a full inch of head that settles into a 1/2 inch head. Fluffy, slippery lacy.

S- Strong smell of green olive laid over some soapiness. Traces of tropical fruit.

T- The green olives come through almost as much in the taste. Hard to taste any grapefruit when there's so much of that going around. Even the aftertaste is like I'm drinking olive juice. It's not to the point where I don't feel like I'm drinking beer, but comes close. I know that it's just the wild bacteria causing this flavor, I'm just not a fan of this particular approach. A tiny bit of citrus surfaces once the palate gets acclimated but still doesn't pull things together.

M- Oily and soft with high carbonation. Semi-light body.

O- Almost as big of a letdown as the cedar aged variation. The lemon wood aged is the only one of the series that's impressive, IMO.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow-orange in color. It poured with a two finger high white head
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grapefruit and other tropical fruits.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some flavors of grapefruit and wood. The grapefruit doesn’t taste like that you would expect from West Coast hops, but for some strange reason reminds me more of a fruity flavor I had at the dentist as a kid when getting a fluoride treatment.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice saison and the grapefruit wood aging adds interesting aromas and flavors.

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 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 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 BWarrington
4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle was in its 40's when I opened it and as well exploded, so have a glass ready or start chuggin.

A- A great foggy old gold color with a two finger head(after you let the bottle settle).

S- The smell is awesome. I mean it was aged in grapefruit wood. Its like walking into your moms house after she got done cleaning with pine-sol.

T- Citrus met a little spice then they met some nice earthy tones and they listened to some jazz all night.

M- Well its a saison and it exploded so the carbonation is present but still smooth due to the overwhelming taste.

Its like no other saison I have ever tasted. When your nose smells it right before you drink it you think you are going to get a dry carbonated saison. Then you get a sweet velvety citrus explosion of awsomeness in your mouth. Would have gave this a perfect but it explodes when you open it, so have it almost freezing when you open it, then wait 30 minutes because at $15 a bottle you lose like 4 of it when opening. Still going to the other TWAM tomorrow to see if they have it.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A- pours orange with a one finger white head. I expected the carbonation to be a lot more considering the style

S- aroma is loaded with grapefruit, with hints of the orange peel and coriander it was brewed with

T- the ginger in this is almost overwhelming, and it dominates all of the other flavors. The grapefruit comes through a little bit, but the coriander and orange peel are totally hidden

M- medium bodied

O- too ginger heavy for me, but if that got dialed back, this could be pretty good

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from EBF.

Clear golden color with a hint of a haze and straw, nice fizzy head, touch of a rosy-orange hue.

Nose has a a bit of tropical fruit, maybe grapefruit but hard to really tell, with a light saw dust like wood, and again the same basic saison aromas as the lemon wood.

Taste is a bit creamy as well, more of the light saison farmhouse malt flavors and yeast, bit bready malt saison flavors, even less of the spices as the lemon wood, but there is a definite light tropical fruit flavor that starts to develop into a grapefruit guava like flavor, and that comes with a light funky yeasty flavor that the farmhouse is starting to get big. This one also brings a light wooden shelf like sawdust flavor. A hint of booze on the finish, and fairly dry.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good, a bit better than the lemon wood as the wood and fruit come a bit more forward, as well as the farmhouse funky yeast I think.

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 FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1357th Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter
750 ml

I bought this in Tampa in March and have been waiting to try them. StarRaptor was that reason.

****BE WARNED THIS BOTTLE GUSHED LIKE A BANSHEE****

App- Glowing yellow in the glass with a more pronounced head to it. A little bit clearer than the Lemonwood. More cling.

Smell- A lot of the same citrus notes come forward from the use of the same ingredients. A bit more bitter from the grapefruit.

Taste- Really its the same as the lemonwood, just really kicked up in the bitter department because of the aciditic note of the grapefruit. A bit more damp than the other was more alive.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium prickly carbonation. Residual grapefruit and denser citrus flavors with a little bit of earthy to it.

Drink- Probably the second best of the three. It was more alive and bright then the other two.

Photo of DCon
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 750mL bottle of this w/ friends from the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Green Labeled bottle w/ both The Bruery & Cigar City's brands on it into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date but came straight from Hunahpu's Day.

Aroma- A bit yeasty with light hops and small spices. Malt comes through as well. This is more like it!

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quickly. Has a dark orange colored body, almost copper and has average clarity (bit of haze). Leaves light suds behind.

Flavor- Very sweet, belgian like with light sugars and spices. Grapefruit very background but noticeable. No hops evident and not much bitterness as well. Semi-dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, and stays semi-dry with malts all the way through.

Overall Impression- As the 2nd of the 3 Dos Costas Oestes, this one rang home to the Saison style more than the first. Enjoyed the light spices and sugary base to this one. Would like to enjoy this one again!

Photo of nlmartin
2.57/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was served in a wide mouthed goblet.

Ap- The body of the beer is a clear orange coloration. The head was white and resolved far too quickly.

S- A musty yeasty sweet orange citrus and pith aroma, gentle pepperyness and a hint of vanilla.

T- The flavors of the beer are on the sweet side to begin things. Sweet orange and citrus zest, peppery corriander, and musty yeast. The beer finishes on the dry side but seems far too sweet to begin.

M- The body is light and the carbonation is lazy and frankly needs to be kicked up about 4 notches.

O- Not a bad stab at a saison. The beers abit too sweet and the carbonation needs to be steeped up a little.

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Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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