Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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4.83/5 rDev +27.8%
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.
02-05-2012 03:39:28 | More by BWarrington
4.58/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
11-08-2012 05:42:56 | More by nickfl
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: pours a moderately hazy golden color with a generous amount of carbonation bubbles and a finger of very fine just barely off pure white head which lingers nicely and appears to have a bit of a fizzy character, leaves a generous amount of seafoam like lacing on the glass
S: o yea, thats a friggin saison if ive ever smelled one, nice peppery notes and pretty nice lemon peel scent at the end
T: hmm, its a very nice and tastey brew, that much is certain, the grapefruit character is apparent right at the very front of the sip and hits on the tongue, the peppery and more saison like notes become apparent in the middle of the sip, finishes cleanly but also leaves a lingering sweetness on the lips and tip of the tongue
M: medium carbonation tingle but then drinks rather smooth and yet with a bit of thick viscosity, nice on the palate
O: i really loved the taste of this brew, the sweetness of the grapefruit notes really makes the brew well rounded and helps to tone down the peppery notes, quite phenomenally done
04-19-2012 01:08:38 | More by BigPlay1824
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
Opened it up at about 55 F and it exploded everywhere. Didn't even get the cap off and it lost half a glass. Maybe my fault for opening warm.
A: beautiful saison with a large off-white head on an orange/gold body. The head stays for the glass since the carbonation is just rushing up from the bottom.
S: yeasty esters, earthiness, and citrus are the biggest smells. Smells a bit dry or bitter as well.
T: nice spicy and earthy taste, with less emphasis on the citrus. Some fruity flavor comes through. Amazingly, the 9% alcohol isn't detected until it's sitting in my stomach.
M: high carbonation - probably the highest I've ever seen outside of my homebrew mistakes. Body is light for a beer of this gravity, but still mediumish.
O: I'm no saison expert, but this is up there with the best I've had. Excellent beer. Too bad it's $16.
02-03-2012 00:52:58 | More by Holland
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
09-10-2012 04:54:22 | More by ngeunit1
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
Pours a cloudy light orange with one finger thick fizzy white foam. Better head retention than the other two versions though, a thin layer sticks around and splotches of fine lace left down the glass. This bottle was a slight foamer btw. Smell: pale malt sweetness, nectarine and a little white grape, lemon/grapefruit rind, peppery and grassy notes. Taste: brief soft pear into tangerine, candied citrus rind, spicy blast. Drying finish with a sweetened ginger note. Big flavors here. Medium bodied and creamy with ample carbonation. Bottled Dec 8 2011. Excellent. For me this is the version to stock up on.
02-07-2012 05:01:28 | More by babaracas
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
Arrives in a snifter with a bright golden orange color with a small, off-white head. Retention is short with just a thin ring after a minute or so.
Smell is the weakest area of this brew. If you search you pick up some malty sweetness and some citrus notes with very little else coming to the party.
Taste is where it is at. Malt, citrus, hints of coriander and ginger, a nice sweetness with no appreciable hop presence. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.
Smooth, smooth, smooth with a light effervescence to prevent it from becoming cloying on the palate. Full-bodied with some warming which I found nice on 73 degree Florida December day. It stood up well to a spicy shawarma.
Per the Tasting Room staff, this version is aged on grapefruit wood with coriander, ginger and orange peel. Now to try the others. The other three versions are aged on cedar, lemon wood and orange wood.
12-16-2011 16:58:21 | More by PorterLambic
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
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).
04-08-2012 18:37:20 | More by mondegreen
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
03-10-2012 03:39:11 | More by thagr81us
Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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