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Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 195
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 23
Gots: 27 | 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.

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 195
Photo of BWarrington
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Holland
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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).

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.


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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color with thick rocky head. Lots of sticky lacing on sides of snifter.

Smell is of nice citrus, belgian yeast and fruit. Cinnamon and banana are present. There is some definite saison funkiness to it.

Taste is mild citrus, sweet malt and some more funk. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is richly carbonated. Very effervescent. Smooth and very drinkable.

Overall this is excellent.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber copper cloudy with minimal head. Big aroma...mostly fruit but a touch of alcohol, horse blanket...but the flavors are of mild malt, beefy fruit, lemon zest, mango, minimum herbs and spice. Tasty and drinkable...could easily down a 22 oz. with happiness!!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely amber/golden in color with a white head that reduces to about a quarter inch in my glass.

Earthy and lighty spicy aroma, more subtle than the cedar version. Woody, too.

This beer has a sour hint that I didn't detect in the cedar version. It's quite nice, pairing with ginger and other spice favors. There's a hint of alcohol in this one as opposed to no clue in the cedar version of this beers high strength. I've never had a beer aged on grapefruit wood, but I'm guessing that's the source of the citrus flavor.

Nice body, almost creamy.

Overall this is also excellent and may be a better choice for those who find the cedar to be too powerful.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of kawilliams81
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a 10 oz chalice.

A- pours a hazy light orange with a 2 finger fizzy white head. Thick waves of small bubbles fade quickly on the glass.

S- lots of lemon and spices with more citrus (possibly guava but not real familiar with the fruit).

T- starts off tart with lots of citrus, mainly lemon, coming in shortly after. Some sweetness in the middle with a bitter, slightly astringent finish.

M- light body, high carbonation. This beer is a little over carbonated for my liking.

O- good saison but the over carbonation takes away some of the enjoyment of this beer for me.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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