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Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 195
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 23
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 195
Photo of ehammond1
2.63/5  rDev -31%
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.

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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 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 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 bigfnjoe
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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Photo of macrosmatic
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 nlmartin
2.57/5  rDev -32.5%
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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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 jmarsh123
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of DCon
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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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 DovaliHops
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy dirty gold with a nice cream colored head

S-musk, orange peel. belgian spices. some ginger

T-comes in with a biting taste of orange peel and some belgian spices. definitely has somewhat of a subtle saison funk to it, though very light. it has a bite of ginger. its complex, though not too balanced. this is unique for sure.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-extremely disappointed with these two breweries. it tastes like an american version of a strong belgian pale ale. really, this was OK, i enjoyed it...but i don't want it again. not a good saison. i think they tried way too hard and added too many ingredients...it is what i call the Dogfish effect. i won't get this again.

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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 Kromes
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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 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 haazer
2.47/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Collin for yet another enjoyable CCB brew. This one was a violent gusher, and I lost a good 1/4 of the bottle upon cracking it up. Poured into Lost Abbey "Sinners and Saints" tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a very nice and consistent white frothy head. Good lacing as the beer settles.

Nose: Bright citrus shines quite well upon first whiff. It continues to be a big part. Some smells of funk, but not much "horse blanket". More on the spicy/citrus side of the Saison scale. A good amount of Belgian like sweetness and spice support the biting grapefruit/lemon.

Taste: Has quite the healthy pale malt base, but the sharpness of the grapefruit character cuts through that well. Decent balance, but this beer comes off kind of awkward and clunky. Doesn't have a whole lot of subtle notes, just big in your face flavors that wrestle for attention. Spice coming through, with some mild hop bitterness, and quite dry.

Mouth: Like I mentioned in the taste section, this beer isn't as subtle as I was hoping it would be. Carbonation is there, but it's failing to support too big a burden.

Drink and overall: Interesting beer, not easy to drink. I struggled to drink the 3/4 of a bottle I had, would have been nice to share with someone. I like the idea of the three different treatments on this beer, and the grapefruit expression was 10x better than cedar.

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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 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 ausonius
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


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)

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Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.