Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2012 00:52:58 | More by Holland
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-16-2011 16:58:21 | More by PorterLambic
Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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