Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes.Appearance: Smell: Sour and over ripe fruit. Taste: Starts with a touch of tart, light fruit, peach, lemon, green apple, with sweetness in the background and a pleasant hop accent. Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very fine and soft with a medium light body.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Earlycsquid for sharing this one.

Bottled 12/2011.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with lemon and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells and tastes fairly old after almost 2 years in the bottle.

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Photo of jeonseh
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange lemon with small off white head 3

S - Orange, lemon, coriander, bit sweeter than expected 3

T - Lemon, bubblegum, slight wheat. Lemon comes across in the backend with a light tartness. Slightly Belgianrsque with the bubblegum. Also got some dark fruit sweeetness

MF - Medium carbonation but a thick body with more syrupiness than I'd expect

O - Much sweeter than I'd like in a Saison. It just has too much going in and it doesn't meld together well.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents brought me back this bottle from Florida, dated December 2011, and poured into a Deschutes goblet. CAUTION - This one was a bottle bomb! Totally gushed as soon as I popped the cap, so have caution and open over the sink.

A - Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange, with a fluffy off-white colored head. No lacing left behind as I sip on this one.

S - The smell is a slightly sour funky acidic alcohol aroma, with some citrus notes mixed in.

T/M - The beginning of the taste is an acidic lemon zest, the medium opens up to the orange and a little ginger spice. The end of the taste is a little herbal with some slight corriander notes, but not big! Light, very bubbly mouthfeel. Finishes clean and crisp.

O - I am not an expert in this style by far, but this is tasty. I never had a pallate for this style, but I will finish this one. The underlying funk isn't overpowering, but rather complements the other characteristics. All the aspects play nice with each other, and there is no alcohol present at all.

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Photo of CFC_HeadHUNTER
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served bottle poured into a delirium tremens snifter

A - For me this was a classic example of a saison color and clarity. Orangey deep yellow color that poured cloudy with a significant amount of carbonation (exemplified by the almost champagne burst when opened).

S - Boozy sour nose. Definitely has a sour orange citrusy funk the "singes the nostrils" a bit.

T - Sour patch candy feel. Familiar funky saison profile with a sweeter sip. The lemon wood again is apparent with the overall sour citrus taste. Has that high alcohol boozy throat to the finish. For me this is a one serving beer. The large format bottle is best split 3 ways.

M - Great smooth mouthfeel. The sour candy taste makes you want to drink this ale fast. Almost need to remind yourself of the ABV on this one.

O - Never have been the biggest saison fan but overall this is a more than decent example. The beer is tangy, sweet and surprisingly drinkable considering the stats. Love collaboration efforts and this one is for sure worth the price and hangover.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in godblet. (Chimay signature glass) Vintage bottle dated November 2011.

Appearance: A cloudy orange, heavy heavy bubbles on the body with

Smell: Has a sweet orange smell, honestly one sniff isn't enough. It doesn't make love your nostrils like some other saison but on quality if the hit its more than enough.

Taste: complexity at it's finest, just a little bit sweet with a orange skin feel and no doubt a little bit of lemon. Has lift bitterness and a dose of sour that literally quenches your thirst.

Mouth: medium and smooth, goes down too easy. Zesty finish at the end feels like pure lemon skin coming off a hint dry.

Overall: This is the almost perfect warm weather beer. No joke, paired with a nice cigar in your back yard you really don't need nothing else. Salud!

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep golden color, with a two-finger white head and a medium amount of visible carbonation.

S: Yeasty bread, some vague citrus aromas with a woody sweetness.

T: Fruity esters on top of bready and a bit of caramel malt flavors, with lemon rind or coriander and a touch of wood sweetness as well. Maybe some vanilla notes on below the peppery spiciness, but both are relatively restrained.

M: Medium body for style, good carbonation sensation, and alcohol well-hidden given the ABV.

O: Not a bad saison, but inferior to the cedar-aged varietal. Don't know that I'd seek this one out again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Light orange with a foamy head. Lacey.Less funky than the cedar, yet still a farmhouse taste. Some funk aroma. Smooth and mellow despite the lemon taste, this is not like lemon mashed in. Yeast significant. Undercarbonated.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden yellow pour, slightly hazy, with a fizzy white head that dissipated almost completely; minimal lacing. Muted aroma, pale malts, distant detergent-like citrus notes, toasted grains. Light and bland on the palate, reflecting the aroma for the most part, grainy, light bready malts, hints of lemongrass, light spice, musty grass. Light body, moderate carbonation, fairly drying, thin flavor, thin mouthfeel, drank almost like water, which is good and bad, alcohol almost undetectable. Unfortunately, I got more Bruery and less CC, so...meh.

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Photo of Kmccabe33
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice looking beer, very light but heavy head, very similar to champagne from my memory.

S- Smell you instantly get the lemon and the oak flavors. Hints of citrus are pretty overpowering.

T- I can instantly taste the wood and dryness, citrus and savory flavors.

M- Very thin and champagne esque, Drying effect at the end.

O- Ehhhh I enjoy it but wouldn't get if I had the opportunity. I usually lean more towards funky saisons versus savory and this is more savory.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a murky orange body.

S: orange and pineapple citrus, oak, candied fruits, Belgian yeast.

T: more sweet and slightly tart citrus follows in the flavor with mostly orange peel and lemon variety up front which moves to the herbal and yeasty belgian qualities you want from the style.

M: medium body and highly carbonated, actually too carbonated for me. This bottle was a gusher when it was opened. not too dry.

Overall: The high carbonation is distracting from the flavors for my tastes. The tartness and herbal notes clash a little but overall work.

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The bottle opens and instantly becomes a moderate gusher, though only about half a glass is lost so it isn't as bad a some. What is left is a vary hazy, golden color and topped by a large head of white foam. Decent head retention but little in the way of lace.

S - Thick, bready malt with some funky complexity and lemony tartness,

T - Tart wheat up front with notes of lemon and pepper. Some notes of ginger and vanilla in the middle and a finish of pear, pepper, lemon, vanilla, and a slightly woody note that may be enhanced by the suggestion on the label.

M - Medium thick body, very high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - The base beer is quite nice and the spices are expertly integrated such that one can't be entirely sure what is from yeast and what from actual spices. The wood is the questionable part, I really don't know what to expect from lemon wood, but I think I taste it... I'm planning to try one of the others form the series next so I will have a better idea what the wood imparted then.

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Photo of cvm4
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really orangeish amber. Bubbly eggshell head.

S - Sweet malts, yeast, juicy citrus and dry spices.

T - The ginger really comes out to me above all other flavors. Spices just dominate the palette and afterwards the beer settles into sweet citrus and malts. Hops aren't really a factor. I'm guessing here but I believe I detect the lemonwood on the finish.

M - A heavier body than most saisons I've had. High carbonation and finishes wet.

O - An interesting mix of flavors here. Not sure I'd change much about the beer. Everything just compliments one another.

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Photo of Tschnab
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour a is a yellow straw body with a bone white big fluffy head.

The aroma is a big wave of lemon peel and citrus juice, as well as belgian yeast, and light white wine aroma. The taste brings all of the aromas to life, very bright citrus with a big wave of coriander and a light woodiness. There is a tiny bit of tartness and chardonay, as well as pears and lemongrass.

Really really tasty stuff for sure here, wish the price tag was way lower. Nice spice and citrus, nice wood flavor, just not really a huge wow factor. Once again though I am happy with what I got from cigar city.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange with a big white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

A little lemon and citrus in the aroma, but is drowned out a bit by an abundance of coriander and white pepper.

Big lemon peel flavor up front with a little bit of pepper underneath. As the lemon fades though massive amounts of coriander take over and it finishes musty with too much spice. Grassy and herbal throughout the finish.

Good medium body with carbonation levels a bit below average creating a silky mouthfeel. Alcohol burn is present, but subdued.

I'd really like to like this series, if they wouldn't overspice everything. There is some good stuff going on here and the first few sips are good, but soon spice consumes everything and makes it hard to finish a pour.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another interesting Cigar City creation. Reviewed from notes.

A- Fairly hazy orange body with a big frothy white head. Good cap retention and a big cloud and ring remain leaving a ton of lace.

S- Lots of coriander up front and a peppercorn feel as well, might just be too much coriander or the yeast. Beyond that is a big lemon and orange citrus feel.

T- Large amount of the coriander/peppercorn/spice feel follows in the flavor. Orange, ginger and lemon zesty citrus fruit backs this nicely. Slight alcohol with some grassy and herbal hints.

MF- Creamy, moderately thick body. Somewhat silky with lower-end carbonation. Fairly bitter finish.

The added ingredients are a bit much but don't turn me off that badly, it makes things interesting but doesn't make the beer amazing.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cbutova, always good for bustin out the Cigar City. Intense ingredient list on this one...brewed with coriander, ginger, sweet orange peel, and aged on...lemon wood spirals.

Pours hazy bright orange, big white head retains pretty well as a thick cap, leaving some lace behind.

Smell is what's mostly expected - lots of sweet orange and coriander, light mustiness, yeast, some spice.

Taste follows suit, big coriander, lemon and orange juice. Yeast, straw, spice, lots of wood and sweetness, some vanilla. Reminds me of a bigger, oaky Blue Moon.

Full-feeling mouthfeel, medium carbonation, drinks pretty easy for 9%.

The fruity sweetness is a bit over the top but it's enjoyable overall. Drinks more like an imperial witbier to me than a saison.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and s two finger off-white head that slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma with a strong citrus presence and subtle wood character. Slightly earthy with zesty pepper, coriander and ginger followed by orange peel, clementine, grapefruit and lemon juice. As it warms, the lemon wood spirals come forward with a slightly ashy, toothpick presence. Still, it's kept in check by the other notes and isn't as prominent as in the other treatments.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a very strong, zesty spice flavor that lingers over the citrus sweetness and earthy wood into a dry finish. Lots of peppery coriander and ginger followed by juicy orange, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine sweetness. The high ABV is well masked with only subtle boozy heat toward the end of the palate. There's a subtle dry, earthy wood/toothpick presence in the finish but again, it's not as strong as it was in the other versions. The strong spice and citrus fruit flavors keep it in check, making it a bit easier to drink than the other two.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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 nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and bready malts with lemon, orange peel, ginger, coriander, Belgian yeast, honey, and some other spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of grainy and bready malts with some tart lemon, orange peel, and coriander. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavors and some ginger and other spices come through with some honey and light floral hops. The finish is a mix of sweet bread malts with tart lemon, orange peel, Belgian yeast, coriander, ginger and some other spices.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, dry, and eatery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Feels smooth with great overall balance and nice flavors from the lemonwood.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.02/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was chilled very cold in order to minimize the gusher potential. The beer was served in a snifter and allowed to warm up to a proper drinking temperature.

A- The body of the beer is a hazy golden coloration. The head was a short lived white coloration. The head quickly died and no lacing is noted on my glass. The carbonation is very minimal.

S- The aroma of the beer gives a brief ginger aroma giving way to lemon and lemon wood sweet maltyness finishes the aroma.

T- The flavor of the beer is initially sweet almost caramel, ginger, lemongrass and a bit of lemon flavor.

M- The body of the beer is medium and the carbonation is very limp almost to the point of still.

O- Low marks for this beer. The aromas and the flavor leave me wanting alot more. The body of the beer is near still. Perhaps the quality control measures for this beer are off. Take this one back to the drawing board.

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Photo of rudzud
1.72/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Shared this with JLindros and BPK59...pains me to review this and the other 2 Dos Costas as they clearly had an issue with them either in storage before being traded to me, or in the bottling line. Poured into a standard tulip.

A - Well, atleast this one didnt errupt like a fountain. Slow gusher poured a hazy golden hue with a light thin white blanket of a head.

S - WTF...TONs of funk and well, burnt peanut butter. Yes, peanut butter. What on earth...

T - Yep, I think this is my first 1. Stuff tastes like burnt peanut butter. No other way to say it but some how, for some reason the liquid that comes from this bottle is liquid peanutbutter...

M - Mouthfeel is average for a saison, nothing special.

O - Did someone along the line accidentally label a bottle of Snack Attack as Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon? This is a completely undrinkable beer. Just disgusting.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jake.

Hazy golden orange color with a huge white head. The lemon certainly comes through, as does yeast and a strong pepper aroma. A mild spiciness, some lemongrass, and a touch of straw. The flavor has a good balance of sweetness from the bready malt and dryer, more earthy characteristics. Plenty of lemon, wood, lemongrass, straw, and pepper to make things interesting. Good yeastiness on the flavor as well.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very hazy orange with a two finger pure white head. It looks pretty nice...maybe a little too much haze

S- light lemon aroma. Not a ton going on here, though

T- ginger, a little coriander, a little lemon....doesn't know what the hell it is. Confusing

M- for a saison, it's on the thick side. No bueno

O- on one hand, the wood doesn't add nearly as overwhelming a flavor as the grapefruit wood did. On the other lets the mess of a base beer come through more

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, golden orange color with a large, white head that disappears very quickly. Scent is not even close to being as "woody" as the cedar wood version. This one has slight hints of sweet wood with some sweet orange peel as well. The orange peel definitely shines in this version. Tart lemon aromas with spicy Belgian yeast. Hints of funk...I believe the cedar wood one was a bit funkier with a bit more barnyard. Taste is where the funk kicks in. There is a pleasant, spicy barnyard taste up front, followed by sweet oranges and tart lemons. Lovely Belgian yeast flavors, with mellow spiciness. This saison seems to be a little more traditional than the cedar one. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, I can't really tell which one I liked more. There were some aspects I liked more about this one...and there were some aspects I liked more about the cedar. I should have a final analysis once I try the grapefruit one in the next couple of days. Solid beer though. ABV well-hidden.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | 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 has a hint of lemon in it, as well as some biscuit malt and maybe a little bit of cedar or other wood. The flavor is similar, with some subtle lemon notes coming through at the front. I also get some biscuit and toffee malt, as well as some Belgian yeast. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I tried the Grapefruit, Cedar and Lemon versions of this beer on the same night and this one was the most subtle in terms of both aroma and flavor. Now, to find some way to try the Orange version.

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