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Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 159
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | 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: Jason on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 159
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 phishgator
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide mouth chalice. The carbonation coming out of the glass was gushing, but sudued after a minute. Unfiltered, golden with a large head. Great corriander, lemon, and citrus nose. The favor is that of a saison with a bit more fruitiness. The slight tart is there, but not funky as you would might expect. The alcohol is well hidden. The body has a good malt feel and the spices/additives make this work really well. Great brew for a hot summer's day.

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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 DenverLogan
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber...small head with different bubble shapes...that's important! Aroma of fruit rind and tennis shoes. Sweet, funky, slight wood, lemon, honey, peppercorn...rough bitter flavors combined to create a unique brew...overall tasty...I could do a 22 oz and be content.

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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 cjgator3
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours an amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fruity malt with orange peel, lemon, spices and yeast. The aroma Ishmael a lot of citrusy notes. Smells awesome, can't wait to try!

T- The taste is fantastic! The taste has some malt and yeast flavors along with some citrus and coriander as well.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is an excellent beer from two fantastic breweries.

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Photo of socon67
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours orange with lively foam. Visible carbonation. No lacing of note. Cloudy appearance.

S - Scents of lemongrass, peppery spice, and a slight yeasty scent. Reminded me of lemon\pepper marinade.

T - Just an awesome flavor of fresh lemon citrus, peppery spice, and a tartness with a dash of grain. As a lover of citrus flavors, this was a homerun.

M - Smooth, well blended, and a spicy bite at the end to contrast with puckering tartness.

O - Love both breweries, and was not disappointed. My friend picked up the cedar aged variant. Curious if it is as good.

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Photo of Shaw
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely orange with a short white head that turns into just a thin layer of foam in my tulip glass.

Citrus and other fruit in the aroma with hints of lemon specifically.

Taste reminds me of earthy fruit like guava mixed with a woody character. The spices add a nice complexity to the beer.

Dry finish with nice carbonation.

My No. 2 of the three versions, with cedar being No. 1. Seek them all out.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle numerous times into a small snifter at Churchkey. Much thanks to Ed you are awesome!

Orange body hits with incredbile clarity, much like a tangerine, presented with a real nice white collar that always sticks around.

The nose on this beer is incredible. First hints of cedar wood sense, mixing with a splintery action. Sour lemon turns into juicy sour orange sense, with tangerine. Zesty, and fresh, citrus oils just explode with an incredible balance with the wood sense. Absolute friggin magic.

Malt sweetness comes on the palate first, with mild honey. Then the notes on the nose come, fruit orange quality, and zesty character. After taste hits with a quick spice of hot pepper on the finish also. Mouthfeel hits all the right notes, nothing exceptional just real solid.

I could nose this beer all day, in fact I would rather shove it up my nose than drink it. But who wants to do that? More!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1356th Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter

I bought this in Tampa in March and have been waiting to try them. StarRaptor was that reason.


App- Picture the beer the same color as the logo on the bottle. A bright and vibrant orange with a yellow hue and a bit of a cuvee color. A small quick receding head was there and then gone.

Smell- A lot of lemon on the nose (Duh!) I expected this. Very fruit forward and a good amount of earthy hay as well. Very pleasant.

Taste- Lemon forward again, but thats what I was going for. A bit oaky for a saison and a little bit of damp earthy grass to balance it all out.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium lush carbonation. Residual lemon and citrus flavors with a little bit of earthy to it.

Drink- Probably the best of the three. It was more alive and bright then the other two.

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Photo of babaracas
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with one finger of quick fading white foam, settles to a thin ring with a few dots left on the glass. Smell: yeasty bread with semi-alcoholic pear, floral (and a little decorative soap-y), notes of orange zest and coriander. Taste: graininess and soft red delicious apple sweetness, into orange juice and sweet pickled ginger, into ripe pear with pepper and coriander, finishing with candied lemon peel and again a little pickled ginger. Medium-plus bodied with somewhat sparse but forceful carbonation. Seemed less attenuated than the cedar aged but didn't have them side by side. This one seems like less of a match to saison, but it's very tasty. Dec 13 2011 bottling.

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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 warnerry
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange/brown with three fingers of off-white head. Head has very good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - White grapes, yeast funk, a bit of coriander and orange zest with faint wood notes.

T - Surprisingly malty up front. Otherwise the taste is similar to the smell but with a much stronger wood presence, which adds to the dryness of the taste. Also more citrus in the taste than the smell. Pretty tasty, but would be better if the malts were more subdued to yield a crisper taste.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel is pretty smooth with a dy finish and a lingering wood presence.

O - Nice flavors in thus saison, but I think it is just a bit too heavy on the malt, which makes it less refreshing than it could be. The wood elements are nice though, and I look forward to trying the grapefruit wood version.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot color with one fingered head that dissipates pretty quickly. No lacing.

Lots of cinnamon and spice in the aroma. Very inviting smell. A little horse blanket funkiness to the smell too.

Taste is sweet and spicy up front. Hints of ripe fruit. I can taste a hint of pickle juice too. Funk is there and good bit of bitterness in the finish.

This is very dry with average carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this very much.

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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 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 tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this.

A - copper-gold with 1/2" of white, soft head that has decent retention

S - yeasty, funky, white grapes, wine

T - apple, pear, coriander, ginger, lemon, winy, a bit tart

M - viscousy, crisp, winy, medium bodied

This is a decent beer. It's got good flavor, but it's a bit viscous and winy. White wine fans will love this one.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A- pours a hazy light orange with a 1 finger white head. Minimal lacing that resides immediately.

S- lots of citrus, mainly lemon, and nice amount of spices.

T- citrus and lots of spices, with lemon being in the fore front. Almost some mint or licorice flavor in there.

M- medium body, higher carbonation. This beer has a higher carbonation but overly carbonated.

O- nice saison with nice citrus and spice flavors.

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

A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid, poured into a tulip of some sort.

Dod Costas Oeste looks really nice like in the glass with a bright orange color with a shade of glazed amber as well. A nice firm inch of firm white foam has some sticks on the glass. Smell is bright with some orange, lemon, minimal oak and a yeasty saison backing. Get some fresh grass with some bubblegum with warming, a nice smelling beer here. The taste fairs a bit better and to my liking compared to the Grapefruit. The lemon oak spirals used bring a strong taste of lemon and oak without going out of bounds big. The saison is far from lost with earth, light bread, slight spice and floral backing. The mouth on this one is a medium build, bigger than your normal saison. It's not meant for quick easy summertime drinking although the body allows for that if you want. I went through my 3rd of the bottle in no time. Perhaps Cigar City should continue the version that is the best recieved by the beer drinking public.

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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 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 axeman9182
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, taken home from EBF 2012 and poured into my Duvel tulip.

Dos Costas Oeste pours a fairly opaque orange, with a billowing head of dirty white foam that piles four fingers high. Head retention is average at best, and lacing is nonexistent, pretty disappointing. The lemony citrus component of the aroma is nice, but it's a little too dominated by the ginger spicing. The flavor profile is a bit better balanced and more varied. Citrus jumps out to the front here, predominantly lemon with a definite orange secondary note. Next comes the herbal ginger flavor, nicely restrained compared to the nose. There's also a little underlying honeydew and vanilla sweetness that keeps things interesting and takes the beer to the next level. The mouthfeel is one area where the beer falters a little. The body is a bit too chewy and the carbonation a bit dull, and the beer doesn't come across as lean and bubbly as maybe it should. I really like the character Dos Costas Oeste picks up from the lemon wood, but I don't think the base beer is completely dialed in yet.

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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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Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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