Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 156
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.14%
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 mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/08/12 notes. Had at Churchkey in DC. Sampled next to the grapefruit version.

a - Pours a hazy yellow color with a few white bubbles and low carbonationi evident.

s - Smells of lemon, wood, spices, wheat, bread, light citrus and fruit.

t - Tastes of lemon, citrus hops, cedar, wood, fruity malts, spices, coriander.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Doesn't feel like 9% ABV.

o - Overall a pretty nice saison. I preferred this one to the grapefruit version, and a ton of lemon really does come through. Worth checking out. (537 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from EBF.

Clear golden color with a hint of a haze and straw, nice fizzy head.

Nose has a touch of a wood and some light lemon, like cleaning my wooden cutting board with lemon pledge, a touch of a saison like farmhouse malt hint bready, and bit of spices like coriander and citrus.

Taste is a bit creamy, more hint of lemon zested wood but barely, light saison farmhouse malt flavors and yeast, bit bready malt saison flavors, hint of spices again coriander and maybe allspice, fairly dry but a nice juicy malt taste. A hint of booze on the finish, and fairly dry.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, my first of the three so I'll have to see how it compares to the other two. (703 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (223 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring. Big aromas of orange and lemon peel, wood, and crisp malt. The strong lemon character carries into the taste, along with lots of wood. Quite bitter, but I kinda like it. A bit Pine Sol-y, and a bit hot. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body and good carbonation. Better then the Cedar version, but not as good as the Grapefruit. (404 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottle dated 12/13/2011.

Appearance - Not a gusher like the Grapefruit. Pours a mostly clear orange body with a small head. Swirls on the surface, but no real lacing.

Smell - Again, biscuit malt all over. Sweet aroma with loads of esters and yeast. Citrus fruits dominate the aroma behind the malt. I feel like I smell lemon, but I probably don't. No real funk but it's estery.

Taste - It's still a lot of pale malt, but this one doesn't seem as bad as the grapefruit. It's sweet, but I feel like more flavors come through. Perhaps a touch fruitier than the aroma. The wood is much less prevalent in this one, but I still kinda get some lemon. What does lemon wood taste like anyway?

Mouthfeel - I dunno. It should be just as sluggish as the grapefruit. Maybe I'm more tolerant today. I still wish it was lighter, but it's not that tough to drink. Not as bitter or woody in the finish.

Overall - Still a malt overload, but it seems more balanced in this one. I'm probably completely wrong and it probably tastes the same. Who knows. (1,084 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a lovely trader, moose3285, for continuing to feed my Cigar City addiction. If I ever end up on "Intervention", his name is going to come up frequently. 750 ML bottle split.

Pour is appropriately golden yellow; hang it from the ceiling & it could be a diorama sun (where are my old D&D lead soldiers, anyways?). Plenty of fizz. Smells about like you'd expect for the description, a melange of fizzy lemon with a dash of orange. Appealing after a day or working, softball, & lifting. Dammit, I'm tired. And old.

Dos Costas Oeste Lemon Wood Aged suffers from chronic over-carbonation. It's the first thing I notice & distracts heartily from the taste, hissing like dry ice on my gums. Fighting past that with a broadsword, you get to the spritzy lightness. Lemon is strong, the ginger is evident once it's named, & there's more spiciness roiling underneath. No wood I taste. I just belched. My wife did too. More to come, I'm sure. There's an aftertaste that teeters between wheaty & near-funk, but it's soft. Not a sipper, very easy to slug.

This would be an excellent beer based on taste, but the over-carbonation is a hard knock. I actually have to concentrate when drinking to enjoy it, & I'm trying to kill brain cells, not exercise them. Still a good, solid beer. (1,283 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one during a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, wood, fruit, and very subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, lemon rine, wood, fruit, tobacco, and subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Out of the three, this one was my least favorite. It really just seemed a little off to me. Still a solid brew, but just lacking from the other two. Still worth trying if you get the chance though. (773 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a very hazy golden straw with a nicely sized pure white head that slowly recedes leaving behind decent lacing.

definitely getting the lemon, as well as a bit of coriander and bubble gum, orange zest with some funkiness but overall a sweet aroma.

bubble gum sweetness again hits first, then turns to sweet citrus (orange juice and sweetened lemonade) with a touch of ginger sitting behind that that wouldn't have been noticed if it weren't stated on the bottle. banana/coriander, and a slight bit of funky yeast.

fluffy bodied and slightly sticky sweet with an aftertaste similar to finishing a glass of OJ.

hmmm. Interesting idea. not sure I'm wowed by the outcome. a bit more funk or some acidic citrus would help to balance the sweetness I think. (758 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of CFC_HeadHUNTER
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - murky, straw to orange in color, frothy head that falls quickly, nice lace retention, lots of bubbles

S - ginger, citrus, slight alcohol

T - spice dominates (coriander/pepper), very dry/tart with a nice malty balance, citrus notes, no hop presence (unless that is the pepper bite)

M - medium in body, carbonation fades quickly

O - a complex swirl of flavors without anything getting out of hand

Not my favorite style. I prefer sweet to tart. Even so, I've not liked Bruery beers in the past because I though they were over the top sweet. This has much more balance. (574 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared a 750mL bottle of this w/ friends from the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Yellow 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- Lemon comes up with a light amount of acidity. The nose was very weak and subtle with this variation of the Dos Costas Oeste.

Appearance- Pours a less then measurable head and dies quickly. Has a golden, light hazy body and leaves no lacing but a few suds on the side.

Flavor- Orange comes up at first and then easy going malts. Very soft characteristics in this Saison and finishes dry with no hops or bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, Creamy, and malts are left on the palate.

Overall Impression- This is the 1st of the 3 Dos Costas Oeste we are enjoying and I'm hoping for some better character and Saison attribute in the next two. Too light and not enough lemonwood (as stated in the label). Would not dis this one, just not a top Saison and something that seems like it would come from these two breweries... (1,128 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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 hand...it lets the mess of a base beer come through more (520 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
2.02/5  rDev -47%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of rudzud
1.72/5  rDev -54.9%
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. (870 characters)

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Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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