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Dos Costas Oeste - Cedar Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 142
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 15
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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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: babaracas on 02-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on a business trip to Orlando.

Pours a beautiful gold with bright white fizzy head.

The aroma is top notch! Fresh lemon zest, coriander, some spicy notes (ginger?) with a little funk mixed in.

Taste follows the nose. Nice and distinct with every flavor meshing perfectly but still being distinct.

Light to medium in body with a cornicopius amount of carbonation. Pricks and stings the tongue with each sip.

A top notch saison and a amazing collaboration. I wish I had a fridge full for the summer! Seek this brew out for sure (539 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Light gold with a bit of haze and a 1 1/2 white foamy head. Some visible carbonation, but not tons.

S: Cedar, citrus, and some Belgian fruity yeast esters.

T: Huge cedar up front, then some puckering lemon flavors, with a light cracker malt. Overall impression is pretty fruity, then a very dry finish.

M: Alcohol moderately noticeable, good carbonation sensation, and a medium body for style.

O: This is the first varietal of the Dos Costas Oeste series I've had on tap. I'm very impressed, and am starting to form the opinion that cedar makes every beer taste better. Really tasty. (673 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bright golden in color with an off-white head that reduces quickly.

Big Spanish cedar aroma that reminds me of Cigar City's Humidor series.

Spicy with citrus and cedar flavors. It's tea-like and I can't detect the high alcohol. The ginger and coriander are apparent, but not overpowering. Very nice.

Crisp and bubbly body.

An excellent beer. I look forward to trying the other versions. (396 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color 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 lightly bready malts with coriander, orange peel, ginger, Belgian yeast, and cedar.

T - Starts off with sweet grainy and bready malts with some coriander, ginger, and lemon zest. Through the middle, the cedar comes through with some Belgian yeast, and a bit of floral hops. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with coriander, orange peel, Belgian yeast, cedar, and a touch of ginger.

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

D - Very drinkable. Nice strong Saison with some good spices thrown in and the cedar adding some nice complexity. (785 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange, nice 1 finger white head that dissipates into a ring around the glass. Okay lacing.

S - Getting a lot of spanish cedar with lemon zest following it. I detect minimal funk to make it noteworthy.

T - Love these cedar beers they put out! The ginger and coriander you can taste. Citrus notes show up off & on for me. The cedar is more subdued compared to the nose, only to come out strongly in the finish.

M - High carbonation, medium bodied. Very effervescent.

O - What an killer beer here! Just so complex and the flavors meld together so well! (575 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from EBF.

Clear golden color with a hint of a haze and straw and darker reddish wood color almost like a cedar plank, nice fizzy head.

Nose is much different than the other two, it still has the light golden saison malts, hints of spices, but it gets pretty peppery actually, a woody toasty cedar aroma.

Taste is also much different, it starts more like a Belgian tripel, with Belgian malts, but a bit of the softer saison flavors. Spices are fairly dominant in this one, with more coriander, pepper, white pepper and bell pepper, and a bit of a light farmhouse yeast flavor, like getting yeasty. The cedar wood comes out as well, more like oak barrel than the other two but not quite there. Finish is still dry and effervescent, but more of the spices and cedar.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good, quite different than the other two, a bit stronger and much bolder. Still a tasty beer. (916 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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 with a one finger pure white head that subsided minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, wood, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, cedar, citrus, fruit, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor on this one was pretty nice and really well balanced. The aroma was pretty nice and very inviting. Really glad I got the chance to try this one as I missed it due to my accident. (726 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a deep golden haxy body. No lacing really. Aroma is of orange peel, yeast and corriander. The flavor is where the cedar is better represented with again belgian yeast, spices, lemon zest (very mild), sour cherry and tangy. Mild grass notes round this one out. light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I cant wait to try the others in this series. (380 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part one of the CCB/Bruery imperial saison collaboration, bottled in July 2011. Part 2 and 3 just came out. Not sure why there's no entry for this one yet. With coriander, ginger, and sweet orange peel, aged on cedar spirals. Pours a hazy light orange with one finger of fizzy white head, settles to nil in a minute with no lacing. Smell: lightly toasted, white grape + peach blend, pepper, lots of orange. Taste: pepper and coriander, pulpy orange juice; backdrop is tangy and lightly toasted with milk caramel and grape juice. Ginger toward the end of the sip, along with a little of the cedar character. Slightly soapy in the finish. Very tasty imperial something. Look forward to trying parts 2 and 3. (705 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with smaller white head that falls to a ring with some lace left behind.

Aroma is nice sweet malts with sweet orange to start then gives way to tart lemon, pepper and light funk with a side of cedar thrown in for good measure. Very aromatic and nice.

Taste is more tart then aroma malt sweetness is hit right away by the lemon, peppery and ginger notes with cedar showing up in the finish with some light funk. Funny how I didn't notice the ginger in the nose until I tasted it. Nice brew interesting without being over the top.

Mouthfeel is lighter for a 9% brew, probably feels lighter because of the overly peppy carbonation. Which I usually do not like, but seems to fit this brew well.

Overall enjoying this one, almost makes one wish they lived in Tampa. (798 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$14.99 for a 25.4oz bottle from Tipple's Brews in Gainesville.

A: mostly clear, ever so slight amount of haze, poured with a full head that dissipated to a spotty veil
S: intense spices, ginger, coriander, very unique and good
T: very unusual, intense spices, somewhat sharp finish probably from ginger, a bit hot from EtOH, I was expecting more of a saison style of beer which it really isn't. Too dense and cloying for style.
M: refreshing from spices but a bit too much in ABV and ginger sharpness in finish (511 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is ~1 yr old
The beer pours a hazy light amber with a fluffy white head that gushes out as soon as the cap's cracked. The nose is a spicy mix of distinct cedar, honey sweetness, a touch of fruit and peppery hops. The taste brings forward the same earthiness from the cedar and spice profile, but also juicy fruitiness from the yeast, grain, and orange peel. It's light-medium bodied, effervescent, spicy, semi-dry, bitter, and gracefully hides the alcohol. I'm happy to try this collab, but it's way too expensive for a repeat. (536 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with small head of various bubble shapes and sizes...truly important. Nice citrus aroma with touches of a barnyard down the way! Ahh...sweet and rich, almost cloying, full bodied with the cedar touch. A touch of indescribable funkiness which is overall nice. Tasty. (278 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Mikkeller bar in København. Felt weird about ordering an American beer, but running into Cigar City in Texas doesn't happen so I had to do it.

The beer has a huge white head. Took the bartender a bit to get a servable pour. Hazy yellow body. Laces like a champ.

Cedar and orange dominate on the nose.

Oh wow, the cedar harmonizes with the big citrus fruitiness much more than the Zhukov I had from this cedar series. There is some grassy funkiness going on. Has a slight sourness to it.

Light and prickly on the tongue.

The cedar might cut down on the complexity of this beer since it is so prevalent, but it is flat out amazing so screw it. I don't really care. (688 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy orange color with a large white head that takes quite some time to go down. Scent is...oh my goodness...a ton of wood. Cedar wood apparently...I could not tell you what different woods smell like, but it definitely smells like fresh-cut wood and sawdust. Initially, it starts with a slightly tart, funky, barnyard aroma that immediately turns to fresh-cut wood. Citrus aromas follow shortly after, with fresh cut lemon and orange peel. There are some nice spices throughout. Taste is fresh wood at first, followed by orange and lemon. There is a good amount of spiciness to the flavor...ginger, coriander, and thyme. Very complex smelling, and tasting beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat dry and tingly (minty?) finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is very different from any beer I have ever tasted. I really enjoyed this. (861 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lateral tasting with bottles from Lueken Liquors. Funky aroma, the funk stays in the taste and is moderated by some grapefruit and lemon and the wood. Very good very spicy flavour, but you have to tolerate the barnyard. Good drinkability.Full mouthfeel, carbonation significant (277 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a one finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy, spicy aroma with some farmhouse funk, citrus fruit, bready yeast and dry, smokey wood. Hints of zesty pepper, coriander and clove followed by grassy hay, banana, bread and apple. I'm also picking up orange peel, alcohol and cedar. I was expecting the cedar presence to be stronger but it's subtly integrated into the nose.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a strong zesty spice presence that lingers over the farmhouse funk, light fruit and cedar into a dry finish. Hints of spicy clove, ginger and coriander followed by sweet apple, pear and orange peel. The farmhouse yeast is overpowered but there's a subtle earthy, funky character underneath. The cedar character is nicely integrated and isn't noticeable until the finish where it comes on pretty strong. Still, it doesn't interfere with the other notes, providing a dry smokey finish. Overall this beer is pretty complex and the ABV is well masked making it easy to drink. There's a lot going on but it remains interesting throughout. (1,159 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orange-yellow color with a white head. As expected from a cedar-aged Cigar City beer, this beer smells like a humidor. I get a ton of cedar in the aroma with hardly anything else coming through. The flavor is more complex. I obviously get some strong cedar in the flavor, but there is also a good bit of dark fruit and toffee, as well as some lemon. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (486 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

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

S- The aroma is fruity malt, citrus, orange peel, hints of spices and some cedar notes as well.

T- The taste is really interesting. Malt up front with bitter orange peel and hops in the finish. The taste is very citrusy.

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

O- Overall, this is another solid beer from Cigar City.  (461 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a cloudy yellow with a moderately-sized fizzy white head. Head begins to dissipate quickly. No lacing.

The smell is very unique. Coriander, ginger and especially the cedar are very, very strong. Really smells like wood with all the cedar scents. Fruit scents below that, orange in particular, some grapefruit as well, with the ginger cutting the fruit scents a bit. The whole scent is, for whatever reason, very reminiscent of seltzer to me. Quite unusual.

Like the nose, the taste is quite different. The cedar is very prominent, and the ginger plays a large role as well. Light fruits (orange and grapefruit) with a bit of a bitter, funky aftertaste. I don't like the role the ginger plays- I love ginger in food, but have yet to enjoy its use in beer. I enjoy this one more as I become accustomed to it, but generally am not overly impressed.

Medium bodied, high carbonation level. Does not taste like a 9% beer.

Overall, not like any other beer I have had, but not one that I would have again. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exuberantly fruity, and a bit on the sweet side. I can be a critic of too much wood influence in beer, but this needs a bit more cedar to check the sweetness and fruitiness. The ginger is detectable in the aroma, but gets lost with the fruit in the taste. The fruit itself is a bit of a melange, but overall comes off like overripe peaches and plums soaked in some grappa. I think this one was better on paper than in reality. (426 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head and slight ring. Crisp aromas of sweet malt, orange peel, coriander, and cedar. Lots of cedar carries through to the taste, along with orange peel, spices, and a good amount of alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is slick, with a medium body and good carbonation. Not bad, perhaps a touch too much cedar in this one, it overwhelms everything else. (378 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Don for sharing, and schlepping this all the way from Florida. Quick review transcribed from written notes.

Pours a nice sun-kissed orange color, light haze, and a lasting layer of foam on top that deposits some spotty lace here and there.

Subtle aromas of light yeast and phenolic spice, everyone was saying "so cedary" but I didn't pick up much woodiness at all really. To note: wasn't a fan of the cedar-aged Jai Alai either.

Flash of sweetness at first, some tangy note of cedar (apparently), ginger, long dry finish with lingering bready notes. A burly, chewy full bodied saison, it steamrolled the palate and was hard to recalibrate afterwards. Overall though, I can't really say I enjoyed it all that much, but it was fun to try. Thanks again Don! (767 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a 1/2 inch head that slightly retains before crouching down to an 1/8 inch head and dots of surface foam. Moderate lacing.

S- Cedar so fragrant it stabs your nose in a nice way. Also the usual tobacco notes.

T- Jeez. You think they used enough cedar in this? It's so overpowering, that's all one can really taste. And it's not the cedar that compliments the hops so well in the Humidor series Jai Alai. It's more pronounced making it taste like you're licking a cigar box plus is more astringent. It blends badly with the high amount of booze as well. Sort of a band-aid flavor also. Plus, there's no indication of saison yeast.

M- Dry and unimpressive. Also stings a bit. Medium carbonation.

O- I was so psyched to have my first CCB/Bruery collaboration but it's just cedar overload. It smells good, but the taste and mouthfeel are certainly lacking. I can only hope the lemon wood aged is better. (980 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1358th Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter
750 ml

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

App- A deeper orange in the glass. Similar to the color of the cigar in the logo. Had a bit of a gold/amber color around the edges. Smaller head and zero cling.

Smell- Completely different then the other two. This had none of the citrus and freshness. This was a cedar wood bomb and smelled like fresh cut wood in Home Depot.

Taste- Damp and malty with only a little bit of the citrus. Had a lot of the Cedar going strong. It was a bit of a one dimensonal beer and just didnt pop like the other two.

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

Drink- This is the runt of the litter. Too overpowering from the Cedar. I'd take the other two over this anytime. (899 characters)

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