Lactobacillus Guava Grove - Cigar City Brewing

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Lactobacillus Guava GroveLactobacillus Guava Grove

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 409
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 3.42%
Wants: 64
Gots: 59 | FT: 10
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: velcrogrip on 09-10-2013

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is definitely easy drinking at this age...not too sour and has some nice sweetness to it...good mouthfeel...I looked up and finished half of the snifter already...highly recommend (189 characters)

Photo of wingnutter
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like it better than the Blackberry, but not as much as the cherry...although I think these Lacto Grove beers hit their sweet spot at about 4-6 weeks, when the fruit comes forward and the heat mellows out a bit. Will revisit and adjust my review in August. (257 characters)

Photo of PEDXING
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the bomber 15 months ago from the tap room, refrigerated since. Poured darker than I expected, a hazy, almost orange-y brown. Taste and smell match--crisp, tart, and funky, with a little bit of fruit. Just about a perfect sour. I drank a bottle of this back when I bought it and don't remember enjoying it nearly as much, not sure if my tastes have changed or it's improved with age (probably a little bit of both). (425 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 poured into tulips at bottle share. Body is light orange and hazy with an off-white finger of head that settles to some foam. Minimal, spotty lacing. Aroma is lacto sourness, guava, malt, and funk. Taste is sour guava and other tropical fruits, some sweetness, and funk. I got a lot of grain and yeast on the swallow that was not particularly pleasant. Medium body, thin texture, moderate-plus carbonation, and a long grainy finish. (436 characters)

Photo of indurTheB
4/5  rDev -2.2%

First off, I really like this beer. I'd give it a higher rating if it weren't so inconsistent. Sometimes it is really sour, other times more flat and dull. Recently had the Apricot Lactobacillus Guava Grove and it is right on the mark.

This beer can be quite sour, so be ready for it. (290 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i didnt find this one as compelling as other have, the guava seemed like a weird fruit in it, and the lacto seemed stinky rather than acidic and clean. it has a pinky orange glow to it, murky but heady. the nose is weird home lacto starter sour, that sweaty feet thing, with the fruit being both sweet and a little savory. i like guava, and i obviously like lacto, but their intersection here is not what i had anticipated. the sweaty essence is more intense than the sourness, and the fruit seems artificial when the two are joined. i dont know if this just needs more time to find its stride, if the ratios are off, or what, but its not all the way amazing for me. that said, its pretty solid beer, clever, and probably better in a different context than the one i had it in. the abv is well hidden, and the beer obviously isnt sloppy or anything. it may just be my palate on this one, but it is a bit of a miss for me. i loved don gavinos big guava, so i was surprised this one didnt live up to it. (1,001 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance - pours a deep amber hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces quickly to a small ring of foam. 4.25

Smell - smells much like a Flanders.. Creamy, pale malt, Lacto tartness, cherry juice, citrus rind, some fruityness , spices 4.5

Taste- starts off hugely sour with lactic acid, lemon juice, sour apple, and citrus. The follow through definitely exhibits melon and guava, with some banana. The finish is creamy with some caramel and pale malt. The finish is astringently tart. 4.5

Mouthfeel- super carbonated, light and refreshing. 4.25

Very tasty, very sour, maybe a little too sour and carbonated and that may take away from the guava notes. Nevertheless nicely done.
4.25 (698 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

The beer is light apricot hued and hazy with a small, wispy head. Aromas of lacto, funk, peach, stone fruit. Yeasty flavor with tangy, sour tropical fruit. high carbonation and zingy on the palate. Tasty. (205 characters)

Photo of bcp5296d
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Teku

A: A little darker than expected. Somewhere between blonde and dark rose color

S: Slightly more sour than fresh, can tell fruit is not as present but smells much more sour than fresh.

T: More sour, fruit has faded slightly but becoming something very interesting. Pretty darn tart. I could see this doing well over time.

M: Slightly more slick than fresh but still plenty of carb.

O: Loved this beer fresh but it seems it could turn into something even better. (481 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Bottled 1/23/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, guava, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, guava, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty with nice sour guava characteristics. (667 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a culinary event during GAFB October 2013. The sour from the lacto and the guava worked together perfectly. Had distinct guava notes throughout and finished with a long, lingering sour dryness. It was perfectly paired with baby octopus and cheese at the GABF event. (279 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks bstyle of this
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A deep hazy orange with a three finger white head.

S- Fairly sour, getting a good amount of lacto, guava, some grainy malts.

T- Sour, guava, lacto, some sweet cereal like malts, some slightly earthy notes in the finish along with the lacto.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is a nice sour and the guava stands out nicely. My biggest issue with this be is a personal one because I am not a big fan of lacto in the finish of any sour. Still not being a big fan of lacto I did enjoy this beer and feel CCB hit a nice balance with te sourness and the guava. (616 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. Pours a murky iced tea color that reminds me of cloudy muddy water. The nose is full of funky, dirty, guava fruit and lactic acid. I get some tart dirty fruits on the palate along with huge flavors of guava. There’s finish is a bit smoky, and the aftertaste is full of linger tart lactic acid. Greasy body, tingly crisp mouth, tart bite, meaty and savory overall. An interesting beer that definitely grew on me as I drank. (438 characters)

Photo of Beer4B
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

July '15 release: let warm from fridge for a while, TONS of guava on the nose. The taste follows the nose with a lot of guava. Not very sour and could use a little more depth (and sour) for my taste. Still a good beer and happy to see if this changes with time. (265 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep amber orange color with a light haziness and some larger scale yeast particles/floaties that slightly mar the appearance. A huge cap of rocky off white foam, frothes and bubbles away, exploding like a wort at high krausen, falling after a minute or so to the surface leaving some sparse, loose lacing on the glass.

S - Definitely a lactic sourness up front - strong and assertive. Backed up by an earthy malt character, fairly prominent yeastiness, mildly spicy black pepper component, nice fruity/tropical guava and a mild bitterness. A tart, lemony citrus aroma pops up in there too.

T - Hmm, very nice. Tart and lactic sourness in the center of everything and strong in the flavor profile, but the aroma really had me expecting a much sharper and harsher sourness than I am getting here. There is a much sweeter, sugary, fruity/fructose element at the base that cuts right thru the sourness. Perhaps the late addition of fruit managed to leave behind a good amount of residual sugar. Nicely tropical with guava showing off well with complementary acidic fruitiness including a variety of citrusy flavors. Yeasty with a doughy malt character at the base.

M - This was a bit of a surprise and left the biggest impression on me after the first sip. I find the mouthfeel on this to be rather unique - very soft on the tongue and velvety smooth. Power of suggestion with the lactic fermentation?...I dunno, but the mouthfeel reminds me of smooth milk stouts with lactose creating the smoothness. I know lactose and lactobacillus are independent of each other, but this was my first impression. A bit slick, very soft - light and airy even. Actual body is on the thin side and carbonation is medium, a bit fizzy - but maybe more foamy which contributes to the light, airy feel on the tongue. Sour, but not puckering.

O - A lot of good things going on in this beer. A bit unique and interesting from beginning to end. Enjoying this very much. Not without flaw, but quite well done. Would definitely like to have another bottle of this for the summer season. (2,116 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had 09 Guava Grove last night

A- Brilliant orange glow. Pours two-finger head with medium retention down to medium large lacing in two minutes. Lacing vanilla in color. Translucent orange, looks like juice.

S- Nice tart passionfruit. The lacto really comes through, along with the guava. Some malt backbone.

T- Not as pronounced at the nose, but still very vibrant with lacto and passionfruit coming out. It is a bit muted, perhaps the base beer's malt hinders this one from shining as much as it could.

M- A bit harsh with carb that hits the back of the throat while trying to enjoy the beer. Lingering carb about five seconds after you swallow.

O- Worlds better than the base beer. The addition of lacto killed a lot of the malt liquor base taste that turned me off. I enjoyed this one. (797 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to my cousin Sonny for sending me the bottle. Reviewed Friday night with full notes.

A- Poured to a myriad of different glasses for a random Friday tasting with a fairly cloudy golden-orange body. A small white head forms to maybe half a finger with a frothy, somewhat foamy texture. Small ring leaves only a few spots of lace.

S- Lacto tartness and tropical fruity guava feel. Fairly straightforward with the sour and fruit feel but pungent strength. Slight spicy and lemony yeast feel beyond that.

T- Underlying yeast profile opens up a bit but the guava actually seems to gain some pungency here and is kind of juicy. Still mostly just fruit, citrus and sour lacto feel but they work off of each other. Slightly funky with some spice and pepper feel.

MF- Dried out light end body with a massively foamy yet frothy body that expands on the palate with texture. Carbonation is certainly fairly high but this texture makes it smooth. Tartness lingers in the finish.

A lot of tartness and a lot of guava and fruitiness but it works and balances out well. Some underlying yeast but mostly the first two. (1,117 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a hazy amber color, with a thin white head and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Funky barnyard, big juicy guava fruitiness, moderate lactic tartness, some dry hay and light grainy malt.

T: Lactic tartness, guava, and funky, funky barnyard. Light malts with almost a wheat character, but it tends to fade under the bigger flavors. Almost a dry grapefruit pith sourness near the swallow. SIgnificant lactic acidity as well, and this develops a bit more lemon flavor as the beer warms. Tartness with guava fruitiness and funk in the hang - quite a dry finish, even though there is still some fruity sweetness lingering.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: Really quite tasty, with a nice level of funk. It is certainly tart, though not overly so; however, my stomach informs me that it's definitely acidic. But it doesn't seem obnoxious. Very enjoyable, and recommended. (982 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.22/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Let me be honest right up front, this beer is not even close to being as good as the rating might suggest to you.

Honestly, I don't have much to say other than this:
-looks like a decent sour with the super opaque unfiltered orange color.
-the smell has a whips of nice lemony saison but then it gives way to wet rag and cardboard. Not very good start.
-the taste is really bad, I mean really bad. It is like a bad sugary fake ingredient cereal with powdered old milk mixed with a bit of citrus and a lasting bad chalk aftertaste. Ouch. Feel is way over carbonated and unsavory, undrinkable.

I've had the good sour guava grove from around 2010 and this beer isn't even in the same universe. I hope I just got a bad bottle but wow that is bad. (744 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one cracked at the CCB share night, thanks to rudzud for this one.

Light fizzy head, little lacing, hazy orange yellow color.

Nose is big sour, funky, but a weird almost chemical sour, creamy too, with mild stone fruit and little tropical guava note, funk and creamy, sour malt.

Taste sour but weird, guava peach fruit paste, fruit juice, like a fresh fruit juice from Brazil, decent tart fruit, fair sweet malt, little sticky finish, fair citrus and tropical fruit characters. Dry finish, sticky and little sweet, hint booze, long lingering tropical guava mango like fruit.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little slimy.

Overall I expected a lot more from this, and it was fairly bland and had some offputting notes. But oh well. Nice tropical notes of guava and tropical fruit, so otherwise nice. (810 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear lightly hazy copper hue with thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of light guava, nice lacto notes, more guava paste, interesting.

T - Taste is guava paste, light lacto, almost burnt rubber. Really interesting and different but pleasant, lightly sweet, tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, quite drinkable.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, though there is something else on the taste that strikes me as odd. (494 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cigar City Brewing - Lactobacillus Guava Grove, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a cloudy caramel with a big fizzy head that retains some. Good lacing, some sticks while the rest evaporates off.

Smell - Sour on the nose but not overly so. Guava is juicy smelling almost like passion fruit hops. Touch of sweet malt.

Taste - Boom! One hell of a sour blast! Nice and acidic tartness on the sour. Guava adds a nice touch.

Mouthfeel - Full-medium bodied with high carbonation like a champagne. Juicy and creamy. Sourness fades quickly. Warm tummy boozy. Great drinkability.

Overall - Thoroughly impressed with this sour. What a tasty brew! (650 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This is pretty fresh as it only came out a couple months ago.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a hint of pink. Leaves a big head which takes several minutes to fade away to a rim around the glass. Carbonation bubbles can be seen although the beer is far from transparent.

Smell: Big citrus, some guava, some nice grassy funk. Reminds me a bit of a citrus-forward saison, but the fruit/citrus is definitely more prominent than many I've had.

Taste: Here, I definitely get more guava than citrus. Starts with some guava, lemon, hay funk, and finishes sour (not overly though, just a nice hint). I still get some citrus in here: especially grapefruit. Decent amount of acidity in here which helps in my opinion.

Mouth-feel: Medium to high carbonation which is nice, and a nice creamy, medium to full body.

Overall: I am a big fan of this beer. I do love guava, and the guava in here is great and subtle. This is very well balanced - much moreso than all the other guava beers I've tried. Drinkability is high and this is a nice, refreshing brew. Well done. (1,104 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy goldenstraw capped by an inch of foam that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: The guava is pronounced in the aroma, with a bit of a tart character penetrating

Taste: The lactic sourness is more evident in the palate, with both the tart elements and the guava presenting themselves from start to finish; the yeast also makes an impact after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really fine sour; enjoyed the unique Caribbean flavor the guava brings; if I could find guava yogurt anywhere, this is what it would taste like (596 characters)

Photo of cwguy5
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you NCalement for the share!
edit: this was from a 750ml bottle

poured a hazy, pale yellow/orange color with a small but dense head that settled to a cap that hung around almost the entire serving. not much lacing just a few random blobs.

nose was intense. orange, citrus, guava esters up front followed quickly by some blue cheese. a hint of black pepper with some sweet malts round out the end.

sour but not puckering fruit up. sour subsides to pale malts, corn, butter, faint pepper, then finishes with a crispness and a slight acidic bite. a bit of a roller coaster in your mouth.

thin but substantial body with perfect carbonation for the style. literally mouth-watering.

a unique and wonderful beer. the three tiers of fermentation can be distinguished in a such a way that i am not accustomed to. they come almost one after another in order from main fermentation to secondary to tertiary. great flavor combinations that really seem to work though they don't really blend together. a must try if you liked the "sour" guava groves. (1,050 characters)

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90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.