¡Guava Libre!
The Bruery

¡Guava Libre!¡Guava Libre!
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Cream Ale
3.86 | pDev: 10.36%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
¡Guava Libre!¡Guava Libre!
Notes: This sensory getaway transports you to a corner bodega with our friends at Funky Buddha in South Florida to recreate the flavors you’d find in a Cuban guava pastry. Championing the big, bold flavors that both of our breweries are known for, we brewed an imperial cream ale, adding lactose and vanilla to impart sweet, custard-like ribbons, and guava for filling its conceptual authenticity. It’s a collaboration that’s equal parts inspiration and admiration.
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a concaved style beer glass from the bottle.

Appearance: super super cñoudy coming off almost opaque with a subtle off white head rising slight maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: Deep alcohol scent with a touch of vanilla and nutmeg aroma. Strong but doesn't linger enough.

Taste: Very complex brew, sweet vanilla and honey with hard doses of guava. I don't understand any knock why would try to even citricize the taste.

Mouth: Sticky brew. Sweet finish with medium carbonation.


Mar 19, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, dark golden amber coloration with a large, foamy head. Smells is quite boozy, with some biscuity, doughy malts and a hint of guava and lactose coming through as well. Taste is dominated by biscuity, caramel malt and notes of toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, lactose and guava, the latter feeling a little lost in the sea of sweet flavors though. Finishes rather sweet, with some vanilla coated guava lingering in the aftertaste. Full, creamy mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and low/medium carbonation.

This is a little more heavy and boozy than expected, but does kinda taste like a guava dessert with vanilla sauce, or perhaps a guava custard pudding with a shot of vodka. I'm not sure how much of a factor age is here, this being almost two years old, but I still found it enjoyable enough, if a little on the sweet and boozy side. The guava is definitely there, but perhaps not coming out quite as much as you might expect. Very nice mouthfeel though.

Feb 26, 2019
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BenHoppy from Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this bomber for $5 so can't complain. @ 45 temp, poured into snifter with some age:

L: caramelly glazed, almost like butterscotch, frothy creamy head that quickly dissipates to zero head. Murky brown.

A: custard, caramel malt

F: creamy

T: lots of vanilla cream, caramel, custard, and slight hints of guava

O: good but not great. For $5 can't complain

Oct 27, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 750ml bottle, batch #430, bottled on 11th April 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy, dark orange murkiness with a one finger off white head that had decent retention while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Heavy vanilla, condensed milk, caramelising sugar and guava with perhaps hints of caramel.

Taste: Sweetish, toasted malts, vanilla, sugar, milk with hints of guava and other mixed tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: Not entirely what I expected as there was a lot less fruit and/or guava than expected, whereas the vanilla, milk, lactose were really dominant and perhaps overly so in my opinion.

Jul 05, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This isn’t exactly Bacall and Bogart saving the day in Too Have And Have Not, cool, but it’s ok. As far as looks go, it’s about as sexy as it gets. Lush orange creaminess like the most nostalgic orange cream pop you have ever had. Taste wise, it is decent. I’m not exactly the biggest fan of the lactose and Guava together, but like Hugh Casey knocking out Hemingway, it gives it a nice lil pop.

Jun 02, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super hazy/murky dark golden hue with a thin one finger head that fades to leave light wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of medicinal fruits, weird almost burnt corn, plastic bandaid, little bit of vanilla, faint lactose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with thankfully none of the weird medicinal plastic notes. Enormous vanilla and lactose cream, generic fruits, almost bitter guava. Really bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a medium body.

O - Overall this was a really disappointing beer. Just no where near equal to its parts.

Serving Type: bottle

Apr 21, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split with rudzud

Decent creamy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace, nice lacing, murky darker reddish-orange color

Nose is weird and mixed, starts with loads of what could be considered guava, loads of guava paste, but then weird vegetal malt, minerality, not sure I really get lactose or vanilla either, maybe traces at best, also weird rotten fruit thing

Taste brings some creamy lactose and vanilla icing, a little citrus with big vanilla icing orange cake and plenty of candy guava, more candied guava paste covered in vanilla icing, bitter earthy spicy hop, and rind, more weird mineral, slight metallic in the background, a touch of phenolic vomity like thing, ew.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy rich, decent fluffy carb at least

Overall this was a big letdown, guava was big but fake, and so much nasty stuff outside of that, a big mess.

Apr 21, 2018
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562Brew from California

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange, almost looking like a NEIPA or Milkshake IPA. Creamy head.

Smell is heavy on the Guava.

Taste is heavy Guava as you would expect, slightly bitter but mellows with a creamy/vanilla finish.

Mar 12, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle. Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a large, pillowy white head of foam. It smelled like cake batter, tropical fruit (guava?) and sweetness. Tasted so creamy and sweet. Minimal bitterness. Very unique.

Feb 19, 2018
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery’s Society. Bottled 4/21/17. Served in a Bruery snifter. Enjoyed 1/9/18.

Pours a cloudy dull orange with a tall, near four finger pillar of orange-tinged pale froth. That head fades to a milky cap, a smooth foamy ridge and tons of beautiful lace, including pronounced rings after each sip.

Guava, faint vanilla cream, dull sugar and some pale malt character in the nose.

Flavors are a little less vibrant than I’d hoped for but still tasty. Condensed milk, subdued guava, bready light grains and some mild vanilla.

Creamy, smooth medium feel with fluffy carbonation. Aftertaste of lactose-enriched, dulled guava and a little bread.

Two breweries that I truly respect have joined forces to create a pleasant departure from my typical style choices. Definitely a successful collaboration between The Bruery and Funky

Feb 12, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees. A massive three finger head. The white head is billowy and airy. The color of the beer is a light pale amber color. The beer is very hazy. A few carbonation bubbles are visible on the sides of the glass.

Tropical fruit and milk aromas come from the beer. Additional aromas are sugar, grain, vanilla, lightly toasted malt, and yeast.

Lightly toasted malt, sugar, vanilla, grains, tropical fruit, milk, and yeast are the flavors.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy. The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a medium finish.

This beer pushed the limits of a cream ale. This beer is more a fruit beer than a cream ale. I could not tell you if this is guava, but has a tropical fruit flavor. Good beer, no complaints, not the best.

Jan 09, 2018
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a golden effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

Dec 31, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky orange-brown color with a one-finger creamy white head that has short retention after the pour

S- lots of tropical guava up front, along with sweet lactose and vanilla. Smells like fresh squeezed tropical fruit nectar

T- flavor follows the aroma with a blast of fresh guava & mango, followed by a vanilla lactose sweetness. The finish gives some tropical nectar flavors with a creamy vanilla linger

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish

O- creamy tropical fruit juice smoothie, interesting and very good

Dec 24, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 14.93/ 750 mL bottle ($ 0.576/oz) at Spec’s, Live Oak, TX.
750 mL capped bottle dated 5/11/17 stored on shelf at store, in my reefer at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees (Per bottle instructions) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Light aroma of guava. Fades almost completely away.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, dense with rocks, average retention, diminishing to a two to three mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – Poor. Rare small island.
Body – Dirty yellow, hazy and opaque, effervescent.
Flavor – Definite guava flavor with some vanilla on the back end. No hops, no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression: Flavor is like a guava Dreamsicle but the guava is not overpowering. This is one of the few beers with vanilla where I can actually detect the vanilla. The poor lacing is disappointing but otherwise the appearance is acceptable.
Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25.

Dec 14, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Welp, this one definitely hits the mark for a Cuban pastry, but I never wished to be able to drink such a thing in beer form...

This looks like a glass of carrot baby food, except for a thick fuzzy foam.

Smell has notes of graham cracker pie crust, flan, cheesecake, and faint strawberry-banana smoothie.

Taste starts with a cloying cough syrup sharpness, but leaves a little room for light, tart guava, and a bready backing, with a full body, big froth and semi-dry finish.

This is stupid.

Dec 11, 2017
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is hazy orange. Nose is fruits, a bit of yeast. Taste is sweet, fruity, some vanilla, minimal hoppiness, some notes of barrel on the back end which surprised me- very balanced overall. Mouthfeel is medium, nice creaminess. This was something different that was a great change of pace from the IPA's and stouts that I've been drinking alot of recently.

Nov 20, 2017
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours an apricot (pale-ish) with an amber hue and eggshell two finger head.

S - A hit of guava and vanilla. Bready characteristics. Lactose is giving off a spoiled or rotting vibe.

T - Guava/mango fruits in a vanilla milkshake.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Wet finish.

O - I was worried on the smell, but the taste is really quite unique. I'm actually liking this.

Sep 03, 2017
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Reef from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Distillery, Savannah

Pours a vibrant copper-orange with a healthy cream head. Ring of carbonation remaining with curtains of lacing.
Prominent fruit aroma, guava and citrus.
Sour guava up front, pastry, light vinegar.
Very smooth cream ale mouthfeel, delayed sour note in the finish.
Very nice integration of unusual elements. Delicious.

Sep 03, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle - I've never had a Cuban guava pastry, but like other southern delights, it will be the Bruery who introduces me to it, in a way.

This beer pours a murky, dark apricot amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some thick, streaky lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily abates.

It smells of indistinct tropical fruit, those vanilla cookies, slightly spoiled milk, bready and doughy caramel malt, and a sense of perfumed booze nearly untethered. The taste is mango (or guava, I suppose) lassi, vanilla-laced creme anglaise, semi-sweet grainy and bready caramel malt, toasted marshmallows dipped in store-brand whisky, and a sense of hop activity forgone and/or forlorn.

The carbonation is quite sedate in its palate-snuggling frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and pretty smooth, with an overwhelming creaminess taking hold shortly after the get-go. It finishes well off-dry, the guava, cream, and vanilla really concentrating their stranglehold.

Overall, this does indeed come off like a pastry cream ale (as opposed to all those maligned pastry stouts out there), with the fruit, lactose, and vanilla having an unbalanced effect on the whole. That's not to say that this isn't tasty - it's just more dessert than beer, especially given the more or less expertly integrated 15-proof wowee sauce component.

Aug 27, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden yellow with a finger of white foam. Guava infused with sugary vanilla, sweet breads, kiwi, mango, and lemon. Taste is way too sweet, watch out. Vanilla cake, table sugar, guava, mango creamsicle, and graham cracker. Creamy feeling, has hints of tartness, but really the sugary nature of it just makes it hard to really dive into

Aug 26, 2017
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8444dodgers01 from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Caramel color. Very hazy appearance. Two-fingered frothy white head. Aroma is vanilla, orange and peanut butter. Creamy mouthfeel that follows through the finish. Vanilla and cinnamon taste. Burnt marshmellow but there is a sweetness to it. This beer is rich with flavor. I think one bottle is plenty.

Jul 30, 2017
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brenn79 from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750, thanks Billy- Pours extremely hazy orangeish orange with a large off white head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is guava, tropical fruits, cinnamon, creamy vanilla. The taste is vanilla, lacto sugar, cream, guava, orange. Body is super creamy, very dessert like, velvety smooth creamy mouthfeel. Good, but i would only want one glass, not a whole 750 bottle to myself.

Jul 30, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/11/2017. Pours very hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart/tangy guava, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, melon, pear, red apple, honey, bread dough, cracker, biscuit, vanilla, marshmallow, ice cream, and light herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of guava, vanilla, lactose, sweet/bready malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart/tangy guava, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, melon, pear, red apple, honey, bread dough, cracker, biscuit, vanilla, marshmallow, ice cream, and light herbal/yeast earthiness. Mild herbal bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of guava, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, melon, pear, red apple, honey, bread dough, cracker, biscuit, vanilla, marshmallow, ice cream, and light herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and balance of guava, vanilla, lactose, sweet/bready malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, grainy, bready mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is a very nice imperial fruited cream ale. All around nice robustness and balance of guava, vanilla, lactose, sweet/bready malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Definitely tastes like a fruit pastry as advertised, though not as much fruit as I expected. Very balanced between fruit and sweet/bready malts. For an imperial cream ale, it still seems to fall in line with the style nicely. Not too yeasty. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 29, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bold beer can also be summer beer. That's the thinking as brewers of The Bruery team up with Funky Buddha in making an imperial cream ale with vanilla and guava added for a taste that comes together like a fruity flan.

Guava Libre pours with a pasty white haze, glossed over with soft golden and peach pastel. A creamy and oddly sticky head forms above as the nose goes in for a bold fruit perfume that swirls with agave, kiwi and melon. Guava just has that character as a tropical medley comes with soothing vanilla and cream. Sweet to taste, those initial flavors stem over seamlessly from the vanilla, cream and corn of the nose.

As the ale treks along, its creamy sweetness carries also a creamy texture providing a light marshmallow sensation early on. But the sweetness and vegetation is soon joined with the premiere fruitiness of guava that brings the exotic tang of passionfruit, kiwi, tequila and honeydew ahead of a spicy twinge of cinnamon and nutmeg in true horchata form.

Soft spices dampen the effects of a strongly alcoholic ale as the ale finishes, keeping this full and luscious ale irresponsibly drinkable and refreshing. Lingering sweetness keeps the session dessert-like and the fruit does the same for a tart late palate, ultimately having the beer leaving impressions of fruit pastry and custard.

Jul 18, 2017
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VeganUndead from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jester King's finger prints are all over this one, if you want to classify it as a Cream Ale, you're not going to find one with so much flavor and complexity yet still so smooth

Jul 05, 2017
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