¡Guava Libre! | The Bruery

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¡Guava Libre!¡Guava Libre!
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¡Guava Libre!¡Guava Libre!

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 562Brew
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AuntBea
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnnyrafer
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of colts9016
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcb7472
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsa7783
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Lukass
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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¡Guava Libre! from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 124 ratings