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Guava Grove | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of Tampa's nicknames in addition to the Cigar City is the Big Guava. It earned the moniker from local newspaper columnist Steve Otto in the 1970's. The nickname eventually gave rise to one of Ybor City's most popular annual events, Guavaween. We brew Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa's fruity nickname. Guava Grove is brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast and sees a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. Slightly tart with a dry finish this is a refined beer that is perfect for sharing.

18 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 889 |  Reviews: 381
Reviews by beagle75:
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2.44/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and a lopsided stream of bubbles rise in the column.

S: Tropical fruit and umami make for teriyaki sauce. Nail polish remover is also present. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright mixed (tropical/stone) fruit and tartness usually associated with Flanders-style yeast. Acetaldehyde and meaty aromatic malt combine for even more oddness in the middle before the cleaner and drier finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Although fruity, the guava component is far surpassed in degree of influence by the characterful but confused yeast and other fermenters. It comes across as the sort of sour that makes one wonder if they meant for this to happen. Challenging even in small doses, it is difficult to imagine working all the way though a pub-style serving of this misguided beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Im cracking this one open for my 1000th review on BeerAdvocate! Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy golden orange color with an off-white head that has pretty good retention and lacing. 

S- The aroma is sour with some funk along with a lot of fruit and citrus and yeast as well. A very interesting nose, which gets me excited for the first sip.

T- The taste like the aroma starts off a bit sour with a lot of tropical fruit flavors, spices and yeast in the finish. There is a wonderful balance of flavors, none of the flavors seem to outshine the other. Instead, they work together to create a very tasty brew. 

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere in between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Guava Grove is another awesome beer from an awesome brewery. It was a great beer to help celebrate the milestone.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of nmbr0ne
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Russian River chalice from 750 mL bottle dated 5/9/2011.

Appearance: Golden, big off-white head. Lacing around rum of beer and top. Soapy looking lacing on sides of glass.

Smell: Slight yeasty smell. Slightly funky. Subtle hints of banana and pear in the end of the smell as well. Not really that much guava.

Taste: Sweet at the beginning but finishes with a slight bitterness that lingers a bit. As it warms up, it opens up more flavors of bananas and finally the guava is more present as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, refreshing. No detection of alcohol at all really.

Overall: Great saison. Wish it smelled more like guava. Satisfied with the guava flavor once the beer warmed up a bit.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty orange colour with opaque, dayglo cloud to it. Head is very generous, off-white colour and sunk unevenly with spots of lace around. Interesting.

Smell is mmm... appealing. Plenty of funk but it's all tarty and sour. Lots of citrus with lemon, grapefruit and some peach notes as well. Earthy washed-rind cheese and barnyard underlying. Fresh, tart, lovely.

Taste is puckering, to a fault. Plenty of nice fresh tart characters with citrus fruit, passion and fresh pineapple that reaches a quick apex before the mid, with a quite vinegary acidity and touch of guava that then gets sweeter as it reaches the finish. Touch of vanilla, caramel but all matched well by that lingering sour flavour. Would be really nice if the acidity weren't so strong, or dealt its sourness out in lesser portions or slower gradient. Nice, though.

Yeah, really very puckering. Lots of pull on the feel. Some maturation mighty smooth this out but it's quite sharp at the moment.

Very sharp sour beer; it makes an impression but could also have been very drinkable if the edges were smoothed out.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Thanks to corby112 for this from our most recent trade!

A: Pours a perfectly hazy, glowing peach color with a towering and bubbly light tan head on top that reaches about 4 fingers and crackles like Rice Crispies. Carbonation is extremely abundant and works to feed the head well. Needless to say, retention is excellent. This one left more lace sheeting in the glass than I've seen in ages.

S: Initial aroma was sour and funky. Like damp grandma's basement funk. As it warmed I detected layers of guava, clementine, peach, red apple, lemon, and maybe a delicate dallop of vinegar?

T: Same as above. I liked how the tart faded ever so slightly as it warmed, and allowed more of a savory sweet fruitiness to florish. Also, a definite clove and ripe banana tag team made their presence felt as the bottle wore on. Picked up a tiny bit of grass clippings near the end of the bottle.

M: Started off tangy, tart, and a little dry and funky. Finishes with a fantastic bit of citric acid twang. Dry hoppy bitterness and not quite ripe tropical fruit tanginess linger on the tongue for a while.

D: Very, very enjoyable. I loved how this tasted like the part of the guava that's closest to the rind. Slightly sweet with a definite tart and tangy edge.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a healthy, tight 3F of off-white (creamsickle) head over a cloudy orange body with plenty of carbonation flowing up the sides.

Aromas are outstanding. From a foot away, it's sweet guava fruits, and as you get closer it's more of your typical saison - plenty of yeasty and sour-funky qualities with a juicy sweetness in the finish.

Another "whoa" moment on the first sip. Thick guava vapors cut nicely by the tight carbonation. Light sour pucker, but overall this one is 50% sweet, 25% sour and 25% barnyard. Delicious fruity finish. Mouthfeel is clean, but a little thicker than some traditional Belgian saisons.

Overall, this is a real winner. Really hope they keep producing it.

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Photo of bbeane
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a DFH chalice... starts with a soft white head with good retention and lacing. Beer is a cloudy amber color

S- Very strong with notes belgian yeast and fruit

T- Excellent. Starts with a tartness which is then accompanied by belgian yeast and spices. Tartness intensifies and is joined by some peppery notes in the finish

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

O- A great and unique beer... I wish I had had the chance to buy more of these ones. Definitely worth the $$$


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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle openedon on 11.1.12.

A - Pours a dark orange-brown with a fizzy yellowish head that fades rapidly.

S - Sweet tropical fruit - guessing it is the guava.

T - Tropical fruit, subtle hoppy pine and grass, light malt sweetness.

D - Lots of carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and tropical, drinks easy.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of HaysAmerica
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle w/ a bottling date of 042011 into a Boulevard tulip glass. Thanks to HoptualBrew for this one in our trade. Pours w/ a muddy tan & orange color. Looks a lot like iced tea. Has lots of tight bubbles forming a huge head.

The nose is upfront & personal w/ guava! Some floral hops & light colored fruit make their way around. Apples come to mind when I take a whiff. The taste is more of an apricot mixed w/ some guava. It's sweet, candy sugar almost. Bready & yeasty. Decent balance. Has a bit of a Belgian funk to it as well which is always a plus. Also has a bit of a sweet lingering finish. This one has a complex berry combination & does not have a clove or pepper presence at all really. For some reason I keep thinking of passion fruit.

Overall, pretty light on the palate. Pretty easy to drink as well. Would go well w/ some other light foods or salad. Thanks again to HoptualBrew for this one. Prosit!

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: this beer pours a beautiful apricot amber color, it really is
almost enchanting. the head is composed of fairly fine bubbles, but barely reaches a half inch high or so.
S: damn it smells good. the fresh guava fruit emmenating from the glass is so inviting. i havent smelled anything this good in quite a while. there are some other fruit smells as well, perhaps fresh squeezed orange, mangos, just abundant with tropical fruits.
T: this is so much more intense flavorwise than the nose leads you to believe. theres tons of action here, guava, mango, citrus everywhere. theres a some kind of funky flavor on the backend that i dont really know how to explain, and im neither fond of it, nor like it that much, but ill deal.
M: its a little prickly with the carbonation level and certain distinct flavors meshing together. i also feel like its significantly heavier amd bolder than many other offerings of the style ive had. on the same note ive never had a saison thats supported by such a distinct fruit like this.
D: its delicious now, but i can see it gettin heavy towards the end. glad i have someone to share it with.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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Guava Grove from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 889 ratings