Guava Grove Saison | Cigar City Brewing

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886 Ratings
Guava Grove SaisonGuava Grove Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
886
Reviews:
381
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
Wants:
306
Gots:
137
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 886 |  Reviews: 381
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very unique. Guava,citrus, pear, pomegrant, passion fruit, with lots of hops to carry on drinkability. Strong bitterness than sweet. In fact, could have used more sweetness. Cloudy grapefruit colour, lacey. A full mouthfeel.Worth trying and I wonder how this will taste aged.Funky aroma.
Bottle from Whole Foods Tampa.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Three finger slightly off white foam head on a crimson murky body. Great retention.

S: full yeast aroma with fruitiness, herbs, clove and phenols. Not overly sweet, a little dull.

T: very yeasty and musty with the guava well represented. Very herbal. Fruitiness is a little blunted.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: A very nice beer to try. The guava is stronger than I expected.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Plenum for sending me this one!

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch fizzy orange-white head that settles to a foamy cap. Thick streaks of foamy lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is extremely funky and acidic with vinegar and sour fruit aromas. A very mouthwatering smell. Taste is of sour fruits, vinegar, and funk. A subtle guava taste comes through on the aftertaste after each sip. The carbonation level on this one is high with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is more like a sour than a saison. I have read that some of the earlier bottles were infected and I think this may be one of them. However, this is an extremely pleasant beer even with an infection in it. I am glad I got to try this "version".

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty brew indeed. This beer kind of reminded me of my great uncles homemade hard cider. The aroma was super tart smelling and acidic. The flavor was a little tart but mostly sweet, very surprising to say the least. The afterteaste is is fruity kinda like a soft peach flavor. The appearance is rather nice too, it's this orange color that looks appealing with a nice lacy head. An interesting brew without a doubt.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and poured with a finger high dense white head that faded away but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of guava and other tropical fruits in the nose along with some hints of mustiness.
T: Like the smell, flavors of guava stand out in the overall taste. There is a moderate amount of sourness in the finish and some hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite refreshing; no traces of alcohol are perceptible in the smell or taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tangy and fruity, this Saison/Wild Ale blends hop bitterness, fruity esters, spicy pehnols, and a lot of yeast character to form a very drinkable and ultimately complex beer.

Pouring a hazy peach color with a dainty white head, the beer overtakes the foam and reduces it quickly with little evidence of lace.

Fruits ranging through apples, pears, peaches, mangos, papayas, appricots and banana all take turns delivering flavor upon flavor and aroma to the taste buds. Spicy with earthy hops, citrus peel, and a hint of cinnamon and clove all decorate the rich and tart fruitiness while delivering complexity in favor of balance.

The first pour delivers a brigter, sharper, crisper and more acidic flavor and feel while the later pour gives much more of a rusty haze and richer fruit flavors with mild astringency.

As the beer tries to represent flavors of Saisons, Wild Ales or Lambics, and fruit-forward beers, the flavors, aromas, and textures are fantastic but the sheer complexity seems to try too hard to do too much. A simpler beer would have impressed me a bit more.

Thanks Dei and Alex!

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Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ktrillionaire for the opportunity to try this. Batch 2 growler, decanted into a champagne flute.

Peachy coloration, hazy, glowing with yellow orange sunshine rays. Slow trails of carbonation feed the patchy skim on top, while flecks of spotty lace form on the glass. It maintains a sticky collar at the edges for the duration.

Leafy stemmed fruit, with a heavy, earthy guava presence that dominates over everything else.

Massive fruit flavor in this, low carb too, approaching a nearly viscous nectar. Sweet and savory, not quite tart, succulent with a very soft feel and dominant fruit flavors from the guava. Earthy fruit pith, very pleasant. So quenching and perfect for summer or any weather. I could drink much more of this...

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This bottled had aged in my cellar for a little while and the bottle conditioning did its work on the CO2 levels, producing a huge head that squats on top of the guava colored liquid; plenty of lacing is left behind

Smell: Surprised by the Brett jumping out in the aroma as I hadn't realized this was a Brett beer; the guave is discernable, underneath, as is barnyard funk, coriander, white pepper and clove; bready malts make up the rest of the profile

Taste: Asin the aroma, the Brett takes over at the outset and, by mid-palate, there are a ton of things going on - barnyard funk, guava and spices along with other rotting tropical fruit flavors; a bit boozy in the back end, though the finish brings back the beginning, with a puckering tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: As with the Cucumber Saison I tried recently, I found that the concept was more interesting than the end product; just too much going on and it never comes together in an appealing way for me

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Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange tinted amber color with a finger and a half of off white head that leaves a layer throughout the pour. Nice head retention.

Smell: A bit funky and sour with sweet tropical fruit.

Taste: Quite acidic. Tart and a bit vinegary with the fruity flavor from the guava. Along with the acidity, there is some spice in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation. The finish is slick and a bit unremarkable.

Overall: When I was at the brewery, I had the less sour version of this beer. I'm not sure which one I prefer, but this was a nice sour fruit beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty orangey color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some super good lacing. Aroma of light Brett with some fruity ester and some spicy yeast is very interesting and quite complex. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some Brett with light sour notes and some fruity ester that are well mix with a spicy yeast finish. Body is full with limited filtration and perfect carbonation with no appearance of alcohol. Very well and I must say that I am very impressed by this new brewer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another Cigar City beer kindly shared by mfielden. Thanks, sweety.

Ultra-cloudy turbid blond body, looks like homebrew after a couple days in primary. I don't think I've ever seen a murkier beer. The head is dense, white and long-lasting, its only real saving grace. The nose is tart, musty, yeasty and fruity. Spicy with a subtle but plainly noticeable guava presence. Subtle but nice, these Cigar City beers aren't exactly olfactory delights. Tart and fruity on the tongue, lots of guava flavor and lots of yeast. Very dry and sharp with a ton of carbonation. Sour fruit juice mid-palate leading to a lightly bitter, peppery finish. Simple but very enjoyable.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/4/2012. Pours hazy orange amber color with a big 3 finger fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon, orange zest, pineapple, guava, pepper, clove, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity and spicy notes. Taste of apple, pear, lemon, orange zest, guava, pepper, clove, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, guava, citrus, pepper, clove, wheat, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice complexity of fruity and spicy flavors; with great fruity/peppery flavor balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, very crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy notes; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another shared by kbutler1

Poured into tulip

Pours a fizzy off-white head. Color is a glowing bright orange.

Aroma: Sweet fruit, it has to be the guava. Funk notes with barnyard hints. I also get some nice fruit flavors: oranges, lemons, and grapefruit.

Taste: Reminds me of a wild ale. It is almost sour. Nice fruit flavors. Grapefruit, sweet guava, mandarin oranges, pineapples, and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but clean.

Overall, this is a great saison with some amazing fruit flavors. Easy drinking and I want more of this one. A solid seasonal from ccb!

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
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