Guava Grove Saison | Cigar City Brewing

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Guava Grove SaisonGuava Grove Saison

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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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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 SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a monstrous, 4 finger foamy white head with good retention. Beer is a semi-clear deep orange. Lacing is spotty and patchy with decent stick. Nice.

Nose is aromatic. Notes of hay, guava tartness, and a very light funk. Appetizing. The tart presence takes over nicely in this one.

Opens with an aggressive and accented tartness. Tart guava is immediately apparent. Some lemon rind and cobwebs with an unexpected Brett character towards the end. Some light hop and spice bitterness round this one out. Aftertaste is fruit tartness that fades into a nice sweet presence. Enjoyable.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Filmy and slightly bubbly in the mouth and messy and rough going down. Finishes messy with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Solid but needs a touch more carbonation for the style.

Overall, a real nice beer. Tartness is just right for a Saison and the taste overall is nicely complex. Wish the body was a bit livelier but nothing else to complain about.

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Photo of beergod1
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, light brown with an orange tint. Fluffy off-white head that leaves some streaky lacing. Nose of sour citrus, funky yeast, and tropical fruit. The flavors are well balanced mix of sour fruits, cellar funk, and sweet malts. Very dry, moderate carbonation, and a puckering, tart finish. Very nice brew.

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Photo of AltBock
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with a large cigar band type label. This label is pink with a forest green border. The picture on the label is that of a guava grove with two large fresh guava in the middle. To the left of the guava is all the mandatory US info and to the right is a brief description of the beer. There should be an inked born on date in the picture. My bottle was born on 21 Aug 2012. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Poured a pale orange with a tiny tint of amber. The head of foam was disappointing. A brief 3/4 of an inch egg shell white fizzy head of foam appeared in the beginning, but that quickly dissipated. The only sign of the head of foam that was left behind was a minuscule line of rings along the edge. You even need a magnifying glass to find that. The second pour had a better head of foam than the first pour. It was big, fluffy, and egg shell white in color. Unfortunately it dissipated just as fast as the first.

The aroma wasn't all that fruity. There was a mild whiff of guava mixed in with a little orange, coriander, and pineapple. Behind that was a few spices, yeast, and wheat. It's not bad, but it wasn't all that good either.

The taste wasn't like taking a huge bite of a fresh guava. It tasted like the guava was toned down. It was there mixed in with some orange and pineapple. Waiting behind the fruits was a few spices, and a huge bite of yeast and wheat. I would have loved more guava in the taste.

This was a medium bodied beer with loads of carbonation and a nice aftertaste of guava and orange. I enjoyed the mouthfeel than anything else in this beer.

Guava made an interesting choice to put in a Saison. It was clearly different, but the guava was toned down too much. One bottle was good enough for me.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into a large wine glass

From notes taken on Marathon Key.

Pours a cloudy orange with foamy clear white head, two fingers+ that retains one finger through the entire drink, down to the last sip.

Smells of grapefruit and strong tropical fruits, which I guess is the Guava, some maltiness. Carbonation is good, not too strong, just right really. It caries the tropical flavors that blend nicely with a medium sweet-dry matliness with an interesting short or 1/2 bitter taste, has a sourness to it. Distinct Guava comes through as it warms. The bitter/sour flavor balances the brew and and provides for a refreshing finish that leaves medium fruit on the dryish pallet. Overall a great beer that I did not want to come to an end.

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Photo of cvm4
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very fizzy & orangeish amber in color. Head is above 3 fingers.

S - Mild melon or lemon comes forth. All qualities of a saison abound.

T - Hits you with tartness & funky citrus flavors. Ends with a melon quality sour but not lip puckering.

T - Lighter body & high carbonation.

O - Very pleasing to my palette. All the funkness of a saison but nice sour like qualities.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a DFH bulbous kind of glass. Seved at about 50F. Emerges slightly hazed and somewhat amber in color. Topped with a nice, large white head that is three fingers thick. Great retention with lacing that leaves a sticky veil among the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very saison like. Spicy and peppery with chalkiness. I dont really smell any guava, ar much of any fruits for that matter. Hugely yeasty with some belgian characteristics.

Although there was no fruit in the aroma, there is quite a bit of fruitiness in the flavor profile. Guava is present, as well as peach and mango; very tropical. More od the spiciness with white pepper and corriander on the tongue. Quite complex as the beer warms closer to room temperature.

A solid saison by any means. I like the bit of tropical fruitiness in this one. This style can. Get spicy and very dry and this one is less so. Still dry, clean finish, with a medium body and great carbonation. I definitely liked this one.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with lots of head. Aroma coming off the top could benefit from a bit more guava coming through, but otherwise your standard funky farmhouse smell, yeast, fruit, earthy funk. Taste is unique, with a perfect amount of guava coming through the carbonation and yeast funk that dominates the palate, hint of crisp hops at the end. A refreshing beer that would be excellent any time, but especially in the summer. Pretty high on my list of saisons. I'm not sure if they're going to stick with the sour version from now on, but I liked this significantly better than the soured GG.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to tulip, served cool. First glass with no yeast sediment, second glass with yeast sediment.

A - 4 - Really pretty, rich, orangey-amber. Head is off white, actively fizzy, non-creamy, and dissipates to a scattered film within a couple minutes. Beautiful beer, not beautiful head.

S - 4 - Saisony, lemony

T - 4 - My recall of guava flavor is dim, but I think I remember it being mild. I don't notice anything in this that particularly guava-like. There is a slightly gummy thing happening, like maybe they used guava paste, but not really a guava flavor.

M - 3.5 - Medium-light body. Surprisingly leaves a sort of coating for a bit, not a viscous coating like a RIS, but almost something powdery or nearing hop abrasion. But it's more like it numbs your tongue slightly to produce the sensation. Haven't experienced that before.

O - 3.75 - This is a fine saison and pleasant to drink. But for something ostensibly built around guava, it seems to miss the mark. It's just a nice saison. The numby/powdery mouthfeel is unusual and not exactly welcome.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange. Nice thick head. Very nice appearance. Smells of Belgian yeast at the front. Some tropical fruits. Belgian yeast in the forefront of the taste well. Guava is present, but rather subdued for what I expected. You wouldn't even taste it if you weren't told what it is. A nice tartness. Rich mouthfeel. Feels thick and somewhat syrupy, but not in a bad way at all. I like it.

Wow! One of my favorite Cigar City beers. I wish they would make a more affordable and regularly available saison, because they sure know how to do it.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle broke open during my cellar cleaning tasting a couple days ago (reviewed from extensive notes written down while drinking). Split 4 ways, poured into Lawson's tulip. Thanks to dolfan54fl for sending me this one, been holding on to it for a little while.

A- Pours a golden brown with about 2-fingers of fluffy head that leaves nice layered lacing, lots of carbonation.

S- Guavas, cantaloupe, and other melons, mildly sweet with some light tartness. About average to slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Again lightly sweet guavas and other melons. Finishes with a light guava/melon tartness that lingers for a little while. Definitely a nice pleasant taste, but not something that I crave more of right away.

M- Fairly light, tingles the tongue a little bit, definitely a decent amount of carbonation, easily drinkable especially at 8%.

O- Cigar City makes some great saisons and this one definitely isn't any different. Nice lightly sweet melon taste balanced with a lightly tart finish. Nothing stood out about this beer for me, but it was definitely an enjoyable beer that was tasty and definitely drinkable. I probably wouldn't seek this one out again, however if I was in Florida I would probably get it. If you like saisons and guava/melons I would recommend trying this one out.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer just glows with an orange tinted, deep good with a slight haze and obvious effervescent. The cream off-white head just lasts and last; having about two finger from a slightly aggressive pour and leaving lacing on the glass.

S: A heady mix of sour, acidic tart notes and a mild melon type fruitiness and some orange and the guava making themself know as it warms. The soft pils malt is there at moderate a level and like most good saison but with a lighter peppery spiciness than average. I can't get much past the sour, slightly brett funk but I don't care, leave me here I'll be fine. Sort of a fruity, spicy Berliner Weisse.

T: Wow, that a sharp fruity attack at the first sip and I'm loving it. The fruit is again melony and orange with a high tart sourness backed by some tropic fruit. Not much hops flavor to speak of but a decent bitterness with the balance being sour. There is a touch of pils malt sweetness but over all dry from start to finish with a linger bitter and sour flavor. There is a bit of pepper in there reflecting the style but who cares this is sour, tart heaven.

M: Light bodied with a high carbonation. There is a light dryness almost CO2 astringency prickle.

O: An outstanding very sour beer with enough fruitiness and spiciness to call it a saison base. This is a must have beer for fans of sours I just wish it wasn't so hard to find in Upstate NY.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served on 7/26/12 in a tulip.

Pour: A hazy deep orange with two and a half fingers of off white fluffy and sticky head. Really a beautiful looking beer. I'm excited.

Smell: Spicy yeast breadyness, with some funk, and tropical fruits. Little bit of lemon.

Taste: Wow holy fruit bomb. Lots of tropical fruits (passion fruit, kiwi) and some lemon. Little bit of barnyard funk. At bit much with the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: A little heavier than I was expecting, perhaps due to the juiciness of this beer. It's far too sweet and fruity for me.

Overall: Good, but I wouldn't get it again - just too sweet and fruity.

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Photo of sitarist
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange in color, some haze with a steady stream of bubbles rising up to a thick white head. The head falls slowly leaving a thick cap that leaves spots of lacing.

It smells slightly funky, with hints of dried fruits. There is a faint hint of "barnyard funk", but mostly I smell dried tropical fruits like papaya, mango, pineapple, with hints of banana, lemongrass, and spice.

The flavor is right on par with its aroma. There is a slight off flavor, like over-ripened fruit.

It has a medium body, with medium viscosity. It is dry, but coats the tongue. The carbonation bites gently.

I opened this expecting the worst, but I must say it was a wonderful surprise. Not something that I would drink daily, but I have to have it again. If I were to have had this blind, I wouldn't have guessed it a fruit, or a wild ale; the wild yeast, and guava seem to cancel one other out.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to merc7186 for grabbing a bottle of this for me.

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

off the pour, enormous head, lots of carbonation. fluffy white head, tons of big bubbles rushing to the top. the big head lasts the whole glass, great retention. some nice lacing as well. cloudy/ murky burnt orange, deep golden color.

big horsey, barnyard funk is most dominant in the nose, definitely some brett at play. a little bit of lemon grass and sour pie cherries. its hard to get much else with all that funk dominating.

again the barnyard, horsey funk brett flavors are big. also some sour cherries, lemongrass and a bit of tropical fruits and wet wood. im not really tasting any distinct guava in this, seems to be lost by all the funk. finishes pretty tart with some lingering sourness.

definitely overcarbinated, especially at first. also, this has kind of an odd creamy, syrupy feel at times, ive noticed this in other belgians that use the french saison strain.

im not sure if the brett was intentional or not, but it makes for a pretty decent saison despite the fact that any hint of guava is pretty much non exsistant. however, this could be an older bottle. im probably not going to seek this out again, but id be interested in trying its counterparts.

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Photo of beer2day
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange gold in color with a minimal, sparse head. No retention and not a speck of lace.

Yeast, bread, brets, mango (or I guess guava), dried fruit all exist in the nose. Interesting, but not terribly inspiring.

Mild hit up front without a whole lot going on. Flavor comes rushing in during the finish. Lots of fruit, with mango and grape. Lightly spiced. Gets tart right in the end.

Oily feel with a bit of heaviness. Thicker and more syrup as the glass warms.

Glad I tried it and might get it again, but not a huge fan.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one through a trade. Thank you Heatwave33 for another great trade.

A: Beautiful looking beer. two finger head, good amount of very short lived lacing, orange cloudy body.

S: Some spice, yeast, guava, lemon zest maybe?

T: I really live the first half of the taste. Like the name suggests, guava dominates, followed by some muskiness, a bit of funk, hay, banana and clove, then finishes surprisingly bitter (for IBU 18 beer).

M: It's great. Sharp carbonation, light to medium body, dry finish.

O: Great saison and I love the guava twist to this.

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Handsome amber with a beautiful sudsy cap in the tall Petrus tulip. The creamy and long lasting carbonation is a big plus. Yeasty aroma with biscuits.

The guava taste is subtle but distinctive, if you're clued in to expect it. Rich but bittered nicely with a long scratchy Belgian flavor. Buttered fruitcake with a raspberry nose. Spicy hints with a woody mouthfeel. Light and bright with all the suds, but dark fruit and bitter notes to finish. Tastes like it has a touch of crazy yeast, but no real bacterial hint. Slightly sweet and malty, but the tangy tartness provides the right balance.

A wild yet refined brew. So many great Saisons in this world, what a great style! From the big bottle purchased at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

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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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is classic saison, with some strong biscuit malt notes. There is also quite a bit of tartness, lemon and light funk. The flavor is similar. The biscuit and toffee malt go very well with the wheat and a little bit of tartness. The light acidic notes work very well and add to the beer's drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a hazy light colored orange with lots of fluffy white head. smells like a traditional cider.. lots of fruits - plum, grape, cherry, banana. taste is a bit like cider as well, slightly bitter, a bit sour, a bit tart. tastes of grapes, figs, plum, cherries. a champagne like pour, very fizzy, light bodied.

overall, this tastes nothing like a saison.. more like a cider. never had a wild ale, so this is my first "sour"... it's not bad, but i don't really get the hype. it's tasty for what it is, but i was honestly expecting more of a saison.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into Weyerbacher Cuvee.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a two finger white head. There is an impressive display of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. These bubbles replace the dying head from underneath, creating a perfect equilibrium of one finger head that sticks around for the duration. Great lacing as well.

S - Smells like a fruit salad. Banana, green apple, pomegranate, lemon. I'm not entirely sure I've ever had a guava (or smelled one, for that matter) so I can't pick that out from the aroma. I also get some chardonnay-like characters. All of these aromas overpower the saison yeast.

T - Very fruity, like the nose. Sweet grapes, sour apple, and a banana finish. The flavor is very sweet, as well as tart. A little bit rich for the style, but the 8% ABV is hidden well.

M - A little bit chewy for the style, probably a result of the syrupy sweetness. Carbonation is lively.

O - My first Cigar City brew. I had big expectations from the smell, but the flavors were a little bit sweet and it came off rich for my liking. It probably rates higher as a beer than it does against others in the style, in my eyes. I probably won't be getting this again, but if you like sweeter saisons (rather than dry or funky) give it a try.

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Photo of zac16125
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a huge 4+ fingers width of bubbly white head, that has good rentention but leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Apple and sour Apple, pear, some earthy grass and hay, some spicey notes of black pepper and a hint of clove.

T:  Similar to the nose except the tartness isn't as prevelant in the taste.  There are some nice mildly sweet fruits, again pear and apple.  A hint of funk, some spice , hints of banana.  Not really as much of the barnyard funk that's present in a lot of saisons, not as tart as some either.  The sweetness becomes more prominent as it warms, with a flavor that's unfamiliar to me that I'm assuming is Guava although I have never had Guava or Guava nectar so its hard to tell.  Pretty flavorful and tasty.  

M/D: Highly carbobated, medium bodied, does a nice job of masking the ABV. Mouthfeel is rather unremarkable, but the drinkability is high, particularly for a style that can occasionally be cumbersome to drink full bombers of.

O: Overall, this is a good Saison.  I've certainly had better, and I've certainly had worse. I prefer Saisons that have a bigger tart/sour presence.  But I still enjoyed this one and its worth trying if you are a fan of the style, or if you are looking for a drinkable introduction to the style, as the portfolio is there but its not overwhelming.  

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 886 ratings.
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