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 bigfnjoe
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I initially reviewed an infected bottle I got last year. This year, I was able to get a non-infected bottle, and the results were much different.

Poured into a CCB snifter

A- pours a cloudy shade of orange with a one finger white head

S- nice aroma of guava, very strong and sweet

T- an explosion of guava in my mouth...slightly tart, slightly sweet. Very good

M- light bodied, very nice

O- this is worlds better when it's not infected (obviously). If you can keep finding the new batch, jump all over it.
INFECTED REVIEW. Initially a 2.18
Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. I think this is the first clue as Cigar City doesn't date.

A- pours a very murky looking shade of brown with a two finger, very puffy white head...I had to pour this four times to get a full glass, as it was very carbonated. The beer underneath the head looks completely hideous though, almost like pond water

S- the guava smell is very intense, and smells like a real winner. Absolutely delicious

T- it tastes infected. The tart guava has almost a burning sensation as I swallow....kind of ashy, too. Ugh

M- pretty thin.

O- I can't drink more than just a few sips. The astringency is just too much. Not the kind of tart I love in a beer. Very disappointing

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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Tim at Kill the Cellar Day, thanks!

A: Pale yellow gold with a monstrous head. Good retention.

S: Peppery and grassy with light guava notes. Floral notes are pronounced.

T: Strong phenols impart pepper and a little band-aid. Malt is light and grainy. Mellow spicy notes blend with floral characteristics.

M: Light in body with high carbonation.

Overall: A solid Saison with a subtle guava flavor.

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

A - Very cloudy body like a rich wheat. Some caramel tones and a small white head.

S - Vinegar like acidity, tart and tangy. Almost like sour candy, but not as sweet. The sweetness is more like a mild nose of guava nectar, which I've had on many occasions. Aromas of the alcohol swirl with the tart, sweet character.

T - Definitely tart off the bat, but with a sweetness to it. Sour apple candy thoughts but not apple, guava. The tartness tingles the tongue like the sour powder in the candy combo Fun Dip, an almost effervescence to it. A very lively taste, with hints of wild yeast, bitter fruit rind, sweet nectar, young fruit and a backdrop of dry grains. The prescence of the alcohol is subtle and appropriate.

M - Tart and tangy, hardly puckering, with a very fizzy feel. Slightly viscous but refreshing overall. A tingly, semi dry finish.

O - Interesting beer, on paper it sounds super funky. In a glass its entertaining, and a different interpretation of a classic style of beer.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky rusty orange with a nice big head. 4

The aroma is classic saison with a sweet finish. Peaches (or is it guava?), black pepper, and funk. 4.5

Immediately tart and slightly sour. Follows through with Belgian yeast, tropical fruit... Peaches and guava. Finishes with a throat prickling peppery spice. I'm not sure why other aren't getting the spice... I'm getting it more than in the classic saisons. Finishes dry, peppery, funky, and slightly tart. 4

Highly carbonated, champagne-like. Very nice. 4.5

Overall I really enjoyed this. It's more tart/sour than it should be for the style... But I happen to enjoy that. Will buy again. 4.5

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3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on oct´11. Tulip glass.Orangish amber color,copper to the light.Off-white small bubbled head.Creamy froth,good retention.Nice lacing rings & "snow" flakes left on sides.Fresh tropical fruit,wet grass,guava note aromas.High sweet upfront followed by an spicy banana & melon flavor.Orange candy in the middle,hints of lemon.Full body,medium carbonation.Rough sweet bitter finish.Earthy mango aftertaste.ABV well hidden.Should be recognize the difficulty when using this flavorful fruit (guava) but,unfortunately,the overall results quite cloying.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottle dated 5/9/2011.

Appearance - Pours a deep golden color with a huge fuffy white head that never dissipates. Nice lacing. Wonderful retention.

Smell - Takes a while for the aroma to open up. As it warms, it has a bright fruit flavor of bananas, pears, and some citrus. I wouldn't be able to pick out guava if it weren't in the name. A hint of funk in the back, but it's very faint. Maybe some cloves as well.

Taste - Initial malt sweetness and some fruit flavors. Similar to the smell, but without any of the funk. Slight touch of bitterness in the finish. A touch of tang to it as well, but nothing I'd call tart or sour.

Mouthfeel - Thick and a touch syrupy. Heavy for a saison and an 8% one at that. Good carbonation, I suppose.

Overall - It tastes good. No off flavors. Nothing I'm amazed by, though. Just a decent saison. I prefer them lighter and more complex than this.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam H. This was the precursor to a blind scotch ale tasting.

This pours a hazy yellow with a nice, tight, frothy head that sticks around forever. On the nose there are bananas, clove, and some atypical saison elements of citric fruit that smell great. In the mouth those citrus elements step out in front of the more traditional saison elements, but not enough to question the style. The body is medium or medium thin, with a nice finish of fruit and a bit of clove.

Overall, this is a fine saison. I would be happy to have this again.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

185th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Shared with some excellent dudes one summer night in CO.

A: Cloudy, murky orangish yellow. Bold 4+ (white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Cracked wheat, citrus, lemon, black pepper, and hint of funkiness. Searching for the name-sake (i.e. guava), but nothing. Weird.

T: Hint of guava (finally), but loads of other fruit here as well - banana, orange, kiwi, mango, and pineapple. Subtle spice with mix of tart and sweet. Sourness is nice, but a bit lop-sided.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated.

O: A fun beer to try, but I was not the biggest fan of this one. Above avergae? Yes. Great? No. Good twist for the style, but I've enjoyed others more.

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Photo of vw73182
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange in appearance with 3 fingers of head that disappears quickly.

Smells of that barn yard funk tartness from the second you pop the cap. Lots of citrus and tartness in the nose.

Taste is very tart and sour on the front end that smooth out and is somewhat creamy on the backend. I really felt like this beer was missing that peppery taste that is usually present in similar beers.

Overall this was very refreshing and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jayfro70
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bomber poured into tulip glass. No date on bottle. Beer was very difficult to pour. I tried to pour very slowly and it took probably 3-4 minutes before I could get a 1/2 filled tulip glass..

A: The color is slightly orange. Opaque. A ton of head. Very difficult to pour enough to actually get a taste.

S: Smells quite sour. with a boozy undertone.

T: I wasn't expecting it to be this sour. I'm not really getting any guava. A little disappointing.

M: Exceptionally fizzy. Almost champagny with the amount of carbonation.

After hearing a lot of hype about Cigar City Brewing Company, I was looking forward to this one, but was not entirely excited about the results.

Serving type: bottle - 750ml

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

Review is written from notes taken on 7-10-11.

Guava Grove emerges from the bottle with a huge tan head atop a golden-amber brew. Beautiful, thin, spindly carbonation bubbles streak up my snifter. The head retains like crazy and the lacing is frothy and sticky.

Holy sour wildness! The smell really highlights the Belgian yeast... I swear that it is a wild strain. All sorts of citrus aromas also reside in the bouquet, heavy on the lime and lemon. Also, I smell lots of guava, Granny Smith apple, sweet tarts, and Pinot Grigio. It really is a mouthwatering scent.

The taste is very pleasantly fruity and dry. There are a lot of citric acid notes that compete for my palate's attention against the sweet, full guava. The acidic nature wins out, but the full guava gives it a good shot. This is a really, really tart beer. I like how the Belgian yeast plays off of the guava. An ever-so-slight vinegar tastes drops the score just a bit.

The mouthfeel is refreshingly dry with quite the tart nip. A fleeting moment of a coating, cloying feel hits my palate before being overcome by the acidic tartness. A sizzling sourness bombards all points on my palate.

I'm really not sure why this isn't called a wild ale. The sour punch from the combination of the yeast and guava is quite nice, but definitely does not taste much like other Saisons I have had. Also, there is just a slight vinegar presence in the taste. Overall, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy golden/copper color with a very decent sized head (1.5 finger), good retention and a little bit of lacing.

Smell is very strong; I liked it. Very strong scent of wild yeast, a little bit of malt, and a sweet smelling fruit (which I assume is guava).

Taste is excellent; well balanced and innovative. Certainly tart, and sharply so, but not to a sickening point. Has that wild yeast taste (aside from the tartness) and a little sweet towards the end with what I again assume is guava.

Mouthfeel is also excellent- medium bodied and well carbonated. The reason I didn't give it a 5 is that to me it could be a little more carbonated (I love carbonation and what makes wild ales is their wild carbonation). This is a great beer however and I would recommend getting it if available.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into snifter. Bottle date: May 22 11. Enjoying at home after a great steak dinner.

Pours an opaque light amber color with two finger bone colored head that dissipates slowly.

Nose: Lemon, barn funk, slight sweet candied fruit, metal, mango, peppercorn.

Taste: Guava juice on the very front, crisp pepper bite, classic Belgian yeast funk.

Highly carbonated, crisp, dry, bitter finish with lingering notes of pepper and guava. Very enjoyable, they nailed this one. Plenty of fruitiness with a very dry finish. Would definitely drink again!

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

750ml bomber poured into tulip glass. No date on bottle. Beer exploded upon opening, causing me to lose a small amount.

A: The color is like a peach soda, a wonderful rich orange. Opaque. Massive four-finger soapy head that ran down the sides of the glass, well retained.

S: Quite strong tropical fruit/palm smell at first, followed by a light alcohol presence. Bananas and hops coming through as well.

T: The taste is far more subtle than I expected based on the smell. Not as sweet as I expected. Instead, there is a bitter hopiness up front, along with some sour fruit taste. You'd never know this was 8% abv, it's incredibly smooth (and dangerous). The guava is very subtle. In fact, I couldn't taste it at all until it warmed up a bit.

M: Quite dry with vigorous carbonation and a robust mouthfeel.

I'm not terribly familiar with this style, but I liked the beer a lot. My only regret is that I did not get to pair it with food, as this would be unbelievable with a tropical fish dish such as mango mahi mahi.

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*2010 vintage* Reviewed from notes. A thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle with me as we did a side by side comparison of this with Guava Groove. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a big, creamy fluffy two figner head that leaves some super thick side lacing. Very good retetion.

S - Smell is nice and funky fresh. Good barnyard aromas and some fruits (guava, pear, apple) along with some nice sweetness.

T - Nice and sour and funky. This isnt a wild? This really became nice and wild with the age on it. Good and tart with a good guava presense with some light malty sweetness and hops. Tastes like there is brett in here but clearly something has happened in this bottle, but in a good way. Infection perhaps?

M - Mouthfeel is very, very carbonated due to this aging and or infection. Alot more than expected with the bubles really exploding in the mouth.

O - Overall this is an interesting beer with nice guava but cant help but wondered if this has soured. Still delicious but clearly not what the initial beer was.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/11/11:
Bottled: October 2011; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Crazy, unstoppable, overflowing, off-white fluffy head, even after a slow pour, that comes to a thin layer after about 10 minutes; Cloudy, dark orange/brown caramel colored appearance; Some, but not much lacing; Visible, violent carbonation shooting up the center of the glass

S - Slight fruits in the nose consisting of pears and apples and not guava; Nice spicy, yeasty, fresh baked bread smell as well

T - Hints of guava in this very pleasant taste; Mixture of sweetness and tartness with spicy and yeasty flavors; Just a touch of lemon, pears, cloves, and banana

M - Tons of carbonation that massages the tongue; Light mouthfeel; Fairly clean finish that leaves the mouth and tongue feeling a little dry

O - This beer has a very nice mouthfeel, taste, and drinkability. I enjoyed the plentiful carbonation, which made this beer unbelievably light for the amount of alcohol it possesses. I have to admit though, the unstoppable foaming head from the pour is a bit cumbersome for sure. Beyond this, I have no other complaints and would love to try this refreshing beer again. It's rare to see any Cigar City beers around my area, but I'll be sure to buy more of this brew and other offerings if I see them again in the future.

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Photo of Swim424
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured fron a bomber into palm glass. different bottle than pictured. now have both bottles in our collection. my roommate had the other one last year. didnt realize it was a belgium yeast. not always a big fan of belgium yeast.

A-really nice. sort of gold orange. decent carbonation. nice fluffy head.

S-definitly smell the guava and yeast. smells fruity sweet.

T-not bad. very fruity. can taste the yeast a bit but not bad. fairly tart and sweet. nice mix

MF-medium to light. very good. nice carbonation compliments it well

very good for the style. i really like this.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice burnt orange color, very hazy, as it should be. Giant eggshell head that dissipated very quickly

S: Definitely lots of fruit right upfront. Lots of green apple and tropical fruits. The guava is very noticeable.

T: A nice tangy fruitiness. Very tangy actually, so much so, that I start to feel it in my jowls. Lots of what I got on the nose, but I think the guava is much more present in the taste.

M: Tons of carbonation, and is almost painfully tart. Love it, exactly what a saison should feel like.

Overall this was excellent. I acquired this one in a trade and now am kinda bummed I didn't get more. Best saison I've tried thus far

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Photo of julian
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Don't know how this could look any better. Beautiful mandarin orange in color. Hazy and cloudy just the way I like my saisons. Lots and lots of tiny bubblies escaping from the bottom of my Fantome glass. Initial pour yields a thick billowing (not creamy) off white almond colored head. Eventually this is reduced to a fairly noticeable ring around the edges that lasts.

S: Nose is earthy and sweet. Slight citrus and lemon zest noticeable. Not really familiar with guava but I'm assuming the sweet fruitiness is from this fruit.

T&M: Highly carbonated. Crisp, clean, super dry. Alcohol unnoticeable. Very nice and thirst quenching after a long night of crushing plastic in the climbing gym! Taste is initially fruity with a slight herbal spice. Some noticeable earthy undertones mixed with a light peppery bitterness.

O: Overall, this is an excellent Saison. Personally I like a little more tartness in my Saisons, and less earthiness, but the fruity, peppery quality was great. I couldn't really tell if there was guava in this or not, and not sure how much was actually used for secondary fermentation. Still there is a fruity quality that I am not familiar with that I will probably attribute to the guava. Nicely done. I would drink this again. Alcohol is unnoticeable and goes down too easily.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to 67couple for this.

A: Beautiful orange with a bit of pink tint, guessing from the guava. Very hazy. Huge four finger head that is super fluffy. It sticks around forever and leaves a good lacing.

S: Sort of light nose. Definitely guavas. Also some pineapple, sour apples, and lemon. Very citrusy. A touch of coriander spice and the farmhouse funk.

T: Guavas upfront. Slightly tart slightly sweet. A lot of other citrus in the middle and a bit of an acidic bite. Finishes a touch sour with a bit of funk.

M: Light bodied and very crisp. Very high carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: A tasty beer. Very drinkable. Not sure if I've had a guava or not but this is a nice tropical drink.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy hell, it comes out with a massive rocky head, filling the snifter fast. Smell is tropical, banana and cane sugar, citric acid, a little sweat, some malt.

Flavor is harsh, bitingly sour, pineapple, more banana, intense citric and lactic acid. A residual sweetness, caramel and toffee sits in the back while fruity solvents play the main stage. A sensible bitterness back up the brew, I'm not sure if thats hops or the bitter, grapefruit rind flavor that brett makes sometimes.

Carbonation is too high, but other than that the sourness lingers too long, not as clean and crisp as many other good wild ales.

I would love to now more about this thing. Saison it is not, wild ale? what bugs or yeast did they use? this is a strange one, but I like it.

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Photo of Holland
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with the old gold cap from Cigar City.

A: poured a golden color with a darker than expected, tan head. The carbonation is huge, and it continues to sit on half of the surface for the whole glass.

S: smell has guava of course, sweet pale malt, earthiness, and some bitter scent.

T: taste is fruity and earthy, with sweetness and crisp carbonation to balance everything out. The aftertaste sticks with you, but isn't fantastic.

M: heavy carbonation and medium body.

O: there are bad fruit infused beers, but this is not one. It's subtle, and it adds to the complexity rather than overtakes the beer. Nice!

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Photo of harrymel
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date. Said to be older, sour version.

pours a nice hazy apricot ale with three finger of white foam. This falls and when I breath in, I get guava, guava, banana, and some sweet alcohol (like an amaretto). Nice nose. Really nice nose.

Bitch be tart, nice. Some lemon, guava, hints of hay and yeast. I really like this beer and feel ill equipped to give the flavor justice. The beer was initially a little hi in carb, but fell to appropriate.

Delicious beer. I heard they took the sour/funk from this. Too bad.

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Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this back from Florida.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a mountain of thick, foamy head that has amazing retention. The nose is sweet and fruity with faint notes of yeast. The guava really comes through in the nose. The flavor is wheaty and straw-like up front followed by a sweet fruitiness and finishes with a mild tartness. The mouthfeel is crisp and a little heavily carbonated with an extremely dry finish. There's also a little warmth from the alcohol.

I liked this because it was different. The guava was a nice change of pace from all the typical fruits usually put in beer. Overall, though the flavor was one-dimensional and it drinks like juice and finishes like a dry wine. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50th review!

A- pours a slightly hazy copper orange rind body with two inches of head that fades to a collar

S- when colder, tons of brett, must and hay. Tropical and citrus fruits, more belgian esters and malty sweetness as it warms.

T- much more tart than I had expected, when colder, the sour notes are much more pronounced. A drop acetic even. Subtle funk and musty notes followed by citrus and belgian malty sweetness. A vegetal hint on the finish. Very complex and very pleasant tasting.

M- highly carbonated and very refreshing, alchocol is present but actually melds well with the acidity

O- definitely seek this one out. One of the best CC offerings I've had, up there with Zhukov. Very complex and unique for an American saison.

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Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 886 ratings.
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