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Guava Grove | Cigar City Brewing

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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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 887 |  Reviews: 381
Photo of flannelman808
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy copper orange hue, with off-white head topping it plentifully.

Stone fruit and spice, with a hint of citrus.

Guava, tart peaches, spice and just a little bit of a funky twang come together in a really nice brew. It has a fair amount of tartness in the finish which is much appreciated.

carbonic tang

this is a really great take on the style and is rather balanced. I'm a fan.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pour yields a pale orange and gold beer with 2 finger head, nice retention and tons of lacing

S: the front features candied orange and guava with noticeable tartness. Some lactic acid character along with some oak. Very nice and unique aroma. This is my kind of saison!

T: big time sourness up front, nice citric notes on the finish with orange and apricot coming through. Awesome balance, much more tart than I would expect from a saison. Guava and saison seem to be a happy mix.

MF: high carbonation, suits the brew well, spritzy and refreshing

O: This is currently my favorite saison. I get turned off by an overly funky/musty saisons, but this brew features the fruitier notes with a refreshing tartness. This is well worth a try, especially if you think you don't like saisons.

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Photo of forcedlaughter
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Piraat snifter. Looks great. Nice big fluffy head, like a saison should be.

Smells a little strange, but not terrible. Guava (obviously), lemon peel, and a typical belgian yeast aroma.

Taste is actually not as intense as the smell. Decent saison but the guava does nothing to add to it for me.

Mouthfeel is good for the style. Bubbly and refreshing. Drinkability is not too high for me. I think I will stick with saisons without the added gimmicks.

I would take a Saison Dupont or Hennepin any day over this, but I"m glad I tried it.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25oz bottle; split into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses (sorry, new apartment...no proper glasses).

A: Pours a murky golden orange. Super carbonated, a slow gusher. There's lots of lumpy head that sticks around 'till the end.

S: Funky as hell. Sourness, and tart green apple/citrus fruit aromas with a bit of barnyard and a hint of vinegar.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of wild aspects, but the guava flavour is definitely apparent. A bit of hop bitterness pops up in the finish, but this is dominated by wild, tart, funky goodness.

D: Clean and crisp for a beer of this strength. This is a great brew to down with a strong-flavoured dinner, which is exactly what I did: chicken/beef chili and jalapeno/creamed cornbread.

Overall: Ok, when I read the label I didn't read anything about "wild", "spontaneous", "funky", "brett", etc...I read about guavas and Saison and I expected a slightly dry, slightly fruity Saison. What I got was pretty damn sour, and a lot better and more unique than I expected, however, this is NOT a Saison, its an American Wild Ale if anything. Still very good though.

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

Thanks to cpinto06 for this wonderful brew
shared at tasting with barfdiggs and a few others
poured into bruery tasting glass

Color: hazy but vibrant hayish gold. Nice frothy white head of about 2 fingers. The head disappears quite quickly and lthe beer leaves behind little to no lacing at all.

Nose: Pepper, citrus, and of course a light hint of guava. Also present is a mellow hop profile.

Palate: Crisp, clean, and drinkable. Fruit and spices are quite evident on the tongue. The pepper in this beer really shines through. The carbonaion is a bit on the high side, but nothing that ruins the enjoyment of this brew.

Finish: Refreshing and a bit dry, but it delivers enticing flavors. Great beer beer pair with fish or poultry dishes.


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Photo of olimpia84
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at CCB. Served on a snifter.

A: super cloudy dirty orange color with a one finger creamy tan head with good retention.

S: fresh guavas, tart, sweet champagne smell, herbal, other sweet aromas are present as well but hard to describe. Very pleasant on the nose.

T: follows the nose with a complex combination of guavas, tart, kiwi, papaya, herbal and a malty character hard to match. A bit of alcohol heat is present as well.

M: medium to full body, low carbonation. Smooth as it goes down, best enjoyed if sipped slowly.

O: an excellent offering by CCB, I was very impressed with this beer and will definitely go back for some more. It's very unique and nothing I've tried before tastes like this.

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Photo of DCon
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 1 Pint 9.4 FL OZ bottle in a trade w/ mdvatab & has a $10.99+TX sticker on the side. Poured from the cool labeled bottle into my .47l New Belgium Tulip Glass and has a MAY0911 on the front of the bottle.

Aroma- Extreme fruitiness and spice from the beginning of the nose. Has a bit of herbs and a huge lemon aroma. A small amount of earthy hop is in the aroma too after a hint of sourness is hinted at. Goodness Gracious this thing has some serious aroma!

Appearance- Pours over a 6 finger head that is frothy and makes an ant hill in the glass! Has the best retention too! A nice pale orange color body is present with a nice hazy backdrop. Leaves tons of lacing behind.

Flavor- Great malty and fruit characters with nice spices and a smokey flavor that is very different in this style. I'm like every drink of this beer! Very complexed and has low peppery yeast component. The spiciness is almost the main taste here and the finish is full of it!

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, Effervescent, HIGH Carbonation, and has an awesome Punch of spice at the finish! Also a light sourness that is unreal. Can't get any better than this!

Overall Impression- For my first brew from Cigar City, I'm over impressed! Unbelievable Saison in almost every category, especially from the site of it being poured. Refreshing, spicy, strong fruits and has the good sourness I always look for in a Saison. I'm ready for another Cigar City brew now! Thanks Mark!

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

100th review on BA ---big thanks to canjeeps for yet another amazing brew.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a very active bubbling off white head. Champagne like fizz for sure. Lightly sticky lacing that lingers about.

Smells tart and fruity. A little acidic and almost cactus like in a way.

Tastes are funky right off the bat. The promised bananas and green apple skins come out with the guava flavor lurking lightly in the background. The alcohol shows up in the medium bodied mouthfeel just a bit. Lots of carbonation fit this perfectly and lead you to nice lingering dry finish with a lasting lemon citrus flavor.

Overall is amazing! My first Cigar City beer and I'm really looking forward to seeking out more of their beers.

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Photo of charliedvrs
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick, fluffy white head that fills almost half the glass. Aroma is almost overwhelmingly strong, to the point where it hits you the second the beer touches the glass. There's a strong acidic citrus smell with a lot of barnyard funk. The taste is extremely tart upfront with a lot of different citrus flavors coming together from the hops and yeast, a strong grapefruit, lemon, and of course guava presence. There's a bit of alcohol heat and yeast esters as well. The sour, tart flavors cover up a lot of the flavors at first, but as it warms up a lot more subtle notes come out. Carbonation is high with a super dry finish, combining with the tartness to make this one a real lip pucker-er. Somewhere between a Wild Ale and a Saison. A nice beer with tons and tons of things going on. Thanks for the chance to try it nugganooch!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, muddy brown with a thick tan head that recedes slowly and leaves creamy lace.

The aroma is of balsamic vinegar, tart apple, pear and pineapple with "of course" guava. Astringent barnyard funks, lemon peel, and overripe peach. spicy hop notes peek through.

The flavor is complex with rich balsamic vinegar dominating over a overripe dark fruit profile of tart cherry, raisin, and papaya. Peach and black pepper on the finish with a touch of clove. An overripe pear funk sweet finish and some grassy elements in the back.

Complex, rich, interesting, and tart.

For the style, this rocks.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a dark, hazy orange with massive 4+ inch off-white head (over half head in the glass after a careful pour is a bit much). Good retention. No lacing.
S: Nice aroma with a good balance of citrus, barnyard funk, earthy minerals, fresh cut grass, apple, pear, guava, and floral hops.
T: A flash of dry citrus hops hits first. This quickly turns astringent, tart, and a bit sour. Fruit sweetness (citrus, guava, peach) is maintained throughout. Musty barnyard funk lingers in the background. Fresh cut grass, spicy hops, floral notes, and honey make brief appearances from time to time.
M: A subtle but persistent effervescence lends this an almost champagne-like feel. Astringent and sour with a bit of sticky sweetness. Very interesting.
D: A very well done fruit beer. Judging it by style I am less impressed, but it is still a solid brew. ABV is extremely well hidden...very drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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 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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Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

763rd Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

@Woodshop classix

App- A darker yellow with a one finger head and a soft cling line down the glass. A nice bubbly head that feel pretty slowly.

Smell- The aromatics are very nice on this one. Big guava which I was ½ expecting, ½ not. A nice sour note behind the little bit of yeast and some pepper for the saison notes to come in.

Taste- With the amount of aromatics in the nose for the guava I was expecting more on the taste. This was nice with a tamed fruit, a balance of yeast and pepper and really a quite nice saison. At first I though this had a slight clove taste but as I kept drinking it went away and was replaced by more yeasty/fruit. I think it was residual flavors from the BBQ I had.

Mouth- A firmer medium bodied saison with a nice medium carbonation level. This left a really nice yeasty and fruity flavor behind it.

Drink- A nice beer. I like saisons so I am kinda harsh on them. This was a bit lighter with a semi-crisp flavor and a bit dry. Overall, a really nice crafted saison. I'd love another bottle.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Centennial. Thanks again Steve, you're pretty much the king. Pours a hazy golden straw color with a big giant creamy looking white head with great retention.

The aroma really sucker punches you with a really full guava flavor. Other than that there is your standard saison aromas coming through; some peppery yeast with grains and a little bit of lemon. Seems to have a vegeatabley flavor to it; like zuccini or cucumbers. Lots of fresh guava flavor and it's somewhat buttery.

The body is light and crisp with a king of lingering flavor profile. Overall pretty good here. For the most part I would say I would just grab a regular saison, but this is a tasty treat either way.

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Photo of backfat
2.37/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into my 2009 savannah craftbrew fest taster. Blackbird by the beatles playing in the backround. Thanks to muskabeatz for the nasty tick.

This is supposedly the infected batch.

Pours a clear and bright amber gold on the first pour. hazed and full of floaters on the third pour. champagne like carbonation. fizzing like it's about to blow.

smells like dirty, acidic, apricots. some vanilla, grape skins, and lemon.

tastes is sharp. broken up slightly by the intense carbonation. orange rind like crazy. this carbonation is too much. too many pennies in the taste. I don't like it.

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Photo of Infernal75
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 750 (infected batch) into a Lost Abbey glass.

A- This beer has a really appealing look to it. I admit I'm not a saison fan, so the deep orange glow this beer has is far preferable to the light yellow or golden wheat look most saisons have.

S- The smell is sour, a little dirty, a little fruity. one of the better characteristics of the beer.

T- The taste is pretty tart, reminiscent of the Lips of Faith Le Terroir, which I enjoy. Though the carbonation may have something to do with how much it reminds me of Le Terroir. The fruit is awfully subtle, it reminds me more of moldy cheese than Guava.

M- Over carbonated. period. At first pour, the beer's mouthfeel is more of a champagne than a beer. After much swirling it becomes a but more palatable.

O- I like this beer, but it's nothing that I'd freak out over. Of course, i'm not much of a saison lover, though I do enjoy sours as a whole. I'd probably take Le Terroir of this beer 7 out of 10 times and take this the other 3 times just for a change. One of the better saisons for me.

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

Murky orangeish-gold with active white head; beady lace. First whiff of Guava Grove makes me wonder if this is really a lambic in disguise. Droves of fruity sourness; funky and earthy too, with more sourness right behind. Awesome!

Predictably tart and funky, though I feel odd using the word 'predictable' given the wildness of its flavors. Predominantly green apple (guava?) fruitiness. Never had a guava before so I can't pick out that taste.

Initial sharpness from the tart apple/guava smooths itself out quickly as the other juices trickle in. Funky yeast adds its own craziness to the party. Finishes dry and delicious.

Light-bodied, low carbonation. Could honestly use a touch more of each, though I'm not sure it would be appropriate for the style. Guava Grove is exceptionally easy to drink for its strength; I typically expect saisons to peak around 6.5 or 7% tops. No traces of the booze anywhere in this brew.

When introducing people to the saison style, I mention that there is considerably more variance in the spectrum of flavors present from one beer to the next than in almost any other style of beer. Saisons are meant to be funky and a little off-beat, and Guava Grove is a perfect example. Highly recommended -- I'll be buying another bottle soon!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in NYC, along with two other Cigar City beers. Brought back to Oz to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Very cloudy and bright, a deep, shining orange hue that traps the light with its opacity and radiates it back gently. Head is full and foamy, and very vivacious, almost spilling out of the glass on the pour even when only pouring a third of a glass. Lacing is raucous and crazy. Looks bright and pleasant and very suitable.

Nose is very tart and acidic, almost hinting at a lambic level of sourness. Quite an organic funk to it as well, along with a hint of green, slightly grassy or haylike sharpness. It's not as incredibly robust as some, but it's pretty decent.

Taste is clean and sharp, with a very pronounced acidity, but not as teeth-clenching as a really raw gueuze, for example. Here, this is the rustic and laboured acidity of a truly biting saison, and it works to overlay this tartness over the sweeter body. Under is the hint of the fruit, although it's not nearly pronounced enough to make it seem like a fruit beer or anything as gimmicky as that. Feel is bright, and a little sharp.

Incredibly refreshing and quite astonishingly drinkable for an 8% ABV brew. I wasn't expecting anything quite as sophisticated as this, but this is a beer brewed with fruit done right.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this up with phineasgage on some random weeknight he decided to stop by my house.
Reviewed from notes dictated into voice notes on my iphone.

(review starts out with a bout 1 minute of explaining which beers I review vs. which I don't-- I'll leave out the dialogue for the sake of brevity. Any additional notes will be notated by use of parenthesis)
Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

I really like this beer. This is going right on my wants list.

(Chadquest gave me this bottle-- and I am serious when I say that after pouring this, sniffing it, and taking a sip, I stopped reviewing for a few seconds to pull up Ba and add this beer to my wants list.)

I like it.

Pours a glowing orange apricot color with some light pickish hues when backlit. Two finger fluffy white head with nice sparkly legs and shimmering lace. The bubbles sparkle like Edward in the sunshine. (deal with it.)
Nose has notes of hibiscus and floral with a sour fruity bite. a slight sour cherry-ish bite.
The flavor follows all that but adds a fake sugar/saccharine note on the finish which is otherwise pleasantly dry. Really sour and nice.
Medium body with good carbonation level-- it scrubs your palate with the bubbles whilst inflicting grievous harm with a sour greater than the force of a level 17 paladin.

Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ljkeats for the smooth in person trade and hooking me up with 2 top wants! Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- Nice generous 2 finger head that has some serious retention. Turns very foamy and thick. The body is an orange, amber tint thats slightly hazy. Lots of carbonation bubbles rush to the head that is still very much there. Lots of lacing is left around the glass and around the mouth from the sip I look. Looks fantastic.

S- crisp and tart with some sweeter fruits, maybe green apple.

T- Nice tartness upfront thats complimented by green apple and some sweet tropical fruits. Tartness dies down in the middle and turns light sweet fruits and slightly tart. Very nice flavor. As it warms i definately get more sweet fruits like the guava, very nice.

M- light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Mouth is left feeling wet ipposed to a dry finish.

O- I like this beer alot. I admittedly am new to saisons and dubky brews but this is great and would love to get this more regularly. I would also like to try the original batchto see how much they differ.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is orange and hazy. There is a very large head inhibiting my ability to pour in one shot.

The aroma has a nice dose of tropical fruit to go with some typical saison spice aroma. This is pretty much the aroma I look for in a saison.

The taste is slightly sweet and very juicy; full of guava flavor. The finish is a little drier and overall more mellow, but the juicy fruit flavor dominates the taste. If you are looking for guava flavor, you won't be disappointed.

The mouthfeel is medium and this drinks crisply.

I like this one; it's a little different for a saison, but good.

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

Pours a hazy peach color with a two finger off white head that falls slowly to a cap. Very nice looking brew leaves some nice lace behind.

Aroma is wow lots of tartness that slaps your nose a bit, underneath fruit notes, some malt sweetness and hints of spice and brett. Not sure if tartness dies of somewhat or you just get use to it, nice aroma.

Taste is like the nose man tartness right off the bat that lingers on for a while. Malt tries to stick his head out to add a dose of sweetness followed good fruitiness some brett flavors mingled in with tartness. Finish is tart fruits and some lingering spice. Think taste be better if it was a little less tart, can't believe I am saying that as I enjoy good tart brew but of well.

Mouthfeel is on the light side with light carbonation as well.

Overall very nice tartness on Flanders level more so then Saison but enjoyable non the less. Just wasn't expecting so much.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl. Pours a super-hazed copper color with a fat cap of off-white head. Very fine-bubbled and the retention and lacing are both excellent.

Nose is an instantaneous classic...tart identifiably guava fruit, brettanomyces, sugary grains and acetic lacto. Wow....just wow. Perfect.

This beast shows a great mix of fruit, sourness and a light touch of woody brett. Peppery saison yeast is still noticeable and welcome. Great beer here, easily my favorite CCB beer to date. This is one that I want to stop reviewing and just drink it. Simply put...amazing.

<EDIT> This was the older, sour version. The new one is good, but not THIS good!

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Photo of wspscott
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip (no date, but in the fridge for a couple of months)

A: Pours with a 2-3 finger fluffy off-white head that eventually drops to a 1/2 finger. Lots of lace. The dark copper color looks like an APA/IPA.
S: Lots of fruitiness followed by a little bit of funk? A little earthy as it warms.
T: A slight fruit sweetness followed by some tartness, not quite a Sweet-Tart but there is some resemblance. As it warms, the tartness becomes more apparent/starts to dominate the feeling of sweetness. Regardless, it is never a sweet/cloying beer.
M: Lots of carbonation along with a high level of attenuation makes this a very crisp beer. Very dry as expected for the style.
D: This is almost a perfect summer beer. If I was in charge, I would ask for this in the 6% range vs. 8%, but very easy drinking given the alcohol level. A keg of this would be great for the summer. Highly recommended.

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Guava Grove from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 887 ratings
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