Guava Grove Saison | Cigar City Brewing

Guava Grove SaisonGuava Grove Saison
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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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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

750 mL bottle tried 31 Jul 2010. Served in the Steiner Pils 0.4 L snifter.

Small off white head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy orange brown, russet in color. Almost oily looking. Aroma is tart sour fruity, tropical, papaya, guava, yeast, a touch of grapes. Tart and yeasty. Lots of fruit but not sweet. Fairly dry, champagne like fizz and finish. Aftertaste is tropical fruit. Medium body. Moderate alcohol.

A bit more sour than a regular saison but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

For some reason, Mike kept on calling this thing "Guava Groove". Honestly, like him, I think it's a slightly better name. It pours a cloudy earthy amber topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises tart blood orange (the smell set off some of my taste buds), lemon, grapefruit, and a mild helping of Brett. The taste holds notes of lemon, mandarin oranges, a vague tropical fruit that we all agree must be the guava (I've never had one, so I don't know what it necessarily tastes like); then a wave of brine and vinegar; and then nothing: The flavors just die away, leaving my tongue wondering what the hell just happened. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation and an incredibly dry finish. Overall, what could have been a really nice experimental brew turned out to be a slight miss. The saltiness near the end, the disappearance of any and all flavor at the end, and the overt carbonation all turned me off. I'm not a fan here.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

This beer appears a cloudy burnt sienna with a white foam adorning the surface. This beer is nice and fizzy which truly helps. The smell of this beer has the tropical fruit aroma from a distance. Though if I didn't know it was guava I probably wouldn't have guessed it seeing as I don't have much experience with the fruit in my life. There is some lemon and funk to go along with it. Has the smell of older applewine. The taste is a spicy fun light tart flavor. I think it's a rather pleasant sour when you are prepared for it due to the tartness only being involved with fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is a light medium but the higher level of carbonation gives an almost champagne like feel to the beer. I thought I might not enjoy this beer but I truly did.

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

Shared a 750ml bottle with my girlfriend last night and I poured the beer into two wine glasses:

A: Poured an opaque peachy/honey hue with a rolling, thick and fluffy beige head that took up half the glass. Maybe it was the wine glass but the head continued to expand for over a minute and stayed around for quite a while. Retains tight lacing and a foamy 1/2" head for the entire duration of the beer. Very pretty.

S: Quite a lot going on here in a good way. At arms length, wafts of tart fruit first come to the nose such as unripe grapes and tart cherries. The closer you get, you get slammed with a funky, medicinal aroma from the yeast that is braced by the tart and sour notes of the guava. Complex but well balanced, it really makes you want to sip what lies below.

T: Bold flavors from all around the spectrum. Upfront sour and yeasty with a certain funky and medicinal characteristic. Just as the funk is reaching its crescendo, you are hit by slightly sweet yet very tart notes of cherries, subtle bananas, and tropical fruit which taper down the funky edge. All sorts of character shines through into the finish where you are bid adieu by the tart and lightly souring (and distinguishable) taste of guava. Very well blended with bold flavors which make for an exciting palate.

M: Light to medium bodied with a champagne like effervescence that dances upon the tongue and down the throat. Departs the palate leaving a tart and dry finish. The ABV is very masked likely by the strength of the other flavors.

D: Definitely a sipper but one that is full of enticing complexities. The beer definitely had a champagne like quality from the second fermentation in the bottle which made it dry, easy to sip, and easy to finish. However, half a bottle was more than enough. Bonus points for the fact that my girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed the Guava Grove Saison (and she has a very limited affinity for beer).

Overall, I would recommend Cigar City Brewing's Guava Grove Saison for anyone seeking a uniquely enjoyable and bold take on the traditional saison. Granted, my saison experience is limited but if they all taste this good, I'm going to need more.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Good looking orange pour. A bit of cloudiness. Looks very pretty for a saison.

Smell- Hops up the wazoo. Lots of different hops, floral, citrus, some light pine hints

Taste- Tast/sour with lots going on. not much guava detectable and not very well balanced in my opinion

Mouthfeel- Sharp but well carbonated. Typical saison

Drinkability- typical drinkability for your average saison

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky peach. Normal off-white foam head.

S: Appealing sourness, tart fruitness, and a little funk/musk.

T: Fresh fruitiness (tropical & guava) is upfront. Next is tartness and carbonation. Semi-medium mouthfeel. It tartness is perfect. The odd thing is I think I'm getting some banana/clove. Oh, and some pineapple, too.

D: First Cigar City that I really liked. It has this complex, multi tropical fruit taste notes that a brew from a hot climate location should have. It's balanced for all that's going on. Finally I at least understand the legion of CC fans, and it's their beer that I look for in the future.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I've been through pretty much the entire regular CC lineup plus some rarer gems. I love this brewery. I have had mostly amazing brews and very few letdowns. Definitely excited to crack this one. Found in Athens, GA. 750ml...

A: A murky bright golden copper color with a small 1/2 white head that fades quickly to a lace above the brew. Good.

S: Got the scent from the table. I get some very tart cherries and pineapple upfront quickly followed by a slight breadiness and finishing with some refreshing citrus. Not being a sour fan, this smells like a sour. Decent.

T: Hmm, this is quite interesting. It definitely has some sour pucker to it, but manages to pull off a great blend of flavor at the same time. I get an acidic sour citrus that quickly ramps up to the forefront of the palate. This is then quietly subdued by an interesting caramel apple / cranberry type flavor. Get a slight breadiness hidden in the back that does not make an appearance until after. Almost has a Monster Lo Carb energy drink flavor blended in there. Good.

M: Full bodied brew with a heavy carbonation that manages to not overwhelm this brew. The carbonation blends well with the pucker. Chewy tart finish. Very good.

D: Not too bad for more of a sour type brew. Good.

All in all, this is a solid brew, especially for the sour fan. I think people who like some good balance in a puckering sour would appreciate this the most. Me, not being the best judge of sours, still thought it was a solid brew. I would definitely try this one again. Kind of reminds me of Raspberry Tart blended with a Monster energy drink and hints of wine. That probably is not the best comparison, but first things that pop in my mind when I taste this.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. all i can say right now is wow. hazy, honey color with an off-white head that holds and leaves very pretty lace. nose is tart, sweet, fruit with just a hint of traditional saison below. spice (pepper? clove? from the yeast i assume?), sweet malt, horse barn and hop just amp up the delicious fruity guava goodness in the taste, and everything is just singing in sweet harmony. sweet, sour and dry at the same time. awesome. blown away. best beer i've had all year.

edit: 6/11/2011

had another bottle with date 4/20/2011 on it. this time around it had way more saison character and a very healthy dose of spiciness from the yeast. nose was full of pepper and clove as well as fruity esters coupled with a beautiful real guava scent that had sweet and tart character to it. much drier and way less tart than i remember. taste actually had a lot more going on and seemed a bit more like saison to me. still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of grover37
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle bought from the brewery for $11 if I recall correctly. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance (2): Somewhat cloudy orange color with yellow around the edges. Two fingers of head or so of medium and large bubbles which quickly disappears to a thin layer. A light cream thin head of tiny bubbles is left that almost covers the entire surface then dies to just a ring around the outside eventually. No lacing.

Aroma (5): A super musty funk aroma. Very strong citrus as well, perhaps lime or spoiled white grapes. Actually, it smells a lot like fermenting grapes. Very fragrant.

Taste (5): Dank, basement must. Absolutely huge, funky barnyard flavor. White grapes and some orange and lemon citrus flavors up front - slightly sweet and very acidic as well. Orange, kiwi sweetness in the middle - I assume that's the guava. Slight undertones of the cedar wood with a slightly tannic, somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel (4): High carbonation and thin mouthfeel. Almost watery due to its dryness. Huge flavors make this not at all obvious and the dryness isn't either due to the sweet, fruit flavors.

Drinkability (2.5): Huge, funky and fruit flavors make this beer quite tasty, but not that drinkable. Half of the magnum was enough for me right now, but I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-very cloudy orange with a thick off white colored head. looks exactly how it should

S-smells like sour guava. very sour. Somewhat spicy. Definitely tingles the nose!

T-oh my, another tart saison from cigar city. this one is, however, leagues beyond the disgusting Sea Bass. comes in with a mildly sour guava taste. the taste is strong but the guava isn't too pronounced. it ends with a tangy guava taste with the guava lasting longer than the tanginess. there are also some good belgianesque yeasts in the end. this isn't the best saison, but it is a unique beer i'd have anyone try

M-very heavy carbonation with a slight dry finish

D-oddly enough i found this to be a drink hard to put down. something about the taste...i feel it slowly became more loveable as the drink went on, i'm sure glad i drank all 750mL of this bottle with out help. This is the first sourish beer that struck my heart in this way. Maybe it'll be a gateway of some sort to more sours. It was a big expensive bottle, but I hope to buy more at some point.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Tartness came at our noses right when the cap was popped. Hazed orange amber with some light sudsy action. Big, fruity, tart aroma with a quick pull of malt in the back. Modest smoothness, was expecting crispness. Tartness wants to put the boot to the throat, but pulls back quick enough to unveil a unqiue fruitiness ... the guava jumps up and does a crazy wave at the palate with both hands. Malt and yeast clutch each other with a nutty, earthy, lovely mess. Alcohol warmth in the back slowly grows in the dry finish. Some controlled chaos that grew on us.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Hazy orange in color nice head on this one. Looks very nice.

S= This nose is amazing smells like Guava, Bananas, get some spice in this one like cloves really nice nose on this beer.

T= The taste in this one is basically just like the nose you get the tropical flavors of the Guava. It also has some tart sour notes in it but cloves kind of mellow it out at the end.

M= Light in body. Right amount of carbonation.

D= I think this is very drinkable wouldn't want a six pack but the bomber is great and I would drink it again really liking the brews of Cigar City right now.

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

Picked this up from the taproom at CCB in Tampa.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a brilliant orange with yellow highlights, cloudy, opaque with a creamy white, foamy head. Really nice looking.

S - Light sweet candy, floral hops, tart, all wrapped up in a light sourness.

T - Delicious. Sour, just slightly mouth-puckering flavor. Cherry tartness, sour, funkiness. Sweet-Tart sourness rests on the tongue. Long finish.

M - Fizzy carbonation, light creaminess.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

An ecru cap sits atop a hazy, burnt orange body. Nice retention, as a small 1/4th of an inch cap of foam remains. Little to no lacing left behind. On par for the style.

From an arm's length, you get banana and guava. Once you lean in, you're hit with a face full of funk. Band-aid/medicinal funk with a tart, lemony acidic quality.

This guy is tart. I wasn't expecting this to be as tart as it is, but that is not a bad thing. Band aid/medicinal funk with an overwhelming tartness. Peppery clove. Some sweet tropical fruits do poke through here and there, but are more noticeable in the finish.

Light body and high carbonation, par for the course. Bubbly, with a dry, tart finish. Some guava sweetness does linger a bit beyond the crisp punch of tartness.

I found this to be a really nice drinker. Assertive in all the right places and playful in all the rest. This would be a welcome addition to my fridge anytime.

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

Picked this one up on a county line run.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Really pretty orange tangerineish hazy color. Minimal lacing, but plenty of bubbles in this one.

S: Tart, ripe guava fruit. A little peppery and hints at the funkiness of this beer - Brett-like characteristics in the smell. Really like the nose on this one.

T: Sweet, yet dry fruit. Tartness is here just as strong as in the smell - with some vinegar notes. I pick up loads of guava and some grapefruit pith. Yeast is here, but only in the background. Tried this one a while back at a tasting and am happy to appreciate a full glass.

M: Tart, but not mouth puckering. Just enough sweetness to compliment the dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation.

D: Really enjoyed this one and could imagine drinking this one on a great summer day. Solid offering from CCB.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 DmanGTR
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with HB42 last night.

Poured a deep honey amber with a scant white head that left a frail ring of bubbles. Mild haze. The aroma is plentiful with much fresh fruit and a dose of sourness. Lots of guava, apples, and pears. Nearly smells like an orchard. Very mild yeastiness and a touch of biscuit. And then, there's the sourness. Maybe a little too much for the beer. Somewhat out of place, but if it were a little less pronounced I would rate it 4.5 instead. The mouthfeel is thin and dry, carbonation lacks slightly so I'll have to dock it half a point there. Otherwise, it drinks quite well. I'll probably pick up another bottle sometime and have it with some cheese and fish. By the way, it goes very well with earthy brie cheese.

HB42's notes: too sour, "very interesting", "I don't know about this beer, man". Yet he drank most of it haha.

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

A - Pours a huge 3+ finger head when poured into my tulip. The head is off-white and has great retention. Additionally it leaves plenty of smudges of lace. The beer is a medium golden-orange and clear with visible carbonation bubbles.

S - The aroma is very powerful and can be smelled immediately. I get pear, apricot and pleasant sour notes. I've never head guava but the sour notes most likely are coming from the fruit. Wikipedia confirms my suspicions.

M - Light-medium in body with sharp, prickly carbonation.

T - The guava fruit pairs extremely well with the Belgian yeast. The first sip provides a little bit of tropical fruit followed by banana from the yeast character. Then some lemon flavors are introduced with a slightly sour taste that blends with the rest of the flavors.

An excellent Saison. The guava fruit complements the Belgian yeast perfectly. I can imagine a lot of my non-beer drinking friends and family thoroughly enjoying this. Very delicious and refreshing. I'd highly recommend picking this up if it's in your distribution.

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Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an orangeish yellow without much head

S - smells very, very sweet. Lots of tropical fruits and what I can only assume to be guava, as well as some earthy malt tones.

T - the taste immediately reminds me of a sour - uber sweet and sour upfront with fruits, a touch of banana, and guava juice. Hidden beneath the sweet fruits are some hints of funkiness and estery belgian yeast. It finished with an intensely sour and bitter rind taste. Was not expecting this beer to taste like this.

M - full of carbonation with a big body. it burns quite a bit going down.

D - very interesting beer here. I really enjoyed this offering quite a bit. Luckily I split this bottle, otherwise the sourness would have gotten to me after a while. I wish I had more, though.

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Photo of aepb1
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice cloudy copper with a VERY airy off-white head

S- Guava! Tart guava!

T- Acidic tartness up front, the sweet from the fruits (guava) come through to balance

M- Overly carbonated... light/medium bodied that doesn't keep up with the carbonation

D- The guava makes it fun but the carbonation is tough to deal with so maybe let it air out for a bit upon pouring

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/18/10

Guava grove pours a sunshine yellow with a tinge of red. Not much head appears upon pouring but some splotchy foam appears over the brew like a partly cloudy day. Two pieces of lacing exist, not exciting.

There is a lot of sour smell wafting into my nose. Guava and a bit of dusty banana yeast round out the sniff.

The taste buds are excited by this tart brew. Lots of guava, almost like drinking straight guava juice (I'm guessing). A bit of grassy flavors exist in the fruit explosion with a very faint yeast profile. Not a whole lot going on outside of the tart guava.

Very light in the mouth with a moderate drying in the end. Nothing very exciting here.

This is drinkable and will be enjoyed by your non beer loving significant others or friends. Somewhat one dimensional and juice like.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 nhudson
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is from the 1st set of Cigar City beers I bought on the 1st day they came to Alabama. Just a quick note that you can only buy these (750's) at 1 gas station in 1 county in the entire state. I was lucky enough to have tasted this beer twice in the last 2 days. A bottle of my own and at a tasting.

a: Very little head with an off white color. Maybe I should have had a more aggressive pour. The beer is a slightly cloudy orange/amber color. The head was gone before you knew it.

s: Tropical fruit with some sourness (good thing). It's quite tart and stings the nose a bit if you snuff too hard. Very fruity and rustic with some tartness.

t: very tart and tastes like a guava, though I have never had a guava by itself before so I am assuming that's what they taste like. Slight orange/citrusy taste in the finish. Very dry and drinkable. I didn't know it was 8abv.

m: Medium-thin body, very dry tasting and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is very full, even with no head on the beer the carbonation really brings that out.

d: very drinkable. Like I said I would have never known it was a 8% beer drinking it. Very fruity/tart/dry makes for a easy drinking beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass...Pours orange with hints of copper. An off white head rises quickly but falls to leave not much of anything...
The aroma is lightly floral but then the guava dominates going forward, too strong for me. Slightly musty with a touch of sourness...The taste comes across as juice to me, very weird. Floral but way too much guava to me, not a fan of this.

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Photo of NYbeerdude
1.97/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Extremely sour tasting beer. Makes you cringe as if eating a lemon.

Appearance is nice (very creamy head, excellent lacing), smell is pleasant (yeasty, alcohol) but the taste of this beer is simply too sour without even a hint of the sweetness one would expect from a guava beer. Nobody I know associates guava with sourness.

It would have been nice if they added some hops to this beer. Perhaps that's what could have saved it.

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Guava Grove Saison from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 81.2% out of 100 with 886 ratings
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