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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Ratings: 886 |  Reviews: 381
Photo of BrianGT
2.64/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked this up in a bomber on a recent trip down to Florida.

Pours an hazy brownish/amber color, with minimal white head, which seemed to dissipate quickly.

Smells quite acidic, and rather unpleasant. Fruity, yeasty smells are overwhelmed with sourness.

There is some sour fruitiness up front, which is quickly overwhelmed by a vinegar-like taste, finishing off with a bit of bitterness.

I really wanted to like this beer, liking more saisons, and various sour beers, but there is too much of a vinegar-like taste for me in this beer. I split this with a couple of friends, and we didn't manage to finish it all.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Quite a thin head, has a little carbonation cascading from the glass, apple cider-like color, and no lacing to be found.

S - Nice yeast funk to it, the guava flavor is light and crisp and not too many other sour notes to drown it out.

T - I think the guava is very well used. It's fresh, juicy, and semi-tart. As well as the fruit there are some sour yeast phenols, light hay, and blood orange mixed in.

M/D - Medium-light body, dry finish, and well balanced carbonation adds a full mouthfeel to the beer.

After having mixed reviews over the Cigar City offerings I've tried this one tips the scales in their favor. A very unique, refreshing, summer beer.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Notes @ Cigar City Tasting Room:

A- Pours a hazy amberish color with an off white head.

S- Tart, Funky, with some sweet fruits... Guava

T- Very tart taste but it balanced out with tropical sweet fruits.. guava and pineapple.

M- Low carbonation and crisp. Pretty syrupy.

D- This beer has good decent drinkablity but is definate a sipper due to the tartness.

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

2009 rate.

Cool looking 750ml bottle, thanks Hopscotch! Pours a really pretty, slight hazy orange with a huge head. Surprising, vibrant nose of sour citrus fruits, especially limes. Wow, really nice. Flavor is a bit yeasty with an interesting sour fruit kick to it, a little stone fruit. Not really a bretty or wild sourness, but focused and sharp. Good but not overly complex and slightly "plasticky" toward the end of the bottle. Still, I'm definitely impressed with this brewery so far.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to ktrillionaire for this bottle.

Pours a light copper-orange color with a white head. Starts out fairly large but falls a bit and leaves only a moderate amount of lacing. The nose brings forward straight-up guava along with quite a few earthy notes. A bit musty. The saison character combines really well with the guava. The taste is similarly excellent and all I could ask for in addition is that this always be the Jolly Pumpkin barrel-aged version of the beer. Great feel with some nice yeast notes. Drinks quite well; a nice Florida saison.

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Photo of uturn
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A: This beer poured a hazy light amber color with a thin white head leaving a thin lacing in the glass.

S: The nose is a bit tart with a mix of sweet fruit, with the guava being the dominate odor.

T: The taste starts off mildly tart then balances itself with the sweetness of tropical fruits.

M: The mouthfeel was of a medium body with a syrupy feel and low carbonation.

D: The drinkability was good despite this being in the high end of abv for the style.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A-Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a massive off white head that has excellent retention and leaves admirable amounts of lace.

S-Tart, funky, fruity-some pineapple, pears, lemons. Some Brett as well?

T-Tart fruit flavors are most prominent, like pineapple, guava and granny smith apples.

M-Dry, crisp, medium body.

D-Its a sipper for sure, and one is enough.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

Pours a hazy bright amber color with a three-finger frothy white head. Great head retention and lacing. Strong tropical fruit, pineapple, yeast and tartness on the nose. Flavor is dominated by lightly tart guava and other tropical fruit. Lightly bitter finish that is a bit too truncated. Medium-bodied with higher carbonation, a slightly sweet finish and not much alcohol warming. Very drinkable stuff though it's not particularly complex. Really good and unique stuff overall, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very nice orange and yellow color with a medium sized frothy 3 finger head. Retention is on the short side but there is a nice amount of lacing left on the glass. really has a burnt orange color. The aroma is very tart, almost like a sour in a way or a berliner weisse. has an acidic quality that leaves off being borderline nailpolish remover in its esthers. The flavor is bitter grapefruit pith, lemon peel and some bitter orange juice. refreshing nonetheless and probably perfect with seafood dishes but its not really too classic to the style in this sense. I get the guave a little bit, but nothing significant enough to detract from the harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, dry finish and a lingering acidity. Overall this is pretty good. Flavors arent classic saison flavors for me, but its got the backbone of a saison with the acidity of a berliner weisse. highly drinkable given the high abv. cheers!

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Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Guava Grove boasts a hazy, honey hue and is topped off with a delightful egg-white film.

S: Bouquet is assertive, delivering healthy doses of lemon, tropical fruit, orange, and barnyard funk. It is pretty obvious from the nose that this is going to be enjoyably tart.

T: Delightfully dry, and tastefully tart, Guava grove suggests notes of orange, honey, and lemon in an initial sweetness that quickly gives way to a medicinal dryness.

M: Crisp, dry, moderately carbonated, and refreshingly clean.

D: Cigar City has hit the mark with this one. It reminds me more of a guava lambic than a fruited saison. No matter what they deem it, it is a damn tasty brew that can hold its own against 3 Fonteinen and Cantillon, and at a third of the cost! I recommend serving this in a white wine glass along with apple slices topped with strong blue cheese drizzled with orange blossom honey.

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Photo of basscram
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Never had this style before. I was impressed!

Went to Cigar City Brewery on 10/16/10 and got this bottle since I couldn't get it on tap in a quart to take home. Which is just as cool. but anyways here is what I observed and tasted.

I served the beer in a goblet glass cause thats what I LOVE to pour my beer into. It was DARK yellow, almost red! Nice. No big head or anything. Slight bubbles around the permimeter of the glass. Very nice again.Lacing minimal if any as you drink it and the bubbles dissipate from the edge as it warms up a bit.

Smell, was Kind of funky, but in a good way! Could almost tell that it would be sour from the smell too. the smell could almost be lemon/blackberry or any dark berry for that matter. I'm trying to use my nose to describe a smell and thats kinda what I come up with. Still. nice again

Taste. Pretty sour, You know what I taste when I drink this beer?... You know the gerber banana flavored baby food? I tasted this immediately!!! That was in the middle of my tongue though. The rest, is sour and effervescent, which is why I gave this mouthfeel a 4 because it's quite refreshing. blackberry is a fruity taste that comes to mind when drinking this as well. The guava is there. Very slight cause Guava is a pretty dominant taste if you've ever had it by itself!

The higher alcohol content is masked as observed by another reviewer. Nice touch I must say!
Overall a very nice beer for this style and since its the first(full bottle) of this style that I have tried, I say awesome job Joey and Wayne! oh, speaking of this style, They make another farmhouse called seabass farmhouse. <<Had a small sample of it there at the brewery

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Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange, and very cloudy. Very foamy as well. Ther is some lacing as the foam collects to the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet, with a pineapple/guava/berry sort of smell. Very sweet, you could almost mistake this for a riesling wine. This smell carries from the bottle and stays once poured.

T - Has a sour taste. Wasn't used to this, but its not that bad. Also very sweet and true to the style. Would be higher if the sourness wasn't quite so dominant.

M - Very mellow. The ABV is masked well and doesn't give you that potent alcohol finish. Pleasantly surprising.

D - Very much so. I polished off the 750ml bottle during the football games. I'm finding farmhouse saisons are becoming a favorite style. While this isn't quite Hennepin it is good, and even better if you happen to like sour beers.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to funkybuddha for this one.

Poured a 750ml into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a turbid burnt orange with a bit of suspend yeast. Really is a beautiful color for a beer. A bright white cap disappears into just a thin line on top of the beer. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Great looking beer. The aroma if fairly heavy on the guava. Light pear with just a hint of ripe berries. Quite a bit of spice including some fresh ground pepper and clove. Just a mild bitterness to the very end of the aroma. The flavor profile is a bit similar. Guava up front. Fresh ripe berries and just a bit of pear. Quite a bit of spice. There is a odd bitterness that lingers on the palate. It kind of inundates the the whole mouth. Also just a hint of sourness. I dont know if its intended or a by product of the brewing. Just not a huge fan of the flavor profile of this beer. The mouthfeel is spot on for a Saison. Nice and dry, fairly yeasty. Spot on. Really, this could be a spectacular beer is it wasn't for the sourness/bitterness that just dont seem to fit.

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Photo of ArcaneXor
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There is just something special about beer being served out of a 750 ml bottle. Aesthetically pleasing and making that trademark, "gloop, gloop" sound when pouring, it creates a wonderful mood.

Appearance: A very hazy, earthy copper tone with minimal, fine white head that dissipates quickly, but a ring of foam remained at the glass/beer interface of my St. Bernardus goblet throughout the session. Unexceptional.

Aroma: Wow! Wonderfully sour pineapple-like aroma with some, but not overwhelming acetic character and lemons shining through. Clearly, this is a sour example of the style that was fermented with Brettanomyces in addition to your standard saison yeast.

Taste: Tastes refreshing and tart up front, and lingers deliciously fruity-sweet on the palate. Minimal alcohol warmth - you'd never think that this is an 8% ABV beer!

Mouthfeel: Dry and very carbonated. Lingers somewhat silky due to the salivation it induces.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, and dangerously so given the high ABV. Perfect for a warm fall evening in Florida.

Overall: Highly recommended. Excels as a sour beer and a fruit beer.

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

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Pours a hazy tangerine with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Brett, guava, and peaches.

Taste: Same as nose...brett definitely gives off some minor lemon notes. I really enjoy the integration of the lemon, guava, and hints of barnyard.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Quaffable.

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4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle to tulip. $20 at my bottleshop. ( hurt, but Doc expects a full recovery.) Sampled 9/15/10.

A: Pours with an unimpressive 1 finger head, foamy and fizzy, off-white in color, and it diminishes quickly. The body is almost opaque and earthy orange in color. Heavily particulate on the last pour. Spare lacing. Not a great start.

S: The aroma is fantastic. Light toasted malts of straw and soft bread. An average amount of hops produce citrus aromas of orange with a light lemon and white grapefruit not far behind. Slightly floral. There is a prominent mustiness from the yeast (which is St. Somewhere's yeast, and if you've had their Saison Athene, you will notice it right away). A light funkiness comes through despite a pungent tangy/sour quality that is immediately apparent even on the nose.

T: The flavor of the Guava Grove Saison continues to impress with big tropical fruit contributions of guava and fermented peach & pineapple. The guava flavor truly compliments the base flavors of the saison. Perfectly sour.

M: Far from substantial. The mouthfeel is weak, particularly for a saison with such bold flavor. Light body, thin texture. The carbonation is definitely adequate, but I suspect that it's mainly because of the 'buggy' bite that the yeast provides. Somewhat astringent with a super tangy finish.

D: Great nose, great flavor, good drinkability. All other ratable categories are below average. Still, I think the Guava Grove Saison deserves a better score than the 3.85 that I've given it. Seek out a bottle for yourself, but try to find a better price than I found.

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Photo of Shaw
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light red/amber in color with a monster head that leaves sticky lace in my tulip glass.

Tart aroma with notes of guava. Nice.

Quite the complex taste. It's tart and earthy, with big guava flavors. Very dry.

Nice body.

Overall this is an interesting take on a Saison. Worth trying, especially for tart/funk fans.

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Photo of BDJake
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to BigBlacke for adding this bottle as part of my very first cross-country beer trade.

It's been three years since I had a saison, and now that I'm more keen to different beer styles, I was excited to try this. Pours a murky burnt sienna tone with a light beige head that left excellent lacing in my Stone IRS glass. Smelled a bit like vinegar with tropical fruits, clove, and allspice. The guava truly stands out, with bready malts, sour citrus, and clove/banana notes. Smooth body with low carbonation and a sour aftertaste. Due to my inexperience with this style, and the funk inherent in the style, it took awhile to finish the bottle, but it wasn't too hard to polish off. I'm glad I got another shot at a saison, now that I know not all Belgian-style beers taste the same.

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

Appearance: Dark orange color with no head.

Aroma: Somewhat sour smell. The smell here is of vineagar and sour apples.

Taste: Sour apple juice here and some good malty flavors in the background. Lemon juice and guava are the other dominant flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation in this brew, but the mouthfeel is still smooth and not that bad.

Drinkability: Drinks well.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle (purchased at CCB on 8/28/10) into a stemless oversized red wine glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque caramel color with orange highlights and a 1 finger foamy white head which dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Fruity notes similar to a riesling wine. Aroma of guava juice, Concord grapes, spices, lemon zest and mountain apples.

Taste: Tart up front with a little hint of sweet guava followed by citrus and clove in the middle and a mildly bitter fruitiness at the finish. Aftertaste is dry and a little malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. The alcohol is well-hidden so you could have this one sneak up on you.

Overall: Very good representation of the style with a unique twist. I would recommend trying this if you see it.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Big bomber bottle poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer snifter in three parts. Served slightly chilled and allowed to warm.

Appearance: Deep orange in color with a massive three finger head and very good retention. The head on teh glass my friend poured was 90% head. Tons of carbonation here.

Aroma: Guava juice and a really assertive funk note. Some lemon zest in there as well. really good balance between the guava and the saison element, with neither taking over.

Taste: Follows the aroma quite nicely. Sweet guava juice or puree hits first with the funk from the yeast following. Some lemon and green apple also contribute nicely. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and extremely crisp. Almost too much carbonation.

Drinkability: The really strong flavors and the fact that the alcohol isn;t hidden great make hurt the drinkability. Still, I'm definitely good for one bottle.

Overall, a really unique and balanced saison. The guava is there without taking over the beer and everything matches really well. Definitely recommended. I can't wait to try more Cigar City beers.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my tulip, sharing with the wife along side a cheese and almond-butter-stuffed-date platter.

Hazy orange with a plentiful amount of head. As you drink, the head slides down the glass, remaining throughout.

Nose has a good bit of tart and dry, followed behind with a bit of the fruit. Lovely smell, as with other saisons might come off too dry or tart, this one has a touch of sweetness.

Though aged with Guava's, it is not a fruit beer what so ever. The Saison style shines through, tart and dry upfront, followed by a citrus, fruity aftertaste that is only present after you swallow. The Guava pairs well with the style, coming off as a very pleasant beer, something to enjoyed by itself or with a light appetizer.

Mouthfeel has a touch of carbonation, smooth and mellow on the tongue, a bit of bite as you swallow.

Very drinkable, and at 8%, Cigar City has yet another beer where the alcohol is almost non-existant.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: muddy, murky amber orange in color with a slight bit of cream colored head that fades to the faintest ring.

A: lemony tangerine/grapefruit and yep, guava...

T: tart, sour funk, carbonated acidic citrus....great combo :/

M: heavy carbonation and sour acidity make this one a rather unpleasant mouthfeel.

D: i scarcely have words for this brew. i have liked everything else i have tried from Cigar City but here i was not impressed and will not drink again. but hey, if sour citric acid and heavy carbonation is your thing...bottoms up!


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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a somewhat hazy orange with a touch of pink as well. Small white head forms and then falls to a ring above the brew with a few bubbles. Aromas of tropical fruit, guava and spice upfront. Fresh Belgian yeast tones with a touch of tart funk. Really nice and I like the bright guava aroma.

First sip brings a lot of fruitiness upfront with lemon, banana and plenty of bright guava. Spiciness weaves in with vibrant Belgian yeast along with a touch of tart, earthy funk. Creamy and smooth finish with lingering guava and spice aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a creaminess imparted from the carbonation. Really enjoyable and refreshing as well. Well, this is just a damn fine beer and I would gladly drink this again. Cigar City continues to impress me. Well worth seeking out!

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

Brown bomber poiured into a pint glass.

A glowing golden pour with white cap and not much carbonation action. Fairly opaque.
Nose is sour, saison-like, with a lot of guava mixed with hints of citrus in the form of broiled grapefruit.
Palate brings tons of guava, tart bitter grapefruit, and hints of belgian-ale spices. It is a moderate body that picks up carbonation in the back. Alcohol comes through in the end and warms the belly.

Not my favorite style, but this is a great take on the style. Perfect for South Florida.

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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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