Guava Grove | Cigar City Brewing

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Guava GroveGuava Grove

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

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: 889 |  Reviews: 381
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out an orange-yellow body that's hazy within reason and capped with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Chiefly scented of guava, pits, fleshy pulp, skins and all. Also plenty of spicy phenolic action and peppery alcohol hints. Lesser, unobtrusive hints of pale malted barley.

Taste: Flash of juicy, sweet guava fruit with a light, underlying sourness. Curt spices and dried savory herbs. Thin vein of funkiness running through this one. As with the aroma, it's mainly the pureed guava fruit and the yeast character doing most of the work, with the perfunctory malts just strolling in and out and contributing very little whenever they please. Splash of spirits. Fruity, near-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair over medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It really started to grow on me by the final sips (perhaps it's just the alcohol taking advantage of me) and was an overall interesting experience. I guess, technically, you could say it IS one of the best guava beers on the market today, as I can only think of this and the others from CC.

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

Pours a deep amber orange hue with a big fluffy fine bubbled white head.

Smell is huge, mango, sour apricots sour pineapple, lime is here as well.

Taste you are immediately hit with a barrage of mango passionfruit and lychee, followed soon after by other juicy fruit like pineapple and lime. There's a tannin like bitterness at the back as well

Mouthfeel has some mild prickly carbonation throughout. It is smooth and viscous as well. 

Drinkability the taste is intense albeit wonderful a bomber of this is easy to get through but two bombers might be too much of a good thing.

I might buy a case of this to have on and off.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 Bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a cloudy bright orange with a big white head.

Smell is of over ripe tropical fruit and very present sour.

Taste is a sour, warm fruit with a dry finish. Kind of blend between a saison, sour, and fruit beer.

Mouthfeel is very good and the dryness make sthis surprisingly good.

A really excellent beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a crisp orange-yellow with champagne like carbonation that steadily bubbled to the surface from the center of the glass' bottom. The head was thick and frothy (even more so than this kind of glass commands). The lacing was sticky and speckled in the light like a sidewalk with glass shards mixed into the concrete. Looks like a quality saison.

S - Extremely sweet, but without the tart that I sometimes pull from a Sofie (which I consider one of the sweeter smelling saisons). The usual suspects for a saison...grass, clove, banana, bubblegum and a touch of sweet-tart. The combination is actually somewhat Guava like, but I don't feel that I pick it out in any way special...makes me realize that Guava is actually a good way to describe the scent of most saisons.

T - Very citric and sweet with a nice mix of tropical fruit flavoring.

M - Alive. Leaves a soft tang in my mouth and a bit of an alcohol tingle.

D - Really good saison. A bit sweet to drink a lot of in an evening, but a quality saison. fans of sofie should definitely seek this one out. you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks go out to bobby8405 for sending me this beer. It pours out a glowing hazed orange with just a small lacing of white. The nose is screaming with guava and other tropical fruit such as orange, pineapple, mango and lemon. More guava from the taste, with slight funk and sourness, finishing on a dry champagne note. Having had this before out of the bottle, this one comes off more sour right from the tap into the swing top bottle I received. Mouthfeel is medium bodied on the palate, coming off sweet and juicy, yet sour in many places. The alcohol can barely be felt on this brew, but the flavors make it so appealing that it should be sipped for a while. If I had this one available to me around here, I would be partaking on a regular basis. This is one of the best creations from Cigar City in my opinion. It takes all the best elements of a Saison, and infuses it with complex, yet completely approachable fruit flavor. I imagine this brew will remain on my wants list for some time to come. Cheers

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

Pours a cloudy, burnt orange that has an enormous head. Head falls incredibly slow. Decent lace.

Aroma is what you'd expect from a Belgian farmhouse ale. Heavily spiced with plenty of that farmhouse funk.

Wow, bold flavor. Again, typical Belgian farmhouse flavor but very bold. Full of funk, spice and plenty of fruit. Nice and sweet in the middle ending a bit tart. Wow, good stuff.

Thin to medium bodied and rather smooth in the mouth.

Awesome Saison. Loved it and will have it again.

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Photo of mikey711
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber with a slightly pinkish hue. slightly cloudy with a big fluffy head. it does leave some lacing

S: very fruity, and as other people have noted, a bit like a wild ale. citrus fruity notes with some peachiness. there is a chardonnay like quality to it as well

T: Slightly bretty and musty. candied sugar, citrus fruit. Very different from other saisons out there. A bit of a floral presence too

m: slightly rubbery with a touch of heat present. Also it seemed a little perfumy at times

d: this one does a nice job of quenching my thirst. I wouldnt consider this a true saison and think it belongs in the wild ale category but this is certainly a beer that i would like to have again

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Photo of CASK1
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a tulip glass. Poured a pale amber, with a thick, long-lasting off-white head. Slightly hazy, but cleared to brilliant on warming.

Aroma is a complex mix of tropical fruit and lemony citrus, with light grassy notes. Light alcohol aroma. Low spice. Very intense fruitiness. Light Earthy funk also comes through.

Flavor features a light grainy malt that is quickly overwhelmed by a blast of fruit - banana, pear, lemon, and yes, guava! Tart, almost bordering on sour. The tartness was unexpected, but very refreshing and pleasant. A medium hop bitterness balances the malt and fruity esters. Farmhouse "funk" is evident, but not overwhelming.

A high carbonation level leads to a mouth-filling effervescence. Finishes dry and clean.

Overall, an intensely fruity, interesting take on a Belgian Saison. The level of fruit and tartness was unexpected, but were balanced and made for an interesting beer-drinking experience. I wouldn't want a steady diet of this beer, but it was a unique, very drinkable take on a style I love.

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

Another shared by kbutler1

Poured into tulip

Pours a fizzy off-white head. Color is a glowing bright orange.

Aroma: Sweet fruit, it has to be the guava. Funk notes with barnyard hints. I also get some nice fruit flavors: oranges, lemons, and grapefruit.

Taste: Reminds me of a wild ale. It is almost sour. Nice fruit flavors. Grapefruit, sweet guava, mandarin oranges, pineapples, and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but clean.

Overall, this is a great saison with some amazing fruit flavors. Easy drinking and I want more of this one. A solid seasonal from ccb!

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Photo of younger35
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brewski from my main man out in Philly land, gibby. I'm pumped to try this beer as I loves me some fruit beers. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a small half finger bright white head. Not really much of a cap remains but a thin collar and plenty of lacing abounds.
Smell- Sort of tart smelling with a WAY more Wild Ale smell than a Saison. Sour with a sort of a red wine vinegar like thing that is surprisingly tart. I would guess that there was fruit in this brew but never would I ever guess Guava. I'd honestly say cherries or raspberries. A bit of funk does come through as the beer warms and that farmhouse comes through. Some white pepper spice and even a hint of clove as well.
Taste- Whoa night and day with the smell and taste. It's super funky and spicy and really tastes just like a regular ol' Saison with just a touch of tart. Some horsey funk and a touch of green apple are the majority of the major flavors. Sure, a touch of banana and clove are present but nothing over the top. Maybe a touch of fruit in the finish as it warms but nothing much.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice crisp zip of carbonation.
Drinkability- Really dug this one quite a bit. It's got this light tart thing behind all the funk that I'm really loving. The beer is super drinkable and would make a great beer to steam some clams in. Thanks much Jeff!

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was bought knowing it might be a little outside my comfort zone. Fruit beers are always iffy. Not that there are not many great ones out there, just more that there are a lot of bad ones out there, too. But, I trust the boys at CCB and they sure didn't let me down.

Great beer. Appearance is a hazy gold amber. Big fluffy creamy had. Very attractive looking beer. You can most def pick up on the guava in the nose.

Beer is surprisingly tart. Yet, there is still a fruitiness there and the yeasts and other fruits and spices(clove, banana) really help balance this beer. Great stuff!!! I could totally drink this with a smörgåsbord of cheeses.

Top notch saison.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Quick review at dinner tonight. Glad that this CCB stuff is starting to be sold up north.

A- Dark Amber in color, pretty cloudy. Pours with a healthy light tan head. No lacing, but good head retention.

S- Pretty much just smells like sour fun. Little bit of fruit, but overpowered by the yeasty funk.

T- Initially smooth, transitioning to a fruity guava flavor. The sour and funk come in late, but are nice and crisp Finishes with some aftertastes of banana and spice. A well balanced flavor, and good complexity for the style.

M- Nice a crisp, and very tasty. I really like the way the flavors meld together.

D- Good balance, but the high funk factor keeps it from being too drinkable. I had a glass, and probably could have had one more.

Very nice saison, in fact one of the better ones I've had. Normally I don't even purchase this style, but I figured I'd give it a try. Props to CCB for a very nice beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, picked up at Capones for $20. Gotta love their prices!

Pours a hazed golden grapefruit color with a quickly dissipating off white head that fades to a thin ring of bubbles with a few specks of lacing. Plenty of sediment left in the glass as well despite a careful pour. Aroma is fruity and mildy...wild? Also a slight solvent pinch in the finish. Not really picking out any particular fruit in the nose, other than sweet, juicy citrus in general. Flavor thankfully delivers on the guava right up front along with some tangy tangerine but has a fairly weak traditional saison presence (yeast, spice, mouthfeel, earthiness, etc). Mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth with light carbonation, almost syrupy. Finish is drying, with a lingering citrus rind and seed flavor. I enjoyed this beer much more than my scores reflect, but I found it very one dimensional and disappointing as a saison. Recommended, but with tempered expectations.

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

Large bottle, $11.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

A- Pours clouded brownish apricot amber, loose medium tan head, goes to a thick film and leaves thick rolls of lacing.

S- Bright notes of sweet fruit juice, hints of the sour that awaits the tongue.

T- Waves of sweet tropical fruit juice, juxtaposed with better then moderate shards of sour and super musty funk...toss in a stinky cheese chord. Complex, intense, bright and bracing funked up Saison. Thoroughly interesting and highly enjoyable stuff.

M- Biting, bracing on the tongue and mouth. Prickly- but I like it

D- I'm gonna by a few more bottles of this one and that the best endorsement I can give. Great creation in brewing by Cigar City.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First release (Summer 2009). Bright and juicy tangerine with grapefruit colored highlights and Champagnesque bubbles. A gentle pour produced more than four fingers of lemony ivory foam that is stiff instead of creamy. This isn't the sort of head that sticks to the glass... which is proven by very little lace. Still, not a bad look.

The nose is primarily BSPA-like, with plenty of spicy clove and a fruitiness that is as much apple-pear as guava. Even if it doesn't have enough guava to live up to its name, this is still wonderful smelling beer and should taste pretty good too. Here's hoping.

Thankfully, Guava Grove does taste like guava, if only a little. A longer aging time on the fruit might have been beneficial, but then I'm not a brewer. Tangy (while not in-your-face) has a big lead over both bitter and sweet. Spicy is definitely in the mix as well.

The malt doesn't add much in terms of flavor, sweetness or mouthfeel lusciousness. This is primarily an estery Belgian yeast-driven brew with a side order of tangy tropical fruit. The label says banana notes are present. Sure, why not? No appreciable alcohol is a major positive.

The mouthfeel on this (now more than one year old) saison is a classic example of why bottle conditioning is not always the way to go. The yeast have had too much time to convert sugars into CO2 and the carbonation is borderline sharp and tongue-stinging. Since things settle down by the middle portion of the bottle, the above average score was granted.

Even though Guava Grove is not the guava-centric and guava-licious brew that was expected, it's still an enjoyable BSPA-saison hybrid from Florida's most acclaimed craft brewery. Thanks to ktrillionaire for this bottle and for another bottle from the Summer 2010 release. Hugely generous, he is.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cyrusthepup on BA as an extra in a trade. Glorius copper amber color with a tight white head and collar. Smells almost like a wild ale to be honest with outstanding fruit characteristics. Fruity and matly. A very good taste in my opinion. Fruity, tart, wild, barnyard flavors with actually what seems to be a touch of acetone notes. This is one that I would suggest not missing out on and seeking out.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st cigar city brew big thanks to dimenhetfield for this great trade. Pour is not so great for a saison, even with a hard pour. No real head, kinda murky looking and opaque dirty straw tan color. Smell is nice however, unique, a little sour smelling and fruity. I don't know if there is Brett in this beer but there should be (thats what it smells like at least). The flavor is also nice. Very fruity and yeasty, slightly funky flavored like a little hay and straw. Guava is surly there. Prolongued kinda fruity sour aftertaste but not bad. Good mouthfeel, its a dry and sour aftertaste, the beer itself is a little flat and stale in your mouth but somehow works for the flavors. The flavors in this beer don't really yield it to be that sessionable but I am so happy to have tasted it. I would have it again if I could. And oh yeah-reviewed as part of my summer saison saturday thing.

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Photo of bernardus1212
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this guy a few times in bottles but I wanted to wait to write the review when I had it on tap. Served in a 6 oz snifter it poured a bright yellow. Good white head on top. The smell hits with a pungent ripe fruit smell. The one that tilts your head back a little. I went straight in for the kill though. The taste is glorious. The guava and the saison style should get married. I really like this beer. nice ripe guava, and mango flavors, with a little bit of the bitterness really made for a fun start at the tasting room.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dimenhetfield for this one! My first Cigar City beer!

750mL crown capped brown-glass champagne bottle. No date.

Pours a murky amber orange color with some soapy white head that falls quickly. Not a super pretty beer.

Nose: Kinda stinky, really! Smells like a tripel mashed with a saison plus some tropical notes that make me think of "wild ales." Don't think it's infected, though. Just actually has tropical fruit in it! The guava is present on the nose and maybe dried apricot or dried mango. Some peppery spice notes from the yeast too.

Palate: Tart and tasty with tropical notes a-plenty! Apricot, guava, mango. Drier than I expected. White pepper spice and a little woodiness on the texture. Medium-bodied with a pleasantly sweet and tart finish.

Notes: Guava makes a great addition to a saison. I'm a believer.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into tulip glass

A-Pours a shade of apricot with a grainy bleached white head. A decent amount of bubbles rise to the top holding up the head that's leaving thin sheets of lace that look like spiderwebs.

S-smells like a plethora of fruits-over ripe apples mild banana and sweet guava. Also a mild belgianish scent as well. Hints of spice as well.

T-This is a great Saison. There is an instant fruit sweetness that reminds me of cider made from green apples. Next is immediate sour like tart sour apples. Guava is apparent throughout the beer but the sour overlaps it in the end. Guava Grove also has a sweet and clean finish that increases drinkability. As the bar warms it only becomes more balanced. The sour becomes more mild and the sweet fruit flavors of apples and guava shine through. All and all the balance is near perfect. Alcohol is completely non existent.

M- The mouhtfeel has a slick feeling too it. The mouthfeel seems to be the weakest part of this beer. By no means is it lacking or sub par. But I feel that for a beer this good it good be better. The carbonation is dead on I just feel that even after warming the mouthfeel is still a little too thin.

D-The drinkability is stellar. After a small amount of warming this beer is soo balanced and smooth as well as flavorful and intricate. By far my favorite saison.

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

Pours a very hazy amber with two finger creamy offwhite head. Smell: musty, sweet, earthy, my expectation of champagne soaked banana, nifty. Taste: yeah definitely get the guava, imo like an acidic papaya, tart almost vinegary but with a background sweetness. Very interesting, very fruity but one of the tartest saisons I've had. Pretty good, I'd definitely try it again... would actually be great for cooking but I'd rather drink it.

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

A big cheers goes out to ShadesOfGray for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours like an unfiltered apple cider you get at the store every fall into my Russian River sniffer. Slight fizzy head is achieved with a vigorous pour that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing.

Smell - A distinct funk is the first aroma I smell. Then some nice citrusy fruity smells come forth such as the obvious guava, then some pineapple, and other tropical fruits. The sniff ends with some cloves and other peppery spices.

Taste - Holy cow, citrus is most definitely the prominent taste here. The guava is immensely present followed by an almost pineapple juice flavor. The barnyard funk is less noticeable in the taste than it was in the nose, though is still noticeable present. The taste ends with a relatively heavy amount of spices ranging from clove to herbs/grass, to a hint of white pepper. This is my second beer from CC and the both have been so damn complex.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint dry and tart.

Drinkability - One of the better saisons I have had, and definitely right down my alley. Very glad ShadesOfGray suggested this beer in our trade. Alcohol is unnoticeable and this beer is immensely refreshing on this hot night. Can't wait to open the Warmer Winter I was sent - I'm going to try and wait until it gets cooler here but we'll see!

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Guava Grove from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 889 ratings