Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged | Cigar City Brewing

Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood AgedDos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged
BA SCORE
66.7%
Liked This Beer
3.78 w/ 195 ratings
Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood AgedDos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by PorterLambic on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
195
Liked:
130
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
15.08%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/08/12 notes. Had at Churchkey in DC. Sampled next to the grapefruit version.

a - Pours a hazy yellow color with a few white bubbles and low carbonationi evident.

s - Smells of wood, spices, wheat, grapefruit, bread, light citrus and fruit. Light citrus and grapefruit but no where near as good or as strong as the lemon version.

t - Tastes of grapefruits, citrus hops, cedar, wood, fruity malts, spices, coriander. Again, not as strong as the lemon.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Doesn't feel like 9% ABV.

o - Overall a nice saison, though I preferred the lemon version. I felt the lemon version was stronger and showcased the lemon more than this did for the grapefruit, and I also tend to prefer lemon. Worth cehcking out and cool to do side by side, but I'd go with the lemon.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Bottle dated 12/8/2011.

Appearance - Loud fizz as I open the bottle and it gushes. I was quite startled and almost broke my glass. Pours a mostly clear orange body with a huge head that fades to a decent surface foam. Lacing clings to the glass, but it isn't heavy.

Smell - Biscuit malt all over. Sweet aroma with loads of esters and yeast. Citrus fruits dominate the aroma behind the malt. Grapefruit, but maybe just because of the label. A touch of funk from the yeast, but not much.

Taste - Sweet pale malt overload. So much malt that it overwhelms a lot of the fruit flavors. Tropical fruits persist in the taste, but it's less evident than in the aroma. The finish is where the wood dominates. Very woody and bitter in the finish that at least combats the sweetness, but is still too much.

Mouthfeel - After a while, the sweetness becomes too much. Sluggish to drink, especially for a saison. The bitter woody finish is tiring as well. Well carbonated, though!

Overall - Interesting concept, but it's just too big. Maybe just less malt and less wood would really make this a fascinating concept.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, too, Jake.

Probably the best of the three bottled variations, despite spewing beer everywhere. Cloudy orange in color with a white head. Good grapefruit aroma, plenty of wood, grass, and yeast. A little bit of biscuit malt in there, too. The flavor has a nice dryness to it. Biscuit malts, yeast, and plenty of wood and grapefruit. Not quite as peppery as the other versions. Just a bit of grass and bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to donttazemebro for this extra. After cleaning up the giant mess this made when it erupted all over Edward's floor I managed to get a bit into my wine glass.

A - As I said, it's an explosive gusher. Big white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and stray splotches of lace. Hazy apricot body.

S - Slightly lactic, with plenty of the advertised ginger and citrus peel. There's a touch of vanilla sweetness, but the yeast profiles more as American than 'farmhouse', as there's not much spicy of phenolic character. Adjuncts rule the day here.

T - The taste is also dominated by ginger, tangy grapefruit citrus, and oaky vanilla, and there's some sweet stone fruit malts to support all the added ingredients. Thankfully, whatever caused the violent eruption of beer doesn't contribute any off-putting infected flavors. Fairly refreshing.

M - Dry, medium body, with refreshing zesty carbonation, and a juicy texture mid-palate. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

D - Easy to drink beer - I wish a third of it hadn't ended up on the floor as it was a nice beer for a hot summer day. Never would have guessed this was 9% either.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tropical fruit, with a lot of grapefruit and a hint of orange. There is also some biscuit malt in the aroma. The flavor has some strong grapefruit notes, with some orange citrus, Belgian yeast, white pepper and biscuit malt thrown in. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn for a Cigar City/Funky Buddah event.

A big golden look to it with some burnt orange and copper mixing in creating a nice looking mixture. Mostly orange up to the light with a foamy skim of off white cream colored stuff on top. Minimal sticking. Smell is part saison part grapefruit rind bomb and some deep sweet malts. Wood is minimal, grapefruit is high, yet the saison yeast keeps this from smelling like straight juice. Orange and ginger in the nose with warming with pale malt backing. Pretty inviting. Nice burst of grapefruit flavor up front with some orange peel and corriander. The ginger plays a part in killing the beer for me but the bready saison yeast keeps this in check and within style. Not overly malty but not as light as an original Belgian counterparts. The body could use some work. I like the flavor and think this is worthy, but in no way would I attempt to bang a bottle of this to the dome.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rudzud
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Shared this with JLindros and BPK59...pains me to review this and the other 2 Dos Costas as they clearly had an issue with them either in storage before being traded to me, or in the bottling line. Poured into a standard tulip.

A - Yeah, to hell with this beer. I'd barely touched the bottle opener to the cap when this thing launched a 4 foot geyser of beer ala coke and mentos. I lost 80% of the beer, wearing 40% of it and getting to see JLindros dodge the other 40%. What little was left did pour a hazy golden hue with a thin white blanket for a head.

S - Funk, grapefruit rind. Ehhh

T - Taste is funk, alot of it. Theres minimal grapefruit quality with a very weird, lingering aftertaste that I cant figure out.

M - Flat and ethanol.

O - Lost 80% of the beer, hooray. Seriously, to hell with this one. It appears this beer is erupting for EVERYONE, I'm baffled as to why people give this a good number when they lose atleast half their beer. Just insane.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. Appearance: Smell: Perfumey fruit and spice – citrus and especially ginger over light malts, over ripe fruit. Taste: Apricots, citrus, orange, on the start with orange peel and ginger big on the finish. Dry thoughout but has light malts in the background. Mouthfeel: medium body and medium high carbonation.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours a golden yellow/orangish color.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, citrus, orange peel, spices, some woody notes from the grapefruit wood and finally some yeast.

T- The taste has a little bit of tartness and sweetness up front with some citrus and spices as well. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Great beer!

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Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml purchased at Cigar City.

This beer is a bit of a gusher but nowhere near as bad as some of the reviews here indicate. Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Heavily spiced aroma with a stronger citrus presence and less barrel character than the cedar version. Lots of pepper, ginger, coriander and clove followed by orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple. Subtle earthy wood presence but it's really overpowered by the spice a citrus.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a prominent zesty spice presence up front that lingers over the sweet citrus, bready yeast, pale malt and earthy wood notes into a dry finish. Lots of ginger, white pepper and coriander countered by orange peel, grapefruit and mango before the wood spirals come on strong in the finish. Very dry and earthy at the end of the palate with damp wood and toothpick flavor overtaking the citrus sweetness. Pretty good with some nice grapefruit character but not as well balanced as the other treatments with the heavy spice and wood notes overpowering the other flavors.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. No freshness date.

A- We've got a gusher! Foam almost immediately overflows out of the bottle once it's popped. Once poured, the beer has a dark amber color that's slightly hazy with a full inch of head that settles into a 1/2 inch head. Fluffy, slippery lacy.

S- Strong smell of green olive laid over some soapiness. Traces of tropical fruit.

T- The green olives come through almost as much in the taste. Hard to taste any grapefruit when there's so much of that going around. Even the aftertaste is like I'm drinking olive juice. It's not to the point where I don't feel like I'm drinking beer, but comes close. I know that it's just the wild bacteria causing this flavor, I'm just not a fan of this particular approach. A tiny bit of citrus surfaces once the palate gets acclimated but still doesn't pull things together.

M- Oily and soft with high carbonation. Semi-light body.

O- Almost as big of a letdown as the cedar aged variation. The lemon wood aged is the only one of the series that's impressive, IMO.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BColton1 for breaking this out. Pours a dull orange hue with a loose, off-white head that fizzes and quickly dissipates. Nose is slightly medicinal and expresses tangerine notes. Taste consistent with nose - begins with sweet citrus (tangerines) and finishes with tart grapefruit. The medicinal character in the nose creates a nice transition between the sweet and sour. Mouthfeel is light-medium and mildly acidic with a lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty interesting beer, but not something I could drink a lot of in a sitting. A 4oz. pour was quite sufficient.

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Photo of maximum12
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schlepped back from Atlanta after a business trip, where I was delighted to find a bottle of Cigar City, among others. Cleared the luggage at 48 lbs, up 15 lbs. from when I left. Good deal. 750ML bomber split with my wife.

Pop the top, BAM! We have a bleeder! Beer splashes on my hands, all over the wood counter, & my wife is forced to use a blanket as a turniquet to stop the gushing. Dammit. Minus .4 points. Several ounces lost to out-of-control carbonation. After all that, the pour is just like the other version of Dos Costas Oeste, golden yellow with a curtain of haze...with almost no head. WTF? Aroma is huge on orange, citrus, grapefruit, & fruitiness in general.

Dos Costas Oeste, Grapefruit Wood Aged is worth the drama. Crazy fruit spills out of the glass into my yawning maw: grapefruit, lemon, orange, all cut by an umbrella of sweetness that keeps them all in check. Wood (grapefruit wood, I suppose). Zesty spiciness rains down & lights up the aftertaste. The combination is exquisite. The overcarbation that coated my home is...gone. Again, WTF? Again, dammit, somebody is drinking this fast.

This an excellent beer that I'm knocking to very good because of the rocky start.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Like others have reported, this beer was a gusher. I've never had one to this extent, losing close to half the bottle. I'm just glad I opened it next to the sink.

In a snifter the beer was a hazy orange color. There was a huge white head, but with little staying power.

A spicy aroma, some citrus. Sweet.

A lot more in the taste. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Coriander and pepper. Sweet biscuit.

A little too sweet and spicy for me.

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Photo of drummermattie02
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 66.7% out of 100 with 195 ratings
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