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Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.78/5
Very Good
195 Ratings
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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
pDev:
15.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 53
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 jaydoc
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 ausonius
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

WARNING!

This bottle Absolutely Needs to be Very, Very Cold before opening!
&
serve in a frozen glass
&
stand by with enough glasses/containers to pour entire contents plus mucho foam.

I did warn you!

Think Mentos + Diet Coke (CO2 nucleation)

After clean-up, & the foam settles a bit, here's what ya got >>>

Variable head (depending on how long it settles). More foamy than creamy.

Big spicy, citrus-pith, earthy, creamy/grainy nose. Belgian yeast, grapefruit-zest, & ginger.

On the palate > Big, full, round, & long. Spicy citrus & citrus-pith, ginger, & anise.
Hint of lactic sour along with creamy/grainy/fruity, citrus with a touch of sweet-sour/lemon-drop.
Not much heat, but does show it's 9% ABV.

This complex of flavors play out on a long finish & aftertaste with each rising & falling as they play out rather impressively.

89 Points

A very interesting, complex, intense brew, if you're willing to deal with the mess.
(note: I graded this brew purely on its quality, not the mess-factor)

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Heatwave33 for the bottle

Pours cloudy orange with a 2 finger white head that fades into a thin layer and good lacing.

Classic saison yeasty aromas but a nice punch of citrus and some wood cut through some of the pepper that I usually find unpleasant. Bright lemon rind throughout too.

Taste isn't quite as bright. The underlying typical saison funk and some pepper and floral flavors are present. There's a little bit of an edge from the wood with lemon. A little coriander on the finish which I don't find particular pleasant. Where's the grapefruit? Got considerably worse as it warmed as the pepper overtook any hints of fruit. Drink this one before it hits room temperature.

Light with medium carbonation levels.

This one has good things going, but it's not quite there. If it tasted as good and well balanced as it smells, this would be great. As it is, the citrus flavors are subdued and the profile gets just a touch muddy especially as it warmed.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 195 ratings
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