Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged
Cigar City Brewing

Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood AgedDos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged
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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
9%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 12.96%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
161
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 161
Photo of phishgator
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide mouth chalice. The carbonation coming out of the glass was gushing, but sudued after a minute. Unfiltered, golden with a large head. Great corriander, lemon, and citrus nose. The favor is that of a saison with a bit more fruitiness. The slight tart is there, but not funky as you would might expect. The alcohol is well hidden. The body has a good malt feel and the spices/additives make this work really well. Great brew for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a 10 oz chalice.

A- pours a hazy light orange with a 1 finger white head. Minimal lacing that resides immediately.

S- lots of citrus, mainly lemon, and nice amount of spices.

T- citrus and lots of spices, with lemon being in the fore front. Almost some mint or licorice flavor in there.

M- medium body, higher carbonation. This beer has a higher carbonation but overly carbonated.

O- nice saison with nice citrus and spice flavors.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 lemon, wood, spices, wheat, bread, light citrus and fruit.

t - Tastes of lemon, citrus hops, cedar, wood, fruity malts, spices, coriander.

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

o - Overall a pretty nice saison. I preferred this one to the grapefruit version, and a ton of lemon really does come through. Worth checking out.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid, poured into a tulip of some sort.

Dod Costas Oeste looks really nice like in the glass with a bright orange color with a shade of glazed amber as well. A nice firm inch of firm white foam has some sticks on the glass. Smell is bright with some orange, lemon, minimal oak and a yeasty saison backing. Get some fresh grass with some bubblegum with warming, a nice smelling beer here. The taste fairs a bit better and to my liking compared to the Grapefruit. The lemon oak spirals used bring a strong taste of lemon and oak without going out of bounds big. The saison is far from lost with earth, light bread, slight spice and floral backing. The mouth on this one is a medium build, bigger than your normal saison. It's not meant for quick easy summertime drinking although the body allows for that if you want. I went through my 3rd of the bottle in no time. Perhaps Cigar City should continue the version that is the best recieved by the beer drinking public.

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

1356th Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter
750ml

I bought this in Tampa in March and have been waiting to try them. StarRaptor was that reason.

****BE WARNED THIS BOTTLE GUSHED LIKE A BANSHEE****

App- Picture the beer the same color as the logo on the bottle. A bright and vibrant orange with a yellow hue and a bit of a cuvee color. A small quick receding head was there and then gone.

Smell- A lot of lemon on the nose (Duh!) I expected this. Very fruit forward and a good amount of earthy hay as well. Very pleasant.

Taste- Lemon forward again, but thats what I was going for. A bit oaky for a saison and a little bit of damp earthy grass to balance it all out.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium lush carbonation. Residual lemon and citrus flavors with a little bit of earthy to it.

Drink- Probably the best of the three. It was more alive and bright then the other two.

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Photo of warnerry
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange/brown with three fingers of off-white head. Head has very good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - White grapes, yeast funk, a bit of coriander and orange zest with faint wood notes.

T - Surprisingly malty up front. Otherwise the taste is similar to the smell but with a much stronger wood presence, which adds to the dryness of the taste. Also more citrus in the taste than the smell. Pretty tasty, but would be better if the malts were more subdued to yield a crisper taste.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel is pretty smooth with a dy finish and a lingering wood presence.

O - Nice flavors in thus saison, but I think it is just a bit too heavy on the malt, which makes it less refreshing than it could be. The wood elements are nice though, and I look forward to trying the grapefruit wood version.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this.

A - copper-gold with 1/2" of white, soft head that has decent retention

S - yeasty, funky, white grapes, wine

T - apple, pear, coriander, ginger, lemon, winy, a bit tart

M - viscousy, crisp, winy, medium bodied

This is a decent beer. It's got good flavor, but it's a bit viscous and winy. White wine fans will love this one.

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Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a lovely trader, moose3285, for continuing to feed my Cigar City addiction. If I ever end up on "Intervention", his name is going to come up frequently. 750 ML bottle split.

Pour is appropriately golden yellow; hang it from the ceiling & it could be a diorama sun (where are my old D&D lead soldiers, anyways?). Plenty of fizz. Smells about like you'd expect for the description, a melange of fizzy lemon with a dash of orange. Appealing after a day or working, softball, & lifting. Dammit, I'm tired. And old.

Dos Costas Oeste Lemon Wood Aged suffers from chronic over-carbonation. It's the first thing I notice & distracts heartily from the taste, hissing like dry ice on my gums. Fighting past that with a broadsword, you get to the spritzy lightness. Lemon is strong, the ginger is evident once it's named, & there's more spiciness roiling underneath. No wood I taste. I just belched. My wife did too. More to come, I'm sure. There's an aftertaste that teeters between wheaty & near-funk, but it's soft. Not a sipper, very easy to slug.

This would be an excellent beer based on taste, but the over-carbonation is a hard knock. I actually have to concentrate when drinking to enjoy it, & I'm trying to kill brain cells, not exercise them. Still a good, solid beer.

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Photo of silentjay
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a very hazy golden straw with a nicely sized pure white head that slowly recedes leaving behind decent lacing.

definitely getting the lemon, as well as a bit of coriander and bubble gum, orange zest with some funkiness but overall a sweet aroma.

bubble gum sweetness again hits first, then turns to sweet citrus (orange juice and sweetened lemonade) with a touch of ginger sitting behind that that wouldn't have been noticed if it weren't stated on the bottle. banana/coriander, and a slight bit of funky yeast.

fluffy bodied and slightly sticky sweet with an aftertaste similar to finishing a glass of OJ.

hmmm. Interesting idea. not sure I'm wowed by the outcome. a bit more funk or some acidic citrus would help to balance the sweetness I think.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber...small head with different bubble shapes...that's important! Aroma of fruit rind and tennis shoes. Sweet, funky, slight wood, lemon, honey, peppercorn...rough bitter flavors combined to create a unique brew...overall tasty...I could do a 22 oz and be content.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottle dated 12/13/2011.

Appearance - Not a gusher like the Grapefruit. Pours a mostly clear orange body with a small head. Swirls on the surface, but no real lacing.

Smell - Again, biscuit malt all over. Sweet aroma with loads of esters and yeast. Citrus fruits dominate the aroma behind the malt. I feel like I smell lemon, but I probably don't. No real funk but it's estery.

Taste - It's still a lot of pale malt, but this one doesn't seem as bad as the grapefruit. It's sweet, but I feel like more flavors come through. Perhaps a touch fruitier than the aroma. The wood is much less prevalent in this one, but I still kinda get some lemon. What does lemon wood taste like anyway?

Mouthfeel - I dunno. It should be just as sluggish as the grapefruit. Maybe I'm more tolerant today. I still wish it was lighter, but it's not that tough to drink. Not as bitter or woody in the finish.

Overall - Still a malt overload, but it seems more balanced in this one. I'm probably completely wrong and it probably tastes the same. Who knows.

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Photo of Shaw
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely orange with a short white head that turns into just a thin layer of foam in my tulip glass.

Citrus and other fruit in the aroma with hints of lemon specifically.

Taste reminds me of earthy fruit like guava mixed with a woody character. The spices add a nice complexity to the beer.

Dry finish with nice carbonation.

My No. 2 of the three versions, with cedar being No. 1. Seek them all out.

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Photo of DCon
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared a 750mL bottle of this w/ friends from the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Yellow Labeled bottle w/ both The Bruery & Cigar City's brands on it into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date but came straight from Hunahpu's Day.

Aroma- Lemon comes up with a light amount of acidity. The nose was very weak and subtle with this variation of the Dos Costas Oeste.

Appearance- Pours a less then measurable head and dies quickly. Has a golden, light hazy body and leaves no lacing but a few suds on the side.

Flavor- Orange comes up at first and then easy going malts. Very soft characteristics in this Saison and finishes dry with no hops or bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, Creamy, and malts are left on the palate.

Overall Impression- This is the 1st of the 3 Dos Costas Oeste we are enjoying and I'm hoping for some better character and Saison attribute in the next two. Too light and not enough lemonwood (as stated in the label). Would not dis this one, just not a top Saison and something that seems like it would come from these two breweries...

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Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring. Big aromas of orange and lemon peel, wood, and crisp malt. The strong lemon character carries into the taste, along with lots of wood. Quite bitter, but I kinda like it. A bit Pine Sol-y, and a bit hot. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body and good carbonation. Better then the Cedar version, but not as good as the Grapefruit.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle numerous times into a small snifter at Churchkey. Much thanks to Ed you are awesome!

Orange body hits with incredbile clarity, much like a tangerine, presented with a real nice white collar that always sticks around.

The nose on this beer is incredible. First hints of cedar wood sense, mixing with a splintery action. Sour lemon turns into juicy sour orange sense, with tangerine. Zesty, and fresh, citrus oils just explode with an incredible balance with the wood sense. Absolute friggin magic.

Malt sweetness comes on the palate first, with mild honey. Then the notes on the nose come, fruit orange quality, and zesty character. After taste hits with a quick spice of hot pepper on the finish also. Mouthfeel hits all the right notes, nothing exceptional just real solid.

I could nose this beer all day, in fact I would rather shove it up my nose than drink it. But who wants to do that? More!

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot color with one fingered head that dissipates pretty quickly. No lacing.

Lots of cinnamon and spice in the aroma. Very inviting smell. A little horse blanket funkiness to the smell too.

Taste is sweet and spicy up front. Hints of ripe fruit. I can taste a hint of pickle juice too. Funk is there and good bit of bitterness in the finish.

This is very dry with average carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of socon67
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours orange with lively foam. Visible carbonation. No lacing of note. Cloudy appearance.

S - Scents of lemongrass, peppery spice, and a slight yeasty scent. Reminded me of lemon\pepper marinade.

T - Just an awesome flavor of fresh lemon citrus, peppery spice, and a tartness with a dash of grain. As a lover of citrus flavors, this was a homerun.

M - Smooth, well blended, and a spicy bite at the end to contrast with puckering tartness.

O - Love both breweries, and was not disappointed. My friend picked up the cedar aged variant. Curious if it is as good.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one during a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, wood, fruit, and very subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, lemon rine, wood, fruit, tobacco, and subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Out of the three, this one was my least favorite. It really just seemed a little off to me. Still a solid brew, but just lacking from the other two. Still worth trying if you get the chance though.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, taken home from EBF 2012 and poured into my Duvel tulip.

Dos Costas Oeste pours a fairly opaque orange, with a billowing head of dirty white foam that piles four fingers high. Head retention is average at best, and lacing is nonexistent, pretty disappointing. The lemony citrus component of the aroma is nice, but it's a little too dominated by the ginger spicing. The flavor profile is a bit better balanced and more varied. Citrus jumps out to the front here, predominantly lemon with a definite orange secondary note. Next comes the herbal ginger flavor, nicely restrained compared to the nose. There's also a little underlying honeydew and vanilla sweetness that keeps things interesting and takes the beer to the next level. The mouthfeel is one area where the beer falters a little. The body is a bit too chewy and the carbonation a bit dull, and the beer doesn't come across as lean and bubbly as maybe it should. I really like the character Dos Costas Oeste picks up from the lemon wood, but I don't think the base beer is completely dialed in yet.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours an amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fruity malt with orange peel, lemon, spices and yeast. The aroma Ishmael a lot of citrusy notes. Smells awesome, can't wait to try!

T- The taste is fantastic! The taste has some malt and yeast flavors along with some citrus and coriander as well.

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

O- Overall, this is an excellent beer from two fantastic breweries.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - murky, straw to orange in color, frothy head that falls quickly, nice lace retention, lots of bubbles

S - ginger, citrus, slight alcohol

T - spice dominates (coriander/pepper), very dry/tart with a nice malty balance, citrus notes, no hop presence (unless that is the pepper bite)

M - medium in body, carbonation fades quickly

O - a complex swirl of flavors without anything getting out of hand

Not my favorite style. I prefer sweet to tart. Even so, I've not liked Bruery beers in the past because I though they were over the top sweet. This has much more balance.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from EBF.

Clear golden color with a hint of a haze and straw, nice fizzy head.

Nose has a touch of a wood and some light lemon, like cleaning my wooden cutting board with lemon pledge, a touch of a saison like farmhouse malt hint bready, and bit of spices like coriander and citrus.

Taste is a bit creamy, more hint of lemon zested wood but barely, light saison farmhouse malt flavors and yeast, bit bready malt saison flavors, hint of spices again coriander and maybe allspice, fairly dry but a nice juicy malt taste. A hint of booze on the finish, and fairly dry.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, my first of the three so I'll have to see how it compares to the other two.

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Photo of babaracas
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with one finger of quick fading white foam, settles to a thin ring with a few dots left on the glass. Smell: yeasty bread with semi-alcoholic pear, floral (and a little decorative soap-y), notes of orange zest and coriander. Taste: graininess and soft red delicious apple sweetness, into orange juice and sweet pickled ginger, into ripe pear with pepper and coriander, finishing with candied lemon peel and again a little pickled ginger. Medium-plus bodied with somewhat sparse but forceful carbonation. Seemed less attenuated than the cedar aged but didn't have them side by side. This one seems like less of a match to saison, but it's very tasty. Dec 13 2011 bottling.

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Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 161 ratings