Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged | Cigar City Brewing

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
85
very good
48 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood AgedDos Costas Oeste - Lemon 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 Jason on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
161
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
23.75%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 161
Photo of warnerry
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

 824 characters

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

 365 characters

Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 1,283 characters

Photo of silentjay
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

 758 characters

Photo of DenverLogan
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

 266 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 1,084 characters

Photo of Shaw
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

 406 characters

Photo of DCon
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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...

 1,128 characters

Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

 404 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

 923 characters

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

 434 characters

Photo of socon67
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

 567 characters

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

 773 characters

Photo of axeman9182
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

 1,073 characters

Photo of cjgator3
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

 525 characters

Photo of Vec2267
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

 574 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

 703 characters

Photo of babaracas
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

 684 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
3.79 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe