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Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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Dos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood AgedDos Costas Oeste - Lemon Wood Aged

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 161
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.

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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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very hazy orange with a two finger pure white head. It looks pretty nice...maybe a little too much haze

S- light lemon aroma. Not a ton going on here, though

T- ginger, a little coriander, a little lemon....doesn't know what the hell it is. Confusing

M- for a saison, it's on the thick side. No bueno

O- on one hand, the wood doesn't add nearly as overwhelming a flavor as the grapefruit wood did. On the other hand...it lets the mess of a base beer come through more

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Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cbutova, always good for bustin out the Cigar City. Intense ingredient list on this one...brewed with coriander, ginger, sweet orange peel, and aged on...lemon wood spirals.

Pours hazy bright orange, big white head retains pretty well as a thick cap, leaving some lace behind.

Smell is what's mostly expected - lots of sweet orange and coriander, light mustiness, yeast, some spice.

Taste follows suit, big coriander, lemon and orange juice. Yeast, straw, spice, lots of wood and sweetness, some vanilla. Reminds me of a bigger, oaky Blue Moon.

Full-feeling mouthfeel, medium carbonation, drinks pretty easy for 9%.

The fruity sweetness is a bit over the top but it's enjoyable overall. Drinks more like an imperial witbier to me than a saison.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.02/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was chilled very cold in order to minimize the gusher potential. The beer was served in a snifter and allowed to warm up to a proper drinking temperature.

A- The body of the beer is a hazy golden coloration. The head was a short lived white coloration. The head quickly died and no lacing is noted on my glass. The carbonation is very minimal.

S- The aroma of the beer gives a brief ginger aroma giving way to lemon and lemon wood sweet maltyness finishes the aroma.

T- The flavor of the beer is initially sweet almost caramel, ginger, lemongrass and a bit of lemon flavor.

M- The body of the beer is medium and the carbonation is very limp almost to the point of still.

O- Low marks for this beer. The aromas and the flavor leave me wanting alot more. The body of the beer is near still. Perhaps the quality control measures for this beer are off. Take this one back to the drawing board.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange with a big white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

A little lemon and citrus in the aroma, but is drowned out a bit by an abundance of coriander and white pepper.

Big lemon peel flavor up front with a little bit of pepper underneath. As the lemon fades though massive amounts of coriander take over and it finishes musty with too much spice. Grassy and herbal throughout the finish.

Good medium body with carbonation levels a bit below average creating a silky mouthfeel. Alcohol burn is present, but subdued.

I'd really like to like this series, if they wouldn't overspice everything. There is some good stuff going on here and the first few sips are good, but soon spice consumes everything and makes it hard to finish a pour.

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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...

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, golden orange color with a large, white head that disappears very quickly. Scent is not even close to being as "woody" as the cedar wood version. This one has slight hints of sweet wood with some sweet orange peel as well. The orange peel definitely shines in this version. Tart lemon aromas with spicy Belgian yeast. Hints of funk...I believe the cedar wood one was a bit funkier with a bit more barnyard. Taste is where the funk kicks in. There is a pleasant, spicy barnyard taste up front, followed by sweet oranges and tart lemons. Lovely Belgian yeast flavors, with mellow spiciness. This saison seems to be a little more traditional than the cedar one. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, I can't really tell which one I liked more. There were some aspects I liked more about this one...and there were some aspects I liked more about the cedar. I should have a final analysis once I try the grapefruit one in the next couple of days. Solid beer though. ABV well-hidden.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in godblet. (Chimay signature glass) Vintage bottle dated November 2011.

Appearance: A cloudy orange, heavy heavy bubbles on the body with

Smell: Has a sweet orange smell, honestly one sniff isn't enough. It doesn't make love your nostrils like some other saison but on quality if the hit its more than enough.

Taste: complexity at it's finest, just a little bit sweet with a orange skin feel and no doubt a little bit of lemon. Has lift bitterness and a dose of sour that literally quenches your thirst.

Mouth: medium and smooth, goes down too easy. Zesty finish at the end feels like pure lemon skin coming off a hint dry.

Overall: This is the almost perfect warm weather beer. No joke, paired with a nice cigar in your back yard you really don't need nothing else. Salud!

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Photo of Tschnab
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour a is a yellow straw body with a bone white big fluffy head.

The aroma is a big wave of lemon peel and citrus juice, as well as belgian yeast, and light white wine aroma. The taste brings all of the aromas to life, very bright citrus with a big wave of coriander and a light woodiness. There is a tiny bit of tartness and chardonay, as well as pears and lemongrass.

Really really tasty stuff for sure here, wish the price tag was way lower. Nice spice and citrus, nice wood flavor, just not really a huge wow factor. Once again though I am happy with what I got from cigar city.

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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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really orangeish amber. Bubbly eggshell head.

S - Sweet malts, yeast, juicy citrus and dry spices.

T - The ginger really comes out to me above all other flavors. Spices just dominate the palette and afterwards the beer settles into sweet citrus and malts. Hops aren't really a factor. I'm guessing here but I believe I detect the lemonwood on the finish.

M - A heavier body than most saisons I've had. High carbonation and finishes wet.

O - An interesting mix of flavors here. Not sure I'd change much about the beer. Everything just compliments one another.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange lemon with small off white head 3

S - Orange, lemon, coriander, bit sweeter than expected 3

T - Lemon, bubblegum, slight wheat. Lemon comes across in the backend with a light tartness. Slightly Belgianrsque with the bubblegum. Also got some dark fruit sweeetness

MF - Medium carbonation but a thick body with more syrupiness than I'd expect

O - Much sweeter than I'd like in a Saison. It just has too much going in and it doesn't meld together well.

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Photo of phishgator
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
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 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.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents brought me back this bottle from Florida, dated December 2011, and poured into a Deschutes goblet. CAUTION - This one was a bottle bomb! Totally gushed as soon as I popped the cap, so have caution and open over the sink.

A - Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange, with a fluffy off-white colored head. No lacing left behind as I sip on this one.

S - The smell is a slightly sour funky acidic alcohol aroma, with some citrus notes mixed in.

T/M - The beginning of the taste is an acidic lemon zest, the medium opens up to the orange and a little ginger spice. The end of the taste is a little herbal with some slight corriander notes, but not big! Light, very bubbly mouthfeel. Finishes clean and crisp.

O - I am not an expert in this style by far, but this is tasty. I never had a pallate for this style, but I will finish this one. The underlying funk isn't overpowering, but rather complements the other characteristics. All the aspects play nice with each other, and there is no alcohol present at all.

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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.

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Photo of Kmccabe33
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice looking beer, very light but heavy head, very similar to champagne from my memory.

S- Smell you instantly get the lemon and the oak flavors. Hints of citrus are pretty overpowering.

T- I can instantly taste the wood and dryness, citrus and savory flavors.

M- Very thin and champagne esque, Drying effect at the end.

O- Ehhhh I enjoy it but wouldn't get if I had the opportunity. I usually lean more towards funky saisons versus savory and this is more savory.

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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.

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Photo of CFC_HeadHUNTER
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served bottle poured into a delirium tremens snifter

A - For me this was a classic example of a saison color and clarity. Orangey deep yellow color that poured cloudy with a significant amount of carbonation (exemplified by the almost champagne burst when opened).

S - Boozy sour nose. Definitely has a sour orange citrusy funk the "singes the nostrils" a bit.

T - Sour patch candy feel. Familiar funky saison profile with a sweeter sip. The lemon wood again is apparent with the overall sour citrus taste. Has that high alcohol boozy throat to the finish. For me this is a one serving beer. The large format bottle is best split 3 ways.

M - Great smooth mouthfeel. The sour candy taste makes you want to drink this ale fast. Almost need to remind yourself of the ABV on this one.

O - Never have been the biggest saison fan but overall this is a more than decent example. The beer is tangy, sweet and surprisingly drinkable considering the stats. Love collaboration efforts and this one is for sure worth the price and hangover.

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