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Guava Grove Farmhouse Ale by Cigar City Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
8.00 % ABV

One of Tampa's nicknames in addition to the Cigar City is the Big Guava. It earned the moniker from local newspaper columnist Steve Otto in the 1970's. The nickname eventually gave rise to one of Ybor City's most popular annual events, Guavaween. We brew Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa's fruity nickname. Guava Grove is brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast and sees a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. Slightly tart with a dry finish this is a refined beer that is perfect for sharing. Pairs well with a wide variety of cheeses, seafood and light fruit salads. 

 
Review by Lum on 10/06/12  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 9 13 3 7 2011
Pours a deep, rustic looking amber. A huge, pillowey, lightly khaki colored head perches itself on the rim of the glass, only to quickly slip to a light cap fed by very active carbonation streamers constantly finding their way to the top. Beautifully webbed lacing adorns the glass... and slips away as well.

Aroma: Tart. Fruity tart. Tropical fruits - mango, guava (no shit), melons, pear. Dusty and cellar-like musty funkiness rounded out by a a good amount of spiceyness (clove and black pepper), and a light, bready nature. Slightly phenolic.

Tart, fruity, spicey and FUNKY. Actually, too spicey (pepper) for a sour Saison. Overall, it follows the nose well, and the mango comes through very nicely, all musky like. This thing is ripped with funk - crazy funk - everywhere. Cheesy, musty, meaty, leathery - very leathery. Vinegary, almost distractedly so. Again, phenolic. Quite fruity, with very ripe, almost slightly rotten stone fruits and the aforementioned tropical fruits. Lemons in the finish.

Hugely active mouthfeel, moderate to heavy mouthfeel. Slick. The carbonation is too much - very champagne-like, and this detracts from the overall experience, wildly. Quite acidic, harsh vinegar and black pepper burn in the finish towards and in the back of the throat. Very dry - the only plus here.

Very interesting sour Saison. At first, I did not like it at all, as I found it to be wildly out of balance and extremely harsh in various aspects. But, given some time to breathe and relax, I kinda dig it now, as it softens and melds a bit more. I still find the acidic, vinegary taste, black pepper and champagne mouthfeel to be hugely distracting and almost revolting... but the mango and tropical funkyness of this I truly dig. If CC can tone down the carbonation/acidity a couple of notches, they would really have a very nice tropical, sour Saison here. As is, I like it... but there are glaring negatives that detract, overall.
But, I am very glad I got to try it - Gilly... you know how I feel about you Thanks man!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 04/11/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 0
Picked up this bottle from All in One Exxon a couple of months ago. Served up in a tulip.

A: The body is the color of a darker apple juice. Held to the light, more oranges and yellows push through. The body is clear with a lazy carbonation. Sadly the head is not very saison like. It is a little over a finger of tight white foam, but it starts falling almost immediately. No lace whatsoever and all foam disappears except for the thinnest of rings.

S: Smells like a farmhouse. Has a really nice, dusty, barnyard note going on. Musky. The fruits come through as tropical with the guava and a little bit of banana. Peppery spice pushes through. Rounds out with alcohol. Little bit of acid coming through.

T: Tropical tasty goodness. Starts off with all the tangy and tart tropical fruit flavors. Getting guava, banana, granny smith apple, pineapple, and grapefruit. It is tart, but not overly. Has that juicy fruit sweetness. Behind and within these flavors are the wonderful saison like notes. Funk comes through with dusty, musky, barnyard. Just a touch of pepper. This is just fruity awesomeness. (Phenols do get a little aggressive as it warms).

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The beer comes across crisp and acidic, finishes nice and dry. Tart and sweet on the palate. ABV is light for the 8% with just a little warmth in the throat. Aftertaste is the funk and some guava.

OA: I really enjoyed this beer. It is not exactly what I was expecting, but it rode the line between saison funk and sour/tartness wonderfully. It just worked. Perfect for a hot day. Incredibly drinkable and very thirst quenching/refreshing. I will absolutely buy this again and seek it out to do so. Damned good beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by younger35 on 08/27/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
Received this brewski from my main man out in Philly land, gibby. I’m pumped to try this beer as I loves me some fruit beers. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a small half finger bright white head. Not really much of a cap remains but a thin collar and plenty of lacing abounds.
Smell- Sort of tart smelling with a WAY more Wild Ale smell than a Saison. Sour with a sort of a red wine vinegar like thing that is surprisingly tart. I would guess that there was fruit in this brew but never would I ever guess Guava. I’d honestly say cherries or raspberries. A bit of funk does come through as the beer warms and that farmhouse comes through. Some white pepper spice and even a hint of clove as well.
Taste- Whoa night and day with the smell and taste. It’s super funky and spicy and really tastes just like a regular ol’ Saison with just a touch of tart. Some horsey funk and a touch of green apple are the majority of the major flavors. Sure, a touch of banana and clove are present but nothing over the top. Maybe a touch of fruit in the finish as it warms but nothing much.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice crisp zip of carbonation.
Drinkability- Really dug this one quite a bit. It’s got this light tart thing behind all the funk that I’m really loving. The beer is super drinkable and would make a great beer to steam some clams in. Thanks much Jeff!

Served In: Tulip

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