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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   ABV: -
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We salute Don Gavino with this tart guava ale, aged in chardonnay barrels to create a balance between the sweetness of the base beer and fruit with the tartness of the lactic fermentation.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3120) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle: Opaque, rusty copper body with a huge, volatile, beige head that lasts as a big chunk of foam for quite a while. Aroma of dry, cotton-y Brett funk, moldy pineapple, tart stone fruits, & dry wood. There’s other nebulous fruit in there, too... I’m guess it’s (obviously) guava, though I probably wouldn’t have said that if I hadn’t known. I get some peach, too. Taste is like sweet, tropical fruit juice. Is this beer? Guava, pineapple, mango, lightly tart, transitioning into mostly sweet, & actually finishing with a little bit of saltiness? Almost brine-like. Sounds strange, but it’s not bad. Back-end Brett, dry funk with some wet woody notes. Lots of carbonation, crackling body... Overall, a nice beer, though I wouldn’t mind some more tartness. Didn’t taste too much of the Chardonnay notes, aside from some wood & Brett.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5731) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of tart guava, lemon, and some light white wine. It pours a hazy dull orange with a two finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with with moderate tart guava and citrus. The finish has some light-moderate lemon with some faint white wine notes. It’s light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, really tasty and super refreshing. The cartoons a tad prickly though.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10689) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Kentucky Fried Charleston Trip Beer #87. Draft at Brewvival. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of guava, spice, stone fruits, mild white wine. Faintly tannic. The taste is guava, earth, spice, cactus. Medium bodied, lingering tartness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHOFF43 (1791) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with lots of white lacing and billowing white head. Aroma is extremely tart fruits. Taste is tons of dry oak/wood, seems almost malty. Getting the dryness of the chardonnay but no guava or tartness :(

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (6382) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Draft at blind tiger with max and Andy. Pours a deep murky orange with thin tightly bubbled white lacing. Aroma is sharp sour character and nice fruity guava flavor. Mouthfeel is zippy and tart with notes of sour guava, tart fruits and light vinegar.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beardaxe (293) - - FEB 22, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Murky orange brown color with strong dense head. A very effervescent mouthfeel and strong carbonation. This is less a sour beer than a tart beer, though the guava does come through. However, it finishes with a weird bitterness that kept me from enjoying this fully. While I'm glad I tried this, I find the regular guava grove to be better. It's more sour, more fruity, and has a better mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alex4r (82) - - FEB 9, 2014
Nice hazy, golden and red pour. Once this baby warms up the guava and Chardonnay barrels really shine, even has a nice mellow funk aroma. The guava, acidity from the barrel and the overall sweetness seem to battle each other. I think this is a pretty damn interesting brew and I wish I would’ve grabbed a few more while I was at the brewery on top of my el catador allotment

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Hazy golden pour with a white head. Aromas of guava, funky yeast, wine, oak, and some sourness. Flavor is tart guavas upfront with some nice oaked chardonnay character in the finish. Easy to drink and refreshing. Very complex and well done!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Guava fruitiness, earthy yeast and finishing tartness are all brought together by soft effervescence before oak seals each sip.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy amber.
-The relative leanness of the body (for Cigar City) and quenching tartness make this beer quite personable.
-All flavors feel equal in here; none try to dominate.
-The guava character is pleasantly blended into the rest of the beer. It could have passed as a tropical hop and yeast blend. The same could not be said about the Peach IPA, for example, which felt artificial on that front.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10137) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle @ Steve’s Super Bowl party. Thanks homer! Pours a murky dark orange appearance with a fizzy, off white head. Definitely some white wine in the nose with some pineapple and acidic tropical fruits. Guava comes through in the flavor which elicits a touch of stomach acid. Finishes quite dry and moderately tart. I fairly enjoyed it but wasn’t blown away. Others at the party liked this better.


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