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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   ABV: -
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours honey gold with a thin dense white film.

Aroma: Light guava , dank weed, wine barrel, grass..

Taste: Big Brett/ white wine. Industrial, pineapple brett. Pale dry malt. I didn’t find the base beer to be all that sweet, as mentioned in the product description. Gonna guess 7% ish on the abv..

Mouthfeel: Full bodied ,average carbonation..

Overall: Tart, refreshing, complex, aromatic. Reminded me of my early experiences with Nebraska Brewing’s barrel aged farm house beers, which is a compliment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Draft Sample @ Brewvival 2014. Amber pour with a moderate white head. Funky fruity tang. Tropical fruits rubbed in sweaty underarm. Lemon tart flavor. Funky buggy yeast and fruit smoothie. A bit farty, soupy. Medium body, soft carbonation. Better than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Sour aroma, with a light, effervescent, spritz feel on the palate. Flavor has sour fruit, I taste pineapple in particular. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2014

Draught @ CBC 2014 [ Red Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

[ As Cigar City Don Gavinos Big Guava ].
Clear dark amber - orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white - light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, pale malt, moderate hoppy, citrus, tart fruit, wood, grapes - wine. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and light to light moderate acidic with a long duration, tart fruit, wood, citrus, grapes - wine. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20140503]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2210) - - JUL 12, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 Bottle. Clear dark gold with a thick white head. Aroma is guava, funk and bread. Taste adds diacetyl (in a good way), a little wood and some tartness. Thin crisp mouthfeel. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6948) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle from 50belair, shared among friends. Pours crystal clear amber with a medium beige head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, guava and vinous oakiness. Flavor is light sweet, lightly funky with some brett-like notes. No real tartness per se. Lots of vinous nature with some fruit. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8183) - Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2014
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks burg326). Looks Good; a cloudy amberish brown with ample foamy head that is very light caramel in color. Smells mildly tart and sweet with notes of guava, chardonnay, and oak. Tastes like it smells with a nice, wild-like body and mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3544) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
Sample @ CBC 2014. Pours clear dark golden with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet and tart fruity, guava, papaya, peach, oak white wine. Taste is fruity, medium sweet, light dry vinous tartness. Medium bodied

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle share at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is murky orange with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of guava, white wine, oak, fruit tartness, and a bit of funk. Finish is bitter and funky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Not a huge fan of guava, and this beer suffers in my eyes for that and basically that alone, as the base is actually quite nice, the tartness levels are just right, and the wine barrel character adds a nice note to the finish. But the somewhat awkward sweetness of guava paste lingers in my mind and keeps this from pure excellence. Yes, I realize I am drinking a "Double Guava Ale" and complaining about it being too heavy on the Guava.

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