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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
chinchill (1799) - South Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2014
CC Don Gavinos Big Guava. Near medium body with high carbonation which produces a large and durable head. Slightly funky, very fruity aroma and flavor. Guava is noticeable. Mildly bitter and funky aftertaste. Lightly tart. Quality deteriorated with warming: Serve cold.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JBPortland (747) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
750ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours cloudy toasted orange with 2 finger head. Nose is musty overripe fruit, some faint medicinal cherry and malty grain. Taste is chalky tropcical fruit, neca wafers, sweet tarts, aspirin. Finish is dusty artificial tropical fruit. Strange...

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2141) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pours a slightly murky orange amber color with a pillowy eggshell foam. There are lots of parts to this beer that i like... bright juicy guava, mango and layers of buttery chardonnay character... toasted oak, vanilla a touch of minerality but the honeyed malt sweetness adds a layer that detracts from the good and confuses the palate into a questionable final product with even slight touches of aspirin and metal.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2014 Draught at EBF, 3/22/14
Ah, so this is what Cigar City’s about....It’s funny, a guy I met while waiting in line who didn’t seem to know too much about the beer scene but was from Florida was very excited to hit up Due South’s beers. I asked, well, are you excited for Cigar City?? In a very unenthusiastic tone he said, Oh, Cigar City, ya, theyre ok, I guess, if you like that sort of thing. If you like big, flavored, intense beers, theyre ok, but if you want better, non-novelty beers, I would pass. And though I didnt take his advice, I definitely should have. Thankfully, the line wasnt too long, so I didnt really waste too much of my time.
Honestly, the beer was fine, not overly sweet or anything and certainly no flaws or overt alcohol, but I’ll be damned if I could taste anything other than Chardonnay, barrel tannin and guava juice...Fine carbonation and a decent texture, just very light on the sourness. It’s there, for sure, adding light lactic and brett notes, but it’s just much too relegated to the background while the mouthfull of chardonnay only gives way to a big finish of guava.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wisdomsolo (436) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 A sweeter finish would’ve been nice. Otherwise not bad. Aroma has some musty dankness to it. Flavor is tart but no sweetness to balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9052) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Hazy gold/yellow pour, big white head. Guava, chardonnay, lemons, limes, mango notes, sour and awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (2013) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Échantillonné du Extreme beer fest 2014: Arôme bourrue d’agave et de poivre. Le corps est assez rondelet et sucré mais une belle acidité vient calmer le tout. Pas très surette, pas très acétique, buvabilté intéressante pour sa grosseur, très appréciable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (967) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle from Hunahpu Day in Tampa. Pours a golden elixir with a thin white head that rimmed nicely. Some sporadic lacing in the snifters. The nose had guava, mango, light citrus, funk, cereal, and wine barrel. Taste similar was light, dry, full of tropical fruits, and wine barrel. Loved the mild funk and tartness. Dry finish. Light body, medium to heavy carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (1732) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
HMOG 2014. Loved the nose on this one. Big tropical mixed fruits, guava, mango, sweet, funk. Taste was mild tart, guava, white wine, oak, tropical notes. Lovely. One of the highlights of the day for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3276) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours a hazy apricot with a pale golden-tan head. Malty aroma has a firm overtone of tart guava - and a bit of the chardonnay. Guava dominates the flavor, sweet and tart, allowing a little malt through. Texture is firm and smooth, if not too fizzy, leaving a tart fruity finish.


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