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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (1738) - 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 (3281) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
750 ml bottle acquired via trade with afterglow. Thanks. Been fairly excited for this one. Pours a deep copper reddish hue, decent haze and dulled hues through the middle as some fall orange reddish glow hits the edges and bottom. A big cakey tannish head stays sizable, sticks around and laces well. A good cakey layer remains, the colors are darker, gently hazed, and pleasing. Aromas are tart guava, citrusy sourness, a bit lemony with wet wood, white wine, gentle spiciness. A firm yogurty feel blends with that fruity and citrusy guava, some gentle spiciness, gentle fruity white wine shows white grape, some melon, gentle tangerine. Lovely stuff, more gentle with touches of florals, hibiscus and more lactic acidity as it settles in. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied showing some sweet fruit, tart guava, lactic acidity and yogurt. Gentle white wine barrel shows some oak, subtle melon and citrus, mellow honeysuckle. A bit more tart and acidic into the middle, more lemon, gentle guava, bready malts and yogurt hit a bit more. The backend is tart, a bit lighter and slick as the sourness meets itís peak, blending well with a touch of tannic white wine and warmth. Some bready malt, touch of sweetness and lingering sourness, white wine. The nose really delivers as it settles in, the barrel component adds some complexity with a fairly potent fruity and sour nose. The beer itself comes in waves, tart and a bit acidic at times, a bit tame and sweet at others, almost a touch of cookie/graham cracker feel at times and some weird soapiness faintly sometimes. It works at times quite nicely, it becomes a bit forgetable at others. A solid offering with a potent nose and a really nice middle. The barrel certainly is interesting and overall, Iíd say this is more complex than straight Lacto Guava Grove. The finish grows a bit in sourness but also bitterness as we get further in. Itís lighter nature, more sour and fruity feel make it a bit dangerously drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1938) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to Jeff, Tony, Kevin, and Mike for sharing. Pours hazy gold with a medium sized fizzy head that fades quickly to a thin ring. Aromas are musty grass, peppery yeast, sour funky citrus, and wood. Taste is decent but kinda boring. Mostly sour citrusy flavors which must be the guava. Some grass and wood too. Dry white wine finish. Not bad but not really my thing.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davey101 (685) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2014
750 ml into a tulip. Bottled 10/22/2013. Thanks liquidegenrate! Pours a hazy amber with loads of off white foam that sticks around forever. Nose is lactic and dry with notes of tropical guava, peach, white wine, wood and lemons. Taste is fruity guava and white wine. Dry and prickly with an awkward malt body. Finishes clean and watery with a lasting lactic sourness. Lemons and wet wood. Itís a little jumbled and odd but itís not bad. Itís different for sure and it really highlights the guava and barrels.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (953) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle, pours dark orange with medium head and carb. Aroma is a tart fruity oak, taste is slight tart and fruit oak funk, i was impressed

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Smells great - funky and fruity. Very sweet and fruity. Nice beer to share but I would have a hard time drinking more than a pint

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1679) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2014
bottle from one of the beechner bros. many, many thanks. rating #1400. pours amber, slight light travels through, sizable cream hues foam head. nose of mango, chardonnay, oak, booze. taste follows in line with gentle underlying sweetness. mild tartness. alcohol is slightly hot but a big body hides it slightly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1728) - 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. Thereís other nebulous fruit in there, too... Iím guess itís (obviously) guava, though I probably wouldnít have said that if I hadnít 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 itís not bad. Back-end Brett, dry funk with some wet woody notes. Lots of carbonation, crackling body... Overall, a nice beer, though I wouldnít mind some more tartness. Didnít 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 (4783) - Brownstown, 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. Itís light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, really tasty and super refreshing. The cartoons a tad prickly though.


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