Lubiere (10490) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed murky golden amber ale with a thick collapsing off white head. In aroma, a sweet sourish malt with light Brett notes, herbaceous, nice. In mouth, a nice gueuze like offering, with ground cherries, light caramel, smooth sourness, well done.
b3shine (5855) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks burg326). Looks good; a cloudy orangish-brown with off-white lacing. Smells solid; HELLA guava! Tastes like it smells with a fairly sweet backbone. Good on the palate with a nice, lively finish. Good beer.
UnionBeerCzar (80) - Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. split into snifters, I did not read the side of this bottle and I literally thought this was going to be an underwhelming sweet bomb, whoa, way wrong. Tarty nose gets me thinking farmhouse then I read that this is a saison styled beer and I am happy. Cloudy orange pour with a small bit of white head. Really cool balance of funk v. sweetness, the yeast was screaming tart out and the guava was saying stay sweet and they met in the middle for a cool mouthfeel and drinking expedition, different and I really enjoyed this. Fuck reagonomics though, seriously. Cheers to Cigar City on this unique brew. Side note, I kept singing Garden Grove (but as Guava Groove) by Sublime as I drank this.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
orange color, aroma of spices, guava, same flavors, dough, yeast, spicy and tart, high carbonation, good brew
jbruner (2508) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden orange from the bottle with thin white head and light lacing. Aroma of belgian yeast and slight tart fruit, taste follows. Thick and bitter on the tongue, maybe not made for aging.
stevencon (465) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good carbonation hazy gold fluffy white head. Earthy spice aroma with guava fruit on the end. Very effervescent fizzes a lot. Tastes guava and said on earthy spice. Held up better than I thought but never a fan of it.
Ibrew2or3 (7107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL courtesy of a markwise, thanks Mark. It pours up deep copper with a thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up spicy yeast and smooth guava fruit and a murmur of tartness in the background. The taste is mildly tart and prickly with the help of a high level of carbonation. I get spicy yeast notes and some smooth sweet guava fruitiness.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lucky to try this one, thanks Zack and Cam! Much different than Guava Grove.
A: Pours a bright pumpkin color with a small white cap. Retention is pretty good, nice lookin beer
S: Wow, here is where it picks up - bright ripe fruit (guava, lemon, citrus, and other tropical fruits). Juicy ripe fruit with a decent sweetness in the back. You can pick up on the tartness from the beginning.
T: Obviously this one is packed with guava. Solid lip puckering tartness followed by a natural fruit juice sweetness that balance each other out. Subtle Belgian yeast notes, slight sweetness. The finish is absolutely amazing though! It transitions from a relatively tart and indistinguishable flavor to a whole new beast of sweetness, ripe guava, and citrus. As another reviewer (and the person sampling this with me mentioned), the burp is ridiculous!
MF/O: Perfect carbonation, medium body to it. Tart and sugary guava finish.
Comparison to Guava Grove (first batch/non-funky version): this one has more fruit, more tartness, more guava flavor (obviously), and less flavors coming from the yeast. I prefer Groove to Grove
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from smith4498, thanks Jason! Pours a cloudy, orange-amber colored body with a big, three finger-width, dense, foamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty fruity with lots of smooth guava (I guess?), tropical fruits, and florals. Somewhat grainy, bready pils malt backing with a light sweetness, a bit of a yeast spice and a light grassy note. Flavor is similar. Sweeter and fruity up front with a bunch of tropical fruits and this so-called guava. Some florals, a light yeast spice, and a bready pils malt backing. Finishes smooth, fruity, bready, and dry with a moderate bitterness and a hint of tartness before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Fairly full body and a lively carbonation. Overall, not a bad saison at all, but a bit too sweet and bready with a spicy bitterness that never seems to fully come together for me. Okay.
Steve_0 (2882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home shared with friends. Poured a golden orange with a two-finger bright white head. Aroma is funky, tropical, guave, grapefruit, passion fruit, and pineapple. Taste is lightly tart, fruity, light spice, biscuit, grass, clove, and a touch of banana. Full mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation. Fruit punch, mango and pineapple dominate this great summer beer.