SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lots of nice guava in the aroma but a very dry flavor with some fusel alcohol and harsh phenolics. Gets a little hard to drink in the finish.
drfabulous (4540) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 thanks to markwise. Big tropical fruit saison. Tons of guava. This really outdoes Guava Grove. Sweetness is nice and fruit like. Very tasty.
Atom (1634) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Mattyb83 pours cloudy amber/orange with a large khaki head. Not sure what Guava smells or tastes like but if it is the fruit aroma I’m unable to identify here, and I assume it is, I like it. Yeast and spices also present in the nose. Taste is fruit, most be the Guava, bready yeast, spice, with a mellow tartness. Yum!
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy, golden, apple cider color with a large white head. Quite an herbal aroma and some fruit character present. Tingles the nose each time I take this in. Taste is fruity, herbal, maybe a slight medicinal character. What the fuck does guava taste like? Is this it? It’s pretty good if it is. Much better flavor than the guava grove. I love prickly carbonation and this is pretty much perfect for that. Really enjoyable.
daknole (10100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy gold pour at Black Friday tasting. Aroma is loaded with yeast, and loads of guava...I mean LOADS. And the flavor is just pure guava paste...and I love guava paste...hell yeah!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to whoever cracked this at a Sam’s event earlier this fall. Wasn’t expecting to see this one lurking, but the crappy early 80s video game label is eye-catching. High score! I enjoyed the initial saison a good bit, but found this one to be ever so slightly over the top. Nice murky light orange pour, frothy head and sticky lacing. Nose is floral and fruity, almost to the point that it obscures the subtleties of the saison. Flavors are more balanced, and the earthy, at times spicy qualities come to the fore a bit. But there’s no denying that CCB accomplished its goals of bigness here, with an overpowering fruit that goes along fairly well with cereal, malts, a dollop of spice, and a hint of a dry finish.
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from tricyclist or MikeLuke23- got a bottle from both. Thanks, guys! Pours a hazy straw gold color with a small, soft off-white head. Aroma of farmhouse funk, oak, apricot, guava, peppery spice, sweet malts, herbs and citrus. Flavor of herbal hops, sweet malts, guava, candi sugar, lemon, oak, and a faint plastic note. Medium-bodied, with a funky, sweet mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Interesting take on this style. I like the regular Guava Grove a lot better and get more guava in that one, too.
pineypower (2667) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared thanks to Dmac. Pours out a lightly cloudy amber/orange color with a thin, foamy off white head. Aroma is of sweet guava, mango, tropical fruits, sweetness. Taste is lots of guava, some passion fruit, mango, odd lingering sweetness, and a light punch of alcohol on the back end.
BOLTZ7555 (2935) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared @ BF ’11 tasting. Clear 14 karat pour with a small eggshell head. Flavor shows lots of tropical influences including guava, papaya, mango, and even a hint of coconut along with yeasty bread, toffee, crushed black pepper, banana, pear, and herbal qualities. Wish everything melded better together...nothing really stood out or took center stage. Good but not great.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Black Friday tasting. Nicely fruity. Pear. Low carbonation. Light spicyness.