MrBunn (2478) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with thanks to mcbackus. Pours a massive head of dense bubbles with a little bit of an orange liquid at the bottom of the glass. Fruity aromas hit the nose from distance and closer inspection reveals a bit of sourness (like sour grapes). The head has receded about an inch, so I pour in some more liquid and the head shoots back up to the rim... this one is definitely a live wire. First sip reveals a lot of brett-like barnyard sourness with a touch of grass and fruit, but I’m not quite sure if I would pin the fruitiness as "guava" based. It seems to be more like lemon peels or something. The texture is nice enough... kind of smooth and light, but there are moments as it slides across the palate that it seems a bit watery and washed out. Then the bretty aftertaste kicks in and it’s all lemons and farm animals again.
JoeTheYounger (1148) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle compliments of DuffmanSW. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a crazy thick white foamy head. Aroma of belgian yeast, sourness, sweet guava. Taste of bret, sweet fruits, very dry. Pallet. Very carbonated and very dry. Overall very tasty stuff.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler thanks to JohnC. Orange pour, aroma of tropical fruits. Flavor is almost meaty, with a bit of sourness and tropical fruitiness. 3
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle brought over by DuffManSW, thanks Sean. Rating #81. Golden orangish pour with a big white head, this was very carbonated, really aggressive. Spicy light friuty aroma, very belgian like. Flavor was slightly tart, a little dry with some more friuty spiciness, not bad stuff at all. )
badgerben (4491) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Skyview Tasting 2.5. Courtesy of Skyview. It looks like I just opened a container of brewers yeast and poured it into my glass. Aroma of moly apricots. Certainly tastes like guava, which is not a bad thing. Quite yeasty, which didn’t surprise me. Not a great thing to start your Cigar City experience on.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting GABF. Yellow-amber with big white head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Also orange notes or just general citrus. Very acidic and reminds me of wine.
tennisjoel (1181) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First Cigar City beer sampled from Skyview’s tasting. Thanks Bob! I enjoyed this. Tart aroma. Fruity, guava, apricot. Nicely carbonated. Nice sour and sweet playing off each other. Some peach noticed as well. My kind of sour.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Total Wine & More in Tampa. First of the Cigar City beers sampled during MN Gathering 2.5, pours a hazy straw orange colored brew with a rocky off-white head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of light peach, some light yeast, a hint of white pepper and sweet guava. Taste is slightly tart, flavors of mango, some mild tropical fruit, yeast and a hint of funk. Finish is slightly dry and mildly tart with a light wheat and tropical fruit aftertaste. Aroma has some nice character, flavor and finish is a tad on the light side.
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Super hazy peach pour and a nice fruity/sour peach and guava aroma. Flavor was nothing more than some abbrasive tartness and barely noticeable fruit. I really wish it tasted as good as it smelled.
DialSquare (2845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2012 RERATE: well this sucks... first time I’ve had the non-sour version and I want my Guava Grove back. The St. Somewhere-yeast version was the only decent widely available sour you can get around here. This was a regular in my fridge on the "two-hearted" level. We’ve discovered better sours since, but it’ll still be missed. SOUR RATE: (8, 4, 7, 4, 17: 4.0) -- 750mL bottle. hazy straw orange pour with two fingers pillowy off-white head and a curtain of sudsy stick. strong tart fruit and funk bready aroma. lemon pepper tart taste with a light earthy bitterness throughout. chewy light to medium palate and tight fizzy carbonation. floral notes in the taste also. finishes dry. I’m not near an expert yet on saisons - but this is light and tasty and, as noted in the description, would pair well to typical white wine foods.
RERATE: we drink this fairly often now. one of our favorites to split over a meal.
RERERATE: THE OLD/NEW YEAST VERSION 8/2011: Pleasant wheat, barnyard, citrus and honey aroma. Taste is a moderately sweet citrus, hay, caramel, belgian yeast - honey, banana, bread. Slightly warm for the 8%. Vibrant carbonation in the medium texture. Gets a little dry in the finish. Nice drinkable saison. I still want my old sour Guava Grove back. (8, 3, 7, 3, 15: 3.6).