Cigar City Guava Grove
I don't usually post my beer reviews on here, but this one definitely deserves it. I am not usually a saison fan, but this is actually a really nice sour ale that's not only relatively cheap for a sour, but it's amazingly refreshing and drinkable!
There is just something special about beer being served out of a 750 ml bottle. Aesthetically pleasing and making that trademark, "gloop, gloop" sound when pouring, it creates a wonderful mood.
Appearance: A very hazy, earthy copper tone with minimal, fine white head that dissipates quickly, but a ring of foam remained at the glass/beer interface of my St. Bernardus goblet throughout the session. Unexceptional.
Aroma: Wow! Wonderfully sour pineapple-like aroma with some, but not overwhelming acetic character and lemons shining through. Clearly, this is a sour example of the style that was fermented with Brettanomyces in addition to your standard saison yeast.
Taste: Tastes refreshing and tart up front, and lingers deliciously fruity-sweet on the palate. Minimal alcohol warmth - you'd never think that this is an 8% ABV beer!
Mouthfeel: Dry and very carbonated. Lingers somewhat silky due to the salivation it induces.
Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, and dangerously so given the high ABV. Perfect for a warm fall evening in Florida.
Overall: Highly recommended. Excels as a sour beer and a fruit beer.
The Fiesty(sic) Goat Brewery est. 2007 & Clusterfuggle Experimental Ales est. 2009
Planned: sLambic II, Flanders Red II
Primary: Berliner Weisse w/ GB 110 & Brett Brux, Berliner Weisse w/ L. brevis, Dark Mild w/ 002, Dark Mild w/ 028, sLambic I
Secondary: Orange Blossom Mead, Flanders Red I
Kegged: Fat Man Porter w/ 1469, Fat Man Porter w/ 005, Centennial Falcon w/ Conan, Centennial Falcon w/ Denny's, Barrel-aged Fat Man Porter, Belgian Dark Strong
Bottled: Flanders Red I