Friday, July 23, 2010
So since we're talking tropics, I'm kicking off the weekend with Guava Grove, a Belgian-style saison brewed by Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. These guys have quite the national reputation and are just now starting to get some of their beers into SE Florida. I say "It's about time!" The wine-sized bottle has a very classy presentation in light browns and yellows, and it depicts a guava grove (I know, go figure) on the front of the label. The label was designed by Matt Callahan, and I already told you about how nice it is. That is with one exception: the O in grOve has a disgusting looking guava in the middle of it, accented in bright yellow and pink. I would never eat that fruit if it looked that putrid! Finally, there is a story on the back, but I'll just let you read it in my photo below.
Fruity and funky aroma, guava and pineapple. I know some of you think I don't know what a guava looks or tastes or smells like and are saying under your breath, talking to your computer screen, that this asshole (me) is making this up just because of the name of the beer. Actually, you are so wrong. I live in Miami, Stupid, where tropical fruits outnumber people. And I'm married to a Colombian--if you ever go to Colombia, you will see fruits you never ever ever ever ever ever thought nature could invent, and again you'd be wrong! So that's how we roll tonight.
Mango, guava and LOTS of berry flavors kick things off. Very tangy. However, there is then quite a bit of bitterness. I guess it was never sweet, which I was for some reason expecting, but the bitter interrupts a middle-of-the road fruity start. Nicely carbonated, creamy. The yeast is very noticeable, and provides a definite funky dirtiness. It's funny because that dirty is not cleansed at all by the beer's soapy flavors and textures. There is a back-end spiciness that shows itself and the 8% alcohol dries everything out as you finish this big bottle, assuming you didn't share. I don't know. I thought it was decent yet was certainly let down and a bit disappointed. Good but not great.
Yellow Lemon Guava Tree Five Gallon
Geisha Soap Organic Guava Body Butter Lotion Cream 5.8oz
Dark Chocolate Covered Guava
Here's your story. For the record, I paired it with a glass, as you've seen.
See humidity on the glass and damn that is camouflaged against my house. He can hide out here anytime!