Cigar City- Guava Grove
- Style: Saison/Sour/Fruit
Truly a unique beer from Tampa’s Cigar City brewery. Bottle conditioned and brewed with local Guava. Although this beer is classified as a Saison it really tastes more like a Flanders Red Ale. The tart vinaigrette taste and funk from Brettanomyces aromas are often found in Belgian Sours or Red Ales.
Notes: Apple vinegar, Cassia, Guava and Brettanomyces.
Pairings: Seafood risotto, Duck L’Orange and Pork chops
Originally brewed in the Wallonia farmlands of Belgium, Saison means season in French. During the harvest farm hands were entitled to 5 liters of beer a day and this refreshing style was the brew of choice. Also known as Farmhouse Ales Saison’s are similar to French Bière de Garde’s in that they are both bottle conditioned and aged or held for extended periods. The beers take on funky autolytic characters while aging in the bottle.
Other similar brews : Rodenbach Vintage 2007, New Belgium La Folie and Petrus Oud Bruin.