Beer Review: CIGAR CITY DON GAVINO’S BIG GUAVA

Beer Review: CIGAR CITY DON GAVINO’S BIG GUAVA
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Overview

Cigar City Brewing’s “Don Gavino’s Big Guava” pays homage to its namesake with a tart guava ale, cleverly aged in chardonnay barrels. This aging process aims to strike a delicate balance between the inherent sweetness of the base beer and the fruity tang derived from lactic fermentation.

Appearance

The ale presents itself in a hue reminiscent of honey gold, crowned with a thin yet dense white film.

Aroma

Upon nosing, one encounters subtle notes of guava intermingled with dank weed, suggestive of the wine barrel in which it matured, accompanied by undertones of grass.

Taste

A significant presence of Brett and white wine characterizes the flavor profile, accompanied by industrial notes and a hint of pineapple Brett. Contrary to the product description, the base beer’s sweetness isn’t pronounced, leaving one to speculate an approximate alcohol by volume of around 7%.

Mouthfeel

With a full-bodied texture and moderate carbonation, the ale offers a satisfying mouthfeel.

Overall Impression

Tart, refreshing, and complex, this ale delivers an aromatic experience that harks back to the reviewer’s early encounters with barrel-aged farmhouse beers, reminiscent of Nebraska Brewing’s offerings—an accolade indeed.