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Étoile Du Maine - Oxbow Brewing Company

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Étoile Du Maine
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BA SCORE
85
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ShanePB on 05-19-2014)
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500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Small, almost nonexistent head. Thin collar.

Smell - Oak. Light citrus. Kinda yogurty.

Taste - Citrus is strong. Pale malt. Lightly tart and orangey. Woody and yogurty in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Pretty good. A larger pour might have done it more justice, but it is what it is.

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500mL bottle into teku glass.

Pours a hazy straw-blond with burnished golden highlights. Approximately half an inch of frothy bone-white head lingers for perhaps a minute before dissipating into a sudsy collar of foam. Spotty lacing.

In the nose, unripe cider apples, hay, musty Chardonnay grapes, white oak, herbal Brett, and lemon zest. Bright and enticing, with the oak adding an intriguing depth of character to an otherwise bright and floral aroma.

In the mouth, lemon zest and lime juice up front, with oaky tannins adding a balancing dryness. White grape must, herbal and spicy Brett gives an almost green tea-like character. Some dry, musty horse blanket towards the back, which increases as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel leans towards the lighter end of medium-bodied. Carbonation is mild, but the beer's fairly high level of acidity keeps it feeling lively on the palate.

On the whole, a great sour/saison hybrid. I feel like the increasing number of oak-aged or otherwise funked-up farmhouse ales out there almost deserve a style unto themselves at this point--"Funky Farmhouse", perhaps?--but regardless, this scratches that farmhouse itch very nicely. Eminently balanced and very drinkable.

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The beer pours from the bottle, and then sits in my glass the color of blond gold. Lime green highlights lurk within the middle of the beer, yet in body the beer is quite clean and clear, if a bit hazy. The beer pours with a quick spritzy head of sudsy white bubbles that do vacate rather quickly. On the nose, the beer smells of smooth American oak, chardonnay must, and then pineapple brett, cider, drying grass, and slight lemon-lime. It’s a complex, yet fresh and crisp smell, especially for a barrel aged farmhouse ale. The oak is superbly built into the nose at just the right level, giving amazing complexity but not weighing down the beer’s fresh, bright character. As the beer warms, the pineapple brett character does start to turn more towards funky horse blanket on the nose, which is totally fine with me. On the tongue, the beer tastes funky and complex, beginning tart with citric acidity that leads into funky sweetness and further acidity, but then is dried out by ample oak tannin and hoppy bitters. The finish is a citric burst of refreshment. In flavor, the beer begins as tart lime and pineapple juice, which gains a touch of tangerine juice, then slight horse blanket brett with lots of mellow oak tannins giving herbal, tea-like characters. The finish is a beautiful burst of lemon-lime juice with just a hint of smoky oak that does not weigh down the sip at all, but further adds to the complexity. As the beer warms, funky horse blanket starts to stretch into the finish and aftertaste of the beer. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body, with a crisp fully attenuated feel. Carbonation is mild, but the acidity and attenuation keep this beer light and extremely drinkable, especially for the oak presence in this beer. Overall, this beer features some of the best oak presence I have ever found in a light, drinkable beer. The balance is incredible, as I am getting lots of the gritty tannin without their normal weight, and I am getting great farmhouse funk and great fresh citrus. This beer hits my funky farmhouse notes nicely, and leaves me satisfied. I’ve got another bottle aging, but honestly, I am wondering if that is a good choice or not… I guess only time shall tell if the bottle lasts.

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Étoile Du Maine from Oxbow Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.