Sasuga Saison - Oxbow Brewing Company
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
3.05/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with bright peach edges and a two finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Funky aroma with a subtle sulfur character. Musty brett/wild bugs are really strong in the nose, overpowering the other notes a bit. Underneath, there's some sulfur with farmhouse funk, bready yeast and light fruit.
On the fuller end of medium body with a really strong brett presence that dominates the other flavors. Dry and musty but the wild yeast overshadows the farmhouse/saison character too much for my preference. Subtle funky farmhouse yeast along with bread, zesty spice, light fruit and grain. The flavors fall off half way through and this beer is really light in the finish. Overall, it's pretty one dimensional and could use better integration of flavors. Too brett heavy and a bit boring.
Serving type: on-tap
11-02-2013 01:55:36 | More by corby112
4.04/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a hazy, muddy, golden yellow with copper tinges and a fizzy head of lightly creamy, white, medium sized bubbles that fizzle away to leave a nice scrim. In body, the beer is lightly foggy, with little bubbles coming up through the haze. On the nose, the beer smells of pineapple citrus, fresh leather and a touch of barnyard funk and horse blanket thrown in. There is even a slight saltiness to the smell, which adds a more savory character to the nose, and a touch of apple skins and vinegar. On the tongue the beer tastes tartly acidic with citric and lactic acids and a touch of malty sweetness. In flavor, the beer begins as citric tart with a touch of chalky acid, much like a Berliner Weisse, but then mellows into a grainy malt taste which comes on strong in the finish with a touch of lemon citrus, and is slightly reminiscent of brown rice. There is a touch of grassiness in the taste which must come from the hops, and which provides a nice, light bitter balance to the beer’s tartness. In the mouth, the beer feels prickly and alive on the tongue with strong effervescence and a creamy carbonation. The beer is on the light side of medium in body with just a touch of grip on the tongue and cheeks. The mouth is left lined in slight saliva with a chalky feeling. Overall, this is a refreshingly tart ale with a nice grainy flavor that is slightly different from other Oxbow beers, but still refreshing and crisp in the mouth. An excellent summer beer with a lot of similarities to a higher alcohol percentage Berliner Weisse. Try this beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2013 02:23:50 | More by Maxwell
Sasuga Saison from Oxbow Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.