Sasuga Saison - Oxbow Brewing Company

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very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rice ale fermented with brettanomyes and saison yeast.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 02-20-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Meridian Pint. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy moderately-bright yellow color with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some beautiful Brett character with pineapple and a bit of tropical fruit. A bit of citrus in the background. The flavor has the same Brett character, which dominates and lends some fruit character and a touch of earth. Really smooth and dry with nice fruit notes. Exquisite use of the Brett. Huge fan.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Cloudy, golden-yellow pour with a small but attractive cap of white head that retained as a thick collar and left a few dots of lacing on the glass. In the nose, fruity esters, and a good dose of funk, and strangely, something of a woody smoke quality. The aroma was reflected in the taste, with notes of pear and pineapple, bready yeast, and a good amount of grassy funk, toasted grains. Crisp and well-balanced, light-medium body, and quite drinkable overall.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Meridian Pint, DC. Saison brewed with rice and fermented with brett.

Pours a hazed golden color with mild amber highlights. Pillowy white head that quickly fades to thin collar and no lace. Slightly sweet, spicy nose with strong fruit, yeast and brett. Flavor is similarly sweet and fruity to start with minimal earthy flavors. Slight lemon acidity throughout and the finish is heavy on grain and rice with mild funk. Thicker side of medium with strong carbonation and a bretty finish. I love this beer one sip and hate it the next. The sake like finish is very interesting and this drinks much larger than the 4.5 ABV suggests. I prefer the Grassroots Wachu as an "Asian" saison and feel like this would work better with either the rice or brett, but not both.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
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.  

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

On tap at Goods from the Woods 2014 with Festero. Light dry lightly fruity earthy saison. I tried this later in the day and I'm afraid it didn't get the chance it should have.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Paradisio

Apperance: straw yellow pour with decent head and lacing
Smell: Very faint brett with some pineapple and other tropical fruits, slightly earthy
Taste: Similar to the smell, faint brett with some pineapple and other tropical fruits
Mouthfeel: a bit thin
Overall: Interesting saison but nothing special

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Sasuga Saison from Oxbow Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.