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Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale - Oxbow Brewing Company

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 99
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: johnnnniee on 08-26-2012

A farmhouse ale fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces.
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Photo of Chico1985
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9 750ml shared at a tasting two nights ago, reviewed from notes.

A - Pale rusty orange color with some haze on the later pours. Small white head retains decently leaving bits of lace.

S - Bretty funk, sour gueuze-like qualities, lemon, apple, exotic fruit funk, farmy yeasts and oak. Nice balance of brett and oaky saison.

T - Less sourness/funk than the scent, alot more straight-up farmhouse ale here with great brett. Lots of apple, green grape, peach and lemon coming through, spicy farmy yeasts, some buttery oak barrel and candi sugar.

M - Somewhat light feel, crisp and refreshing, some tartnessness, great balance of flavors. Fine overall but perhaps could use more carbonation spritz.

O - Very drinkable and complex. The brett strain and oak barrel are quite nice and don't take over the great base beer, just compliment it.

Photo of cbutova
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Cheeks. I think my first BA or wild Oxbow beer. I have had the base beer for this countless times and it is a favorite. Thinking of this aged on bugs is intriguing to say the least.

A- Pale yellow body from the 750ml to a tulip glass. A foamy head forms to just over one finger receding to a small ring. Sticky legs hang around but not all that many.

S- Farmhouse yeast character is strong mixed in with Brett and sour notes. A great balance is found between those elements, no dominance. Lactic acid bacteria, fruity and band aid Brett, stone fruit pith, barnyard straw, funk and spices.

T- Hmm, this may be a first for me. The lactic hit I found in the nose is almost nothing here. I am not sure it even makes sense to say it somehow smells sour but only tiny tarts here. Much more spicy Saison yeast and Brett happening at this juncture. Brett cherry pie, dry straw, horse blanket, grapes, apples, dried apricot, coriander, wet white oak, pepper and that general spicy yeast feel.

MF- Overall it is light bodied and fairly dry with a foamy consistency. The bubbles land at a medium high level. Light lactic tart and spicy bitter finish.

About as spot on as it gets for a funky, Brett barrel aged Saison. Large amounts of Brett and Saison yeast with hints of bacteria where you have to pull out the subtleties. Really well crafted.

Photo of corysmith01
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ken_P
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jim_carignan
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PEIhop
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Batch # 9.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and white wine aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, spice, white wine, and pickle juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice barrel aged aspects, but the pickle juice element I am getting is odd.

Serving type: bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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1/5  rDev -76.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
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