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Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale - Oxbow Brewing Company

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 193
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 103
Gots: 45 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 193
Photo of Jason
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Bubbly and pours out a clear golden colored brew, just enough white lacing to keep the beery appearance. Brett all in the nose. Fruity, phenolic, woody, dry, and mildly tart. Wood character settles this beer down from the lively funk character. Dryness is amazing, very crisp which makes it that much more drinkable. Delicious all around, way too much fun to sip on.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer offers green apple, lemon tart, but restrained with some wheat and crackery malts in the middle. The malt is reasonably pronounced for the style without the tart or funk poking its head up too aggressively. Not as intense as some other American barrel aged farmhouse beers.

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Photo of rudzud
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Kyle on his birthday. This bottle, I believe, may be batch 1. Happy birthday man.

A - Poured into a hill farmstead tulip a hazy golden hue with a fluffy one finger head that fades to leave thin lacing and solid halo.

S - Aromas of brett funk, barnyard, light green apple. Super aromatic.excellent.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, phenomenal brett funk, green apple skin, barnyard, really super pleasant tart and soft. It's got loads of apple skins...this has aged phenomenally.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, clean, glorious.

O - Overall this beer was absolutely incredible. It aged incredibly well with awesome brett notes. Man alive I wished I had another bottle of this. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Mini4x
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy yellow, light head, hint of sour / tart but nice and fresh and crisp, a nice funk to it as well. I need to get more Oxbow, might be time for a trip to Portland.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - light copper color
S - light citrus/tropical hints, lots of Brett
T - very nice balanced Brett flavor, some slight maltiness
F - medium carbonation
O - very nice balanced beer, looking forward to aging it!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very cloudy appearance. Some citrus and sour on the nose, but pretty muted. Taste is more earthy and the farmhouse style comes through. After taste is very refreshing. Overall a solid/good beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle pour into into unbranded wine stem.

May 2015 batch.

This beer looks and smells alot like the base beer farmhouse pale ale. The taste is slightly different though. An added quality of a light tartness is the main addition to barrel aged farmhouse pale ale versus farmhouse pale ale; which the barrel aging does not take over the base beer. Outstanding balance of light barrel nuance and base beer. Also a little stronger earthy presence and light funk present as well. Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer appears to be just as carbonated as the base beer and might even have an equal body as the base beer, but could potentially feel light due to the light tart kick in the flavor. Exceptionally drinkable and crisp without getting dry. This barrel aged saison is pretty nice! Oxbow crafts saisons really well and knows there way around barrel aging to boot. I would say that this is in the leagues of Hill Farmstead saisons, Side Projects saisons, and Casey saisons. Which are among my personal favorites when we are talking saisons of any variety.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

Batch 9

Hazy yellow body with a few bubbles of head. Aromas of stone fruit, oak, vanilla. Woody and tannic with some peach notes. Thin body with low carbonation. Decent.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is hazed yellowish amber with a fairly tight white head. Nose doesn't offer much barrel, has some interesting farmhouse notes and a present lemon aroma. Taste has a hint of wood to it, a touch sweeter, lemony esters and a moderate farmhouse yeast. Medium body and a strong carbonation with lingering sweetness.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, served chilled in a tulip.

the color is golden with hazed clarity and white head. The smell has a light funk and white grape aroma with slight herbal accent with a yeast ester which is indicative of a saison. The feel has big tanginess and slight barnyard texture with peppery spice and light tannic element with mild sweetness and gentle bitterness with moderately high carbonation and dry finish.

The taste is great -citrus tanginess and light grape notes with slight herbal woodiness and dry malt backing with a yeast spice and dry mild wild yeast flavor in the finish. Overall I was extremely pleased to try this -nice barrel treatment a solid example of the style!

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #8. Served from a 750ml bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip. Cellar temp. This was a real gusher folks.

Appearance- Cloudy orangeish with a two finger fluffy off-white head that left some nice lacing.

Smell- Brett straight up. Some oak, apples/pears, green grapes, some light lemon. Very floral and brett forward.

Taste- Apples, grapes, pears, brett, oak, floral hops, grass, yeasty funk. Very light tinge of heat to it.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated, medium-full body, light heat at the back of the throat, light tartness.

Overall- Another great beer by Oxbow. These guys really can't go wrong. I wish they would bottle more and distribute to RI, because I miss them!

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding farmhouse beer. It is complex with the brett and oak. The oak plays in balance with the other flavors. It is everything you'd want in a farmhouse ale with the earthiness, funk, and bready qualities. The mouthfeel, dryness, and effervescence sold me. Just awesome.

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Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Clearer and darker than the regular version.  Pours a pale golden yellow color with orange/banana hues and a 1.5 finger white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Musty, funky aroma with a really strong brett presence.  Strong oak presence with lots of funky bugs and farmhouse/saison character followed by bready yeast, slight zesty spice and sweeter light fruit notes.

Medium bodied with a nice brett presence but it's well integrated into the farmhouse and pale ale flavors.  Not as overpowering as it was in the nose.  The barrel character in subtle with some dry oak/toothpick flavor.  This is followed by dry, musty brett, grass, straw and light fruit flavor, notably  apple and pear.  The light fruit toward the end of the palate balances things out nicely with some needed sweetness.  Overall, this was a bit more interesting than the base version.  The addition of wild yeast and oak aging give this beer another layer of flavor without overpowering what was pleasant about the regular version.   

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Photo of alaimoa
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch #7 Review picked up from tauroe's lovely wife at the brewery
-Appearance exactly what it should be: clear golden, good bubbles, just a pretty beer
-Smell: funk, oak, sour granny smith apple
-Taste bretty sourness in a good way, oak in the background with a with a fairly dry finish that leaves you ready for anothersip
-Mouthfeel: rolling small bubbles, light/medium consistency - floats in your mouth
Overall: killed it, batch #6 was unreal too and upsetting that we didn't buy more than 1. Not making the mistake this time and buying a few batch #7s

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Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent fluffy airy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with nice lacing, actually fairly good retention, bubbles streaming up, mostly clear golden honey colored.

Nose brings some nice farmhouse aromas, a nice earthy funk to it, almost but not quite barnyard level funk, with nice dry saison characters, bit of wheat and grassy hay, faint lemon zesty, the barrel cuts in with a little vanilla and faint toasty oak, with the light wheat and malt underneath brings a hint of vanilla cream cake, faint spices, and light fruity vinous like grape skin.

Taste starts with nice farmhouse funk, again almost but not quite barnyard level of funk. NIce saison spices, light lemony flavors, grassy and wet hay, hint of strawberry even, with the musty grape skin vinous flavors. A light toasty oak that barely comes through, with a slight vanilla again. Then earthy slightly spicy hops kick in, fair bitterness, almost chewy spicy hop level with a hint of fruitiness too. Finish is dry, very dry, nice farmhouse funk that quickly gives way to the fruity flavors, a long spicy hop finish, more vinous grape skin and flesh even.

Mouth is med bodied, nice carb, soft feeling a bit.

Overall quite nice, great funky farmhouse saison flavors, with a nice fruity grape skin flavor, barrel is light but good that it doesn't overpower everything, and a bit of spicy hops add another little touch. Tasty beer.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

combining separate notes for different batches since they aren't listed separately (hint, hint)

Batch #3: a gusher...their base pale ale aged in barrels used for their sour "arboreal"...was sampled about a year ago and my notes alude me...but from what I remember, this beer was funky, acidic, complex, slighty sweet and tart.

Batch #6: a blend of the base beer partially aged in bourbon barrels and partially in blueberry wine barrels. This version was quite tannic, oaky, funky, and complex. A bit of the bourbon...fluffy with layered notes of rye, pepper and white grapes.

Batch #7 (11/1/13): similar to #6...blended from two BBA batches. Tannic, oaky, fluffy mouthfeel. Juicy beer...lots of Brett complexities...stops just short of being tart to me, but one might call it that. This is such a great wild funky farm beer. Saison? Wild? Sour? Farmhouse? Great.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL swing top bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow. Nice white head. Great retention.

Smell - Bretty and oaky. Some farmhouse funk. Some hops. A bit of acidity. Very nice.

Taste - Brighter acidic flavors here, but nothing by way of sour. Grainy. Hops are muted. Grassy and lemony. Nice but not as complex as the nose.

Mouthfeel - Light, well carbonated. Easy drinking.

Overall - Delicious. Gets more acidic as I drink it. Less complex, too, but still good.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Todd, I think. Batch #4.

A - White foam settles to wisps, thick collar, and minimal lacing. Hazy pale orange-yellow body.

S - Interesting mix of spicy oak, light dill, dusty brett strain, wheat and grains. Reminds me a little of Tom's cucumber Saison actually, even though there isn't any vegetable in here - thinking it's the oak and yeast combo.

T - The taste is lightly tangy, with a mix of stone fruits, estery yeast, bread, and less oak presence. Not very 'pale ale' - either the hops are long gone or this was just a farmhouse ale to begin with, but in any case it's a very good one.

M - Dry, medium body, with pleasant soft moderate carbonation. No perceptible alcohol. Pretty much what I'd expect from this style.

D - A very well-crafted funky farmhouse beer that I greatly enjoyed and could drink in large quantities. I will definitely seek out more Oxbow offerings in the future, as they clearly have some skill.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75 cL flip top bottle shared by Thorpe.

Pours a hazed, with mild clarity, golden light amber with a thin white head with a small stream of steady bubbles. Fades to a thin collar with some wispy lace. Beautiful bright aroma of wine, red grapes, lemon, vanilla, grass, orange peel and freedom. Medium thick body, a little over carbonated and fizzy. Flavor is not as complex as the nose, but has a nice balance of the barrel and base beer. Fruit takes more of the form of tangerine, sweet throughout with a slightly oaky finish. A unique beer from the base, though I prefer to the base to this as the flavor is a little too sweet and doesn't have much saison characteristics left.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial bottle at Three Penny Taproom. Huge thanks to Lukaduke for also sharing a bottle later that evening. Pours a clear golden color with very nice carbonation and a good eggshell head. Sticky lacing.

The nose carries a distinct saison profile underneath a bit of acidity and a good dose of funk. The flavor brings the acidity more to the front. This immediately reminded me of some of the De La Senne saisons blended with lambic. Fairly similar to some batches of Saison Vautour as well. Hay, lemon, straw, faint grain, and earthy funk all blend incredibly well with the backing acidity.

Body is light and very crisp. Smooth lactic finish. Very inviting. An excellent beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Purchased at the brewery in early June, shared at a tasting in December. From notes.

A: Hazy amber body with an inch of pillowy white froth that settles slowly and rockily and leaves light lace. Nice.

S: Richly grapey wine, smooth vanilla oak, tropical fruit, and pear. Rich, complex, and great.

T: Sweet grapes up front, with oak, pear, apple, and grassy floral dryness on the finish. Long, dry, oaky aftertaste. I love the rich fruitiness paired with a dry finish. Lovely.

M: Very lively, very soft, and creamy medium body. Great.

O: This was spectacularly good. Just pure deliciousness. I would buy this all the time if I could.


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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Eb's
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a fleeting off white head that leaves some stickage on the way down. Smells of lemon and funk with bits of wood and bready malt deep underneath. Earthy, bready, lemony, funky flavor with bits of wood. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart mouthfeel. Interesting brew. A funky pale on wood sounds like its going to be a mess, but somehow it all melds together nicely and it just works.

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Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.