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Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale - Oxbow Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale AleBarrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.32%

Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A farmhouse ale fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 08-26-2012)
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Photo of Slatetank


4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 15:05:14 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:50:31 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of PHBoiler


4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 16:42:35 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of corby112


3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
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.   

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 18:02:24 | More by corby112
Photo of alaimoa


4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 21:51:28 | More by alaimoa
Photo of jlindros


4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 23:29:34 | More by jlindros
Photo of kbuzz


4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 04:07:02 | More by kbuzz
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 23:32:35 | More by Alieniloquium
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:20:01 | More by MasterSki
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 20:00:36 | More by yourefragile
Photo of Thorpe429


4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 12:43:51 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of woosterbill


4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 00:54:53 | More by woosterbill
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 02:00:17 | More by johnnnniee
Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
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