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Original Deluxe - Oxbow Brewing Company

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Original Deluxe
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20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ToasterChef on 06-30-2013)
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Original Deluxe was a one-off collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal Ales. It is a strong Biere de Garde brewed with all noble hops. ABV is approximate; the brewer didn't know the ABV off the top of hsi head, but told me it was around 8%.I was lucky enough to be in the Oxbow tasting room when the first keg of OD was tapped. I got the buy the first growler of it! I'm pouring into my Oxbow tulip.

The beer is a cloudy, opaque brown liquid with a small tan head. The bubbles on top disperse into a ring of foam and a small island of bubbles in the center of the glass. Swirling the glass brings the head back and leaves the walls coated with a foamy skim.

As you would expect from a beer using exclusively noble hops, there is a strong hop aroma. It's much hoppier than you would expect in this style beer, but that was intentional (Tim the brewer told me so!). It is a strongly bitter aroma, with some toffee malts in the background.

The malt base has some dark fruit flavors: raisin and plum. There is some grassy bitterness, but the bitter flavors aren't as strong as the aromas. Bitterness is most pronounced in the finish. It lingers on.

The beer d leaves a noticeable film behind. That being said, it doesn't feel too thick as I sip it. It;s only after I swallow can you feel the coating. Carbonation is low, despite me keeping the growler cooled since I purchased it.

This is a very enjoyable beer. Oxbow is so much more than a saison brewery, and this Biere de garde shows that! It doesn't have any characteristics that I would say show the influence of Brian Strumke, but I'm not overly knowledgeable about his beers. I'd recommend this beer to fans of either brewery, or to anyone who wants a slightly different take on a Belgian-style beer.

Serving type: growler

06-30-2013 00:13:42 | More by ToasterChef
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Original Deluxe from Oxbow Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.