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Original Deluxe - Oxbow Brewing Company

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Original Deluxe
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BA SCORE
85
very good

22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 16.14%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ToasterChef on 06-30-2013)
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

On tap at When Pigs Fly. In a snifter the beer was rust-colored with a medium-sized off-white head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Hoppy aroma, earthy. Some dark fruit.

Plum and raisin. Earthy.

A nice balance between the fruit and the hops. I had a couple and easily could have had a couple more.

07-30-2013 22:09:32 | More by lordofthewiens
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briandaube

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-26-2013 10:45:26 | More by briandaube
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-24-2013 00:03:15 | More by acurtis
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benbazi

California

5/5  rDev +32.3%

08-04-2014 19:57:00 | More by benbazi
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-17-2013 12:22:41 | More by Snellgg5
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-25-2014 09:55:35 | More by gillagorilla
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-14-2013 18:22:11 | More by salthemonster
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-12-2014 16:04:42 | More by mendvicdog
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-03-2014 18:58:45 | More by ShanePB
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-15-2013 19:46:51 | More by MRsojourner
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Jackz29

Maryland

2/5  rDev -47.1%

03-17-2014 00:34:50 | More by Jackz29
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WynnO

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-01-2013 14:10:35 | More by WynnO
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-15-2013 13:45:14 | More by nmann08
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

06-30-2013 00:13:42 | More by ToasterChef
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-02-2014 18:25:00 | More by BARFLYB
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-17-2013 14:07:46 | More by xnicknj
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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alaimoa

Connecticut

2.68/5  rDev -29.1%

Had this on tap at the anniversary party and must say it was the first Oxbow beer that i was fairly underwhelmet by and wouldn't get again.
A: translucent brown with a bit of lace
S: very earthy, dirt, bit of caramel raisin
T: malt profile hits upfront with very earthy tones with fairly bad aftertaste

08-14-2013 12:03:30 | More by alaimoa
Original Deluxe from Oxbow Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.