Stillbow Oxtisanal | Oxbow Brewing Company

Stillbow OxtisanalStillbow Oxtisanal
Liked This Beer
4.4 w/ 74 ratings
Stillbow OxtisanalStillbow Oxtisanal

Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blonde saison aged 20 months in Maine blueberry wine barrels
(brewed 2011, released 2013)

Added by Seanniek91 on 10-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by jaasen64:
Photo of jaasen64
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle purchased at the '13 Goods from the Woods Festival at Oxbow, poured into respective festival glass.

A- Cap cracks off with a nice hissing sound leading to a somewhat slow-rising gusher (have that glass ready!). Pours a crystal clear golden with a nice 1.5-finger foamy/bubbly head that has nice retention receding to a thin wispy layer. Decent carbonation which is fairly fast rising and has a nice consistency.

S- Nice refined barnyard funk, a bit of hay, clean saison yeast, faint blueberries that blend in with the saison yeast, slight tart lemon peel, and a bit of oak. Fairly aromatic with a nice complexity.

T- Lightly tart lemons balancing with a hint of blueberries, light clean barnyard funk balancing with the saison yeast, finishes with tart lemon peel mixed with blueberries and a touch of oak. Nice clean saison qualities that meet a tamed funk and light tart fruits. The blueberry wine barrels add a nice uniqueness bringing out subtle balanced blueberry flavors.

M- Medium bodied, very clean, slightly acidic, carbonation adds a fizzy feeling on the palate, very easy drinking.

O- This was a nice unique barrel-aged saison that used great use of local fruit flavored wine barrels to produce a nice unique beer. I wouldn't say this is the best wine-barrel aged saison I've had but it definitely ranks among some of the better one's I've tried. This is without a doubt worth trying and I wish I picked up more bottles when I had the chance.

 1,471 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time in the Philly area and I walk into Monks for a beer. They have this bottle on the menu! This has been a long time want and I never thought that I would run into this in Philly!

vintage 2013.

split 2 ways into Oxbow tulip glasses poured by the barkeep.

Appearance: clear yellow bodied beer with massive white head. Thick lacing and strong staying power with the head.

Smell: Loads of fruity and earthy brett. Hint of blueberry skins.

Taste: Exactly like like nose! Fruity and earthy brett. Hint of blueberry skins and oak.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy body with a mild dry finish. Very drinkable.

Overall: My first Oxbow beer! Really interesting saison. Never had a blueberry wine barrel aged beer. Very unique. Wish that more blueberry was present with this beer, but it was still really tasty beer!

 853 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

brett significant with some woodiness from 2011 to round out the sourness. low acid. Blueberry on the aftertaste, interacting well with brett. Bottle sample at Birrificio Volo.

 176 characters

Photo of benbazi
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of adamdarcy
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ConradKenney
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kbuzz
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of gillagorilla
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ShanePB
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rrski198
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of SourinQns
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with rudzud.

Little eruption, creamy thick head, tons of lacing, semi clear golden honey colored.

Nose is all Brett, Brett c mostly, little Brett B funk and horsehair, nice pineapple and mild tropical like, hint of grainy malt, vinous barrel notes and mild sour.

Taste is basically more Brett, mild Brett B horsehair funk, little sour tart vinous berry note and barrel, lactic acid, mild grainy saison malt, bit of Brett c tropical notes. Finish is dry and flemmy, bit of lactic acid mild tannic bitter stem.

Mouth is med to lighter bod decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, lots of Brett and mild barrel notes, hint of blueberry tart wine.

 650 characters

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BucketBoy
3/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Saudereth
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Stillbow Oxtisanal from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.3% out of 100 with 74 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.