Synthesis | Oxbow Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jonny41 on 12-22-2013

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle dated Feb 2016.

Pours dark brown with chestnut shoulders. Zero retention or lacing after a quickly fizzling head. Aromatics lead off with dark fruit, balsamic, and clove-dusted chocolate. Medium bodied and a bit slick. Bright acid with soured fruit on the palate. Shades of bitter chocolate, balsamic, malt, and apples. Finishes tart and fruity with mild malt.

Tasty with a nice level of sourness. Carbonation is a bit light though and lacking some depth and complexity.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Label says Feb, 2016.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a couple of small patches of sheer surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Nice tart fruity aroma brings to mind blackberry jam and tart cherry as well as some oak notes. Good funky complexity.

T- Great balanced flavor profile with just enough lactic acidity to complement the tannins from the oak and Brett. Very drinkable for the ABV with notes of pineapple, currant and more tart cherry.

M- Perfect amount of pucker with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- First beer I've had from these guys and I'm impressed. If all of their stuff is this good, I'm going to be actively seeking it out in the future.

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Photo of Jonny41
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber and cloudy with slight sediment, appearance reminds me of apple juice. Bubbly lacing sticks to glass and floats in pockets on top.
Smell is fantastic; tart Brett, tangy, very enjoyable.
Taste: tart, sour, long lingering finish that resonates through the nose; something slightly sweet but not identifiable, very enjoyable sipping.
Mouthfeel: Tingly & tart! Slight puckering feel, then a dry finish that lingers in the nose.
Overall: Great sour beer. This is not my favorite style, or one I commonly drink. But that being said, there was nothing that made me want to stop drinking this beer. I was truly sad when the glass was empty! The sour was perfect and not overpowering or too funky, like others I've tried. Highly recommend for a new sour drinker or an experienced one, if you can get your hands on this rare gem. My wife, an avid wine drinker and beer appreciator, loved it.
Other note: Got better as it warmed, would say perfect at 60-65 degrees. May not get traded after all.

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Synthesis from Oxbow Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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