Oxbow Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #108
Ranked #2,666
4.3 | pDev: 6.98%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: Synthesis is a blend of mature barrel-aged beers and fresh ale. This sour red ale is produced in our rural brewery utilizing traditional methods, thus we have dubbed this unique offering our "Farmhouse Flanders Ale".
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 2018.

Appearance - Pours a dark chestnut with two fingers of bubbly light cocoa head.

Smell - spicy earthy and floral hops, oak, vinous aromas, red wine, grape musk, tart blueberry, cranberry, and plum, clove, pepper, biscuity malts, and spicy earthy yeast.

Taste - spicy earthy and floral hops upfront. The oak, vinous aromas, red wine, grape musk, tart blueberry, cranberry, and plum come through next. The clove, pepper, biscuity malts and spicy earthy yeast round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly tart with all elements lingering.

Overall - A bold and flavourful barrel-aged saison. This may be a tad tart for some but for me this is just the right amount of tartness. A must try and nice find here in Cowtown!

Mar 21, 2021
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ChipChaight from New York

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 2017 bottle from Blending and Bottling in Portland. Pours opaque dark red/brown with two finger with creamy dark tan head, boozy lacing, smell is sour tannic red wine grapes, grape leather, cranberry, tart blueberry, hints of coffee and chocolate, taste follows the nose with tannic sour grape, sour blueberry preserve, tart plum, finishes with mild woody coffee and dark caramel, feel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation, tannic and fairly acidic, finishes dry. A fruity/jammy wine forward sour.

Oct 15, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled: May 2017

Dark, sour, roasty, vinous red wine, oak barrel, mild funk, chocolate, dark caramel, molasses, tart red fruits, unripe red berry notes, some yeasty esters, farmhouse, toasty hay, clove spice, earthy herbal hops, really balanced, tart, vinous and malty

Feb 19, 2020
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle dated February 2016, drank in an Oxbow Teku on 4/16/19

Poured dark brown ruby red chestnut with a finger of off white head, an edge of head and a sexy swirly in the center remained as it warmed. No lacing to speak of and there was a red vinous smell there, but faint for me. Taste is heavy cherry and dark fruits, with some grapefruit at the back end as it warms. Thick mouthfeel initially, but thinner as it warms. Not overly sour or tart, but does have a dry bitter end shoe leather thing to it that I was initially undecided as to whether I liked or not, whether it was intentional or not, whether it was age related or not? After it warmed to room temperature, I decided the dry bitterness seemed to abate a bit into more of a smooth character. Either way, a handsome beer that really evolved throughout the 1.5 hours I took to drink it, and one that I look forward to trying again fresh next time they release it.

Apr 17, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First thing I will say, is let this beer warm up! The beer really opens up at a warmer temperature than suggested serving. Taste is slightly sour with lots of dark fruits and apple with a nice jam like consistency in the sugar complexion. Felt a little honed in on one or two flavors of dark fruit jam and oak, instead of having the balance to have everything come out more, but still very enjoyable

Jun 12, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Nov 09, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4%
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.

Oct 31, 2016
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Jonny41 from Maine

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Dec 22, 2013
Synthesis from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 64 ratings