Synthesis
Oxbow Brewing Company

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From:
Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #93
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,168
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 6.99%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
57
Status:
Active
Rated:
Thursday at 08:25 PM
Added:
Dec 22, 2013
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  13
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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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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Rated: 4.06 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Thursday at 08:25 PM
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.23 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

4.16/5  rDev -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
 
Rated: 3.82 by socon67 from New York

Sep 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

May 19, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +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
 
Rated: 4 by Janeinma from Massachusetts

Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by Nunya from Ohio

Aug 01, 2019
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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.22 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Apr 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.4 by fthegiants from California

Mar 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.54 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Oct 26, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.07 by vfgccp from New York

Apr 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by krome from Illinois

Apr 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Feb 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Jan 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.86 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jun 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

May 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.07 by mig100 from Texas

Mar 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Mar 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Nov 13, 2016
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.14 by grover37 from District of Columbia

Nov 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.45 by Burt from Rhode Island

Oct 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by acurtis from New Jersey

Sep 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by Hopheadhiker from New York

Jun 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.66 by Davl22 from New Hampshire

May 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.64 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

May 01, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Axnjxn from North Carolina

Mar 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by imperialking from Illinois

Mar 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by wethorseblanket from California

Dec 22, 2014
Synthesis from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 65 ratings