Bandolier
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #609
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,515
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
52
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Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: Bière de Printemps. A Malt-forward springtime farmhouse ale, with a delicate noble hop aroma.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 52 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of npolachek
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Biere de printemps. Malt forward french farmhouse style ale beer. Great for springtime as well as the summer. crisp and great balance. Highly enjoyed. My second favorite out of the six beers on draft at the brewery.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice ruddy semi-transparent burnt yellow color with a modest white foamy head softly dieing off barely leave any lace.
The aroma had some lemon sweet to bitter rind-like character softly touching down on some grassy and earthy notes then colliding with some crisp herbal to cracked peppercorn sweetness.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side while adding in some floral hop particles. Grassy hops and lemon rind add a spunky yet semi-soft zesty glow just before the aftertaste hits with some spice and sweet character.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a fantastic sessionability about it. Good carbonation. Mostly mellow as it rolled around my tongue. Not much of a finish, but somewhat dry, light, grassy and zesty.
Overall, it's a saison and drinks like one. I'd have again.

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Photo of illpass78
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint on tap at Ri Ra in Portland, Maine in fancy stemware.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with a minimal head and little lacing. Carbonation heavy. Glows brightly in an attractive way.

Aroma: This beer has a nice floral aroma with notes of grapefruit, lemon, hop bitterness and some light graininess.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Tasty, easy drinking, sessionable ale. Hops and grapefruit are most forward. Some nice malty balance. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: It's slightly light of body, but it's meant as a summer session ale, so that's fitting.

Overall: Really good pale ale. Makes me want to check out more from this brewery.

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Photo of hopley
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of Oxbow - poured into an Oxbow glass from a growler bought today.

Nice light citrusy smell and nice light yellow color. Small head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Light mouthfeel and pleasant taste - nice farmhouse with some slight backend bitterness. A little flat from a carbonation perspective. Very sessionable, especially appropriate for a summer day or evening (unfortunately today is April 17 and it's supposed to get down into the 20s tonight up in Maine).

Overall, a nice tasty beer, but I would have preferred a little more head and carbonation. I would definitely quaff one again given the opportunity. Thank you to Oxbow and the kind Celeste!

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Photo of Jonny41
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at oxbow and took home a growler

Golden orange hue clear light lacing

Smell clean crisp light citrus

Taste light pale orange, clean and refreshing would be great fishing beer, or hot afternoon sipper and at 5.5 percent almost a sesion beer for profesional drinkers

smooth clean taste great fininsh impressed at first sip.

Celeste poured a sample at the tasting room and was immediatly hooked, had a full pour and took home a growler that was consumed by two of us quickly in an afternoon.
Great tasting smooth easy drinking beer,, not over the top with hops or abv but nice mellow flavor and great fininsh making you want another as soon as the first is gone,,
another great beer by the guys at oxbow. Thanks to mike jeff and Tim

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Bandolier from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 52 ratings