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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
oxbowbeer.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-23-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,594
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
178
pDev:
7.16%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 178 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of SFC21
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JunctionCat
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dzni
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from January 2016 bottle.

Appearance is bright golden with frothy white head
Smell, I get citrus, grapes, funk .. there's probably more here, but pretty complex, really nice smell
Taste is dry with a tiny citrus sweetness for balance, with a touch of funk.
Light body and mouthfeel, fairly carbonated
Overall, dry, super refreshing, with just enough funk to make it interesting but not overwhelming. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at The Malted Barley in Westerly, RI

Pours a hazy golden straw with a thick, frothy white head; a bunch of sticky lacing left behind.

Smells of tart barnyard funk, torched wood, an elevated earthy brown sugar, and sweet peaches; strikes a subtle and quite incredible balance here.

Taste brings a light backbone of hay followed by familiar notes of cane sugar, peaches, and mild vegetation filtered through fresh spring water; such dynamic flavor for a lower ABV beer.

Mouthfeel shows a fluffy, medium carbonation making itself felt immediately, thinning out over time without losing an inherently bright, bursting quality; both assertive, crisp, and refreshing.

So much packed into this saison; the notes are unique, refined, and never overwhelming. Beautifully done, and really expressive of the great potential of this style.

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Photo of paresis
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AirBob
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

found marked down in some random liquor store in chicago, i love when something like this happens, a pricey bottle doesnt move and gets blown out at low prices, but is a wild beer and has clearly appreciated over time. hard to believe this hasnt resonated with the chicago beer community, but maybe i just got lucky. murky straw yellow from the bottle, thick looking for its modest abv, and without hardly and head at all, not particularly attractive aside from its bright sunny shade, but i pour it sort of lazily and drunkenly, and maybe didnt do it justice there, and the aroma is great, fully mature funky brett, peachy and melony and citrusy and somehow still hoppy to me after quite some time in the bottle. the label calls it a blended saison, perhaps using multiple yeast strains in it, a saison type with a little belgian flare, and this mix of bretts, or, the brett is just so mature and complex that it presents a mixed type fermentation profile. sliced pineapple and guava tropicality, minerals and earthiness as well grounding it, raw wheat, faint acidity, kiwi fruit and honeydew, white wine and green tea, a botanical freshness here for a beer so old, and honestly just a really good wild saison, even lambic-esque in spots. oxbow always impresses me, and obviously this one is pretty bulletproof as far as time as concerenced, as its still drinking beautifully. a little more carbonation would be cool, but the flavors here are awesome. a great illustration of what mature brettanomyces looks like in a well made saison!

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrederickTatum
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a very nice white head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is nice looking clear pale straw color that is pretty nice looking.

The smell is nice with a good hay and musky barnyard smell to it and some light kuzu citrus to it. It also has a little rye spice to it. The brett is fairly light but still adds a nice funk to it.

The taste is roughly the same as the smell. The brett in the finish is moderate and funky; not to mention a good complement to the other notes to give it a rustic impression from it.

The feel is pretty light with some good carbonation with a very good bite to it.

Overall, it's a good if fairly light saison

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Photo of williahd
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicolaiw
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow, little hazy with one finger white head.
Aroma has hay, tart, barnyard, citrus, yuzu, little funk.
Taste is bitter grapefruit, hay, barnyard, pig stable, hoppy.

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Photo of pprichar
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phineasco
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 178 ratings