Oxbow Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #951
Ranked #17,868
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 53 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of EMV
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a draft-filled bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed light golden pour with thick foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Light citrus and funk. Grassy.

T.F: Light crackery grains... lemon citrus, grass, pear/fruit, and earth. Mild spice... smokiness coming in mid-swig. Not overpowering but definitely present. Minimal funk... no significant tartness. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation.

O: A pretty cool brew... a nice light saison with some smokiness tossed in for variety. Unique and interesting. Very glad I got to try it, and as a huge Bowie fan I very much approve.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle sample at birreria Volo takeover with moderate smoke in a malt and hop base. dry drinkable. hazy yellow. Kind of Octoberfest. Above average offering.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 750 ml bottle purchased at Portland tasting room.
Light copper color. Head fades quickly.
Sour, earthy, slightly funky aroma.
Light farmhouse taste. Sour without any fruit tartness or sweetness.
Sparkly feel. Very nice.
Overall a very nice light farmhouse.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dive Bar patio full pints and sun. The best beer bar.

A- Pours from the tap with a medium golden hue and a one finger fluffy white cap. A few spots of lace here and there from the remaining medium belt.

S- Oxbow house yeast with pale fruits, spice and herbal tones. Pale Belgian base grain as well as a hint of smoke. Apple, pear, orange peel, pink pepper and coriander hints.

T- Oxbow native flavors up front leading to a lingering woody campfire smokiness in the finish; the level of smoked malts plays well with the bright yeast. That shiny farmhouse yeast drops notes of lemon zest, pepper, coriander, orange peel, bread and apple/pear esters. Herbal and spicy throughout.

MF- Zesty and crisp light body with a semi-watery but appropriately highly carbonated body. Small amount of spicy bitterness in the finish.

Golden Saison with a nice lingering smoked malty tone. I never thought of this combo but here it is done quite well with a transition from bright Belgian yeast to smoked logs.

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Photo of justme
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dive Bar. "Subtle smoke" almost scared me off but that didn't stop me. The smoke was present but never dominate. It added a nice back flavor to a pleasant Farmhouse.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Oxbow in Portland. Served in a taster. Mostly clear orange body. Big white head with great retention. Smells quite smokey, even though it says subtle smoke on the menu. A little meaty and dominates the aroma. Just a bit of yeast behind it. Taste is a little less dominated, but still has strong smoke. Some doughy malts and a touch of yeast in the finish. Medium body. Medium low carbonation. Not my thing, really.

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Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half pint on tap at the brewery's tasting room in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw with a short white head.

Aroma: Slight smoky aroma along with spices and some grassy hops.

Taste: This beer has a nice smoky character that lingers just long enough on the palate. The spices and grassy hops are also there. Not a huge smoky taste, but enough that it's a great accent.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light and summery.

Overall: Well-executed stab at a smoky saison. Good for a smoky daytime option.

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Photo of SupportNewEnglandBrew
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another crisp farmhouse saison from oxbow, but this one with a subtle smokey taste. Not in the smoked beer campfire sense. More suave. This could be a good day drinking and grilling beer.

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Bowie from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 53 ratings