Bobasa
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Style:
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Ranked #6
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,234
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 7.47%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
24
From:
Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  1
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: BOBASA is a blend of barrel-aged smoked ales. Young, smoked Bière de Garde is blended with 1- and 2-year-old vintages aged in white wine barrels
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ChipChaight from New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

December 2017 bottle from the Blending and Bottling in Portland. Pours an almost opaque amber orange with a finger of off-white head, smell is sour plum, Concord grapes, raspberries, red and purple tootsie roll pop, mild vinegar, maybe a little hint of smoke, taste is acidic plum, musty tannic white grape skin, hints of apple cider vinegar, finishes with a very mild hint of smoke, feel is light, dry, acidic, and very well carbonated. Fairly acidic and tannic, wish there was more smoke, but still a highly enjoyable darker farmhouse.

Oct 12, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mar, 2016 bottle

Copper color with good head retention, smoky, toasty, malty, tart, sour, oaky, caramel, woody notes, lemon acidity, red apple, some chocolate

Jun 19, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

described on the beer list where i had this as a smoked biere de garde, which i think may be a rather liberal use of the style name here, i didnt expect this to be sour, but its really quite acidic, a bit more bacterial and sharp than i am used to in oxbow stuff, but i really like the beer, especially on a chilly early winter afternoon. its very seasonal, light brown colored and frothy headed from the tap. aroma of light peat, smoldering extinguished campfire, and light chocolate malt, along with a bit of red wine vinegar and dark bread, quite heart for being obviously sour, and quite complex as well, the smoke doesnt crowd anything out at all. a little lighter on the grain side than i am used to in a biere de garde, but i like that with the funkiness, light cocoa character to it, great with the woody smoke, notes of fallen leaves here too, and a bran note or something, very dry though all the way through. past the sourness is a really cool wild funk i am familiar with from other oxbow beers, and there is a soft citrus element too, really quite a complex little beer here. maybe not as drinkable as a lot of theirs are, but really interesting and delicious beer for the colder weather. its neat to have some oxbow on tap in denver!

Nov 26, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Farmhouse Tap. Hazy deep amber. Aroma is dark fruit acidity. Pushing vinegar, but not quite. Some bready malts and hints of smoke, but only because I know it's there. Tastes of dark fruit sourness and some smoke. Some caramel malt and oak. Medium heavy. It works but it's a little slow to drink.

Jun 30, 2018
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aquabears from Connecticut

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer. Copper, clear, slight head. Smells like wine grapes, sweet fruit, and slight, SLIGHT, smoke. Taste is complex - smoked grapes. Sweet and tangy. I wish I could do it justice with my description. Fizzy and light, wet finish. Leaves you salivating.

Mar 25, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A red/orange color with little-to-no head.
Smoky/peaty aroma. Sweet fruit.
Green grape taste. Tart. The smoke/peat, which dominated the aroma, showed up more in the aftertaste.
Light, tart, and tangy.

Jan 07, 2017
Bobasa from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 24 ratings