Catalyst
Oxbow Brewing Company

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From:
Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #116
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,786
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 5.62%
Ratings:
49
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 09, 2022
Added:
Jan 05, 2017
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  7
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: A barrel-aged farmhouse brewed with our estate honey.
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Photo of Sheppard
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Gushes an orangeish hue with white head. I mean pours, but also gushes. Lemon and honey on the nose. Some nice appley funk as well. It's lemony upfront but gives way to some apple cider pulpiness. Not particularly acidic. Really pleasant drinker after the initial volcanic eruption of beer everywhere.

Apr 09, 2022
 
4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Aug 22, 2021
Photo of hopley
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by hopley from Massachusetts

Bottled July, 2016. Drank Feb, 2021 out of a tulip. 6.5% ABV. Wonderful beer.

Look - poured a nice clear gold color with a half inch of white head that settled out leaving a nice island of head in the center and lots around the edges of the glass as well as a couple dots lacing.

Smell - a little Brett, a little lemon.

Taste - not too tart, not too acidic. Nicely lemony and back end quenching.

Feel - light mouth feel.

Overall - a nice light saison, really enjoyed this.

Feb 15, 2021
 
4.21 by SG_H44 from Korea (South) on Jan 03, 2021
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Notes of sour apricot, peach, orange marmalade, bready crackery malt, floral honey, oak barrel, hay, straw, barnyard farmhouse funk, some spice, finishing dry with earthy grassy floral hops

Jun 20, 2020
Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by unlikelyspiderperson from California

A nice tart mixed ferm ale. Honey and peaches on the nose, tart/acidic flavor dominated with some softer honey sweetness a shadow in the back.
Little to no head and murky orangish amber color
Mouthfeel is fine.
Overall a very nice beer, a bit one note on the flavor for me but certainly would drink again and would happily try other offerings from the brewer

Apr 04, 2020
 
4.08 by Leftover1223 from New Hampshire on Feb 08, 2020
 
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 03, 2019
Photo of PEBKAC
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by PEBKAC from North Carolina

Bottle pour @ Glorietta Baldy.

Stemmed wine glass, the glow of Star Trek pinball, a random mix of 70s funk from the speakers, it works.

Opaque, my favorite word from 2015. Obvious honey-colored brew. Wish-washy, faltering head.

Smell is herbal, wildflower, pre-ferment honey botanicals. Maybe a little back sweetened for the bottle? Doesn't matter, it's a plus. Big lime & a scratchy mineral note.

Taste is bold with lime, honey & tannins, like cold, medicinal tea. Scratchy, barely there malt. This is my flavor. Something like fermented orange juice, but cleaner, this adds a bigger citrus note. It all amounts to a solid twang that calls in for everyone to dive in.

Not quite thick, very well carbonated bottle pour. ABV is almost irrelevant.

Love this.

Oct 26, 2019
 
4.25 by eire from Alaska on Jul 24, 2019
 
4.06 by UCLABrewN84 from California on Jul 04, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a one finger head that fades to a collar; splashy lacing

Smell: Acetic lemon aromatics, with barnyard funk, oak and a hint of honey

Taste: Acetic lemony sour flavors forward, with just a hint of honey underneath; oak and barnyard funk in the middle and a tart, puckery finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I thought the flavors here were harsh and angular - not to my taste

May 16, 2019
Photo of npolachek
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by npolachek from New York

Great dank farmhouse beer containing Maine sourced honey. Pours straw colored with white head. Very drinkable. Another fine beer from Oxbow brewery...

May 10, 2019
 
4.25 by paulish from New York on May 09, 2019
 
4.37 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Apr 01, 2019
 
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Oct 13, 2018
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

an awesome beer here, featuring this honey really well. there must be some batch variance on abv, which is not uncommon with ales so reliant on honey, our bottle said 8.5% abv i believe, quite a bit stronger than it is listed as being here. every single time i have a new beer from these guys, i am impressed, they do such a good job with everything, and it always seems to start with the fermentation profile, which here is funky and only a little tangy, not real acidic at all, and with a lot of wood as well, gives it a rounded richness and layers of interest even before the honey becomes part of the mix. a little darker in shade than i anticipated, very active in carbonation, and with an awesome nose of sweet floral honey, rich dense oak, and mature bretty funk. the honey really is awesome in the flavor, and most interestingly, its not by itself in here, there is a little more malt depth than i anticipated here, which the honey sort of latches on to, and the two of them take me for a ride. rustic and bready, baked and sweet, but also floral and citrusy, delicate in an unexpected way for its size and complexity of flavor, the honey stands out as unique, but i appreciate its partner in the malt here. neat tartness, not acidic enough to break down the significant body this has, and really fascinating beer all up, sturdy and woody, rich and honey forward, still wild and perplexing. they nailed this! great showcase of the honey too!

Sep 15, 2018
Photo of LeRose
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LeRose from Massachusetts

The beer poured a slightly hazy, light golden honey color with a huge foamy head. The head settled to a decent ring around the edge with a raft in the middle. Pleasing to the eye.

The smell was wheaty, a decent level of barnyard funk, lemony sweetness and a fairly floral honey.

The taste opens with a modest level of sourness that is immediately balanced by sweetness from the honey. Lemony notes ride on top of the taste, with a nice level of funkiness and a moderate hit of spice notes - a little peppery. As it warms up, these flavors just open up. The honey is not a distraction - it is nicely melded into the overall flavor and does not stand out. You can pick up a bit of sweetness and some floral notes which I assume come with the local wildflower honey used.

The feel was a little bit on the thin side. I'd say it is a little less than medium bodied, definitely not "heavy". Amply carbonated, slight acidic and drying on the finish.

Overall, a great tasting and easy drinking beer if a bit on the pricey side. It is not overly complicated, yet delivers a fulfilling flavor experience. Well done, recommended.

Jul 17, 2018
 
4 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Jun 16, 2018
 
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Apr 15, 2018
Photo of Phineasco
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phineasco from Massachusetts

Look: Bright Clear yellow with medium white head. High spritzy carbonation.
Smell: Brett funk, hay, barnyard, peaches, and honey.
Taste: Brett funk, hay, barnyard, lemon, with a little honey to top it off.
Mouthfeel: Light easy drinking.
Overall: A good Saison from Oxbow,

Feb 10, 2018
 
4.15 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Nov 30, 2017
 
4.35 by RollBounce from New York on Oct 31, 2017
 
4.17 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Oct 21, 2017
Photo of Damian
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Damian from Massachusetts

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz (500ml) bottle purchased at Lois' Natural Marketplace, Portland, ME
Bottled on July, 2016
Served in a tulip

Gorgeous label with beautiful typeface, per usual. The beer itself poured a clear golden amber and was topped by an inch-tall crop of frothy, bright white foam that quickly dropped to a thick, lasting collar. Streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was amazingly funky and complex. My initially thought was that this beer smelled nearly identical to a Gueuze. Loads of Bretty tartness, damp earth and barnyard character. Really wheaty and hay-like. Lemon and lemon rind notes were also apparent. There was a powdery yeasty quality that stood out initially but mellowed as the beer sat. Good dose of oaky barrel too.

The flavor was nearly identical to the nose. Crackery malts were detectable up front before the sourness kicked in. Loads of tart wheatiness and lemon-like acidity. Subtle dry, powdery yeasty notes came through in the center. Hint of funk. More lemon, lemon rind and acidity on the back end and in the finish. Dry, okay barrel notes lingered after the swallow.

Really crisp, lively, sprightly mouthfeel. The liquid contained a larger bubbled, fairly aggressive effervescence. Almost Champagne-like. Medium bodied for the style. As the beer sat, the carbonation subsided and the liquid turned creamy and soft on the palate.

Catalyst reminded me a lot more of authentic Belgian Gueuze than any type of saison I have ever come across, and that certainly is not a bad thing. My bottle seemed to do very well with a year-plus of age, but I would also like to try a fresh bottle someday and see if the honey plays a greater role.

Sep 20, 2017
 
4.3 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC) on Sep 05, 2017
 
4.06 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Aug 18, 2017
 
3.77 by acurtis from New Jersey on Aug 08, 2017
 
4.25 by atrocity from Virginia on Jul 13, 2017
 
4.28 by sweemzander from Illinois on Jun 26, 2017
 
4.47 by samEBC from Belgium on Jun 05, 2017
 
4.64 by dflo32 from North Carolina on May 26, 2017
Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy / fizzy, fairly long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing, though.

S: A big, enticing aroma of light fruit, yeast, a musty, funky quality, honey, malt, and spices.

T: Tasted of a bit of Belgian-style yeast, some light fruit elements (grapefruit and lemon in particular), a good amount of the advertised honey, light malt notes, the typical saison funk, and spices (a bit of pepper). An incredibly vibrant, light, sweet flavor. Aggressive, but never obnoxious.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a mostly dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is an excellent American version of a saison. Very easy to drink.

May 13, 2017
 
4.44 by NHbeerfishing from New Hampshire on May 01, 2017
 
4.29 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on Apr 22, 2017
 
4.36 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Apr 18, 2017
 
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Apr 13, 2017
 
4.13 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Apr 03, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a very nice white flat foamy head that does not really dissipate. It seems to be a nice and perfect foamy surface from the beginning to the end of the beer. The beer itself has a very good look. It's a very nice medium yellow with a very light orange hue to it. The beer is a bit cloudy but isn't completely opaque. It's just perfect.

The smell and taste are really good but the smell is really fantastic. The smell has a nice orange and citrus hop note with a slight bread yeast note that easily gets missed. The taste is the same but is also a bit more tarty than the smell. The honey in both is just fantastic and overwhelming. It gives a delicious sweetness that edges out the more acidic and bitter notes. There is also a slight wood note that easily gets lost in all the other notes.

The feel is good. It's medium body with a dry feel and finish. The body also has a slight heft and the texture is a bit thick and the tiniest bit syrupy.

Overall, this is a pretty fantastic beer and well worth the price. It's well made with simple but very interesting notes.

Mar 29, 2017
 
3.87 by Kyle424 from Connecticut on Mar 19, 2017
Catalyst from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 49 ratings