Oxbow Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #150
Ranked #3,934
4.27 | pDev: 5.62%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: A barrel-aged farmhouse brewed with our estate honey.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 47 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 26, 2017
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JonnyJuicebox from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Perfectly smooth, pale strawlike golden yellow. Thin head. MInimal lacing. It looks like a paint swatch its so smooth looking.
S: SUPER bright, super tart. Like sour candy. hints of lemon, but not lemon rind. Maybe green melon?
T: Oh man. This is good. Real good. Sour, but tons of that earthy funk you get from Oxbow. Tastes like sunshine coating a muddy field of wheat. The honey doesn't pop out, but I don't think it's supposed to, nor do I think it needs to. Tangerines and orange jam as the beer warms up. Nice effervescence throughout.
F: As much as I'm in love with this beer, I need to admit it's a bit thin. Doesn't completely coat every taste bud like the truest heavyweights do. Really the only criticism I can find. Swishing the beer around in my mouth fixes that though.
O: How is this beer available? If this had a Hill farmstead logo it would have sold out in a few days. If you can find it, get it. This is one that will surely age wonderfully. This is better than Momoko and Cavern, which in my opinion WAS Oxbows best beer.

Jan 17, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden honey in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + amber colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of slightly sour wheat malts, earthy barnyard funkiness, tart lemon citrus, and light amounts of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sour wheat malts with a light amount of honey sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of slightly spicy saison yeast and a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of earthy barnyard funkiness. Moderate flavors of tart lemon citrus as well. Overall there is a light to moderate amount of tartness that lingers through the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a hint of dryness in the finish. Slightly thin.

O: Really enjoyable and easy to drink with the expected funkiness from this brewery. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily have another of these.

Feb 20, 2017
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 04, 2019
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rare_bird from Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 03, 2019
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paulish from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 09, 2019
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 01, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 15, 2018
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 21, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 08, 2017
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SG_H44 from Korea (South)

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 03, 2021
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bobv from Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gentle pour yields a 1/2 inch white head (with the tiniest of bubbles), medium golden body, and some lacing. Head down to a ring after a few sips and lacing is almost gone. Nose of citrus (mostly grapefruit), oak, funk, and slight honey. Taste follows and the honey comes out more in the wonderful, dry finish. Feel is adequate, just a tad thin. Overall, this is a standout from these guys. Get it!

Feb 12, 2017
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 26, 2017
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 22, 2017
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oline73 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 14, 2017
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eire from Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 24, 2019
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 08, 2017
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bigred89 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 13, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 16, 2018
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Davl22 from New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 17, 2017
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