Oxbow Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
4.5 | pDev: 6.67%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Native/Wild is our #spontaneouslyfermented #FarmhouseAle brewed with #Maine grains and well water. Native microflora and wild yeasts inoculated the cooling wort overnight in a traditional coolship at our rural farmhouse brewery. After 18 months in oak and in the bottle it is ready for sale.
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep rich orange. Orange zest, lemon, funkiness on the nose. There's green apple and a some cheeseyness that I tend to get more of in the Allagash coolship series. It's kind of a parmy, umami character than straight cheddar. Some copper penny minerality, some red pepper. The acidity is restrained as is the carb. It's a little on the soft side. The first time I had a bottle of this (I believe from a previous vintage), I commented that it was wonderful. Honestly, it was the best AmLam, MT, Gueuze, lambic, whatever you want to call it spontaneously fermented beer I had had from the US. I still think it is quite good, but I don't know if this is as good as that first experience.

Apr 19, 2020
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016/17 blend at home in April 2020. Turbid orange. Not very good, has a Cantillon chlorine thing in a harsh way. Nose is slightly better but carb is low and it's thin. Disappointing like most AmLam.

Apr 04, 2020
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16/17 blend
Pours a golden hue slightly turbid. Do not think it was due to a bad pour. Nose is sweet, mineral, lemon pepper. Taste follows the nose, slightly tart, slightly acidic. Feel is light l, very nice carb. Overall, excellent example of an American lambic.

Dec 25, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a cellared bottle of the 15/16 blend. This was the best beer of the whole trip, absolutely incredible! Pours beautiful burnt orange with a classic ring of foam. For the smell, just breathe in the wonderful mixture of oak, various powerful funks, yeast, hay, earth, grass, citrus, minerals, grains, grape must, flowers, green apple, and dry white wine. Taste does not let down after the incredible bouquet of aromas, captivating the palate with a myriad of combinations of the previously mentioned flavors, leaning heavily on the funk, fruits, and barrel. Complex, bright but not too light, a touch of artful sour and must, rustic and delicate nature that is worth sipping slowly.

Jul 20, 2019
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours straw yellow with a spritzy white head, it has medium carbonation. It smells tart, with barnyard funk, dark grapes, and blueberries. The beer tastes tart, with tons of musty funk, damp oak, dark grapes, and blueberries. It has a full body for the style. This beer is aging really well, incredible funk and complexity.

Jul 14, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

amazing beer! american lambic essentially, as mature and layered and funky and traditional as anything from the notable belgian producers, and honestly one of the most compelling american wild beers i have ever had, and early beer of the year candidate for me here in 2018, thanks to my homie for sharing this special treat. 2015/2016 blend, super clear through most of the bottle, lively in its head, but not so carbonated that it moves too fast. it immediately smells like something a cantillon or the like would make, insanely oaky, bright and citrusy white wine, aged hops, and highly funky, with a mature bretty complexion, wild though, not familiar to me in all of its nuance, yellow plum, jasmine flowers, and niagra grapes come to mind, also saisony though too, rustic, grainy, and as complex and mouthwatering as they come! the slowly developed wood and funk profile of this is what endears it to me immediately, sure there is some acid here and a lot of other stuff happening, but its entirely secondary in my opinion, this kind of maturity is so uncommon in beer, where the wood and the grain almost melt together, and the yeast, slowly coming on, brings hay and straw and pollen elements to this, elevating it and grounding it at the same time. some preserved lemon sweet and sour aspects too, bacterial depth, but its not overly acidic, not at all, but its so clean in the respect too. i think of stuff like beersel unblended lambic, some of the cuvees from drie, and the classic gueuze, i mean, this belongs in that prestigious family of ales. as good as it gets this side of the pond! i want to see how this ages too!

Jan 21, 2018
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours is a bit misty with blonde and hay(ish)/gold highlights. Head is about a finger high with good retention, and fashionable lacing

S: Aroma of earth: hay, grass, wood, oak, barnyard funk, and a bit of citrusy grains

T: Floral, grassy, and peppery with a hindsight of implied vinous. Yet, predominately bright and earthy with barnyard funk and ushered notes of citrus, pine, lemon rind, green apple, and faint berries. A timely and refined tartness with a well-orchestrated dryness

M: Carbonation is moderately aerated with a sensible feel that’s appropriately dry and tart

O: The hay/satchel, barnyard, and woodsy elements of the brewery at hand are unique, and make this out to be one fine example of spontaneous fermentation; minutiae where temperature alters. Not too grainy or acidic, but balanced, complex, and refreshing

Oct 17, 2017
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JonnyJuicebox from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pale, rosey gold. Like a peach. Thin, white head with, not much carbination; but that's pretty common in lambic.(I know it's not techincally lambic). Actually quite hazy. I haven't finished the bottle but it seems to be free of any particulate.

S: I could smell it the second I popped the cork. Smells very lemony. Slight sweetness. Having trouble picking out anything specific in the smell...there's a very noticeable and pleasant tartness. A bit of old wood, like a musty old apple barrel or something. If you've had an Oxbow beer you know this smell!

T: Amazing! Lemons, green apple peel, un-spiced cider. Nice oakiness. Slight tartness keeps it dry and refreshing. I keep going back to green apple cider every time I take a sip...I feel like I want to eat a cinnamon doughnut with this or something with all spice. Everything is in great balance. Nothing overpowering, very subtle. There is that signature Oxbow grassy/manure/barnyard flavor that carries throughout the entire taste.

F: Maybe a bit thin, light on carbonation. This beer has been sitting around for a few years so it's expected. Would not have noticed if I wasn't writing a review.

O: What a great first take on a lambic by Oxbow. These guys are seriously making some of the best beer in the country right now. I'd put this right up there with Allagash Resurgam as far as quality. Resurgam has this unique effervescence that makes all the flavors dance around. It might be unrealistic to expect that in other beers of this style as I think that's quite unique to Allagash. Can't wait to see what the dudes from the woods bust out next. It's only going to get better from here. Can't wait to see how this one evolves over the's going to be an absolute knockout with some more time maturing.

Sep 03, 2017
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Davl22 from New Hampshire

4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It has all the great aspects of a classic gueuze with Oxbow's signature house character added in. Bright, funky, citrusy, moderate but balanced acidity. Very easy drinking. Looking forward to trying some aged bottles in the future.

Aug 30, 2017
Native/Wild from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 21 ratings