Open Air
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
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4.5 | pDev: 2.89%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Open Air is a blend of saison fermented outdoors in a coolship and spontaneous farmhouse ale aged on estate cherries and raspberries. This beer was produced in collaboration with @fontaflorabrew and features 100% #Maine ingredients. In September of 2016, we brewed this collab with pale malt, malted wheat, and red raw wheat from @blueoxmalthouse and wet Cascade hops from our neighbors at @alnahopyardandfarm . The beer was knocked out into our coolship where it was spontaneously inoculated overnight and underwent primary fermentation with the addition of our house saison yeast and mixed cultures in the coolship for 34 hours and then transferred to stainless tanks. After aging for 18 months we blended this beer with spontaneous farmhouse ale aged on Newcastle-grown cherries and raspberries. Open Air is pinkish-orange in color and has bright notes of raspberries, peaches, and spice with a light acidity and dry finish.
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 5
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4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this was stupidly good, done in collaboration with fonta flora, and a pricey little bottle, but we get what we pay for in this instance, and as is almost always the case with oxbow. the beer is wild inoculated, wet hopped, and blended with a saison aged on cherries and raspberries. it has a light haze but still a delicate look to it, a very airy champagne sort of head from the bottle, a little sediment at the bottom, sparkling carbonation, and a sort rose pink hue to it, not as electrically fruity looking as some, more subtle in appearance here. the aroma is killer, i get some of the usual oxbow funk and esters here, but also a really neat complexity to the fermentation profile from the coolship aspect, bretty and mature now, lightly medicinal but not quite iodine or anything, gives it a lambic appeal. the fruit is subtle too, equal parts cherries and raspberries to my senses, some tang and some sweetness from both, very natural, and not dosed boldly enough to interrupt what the yeast is saying, and i appreciate that in a wild beer like this. the overall quality here is insane, the nuance is unrivaled, and that is what i have come to expect from both of these breweries. the fruit is a nice touch, but it would be killer even without that. i dont get much from the wet cascade hops, but i dont need to, it finishes just a touch bitter and thats right for what it is. the lack of oak on this keeps it feeling delicate to me, even clean at the end for what it is. impressive beer overall, i knew it would be, i cant get enough from these guys right now!

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Open Air from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 5 ratings