Surfer Rossa
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #729
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,151
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 3.93%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
12
From:
Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  1
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

enjoyed chilled from the can in a willybecker glass
The color is a hazed marigold shade with 3 fingers of white foam that subside to a ring of beads.
The nose hase a strong yeast scent coupled with fruity blood orange odor that is berry-like and tart smelling
The feel is great with tangy citrus and zest elements with yeast that is earthy and dry moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with lingering astringent aspect

The flavor is very tangy and tropical fruit heavy with moro/blood orange sweet yet limey acidic and tangy flavor yet light rind-like middle with more astringency and dry impact of salt on palate with peppery spice-like yeast in the back as it finishes and has a long yeast intermingling with the tropical tang of orange and lime in taste and subtle salt toward the end after the swallow.

This grisette/farmhouse style is so nicely done with citrus of orange dominant yet salt and lime add a dry acidic tastethat makes it very drinkable with a dry quality that does not come off as too tart or tangy just a mellow acidity on top of a base beer that has a satisfying dry quality

Jun 07, 2021
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Beer Drop, my first from them that was not a Colorado brewer. Since Oxbow gets Chicago distribution, I'm glad Beer Drop is developing more marketing clout... or at least emerging as an alternative distribution network.

As for Surfer Rossa, I find this a quenching grisette. The lemon/lime and salt slacks thirst like a margarita. The modest brett adds to the flavor instead of trying to steal the show. While the Brett character is balanced, it still does not say "take me to your table." (Maybe I should try this with guacamole and chips, like a margarita.) There is modest traditional yeasty activity and foam in this saison. While that is not a fault, this drying sensation also would suppress most food flavors instead of enliven them like a good saison should. (So speaks the traditionalist in me.)

This is only my fourth from Oxbow. I am shy of their Brett-y interpretations and have not rated one of the four above the average. They are not yet on my NABIBL (Norther American Belgian-Inspired Bucket List.) But if I ever make it to Allagash, I suppose I should consider Oxbow.

7/16/21 Had the second can to quench a thirst (done well) and enliven appetizers (done well enough.) I edited the above review and am satisfied and am keeping count over at UnTappd.

Jun 06, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Saraveza. Canned 20 Nov 2020.

A mildly hazy light yellow with a dense white head with good retention and lacing this looks solid. The nose is quite lovely. Soft, fruity citrus, floral rose notes, firm grain notes, a nice spice character with funky pepper and light clove. Lemon, mild earth, faint yet ample saison yeast notes.

The palate opens bright, tart and refreshing with crisp, clean, softly acidic lime juice, orange fruitiness and a delicate salty note. There's a crisp, clean grain character that follows. While the adjuncts do overwhelm the base beer, it is nicely executed and in harmony rather than a hostile takeover. Fruity, spicy yeast, mild sulfur notes are present on the mid-palate. Drying, clean, zippy on the finish, this is light in body, moderately carbonated and very tasty.

Apr 05, 2021
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- 12oz can pours into a chalice with a fairly hazy deep golden to light orange body. A foamy cap rises up to a few fingers high but falls somewhat quickly down to a small ring at the edges. Rare spotty lacing.

S- Blood oranges and Saison yeast make up the majority of the aroma. Spicy Belgian yeast notes come on strong with orange zest, cooking herbs, coriander, floral, bready and slightly tart citrus note with the yeast.

T- The oranges and the strong Belgian yeast are again the defining aspects of the brew and you know immediately you are drinking a Saison based on that strong spicy, herbal and fruity flavor profile. Both estery and phenolic with oranges complimented by notes of coriander, mild pepper, orange zest, lemon, pear, slight apple and pale grape notes. Slight saltiness and very very light tartness.

MF- Fluffy and very puffy texture to this light bodied beer. The carbonation is fairly high and it ends with an herbal bitterness lingering on the palate.

No surprise that blood orange and Saison go well together with Oxbow at the helm and considering the flavor profile of both entities. Always love trying different Oxbow brews.

Mar 28, 2020
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, slightly milky in appearance. Theres definitely a briney sea salt aroma on the nose. The mouthfeel is creamy and it is lightly tart. There's a touch of citrus and a light phenolic note. This is a very unique and well executed beer.

Feb 16, 2020
Surfer Rossa from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 12 ratings