Farmhouse Pale Ale
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #234
Ranked #4,158
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: American hops meet saison yeast in this dry, signature ale.
Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 547 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Hyptochrons
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wonderful rustic funk to this one. earthy, grainy, hay, slight fruit must, peach skin, lemon, immense yeast qualities of banana, clove, spice, some minerality and mellow hop character to it. just delicious and a real treat to have available on shelf for $11ish a 4pk.

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Photo of apants007
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft the Double Windsor in Brooklyn, NY

Look: Gold, thin light head

Smell: faint sweet holiday cookie - sweet with clove or nutmeg spice

Taste: sweet cream corn, oak leaf, wet straw - the nutmeg comes through on the finish

Feel: thickish without being syrupy... typical of Belgian blonde

Overall; nice beer to welcome in the fall.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw color. It had been forever since I have had this last. I remember why. It has that sweet tripel character instead of the clover estery character I enjoy. It's well made, but not my cup of tea..or saison.

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Photo of pants678
2.82/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Yellow toward orange, white foam.

Straw, yeast, hops are dead.

Old bottle I think. Tartness is in the background, hops are just as hidden. Needs punch up if everything but malt, or a fresh pour.

Cracker dry.

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Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison farmhouse beer brewed with american hops. Crispy flavor palate with golden yellow color. Drank super fresh from the brewery itself and a fresh tap.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle sent from SierraNevallagash, poured into K Zildjian pint glass.

Hazy gold color with champagne-like carbonation spiraling up to the 1 finger head.

Aromas of hay and clove and pepper. Slight banana pudding, and some nice citrus hop aroma.

Flavor is of dry bitter grass and straw, white grapefruit peel, clove, and pine needle. Some slight grain kernel as well.

Feel is crisp and creamy at the same time, effervescent carbonation. Crisp dry finish.

Overall, a decent tasty pale ale that builds a bridge to Saison.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. Bottle > Ommegang Game of Thrones glass.

Let's see if an American Brewers can come close to the prized and authentic French & Belgian versions...

Bottle conditioning is a beautiful thing! For both a living, lively look and jazzy, healthy mouth feel....

A light haze inside the golden, bubbly liquid. A constantly emerging white foam cover stays lively with the energetic yeast.

The aroma is exceptional, full of hearty and deep earthy grains, golden wheat, corn husk, lightly malted barley and the hops seem to have an equally earthy scent. The complex smelling house yeast gives of an array of spices and herbal blends. Sour fruits and slightly sweet berries. A very authentic Belgian style nose.

The living yeast and bottle conditioning packs a seriously righteous bite. Light and effervescent mouth feel, dry...light finish. Oooh yeah.

All flavor aspects meld together in a very harmonious balance. The crispy golden malt and earthy grains is very impressive and deep. The unknown American hops have a very "old world" European effect, spicy and dry earthy notes with some subtle and light fruitiness. The most impressive aspect to the overall flavor be profile is the unique yeast. This house yeast approaches some of the excellent Belgian brewed versions, coming very close to that complexity. Low levels of banana and more funky grains and sour-ish fruit tones bring it further.

Overall....I'm impressed. Too often American Brewers make a very boring and limited version of the Pale Golden Belgian and Saison's...this one keeps my interest with some very deep yeast charechter and high level mix of ingredients. Crazy drinkable!!

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright with nice carb so goes down real easy nice amount of funk so while easy to drink give you something to think about . Whish I grabbed. 6 pack vs single . Won’t make that mistake again

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Photo of defunksta
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip,

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy orange color with a strong, bubbly, slightly foamy head. Looks like the Dupont.
Aroma: Strong aroma of belgian yeast & peppery spices. Lots of coriander and sweet biscuit malts. Some lemony citrus and vinous fruit aromas underneath. Subtle earthy funk underneath.
Flavor: Strong belgian yeast. It's yeasty w/ a lot of bready and possibly German malt presence. It's almost a munich malt flavor, or maybe it's noble hops? Nevertheless, not spicy nor sour. Less fruity.
Aftertaste/Finish: The carbonation is strong and cleans the malt sweetness right off the tongue into a clean, dry finish. Slight hop bitterness lingers, but it's subtle.

Overall: It's Belgian yeast flavored and I would describe this as a mix between a belgian golden ale and a saison. It has the belgian yeast and malt flavor as a golden ale, but has a slight underlying funk and fruit typical of a saison. Impressively, dry finish, but not spicy nor sour as in a saison. A pretty good saison. Balanced. Nothing stands out.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Being a Belgo-phile, I want to like Oxbow... but I haven't yet.
This Farmhouse Pale Looks barely above average; clear, but finishes cloudy when the yeast and sediment make their way into my glass. Smells are better; citrus and wine coming in strongest. I Taste that yeast-driven refreshment and complexity; but then the hops take over and bitter-up my mouth. While the bubbles modify, they do not erase that after-taste. The hops also interfered with my dinner... or at least didn't complement or improve a common meal. If I have Farmhouse Pale again, it will be with lunch.

Only my second from Oxbow, I went on their website to see if I could give them a fair shake. I feel more simpatico with them now; basically a thoughtful brewery that designs their ales to a menu of a neighboring world-class restaurant. I will try another Oxbow saison soon. I hope I pick the right one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like most great things that happen in America's craft beer scene, a lot of inspiration comes from Belgium. Oxbow Brewing Company certainly doesn't shy away from these influences when building a farmhouse pale ale that captures the tried and true essence of saison fermentae but with the advancement of Pacific Northwest hops.

Their Farmhouse Pale Ale pours with a billowing golden straw color and an expansive cottony white froth. Teasing the nose with citrus, orchard fruit, spice and fresh baking bread, a strong white wine influence comes into play. Delicate sweetness plays on the tongue like bread dough, honey and cereal.

In true saison fashion, the yeast spices, moderate alcohol and firm hop resins chase off the bulk of sweetness to allow the fruit and spice tandem to command the middle palate. Orange, lemon and grapefruit link up with the cantaloup, pear and peach esters for a fruit forward taste. Not to be outdone, the spices of white pepper, coriander, lemongrass and basswood counter the fruit for a balanced taste heading into finish. A spicy and bitter late palate comes with the fragrant woods of freshly shaven pine, cedar and sassafras.

Medium light in body, the grain sweetness and associated starches are no match for the resinous finish and its mild vinous tartness. A medium length aftertaste of floral, fruity and spicy attributes all have a slightly detergent-like character that's overshadowed by the beer's crisp, clean and highly refreshing properties.

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Photo of argock
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from narrow necked bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden with short but persistent white foamy head with decent retention and spare lacing.

Minty, herbal-sage with light lemon and grapefruit hop nose with lightly bready pils malt note.

Flavor is herbal and spiced, again sage is most like it, with light citrus notes in the finish and a crackery but background pils maltiness. Bitterness is light.

Feel is very light with high carbonation, light body, and very dry finish.

A nice easy-drinking hoppy saison.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz (330 mL) bottle without a date.

Very excited to find these bottles in NY. Oxbow is a brewery I have been wanting to try since I first read about them.

Farmhouse Pale Ale is considered their flagship and it pours a bright gold color with great clarity. A constant stream of bubbles keeps a creamy, white head on top of the beer. Looks great in the glass.

Moderate fruit and spice aroma. Definitely some orange and lemon citrus notes in both the aroma and flavor from the American hops. Peppery spice in the flavor as well.

The body is lighter than I expected, but it doesn't feel "thin" and makes for an extremely drinkable Saison/Pale Ale at 6% ABV. Very clean and approachable. This would make for an excellent pairing with a wide range of foods.

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Photo of bobv
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a bright, golden body with nice lacing. Nose of saison yeast, spice, hay, and slight funk. Very nice flavors that mirror the aromas with the spice on the finish. Nice feel and overall a saison that I will come back to. Cheers!

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Photo of Gatch
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can’t believe I’ve ignored this beer for so long. Relatively cheap for a knockout farmhouse ale. No date on the bottle but I suppose that doesn’t matter, especially at Julio’s where they rotate and sell stock quickly. Subtle yet vibrant flavors. Funky and barny with plenty of grain and hay. It’s hopped in a way that complements the yeast character rather than overpower it, like overly dry hopping can do. Unique fruity flavors with a clean and smooth feel/body with a delightfully funky and almost tart/sour finish. This is a true New England farmhouse beer and it may become a staple for me. Wow.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hzy brass color, with a huge, billowing 3 finger head of white. Head slowly recedes, but is kept going by the lively carbonation. A galaxy of bubbles streaming ever upwards, with a faint crackle.

Nose is very grainy/wheaty. A paleness to the grist, but also a bright lemon/citrus zing. Maybe some lacto on the nose. Otherwise, it's just grainy, grassy, bright, and not terribly farmy. Some phenolic black pepper-like notes. Smell like a tart wheat beer, really.

Palate opens up with a very fragile hop profile, with notes of perhaps peach, pineapple, melon, and pine. These light notes are quickly overshadowed by an overbearing presence of wheat. Sweet, tacky, gritty wheat. After the wheat base, you get some phenols that express themself as primarily black peppercorn, but also a touch of bubblegum as well. After this, phenolic bitter notes blend with the tail end of hop oil notes, and creating a slightly drying bitter finish.

Mouthfeel on this one is actually fairly full and soft for how light it is. Mellow carbonation. Clings a little. The Mouthfeel is nice, in its own way. I like them bone dry, and this certainly isn't, but this is unique, and I won't dog on unique.

Overall, I'm torn. If this is a saison, I hate it. If it's a Belgian-style wheat ale, it's pretty good. For me, I'm judging this by the LABEL - A Farmhouse Pale Ale
To me, that's a Belgian(style)Pale Ale. And for that, I'm cool with this, and will rate it ad ad Belgian Pale. But as a saison? Come on...we're really blurring the sacred saison lines lately...

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Photo of Holderness
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Quite a hoppy take on the style, perhaps a bit much so. Lots of pilsner malt character throughout. Soft, smooth mouthfeel is the high point.


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Photo of jrc1093
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Grey Sail Brewery in Westerly, RI

Pours a bright golden straw with a little dose of haze. A medium-sized white head yields some moderate lace.

Smells of bright barnyard funk mixed with pure spring water; subtle and very clean.

Taste is more barnyard funk, remaining subtle and clean, accompanied by a jolt of vegetation and very unripened pineapple; a nice, earthy hop presence rounds things out with a bitterness that feels just right.

Feels a bit thin at times, but bits of carbonation compensate and add the necessary heft. It's slightly effervescent and carries the flavors nicely, while also being crisp and dry when it needs to be.

Incredibly drinkable and approachable in flavor. Although it may lack a 'burst' at times, it's definitely a sessionable farmhouse ale if there ever was one.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: May 2017

Pours a lightly hazy gold with an inch of bone-white head that fades to a skiff. Okay retention; some lacing. (4)

Musty and tart. Black pepper, hay, barnyard, green pineapple. (4.5)

Wow. Tart and earthy, crisp hop snap. (4.25)

Light body with active carbonation and a lingering funky finish. (4.25)

This is a hell of a saison. It pours a glowing orange-tinted gold with a skiff of white head. The aroma and flavor are what make it, though. Multi-layered earthy, sour, hay flavors; it's refreshing and rich in its own way. Very complex with some peppery phenol present to balance the rest (along with the hops). It definitely was (i imagine at least) a different beer than it was fresh but it was amazing regardless.
This is a very nice beer and I wish I'd grabbed another. (4.5)

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Photo of bultrey
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty close to perfect. Classic saison flavors. Peppery. A little citrus pith. Whiff of sulphur. Wicked dry but enough of malt backbone to support everything.

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

Draught: This one pours a There was a small white head on it. Good nose. Earthy, floral, pine and citrus hops. Maybe some spiciness also. The taste is good. A touch bitter. Earthy, pine, citrus, peppery, maybe some coriander. Nice.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Translucent hazy gold with a healthy white head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Fresh. Notes of earthy and floral hops. Straw, Belgian sugar, lemon grass, green banana, white pepper, Belgian yeast funk, and lemon zest.

Taste: Floral hops and lemon zest on the attack. This is quickly followed by white pepper, Belgian sugar sweetness, bruised pear, more floral hops, light citrus hops, straw, green apple skin, and Belgian yeast funk.

Feel: Light to medium body. Prickly on the tongue to a smooth body and a bone dry finish. Mild bitterness. Light salinity. Soft carbonation. No alcohol present.

Overall: Fantastic. It's so light and refreshing. It develops layers and layers of flavor. It's so delicate while being so flavorful. I'm seriously blown away. World class stuff.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Buck’s Naked BBQ (Freeport, ME): hazy golden body with a half finger white foamy head immediately dies and leaves no lacing, aroma is spicy sweet with some pepper, coriander, and slight earthy yeastiness up front, slight malts in the background, taste is spicy sweet through previously mentioned flavors, palate is sharp most likely through the peppery/coriander but the carbonation is moderate, fairy sessionable, overall, is this a combination of an American Pale Ale and a saison, if so, I absolutely love it and never thought any brewery in this entire world could pull that off?

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Photo of wedge
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ State of Beer

Foggy yellow-orange color with a thin white head and stringy lacing. Flowery, grassy aromas mixed with spicy Belgian yeast esters and a little soap. Flavors of grassy hops, peppery herbs, mellow yeast, and a little grain. Medium-light, soft, and creamy. Pretty good, authentic execution.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This saison pours an opaque light orange color with a medium foamy white head. From the smell it is very apparent that it is a farmhouse style ale, it has spicy yeast elements, some light florals, and light citrus character. The taste has a characteristic slightly spicy farmhouse yeast flavor, lemon, orange, some light grassy notes, and some distinct floral character that takes over in the aftertaste. The flavors are pretty complex, but very complimentary to each other. The finish is semi-dry and the body is between light and medium. This is a great farmhouse ale, one of the better ones that I’ve ever tried in fact, and saisons are one of my favorite light beer styles. This brewery has a nice lineup of farmhouse ales in general actually. This obviously evokes feelings of spring or early summer, but I could definitely drink these all year.

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Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 547 ratings