Farmhouse Pale Ale | Oxbow Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Pale AleFarmhouse Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
American hops meet saison yeast in this dry, signature ale.

Added by sk8man121 on 08-18-2011

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Photo of fmccormi
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 750ml/25.4oz counter pressure-filled, pry-off cap bottle, filled from a tap at the source yesterday. It’s been sitting in the fridge for the last 24hrs. Poured to an oversized wineglass (TH stemware, for those keeping track). This is as fresh as it gets!

Appearance (4.0): Two fingers of predominantly fine, sudsy foam cap a hazy, honey-gold body with orange-tan lowlights around the edges. Not a lot of lacing, really, so much as spotty suds decorating all sides of the glass where the head has passed.

Smell (5.0): Soft, biscuity, and fruity—pear juice, gentle citrus (a bit of tangerine, maybe), macerated raspberry, banana, and red grapes—with gorgeous floral aromas backing it up. The yeast adds the orchard fruit and berry notes, I’m guessing, while the hops add some citrusy notes and all of this wonderful floral, grassy character. A soft hay scent adds more of the “farmhouse” angle in this beer. This smells fantastic.

Taste (4.25): Dry, and exceedingly drinkable. The malt body is light and crisp, with floury common crackers and baking soda biscuit crust on the palate. Hops come in quickly and crisply, with a moderate bitterness characterized by floral notes and citrus pith. Meanwhile, the yeast adds very subtle orchard fruit flavors, for the most part: underripe pear, apple skins, minerally vinous notes (kind of like pinot grigio). There’s a gentle, phenolic spiciness here that resembles coriander a bit when it hits the citrusy note from the hops. Just like the nose, dusty hay adds some more of the “farmhouse” vibe, hanging around everything else on the palate. No booze to speak of—it’s only 6% ABV from what I understand, but drinks as easily as a table beer.

Mouthfeel (5.0): The body comes off as maybe JUST shy of medium-weight, and extremely dry—but it stops short of too dry. Carbonation abounds, with a soft layer of bubbles coating all surfaces and mingling with the dry, moderately bitter body, foaming up with a sharp but very fine-grained tingle that mixes with the phenolic spiciness noted above. This is insanely drinkable, and like the best examples of light, Belgian pales/farmhouse beers, is easy to throw back quickly, but offers plenty of texture and variety if you let it down slowly.

Overall (4.25): This beer, I think, is a great example of a farmhouse-oriented, Belgian pale ale. Call it a saison if you want, but it doesn’t taste like spices or a particularly complex or unusual malt bill were used, like you might expect with a traditional saison. This feels more like a farmhouse ale with primarily pils-like malt and some very floral, citrusy American hops used mostly for bitterness—but with an outstanding yeast strain. And that’s where it’s at with beers like this, isn’t it? Not the adjuncts, not the specialty malts, or exotic dry hopping (all things that I adore and can contribute heaps to a good beer), but a really fantastic yeast strain. It’s what sets breweries like Jester King and Ommegang apart, and I think Oxbow might have something distinctive here, too. This is great, but relatively no-frills in its own way, and it makes me excited to try more beers from Oxbow.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lilee's in Brunswick. This was a really beautiful-appering beer. In a pint glass it was a hazy apricot color with a medium-sized white head. There was quite a bit of lace.

It had a citrus, peppery aroma that was very pleasant. There was a nice malt background.

Lemon and pepper taste. Nicely hopped. Sweet malt.

Dry and crisp. A really fun beer to drink.

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4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of JC333
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chudson1992
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingcrowing
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME on 8-17, according to the bar tender this was the first keg anywhere... Thanks to whoever added the brewery because I couldn't figure out how to do it on my phone while I was there!

Pours a nice amber/blonde color with a small white head, nose is yeasty/bready/funky - quite nice and reminds me a bit of orval.

Taste is very good right from the start, dry and crisp with that light bretty tart note. A nice light spiciness finishes it off, this thing is deadly drinkable on a hot summer day!

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Photo of doremite
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a tulip.

a-It pours a hazy dark straw color with one finger of white head.

s-A strong herbal hoppy smell dominates with a background of saison yeast and citrus fruits.

t-Very refreshing hoppy bitterness hits the palate followed by citrus and yeast then ending in a spicy herbal dry finish.

m-Smooth body with lively carbonation to accentuate the refreshing taste.

o-One of the best saison's I've ever had. I like that the hoppy bitter taste doesn't overwhelm the other lighter flavors and stays refreshing. I see myself drinking this as a farmer in the Low Countries after a long day of work.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap for Philly Beer Week. Served on tap in a goblet/wine glass.

Pours a honey-orange with no head or lacing of any kind. Could have mistaken it for liquor. Nice aromas of barnyard and funk; I'm looking forward to it. The taste doesn't match the nose at all. Bitter like an IPA with just a touch of funk. Mouthfeel is bright and bubbly like a saison, but that just makes the IPA flavor more confusing.

This is a textbook case for those who feel hops have gotten out of hand.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brother_rebus
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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