Farmhouse Pale Ale
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #238
Ranked #4,337
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: 548 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.84/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint at When Pigs Fly. This pours a hazy golden straw with no head.

The aroma has a nice funky profile with some oranges notes in the background. A little yeasty on the nose with notable funk. The pallet is a lot like the aroma. Hints of oranges with some yeasty notes of barnyard funk. A little bit of floral hops linger on the pallet.

Nice and light with good carbonation on this one. Overall this one is real solid. I feel like it shows promise for these guys.

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4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

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3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast, spicy, pilsner malts, vanilla, green apple, esters, and slight citrus notes.

Taste: Same as above with slight bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little dry, some bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice saison from a brewery in the woods. We'll be visiting you guys again in the future.

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

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Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 548 ratings