Saison Noel
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #296
Ranked #6,324
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: ‘Tis a wheat based saison-style Christmas Ale.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 68 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by HiAIPA:
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3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in growler form from the taproom. At 10% ABV, this is smooth and hides it well, but this years version is not as good as last years. This is amped up a notch and has lost some of the distinctive wheat flavor of last years recipe in the process, which to me is what made the beer so great last year. Still good, but I hope Oxbow revives last years recipe and keeps it each year without alteration, saving the experiments for the freestyle series. Having said all that, this is decent and Oxbow is a great place with great folks, and great beers overall.

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3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taster at the brewery.

Appearance: Very dark mahogany. Not a lot of lace at all.

Aroma: Funk, booze.

Taste: Whoa there. They aren’t kidding about 9 percent. Big booze punch in the face. Also dark malts, dark grains, roastiness, funk, sourness.

Mouthfeel: Tough on the palate because of booze burn. Tasty but very aggressive.

Overall: This is a challenging beer. It’s nice, but it’s best for the end of the day. The booze hits like a sledgehammer and the flavors are very big. Good stuff, but not entry level saison material.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

13oz pour on tap at ginger man.
A: pours a deep burgundy with a modest mocha colored head.
S: raisin and caramel, but also saison pepper
T: I keep picking up different notes as I sip. Biscuit, toffee, pepper, grape.
M: medium body with a short dry finish.
O: Really impressed. This beer makes me want to try more from oxbow. You could've fooled me if you had given me a blindfold and told me this was an allagash beer.

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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tap at theresas cafe Wayne pa into tulip. No head on a brown almost reddish color. Nice spicy saison aromas with a hint of woody funk?
Taste is dried fruit and maybe some woody leather. Spices are mellow and warming. Superb dry mouthfeel...and a perfect winter saison. I love when a beer surprises the hell out of you. ..this one did just that. Its so funky and real that its probably a brew I will hunt down always. I hate to even say it but its as close to a Fantome brew as I've ever encountered from a domestic...hell any, brewery ever. Really a fantastic brew. Not to be passed up.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oxbow Saison Noel
12/31/12, draft

Not much head, dark ruby translucence. (3.5)

Aroma is slightly acetic, notes of cherry, ripe fruit, light smoke, a bit funky. (4.5)

Flavor is complex, good amount of malt, yet dry. Strange acidity, unrestrained yeast character, a bit soapy (Brett?). Tobacco, black cherry, date. Alcohol is warming, though not terribly detectable in flavor. A bit thin on the tongue, could use more carbonation too. (4, 3)

Complex, though not as malty as expected. Soapy yeast character is a bit strange. Not Oxbow's best offering, but still interesting and drinkable. (4)

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Pours a medium-dark brown with some crimson highlights. Short head and a collar throughout.

The nose has some like cherry and faint caramelized grain. Nose and flavor both have background spice and a nice dryness. A bit earthy, especially as it warms up.

Body is medium with relatively-soft carbonation, though appropriate for the beer. Light bitterness through the finish.

Overall, very well integrated and smoothly executed. I'd happily order another glass of this.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a one finger, off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Slightly spicy aroma with subtle farmhouse funk and dark fruit notes.  Slightly medicinal with some zesty pepper and cinnamon spice followed by sweet caramel malt, bread, toffee, raisin and cherry juice.

On the lighter end of medium body with a crisp, zesty spice presence countered by sweet vinous fruits and subtle farmhouse yeast.  Peppery with some cinnamon and nutmeg followed by subtle earthy funk and a sweet, vinous dark fruit presence.  Lots of sweet cherry along with subtle grape, currant and other dark berries.  Really nice balance and the high ABV is well masked making it very easy to drink.  This beer was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to drinking it again sometime.  

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Saison Noel from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 68 ratings