Sasuga Saison
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #364
Ranked #7,997
4.06 | pDev: 9.11%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Sasuga SaisonSasuga Saison
Notes: A rice ale fermented with brettanomyes and saison yeast.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 88 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with thick white head. There's beautiful carb on this as well. Lemon wheel and brett funk on the nose. It's light and mineral - there's copper penny character that's central to this beer. There is some pear as well. This is a nice saison but the minerality comes across a little heavy for me. I do like how light this is.

May 08, 2021
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officerbill from New York

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/12/19 drank 03/07/21

A gorgeous hazy gold with amber highlights, in the sun it almost appears to glow from within, and a thin tan head that quickly dissolves into a thin ring and an island
almost ripe peaches, green grapes, musty straw
Tartness, as opposed to sour. Green grapes, under-ripe peaches, green apples, some lemon & orange zest, yeasty funk of wet straw, dusty hay
tingly with a mild pucker and a round, dry, saliva inducing finish
Very, very nice. Sasuga is clean and bright. The rice creates a neutral base for the Brett to shine through. This beer does a fine job of showcasing Oxbow's Brett strains and you are rewarded with a refreshing and tart, but not food friendly, beer.

Mar 07, 2021
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle dated 2016 into the test glass
A - Superb clarity, very active carbonation rockets top side. Color of light straw, a quick to recede white cap covers it all
S - Chalk, a bit of lemon drop, some botanical threads, include apple blossom, and lily.
T - The offering is a bit single dimensional in this aspect, if the intent of stainless was to display refined elements then yes.
These include white grape, a touch of Brett, the slightest hint of lemon.
M - Light on the palate, chalky element is very nice, carbonation is prickly and delightful
O - A very clean saison, the rice base keeps this very light in every aspect. With some time spent I really appreciate the efforts of the brewer to create this offering

May 13, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-A hazy golden color with a slight head, a little lacing and a nice amount of carbonation.
S-A nice fruity scent with some subtle brett notes.
T-The taste follows the smell, with fruity hints and slight brett notes.
M-A light bodied farmhouse ale that is smooth drinking.
O-A wonderful beer, with a great balance, decent amounts of carbonation and a gentle character.

Oct 15, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright hazy golden color ale with a small fuzzy head with limited retention. Aroma of light fruity ester with some strong Brett notes with funky ester. Taste is mostly dominated by the Brett notes with light cereal notes and some fruity ester. Body is about average with fizzy carbonation. Interesting but Brett has really taken over and dominated over the other flavours.

Oct 09, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first from Oxbow and I wish my first was more easily recognizable as a saison.
The brett makes this a wild to me... not food friendly like the saison typically is.
The virtues of Sasuga is that it brings rice into the grain mix... although probably too extreme as this ale is thin in the mouth and more barley would help. Sasuga also is dry. While dry has its place mostly in drinking, it is less versatile with food. So, it seems... I'm not even sure of Sasuga's virtues.

Maybe I'm too traditional, but I do not like when brett-dominated ales get called saisons. If the two are to meet, it is not here. I'm also not crazy about the price-point on Sasuga. I've always felt brett is an acquired taste and at this price, I'm unlikely to acquire another from Oxbow.

Sep 27, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a delicate and wild saison, rice based, way too crushable for how expensive it is. makes me want to slow down and savor it, but this is the kind of beer meant for beer drinking. golden lighter than honey colored, crystal clear until the bottom of the bottle, a short lived white head but lacy and pretty. the rice adds a nice starch quality, but the beer remains super light. it has body and texture, but its not heavy like a lot of ricey beers can be. the brett here is amazing, hard to tell if thats the only fermenting agent at work or not, but it sure seems like it is. a dry funky strain, very mature beer, and loosely hoppy, grassy with some bitterness that shows up a little more than expected because of how dry it is. not sour at all, barely even a tang to it, light citrus there before the bitterness arises, zesty and fresh. i get a lot of peach and nectarine juice in both the nose and flavor too, a cool nuance of he yeast. complex for being simple, if that makes sense, an unfortunate price point is the only thing that prevents me from drinking this and nothing but this endlessly. another high quality saison from oxbow, a little lighter and more delicate than a lot of their others, as good as this style gets. desperately wishing i had another handful of bottles...

edit: i was less impressed with this one the second time around. the whole bottle was sort of milky looking, thicker and less carbonated, and it lacked both the complexity and the refinement of my first experience with it. either this changes a lot in the bottle with time, or there has been some batch variance, or both, but i will more fondly remember my first time than my second. still unique and awesome beer though by all counts!

Dec 17, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle. Hazy pale orange. Smells a little creamy. Kinda orangey and citrusy. Tastes tart and grainy. Bright orange. Has just a bit of that creaminess. Light body. Not very exciting, but not bad.

Apr 12, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle sealed with red pressure cap.

poured into Side Project wine stem.

Appearance: opaque straw yellow bodied beer with bone white head. Head pours out to a two fingers tall head with good retention that settles into a thin cap during the rest of the drinking session. Light and spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Wheat malt. Light citrusy tartness. Tropical fruit notes, especially pineapple. Light funk and light mineral presence and a hint of well water. Nice complex nose; hope this tastes as good as it smells!

Taste: Very light citrusy tartness. Malt profile is a blank slate with just a hint of sweetness. Light fruity, dusty, and earthy funk. Pear skin in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. The beer comes across as slightly watery. Could use more bubbles to carry the flavors and make the body of this beer lighter. This beer drinks much heavier that the 5.5% ABV that is listed on the bottle label.

Overall: This saison has a lot of potential. Smells fantastic, the taste is solid, but a better mouthfeel would carry this oxbow saison to an extraordinary level. This saison is brew with rice, but I am really searching for it. I cant find rice it in the flavor or aroma. Great brett presence in this beer, but I feel like drinking this beer right now was too soon. I wish that I had another bottle of this beer to let the brett character carb up and dry out the saison.

Jan 17, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

On tap at Goods from the Woods 2014 with Festero. Light dry lightly fruity earthy saison. I tried this later in the day and I'm afraid it didn't get the chance it should have.

Nov 03, 2014
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with bright peach edges and a two finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Funky aroma with a subtle sulfur character.  Musty brett/wild bugs are really strong in the nose, overpowering the other notes a bit.  Underneath, there's some sulfur with farmhouse funk, bready yeast and light fruit.  

On the fuller end of medium body with a really strong brett presence that dominates the other flavors.  Dry and musty but the wild yeast overshadows the farmhouse/saison character too much for my preference.  Subtle funky farmhouse yeast along with bread, zesty spice, light fruit  and grain.  The flavors fall off half way through and this beer is really light in the finish.  Overall, it's pretty one dimensional and could use better integration of flavors. Too brett heavy and a bit boring.  

Nov 02, 2013
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Maxwell from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy, muddy, golden yellow with copper tinges and a fizzy head of lightly creamy, white, medium sized bubbles that fizzle away to leave a nice scrim. In body, the beer is lightly foggy, with little bubbles coming up through the haze. On the nose, the beer smells of pineapple citrus, fresh leather and a touch of barnyard funk and horse blanket thrown in. There is even a slight saltiness to the smell, which adds a more savory character to the nose, and a touch of apple skins and vinegar. On the tongue the beer tastes tartly acidic with citric and lactic acids and a touch of malty sweetness. In flavor, the beer begins as citric tart with a touch of chalky acid, much like a Berliner Weisse, but then mellows into a grainy malt taste which comes on strong in the finish with a touch of lemon citrus, and is slightly reminiscent of brown rice. There is a touch of grassiness in the taste which must come from the hops, and which provides a nice, light bitter balance to the beer’s tartness. In the mouth, the beer feels prickly and alive on the tongue with strong effervescence and a creamy carbonation. The beer is on the light side of medium in body with just a touch of grip on the tongue and cheeks. The mouth is left lined in slight saliva with a chalky feeling. Overall, this is a refreshingly tart ale with a nice grainy flavor that is slightly different from other Oxbow beers, but still refreshing and crisp in the mouth. An excellent summer beer with a lot of similarities to a higher alcohol percentage Berliner Weisse. Try this beer.

Jun 21, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Cloudy, golden-yellow pour with a small but attractive cap of white head that retained as a thick collar and left a few dots of lacing on the glass. In the nose, fruity esters, and a good dose of funk, and strangely, something of a woody smoke quality. The aroma was reflected in the taste, with notes of pear and pineapple, bready yeast, and a good amount of grassy funk, toasted grains. Crisp and well-balanced, light-medium body, and quite drinkable overall.

Apr 12, 2013
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ToasterChef from Maine

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler of the 2012/2013 batch of Sasuga that I picked up at the brewery yesterday but didn't open until today.

This beer is an opaque golden liquid. A thin white head formed as I poured, but it has completely disappeared by the time I began this review. I imagine this beer appears better when you have a freshly poured glass from a keg.

The beer has a funky aroma that comes across as more than just brett. There is a pale malt sweetness and some rice as well.

This is by far the funkiest of Oxbow's draft offerings. The brett is very strong and works incredibly well with the rice and malt to give this beer a flavor any farmhouse fan will adore. There is a dry finish.

Medium body with a tingling coat that retains the funk.

A very interesting saison. Rice and wild yeast aren't ingredients you expect to find together (at least I don't), but the work very well here. This beer is a fine example of the incredible goods brewed by Oxbow.

Mar 15, 2013
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craytonic from District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Paradisio

Apperance: straw yellow pour with decent head and lacing
Smell: Very faint brett with some pineapple and other tropical fruits, slightly earthy
Taste: Similar to the smell, faint brett with some pineapple and other tropical fruits
Mouthfeel: a bit thin
Overall: Interesting saison but nothing special

May 15, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Meridian Pint. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy moderately-bright yellow color with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some beautiful Brett character with pineapple and a bit of tropical fruit. A bit of citrus in the background. The flavor has the same Brett character, which dominates and lends some fruit character and a touch of earth. Really smooth and dry with nice fruit notes. Exquisite use of the Brett. Huge fan.

Feb 21, 2012
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Meridian Pint, DC. Saison brewed with rice and fermented with brett.

Pours a hazed golden color with mild amber highlights. Pillowy white head that quickly fades to thin collar and no lace. Slightly sweet, spicy nose with strong fruit, yeast and brett. Flavor is similarly sweet and fruity to start with minimal earthy flavors. Slight lemon acidity throughout and the finish is heavy on grain and rice with mild funk. Thicker side of medium with strong carbonation and a bretty finish. I love this beer one sip and hate it the next. The sake like finish is very interesting and this drinks much larger than the 4.5 ABV suggests. I prefer the Grassroots Wachu as an "Asian" saison and feel like this would work better with either the rice or brett, but not both.

Feb 20, 2012
Sasuga Saison from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 88 ratings