Sasuga Saison
Oxbow Brewing Company

Sasuga SaisonSasuga Saison
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From:
Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #341
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,713
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
73
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 12, 2022
Added:
Feb 20, 2012
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  8
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Sasuga SaisonSasuga Saison
Notes: A rice ale fermented with brettanomyes and saison yeast.
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Rated: 3.93 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Oct 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by drstalker from Illinois

Apr 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Sep 24, 2021
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.65 by beerrat from Virginia

Nov 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 07, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by eire from Alaska

Apr 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by mrcraft from California

Oct 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by SFC21 from Florida

Sep 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by LoudRed from Massachusetts

Aug 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.22 by Smhill from Massachusetts

Aug 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Aug 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by ChipChaight from New York

Jul 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.73 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Apr 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.74 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Mar 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Jan 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Nov 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

Oct 22, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.93 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Aug 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Jul 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.41 by polopaul20 from Maryland

Jun 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by samEBC from Belgium

Jun 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.76 by desint from Belgium

Jun 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by NHbeerfishing from New Hampshire

May 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by tshute from Missouri

Mar 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.32 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Mar 05, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.79 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Sep 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by ConradKenney from Maryland

Aug 16, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4 by hopley from Massachusetts

Mar 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by shigg85 from Japan

Mar 15, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
Sasuga Saison from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 90 ratings