Sasuga Saison
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #358
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,617
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.36%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
85
From:
Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  13
Gots
  8
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: A rice ale fermented with brettanomyes and saison yeast.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 85 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Phyl21ca:
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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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ubufan2112 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

May 11, 2014
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 09, 2016
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doremite from Vermont

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 02, 2014
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dec 18, 2013
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thewimperoo from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Apr 15, 2013
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 19, 2017
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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
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Ristaccia from Nebraska

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 07, 2019
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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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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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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Aug 17, 2013
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rthomp from Maine

5/5  rDev +23.2%

Mar 07, 2013
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beerrat from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 01, 2019
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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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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dec 06, 2013
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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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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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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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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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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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splendidsplinter from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Jul 03, 2013
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DeutschesBier from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Feb 17, 2014
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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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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 13, 2018
Sasuga Saison from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 85 ratings