Sasuga Saison | Oxbow Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rice ale fermented with brettanomyes and saison yeast.

Added by yourefragile on 02-20-2012

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10
Ratings:
56
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
30.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 56
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.  

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Photo of Maxwell
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Sasuga Saison from Oxbow Brewing Company
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