Sasuga Saison | Oxbow Brewing Company

Sasuga SaisonSasuga Saison
BA SCORE
4.03/5
69 Ratings
Sasuga SaisonSasuga Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
oxbowbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,090
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
69
pDev:
9.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 barely would help. Sasuga also is dry... and dry has its place, albeit mostly in drinking and 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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polopaul20
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tshute
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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. 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!

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
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 hopley
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Dominic_Decoco
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frekky
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Krey213
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whitenads
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Sasuga Saison from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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