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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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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 Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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 mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
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 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 mattreitz49
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | 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 shigg85
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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