Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale | Oxbow Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale AleBarrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A farmhouse ale fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces.

Added by johnnnniee on 08-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
241
Reviews:
43
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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94
Gots:
49
For Trade:
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Portland location

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

there is this magical simplicity about some of the oxbow stuff, and for the number of crazy (lobster!?) beers they do, there seems to be a great majority of them that have this old school rustic nuanced simplicity, at least of ingredients, that come together in a way like few others are able to assemble them. i know it takes time and skill and knowledge to craft a barrel aged wild beer, im not saying the process is simple, but this is not one of those five grain, double fruited, barrel blended whatevers, its just almost a naked and beautifully exposed wild beer that is as good as any i have had from them. its also not at all simple in its flavor profile, but they just seem to get more from less here. an extremely pale straw color with a big white head on it, and only gets a little hazy towards the bottom of the glass. the aroma here is amazing, new slightly sweet oak, grassy old world hops, and a super mature and funky brett that flashes under ripe strawberry, limoncello, and hay loft. super mouthwatering, rustic, and enticing! the flavor is just as good, with all the same elements at work. i would guess little more than some white wheat and belgian pils malt on the grain side of things, and the hops are quite relaxed and earthy, its more of a platform for this yeast, which elegantly introduces a complex fruit bouquet that might even tease green pear. the barrel is smart here too, with newer wood complexion, vanilla and honey notes, adding a bit of body and maturity to this, smooth and patient. its carbonated like champagne and positively sings on the palate, dry and clean in the finish, leaving just a memory not an aftertaste. this is about as well done as a style like this can be, and in a lineup of really impressive beers of similar style, this was a clear standout. oxbow is becoming one of my very favorites!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of David19457
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of funk from the Brettanomyces are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the funk is a bit stronger and there are also notes of oak from the barrel aging. Although no spiciness is present, there are hints of apples and pears.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little tart and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and dryness in the finish.
O: This saison is light, dry, and has some refreshing properties.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jofroi
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lochraneg
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Tasting 2016. Hazy orange with a thin white head. Notes of farmhouse funk, bitter medicine, lemonade and citrus hops.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2016. 500 ml poured into a teku glass.

L: Clear golden yellow, Small layer of white foam settles into a thin ring and white film on top of the beer.some lacing and bubbles sticking to the side of the glass.

S: Funky Brett barnyard aromas

T: Brett funk and some light oak and vanilla characteristics. Under-ripe peach, and apple notes. Light tartness.

F: Dry, yet crisp with a soft bubby carbonation. Slightly tart on the backend.

O: An easily drinkable, fun and tasty funky pale farmhouse ale.

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Photo of grover37
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gusher, be careful. Regardless, the best Oxbow beer I have had yet - reminds me of a delicate Hill Farmstead Saison. Mineralic lemon and citrus with a moderate funk. Soft body with fluffy carbonation. Top notch.

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Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

March 2016 bottle.
Funky unappealing smell, as is common for this style. The flavor is better. Medium high carbonation. Refreshing. Some funk and fruit in the aftertaste that lingers on and on.

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Photo of MrDarcy
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kidzord
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding saison with a big brett profile. Pours an amber/apricot hue with a short half-inch head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is delicate and forceful - green apple, hay and tart fruit with that impressionable brett-funk. Taste is right there - white grapes, hay, coriander, pepper, lemon zest, oak, brett, green apple and tart cherries. Complex taste profile...that makes me tick off all kinds of flavors. Finishes super dry with a lingering sour aftertaste. Great beer but, when you factor in cost, it's hard to justify another go-round. Just too much for a little over a pint.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed during The Culmination Festival, August 20th, 2016.

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Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/2016 bottling

A: Pours a light amber with a small, thin white head. Decent retention despite the initially sparse head.

S: Some oak and some peach. Citrus peel.

T: Super tart citrus up front with an oaky backing. Loads of sour lemon in the middle, mouth-puckering at times. Peppery leading into an incredibly dry finish, one of the driest I've ever had. Hint of burnt rubber at times.

M: Light bodied, ultra dry.

O: Huh. Extremely tart and dry saison. Like eating a 20 year old saltine, just as dry as you can imagine. Lots of great bitter and tart flavors but man I just can't get over that moisture-sucking quality.

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