BAFPA | Oxbow Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
BAFPA is produced by blending varing vintages of our flagship farmhouse ale that have been resting in French and American oak barrels.

Added by johnnnniee on 08-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,356
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
256
pDev:
8.64%
 
 
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93
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5
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Photo of groleau
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftaholic
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just the right touch of tart and barrel

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BergBeer
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Crystal clear hay good with a medium white head. Very active.

Smell: Funky preserves lemons, wet hay, wet gravel, pear, green apple, and bitter dandelion greens. Funky and clean.

Taste: Very Brett forward. The attack is lightly tart with notes of dried pear, white grapes, and coriander. The body whole a sourdough bread malt, lightly citrusy hops, green apple skins, and a bitter floral note. The finish reveals the woody oak notes with overall lingering note of cucumber and more sourdough bread notes.

Feel: Funky and clean. Light plus body. Light acidity. Light tartness. Quenching body with a champagne like dry finish. No alcohol present. The carbonation is tight small natural bubbles that fit the style perfectly.

Overall: Once again another clean drinking beer from Oxbow that holds incredible complexity and full flavors. The kiss of tartness on the attack is really unlike anything I’ve seen. It leads like it will go sour but then quickly recedes to reveal layers of complex clean saison flavor. The oaky finish is bold yet is intertwined with the rest of the flavors to compliment. A real gem. Oxbow is absolutely killing it.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellow hazy with a 1 inch white head. Medium carbonation.
Smell: Lemon, apples, herbs, and funk.
Taste: Tart, lemon, apples, hay, and funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium.
Overall: A very good farmhouse ale from Oxbow.

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4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevanb
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an Oxbow snifter glass. Enjoyed on 1.23.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy golden color, straw and lemon hues with a foamy white head, good retention and soapy lace. The aroma is super funk forward, lots of mineral water and barnyard funk, oak barrel, citrus and wildflower leap from the glass with some more earthy mustiness and straw linger well with pale grain and a touch of spice. The flavors are nice, tons of funky, tart citrus with underlying wildflower and stone fruits with a white wine like acidity. Musty oak leads to pale grain and light spice while a nice minerality lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is good, light body, extremely lively and bubbly, coats well and finished with a crisp but delicately tart bite.

Verdict: A great farmhouse pale ale from Oxbow. Bright, lively, complex, delicate, the oak barrel really brings out the funk and accentuates the subtle fruit and floral nuances. The balance improves as it warms and makes for a really special beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +2.8%
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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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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BAFPA from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 256 ratings