Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale (BAFPA)
Oxbow Brewing Company

Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale (BAFPA)Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale (BAFPA)
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From:
Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #87
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,813
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 8.43%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
231
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 02, 2022
Added:
Aug 26, 2012
Wants:
  96
Gots:
  49
SCORE
95
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Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale (BAFPA)Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale (BAFPA)
Notes: Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale is an American saison that has been aged in American and French oak barrels. The extended aging process creates a lightly tart and funky character that is balanced by gentle hints of vanilla. Like all Oxbow beers, this authentic farmhouse ale was brewed with well water at our rural Maine brewery.
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A 500ml bottle, bottled on 7th June 2021, and poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A nice hazy golden straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that had good retention while leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy, lemon, lemon zest, lime, oak, dusty, vanilla, brett, light funk.

Taste: Light sour, lemon, lemon zest, lime, peach, with light oak and funk.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyable, refreshing, and really easy to drink.
May 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Nov 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Jun 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Feb 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Feb 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by SaisonMaker from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Excellent and balanced farmhouse beer. A little sour but not too much. A good background oak flavor. I wish I got more than two bottles on my last visit to Oxbow. I'll have to see if my craft brew store has any.
Jan 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 23, 2020
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from the brewery in Portland during 2020 trip to Maine. Pours an opaque golden orange with a fluffy white head that lingers, smell is funky grass, oak, and bitter cider, taste follows the nose with sour grassy funk, green apple, dry oak finish, feel is light, bright, and dry. A sophisticated and truly delicious beer that makes me feel like an adult.
Aug 09, 2020
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Reviewed by octortus from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500 mL Bottle. ABV 6.5%.
Appearance: slightly veiled gold to heavily veiled orange/grapefruit, one finger of frothy off white head, great retention, low carbonation, slight sediment on final pour, cap remains.
Aroma: Slight funk, aromatic orchard fruit, slight stone fruit, sweet grass, calm Brett funk, citrus (lemon) dessert, soft vanilla, Slightly sweaty, beautifully simple aroma, complex, well balanced.
Mouthfeel: under medium body, low carbonation
Flavour: Brett funk, slight lemon, grass, orchard fruit, nicely balanced, slight vanilla, well balanced.
Overall:

Review: 167
May 02, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Mar, 2016 bottle

Pours slightly hazy gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like a lambic, oak barrels, spice, sweet acetic vinegar, barnyard cobweb funk, horse blanket, farmhouse, bready crackery malts, caramel, vanilla, mild banana, apple, cherry, apricot, with dusty floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes tart and acidic with sour apples, oak, sweet acetic vinegar, farmhouse, barnyard cobweb funk, horse blanket, banana, apricot, grape, cherry, vanilla, caramel, bready crackery malts, peppery clove spice, with dusty floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels dry, medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice barrel aged farmhouse ale.
Apr 18, 2020
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Reviewed by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Body is hazy, dull gold, like lemon juice, with a dash of amber. Forms a full, cloud-white head, good retention, a few minutes worth.
Fresh and pure orchard aromas of tart apple, softly musty, and lemon zest.
Fantastic flavour, right off the bat - macintosh apple, lemon meringue, bitter hops offering hints of citrus zest, and something distinct that I can't put my finger on. Almost candy-like. Bubblegum? Not quite. Playful interplay of crisp pulpy fruit, tart notes, yeasty funk and spice. Some resinous touches too. Sophisticated feel, fine carbonation (medium), medium body, very dry finish.

Just a delight to drink, full of complex, distinct flavours and perfect mouthfeel.
Apr 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by Leftover1223 from New Hampshire

Feb 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jan 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Ripe pear, apricot, strawberry yogurt, jammy peach, lemon, green apple, vanilla cream, white peppercorn, oak, mellow vinegar, minerality, grassy and hay notes. A funky and slightly musty earth quality.
Jan 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled in May 2017. Enjoyed with appetizers.
BAFPA's Looks are not its strength. I imagine the Brett yeast works against the ample foam and the active protein swirls that I most like in the saison; so I'm Looking at a dirty blonde. Smells offer lightly tarted-up fruit and, then, the old school saison grass and herbs. Tastes finally tell me this has been in a barrel(s) and blended; simply, this is too sophisticated and subtle and simple not to have been blended by a master. Finishes nicely dry.

This is my 4th from Oxbow. My average rating is -9 below the Average; so I do not think I'm giving them a fair shake. Mostly, it is that I still resist Brett in my favorite style. But, they are very thoughtful and they brew for food. I'm not yet to put them on my stateside BBBL, but someday I might.
Dec 29, 2019
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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up this 500 ml bottle in Big Fatty's in White River Junction, Vermont; difficult choice among many outstanding potentials. Bottled in January 2018 and the label said enjoy within 5 years. Obviously I didn't make it that far but it's an unseasonably warm last weekend of September, and first weekend in autumn, and the high alc heavy hitters will just have to wait.

As soon as I popped the cap lemony funk filled the immediate space. Poured into a DFH tulip a nice large bubbled head topped a golden straw colored body. As it warmed over the cellar fridge temperature white grapes and barrel smell came forward. The taste mirrored the smell with pear tastes emerging. Feel was like drinking a dry sparkling wine.

I'm not sure what additional aging would have done but if I ever find another of these I'll put it to the test.
Sep 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.97 by Mikexw from New York

Aug 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.36 by Geosuds from Spain

Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Mousel from Canada (ON)

Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Jul 07, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Excellent wild ale with great crispiness and sourness at the same time. Not too sour and a great balance giving this a top rating in my eyes. Very enjoyable
Jul 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by crobinso from Colorado

Jun 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.4 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Mar 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Blending various vintages of their Farmhouse Pale Ale which have been aged in French and American Oak invites a woodsy, musty, earthy tone to the session while also bringing about the uniqueness of spontenae; but its discipline still harks back to the rural landscape of Belgium.

Pale gold and cast in a moderate yeasty haze, the sparkling ale builds an arid but lasting eggshell froth. Above all that swirls a farmhouse scent of weathered citrus, orchard fruit, vinous fruit, funk and fauna. Gentle sweetness graces the tongue with a notion of sourdough and hard candied in a modestly sweet but malty introduction.

Then as the flavors unfold on the middle palate, the fruit flavors soon take the lead. Lemons mingle with cider, white grape, pear and honeydew for a lightly juicy, lightly sweetened ester profile. As the oak, spice and acidity rises to balance the fruit, an aura of dried oak in attic-like conditions play off of white pepper, a mossy bitterness and cork-like tannins of dry white wine eventually outlast the sweetness and easily contend with the fleeting sweetness. Hints of hay, grasses and lemon pepper drive the final frame into a short finish.

Medium light in body, the beer's brisk and briny acidity harks to modern day sour ale but its farmhouse roots keep the finish dry, effervescent and refreshing despite a retro-olfactory sensation of saddle leather, sea air and an earthen nuance to hover above the tongue long after the flavors have concluded.
Feb 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by hopley from Massachusetts

Feb 13, 2019
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Rated by brother_rebus from Maine

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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Feb 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.2 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Nov 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by uncleotis from Illinois

May 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a pale orange with a hazy clarity and a loose, off-white head that dissipates into a soapy slick. Nose expresses citrus, apricots and a hint of funk. Taste reveals citrus, funk and some medicinal notes that come out at the back and linger between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation shy of lively and a mild acidity. Overall, a decent funky ale, but lacking in complexity.
May 11, 2018
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Rated by craftaholic from New York

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Just the right touch of tart and barrel
Apr 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Feb 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Feb 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by BergBeer from Hawaii

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.
Dec 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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.
Nov 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by williahd from Maine

Nov 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Nov 18, 2017
Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale (BAFPA) from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 289 ratings