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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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #54
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,172
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 8.39%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
280
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Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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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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octortus from Canada

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
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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BGDrock from Canada

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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
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npolachek from New York

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
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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BergBeer from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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kevanb from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Aug 28, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

edit: just as nice on tap, i was stoked to find this one at hops and pie recently, what a treat!

Apr 03, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Mar 01, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Jan 03, 2017
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nimrod979 from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Dec 17, 2016
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Nov 15, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Nov 07, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Sep 05, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Aug 18, 2016
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a yellow color with a 4F head in a tulip which takes a while to resolve.

Very sour- Brett aroma, which dominates. Later. mild citrus.

The MF is one of the strengths of this beer: dry, very malty for a Saison with spicy bitterness.

The Brett dominates the taste. Some citrus.

Very crisp, dry spicy finish.

Overall- very well brewed. Is it a Saison? More like a Brett beer. The Saison style is usually more carbonated.
with more spice such as coriander. Regardless, this is an excellent beer.

Aug 08, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. I enjoyed this much more than their regular Farmhouse Pale. I found that beer to be too phenolic and yeasty. Come to think of it I would probably like it better now as I have started to accept those flavors more willingly. Regardless, this was quite tasty. This brew is Bretty and woody. It also has become rather tart and rustic in flavor. Finishes with hints of those Belgian elements I found to be too heavy in the original. I had wanted to try this for a while and I am happy I spent the pretty hefty price.

Aug 08, 2016
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Rockthedashboard from Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw yellow when emptied into glass.
A: Aroma of wet leaves, green apple, slight musty funk. A little hefe-esque phenols.
T: Initially sweet malt, followed by mild, pleasant lactic acidity with a lingering musty funk and slight bitterness.
M: Light to medium body.

O: Really enjoyed this beer; it got better as it warmed in the glass. Reminded me of Hill Farmstead's Dorothy.

Aug 08, 2016
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer. Lots of citrus and acidity yet so drinkable. I need more of this in my life because the barrel aging takes this farmhouse to the next level. Bravo!

Jul 24, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super drinkable, crushable indeed... refreshing, crisp, beautiful and airy... aromas of fresh pear, lemongrass, lime zest, salt and tequila... and yet this beer has few traces of barrel... reminds me of Spanish sidra/cider...

A unique experiment overall, not sure whether it succeeded but it is nevertheless interesting and delicious.

May 25, 2016
Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale (BAFPA) from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 280 ratings