Arboreal | Oxbow Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Arboreal is an American Sour Ale fermented in wooden bourbon barrels with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. Produced without the use of stainless steel fermenters or brewers yeast, this uniquely traditional beer pays homage to our rural farmhouse habitat and the trees surrounding us.

Added by woosterbill on 01-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,975
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
64
pDev:
9.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopley
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle dated 2014, drank 02.13.18

Delicious. Simply a beautiful beer. A light delicacy bourbon taste, not too overbearing. Moderately tart, not overly. The color is intimidating in a fireside cocktail manner, but relaxing in that it draws you in (what??). No head or lacing but who cares! This is one of the best Oxbow beers I've ever had. I'm not sure what the 4 years of age did but I look forward to trying one fresh for comparison. Cheers!

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schinebd
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweemzander
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcpat1993
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sour and very delicious. Not sure it was worth what I paid for it but still very good. :)

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku pint. Label says JAN, 2016.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Great combo of lactic acid and funk with nice oaky undertones.

T- Very lemony and bright with moderate sourness and a decent barrel presence. Leans toward the dryer side and there's a decent amount of funk but there's a bit of a plastic-y flavor that's not jiving with me. Slight bourbon flavor that comes through more as it warms and pretty easy to drink considering the higher ABV. Even bigger tangy tartness once the sediment is introduced.

M- Moderate amount of pucker with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Not as impressive as Synthesis which had a more cohesive flavor profile. This one is decently balanced but the flavors aren't as focused. Also the bourbon barrel doesn't seem to lend much extra character than a fresh oak barrel would.

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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle dated Jan 2016.

Pours sparkling clear and dark copper. Retention and head is decent for a sour. Aromatics are a blend of red fruit and balsamic. Faint apples and Worstershire. Medium bodied and a bit creamy. A bracing sourness starts the palate with vinegar-soaked apples and mild malt following through. Finishes very sour and tart with lingering balsamic and watering jowels.

No bourbon barrel character here and very sour. It will take a while to get through this bottle.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of notchucknorris
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep copper color with a fizzing cream colored head that settles down to nothing fairly quickly.

S: Really interesting smell here. You get this overlying musty, wet bourbon barrel note, but it's nicely restrained. Red cherries, lemon meringue, vanilla and almost an almond meal note in there. Smells really fantastic.

T: You get a good amount of tart fruit upfront. Green kiwi, tart red cherry skin and maybe just a touch of lemon. Then the flavors sort of glide into a smooth lightly bready malt and gently bourbon finish with a good smack of tart red cherry and underripe plum skin. Leaves a lingering tartness in the back of your mouth, almost to the point of being bitter. Everything in here works really well. I'm a fan.

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Arboreal from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 64 ratings