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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #542
Ranked #10,418
3.97 | pDev: 7.81%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Grizacca is a dry-hopped farmhouse ale brewed with spelt.
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brureview from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This lacked the fruit, spice, carbonation, and zesty finish I am used to in a Saison. Perhaps the concept of a farmhouse wheat beer doesn’t appeal to me. The Azacca hops are an excellent choice, but the overall taste isn’t appealing to me. Grisette is a subset of the Saison, and the wheat spelt doesn’t work for me. I’ll pass on this style.

Oct 03, 2019
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eleimbach from Maine

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much of what you’d expect from a farmhouse ale: light, grassy, a bit of citrus, slightly sour. What I really like about the taste is it seems to have more than a hint of berries (raspberries?). Anyway, wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer’s day.

Jul 09, 2019
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ChipChaight from New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from City Swiggers on the UES. Pours an opaque pale yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly, very sudsy lacing, smell is sweet melon, orange flesh, cut by sharp and funky grass, hints of lemon peel and pine, taste is mildly hoppy seltzer water with a bit of grassy funk, leaves a dry underripe peachy sweetness on the finish, this beer is light and well carbonated, again reminiscent of seltzer. A delightfully light and bright farmhouse treat. Perfect for a warm spring day in the sun.

May 20, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours light pale yellow and 2 finger head that fades quickly with low lacing, Nice yeast and funk on the nose bubble gum and spice mixed together nice spice and hop bite crushable and tasty

May 19, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is rather hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that left a narrow collar around the edge, some lacing down the sides of the glass, and lots of specks of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of grains, yeast, and lemons are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the lemony flavors are a bit stronger.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer lacks the dryness normally exhibited by other saisons but is easy to drink and has refreshing flavors of lemons in the taste. It is very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

May 13, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden straw. Stone fruit on the nose. Grizacca is dry crispy, estery, phenolic, fruity, basically everything you want in a refreshing, light, delicious saison. It is the right combination of refreshing, tasty, and complex. I love this beer and I hope Oxbow starts canning it.

Feb 09, 2019
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Belgiany yeast esters with a hint of dry pepper and an everso mild lemon tinge. Theres some bubblegum that surfaces off the back too. Very carbonated but dissipates quickly so its not bile-inducing. Yum.

Feb 08, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Arts and Craft Beer Parlor, NYC
Pours a very pale, slightly cloud, straw color. Modest wisp of a head quickly dissipates leaving a scattering of bubbles.
Initially, a light funk hits the nose, however, given that this one is dry hopped, that particular aroma soon dominates. I detect a hint of tropical fruit, citrus, pear, melon and grass.
Clean and dry taste that showcases the hops. A gentle citrus touch and light tropical fruit sweetness surround the pale crackery malts. There is a grassy hops and light peppery spice in the middle palate, as well as a subtle tartness. Finish is clean and dry.
Light bodied, fizzy carbonation and crisp in the mouthfeel. Very clean and dry in the palate.
A hops forward Farmhouse Ale, not as intensely hopped as an IPL or session IPA, but similar in feel. Very sessionable but the body was a bit thin...I suppose that was the point. I could have several of these on a hot day.

Jun 24, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

restrained and delicate beer, yet still distinctly oxbow. these guys are starting to (or i am starting to more readily identify) a house yeast complexion that is really flattering. a little haze to this mild saison, a nose of mixed grains and a little funk, less azacca hop obviousness than i anticipated from the name, if that is indeed what they mean with it, but it is hoppier than many other table saison types, and they yeast here is appealing and interesting enough, a cool mix of old world and new school, which oxbow generally hits pretty solidly with their beers in this field. its not too wild, its not too malty, nor too hoppy, almost lazily finding a cool balance and complexity, faint willow bark and smoke like a gratzer or grodziskie might have, which throws me off a little, but its so minor, still bretty and dry and rustic and simple. light ripe apricot and melon from the hops, grassy and sort of spicy noble too, clean and easy in the finish, well carbonated, and downright delicious and easy drinking. they dont all have to be headturners on the flavor spectrum to be world class from oxbow, and this is a great example of something a little more mellow but equally high end as anything else they do. fun to find one of their beers on tap, a rarity in my world!

Jun 15, 2018
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opieo from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im not a fan of the style but for what it is, its nice. Very light hazy yellow. White thin head. Soft scents of citrus. Pop of hoppy citrus up front. Thin texture very dry and carbonated. Not much finish. Drys quickly in your mouth.

Feb 10, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monks

LOOK: yellow, slightly hazy, small whit e head , fades.
AROMA: Pinepple, grass
TASTE: pineapple, fruit esters, . taste is like 2/3 saison, 1/3 hoppy IPA.

FEEL: Creamy, dry finish. Light and bubbly.

Refreshing, but dryness leaves you thirsty.


Apr 18, 2017
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Stolenface1 from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy straw yellow with billowing white head. Aroma of lemon, melon, malt, wheat, slight grass, barnyard and mineral funk. The flavor hits all of the notes in the aroma with just a hint of tartness and cracked pepper. The feel is light and crisp with med-high carbonation. Tasty Beer.

Aug 28, 2016
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Lonborgski from Maine

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 750 ml "Fresh Draft Beer" bottle purchased today at Portland tasting room. Paper tag on bottle stamped May 11, 2016 (three weeks and 2 days from today)--a drink by date?
Pours slightly cloudy pale blond color. Small head lingers.
Light smell of earthy fruit.
Taste is very balanced, fruit, hops, slightly sour.
Feel is clean with noticeable fizz.
Overall a well-balanced farmhouse.

Apr 19, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Hunger N Thirst served in a snifter chilled

The color is golden with thick haze and white head. The smell is very tropical with a hint of honeydew melon. The feel is fruity with some sour elements and low sweetness with moderately high carbonation.

The taste is good with light bitterness and fruity hop flavor with complimentary yeast and dry finish. Overall this is a great saison, very easy to enjoy and refreshing

Apr 15, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small pure white head. No retention whatsoever but some OK lacing. Kind of looks like lemonade.

The aroma has a good amount of tart citrus, as well as barnyard funk and spicy pepper.

The flavor follows the nose but adds a nice doughy malt character. A bit more grassy flavors than the aroma led on.

The mouth is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Slight hoppy bitterness lingers on the back end.

Overall a good beer that isn't relatively complex but still brings some great flavors. Very drinkable.

Mar 23, 2016
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illpass78 from Maine

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. on tap at the tasting room in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a big crown of white foam that retains well. Looks like a saison.

Aroma: Nice mix of aromas here. Citrus, some barnyardyness, lemon, maybe some pepper.

Taste: Follows the nose. Nice mix of citrusy hops and grassy, faintly herby flavor. Some funk, too. Flavors come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard depth for a saison.

Overall: Oxbow is one of, as far as I know, very few breweries doing modern interpretations of this "miner style" grisette beer. I like their Loretta a little bit more, but this is quite tasty.

Aug 22, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow pour. Smells delicate but nice, light spice complexities and citrusy American hops. Tastes equally faint and delicate, but also complex. Saison spice up front, tart and sweet middle, citrus hop finish.

Aug 16, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Oxbow in Portland. Hazy pale yellow. Creamy white head. Sweet tropical hop aroma. Like a mango candy. Light wheat and faint yeastiness. Tastes hoppy up front. Less sweet that I expected. Tropical up front, then more citrusy. Light pale malt and wheat. Creamy body with soft carbonation. Really nice, simple, and drinkable.

Aug 15, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the Dive bar.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a crystal clear straw hue with a fat white head that fades to leave creamy blanket with nice lacing.

S - Aromas of horse blanket, lemons, musty basement, maybe faint funk and earthy hops.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of horse blanket and musty funk, light lemons. Earthy, grassy hops, little bit of peppery spice.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, dry.

O - Overall this saison was alright, much more musty basement than I'm used to. Nice lemon and funk levels though.

Serving type: on tap

Aug 05, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/1/2015 at Armsby Abbey, in Worcester, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light cloudy yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong Brettanomyces, citrus, Belgian yeast and light malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a light malt character. Then some tartness comes in from the Brett and citrus. The hops presence is very mild and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly tart but also a bit harsh.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

Aug 01, 2015
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anthony23cippy from Maine

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mild to bright yellow with a minimal white head, but good lacing that sticks around for 15-20 mins. The aroma is of lemon peel, roasted barley (though I don't think it's even an ingredient), earthy tones, and a finishing note of orange juice. The taste is of lemon, old yeast, malt, and a hint of lime juice maybe? Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and perfectly carbonated for the style. Overall a great beer wouldn't drive to Newcastle again to get it though

Jul 27, 2015
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LittleDon from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 16 oz. pour at the Little Tap House on 7/20/15. Light, cloudy. Smells like a Saison, but drinks much lighter. Nice citrus notes and light bitter finish. I typically don't care for Saisons, but I enjoyed its much more subdued characteristics. Great summer beer.

Jul 24, 2015
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jirons88 from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has a great hop can smell it and you get the freshness of the hops but then it just lingers. Not too intense on any level. Hint of sour and such a beautiful beer for summertime. Very unique while at the same time maintaining the body and style of a Saison.

May 30, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light head but good lace. Very cloudy, creating whitish yellow color.

Vanilla and lemon peel are the initial aromas I catch.

Lightly sour but with a good hop bite. Not as earthy as some Saisons. Highly carbonated, spritzy. The swallow and aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet.

May 16, 2015
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Finley020 from District of Columbia

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful straw gold color, nice citrus/grass/hay nose, thin quickly dissipated head, nice bright floral and slightly hoppy taste and a nice lingering on the back of the tongue.

Feb 25, 2015
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