Grizacca | Oxbow Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nmann08 on 08-15-2013

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 178
Photo of Stolenface1
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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Photo of LittleDon
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of jirons88
5/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Finley020
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin white head. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, mild citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Dry strong hops with a mild citrus taste.

Overall: Good brew, I would have this one again.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Arrived in a tulip glass with about a finger's worth of head. The head didn't retain particularly long, nor did the beer leave noticeable lacing on the glass. Grizacca is a straw colored saison with good carbonation visible in the glass.

S - Nice aroma, mostly the lemongrass that I would expect. Little bit of smell that I typically associate with the yeast.

T - Quite nice. Follows the nose lemongrass and a bit of peppery spice up front. Nice fruitiness on the finish. Not overly sweet, just enough.

M - On the light side of medium, which is fine. The carbonation also felt lively and the finish was moderately dry.

O - This beer contains many of the characteristics that I look for in a saison! Had it on tap during a trip to Maine and normally seek out Oxbow when I'm in the area. This seems to be a solid strategy for finding good, local beers.

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Photo of cbutova
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler enjoyed over the weekend in Bar Harbor while camping. Reviewed from notes taken.

A- Appropriately poured from the Oxbow growler into the Oxbow snifter/tulip glass. Golden light orange body with some natural haziness to it. Creamy white head a few fingers high with decent retention. Lots of lace clouds around the glass.

S- Super juicy hops. A lot of fruit feel with both citrus and tropical varieties coming to mind. Reminds me of melons, mango, peach, passion fruit and orange zest. A ton of hop aroma and extremely inviting.

T- Like the aroma, hop flavors are big but maybe just a bit less dominant here. Juicy tropical fruits, citrus zest, spicy and grassy flavors come to mind; some could be from both the hops and yeast strain. The farmhouse yeast makes an appearance here that the hops mostly masked in the aroma. Some light fresh cracked grain and sweetness from the malts.

MF- Light bodied but a nice silky, foamy texture with any agitation. Moderately high carbonation and it finishes with a medium bitterness.

One thing I enjoy about this beer is the use of hops to get an amazing aroma and flavor from them, almost at an IPA level. I also enjoy how the hops seem to blend in with the yeast and everything comes together into one great taste. Super drinkable and flavorful, a new favorite.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden yellow with a little head. Aroma is a lot a melons and a wonderful citrus bouquet with a touch of must as it warms up.
Taste is very crisp and malty light initially followed by a earthy hop bitterness that blends well with the corny type maltness. A well balanced beer packed full of flavor that I find it hard to nail down the specific flavors but you know there is a slight tart edge and a touch of phenols. Very drinkable

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Photo of nmann08
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Meridian Pint. This is a collaboration with Coppertail Brewing Co.

Pours a hazy, cloudy pale yellow.

The aroma is a little sweet, citrus notes, a little peach and pear.

The taste is mostly citrus hops, a little bit of melon, and some spice. Moderately sweeter than I anticipated.

Light, sessionable and refreshing. Not a lot of carbonation.

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Grizacca from Oxbow Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 178 ratings.
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