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Oxbow Freestyle No. 16 (Amber Saison)


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Formerly brewed at Oxbow Brewing Company
Style: Saison
Newcastle, Maine USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Malty amber body. German Tettnang / House saison yeast. (July 2013)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Cloudy amber color, white head, solid lacing. Aroma of funky caramel. Taste is similar. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3315) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Rich malty saison with a bit of caramel and nutty sweetness on the back end of this classic saison with nice sweetness and german noble hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (4920) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pain grillé, courants poivrés sur une bière au goût franc et à la finale sèche. Encore agréablement surpris par Oxbow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2013
growler thanks to Matt, THANKS MATT! Light and crisp, probably one of the first malty saisons I can get along with. Is caramelly without the sweetness that does the trick, light saison flavors and a good hop bite for a finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (3016) - Gray, Maine, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pours a glowing amber color with a finger of sticky eggshell foam. Nose is rustic grain, touches of apple pie, crusty bread and spicy funky yeast esters. The palate follows the nose with a big malty backbone that has traces of honeyed sweetness, autumn fruit, doughy bread and a peppery grassy finish to clean up the palate. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Draft. Cloudy amber body with medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, straw, grapefruit, some white pepper, light funk. Taste is medium sweet, straw/grapefruit, light funk, white pepper. Light-medium body, somewhat dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Cloves and bubblegum are greeted by straight earthy yeast and spicy hop resins in this flavorful but unpolished brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the murky amber.
-The flavor profile needs some smoothening out.
-The spicy character is compelling.
-Don’t know if I got the bottom of the keg, but this one was smothered in yeast (and yeast character).

On tap at Novare Res.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2013
A more bracingly bitter version of their FPA. The Tettnang hops give this bitterness and an almost pils-type quality to the beer. The aroma is crisp and more typical of a pils than their FPA. This goes very well in the summer.

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