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Oxbow Freestyle No. 4 (Maibock-Inspired Saison)

Oxbow Freestyle No. 4 (Maibock-Inspired Saison)
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Formerly brewed at Oxbow Brewing Company
Style: Saison
Newcastle, Maine USA
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Mash: Belgian Pilsner, Belgian Vienna, Aromatic, Crystal
Hops: Slovenian Styrian Golding
Fermentation: Saison Yeast
Flavor Profile: Full Malt & Gentle Spice Balance

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3905) - Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
25.4 oz bottle at Churchkey in Washington DC, generously shared with my by Travlr. Batch #4. The pour is a hazed orange golden, with a well formed white head. The aroma is big Brett leather, bright vanilla oak, lemon citrus, some nuttiness and grain from the malt and wheat. Quite a bit going on in the nose, and nicely integrated. The taste is big on the Brett notes initially, leather, funk, citrus and then moves towards the vanilla oak flavors. The vanilla oak lingers in the long after taste. The palate is medium to light bodied, active carbonation and a dry finish showing first the leathery funk Brett then the vanilla oak. I really enjoyed the nose, though the taste was a bit heavy on the barrel for my tastes. Regardless, nice beer, well crafted. Thanks for sharing this one Gene.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle shared with theisti. Almost a gusher, but not quite. Cloudy golden orange color, fluffy white head, solid lacing. Aroma of vanilla, light smooth lemon meringue, very subtle pineapple, dust. Taste is fruity, peppery, dusty, with just a bit of funk. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (3039) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 29, 2012
Growler pour from brewery... Pours a slightly hazy raw sienna color with minimal head. Aromas of wheat, sweet malts and a bit of nuttiness. Great full mouthfeel with a lot of malty characteristics. A tad sweet with a underlying nuttiness which gets balanced by some peppery spice in the finish to brighten it up. Enjoyable and easy to drink... lost some of the carbonation from tap to glass, a little more bubble happening in here and I could see this beer really singing.

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