Oxbow Loretta
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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Our grisette, a rustic blonde ale brewed with spelt grown at a draft horse farm in Pittston, Maine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmm635 (926) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Hazy golden color with a bright white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus hops, yeast, and white pepper. Well balanced, very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4088) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Draught at Oxbow, Portland, ME, 5/17/15
More or less the same pour as their other saisons and grisettes. Mostly high clarity, though with a touch of haziness appropriate to the style and a small but well-retained white head topping the pale-to-bright golden liquid.
Loretta is a very special beer. Perhaps not if you were exploring the Belgian countryside (though I think it still stands up fine against those). The hops are noble and rustic and all over the place in the nose, conjuring up dry leaves, very light cheese rind, dried herbs and all sorts of early-morning-dew-on-the-lawn-and-flowers-type of aromatics. Rarely have I smelled a beer where the hops give it a funk yet don’t detract otherwise in aroma or flavor (usually any sort of funky hop character is unwanted). Not this one. Light acidity on the end, soft, pils malts and interesting spelt character somewhat reminiscent of Blaugies d’epeautre (though certainly not as disinct or quite as rustic). But anything that can evoke memories of that beer is doing a lot of good things in my book. No alcohol or flaws.
The flavor is delicious as well, perhaps not as crisp on account of some of the earthy and lightly funky flavors, but the acidity on the end gives a mild tartness that does help brighten things, while the attenuation is spot on (very dry) yet the malt comforting and softly succulent. Would love to brew a beer emulating the hops and hop schedule used here (not that I know what it is). Fantastic and as usual, very underappreciated on our Imperial Website.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Draft at Churchkey, DC. Pale gold, pretty white foam. Spicy yeast aroma, tart dry white saison taste. Quite refreshing, drying finish. I want a little more crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5012) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Pretty interesting with the spelt. Light but very drinkable. Golden pour with OK head and lacing. Light hay. Some crispness in finish. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (2977) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear light yellow with off-white head. Aromas of floral, herbs, light spice, light funk. Tastes of floral, herbs, spice, citrus, lemon. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
katrinaez (423) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2015
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Ok got a saison. Not exciting. Great aroma but doesn?t match flavor. Light color. Would have again if option. Tap

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (744) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Draft at RR. Pours. Very pale yellow with small head that does not completely fade. Aroma is earthy, with milde aldehydes, straw and mild saison yeast. First sip is similar with a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3410) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Clear as yellow pour with a medium white head. Aroma has nice mild spice...ginger, coriander, sage, chamomile. Flavor follows suit and adds light grass and faint wheat or spelt. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is dry and mildly bitter...grass/citrus...clean. love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2782) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 2, 2014
On tap at Goods from the Woods 2014 with Festero. The spelt gives this a cereal almost cheerios character which worked quite well with the yeasty esters. Light refreshing brew that I quite enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13620) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Keg at the brewery. Pours clear yellow with a creamy, white head. The nose holds zesty lemon and biscuity pale malts, some straw. Light sweet flavor with pleasant dry dough, some salty sourdough bread, lemon peel. Light bodied with average carbonation. Clean finish, lightly bitter, with further hay, citrus peel and restrained, biscuity pale malt sugars. Great balance, super drinkable. Great.

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