Oxbow Loretta
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RATINGS: 47   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4 oz. served into a wine glass at ChurchKey. From notes. A: Pours a golden straw color with only a small white film for a head. Itís not quite as hazy as I like my saisons to look. S: I notice fresh apples, cherries, and some wheat. Itís nicely fruity - especially for 4% - nor is it weighed down by overdone yeastiness. So maybe the clarity in the appearance was for the best? T: Drier than the aroma suggested. A fruity opening is very brief before spicy, herbal notes dry out the middle, leading to a white grape finish. Simplistic, yet satisfying. M: Itís everything youíd expect from such a small saison: very light, dry, and easy to drink. Carbonation could be more lively, otherwise thereís nothing really to complain about here. O: Compared with some of the masterpieces I had earlier today, this one fell quite a ways short. But for what it is? Itís pretty solid. I would entertain the thought of having it again, at least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (1033) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Draft at oxbow Portland. Rustic all the way. Straight ahead yet complex. Citrus, floral, grassy, light funky yeast, farmhouse goodness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GIJOE (921) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Pours yellow with a thin white head. Tart nose and taste. Medium body. Vigorous carbonation. Tasty brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15190) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2015
On tap at Novare Red, Portland, Maine. A yellow, unclear beer with a small white head leaving curtains. Itís quite fruity on the nose, with some grains. Citrusy and lightly flowery. Itís dry, medium bodied and with a high but nice carbonation level. Thereís an appropriate bitterness in the flavor, itís fruity and lightly grainy. Lasting finish. A thirst quenched. Easy drinkable. 150609

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (9444) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
Draught @ Novare Res Bier Cafť, Portland, ME
Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, wheat, yeast and citrus. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with a long yeasty, citrus and peppery finish. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso. Poured a clear yellow color with a small off-white head. Aroma was floral notes, light spice, some mild funk. Flavor was floral notes, some light lemon citrus. Light yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmm635 (929) - 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 (4160) - 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 donít 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 díepeautre (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 (2962) - 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 (5159) - 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 (3212) - 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.

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