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Oxbow Loretta
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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our grisette, a rustic blonde ale brewed with spelt grown at a draft horse farm in Pittston, Maine.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chalumeaux (444) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Light fresh and crisp nice aroma and mouth feel. Refreshing taste and earthy feeling.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
On tap at Max’s during Belgian Beer Fest 2013. Served in a Max’s tulip glass. Nose is hefty wheat and a bit of lemon. Slight saison yeast expression behind. Super crisp flavor with loads of wheat and lemon. Very dry.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deduchar (39) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 7, 2013
This beer is nice and light yet has a good flavor. The saison style is well crafted in this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4353) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
In short: A crisp and dry blonde Saison with a fresh countryside character. Great thirst beer
How: Tap at Hill Farmstead Farmhouse Saison Festival 2012
The look: Cloudy yellow body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is bright, fresh, rustic, a walk in a countryside field, flowers notes. Taste is clean, bright, honeyed grainy fresh cereals, flower petals, nice rustic character, crisp wheat, chewing of hay and sun dried wild flowers from a countryside field, herbal hoppy notes. A little honey on the attack but overall rather dry from start to finish. Body never feels thin despite the 4%. A classic thirst Saison, and at 4% this is one you can enjoy by the pints. I’m sold to this type of thirst beer so I’m probably overrating it. Another great Saison I had at the Hill Farmstead Saison Festival, and my wife says she feels like I totally forget about her when I’m at a beer festival with so lots of awesome beers… what the f... I’m married?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3291) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Exactement mon genre de remède à une soif excessive. Des notes acidulées bien en place pour une parfaite sécheresse, juste assez dans toutes les facettes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2138) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Tap at novare res. Pale gold with small head and lace. Grassy citrus grainy yeast aroma. Mild mango pineapple fruity sweetness with medium assertive herbal citrus dry bitter wheatgrass tangy finish. Very good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2983) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Pouring at the Hill Farmstead Saison Fest. Pours a hazed amber gold with a thin to medium sized white head. Musk and light grain on the nose, lemon and yeast. Musk, sweet with light bitterness. Toast, crisp musk. Soft and clean, musky wheat, lovely stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Hazy golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, spices, wheat, grass, and toast. Taste of some toasty malts, tart wheat, lemon, spices, and a grassy bitterness in the finish.


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