Farmhouse Rye - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2010 bottle, poured into a Lawson's snifter. It was a heck of a lot of work getting the cork out of this guy, and little to no co2 escape at the release - i was ready for a flat beer, but it was surprisingly well carbonated once i got it pouring.
It a real marigold-amber, very clear, with a nice off-white head that dissipates but leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is decidedly muted, but there is a bit of grassy funk at the start (I'm guessing that's the Brett acting up), followed by some fruity and rose esters (but not so much to really get obnoxious), and a really nice hint of white grapes and oak at the finish. Given the Brett and champagne yeasts, I probably could have aged this for a lot longer and gotten some interesting results, but oh well.
The taste is decidedly a call for further aging - a bit green appley and, dare i say, cidery, but the saison, brett, and champagne yeasts are all showing through in an interesting blend (it's dry, it's thirst-quenchingly tart, and it's got a nice hint of funk). I'm not seeing as much of the barrel-aging, but I've had other funky, barrel-aged beers really bring the oak forward over time (I'm looking at you, Gilgamesh). The longer I sit and let it warm up, the more muted some of the alcohol and acetaldehyde becomes, and more of the saison tartness and some of the oak starts to come through. I don't know why, but I was worried that this would be a pretty full - if not sweet - brew, but it's nice and dry with a lingering finish.
Maybe it'd see some nice changes with added time for the yeasts in the bottle to work some magic; as for right now, it's interesting - if not maybe a little bit green apple and boozy for my tastes. 3.75/5.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2013 01:00:40 | More by fvernon
4.41/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2010 vintage (bottled in 03/2012), big thanks to merc for sharing, served ~cellar temp
The beer pours a slightly hazy rich amber with a thin white head and loose lacing. The nose is potently bretty with a delicious white wine undertone and a bit of oaky, maple syrup-like sweetness. It drinks with a sweet, slightly spicy malt base upfront followed by a semi-dry brett, wine barrel finish. There is very little bitterness and almost a syrupy, slightly undercarbonated, sweet mouthfeel. This beer is delicious and has aged beautifully. I'd say the rye adds a subtle spice at this point with a bigger brett and wine barrel palate takeover. I'd definitely recommend grabbing a bottle of this if available.
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2013 19:01:09 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
750ml bottle purchased at the last Lawson's Farmer's Market release in August. No bottle count # hand written like the Maple Tripple. From what I understand this was limited to at the most 500 bottles in which probably a lot less then that were actually released. $30/bottle. Brewed Jun 2010, bottled March 2012 (aged almost 2 years, bottled for about 5 months).
Reviewed from notes from 3 days ago (usually don't review from notes, but wrote down pretty extensive notes for this one). Shared with 3 other people during my cellar cleaning tasting. Poured into Lawson's tulip.
A- Pours a translucent golden amber with a thin layer of white head that recedes to only a thin and leaves plenty of nice coated lacing. Lots of small very slow rising carbonation bubbles, definitely unlike most of the beers I'm used to- I'm assuming this is caused by the champagne yeast. Definitely looks interesting and appealing.
S- Aromas of sweet candied sugars mixed with some light oak and caramel that gives almost a presence of maple syrup. Some light brett presence, but not a whole lot of funk or farmhouse qualities. A tiny bit of rubbing alcohol present in the background. Definitely little bit above average aroma strength, the candied sugars gives it a sweet appealing aspect but not exactly what you would expect from the style.
T- Sweet candied sugar, a little bit of caramel, some light rubbing alcohol, and again not a whole lot of funk or farmhouse qualities going on. Interesting, decently sweet, but too boozey and not exactly what I was expecting.
M- Dry champagne-like finish, nice carbonation, definitely on the boozey side, but a lot better when it warms up a bit towards the end (originally served lightly chilled).
O- This was an interesting saison/farmhouse that was not at all what you would expect from the style. It definitely had a nice champagne like quality, nice barrel aging qualities, but in the end it was just too boozey. Towards the end of the glass when it started to warm up a little bit, it started mellowing out a little bit. If you were to serve it, I would recommend serving it at about cellar temperature. I was definitely upset a little bit that there wasn't much brett funk, but based on the process they used I don't know if I would have expected that much to begin with. This was an interesting beer, but definitely not my favorite from Lawson's and not something I could recommend paying $30 for.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2012 19:22:21 | More by jaasen64
Farmhouse Rye from Lawson's Finest Liquids
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.