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Farmhouse Rye - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Farmhouse Rye
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87
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed once a year, this brew using rye, barley and wheat borrows from Wallonian tradition in creating a unique ‘house brew’. Fermented with a Belgian Saison yeast, finished with a champagne yeast for extra dryness, carefully aged and bottle conditioned.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009)
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3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ethan for sharing this pricey rarity. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thick collar, with some wisps on top but minimal lace. Transparent maple-evoking orange-brown body.

S - Certainly plenty of rye here, with some yeasty bread flavors as well. There's some mildly vinous flavors and a slightly glue-like solvent alcohol note that's somewhat unfortunate. There isn't much stereotypical 'saison' flavor, but I don't think that is what Sean intended here.

T - The taste is nicer, with some lightly sweet malts and toasted grains, as well as a mild brett funk and fruity flavor in the finish. Didn't realize this had wild yeast in it, but it works reasonably well. Mildly boozy.

M - Feel is quite nice, with a medium-full body, zesty champagne-like carbonation, super dry texture, and a mildly tannic finish. The champagne yeast works here, keeping the beer from being heavy, boozy, and fatiguing.

D - Too boozy at this stage for me to drink in large quantities, although the off-flavors receded as the beer warmed up. Still, this is far from my favorite Lawsons offering, and I can't really recommend it at $30 a bottle.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went halves with JLindros on this bad boy. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear amber honey hue with a fizzy half finger head that faded to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of spicy rye some farm house notes and lots of fruit esters. Relatively meh.

T - Taste is....what the fuck...so alright, Brett right off the get go. Which is good, leads to rye spice some barrel notes and then...out of no where maple. Now, no where on the label does it state maple; the barrels are french oak white wine. So where is this random tasty maple coming from? Very boozy, almost brandy like.

M - Gah, the booze on this destroys the relatively nice carbonation mouthfeel for me. Damnit.

O - Really had so much potential, instead I have this random beer. Gah...why? Yet again, Damnit.

Photo of fvernon
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.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with rudzud... wow Matt you got your review up fast.

Very light fizzy head fades quickly lots of mini bubbles, mostly hazy golden birch wood orange color.

Nose light spicy rye, a touch of farmhouse funk and dry grainy farmhouse, lots of fruity esters, light apple cider like, some booze and brandy like.

Taste is strange, starts with light spicy rye, a bit of bready malts, some farmhouse funk. Wicked boozy with tingle and burn almost fusel. Some funky Brett like flavors, earthy and funky. Also maple, a clear maple flavor, and hint of brandy with the booze and apple like esters. Finish is bone dry, more lingering booze burn, light saison wheat and light farmhouse funk lingering with hint of spicy rye. Long after the finish I get more dry maple.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied good carb but way too boozy.

Overall...sigh, not sure what to think. It has so much potential and interesting flavors but falls off on aroma and what could have been for the overall beer. It's almost a mess with so much going on and way too boozy.

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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.

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Farmhouse Rye from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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