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Farmhouse Rye - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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87
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
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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Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

yourefragile, May 26, 2014
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +2%

Kelp, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange body, good sized cap of slowly settling white foam. Nice lacing as well. Funky brett nose takes the lead, light booziness; yeasty fruit esters. Lots of musty barn notes.

The flavor is surprisingly tame after the nose; the brett is there with its accompanying funkiness but it’s quite reserved. I’d love to see how this develops in the bottle over time but alas couldn’t afford more than a single shared bottle at 30 dollars a pop. Other flavor notes include yeasty spice and fruits, particularly lemon and orange; mild sweet malt, grainy wheat. Finish is quite dry.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean mouthfeel. Quite a nice beer but not something so exceptional I’d spring for again at the price. Glad I got to try it for sure, though.

tobelerone, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

chippo33, Nov 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bsuedekum, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

whartontallboy, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of rudzud
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.

rudzud, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +2%

Reagan1984, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

millerbuffoon, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
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.

ThePorterSorter, May 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

DonFrap, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

mltobin, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of jaasen64
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.

jaasen64, Sep 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bobv, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

iatethecloudsfor, Oct 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

DCon, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

claytong, Aug 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Massbmx, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Hessian257, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

TheRuss9585, Aug 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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Farmhouse Rye from Lawson's Finest Liquids
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.