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Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids CollaborationAcer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration

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BA SCORE
85
very good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 32
Gots: 89 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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Pahn

New York

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-14-2011 06:55:39 | More by Pahn
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Hopstamon

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-This gem of a brew pours very deep brown with amber hues around the edge of the glass. the head is creamy and sticky, very apealing looking brew.

S- Mmmm...Smells of maple syrup mixed with dates. The spiciness of the rye is done perfectly in this syle bending brew. There is also a nice blend of smokiness...not overdone...well balanced.

T- Taste is more of the same, though a bit more of the rye peeks through and the the finish is a bit of sweetness and again, a good dose of smokey malt.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with a great creaminess. Really smooth.

O- Overall, This Beer is nothing short of amazing. Great collaboration of East and West...

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:22:08 | More by Hopstamon
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Robtobfest

Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes at Friday night session of 2011 ACBF. Collaboration with The Bruery.

A-This gem of a brew poursvery deep brown with amber hues around the edge of the glass. the head is creamy and sticky, very apealing looking brew.

S- This is amazing! Smells of maple syrup mixed with dates. The spiciness of the rye is done perfectly in this syle bending brew. there is also a good wallop of smokiness that really sets this beer apart from anything i've ever had before.

T- Taste is more of the same, though a bit more of the rye peeks through and the the finish is a bit of sweetness and again, a good dose of smokey malt.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with a great creaminess. Gotta assume there is some oatmeal in this, really smooth.

O- Overall, this is classified as a rye beer, butIm happy to say that I think this is one of those beers that is hard to classify, and that 's a good thing here. This Beer is nothing short of amazing. Sean Lawson is a magician! Just wish I could enjoy this on a regular basis. From what I hear it was/is only available at The Bruery and the Warren store.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 00:39:26 | More by Robtobfest
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Mages64

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer from a bottle upon release and honestly hated it but didn't rate it. I thought the adjunct flavors were over the top and the beer too hot. Now? Oh my God this is an amazing beer! Mellow with astonishing flavors!
A: deep opaque brown with lingering lacing and top only head.
S: rich brown sugar, maple, chocolate, apple, wood, deliciousness
T: Maple, oak, and a perfect blend of molasses, sticky malt, chocolate, vanilla, candy sugar.
M: full bodied and sticky on the lips. Long pleasant finish
O: I'm angry I have none left. This truly is only of the most balanced and delicious beers I've had in a long time. I feel like it probably smelled better fresh but it didn't taste as good. Savor this beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 04:15:43 | More by Mages64
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GhettoFabulous

California

4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with my brother on July 3rd to commence an extremely pleasant evening of delicious beer.

This pours a dark brown with a finger or so of light brown head. There is a slight hue of gold that seems to shine through the darkness, unless the extreme sunlight of the mountains is getting to my head.

This smells strictly like rye and maple, and I'm not getting any of the smokiness I was lead to expect.

The first sip reveals a panoply of flavor that my tongue is not sure how to make sense of. My brother and i remark practically simultaneously that this tastes like a Christmas beer - a damn good Christmas beer at that. There seems to be a lot of spices here, but it's difficult to tell exactly which ones. There is a modicum of citrus as well as some figs and slight sugary sweetness but maple is the easiest one to pick out.

The maple is integrated very nicely here and is the best thing the beer has going for it. The maple is palpable in every sip without overwhelming my taste buds like MS Berserker did last Christmas. And again, speaking of Christmas, this tastes most like an extremely well done holiday beer. I'll definitely set some aside for the Winter, which should greet this beer very nicely.

Highly recommended - one of the few spicy, and only maple beer I've ever had that I really love.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 04:32:28 | More by GhettoFabulous
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Brad007

Vermont

4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As always, I have to try anything that I can get from Lawson's, especially when it's a collaboration beer.

Pours a dark brown color with a two-finger brown head into my glass.

A good, not overwhelming whiff of oak with just a hint of sweet, smoky malt and very little maple.

Smokey, chewy malt that results from the use of the oak cubes. Very savory with a good amount of spice too (from the rye malt).

Alcohol heat is kept to a minimum, which is surprising to me. For 9%, it doesn't quite feel that way. The oak is done in a manner that does not overwhelm the taste buds. Each sip just tastes better than the preceding sip.

I have to give this high marks. If it is truly a rye beer (tastes like one), then it is one of the more complex versions I've seen thus far.

You could cellar it but honestly, it's tasty as it is. I hope it will lead to more collaborations between Lawson's and other fine breweries in the near future!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 02:26:58 | More by Brad007
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Shirin


4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

02-11-2013 04:39:23 | More by Shirin
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Reswald

Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

06-13-2012 23:52:07 | More by Reswald
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

02-25-2013 02:20:59 | More by mportnoy
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bobv

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

04-19-2012 03:40:20 | More by bobv
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Cavery

California

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the provisions a few days ago, 750ml shared with Klym.

Poured into Over-Sized Wine glasses.

A: A nice solid two finger head (big considering glassware!) with a fairly violent end pour. From the look of it there seems to be no need for too violent of a pour. Blackberry body with some sugary brown foams that show some creamy qualities. Some off-brown cola colors show through the sides of the beer with a bit of movement.

S: A very maple-cola quality to the smell that is swarmed by thick grained maple sugars. Smells of some roasted malt comes through like coffee over some syrup dowsed pancakes. The breakfast qualities of this nose are undeniable. The aroma of maple just puts this in the context of breakfast/brunch. All the roasts ride that association to fit in the realm of coffees. Rich breakfasts truly reign supreme here.

T: Roasty nutty coffees that have a slightly candied quality on a woody serving platter. Rolling transitions of flavor that go from complex gradients of roast, into fresh cut sappy woods, and eventually proportional dose of maple sugars. The syrup has really integrated well in here, and I don't get any real syrupy qualities outside of the sugar presence in the flavor. Even then, the maple has married the wood in such a way that they are one. This is really a pleasure to drink, and not like the misaligned syrup bomb I expected. Truly a perfect bite of belgian waffle breakfast with a creamy chaser of coffees. Condiments of whip cream, blueberries, and butter all make brief appearances in this magical breakfast. Waffles more than pancakes in the taste.

M: The most perplexing and mysterious aspect of this beer. The way that the body holds its mass is very difficult to explain. It's sugary and thick like served cold syrup, but it's not at all thick and sticky. There isn't even a syrupy -- nay, there isn't even so much as a glaze in the mouth. Instead, it's actually CRISP and DRY. I mean what in the world is going on here. Absolute voodoo in the mouth. I can't even... what...Medium-full body if not the most deceptive FULL body I've ever had.

O: This is a Breakfast Stout if I've ever had one, but taking into account the identification of "Rye" beer; I will say this is a massively unique brew. This is like a beautiful deconstruction of American breakfast that pays homage to Belgian roots in form of waffley suggestions. That may in fact be an unsubstantiated, if not a superficially deep read on the brewers intentions, but I'm just throwing that out there. Really though, I love this. I think this is such a well made beer, and I wouldn't give 99% of other breweries a snowballs chance in hell of making remotely as good of a beer with these ingredients. The ingredients are by no means bad, it's just such a difficult profile to get balanced. I mean MAPLE WOOD? MAPLE SUGARS? SYRUPS? You might as well just throw jugs in the vat and hope for the best. Not for The Bruery and Lawson's though; this is a refined piece of work. This is worthy of praise. I am born anew in their vision of maple beers. This is my number one candidate for brunch beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 04:48:55 | More by Cavery
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KMcG

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

02-19-2012 00:48:18 | More by KMcG
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KBennall

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

07-23-2012 19:41:31 | More by KBennall
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-23-2013 14:40:48 | More by FreshmanPour77
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MikeRMII

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-19-2011 06:28:03 | More by MikeRMII
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Scottie_A25

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-06-2013 03:57:23 | More by Scottie_A25
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HostelTevere

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

02-04-2012 02:17:30 | More by HostelTevere
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Nashvillain

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-30-2011 06:32:53 | More by Nashvillain
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/red tint; thin head with good retention and lacing

S: Sweet fruits, maple, booze, and caramel up front with lots of smoke coming behind the sweet boozy aromas; then comes a spicy, bready malt backbone

T: So complex: spicy, maple sweetness combined with a smoke, dark fruits, and roasted malts; of course there is also a boozy quality but it works so well with the aforementioned flavors; this tastes damn good

F: Creamy, medium bodied; a bit thin on the back end but pleasant enough

O: Such an interesting, complex beer; boozy but drinkable; sweet and malty yet smoky and meaty; good stuff

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 16:03:50 | More by dbossman
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

100th review on Ba

Look: Deep brown in color with 1/8 inch head and no retention spotty lacing as the beer goes down

Smell: Hints of molasses and maple syrup. Lit bit of booze and caramel and vanilla

Taste: Burnt malt right up front. Traces of maple syrup and molasses in the middle. Dark fruit especially raisin and dates on the finish and just the slightest bit of smoke as the beer warms up

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a lot more carbonation than I expected. Buttery silkyness as it goes down

Overall: This is probably my favorite Bruery beer to date. Real nice flavors and real nice feel to it. The beer is amazing smooth with crisp clean flavors and very easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:24:31 | More by DarthKostrizer
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(review transcribed from notes, on-tap at the ACBF in boston, 06/04/11. multiple samples - lot of standing in line for something not many were getting, wish there was a separate line for double sunshine!)

pours a cloudy, mostly opaque mahogany tone with a nice beige head; good retention and lacing evident even in the tasting cup. nose is really inviting. big maple syrup presence right off the bat, followed by notes of smoked malt, oak, some dark fruit and a touch of rye. good dose of sweetness and yet you don't get the impression that the beer will be cloyingly sweet.

flavor delivers on the promise of the aroma. maple syrup, smoked malt, and dark fruits right away, joined by secondary notes of
oak and rye. good complexity and very tasty. nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i found AQ to be a stellar beer. haven't heard any definitives on what the future holds for this beer after the initial distribution but would love to sit down with a full bottle in a quieter environment.

(originally reviewed on: 06-07-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 22:38:35 | More by BostonHops
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at the ACBF in boston, 06/04/11. review derived from a few samples - lot of standing in line at the expense of other beers; not something i regret.

pours a cloudy, mostly opaque mahogany tone with a nice beige head; good retention and lacing evident even in the tasting cup.

nose is really inviting. big maple syrup presence right off the bat, followed by notes of smoked malt, oak, some dark fruit and a touch of rye. good dose of sweetness and yet you don't get the impression that the beer will be cloyingly sweet.

and it isn't. flavor delivers on the promise of the aroma. maple syrup, smoked malt, and dark fruits right away, joined by secondary notes of
oak and rye. complex and delicious. man did i want a full pour.

nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i found AQ to be a stellar beer, hands down one of my favorites of the fest. haven't heard any definitives on what the distribution will look like, can only hope, but would love to sit down and share a full bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 22:32:35 | More by perrymarcus
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with a hint of ruby mixed in with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of maple syrup with some burnt chocolate malts, some smoke, oak, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of booze coming through.

T - Starts off with some maple syrup with some roasted chocolate malts and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, some richer burnt malt flavor comes through with some oak and vanilla coming through as well. The finish adds some smoke to the flavor with some oak, maple syrup, and roasted chocolate malts that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and lighly smoky finish.

D - Very drinkable. I like the addition of the maple syrup here with the strong chocolate and dark fruit flavors. The over flavor is big and bold but pretty well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 07:06:06 | More by ngeunit1
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Klym

California

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased straight from the provisions shared with Cavery. Poured into an oversized wineglass.

A: Pours a- you guessed it- very dark maple syrupy brown with a slightly tanned megahead on this thing. The head on this beer is beautiful. Lacing is major and stays for quite a while. This looks like a winner.

S: Major maple syrup thoroughly mixed with deep oak notes, a little coffee and burnt grain, a slight touch of vanilla and a very mild hop aroma. All of the smells in this beer are very familiar but put together interestingly. A small bit of heat in the nose, too-- just wanted to add that on.

T: Really nice. Sappy oak totaly saturated with top-notch maple syrup, a little coffee, a touch of vanilla, then rubbed down with hops and finally smoked and slightly roasted. This beer is a nectar of nature, a true lumberjack dessert.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a very strange aspect. It's almost the mouthfeel of syrup without the stickyness. It spreads through the mouth awkwardly and in some ways hardly even spreads, but it's actually very fun. The finish is also strangely dry, with a little smoky residue on the lips.

O: This beer was really interesting and I'm not sure it's getting its due. One of the heavier, most savory beers I could imagine myself sipping for an entire day. Get a bottle of this, try it. I'm definitely going to be seeking out more Lawson's Finest after this collab.

This is the world's greatest cabin or camping beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 04:43:06 | More by Klym
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gford217

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours deep mahogany with very little light passing through except when held up to light, where the edges look clear copper. The head is thick and creamy, leaving great lacing.

First thing I notice in the nose is actually the smoked malts with the maple syrup taking a little bit of a back seat. There is a mixture of spiciness from oak and rye.

Taste starts with the smoked malts again but the rye lends a great texture to the feel and actually transitions into a definite maple syrup character, especially in the finish which also shows some heat going down.

The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy with the rye doing its job well and keeping the smoked malts from drying the feel out too much.

I really enjoyed this beer. It does have a few different things going on, and the first few sips seemed disjointed, but I actually think it comes together extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 03:19:17 | More by gford217
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Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration from Lawson's Finest Liquids
85 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.