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

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 34
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02.09.2012 update: this one has gotten quite a bit better. The smoke and tobacco have really fallen off and now the maple shines through along with a bit of smoke in the background. Nice balance and complexity with a full body.

Original review below

Bottle shared by bmanning. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a good off-white to tan head with a few spots of lacing on the way down and a thin collar throughout. The nose carries some tobacco initially and is eventually followed up with some oak, light maple, and a bit of smoked malt. Flavor picks up a lot of the smoke along with some maple in the background and has a general earthy feeling. Medium body with a dry, smokey finish. Good carbonation. Worth a try, but not as good as I was expecting.

Photo of ineva
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Wide mouth wine glass

A: Very dark brown with a brown head, no lacing.

S: Smokey BBQ burnt wood, campfire, no sweet maple syrup scents at all.

T: Hot smokey fried bacon. Where's the eggs and hash browns?

M: A cozy bonfire in your mouth.

O: Total disappointment.

Photo of Cavery
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of Klym
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
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!

Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours darkest amber with a small tan head. Aroma is oaky and rather smoky too, with some hard roasted malts and a hint of acetone. A little mapley and molassesy too. Flavor is maple syrup and oak, slightly meaty with the smoke, sweet and boozy but with a rather medium body. Some good flavors and complexity but it needs more body to back it up.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. No date, just released in VT last week. Congrats Sean!

Pours a beautiful opaque black with brown hues around the edges and creamy cappuccino-colored hear. Stellar. Nose has hints of tar and toasted oak, dried oats, baking cookies or cookie dough and a flash of milk chocolate. Palate is big and wide, but framed by some oak-astringency. Medium bodied and creamy, sweet but not cloying. Flavors match the nose with a strong woodiness throughout.

Will really enjoy seeing this beer evolve over the next three or so years. Stashing some in my cellar for sure!

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

comes out a nice thick black with a good three fingers tan colored head that showcases some big bubbles. great retention on this with excellent lacing. the nose is caramel molasses maple rye toffee and oak. very sugary and sweet is what appears to await me. maple molasses smokiness hit first and coffee chocolate and caramel come in as well. this transitions into a a great hop pull on the back on the mouth. extremely full bodied with lots of carbonation. this is one big brew and one that is pulled off beautifully in my opinion.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Consumed on 7/7/11

A - Dark drown with small amount of light brown head. 4

S - Sweet maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar and some oaky/woddy notes. No noticeable bitterness. A very sweet overall nose. 4

T - Big, bold oak/wood flavours are present up front with sweetness in the background that is surprisingly the secondary flavour (based on the nose). There is also a fairly prevalent smoke flavour throughout that becomes even more noticeable as the beer warms up. Some maple comes through, but not as much as I expected. Some dark caramel and brown sugar in the background as well.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.


Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acer Quercus, Rye Beer 9% ABV

A: This is a deep mahogany brown with light brown notes at the edges. The head is fluffy with small bubbles and minimal lacing.

S: There are intense smoky notes almost akin to a rauch bier. There is a whole bbq of oak and smoldering charcoal notes. There’s not any real rye notes and absolutely no maple syrup scents.

T: The taste is a little smoky but they hid all of the deep maple notes for the taste. It tastes almost like a burnt Belgian tripel. The body is rich but ultimately disappointing.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and frothy with tons of coating. It sounds like it should be amazing but the smoke notes just override and it is not fulfilling. For all the maple hype it just feels a bit off the mark.

D: This is simply too smoky, too sticky, and too much to enjoy in large quantities. I had a hard time splitting a bomber, much less finishing one on my own. I will not be a repeat customer. It’s not that the experience was exceptionally bad, it is just fundamentally deficient, it feels like a Kia dealership.

Narrative: No one asked Xavier Weber to prom. He spent most mornings smoke grilling baby back spare ribs or cold glazing honey combs for his apiary projects. High school wasn’t his forte. He usually showed up in coveralls and covered in sticky brisket char. “Mr. Weber, please clean the gristle from your shirt and return to class.” Girls would eye him suspiciously and question his lumbarjackesque demeanor. He was not unknown for felling trees but it didn’t consume the entirety of his being. Secretly he yearned to produce top of the line maple syrup in a bohemian boutique. “MR. WEBER! At least clean the bees off of your coveralls before you enter my GEOMETRY CLASS!” 10th grade was going to be a long year.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. I opened this on Canada Day (the motherland) as I figured it would be suiting for the occasion but just entering notes now.

A - Pours a darkish brown to swampy black. Nice fluffy wet sand brown head that does leave some good lacing.

S - A distinct smokiness. Oak, sweet syrup, caramel, vanilla.

T - This beer is deep in flavour. Lots of oak intermixed with the sweet maple syrup and the smoky wood. Definitely pick up some graininess of the rye on the back end and a hint of honey. Very good.

M - Easy to drink, medium, slightly tacky.

O - A very tasty beer, really liked this one. Glad I have more for next Canada Day!

Photo of DaveHS
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown/almost black with nearly an inch of thick, khaki colored head. Reduces to sheets of thick lacing that coat the glass.

S-Rauchbier-esque smokiness. Wood. Lots of smoky wood. A suggestion of sweetness, though I have to say I wouldn't necessarily identify it as maple syrup had I not known it was an ingredient.

T/M-This is interesting stuff. Lots of wood smoke and maple syrup, as promised. I couldn't have anticipated the way the maple syrup is presented in this. You get a sense of it in the body first and foremost, in a way you could only understand if you love maple syrup. If you've actually drank maple syrup and felt it drip down your throat. What a great combination of flavors! It's simplistic, but successful. The earthy, woody sweetness of high quality maple syrup combined with smoked wood. What's not to like? The body is rich and full, with just enough carbonation to keep you interested.

O-I've got to get more of this.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer a couple times now. Thanks to Chris for opening a bottle and then on-tap at the Bruery.

A: The pour on this is a dark brown color with a finger of soapy, khaki colored head.

S: Though not overly smokey, the smoke does come through on the nose. Lots of wood and rye with a bit of maple syrup and vanilla. Toasted malts with a hint of roast and coffee are present and there is a molasses-like sweetness.

T: While I did not notice any on the aroma, there is a hint of booze on the palate. Otherwise, it's pretty much all the same. Lots of toast, roast, rye, and wood. Some sweetness of maple syrup, toffee, and molasses, but nowhere near as sweet as I had anticipated. The smoke also appears to be more eviden on the palate.

M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: An interesting beer with a nice bit of complexity to it, but I'm still not the hugest fan of the smoke.

Photo of dbossman
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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

Photo of GhettoFabulous
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Photo of seeswo
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at a beach with a fellow beer nerd on July 3rd. Poured an intense dark brown color with a small tannish head. Smokey rye and oak come through in the nose, though this is disappointingly mild. Intense rye, smoke and a hint of booziness. The combo of rye, maple and smoke leave only rye and smoke, as I get little to no maple. There is a distinct char to the finish that is not altogether very appealing. As it opens up, the beer becomes more palatable, but mostly in the sense that the less appealing flavors are slightly blunted. Medium body with medium carbonation feels about right. Overall, this beer doesn't come together like it seems like it should. The expected triad of rye, smoke and maple seems to be lacking in the maple which would have rounded this beer out and blunted some of the harshness of the other two primary ingredients. Love the fact that they tried this, but my experience with maple beers is starting to suggest that they need more maple than brewers are willing to put in to make it worth the addition (or I need to change my expectation of what maple is supposed to taste like in a beer).

Photo of FosterJM
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

609th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

Thanks to GuruDel for this one.

App- A nice dark brown which looked alot like maple syrup. Had a gigantic bottim up up and some nice legs to it.

Smell- When I read the label I was instantly excited by a comvo of Rye, Maple Syrup and Oak. They are there by dominated by a smokey flavor.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and I am very dissapointed. Vince warned me about this one, but I had my blinders on because of the rye. Its big, boozy and smoky. 2 out of 3 aint bad but that last one kills it for me.

Mouth- I like the feel on this beer. Its a medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. Leaves a oaky smoke flavor. damn

Drink- I am a bit dissapointed in this one. Im not a fan of smokey beers and I was warned about this one but I went head 1st becuase of the rye. Probably wont come back to it but oh well. Live and learn.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Three Penny taproom

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with about an inch of mocha-brown head. Not much lacing.

S: Big, sweet malt. A little roasted barley, smoked malt, lots of maple syrup presence (sweetness and wood/sap), touch of alcohol and rye spiciness.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely, huge malt base with a good bit of complexity. Has almost a toffee like sweetness with the combination of caramel and maple syrup. Has toasted, roasted, and smokey characteristics. The rye adds a little bit of spiciness, almost like hops might impart. There's a little alcohol near the end, but nothing unpleasant. Finish is a little on the sweet side with some roasted bitterness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate to slightly light carbonation. Fairly smooth, it coats the mouth well.

O: There's fairly big and complex (depth wise) flavors going on, but I think it's just a little on the sweet side. 12oz was more than enough for me. As for the style, it was definitely one of the better rye/mayple syrup beers I've had.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, nice layer and lacing.

Light chocolate.

Maple undertones are what I search for first - which are there but in the background, spice, cocoa and cinammon.

Well carb'd. Too much. Needs more body/depth. Maybe the bottles have less carbonation; hopefully because who wants spritzy carbonation with a 9% beer.

A bit shallow. Nothing really stood out. Was expecting a rich stout with sweet maple but it's not remotely like that.

Photo of Overlord
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep brown color. Off-white foam head (small).

Smells like alcohol, a bit of burnt/roasted sugar and ... wood? Maple? Something tree-like, anyway.

Taste is too boozy for me, and there's a weird acrid aftertaste that's a bit too sharp. The brown sugar/maple is prominent, but I wouldn't say it's a sweet beer. It's just too harsh, all the way around, both from the malt profile and from the booze. It did grow on me, though.

Nice velvety mouthfeel.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a deep mahogany, with a solid off-white head with an ochre tinge. Average retention, spotty lace.

S: Maple, brown sugar, notes of cacao.

T: Lots of deep, brown caramel malty flavours with secondary notes of molasses and maple syrup. Hints of roast and rye tang as well. Never boozy, good solid flavours.

M: Medium full-bodied, smooth, creamy, a big beer, heavy on the palate, never cloying.

O: Overall, a real nice collaboration effort. I enjoyed what the maple brought to the table.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bruery Snifter. Pours a super dark black. Nice thick tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma isn't too crazy. I smell roasted grains. A bit of smoke. Bit of caramel and a bit of maple but I don't know if I would smell it if I didn't know it was there.

Taste is nice. Nice roastyness but has a nice smoothness with a bit of maple and a slight bit of smoke. But there is a bit of a metallic taste in the finish. It's not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice carb.

Overall it is a good beer. Not as good as some peeps below me have said IMO but good. Don't know if it was worth the $20 a bottle I spent. Good thing I only bought one.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration from Lawson's Finest Liquids
85 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.