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La Grange - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fatmcb1 on 08-28-2011)
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3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Reviewed as a saison because the label description identifies as such. I like the ornate label art. No ABV is listed on the bottle.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of dull off-white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Nice smooth consistency. Complexion could be softer. Spotty uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 4 minutes - though the ABV is unknown, so who knows whether that's impressive or not.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No sediment. Appears well carbonated.

It's a pretty standard appearance for a saison; there's nothing unique or special about it. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Citrus peel, lemongrass, bready/crackery malts, grains/cereals, allspice, a dash of white pepper, Belgian pale malts, orchard apples (though they don't evoke a crispness), floral hops, clean barley, and maybe a hint of biscuity yeast, though there's no real funkiness or brettanomyces character. It's slightly on the sweeter side.

No alcohol is detectable. It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm looking forward to trying it, though the lack of funky yeast presence does concern me given the style. It's certainly appealing.

T: Too full and sweet for a saison. It also lacks complexity and subtlety, and this style above all others is perhaps the most demanding of both. The white pepper is sorely lacking here. The spicing is far too timid - if you're going to spice a saison, spice it. Where's the allspice from the aroma? Plenty of orchard apple notes, grains/cereals, and floral hops, but I want more of a Belgian pale malt character. There's zero funkiness or brettanomyces yeast character here, to its detriment. Some lemongrass. Vague citrusy notes. Rather cidery.

A cohesive flavour profile, but not a gestalt one. It's rather shallow for a saison; there's not much depth of flavour. Average flavour intensity. Below average flavour duration. It has a decent balance to it, but it really needs funkiness to tone down the impact of the overwrought sweetness.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Nicely dry. Smooth. Almost refreshing. A biteen overcarbonated, but it's forgivable. Nice body and crispness. Very cidery in terms of texture. Pretty decent presence on the palate. The texture doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste, but it does suit it pretty well.

Not oily, astringent, rough, harsh, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Perhaps a bit too cidery, but overall an enjoyable drinkable brew. It's shockingly lacking in terms of farmhouse character for a purported farmhouse ale, but even without a substantial yeast presence it's still an approachable beer with some nice flavour. While I certainly wouldn't get it again what with the plethora of superior offerings available at or below this price point, I'm glad I tried it. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners.

Low C+

kojevergas, Nov 09, 2013
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazed, light yellow body, a few floaties in there from pulling on the lees. Tall, lasting, white head.

Smell: Soft aroma of flowers, light dusting of spice. Modest, restrained maltiness. Thin vein of fruity chewing gum. Mild nose, but, the long-lasting, pile of foam on top could be hampering this deal.

Taste: Pils and crisp, lightly grainy pale malted barley. Slender sweetness as it's fastly drying. Spicy phenols, light herbal hints. Lemony accents trailed by orchard fruits. Hint of gum. A bit of bitterness creeping in. Well-carbonated, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Just squeaks past medium-bodied. Medium-plus, foaming carbonation.

Overall: Above-average; a nice, competent farmhouse ale.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 20, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 9/20/2013 from a 22 oz. bomber into a Carolus tulip. Bottle says 2013 release, 7.25% ABV.

Appearance is a nice partly-cloudy amber, about the same shade as the DFH 120 I had yesterday. Light fizz on a vigorous pour that quickly gives way.

Smell is yeasty goodness, fermented stuff, a little raisin maybe.

Taste follows the nose at first. Nice, very yeasty and fruity to begin, but finishes on the sour and dry side, almost bitter. Very clean.

No obvious alcohol to speak of, but it's potent. Mouthfeel is as it should be - clean, but you can feel the cloudiness. Light but very fine carbonation.

This is a fantastic offering from Rahr. True to my theory, their mass-produced beers are so-so, but their bombers and limited releases (yes, I'm referring to Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer, first and foremost) are exceptional. It might not impress wanna-be Belgians, but it's a nice farmhouse for a summer (or late-summer) day.

carlitos92, Sep 21, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bomber from Central Market - marked "2013 7.25% ABV" on the bottle.
From the bottle into a Maredsous Chalice.
(Review from notes)

A - Hazy orange with a small white head.

S - Citrus; orange first and lemon.

T - A little harsh - alcohol and hops. Note to self: does not mix well with red sauce.

M - Light, rich in flavor. Hops aftertaste.

Summary - Good. Very potent and flavorful. Could use a little more balance, it's heavy on the alcohol - the 7.25% ABV didn't exactly sneak up on me.

ranger7, Sep 15, 2013
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La Grange from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.