La Grange - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-20-2013 20:26:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
Gotta love a beer which appears to have John Deere Model B on the label. The beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of Belgian yeast with some slightly sour orange notes. The flavor is full of orange and lemon citrus notes, as well as some pepper and others spices, yeast and wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. For a brewery that typically doesn't brew Belgian beers, I was impressed with this effort.
09-24-2011 20:04:15 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. No bottling info but this is a new release so it's fresh. Part of the To Thee Series. Was a hazy golden color with lots of carb streams. It had about a finger of foamy, white head that settled into a thick collar and partial foam cap. Good sheeting with lots sticking.
The aroma was earthy with sweet from the fruits and sugars with moderate spices. Not bad but just below the top tier in saison aromas IMHO. Taste follows the aroma with sweet backbone tempered with the spices. Was a bit on the sweet side though to be in top tier. Still, very refreshing and pretty damn good when you consider this is Rahr's first Belgian I believe. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation and slightly dry aftertaste. Had a little bit of an off taste right at the end though.
Overall, a good, solid Saison and considering how few we get here in TX a very welcome one. It's not up there with the best in class but it still well worth the try. Avail here in TX obviously. Rotation - not sure if this a one time or not. I'm really into Saisons these days so I'll grab a few more for this end of summer season and see about next year.
10-12-2011 01:16:05 | More by TexIndy
2.98/5 rDev -17.2%
Thanks to HopsSchnapps for this local!
Pours a nice hazy, golden orange color. Nice frothy white head adorns. Aroma is chock full of fruity esters and BIG bready yeast notes. Those fruity esters and big bready yeast notes carry over into the taste. It's fairly one dimensional in that respect. It's missing the spicy, peppery notes for one. The feel is a bit too creamy and heavy for a saison.
It's a decent saison in the end. Still drinkable, but a bit more dynamic flavor profile and a crisp, more refreshing feel would make it much better.
09-29-2011 23:00:52 | More by EgadBananas
3.76/5 rDev +4.4%
I love going to the Rahr brewery and just relax. Well on I went on Wednesday and they had this in bottles to let people taste. It was very nice and delicious. The didnt get me put about 4 oz, but it poured a nice golden color with a thick head. The smell had a lot of fruitiness and sweetness. The taste is very nice with a lot of fruitiness, some spices and tons of sweetness. The mouthfeel wasnt great, but was still very solid. Easy to drink, but a little too much carbonation. Overall this beer is solid, but not great. I wouldnt ever seek it out, but its always nice to try a new beer.
10-15-2011 06:23:30 | More by gtermi
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a moderately hazy medium-golden color with two finger milky head.
Nose: Barny funk, orange marmalade, lemon, bread, yeast tingles the nostrils.
Taste: Quite sweet, lemon, mango, grape, candy sweetness.
Moderate to low carbonation. Sweet, slightly flabby finish.
Overall this beer has a great nose and flavor profile, but is distractingly sweet. Attenuate it a bit more and I think it would be a great brew.
01-30-2012 03:42:00 | More by syrupjoe
3.35/5 rDev -6.9%
22 oz bomber pours a fairly hazed, medium gold color with a rapidly diminishing off-white head. Little lacing around the collar. Nothing spectacular to look at, especially when many a saison are gorgeous to gaze upon.
Lots of apple fruitiness in the nose with some sharp grains. Hops are there, grassy and somewhat raw...the beer smells like all the components dont come together just right.
Taste shows a bit more cohesion, but the hops and alcohol kind of poke out a bit harshly. The grainy sweetness and the light bitterness are more like oil and water than melding smoothly from one to the other, if that makes any sense. Saison yeast flexes its farmhouse muscles, but lacks finesse and overall smoothness. Its a decent start...but I would like to see a drop in sweetness, less alcohol, smoother hop profile and a lighter body. All that complaining, but I wont have much problem polishing off the bomber myself! Id be more receptive to a sixer format than having to shell out 7 or 8 bucks for a bomber.
09-22-2011 00:37:55 | More by twiggamortis420
3.23/5 rDev -10.3%
Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a half finger of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Sweet and mildly tart with strong herbal yeast notes along with some citrus.
Taste: Some sweetness along with the herbal notes from the smell. There are some mildly tart citrus notes and then a strong bitterness that takes over completely.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: The bitterness in the taste was too distracting. This could be really good if it was toned down.
11-18-2011 01:46:03 | More by oline73
3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Libbey tall tulip. Sent as an extra by Lokieman.
A: Pours a bright yellowish orange with a nice spongy, bone-white head. Retention is ok but it leaves very little lacing.
S: Soapy yeast, a little bit of barnyard hay, coriander, sweet pale malt. A little too soapy.
T: Assertive, sugary fruity esters jump out at the palate immediately. Juicy peach, bubblegum, pineapple, coriander, vanilla bean, white cake, lemon, a bit of funky yeast. Esters glide into smooth pale malt and graininess. Taste finishes with a noticeable bite of hop bitterness. Very sweet, too sweet as the bottle drains.
M: Decent soft mouthfeel, but I'm expecting that bottle-conditioned liveliness from the carbonation that isn't really there.
O: This is a tasty farmhouse, but there are a few noticeable flaws that detract from the overall experience, namely the over-the-top sweetness and mouthfeel.
04-20-2012 01:48:31 | More by Etan
4.56/5 rDev +26.7%
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.
09-20-2013 23:07:59 | More by carlitos92
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
received as an extra from a 22 oz bomber
A - pours a hazy straw color with a 1 finger head that recedes to a fresh white collar that stays with great lacing..this is a great looking saison , great color ,lacing,collar
S- lemon funk and earth smells
T- was crisp lemon peel with tart fruit like apples and citrus mix ina bitter funk and some citrus hops
M- was tart and bitter with earthy funk it had good carbonation and was fresh tasting
O- a good farmhouse saison , tart and bitter with earthy funk, nicely done would drink another of this one
12-10-2011 03:57:10 | More by gatornation
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