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La Grange - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
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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Reviews by ranger7:
Photo of ranger7
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
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Tiernan, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Sep 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

weonfire, Jan 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

jwg782, Dec 06, 2013
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1/5  rDev -72.2%

dgrauwiler, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

DennisBryant, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

brandoneast, Nov 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

bmurray10, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of TexIndy
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TexIndy, Oct 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

buzzed, Sep 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

CaptainNomihodai, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

EgadBananas, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

gtermi, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of syrupjoe
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

syrupjoe, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +38.9%

WritersBlock, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of frogfan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

frogfan, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

oline73, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Kips
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Kips, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Etan, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of texasnomad
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

texasnomad, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of carlitos92
4.56/5  rDev +26.7%
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
Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

gatornation, Dec 10, 2011
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La Grange from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.