Rhubarb Basil Saison
Lawson's Finest Liquids

Rhubarb Basil SaisonRhubarb Basil Saison
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From:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 9.2%
Ratings:
46
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 22, 2017
Added:
May 05, 2015
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  4
SCORE
89
Very Good
Rhubarb Basil SaisonRhubarb Basil Saison
Notes: Farmhouse style ale brewed with Pilsner, Munich, and Wheat malts, with 40 pounds of added fresh rhubarb and a hearty dose of local fresh basil, then fermented with a French Saison yeast for a dry finish.
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3.86 by Mattybuchs from Vermont on Aug 22, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by flaskman from New York

I realize that my review is higher than most but I must say that as far as an advanced beer and the brewers craft I thought that it was killer. When you consider the ingredients and the fact that it was small batch craft I should had given if straight 5s. I considered myself fortunate to have it and hats off Mr. Lawson.

Aug 03, 2017
 
4.04 by DanGeo from Michigan on Jul 24, 2017
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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a slightly clouded yellow, with a decent one inch head, and some good lacing.

This one smells like, well basil, much moreso than the rhubarb. The actual base saison is not incredibly evocative on the nose.

The taste is basically the same. The flavor additions are nice, but the base saison doesn't seem super interesting, and doesn't add much. There's a slight tartness, but not much funk, or really anything significant coming from the yeast- which is kind of the thing saisons do.

This is light bodied, crisp and relatively clean.

This was definitely interesting to try, but nothing I'd go out of my way to try again.

Jul 23, 2017
 
3.99 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2017
 
4.08 by clake from Vermont on Jul 10, 2017
 
3.79 by mltobin from Connecticut on Feb 24, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Stevedore from Oregon

650ml bottle. Served in a Lawson's snifter glass.

Pours a cloudy golden body, massive four to five finger white head that takes way too long to settle down. It's clearly very effervescent, but to be clear, it was not a gusher by any means. So, it took a while waiting to be able to drink a few ounces. Smells of rhubarb, a bit of grass, minerals, yeast, pale malt sweetness. Not so much the basil. It smells mildly tart as well, but not acetic. Flavour is minerals, grass, pale malt, a very light rhubarby tartness that dances on the tongue, with a mild leafy basil finish. I was afraid it would be too strong, but its actually mild and just enough to add a nice twist on the finish. It's solid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fluffy, good carbonation without being too prickly, minerals and a bit of basil on the finish.

Dec 31, 2015
 
3.48 by Imperial_Sapient_Groat from Michigan on Oct 01, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mynie from Maryland

On draft at the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier.

Not bad, but underwhelming. If this was released, say, in sixers and was somewhat accessible, it'd be a great, refreshing go-to saison. As is, it's not worth what it takes to acquire.

Pours pale and hazy with medium fizz. Smells like brett and a little bit of savory spice I will attribute to basil. Tastes the same, lightly tart with light modes of pizza. Nice, crisp finish. A neat, delicate little beer that doesn't *quite* come together even though it's still pretty good.

Aug 22, 2015
 
4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Aug 22, 2015
 
4.46 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Aug 04, 2015
 
3.91 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Jul 29, 2015
 
4.03 by verceman from New Jersey on Jul 19, 2015
 
3.89 by youbrewidrink from Vermont on Jul 13, 2015
 
3.94 by TampaRainman from Florida on Jul 05, 2015
 
4.15 by IPAIsaac from Delaware on Jul 04, 2015
 
3.68 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2015
 
3.9 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota on Jun 29, 2015
 
3.94 by Tmyhre802 from Vermont on Jun 28, 2015
 
3.99 by Wolvesinthetaproom from New Hampshire on Jun 24, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by scotorum from Massachusetts

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Hazy gold with an inch thick white head which receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Overripe light fruit with a slightly sour note.

t: Follows the nose up front with a moderate bitterness. Gingery finish and aftertaste is somewhat reminiscent of ginger ale. Light, dry finish.

m: Light to moderate, ok body, huge carbonation tingle.

o: A highly refreshing and drinkable farmhouse saison, light and fruity in a Belgian or Trappist vein. Despite the stated rhubarb basil content, the French yeast totally dominates the flavor profile, although the rhubarb may have added some light sourness. On the whole I'm not a big fan of farmhouse saisons, but there are some fine ones, and now this is one of them.

Jun 17, 2015
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by BoldRulerVT from Vermont

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a hazy deep straw color. Very hazy. One finger of head that quickly dissipates.
Aromas are lots of saison yeast, bread, not much basil in the nose.
Taste is very saison yeast forward with back of tongue aftertaste of tart rhubarb and distant notes of basil. Really wish the rhubarb and basil was more forward. Having said that , the flavor was very nice.
Mouthfeel was my favorite part of this beer. It was perfection, just chewy enough.
Overall, this beer was delicious, but I would have liked more rhubarb and basil to be present.

Jun 13, 2015
 
4.08 by chippo33 from Vermont on Jun 08, 2015
 
3.56 by BDeibs from Colorado on Jun 08, 2015
 
3.5 by drewone from California on Jun 07, 2015
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5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by MRVermont from New Hampshire

I believe this is the first Saison selection from Lawson's, and I think he hit a home run! Rhubarb is perfect for a saison, don't get a ton of basil but they are well paired. I added some strawberries and enjoyed with a fresh baked strawberry rhubarb pie!! Cheers!

Jun 07, 2015
 
3.59 by GRG1313 from California on Jun 07, 2015
 
4.5 by zbodnar1 from West Virginia on Jun 04, 2015
 
4.26 by Shogun250 from Vermont on Jun 01, 2015
 
4.12 by Coorsy from Massachusetts on May 31, 2015
 
4 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on May 30, 2015
 
3.34 by 2ellas from New Hampshire on May 28, 2015
 
3.57 by Thedrizzle from Florida on May 28, 2015
 
4.78 by Charlie_802 from Connecticut on May 26, 2015
 
3.98 by mklisz from New Hampshire on May 26, 2015
 
4.43 by Fahmie25 from New York on May 26, 2015
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4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Tyler_Welskopp from Connecticut

You are crazy if you don't like this beer. And if it's not your style don't review it and ruin it's potential rating that it deserves. So refreshing! Love this.

May 26, 2015
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cbutova from Massachusetts

Thanks Kimmy for sharing the bottle. Full review recorded to phone on May 23, 2015 when out of service area.

Lawsons Basil Rhubarb Saison

A- Very cloudy pale yellow pour from the 22oz to a goblet. Tall creamy white head rises over a finger with good retention. Webs and drizzled lace.

S- French Saison yeast with a hint of fresh herbal basil and tart fruits. Citrus zest, coriander, pepper and bready pale grains.

T- A balanced and smooth Saison yeast profile with a touch of both basil and rhubarb. The rhubarb comes out more here with a light tart fruitiness. Pepper, cooking herbs, grass, lemons, orange rind, coriander and light base malts.

MF- Light bodied and almost fully dried out. Moderately high carbonation rouses up a slightly creamy and frothy consistency. Semi tart finish.

Both the basil and rhubarb come into play but neither dominate the entire flavor or aroma allowing the Saison yeast to provide a healthy balance. Crisp and very easy to drink with enough notes of the adjuncts to satisfy fans of both.

May 26, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Givemebeer from Vermont

I could drink this all summer - and never get tired of it.

May 24, 2015
Rhubarb Basil Saison from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 46 ratings