Farmhouse Rye | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed once a year, this brew using rye, barley and wheat borrows from Wallonian tradition in creating a unique ‘house brew’. Fermented with a Belgian Saison yeast, finished with a champagne yeast for extra dryness, carefully aged and bottle conditioned.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2010 bottle, poured into a Lawson's snifter. It was a heck of a lot of work getting the cork out of this guy, and little to no co2 escape at the release - i was ready for a flat beer, but it was surprisingly well carbonated once i got it pouring.

It a real marigold-amber, very clear, with a nice off-white head that dissipates but leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is decidedly muted, but there is a bit of grassy funk at the start (I'm guessing that's the Brett acting up), followed by some fruity and rose esters (but not so much to really get obnoxious), and a really nice hint of white grapes and oak at the finish. Given the Brett and champagne yeasts, I probably could have aged this for a lot longer and gotten some interesting results, but oh well.

The taste is decidedly a call for further aging - a bit green appley and, dare i say, cidery, but the saison, brett, and champagne yeasts are all showing through in an interesting blend (it's dry, it's thirst-quenchingly tart, and it's got a nice hint of funk). I'm not seeing as much of the barrel-aging, but I've had other funky, barrel-aged beers really bring the oak forward over time (I'm looking at you, Gilgamesh). The longer I sit and let it warm up, the more muted some of the alcohol and acetaldehyde becomes, and more of the saison tartness and some of the oak starts to come through. I don't know why, but I was worried that this would be a pretty full - if not sweet - brew, but it's nice and dry with a lingering finish.

Maybe it'd see some nice changes with added time for the yeasts in the bottle to work some magic; as for right now, it's interesting - if not maybe a little bit green apple and boozy for my tastes. 3.75/5.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage (bottled in 03/2012), big thanks to merc for sharing, served ~cellar temp

The beer pours a slightly hazy rich amber with a thin white head and loose lacing. The nose is potently bretty with a delicious white wine undertone and a bit of oaky, maple syrup-like sweetness. It drinks with a sweet, slightly spicy malt base upfront followed by a semi-dry brett, wine barrel finish. There is very little bitterness and almost a syrupy, slightly undercarbonated, sweet mouthfeel. This beer is delicious and has aged beautifully. I'd say the rye adds a subtle spice at this point with a bigger brett and wine barrel palate takeover. I'd definitely recommend grabbing a bottle of this if available.

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Farmhouse Rye from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 41 ratings