Farmhouse Rye | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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85
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41 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
41
Reviews:
8
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
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9
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange body, good sized cap of slowly settling white foam. Nice lacing as well. Funky brett nose takes the lead, light booziness; yeasty fruit esters. Lots of musty barn notes.

The flavor is surprisingly tame after the nose; the brett is there with its accompanying funkiness but it’s quite reserved. I’d love to see how this develops in the bottle over time but alas couldn’t afford more than a single shared bottle at 30 dollars a pop. Other flavor notes include yeasty spice and fruits, particularly lemon and orange; mild sweet malt, grainy wheat. Finish is quite dry.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean mouthfeel. Quite a nice beer but not something so exceptional I’d spring for again at the price. Glad I got to try it for sure, though.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought a bottle to our local June BA Meet-Up - thanks, Sean.

750ml. corked & caged bottle, forgot to check what number in the series. Bottle conditioned. Opened without a fuss. Plentiful carbonation, and long-lasting. Mouthfeel is dryish, pleasantly tannic from the rye, I'd assume. Aroma of honey, malt and yeast. Darker than a typical saison, and not at all funky. Very refreshing, but was hoping for some tang. Alcohol hides well - not fusel at all. Delicious regardless of my expectations. Hope to enjoy it again soon.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at the last Lawson's Farmer's Market release in August. No bottle count # hand written like the Maple Tripple. From what I understand this was limited to at the most 500 bottles in which probably a lot less then that were actually released. $30/bottle. Brewed Jun 2010, bottled March 2012 (aged almost 2 years, bottled for about 5 months).

Reviewed from notes from 3 days ago (usually don't review from notes, but wrote down pretty extensive notes for this one). Shared with 3 other people during my cellar cleaning tasting. Poured into Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a translucent golden amber with a thin layer of white head that recedes to only a thin and leaves plenty of nice coated lacing. Lots of small very slow rising carbonation bubbles, definitely unlike most of the beers I'm used to- I'm assuming this is caused by the champagne yeast. Definitely looks interesting and appealing.

S- Aromas of sweet candied sugars mixed with some light oak and caramel that gives almost a presence of maple syrup. Some light brett presence, but not a whole lot of funk or farmhouse qualities. A tiny bit of rubbing alcohol present in the background. Definitely little bit above average aroma strength, the candied sugars gives it a sweet appealing aspect but not exactly what you would expect from the style.

T- Sweet candied sugar, a little bit of caramel, some light rubbing alcohol, and again not a whole lot of funk or farmhouse qualities going on. Interesting, decently sweet, but too boozey and not exactly what I was expecting.

M- Dry champagne-like finish, nice carbonation, definitely on the boozey side, but a lot better when it warms up a bit towards the end (originally served lightly chilled).

O- This was an interesting saison/farmhouse that was not at all what you would expect from the style. It definitely had a nice champagne like quality, nice barrel aging qualities, but in the end it was just too boozey. Towards the end of the glass when it started to warm up a little bit, it started mellowing out a little bit. If you were to serve it, I would recommend serving it at about cellar temperature. I was definitely upset a little bit that there wasn't much brett funk, but based on the process they used I don't know if I would have expected that much to begin with. This was an interesting beer, but definitely not my favorite from Lawson's and not something I could recommend paying $30 for.

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