Session In The Rye
Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #569
Ranked #11,346
3.98 | pDev: 8.29%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 72 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks merc.

The beer pours a hazy amber orange with a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is spicy, grainy, citrus hoppy, and distinct. It's a very unique smelling beer that takes me by surprise. The taste is veerryyy grainy, distinctly rye based with additional wheat for back up. The spice profile compliments the rye, although I'm not certain exactly what spices they used...As stated, this is an unexpectedly tasty beer that packs a huge rye punch. It's completely worth trying again and I'll seek out bottles in the future.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty opaque orange. Nice white head to start settles to a thin ring of bubbles pretty quickly. Very spotty lacings at the top of the glass.

Bright sunny hops on the nose. Mostly lemon zest, bit of cat's pee (yeah, I said it). Light yeast floating around in the back.

That zest kicks things off, right up front. Big juicy hit of citrus doesn't really give up, but you are able to gradually pick out nice peppery spice and dusty Belgian yeast. Such an interesting malt profile with pronounced rye, barley, and wheat. Hops are a littley clingy in the finish. Citrus zing bring you back for another sip.

A really great American saison. Simple hop profile contrasts really well with a complex malt backbone. Love it.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a decent white head and some spotty lacing

S-citrus/orange, grass, honey, slight pine aroma

T-malt, lemon, spicy rye, hints of honey, nice bitter finish

F-medium body and lively carbonation, crisp

O-an interesting rye Saison, good drinkability

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Photo of DaveHack
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tired Hands stem.

Pours a bright, yet hazy orange. Huge fluffy head settles to some soap sud-esque film leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells great....mostly citrus rind and maybe a touch of a pine.

Taste follows through, fresh citrus with a little bitterness at the end. There was an odd aftertaste that I noticed, I can't really describe it except to say it was just a little off.

Mouthfeel is great on this beer. It is medium bodied and slightly creamy. Pretty impressive for the low ABV.

Overall this is really a fine beer. I'm really loving these low ABV, flavor filled beers that are popping up more and more....VT seems to be leading the way in thi area.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1485th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing

App- A very orange looking beer. A good density and clarity mix even out of such a small ABV beer. Was a little surprised by the lack of bubbles on this but was okay with a touch of stick.

Smell- Its a good aromatic little beer. Had touches of being very hoppy and then it has the rye and the belgian yeast on this one is amazing. So forward and pronounced with a spicy pepper/pasta dough thing.

Taste- Well I really enjoyed this,the small ABV made it quite enjoyable with a welcomed blend of the rye, hops and yeast. I did find the vegetal taste a bit awkward but I liked it.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a low medium carbonation. Nicely balanced with a prickly flavor from the yeast and contributed by the rye and hops balancing it all out.

Drink- So far have not been let down by Lawson's at all. I would love another bottle of this. Drink alone of course.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at the Lawson's Waitsfield Farmer's Market release a little over a week ago. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a brownish golden with about a fingers worth of slightly yeasty looking head that has great retention and slowly recedes. Slightly below average carbonation. Leaves layered lacing.

S- Definitely hoppier then I was expecting. Aromas of honey, floral hops, grain, wheat, grass, malts, barley, etc.. Definitely above average aroma smell- could smell a tiny bit when pouring from the bottle.

T- Lots of barely, grains, wheat, floral and slightly lemony hops, malts, a tiny bit of sweet honey, some spices. Finishes with barley and floral hops that linger. Everything is very well balanced.

M- Medium bodied, slightly juicy yet having nice carbonation, very easy to drink, nice overall feel.

O- I really enjoyed this saison. I thought all of the flavors were very well balanced while they nailed everything that they were going for. The barley, wheat, grains, floral hops, malts, and spices all molded perfectly together to provide quite a bit of flavor for a 4.5% abv. I definitely recommend trying this out

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Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy orange-tinged yellow. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Orange and a floral, cologne-like Belgian yeast aroma. Pretty citrusy and understated.

Taste: Spicy rye up front, along with some lemon/grapefruit citrus flavor, leading to a lot of malt and grain flavors held up by the fullish body and a constant undertone of a really classy Belgian yeast... This yeast flavor is great. Finishes very dry with a lingering lemon/grapefruit aftertaste.

Very impressively crafted beer; balanced just right, tons of flavor for the ABV but not overwhelming or brash, prominent rye that doesn't steal the whole flavor, excellent body.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a bit of a full feel (I assume from the oats). High side of moderate carbonation. Very dry, which I love.

Overall: Excellent beer. Seems to have some subtly incorporated citrusy American hops, a great yeast flavor profile, and an almost perfect mouthfeel. This is a beer to win arguments against people who think low ABV means boring flavor.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into 2012 SAVOR tulip.

A: a very hazy orange hued brew. head is white and bubbly. retention is good, but not much lacing.

S: very fruity nose. reminds me of citra hops. bubblegum. however, there are a lot of aspects that bring saison to mind as well. a little barny, but rather subtle. grapefruit.

T: the rye lends a serious spicy note throughout the drink. a minor vanilla flavor. kiwi. im assuming the fruit on the nose and palate are lent from the yeast mostly. black pepper. finish is very dry.

M: the carb is pretty big, but i dont think it detracts from the brew. medium body flavor on a light bodied ABV.

D: very drinkable. enough flavor to make it easy to revisit the glass will still being very crushable and manageable. worth trying.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Prohibition Pg. White foam on cloudy yellow. A good spiciness,an understated citrus, more sweet than bitter, rye edginess, pepper. Very tasty, much flavour for lower abv. Above average saison.Carbonation does not get in the way.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally, another new ale from this brewery to review.

Pours a cloudy golden color with an amber hue and one-finger head into my glass.

Musky with subdued rye spice, oats, wheat and some honey as well. It's there so don't be put off by the initial aroma.

Chewy, spicy upfront with plenty of floral character to back it up. The addition of honey lightens the mouthfeel, allowing one to savor the oats and wheat.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick but not by much. Very saison-like otherwise. Lingering rye and honey mostly.

A decent example of the saison that incorporates rye. It's different from "Dorothy" from Hill Farmstead because that saison concentrates more on the rye. Worthwhile.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head hazy grapefruit color that almost looks like a beautiful sunrise.

Nose light fruity rye, light grapefruit and hint floral citrus, hint grainy malts, hint of floral grassy hops, lots of nice aromas that are lighter but definitely there.

Taste light session like malts, light fruit spicy rye, hint grapefruit citrus like, light reddish malt, light yeast and grainy malts, finish is dry light grainy and light floral hops hint bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied good carb.

Overall quite nice. Decent malt profile, nice rye addition, and great hops. The hops and rye really seem to play off each other well and make this a great tasting beer, and with the sessionability, I can drink a lot of this. Wish I could get a lot more of it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy medium orange with a golden glow along the bottom. A small layer of bright white head.

S - Mix of fresh grapefruit and peach hop aroma, spice and Belgian yeast. Great nose for 4.5%.

T - Belgian yeast and some cloves up front that give way to some peach and earthy hop flavours. The finish has a nice spicy rye flavour and a lingering bitterness.

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew. Light carbonation.

O - Refreshing with a nice hop bitterness. A really nice session beer, as advertised.

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Photo of rudzud
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at The Warren Store in Warren, VT. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy golden colour with a good one finger white head that fades to leave nice side lacing and a good, thick blanket.

S - Light banana, slightly spicy rye, and some gentle belgian esters.

T - Some light rye spiceyness along with more banana and light yeast notes. Not quite as funky as I like in a saison. Tastes more belgian than anything.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, slightly thinner but definitely drinkable and refreshing.

O - Overall, this was an alright saison. Much better offerings from Lawson's. This drinks too much like a Belgian beer than a saison with some light hop finish.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to baconsausage for this one!
Pours a hazy golden yellow. A lot of white head off the pour that dissipates quickly. Smells spicy from the rye. Sme nice saison funk underneath. Tastes similar. Surprisingly flavorful for 4.5 percent. Well carbonated and enjoyable.

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Photo of seeswo
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw yellow with a small whitish head. Smell is distinctively a bready saison yeast and spicy rye. The taste is very spicy - yeast, rye and hops. Not as dry as that sounds, but very flavorful for the low ABV. Good carbonation, lighter body. This is really flavorful and interesting, but at times a bit too spicy. Enjoyable and worth trying.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared by starrdogg a few weeks ago.

Pours golden yellow, clear and bright, with a retentive white head and nice lacing throughout. Aroma is spicy and bready with a strong citrus hop finish. Flavor was surprisingly sweet and juicy at first (reminded me a little of Double Sunshine's hops), with yeast and rye spice, and light grass. Medium light body with high carbonation. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to starrdogg for opening this bottle at last night's mini-tasting. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Poured a nice clear golden color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down.

The nose brought forth a fairly-heavy spice and rye presence along with a nice floral character. Light citrus peel character as well. All of this carried over into the flavor, which contained more of the citrus and floral components.

Light body with crisp carbonation. Moderate bitterness and a dry finish.

Good brew, certainly worth a try.

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Photo of akorsak
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A firkin at BCTC 2011.

A: Like sunshine, captured by Zeus and placed into my glass. A beautiful golden yellow color, supported by the purest, whitest head around. The saison is hazy, as expected coming from the cask.

S: The nose is delicious, the cask lending a wickedly citrusy citra aroma to the saison. The hoppiness is sweet but firm, a dominant aroma atop the lighter biscuit malts and Belgian yeast.

T: The citra is domineering, a sharply sweet hoppiness. Orange and light pepper are bright and sweet. The saison base, along with the rye, are afterthoughts, lost behind the powerful hops. The biscuity flavors are soft and chewy. I just can't stop raving about that hoppiness though, a stunningly intense flavor that is as bright as sunshine.

M: The mouthfeel is so smooth, so sweet, so hoppy that it defies logic. Easily the best beer of the day at BCTC 2011.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rare Batch #142, Bottle #51. Thanks to Speakorspasm for this one.

I think this is a great session beer and Belgian ale. The yeast spices are subtle like a true Belgian and there are mellow layers of barley and rye backed by balanced floral citrus hops. The aroma has a mix of spicy rye bread and vanilla coriander. The bread carries over into the taste with a slight cocoa note and crust.

For the strength, this is a complex beer that's also quite drinkable. It's a shame this is a small-batch brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of bananas, spices, rye, wheat, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of spices and rye straight up. Also some bready malts, wheat, grain, and light fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent saison. It wasn't very funky and seemed more just like a Belgian style beer to me, but none the less pretty good. Would try again.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a wine glass. Batch 138, Bottle #14

Pours a nice deep dark amber with some hints of orange. Very small white head with some light white lacing. Nose is wheaty with soe light Rye - which I love. A tinge of belgian yeast finishes it off.

Taste is dry and a bit fruity, there's a nice bite from the Rye that's very nice. It finishes really quick and clean, it's almost a bit flat though, not in carbonation (which is done nicely) but in flavor. It's like the body should linger a little longer. As I'm thinking it more I'm starting to like it more though. Still fairly hoppy for a Saison, like all of Seans beers! Overall it's pretty solid!

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top with gold foil. Released before the BCTC event, but just cracked it tonight with sleepnbballrlife.

Pours a beautiful creamy brown with some thin tan head. Nose is of dark wheat malt and lots of fruit-basket Belgian-yeast. Palate is crisp and somewhat simple with some citrus and dark wheat. Moderately long finish and clean.

A decent brew, a decidedly "sessionable" Belgian style, and a the rye is a nice experiment and a welcomed addition to the malt bill. It delivers what it promises!

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Photo of duchessedubourg
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the VT Cheesemakers Festival. Warm amber color; sufficient but not bountiful head. Smells earthy, spicy & malty simultaneously. Taste is floral of hops and slightly tannic from the rye, but plenty of malt to balance it out. Finish is somewhat dry and very refreshing. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz gold foil topped bomber into a tulip glass. Batch # 138. Bottle # 20.

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color, topped with a near finger of bright-white head. Swirling gets a nice little ¼ finger frothy cap going on this, which leaves a cascade of creamy foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma is sticky, tangy, and a little sharp in the nose with wheat, rye, spice, fruit, and earth all mixing wonderfully in the nose. A bit of a leafy hop backbone is present here as well. Just a pleasant and flavorful fullness to this, despite this being a little more sweet and less dry than I would have expected.

The taste is tangy and crisp on the palate, with peppery spice and soft fruity esters working their way into the mix. The rye bread taste really drives the profile though and is felt well into the finish where it lingers with some earthy bitterness and gritty parching dryness. The mouthfeel bodied, with a crisp and prickly carbonation to it the whole way through the swallow. A mellow smoothness glides underneath this though, keeping it moving nicely and that 4.5% ABV just feels right on this. It's got some presence in the mouth but isn't coming off as overly beefy on the palate or anything.

This is overall maybe a little sweeter and tangier than what you would find in a traditional Saison but that mostly comes from the use of the rye, which otherwise adds some delicious flavor and dryness of it's own to this. I especially like the easy feel here though, smooth yet crisp and the lower ABV really helps this earn its name. This was a pleasant summer quaff, full of flavor, and going down very easy. Good stuff!

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Photo of abriggs1
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber brown with not much head. Smell is weak but I get a bit of yeast and rye. It tastes lighter than it looks. This is meant to be a refreshing summer beer and it goes down smooth. Pretty balanced between the rye, malt, and yeast. A bit of hops in the middle and end, but this is not a hop-forward beer. The lack of hops lets the rye overtake the aftertaste, which is subtle and dry. This is an easy drinking summer beer, but probably my least favorite from Lawson's. Of course, even an average beer by Lawson's standards is pretty freakin' good!

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 72 ratings