Session In The Rye | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 25
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4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6%
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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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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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4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4.09/5  rDev +2%
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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4.05/5  rDev +1%
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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Session In The Rye from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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