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La Grange | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 86
Photo of allengarvin
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: 3.25 - Poured into a standard pint, I got almost no head despite a vigorous pour.
S: 3.5 - Is this a sour beer? No hops to speak of, but a green apple sort of tart scent.
T: 3.5 - Hmm, not sour--well, there is a little bit of a tart underpinning. Bitterness is on the low side of moderate. Lots of fruity yeast character.
M: 3.5 - A little thin, probably because it's so well attenuated.
O: 3.25 - Eh, not very good. I've been impressed by Rahr many times, but this offering completely underwhelms me.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Reviewed as a saison because the label description identifies as such. I like the ornate label art. No ABV is listed on the bottle.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of dull off-white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Nice smooth consistency. Complexion could be softer. Spotty uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 4 minutes - though the ABV is unknown, so who knows whether that's impressive or not.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No sediment. Appears well carbonated.

It's a pretty standard appearance for a saison; there's nothing unique or special about it. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Citrus peel, lemongrass, bready/crackery malts, grains/cereals, allspice, a dash of white pepper, Belgian pale malts, orchard apples (though they don't evoke a crispness), floral hops, clean barley, and maybe a hint of biscuity yeast, though there's no real funkiness or brettanomyces character. It's slightly on the sweeter side.

No alcohol is detectable. It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm looking forward to trying it, though the lack of funky yeast presence does concern me given the style. It's certainly appealing.

T: Too full and sweet for a saison. It also lacks complexity and subtlety, and this style above all others is perhaps the most demanding of both. The white pepper is sorely lacking here. The spicing is far too timid - if you're going to spice a saison, spice it. Where's the allspice from the aroma? Plenty of orchard apple notes, grains/cereals, and floral hops, but I want more of a Belgian pale malt character. There's zero funkiness or brettanomyces yeast character here, to its detriment. Some lemongrass. Vague citrusy notes. Rather cidery.

A cohesive flavour profile, but not a gestalt one. It's rather shallow for a saison; there's not much depth of flavour. Average flavour intensity. Below average flavour duration. It has a decent balance to it, but it really needs funkiness to tone down the impact of the overwrought sweetness.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Nicely dry. Smooth. Almost refreshing. A biteen overcarbonated, but it's forgivable. Nice body and crispness. Very cidery in terms of texture. Pretty decent presence on the palate. The texture doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste, but it does suit it pretty well.

Not oily, astringent, rough, harsh, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Perhaps a bit too cidery, but overall an enjoyable drinkable brew. It's shockingly lacking in terms of farmhouse character for a purported farmhouse ale, but even without a substantial yeast presence it's still an approachable beer with some nice flavour. While I certainly wouldn't get it again what with the plethora of superior offerings available at or below this price point, I'm glad I tried it. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners.

Low C+

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazed, light yellow body, a few floaties in there from pulling on the lees. Tall, lasting, white head.

Smell: Soft aroma of flowers, light dusting of spice. Modest, restrained maltiness. Thin vein of fruity chewing gum. Mild nose, but, the long-lasting, pile of foam on top could be hampering this deal.

Taste: Pils and crisp, lightly grainy pale malted barley. Slender sweetness as it's fastly drying. Spicy phenols, light herbal hints. Lemony accents trailed by orchard fruits. Hint of gum. A bit of bitterness creeping in. Well-carbonated, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Just squeaks past medium-bodied. Medium-plus, foaming carbonation.

Overall: Above-average; a nice, competent farmhouse ale.

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Photo of carlitos92
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 9/20/2013 from a 22 oz. bomber into a Carolus tulip. Bottle says 2013 release, 7.25% ABV.

Appearance is a nice partly-cloudy amber, about the same shade as the DFH 120 I had yesterday. Light fizz on a vigorous pour that quickly gives way.

Smell is yeasty goodness, fermented stuff, a little raisin maybe.

Taste follows the nose at first. Nice, very yeasty and fruity to begin, but finishes on the sour and dry side, almost bitter. Very clean.

No obvious alcohol to speak of, but it's potent. Mouthfeel is as it should be - clean, but you can feel the cloudiness. Light but very fine carbonation.

This is a fantastic offering from Rahr. True to my theory, their mass-produced beers are so-so, but their bombers and limited releases (yes, I'm referring to Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer, first and foremost) are exceptional. It might not impress wanna-be Belgians, but it's a nice farmhouse for a summer (or late-summer) day.

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Photo of ranger7
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bomber from Central Market - marked "2013 7.25% ABV" on the bottle.
From the bottle into a Maredsous Chalice.
(Review from notes)

A - Hazy orange with a small white head.

S - Citrus; orange first and lemon.

T - A little harsh - alcohol and hops. Note to self: does not mix well with red sauce.

M - Light, rich in flavor. Hops aftertaste.

Summary - Good. Very potent and flavorful. Could use a little more balance, it's heavy on the alcohol - the 7.25% ABV didn't exactly sneak up on me.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a limited release Rahr & Sons beer in the Saison or Farmhouse Ale style. Not sure of the origin of the style (Beer Advocate does not list this under country of origin in the Beer Styles portion of their site).

Poured a yellow golden color with two fingers of whitish foam from a 22 oz bottle.
Aromas of citrusy fruit like lemons and a somewhat spicy and earthy smell greets the nose.

Tastes were of fruity esters with noticeable lemon and some peppery tartness with a very clean finish balanced by some not unwelcome bitterness and medium to low carbonation.
The mouth feel was just right with lots of different flavors with a light body and crisp, clean finish

Overall a very good beer and good example of this style.

I have concerns that Rahr is evidently not serious enough about giving its consumers the information they need to be responsible drinkers. ABV was not to be found on the bottle. I looked on several other year round offerings by Rahar and even went to their website for this limited release Saison but did not find the info. While we are ALL thankful for today’s microbreweries pushing the experimental envelope on beer styles, this also means that the ABV in many offerings is getting up to the level that demands attention by even the most casual consumer. Deschutes, Stone, North Coast, and most other Breweries now list ABV on bottles and cans. Rahr should also.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed yellow color with a white head. Nose of sweet bread, some yeast, citrus peel. A touch of floral hops, some light spice, and a bit of fruit. There is some nice malt character on the palate. Bready malts with a touch of toast and yeast. A nice fruit profile of apple, pear, and banana. Lightly spicy with a hint of pepper. Not super hoppy, but a good floral and light citrus flavor.

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Photo of Etan
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Libbey tall tulip. Sent as an extra by Lokieman.

A: Pours a bright yellowish orange with a nice spongy, bone-white head. Retention is ok but it leaves very little lacing.

S: Soapy yeast, a little bit of barnyard hay, coriander, sweet pale malt. A little too soapy.

T: Assertive, sugary fruity esters jump out at the palate immediately. Juicy peach, bubblegum, pineapple, coriander, vanilla bean, white cake, lemon, a bit of funky yeast. Esters glide into smooth pale malt and graininess. Taste finishes with a noticeable bite of hop bitterness. Very sweet, too sweet as the bottle drains.

M: Decent soft mouthfeel, but I'm expecting that bottle-conditioned liveliness from the carbonation that isn't really there.

O: This is a tasty farmhouse, but there are a few noticeable flaws that detract from the overall experience, namely the over-the-top sweetness and mouthfeel.

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Photo of sitarist
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, and golden with a frothy white head. The head quickly falls to a thin ring that leaves a few spots of lacing.

Scents of apple, pear, baby powder, and a musty aroma. It has an off burnt aroma...sulfur.

The fruity esters, musty yeast, and sulfur carries over into the flavor.

Dry with a medium body, and just enough carbonation to tickle my tongue.

A decent saison that is easy to drink.

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Photo of tronester
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden, with a big fat white head. Smells earthy and funky, is this a beer that has been dosed with bugs? The taste solves that question, a fruity, tart, bread-like flavor dominates. No sourness here. Mouthfeel is rich. Quite a good saison, I would get this again.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 12 Dec 2011. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Large thick off white head. Lightly carbonated. Hazy golden amber in color. Aroma is tart and yeasty, with a hint of gooseberries. Starts similar, yeasty and fruity. Becomes fruitier and a bit sweeter as it warms. Medium body, fairly warming ethanol. Drier finish with a fruity tart aftertaste.

One of the better beers I've had from Rahr.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw yellow glass hold a thin cover of white foam, that leaves a few traces of lace..

Smell: Lemon peel and Belgian yeast, the light fruit, almost banana peel esters that I always associate with the Saison style, so on target.

Taste: Almost funky yeast bite that gives a very European character to the grainy based sweetness. Bready balanced by a sharp hop leaf bitter makes for a good balance.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, but holds short of fizzy, perhaps helped by a slight heft in the body. Not heavy, and no chew, but upper side of medium.

Overall: A tonic quality that is cleansing but not bitter. I like my Saisons a little milder in alcohol, not sure if La Grange is on that side or just hiding it well. A very nice offering from a true Texan Brewery.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy medium-golden color with two finger milky head.

Nose: Barny funk, orange marmalade, lemon, bread, yeast tingles the nostrils.

Taste: Quite sweet, lemon, mango, grape, candy sweetness.

Moderate to low carbonation. Sweet, slightly flabby finish.

Overall this beer has a great nose and flavor profile, but is distractingly sweet. Attenuate it a bit more and I think it would be a great brew.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice cloudy golden color. A beautiful white, foamy head. Excellent lacing. A very good looking beer.

Earthy, musty funk. a slight hint of lemon and old earthy hops.

Bitter lemon peel. Sweet and tart light fruits. A bitter, tart, and earthy finish. Light body and carbonation. Perfect for the style.

A light, refreshing, drinkable beer. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of gatornation
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received as an extra from a 22 oz bomber

A - pours a hazy straw color with a 1 finger head that recedes to a fresh white collar that stays with great lacing..this is a great looking saison , great color ,lacing,collar

S- lemon funk and earth smells

T- was crisp lemon peel with tart fruit like apples and citrus mix ina bitter funk and some citrus hops

M- was tart and bitter with earthy funk it had good carbonation and was fresh tasting

O- a good farmhouse saison , tart and bitter with earthy funk, nicely done would drink another of this one

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to texasfan549, poured into a snifter, hazy yellow pour, Big white head. The aroma is citrusy light funk. The flavor is pretty standard for a saison, citrus, slightly tart, easy finish. The body is light, good carbonation, easy drinking. A solid saison, and any beer with a John Deere B on the label can't be all bad.

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a half finger of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and mildly tart with strong herbal yeast notes along with some citrus.

Taste: Some sweetness along with the herbal notes from the smell. There are some mildly tart citrus notes and then a strong bitterness that takes over completely.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The bitterness in the taste was too distracting. This could be really good if it was toned down.

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Photo of DavidST
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a small white head. The smells are somewhat citrus, Orange, lemon, eat with a little malt. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, a little over ripe lemon bitter taste, some sweet yeast esters, although something seems off, slightly disappointing.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yeasty pale orange with a big, fine white head. The bottle conditioning is a nice touch.

Floral apricot peach, apple, honey, small spice from the yeast.

Taste is up front apple, sweet, honey, lemon zest which fades into a bitter finish with some malty character. Subdued but really well balanced.

Lighter body with high carbonation are right on for the beer, though, a bit too sweet up front.

A nice attempt that is close to being great but needs some tweaking.

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Photo of gtermi
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love going to the Rahr brewery and just relax. Well on I went on Wednesday and they had this in bottles to let people taste. It was very nice and delicious. The didnt get me put about 4 oz, but it poured a nice golden color with a thick head. The smell had a lot of fruitiness and sweetness. The taste is very nice with a lot of fruitiness, some spices and tons of sweetness. The mouthfeel wasnt great, but was still very solid. Easy to drink, but a little too much carbonation. Overall this beer is solid, but not great. I wouldnt ever seek it out, but its always nice to try a new beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. No bottling info but this is a new release so it's fresh. Part of the To Thee Series. Was a hazy golden color with lots of carb streams. It had about a finger of foamy, white head that settled into a thick collar and partial foam cap. Good sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was earthy with sweet from the fruits and sugars with moderate spices. Not bad but just below the top tier in saison aromas IMHO. Taste follows the aroma with sweet backbone tempered with the spices. Was a bit on the sweet side though to be in top tier. Still, very refreshing and pretty damn good when you consider this is Rahr's first Belgian I believe. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation and slightly dry aftertaste. Had a little bit of an off taste right at the end though.

Overall, a good, solid Saison and considering how few we get here in TX a very welcome one. It's not up there with the best in class but it still well worth the try. Avail here in TX obviously. Rotation - not sure if this a one time or not. I'm really into Saisons these days so I'll grab a few more for this end of summer season and see about next year.

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Photo of zdk9
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It's a little dark in here, so probably not the most accurate for color rating- but the beer looks fairly dark yellow moving into orange territory. About a finger of head that moves on quickly, and some spotty lacing.

S- A nice strong aroma. The aroma of the beer wafted over after opening the bottle before I poured it. Lots of spice, lime zest, and as the beer warms- more grains- pumpernickel bread and maybe dried country grass

T- A very grainy, spicy, husky taste. I get notes of kasha, caraway seeds, quinoa. A heft of bitterness on the back corners of my mouth that's pretty earthy with a borderline pithiness. There's also sweet orange, key lime pie, and some fusel alcohol flavor without really the heat.

M- A sweetness that sticks around surprisingly long. The carbonation works for this beer, though it is less than I'd expect from a saison.

O- A great big saison- lots of spice and complexity with a full palette of malt, hops, and yeast flavors.

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Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy, but bright and vibrant golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Musky and earthy yeast up front. Light fruity esters of lemons and banana. Some spice. Very enjoyable.
T: Follows the up front. Musky, earthy, basement like funky. Fruity ester follow again with a lingering grapefruit bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that seems little watery. It needs to be more crisp and dry. Though very enjoyable to drink.

Simple, and enjoyable. If there was a bit more body and crispness, I think that would bring everything together perfectly. Though as is, still a good representation of the style. Very much worth a try, but just shy of being special.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to HopsSchnapps for this local!

Pours a nice hazy, golden orange color. Nice frothy white head adorns. Aroma is chock full of fruity esters and BIG bready yeast notes. Those fruity esters and big bready yeast notes carry over into the taste. It's fairly one dimensional in that respect. It's missing the spicy, peppery notes for one. The feel is a bit too creamy and heavy for a saison.

It's a decent saison in the end. Still drinkable, but a bit more dynamic flavor profile and a crisp, more refreshing feel would make it much better.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love a beer which appears to have John Deere Model B on the label. The beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of Belgian yeast with some slightly sour orange notes. The flavor is full of orange and lemon citrus notes, as well as some pepper and others spices, yeast and wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. For a brewery that typically doesn't brew Belgian beers, I was impressed with this effort.

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