Atom (995) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle 2010 pours a murky golden/orange with a small white head. Aroma is very cider like, caramel, oak wine barrels very present, and a small barn yard yeast presence. Steady dryness with a nice balance of Belgian yeast, Brett, white wine, and oak. Really nice!
watson1977 (2291) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle...pours a golden amber with a white head that disappears immediately. Aroma is almost like a rye whiskey with a hint of apple and wine...some fig. Flavor has fig and raisin leading into a hybrid of rye whiskey/white wine...interesting...some honey and apple...mead-like. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is dry and warming/oaky. This is a very mead-like beer and tasty.
mcberko (4056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy, murky brownish orange with a small white head. Nose of rye, apricot jam, apple cider and wood - exquisitely complex aromatics. Flavour is uber-complex, with apricot cider notes, rye, Belgian yeast, some wood barrels and a bit of a vinous quality that becomes more pronounced towards the finish. So much depth here. Ends in apricot cider and red wine notes. Absolutely fantastic stuff.
Lukaduke (1017) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with a subtle touch of bubbly foam. On the nose its rich complex and ever changing. Nice dank citrus fruit, cider, earthy spiced funk and some boozy caramel sweetness... interesting beer. The palate is just as complex with lots of citrus played off some spicy rye on the mid palate and a boozy dark fermented fruit that lingers in the finish.
adamjackson (1230) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked this up in June / July at the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market. 2010 Vintage. Paid $30 a bottle for this so finally cracking it open. Enjoyed in a snifter.
A - deep burnt gold appearance. Hazy and low carbonation
S - LOVE the smell. Big dark fruits, burnt orange peels and brown sugar. Hint of breadiness.
T - WOW!!!!!! This is huge! BIG brown sugar, big raisins, big plums, candied apples and loads of spices like coriander, sugar, pepper and honey! WHOA. Awesome! The only down fall is that I get a lot of the alcohol booziness on the finish. Has an almost bourbon finish.
M - Heavy body, light carbonation.
O - Fantastic and wonderful. Wow. Thanks Sean!
phaleslu (4451) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by Keir- thanks again, Keir! You are one fine man. 2010 vintage. Cork & cage, first time I’ve seen that from Lawson’s. Cork was a bitch to get out, too. Pours a dull amber-orange-gold color with no head. Aroma of oaky and bretty funk, mixed fruits, dry cereal malts, caramel, and brown sugar. The flavor has the same funk, with floral notes, muddled fruits, caramel malts. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a funky, heavy mouthfeel. Sneaks up on you. Drinks like a big saison.
adrian910ss (2246) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 750 ml bottle shared with Scott. Pours a golden orange vistalite color with a small white head. Aroma of Brett yeast, maple, rye, barley apples, peaches,, candied malt, champagne yeast, sour oak wood and funk notes. Taste of Brett yeast, rye, barley, candied malt, sour oak wood, maple and champagne yeast. Very complex but delicious. A slow sipper.
tcane7 (810) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Scott with Vincent and Allen. Pours a cloudy brown with very little head. Slightly tart with a thick sweet mouthfeel, almost mead-like, and pretty boozy.
PhillyCraft (1975) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from scott grabbed during his VT trip shared with some bouls at the abbey event. Pours murky brown, light head and lacing. Notes are sour, woody, citrus, wet sticky oak woods, plastic, teas, cherries, fruity as shit, nice booze, and yeasty belgian spices, some brett present but not much. Overall it was good but lacking in body/flavor.
Reynolds314 (1480) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 draft at the anniversary party. I was really looking forward to this one but it wasnt really for me. It did not really taste much like a saison or farmhouse style ale and was more reminiscent of a strong golden. The taste was a bit boozy with some off characters of harsh plastic. The taste had notes of orange, wheat, (didnt really get rye), and booze. Was hoping for a rye strong saison by the description and thats not what I got.