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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Bottled in April 2011, this ’once a year beer’ is a slowly fermented single-batch brew made during 2010 spring sugaring season. It quietly rested for a year in a single oak barrel from Saxtons River Distillery that previously held Sapling maple liquor. Our recipe has no water added, and uses only barley, hops, yeast and concentrated maple sap from our friend Paul Marble of Fayston, VT. This ale is bottle-conditioned and will age elegantly for many years.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Maple pour with virtually no head. Nose is a big dose of maple syrup, with some hints of wood, yeast, and bready malts. Taste follows the nose with good punch of maple syrup. Sweet but not cloying. Barrel is there but takes a back seat along with the alcohol. Very enjoyable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Acquired in a trade, thanks Frank! Bottle at home shared with friends. Poured a beautifully red-tinted amber with no head. Smell is huge maple syrup, but not shitty maple syrup, we are talking Grade A shit here. Vanilla, red licorice, wood, and alcohol. Very sweet, maple syrup, vanilla, oak, a touch of caramel, and sweet fruits. Light body with almost no carbonation. Sweet beer and very delicious with dangerously hidden alcohol.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of Stephen. Thanks! Hazy dark orange appearance with a small cream colored head. Rich, delicious real maple syrup, quite spicy, thick toffee, big brown sugar aroma. Thick, brown sugar, somewhat syrupy, real maple syrup, a touch fruity, vanilla, light toffee flavor. Not sure how much I could drink but quite fun.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, big thanks to Steve for the pour! Aroma has notes of big maple syrup, vanilla, honey, some sweet sugary plums and raisin, hints of earth, touch of sweet dark fruits and sweet biscuit. Taste is a mix of very sweet maple, vanilla, floral honey, touch of sweet fruits finishing fairly sweet slightly boozy. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4192) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 7, 2012
500 ml thanks to qspandrew. Bottled April 2011. Thin head. Big sweet and sticky beer. No water! Basically fermented maple syrup. Bit boozy at 12 percent. Very different.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Fermented maple syrup.
A bottle opened by a very generous person at a local beer tasting. Thanks! My first Lawsons Finest brew and what a hell of an introduction. Hands down one of the most intense aromas of any beer. Huge sweet maple aroma which smells like the finest maple syrup you have ever encountered, with noticeable alcohol/liquor in the background. The flavor is super smooth with loads of oak and maple syrup that dominate. It’s definitely sweet, but not cloying, and in no way undrinkable. The carbonation is low, but the palate is smooth with a heavy body. Could I drink a gallon of it? Well, probably. Your appreciation of this brew will solely depend on how much you love maple tree sap. A unique brew that I’m grateful for having an opportunity to try.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11088) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy complex toasted nutty, maple mead and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy vanilla maple flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a complex thick standout beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Big thanks to Monsterzero-san for opening this bad boy. Enjoyed this VT brew in VT. Pours a clear dark copper color with a moderate head. smell is intense with sweet maple and brown sugar carmel malt with a oaky spirit and some vanilla. some alcohol to smell. taste is rich maple syrup with a clean carmel malt. the maple definitely leads the chorus here. rich barrel flavors provide some oak and vanilla. Overall sweet but a rounding bitterness provides a clean finish. some alcohol to taste. palate is smooth and rich full body. moderate to low carbonation smooths the palate out. overall this is just a crazy hybrid beer. 100% of the liquid used to brew is maple sap, incredible stuff. this is more of a Maple mead with some malt in it. more of a maple syrup braggot than abbey triple. if you love the flavor or maple, this one is for you.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Lawsons finest maple triple maple barrel aged... Pours a mostly transparent orangey copper brown with a semi-thin off-white head... Aroma of butterscocth honey and an extreme maple flavor... Flavors are sweet, overwhelmingly so with an overbearing sweet caramel nature.. Distinctly thicker body. Not so bad as others suggest but the base style isn’t all that attractive to me and the maple just enhances the cloyingly sweet overall nature of beer. 7/3/6/3/12

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2011
500 ml bottle shared by Kan. Thanks! Pours a nice glowing orange amber pour, a bit amber with a nice offwhite lacing head that dies to a small head, laces small. Aromas are sweet malts, taken over by a big maple syrup influence, sweeter sugars with vanilla and oak. A touch of orange peel, but very sweet overall. Initial is a bit heavier bodied throwing oranges, maple syrup which sticks pretty big into the backend. Sweet bready malts, lots of maple syrup, with vanilla, with a lot of wet oak. Far too sweet with me. Into the middle more sickly sweet malts and a ton of maple, vanilla. Finish is sweet, lingering ABV throws some good heat, but gets a bit distracting with the sugary sweetness. An interesting beer that is far too sweet for my palate. Interesting, but not a great example of the style. An interesting experiment


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