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Lawson’s Finest Session in the Rye

Lawson’s Finest Session in the Rye
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Formerly brewed at Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Style: Saison
Warren, Vermont USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
This special ale incorporates malted rye in the grain bill, along with wheat, oats, and barley. It is fermented with a Belgian-style Saison yeast lending a spicy and floral character with complex flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21169) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bomber at DC local tasting. Nice aroma of pumpernickel and rye bread. Taste is sour with a bit of orange peel. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2010
22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Medium beige head that mostly dissipates atop hazy light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, rye, some orange, lightly spicy. Taste is medium sweet, orange, rye, some floral. Soft light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
A hazed blonde ale with a thin lacing off white head. In aroma, nice perfumey malt with clove extracts, orange peels, interesting. in mouth, a nice sweet malt with clove extract, nice and smooth, weizen like. On tap at Reservoir, August 5 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11069) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at the Prohibition Pg. White foam on cloudy yellow. A good spiciness, rye edginess, pepper. Very tasty, much flavour for lower abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Pouring from their booth at BCTC. Pours a hazed golden orange with a thin white head. Spicy citrus and rye, caramel and toast. Caramel, sugar maple, spicy rye. Long and smooth, night grapefruit bitterness with some lingering toast and quinine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Strong rye flavors permeate this brew’s soft fizz, as citrusy hops move into wooden dryness and light bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the gold-tinged amber.
-Light viscosity is gotten from the rye, but this remains very drinkable.
-I have to say that I have never had a Saison that tasted like this one, so the style written on the bottle may not be indicative of its contents. It’s a Rye Ale that happens to be brewed with a Belgian Saison yeast...
-Feeble banana esters appear, mostly in the nose.
-There is no rustic character at all here, which I expect from a Saison.
-This remains very drinkable, even though it is not compelling and not near the announced style.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9123) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2012
Draught at Farm House Tap and Grill. Huge rye nose, pepper, spicy, light esters, hay and farmyard. Great nose. Amber with lace. Flavor is wheat, rye, pepper. Very malty and grainy, sweet and thick. Peppery finish. Nice but a bit bland. Body is a bit thick and heavy—hops don’t come through, but the rye is very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9073) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2010
Wash. DC tasting. hazy golden, white head. aroma, full on rye goodness, sweet and some spices, strawberry like nose, pureed fruit like apricot. flavors, plenty of rye, light spicy mouthfeel is thick with the Saison yeast being a tad drown in the whole rye aspect of the beer. Mouthfeel is grainy with some mild caramel malts for a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
on tap at prohibition pig, waterbury. relatively clear pale golden with a decent white head, some retention. breadied malts, medium grainy character, some spices, pepper, ginger, oranges. light to medium hopping - floral-citrusy. average carbonation, light body. refreshing. hoppy saison with not as much grainy character as you would hope.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (7351) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Pretty average saison. Easy to drink, easy to go down. Not too much hay or anything, so easy for the average beer drinker with a little bit of spice to it. A little bit of hay, a little bit of yeast. Not much lacing, not much head. On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill.

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