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Lawson’s Finest Session in the Rye
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11976) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11555) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10094) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8678) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7860) - 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.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6711) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6603) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6504) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
Veiled dark golden ale covered by a nice white sheet. Deliciously spicy, fruity (pear, banana), bready, strawy nose that manages to be both light and relatively complex, all the while feeling very fresh - like sunshine in a bottle. The well-balanced, but never subtle resinous and floral hoppiness marches into the spicy rye with confidence and complements it very well. Highly phenolic, but never feeling medicinal, just very spicy all throughout and this coming from several different ingredients. While the beer sure can’t be called sweet nor strong, there are plenty of cereal flavours in there, bringing an oily, roundish texture forward that make it feel more potent than it is. Original recipe and well executed albeit the Saison tag can be misleading.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2010
In short: Rye bread in a bottle. A very nice rye beer, but not much of a Saison
How: Tap + Bottle. This rating for a 22oz bottle consumed very fresh about 1 month after bottling.
The look: Clear golden body topped by a large off-white head
In long: The pleasant nose has a nice rustic side and also a nice spicy rye bread side. Taste is a bit of a letdown. Very much focussed on oily rye bread, and then more oily rye bread. Some apricots and other light fruity notes. Light spiciness sensation that often comes with rye based beers. Body is juicy/oily with a carbonation that is too soft for the style. It is unfortunate that the nice rustic character did not make it to the taste at all. Good beer. Yet another rating for me. I find that typing ratings is very time and beer consuming.


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