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The Bruery / Lawson’s Finest Acer Quercus

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A collaboration between The Bruery and Lawson’s Finest Liquids, this complex ale is seeping with Vermont maple syrup and maplewood smoked malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2016
750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Maple, roast, some smokiness, caramel, and some woodiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11405) - Sřborg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
Bottled. Burgundy colorued. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma of sweetness, ripe fruits, herbs, caramel, spice, light medicin. Flavour of light smoke, caramel, ripe fruits, sweetness, light alcohol and spice. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a fruity and light roasted note. Pleasant alcohol bite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Dark brown pour. Small tan head. Aroma is sweet and smoke. Flavor has smoke, maple, toffee, light sour mash notes. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle… Dark brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose is a menagerie of smoked meat, smoked gouda and malty maple. Full-bodied and quite viscous with modest carbonation. The flavor is chocolaty with a load of smoke and a touch of maple. Perfectly balanced. Finishes minerally and smoky. Odd bird, but darn nice. Bottle courtesy of 50belair. Thanks Matt!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to Stavros. Pours a dark brown with small frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong roast and smoke, wet biscuit. Thin mouthfeel with light maple and roast with nice smoke finish. Good but didnt hold up very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10248) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"seems like the smoke character comes out more in the aroma and flavor with a little age. maple and smoke are a nice touch, everything else takes a bac seat. sweet flavor of dark fruit, chocolate, maple and smoke. medium bodied, full flavored."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a slight amber hue and a brown head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has lots of smoke with hints of dark grains and maple syrup. Flavor begins with maple syrup but quickly becomes smoky with a lot of campfire. Not working for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Tap at The Bruery. Pours a deep brown. Clear. Low carbonation. Isn’t quercus the name for Oak? Nose is smoked meat, vinous, pepper, red grape skins, Syrah, cherries, smoked sausage. Taste is dry, papery, thick cherries, heavy liquid smoke additive. Citrus pith and lemon in the finish. Papery overall. Very strange. Love the smoke. Palate seems to be off. Vinous quality is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9426) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by STLWill- thanks again, Will! Pours a deep, clear mahogany color with a big foamy tan head. Aroma of bacon, butterscotch, tree bark, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and maple syrup. Flavor of smoke, maple syrup, roast, dark chocolate, earth, and vanilla. So complex and all over the place. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, sweet, dry mouthfeel and medium soft carbonation. Very sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Blatant maple syrup, caramel and bread-y cereals conjure up quite the dessert brew, as alcohol heat assures the impression of a clean finish.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam covers the dark brown.
-The nose portends exactly what the flavor profile delivers: sweetness.
-The soft carbonation makes the sweetness even more apparent. This is a sipper, no doubt.
-Even though this is not something I would go for personally, I have to recognize that it is an exciting brew for sweet teeth. It’s also one of the best brews I’ve had for those who really want maple syrup flavors to shine.
-Smoke flavor is present, but tends to be dominated by the prevalent sweetness.


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