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The Bruery / Lawson’s Finest Acer Quercus

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 141   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10785) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 16, 2012
[5/10/12] Bottle sample at Sour & Bitter. Dark brown with a light brown head. Smoky malt aroma. Dry flavor, kinda bitter, a bit alcoholic, with quite a lot of smokiness. Medium-bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10522) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deyholla (9635) - 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
GT2 (9411) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Pours hazy brownish red with off white head. Aroma has notes of oak, maple, slight carbonation and alcohol mix with a touch of deep toffee, dark fruit. Taste is touch of acidity, leading into a nice toffee and dark fruit mix, alcohol definitely present but finishes sweet with the maple, oak drying it out a lot at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8990) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8969) - 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 (8957) - 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.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (8160) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2013
750 ml bottle shared with the group (may ’12). Pours a clear caramel brown color with a medium sized beige head that disappeared quickly. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, maple syrup, a mild smokey character, hints of sausage in maple syrup, dark fruit, woody, rich with good mouthfeel.

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