Lawson’s Finest Session in the Rye

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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11977) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6177) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (7005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle, with fantasy. Pours a hazy glowing orange with huge fluffed out white head, awesome lacing patterns. Aromas of bananas, wheat, tropical fruits, clove spice and hops. Taste is sweet and spicy malts w/rye, delicious fruity hops, banana, flowers, and orange peel. Very silky and easy going saison. Fresh as can be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (10126) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 10, 2012
On draft at the Reservoir in Waterbury, Vermont. Pours a cloudy orange honey gold with a medium sized white head. Aroma of bubble gum, cloves, mild banana and wheat. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Another winner from Lawsons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (2021) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Tap at farmhouse in Vermont. Aroma of rye seed and hop. Taste was ver easy drinking was burping hop flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pours unclear velvety blonde with a creamy white head. The aroma is sweet saison yeast and rye malts blended so well with notes of lemon. The flavor brings the spicy rye malts and hops up front really pleasant on the tongue with the saison yeast more in the background but helping to round out the flavors quite nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (8685) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Thanks to starrdogg for opening this bottle at last night’s mini-tasting. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip. Poured a nice clear golden color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brought forth a fairly-heavy spice and rye presence along with a nice floral character. Light citrus peel character as well. All of this carried over into the flavor, which contained more of the citrus and floral components. Light body with crisp carbonation. Moderate bitterness and a dry finish. Good brew, certainly worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (6658) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Tap, BCTC 2010. Pours a slightly hazy gold-orange body with a nice frothy white head. The nose is quite nice, a pretty good amount of rye malt, some slight earthiness and a floral hoppiness. The flavor is not especially Saison-like, but I dig it. Nice rye bread with some light spicing and a little malt sweetness. Light to medium carbonation with a fairly light body. Pretty decent.

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