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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2277) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2010
Bomber at a tasting.

Appearance : Hazy amber with a small head.
Aroma : Nice yeasty esters with some spicy rye. Nice esters.
Taste : Quite light with yeasty esters. Nice spicy rye. Finish yeast and rye. Carbonation quite soft.
Overall : Very interesting mix between rye and saison yeast. Very clean and very drinkable. Carbonation may be a bit too soft. Taste is also borderline watery. Very interesting but maybe needs a little tweaking. Thanks to sflpunk for saving one of these for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Light brown pour, small bubbly head. Aroma has fruity and nutty notes, with caramel and light hop sneaking in as well. Flavor isn’t really like a saison at all-- more like an amber ale brewed with rye. The rye does come through, along with sweet malt and a light effervescence. Drinkable for sure, as a beer called "session" should be, but not complex or remarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (6434) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2010
[BCTC 2010] Murky golden color iwth an off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of rye, citrus, light spices, earth, toffee, tangerine, and some floral hops. Taste of earth, nuts, caramel, toffee, citrus, and light bitterness. Combo of batches 1 & 2, neither were great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9765) - 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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