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Vinland Two - Mystic Brewery

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: asaharyev on 09-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by Seanniek91:
Photo of Seanniek91
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from 375ml C&C bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Hazier gold with quick bubbly white head that left no real traces.

Smell- Very bready/yeasty, mild sugary sweet blueberries, light crisp hops, malts.

Taste- Bready yeast, no real "wild yeast" presence or blueberry presence, light crisp hops, light alcohol, sweet, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated, light burn, light bodied, clean finish.

Overall- Dissapointed with this beer. No "wild" characteristics, no blueberries. Nothing it claims to be.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell: dry white wine, light blueberry, light Belgian saison spices

Taste: blueberry--light wheat, hay, Belgian saison spices

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, dry, light body, high carbonation

Overall: Amazing blueberry centric beer. The base saison is very tasty--little acidity and very light. The blueberries are present but never over done or cloying. This is an all day or fancy dessert beer. Getting more of this.

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heard about the GABF triumph, had to try this one out. Really happy to see breweries finding their own strains in the USA. Yet another way to push brewing variety further and further. Batch #1.

A- Poured into a large chalice from the 750ml bottle. Semi-hazy golden body with some orange in the middle. Creamy white head forms to a finger but falls to a frothy ring relatively quickly. The ring persists and leave some nice patches of lace.

S- Really ripe fruits jump out of the glass upon pouring, kind of a general berry feel. Upon further inspection caramel, fresh cracked grains, pepper and some classic Saison yeast comes to mind.

T- Quite fruity here too with that nice berry flavor coming through but the spiciness of the yeast catches up and brings upon a nice balance. Like a nice jam without sweetness. Somewhere between the well known Saison and Belgian Strong Goldens people know today. Peppercorns, honey, raw cracked grains, white grape juice, apples, pears, bread, raisin and lemon zest comes to mind.

MF- High carbonation supports the flavor nicely and works nicely with the creamy, silky consistency of the beer. Body is light and nicely dry with some spiciness on the palate in the finish.

I'm sure my interest in new yeast strains plays a role but this beer just feels fresh. The berry jam-like flavors are nice and work well with the other products the yeast produces. Somewhere between a Saison and Belgian Golden for me, but solid even without the classification we strive to create.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Interestingly this won gold at GABF, so we'll see how it is.

Careful pour holds back the yeast and yields a fairly clear slight hazy golden straw blond color with many bubbles streaming up to reinforce the decent 1/2 finger creamy but foamy head that retains well.

Nose is pretty interesting, nice phenols right off, a little vinous like must as well, a little phenolic booze of like a grappa almost, under that is a mild grainy wheat like saison, bit of biscuity toasty, lemongrass, grassy hay, little lemony citrus, and just a hint of candy.

Taste starts with more of the fruit, a mild lemony citrus and more of that vinous like flavor, a mild fruity ester component, etc. Then into a mild sweetness, little candy and candi sugar, mild cereal sugar, with malts of cereal grains, little toasty wheat and grassy hay, lemongrass, mild creaminess through it all. The booze comes on too, feels like a lot more than 7.3%, drinks more like 9% as a big phenolic booze flavor kicks in with some warmth and tingle, and a decent acidic kick. Phenolic flavors come through with the booze and yeast components, with the mild vinous notes. The yeast shows flashes of a cracker and bready kick and even a little yeasty, but that disappears quickly. Finish is sticky and a little sweet, mild syrupy, more lemon and citrus, more vinous notes and plenty of phenolic booze with acidic tingle.

Mouth is med bod, nice effervescent carb, a big acidic and booze bite with warmth and tingle.

Overall really interesting, I like the big phenolic note, the vinous character is a nice surprise too, lemon, citrus, all the malt components, all nice. Sweet characters do well although I'm not usually a big fan of them in a beer like this, the big issue was the huge bite it took, with all the booze warmth tingle, and the acidic bite, all that seemed to detract from the beer a bit.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pjl44 for this extra from a recent trade!

batch 001

375ml c&c bottle. loud pop as the cap comes out of the bottle.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: orangish golden bodied beer with 1 finger of white head. Drops quickly to a thin cap.

Smell: bready and wheat malts. Slightly spicy yeast. Generic berry presence. Fruity like green apples, white grape, and pears. Overall it smells sweet.

Taste: Yeast forward. Wheat malts and a cereal note. Wild honey. Slightly peppery and gets fairly purfumey on the back end of this beer. Maybe a hint of blueberry that contributes some sweetness, but it also tastes a little artificial. Finishes sweet and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low almost moderate carbonation. Drinks at its listed abv; could use a little bit more zip in the form of more carbonation in this beer.

Overall: This is first Mystic beer, glad that I got the oppurtunity. It was good, but nothing great. Was hoping for a greater blueberry presence in this beer, but the beer is also a few months old by now. So there is potential that more blueberry presence existed in this beer when it was fresh. Its a middle of the road saison.

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml C&C bottle (Batch 001) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a pale, straw golden color, moderately hazed with a finger of frothy white foam that falls slowly and leaves foamy sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Somewhat white wine-like in aroma on first sniff. Rather grapey, definitely fruity overall, a touch spicy, extremely mild funk going on, and even though it is just blueberry plant derived yeast, I think I am getting a little bit of blueberry in here too. Rather yeasty, faintly tart, even getting traces of alcohol.

T - Hmmm, rather bland in taste. Dry, biscuit and yeasty, bready malt base. A bit peppery/spicy with a medium-ish hop bitterness. Fruitiness is reduced compared to the aroma, still getting suggestions of blueberry - probably subliminal in nature.

M - Lower level carbonation for the style, lightish-medium body. Spicy, yeasty, estery in taste, smell, feel - very farmhouse-y overall. Tends towards wine-like too.

O - Interesting...but not very exciting. Fairly ordinary tasting saison/farmhouse ale. I insist that I am getting hints of blueberry throughout - can blueberry plant derived yeast really do that? Nothing really sets this apart from others in the style. I would drink this regularly without any issue, but I know how good the style can be, so I'd probably regularly be left wanting something more...

Photo of Maxwell
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a pinkish orange color with hints of pale yellow. The beer forms a very small head of tiny, gently creamy bubbles that eventually form a ring. In body, the beer is hazy and opaque, but seems free of floating particles. On the nose, the beer smells of peppery esters with a touch of grapefruit citrus, and oh-so-slight tart berries. A light metallic scent is also notable alongside generic spice, clove, and banana. Bubblegum even plays a light note on the nose, helping to add yet another layer of complexity. On the tongue, the beer muddles the complexity with a fierce spiciness, little to no sweetness, a touch of fruit, and a middling herbal bitterness that seems too intense when paired with the spice of the beer. The finish is dry with touches of citric acidity and more spice. In flavor, the beer punches in with spicy peppers and mild clove and banana flavors that come out on the middle and finish of the sip. The finish also brings herbal and grassy bitters that are bit too harsh, and a continued assault of generic spice. As the beer warms, faint fruitiness can be sensed on the edges of the tongue, but this complexity is lost to the intensity of the spice. Slight woodsy and vegetal notes can also be sensed on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a weaker carbonation. In mouthfeel, the beer is crisp, slightly sharp, and harsh, with no balance between the spice, bitters, and all the other tastes. Overall, I love the idea of this beer and Vinland One was a true treat, but Vinland Two comes across far too unbalanced on the tongue. Where Vinland One had some nice fruity esters to hint at the plum the yeast was cultivated from, this beer loses even a sense of “berry” and ends up being a muddled mess of spice and herbal bitters. The nose is fantastically complex, but the rest of the beer doesn’t follow up. This beer needs more fruitiness and sugar to add balance. It is too harsh to drink, and the blueberry in its label is just misleading fruit beer drinkers at this point. This one was a rare miss from Mystic.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Brewery.
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a decent sized white head that persists for a while leaving sticky lace in its wake. Smells of light sugary caramel, pepper, a hint of funk and a touch of berry. The flavor is funk in your face at first sip, but that quickly fades to a sweet honey and candy sugar flavor. Some pepper and berries linger midway before a bit of a light lingering fruity sweetness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light bubbly mouthfeel. That subtle berry flavor and aroma is wild. I really liked this beer, but its not exactly what I think of when I think Saison. Its a little sweeter and less bubbly, but damn it is tasty.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden color. Creamy white head settles quickly. Wispy blotches of lacing.

S: Bready and crackery malt with some whiffs of wheat. Mild tart/acidic scent. Yeasty, cellar must. Vague berries and fruit skins start to dominate. Almost a cranberry sort of impression.

T: Crusty bread and coarse wheaty flavors. Very mild tartness. Yeasty, "cellar" taste. Vague fruit and fruit skin. Spike of alcohol hides in a controlled phenolic edge. Mild balancing hop bitterness. Musty, rustic yeast finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and firm feel. Carbonation prickles and scrubs assertively.

O: A medal winner at the GABF. Nothing mind-blowing really, just a good saison with a nice rustic charm.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very clean orange/gold hybrid hue.almost no head, despite a rather aggressive pour. Glowing body.

S-Chalky yeast and a sort of uniform fruity aroma. Almost smells a bit wheaty. Light Belgian spice. Not sure if I'm getting blueberries but it seems to be damn close.

T-It has a strange flavor that almost reminds me of how my inhaler tasted when I was a kid. Beneath this odd flavor is a sort of Apple/berry fruit hybrid. Light spice, and yeast. A lighter sweetness. Cereal.

M- Medium bodied with softer carbonation. A bit creamy.

O/D-Vinland One and Two didn't really work for me. I think the idea is cool but the end product is unrefined.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.68voz dark brown bottle, corked & caged, served in a fluted goblet.
Batch #001, 7.3% ABV (Vinland One weighed in at 6.5% ABV)
"Farmhouse Ale brewed with Native Yeasts Cultured from Maine Lowbush Blueberries"

This lovely Saison pours a slightly hazy golden color with just a touch of amber hue in the highlights. The spritzy and foamy 2” off-white head fades ever so slowly. Loads of clinging webbed lacing follow the liquid in rings, recording the volume and frequency of each satisfying gulp.

The aromas are quite Saison-like, but depart into places never before explored. A musty and slightly earthy smell rises at first pour, followed by the typical yeasty, citrusy, hoppy, malty, spice and woody aromas associated with the style. Underlying smells of dried grass, leather, smashed berries, juniper, distant smoke and a slight whiff of gin make for a uniquely interesting aroma profile.
The flavors also represent the style quite nicely, but as in the aroma, the flavors take on a few appealing twists and turns. The toasted malt and hop profiles are very balanced and in tune with the yeasty and musty tastes of a typical Farmhouse Ale. Fairly aggressive tastes of tart plums, macerated berries, tobacco, gin and orange zest mingle and meet during the first few gulps, then blend nicely into one satisfying, gulpable, velvety liquid.
All aromas and flavors of beers, no matter the style, will naturally transform and balance themselves once they’re released from their enclosures and begin to warm, but Vinland Two (and One) goes many steps further to create new and interesting paths down the olfactory and taste bud freeway.
This review actually required 2 Vinland Twos to complete. I drank the first to shake off a difficult, dreary and drizzly day. The second one (for a photo op and review) was all the more gratifying and enjoyable.

Photo of asaharyev
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Dull, somewhat cloudy copper in color with a nice bit of head that has minimal retention.

Aroma: The yeast makes itself apparent right off, a little funky, but not like your typical farmhouse style beer. There's also a fruity smell, which reminds me of blueberry, though I might be saying that because of the bottle.

Taste: Decent body, with that funky yeast and some overripe fruit apparent at first. There is a mild bitterness, reminiscent of some herbal teas or stem teas. This beer is missing some of the typical flavors found in the farmhouse style, it isn't very peppery, there isn't much citrus, and I don't really get any other hop flavor, just a touch of bitterness.

Overall: This was a worthwhile experiment, and I am sure others will like it more than I did. However, this is still a solid beer, it's interesting to see how the yeast change effects the flavor, and it's definitely made with intent and is very well crafted. It just isn't my jam.

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Vinland Two from Mystic Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.