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Vinland Two - Mystic Brewery

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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: 69 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by portia99:
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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...

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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.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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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.

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Vinland Two from Mystic Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.