Sauterneal Saison - Mystic Brewery
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4.29/5 rDev +5.9%
Another interesting barrel fermented farmhouse from Mystic, these are usually really tasty and interesting. So hoepfully this continues the tradition. Batch 001.
Pours a nice big fluffy bubbly soapy looking 1+ finger head in my Ommegang tulip, fades at a med pace whisps of soapy lacing but not much, semi hazy golden pilsner color wtih lots of bubbles streaming up.
Nose brings nice saison characters out first, wheaty crackery grainy straw malts, with some hay and little lemongrass, mild lemony notes with rind, citrus, and some light spices, light funk, more farmhouse saison funk and not the Brett kind. Quickly that aroma turns to barrel notes, a nice buttery oak and touch of vanilla, little toasted oak shelf like note. Also a little vinous note and some fruity aromas, and lots more lemon.
Taste brings more of the same, but the barrel really stands out this time, big oak with toasted oak notes but lots of buttery oak, not a harsh or sharp oak but that nice buttery oaky note of a chardonnay, it def has a lot of French oak chardonnay characters, including the vinous and fruity notes. Barrel gives way to saison briefly, more lemon rind, little farmhouse funk with gritty feel, some fruity esters, then malts with some toasty grainy flavors, wheat, husks, straw, etc, and even a mild creamy wheat while still quite effervescent. Also brings hints of spring spices and light phenols, floral notes with a nice wild flower character, and plenty more lemon zest and lemongrass. Quickly though the oak rushes back in and rounds off all the flavors again. Finish is dry, very dry but still a bit sticky somehow, little more farmhouse funk with touch of yest, mild esters and fruity characters, bit more lemon rind and citrus zest, hints of spices, more vinous notes, and lots of oak all lingering nicely, quite complex even on the finish.
Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, slightly creamy, lots of effervescent carb.
Overall quite nice, nice saison notes, farmhouse funk, spices, lots of nice lemon, decent malt base, fruity esters and vinous notes are nice too, and lots of great oak. I really like the oak presence in this, and the vinous quality. My only gripe would be a bit more farmhouse funk which I really like, and phenols which I also really like in a beer like this. Still that's preference, and this was a pretty well done beer.
04-13-2014 01:14:47 | More by jlindros
4.14/5 rDev +2.2%
The beer pours a rich, deep golden color with copper nuances, forming a nice fluffy head of slightly-off-white bubbles above the glass. In body, the beer is murky and opaque, with a nice gradient of color moving through the beer. A steady stream of bubbles hint at a well carbonated beer. On the nose, the beer is rich and decadent. Even before I approach the glass I can smell the sweet and nuanced funk of this saison. Rich barnyard funk blends on the nose with subtle spice, decadent wine-soaked oak, grass, hay, and even a touch of salty earth. Soft lemon citrus rounds out the scent and gives the beer a refreshing pop on the nostrils. On the tongue, the beer tastes a little muted in terms of what the nose was presenting, but still quite funky and delicious. A tart, citric acidity moves throughout the sip, while rich oak tannin and hops blend for a bitterness on the middle and back of the sip. Spicy esters definitely add a touch to the balance while and earthiness adds a nice minerality. Just a touch of funky and fruity sweetness can be sensed in the middle and back of the sip. The beer is dry and complex, and in flavor it begins with an earthy taste and excellent minerality that hints at stones washed in spring water... This moves towards more traditional farmhouse funk flavors with just a touch of pineapple alongside hay. Rich oak moves in towards the end of the sip and adds nice meatiness to drink. The finish is a quick splash of fruity lemon and pineapple that blends with the minerality of the beer for a great splash of character. The aftertaste muddles the minerality into a sort-of-salty taste with hints of citrus juice and just the faintest kiss of wheat. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied with definite tannic structure from the wood-aging, and a slight grip to the cheeks as one sips the beer. Mouth feel is crisp yet smooth, and the carbonation is silky and light on the tongue. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly sticky and dry, with soft saliva at the extremes of the cheeks while the rest of the mouth is begging for another sip to wet itself again. Overall, the beer’s nose is rich and decadent, which I find quite pleasing. The barrel aging definitely added nice nuances to the nose, as well as the flavor. As is, I think the flavors are a touch askew of where the nose is, though as the beer warms they move in more and more towards the nose. I like this beer. It has very rich barrel characters, and I almost feel like the beer would age well, even though it is so dry. With a couple months on this I feel that the fruity esters would build a little further and this beer would be supreme. As is, however, it is quite excellent, and deceptively full of alcohol. The barrel character is rich and complex, and adds many little nuances to the beer that I could spend all night picking out. A beer to try for barrel aged fans!
03-24-2014 23:29:45 | More by Maxwell
Sauterneal Saison from Mystic Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.