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Saison - Mystic Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 09-10-2011

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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 63
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Photo of Jason
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown corked and caged bottle.

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, chunky semi-dense off-white head sticks well to the glass.

SMELL: Peppercorn, chalky yeast, ripe persimmons, faint pineapple, slightly medicinal, dusty cellar, biscuit dough, crackers.

TASTE: Smooth, moderate body, bitty snap, golden raisins, ripe pears, faint honey, floury grain, subtle hop flavor, peppery, papaya, yeast, faint broth, bitter herbs, alcohol, dry yeasty finish.

Very interesting, perhaps that is a loaded way to start my notes and yes it is an interesting beer. The yeast forward aspect drags this beer down a bit for me, not to the point of being undrinkable but it clearly leaves a note that my palate can't shake. Love the dryness and use of hop but I expected a bit more malt character to back all of this up. Glad I tried this again, batch #1 that I shared at Bukowski's seemed like a yeast bomb. Looking forward to trying future batches if there are variances.

Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Driftwood Tavern Plymouth, MA

Appearance: one inch head, gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: wheat and light flower

Taste: wheat, hay, light flower, slight lemon

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, slightly bitter

Overall: An ok, slightly above average saison. Not a bad beer, but it really did not stick out too much in a style I really like. I would get this again if offered to me, but would not go out of my way for it.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to johnnnniee for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive, fluffy head with very long retention and sticky lacing left behind.

S: Very fruity, plenty of apple and pear with some pepper and clove spice mixed in.

T: More apple along with some orange and apricot, nice level of spice with pepper and cloves. Some bread/bicsuit malt on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, slight alcohol presence.

O: A solid saison. The carbonation was a bit high, but not more so than other saisons I have had from corked bottles.

Photo of DrewShal9
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden honey that pours a large white fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a nonexistent head.
S: grassy, citrus with hints of flowers and booze
T: citrus-lemon, funk, booze
M: thin body as expected but an unwarranted drying of the mouth
O: as previous reviewers have mentioned, tasty but boozy. If the booze could get well hidden then i'd say mystic brewery would be onto something.

Photo of gdkersey
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 001, served from a 750mL and shared in a couple tulips

A - deep golden color with a big, fluffy white head. doesn't stick around for long though, as both our glasses quickly diminish to just beer with no lacing

S - banana/clove, candied sugar, light floral hops

T - immediately get some interesting, spicy yeast flavors. bubblegum, light grain, however a noticeable amount of solvency. as others have noted, the brewer has come out and said their second batch does not demonstrate this trait

M - highly carbonated, which plays well with the spicy notes of the yeast

A great saison from a local Boston brewer, one that reminds me of an authentic Belgian ale. For only $9 it's not a bad price, and I'm really excited to try the slightly tweaked batch in the future. Once other batches are released, I'll be sure to try them out and re-review.

Photo of jmerloni
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden amber with a hazy tornado spinning through the center vertical. Solid white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S - Aroma is sour and tart smelling. Pear, green apple, cranberry, pomegranate, citrus. I pick up no malt here, though.

T - Green apple, pear, citrus, hops. Malt is absent. Entirely. I can only taste it faintly after swallowing a sip and it's on the very cliffedge of my tastebuds. Also, an unappealing vinegar taste. Ehh.

M - I don't know whether this was old on the shelf or what but this mouthfeel isn't very appealing. Each sip totally comes apart and there is almost no carbonation.

D - A poor showing. Not impressed by any means. The aromas and tastes are sour and anti-fulfilling. For this brewery (and this is the first beer I've tried from them) to call this a saison is just sacrilege to the style. For them to call this a saison is nonsense. There is no saison here. Nothing even approaching it. They could change five things about this beer in an effort to make it a saison and it still wouldn't trigger. This is, frankly, a beer gone wrong.

This is the first beer I've had from Mystic and, though Im disappointed by their first offering, I'll try two more to be faithful to a democratic spirit. I have a couple friends who have attested to Mystic's talent (and they're people whose taste I have faith in) and I'll be indulging them again soon.

Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Makes for a beautiful pour with a bright orange body and a nice white fluffy head on top. Sticky and lacy as well.

Fruity and yeasty on the nose with a faint lemon note and some pepper and clove spice notes. A little more subtle than some saisons but definitely showing some complexity to it.

A fruity tartness starts things off. Yeasty spice notes mix in as well making for a well balanced beer. Finishes with a bit of an earthy and musty character.

Bubbly and crisp on the mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty solid saison. Nothing really sticks out but all the flavors blend together so well it makes for a nice sipper on a beautiful summer afternoon.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip a heady translucent orange honey color, good lacing as it deflates to a finger of solid white.

The nose is light bubblegum and citrus with a dominating phenol alcohol presence.

A sip is medium with smooth carbonation - caramel malt, grassiness, and light citrus. But as mentioned in previous reviews, due to batch variation this one is really boozy to me - almost band aid medicinal. It's not that unpleasant, but it's not right.

Seems to be nicely hopped, but the big alcohol presence just isn't to style. Will definitely try a new bottle much later on, because it seems others have enjoyed the good half of the bath.

Photo of angusblackheart
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001. 750ML corked and caged.

Poured into a Duvel chalice, giant blssoming head, orange, yellow, very appealing.

Smells of clove, yeast, citrus.

Taste is slightly high in alcohol, as noted by others, but very well balanced with light bread, dry fruits, and a good mouthfeel.

Very impressive for a new brewery.

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a big frothy head that sticks around. Golden orange in color. Some chill haze. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Earthy. Musky. Yeasty.
T) Pleasant malty sweetness. Subtle spiciness. A well balanced flavor profile - not pungent or astringent.
M) Crisp. Medium light body. Dry.
O) A great saison. I'd definitely have another.

Photo of afrokaze
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mt4080 for this one!

Pours a hazy amber orange with a huge 3 finger head that sticks around and strong lacing.

Smell is bready yeast and banana & clove phenols, apple and pear, some light hay-like funk, honey, with some herbal and earthy hops.

Light citrus from pear & green apple gives way to bready yeast mixed with malt sweetness, although it lingers a bit too long. Clove and banana, spicy peppery notes, earthy/spicy hops are very nice and impart a bit of woodiness with some hay and funk/tart in the finish.

Thin-medium body with prickly carbonation, semi-dry long finish with a bit of tannins. Alcohol is almost nonexistant until the end of the glass but never intrudes.

A good saison but it feels like it's caught between classic balance or bigger standout characteristic. There are definitely more hops as typical of US styles, but they come across a bit too herbal for my taste when mixed with the strong yeast character. The ABV could stand up to more citrus-forward hops to give it a more distinctive flavor.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OK a strange one here...
poured from bottle into tulip.
Really nice head on a slightly orange color brew.
Aromas of saison peppery notes but also a hint of banana like hefe yeast.
Taste is fruity saison with a lot of german hefe influence. Some peppery finish with a lot of fruity esters. I wish it had a bit more saison personality but the flavor is not bad.
My biggest wish is for a bit more dryness...it still has some somewhat residual sweetness but not bad.
Its a bit over malty but in general its a good brew. Not a seeker but worth a try if you see it.

Photo of oline73
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 001, poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a golden tint. There is a super thick off white two finger head that leaves a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Just a bit sweet. It is reminding me of champagne. I'm getting some mild herbs and a fruity characteristic.

Taste: Light and slightly herbal, but less so than I would expect from the style. There is a noticeable alcohol presence and some fruity notes. Those facts combine to make me think of champagne here as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with way too much carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Not my favorite saison. Too much alcohol and not delicate enough if you ask me. I think I would pass in the future.

Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a mug.

Thick fluffy white head and a somewhat cloudy red/yellow body. Smells grassy up front. Some lemon and pepper. Some anise flavor. Lemon. Sugar. Herbs. Faint bubblegum. Complex but in a good way. Well carbonated. Dry.

I had this beer as an earlier batch and was not feeling it. Upon trying it a second time around I noticed how pleasant it is. Not the yeast bomb or carbonation nightmare as compared to the first time I tried it.

Try this beer with food, you will appreciate it more. Might save some of these for turkey day.

Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought somewhere localish. Corked and caged, Batch 004.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 1 3/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden copper brew. Meringuey head sno-cones above the rim, then collapses oh-so slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet, effervescent, and lightly tart.

Taste starts with spicy sweetness, citrus tart in the middle, light prickly hops through the close, with pronounced lemon. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice. This one comes together great.

Photo of pisano
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured cold out of a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass

a: pours a hazy deep copper color with a massive four finger creamy head that slowly dissipates down to about half finger

s: malt sweetness, light citrus notes, belgian yeast, slight oxidation

t: sweet up front with strong hop bitterness and spice notes, banana, belgian yeast, a hint of alcohol, strong lingering bitterness; also getting some slight oxidation

m: medium body, lots of carbonation that gives a nice tingling sensation, no alcohol burn, refreshing

o: overall it's OK but i found it to be a bit too sweet and it had a strange aftertaste

Photo of Thorpe429
2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a Mystic saison glass.

Pours a clear medium golden color with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. Nice retention.

The nose carries some grainy pilsner malt plus a bit of oxidized malt. Light cardboard character and some fairly-heavy phenols. The flavor carries along the same lines and was a bit too much to handle. Harsh character with a bit of solvent. Hard to get through.

I hope this was a bad batch, as I really enjoyed the Sauv Blanc version of this, and the Cabernet version we had alongside this bottle was much better.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a cloudy nectarine yellow color with two fingers of bright white head. Just a bit of wet lacing with this one.

Aroma of lemon, ripe tropical fruit and herbal notes and table sugar along with a yeasty mustiness.

Tasted of tangerine, lemon, ripe tropical fruit, spicy herbal notes sugar, yeast and crackers. Finished clean.

Medium bodied, sticky and dry with a moderate carbonation.

Perhaps a tad too sweet but still a tasty Saison from Mystic.

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 3+ finger head that keeps rising and then fades semi quickly with lots of big bubbles, pot marked lacing, over hazy golden tan colored beer.

Nose light saison malts, little toasty, light spices and hint of citrus, light sweet malts as well, bit of a rustic farmhouse saison aromas, bit of wheat like aromas as well. Staple for saison aroma.

Taste starts with some light sweet malts, some esters as well, and a bit of an earthy almost herbal estery flavor with a bit of tannins, then light malts, bit toasty and wheat flavored, leading to the farmhouse rustic malt flavors and light yeasty flavors. Light spices break through with a hint of booze, actually the booze starts to get a bit heavy and warming, drinks more like 9% than 7% unfortunately. Touch of citrus rounds it off. The finish has a light bitterness with more warming booze and a bit of esters and farmhouse rustic malt flavors, dry finish as well.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carbonation, and some warming booze.

Overall not bad, mostly typical well done farmhouse saison beer, but the booze and esters get a bit much, nice flavors overall though.

Photo of AgentZero
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellowish beer with some traces of orange, a bit hazy. Nice big white head, good lacing.

S - Grainy, some pretty distinct (not terribly pleasant either) spices, and some harsh phenols.

T - A bit sweeter than the nose. Still has that spice, a little peppers, and phenols from the yeast. Slightly citrus, not great but passable.

M - Medium bodied, slightly dry on the finish, good carbonation.

O - Not a huge fan, many better saisons out there with better tastes.

Photo of crusian
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from brauers in Boston from my awesome girlfriend...
This bottle is beautiful. Very fancy.
pours a cloudy orange color with a ton of head... which was unexpected because I had to pull the cork out, and it made nary a pop.
nose is quite nice... white grape, lemon, and champagne.
Taste is also quite nice, it has been a while since I have muttered anything more than a meh with a saison, but this is quite citrusy, and a bit of a sauvignon blanc, reminds me a bit of the mikkeller sauvignon nelson minus the brett. nice lingering aftertaste.
mouthfeel is quite nice as well, thicker than a normal saison, but it works quite well. this has to be one of the best saisons I have had in a while. Not sure why this is not rated higher. The only thing I can really think of is that it is not a more popular style. Pick one up for sure.

Photo of Neorebel
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle of this at Craft Beer Cellar when I visited Boston. The color of it is in the vein of raw umber, with a bubbly, pure white head that stays nicely. Very hazy due to the natural carbonation from the re-fermented yeast in the bottle.

The aroma is very alluring, reminding one of biscuity, sweet bread, pepper, rosemary and other herbs, apple cider vinegar, pear and light fruits, white wine, and Belgian yeast.

The flavor is quite complex and tasty. I tried this at several temperatures and I do prefer it quite a bit above room temperature. Initially, I perceive the classic Saison flavors of fruit esters and yeast, however, there's a pronounced citrus/lemon aspect presumably from the Hallertau hops mentioned on the bottle. The effects of the aging process in French oak Sauvignon Blanc barrels kick in during the sharp finish, which comes across as strong and vinous, with wine grapes and some woody-ness.

Overall, medium bodied, complex and sharp would be an accurate way to describe this. It paired well with the Trout dish I had for dinner this evening. I'm not sure why some reviewers are putting this selection down so much, I think it is quite enjoyable and worthy of your purchase if you like complexity and experimentation which is so prevalent in today's craft beer.

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge, frothy white head. It recedes in a rocky fashion. Quite cloudy as expected. Yellow-gold color.

Lots of sour aroma featuring lemon. Mild yeast nose. Some pepper.

The flavor is more pronounced than the smell and very traditional (predictable). Starts with a fluffy, pale malt flavor which gradually turns sour. The swallow has some pepper but it doesn't last in the aftertaste. Good body and carbonation for the style.

Photo of aorloski
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle. Batch 002

Appearance: A beautiful golden, hazy slightly orange beer. I am kind of upset at how carbonated this one is. Poured slowly into a glass yielded me a good 4 fingers head of really tight white bubbles. Why do i have to wait 5 minutes to drink this?

Smell - Quintessential, lemon zest, barnyard, funky yeast and breads with a light light hop character. Dont forget the oak, its there! Smells good.

Taste - Despite the carbonation level of this beer this thing tastes incredibly good. Honestly one of the better saisons I've ever drank. Lemon zest, funky yeast, grass all up front and ending on a faint hop note, tastes really good. Awesome oak character in this one.

mouthfeel - i can't believe how this feels in the mouth based on the pour. I thought it would be much more carved but it is nice and smooth actually. You just have to wait for the bubbles to die down.

Overall - Despite the carb levels this beer is awesome. I am not a fan of waiting a long time to pour/wait for the brew to calm down based on these types of problems but once it calms down this is a top notch beer!

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a well hazed glowing orange color, bright and translucent with a two finger cap of fluffy white head that shows excellent staying power.

S - Spicy, green, grassy, fresh hop bitterness, malty sweetness, cloves, lemons, oranges, fresh bread and a hint of tartness.

T - Surprisingly - a bit boozy. A warmth and taste sensation that last throughout. A bit phenolic and medicinal. Nice hop bitterness. Has a fresh "green" flavor throughout as well - grassy, lightly fruity/orangey and peachy, spicy with cloves, bready malt base. The level of alcohol presence is a bit of a detractor for me that turns this a bit into a sipper.

M - To me saisons should be easy drinking, light and refreshing...this comes off a bit heavy with the alcohol. Doesn't kill it, but just keeps it from being as good as it could be. Carbonation is mid-level and appropriate for style.

O - A good saison! Less noticeable alcoholic nature would improve this one greatly for me. I like this but the competition in this style is stiff, so might not be a regular purchase. I'll definitely get again, just not sure how often.

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Saison from Mystic Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.