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Saison - Mystic Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

193 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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: 193 | Reviews: 63
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch number: 011.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice earthy quality in the flavors.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 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 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 oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MasterSki
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jason I think? Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Hazy apricot body.

S - Sharp grains, black pepper and other nebulous spices, perhaps a bit of clove, some phenolic notes, a bit of sulfur.

T - Spicy black peppery yeast, sulfur, some stone fruits, and a bit of tart citrus. The sweetness is an improvement and balances the other flavors a bit better.

M - Medium body, a tad watery, dry and lightly tannic finish, medium-high carbonation.

D - This Saison is a bit too spicy and medicinal for my tastes. I enjoyed it more than Mystic Pizza, but less than Mystic River.

Photo of drabmuh
2.36/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks Thorpe, bottle served in a snifter.

Beer is brownish and hazy with a nice white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, some carbonation.

Aroma is odd, fusel, sweet, odd.

Beer is close to non-drinkable. I've heard a lot about our bottle of this, mislabeled, wrong batch, whatever the problem is this beer is not good, it is oddly bitter, has other alcohols not ethanol in it, lots of esters and aldehydes carrying through, phenolic and medicinal. Not a repeat. Fortunately the BA versions were vastly superior.

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of yourefragile
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe.

Pours a clear light copper with a quickly fading fizzy white head with dots of lace. Head quickly fades to a thin collar. Grainy aroma, with some yeast and a nasty rubbing alcohol finish. Semi sweet, fruity body with an unbalanced grain finish. Slightly syrupy, low carbonation body with strong alcohol presence again. Not sure I would have blindly guessed this was a saison.

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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan.

The beer appears hazy and yellow, with a finger of white head. The aroma offers citrus, spice, malt, light alcohol. Good flavor, with a lot of citrus. Light to medium in body, with only a mild alcohol presence. Faint mustiness and funk. Easy to drink and pretty smooth. A good saison, I would have this again.

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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Saison from Mystic Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.