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Saison - Mystic Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 09-10-2011)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -44.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 12:49:52 | More by Thorpe429
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 21:30:29 | More by yourefragile
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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-10-2012 22:15:50 | More by milkbone_underwear
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afrokaze

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 05:43:05 | More by afrokaze
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:45:49 | More by mdaschaf
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DanK4

Maine

3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Bauer W&S in Boston, the clerk was promoting this brewery pretty hard so I figured I'd pick one up.

A: Into a flute- huge carbonation streaming from the bottom, big 4 finger head that diminished slow leaving nice lacing and a golden-orange color.

S: Its got some funk, but it almost reminds me of champagne. Nothing crazy awesome about the smell but it was pleasant. Had a nice funk to it, subtle though.

T: The sauvignon blanc notes stand out here big time, along with a decent farmhouse funk to it. The carbonation is kind of overkill causing a lot of the flavors to be masked. Not fantastic, but not terrible.

M: A lighter-medium bodied beer that has fantastic potential. A good drink, but I would love to see more taste from this beer and maybe a little less carb. Semi-dry finish, nice easy drink that leaves a nice white aftertaste.

O: A decent find, nothing remarkable by any means but I enjoyed it. Could be better but none the less its a nice one-time beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 15:56:38 | More by DanK4
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Way over carbonated. This 2011 bottle is nearly impossible to pour, and presents a aquarium like appearance visible through the golden honey body.

S- Smells really nice though. Peppery opening with a sharp clove middle. I'm talking super pepper like I sprinkled it all over the head. Beyond that a bit of fruity esters but they are really really hard to get beyond the pepper and banana nature.

T- Lots of fruity esters assault my taste buds. What presents through the intensely bright carbonation is bubble gum with banana flavor. Lots of bubble gum actually with fruit esters. Some tartness of citrus and a phenolic finish. Bit of leather or band-aid character with sprinkled pepper. Its complex but too jumbled and sweet. Juicy even.

M- Bright carbonation but not dry enough. Very sweet, malty even. Full bodied, the carbonation gives it a thick flavor. Lingering flavors of pepper and lemon grass on the back end help bring up the score a bit.

Its nice.. just not what I want at all in a saison. In fact, I'm not even sure I could call this a saison.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 20:30:23 | More by Khazadum
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-26-2012 23:36:27 | More by nas5755
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-09-2012 15:05:05 | More by JAHMUR
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:32:16 | More by jneiswender
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BDeibs

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-05-2012 02:59:28 | More by BDeibs
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-27-2012 20:22:39 | More by jongullotti
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with BeerLady2. Served in a standard pint glass.
Pours a hazy yellow gold with a HUGE frothy/foamy head and a substantial amount of lacing.
The aromas are mix of horse stable, dried malt, meadow flowers, cut word, orange peel, limes and a faint whiff of gin.
The flavors are fairly complex and changing as it goes down. Caramel malt, floral and resinous hops, citrus peel, spices, herbs and gin.
This is an edgy Saison with competing smells and flavors. A slight sweetness checks in and mellows things out late in the glass.
Fine brew with a hearty stew or sharp cheeses and salamis.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:11:06 | More by BeerResearcher
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CP20

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-13-2012 23:18:23 | More by CP20
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timbre

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-13-2012 20:54:18 | More by timbre
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Pahn

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 1, bottled 8/13/11.

Appearance: Very careful pour (of a cold bottle) yields a glass of foam. Dissipates slowly, leaving thick walls of lacing. Head is nice, but this is a bit of a pain in the ass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold, once the foam turns into beer.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty, with a little pepper. Faint mineral and lemon. Effervescent. Not much spice besides pepper. Gives an impression of a few different fruits, but kind of a not-fleshed-out suggestion. Smells bright and refreshing, but ultimately a little dull.

Taste: I sometimes pan should-be-complex beers for tasting the same every sip... no worry of that with this beer.

The first sip has lots of yeasty flavor, with interesting savory undertones that appear well into the sip. Dry finish devoid of aftertaste. Subsequent sips tone down considerably with the yeast flavor, but reveal some undercooked bread and lemon rind. No clove or harsh phenols, just slightly fruity, subtle Belgian yeast flavor, almost-solvent-like-alcohol, and a little pear on the back end.

After I pour the next glass (not even halfway through the bottle; this thing seems to fill my Duvel tulip with foam for every 6th of the bottle I pour), the flavor gets notably more powerful. It's suddenly sweet and fruity, with a prominent mineraly note. Less watery, more creamy.

All told, most sips don't really rise above 3 to 3.5 territory for taste... they never have off notes, but they're not overwhelmingly interesting on their own, nor more palatable than the average saison. I'm bumping the score to a 4.0 because there's a lot going on without clashing, and the only consistent aspect of the flavor is its softness.

Hard to explain "softness", but everything that happens (mild funk, fruity or herbal hops, fruity esters, yeasty flavors) is subdued without being bland. Given the good mouthfeel, it makes for a refreshing beer, and experiencing all these different flavors is ultimately quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, high side of moderately carbonated (despite the pouring difficulties). Dry finish. No alcohol heat.

Overall: Tasty, and a strong start for this new brewery, but not in the same league as Captain Lawrence Saison, or Fantome, or Saison Dupont, or other readily available beers from across the stylistic spectrum called 'saison'. I enjoyed it, but too often I found myself taking a sip and being left wanting more from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 02:58:50 | More by Pahn
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 04:07:39 | More by aorloski
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 00:38:19 | More by smcolw
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jh1982

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-26-2011 22:03:40 | More by jh1982
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Biketopia

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.9%

12-17-2011 06:15:24 | More by Biketopia
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alalvarez75

New York

5/5  rDev +31.9%

12-11-2011 05:02:50 | More by alalvarez75
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elNopalero

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on my birthday while visiting Boston. Wish I had another one!

This was from Batch 002.

This has a nice golden hue with a good head retention as its poured. A funky, floral aroma comes through. Delicately flavored with a dry finish and some lingering funk. Very effervescent, light and flavorful. Glad I was able to share this one with someone special.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 21:23:18 | More by elNopalero
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ChrisPro

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -34%

12-05-2011 03:43:19 | More by ChrisPro
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-02-2011 04:42:53 | More by rab53
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xpdrinker

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-24-2011 21:22:37 | More by xpdrinker
Saison from Mystic Brewery
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