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Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison - Mystic Brewery

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91
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 50
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rudzud on 11-08-2011)
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Reviews by busterthecat:
Photo of busterthecat
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up my reg spot for ~$12. Poured into an Allagash chalice.

A- Pours a dull clear amber color from bottle. A big bubbly white head forms. Sits darker in the glass and is almost opaque. Lots of foamy lacing. A great capping of tight bubbles lingers around.

S- Pretty light in general. Lemon zest, white pepper, hay, and light musky funk. Light and airy. Musk increases as it warms.

T- Light summer fruit, some tart citrus, soft wet hay musk. Oak frames the flavors. Really pick up a good deal of white wine grapes. The flavors really play well with each other and are in a good balance.

M- Light- med bodied. Light and delicate. Lingers softly and well. Slowly dries. Light zest on the palate. Lots of crisp bubbles on tongue.

O- Flavors are very well balanced and it makes for a very easy drink. Really on the border of beer/wine and could make for a good transition beer. Very nicely done. Will be getting another bottle to share.

More User Reviews:
Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange body. Small white head that retains well. Medium collar and a single island of foam.

Smell - Pale malt. A little yeasty. Bright fruity esters.

Taste - Yeasty and pale malts. Oaky. Minimal barrel character, but some oak.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Just as bland as all the other Mystic saisons.

Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one as an extra in a recent-ish trade! Shared by myself during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Upon getting the last turn off the cage loose the cork AND cage ejected itself right at my face grazing my cheek! Be warned! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart fruit, spice, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, wood, and white wine. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Based on the cork and cage almost killing me, I was worried that this one would be WAY overcarbonated. However, it was not bad at all on this aspect. The aroma was pretty pleasant on this one as you could pick up on the barrels a little bit but didn’t overpower the style. The flavor though was heavy on the barrel it was aged and made it finish quite dry. Definitely glad I got to try this one and share it, but wasn’t the standout of the night.

Photo of timbre
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of TWStandley
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Liquid barely hit the bottom of the glass and a sizeable white head began to emerge. Slightly golden/organ and very hazy. Head stuck around for a while, and dissipate to a nice white cap. Left some webbing on the glass.

Smells similar to champagne, can definetely detect the sauv blanc smells. Very tart smelling with some belgian yeasts and cinnamon.

Taste is fantastic. Starts off with some tart apples, pears, and peaches. Middle begins the belgian yeast tastes followed closely by some spices. Very refreshing, light, and tart.

Mouthfeel is good, though I think it is slightly overcarbonated. Still, the light mouthfeel matches the taste perfectly. Well done.

Overall a deliciously refreshing offering. I could picture myself enjoying this on a hot summer night. Easily can polish off the 750 by myself. Great beer!

Photo of danmcg62
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm very excited about this beer as it seems we finally have a brewery in the direct Boston area that is going to make the barrel part of the brewing process.

The flavors of the wine barrels that are imparted from the fermentation are outstanding. You get oak, you get slight vanilla, heavy on the wine tannins, a light peach and pear over tone - just phenomenal work.

This is great stuff.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle picked up at Julio's
Sauvignon Blanc French Oak Barrels
No batch number given

Pours a clear golden color, a huge white head fills half the glass and fades at a slow rate, tons of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass continuously.

Smell has a nice wooden character, a light fruity ester hits the nose, a touch of funk and yeast make things interesting, everything with the aroma is well balanced and seems to work cohesively.

Taste starts out with a fruity front, citrus tingles the mouth, a woody flavor then comes into play and adds a nice complexity, a light funk in the aftertaste, not overly yeasty, finishes slightly dry but not overwhelming.

I don't know how it compares to the regular Mystic Saison but this barrel aged version is quite tasty.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of LynnHomeBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ms11781 for sending this my way. Served in a Mystic saison willi becher, also courtesy of ms11781. Thanks!

Batch 2

Pours a somewhat-cloudy golden-peach color with a towering white head that's very, very foamy. Great retention and loads of sticky rings of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose first brings notes of Sauvignon Blanc and grapes plus some stone fruits. Behind that comes a bit of oak and light malt.

The flavor is fairly oaky with a bit of light tannin. Good white grape character throughout. A bit of lemon zest and notes of apricot. Faint earthiness and white pepper in the background. Body is light-medium. A bit too full as far as I'm concerned, but the quite-dry finish makes up for that. Good carbonation. Highly drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of EZE123
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very loud thwop after the cork pops worries me for a second, but when no eruption happens I settle back a bit. Finally pouring the beer, I watch a pasty white fizzy and bubbly head ruse up to about a finger and a half before fading fairly quickly at first, but settles at about 1/2 a finger and stays there for a while. Bits of messy lacing remain on the sides of the glass. The beer itself is slightly hazy, with a honey orange nice looking colored beer.

Nosing it brings more experience of a typical saison... at first. It comes with a light Belgian golden malt profile, slightly toasted malt, and even a bit of wheat. That gives way to very light floral spices and citrus from the typical saison yeast, but in this case it's much lighter than typical. my nose picks up a nice fruity aroma, with hints of peach and white grape, and those fruits give way to a light musty vinous white wine like aroma, actually the white grape fruit and wine really ramps up as my nose adjusts to the rest of the aromas.

As I take a sip, my taste buds thank me with nice floral flavors of floored fl-ruits (had to keep the alliteration). Fruits are the main attraction this time, a big apple and pear like fruit flavor explode out the gate, even a bit of peach as well. The white wine and white grape flavors are fairly dominant in the same context, with the juicy fruit flavors, and a light musty vinous flavor. Malts run in the background but let their presence be known, again light Belgian golden malts, saison flavors, light farmhouse but not much. Juicy tasting for the most part, with hints of floral hops coming through with a hint of bitternes, then a bit of barrel. Light toasty buttery barrel is fairly light but enough to be noticed like a wife's 3 inch hair cut. Finish is fairly dry, although the overall taste profile is mostly dry anyways, saison flavors lingering with lots of stone fruit, light musty vinous white wine, juicy malts and fruits, and just a hint of barrel lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, quite a bit of carb that comes through well.

Overall nice, a great saison profile that doesn't fall into the same step as most and just brings farmhouse rustic malts and hints of spices and citrus fruits from the yeast, and it adds lots of nice stone fruit flavors, musty vinous white wine, and just a hint of barrel. Quite drinkable, esp for 7% abv. I could drink lots of this and have no problem killing the entire 750 myself, and I wish it was a bit cheaper.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, yeasty golden orange color with a rather large white head. The nose is a touch phenolic and quite funky. It’s very spicy and also a bit barnyardy. Mild fruit toward the finish. The flavor is also funky and spicy with a strong malt flavor, a touch of wine, and minimal fruit. Maybe a light tannic oak character to it.

Photo of Shaggy9356
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy straw color, lively carbonation with huge white fluffy head that took a while to go down. Nice lacing on glass.

S: Definitely some white wine, fresh stone fruit, with a little funk over top of the normal saison smell.

T: Wow...amazing what the Sauvignon Blanc barrels did to this. Oak and muscat upfront, some clove in the middle followed by a definite bitterness from the tannins or yeast. Real earthy and fresh. Nice!

M: The oak has given it a dry finish. Carbonation is a bit much for my liking.

O: Glad I picked this up. Just an extremely balanced, enjoyable beer. Not extreme or over the top, this feels like a perfect pairing of barrel aging and beer style. Mystic continues to impress with these rare treats!

Photo of wildcats10
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the pleasure of trying this today at the brewery.
Pours a slightly cloudy deep straw color with a thinnish white head that shows remarkable retention and moderate lace. Smells of apples, pears, grape tannin, hints of oak and vanilla with a slight bit of Belgian yeast esters. Taste is sweet and fruity with that yeasty funk in the background. Lots of the same fruit flavors from the aroma. Hints of oak and a bit of wine tannin add lots of complexity to this version. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I thought this version was fantastic.

Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of kaelingirl
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter. The brew appears a clear color of copper. A white finger of frothy head sits across the top with solid retaining powers that lasts almost the entire duration supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. Some finger-like patterns of patchy lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is yeasty with a hint of pepper and clove. Some mildly fruit tinge along with a residual grain sweetness that is bready and a bit wheaty. More notes of peppery spice and wheat come forward as the brew warms up and breathes.

The taste is mildly fruity with yeast esters and alcohol. The expected clove and peppery spices are present. Some suggestions of phenolic character with more fruit emerging like white grape juice and a soft oak quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. This is a pretty solid saison at the base. The choice in barrel treatment brought out a nice subtle complexity that got increasingly noticeable as it warmed up. Id drink this again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.