Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison - Mystic Brewery
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4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
12-17-2011 01:34:37 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Love the normal Saison, hoping this one kicks ass too.
A-Pours a honey color. Seems to be a bit more orange than the original. Head is similar. Big, frothy, fluffy. Retains excellently and leaves nice bits of lacing. Carbonation is exceptionally violent.
S-Considerably more funky and vinous than the original. You can really get a good aroma of both the oak and the Sauvignon Blanc. I really enjoy the nose. Peppered, slightly sweet and decently tart.
T-Very flavorful. The vinous quality comes on quite well on the back end. The oak also lingers beautifully. Funky and sweet. Love the yeast here. Peppery too. Alcohol is masked a bit better than in the original. I love the dynamic and complex flavor here. Wine and oak notes last for aged. Noble hoppiness is in the mix too and lends a nice deal of bitterness.
M-Medium body. Nice dryness. Ample amounts of carbonation. Alcohol isn't as much of a factor as it is in the original.
O/D-Well this is one tasty brew. I do in fact like this one more than their original Saison. Before this, the original Mystic Saison was my favorite of the style. Now this one takes the crown. Loving this. Will enjoy this 750 ml, even though it is about $12.
11-11-2011 03:45:15 | More by VelvetExtract
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
A- Poured into a Mystic flute. Light golden copper in color. A bit hazy at first but clears after sitting for a bit. A nice fluffy head with great retention and solid lacing.
S- Peppery, slightly vinous, some oak and grape flavors. Typical saison flavors with white wine grape sweetness blended through.
T- This is where this beer starts to differentiate itself from the regular version. Starts smooth, slightly sweet, honey, melon, white wine notes and some malt lead the way before transitioning into a dry spicy finish dominated by notes of pepper, a slight hint of green grass and then a very vinous finish. Very fantastic and very different from the regular version.
M- Nice carbonation, very smooth, not as much spritz as the regular saison.
O- I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. The bal-treatment did wonders to this beer. The phenols were subdued, the sauvignon blanc added a fantastic sweetness that both complemented and contrasted the spicy yeast notes. Something to look forward to once the hot summers months come back around.
11-14-2011 00:59:34 | More by nas5755
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Thank you DrewShal9 for this!
750 mL bottle, batch 2, poured into a tulip
A- A slightly hazy golden color with a four finger white fluffy head.
S- White wine, apples, earthy spices, pepper, yeast, tart lemons.
T- Oak, wine, earthy spices, apples and other light fruits, slightly bitter finish. The Sauvnon Blanc barrels work very well with this Saison.
M- Light to medium body, lively carbonation, dry finish.
O- This is a really nice barrel aged Saison, wish I had another bottle. Easy to drink and just enough complexity.
05-20-2012 03:20:49 | More by larryi86
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Crystal bright golden color with a large creamy head - pour carefully. The head lasts and maintains at 1/2 finger high, leaving large streaks of foam on the glass.
Bread and lemon nose. Complex flavor with bread, lemon, white grapes, earthy, with a buttery oak character. Crisp with a lively acidity.
Medium-light body with a bold carbonation. Refreshing and champagne-like with a strong barrel character. Plenty of complexity to keep you on your toes.
03-19-2012 13:06:39 | More by CliffBrake
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-04-2011 00:43:26 | More by johnnnniee
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours sparkling gold with a two-plus inch head of stark white. Tattered sheets of lacing and a solid coating on the surface for the duration.
Green apples, cotton candy, clove-dusted-honey-drizzeled biscuits and grape must start the nose. Vineous, fruity, and chock full of Belgiany goodness.
Light to medium bodied with an expansive, pillowy mouthfeel. Crisp and a bit splintered.
Honey-laced apples, wine-steeped bubblegum, fresh cut grass with wet hay, and a trace of husky malt leads off the palate. A sweetish, almost candied apple profile runs through as well as a less-than-dry white wine vineousity.
Finishes with some lingering honey, apples, and wine-soaked oak.
Probably the best Mystic brew I've had yet. If this beer had some brett in the barrels and aged until dry and tart I would be hoarding this.
05-01-2012 00:29:29 | More by brewandbbq
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
11-14-2011 03:05:26 | More by Patrickbrusil
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe.
By far my favorite of the three Mystic saisons sampled. The balance and subtlety of this beer was completely absent from the regular version and Cabernet barrel, and this version also lacked any of the off flavors of the others. Mild oak throughout the body with strong lemon and white grape fruitiness blending with peppery earthiness. Medium bodied, high carbonation, and a refreshing dry finish. Good stuff; based on the batches sampled, seek this out and pass on the regular and cab.
03-16-2012 19:57:12 | More by yourefragile
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
05-07-2012 02:07:04 | More by jlindros
Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
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